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Apr 18, 2018
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adidas SpeedFactory Wins 2018 German Innovation Prize, AM4NYC Pop-Up Launching in Brooklyn

The very-first adidas SpeedFactory in Ansbach, Germany has won the 2018 German Innovation Prize in the coveted Large Enterprises category.

A concept that was first announced back in 2015 and subsequently put into action in Ansbach in 2016 stands as the future of footwear manufacturing. The automated production facility based largely in robotics can produce sneakers faster and more efficiently than past manufacturing cycles. The award honors the factory for its innovation and networked production.

The SpeedFactory is already helping adidas streamline its production processes and gain leverage on their competitors. They’ve already produced the AM4LDN, AM4Paris and the AM4747, which released during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

Next up for the adidas SpeedFactory is a one-of-a-kind pop-up shop at Brooklyn Bridge Park where they’ll manufacture the AM4NYC (adidas Made for NYC) sneaker. This marks the third in a City Series of individually designed and manufactured shoes. Adidas is set to release pairs in six key cities around the world.

The immersive pop-up experience will allow fans to take an inside look at the future of digital footwear innovation. The pop-up will take place on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 from 9am to 9pm ET.

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Apr 18, 2018
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BAPE Is Launching a Capsule in Collaboration With Anti Social Social Club

Image via: Anti Anti Social Club

Image via: Anti Anti Social Club

In celebration of the launch of its Los Angeles store, BAPE has teamed up with Anti Social Social Club to release a mini capsule of apparel and accessories. The pieces take the form of a pullover hoodie (5) and tee (5), each available in black or white color options, as well as a cap (9) finished in the multi-hued BAPE camo print in all-over fashion. The collection launches April 21st exclusively at BAPE L.A. Shoppers must show up at the store that day from 8:30 am to 10 am to secure their place in line.

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8810 Melrose Ave | Map
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Release Date: 4/21/18 (Saturday)

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Apr 18, 2018
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Nike Flyprint is the 3D-Printing Performance Fabric That Will Revolutionize the Sneaker Industry

Technology is often moving at a speed faster than most of us can keep pace. Where sneakers are concerned, technological advancements in the industry are changing not only what we wear, but how brands manufacture products we ultimately covet.

Nike announced the introduction of Flyprint — the first 3D-printed performance fabric. And, for what it’s worth, it may just be their most influential contribution to sneakers in more than a decade. Yes, it’s bigger than Flyknit and more culturally relevant than Hyperadapt self-lacing technology.

On many levels, Flyprint is a highly defined, remarkably streamlined iteration of Flyknit. Think of it as an iOS update that finally feels right, following countless workable yet slightly inefficient patches. Now that’s no knock on Flyknit — or Flywire for that matter — as there wouldn’t be one without the other. But progression has always defined Nike and its many innovations.

The Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint feels different. It feels right. It feels like they nailed it. Here’s a deep-dive into what it is, how it came to be and why it will be great.

What Exactly Is Flyprint?

The term computational design is largely associated with creation and thus the definition of progression in the tech industry. Nike Flyprint now represents that space in sneakers. A manufacturing marvel as the first 3D-printed textile upper in performance footwear, Flyprint uppers are produced solely through a solid deposit modeling (SDM). The process represents a TPU filament unwound from a coil, melted and laid down in layers. This is all backed by a customized 3D printer from a proprietary Nike polymer.

Unlike many 3D-printed goods, Flyprint is not necessarily a hard-shell composite. It’s more of a fabrication with reinforcements by past Nike developments like Flyknit and Flywire at the tongue, collar and eyestay. There’s a noticeable bond between Flyprint and Flyknit. The two work in matrimony through a seamless union that creates a lightweight one-piece design, built both for performance and aesthetics. Sure, Flyprint can be a standalone product, but as of right now it doesn’t appear to be.

