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Apr 24, 2017
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This Exclusive adidas Originals NMD XR1 Is Available Now in the US

Image via: Finish Line

Image via: Finish Line

Formerly available as a UK exclusive through JD Sports, this subdued colorway of the NMD XR1 from adidas Originals can now be purchased here in the U.S. Varying black and grey shades make up the dominant color palette of this modern street-style silhouette, featuring a breathable mesh upper resting on an all-black BOOST midsole. A shock of bright red on the heel loop adds the lone bit of color to the otherwise neutral design. Retailing for 0, the kicks are available now at select Finish Line locations, as well as online at finishline.com.

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Apr 24, 2017
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New Balance Debuts the 247 Breathe Pack

Image via: New Balance

Image via: New Balance

Designed with the “modern urbanite” in mind, the 247 Breathe pack from New Balance is tailor made for summer, featuring monochromatic colorways and a breathable mesh build. The shoe is essentially a modern adaptation of the New Balance 247 Sport, offered in Sherbet, Black, Mint Cream, Navy, White, Grey/ Blue and a women’s only Cosmic Sky. Details include an ultra-breathable mesh vamp, reflective “N” logo and neoprene sock construction. A REVlite midsole completes the look. Retailing for .95, the the New Balance 247 Breathe pack launches May 1st at newbalance.com and select NB retailers. 

Release Date: 5/1/17 (Monday) 

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Apr 24, 2017
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New Balance Debuts 247 “Breathe” Pack

Ahead of summer where comfort centric, breathable sneaker become critical, New Balance debuts their 247 centered “Breathe” pack.

Essentially an undated variation of the 247 Sport, the New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack consists of seven monochromatic colorways including Sherbet, Black, Mint, Navy, White, Grey/Blue and a women’s exclusive Cosmic Sky edition. Each incorporates ultra-breathable performance mesh vamping with summer in mind. Neoprene sock construction and REVlite midsole tooling provide a superior fit and supreme comfort.

Expect the “Breathe” 247 on May 1 at New Balance stores and online.

New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack

Release Date: May 1, 2017
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New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack

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Apr 24, 2017
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Kendrick Lamar Announces “DAMN.” Tour Dates

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Image via: Getty Images

Kendrick Lamar is currently riding high with his new album DAMN., which notched 603,000 total copies sold in its first week of availability, making it the year’s best-selling chart debut. It’s also his third straight No. 1 album, and in support of the effort, the Compton rapper is set to hit the road. Kendrick announced dates for the DAMN. tour this morning, which begins July 12th in Phoenix, Arizona, and end in Los Angeles, California, on August 6th. He’ll be joined by Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. Check out the dates below.

07-12 Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena

07-14 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

07-15 Houston, TX – Toyota Center

07-17 Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Arena

07-19 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

07-20 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

07-21 Washington, DC – Verizon Center

07-22 Boston, MA – TD Garden

07-25 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre

07-26 Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

07-27 Chicago, IL – United Center

07-29 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

08-01 Seattle, WA – Tacoma Dome

08-02 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

08-04 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena

08-05 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

08-06 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

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Apr 24, 2017
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Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack Releasing in Japan

The continued presence of the Nike Air Presto grows greater with the return of its coveted “Safari” edition. This time around, though, four new colorways of Nike’s time-honored pattern are fixed upon the popular 2000’s silhouette.

The Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack will release as a Japan exclusive on April 27. Four colorways will don the famed print at the toe bumper, midfoot cage and heel. A Stateside release hasn’t yet been announced, but stay tuned to Nice Kicks for possible details.

Nike Air Presto "Safari" Pack
Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack
Nike Air Presto "Safari" Pack
Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack
Nike Air Presto "Safari" Pack
Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack
Nike Air Presto "Safari" Pack
Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack

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Apr 24, 2017
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Gatorade Player of the Year Michael Porter Jr. Won States in “Space Jams”

Over the course of the year, Michael Porter Jr. has been the biggest star in high school basketball. Winning Gatorade Player of the Year honors and also winning the Missouri State Championship, all his accolades have come in style. How so? We asked just which sneakers he was getting buckets in while on the road to success.

“This past season, I have been hooping in Jordans,” recalls Michael. “The Retro 13s and the Space Jam 11s. More importantly, I won the State Championship in the Space Jam 11s. Those feel pretty comfortable so that’s what I am rocking for now.”

See for yourself in the photos below and congrats to Michael on winning Gatorade Player of the Year honors and selecting Mizzou for his college career.

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Apr 24, 2017
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The North Face Helped Staple Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary With an Intimate NYC Event

Image via: Jeff Staple

Image via: Jeff Staple

Last week on April 18th, The North Face teamed up with Staple to stage an intimate dinner at the former’s NYC showroom. The occasion was a celebration of Staple’s 20th anniversary, as well as a showcase for The North Face’s Fall 2017 Urban Collection and some of the brand’s upcoming collaborations. Luminaries in attendance included Jeff Staple, Lil Buck, DJ Clark Kent, Dao-Yi Chow and our own Dan Hwang. They enjoyed a multi-course meal prepared by Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske of NYC’s Contra and Wildair. Check out a photo recap of the event in the gallery below.

