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May 29, 2015
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The Nike LeBron “Quai 54″ Is Not A Europe Exclusive

Good news American sneakerheads, the upcoming Nike LeBron Soldier IX “Quai 54″ for the Parisian streetball tournament previously thought to be a European exclusive is going to be dropping stateside. And very soon, as Foot Locker is reporting that they’ll have them in stock at select locations tomorrow, May 30th. With this Soldier IX hitting US doors, it definitely gives some hope that the Air Jordan 13 and Air Jordan XX9 for this year’s Quai 54 tournament may also eventually land on US soil, but we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, check with your local Foot Locker to see if they’ll be getting the LeBron Soldier IX “Quai 54″ tomorrow.

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May 29, 2015
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The Nike Air Presto Breeze Returns in Black / White

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Fifteen years after its initial debut, the Nike Air Presto is revived in monochromatic makeup of Black and White for its latest iteration this season.

A truly lightweight runner, the low-top sneaker inherits a breathable mesh upper that’s reinforced by its trademark plastic vamp cage that extends onto the heel — all of which are dipped in Black. Additional solidifying elements consists of a tonal Black toe guard, alongside a Grey-colored heel pull tab for easy slip-on or out functionality.

All nicely offset with White accents for the laces, lining, branding on the tongue tab and toe box, the simplistic and stylish silhouette is rounded out with a two-tone sole unit that matches its respective colorway.

You can find this rendition of the Nike Air Presto at Nike retailers, such as Titolo starting May 30th.

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May 29, 2015
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PELNYC Talks “We Were There” Air Max 90 Art Project

Recently, the “We Were There” art project by PELNYC caught the eyes and attention of the Nice Kicks staff, highlighting the Air Max 90 model in illustrated form with strong ties to pop culture and the services. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Tinker Hatfield-designed classic, the project reads as a time capsule collection of the people and events that made waves during the model’s run with the sneaker serving as a contemporary canvas. We chatted with PEL about the project, his wide range of work and his personal ties to the timeless runner.

Nice Kicks: This project was a collaboration with The Whitaker Grp who work with Atlanta retailers such as A Ma Maniere, Social Status and A.P.B. Have you worked with them in the past?

PELNYC: I have worked with the principle of The Whitaker Grp on several projects, chiefly designing the 25th anniversary Reebok Fury that was done for them. I designed the Social Status logo, have done brand consulting and designed their private label, among other things. I also did the Rosa Parks and Malcolm X tee shirt graphics for A Ma Maniere.

Nice Kicks: When approached, were you already a fan of the Air Max 90? Tell us a little bit about your personal history with this silhouette.

PELNYC: I was very much a fan of this silhouette and other designs that Tinker has put forth. I don’t think it’s a mystery as to why this sneaker has been around for so long and is only gaining momentum with age…#finewine. I had never owned a pair of these until I got some hand me downs from my younger cousin. The thing that I liked about them were the different materials and the colors. [Mine] were a general release in charcoal, black and yellow. He actually gave them to me in the box and I still have them in the box to this day and wear them like the prized possessions that they are.

Nice Kicks: On your website, you feature artwork depicting pop culture icons from the last six decades such as Marilyn Monroe, Biggie and Pac, Dave Chappelle and Rihanna. Is it a common thread in your art to story tell using past and present references?

PELNYC: Yes. Everyday from October 27th, 2013 I have been doing a sketch a day that relates to current events and pop culture, displayed via my Instagram feed. I also do a monthly full page satirical cartoon in Penthouse magazine. I think that it is important to have conversations that actually prompt some type of involvement and in-depth thought. Too often we get lost in the surface value of things and situations and forget the root or underlying message. I’ve been a fashion designer for over 13 years for many streetwear and contemporary brands so it’s important for us to be aware and pull themes from the past, present and perspective future.

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Nice Kicks: With this series, you have three pieces that combine Americana with the Air Max 90. Why did you choose the Twin Towers, the Statue of Liberty and the Flir Cat?

PELNYC: I chose the three of these for that sheer fact that they do reflect Americana and our fortitude. I am a Navy Veteran and 9-11 resonated with me in a very different way. I have been overseas with fellow service members and have never felt that type of patriotism. The simple fact is that there is some anti-American sentiment when we went abroad and we forgot our differences. We did our best to represent America and the Dream of America under the best light. I had never felt that type of camaraderie before 9-12-2001. We were working all in unison, despite race, color or creed.

