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May 24, 2017
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The H-Town Sneaker Summit is Coming this July

Never been to the H-Town Sneaker Summit? We’re gonna give you a pass if you live outside of Texas, but regardless, this summer is a good time to start.

The annual event started by Kadoma and crew is slated to take place in Houston on July 30th at the Bayou City Event Center. Past H-Town Sneaker Summit events have hosted the likes of DJ Clark Kent, A$AP Rocky, Bun B, Trinidad James, Wex, Teyana Taylor and many, many more. Big names aside, it’s a great place to connect with other people that are passionate about kicks whether you like to rock ’em, flip ’em, cop ’em or just observe ’em.

It’s a good time. Click here for tickets and table info.

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May 17, 2017
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Celebrity Sneaker Stalker Spotlight // Raf Simons Sneakers

Raf Simons‘ sneakers have already been on the scene for a long time. One quick survey of the Upscale Hype archives will prove Kanye West, Usher and even Diddy as early adopters long before his collab caught fire in the pages of CSS.

Still, after Raf linked with adidas and Flacko Jodye dropped “Please Don’t Touch my Raf,” a lot of celebrities have warmed up to the man that truly influences the influencers. Why is this? Mainly because the shoes are easy to style, but also because they pack high quality and stand out from others with crazy designs and bold colors. Check out which celebrities have worn Raf Simons sneakers over the years and let us know who rocks the Raf the best.


A$AP Rocky in the Raf Simons ‘De Stijl’ Hiking Boot
Kanye West in the Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Bunny Sneakers
Kanye West in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Bunny
Nick Young in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Nick Young in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith
Wale in the Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Bunny Sneakers
Wale in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Bunny
Stalley in the Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Bunny Sneakers
Stalley in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Bunny
Dave East in the Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Sneakers
Dave East in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Quavo in the Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Sneakers
Quavo in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Nick Young in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Nick Young in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Velcro
Fabolous in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Bunny Sneakers
Fabolous in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Bunny
Quavo in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
Quavo in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Amine in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
Amine in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego

Kanye West in the Raf Simons Velcro Sneaker
MadeinTYO in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Bunny Sneakers
MadeinTYO in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Bunny
D.R.A.M. in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
D.R.A.M in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego

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Von Miller in the Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Bunny Sneakers
Von Miller in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Young Thug in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Young Thug in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Velcro
Plavboi Carti in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Plavboi Carti in the  Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith
ASAP Rocky in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
ASAP Rocky in the  Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith
Future in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Future in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
Nick Jonas in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Nick Jonas in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

Quavo in the Raf Simons x adidas adidas Response Trail Robot
Wale in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
Wale in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
2 Chainz in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
2 Chainz in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
Quavo in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Sneakers
Quavo in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
TI in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
TI in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
Quavo in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Sneakers
Quavo in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
2 Chainz in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
2 Chainz in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
ASAP Bari in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
ASAP Bari in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
ASAP Rocky in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego
ASAP Rocky in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Joe Jonas in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Joe Jonas in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith
ASAP Rocky in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
ASAP Rocky in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith
Joey Badass in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
Joey Badass in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Usher in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Usher in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
Justine Skye in the Raf Simons x adidas Response Trail Robot and Kylie Jenner in the Nike Air Yeezy 2 "Red October"
Justine Skye in the Raf Simons x adidas Response Trail Robot
Future in the Raf Simons x adidas Response Trail
Future in the Raf Simons x adidas Response Trail
Wiz Khalifa in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
Wiz Khalifa in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Future in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
Future in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Future in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
Future in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Travis Scott in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Travis Scott in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith
Metro Boomin in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
Metro Boominin the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Usher in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Usherin the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith
Big Sean in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
Big Sean in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Vic Mensa in the Raf Simons Sneakers
Vic Mensa in the Raf Simons Velcro Sneakers
Wale in the Raf Simons x Adidas Response Trail Sneakers
Wale in the Raf Simons x adidas Response Trail
ASAP Rocky in the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego Sneakers
ASAP Rocky in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
ASAP Ferg in the Raf Simons x Adidas Response Trail Sneakers
ASAP Ferg in the Raf Simons x adidas Response Trail
Chris Brown in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Chris Brown in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith
A$AP Rocky in the Raf Simons x adidas Originals Terrex
A$AP Rocky in the Raf Simons x adidas Originals Terrex (photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images via Zimbio)
Playboi Carti in the Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Sneakers
Playboi Carti in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego
Kanye West in the Raf Simons Sneakers
Kanye West in the Raf Simons Sneakers
Kanye West in the Raf Simons Sneakers
Kanye West in the Raf Simons Sneakers
Kanye West in the Raf Simons Sneakers
Kanye West in the Raf Simons Sneakers
Pusha T in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Pusha T in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
Travis Scott in the Adidas x Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
Travis Scott in the Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
Playboi Carti in the Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego Sneakers
Playboi Carti in the Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego

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May 16, 2017
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Chris Rock Goes Sneaker Shopping



Chris Rock Goes Sneaker Shopping

Chris Rock is the latest to go Sneaker Shopping with Complex’s Joe La Puma. The two visit Stadium Goods in New York City to do some shopping and talking. Most notable is his relationship with Kanye West.

