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Oct 1, 2014
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Sole In The Hole: Sneakers Inspired 5-on-5 Tournament


West Coast readers and basketball fans alike, the latest basketball tournament is heading your way as the Sole In The Hole tournament is set to kick-off on October 11th. Designed to celebrated the sneaker culture, this event will house a 5-on-5 basketball tournament that will provide a showcase to various sneakerheads along the West Coast. In addition to the hoops, live music will be provided to guests as well. Registration for Sole In The Hole ends on October 8th and venture over to soleinthehole.com for more information.

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Oct 1, 2014
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Reebok GL 6000 Mid – Flash Red

Reebok GL 6000 Mid – Flash Red

Fall is finally upon us, which means now is good time stock-up seasonal necessities like a good pair of sneakerboot. But if Nike’s iterations aren’t in your realm of interest, then perhaps these from Reebok Classic? Based on its classic runner from 1985, the mid-cut Reebok GL 6000 Mid includes a winterized upper of suede and nylon in vibrant Flash Red. The white midsole brings a sense of contrast to the tonal design while the cord-shaped laces and boot-like d-ring eyelets in rustic gold complete rugged design. The Reebok GL 6000 Mid in Flash Red is available now through select Reebok dealers, including Sneaker Politics locations across Louisiana and its online shop.

Reebok GL 6000 Mid – Flash Red

Reebok GL 6000 Mid – Flash Red

Reebok GL 6000 Mid – Flash Red

Reebok GL 6000 Mid – Flash Red

Reebok GL 6000 Mid – Flash Red

Reebok GL 6000 Mid – Flash Red

Reebok GL 6000 Mid – Flash Red

Reebok GL 6000 Mid – Flash Red

Sneaker Politics – New Orleans
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Oct 1, 2014
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History of the Air Jordan Jumpman Logo


Jordan’s Jumpman logo is one of the most recognized marks in the athletic footwear industry. But what is the full story behind the logo? Sure, many sneakerheads know that it first was used on the tongue of the Air Jordan 3, but where did the inspiration come from for Tinker Hatfield when he was designing the iconic sneaker? Long story short, it happened even before Mike laced up in Nikes.

Following his outstanding college career, Michael Jordan played for one more team before joining the Chicago Bulls – Team USA for the 1984 Olympic Games. It was in preparations for the Games that Michael Jordan did a photoshoot while wearing Converse that he was first photographed doing what would later be known as the Jumpman pose which was done for LIFE Magazine preceding the Olympics.

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Michael Jordan’s first documented “Jumpman” pose (1984)

It wasn’t until a photoshoot with Nike to promote the Air Jordan 1 in 1985 that MJ did the Jumpman pose in a pair of Nike shoes. Wearing the “Black Toe” Air Jordan 1 and a black and red Nike Air Jordan Flight Suit with the New York City skyline as a back drop, Michael Jordan soared into greatness with this pose.

Michael Jordan doing the Jumpman pose for Nike Air Jordan 1 photoshoot

Michael Jordan doing the Jumpman pose for Nike Air Jordan 1 photoshoot (1985)

Michael Jordan recalled doing the Jumpman pose in a 1997 interview with HOOP Magazine:

“I wasn’t even dunking on that one.
People think that I was.
I just stood on the floor, jumped up and spread my legs and they took the picture.
I wasn’t even running.
Everyone thought I did that by running and taking off. Actually, it was a ballet move where I jumped up and spread my legs.
And I was holding the ball in my left hand.”

The first two Nike Air Jordans, did have a special logo for Jordan; however, it was the “Wings” logo that designers Peter Moore and Bruce Kilgore applied to the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 2 respectively.  One the Jordan 1 hangtag though, the image above was used as the first technical use of the Jumpman logo by Nike.

