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Apr 30, 2015
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A Detailed Look at the Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard”


On the rare occasion that Jordan Brand introduces a new colorway to the storied Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG lineage, the shoes always have a creative backstory. This Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard” is no exception, as the brand focuses on the time that Mike actually broke a backboard while dunking in an Italian exhibition game. The orange throughout the white and black base is a nod to the unique uniforms worn during the contest. Initially slated for a late-May release, this Air Jordan 1 has a tentative release date of June 27th currently. More photos below.

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Andrew Wiggins’ Entire Basketball History Encapsulated by This adidas Primeknit Sneaker

In a talented draft class that had plenty of candidates for Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins was given the prestigious award as enters the “veteran” stage of his career. This special-edition adidas Crazylight Primeknit Boost colorway celebrates the Timberwolves star’s history of hoops, with colors of his native country of Canada, his college tour in Kansas, and current situation in Minnesota being represented with a maple leaf-inspired graphic print. The shoes are available right now at adidas so get a detailed look below and add these to your rotation of summer basketball kicks.

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adidas Unveils the Andrew Wiggins Crazylight Boost 2015 “Rookie of the Year” Edition

adidas Unveils the Andrew Wiggins Crazylight Boost 2015 Rookie of the Year Edition

Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves has been named the NBA Rookie of the Year, and adidas is celebrating the honor with a specially themed edition of the Crazylight Boost 2015. Bearing a design inspired by the forward’s path from the North to the NBA, the shoe features a repeating maple leaf pattern to pay homage to his home country, Canada, as well as the colors of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Wiggins’ Kansas alma mater. The player’s initials adorn the tongue of the left shoe, while the right features a “R.O.Y. 2015″ emblem. Get the limited edition kicks now directly from adidas.

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First Look // The “Pre-Grape” Air Jordan 5


words // Nick DePaula:

Throughout the design process, footwear designers bounce around between silhouettes, colors and materials before landing on what becomes the final version of a sneaker that’ll be released to the public.

As we see in this exclusive first look, Tinker Hatfield not only designed the iconic Grape version of the Air Jordan V, but he also sampled what has been dubbed the “Pre-Grape” variation, an away based alternate.

The original concept is finally making its way to retail this weekend on Saturday, May 2nd, not as a “Hornets” inspired colorway, but rather a Retro of an original sample that never made the final cut in 1990.

Check out an original sample of the “Pre-Grape” V below, alongside the Retro launching this weekend.

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Apr 30, 2015
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“Bold Berry” Print on the Nike Roshe One

The Nike Roshe Run is now about to enter its 3rd straight summer, and after the recent rename to the Nike Roshe One, we’re patiently waiting to see if Nike has bigger plans. In the meantime, the Swoosh is doing what it does every summer to the silhouette – updating it with a number of festive prints and patterns while seasonal appropriate materials like mesh and nylon come together to make the shoe even more comfortable. The latest aesthetic features a clean white throughout while splashes of what the brand is calling ‘Bold Berry’ arrives in the form of cartoonish flowers on the side panel. The Swoosh is camouflaged in a matching white so that the array of electric blue, purple and green attracts the most attention. Pairs have already arrived at international shops so expect this Roshe Run to be available just in time for summer.

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Reebok Classic & Finish Line Present Studio Sessions: Episode 1 Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Reebok Classic & Finish Line Present Studio Sessions: Episode 1 Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Reebok Classic and Finish Line have teamed up to produce a video series, Studio Sessions, that gives fans an exclusive look into the lives, styles, and creative processes of some of the world’s top musical artists. The first installment features renowned hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, the current face of Reebok Classic. In the video, Kendrick sits down with Finish Line ambassador Jacques Slade in the same studio where he recorded To Pimp a Butterfly. The two rappers discuss Kendrick’s musical inspirations and how he’s motivated by the community where he grew up. They also delve into the origins of his signature style, formed back when he wore the Reebok Ventilator in middle school. Kendrick then invites kids from his alma mater, Centennial High School, to chime in with questions of their own. Enjoy the video below, and continue reading for detailed looks of the Reebok Ventilator DG, the latest iteration of the classic runner, decked out in neon colors.

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Apr 30, 2015
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Nike Honors Jerry Rice’s Roots with the “Brick Layer” Air Trainer 1


words // Matt Halfhill:

Since its very beginning, Nike has been a brand that celebrates the athlete. Blue Ribbon Sports and Nike founding father Bill Bowerman uttered a famous quote I have heard repeated with pride by countless employees of the brand:

If you have a body, you are an athlete.