During the latest segment, Joe and Chris Rock go down memory lane and talk about Michael Jordan’s debut on SNL along with him wearing Air Jordans. They also talk about Chris in the Lil’ Penny commercials and not receiving free sneakers. Rock also goes on to chat about him wearing the ‘Grape’ Air Jordan 5 on the cover of Born Suspect.

Below you can check out the entire sneaker shopping segment with Chris Rock which will show you what he picked up. Make sure to visit the comments section below with your thoughts.

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May 15, 2017
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Please Don’t Touch My Raf // A History of the Designer’s Sneaker Drops

In today’s fashion landscape designers are a dime a dozen, from high end to streetwear to everything in between. At the blink of an eye a new brand is emerging and a new trend is born. Staying power seems to be what everyone is fighting for but few can find. Whether in footwear or clothing, one’s ability to reinvent themselves while staying true to their identity is something easier said than done. Just the same, bridging the gap between high end and street is no easy task. Many designers have had their share of hits and misses when it comes to collaborations and original ideas, but few have stood the test of time and remained in the forefront of both.

Raf Simons has been consistently been hitting the people with new ideas and unique collabs for a decade now, always pushing the envelope and never afraid to step out of the box. With co-signs from peers, celebrities and athletes alike, Simons’ reach has continued to grow as his footwear has become more and more the focal point of streetwear trends. Over the years, Raf has delivered us a slew of classics along with some footwear drops that have slid by without too much fanfare. Even before designing with adidas in 2013, Simons had already been busy curating his own line of footwear with designs that were both cutting edge and perhaps timeless.


Raf Simons Multi Lace Sneaker (photo via Lyst)

In 2010, Raf debuted the Multi Lace Sneaker: a leather mid top that looked almost like a high end straight jacket, as the shoe featured 19 lace holes that wrapped around the entire top of the foot. Luckily for wearers, Simons added a zipper along the heel to provide buyers a much easier time getting these on foot. The fully leather lined shoe provided the perfect blend of high end look while still giving people that edgy/punk vibe.


Raf Simons Vandal High (photo via Upscale Hype)

Along with the Multi Lace Sneaker, 2010 saw Simons drop the Vandal High which still to this day is one of most difficult Simons sneakers to track down. Drawing obvious inspiration from Nike’s Vandal, Simons draped the upper in a canvas and provided an Italian rubber outsole. This was a much different look from the Multi Lace and the Velcro Strap High which both featured a much more high-end/premium look complete with straps and zippers. From the luxe leather to the rubber outsoles, both shoes embraced their hefty price tags.


Raf Simons Astronaut Boot (image via TheRealReal)

The following year Raf gave us arguably one of his most iconic silhouettes of all time when he dropped the Astronaut Boots. Not really a “boot” as much as a beefy sneaker, these came equipped with multiple tongues, a pouch on the back heel area and a strap. Literally every option imaginable went into these, so much so that they look like something used in space. As Raf began to deliver people a fleet of original sneakers, his collaborations with adidas are what really helped him dive into a whole different market.

With his take on the classic Stan Smith, Raf provided premium leather and a subtle perforated “R” on the lateral side of the shoe for an instant hit as people are still buying up all the colors today. With tons of celebrity endorsers, the Raf x Stan collab has with a doubt been a major success as its proven hot in partnered form while also elevating the inline model.

Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Bunny "Cream"
Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Bunny “Cream”

From the more subtle Stan Smith to the loud and intricate Ozweego line, Simons has shown buyers how he can do simple as well as give them complez. The Ozweego 1 and 2 are Simons take on a trainer that initially flopped by the Three Stripes or at least appeared to have no retro cache at the time. After splashing the shoes with an array of color and materials that had been foreign to the trainer/runner in the past, the Ozweego quickly became a must have for high fashion fans of Simons and streetwear enthusiasts alike. The shoes themselves helped to bridge a gap for Simons, allowing a more wallet conscious consumer the chance to get that high end feel without draining their savings account. With co-signs from Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and sneaker aficionado DJ Clark Kent, the Ozweego has cemented itself as a mainstay in kick culture.

