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Top Stories of the Week: 9/3-9/9
Football is officially back, and while cleats will rarely if ever make for big headlines, that is certainly the case this week. That’s because adidas Yeezy cleats were unveiled, as well as a hug collection of Air Jordan 9 Cleat PE’s for Jordan Brand’s biggest stars in the NFL. That wasn’t the only Yeezy news, as Kanye presented his YEEZY SZN 4 fashion show. Reviews were definitely mixed among the fashion world, but we did get a look at three new Yeezy Boost 350 colorways in the process. Get the full scoop on these stories and more with our handy guide to the week’s top stories below.
Clash Of The Kicks: Yeezy Cleats Jumped Over The Jordan Cleats (On Twitter)
Who knew that the NFL season opener between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers would serve as a battleground between adidas and Jordan Brand? Both the three stripes and the Jumpman had something special for their athletes that were competing on Thursday night but one clearly overshadowed the other and it wasn’t even close.
For the past several years now, adidas has built up their football game through grassroots marketing and celebrity endorsements, even going so far as to call the movement “cleathead culture.” Meanwhile, Jordan Brand has been making their mark on the gridiron with their solid cast of NFL stars, retros on the field and most recently, becoming the official outfitter of Michigan. Sure, it will always be a little weird to see a Jumpman logo on a Michigan jersey, but then again, we had the same hang-ups when baseball players, golfers and NASCAR drivers had the same logo and now it’s as a normal part of a uniform as the three stripes or the swoosh.
As you might might expect on NFL Opening Night, when attention on football is near its peak (surpassed only by the Super Bowl) and the TV and social media ratings are expected to be massive, adidas and Jordan Brand had to do something to make an impact and get the people talking. We knew the Jumpman was going to unleash a new set of retro cleats and sure enough, they introduced know what their athletes – from Dez Bryant to Joe Haden and more – were going to be wearing this season via a tweet and Nike press release…
A thousand retweets and over two thousand likes nearly 24 hours later. Not bad for Jordan Brand, right? It gets the sneakerheads and the blogs talking about how fire they look and how they wish they didn’t have cleats so they could get a shot at wearing them. Carolina’s Thomas Davis would be first up with his black and blue PE pair on display last night. It’s a nice show of their dominance and hold on the sneaker world. You know, if only Kanye West hadn’t gotten involved…
Earlier in the day, adidas took their shot and broke Sneaker Twitter by sending reigning Super Bowl MVP Von Miller a pair of Yeezys. That’s to be expected nowadays, though. Almost everybody at Team adidas is gifted a pair of Yeezys like it’s a rite of passage or something. But this was a little different because Miller’s pair is no ordinary Yeezy. This 750 had cleats and it’s not a custom either…
Huh, almost 17.5k retweets and nearly 23k in likes. That’s a lot no matter how you break down those numbers and to make it even more of a shocker, Miller’s follower count is less than 10% of Jordan Brand’s. Miller wore the Yeezys during warm-ups, it was posted on Snapchat and his Broncos won the game. Mission accomplished…
Now if you’re a curmudgeon who steadfastly believes that retweets and likes don’t matter or that this was a fluke, take a look at the response to DeAndre Hopkins and Adrian Peterson when they posted their 350 Cleats on Twitter today. So if you’re keeping score, that’s an All-Pro linebacker, a young rising star wideout and one of the greatest running backs of all time. All we need now is a quarterback and we’ve got a squad. Anybody check Aaron Rodger’s Twitter to see what he’s up to?
If Kanye is serious about turning the Yeezy brand into his own personal Ralph Lauren and making them available for everybody by opening stores all across the country, this kind of excitement for his brand in the sports world has to be encouraging. Will Yeezy products geared towards actual athletic pursuits be as well-received when they’re easily attainable at his stores? Personally I can’t wait to find out and to see if these “little things” will light a fire under the current leaders of the pack.
Sneaker Con Returns To The DC/DMV Area On October 15th
In mid-October, when the Fall season is in full swing, Sneaker Con will touch down in the DMV area for yet another massive event. Taking place at the Gaylord National Convention Center, Sneaker Con DC/DMV will once again bring the largest gathering of sneakerheads on the planet, with opportunities to buy some of the sickest sneaker heat, puling off some big-time trades, or viewing some of the dopest sneaker collections out there. Of course, there’s the Authenticated Booth to get your kicks that certified legit flair. Get your tickets in advance right now, and check out the full event details for Sneaker Con DC/DMV here.
