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Jun 1, 2017
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Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Kevin Love PE for the NBA Finals



Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Kevin Love NBA Finals PE

What everyone has been waiting for is the NBA Finals which will be a rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. This marks the third year in a row that the two teams matched up in the NBA Finals. As for sneakers being worn, you can expect various special editions including Kevin Love’s recently unveiled Nike Hyperdunk 2017 NBA Finals PE.

As you can see, this Nike Hyperdunk 2016 is dressed in shades of Wine Red, Gold and Yellow throughout which mimics that of the Cavaliers uniform. Featuring Wine Red across the uppers, Gold lands on the Nike Swoosh and speckled across the midsole. Other highlights include Kevin Love’s logo on the tongue and an icy translucent outsole.

Below you can check out more images of the Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Kevin Love Finals PE which will give you a closer look. You can also expect Kevin Love to wear them frequently on-court during the Finals. While a release is unknown at the time of writing, we will make sure to update you with additional details.

Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Kevin Love NBA Finals PE

Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Kevin Love NBA Finals PE

Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Kevin Love NBA Finals PE

Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Kevin Love NBA Finals PE

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May 31, 2017
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Kevin Love Will Lace Up His Hyperdunk 2016 PEs For Game 1 Of NBA Finals

Looking more comfortable with his role on the team this postseason, Cavs All-Star Kevin Love was sensational throughout the NBA Playoffs and Cleveland will need him to continue his strong play if they want to get past the Golden State Warriors in the Finals. And for at least Game 1 of the Finals, Love will be looking to make an impact with his Nike Hyperdunk 2016 PE.

In a Cavs wine and gold colorway, Love’s sneakers for Game 1 have a similarly colored speckled midsole and a Nike Zoom Air Unit in the heel of the sole. Love’s signature logo, which is his initials combined with the image of a tree that signifies his Oregon roots, is prominently featured on the sneaker’s tongue.

Look for Love to be rocking his Nike Hyperdunk 2016 PE in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday.

Kevin Love's Hyperdunk 2016 PE
Kevin Love’s Hyperdunk 2016 PE
Kevin Love's Hyperdunk 2016 PE
Kevin Love’s Hyperdunk 2016 PE
Kevin Love's Hyperdunk 2016 PE
Kevin Love’s Hyperdunk 2016 PE
Kevin Love's Hyperdunk 2016 PE
Kevin Love’s Hyperdunk 2016 PE

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May 8, 2017
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When Paul George Flipped the Switch // Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Elite

“Ouch” would be an understatement for those watching, praying and supporting Paul George as he suffered one of the most gruesome injuries ever seen in an inner-squad scrimmage for the 2014 Team USA — a roster assembled that would eventually defend the 2012 team’s gold two years later in Rio.

Shelved for almost an entire season, the horrific leg break would make many players question if playing for the red, white and blue in the offseason was really worth it. Many players besides Paul George.

Back and better than ever, the Palmdale product by way of Fresno State would play for Coach K and The US of A, bringing his A-game to Brazil and becoming the face of Nike Basketball’s signature product, the Hyperdunk Elite 2016. Flipping the switch by putting mind over matter while exchanging guts for glory, Team USA and PG would become back-to-back-to-back Gold Medal winners proving once again that a minor setback is only the setup for a major comeback.

You can vote for Paul George’s Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Elite in our playoff-themed Flip The Switch Bracket, crowning the Best Nike Basketball Sneaker of the modern era.

photos by Mike Ehrmann, Phil Walter, Bryn Lennon, Thearon W. Henderson & Sean M. Haffey for Getty Images via Zimbio

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Jan 13, 2017
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Highsnobiety Crowns Best Shoes & Shops of 2016

What a year 2016 was. Whether it was your favorite or hated it (word to In Living Color), the year that just was brought a lot of great shoe releases and some equally awesome retail experiences. So, what were the best of both? Loyal readers know we made our claim with the #NK50, but our buddies at Highsnobiety have some stellar picks of their own. From best kick to best shop to many more awards worth mentioning, see the online mag’s standouts of ’16 here.