As the streetwear and footwear landscapes are ever changing and designers come and go, it takes something special to hold a place in the culture. With many more hits than misses, Raf Simons has done exactly that. With designs at major fashion brands under his belt and a multitude of success in the footwear space it’s safe to say that Raf is here to stay.


Raf Simons x colette meets x COMME des GARÇONS x Vans Slip-Ons (2005) via Hypebeast/Grailed

Raf Simons ‘De Stijl’ Hiking Boot (2008) via Hypebeast/The Salvages

Raf Simons Runner (2012) via colette/Hypebeast

Raf Simons Leather Holographic Space Sneakers (2013) via SSENSE/Hypebeast

Raf Simons Panelled Running Shoe (2013) via Tres Bien/Hypebeast

Raf Simons Contrasting Leather Suede and Mesh Sneakers (2013) via Hypebeast/Browns
Raf Simons x adidas
Raf Simons x adidas Response 1 (2013) via Hypebeast
Raf Simons x adidas
Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego 2 (2013) via Hypebeast
Raf Simons x adidas
Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego 1 (2013) via Hypebeast

Raf Simons Woven Check High Top Sneaker (2013) via Mr. Porter/Hypebeast

Raf Simons x adidas Terrex (2013)

Raf Simons Metallic Runners (2014) via LN-CC/Hypebeast
Raf Simons Panelled High Top Sneakers
Raf Simons Panelled High Top Sneakers (2014)
Raf Simons x adidas Fall Winter 2014 Collection
Raf Simons x adidas Bunny Bounce (2014)
Raf Simons x adidas Fall Winter 2014 Collection
Raf Simons x adidas Rising Star 2 (2014)
Raf Simons x adidas Fall Winter 2014 Collection
Raf Simons x adidas Response Trail 2 (2014)
Raf Simons x adidas Fall Winter 2014 Collection
Raf Simons x adidas Bounce (2014)
Raf Simons Velcro Low
Raf Simons Velcro Low (2014) via Hypebeast
Raf Simons Removable Lace Guard Sneaker
Raf Simons Removable Lace Guard Sneaker (2014) via Hypebeast

Raf Simons x adidas Response Trail Robot (2015)

Raf Simons x adidas Response Trail 2 (2015)

Raf Simons x adidas Response Trail 2 (2015)
Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Comfort
Raf Simons x adidas Stan Smith Comfort (2016)
Raf Simons x adidas Matrix Spirit High-Top Black
Raf Simons x adidas Matrix Spirit High-Top Black (2016)
Raf Simons x adidas Adilette Collection
Raf Simons x adidas Adilette Collection (2017)
Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Bunny "Black"
Raf Simons x adidas Ozweego Bunny “Black” (2017)

Lead image by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe via Zimbio

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May 12, 2017
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Nike & Dell Offer a Tantalizing Glimpse into the Future of Sneaker Design

Nike has teamed up with Dell to showcase how technology will transform the field of sneaker design in the coming years. A new two-minute video demonstrates the future capabilities of the Dell Canvas, an interactive pen and off-hand “totem” device. The short film reveals how Nike designers will make use of a combination of virtual reality, augmented reality, voice control and haptic technology to push the boundaries of immersive creativity. Meta glasses and Ultrahaptics technology will ultimately allow the user to work with something that’s as close to a physical product while still in the digital environment, long before it gets to the production stage. Check out the video below.

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May 10, 2017
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This Day in Sneaker History // Tim Duncan Wins First MVP

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone? While Jonie Mitchell never lied, the saying and Q-Tip quote prove true for Tim Duncan.

For those outside of San Antonio and those with no ties to the Virgin Islands or the Demon Deacons, the Big Fundamental was a force but not always a fan favorite. More bank shots that alley-oops and with a quieter and calmer game and personality than that of other 4-spots in the league — namely KG and Sheed — it was easy to not give Timmy his props, right?

Wrong. #21 in the rafters but #1 in the all-time rankings for his position, Duncan might just be the best player of the post-Jordan era, surpassing Shaq, Kobe and other greats with rings and stats. While his team-first attitude made him the perfect protege for Pops and a great guy on and off the court as Manu and more will attest, he was still as sharp of an individual player as it gets. For these efforts, he was awarded with his first MVP trophy on this day 15 years ago.

Wearing his Nike Air Max Duncan II signature shoe in front of his home team fans, Timmy would go on to win the award in back-to-back fashion by repeating the next year. The only difference for kick collectors? The next time he would be on adidas which he would rock for the rest of his career.

Because of this and numerous other factors, the Nike Air Max Duncan II has never retroed and likely never will. Mid-top in cut, sleek in styling, the shoe packed synthetic composition and zip-up closure similar to the Foamposite and Flightposite models he made memories and history in before.

