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Apr 18, 2018
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Dennis Smith Jr. Talks First Pair of Shoes, Signing with Under Armour & Playing with Dirk

words, photos & interview by Kevin Kazadi

In only one year of NBA action, Dennis Smith Jr. has proven himself as one of the most exciting young players in the game.

Standing 6’2 and hailing from Fayetteville, North Carolina, he’s a fearless point guard that can pretty much do everything. A high-flyer propelled by an attack first mentality, the future is very bright for this kid. After quickly making his mark during this season, Smith has been proving himself more and more on and off the court.

This past weekend in Dallas, Dennis personally took time out to talk to kids, shoot hoops and sign autographs during the annual Kids Foot Locker Fitness Challenge. With kids screaming in awe and amazement upon his arrival, we were able to secure some time to chat with the Mavericks guard to discuss his deal with Under Armour, friendship with J. Cole and what it’s like playing with Dirk Nowitzki.

Nice Kicks: Foot Locker brought us out here today and is known as the Mecca of sneaker releases. Do you remember the first pair of kicks you bought from Foot Locker as a kid?

Dennis Smith Jr.: Yeah some Forces. I finally got a real pair. [Laughs] I had a shoe man that would give you Forces in Fayetteville but you know I finally got a real pair. 

Nice Kicks: Ha, I know a thing or two about the shoe man. Did you ever think one day you’d have a shoe deal?

Dennis Smith Jr.: You think stuff like that is gonna happen based on being a basketball player but you don’t really have a plan for it because you’ve never seen it happen before. It was kind of like a dream.

Nice Kicks: So why Under Armour?

Dennis Smith Jr.: I had built a great relationship with Under Armour since high school so I got real comfortable with those guys and felt like I could trust them. Plus they do a pretty good job of putting out shoes for me. They’ll give me some new sneaks, tell me they’ll surprise me on gamedays and I’m rolling with it most of the time.

Nice Kicks: Growing up with aspirations of being an NBA player and finally becoming one, what’s one piece of advice you’d leave with the kids here at the Dallas Boys & Girls Club?

Dennis Smith Jr.: I would say to keep working and to stay positive. There’s a lot of other things that are going on in real-life outside of basketball that’s more serious than losing a game but you just gotta stay positive and keep working.

Nice Kicks: At NC State you averaged around 18 points per game. This season with the Mavs you were able to achieve similar stats. What were some of your biggest challenges being a rookie and what helped you adapt?

Dennis Smith Jr.: The biggest thing in terms of adaption was working and learning. I had to learn my spots in the offense and work on getting those shots. It was a new system for me, so I put a lot of time in getting used to the new system.

Nice Kicks: What’s it like playing side by side with Dirk?

Dennis Smith Jr.: It’s crazy. It’s something I look at every day as a blessing. You’ve gotta appreciate something like that just even being in the locker room with a 20-year veteran that’s a for sure Hall of Famer. 

Nice Kicks: Speaking of the locker room, what are the three go-to songs you listen to before the game?

Dennis Smith Jr.: Shoot man that’s tough to pick three. I really just shuffle, I’ve got a whole R&B playlist. It’s got Maxwell, Ginuwine, some Aaliyah.

Nice Kicks: On the hip-hop front, what artist do you think is at the top of the rap game right now?

Dennis Smith Jr.: J. Cole.

Nice Kicks: Is that just hometown love?

Dennis Smith Jr.: Ha, no that’s just facts.

Nice Kicks: Lastly, what are your goals for the offseason to prepare for your sophomore year? 

Dennis Smith Jr.: To become a better Dennis Smith Jr. first and foremost. Also to become a better leader and to build a better relationship with my teammates and the staff. Also, whoever the next young guy is I want to build a chemistry with him, too.

Special thanks to Foot Locker.

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Apr 18, 2018
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The Best Shoes Available Today

Let’s be honest, the middle of the week is not typically the most poppin’ time for shoe releases. The heavy hitters typically fall on Friday and Saturday with bots battling for shopping cart supremacy and campouts often resulting in hustling in reverse.

Not with the hassle? Good, we’ve still got you.

This week in the boutique and big brand space, we’ve seen some solid drops that are more wearable than collectible and won’t cause you any stress trying to cop.