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Jan 6, 2017
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Celebrity Sneaker Stalker // YOU Pick the 2016 #CSSMVP

The All-CSS Teams have been revealed and we’ve seen your votes. Today, we’re pulling from all the rosters and letting YOU pick the 2016 #CSSMVP. See the favorites below and vote on the last page to let us know who takes home the title belt for the year that just was.

Fabolous

Number of CSS Headlines in 2016: 17
Best Wears: Nike Air Force 1 Low “Linen,” Air Jordan 13 “What is Love,” adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2, adidas Yeezy Boost 750, Pharrell x adidas NMD, Nike Air Diamond Turf, Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GT-Cool Express “Sterling,” Ronnie Fieg x colette x PUMA Collection, adidas NMD_R1 Villa Exclusive, Nike MAG, Air Jordan 8 Kobe Bryant PE, Air Jordan 8 “Peapod,” Louis Vuitton Jasper, Supreme x Air Jordan 5

Fabolous covered all bases in 2016. GRs? Got ’em early. Collabs? Made his own and scored others. Modeled? Check. Yup, Fab managed to balance the best of all worlds by getting a deal with VILLA, debuting collections for Kith and still keeping his Packer connection when it came to early drops. Even with all those releases at his feet, he pulled tons of heat from the vault. Way to be.

Fabolous in the Nike Air Force 1 "Linen"
Fabolous in the Nike Air Force 1 “Linen”
Fabolous in the WMNS Nike Air Force 1 High "Color Pack" Purple
Fabolous in the WMNS Nike Air Force 1 High “Color Pack” Purple
Fabolous in the Nike Air Penny 1 "All Star"
Fabolous in the Nike Air Penny 1 “All Star”
Fabolous in the Reebok Club MEMT
Fabolous in the Reebok Club MEMT
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy Boost 750
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy Boost 750
Fabolous in the adidas NMD_R1 Villa Exclusive
Fabolous in the adidas NMD_R1 Villa Exclusive
Fabolous in the Nike MAG
Fabolous in the Nike MAG
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga/Solar Red
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga/Solar Red
Fabolous in the Pharrell x adidas NMD
Fabolous in the Pharrell x adidas NMD
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x Diadora Intrepid
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x Diadora Intrepid
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x Reebok Question "Curtain Call"
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x Reebok Question “Curtain Call”
Fabolous in Gucci sneakers
Fabolous in Gucci sneakers
Fabolous in the Riccardo Tisci x Nike Free Train Force Flyknit
Fabolous in the Riccardo Tisci x Nike Free Train Force Flyknit
Fabolous in the ACRONYM x Nike Lunar Force 1
Fabolous in the ACRONYM x Nike Lunar Force 1
Fabolous in the Kim Jones x Nike Air Zoom LWP
Fabolous in the Kim Jones x Nike Air Zoom LWP
Fabolous in the Nike Air More Uptempo "USA"
Fabolous in the Nike Air More Uptempo “USA”
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 9 "Bentley Ellis"
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 9 “Bentley Ellis”
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 11 Low "Cherry"
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 11 Low “Cherry”
Fabolous in the Ronnie Fieg x colette x PUMA Blaze of Glory
Fabolous in the Ronnie Fieg x colette x PUMA Blaze of Glory
Fabolous in Christian Louboutin sneakers
Fabolous in Christian Louboutin sneakers
Fabolous in the Extra Butter x Saucony Shadow Master "Space Snack"
Fabolous in the Extra Butter x Saucony Shadow Master “Space Snack”
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 8 Kobe Bryant PE
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 8 Kobe Bryant PE
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 8 "Peapod"
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 8 “Peapod”
Fabolous in the Louis Vuitton Jasper Grey/Pink
Fabolous in the Louis Vuitton Jasper Grey/Pink
Fabolous in the Packer x New Balance MT580
Fabolous in the Packer x New Balance MT580
Fabolous in the Ewing 33 High "All-Star"
Fabolous in the Ewing 33 High “All-Star”
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x adidas TMAC 3 “2004 All-Star Game”
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x adidas TMAC 3 “2004 All-Star Game”
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy 950
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy 950
Fabolous in the Supreme x Air Jordan 5
Fabolous in the Supreme x Air Jordan 5
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 13 "What is Love"
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 13 “What is Love”

