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The Reebok Alien Stomper Is Back
The Reebok Alien Stomper released way back in the late ’80’s. Over the years the shoe has gotten the retro treatment several times. Five years ago, Reebok decided to bring back the Alien Stomper as part of collaboration efforts with the likes of mita sneakers, atmos, and Chapter. Now in 2016, Reebok has decided to bring back the shoe in its OG colorway for the Summer sesaon.
The high-top shoe is dressed in a white leather upper offset by the grey and red hits placed throughout the shoe. The huge midfoot strap is definitely the center of attention as Reebok attempted to give the shoe a futuristic look back in the ’80’s. Are you a fan of the shoe? If so, expect to see these release sometime this Summer.
Joining the Nike Kobe 7 as the only shoes from the Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack that are done in a color other than white, grey or black is the Nike Kobe 8.
The Nike Kobe 8 from the Black Mamba Pack comes in a Dark Raisin colorway which is undoubtedly the pair that hits closest to home for any Lakers fans due to the purple upper. The Kobe 8 uses an engineered mesh upper making it lightweight and breatheable and lunar cushioning making it comfortable. Many people also hold the Kobe 8 in high regard as one of their favorite silhouettes out of the entire Kobe line.
Take a look at the official images above and look to purchase the Nike Kobe 8 Black Mamba on April 8th for $200. You can also stay up to date with the entire collection by visiting our Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack launch page for the latest images and release information.
Everyone who I know that I owns a pair of Kobe 8s always talks about how comfortable they are. I’ve never tried on a pair personally but if it has lunarlon cushioning I can already imagine. When I see this colorway this is all I can think of though.
Anybody else think of the California Raisin cartoons?
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Jordan Brand recently decided to change the release date of the Air Jordan 12 French Blue. Unfortunately for those who were looking to pick up a pair this weekend, you’re going to have to wait a little more before you can get your hands on a pair. That doesn’t mean you’re no longer allowed to get excited about the release though. As today we have some pretty cool on-feet images of the shoe to give you a good idea of what the shoe is going to look like once you lace them up.
The Jordan 12 French Blue comes dressed in a full premium leather upper. White leather take care of the majority of the upper, while the French Blue which is found on the mudguard on one side of the shoe acts as the accented color. Additional French Blue is placed midsole, outsole, heel tab and branding on the tongue. White laces are paired up with metal eyelets to tie up the look together. Said to be releasing April 9th for $190, is this the best colorway of the Air Jordan 12 that we’ve see in 2016? Be sure to check in with our Air Jordan 12 French Blue 2016 launch page for additional images, videos and other important updates.
Up next in the Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack is the Nike Kobe 9 which represent a new drastic change for the Kobe line. This was the first Kobe sneaker that utilized a Flyknit upper which seems to be the norm with many shoes these days. (See KD 9)
Nike decided to release the Kobe 9 as an Elite High version that features the crazy extended ankle that many people either love or hate. Other versions include an Elite Low (Flyknit) and an engineered mesh low option. The shoe features a full Anthracite color scheme and of course a Flyknit upper. At first most people were skeptical about the Kobe 9 but when many basketball players began wearing it on court and people actually tried them on their opinion completely changed.
Check out the official images above and look for the Nike Kobe 9 Black Mamba to release on April 11th for $200. You can also stay updated with every sneaker in this collection by visiting our Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack launch page for all of the images, release information and other important updates you need.
This colorway reminds me a lot of the Detail colorway that featured a combination of light and dark grey throughout the upper. This Black Mamba colorway isn’t that bad but it’s also one that I think people may pass on.
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While switching from grey to black Nike thought it was a good idea to throw in a couple of different colors into the mix in the Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack.
The Nike Kobe 7 will come dressed in a Blux Fox colorway that is essentially a dark blue hue. Some unique features of the Nike Kobe 7 silhouette include the textured lines that can be found throughout most of the upper and the leather tongue. Kobe Bryant also wore the Kobe 7 while capturing the Gold Medal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Take a look at official images of the Nike Kobe 7 Black Mamba and remember that they release on April 6th for a retail price of $200. Also be sure to visit our Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack launch page for release dates and official images of every sneaker in the pack.
I’ve never been a fan of the Nike Kobe 7 silhouette. Even now that I actually know more about Kobe sneakers I just feel like the shoe is a little too plain for my liking. Maybe it’s just this colorway.
