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Dec 1, 2015
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NikeLab Presents the ACG Holiday 2015 Collection

NikeLab Presents the ACG Holiday 2015 Collection

NikeLab presents the fourth season of the revamped ACG collection, featuring apparel and footwear that deliver movement and weather protection, allowing the wearer to take on whatever the city throws at you. Outerwear pieces take the form of the NikeLab ACG 2-in-1 Long Bomber Jacket, equipped with a strap system that allows jacket to be worn like a backpack when less coverage is needed; the NikeLab ACG Gore-Tex Jacket, featuring a deployable hood and waterproof protection; and NikeLab ACG Bomber Jacket, built with Nike Tech Fleece lining and windproof Gore Windstopper fabric. They’re joined by the NikeLab ACG Cargo Pant and NikeLab ACG Balaclava, as well as black and white colorways of the NikeLab ACG Flyknit Lupinek SFB. The collection launches December 3rd at NikeLab locations and online.

Release Date: 12/3/15 (Thursday)

Get an inside look at the NikeLab ACG pop-up store in NYC.
And also take a first look at the NikeLab ACG Holiday 2015 collection.

 

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Nov 29, 2015
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Is The Air Jordan 6 “Maroon” with Nike Air the Best Retro of 2015?

Although last year saw the Air Jordan 6 return in light of its 23rd anniversary, even with the Black/Infrared release last Black Friday many consider the silhouette’s next release to be the best of the last 15 months.

Fully equipped with Nike Air branding in customary position at the heel, the Air Jordan 6 “Maroon” returns on December 5. A retro release that has Jordan purists salivating, the shoe’s simplistic nature and remastered touch evokes a rise from not only Air Jordan 6 aficionados, but OG sneaker fans in general.

Calendar the Jordan Release Date referenced above and let us know if you think the Air Jordan 6 “Maroon” with Nike Air is the best Jordan Brand retro of 2015.

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Colorway: White/Maroon
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Release Date: December 5, 2015
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Nov 26, 2015
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The 15 Retros We’re Most Thankful for in 2015

Oh what a year to celebrate sneakers. While artist collabs and progressive sportswear have been the rampant waves all of 2015, we’ve still got love for good, old fashioned retros. Heritage and history over storytelling or even innovation, shoes of the re-release variety have always served as time machines for old head collectors and a window into the past for younger peers, bringing about fond memories when seen on feet or just randomly in the shelves of a store.

Focusing only on OGs, previously unreleased PEs and all other shoes making their second round, check out the 15 retros we’re most thankful for this year.

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By all accounts, the Air Jordan 1 isn’t going anywhere. Dropping in low top, Pinnacle and hybrid fashion in 2015, we most importantly saw the return of two OG highs. The famed “Chicago” colorway and never-before-retroed “UNC” take brought it back as far as possible, highlighting the start of the iconic athlete and famed franchise. Will the AJ1 continue to shift shape in 2016 or could metallic team takes continue the OG onslaught? At this point we’re down with both.

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Nov 25, 2015
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2015 Thanksgiving Holiday Releases

2015 Thanksgiving Holiday Releases

Ideally, Thanksgiving is a time to pause, take stock and give thanks. It’s an opportunity to get together with family and friends (while neglecting the diet at least for one night), catch up on the various TV shows everyone is buzzing about, and take in an NBA game or two. The reality for many of us, however, is that the holidays are a stress incubator. There’s the travel, the arguments with weirdo relatives at the dinner table, and let’s not forget the shopping. The last Thursday of every November has long functioned as the quiet before the storm, and even if you’re not concerned about the Black Friday bargains you’re missing out on, there’s probably a sneaker or two you’ll want to grab over the weekend. In an effort to ease your pre-Thanksgiving tension, we present a list of the releases you’ll be waiting for this weekend, spanning both sneakers and apparel.