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Jan 5, 2017
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Celebrity Sneaker Stalker // 2016 All-CSS First Team

And then there were six. Following the All-Rookie, Third and Second Teams, we proudly present the 2016 All-CSS First Team. Headlined by the likes of Fabolous, Kanye West and of course Wale, this lineup is full of heat rockers and trendsetters that made waves all last year. Take a look at each style savant’s resume and let us know who deserves a bid for 2016 #CSSMVP in the voting poll on the last page.

Fabolous

Number of CSS Headlines in 2016: 17
Best Wears: Nike Air Force 1 Low “Linen,” Air Jordan 13 “What is Love,” adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2, adidas Yeezy Boost 750, Pharrell x adidas NMD, Nike Air Diamond Turf, Ronnie Fieg x ASICS GT-Cool Express “Sterling,” Ronnie Fieg x colette x PUMA Collection, adidas NMD_R1 Villa Exclusive, Nike MAG, Air Jordan 8 Kobe Bryant PE, Air Jordan 8 “Peapod,” Louis Vuitton Jasper, Supreme x Air Jordan 5

Fabolous covered all bases in 2016. GRs? Got ’em early. Collabs? Made his own and scored others. Modeled? Check. Yup, Fab managed to balance the best of all worlds by getting a deal with VILLA, debuting collections for Kith and still keeping his Packer connection when it came to early drops. Even with all those releases at his feet, he pulled tons of heat from the vault. Way to be.

Fabolous in the Nike Air Force 1 "Linen"
Fabolous in the Nike Air Force 1 “Linen”
Fabolous in the WMNS Nike Air Force 1 High "Color Pack" Purple
Fabolous in the WMNS Nike Air Force 1 High “Color Pack” Purple
Fabolous in the Nike Air Penny 1 "All Star"
Fabolous in the Nike Air Penny 1 “All Star”
Fabolous in the Reebok Club MEMT
Fabolous in the Reebok Club MEMT
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy Boost 750
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy Boost 750
Fabolous in the adidas NMD_R1 Villa Exclusive
Fabolous in the adidas NMD_R1 Villa Exclusive
Fabolous in the Nike MAG
Fabolous in the Nike MAG
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga/Solar Red
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Beluga/Solar Red
Fabolous in the Pharrell x adidas NMD
Fabolous in the Pharrell x adidas NMD
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x Diadora Intrepid
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x Diadora Intrepid
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x Reebok Question "Curtain Call"
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x Reebok Question “Curtain Call”
Fabolous in Gucci sneakers
Fabolous in Gucci sneakers
Fabolous in the Riccardo Tisci x Nike Free Train Force Flyknit
Fabolous in the Riccardo Tisci x Nike Free Train Force Flyknit
Fabolous in the ACRONYM x Nike Lunar Force 1
Fabolous in the ACRONYM x Nike Lunar Force 1
Fabolous in the Kim Jones x Nike Air Zoom LWP
Fabolous in the Kim Jones x Nike Air Zoom LWP
Fabolous in the Nike Air More Uptempo "USA"
Fabolous in the Nike Air More Uptempo “USA”
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 9 "Bentley Ellis"
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 9 “Bentley Ellis”
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 11 Low "Cherry"
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 11 Low “Cherry”
Fabolous in the Ronnie Fieg x colette x PUMA Blaze of Glory
Fabolous in the Ronnie Fieg x colette x PUMA Blaze of Glory
Fabolous in Christian Louboutin sneakers
Fabolous in Christian Louboutin sneakers
Fabolous in the Extra Butter x Saucony Shadow Master "Space Snack"
Fabolous in the Extra Butter x Saucony Shadow Master “Space Snack”
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 8 Kobe Bryant PE
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 8 Kobe Bryant PE
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 8 "Peapod"
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 8 “Peapod”
Fabolous in the Louis Vuitton Jasper Grey/Pink
Fabolous in the Louis Vuitton Jasper Grey/Pink
Fabolous in the Packer x New Balance MT580
Fabolous in the Packer x New Balance MT580
Fabolous in the Ewing 33 High "All-Star"
Fabolous in the Ewing 33 High “All-Star”
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x adidas TMAC 3 “2004 All-Star Game”
Fabolous in the Packer Shoes x adidas TMAC 3 “2004 All-Star Game”
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy 950
Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy 950
Fabolous in the Supreme x Air Jordan 5
Fabolous in the Supreme x Air Jordan 5
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 13 "What is Love"
Fabolous in the Air Jordan 13 “What is Love”