The Statue of Liberty is a symbol unto itself that personifies the willingness to take on anyone who wished to dare for the American Dream. I thought that it was interesting when Lady Liberty underwent her restoration in the ’80s due to neglect and had inches of tar on her. Then we saw her restored to the patina that we all now know and love, but it still is not her original copper as when she was first unveiled. I thought the symbolism in that alone was poignant to say the least. The point that prompted me to paint her though was in relation to the closing due to the 9-11 strike and how patrons weren’t allowed to go up and down Lady Liberty as unrestricted as before. That in and of itself was impactful as there was never a restriction on access to Liberty.

I did the Flir Cat because I was part of the F-14 squadron — VF-103 Sluggers — that was testing that laser guided missile system. I was the artist that painted the nose art. I didn’t know the impact that it would have on the F-14 community or that it was turned into a collectable die-cast model by the Franklin Mint. Also, the pilot that flew it was Dale Snodgrass who has the most clocked F-14 hours in the world and was a consultant for TopGun.

Nice Kicks: You mention in the video that you had served in the military. We would first and foremost like to thank you for your service and secondly ask you how serving your country has effected your artwork.

PELNYC: I am a culmination of my life experiences and exposure. I believe that everything impacts my work. The biggest impact was my daughter though.

Directly related to the military, it has opened my eyes to new cultures, made me realize that I am blessed to be in a country that allows me to express myself freely and disciplined me to work in the most well oiled machine in U.S. history.

Harry Potter Inspired Air Max 90 Artwork by PELNYC

Harry Potter Inspired Air Max 90 Artwork by PELNYC

Nice Kicks: How did you choose the various themes for this series?

PELNYC: Ohhhhhh, gosh… Picking the ideas was an arduous task onto itself, first and foremost because I cover the news and pop culture daily via my Instagram, so it just made sense to me to come up with something that would show how magnanimous this shoe is. I didn’t want to just do one piece of art, hence I pushed to do 25 pieces and show how this sneaker has been around through a quarter of a decade and its influences.

I chose to do some pop culture just because the news can be a bit heavy and is usually filled with grief and the negative components of dealing with the human element. I did want to keep things in perspective though and allow for the viewer to still remember things such as the story of Mandela and the events of the Twin Tower to resonate through the art.

I picked Harry Potter because it is this generation’s Star Wars, plus the story of J.K. Rowling’s is an inspiration on to its own.

I also wanted to make sure that I used different styles to insure that it wasn’t stagnant. I chose to give Facebook a simple depiction because of the profile that we all start with. I just thought that this spoke directly to simple influences of social media.

Facebook Inspired Air Max 90 Artwork by PELNYC

Facebook Inspired Air Max 90 Artwork by PELNYC

Nice Kicks: Where will be displaying your work and will the items be available for sale?

PELNYC: The work is going to be displayed and for sale at a my show at Ward-Nasse Art Gallery at 178 Prince St in NY. I am also planing to bring it to select sneaker boutiques in the city. Prints will be released for purchase on my site on June 1st.

Keep up with PELNYC on Instagram and his personal site.

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May 29, 2015
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adidas Is Bringing The Heat With Their OG Models

There’s a lot of sneakers on the market claiming to be “remastered” but here’s one that truly is: a new edition of the iconic adidas Pro Model that’s premium and honors the original right down to the smallest details. The year-long celebration of the Superstar continues on with this offering of the high-top version of the classic shell-toe sneaker, presented in three OG-as-it-gets looks in white leather with black or white accents and navy blue suede. High-quality boot leather, accurate shape, gold foil trefoil labels on the tongue; it’s all there to ensure the best possible reproduction of the famous sneaker. Pick up your pair of the adidas Superstar Pro Model OG at select adidas Originals retailers beginning June 16th, 2015.

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A Shimmering Pair: Nike Air Python Premium “Pearl”

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While the Nike Air Python Premium “Pearl” was never officially announced of its availability, the silhouette has now arrived at retailers discreetly.

Essentially a lifestyle model that combines components from the Air Jordan 2 and Air Force 2, but in a more fashionable interpretation — the sneaker specifically inherits the Air Jordan 2’s upper draped in an iridescent Pearl White Python skin pattern. Supplemented atop an Air Force 2 sole unit dipped in White, while adhered to a translucent Blue outsole unit, finishing details include matching Off-White laces and Nike branding adorning the tongue and heel tab.

Merging street-style with a hint of luxury effortlessly, you can find this Air Python PRM at Nike retailers now, including Oneness for 0.