Nike Air Jordan 1 with Jumpman hangtag

Nike Air Jordan 1 with Jumpman hangtag

After two models in, legend has it that Michael Jordan was not terribly happy with Nike. An architect and budding footwear designer by the name of Tinker Hatfield was called in to work with MJ to work with him to better the relationship between Nike and MJ. While in the sketch phase and before any samples had been produced, Tinker Hatfield saw the image of the Air Jordan 1 photoshoot and a bulb went off.

The Air Jordan 3 was revolutionary like many of Tinker’s designs. It was the first mid-cut basketball shoe, it was the first to incorporate a lifestyle texture of elephant print, it was the first to feature Nike’s Air cushioning in a visible manner, and most notably, the first Air Jordan to feature the Jumpman logo which was placed on the tongue.

Tinker Hatfield's sketch of the Nike Air Jordan 3

Tinker Hatfield’s sketch of the Nike Air Jordan 3 (1987)

More than a quarter century of Air Jordan shoes since the AJ 3 and nearly two decades of Jordan Brand as a separate brand within Nike, the Jumpman silhouette remains and continues to grow in its iconic status.

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Jordan Jumpman logo

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Oct 1, 2014
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Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB – All-White

Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB – All White

Moments after the debut of its Sage-colored Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB early yesterday, Nike unveiled one other SFB Chukka in a pristine All-White colorway. First appeared at last year’s Winter Olympic Games at Sochi, Russia, though its design originated from the first SFB (Special Forces Boot) back in 2009, the Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB’s combination of rugged durability and featherweight comfort made them a favorite among those athletes in the Olympic Village. Now, you can enjoy those benefits as well. One of three colorways, the Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB in All-White will be available next Thursday, October 9th, at NikeLab store locations in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The exclusive edition will also be for sale on the NikeLab.com online store.

Release Date: 10/9/2014 (Thursday)

Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB – All White

Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB – All White

Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB – All White

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Oct 1, 2014
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The 13 Best Non-OG Air Jordan 13s of All Time

One of the most iconic basketball sneakers ever conceived, the Air Jordan 13, is set to heat up the winter with a few of the most anticipated makeups of the year. Originally launched during the 1997-98 NBA season, which was the last that Jordan played for the Bulls, the model featured hologram branding, speed lacing and a paw inspired sole. We know OG colorways would dominate any list we made, so we decided to leave them off and spotlight the non-OG Air Jordan 13. Browse through our rankings of the 13 best non-original Air Jordan 13 colorways and be sure to let us know your favorite in the comment section below.

13. Air Jordan 13 GS “Voltage Cherry”

Jordan 13 Black/Voltage Cherry

Swamping red for a bright pink tone, the Air Jordan 13 “Voltage Cherry” mimics the color blocking of the Air Jordan 13 “Playoffs” in a playful manner.

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Oct 1, 2014
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BRONX NEWS: Molest victim makes stand at Fordham against Jesuit priests



 


A Connecticut screenwriter chose the Bronx as the location to make a statement against sexual abuse on Tuesday.


Neal Gumpel stood on the Southern Blvd. median outside the gates of Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus, holding a sign that read “Shame on Jesuits” as passing motorists honked and hollered in support.


Gumpel says he was sexually abused by a Jesuit priest at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, in 1973. The protesters chose Fordham because the priest, the Rev. Roy Drake, once worked for the Bronx Jesuit university.


“I just want justice,” Gumpel said, noting the Jesuit priesthood has refused to acknowledge his claims. “I just want them to admit what happened and provide counseling and compensation of some sort.”


Gumpel, 57, said he has suffered through drug abuse and psychological damage as a result of being molested as a child.


“People have been responsive,” said fellow protester Robert Hoatson, a former Christian brother who now advocates for victims of sexual abuse. “I think more people are aware of how prevalent this is in the priesthood.”


Gumbel was also joined by his wife and a friend.


Drake died in 2008, three years after he was accused of raping a 13-year-old while he was a teacher at Fordham Prep in 1968.