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Jan 4, 2017
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Celebrity Sneaker Stalker // 2016 All-CSS Second Team

Following up yesterday’s unveiling of the bronze squad, we now have a look a the 2016 All-CSS Second Team. From Drizzy Drake to Anthony Hamilton, the Jordan Brand boys are strong as is the A$AP Mob with Rocky and Twelvyy both scoring silver honors. So, who wore what last year and who should be nominated for a crack at the 2016 #CSSMVP title belt? Check out the stats below and give us your vote in the poll on the last page.

Drake

Drake in the Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4
Drake in the Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4

Number of CSS Headlines in 2016: 11
Best Wears: Air Jordan 8 PEs, Air Jordan 12 “OVO,” Air Jordan 16 “Midnight Navy,” Air Jordan 14 CDP, Air Jordan 19 CDP, Air Jordan XX1 CDP, Nike Air Zoom Spiridon, Air Jordan 9 “Silver Anniversary,” Air Jordan 14 “Oregon” PE, Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4, Public School x Air Jordan 12, Supreme x Nike Air Max 98, Air Jordan 6 Low PE

Countdown Pack Papi was on some other stuff in 2016, rocking retirement retros on stage for his very successful Summer ’16 Tour. Looking for revenge with every wear, he also debuted the likes of the “Midnight Navy” Air Jordan 16 while also breaking out collabs from Supreme and runners from NikeLab. On top of that, the OVO Jordan franchise went collegiate over NBA All-Star Weekend in T-Dot as two new AJ8s paid homage to Coach Cal and the boys in blue at Kentucky.

Drake in the Nike Air Max Plus EU Exclusive
Drake in the Nike Air Max Plus EU Exclusive
Drake in the Air Jordan 12 OVO
Drake in the Air Jordan 12 OVO
Drake in the Air Jordan 16 "Midnight Navy"
Drake in the Air Jordan 16 “Midnight Navy”
Drake in the NikeLab Air Zoom Spiridon
Drake in the NikeLab Air Zoom Spiridon “Gold”
Drake in the Nike Kyrie 1
Drake in the Nike Kyrie 1
Drake in the Air Jordan 12 "The Master"
Drake in the Air Jordan 12 “The Master”
Drake in the Air Jordan 9 "Silver Anniversary"
Drake in the Air Jordan 9 “Silver Anniversary”
Drake in the Air Jordan XX1 CDP
Drake in the Air Jordan XX1 CDP
Drake in the Air Jordan 19 CDP
Drake in the Air Jordan 19 CDP
Drake in the Air Jordan 14 "Oregon" PE
Drake in the Air Jordan 14 “Oregon” PE
Drake in the Air Jordan 14 CDP
Drake in the Air Jordan 14 CDP
Drake in the Air Jordan 17+ "Copper"
Drake in the Air Jordan 17+ “Copper”
Drake in the Supreme x Nike Air Max 98
Drake in the Supreme x Nike Air Max 98
Drake in the Clarks Wallabee
Drake in the Clarks Wallabee
Drake in the Nike Air Presto
Drake in the Nike Air Presto
Drake in the Air Jordan 6 Low "Hot 100s" PE
Drake in the Air Jordan 6 Low “Hot 100s” PE
Drake in the Air Jordan 8 OVO "Kentucky" PE
Drake in the Air Jordan 8 OVO “Kentucky” PE (photo by Cole Burston for ESPN)
Drake in the Air Jordan 8 OVO "Kentucky" PE
Drake in the white Air Jordan 8 OVO “Kentucky” PE
Drake in the Air Jordan 10 OVO
Drake in the Air Jordan 10 OVO
Drake in the Public School x Air Jordan 12 "Friends & Family" Exclusive
Drake in the Public School x Air Jordan 12 “Friends & Family” Exclusive

