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Jan 2, 2016
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The Best 30 Sneakers of 2015 at Flight Club

In hindsight, 2015 brought to us many great sneakers.  With everything from the thirtieth-anniversary of the Jordan line to the introduction of the Adidas Yeezy collection, sneakerheads had many countless hours online trying to grab sneakers on release date.

Last year also brought with it an unprecedented year for resellers and the secondary market.  Leading the charge as a dedicated sneaker marketplace was none other than Flight Club.  They recently posted the top 30 sneakers of 2015 as measured by sales at their two stores in NYC and LA as well as online at flightclub.com.

The “Legend Blue” Air Jordan 11 finished out on top of the list, but highlighting what a spectacular year it was for Adidas, four of the top ten finishers were from the three-stripes.

Next year should continue to be a very strong one for Adidas with more great things coming from the brand with not only the Adidas Yeezy lineup, but also many other highly anticipated drops coming from Adidas Originals and Adidas Consortium.

Below is a break down by brand:

Jordan Brand – 23 [editor’s note: “hmmmm”]
Adidas – 4
Nike – 3

Did Yeezy really Jump Over the Jumpman?

Top Selling Sneakers at Flight Club for 2015

Top Selling Sneakers at Flight Club for 2015

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Jan 1, 2016
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THANKS: Nice Kicks Staff Named To Complex’s “Most Influential Of 2015” List.

words // Matt Halfhill:

What a year 2015 has been.

I could not be more proud to have myself, George Kiel III and Nick DePaula all included on Complex’s “Most Influential People In Sneaker Media” feature.

The end of 2014 prepared us for the big comeback of 2015. With the editorial restrictions of being a retailer, we finally got our right to freedom of speech back when the retail arm of Nice Kicks was sold.  At last, we could bring all of you the news like we had from our beginning through the early part of 2012. It was great to be back to doing what we do best.

In October, I stepped back from being the Editor-in-Chief, handing those duties over to someone who could not be more deserving — George Kiel III. George has been rocking and rolling with the team since 2008, when we made our first round of hires to expand our team in the Austin area. While many thought I exited stage-left from the business, it couldn’t be further from the truth. I think anyone on the team could attest that I have never been more involved with the business, working behind the scenes on a number of things, including assembling a team of All-Stars with more combined experience in sneaker media than the age of Nike.

Early in the year, an industry veteran joined the squad to round out the roster, bringing with him a work ethic and creative ideas that top virtually anyone in the industry. Nick DePaula, for years, was the Editor-in-Chief at Sole Collector, making it so much of what it is today by laying the ground work of what sneaker media should be. Along with his industry insights and relationships with everyone in the business of footwear top-to-bottom, there are nothing but great things coming.

I recognize how hard it must have been for Nick Engvall, a Nice Kicks OG, to write the Complex list with the vast field of so many people in the sneaker media landscape who all bring something new and exciting to the business. Fifteen is a very short list for all of the great people out there, whether it be on YouTube, independent sites, Twitter, Instagram, and other spots on the web.

2015 has been a great year for all involved in sneaker media.

To be named one of the most influential people in sneaker media after 10 years of doing this business is a humbling honor. I can’t describe how great it feels to be named amongst a list of peers that I respect so highly. The list of individuals is a league of extraordinary individuals who have dedicated their lives and careers to bringing you news, opinions, and history of sneakers. They’ve all elevated our collective sneaker culture.

But without the entire Nice Kicks team, I highly doubt I would be named.  Every single person on our team brings their best day in and day out to make Nice Kicks what it is.

I would also like to shine light on one of the most influential people in this business that is an industry secret. My wife and co-founder, Allison Halfhill, must receive as equal praise as myself. She is the reason Nice Kicks is what it is today. She is the reason that “good enough” isn’t acceptable. Far beyond organizing and spearheading the On-Foot Look column of styling sneakers with fashion, she pushes everyone on the team forward and challenges all of us to bring our best. Whether it be a brainstorming session for content stories or managing relationships with advertisers, she is it.