Where Flyprint surpasses all other technologies is in its specificity to athletic performance. The process to develop the Flyprint upper starts with capturing athlete data. As previously mentioned, this is funneled through computational design. Data is accumulated and computed to affirm the ideal composition of the material. That information is then used to help produce the final textile. This not only lends to Flyprint’s exclusivity, but it speaks to just how fast iterations can be created. Nike has stated that prototyping is 16-times quicker than in any previous manufacturing method. This implies athletic performance can be tweaked and tested in record time, allowing athletes to overcome roadblocks at a much quicker turnaround. Moreover, Nike now has the ability to produce customized 3D-printed sneakers faster than ever.

How Did Flyprint Come To Be?

In September 2017, at the Berlin Marathon, Eluid Kipchonge ran the fastest time ever recorded, canvassing the 26.2 mile distance in 2 hours and 25 seconds. Still, he fell short of his ultimate goal of finishing a marathon in under 2 hours. The Kenyan distance runner was the central figure in Nike’s 2017 #Breaking2 campaign, which also revolved around their hallmark marathon runner, the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite.

In that failure — if it can even be described as such — Nike learned a very valuable lesson: the shoes were absorbing water on wet surfaces, slowing down the runner’s strides as Kipchonge would later detail. So, in lieu of tinkering with the shoe’s chunky midsole tooling which provides unparalleled energy return, Nike designers revisited a new application of a performance-printed 3D upper. They would later coin the process Flyprint.

This is not the first time a groundbreaking innovation emerged from a misfire. Roger Chen, Senior Director of NXT Digital Innovation at Nike, in a statement to Fast Company said that Nike didn’t originally want to implement 3D-printing simply because it’s the shiny new industry toy. It had to, and at its very essence was required to in order to make absolute sense for both the runner and the product.

“We didn’t want to use 3D printing for the sake of using 3D printing,” Chen reiterated. “That’s where we took a step back, and thought, how do we focus on the design brief: a lighter shoe, that’s more breathable, and allows rain and moisture control?”

Flyprint Will Completely Shift Performance Running Footwear

One of the primary functions of a great runner is speed. The Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint weighs just 169 grams, undeniably making it one of the lightest running sneakers on the market. This marks a 6% reduction in weight when compared to the Zoom Vaporfly Elite which comes in at 180 grams. This leads to a huge indicator of increased speed for the runner — that’s not to mention the Elite Flyprint’s ability to shed potential weight added by water retention.

A Flyprint upper is almost visibly translucent. When you’re running in the shoe the wind blows through to your feet, a feeling Kipchonge related to “flying.” As one of the fastest distance runners around he is flying, in large part due to Nike’s ability to render Flyprint to perfection from start to finish in approximately four months. Typically, sneaker production of this magnitude takes the better part of ten to twelve months.

Nike, with the creation of Flyprint, has scaled the trial and error process substantially. Speed now takes on an entirely different connotation. Runners are inherently and through hard work filled with endurance and speed. Now, Nike can produce running sneakers with industry best speed. By every measure, quicker production should also eliminate increasing labor cost. Robotics doesn’t require an hourly rate for manufacturing processes.

Back in 2016, Nike competitor, adidas, announced plans to open its Speedfactory in Cherokee country Georgia. Its foundational premise relies on automation and production robots to streamline and simplify manufacturing. Adidas stated the factory would allow them to produce more of its products faster and in closer proximity to its consumer base which has grown exponentially in the U.S. in recent years.

Nike, too, won’t be far removed from factories of a similar volition. Fewer physical employees, greater production numbers and, equally important, reduced waste allow this approach to manufacturing. Simply put, it can and will aid Nike’s ongoing sustainability efforts.

What To Expect From Flyprint This Year

Eluid Kipchonge will debut the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint at the London Marathon on April 22nd. Subsequently, a limited number of pairs will be made available that weekend in London via the Nike app. The shoe will reportedly cost 0 USD.

This, as history has proven, is repeat behavior where widely desired Nike performance releases are concerned. An athlete wears the shoe, Nike tweaks it to meet their personal specifications, then, at a later time, a somewhat scaled version is released to the masses.

Pro-level technologies will be pronounced to a lesser degree for retail, as the general public doesn’t require what a pro marathoner does. Expectations are that the shoe will be available to the masses in late 2018 or early 2019.