From Safaris to Ultra Boosts, peep the best drops of the day below.

What: Nike Air Safari LS
Where: Sneaker Politics for 0
Why: These are a solid menswear move on an old favorite. Sure the Safari has come back countless times and next to no-one you wear it around will get the Biz Markie reference, but the standout shoe is actually quite solid in toned down fashion. If you’ve got an office job or maturing dating audience these are a nice pop of personality while still staying understated.

What: adidas Twinstrike ADV
Where: Feature for 0
Why: The working class Rafs, the adidas Twinstrike ADV has been a sleeper standout in a category most acclaimed for its streamlined silos. Chunky and funky, this is a rare wear that’s more technical looking than technically tooled. Still, these standout in a sea of NMDs and cost about half the price of a pair of Ozweegos.

What: Nike Zoom Spiridon 16
Where: Sneaker Politics for 0
Why: Is the athleisure wave washed? Probably. Every iteration of street ninja or weathered workout gear has been done to death. Somehow though these Nike Zoom Spiridons work.

Loud and proud, these Spiridon 16 releases ditch OG colorways that are outshined by Air Maxes anyway for an unmistakably sporty look. A bright pair of these could actually make an old pair of joggers look new again or add unexpected edge to the casual shorts and tight combo. Can’t hate on the 3M accents either — pipe it up!

What: Reebok DMX Fusion “Desert Dust”
Where: Reebok for 0
Why: Grandpa plays like the Club C and Workout have worn well for the Reebok Classic retro ressurgence, but on the sport side much of their product has either been strictly for Crossfit or bascially their take on the Ultra Boost. Not these.

Unisex in styling, the Reebok DMX Fusion is a return to trademark tech devoid of a Pump, all while playing to modern design ethos over that of nostalgia. These are sick.

What: Jordan CP3.XI
Where: Nike for 5
Why: Didn’t know these were out already? We’ll be honest, it slipped our minds, too. Still, Chris Paul is a beast and if his explosive season in Houston was a surprise to skeptics then the return of his signature line was an even bigger shock.

Thought to be finished, the CP3.XI sees new direction and bold styling. You can’t consume 20 hours of playoff basketball a week and not want to go out and play at least five hours of hoops yourself. It’s just science.

What: adidas Ultra Boost Laceless “Core Black”
Where: adidas for 0
Why: If you’re reading this you undoubtedly have too many Boosts — likely in the two tones associated with this pair — and, yes, having too many Boosts or any shoe is a real thing. Still, these are a damn good ringer for the Hypebeast collab that started this whole Uncaged wave. 0 is pretty steep for an errand shoe, but if you can swag these out before you beat them up they’ll have two life-spans in ’em.

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Apr 18, 2018
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Tyler, The Creator Showcases New Converse One Star in Blue


Tyler, The Creator Converse One Star Blue

Tyler, The Creator took it social media to showcase what was a never before seen pair of his Converse One Star. The rapper’s signature sneaker was spotted in a brand new Blue colorway.

This unreleased Converse One Star is seen flaunting a Sport Blue color scheme with the signature Golf Flower branding on the side. White detailing can be seen on the laces, stitching, and on the rubber outsole to contrast the rest of the sneaker.

As of right now there is no information regarding the release of this pair, but stay tuned for the latest update on this topic. Scroll down and let us know how you feel about this unreleased colorway of the Converse x Tyler The Creator One Star.

Tyler, The Creator Converse One Star Blue



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Apr 18, 2018
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Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 ‘Racer Blue’ Releasing Soon


Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike’s Air VaporMax 2.0 line will be expanding with the release of the brand new “Racer Blue” edition.

This Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 will highlight the Racer Blue and Bright Crimson color scheme. This sneaker will feature a Racer Blue Flyknit upper with Bright Crimson detailing on the Swoosh and VaporMax branding on the tongue. This predominate Blue sneaker will also include Black detailing on the heel and a matching VaporMax outsole to complete the look.

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue Release Date

The Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue will be available for purchase very soon at select Nike retailers and at Nike.com. This Nike runner will retail at 0 USD. Scroll down to get a detailed glance at the Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 in the “Racer Blue” colorway.