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adidas Originals Superstar Pro Model OG

adidas Originals Superstar Pro Model OG

Summer 2015 marks the comeback of a Trefoil classic, the Superstar Pro Model. adidas Originals has reproduced the mid-cut version of the iconic shell-toe sneaker in a trio of classic colorways: two constructed from premium boot leather in white, and a third built with buttery suede in navy. All three are finished with contrast colored signature three-stripes and heel tabs, along with a rubber shell-toe in white. Look for the Pro Model OG to hit select adidas Originals retailers beginning June 16.

Release Date: 6/16/2015 (Tuesday)

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May 29, 2015
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Jordan vs LeBron: Who Is King of Kicks?

Matt Halfhill – Founder + Publisher
Allison Halfhill – Chief of Strategy
Nick DePaula – Creative Director

George Kiel III – Editor in Chief
Ian Stonebrook – Associate Editor

Pierce Simpson – Staff Writer
Gregory Williams – Staff Writer
Darren Griffin – Staff Writer

Sid Ashford – Video + Visuals

Jeffery Jason – Social Media

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May 29, 2015
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Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Chicago” – Release Reminder

As if anybody even needs a reminder, the Air Jordan 1 High “Chicago” is back in mere hours from now, releasing Saturday morning at select Jordan Brand retailers globally. Not available with the OG Nike Air branding and accurate shape since 1994, there’s no doubt that one of the most iconic sneakers ever—perhaps the very most important sneaker of all time—is not going to last long on physical or virtual store shelves tomorrow. So enjoy one last round of beauty shots of the Air Jordan 1 High “Chicago”, and get ready. Not up for the hustle tomorrow morning? Keep in mind that you can also find them now on eBay.

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May 29, 2015
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A Perfect Summer Combo With This Nike Lunar Force 1 Premium in White / Gum

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As part of Nike’s recent “White Hot” pack that recently dropped this past Friday, a closer look at the Nike Lunar Force 1 is given.

Essentially a replication of the original Air Force 1, the only noticeable change is the addition of a Lunarlon midsole with an encapsulated Air-Sole unit for a springy, responsive cushioning. Dressed in a timeless White hue, the low-top sneaker is comprised of full-grain leather, with the addition of Ostrich leather gracing the iconic Swoosh branding for a more premium touch.

All adhered atop a complementing Gum rubber outsole unit that defines its overall makeup perfectly, you can find this Lunar Force 1 Premium at Nike retailers now, including Sneaker Politics 0.

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May 29, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: Subway motorman at helm of 1991crash injured in hit-and-run

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May 29, 2015
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Nike and Jordan Brand Join Forces for the Summer 2015 N7 Collection

Nike and Jordan Brand Join Forces for the Summer 2015 N7 Collection

For Summer 2015, Nike and Jordan Brand have come together on an N7 collection that honors the tradition and growth of basketball on native lands. For the first time in the history of Nike N7, the product offerings include footwear styles from Jordan Brand. The silhouettes take the form of the Air Jordan 1 Low N7, Air Jordan 7 Retro N7 and the Jordan Super Fly 3 PO N7 (also available in kids’ sizes). All three are finished in retro-inspired colors and graphics that give the nod to the ’80s and ’90s. The collection also includes additional basketball styles for men, as well as men’s and women’s running and training footwear and apparel. Men’s footwear models are made up of the Prime Hype DF basketball shoe, Roshe Run and Free 5.0 in both men’s and women’s sizes. Check out the individual pieces in the following pages, as well as some of the goods modeled by Nike N7 ambassadors Jordan Nolan and Veronica Lind.

The Summer 2015 Nike N7 collection launches June 3rd at Nike.com, as well as Nike and Foot Locker locations across the United States and Canada.

Release Date: 6/3/2015 (Wednesday)

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May 29, 2015
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adidas Yeezy 750 Boost “Auburn” Custom by Mache Customs

After reimagining the Nike Kobe 9 Elite with a sick “Ironman” makeover, Mache Customs takes to the adidas Yeezy 750 Boost for his latest body of work. Providing Kanye’s insanely hyped inaugural adidas silhouette with a fresh Visvim-inspired “Auburn” look, Mache spruces up the upper with a smooth dye job and set of blackened waxed laces. Leaving the silhouette’s outsole tooling in in original delivery, a closer look at Mache’s adidas Yeezy 750 Boost “Auburn” Custom is featured after the jump. Where do these joints rank amongst your favorite customs? Hit the comments section with your thoughts and be sure to keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more custom kicks.

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adidas Yeezy 750 Boost Auburn Custom by Mache Customs

adidas Yeezy 750 Boost “Auburn” Custom

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