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Kobe Bryants 20 Year Sneaker Legacy Part 5: Flyknit and the Farewell
Our last chapter of Kobe Bryant’s 20 Year Sneaker Legacy ended on a low note, with Kobe’s 2012-13 NBA season ending prematurely after going down with a ruptured left Achilles tendon. A 34 year old NBA player who suffered a torn Achilles after already playing seventeen seasons in the league would probably call it quits after that, right? Not Kobe. After a grueling summer of rehabilitation, he would somewhat miraculously be back on the court in less than a year, ready to begin the next era of his signature line with Nike: the introduction of Flyknit.
After a heartbreaking loss in the modern-day classic that was this year’s NCAA Men’s National Championship game, the University of North Carolina needs something to cheer them up and distract them from all the crying Jordan memes populating Twitter these days. The Air Jordan 12 “UNC” came at the perfect time, as Michael Jordan’s alma mater will be immortalized in the form of an upcoming Grey, Carolina Blue, White Air Jordan 12 colorway on June 25th, 2016 for $190 USD. The subtle rendition of Mike’s twelfth signature silhouette comes on the heels of highly anticipated French Blue and Wings renditions and should make for a perfect addition to your Spring and Summer rotation. Check out a preview of the colorway below and let us know what you think of these UNC Jordan 12s by taking your thoughts to the comments section.
First Look At The adidas EQT Running Support 93 London
The shoe you see above is said to be a part of the adidas Marathon Series ? an EQT Support 93 collection that was revealed back in February when they released the adidas EQT Running Support 93 Tokyo. We recently got a good look at the Boston version, now we turn our focus to the adidas EQT Running Support 93 London.
The London inspired version of the EQT Support 93 has the shoe’s base come in a red suede construction. Contrasting the red motif on the shoe are the black leather accents placed in areas such as the tongue, toebox and underlays. White hits clean things up as they are seen on teh Three Stripes and midsole of the shoe. The UK flag is placed on the heel pull tab and the dubraes read “London” on them. adidas branding is seen on the tongue and heel of the shoe. Lastly, the shoe is given a classic feel with the used of the gum bottom outsole. Scheduled to release at participating retailers on April 23 for $150, let us know if you plan to pick up a pair.
All These Tonal Versions Of The adidas Tubular Radial Are Available Now
Are you still sleeping on the adidas Tubular Radial? If so, there’s no better time than now to hop on the hype train. Where to start you ask? How about with any of the new tonal offerings you see above.
The brand new Tubular model is dressed in three tonal iterations that include ?crystal white,? ?night navy? and ?shadow green?. All three pairs are constructed out of an upper that uses neoprene and suede coming in a monochromatic fashion. Accompanying the tonal look of the upper is the white adidas Tubular sole found below. Simple in design, impressive in aesthetics. Available now, pick up any of the three pairs at select retailers for $110. Which colorway is your favorite Let us know what you think about the shoe in the comments below.
Masters Kicks: Rory McIlroy Wears Black And Gold Nike Lunar Control 4 iD In Honor Of Kobe Bryant
Rory McIlroy’s quest for a fifth major began this morning at Augusta National as the first round of The Masters got underway. But Rory isn’t just representing himself and Nike Golf on Day 1, however. The four-time major winner is currently rocking a black, white and gold NIKEiD version of the Nike Lunar Control 4. He is the first athlete to take part in a week-long celebration of Kobe Bryant’s epic career as more than 200 of Nike’s best will be rocking black and gold kicks that pay homage to The Black Mamba, culminating on April 13th, aka Mamba Day. Rory even wrote the date “4/13″ on the shoe.
Check out our coverage on the Nike Lunar Control 4 here, which includes some NIKEiD designs and some impressions of the shoe itself.
An On-Feet Shot At The Asics Gel Lyte 3 Japanese Textile
A brand new Gel Lyte 3 colorway is on the way, and you will actually be able to pick it up this weekend. Today we take a good look at the Asics Gel Lyte 3 Japanese Textile.
