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Jun 19, 2018
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Black and White Colorways of Virgil Abloh’s Nike Air Presto Have a Release Date

One of the more coveted pairs from “The Ten” — Virgil Abloh’s ambitious sneaker collaboration with Nike from last fall — was the Air Presto. The demand for the particular model has spawned a two-part sequel, with the stylized take on the classic silhouette arriving in tonal black and white colorways. Both pairs come with the usual Virgil design flourishes, including the plastic zip tie and exaggerated print. The black colorway will launch first on July 27th, followed by its all-white counterpart on August 3rd. Stay tuned for details.

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Jun 19, 2018
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adidas Future Pacer Lands in Time for Summer

Thursday, June 21st. That’s the first official day of summer. It’s a season where sneaker rotations tighten and the cream rises. If you’re in need of a budding adidas silhouette to add to that rotation — keep the POD S3.1 in mind, too — the Future Pacer is available now.

Juxtaposing sartorial notes from the NMD and even more prominently, the Micropacer, this contemporary design stands as a challenging old meets new creation rendered in premium materials and full-length Boost cushioning.

Pairs of the adidas Future Pacer are available now globally at select retailers including Chmielna.

adidas Future Pacer
adidas Future Pacer

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Jun 19, 2018
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Dank Converted Yeezys into Cycling Shoes

Cycling shoes aren’t usually on the minds of sneakerheads. Recently, State Bicycle Co. copped one of the most sought-after sneakers, the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2, and decided to make them truly unique by using a pair of DZR Minna’s as “donor” shoes and seeking the expert help of Jake Danklefs.

As expected, Dank did work.

Check out the photos below and let us know what you think about this concept.

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Jun 19, 2018
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PJ Tucker & LeBron James Lead 2017-18 Kicks on Court First Team

Tomorrow, the 2018-19 NBA Season effectively begins motion with the 2018 NBA Draft. While rookies will look to put their footprint on the game and the culture, they’ll have to put in major work to outshine our 2017-18 Kicks on Court First Team.

Led by our KOC champ and the NBPA’s Sneaker Champ, PJ Tucker, we see stars from all over the league fill in the spots of our footwear five.

From guard to center, see our picks for the best in kicks from the NBA season that just was.

Nick Young

Best Wears: adidas BYW PEs, adidas Yeezy 500, adidas Crazy 8, adidas Gil II Zero, adidas T-MAC 3 PEs, adidas T-MAC 5 PEs, adidas Crazy 97, adidas Pro Model PEs (see them all here)

Swaggy P made the most of his move to the title-winning Warriors by breaking out everything the adidas archive had to offer. From Benihana x adidas Gil II Zeros to Pro Model PEs, Young kept it retro while still juicing new models like the BYW and Crazy Explosive. A team player yet still swaggy.

Jimmy Butler

Best Wears: Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4, Air Jordan XXX2 PEs, Air Jordan 12 “Wool,” Air Jordan 5 “Quai 54,” Air Jordan 3 “BHM,” Air Jordan 18 “Veteran’s Day” PE, Air Jordan 10 PE

It was in the stars — or at least in his initials — for Jimmy Butler to be on JB. Since joining Jordan Brand, he’s juiced Super.Fly and signature models in team tones proving a good company man. Since moving to Minnesota, the Jumpman has made good on his humble ways in Chicago by lacing the All-Star wing in PE pairs both retro and new. Even better? He snuck into the brand vault this year on multiple occasions by shocking fans with Eminem collabs and BHM favorites.

LeBron James

Best Wears: Nike LeBron 15 #LeBronWatch PEs, Nike Zoom Soldier III, Kith x Nike LeBron 15s (see them all here)

The best player in the world should have the best kicks, too, right? For a minute, King James could claim the former but not the latter. Over the course of the 2017-18 season, LeBron and Jason Petrie quieted any critics by shaking up the LeBron 15 rollout with the #LeBronWatch PE program. Paying tribute to Deion Sanders, Vince Carter and even a younger Bron, fans drooled as they watched the best in the game add to his decorated KOC catalog.

PJ Tucker

Best Wears: Where do we start? See ALL of them here

Simply put, PJ Tucker may be the greatest KOC star we’ve ever seen. Yes, Gilbert started it all and yes, Swaggy P continued it, but PJ has truly taken the trend to new heights. Years in the making, the man who does the dirty work on the court proved to have the cleanest kicks in the league by a longshot.