Those words are still as significant today as they were when Bowerman first shared them nearly a half century ago.

From its beginning through today, Nike has contributed as much as any organization to the world of sports and athletics. Through innovation and design, Nike has elevated the athlete to be able to run faster, get stronger, and train harder year after year, generation after generation.

In commercial and marketing campaigns, Nike has put the athlete at the forefront as any brand ever has across all industries. While Nike has shoes, apparel, and equipment to sell, the brand has perfected the formula for celebrating the talent of the incredible athletes of our time and associating the brand with their athleticism.

By the mid-80s, Nike was a dominant force in running, was gaining momentum in basketball, but one simple question from a new face in the footwear design world inspired what is today a multi-billion dollar apparel and footwear category.

Though a force in sports, in the summer of 1985, Nike did not have a work out facility for staff at their corporate headquarters. While working out at the newly built Portland YMCA, Tinker Hatfield noticed members of the gym bringing multiple shoes for multiple sports in rather large gym bags.

“Running | B-ball | Weights | etc” read a memo from Tinker Hatfield to Mark Parker penned June 18, 1985. Tinker’s closing thought on the memo, “Have sketches for something new. Give a call when you get a chance!”

The shoe to conquer the problem and become a solution for the athlete in training would be the Nike Air Trainer 1 and the start of Nike Training.

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When Nike Training got off the ground, the Nike Air Trainer 1 was associated with one of the fittest, all-around, multi-sport athletes man had ever seen – Bo Jackson. Nike Training could have followed the formula that every other sports brand had done and marketed the revolutionary breakthrough of this new shoe, but Nike opted instead to celebrate the athleticism of the athletes on its team.

Over the years Nike has had a roster of Hall of Famers in their respective sports including tennis, baseball, and football to name a few. From John McEnroe to Andre Agassi, Nolan Ryan to Ken Griffey Jr., Bo Jackson to Deion Sanders, Nike Training celebrated some of the best to play their sports. But one often forgotten soul from the list could arguably be one of not only on of the greatest football players at his position, but on the entire field – Hall of Famer and NFL’s leading receiver Jerry Rice.

Since the launch of the Nike Trainer 1 and what many argue to be the relaunch and refocus of Nike Training, Jerry Rice has been a celebrated athlete by the brand. Beyond limited colorways and personal appearances at press conferences, Nike Training has told the story of Jerry Rice and his athletic excellence. Without looking at a minute of NFL game footage or career highlights, Nike Training brought to life the abilities and die-hard commitment to training that Jerry Rice had in him.

As a California born 80’s baby in 49ers country, I was very familiar with Rice’s accomplishments, but in 2010, I got the opportunity first hand to witness and experience the caliber of athlete that Jerry Rice is.

A decade and a half past his final Super Bowl win, Jerry Rice lead a select group of media to his old training grounds on the trails and hills above Palo Alto adjacent to the Stanford University campus. Division 1 athletes a year removed from varsity play, professional trainers, and two sneaker bloggers in their mid-20s were no match for the workout we endured under the lead of Jerry Rice running strong at then 47 years young. By the time we had enough, Jerry smiled before letting us off the hook to let us know that what we just experienced was only his warm-up for his daily workout routine.

Rice was the son of a brick mason in rural Mississippi where he and his brothers often assisted his father in his work. Rice was celebrated for having developed strong, reliable hands by catching bricks that his brothers threw to him. It was his natural abilities, rigorous training regiment, and developed catching abilities that landed him a scholarship at Mississippi Valley State University where he would set an astounding 18 records in Division I-AA football.

Drafted in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice continued to excel with career highlights that include 13 Pro Bowl selections and three NFL championship rings. Like in college, Rice would go onto set NFL records as a receiver leading history in career receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

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Nike continues to tell the story of football’s greatest receiver to this day including with a new shoe paying homage to the roots of where Jerry Rice began developing the greatest hands in all of football with the “Brick Layer” Nike Air Trainer 1.

These Air Trainer 1s sport San Francisco 49ers colors with the unmistakable combination of white, red, and metallic gold. Calling out the inspiration of the “Brick Layers” is the red toe cap and heel panels textured like the rough, uneven surface of a red brick along with a heel hit of a pointing trowel. Finishing off the storytelling, Nike illustrates the insole with a photograph of a pile of bricks with one hidden gold brick in the stack – a nod to the gold miner inspiration in the 49ers name.

