Jerry Lorenzo looks to the 1987 NBA finals as inspiration for his latest Fear of God capsule collection, fittingly dubbed “1987.” That series saw the LA Lakers beat the Boston Celtics four games to two, and the signature green of Larry Bird’s squad finds its way onto nine individual pieces, many of which are inscribed with contradictory “I Love LA” branding. The athletic silhouettes take the form of a track suit, pullover jacket, batting practice jersey, everyday hoodie, basketball shorts, graphic tees and made in Italy socks.
The Fear of God 1987 collection is scheduled to launch April 22nd through a special pop-up space at Back Door Bottega in Bologna, Italy.
Release Date: 4/22/17 (Saturday)
Fear of God “1987″ Collection
Being sick at hoops still has its perks. Providing the proof in the pudding, the “Class of XXX1” PEs for the Jordan Brand Classic find the Air Jordan XXX1, Jordan Melo M13 and Jordan CP3.X AE served up in colorways made specifically for the best young talent in the nation.
Before the guys and gals lace these up for tonight’s action on ESPN 2, preview each pair below.
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After blessing the internet with best-in-class vintage features and interviews on the footwear industry for more than a decade, Nick Santora is now bringing his top notch content to magazine form. His Classic Kicks platform, which includes a website, podcast and social media channels, just dropped a 124-page monster of a debut issue.
The first Classic Kicks Magazine Volume 1 narrows in on the 80s, highlighting some of the most beloved marketing campaigns and athletes of the time, along with cult stories and more niche-oriented profiles.
As Santora frames it, “Volume 1 focuses on the 1980s to explore key moments, athletes, and artists that elevated sportswear beyond the games and into mainstream consciousness. It was a decade defined by timeless products, captivating athletes, and genius marketing campaigns that laid the foundation for today’s sneaker culture.”
Interviews & features include:
– Nike photographers Chuck Kuhn, Bob Peterson, and Bill Sumner reveal the stories behind ‘Bo Knows,’ ‘The Jumpman,’ and ‘It’s Gotta Be The Shoes’ – three revolutionary ad campaigns.
– The roots of luxurious European sportswear are traced back to the origins of adidas and FILA.
– John Costacos, who built a poster empire conjuring up superhero athletes.
– Ricky Powell shares the stories behind his iconic Def Jam photographs
– Stanley Chow takes a break from The New Yorker to illustrate classic footballers
– Witness the skateboarding revolution of the late 1970s through the lens of Jim Goodrich
– Roger Steffens decodes the mystery of the Rasta Man Nike running sneakers.
You can download Classic Kicks Volume 1 through web browsers, Apple Store and Google Play, priced at .99 for a single issue, with discounted quarterly subscriptions also available. Be sure to also follow Classic Kicks on both Instagram and Twitter for constant history lessons on the footwear and the athletic advertising industry, and check out selected highlights from the debut issue below!
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During the heyday of Nike’s vaunted ACG line in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the brand lived up to its “All Conditions” stipulation with the launch of the Aqua Sock. The slip-on, designed by Geoff Hollister and released in 1989, was specifically created for water sports enthusiasts, featuring a spare and streamlined build atop a thin rubber outsole. The Swoosh is revisiting the unorthodox classic with a contemporary upgrade, dubbed the Aqua Sock 360. This new iteration fortifies the breathable socklike upper with a molded heel counter and a supportive three-piece outsole. Offered in a trio of colorways, the Aqua Sock 360 is available now at overseas retailers like atmos. Stay tuned for word on a stateside release.
When Kanye isn’t in his Yeezys or his Vans you can find him in Kahru. Yup, the model Mr. West wore casually and the colorway we previewed months ago at Agenda NYC is finally releasing worldwide this week.
Dubbed the Kahru Synchron Classic “Outdoor” drop, this earthy installment packs all the retro runner essentials — pigskin suede, mesh nylon, dual-density EVA foam and even air cushioning — with its unruly lacing system separating this swaggy style from its sporty peers.
Peep this pair in the photos from @Runnerwally below and contact your local Kahru account as these release worldwide tomorrow.
Kahru Synchron Classic “Outdoor”
Release Date: March 30, 2017
This year’s Air Max Day “Vote Forward” campaign features reimagined Nike Air Max silhouettes from a select group of “Revolutionairs” — twelve global creatives made up of artists, designers, DJs, and retailers. They were all invited to Nike World World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, to flex their creative muscle.