Montrezl Harrell

Best Wears: Air Jordan 5 “Raging Bull,” Nike Air More Uptempo “Doernbecher,” Air Jordan XX9 Custom, Air Jordan 1 “Gatorade” Orange, Kith x Nike LeBron 15, Nike Kobe 11 “Sunset,” Jordan Melo 1.5 PE, Nike LeBron 9 “Cannon,” Nike Kobe 8 “Extraterrestrial,” PSNY x Air Jordan XV, Nike LeBron Soldier III, Off-White x Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 11 “Cool Grey,” Air Jordan 12 “Doernbecher,” Nike LeBron X “Cork,” Nike KD IV “Gold Medal,” Air Jordan 8 “Doernbecher,” Nike LeBron III Low

The lone big on our list, Montrezl Harrell has the hurdle of finding heat in a huge size. Well, Trez has more than made the leap since landing in LA with a rotation that includes everything from comic customs to runway wears from Kith and PSNY. Throw in a solid dose of vault LeBrons, Kobes and KDs and you have a perennial KOC standout in the making.

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Jun 19, 2018
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Nice Kicks LA Hosts Dinner, Event to Celebrate Adidas POD

Twenty hand-selected individuals were invited to the Nice Kicks LA shop for Friday evening to celebrate the arrival of Adidas’ latest shoe – the Adidas POD. The people selected for the evening event included LA-based artists, curators, and creators. Upon arrival, many conversations took place over drinks before walking upstairs to the Adidas floor in the Nice Kicks LA space that included a buildout for the Point Of Deflection System. 

Hosted by Denise Jones, attendees were given an overview of some of the latest products from Adidas along with a quick breakdown of the Adidas POD System. Adidas’ new Point Of Deflection System utilizes three key components that are by every measure sound individually, but together build a fantastic shoe. Each of the three primary elements of the Adidas POD was good on their own, but together created something much better. The heel features Boost where you need it most in a cutaway shape that drew inspiration from a shoe from the Adidas archive from the early 90s. The forefoot of the shoe gives more bounce with every step with responsive EVA and a side profile similar to that of

Following the walkthrough of the product, things were brought full circle by Denise when she drew the parallel that each of the twenty individuals was good alone, but could be better together.  

Eyebrows raised and heads nodded – the tone for the evening was set.

 

Nice Kicks LA transformed the first floor of the space for the evening removing every single fixture and shelf to create a unique atmosphere.

Renowned chef and restauranteur Michael Hung created an exclusive three-course dinner for the evening drawing inspiration from the three primary components of the Adidas POD.

Projected onto the 20-seat dining table was content created around each dish and its connection to the different part of the shoe it represented which took storytelling to new heights as well as a unique combination of senses.

 

After each course was introduced and enjoyed, the table was filled with conversation and collaboration between individuals sharing insights and opinions on not just past work but the direction they see for the future.

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Jun 19, 2018
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Vault by Vans Taps Renowned Illustrator John Van Hamersveld for a Nostalgic Capsule

Image via: Vans

Image via: Vans

Vault by Vans has called on celebrated illustrator and graphic designer John Van Hamersveld to create a capsule collection fueled by nostalgia, expressed through a variety of provocative and culturally relevant designs. John’s distinctive artwork is featured on two Vans silhouettes, the OG Sk8-Hi LX and two different styles of the OG Classic Slip-On LX. Accompanying graphic tees round out the assortment. Check out the individual pieces in the gallery below and expect the collection to launch this Saturday, June 23rd, exclusively at Vault by Vans retailers.

Release Date: 6/23/18 (Saturday)

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Jun 19, 2018
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Nike Air Max 1 “Desert Camo” Releasing Soon

Thinking back over the past few years, there hasn’t been a time when the Air Max 1 wasn’t in wide circulation. Given the introduction of Air Max Day, in 2014, and the 1987 silhouette being largely at the center of its conception, it’s clear why the timeless silhouette never truly takes a break.

Releasing soon is this summer ready Nike Air Max 1 “Desert Camo” edition. Self explanatory courtesy of its moniker, the light camouflage coat appears in canvas construction that taps back to its militaristic origins. Black branding balances the aesthetic which is finished with white midsole tooling.

A specific release date for this Air Max 1 has not yet been defined. Stay tuned for more.