Get your pair of the “Brick Layer” Nike Air Trainer 1s tomorrow, May 1st at bay-area based retailer Shoe Palace for 0.


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Manny Pacquiao’s Greatest Hits With Nike

Saturday, May 2nd is a date all boxing fans have etched into their minds right now. That’s because, as you probably know, it’s the night of the most hyped fight since Tyson vs. Holyfield in 1996: Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather. Being billed as “The Fight of the Century”, it’s the battle between the sport’s two biggest names that boxing fans have been waiting years for.

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Sneaker Sketch Of The Week // Tinker Hatfield’s Air Jordan XI


words // Nick DePaula:

Looking at the Air Jordan XI literally never gets old.

Whether it was on Michael’s feet in the 1995 playoffs, one of the many Retro colorways to release over the last twenty years, or in person on a random stranger earning a deserved head nod of approval — it’s a gorgeous sneaker.

The greatest of all time, many would say.

With inspirations by way of Michael’s specific request for a “shiny shoe,” the “slappy” and responsive shank plates found in football cleats, bridge architecture, lightweight nylon camping backpacks and even lawnmowers, Tinker Hatfield melded together influences from worlds apart and crafted one of the footwear world’s most innovative designs ever seen.

All while MJ had retired from the game of basketball, and Nike execs didn’t even want to go forward with his signature series.

Take a look at some of Tinker’s original Air Jordan XI sketches below, and be sure to share your favorite Tinker-designer models and stories on both Twitter and Instagram today by using the #TinkerDay hashtag.

Happy birthday to The Architect from the entire Nice Kicks team.

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Nike Basketball “Flight” Collection Releases Tomorrow


Nike hasn’t abandoned their entry-level signature models quite yet despite the Elite regime seeing multiple releases throughout May. Tomorrow the Nike Basketball “Flight” Collection will arrive at retailers featuring astronomy-inspired takes on the Nike LeBron 12, Nike Kobe 10, and Nike KD 7. If there’s a connecting color theme throughout this triad-release it has to be the amount of grey and black utilized as a base on each model. Vibrant accents light up the branding, and the KD 7 stands out thanks to its graphic-laden posite heel counter featuring University Red lightning bolts to demand attention. Check out a better view below of each of Nike Basketball’s upcoming “Flight” Collection and see if you can grab your size early on eBay.

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More Images of the Air Jordan 5 “Midnight Navy”

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New images of the Air Jordan 5 “Midnight Navy” are revealed, which somewhat better emphasizes the Air Jordan 5’s distinct palette in various lightings. Although some may perceive it to be Charlotte Hornets-inspired due to MJ’s ownership of the team, the sneaker’s Midnight Navy hue is not quite Purplish as what’s evident on the Hornets’ team colors.

With subtle contrasting hits of Grey evidenced by its distinctive netting component along its vamp, in addition to the 3M reflective tongue, the sneaker’s overall palette is rounded out by pops of Turquoise gracing the front and rear of its tongue, as well as the midsole unit defined by a sharp wave-like motif.

All situated atop an icy translucent outsole unit, you purchase the Air Jordan 5 “Midnight Navy” at Jordan Brand and Nike accounts such as Hanon, starting Saturday, May 2nd for 0.

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Nike Air Diamond Fury ’96 White/Black-University Red


words // Gregory Williams:

Stepping up to the retail plate for yet another turn at bat, the Nike Air Diamond Fury ’96 is back to swing for the fences with its White/Black-University Red style code. Rounding the bases with a fresh coat of white occupying its underlays, a bold touch of black mutes the models iconic overlays, laces and interior lining. Finished with a fiery shade of university red lighting up the Swooshes, tongue tab and midsole, the Nike Air Diamond Fury ’96 White/Black-University Red is available now over at Kicks USA for 0.

Nike Air Diamond Fury ’96

Colorway: White/Black-University Red
Style #: 724971-100
Price: 0

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Nike Air Diamond Fury ’96 White/Black-University Red

Nike Air Diamond Fury '96 White/Black-University Red

Nike Air Diamond Fury ’96 White/Black-University Red

Nike Air Diamond Fury '96 White/Black-University Red

Nike Air Diamond Fury ’96 White/Black-University Red

Nike Air Diamond Fury '96 White/Black-University Red

Nike Air Diamond Fury ’96 White/Black-University Red


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