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Jul 31, 2017
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Nike is Officially Cutting Ties with A$AP Bari



Nike Drops ASAP Bari

A$AP Bari has been accused of sexual assault due to a video that recently leaked. While the outcome of the alleged assault is unknown, Nike is going to officially cut ties with A$AP Bari. What this means is you can expect any VLONE x Nike collaborations not to release.

Nike has yet to make an official statement on the matter. However according to Jian DeLeon of High Snobiety, Nike is getting ready to make the official statement very soon.

Below you can check out a Tweet from A$AP Bari concerning the allegations. Make sure to visit the comments section and let us know your thoughts on the upcoming statement Nike is going to make. As well, let us know if you think Nike is doing the right thing.

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Jul 31, 2017
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Nike Severs Ties with VLONE designer A$AP Bari

Following controversy surrounding sexual assault allegations aimed at collaborator A$AP Bari, Nike has cut ties with the Harlem fashion designer.

Nice Kicks received the following statement from a Nike source regarding the current status of their relationship with Bari: “We can confirm we are no longer working together.”

Earlier this month, an extremely problematic and disturbing video surfaced with Bari and a young woman, quickly going viral and prompting questions Bari would soon need to address. He responded via a social media post where he seemed remorseful for his actions. The fallout from the video was more than enough for Nike to end their short-lived partnership with the A$AP Mob member.

Nike began working with Bari and his label, VLONE, in 2016. His first Nike collaboration released last fall at Complex Con, a premium Air Force 1 Low then dropped again in January at New York Fashion Week. It was reported that more VLONE collaborative releases were in the works, including a Nike Vandal collection recently revealed during Paris Fashion Week.

It’s safe to assume that any forthcoming VLONE x Nike releases will be scrapped with the termination of their partnership. Stay tuned to Nice Kicks for more on this developing story.

A$AP Bari

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Jul 31, 2017
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New Balance Previews Upcoming 574 Sport Colorways

Image via: New Balance

Image via: New Balance

This season finds New Balance adding two new models to its new 574 Sport collection, one featuring premium suede with heathered stretch mesh, the other carrying a streamlined synthetic/mesh upper with a welded “N” logo. The former retails for 9.95 and showcases natural earth tones, highlighted by unisex beige and grey styles, as well as a women’s-only copper rose. The latter athletic style retails for .95 and will be available in unisex tonal white and black colorways, alongside a women’s-only white and black. Look for the kicks to hit select retailers and newbalance.com on August 5th. 

Additional thistle and castlerock colorways of the women’s only suede, as well as a navy colorway of the unisex athletic model, will drop in North America on September 5th.

Release Date: 8/5/17 (Saturday)

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Jul 31, 2017
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Sergio Ramos Inspires New Nike Tiempo Custom Cleats

Whether it be Odell Beckham Jr. or Antonio Brown, custom cleats are all the rage on the gridiron. Around the way on the pitch though, personality has never been lacking in regards to style with footwear being no exception.

Such is the case on a new set of custom Nike Tiempo Legend 7 cleats inspired by Sergio Ramos. On display in Chicago for the MLS All-Star Game, Kicks to the Pitch called on True Blue Customs, DeJesus Custom Footwear and Wally Champ to each make a pair of unique boots for the soccer star.

Take a look at the set below. Each pair of boots will be on display at the center of a party in conjunction with Kicks to the Pitch, Nice Kicks and Angelus on August 1st 12pm-6pm and August 2nd 12pm-4pm at 1858 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622. For more information see the flyer below.