Nike Air Max 1 "Desert Camo"
Nike Air Max 1 “Desert Camo”
Nike Air Max 1 "Desert Camo"
Nike Air Max 1 “Desert Camo”
Nike Air Max 1 "Desert Camo"
Nike Air Max 1 “Desert Camo”
Nike Air Max 1 "Desert Camo"
Nike Air Max 1 “Desert Camo”
Nike Air Max 1 "Desert Camo"
Nike Air Max 1 “Desert Camo”

Source: Rock City Kicks

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Jun 19, 2018
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Jordan Brand’s 2018 Wings Scholarship is Sending 26 Kids to College

Jordan Brand this week has announced its 2018 Wings Scholarship recipients. Totaling 26 students from major cities across the U.S., the program aimed to aid underprivileged youth realize their dreams of a higher education continues to shine a light on the sneaker community and all the good that takes place within its confines.

With students from cities that include Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Portland, each potential winner was tasked with a few deeds to quality. First, they’d have to answer two essay questions along with submission of their transcripts and SAT scores. A personal video was also required, where students would, to a lesser degree, plead their case for the life-changing scholarship opportunity.

The Wings Scholarship offers each student a full ride to any college of their choosing. In addition to financial aid, the program also hosts mentorship and support organizations in various communities throughout the U.S.

Each of the 26 students were notified of their selection through a large blue box with “WINGS” stamped across its center. Inside, however, they wouldn’t find sneakers. Something far more valuable was positioned within. A certificate, signed by both Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand Vice President Howard White, reads “Congratulations! You have been selected as a Jordan Wings Scholar.”

Dating back to the charitable organization’s inception, the Wings Scholarship has sent more than 225 students to college. In the past, Jordan Brand allowed community partners to nominate potential recipients. However, in 2018, the company created an in-house selection committee. The well-rounded, 14-person committee complete with Nike and Jordan Brand employees, submitted to a two-day training hosted by the United Negro College Fund before screening a total of 96 applicants.

Jordan Brand 2018 Wings Scholarship
Jordan Brand 2018 Wings Scholarship

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Jun 19, 2018
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Official Release Information for the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Butter”

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Image via: adidas

Kanye West and adidas are set to launch the latest edition of the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 in a yellow-tinged “Butter” hue, replacing the “Peanut Butter” colorway we originally spied back in January. The details are consistent with previous 350 V2 releases, meaning the minimalist silhouette sports a Primeknit upper with distinct center stitching and a stitched-on heel tab for easy on and off. BOOST cushioning on the bulky midsole completes the look. 

See additional images in the gallery below and expect the kicks to launch June 30th at adidas.com, select adidas retailers and yeezysupply.com. Retail is set at 0. Reservations for the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Butter” will be available through select adidas retail locations prior to release day through the adidas Confirmed App.

Release Date: 6/30/18 (Saturday) 

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Jun 19, 2018
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A Closer Look at the “White” Levi’s x Air Jordan 4

Officially set to release at the close of the month, on June 30th, Jordan Brand is almost ready to rollout its second collaborative drop with Levi’s this year. With two, not one pair, to speak of, this time-honored partnership that dates back years is ignited once again in 2018.

Of the black and white iterations that effectively close the first half of the year for Jordan Brand, the latter is seen in greater profile today. Arguably the more desired of the two, respectively, smooth denim construction covers the 1989 produced silhouette while construction that mimics the rear of any traditional Levi’s jean transforms the tongue. In addition, a red Levi’s hangtag marks the shoe’s paneling while a sporty gum outsole punctuates the aesthetic.

Grab an on-foot look at the Levi’s x Air Jordan 4 “White” below courtesy of Foot District and expect the release on June 30th. You can enter the shop’s raffle here.

Levi’s x Air Jordan 4

Release Date: June 30, 2018
Price: 5

Levi's x Air Jordan 4 "White"

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Jun 19, 2018
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Lonnie Walker IV Signs with adidas

Announced alongside Trae Young, NBA Draft prospect Lonnie Walker IV has also signed with adidas.

The Miami standout laced up the adidas Harden Vol. 2 in his recent college campaign while delighting Hurricane fans with his high-wire act.

Good luck to Lonnie and keep it locked to our Kicks on Court coverage to see what he wears in Summer League and in his NBA debut.

photos via Zimbio

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Jun 19, 2018
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Trae Young Signs with adidas

Perhaps the most exciting player in the draft, Trae Young has signed with adidas.

The deal was just made official by the brand today, with Young likely to go in the Top 10 of this Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Already with a strong stable of guards ranging from James Harden to Damian Lillard to Derrick Rose, one would expect Young to lace up the Crazy Explosive series in his rookie debut though no details have been disclosed.

Congrats to Trae and the Three Stripes.

Lead image by Jamie Squire/Getty Images via Zimbio

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