The accuser informed the university of the alleged abuse, but the statute of limitations had expired to prosecute Drake, as it has in Gumpel’s case.


University representatives did not respond to a request for comment.


“The victim should be applauded for having the courage to stand up,” said Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivor Network of Those Abused by Priests. “Most of us, as victims, are not able to report (the abuse) until well into adulthood.”


The New York Province of the Society of Jesus did not respond to repeated requests for comment.


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Oct 1, 2014
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Is a Special PUMA Clyde Project in the Works?


Last night, the PUMA team with folks from not only the North American office but also Germany had dinner with Walt “Clyde” Frazier at his restaurant as well as shot some hoops with the man himself. PUMA has given the PUMA Clyde a little bit of a rest in the past couple of years with lots of work on the PUMA Suede, but is it time for the PUMA Clyde to get some love again?

One can only speculate that something is in the works with the roster that was attending this dinner.

For those not familiar with the history of the PUMA Clyde, the shoe was the second signature shoe for an NBA player when it debuted following his the NBA Championship in 1973. Though similar to the Suede/Basket, the shoe and its complimenting marketing campaigns were used to illustrate Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s swagger on and off the court.

Let’s wait and see.

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Oct 1, 2014
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BRONX NEWS: First NYPD ticket-fixing trial set for Wednesday



The first trial of a cop accused of wrongdoing in the NYPD ticket-fixing scandal is set to begin on Wednesday in the Bronx.


Internal Affairs lieutenant Jennara Cobb will be tried in Bronx Supreme Court on charges that she tipped off officers to the ticket-fixing investigation. Cobb also is charged with obstructing governmental administration. Both charges are misdemeanors.


The wide-ranging probe started back in 2009, and resulted in 16 criminal indictments.








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Oct 1, 2014
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adidas Originals EQT Running Cushion ’91 – “Snake Pack”

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adidas Originals unveils its latest iteration of the EQT Running Cushion ’91 silhouette with this “Snake Pack.” Constructed of mesh and leather for its upper, distinctive skin print accents are prominently seen on the sneakers’ signature three stripes branding, toe area, tongue and heel. All sitting atop a crisp white midsole and contrasting black outsole – the “Snake Pack” is finished in classic black and white variants.

Look for the sneakers to release soon at adidas Originals retailers worldwide.

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Oct 1, 2014
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Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka FSB – “Sage”

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In addition to the “Black / Grey” iteration, Nike unveils another colorway of its Flyknit Trainer Chukka for this Fall 2014. Now presented in Sage Green, the silhouette emphasizes its signature Flyknit woven upper, draped in shades of olive that blends into a darker hue towards the heel, toe and swoosh.

Further complimented with varying green shades for its phylon midsole and outsole, finishing touches include matching green laces, tongue tab and a rear pull tab. The Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFB in Sage will be available at Nike.com starting October 9th, as well as select Nike locations globally.

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Oct 1, 2014
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New Balance M530 Premium – Navy

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Alongside the recent “grey” colorway, the New Balance 530 is featured in another premium makeup, composed of lush pigskin suede and mesh in deep navy. Accentuated with 3M hits on the “N” logo and a brown leather heel tab, the shoe is completed with a tonal rear midsole, while the forefoot is shaded in white.

Another strong rendition of the vintage tech runner, the New Balance M530 Premium in navy is available now from select retailers, including Kith for 0.

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Oct 1, 2014
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Nike Air Max Lunar1 Jacquard Winter – “Ash Grey”

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The abundance of Fall-themed sneakers are rising as Nike presents its Air Max Lunar1 Winter Jacquard composed of varying grey shades across its upper. Embodying neutral tones throughout its signature silhouette in a woven jacquard upper with geometric accents, the model is finished with a contrast white Lunarlon sole and equipped with an Air-Sole unit in the heel.

Further accentuated with a dark grey leather mudguard, the Nike Air Max Lunar1 is now available from select Nike retailers, including Titolo.

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