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0
Color: Racer Blue/Total Crimson-Black
Style Number: 942842-400
Price: 0

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

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Apr 18, 2018
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Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 ‘Elemental Rose’ Releasing July 2018


Off-White Nike Air Max 97 Rose AJ4585-600

Virgil Abloh and Nike will launch another Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 this Summer. For their next drop they have dressed this classic retro runner up in ‘Elemental Rose’.

This Nike Air Max 97 by Off-White features an Elemental Rose, Barely Rose, White and Black color combination. At the time of writing, images of this pair has yet to leak, however you can expect them to feature a Rose app and a Black Nike Swoosh. In addition this pair will be a women’s release.

Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 Rose Release Date

The Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 Elemental Rose is scheduled to release at select retailers including online at Nike.com during July 2018. Retail price is set at 0. Once we have additional information we will make sure to update you.

Off-White x Nike Air Max 97
Color: Elemental Rose/Barely Rose-White-Black
Release Date: July 2018
Style Number: AJ4585-600
​Price: 0

Note: Images used is a photoshop showing how the Off-White x Nike Air 97 ‘Rose’ could look like.

Off-White Nike Air Max 97 Rose AJ4585-600

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Apr 18, 2018
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Nike Air VaporMax Utility ‘Ridgerock’ Releases April 19th


Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

The innovative Nike Air VaporMax Utility will be releasing once again. This time, the unique Nike runner will return in the “Ridgerock” colorway.

The Nike Air VaporMax Utility will bed a Ridgerock, Light Cream, Racer Blue and Peat Moss color scheme. This re-imaged design highlights full Flyknit uppers and a unique lacing system. A clear VaporMax outsole and sock like design wrap up this brand new look.

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock Release Date

The Nike Air VaporMax Utility “Ridgerock” will be available for purchase on April 19th at select Nike Sportswear retailers and will retail at 5 USD. Scroll down to get another glance at the Nike Air VaporMax Utility in the “Ridgerock” color way.

Nike Air VaporMax Utility
Color: Ridgerock/Light Cream-Racer Blue-Peat Moss
Release Date: April 19, 2018
Style Number: AH6834-200
Price: 5

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200



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Apr 18, 2018
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A Fourth Colorway of the Acronym x Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2 Might Release


Acronym Nike VaporMax Moc 2 Unreleased

The Acronym x Nike VaporMax Moc 2 collection might see another release with the addition of a brand new pair. The original collection consisted of three unique colorways highlighting the Acronym pattern, but a fourth pair has recently surfaced.

The never before seen colorway of the Acronym Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2 was seen worn by a model who was showcasing their latest J1A jacket.

This new pair of the Acronym x Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2 is very reminiscent of the Sail, Dark Stucco and Cargo Khaki pair that is set to release in May. The highlight of this pair is the Grey heel counter that makes this it different from the rest of the sneakers in this collection.

As of right now, there is no word if this shoe will ever see a global release but we can expect this pair to be a friends and family exclusive. Stay tuned for the latest updates on this topic.

Acronym Nike VaporMax Moc 2 Unreleased

Acronym Nike VaporMax Moc 2 Unreleased

Acronym Nike VaporMax Moc 2 Unreleased



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Apr 18, 2018
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MAC x Puma Suede Inspired by Lipsticks


MAC Puma Suede Release Date

The cosmetic power house, MAC, will team up PUMA to give us their interpretation of the PUMA Suede. This pack will consist of three tonal lipstick inspired colorways.

The MAC x PUMA Collection will feature three unique color themes of the classic PUMA suede model. The PUMA Suede will return in the Wine Red, Soft Pink, and Orange which highlights the trademark suede uppers on top of a matching tonal outsole.

MAC PUMA Suede Release Date

The MAC x PUMA Suede Pack will be available for purchase on May 17th at select PUMA retailers and PUMA.com. Scroll down to get another look at the MAC x PUMA Suede Collection and let us know which pair you like the best in the comment section below.

MAC Puma Suede Release Date

MAC Puma Suede Release Date

MAC Puma Suede Release Date



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Apr 18, 2018
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Nike Air Max 98 in Racer Blue and Volt


Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt 640744-103​

Nike has lined up a handful of releases of the Air Max 98 in honor of the popular silhouette’s 20th anniversary. This time, the Nike Air Max 98 will make a return in the Racer Blue and Volt color scheme.