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As we begin to shift from grey over to black the next silhouette in the Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack is the Nike Kobe 6.
The Nike Kobe 6 comes in a full River Rock colorway and the upper resembles snake scales inspired by Kobe?s nickname Black Mamba along with Flywire for support and a sockliner to mold to a player?s foot. The Swoosh branding on the side panels has been done in a lighter shade of grey along with gold detailing on the insoles.
Take a look at official images of the Nike Kobe 6 Black Mamba above and look for them to release on April 5th for a retail price of $200. And also make sure you visit our Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack launch page for additional images, release date and other important updates on every shoe in this pack.
Another Look At The Supreme x Nike Air Max 98 Black
Yesterday we gave you an official look at the Supreme x Nike Air Max 98 shoe coming in the white/sail colorway. Today we take a look at the black colorway from the upcoming collaboration between Supreme and Nike.
Coming in a tonal offering, the black version of the Supreme x Nike Air Max 98 opts to come in a luxe aesthetic as the mudguard is done in a patent leather construction, while the rest of the shoe appears to be made out of mesh. Red accents are placed on the insole and outsole to help give it a little bit of a Supreme vibe. Tonal Nike branding appears on the side panels, Air Max branding on the tongue and dual-branding on the insoles. No price point or release date information has been announced, but expect these to drop sometime in the Spring.
Need more info, pictures and updates on this model? Be sure to visit out Supreme x Nike Air Max 98 hub page to stay up to date.
The Premium Suede On This Womens Nike Air Huarache Run Is Wavy
The women are about to be blessed with a brand new version of the Nike Air Huarache Run. Considered to be a premium version of the shoe, the Nike Huarache comes dressed with hits of premium suede covered in a texture that we’ve never seen on this model before.
The shoe starts off with an off-white upper contrasted by the copper placed on the heel cage of the shoe. The neoprene upper is paired up with tonal premium suede paneling that has a wavy design to them to give the shoe a new and refreshing look. Completing the aesthetics of the shoe is the gum bottom outsole to give it that classic touch. Said to be dropping internationally, it’s only a matter of time before we see these stateside. Cop or drop? Let us know in the comments below.
Nike Drops A Great Cavs Alternate Colorway Of The Kyrie 2
Kyrie Irving’s signature sneaker line is taking off thanks to a slew of colorways, NIKEiD, and the $120 pricepoint, which is easy on the wallet given today’s sneaker prices. Today, we learn of a brand new colorway adapting the Cleveland Cavaliers colorways seen on the alternate uniforms, which prominently features navy blue above gold and red. Given Kyrie’s popularity and the palatable colorway, we expect these to be a hit as well, but the catch here is that there’s no planning to be done – you have to act now to cop. That’s right – this Kyrie 2 just hit stores without notice, so grab a quick look here and get yours now at Jimmy Jazz.
The Lemar And Dauley x Reebok Pump Omni Lite Honors Reeboks Basketball Greats
Reebok is taking some time to honor some of the best basketball players the Reebok roster has ever had. They will do this by releasing 2 special versions of the Reebok Pump Omni Lite that make up the Lemar And Dauley x Reebok Pump Omni Lite collaboration.
The two shoes from the pack are said to be inspired by “some of the most notorious athletes on the Reebok basketball roster.” Although they never said specific names when they talk about “notorious athletes”, players such as Allen Iverson, Shawn Kemp and Dominique Wilkins appear on the jacket that is part of the capsule collection, which leads us to believe that those are some of the players that Reebok is paying tribute to. Coming in two tonal offerings made out of two different shades of blue, both colorways are going to be a a global exclusive to Villa. Releasing March 25th for $140, are you coppin’?
The Nike Kobe 4 is a significant silhouette in the Nike Kobe line because it was the first low-top sneaker in the Nike Kobe series and Nike hasn’t looked back ever since.
Here are official images of the Nike Kobe 4 Black Mamba which comes dressed in a Dust/Dust colorway that is essentially a medium/dark grey. The Kobe 4 is the shoe that Kobe Bryant captured his fourth NBA title in and the first one without Shaquille O’Neal which was a huge accomplishment for the Black Mamba.
Take a good look at the shoe above and remember that the Kobe 4 Black Mamba will release on March 30th for a retail price of $200. Make sure to visit our Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack launch page for images and updates on every sneaker from this vast collection.