For those who know me personally, my mind is always racing with new ideas. If it wasn’t for Allison, nothing would ever be filtered through or executed. Period.

Next year marks the 10th anniversary of Nice Kicks and I personally can’t describe just how excited I am for our team and our fans. We have some incredible projects in the works. Incredible.

The entire year will be a busy one, but we owe it to all of you who have stuck with us through the years to make Nice Kicks what it is today.

Without you, the people, the readers, the fans, Nice Kicks Nation, YOU are the reason we are where we are.  Keep pushing us forward and expecting nothing but the best from myself and my team.

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Dec 31, 2015
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Celebrity Sneaker Stalker // The Best of 2015

Every Thursday, every week, Celebrity Sneaker Stalker pulls the best style shots of your favorite artists, entertainers and athletes from all around the web. 2015 has been no exception, but perhaps the new standard for A-listers in A-1 kicks.

From Kim Kardashian in the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 to A$AP Rocky in ’99 “Cement” Air Jordan 4s, we’ve selected the best of the best from 2015. 20 pages and over 100 photos in all, see who got fresh this year and thank you as always for tuning into CSS.

Kanye West in the adidas Yeezy 750 Boost

Kanye West in the adidas Yeezy 750 Boost (photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images via Zimbio)

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Michael J. Fox in the Nike MAG 2015

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Travi$ Scott in the ’01 Air Jordan 3 Black/Cement

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Wale in the VILLA x Wale x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Bottle Rocket” (photo via Sneaker News)

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Kylie Jenner in the Supreme x Air Jordan 5 “White”

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Dec 31, 2015
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Staff Picks // Our Favorite Sneaker Releases of 2015

Today, 2015 comes to a close. While we’ve already shared our compressive, #NK50 list of the top sneaker releases of the year, each member of our staff has their own unique and personal taste. For this yearend edition of Staff Picks, see which pairs were the personal favorites among the Nice Kicks team.

Matt Halfhill // Founder & Publisher

10. DJ Clark Kent x New Balance 998 “Global Spin Awards”

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Such great execution by an incredible OG.

9. Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard”

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Great story + quality materials = winner in my book.

8. Converse Chuck Taylor II Black/White

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Converse gets it right by updating a classic while still holding true to its roots.

7. Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator

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Sometimes there are things bigger than sneakers and Kendrick addresses this with his inaugural release.

6. adidas NMD

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Loving this new model. Innovation is what is making adidas kill this year.

5. Just Don x Air Jordan 2

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Head turning classic with quilted leather, premium materials and all-blue execution. Cannot wait for the next!

4. Takashi Murakami x Vans Slip-On “Happy Flowers”
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photo by Leon Gunera

The entire story of this collaboration makes it one of the greatest pairings of all time. To know that Murakami’s staple shoe is the Vans Slip-Ons in off White shows that his love for the brand is real and this collaboration came from a place of mutual respect.

3. Air Jordan 1 Pinnacle “Vachetta Tan”

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These shoes are gorgeous right out of the box, but as you wear them they get better with age.

2. Hypebeast x adidas Ultra Boost

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Much love to Kevin and crew for celebrating ten years and improving an already incredible shoe.

1. adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Moonrock”

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With 360 degrees of comfort thanks to full-length Boost, and a one piece Primeknit upper, these are above the rest.

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Dec 30, 2015
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Celebrity Sneaker Stalker // 2015 All-CSS 1st Team

And then there were six. After the unveiling of our 2015 All-CSS Rookie Team and All-CSS Second Team, the First Team members have been elected.

Ranging from the retro rocking Drake to the decorated designer that is Kanye West, the heavy hitters in hip-hop brought it all year in Celebrity Sneaker Stalker. Will Wale add his third #CSSMVP to his resume or will a new face like Travi$ Scott steal the thunder? See what they rocked to get here in the pages below and let us know in the voting poll and comments section who should be nominated for 2015 #CSSMVP.

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A modern day Michalengelo or a modern day Michael Jordan? It depends on who you ask, or maybe more so it depends on the day. While debuting “Fade” during his Yeezy Season 2 unveiling at New York Fashion Week a case could be made for the former. While rocking the United Center in an unassuming adidas Energy Boost ESM that would go on to sell out in minutes the next day one could argue the latter.

