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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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CamRon Reveals The Best Sneaker Insole Ever Made With Reebok Teaser
Cam’Ron’s upcoming Reebok collaboration, revealed to be the Ventilator Supreme silhouette, features the best sneaker insole ever created (and there’s no denying it and there’s no competing against it). Featured inside this purple and bright red sneaker, inspired by Purple Haze, is the infamous photograph of Cam’Ron on his phone decked out in light pink animal furs. That’s all we got right now and quite frankly, that’s all we need. Check out the full teaser from Cam’Ron’s Instagram below.
Official Images Of The Nike Hyperdunk 2008 Black Mamba
There are two sneakers in the Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack that aren’t part of Kobe Bryant’s real signatures line, the Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 and the Nike Hyperdunk 2008.
The Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 already released yesterday and next week we’ll be seeing the release of the Hyperdunk 2008. Kobe debuted the Hyperdunk 2008 during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing which is why they are closely attached to him. This colorway form the Black Mamba Pack features a tonal dark grey upper with lighter hits of grey on the Swoosh branding and gold detailing on the insoles.
Look for the Nike Hyperdunk 2008 Black Mamba to release on March 28th for $200. Also check our the Nike Kobe Black Mamba Pack launch page for updates on all of the releases.
Over the years we’ve seen several hybrid versions of the Nike Air Max 95, but none have been this odd looking as the footwear you see above. Simply dubbed the Nike Air Max 95 Boot Empire, this boot version of the classic runner is here to celebrate Nike Air Max Day.
The Nike Air Max 95 Empire will feature a modern cut-out design placed on a black tonal upper made out of a combination of suede, leather and mesh. The black silhouette is partnered up with a white sole unit that also comes equipped with Air bubbles to keep the classic aesthetics of the Air Max 95. Release date and price of the boot should be available in the next few days but expect these to drop on or around Nike Air Max Day (March 26th).
Ben Simmons Signs With Klutch Sports; Is Nike Next
Ben Simmons isn’t partaking in any of the March Madness basketball, but that only means he has more time to make some personal business moves – like signing with Klutch Sports Agency. Founded by LeBron’s close friend and entourage member Rich Paul, Klutch Sports Agency features an impressive and growing roster of NBA athletes, but there’s no doubt that Simmons, projected to be the #1 pick this upcoming NBA Draft in June, will jump to the top of the list. Now that Simmons’ representation is set in stone, all that’s left to be determined is what NBA team gets the lucky #1 pick, and which footwear brand gains his allegiance. Nike is a frontrunner not only because of the Klutch connection, but because of the longstanding relationship he has with the brand (not to mention the selection of apparel in his official video announcement that went live earlier today).
The Greats Pronto Will Drop A Limited Edition Nero Colorway
Greats is releasing a special and limited edition colorway of the Pronto model. Dubbed the “Nero” colorway, this Greats Pronto comes covered in a black motif to give it that luxurious and classy look we all know and love.
The Greats Pronto Nero will be constructed out of a premium black leather and suede upper accompanied by the mesh hits placed on the toe. The shoe will also feature a hand cut leather stabilizer on the heel as well as some 3M accents on the toe to give the shoe some pop in the light. Leather lining and a Vibram tread sole complete the major features on the shoe. To celebrate the launch of their new mobile app, in partnership with Shopify, Greats will make the Pronto Nero available exclusively through the app from now until the March 24th. Beginning March 24th at 3 p.m. EST, the shoe will become available online on their Greats online store.