The Japanese Textile Gel Lyte 3 comes with a unique construction for the simple fact that Japanese selvage denim covers a huge portion of the shoe’s upper. The selvage denim motif is covered in white dots to create nice contrast within the material. Also visible on the shoe are the leather hits found on the Asics stripe branding on the side panels. Lastly, the shoe gets even more of a premium feel as an off-white suede is placed on the toe and heel region of the shoe. Black laces, a white midsole and off-white outsole complete the look of the shoe. Releasing April 9th, be sure to call your local sneaker store to see if they have them in stock.
For those of you that thought that the Nike Air Presto couldn’t get any better you’re sadly mistaken because Nike has decided to outfit the sleek runner with a Flyknit upper. One of the only downsides may be the modified ankle collar that now rises up a little higher than the original. Up above are three tonal color options including blue, black and white, all being finished off with white accents on the midsoles and branding.
Select retailers are expected to start releasing these on May 5th with these three colorways being part of the first drop. Stay tuned to Kicks On Fire for more updates.
Official Images Of The Air Jordan 9 Low Black / White
Don’t look now, but the Air Jordan 9 Low Black / White release is less than two weeks away. Over the past few months we’ve seen the shoe on-feet, on-hand and plenty of glamour shots from different sources. Today, Nike finally decided to share the official images of the upcoming drop.
This black, white and red version of the Air Jordan 9 Low comes constructed out of a black leather upper. The black motif is given a premium touch with the addition of the tonal snakeskin texture placed on the overlay of the mudguard and heel. Contrast on the upper takes place by way of the hits of red found on the lining and the branding hits placed on the tongue and heel of the shoe. A red Jumpman is spotted on the rear white portion of the midsole. Rounding out the look of the shoe is the white placed on the rubber outsole component of the shoe. Are you looking forward to this release? If so you will be able to pick up a pair April 16th for $170. Also make sure you visit our Air Jordan 9 Low Black / White launch page for additional images, videos and other updates.
I can definitely see the Air Jordan 9 Low doing better than the Air Jordan 5 Low. Coming in a black and red colorway doesn?t hurt either. Not to mention the faux-snakeskin placed on the upper. Not a bad looking shoe.
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A Sneak Peak At The Upcoming Publish Brand x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 Mt Samsara Collaboration
Progressive fashion label Publish Brand is happy to announce that they are collaborating the Onitsuka Tiger to release two special versions of the Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 Mt Samsara. A little bit of info regarding both brands. Publish Brand is known for bring ahead of its time in its design ideology. They have emerged as an innovator in modern menswear by creating premium good and conceptual collections since they began to work. Onitsuka Tiger elevates lifestyle and performance product with a premium collection of shoes, apparel and accessories. This Spring both brand come together to work their magic on the Colorado 85 Mt Samsara.
Alex James, Publish Brand Director had this to say:
?We are so privileged to work with such an iconic brand. For this collaboration, we wanted to tap into the rich history of the Onitsuka Tiger brand and give one of their classic runners a modern update. The end result is a hybrid runner chukka designed for the urban explorer.?
?Publish Brand pushes the boundaries of design with its aspirational interpretations of classic styles. Together we have created something special for consumers and look forward to releasing the collaboration this spring.?
The Publish Brand x Onitsuka Tiger collaboration will release at select boutique retailers in late April. For more information about this special project, visit www.publishbrand.com and www.onitsukatiger.com.
adidas NMD Chukka OG Releases This Weekend In Europe
No sneaker is hotter right now than the adidas NMD, and this new Chukka iteration should prove to be one of the most sought after releases of the Three Stripes’ trendiest model yet. That being said, even if you’re not in Europe?where they’re releasing this weekend?you may want to try your hand at scoring a pair from overseas. Basically the same as the first or “OG” NMD colorway released back in December 2015, this higher cut version features a solid black upper with white Boost foam and red and blue EVA inserts. Hit up your European connects, because the NMD Chukka drops this Saturday at select European adidas Originals stockists.
These Special Edition adidas Baseball Cleats Were Made For Jackie Robinson Day
April 15th is officially recognized as Jackie Robinson Day, and to pay homage to that day adidas Baseball has decided to release a special cleat celebrating that day. Today they took the time to reveal the inspired cleats and we have the image for you.