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Jan 2, 2017
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Celebrity Sneaker Stalker // 2016 All-CSS Rookie Team

Celebrity Sneaker Stalker will be back to its regularly scheduled programming next week, but not before we let YOU crown the best of the best from the year that just was.

Full of fresh faces and fly feet, we present to you the 2016 All-CSS Rookie Team. From R&B stars that are changing the landscape of street style to rappers digging up retros from their youth, this six person roster is full of variety. Still, there can only be one 2016 CSS Rookie of the Year (unless of course there’s a tie, duh). So, who takes the cake? Read the tale of the tape below and cast your vote in the poll on the last page.

Bryson Tiller

Bryson Tiller Deal with Nike-4

Claim to Fame in 2016: TRAPSOUL project soared in popularity, appeared on tracks with Gucci Mane and Travis Scott, signed partnership with Nike
Best Wears in 2016: Nike Air Yeezy 2, adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2, Nike SF-AF1 debut, adidas Ultra Boost, adidas NMD, adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove” and adidas Yeezy Boost 750 “Glow in the Dark”

At SXSW 2016, my friend Bryant Coffey noticed a shift — there were as many or perhaps more young people dressed like Bryson Tiller than there were those riffing off Kanye West. From the trademark cap to the grunge’d out wardrobe, Pen Griffey may pull from modern hip-hop ethos in his get-ups, but he may also be the first R&B star that dudes are really trying to dress like. This is rare. Now a member of Team Nike, the man that debuted the SF-AF1 will likely play a huge part in 2017’s onslaught of Air Forces.

Bryson Tiller in the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black/Copper
Bryson Tiller in the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black/Copper
Bryson Tiller in the Nike SF-AF1
Bryson Tiller in the Nike SF-AF1
Bryson Tiller in the Nike SF-AF1
Bryson Tiller in the Nike SF-AF1
Bryson Tiller in the Reebok Club C "Pastel" Purple
Bryson Tiller in the Reebok Club C “Pastel” Purple
Bryson Tiller in the Nike SF-AF1
Bryson Tiller in the Nike SF-AF1
Bryson Tiller in the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 "Turtle Dove"
Bryson Tiller in the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove”
Bryson Tiller in the Pink Dolphin x PUMA Blaze of Glory
Bryson Tiller in the Pink Dolphin x PUMA Blaze of Glory
Bryson Tiller in the Vans Old Skool
Bryson Tiller in the Vans Old Skool
Bryson Tiller in the adidas Samba
Bryson Tiller in the adidas Samba
Bryson Tiller in the Nike Air Force 1 Low
Bryson Tiller in the Nike Air Force 1 Low
Bryson Tiller in the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 "Glow in the Dark"
Bryson Tiller in the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 “Glow in the Dark”
Bryson Tiller in the Air Jordan 1 "Melo"
Bryson Tiller in the Air Jordan 1 “Melo”
Bryson Tiller in the adidas Ultra Boost
Bryson Tiller in the adidas Ultra Boost
Bryson Tiller in the Nike Air Yeezy 2 Black/Solar Red
Bryson Tiller in the Nike Air Yeezy 2 Black/Solar Red
Bryson Tiller in the adidas NMD White/White
Bryson Tiller in the adidas NMD White/White

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Dec 30, 2016
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#NK50 // The 50 Best Sneaker Releases of 2016

Written by Nice Kicks Staff
Lead Art by @SNKRGFX

2016, it’s been an interesting one. While each year seems to bring more and more sneaker releases, this past year was no different as seemingly every weekend had one coveted drop and a handful of worthwhile wears. So, when it’s all said and done what were the best shoes to come out in ’16? The Nice Kicks staff has made our picks in the latest #NK50. Check ’em out below and let us know on social and in the comments your favorite shoes of the year.