The twelve Revolutionairs are Alexandra Hackett (London), Artemy Lebedev (Moscow), Bunyamin Aydin (Istanbul), Celement Balvoine (Amsterdam), Fabikr (Seoul), Kyle Ng (Los Angeles), Lourdes Villagómez (Mexico City), Naotaka Konno (Tokyo), Sean Wotherspoon (Los Angeles), Shangguan Zhe (Shanghai), Tianzhou Chen (Beijing), and Venus X (New York).
See their individual contributions in the gallery below, then cast your vote for your favorite. The shoe with the most votes will be released the following year.
Reebok continues the 35th anniversary celebration of the iconic Freestyle sneaker with brand ambassador Teyana Taylor, recently named as the face of the classic silhouette. As part of the brand’s “Free Your Style” campaign, Reebok and Teyana have debuted the Freestyle “Color Bomb” Pack, finished in saturated Mineral Mist and Pink Craze colorways as an homage to the aerobics-crazed ’80s, the era in which the model was born. Retailing for , the kicks are available starting today at reebok.com.
Australian COOGI sweaters are famed for their vibrant colors and intricate knits. Referenced in lyrics and worn by music legends, they made waves in the ‘80s and ‘90s when they hit the American hip-hop scene. Today, PUMA x COOGI pays homage to that golden age of hip-hop with all-new executions of the classic Clyde, decked out in the iconic COOGI knit. No two shoes in this collection are the same; each has its own unique pattern and its own unique swagger.
The truly one of a kind release happens at select store list below on March 9, 2017.
2017 sees the Nike SB Dunk turning 15 years old, and the Swoosh is celebrating the milestone with a reengineered version of the classic silhouette. The all new Zoom Dunk Elite Low takes inspiration from the past but has its eye toward the future, featuring a one-piece upper that eliminates seams in high-wear areas. There’s also a larger Zoom Air bag concealed in the midsole, resulting in a model that’s lighter and more flexible than its predecessor. The Zoom Dunk Elite Low is set to launch in an introductory grey and blue colorway modeled off the original SB Dunk sample that Sandy Bodecker (then the GM of Nike SB) first took around to skate shops in 2002. The shoe is available beginning March 9 through SNKRS, nike.com and at select retailers.
Release Date: 3/9/17 (Thursday)
After dropping three special edition collabs and even bringing back the Dee Brown Pumps, Reebok Classic capped off All-Star Weekend with a major concert event on Saturday afternoon.
Teaming up with Footaction, Reebok Classic in the Courtyard gave fans in New Orleans a free show — with open bar at that — headlined by Curren$y, Teyana Taylor and Cam’ron. The Freestyle Hi and Club C were featured in the event space, with all artists rocking the crowd with a medley of hits. Get a glimpse at the fun in the photos below.
For Spring/Summer 2017, New Balance debuts the 247 Classic, a lifestyle silhouette featuring modern, performance-inspired details. They include an upper built with synthetic mesh and sock-like neoprene construction, all resting on a cushioned REVlite midsole. A welded “N” logo at the quarter panel, alongside a woven label on the tongue, round out the details. Arriving in a quartet of straightforward colorways, the New Balance 247 Classic launches March 1 with a retail price of .95.
Release Date: 3/1/17 (Wednesday)
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With twelve NBA All-Star Game appearances behind him, LeBron James is already the all-time All-Star leader in points scored, dropping a combined 291 points that he’ll most certainly be adding to again this weekend.
When he takes the floor for the 66th annual game tomorrow night in New Orleans, he’ll once again be debuting a special edition pair of sneakers, which has become a customary occasion throughout his career. Ever since taking part in his first All-Star weekend in the wheat Air Zoom Generation during the 2004 Rookie Challenge held in Los Angeles, James has worn a collection of coveted kicks for each February’s festivities.
Check out every single sneaker worn by LeBron at All-Star Weekend over the course of his career in our latest edition of Kicks On Court Classic, and let us know your favorites in the comments section below.
Nike Air Zoom Generation
(2004 / Los Angeles)
Nike Zoom LeBron 2
(2005 / Denver)
Nike Zoom LeBron III
(2006 / Houston)
Nike Zoom LeBron 4
(2007 / Las Vegas)
Nike Zoom LeBron 5
(2008 / New Orleans)
Nike LeBron 6
(2009 / Phoenix)
Nike Air Max LeBron 7
(Dallas / 2010)
Nike Air Max LeBron 8
(Los Angeles / 2011)
Nike LeBron 9
(2012 / Orlando)
Nike LeBron X
(2013 / Houston)
Nike LeBron 11
(2014 / New Orleans)
Nike LeBron 12
(2015 / New York)
Nike LeBron 13
(2016 / Toronto)
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