Nike Tiempo Legend 7
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by Wally Champ
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by Wally Champ
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by Wally Champ
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by Wally Champ
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by Wally Champ
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by Wally Champ
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by Wally Champ
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by DeJesus Custom Footwear
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by DeJesus Custom Footwear
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by DeJesus Custom Footwear
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by DeJesus Custom Footwear
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by DeJesus Custom Footwear
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by DeJesus Custom Footwear
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by DeJesus Custom Footwear
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by DeJesus Custom Footwear
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by True Blue Customs
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by True Blue Customs
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by True Blue Customs
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by True Blue Customs
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by True Blue Customs
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by True Blue Customs
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by True Blue Customs
Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Custom by True Blue Customs

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Jul 31, 2017
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Champs Sports Invests in Chicago Youth with Little Black Pearl Gallery Instillation

photography by Michael Endregaard

Few cities support their own like that of Chicago. Whether it be Chance the Rapper appearing at local open mics or Juwan Howard putting on youth basketball camps, superstars from the Chi both past and present continue to invest in the future. Though home based in Florida, Champs Sports made sure to adjust to the Midwest climate when opening their new flagship store in the Windy City.

Putting their business in the boom of the culture but also putting their money where their mouth is, Champs led their move to Chi City with a six-figure donation to Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy. Stationed in the Southside of the city, the youth serving academy focuses on the ‘business of art’ by allowing local talents to not only foster, develop and explore their craft but also turn it into a career.

Touring the gallery space with Brandon Breaux — the artist responsible for much of the instillation and also cover art for each Chance the Rapper project — the Chicago raised creative is not lost on the importance of mentorship and the power of art. Such is backed by a student working the event, as he explains the concept behind a LBP produced visual while also sharing his plans to continue his craft as a Saluki at Southern Illinois University. Appropriately, the young man with the pen is wearing “Fine Print” Air Jordan XXX1s. The same notion of business-led mentorship rings true when chatting off the record the next day at the shop. A casual conversation with LBP Music Teacher Don Medina turns to tales of his role in crafting the sound, style and marketing plan in previous years for a then up-and-coming artist who would become Young Jeezy. Simply put, these kids are learning from the greats.

In the days that followed, the Champs Sports gallery space would set stage for local artists such as Saba, Joey Purp and Towkio to perform to a hometown crowd obsessed with arts in the city that Michael Jordan put on the sportswear map. After the show Towkio would reflect on growing up in the Chicago arts community that helped him foster a passion and skill set that’s landed him mentorship from the great Rick Rubin out in California’s Shangri La studio. Still, there’s no place like home and if that home’s Chicago best believe they’re going to take care of their own and keep creating. A visitor in region and perhaps even genre, it looks like Champs Sports has settled in to support.

Check out the special event gallery in the photos below and stop inside the Champs Sports Chicago Flagship on State & Monroe to see local artwork in-store depicting local legends in sports and the arts.

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Jul 31, 2017
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Here’s the Full Introductory Lineup for the Nike Dunk Low Flyknit

Image via: atmos

Image via: atmos

We’ve already seen some of the initial colorways of the Nike Dunk Low Flyknit, and now we finally get a good look at the full slate of releases centered around the modernized classic. As the name suggests, the ’80s silhouette is updated with a full Flyknit upper, accented with a leather Swoosh and supported with lightweight foam cushioning. The Tiffany-inspired colorway, already available right now on nike.com, will soon be joined by five additional styles. Check them out below, and expect the full lineup to hit stores in the very near future.

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Jul 31, 2017
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Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice” // Release Date

Like a stone — rest in peace Chris Cornell — the Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice” sees a volcanic concept erupting in premium fashion on the double-decade old retro runner.

Soft hues are high-fashion on the high beam model, meshing well with, well, mesh, alongside soft suede styling and reflective striping.

Expect the Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice” to launch at Nike Sportswear accounts such as Alchemy on August 4th.

Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice”

Product #: 312834-004
Release Date: August 4, 2017
Price: 0

Nike Air Max 97 "Light Pumice"
Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice”
Nike Air Max 97 "Light Pumice"
Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice”
Nike Air Max 97 "Light Pumice"
Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice”
Nike Air Max 97 "Light Pumice"
Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice”
Nike Air Max 97 "Light Pumice"
Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice”
Nike Air Max 97 "Light Pumice"
Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice”
Nike Air Max 97 "Light Pumice"
Nike Air Max 97 “Light Pumice”

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Jul 31, 2017
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adidas Baseball Debuts 2017 “Dipped” Cleat Collection

Adidas Baseball today debuts its annual “dipped” cleat collection starring the adizero Afterburner. Built for speed and function, here, the Afterburner champions monochromatic color blocking while standing at the forefront of innovation.