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Nov 25, 2015
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The Handmade Hender Scheme 2015 Unveiled with Lux Leather

The Handmade Hender Scheme 2015 Unveiled with Lux LeatherHender Scheme is a specialty artisan shop that is certainly one of a kind, producing handmade leather footwear and other small leather goods out of their small Setagaya, Tokyo location. Known for their knack of redesigning some of the game’s most iconic shoes, their latest product comes in the form of this Hender Scheme 2015 derived from a New Balance silhouette. A part of the brand’s larger Fall/Winter 2015 “Essence” Collection, the 2015 blends retro styling with contemporary feel that amplifies NB design cues with a heavy dose of premium leather, including the laces. Handmade, as usual, the Hender Scheme 2015 is available now at select shops, including Union LA for 8.

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Nov 25, 2015
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Nike SB Trainerendor Fall/Winter 2015 Premium Pack

Matt Halfhill – Founder + Publisher
Allison Halfhill – Chief of Strategy
Nick DePaula – Creative Director

George Kiel III – Editor in Chief
Ian Stonebrook – Associate Editor

Pierce Simpson – Staff Writer
Darren Griffin – Staff Writer

Sid Ashford – Video + Visuals

Jeffery Jason – Social Media

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Nov 25, 2015
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The Nike Footscape Magista SP Returns for Holiday 2015

The Nike Footscape Magista SP Returns for Holiday 2015The street-ready version of Nike Football’s Magista boot – the Nike Air Footscape Magista – has been hitting it hard all year and its run doesn’t seem to be letting up with this Holiday 2015 release. This latest Flyknit build comes in a new Wolf Grey/Dark Obsidian colorway, which has been paired with premium leather wrapping around the heel. The look is further bolstered with a natural motion outsole for superior traction and a nice finishing touch. Already starting to hit select shops, including Tokyo’s atmos, keep your eyes peeled for more retailers to get them in stock as the holiday season gets into full swing.

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Style: 816560-001
Color: Wolf Grey/Black-Sail-Dark Obsidian-Midnight Navy-Neutral Grey

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Nov 23, 2015
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PUMA Introduces the Fall/Winter 2015 Evolution Collection

PUMA Introduces the Fall/Winter 2015 Evolution Collection

The design philosophy ruling PUMA‘s newly launched Evolution collection is apparent in the title itself: product icons have been evolved into thoroughly modern pieces, resulting in edgy but relevant pieces steeped in sport and pushing the limits of streetwear. On the menswear side, silhouettes are cut slim and long, rendered in shades of black, grey and white, and topped with branding cues applied in creative, unexpected ways. The muted color palette of the apparel is complemented by the XT-S Blur and R698 “Matte & Shine,” featuring vibrant color pops for contrast. The women’s side spans all-over print leggings, windbreakers, hoodies and crews, along with the print-infused Aril and R69, as well as the 3M-accented IGNITE Fast Forward. PUMA’s Evolution collection is available now through select retailers.

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Nov 21, 2015
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The Fila Bubbles Mid Will Retro in 2015



Fila Bubbles Mid 2015 Retro

The Fila Bubbles originally released in 1997 as a basketball silhouette. Through the years many have hoped that the brand would retro this model, which sadly was left unfulfilled. That will change this year and we have our first look at the Fila Bubbles 2015 Retro.

One of the original color schemes will return featuring white, blue and red. The base will feature white tumbled leather, red accents are also seen while the branding, pipping and eyelets get treated to blue. The naming behind the shoes comes from the four individual bubbles along the side spelling out FILA.

Currently there isn’t a set release date for the Fila Bubbles Retro, however sources are saying and expecting a release to take place soon. Once additional images and information becomes available we will make sure to let you know. How many of you are excited about this pair finally receiving the retro treatment? Let us know by leaving us a comment.

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Nov 20, 2015
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BAPE and PUMA Join Forces for Fall/Winter 2015 Collection

Juxtaposing street style and sporting heritage in a way that’s both progressive and time-honored, Japanese outfitter BAPE and global sports brand PUMA converge for a fall/winter 2015 collection that allows for functionality in multiple genres.

Releasing an appeal line alongside key footwear releases, BAPE opts to rework PUMA sneaker staples like the R698, Blaze and Disc Blaze. Each are doused heavily in BAPE’s signature camouflage print while a mixture of premium fabrication ensures proper comfort and performance specifications for the season at hand.

