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Oct 31, 2014
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Nike Kobe 9 High EXT QS – “Snakeskin”

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Following the “Restored” variant, Nike reinterprets the Kobe 9 High with this quickstrike “Snakeskin” edition. Donning a Flyknit construction composed of premium leather and faux snakeskin, the silhouette is incorporates a predominately beige upper coupled with a gum rubber outsole, while metallic silver accents are applied on the heel counter, in addition to black hits throughout.

The Kobe 9 High EXT QS “Snakeskin” is scheduled to drop at select Nike accounts, including Kinetics tomorrow, November 1, while a global release is set in the coming weeks.

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Oct 31, 2014
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Nike Dunk High “Snakeskin”

Nike Dunk High Snakeskin

Nike has gone all out with this new Nike Dunk High, featuring premium materials and unique details that breathe new life to tried and true silhouette. There’s the realistic snakeskin paneling, metallic silver Swoosh with a serrated bottom edge, and conspicuous stitching around the toe. A weathered black leather base confers a vintage aesthetic, while dull yellow at the tongue and lining offer a bit of color to the mix. A gum rubber outsole completes the look. The Nike Dunk High Snakeskin is available now at overseas retailers, including mita sneakers. Stay tuned for word on a U.S. release.

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Oct 31, 2014
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Air Jordan 7 “Blue Magic” Custom


Sneaker customizer Ecentrik Artistry shares his latest creation, the Air Jordan 7 “Blue Magic”. Using the Air Jordan 7 DMP “Orlando” as the base shoe, Ecentrik Artistry creates a unique take on the silhouette with an eye-catching look in bright blue, grey and black. The shoes are not for sale, but you can hit up Ecentrik Artistry at his official site and view more of his custom work.

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Oct 31, 2014
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Nike Roshe Run FB NM – Dark Grey / Black – Ivory

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The Nike Roshe Run is reinterpreted in new colorways this season as the this lifestyle Roshe Run FB NM model is offered in a somber Dark Grey/Black colorway. Featuring a unique darkened camo-print spread throughout its purplish mesh upper, this subdued color palette is further complemented by a black phylon midsole unit and tonal braided laces, while a white Swoosh tops off the clean design.

Retailing for , find it now from KITH via email order only.

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Oct 31, 2014
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Why the Slam Dunk x Jordan Brand Collaboration is One of the Greatest Ever


Story telling is a common thread in sneaker collaborations. Whether it is a material execution story, colorway inspiration, or just the hope to create something new, original, and hot, stories are told along with sneaker collabs. We have seen it all – let’s be honest. Favorite beaches, childhood heros, world sporting events, and even movies have loosely told stories through footwear, but none of these come close to celebrating the legacy and cultural impact as the Slam Dunk x Jordan Brand Collection.

In the late 1980s and 1990s, the game of basketball exploded across the globe thanks to advancement in broadcasting technology, the marketing machine that couples the medium, and a high-flying athlete by the name of Michael Jordan. Country by country, city by city, basketball penetrated the streets as kids and adults alike all wanted to “Be Like Mike.”

In America, Michael Jordan was more than the greatest athletic figure but a cultural icon. Spike Lee’s work with Nike transcended MJ from greatness on the court to even greater cultural relevancy off the court through product placement in his films and Mars Blackmon commercial series.

 

During the early 90s in Asia; however, Michael Jordan and the game of basketball exploded in popularity and cultural significance to an entire generation through the manga Slam Dunk.

Slam Dunk was a sports-themed manga written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue from 1990-1996, but is still today one of the most sought after and read mangas. The manga told the story of Hanamichi Sakuragi, a troubled teen and his unlocked athletic potential recognized by Haruko Akagi. Coming together with other misguided teens, the manga tells the story of trouble, strife, and glory as the high school team achieves the ultimate success of becoming the best team in all of Japan. The characters went through all of these ups and downs to eventually achieve glory while wearing Air Jordans.

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The manga introduced the game of basketball to culture in Japan and the rest of Asia as well as Air Jordans through the channel of art. Like Spike Lee broke the barrier of on court and off court influence, so did Takehiko Inoue through Slam Dunk.

By 2012, over 120 million copies of Slam Dunk sold in Japan alone. Couple that number with almost the same number sold across the rest of Asia and you have more copies of the manga in the hands of consumers than people in America who watched Michael Jordan play throughout his career.

Today, Slam Dunk is still a relevant manga with a generation born years after the last issue was written. Much like Michael Jordan, the legacy and legend lives on and embraced by future generations.

When Jordan Brand and Takehiko Inoue came together for the Slam Dunk Collection, careful thought went into what would be the canvas for story telling. In Slam Dunk, the main characters wore only a handful of Air Jordans, but the most frequently worn pair was the Air Jordan 6. For the collaboration project, Jordan Brand executes an eye catching all red Air Jordan 6 with reflective details and etched graphics across the upper as well as Hanamichi Sakuragi’s jersey number (#10).

After six years of Slam Dunk, everything came to an abrupt end after Issue 31 of the series in 1996. Many readers were left wondering what happened to the characters following an injury in the final issue. For the first time in 18 years, Takehiko Inoue created new Slam Dunk graphics for the future on the Jordan Super.Fly 3. While many American heads are lusting, scheming, and dreaming of the Air Jordan 6 retros, in Asia, there is just as much demand and in some instances more demand for the Super Flys because of the new graphics never published before.

Jordan Brand elevates the concept of a collaboration to new heights with not only a retro and performance model with story telling throughout the product, but also through apparel and an accessory set of T-shirts.

Years from now, the Slam Dunk x Jordan Brand collaboration will be looked at as one of the most iconic partnerships in Jordan Brand’s rich legacy – not just because of its appealing design but for what it represents in regards to the alliance of basketball and sneakers as a whole.