As mentioned above, the Kobe 4 marks a huge change in the Kobe line as it was the first low-top Kobe sneaker and Nike has made every Kobe since then a low-top. In my opinion this is one of the better shoes from the pack.
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First Look At The Nike Air Force 1 Low 07 LV8 Woven Concord
A few days ago we gave you a first look at the Nike Air Force 1 Low 07 LV8 Woven coming in a black upper paired up with a white sole unit. Today we take a look at the same model but this time we find it dressed in a royal blue upper paired up with hits of white placed throughout the shoe.
This version of the Air Force 1 Low comes equipped with woven nylon construction hits strategically placed on the side panels and toebox of the shoe. The rest of the shoe comes constructed out of leather coming in a royal blue colorway. The same tonal hue appears on the midsole which sits right above the all white outsole. Additional white hits are spotted on the branding seen on the tongue, heel tab and midsole. Lastly, patent leather can be seen on the tongue tag, heel tab and Nike Swoosh on the shoe. Available now, pick up your very own pair at select retailers for $100.
Good looking shoe, but what would make it look great is if you substitute the white outsole for a gum bottom. The woven placement is nice, I could do without the patent leather hits though. I do prefer the black colorway over this one though.
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The Nike Air Force 1 Mid GS Hyper Pink Is Now Up For Grabs
This one goes out for the small-footers looking to add some pop to your footwear. The Nike Air Force 1 Mid GS Hyper Pink comes dressed in a bold colored upper that will definitely cause some people some people to do a double take.
The mid-top is constructed out of a smooth leather coming in white and Hyper Pink hues. The white is placed on the toebox and side panels, while the bolder color of the two takes care of the rest of the upper. A white midsole/Hyper Pink outsole combination blends in nicely with the upper. Nike branding is placed on the side panels, heel tab and tongue of the shoe. Nothing else to say, just a bold looking AF1 Mid with some clean color-blocking. Available now for $85, how many of you are looking to pick up a pair?
Mistakes Were Made A Look Back At Stephen Curry And Under Armours Rise
If things had worked out differently, we would be looking at the Nike Curry 2 right now. But Nike didn’t believe in Stephen Curry and his ability to carry a signature shoe so now we have the Under Armour Curry Two. Quite honestly, few people believed in Steph to the degree that Steph believed in himself and that’s one of the reasons why he moved to Under Armour after wearing Nike for almost all of his life. In a very enlightening piece on ESPN today, Ethan Sherwood Strauss chronicled Steph’s journey from the Swoosh to the uh, UA that covered everything from a bungled Nike presentation to Kent Bazemore playing the role of Pete Campbell to perfection to just how much future monies could potentially switch between companies. And it’s all because of Steph.
Of course, every sneaker blog was there for the ride as well. One of our former interns Joe Sherman saw enough in Steph to write about his potential while still wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse. He could have been the next Nike signature athlete, but then he made the move that made a ripple but not a splash. Like everybody, we were shocked to hear he moved to Under Armour and just like everybody, we did not see him becoming the superstar that moves units that he is today. So just how “wrong” or “right” did we get it? Here’s a look back…
The list included the likes of Eric Gordon (ouch), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (dammit), Ricky Rubio (crap) and Jeremy Lin (f**k). While we got some obvious ones like Russell Westbrook, there was no mention of Steph anywhere. To be fair to us, this was before his breakout season, but still, Eric Gordon and MKG? What the hell was I thinking?
It wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows for Steph as he battled one injury after another during his early days in the NBA. Thankfully he was able to find a solution – although we’ll never stop being worried – that has kept him on the court. He seemed to be on his way to becoming a Nike signature shoe guy.
Curry?s first 3 seasons were plagued with chronic ankle injuries and he needed surgery in 2011 to repair torn ligaments he suffered from various sprains (notice his injuries took place in Nikes, adidas haters). Concerns grew stronger and stronger with every setback throughout the Warriors organization.
In efforts to improve the strength in his surgically repaired ankle, Curry signed a new deal with ZAMST, a leader in high-performance sports protective equipment. ZAMST designed a custom version of the A2-DX ankle brace for Curry to wear after his rehab, and during the season.