There may never be a retro run of any of the Big Fundamental’s signature shoes, but there will likely never be another Tim Duncan, too. Polished, poised and professional, thanks for the memories, TD.


Tim Duncan in the Nike Air Max Duncan 2 (photo by D. Clarke Evans via Getty Images)

Lead image by Andrew D. Bernstein via Getty Images

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May 9, 2017
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OFF-WHITE’s Upcoming Sneaker Collaborations Feature the Nike Air VaporMax, Air Jordan 1 & More

Image via: 275806349/WECHAT

Image via: 275806349/WECHAT

Not one to rest on his laurels, Virgil Abloh is embarking on an audacious number of Nike and Jordan sneaker collaborations through his OFF-WHITE fashion label. On the Jordan side, fans can expect Virgil’s take on the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 3, while the Nike silhouettes span both new and retro silhouettes. The former takes the form of the Air VaporMax, while the latter category includes the Air Max 90, Blazer and Air Force 1. In addition to this suite of sneaker releases, there’s word that OFF-WHITE has an apparel collaboration on the way with the Swoosh. Check out the list of sneaker collabs in the gallery below, and stay tuned for release information.

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May 9, 2017
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Tinashe Goes Sneaker Shopping



Tinashe Sneaker Shopping

The latest segment of Sneaker Shopping with Complex’s Joe La Puma connects with Tinashe. The two do some shopping and talk sneakers at Flight Club in Los Angeles.

Highlights from the video include the two talking about the legacy of the Air Jordan line. She also talks about her Travis Scott photo. She also speaks on Rihanna’s impact in the sneaker industry.

Below you can check out the full Sneaker Shopping segment with Tinashe which you can see what she wound up purchasing.

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May 2, 2017
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Pharrell Williams & adidas Originals Are Set to Launch the Tennis Hu Sneaker

Image via: Livestock

Image via: Livestock

Pharrell Williams’ ongoing partnership with adidas Originals continues this week with the launch of the Tennis Hu silhouette, built with a flexible Primeknit upper that adapts to the shape of the wearer’s foot. The minimalist Stan Smith-inspired design is supported by a cushioned EVA midsole, and embellished with a golden metallic Equality logo heel patch and a reflexology-inspired sockliner. Perforated three-stripes round out the details. Retailing for 0, the kicks hit select retailers and adidas.com on Saturday, May 6th.

Release Date: 5/6/17 (Saturday)

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May 1, 2017
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Pharrell’s adidas Tennis Hu Sneaker is Finally Releasing

We’ve previewed multiple colorways of Pharrell’s adidas Tennis Hu shoe for months now. And despite few details surrounding the shoes origins, today the model is finally vindicated with release details for later this month.

Europeans shops are reporting that at least two colorways of the low-cut style will land in stores on May 6. Solebox has confirmed this news and will stock both styles. Moreover, it’s expected that U.S. retailers will announce release details later this week. Among the colorways releasing is this White/Green style that of course pulls from the Stan Smith OG.

Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for Stateside launch info.

adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu
adidas Tennis Hu

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Apr 30, 2017
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The Weeknd Debuts New PUMA Sneaker

Low life, high tops, The Weeknd recently took to the stage and IG to debut a new model from his team at PUMA. The Starboy from The North has been an ambassador with the brand since last fall with talks of a signature sneaker looming louder as he’s laced progressive pairs from their evoKNIT series during his stint and now this new silo.

Our friends at Sole Collector believe this model is exactly that — his signature shoe — and they just might be right.

Sporting a high profile cut similar to Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear of God Boots, Yeezy Season lace ups and the Nike SF-AF1, this luxe look from PUMA is in line with McQueen makeups from the past and other runway renditions they’ve been doing for more than a minute. More so, the silo and styling play well to Abel’s layered look and muted, militant pieces that are on trend with mainstream fashion but also at home with his cold climate roots and quiet public persona.

So, is this his shoe? We can’t confirm, but it sure looks like it. Said to be ‘coming soon,’ preview them in the IG shots below.

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Apr 26, 2017
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Future Previews New Reebok Signature Sneaker

Image via: Future

Image via: Future

Future has taken to Instagram to offer a first look at his upcoming sneaker collaboration with Reebok. The new silhouette follows up on their previous project, the “Freebandz” Zoku Runner, featuring a hybrid design that appears to fuse the the zig-zagging lines of the Reebok Kamikaze II with the distinctive tooling of the Instapump Fury. The build incorporates a mix of perforated mesh and suede, finished in a tonal off-white color scheme. Stay tuned for pricing and release details.

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