Sneaker Con DC/DMV – October 15th, 2016
Gaylord National Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745
12PM – 7PM
Sneakers Releasing This Weekend September 10th, 2016
We’re back with our latest installment of Sneakers Releasing This Weekend. Jordan Brand gets ready for the upcoming Fall 2016 season with a waterproof Air Jordan 12 “Neoprene” offering featuring a simple Black/White-Gym Red colorway for a timeless finish. adidas Originals not only has their “Winter Wool” NMD collection arriving at retailers but has also teamed up with Concepts for an adidas EQT homage with Boost midsoles. The latest Kyrie 2 even references his Australian heritage. Check out the full rundown of this weekend’s top releases and stay tuned for more right here on Sneaker News.
Wolverine And Saucony Pay Homage To The Fine Quality Of The 1000 Mile Boot
Saucony and Wolverine, two American-born brands with deep roots in footwear history, collide to pay homage to the legendary 1000 Mile Boot. As you can clearly see, the Shadow Original is rebuilt with durable two-toned leather of soft chocolate brown and camel tones, with a maroon leather trim on inner lining. There’s no questioning the level of fine quality on this collaborative release, as it borrows the shoe-making traditions of the 1000 Mile Boot onto this classic running model. The shoes drop next week with an MSRP of $180. Find them at Saucony Originals retailers as well as the online stores of Saucony and Wolverine.
Odell Beckham Jr. And Victor Cruz To Wear Custom Nike Cleats On 9/11
Is there a more headline-worthy Wide Receiver duo than Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz? The blonde-haired phenom is unquestionably one of the elite receivers of the league, while Cruz, who was once considered elite, is playing in his first NFL game in nearly two years. The talked-about tandem will be in unison this Sunday for the Giants’ opening game of the 2016 NFL season as both will wear patriotic Nike cleats designed by Kickasso Customs in remembrance of the tragic events on 9/11. Check out the custom cleats just ahead and let us know what your projections are for Beckham and Cruz this season.
Dez Bryants Latest Jordan Care Package Includes Some Yet-To-Release Heat
Dez Bryant once again flexes the perks of being one of Jordan Brand’s marquee athletes. Not long ago, the Cowboys receiver showed off some upcoming and unseen heat, like the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG in orange/black (aka the “Reverse Shattered Backboard”), the Air Jordan 1 Seamless in liquid silver, and the Cyber Monday Jordan 3, which doesn’t drop for months. Get a look at his full haul just ahead.
Horween Leather Gives The Wolverine x Saucony Shadow Original A Premium Look
Saucony is known for the quality footwear, but this time around they team up with they team up with Wolverine boot brand and truly take it to the next level! Utilizing Horween leather as the base of the shoe, let’s get a closer look at the upcoming Wolverine x Saucony Shadow Original.
Wolverine is known for their top quality leather that they use on their boots. Now their placing that same type of leather on on a classic Saucony model. How did this collaboration come about? Saucony has been a subsidiary of Wolverine since 2012. The Shadow Original comes with a beautiful upper done in a Horween leather. The leather used is said to be inspired by the 1,000 Mile Wolverine boot. The inspiration boot even gets a shout out on the tongue as the name of it is placed on the leather tag. Additional features include the lighter Brown leather on the heel region, the leather lining, the tonal waxed laces and the suede tongue. Said to release on September 16th, you can own one of these beauties for the retail price of $180.
That’s a beautiful looking shoe. Never have I seen Shadow Original done like this. Horween leather makes every shoe look better, this one is no exception! Great work!
The Air Jordan 12 GS Plum Fog Makes Its Debut Tomorrow
In less than 24 hours we’ll be able to add another Air Jordan 12 to the already stacked list of 2016. This new women’s colorway will be part of the Heiress Collection that already includes other silhouettes like the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 10.
Releasing in extended GS sizes, this Air Jordan 12 features a premium tumbled leather all throughout the upper done in Light Bone with Plum Fog accents placed on the midsole, outsole, inner liner, heel, and the branding that runs down the tongue. Metallic Gold eyelets add a nice pop to this colorway that arrives at select retailers tomorrow (September 10th) for a retail price of $160. How many of you will be picking up a pair? Let us know in the comments below.
Dropping Tomorrow, Will The Air Jordan 12 Black Nylon Be A Hit Or Miss
Jordan Brand will be breaking the mold tomorrow when it comes to the Air Jordan 12 as they’ll be releasing the silhouette with a brand new material.
Since Fall is right around the corner, JB decided to give the Air Jordan 12 a twist by covering it with a Black durable nylon material throughout the majority of the upper. Additional Black leather accents have then been added on the medial and lateral mudguards while a White outsole and Gym Red Jumpman on the tongue serve as the points of contrast.
