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One Of The Best Nike Air Griffey Max 1 Colorways Is Coming Back
The Nike Air Griffey Max 1 renaissance continues. Ken Griffey Jr. was a baseball and style icon in the mid-90s thanks to his on-field performance and signature backwards hat during the Home Run Derby and batting practice. So when Nike let him know he was worthy of a signature sneaker in 1996, Griffey wanted the design to be as memorable as his home run trot. The 20th anniversary of the silhouette brings the return of a number of iconic colorways. We’ll be seeing the “Freshwater” Mariners vibe later this April, and now this Sprite-like pair featuring Varsity Royal and Volt will be arriving on May 24th for $150 USD. Originally released in 2009, the vibrant look features a Varsity Royal backdrop while Volt accents hit the branding and visible air unit. Stay tuned for more release date updates right here on Sneaker News.
We’ve finally reached Mamba Day – a celebration of the career of Kobe Bryant who will finally bow out tonight after the Lakers and Jazz duke it out. For the Sneaker News staff, we’ve witnessed eleven Nike Kobe signatures and a crop of adidas versions over the years, so to say The Black Mamba was and is an influential figure in sneaker culture is an understatement. That said, Sneaker News brings back Staff Insights, a first-hand commentary on all the sneaker topics and discussions that pop up on a daily basis. Our topic today? Our Favorite Kobe Sneakers. Read on below and share with us your personal favorite Kobe sneaker of all-time.
First Look At The Air Jordan 9 Low Jordan Brand Classic PE
As some of you may be aware, the Jordan Brand Classic is going on this weekend in New York City. This annual event features the best high school players in the country and puts them all together for a highly anticipated match up. Over the years, Jordan Brand takes this event as an opportunity to display and release exclusive Jordan Brand sneakers, this time around one of the shoes appears to an Air Jordan 9 Low. Today we get a first look at what’s being called the Air Jordan 9 Low Jordan Brand Classic PE.
The first image shows the shoe coming in a white leather upper. The white leather upper is heavily contrasted by the black hits placed in areas such as the lining, tongue and laces. From this angle, parts of the midsole appear to be done up in a black and grey camouflaged patters while Infrared colored branding is spotted on the heel and midsole. Thoughts on the shoe? Stay tuned to get a better look as soon as more pictures are available.
We’ve been saying goodbye to Kobe Bryant for the past three years. Don’t let this season fool you; the Black Mamba that all we all know and love/loathe hasn’t been the same since he tore his ACL back in April of 2013. It was Father Time, Mother Nature and his body telling him that there’s nothing left in the tank. He and in many ways, we the fans, were just too stubborn to admit it.
That’s the legacy that Kobe will leave us with. A guy who wasn’t going to settle and meet the inevitable on their time. He’s going to do it his way and damn us all to get there. It’s kinda great, really.
Think of Kobe’s injury and how we all thought he would come back with a vengeance and how it’s strikingly similar to how we feel whenever he had a bad game or the Lakers got their ass handed to them. How many times after those crappy games did you think to yourself, “oh damn, (the next team he plays) better watch out, Kobe is going to drop 50 on them.” Sometimes he did do just that, but there were others he shot his team to a loss. The past three seasons have been an extended version of the latter. Yes, there were still moments of brilliance but if his name wasn’t Kobe Bryant and a franchise allowed him to get away with those bad games, they would be the laughingstock of the NBA. But his confidence never faltered and neither did ours; we always believed there was still something some magic left when there clearly wasn’t.
Even after two of the worst seasons in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise, there was still some – not a lot, but it was there – hope and optimism that this would be the season they would turn it around and Kobe would regain his old form. Turns out the Lakers have now endured three of the worst seasons in their history. Normally I would have chalked that up to sheer delusion and myopic thinking – and I still might – but it wasn’t. It was a trust that Kobe earned in his 20 seasons as a Laker and it’s why he deserves a #MambaDay.
#MambaDay is another masterstroke of brilliance by Nike. Much like Air Max Day has now become a “thing” that nobody questions anymore, they’ve managed to turn what should be a sad day for the NBA into a celebration. Of course, it wasn’t just going to be another hands clapping, fans crying, thanks for everything kind of goodbye. Nope, it was Kevin Durant calling him an a-hole and Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace singing their hatred for him. It’s me calling my godson cold-blooded sitting right next to Cookie Monster because it’s funny to me. That’s #MambaDay in a nutshell. Not giving a f**k.