What’s certain at the current time is that Nike has created something that will revolutionize the footwear industry. Computational design in mind, this incredible new approach towards performance runners could one day impact the world of basketball, football and the full range of track & field.

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Apr 18, 2018
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Nike’s New M2K Tekno Sneaker Appears in Black/Volt Colorway

When Kanye West returned to Twitter after an almost year-long hiatus last week, his very first tweet — which has since been deleted — was regarding Nike’s budding M2K Tekno silhouette. Kanye compared the shoe to his Yeezy Boost 700 stating that Nike took creative inspiration from his design. Today, though, West indirectly walked back into that comment. He stated everything is inspired by something; no one is reinventing the wheel.

That said, Nike’s modern-day Monarch is back to just being an exciting new release with no equivocations. Following its debut last year during John Elliott’s New York Fashion Week presentation, the shoe emerged in a Sail hued women’s edition. As expected, men’s colorways are en route including this newly vindicated Black/Volt option.

Much of the model is outfitted in black leather overlays with textured paneling and toe wrap. Volt branding marks the quarter paneling and insole while the heel is also finished in the vibrant hue.

The Nike M2K Tekno Black/Volt is set to release on May 19 for 0 at select Swoosh retailers.

Nike M2K Tekno

Colorway: Black/Black-Phantom-Volt
Style #: AO3108-002
Release Date: May 19, 2018
Price: 0

Nike M2K Tekno Black/Volt
Nike M2K Tekno Black/Volt
Nike M2K Tekno Black/Volt
Nike M2K Tekno Black/Volt
Nike M2K Tekno Black/Volt
Nike M2K Tekno Black/Volt
Nike M2K Tekno Black/Volt
Nike M2K Tekno Black/Volt
Nike M2K Tekno Black/Volt
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Apr 18, 2018
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adidas Originals’ New Kamanda Takes Inspiration from Heritage Soccer Footwear

Image via: adidas

Image via: adidas

This month finds adidas Originals launching its newest silhouette, the Kamanda, boasting a modern design language influenced by the Three Stripes’ extensive archive — specifically, the iconic Samba. The shoe also takes inspiration from the energy and attitude of UK soccer fandom from the 1980s, aka Terrace culture. Launching in introductory black and burgundy colorways, the Kamanda sports a smooth nubuck upper, complemented with a mesh tongue, perforated 3-stripes and gold foil branding. A comfortable fit comes courtesy of an EVA drop-in, suede footbed and rear quarter leather lining. A sculpted gum rubber cup sole finishes the look. Retailing for 0, the kicks will be available through adidas.com and select retailers beginning April 28th.

Release Date: 4/28/18 (Saturday)

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Apr 18, 2018
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adidas Kamanda Takes Style Inspiration from ’80s Terrace Movement

Fashion is an industry largely coursed on a cyclical track. Trends tend to orbit around this cycle, but the things that are truly great are truly great a couple of times over. In the ’80s, especially in Europe, the Terrace movement and soccer aesthetics reigned heavily on the style conscious. Decades later, adidas Originals takes influence from that time to help shape its all-new Kamanda silhouette.

Terracewear was fueled by a spirited defiance of traditional style values. Its alternative point of view is referenced through the adidas Kamanda, which opts for distinction via style roads less traveled. The translucent gum cup sole pulls from soccer heritage while equally standing in union with Terrace footwear of the ’80s. What’s more, clear nods to the Samba OG are seen throughout the nubuck centric style. Comfort is centered around an EVA drop-in and a cozy suede footbed. Mesh tongue construction aids that cause to an even greater degree.

The shoe’s overarching sportswear aesthetic is the driving force here. And while much of the silhouette is slanted towards an elder era, contemporary styling stands at the forefront of the design as well. The overall shaping and time-honored “what’s old is new again” theme solidifies this spring/summer 2018 release.

Look for the adidas Kamanda to debut in Oxblood and Black colorways on April 28 at adidas.com/kamanda.

adidas Kamanda

Release Date: April 28, 2018
Price: 0

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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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BRONX NEWS: Bronx bully wanted for attacking teen girl with Chef Boyardee can

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


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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

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


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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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