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Sep 17, 2013
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Nike Air Diamond Turf ‘Black/Metallic Gold-Gamma Orange’

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For the Fall 2013 season, Nike Sportswear will re-issue Deion Sanders’ iconic Nike Air Diamond Turf in a new “Gamma Orange” motif.

Constructed out of smooth nubuck and patent leather quarters, this retro style will see a black base with subtle hits of metallic gold and don bold gamma orange accents throughout its midfoot strap, inner lining, and heel tab. What are your thoughts on this mock up?

Priced at 0, look for the Nike Air Diamond Turf “Black/Metallic Gold-Gamma Orange” to hit retailers on October 5, 2013. Keep it locked right here at Sneaker Files for new detailed images.

Colorway: Black/Metallic Gold-Gamma Orange
Release Date: 10/5/2013
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Product Code: 309434-009

 

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Sep 17, 2013
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Nike Air Max Hyperposite ‘Pop Art’ | New Images

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Just when you thought the Nike Air Max Hyperposite was loosing its ground amongst other popular releases, Nike hits us with yet another colorway.

This time around, the high-performance model takes inspiration from a form of art called “Pop Art” – a theme not usually seen on new Nike models. Dressed in a hyper blue, obsidian, and total crimson colorway, this style features pop art-inspired graphics atop its Hyperfuse upper and inner lining. What’s also designed with a speckled midsole, these kicks display graphic Swoosh branding and cool detailed laces.

Enjoy detailed images below and stay tuned to Sneaker Files for more word on a release date.

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Sep 17, 2013
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Jason Terry Debuts New Reebok Q96 Colorway

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As part of a new promotional piece for Reebok, Jason Terry has been spotted in the new Reebok Q96.

What most are calling a remake of the classic Reebok Question Mid, this Reebok Q96 variation utilizes a black suede toe box, red accents, and distinct iridescent midpanels. Complete with “Reebok” eyelets and a white DMXFOAM cushioned midsole, how well do you think these kicks will perform on the court? Or better yet, how well will they be received by the sneaker community.

If change is good, would you cop this colorway?

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Sep 16, 2013
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Jon Buscemi Introduces the World to New Luxury Footwear Line: Buscemi

After paying his dues in the skate industry at Girl Distribution and DC Shoes before co-founding the inventive indie brand known as Gourmet, Jon Buscemi has seen the industry from all sides. When news leaked out earlier this year that he’d left Gourmet, speculation went into overdrive. It’s fair to say that no one was expecting him to reappear toting a shoe with a padlock and a 5 price tag. Yep, Jon Buscemi is now a brand.

You recently left Gourmet, a company you co-founded six years ago. I know these things are a bit delicate but I have to ask, how do you feel about it all and was it an amicable split?
Technically we started seven years ago – around the time we trademarked the Gourmet logo and began the design of the collection. I remember when Greg and Greg went to Italy to develop the line and getting pics from the Loro Piana factory and working with the girls at Missoni. As far as me leaving Gourmet, I feel great. It was time for me to move on in my career. You get to a point where you need to ‘work on the next show’. I feel like I’ve been on a sitcom for seven years and my character got killed off. It’s healthy. No hard feelings at all as I am still an owner and want nothing but success for the brand I helped build.

I was thinking about the first time I saw Gourmet. I remember two things. You and the two Gregs wearing sunglasses and bald heads in your PR photos and secondly, the first canvas shoes you made. The fact they looked ‘a little bit’ like Jordans was also somewhat controversial. Now the dust has settled, can you finally tell that story?
The story is pretty simple when you think back on it. Greg Johnsen came up with the idea to make a Jordan-type sneaker but deconstructed. Essentially the idea was take a classic Jordan and produce it in the vein of a Chuck Taylor or Vans. I suggested we use the Keds vulc style sole because we all grew up wearing white on white Keds Champions. I think Lucci suggested the Jordan models 7 and 11, and off we went. It was a homage and an accessory to our high-style Italian-made sportswear. We got a federal trademark/copyright/trade dress lawsuit from Nike. Blah blah blah. We settled with Nike and they were actually really cool about it. At first they thought we were Ethiopian bootleggers selling Burberry plaid fake Jordan 8s on Canal Street. Once they realised who we were and the product was a tribute and us showing love, they moved on. And so did we.