This is not some marketing ploy to get people who hate him to suddenly love him, this is how Kobe really feels. His announcement to retire was the rare moment of selflessness. If he was still killing it like in 2009, he would have just exited stage left without saying a word but leaving a trail of burned bridges courtesy of his haters. He would rather leave you hating him than loving him. But this wasn’t for him, it was for the people who did love him. He is maybe the most self-aware athlete of our generation, accepting of the love and adulation he gets from his stans, but also welcoming of the haters who never got the hype. So often we see athletes put on the fake smile for the sake of endorsements and fan support that you can see right through the facade. Hell, Kobe himself went through a similar phase when he was younger, smirking and playing with kids in McDonald’s commercials and growing the afro while repping adidas in an attempt to stand out. But as the championships came and his personal problems were brought into the limelight, he took control in a way that nobody expected. He embraced the villain that LeBron tried to in his first year in Miami but couldn’t go through with; and Kobe’s been doing it for over a decade now.
How insane is it that we’ve accepted Kobe’s Black Mamba persona? First of all, Kenny (Charles Barkley voice), he self-glossed himself with that name, clearly inspired by The Bride character in Kill Bill. Not only that, he even uses the Hattori Hanzo sword symbol and based his entire signature line around it. Again, if it was anybody but Kobe we would have been burned to the ground. But because it was Kobe, we hated it, thought it was kinda dumb, but in time we came to accept it because he didn’t flinch and killed it on the court to the tune of two more championships to back it up.
Nike, more than willing to play the bad guy as well as any brand out there, was more than willing to support Kobe in this endeavor. It started with those highly serious and intense commercials when he first signed with the swoosh; then it slowly morphed into his irreverent spots where he dressed like Beethoven and rode a horse to sell ankle insurance. Good luck trying to do something like that with LeBron or KD. Not that they don’t sound sincere when they pitch shoes; it’s just that Kobe is light years ahead of the competition when it comes to being a snarky jerk.
The unwillingness to conform also manifested itself in his kicks. It started out so simple with the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 but as time passed he became the de facto crash test dummy for Nike, trying out all the crazy new stuff before anybody else does. Releasing a low-cut signature shoe? That sounded downright stupid in 2008. Flywire? That made more sense for something Spider-Man would use. Flyknit on shoes? How is that going to withstand the rigors of the NBA? But there was Mamba through it all, jumping over Aston Martins, telling Kanye West he’s not the best and wearing the basketball equivalent of boxing shoes. He was and still is, progressive in a way that everybody else is still trying to catch up to. Oh, the KD 9 has Flyknit? Kobe would say that’s so 2013…
This June will mark the 20th anniversary of Kobe Bryant being drafted into the NBA. Back then, he was just another face in an epic SLAM cover that features All-Stars, MVPs, NBA Champions and future Hall of Famers. It should make anybody who was in high school or junior high (like me) feel really old. And that’s kind of the crux of why Mamba retiring is both a happy and sad day for a lot of people. He’s been around for so long and been through so much that a lot of people grew up alongside him. On a good day, we enjoyed watching him put up 50 and stick it in a way we couldn’t in our own lives. On a bad day, we enjoyed him shooting 8-30 because even in a bad day he was unwavering. We lived and projected ourselves through Mamba whether he thought of him as the hero or the villain.
In the 20 years since Mamba has been in our lives, some people have finished school, gotten married, made families, screwed that all up and got back on the horse to sell ankle insurance to do it all over again. There is an entire generation of fans who grew up knowing Kobe was their GOAT and that’s awesome. This was their golden era, much like how the generation before had MJ as their idol and the generation before that had Dr. J. And that’s why it can’t be a fade to black. Nah, this past 20 years are too shiny to ever disappear into the ether. It’ll be a little dusty as the years go on and a new GOAT takes Mamba’s place, but it’ll shine bright thanks to Kobe, Nike and the haters.