IMAGE: @KicksTQ

50. Air Jordan 4 White/Cement

In 2012, the Air Jordan 4 returned for the first since 1999 with a white upper and grey accents. The catch? Jumpman heel tagging and a “Tech Grey” hue that was maybe more modern than “Cement” but simply worse in the eyes of OGs. A classic case of close but not quite. In 2016, Jordan Brand did the right thing with the proper Air Jordan 4 White/Cement release.

Dropping on All-Star Weekend and restocking to really no remorse on a handful of occasions, the ’89 classic was available for all in its purest form and wearable condition. While Pinnacle pairs on the same silo were a solid stunt and perhaps a preview of the future of JB, the past still proves to be the best application on the model Mike made fly that both hardwood heads and fresh fashionables still soar in. – Ian Stonebrook

49. Air Jordan 12 “The Master”

There’s endless subjectivity when discussing the best of the best pertaining to a shoe as visible as the Air Jordan 12 was in 2016. But “The Master” edition, on its face, embodies everything that great retros holistically brought to this year in sneakers. Blending great historical context with modern contemporary material usage, “The Master” seamlessly incorporated fashion’s most dominate theme, monotone, through adoring tumbled leather basking in a bold noir sensibility. Yet maybe even more important than that was the all-encompassing “Poster” campaign that cradled the shoe. Reaching back to Jordan’s vintage posters for inspiration was a genius stroke from Jordan Brand, arguably the better of the “Alternate” and “Dunk From Above” offerings, respectively. – Darren Griffin

48. Nike Air Force 1 “Linen”

Rewind the clock 15 years and times were very different for sneakers. Below are staples in today’s sneaker world today that didn’t exist when the “Linen” Air Force 1s released in Japan:

– Sneaker Blogs
– Online Consignment Shops
– Camera Phones
– Social Media
– Google Translator
– “Air Force 1s” by Nelly

The Nike Air Force 1 “Linen” became a highly sought after shoe long before we had any of the tools to discover or chase the shoes. It was one of the first underground sneaker legends that had people asking “Where and how did you get those?” that crossed the globe. – Matt Halfhill

47. Concepts x New Balance 998

Year in and year out, Concepts and New Balance almost surgically churn out one of the best sneakers of the year. 2016 was no exception and quite possibly one of their best since the “Kennedy” back in 2011. The New Balance 998 from the “City Rivalry” pack was an ode to the Boston Red Sox and their time-honored duel with the New York Yankees. There’s a duality here that makes this collaboration exceptional aside from just great materials and aesthetics. America’s greatest pastime, baseball, is often defined by moments that act in conjunction with rivalries. Sneakers, too, are represented not only the product, but the forces working together or in an adversarial capacity to elevate the culture. So while looking at this collaboration and more importantly, glancing past it, it speaks to the stories we tell that narrate the history of the culture. There’s a cleverness here that shouldn’t be overlooked. – Darren Griffin

46. Solefly x Air Jordan 16

2016 — the year Jordan Brand dropped a “South Beach” 16? It sounds silly, but it actually worked on this Solefly style. In a year marked by odd occurrences and rapidly radical trends, the combination of a LeBron-laden colorway on a retirement-era retro may seem out of action, but it made a splash in the midst of it all by dropping during Art Basel. As the star-studded attraction looks to steal the steeze from Fashion Week or SXSW, the shoe may register to some as party, to others as parody, but in true artistic fashion the Florida shop took a risk by playing with a pop culture phenomenon, using an unlikely canvas and stripping the piece’s obvious shine. If that’s not enough to convince you these are actually high brow, well hey, Quavo has a pair! – Ian Stonebrook

45. adidas FutureCraft 3D

You’re looking at innovation at its finest right here. On December 15th adidas released their first 3D printed sneaker to the public. Not only was this shoe created for optimum level of performance, but it’s aesthetically pleasing as well. The FutureCraft 3D is our introduction into what the future of sneakers will look like as one day you’ll be able to walk into a store, get your feet scanned, and have a shoe that was 3D printed to specifically fit your individual footprint. Retailing for 3, adidas saw their futuristic shoe sell out in minutes and rise in resale value to over ,000. Technology, aesthetics and hype earned this shoe its spot on this list for sure. – Ray P.