Nike Sportswear’s attention to detail and need to resurrect models in a premium tooling is unparalleled in the lifestyle business. The latest silhouette to get the treatment is the iconic Nike Pre Montreal, a running model that dates back to the Swoosh’s Blue Ribbon Sports days and has since become a casual staple in the Nike lineup. Three women’s exclusive pairs will be available in the near future featuring luxe leather make-ups in Cool Grey, Sail, or Black. Check out this trio of Nike Pre Montreal Racers below and let us know if you’re a fan of the premium Pinnacle-esque construction by taking your thoughts to the comments section.
fragment design Collaborates with Converse on the One Star 74
The resurgence of the Converse One Star continues with a special collaborative collection by Hiroshi Fujiwara’s fragment design. Hiroshi’s signature motifs found on most fragment sneakers like midsole branding and clean and simple colorways are seen on the two editions of the One Star, each featuring a drop-in Lunarlon insole for added comfort. The vintage basketball model turned classic casual and skate shoe is presented by fragment in your choice of blue or off-white suede with a vibrant pop of Volt on the outsoles. The fragment design x Converse One Star ’74 collection will be available at Converse First String retailers beginning March 25th.
Steph Curry Brings Back Blackout Colorway For UA Curry 2 For The Playoffs
Just in time for the playoffs and what could very likely be the second Finals appearance in a row for the Warriors, Under Armour and Steph Curry are bringing the “Blackout” back for the Curry 2. The Batman-inspired colorway that even features a spotlight graphic over Dub Nation on the inside of the tongue comes in all-black with a tonal crackle graphic at the toe and yellow accents throughout. The tough look for the Curry 2 should be a must-have for Steph’s fans, so if you’re among them, stay tuned to Sneaker News for an official release date.
The NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal Is As Sleek As It Gets
Are you looking for a classic sneaker that has some premium aesthetics to it? Look no more as the NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal is dropping this weekend. For the most part, the Nike Air Max 1 is a very casual/sporty type of sneaker, this time around NikeLab gets a hold of it and gives the shoe a premium makeover.
The Air Max 1 Royal opts to take the luxurious route without having to sacrifice the blueprint of the shoe. The shoe is made out of a deconstructed suede upper coming dressed in a monochromatic motif. Adding more premium flares to the shoes are the tonal waxed cotton laces, a leather heel cup on the interior and a matching welt that unites the upper with the sole of the shoe. A black/white and tan/white version is set to release at NikeLab retailers beginning March 26th. Want a pair? Act fast as this release is said to be dropping in limited quantities.
adidas Unveils Uniforms For The 2016 McDonalds All American Games
The 39th Annual McDonald?s All American Games are only one week away as they’ll be taking place on March 30th at Chicago?s United Center. Today adidas took the time to unveil their uniforms and sneakers that the rising basketball stars will be wearing for the big games.
The men?s collection features a three color uniform system that incorporates black and white sleeved jerseys with red accents, color-blocked game shorts and a nod to the uniforms of Chicago?s professional sports teams with pinstripe detailing. Constructed with 3M reflective materials, the jersey name and layered-numbering are hit with a metallic finish. The shorts are designed with an enlarged star and McDonald?s logo on the right leg and a graphic print on the underside of the waistband that reads ?All American? when rolled up. The women?s collection is comprised of red and white jerseys with black accents and features diagonal pinstripes along the racerback top and short bottom, pops of color on the jersey collar and reflective name and numbers.
Adidas has also created jersey’s for this year’s POWERADE Jam Fest which will take place on March 28th at the Chicago Theatre. The uniforms feature a combination of black, yellow and white with reflective detailing and McDonalds golden arches branding.
As far as the sneakers go, players will lace-up the adidas D Lillard 2 and the adidas D Rose 6 that feature red, black and white Primeknit uppers. Each pair also comes with yellow accents and a camo-print outsole along with the McDonald?s All American Games logo on the tongue.
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Nigo has linked up with adidas Originals once again for a new Spring/Summer 2016 Collection.
This season?s collection draws from the designer?s own personal archive, reinventing historic silhouettes including the ZX 500, Superstar and Pro Model. Each silhouette features bold panel constructions and exclusive all-over graphic prints that represent Nigo’s personal style as well as classic three-stripes iconography. The apparel collection is also highlighted by Nigo’s unique style combined with original adidas influence.
Take a look at the video above that displays the collection with a special appearance by fast-rising British rapper Stormzy.
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