Ladies Can Keep It Classy With The Nike Air Max 1 PRM Gamma Grey
This women’s premium version of the Nike Air Max 1 may not be a shoe that manages to stand out from the crowd due to its bold appearance, but it will definitely make a statement with its quality. Today we take a look at the Nike Air Max 1 PRM Gamma Grey.
The shoe comes dressed in a grey-ish premium textured suede construction with a wavy pattern placed over the upper. The tonal look of the shoe is slightly contrasted by the metallic gold accents placed on the collar region of the shoe. Adding more of a premium appearance to the shoe is the tonal leather lining. The branding on the tongue, heel and side panels also come in a tonal manner. Lastly, the traditional Air Max 1 sole unit comes in an classic white colorway. Available at select retailers, let us know if you plan on picking up a pair.
Depending on where you call home, hot weather is definitely on the horizon. That means things are about to heat up and we’re all about to be thirsty? One way to keep fresh (at least your feet) is by picking up the bold looking New Balance 580 Lemonade.
Coming in a two-toned yellow upper, the 580 Lemonade has the look of a sneaker that was made for the Spring/Summer. The shoe is constructed out of suede and mesh. Grey appears on the heel counter, while white accents find a home on the “N” branding, laces heel tab and comfortable Revlite foam midsole. A gum bottom outsole balance thins out a bit while simultaneously giving the shoe a classic look. Feeling bold? This shoe is for you! Expect these to drop at select New Balance stockists in the next few weeks.
Ride In Style With The Nike SB Lunar P-Rod 9 White / Blue
Looking for a new comfortable shoe to skate in? Take a look at this white and blue version of the Nike SB Lunar P-Rod 9. The sleek look of the design will not only perform well, but also make you look good while doing it.
This colorway of the model has an upper done up in a light grey mesh accented by the white accents in the Nike Swoosh and Lunarlon midsole. Adding some color to the shoe is the blue and orange place in areas such as the lining, tongue, branding and parts of the outsole. Available now at select retailers, let us know if you plan on scooping up a pair.
If I were to skate I would want a shoe that has some comfort to it. Being familiar to the Lunarlon cushioning, I have a good feeling that this would be a great choice to pick up. Look-wise, it’s solid, and performance-wise it looks to be ideal.
Sneakers In 4K: An Early Look At The Air Jordan 10 NYC
This time offered in a favorable colorway of white and blue, the model’s upper flaunts a revamped construction compared to its traditional build, as breathable mesh is utilized to offer maximum ventilation and a lighter feel, as well as the application of synthetic overlays across its mudguard in the contrasting hue.
Tonal synthetics are also applied on the Swoosh branding and across the side panels for additional reinforcement, while the pristine tone is continued throughout its midsole unit. Other notable details include miniature Swooshes on the forefoot and the iconic visible air bubble in the heel unit to promote enhanced cushioning throughout.
Finished off with more touches of blue on the frontal portion of its outsole, you can find this pair at select Nike stores overseas first, while a stateside release is imminent. Also, try your luck at Kixify.
Kevin Hart Reveals Release Info For His Nike Hustle Hart Shoes
For all those eagerly anticipating Kevin Hart’s Nike Training shoe, the “Hustle Hart”, the comedian and Nike spokesman just announced some new details on their release. Hart took to Twitter to drop some new knowledge on the Hustle Hart, stating that there will be three colorways and their drop is scheduled for mid-June. From what we’ve seen so far of the Hustle Hart when Kevin previewed them on the Jimmy Fallon show, the shoe will apparently be special edition colorways of the Nike Free Trainer Instinct with Hart’s on motivational quotes printed on he upper, and not actually an all-new model. Stay tuned to Sneaker News for more information, images, and a confirmed release date for the Nike “Hustle Hart”.
Already showcased in a few colorways, the newly-introduced Jordan Reveal, the label’s latest lifestyle silhouette, is presented in yet another finish this season.
With a plethora expected in the coming months, the model sports a classic palette of black and grey. Comprised of breathable mesh across the majority of its profile to promote sufficient ventilation during the warmest days, premium flair is evidenced by leather overlays adorning the heel for additional reinforcement.
Further detailed with the infamous Jumpman branding on the tongue and heel, the model is rounded out by a light grey-colored sole unit. You can find this pair at select JB and Nike accounts overseas now, while a stateside release is imminent.