Damn, it seems like a long time ago! So much has happened over the past decade. Broadly speaking, how do you see the last decade of evolution in the sneaker industry?
Following everything industry-wise for the past 15 or so years has been a humbling and very lucky experience. When I entered the industry I had a two-way pager and Motorola Startac, and no PC/Mac/desktop. Nothing. If you wanted to see new sneakers or find out when Jordans were dropping you had to go out and get that info. Be on the ground and at the stores, etc. Now you can set up an RSS feed and Google alert. It’s great, but it’s lazy. I feel bad that my son will never have to wait by a pay phone for a call or anticipate a magazine coming in the mail to see new things. It taught us patience, I think? Don’t get it twisted though, I enjoy Instagram and Twitter and all the blogs, new and old – it’s fucking amazing. Things are better from one standpoint, but only for convenience. As for Nike domination, I don’t see it that way at all. There is enough to go around for everyone but Nike just does it the best when it comes to style and tech. Flyknit is spectacular. I think Mark Smith (Nike designer) or Tinker’s brother (Tobie) took a basket weave class in 2000 and spawned this. They let people run with ideas there in the Kitchen, I enjoy it. As far as the volume of colabs, again, I enjoy it. There are never too many for me. You guys covered the Seinfeld GTS in the last issue, I love that.

It takes a sophisticated operation to build a proper shoe brand. How hard is it to keep an independent sneaker brand going these days?
It is a high degree of difficulty, to say the least. Retailers do not ‘need’ or depend on your business to sustain theirs. Having an indie label in a retailer of any substance is a novelty at best for them. Sometimes you hit on a shoe like Supra did though, and hats off to them. I think there is some luck involved too. But when a Vans or Converse or Nike opens an account with someone, that retailer needs them to keep their store open in most cases.

The sneaker biz is renowned for ‘recycling’ ideas. I remember some Gourmet posters that said, ‘Nothing is Original, Steal from Anywhere’. What was that all about? I always thought of Gourmet as an original…
Gourmet has always had an original mindset and way of thinking. The make-up of Gourmet is original and the thought process too. But when it came to the design side, it was always a twist on a shoe we grew up wearing or wanted to have growing up. The Jim Jarmusch quote was not necessarily about the shoes or products we designed. It was simply a poster campaign stealing a quote from someone whose quote was about stealing. Just having a bit of fun with it and not taking it seriously.

I see your name is printed on the side of the new shoes. Are you officially a trademark now?
From ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to do my own label. With my family name. It means a lot to represent the whole clan. Cousin Steve has been holding it down for years on the big screen, now the fam has some gear to rock. So yes, it is an official trademark, whatever that means. The idea has always been to make things that I need or my peers would use in  the daily routine. Enhancing the daily operations. Life accoutrements if you will. Buscemi is an accessories brand. For the first collection we made a deer skin leather coffee sleeve to replace the everyday cardboard one you get at the local coffee shop. We also made a leather weekend traveler bag with 18k gold hardware, along with a key chain and dog leash in the same vein. One of my favourites, and something I’ve always wanted to make, is a fully wrapped deerskin leather skateboard valet. Something special to throw your keys and smokes on when you empty your pockets when you get home. Lastly, to round out the deal, we made a sneaker.

Nice to see some quality leathers used on shoes these days. Are they made in Italy?
Italy it is. After spending so much time there in the past six months and visiting the premier shoe R&D and production houses, it was inevitable. It needed to be made there. They are simply the best on the planet. The shoe game goes back 500 years in some areas. The leathers we hand picked are from a tannery that supplies Chanel, Il Bisonte, Prada, etc. We pulled out all the stops and it shows. It feels good to feel good.