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Oct 31, 2014
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SSUR*PLUS x British Knights – Rain Camo Collection

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For F/W 2014, SSUR*PLUS and British Knights have joined together for a small capsule of items utilizing a rain-camo themed motif. Comprised of two garments; a t-shirt and sweatshirt, as well as a high-top sneaker, the camouflage pattern is shaded in monochromatic hues, which is also featured on a “Rebel Ape” 3M reflective print.

Juxtaposed against white silhouettes (apparel) while the shoe is predominantly shaded in black, look for this entire collection at SSUR’s online shop now.

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Oct 31, 2014
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CSS Spotlight: Pharrell Williams

We could talk about the hits, we could talk about the plaques, but today we’ll stick to the kicks. Mostly known for his risky but rewarding fashion sense, how does it feel to be Pharrell? “He dresses insane – but his music admire, ask Anna Wintour from Vogue and Esquire,” Skateboard P has more than earned his seat in fashion’s front row.

While recent work with adidas is getting him more cred in the sneaker realm — and well deserved– the man on the mic and behind the boards has been getting it done on the foot his whole career. In celebration of his upcoming adidas Stan Smith “Tennis” Pack, we offer a brand-by-brand breakdown on Pharrell’s favorite kicks in this installment of CSS Spotlight.

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A longtime friend of The General, Pharrell was incredibly influential in popularizing A Bathing Ape in the US. His early adoption of Nigo’s clothing line would pave the way for peers like the Clipse, Kanye, Jay Z and countless other to get hip to the Japanese fashion label, with BAPE eventually becoming a fixture in hip-hop culture. Aside from just wearing A Bathing Ape, Pharrell collaborated with the brand on a three-pack of Roadsta sneakers.

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Pharrell in the Pharell x A Bathing Ape Roadsta Purple/Green (photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images via Zimbio)

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Pharrell in the Pharrell x A Bathing Ape Roadsta Red/Blue (photo by L. Caryle/WENN via Style Blazer)

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Pharrell in brown leather A Bathing Ape Bapestas (photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via Zimbio)

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Oct 31, 2014
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adidas SL Loop Runner Trail Khaki/Brown


adidas Originals makes sure you can keep wearing their hit summer silhouette straight through fall with the new SL Loop Runner Trail, available now in this Khaki/Stokha-Brown colorway. The reinforced, cold-weather-ready edition of the SL Loop receives shades of brown for its upper, nicely accented with pops of neon lime and a speckled midsole above the rubber outsole with added traction. The adidas SL Loop Runner Trail in Khaki/Brown is arriving now at select adidas Originals retailers, including Extra Butter.

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Oct 31, 2014
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SUPRA Footwear – The Hunger Games Pack

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As the title suggests, Supra’s latest offerings for this season consists of The Hunger Games pack, which is inspired by the latest film in the The Hunger Games series – Mockingjay Part 1.

Featuring the Capitol Couture Skytop IV dressed in white tumbled leather that rests atop a metallic silver SUPRAFOAM midsole and white rubber outsole, the other model consists of the District 13 Vaider, styled after the District 13 rebels in the Hunger Games universe, composed of carbon fiber-embossed SUPRATUF leather, matte black nubuck and ballistic nylon.

Both the Skytop IV and the Vaider are slated to release on November 8 while the film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters on November 21.

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Oct 31, 2014
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Nike SB Dunk High – “Yeezy”

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Nike continues to dress as many models as they can in the Yeezy colorway, this time draping the Nike SB Dunk High in a Yeezy 2-esque color scheme. The black and anthracite upper sits atop a crystal mint sole, and features hyper pink detailing on the heel tab, tongue and lining. There is one noteworthy difference however, as the upper sports a starry night print on the heel and nike swoosh (perhaps glow in the dark?). These will drop the day after Black Friday aka Saturday, November 29th. Check out a few more images below and let us know if you’re still digging the Kanye inspired colorways. 

Nike SB Dunk High “Yeezy”
Style: 313171-063
Color: Anthracite/Black-Hyper Pink-Crystal Mint

Release Date: 11/29/2014 (Saturday)

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Oct 31, 2014
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Pendleton x NIKEiD Holiday Preview


Teaming up to combat the colder temperatures in style, Pendleton and NIKEiD are just a few days away from adding some new silhouette’s to their latest holiday offering. Comprised of the Nike Roshe Run Low and Mid, Nike SB Janoski Low and Mid, Nike Air Force 1 High and Low, and the Air Max 1 Low and Mid, would-be customizers will be able to choose from three tartan patterns, one plaid, four solid-color wool fabrics, 10 different leather options and a vast array of accent colors. With the Roshe and Janoski already available to customize, the AF1 and AM1 will be available Monday, November 3rd. Check out the mockups below for inspiration, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

NIKEiD Pendleton Collection

Release Date: November 3, 2014
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Pendleton x NIKEiD Holiday Preview

Pendleton x NIKEiD Holiday Preview

Pendleton x NIKEiD Holiday Preview

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Oct 31, 2014
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Diemme x Vault by Vans – Holiday 2014 Collection (A Closer Look)

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Following an overview just yesterday, a closer look at the Diemme x Vault by Vans Holiday 2014 Collection is provided thanks to the folks over at HB. Utilizing the Italian footwear maker’s refined construction techniques, the duo produce high-end, handcrafted interpretations of the Era and Sk8-Hi, with the Montebelluna Era LX and Montebelluna Hi LX.

Shaded in subdued tones to suit the season, a solid-colored bone Montebelluna Era LX makes its first appearance alongside a warm brown Montebelluna Hi LX. Priced at 0 and 0 respectively, find it soon at Vans retailers, starting this November.

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