Yet, while many people will argue over who or what Kanye West is or isn’t, the kick and clothing collection the world had waited on for well over a year finally arrived in 2015. Guess what? It did really good. Like really, really good. The adidas Yeezy Boost 750 proved to be the most wanted and most talked about shoe of both All-Star Weekend and the holiday season, proving more popular than that of any signature shoe tied to an athlete currently killing it or rather renowned and retired. At super high price points, his clothing collection might not exactly be blazing Barneys, but his fashion shows have charted as a trending topic and his collections are being showed and sold next to designers he’s long adored and long wanted to compete against.

All this talk about Yeezy Season and there’s a lot we’ve missed. So here are a few quick notes. 1 – The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 is a smash hit among men and women alike and all but certainly the most popular model in CSS. 2 – Kanye’s wear of the Ultra Boost propelled the brand’s biggest breakthrough in sport to a fashion must-have (think, when’s the last time you saw someone wearing an adidas running shoe to be cool pre-Kanye?). And 3. This is only year one. Nice work, Kanye.

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Dec 29, 2015
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BRONX NEWS: MTA’s highlights, low points listed in 2015 report

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Dec 25, 2015
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Vote for the Best Adidas Boost Shoes of 2015

Your voice needs to be heard!

It has been an incredible year for Adidas and even more amazing for the Adidas Boost lineup.  We have seen Adidas’ ground-breaking technology grace literally all categories of footwear from Adidas in 2015, but now you can vote for which are the best Adidas Boost shoes of 2015.

The good folks at @BoostVibes and @KickPosters teamed up to put on the voting poll with nice illustrations of each of the top Adidas Boost shoes.

CLICK HERE to cast your vote now.  The winners will be announced on January 2nd.

Best Adidas Boost shoes of 2015

Best Adidas Boost shoes of 2015

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Dec 18, 2015
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Sneakers Releasing This Weekend // December 18, 2015

Christmas is literally one week away and despite your hopes and dreams of having your budget laid out and fulfilling your christmas expenditures; the sneaker industry kind of has a way of throwing those “responsible” dreams to the wayside. Reason being is that within the latest edition of Sneakers Releasing This Weekend some of the most high-profile silhouettes are available for consumption such as the ever-so coveted “Black” adidas Yeezy 750 Boost, as well as the Black/Chrome Air Jordan 8.

To see for yourself, scroll through the page below to enjoy.

adidas Christmas Day Pack

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Release Date: December 18, 2015
Model: Select adidas Basketball Silhouettes
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Where to Cop: Select adidas Retailers

adidas Top-Ten Ornament Pack

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Release Date: December 18, 2015
Where to Cop: Select adidas Retailers

Saucony Grid 9000 “Dirty Snow”

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Release Date: December 18, 2015
Model: Saucony Grid 9000
Price: 0
Where to Cop: Saucony

Under Armour Curry 2 “Rainmaker”

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Release Date: December 18, 2015
Model: Under Armour Curry 2
Price: 0
Where to Cop: Select Under Armour Retailers

Fila Tradition Pack

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Release Date: December 18, 2015
Model: Select Fila Silhouettes
Where to Cop: Select Fila Retailers

Hypebeast x adidas Ultra Boost “Uncaged” (Global Release)

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Release Date: December 18, 2015
Model: adidas Ultra Boost
Price: 0
Where to Cop: Select adidas Retailers

Air Jordan 8 Black/Chrome

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Release Date: December 19, 2015
Model: Air Jordan 8
Price: 0
Where to Cop: Select Jordan Brand Retailers

atmos x ASICS Gel Lyte V

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Release Date: December 19, 2015
Model: ASICS Gel Lyte V
Price: 0
Where to Cop: atmos

adidas Yeezy 750 Boost

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Release Date: December 19, 2015
Model: adidas Yeezy 750 Boost
Price: 0
Where to Cop: Select adidas Retailers

Nike Make Up Class of ’97 Pack

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Release Date: December 19, 2015
Model: Nike Foamposite Pro & Nike Air Hawk Flight
Price: 5
Where to Cop: Select Nike Retailers

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Dec 17, 2015
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The New Balance 2016 is the Cleanest Model of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, New Balance looks ahead to 2016 and gets a little bit of a head start on the year by dropping its latest lifestyle model – the New Balance 2016.