And did I hear a price of 0+? What’s the scale of the market in this price range?
The shoe is priced according to the quality of the product and elements included. Adding to what I said before, the trims, hardware, calf liner and leather are at the top globally. There isn’t any higher you can go other than making the metal from solid precious metals. The shoe is 5 and will sit nicely next to comparative brands.

I gotta ask about the padlocks. It reminds me of the old Troops with the cop badges, but the ultra-luxe fashion world is a better reference. How do you see the current movement of street kids embracing Euro brands like LV, D&G, Chanel and Hermes?
Where I come from, the scramblers had Gucci, LV and Fendi on when I was seven in 1981. I saw family members wearing Sergio Tacchini suits and Bally loafers in the 80s and that’s teenage family, not the older heads. Where I grew up and my surrounding areas, European luxury brands were around. The influence of Dapper Dan, 5001 Flavors and the Italian houses have always run through my veins just as streetwear has. We would walk to downtown shops like Antique Boutique and Canal Jeans and Unique and then train it to 5th Ave to see the Polo Mansion and pop into Gucci. The current movement is just a reflection of those times. Seeing kids from Harlem wearing Rick Owens and Balmain makes me happy. It’s not just about the label and the internet comments, it’s about expression and personal style. I love it all.

I’m trying really hard, but I can’t bring myself not to mention Kanye. What level of blame/credit do you put on his shoulders for all this high-fashion-high-street business?
First off, I listened to Yeezus 250 times in Florence and Paris this past week and thank you Kanye, you are a genius! As far as the question goes, there’s no blame in the slightest. Influence, yes, but no blame. Musicians have led fashion for decades and nothing has changed in my opinion. I think with the access to info all the time with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and the web we think there is a whole fashion revolution happening. For every 10 kids with a 00 Lanvin white tee listening to Kanye, there are 100,000 kids wearing The Gap.

Rappers are blatantly using ‘sneakers’ as part of their marketing plan. Phoney or not, does it seem corny to you? How do you see it?
I think it is quite the opposite, as I know first-hand how sneaker companies target the musicians. It is corny on many levels, while a small amount of the time it is interesting. I always loved the 90s Reebok ads that played off the 80s Apple ads. Ice Cube in black and white wearing Workouts.

What did you make of Lil Wayne’s recent Supra shoe?
I appreciate the design and the envelope that got pushed. One question I have is whether it’s for skateboarding? Because if it is, I’m psyched. We used to skate in Air Force III highs and Avias that were just as big and padded. I really hope kids and Wayne skate in this. Plus, it’s always nice to see a designer create something that’s not within the status quo. Josh is a good friend of mine and he’s had quite a shoe design career already. I take my hat off to him.

Any finally, any last words?
I need to give special thanks to the one and only Rob Heppler for being a catalyst for the Buscemi label to take shape. And of course, thank you Woody and the whole SF team. Peace!

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Sep 16, 2013
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JohnUNDERCOVER – Suede Slip on


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Released under the fashion sub-brand of Jun Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER label, these JohnUNDERCOVER JUL6F01 slip-on sneakers are retooled with an emphasis on luxe materials and a plush, comfortable fit. The minimally designed silhouette carries an upper rendered in buttery suede and a cozy fleece-lined interior, resting atop a contrast white midsole with stitch-down detail. Additional details include a generously cushioned collar and reinforced heel panel, finished with a JohnUNDERCOVER woven label atop the sockliner. Check out detailed looks below, and find the kicks in stock now — available in a beige or black colorway — at premier Canadian retailer HAVEN.


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Sep 16, 2013
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Air Jordan XIII – “Silver Anniversary” Promo for Michael Jordan

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The Air Jordan XIII was one of the many models that never made it to retail in that crispy white “Silver Anniversary” look. That doesn’t mean that there weren’t pairs produced though. This particular one ends up outside of the regular sample size range. In fact they’re a 13, and were apparently worn by Michael Jordan himself (We’re sure you can excuse the slight wear since it was Him who laced them up, right?). Continue reading for a full set of angles on this tough to track down sample pair of Jordans and then check out the chance to own them from oregonsole on eBay.