It?s been a treat for fans across the world to see Curry grow into one of the league?s brightest young players. Along with his flashy play, Curry has unveiled a variety of colorways in the Hyperfuses. We?ve seen everything from a standard home colorway to a luminous ?All-Star? PE as well ?Black History Month? edition as well.
We asked our readers what they thought about Steph’s move to Under Armour. Not surprisingly, they would have preferred he stayed at Nike.
Joe was a little hesitant about the move, to say the least…
Curry is coming off the biggest season of his career and by making the playoffs, great expectations are now being put on the young star both on and off the court. Now add this news to mix and there will be a tremendous amount of focus on Curry. ESPECIALLY on what shoe he laces up every. LORD WILLING he doesn?t have to deal with any injuries this upcoming season, but if it does, there will be a whirlwind reaction in the sneaker world. The (inappropriate/unnecessary) criticism will be never ending. We all remember the Nike rep taking jabs at adidas when Rose went down. I can only image what the blogosphere will have to say if the Point Gawd suffers a significant injury in a pair of Under Armours. While UA is mainly known for its football sports performance equipment, there will be a lot of pressure to keep Curry?s ankles healthy. What will it do to their brand if he goes down the firs gamet in the first year under contract? What will it do to Curry?s brand? I really think it?s a risky, gutsy move by Mr. Curry.
I likened Steph’s move to Under Armour to Peggy Olson’s big decision in Mad Men and I’m damn proud of it. But more importantly, Steph was a victim of circumstance at Nike and by going to Under Armour, he had a chance to be the “man.”
Curry?s ?defection? is also another sign that athletes just don?t care about the same things that sneakerheads do (besides, Curry could just buy all that stuff sneakerheads thirst over because he ain’t worried). Maybe Curry felt that barring a championship season, his star power is never going to be as big as it is now so he decided to cash in. Yes, Nike is the gold standard and if you want to be the biggest star possible, that?s where you go for your “brand”. But that only applies to the biggest of names or if you?re a benchwarmer looking to be set up for life with free swag. In Curry?s case, he?s a star that came into Nike at a time when they already had three signature stars in a market that isn?t really ready to support more than that (this isn?t the 90s where any semi-star had a signature shoe and subsequently bombed), he was beset by injuries his first few years in the league and he still has to prove that he can lead a championship-caliber team. For Nike to give a guy like that a signature, that?s a huge risk. For Under Armour, that?s a huge risk worth taking now. Slowly but surely, we?re getting closer to that magical time in the 80s and early 90s when there were a myriad of sneaker brands in the NBA. When variety actually meant variety of brands, not variety as in different colorways of the same damn shoes over and over again.
Now if I?m Kyrie Irving, I?m kinda excited though?.
Steph was passed over for Kyrie, that much is clear now. But in defecting to Under Armour, it opened up a best of both world scenario where both guys get to thrive for their separate brands. It was also symbolic of the NBA’s new world order.
This is the new NBA. While everybody was searching the for the next Jordan, both from a play and a look standpoint, the point guard position has evolved into the most important to not only the basketball people but the casual fans as well. Memphis and a few other teams notwithstanding (and even they have quality floor generals like Mike Conley), gone are the days when all point guards were good for were boring facilitators whose job was to make sure the big men (aka guys who can?t sell shoes for s**t) got their touches. Unless you have an all-world talent like LeBron on your squad, if your team is fielding somebody more like Mario Chalmers and less like Tony Parker, your team is screwed. It?s one of the reasons why LeBron left Miami for Cleveland, why Kobe is basically doing performance art for the Lakers and why Chicago needs Derrick Rose badly. Point guard play is so much more critical than it has ever been in the NBA.
Curry and Irving emerged from the pack to become ?signature shoe worthy? because because both players have the type of skillset that translate well to Vines and GIFs. Much like a crazy Blake Griffin dunk, you don?t need to wait for the nightly highlights anymore to see that Kyrie Irving just broke Thabo Sefolosha?s ankles or that Curry made old man Kobe dance. All you need is a phone and a Twitter feed to see if either one of these guys just broke the internet. They have also both made their presence felt at NBA All-Star Weekend and for Team USA as mainstays for years to come. Then there are the commercials that have gone viral and made them stars to even those who don?t follow the league on a regular basis.
That’s the Under Armour Anatomix Spawn The Zone colorway. It commemorates Steph’s greatest performance up that point, a 54-point outburst against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Without Steph, it doesn’t happen and without Steph, nobody cares. The greatest thing Stephen Curry gave Under Armour is relevance in the sneaker world.