Inspired by sneaker trends from across the globe, the collection highlights 15 styles gleaming in striking shades like Power Red, Solar Red, Emerald, Lime, Tactile Steel, Collegiate Gold and many more.

The adidas adizero Afterburner “Dipped” Cleat Collection drops on August 1 for 0 at adidas.com.

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Jul 31, 2017
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Staple Design Teams Up With Cole Haan on a Wingtip Sneaker Hybrid

Image via: Cole Haan

Image via: Cole Haan

Cole Haan is joining in on Staple Design’s 20th anniversary festivities with an exclusive footwear collaboration, highlighting the latter’s signature colors on a silhouette that fuses street-ready style with a sophisticated lace-up design. The Staple Design x Cole Haan 2.ZERØGRAND Stitchlite features a grey one-piece upper with functional zonal kitting for superior breathability and stability, as well as various twisted-yarn textures and coloring to create the classic wingtip aesthetic. Staple branding, complete with the iconic pigeon logo, appears on the tongue and bright red sockliner. Additional pops of color at the midsole and heel round out the details. Priced at 0, the Staple Design x Cole Haan 2.ZERØGRAND Stitchlite will be available starting tomorrow at colehaan.com. A global release follows on August 10th.

Release Dates:
8/1/17 (Tuesday) – Online
8/10/17 (Thursday) – Global release

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Jul 31, 2017
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Fear of God Previews Another Vans Slip-On Collaboration

This holiday season Jerry Lorenzo will rollout at least one more pair of collaborative Fear of God x Vans. Last year’s release stands of one of the best collaborations of 2016, and the drop at the close of this year won’t be any different.

Fear of God today previews a second Classic Slip-On that’s anything but classic. The shoe breaks tradition by opting for a top strap in lieu of the customary slip construction. This Black/White pair joins a Red/Black colorway, both of which will be accompanied by a couple of Eras and a Mountain Edition.

Stay tuned for more on the Fear of God x Vans collection coming this holiday season.

Holiday 2017

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Jul 31, 2017
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Hummel Hive Debuts “North Sea” Pack

Hummel Hive, a modern reinterpretation of Hummel, the elder Danish sportswear brand birthed in the essence of rich soccer and handball aesthetics, is gearing up for a big year repositioning themselves to a Stateside audience. With exciting collaborations and stellar heritage releases upcoming, today they make a splash with the newly released “North Sea” pack.

Inspired by objects and terms synonymous with the North Sea – an extension of the Atlantic Ocean bordering the northeastern region of Europe – the pack features both the HB Team and Marathona OGs, foundational silhouettes entrenched in brand DNA. Made for handball and as an anchoring representation of Scandinavian modernism, both styles adorn fluid shades of blue juxtaposed with red accents that tie back to Hummel’s headquarters on the harbor in Aarhus, Denmark.

The Hummel Hive “North Sea” Pack is available now at select international retailers like Hanon.

Hummel Hive "North Sea" Pack
Hummel Hive “North Sea” Pack
Hummel Hive "North Sea" Pack
Hummel Hive “North Sea” Pack
Hummel Hive "North Sea" Pack
Hummel Hive “North Sea” Pack
Hummel Hive "North Sea" Pack
Hummel Hive “North Sea” Pack
Hummel Hive "North Sea" Pack
Hummel Hive “North Sea” Pack

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Jul 31, 2017
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adidas Originals Is Launching the EQT Cushion ADV Through a Trio of Regional Exclusives

adidas Originals is adding to its EQT family with the introduction of the EQT Cushion ADV, a modern update of the classic EQT Cushion 91. The new silhouette features a more sleek shape, one that carries a single-piece mesh upper in white, topped with an elastic collar up top and EVA cushioning underneath. The shoe will see a regional exclusive release, with the green colorway launching in North America, the red colorway in Asia, and the blue colorway in Europe. The launch date is scheduled for August 12th through adidas.com, as well as at select adidas Originals retailers. 

Release Date: 8/12/17 (Saturday)

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