The New Balance 2016 might look familiar to many of you because it is an updated, 21-century take on the New Balance 1600.  Thanks to the good folks at New Balance’s Tokyo Design Studio, the shoe sports a simplistic upper with removed layers of panels and a one-piece upper across the forward 3/4 of the shoe.  The iconic New Balance “N” branding on the side is swapped out from the OG to laser perforations.  Heritage is further highlighted with nods to the 997 and 1500 through paneling on the back 1/4 of the shoe.

You can start 2016 a few weeks early by scooping the New Balance 2016 today from Bows & Arrows for 0.

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New Balance 2016 – Black

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Dec 16, 2015
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Stussy x Clarks Originals Wallabees for Fall/Winter 2015

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The 35th anniversary celebration of Stussy continues with this latest collaboration featuring Clarks Originals. Utilizing the label’s signature Wallabee, the booth is comprised of smooth suede in tonal colorways of golden brown and royal blue. Supplemented atop a rubber crepe outsole for extra traction, the models are finished off with tonal lacing and golden co-branding along the footbed.

You can find this exclusive Stussy x Clarks Originals Wallabee at select retailers such as End Clothing in the coming days.

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Dec 16, 2015
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Stussy x Clarks Originals Go After the Wallabee for Fall/Winter 2015

Stussy x Clarks Originals Go After the Wallabee for Fall/Winter 2015Stussy is continuing their 35th Anniversary run with a collaborative take on the iconic Clarks Originals Wallabee. With a warm suede upper, rubber crepe outsole for extra traction, and suede leather for the laces and liner, this streetwear staple hits that sweet spot this season between warmth and style. The release will be available in both a Golden Brown and a rich Royal Blue colorway with the outsole keeping its natural look, finished with co-branding inside. The Stussy x Clarks Originals Wallabee will be available at select accounts, including END., in the days ahead.

Don’t miss the Stussy x Patta x Pigalle Tee and Hoodie Collection
And see the Stussy 35th Anniversary Varsity Jacket and Book

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Dec 11, 2015
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#NK50 // The 50 Best Sneaker Releases of 2015

It’s that time of year.

As the holidays approach and Father Time finds it fitting to cap off an amazing 2015, so do we. By most measures, this year has been a fantastic one for sneakers. Kanye West and adidas brought new energy to the market literally and figuratively, boosting Boost sales and sightings through a fashionable, functional and futuristic lens. Proverbial giant Jordan Brand made remastered retros a reality, Nike continued to innovate and celebrate, and smaller brands of the heritage and new variety made significant strides.

So, what were the 50 best sneaker releases of 2015 to the Nice Kicks staff? Check out our picks below and share your feedback and personal favorites with the hashtag #NK50.

50. Public School x Air Jordan 12

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If nothing else, 2015 was the year for designer sneaker collaborations that pushed the culture forward and for the better. Public School, undoubtedly the leaders of this expressive and conformity combative charge, proved that understated sophistication ranks above the rest with their rendition of the Air Jordan 12. Removed from luxurious leather or Italian suede or something else super luxe, they worked with a potent nubuck fabrication and still delivered one of the most material rich releases of the year. Hopefully, this is just the start of a long relationship between PSNY and Jordan Brand. – Darren Griffin

49. Nike KD 7 “What the KD”

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The Nike “What The” series has become quite the staple within the Nike lineage as of late due the popularity of a variety of models. This notion was further strengthened by the release of the “What the” Nike KD 7. Featuring a variety of eclectic hues throughout its upper, and detailing that encompassed each colorway released from the Nike KD 7 series, this collage of a kick was rather strong considering the sartorial difficulties it presents. – Pierce Simpson