Would the Anatomix Spawn made even the slightest of impact in sneakerhead culture if Curry had not signed with the brand prior to the start of the 2013-14 NBA season? Nope, it would have gone under the radar like many Under Armour basketball shoes such as the Spine Bionic or the Charge BB (although in the case of the Charge BB, it?s probably for the best that?s never talked about again). Did Under Armour need to play the hype card that Nike and Jordan have mastered over the years and release limited editions of the Spawn while using buzzwords like ?storytelling? and ?exclusive? to get our attention? Absolutely, and it worked to perfection. It?s almost secondary that the Spawn was actually a well-performing basketball shoe because man, look at those dope colorways, right?
Man, if that video doesn’t give you chills, you’re dead. To be chosen as the heir to the throne that MJ, Penny, Barkley, Pippen, Payton, Kobe, LeBron and KD all had sat in is an amazing honor. And it could have been Steph, but alas…
Now Kyrie Irving did not explicitly say anything last night during the presentation of his first signature shoe that comes remotely close to the pipe bomb that Hirai dropped, but Nike certainly said something implicitly. When you bring in legends like Penny and Barkley to help introduce a new signature shoe and when LeBron James is sitting there casually like he?s just another member of the audience, you?re making a statement. The next generation of signature shoes doesn?t start until Nike says it does.
Let’s be honest, Currys could stand to look better. Hopefully the Curry Three (see what I did there?) will be that breakout hit that works on and off the court.
When people think about Under Armour, they think performance. When people think about Nike/Jordan, they think performance and style. At first, ?athleisure? sounds like something that was birthed out of the most cynical and soul-crushing marketing meeting, but it has become the term people use to describe the phenomenon of people merging their active and social lives and attire. Unlike sneakerheads who have kicks for every specific purpose, most people would rather invest in gear that is versatile enough to be worn in the gym and on a casual night out (preferrably there?s a bath in between those activities but you get the idea). And when people think about that, they gravitate to Nike. Under Armour might be making strides, but their numbers pale in comparison to the swoosh right now.
Anything can happen between now and 2024 when Steph’s contract with Under Amour is up, but if the past year and a half is any indication, we are in for a very long and real battle for the hearts and minds of the kids of the world. For anybody over the age of 18, it’s Nikes and Jordans and nothing is ever going to change that mindset, but for those who never saw Michael Jordan play even in a Wizards uniform or only know Kobe Bryant as a washed-up old man, they are all in on Steph and all in on Under Armour. Maybe he outsells LeBron and KD this year and maybe he doesn’t, but it would be foolish to think it couldn’t happen in future. The Nike empire isn’t crumbling anytime soon, but I sure would love to see other brands fight to take it down while the swoosh creates and innovates to stay on top.
All he did was win in 2015. His All-Star appearance begat a Dark Matter colorway. His MVP award yielded an MVP colorway. His Championship gave way to a Championship Pack. His Warriors are 28-1 and kids are clamoring for his Dub Nation kicks. Yes, the Curry Ones or Twos might not look like the type of sneakers the typical sneakerhead uses to flex to those around them, but the more the Curry wins, the more the demand grows and if the Warriors can sustain this run of greatness for years, this is the new dynasty, both in the NBA and sneaker world. Believe that.
Continuing with the Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack we now give you an official look at the Nike Kobe 5 from the extensive collection.
The Nike Kobe 5 marks the second consecutive low-top shoe in the Nike Kobe line that weighed in at an astonishing 10.6 ounces making it the lightest Kobe sneaker to that point. Some features of the Kobe 5 include a Hyperfuse upper done in Tumbled Grey and Flywire for lock-down support on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe. Kobe Bryant also won his 2nd consecutive and 5th overall NBA Championship wearing these shoes which would go on to be his final one.
Take a look at the official images above and let us know if you plan on picking up the Nike Kobe 5 Black Mamba when it hits retailers on April 4th for $200. And if you haven’t already make sure you visit our Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack launch page for released details, official images and other important updates on every sneaker from this pack.
I know many people that say that the Kobe 5 is their favorite Kobe silhouette of all time. I’m not exactly sure why but if I had to take a guess I would say because of how lightweight and comfortable it must be. The colorway on this pair is not bad but I think Nike could have done better.
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