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Apr 24, 2017
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DEAL Partners With Reebok for Color Blocked Instapump Fury

Reebok’s Allen Iverson inspired collaboration with Undefeated was a surprising jolt of retro-fitted modernism courtesy of the Instapump Fury. Today, the avant-garde silo is again at the center of another collaboration this time with China-based DEAL.

With an apparent nod to Chinese culture’s yin and yang, the DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi” comes color blocked in varying asymmetrical black and silver hues atop a partially specked midsole and branded heel. Neoprene and leather cascade across the body of the shoe slated to land at DEAL’s flagships and Shanghai’s WZK on May 6.

DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”

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Apr 24, 2017
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DELUXE and Vans Give the Authentic a Checkered Update

Tokyo streetwear mainstay DELUXE continues their ongoing partnership with Vans with another stellar collaboration centered around the timeless Authentic silhouette.

Although the low-cut style remains relatively subtle, DELUXE updates the traditional skate silhouette with a graphic midsole unit followed by monochromatic black and white checkered print at both the tongue and heel. That same print finds placement at the branded insole while a translucent outer encapsulates more graphic illustrations. Black and blue colorways of the DELUXE x Vans Authentic will be available on April 29 for at the Tokyo-based brands webshop.

DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic

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Apr 24, 2017
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The Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo Is Finally Set to Drop

Image via: Supreme

Image via: Supreme

It’s been months since we got a first look at the Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo, and the highly anticipated release has finally been assigned a release date. The ’90s-era basketball shoe is available in three individual colorways — black, metallic gold and red/white — featuring a nubuck upper with custom leather and reflective Supreme branding. Details include elastic gore detailing and custom Supreme x Nike Air sockliners. Check out detailed looks in the gallery below, and expect the kicks to launch April 27th at supremenewyork.com in the U.S. and Europe. (They won’t be available in stores.) Availability in Japan follows on April 29th.  

Release Dates: 
4/27/17 (Thursday) – Online in US and Europe
4/29/17 (Saturday) – Japan, in stores and online

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Apr 24, 2017
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Interview // Romeo Langford Talks Hooping in Hardens at adidas Uprising

Question: What do you do when you’ve got Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana all looking to sign you? Question 2: More importantly, though, what do you wear?

For Romeo Langord, the 6’5 smooth swingman from Indiana, both answers are obvious. Showing out at adidas Uprising, the Class of 2018 standout led the 22 Vision squad in a close game against SC Supreme who happen to have Zion Williamson. He did so in the adidas Harden Vol 1. Why? “It’s the best shoe out right now,” Romeo says confidently.

Talking Hardens and hooping at a high level, check out our quick convo with Romeo below.

Nice Kicks: What went into picking the Hardens for this big stage?

Romeo Langford: I’ve been playing with these for a while now and they match my team colors.

Nice Kicks: What other shoes are in your rotation these days?

Romeo Langford: Just some more Hardens. [Laughs] It’s the best shoe out right now.


DALLAS, TX- April 21, 2017: adidas Gauntlet at Game On Sports Complex, Dallas, TX. (Copyright: Todd Burandt/adidas)

Nice Kicks: Off court, what are you rocking?

Romeo Langford: A lot of Ultra Boost and I just copped a new pair of Yeezys.

Nice Kicks: Before a tournament like this, what music are you listening to?

Romeo Langford: I really don’t listen to too much music. [Laughs]


DALLAS, TX- April 21, 2017: adidas Gauntlet at Game On Sports Complex, Dallas, TX. (Copyright: Todd Burandt/adidas)

Nice Kicks: Keep it strictly hoops?

Romeo Langford: Yessir.

Nice Kicks: What’s been the best part of playing at adidas Uprising so far?

Romeo Langford: The crowd. You don’t really get to see a lot of crowds like this at AAU games.

Check out Romeo in action in the video below from our homies at Ball is Life.

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Apr 24, 2017
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Nike Air Ultraforce Mid Vachetta Tan/Black // Available Now

In the months to come, Nike will begin to release more new iterations of the ever-popular SF-AF1. The high arching military inspired shoe will play a large role in the latter part of the year. But Nike isn’t exactly loosing touch with the Air Force 1 at the moment. In fact, they’re engaging in more off-beat pairs like the Ultraforce Mid.

This women’s edition takes on luxe Vachetta Tan construction juxtaposed against a ventilated black base and tongue. A bulky white midsole adds height to the shoe that is available nor for 0 at Blends.

Nike WMNS Air Ultraforce Mid

Colorway: Vachetta Tan/Black-White
Style #: 864025-201
Price: 0

Nike Air Ultraforce Mid Vachetta Tan/Black
Nike Air Ultraforce Mid Vachetta Tan/Black
Nike Air Ultraforce Mid Vachetta Tan/Black
Nike Air Ultraforce Mid Vachetta Tan/Black
Nike Air Ultraforce Mid Vachetta Tan/Black
Nike Air Ultraforce Mid Vachetta Tan/Black

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