The adizero Afterburner 2 baseball cleat and brand new adidas Energy Boost Icon 2 take inspiration from Jackie’s accomplishment on and off the field. The Energy Boost Icon 2 will feature the beloved Boost technology.
The cleats are also influenced by the way Robinson was able to change the game with his speed. The influence is seen on the upper as it comes with hand-drawn sketches that show Robinson stealing and sliding into second base. Other features on the cleat’s upper include the newspaper style headlines showcasing Robinson?s impact on the game. Jackie Robinson’s number (42) is embroidered into the center of a baseball diamond which can be seen on the inside panels of the cleats.
The cleats will used heather wool materials that pay homage to the wool uniforms and hats worn during the 1940’s. In addition to the wool construction, there is are digitally printed SPRINTSKIN panels on the adizero Afterburner 2 and premium nubuck on the Energy Boost Icon 2 complimented by the baseball stitch detailing.
The new Energy Boost Icon 2 also features a revamped upper with a street-inspired TECHFIT bootie and clear molded heel clip to provide the ultimate fit, along with a full-length Energy Boost midsole for game changing comfort for the cleathead. The adizero Afterburner 2 design rests atop a full-length LITESTRIKE EVA midsole for increased cushioning and comfort. Lastly, both cleats feature a silver electroplated plates with PROTRAX cleat configuration to provide enhanced acceleration and traction. Releasing April 15th, are you looking to pick up either of the pairs?
adidas Baseball Unveils Special Edition Jackie Robinson Cleats
adidas Baseball celebrates the revolutionary career of Jackie Robinson with two special cleats for Jackie Robinson Day on April 15th. The adidas Afterburner 2 and Energy Boost Icon 2 each get special premium makeovers featuring graphics that include Jackie himself sliding into second base and newspaper style headlines from his game-changing career on and off the field. Each also features heather wool paneling inspired by the wool uniforms players wore in the 1940s, while Robinson’s universally retired #42 is embroidered at each medial heel. Each special edition cleat will release April 15th in limited quantities at adidas.com and be worn by adidas-sponsored MLB players on Jackie Robinson Day.
An On-Feet Look At The adidas EQT Running Support 93 Boston
adidas Originals is getting ready to release the adidas EQT Running Support 93 Boston, a shoe that was inspired by the iconic ‘Boston Super’ model that made its debut back in 1986 during the Boston Marathon. The shoe you see above will be a part of the adidas Marathon Series – an EQT Support 93 collection that was revealed back in February when they released the adidas EQT Running Support 93 Tokyo.
The shoe comes dressed in a grey suede upper accompanied by the light grey nylon underlay that’s said to be inspired by the original design from 1987. Adding some contrast to the shoe are the red hits and the U.S.A. flag placed on the heel. Grey ribbon Three Stripes and a white midsole with hits of red and grey complete the look of the shoe. If you like what you see you will be able to pick up your very own pair for the retail price of $150. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
I have no affiliation or connection to Boston whatsoever, but there’s no denying the shoe is nicely done. Color and design is on point, and this is coming from a person who is not too fond of the EQT Support 93.
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ASICS Dresses Up The GEL-Lyte III With Japanese-Made Materials
The latest ASICS Gel Lyte III is referencing the brand’s Japanese roots with a premium construction created with Japanese-made materials. This lifestyle takedown of the iconic 90s running silhouette utilizes a polka-dotted selvedge denim upper while a premium off-white leather perfectly compliments on the mudguard. What results is an aesthetic premium enough to believe that this could be a collaborative effort, but you can grab this in-house colorway today via Oneness for $140 USD.
Air Maxes with the blue suede. The iconic Nike Air Max 95 is one of the most ambitious designs in the history of visible air. After celebrating its 20th-anniversary last year with a number of OGs and a memorable “What The” finish, the release slate has calmed down a bit for Sergio Lozano’s masterpiece. This lifestyle take on the Air Max 95 should win over even the staunchest of traditionalists though, as a tonal obsidian suede construction works well with brief hints of grey. International shop JD Sports has the exclusive on the pair, so head there to pick up your pair today.