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Sep 16, 2013
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size? x Nike Air Max ’93 + Air Huarache | First Look

size-nike-air-max-93-air-huarache-first-look-1Apparently, UK retailer size? has attempted to take over the game this year. As they’ve rendered hit after hit with collaborations ranging from adidas to Converse and back again, today brings news of something new on the horizon: the size? x Nike Air Max ’93 and size? x Nike Air Huarache.

With no official theme announced, this pack has been spotted on a new issue of Sneaker Freaker which highlights the classic Nike Air Max ’93 whereas both classic models feature a turquoise and purple colorway. As we’d like to refrain from using the term “Grape” to describe this pack, we must admit, these kicks are serious! What’s size? really up to with this collection?

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Sep 16, 2013
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Nike Air Force 180 Mid “Opium” Customs by Ramses

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Aside from the window treatment on the bottom, the Nike Air Force 180 Mid and the Nike Air 180 couldn’t be more different looking in terms of the silhouette. Helping to connect the lines between the numerically related models is this new custom from Ramses. The sneakers bring the “Opium” look from the Nike Air 180 onto the recently re-issued pumpless design of the Nike Air Force 180 Mid. See them in full detail with us just after the click and then get in touch with Ramses if you feel like you need a pair for yourself.

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Sep 16, 2013
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Nike Hyperfuse 2013 ‘White/Black’

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Are you ready for basketball season? If not, don’t worry because Nike Basketball has your back with the Nike Hyperfuse 2013.

Recently seen in a “Black/Vivid Pink” colorway, here’s our first look at the white and black mock-up. Likely to arrive as a hot item upon arrival, this new basketball style offers wearers a clean canvas with an edgy design that continues to gain popularity as we speak. Both lightweight and durable, are you ready to take the courts in this Hyperfuse?

Check out preview images below and stick with Sneaker Files for more release date information.

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Sep 16, 2013
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Poler Outdoor Stuff x Nike SB Braata “Camo” Pack | Available Now


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Previewed within our pages last month, the collaboration between Poler Outdoor Stuff and Nike SB – taking the form of three colorways of the Braata silhouette — is available now for purchase. Both brands rooted in the Pacific Northwest, they’ve turned out the low-cut kicks in a camo design inspired by the rugged and woody environs of their Oregon home state. The collection features the Braata’s one-piece upper dressed with Classic, Night and Autumn camo patterns, the first two finished with a white contrast midsole and laces, the third featuring dark brown laces and a gum rubber sole unit. Currently sold out at Poler’s online store, sizes are still available directly from Nike.


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Sep 16, 2013
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Nike Air Foamposite One “Weatherman Pack” – Thermal Map

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Nike Sportswear’s “Weatherman Pack” still has one more sneaker in its midst that’s yet to release. That shoe breaks away from the other two in terms of colors, sporting a red based colorway via the “Thermal Map” look. For what it’s worth there have been a couple different official colors listed-and we’re sticking with the official Nike line of “vivid pink/metallic silver-black” for the time being. Continue reading to see the Nike Air Foamposite One “Thermal Map” in better detail and remember that they’ll be in stores on September 28th-or you can see what’s up for grabs now on eBay.

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Colors: Vivid Pink/Metallic Silver-Black
Style: 575420-600
Release Date: 09/28/13
Price: 0

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Sep 16, 2013
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Celebrity Sneaker Watch: Adrienne Bailon Hits McDonald’s Party in Air Jordan IV (4) ‘Toro Bravo’

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Do you love wings, Jordans, and football?! If your answer was, “Yes,” you’re not alone as Adrienne Bailon was recently spotted at the McDonald’s Mighty Wings launch party in the Air Jordan IV (4) “Toro Bravo”.

As McDonalds looks to go all-in with the recent launch of the their new “Mighty Wings”, the food-giant is using celebrities and big-time commercial ads to lure in customers through, now through mid-November – the heart of football season.

Well, how does Adrienne Bailon look in her Toro Bravo’s? Check her out and be sure to keep it here at Sneaker Files for more fresh Celebrity Sneaker Watch news.

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