48. J.Crew x New Balance 998

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There is a history of magic that happens when menswear curator J.Crew and New Balance connect. This time, both sides collaborated on the fan-favorite 998 in a “Hilltop Blues” colorway as part of Crew’s “In Good Company” release. The combination of sandy brown mesh with navy and brown suede panels made this joint effort one of the best so far. Not to mention, the grey laces, reflective 3M, red accents and overall inspiration of the Big Apple’s neighborhood ballparks. – George Kiel III

47. Converse Chuck Taylor II

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Reinventing an American classic can be rather treacherous terrain. However, that’s exactly what Converse did this year as they provided sneaker lovers with a new look via the Converse Chuck Taylor II. Although ‘new look’ may be overstated considering the new model dosn similar styling to that of the OG, the performance features allow for prospective users to gain more comfortability and subsequently more wear time in them. All in all, this shift in technology may strengthen the classic American brand even more. – Pierce Simpson

46. Nike Air Max 1 Leather Black/Red

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An Air Jordan colorway on an Air Max: pretty novel idea, right? While it’s long been known that color block swaps will keep the retro run in stride for years to come, the list of shoes that have made actual advancements using the pull-and-plug approach is actually pretty short.

More minimal than any AJ Lab launch, the Nike Air Max 1 Leather Black/Red relies on the same hybrid theory of the aforementioned Air Jordan collection but in simpler fashion. Rather than amplifying a signature attribute, the most universally excepted AM model takes on the tones and textures of its AJ equivalent. Add embossed branding and you have a made for the masses hit that looks more JD than GR. – Ian Stonebrook

45. Nike Air Foamposite One “Sharpie”

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In ’97, Penny was being hassled by the NBA about wearing the all-blue Foams because they didn’t comply with the NBA’s 50/50 footwear rule. Therefore, he applied a Sharpie to his Foams to meet the NBA’s standards. This release showed once again how Nike is consistently able to tell stories through sneakers. – George Kiel III

44. VILLA x Wale x ASICS Gel Lyte III

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Sneaker culture is a constant, sneaker seeding is a trend. Fortunately, Wale knows this and fans know this about Wale. Rather than sell his sole for a conventional kick contract that would put a retainer on his rotation, Folarin felt it fitting to join the VILLA movement. You smart, Wale. The DC MC and the Philly force both care about kicks and culture a great amount and are making measures to provide a path for a better both. Their first shared steps were laid in the form of the VILLA x Wale x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Bottle Rocket” — a fun focused collab with just enough chase. We’re excited to see what they do next in 2016. – Ian Stonebrook

43. Extra Butter x adidas Vanguard Collection

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Sneaker storylines tend to draw more from fan friendly fiction than true tales, strategically steering towards accumulation as opposed to accomplishments. Really out there in all regards, the Extra Butter x adidas Vanguard Collection not only played off Boy Scout camping trips but actually played to it. Packing two rad revamps of the trailblazing ZX Flux, said styles actually came with equipment you could blaze a trail in — namely a canvas backpack, beach towel, night blanket and other trail trinkets. Save the #streetsnaps for the social shares, going outside and actually doing stuff is forever cool. – Ian Stonebrook

42. Nike LeBron 12 EXT “Wheat”

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Paying tribute to King James’ rookie campaign and the beloved Air Zoom Generation of the same color, Nike Basketball unleashed a “Wheat” LeBron 12 EXT during the spring season. It was undoubtedly one of the better LeBron 12 colorways of the year, and although the wheat and gold brought back memories of the 2003-04 NBA season, we’re ready to see the actual Generation come back. Come on, Nike. – George Kiel III

41. Palace x adidas Pro Primeknit

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How real is this? While A$AP acclaim has helped propel PALACE from London skate staple to international ‘it’ brand, their work with adidas has continued to widen their range. Much like the Mob, Palace does a good job of staying true to their roots while representing references that read as cross-cultural and the adidas Pro Primeknit is a perfect example. Blending Samba steeze with Primeknit nuances and half pipe performance, you’ve got a shoe that caters to all while still serving its core customer. – Ian Stonebrook

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