Releasing for the entire family tomorrow, September 10th, is this a cop or drop for you? Click and bookmark our official Air Jordan 12 Black Nylon (Neoprene) launch page now for more images, info and release details.
I have no problems with the new material on the upper, I actually think it?s a good thing that Jordan Brand is experimenting with new looks. What I don?t like is the colorway. Did we really need another black Air Jordan 12??
Packer Shoes Teases Their Reebok Question Curtain Call
Packer Shoes recently took to their IG to give us a sneak peak at the upcoming Packer Shoes x Reebok Question Curtain Call. This version/colorway of the Reebok Question pays homage to Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame enshrinement.
Although the teaser images do not provide a complete view of the entire shoe, it does give us close up shots of areas such as the Red toe, the Purple suede on the heel and the Black basketball-textured leather on the side paneling. Other features that caught our eye was the “AI” lettering on the heel on the tonal branding on the sides. Stay connected to see more images of the shoe and find out when you’ll be able to get your hands on a pair of the Packer Shoes Reebok Question Curtain Call.
Slowly but surely, it looks like adidas wants to make the adidas NMD line as versatile as possible. Sure, the classic NMD models are good for every day kind of use. They’re great for casual wear. But what if you’re looking for something better equipped for let’s say a hike or trail walk? This is where the adidas NMD C1 Trail comes to good use.
Created as a trail-ready version of the NMD Chukka, the shoe comes with a stretchy nylon upper accompanied by the suede hits on the tongue and eyestay as well as the leather placed on the external heel counter. These new features not only make the shoe more durable, but also give you additional support. In addition, the new outsole gives you added traction compared to what you’re used to seeing on NMD models. Coming in your choice of Black or Grey, expect the adidas NMD C1 Trail to release on October 1st. Thoughts?
I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of people who won’t like the shoe, but if you’re a fan of Boost and also like the outdoors, this could very well be a good option to pick up. Not sure about casual every day wear, but then again, you never know.
The Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Metallic Toe Pack Is For The Ladies
The Nike Air Max 1 is once again getting the Metallic treatment with this new Air Max 1 Ultra Metallic Toe Pack.
Consisting of two colorways of the iconic Nike Sportswear silhouette, the first pair features a combination of Light Bone and Metallic Red Bronze. The second pair comes in a combination of Black and Metallic Hematite with both pairs being constructed out of a combination of leather and nubuck. The black/blue pair also has a white midsole and black outsole while the Light Bone pairs comes with a white midsole and gum outsole.
Releasing this Fall exclusively for the ladies, how many #ChicksOnFire are excited to cop?
Buy, Pass, Wait: Air Jordan 12 Black Nylon, Mambacurials, More NMDs
You know the Fall season is almost here when you hear the words “waterproof” and “winter” and “wool” being thrown around, but what’s a little surprising is that they’re being mentioned in the context of sneakers. In this week’s edition of Buy, Pass, Wait, where the Kicks On Fire staff convenes to talk about the weekend’s big releases and beyond, we’ve got the obligatory chatter about the weekly Air Jordan retro to drop, but then we switch it up to talk about which Mambacurial Kobe we would go for, the appeal of the blackout style in a popular adidas trainer and much more.
Juan Martinez, Editor-In-Chief: (PASS) If I had to choose between these and the Master 12s, I would give this slight edge because it of the different materials used and the “Jumpman” tab is black and fits the shoe the better. But because I already have the Master and I just can’t justify buying ostensibly the same colorway so soon again along with the flood of other 12s this year, it’s not in the cards for me.
Renz Ofiaza, News: (BUY) That colorway is an instant classic and versatile for everyday wear. Plus, the new construction is water resistant and should be a bit more lightweight. It’s a pretty functional and durable pair so you can’t go wrong with it.
Juan Carrillo, News: (PASS) Not in love with the nylon/neoprene upper. The colorway resembles the look of pre-existing Jordan 12 models. While I do appreciate the creativity behind the new construction, they should have at least made in in a colorway we’ve never seen before.
Andres Carrillo, News: (PASS) I like the idea of Jordan Brand experimenting with new materials on the 12, but why did they have to make it black? The shoe looks decent, but just not for me.
adidas AlphaBOUNCE Blackout
EIC Juan: (BUY) Any alphaBOUNCE is an instant purchase and this is no different. For a hundred bucks, this is among the best values in sneakers at the moment and a blackout pair is perfect for those looking for a solid trainer.
Renz: (BUY) I like the design of the silhouette and I’m pretty biased towards runners, especially in all-black finishes. I would’ve preferred the patterned detailing to be blacked-out as well.