The BAPE x PUMA Fall/Winter 2015 Collection will release exclusively at BAPE stores on November 28, while a wider release on December 12 will hit lifestyle retailers to be announced at a later time.

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Nov 18, 2015
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Vans Debuts Mountain Edition Collection for Holiday 2015

Vans Debuts Mountain Edition Collection for Holiday 2015

For holiday 2015, Vans presents an updated Mountain Edition collection designed to take on the elements in style. On the footwear side, classic silhouettes are built with Scotchgard-treated uppers, warm linings and a heat retention layer between the sockliner and outsole. Mountain Edition models take the form of the Sk8-Hi MTE, offered in refreshed colorways, along with a new model, the Sk8-Hi Del Pato MTE. The duck boot-inspired hybrid features water-resistant construction and a vulcanized lug outsole for maximum traction. It debuts in two colorways — black/black and ginger/navy — both of which come outfitted in pig suede materials and reinforced with a tech tuff-coated mudguard. The collection is rounded out by a series of treated Mountain Edition outerwear pieces, coated with durable water repellent (DWR) properties. Select items are insulated with lightweight PrimaLoft for added warmth, breathability and water resistance. Shop the selection now at Vans’ online store.

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Nov 17, 2015
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Performance Review // Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015

words // Nick DePaula:

When I first saw the HyperRev 2015, my initial reaction was, “I liked the HyperRev 2014 a lot, and that looks nothing like those.”

The series and name might’ve continued into a second edition, but other than a broad focus on fit in a mesh-based package atop some Zoom Air, that’s about where the similarities end.

Nike-Zoom-HyperRev-PE-Collection-1Gone is the strap, the funky-yet-ergonomic collar silhouette and the lack of a true tongue. The shoe still features a mesh upper layer, but there’s more structure to be found, thanks in part to the external heel counter and the perimeter rand through the forefoot.

I loved the lightweight feel, responsiveness and transition of the first version, but the collar was always unique enough that you’d still notice it, and who really needs a strap anyway when you can just lace up and go. The shoe was tricky to get on and had practically zero casual appeal for most people.

Heading into my string of pickup games this summer and fall in the HyperRev 2015, I was happily impressed with all of the areas it continued to excel on, and also appreciated all of the ways it corrected some of the fussiness from the 2014 model.

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Support & Lockdown

For years, people have looked at the height and silhouette of a shoe like the HyperRev, and simply said, “Those don’t have any ankle support.”

That couldn’t be more off base.

NK HR 2From the second you tug the shoe on (and depending on the shape and size of your foot and ankle, it might take some tugging) you’ll notice that this year’s HyperRev is one of the more expertly crafted and targeted sneakers you’ll ever try on.

On its own, the shoe’s full-length sleeve doesn’t look all that sturdy. The upper has a layer of mesh, and there’s a flexible rubberized heel counter that isn’t firm to the touch like a plastic or carbon Kobe heel counter. But once you get the shoe on, you’ll realize the fit, feel and support is top notch. It’s truly impressive. There’s extra padding and foam in strategic zones all throughout the collar, and that makes for a synching feel once you lace up and get ready to hit the court.

In tandem with the shoe’s incredible traction (more on that later), the well defined outrigger and the contouring midfoot fit, you’re good to go on all cuts and torques from a support standpoint. The shoe is stable and fits great, the lacing system works perfectly, and support was never an issue.

Cushioning

If you’ve ever read one of my reviews, there’s been a consistent theme for the last decade: I love Zoom Air.

These have separate heel and forefoot Zoom Air units. So naturally, as you can expect, I think the cushioning is awesome.

The heel’s outsole and midsole has perfect break points to help with landings, and then the heel Zoom bag reacts with just enough impact protection and propels on forward through the forefoot. On cuts and jabs, the forefoot bag feels responsive and quick. Last year’s model featured a full-length unit, but the 2015 is still bouncy.