44. Under Armour Curry “Back to Back” Pack

Under Armour hasn’t exactly had a steady flow of energy launches highly coveted by collectors, but when they have, the storytelling has surrounded an iconic moment in sport. After being named the first-ever unanimous league MVP, it only made sense to package Stephen Curry’s second signature alongside his first, which he also won MVP in. The ensuing “Back 2 Back” Pack featured accents of trophy gold throughout, along with sharp fonts and graphic icons to celebrate Curry’s rise through the league and accomplishments. – Nick DePaula

43. Air Jordan 12 “Wings”

Jordan Brand brought back the Air Jordan 12 in a way we’ve never seen before. Our beloved “Playoff” motif was blessed with gold accents reminiscent of DMP Air Jordans. But there was a catch! It was limited to only 12,000 pairs worldwide. Adding to the madness, the sneaker world lost its mind when finding out the black layer on the upper wears off to eventually reveal a golden winged graphic. The Air Jordan 12 “Wings” are beyond beautiful on foot, limited and had secret detailing. What more could you want from a release? So dope! – Ray P.


IMAGE: @LeJazmyn

42. Rihanna x PUMA Suede Creeper

There was a time not long ago when only sports figures had the type of shoe deal Rihanna has with PUMA. More specifically, women removed from the industry were not in similar positions of power. That, in and of itself, is a feat of strength and empowered gender role reversal. Then there’s the actual product output, which smartly reworks a classic already within the current brand layout and on the minds and feet of sneakerheads. The Suede, modernized with plush suede and the now famous Creeper sole, by many estimations is the retail story of the year. A case that’s very difficult to argue. But viewing this from a wider lens says more about where sneaker culture is headed than it does about what people are buying. Brands are no longer scared to place their confidence and dollars behind someone of any gender, race, or background. Rihanna can sell sneakers just as well as she sings popular music. A shift in thinking from a brand perspective made this possible. A chance was all it took. – Darren Griffin


IMAGE: @SneakerZimmer

41. Kith x adidas Tubular Doom

Kicking off the adidas Consortium “World Tour” of twelve collaborations throughout 2016, Kith debuted the newest addition to the Tubular family with a timely take on the new Doom in varying shades of gray and anthracite. The shoe’s sock collar and fully knitted upper was perfectly styled alongside joggers and fitted sweats, making the Tubular Doom one of the more beloved styles of adidas Original’s ever-evolving Tubular franchise. – Nick DePaula

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Dec 30, 2016
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Top 12 Stories of 2016 – Style

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Dec 30, 2016
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My Journey Inside the 2016 Russell Bowl with the Miami Hurricanes and adidas AlphaBOUNCE PE

Player Exclusive sneakers represent a culture built around a team, its players, staff and more importantly the fans. These shoes are rarely ever sold to the public, so when brands like adidas create the PEs, fans and sneakerheads alike are often left lusting after the exclusivity and desire to further connect with said team or athlete. Recently, the brand with three stripes showcased the latest wave of Player Exclusives celebrating their College Football teams who earned the right to play in NCAA Bowl Games.

As a huge fan of both College Football and sneakers, I decided I wanted to bring you and everyone else into the experience that allows shoes like the adidas AlphaBounce “Miami Hurricanes” PE to be created. So, I got with adidas and said, “Hey, let’s go to the Bowl Game in Orlando and show why you guys made these PEs and make it a moment.” Their reply was, “Let’s do it!”

Take the journey with me through a series of photos as you get exclusive access behind the scenes and a sideline view of the culture that is Miami Hurricanes Football. From pre-game setup to Coach wearing Yeezys and even the raising of the championship trophy, welcome to the 2016 Russell Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Enjoy the ride!




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Dec 30, 2016
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Top 12 Stories of 2016 – Collaborations

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