Military-Themed Colors Deploy On The Nike Air Huarache Ultra BR
The Nike Air Huarache Ultra managed to take some of the sleeker designs attributed to Tinker Hatfield’s 1991 icon and push the model into the modern age. There’s no doubting that the Huarache was one of Nike Sportswear’s more relevant retros in the past handful of years. By slimming down the heel cage to an elastic neoprene construction alongside new breathable mesh throughout, the Huarache Ultra is the perfect silhouette for the warmer months ahead. Khaki greens like the one displayed on this militaristic Huarache pair are usually synonymous with autumn and the changing of the leaves, but you can expect this monochromatic Nike Huarache to arrive later this Spring 2016 season. Check out more official photos below and we’ll keep you updated on a release date in the near future.
The Last Air Jordan 12 Wings, Number 12,000/12,000, Appears On eBay
If you thought just scoring a pair of the Air Jordan 12 “Wings” made you lucky, your good fortune could have actually been even greater. Case in point: this guy with #12,000 of the 12,000 pairs. Are certain numbers of the individually numbered pairs worth more? Is #23 more valuable than say, 973? Absolutely. One of the very best numbers to have is obviously the very last, which we learn came on this size 10.5 pair that’s up for a Buy It Now price of $4,500 on eBay. If just owning any pair of the Air Jordan 12 “Wings” isn’t quite good enough for you, you can snag #12,000 right now on eBay.
The Newest Nike Free Mercurial SuperFly Just Released
The Nike Free Mercurial Superfly continues its dominant run as one of Nike Sportswear’s defacto models. The silhouette takes all of the successful features of Cristiano Ronaldo’s signature soccer boot and swaps out the cleat outsole for the dynamic Free outsole. What results is a Flyknit upper that’s ready for lifestyle use. The latest colorway is simple yet effective as a Black and Dark Grey Flyknit pattern is accented by Team Orange hints on the heel tab. Check out a detailded look below and know that this Mercurial Superfly is available from select retailers like UBIQ for $200 USD.
Sneakersnstuff And adidas Originals Team Up For The Celebrate Success Pack
What does success mean to you? For the founders of Sneakersnstuff, success means doing what you love and what makes you happy?and getting to make a living while you do it. That’s the premise behind the Swedish sneaker shop’s latest collaboration with adidas Originals, the “Celebrate Success” pack. The trio of sneakers in the set includes the EQT Guidance and the Stan Smith in two colorways, each featuring clean, refined makeovers. The Stan Smith “Flowers” features a luxurious white jacquard textile upper adorned with tonal flowers and a tonal tongue tag to keep them looking minimalist and classy. The next Stan Smith is at the other end of the spectrum, featuring a dark “Tuxedo” theme in premium black nubuck with black satin heel tabs, also with tonal tongue tags. Closing out the pack of very successful looking sneakers is the EQT Running Guidance, which features an elegant all-gold upper in leather and mesh. Tying all three models together is a rich red insole, as well as extra red laces. Sneakersnstuff have chosen three successful Swedish ambassadors to model the shoes: singer Sabina Ddumba, creator of the Byredo perfume house Ben Gorham, and start-up marketing manager Babba Canales.
The “Celebrate Success” pack will be sold exclusively in-store and online by Sneakersnstuff, with the Stan Smith “Flower” releasing on April 16th, the Stan Smith “Tuxedo” releasing on April 20th, and the Running Guidance “All Gold” releasing on April 23rd. To find out more details of each shoe and interviews with each of the successful ambassadors, visit Sneakersnstuff.com.
The Nike Hyperdunk 2008 Is Set To Return In More Colors This Summer
Following the release of the limited edition Nike Hyperdunk 2008 Black Mamba last month, the infamous silhouette that Kobe Bryant wore during his early tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers is scheduled to arrive in new colorways soon.
Set to debut sometime in July, the basketball silhouette will be offered in three tonal colorways, consisting of Photo Blue, Black and Solar Red. Comprised of a flywire-reinforced upper, premium leather overlays are utilized across its toe box, eye stays, collar and heel panel, while breathable mesh is implemented on the tongue.
Stay tuned in to KicksOnFire for an official release date in the coming weeks or months ahead.