Thanks to the advent of Jordan Brand’s Flight Plate system, this isn’t the most explosive application of Zoom Air on the market, but the HyperRev still provides great cushioning, rebound and responsiveness in a low profile package that doesn’t compromise on court feel. No surprise here — I’m a fan.

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Traction

Since taking over as Nike Basketball’s Design Director over five years ago, there’s been a distinct hallmark of Leo Chang’s reign on the category ever since in its team-based products: an unwavering commitment to no-frills traction patterns.

While signature models have (to varying success) mostly incorporated “storytelling” traction designs, models like this HyperRev, and most all of the Hyper team models before it, have consistently and routinely stuck with herringbone tread along the outsole.

What’s even better, is Leo has often taken things a step further, and rather than slap on a uniform front to back zig-zag rubber pattern and call it a day, he’s often looked to bevel out and radius even the most minute of herringbone slopes along his outsoles. There’s widening waves through the midfoot, where you need less rubber contact to save weight, and more dense zones at the high wear areas for added coverage.

It’s a minor obsessive approach that some won’t notice or appreciate. But from a performance standpoint, that added attention to detail can go a long way in protecting you on every cut, every slide and every last move.

On this shoe, now-retired designer Peter Fogg carried on that micro-level detail through the traction pattern’s design, and it’s outstanding on even a lesser court like my never-swept 24 Hour Fitness. For quick guards and anyone who values grip as a top priority, you’ll love these. They’re great right out of the box.

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Weight

As you might be able to tell from a materials standpoint, this shoe is flexible and light in all the right zones, and coupled with its smooth transition and money lockdown, it’s one of those shoes that achieves the beloved feeling of forgetting that they’re even on. An achievement every hoop shoe should strive for.

NK HR 1They clock in at 12.3 ounces in a size 9, and as I was switching in and out of other current market sneakers to test, I kept thinking, “Damn, I should go throw the HyperRevs back on.” They make other shoes feel heavy, they’re swift, light and nimble — everything you’d want in a shoe from a weight standpoint.

 

Durability

Throughout my runs in the HyperRev, I exclusively played in them indoors, and had no issues with any quick wearing zones, scuffs or fraying of any kind.

And for pretty much the last decade, I’ve always pulled out random old stuff for outdoor pickup runs, like Zoom Generations, KD 2s and Zoom Soldier 3s, because those are 100% incredible hoop shoes I can’t ever let go of. (Perhaps it makes me feel younger too…)

However, one of my best friends has been hooping in a basic Black / White HyperRev for the last few months, and it’s worth pointing out that they look like complete hell by now. He’s ripped through the forefoot mesh on one shoe. The heel counter is scuffed beyond belief on both shoes. And he’s even frayed up the top stitching on the collar sleeve. He’s also a complete animal as a player and plays with a combination of James Harden’s bully drives, but with Tyler Hansbrough’s recklessness and lack of footwork, so there’s that too.

If you’re considering these for outdoor use, keep all of that in mind though, and maybe opt for something a little sturdier with more abrasion resistance in the upper.

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Overview

NK HyperRev REVIEW MONT GRADE BOXI’m a HUGE fan of these. The fit, support, swiftness, traction and cushioning make them an easy A in my book, and that’s all at 0, which is (relatively) a great value these days. You can of course find them online for much less than that too.

Because the collar sleeve is a bit snug, I’d definitely recommend trying these on first in person to make sure you get the sizing down just right and that they work for your foot type. If you have a wider foot, they might be an effort to get on and off. If you have a standard or even narrow foot, you’ll love the hugging fit throughout the shoe.

I always base how much I truly like an A grade shoe if I can call it a “Trunk Shoe” a couple months later. For quite a few shoes, I hit “Publish” on a review and never play in them again. (I happily hand them off to some of the young hoopers from my regular runs.)

With the HyperRev, I kept coming back to them all fall, even when I was supposed to be testing out other stuff. They’re most definitely my newest Trunk Shoe addition, holding down one of a coveted three or four spots for shoes that I always have handy in the whip whenever a pickup run is on deck.

Well done Nike Basketball, and thanks also to the legendary Peter Fogg for a great last design before heading off to ride motorcycles in his much-earned retirement.

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