News Juan: (PASS) I’ve yet to try on a pair of these, but I know that eventually I will. I also know that if I were to ever own a pair, it would probably have some color to it. It looks cool, I just like more color on my sneakers (for the most part).
Andres: (PASS) The only colorway of the AlphaBOUNCE that I’ve liked is the first pair that had a print on the upper. Other than that I just don’t care much for the shoe.
Nike Kyrie 2 Australia
EIC Juan: (PASS) I like the Kyrie 2, but I don’t have an overwhelming desire to get every Kyrie colorway. I was satisfied when I copped the Parade colorway and now we’re just waiting for the Kyrie 3…
Renz: (PASS) This silhouette has been releasing in pretty solid colorways as of late. Years ago I would have been really into this colorway, but not right now. It’s still a nice offering nonetheless.
News Juan: (WAIT) Definitely one of the better looking colorways on the Kyrie 2 (only because I love yellow sneakers). You really can’t go wrong with the Yellow and Black sneaker in my opinion. Don’t own a pair of Kyries, but if these go on sale to around $80, you can bet I’ll be on them!
Andres: (WAIT) I was disappointed when the “School Bus” colorway released only in GS sizes since I’m a fan of yellow/black shoes, but this pair is even better. If these fall to around $100 I may consider buying a pair.
Nike Kobe 11 Mambacurial (Elite Flyknit or EM?)
EIC Juan: Mambacurial EM
The Nike Kobe 8 is one of my favorite sneakers of all the times and the Mambacurial colorway is high on my wishlist. I was happy to grab the sequel with the Kobe 10 edition and my hope is that this will not be a hassle to grab. I don’t consider the Elite Flyknit 11 a Mambacurial at all because that’s more of a homage to FC Barcelona than the Mercurial boots that the original was based from.
Renz: Mambacurial Elite Flyknit
I’m a fan of the soccer club and the silhouette/colorway is just a winner for me. One of the nicest iterations of the silhouette this season.
News Juan: Mambacurial Elite Flyknit
10 out of 10 times if you’re giving me the option to choose between Flyknit or Engineered Mesh, I’m going with Flyknit. Plus, the Elite version looks so much better than the EM version. I won’t buy for retail, but if they go down closer to $100, I’d definitely consider.
Andres: Mambacurial EM
When I think of the “Mambacurial” colorway I think of the pink and green look. The blue/red pair that released this week looked nice, but not worth $220 in my opinion. My favorite of the two is the pink/green colorway, but it should have been Flyknit.
adidas NMD Winter Wool (City Sock or R1)
EIC Juan: NMD_R1
The City Sock is great and I can’t wait to finally un-DS mine and really, the last thing I need and I feel like the world needs is another black Primeknit NMD, but man, I love to be proven wrong and when I saw these in person a few days ago, I had to eat some crow.
News Juan: NMD_R1
Not a fan of the City Sock model at all, so by default I have to go with the NMD R1. adidas constructing both models to make them more suitable for the Winter was a great idea. I hope to see more of the same in the near future.
I’ve yet to pick up a pair of NMDs and neither one of these really caught my attention. If I had to pick one though it would be the NMD_R1. Clean colorway that can be matched up with anything.
The Next $400 Air Jordan 4 Retro Premium Release Is A Week Away
Jordan Brand’s retro offerings have transcended basketball to be some of the most sought after lifestyle offerings in the sneaker industry today. After announcing the Pinnacle Collection, a premium lifestyle take on the iconic Air Jordan 1 featuring actual 24K gold accents throughout, this year the Jumpman has focused on the Air Jordan 4. This Air Jordan 4 Premium “Obsidian” will release next Saturday, September 17th featuring a luxurious quilted navy upper. The leather used even extends to the interior for a truly monochromatic finish while a Metallic Bronze hits the lace eyelets and heel to further the premium sensibilities.
While the Jordan 4 has taken a backseat to other retros in recent years, we did still get the Air Jordan 4 “White/Cement” retro not too long ago followed by a bevy of other Pinnacle offerings that saw Pony Hair and Snakeskin textiles redefine Michael Jordan’s fourth signature. The upcoming Air Jordan 4 “Wheat” while limted to only 9,000 pairs takes that whole Hender Scheme aesthetic and rightfully steals it back. How does the Air Jordan 4 Premium “Obsidian” match up to those releases? At $400 USD it isn’t too hard to see where this release gets its price point from with the Remastered quilted leather upper, waxed laces, and metallic bronze accents. But is it a price that you’re willing to pay?
If you can’t wait for this premium Jordan retro to arrive at retailers next Saturday, be sure to check out eBay.