The Nike Air Max 98 “Racer Blue” will consist of White and Black mesh and leather uppers. The highlight of this design is the Racer Blue, Volt, and Black detailing throughout the uppers. A White midsole and Racer Blue Air unit wraps up this design, making it perfect shoe for the warmer months to come.

Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt Release Date

This version of the Nike Air Max 98 will be make its way to Nike retailers this May and will retail at 0 USD. Scroll down to get a glance at the Nike Air Max 98 in the “Racer Blue” color scheme.

Nike Air Max 98
Color: White/Black-Racer Blue-Volt
Release Date: May 2018
Style Number: 640744-103​
Price: 0

Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt 640744-103​

Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt 640744-103​

Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt 640744-103​

Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt 640744-103​

Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt 640744-103​

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Apr 17, 2018
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Nike Air Max 270 June 2018 Releases


Nike Air Max 270 June 2018 Lineup

Nike is looking to expand its horizons this June with three new colorways of the Nike Air Max 270.

The Nike Air Max 270 will make a return in the Habanero Red, Racer Blue, and Volt color themes. Each pair will feature full mesh uppers and the trademark Air Max 270 heel unit.

There is no official release date for these Nike Air Max 270 colorways but we can expect a release later this June. Each pair of this trio will retail at the 0 USD price point. Scroll down to get a detailed look at the June Nike Air Max 270 lineup.

Nike Air Max 270
Color: Habanero Red/Black-White-Challenge Red
Release Date: June 2018
Style Number: AH8050-401
Price: 0
Nike Air Max 270 Habanero Red AH8050-401

Nike Air Max 270
Color: Racer Blue/Hyper Crimson-Black
Release Date: June 2018
Style Number: AH8050-401
Price: 0
Nike Air Max 270 Racer Blue AH8050-401

Nike Air Max 270
Color: Volt/Black-Dark Grey-White
Release Date: June 2018
Style Number: AH8050-701
Price: 0
Nike Air Max 270 Volt AH8050-701

Nike Air Max 270 Habanero Red AH8050-401 June 2018

Nike Air Max 270 Racer Blue June 2018

Nike Air Max 270 Volt AH8050-701 June 2018

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Apr 17, 2018
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New Balance 574 ‘Pink Suede’


New Balance 574 Pink Suede

It looks like New Balance is looking to expand the 574 line with a brand new Pink and White colorway of the MS574STP model just in time for the Spring season.

This version of the New Balance 574 will be dressed in full Pink uppers constructed of suede and mesh materials. This color theme will include White accents on the midsole and upper eyelets to contrast the rest of this full Pink design.

You can now pick up a pair of the New Balance 574 “Pink Suede” at select New Balance retailers like Sneaker Politics. This New Balance 574 will retail at the 0 USD Price point. Scroll down to get another glance at this colorway and make sure to visit the comments section with your thoughts.

New Balance 574 Pink Suede

New Balance 574 Pink Suede

New Balance 574 Pink Suede

New Balance 574 Pink Suede

New Balance 574 Pink Suede



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Apr 17, 2018
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adidas Kamanda ‘Black Gum’ Release Date


adidas Kamanda Black Gum CQ2220

adidas Originals will launch new models throughout the year with one of the latest being the adidas Kamanda.

This pair features a clean Black and Gum color combination. Featuring elements from the Prophere, this edition comes with Black suede uppers while sitting on a thick Gum rubber outsole. Other highlights includes mesh across the tongue, Gold branding on the panels and White leather on the heel.

adidas Kamanda Black Gum Release Date

The adidas Kamanda Black Gum is scheduled to release at select adidas Originals retailers including online at adidas.com on April 28th. Continue to scroll below to check out more images which will provide you with a closer look.

adidas Kamanda
Color: Core Black/Core Black-Gum
Release Date: April 28, 2018
Style Number: CQ2220

adidas Kamanda Black Gum CQ2220

adidas Kamanda Black Gum CQ2220

adidas Kamanda Black Gum CQ2220

adidas Kamanda Black Gum CQ2220

adidas Kamanda Black Gum CQ2220

adidas Kamanda Black Gum CQ2220



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