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Barkley, Penny, and Payton Inspired The Design Of The Nike Zoom Kobe Icon
While Michael Jordan may have shaped Kobe Bryant’s game, the credit goes to Charles Barkley, Penny Hardaway, and Gary Payton for shaping the design of this retro-inspired Nike Zoom Kobe Icon. This strange Kobe-centric shoe recently hit stores and immediately sneakerheads pointed out the Glove-like upper shroud and that Gary Payton’s signature shoe history must have played a role in the Kobe Icon. Nike reveals that Charles Barkley and Penny Hardaway were key figures in this play as well; the inner bootie design is a nod to Sir Charles’ past designs, while Penny’s role takes place on the Chevron pattern on the Jacquard upper (not featured here, but part of other Zoom Kobe Icon releases). In addition, one of Barkley’s memorable quotes on Kobe is featured on the heel of the shoes. The Red/Gold pair just hit stores like Sneakersnstuff, so grab another look below.
WWE Kicks: Shane McMahon Returns To Raw In The Air Jordan 1 Chicago
It finally happened; the prodigal son has returned. After a long absence from WWE television that saw him stake out his own place in the world, Shane McMahon made his long-awaited return to the wrestling ring to take what he claims is his rightful place as next in line in the family business. Despite sister Stephanie and brother-in-law Triple H and of course, Vince himself taking the company to new heights (or lows depending on how you view the product these days) in Shane’s time away, the “kid” doesn’t see it that way, citing the drop in TV ratings, stock prices and overall quality of the show as factors for his reemergence on the scene.
Yeah, it’s been too long since I heard “Here Comes The Money”. Thanks to a little behind-the-scenes dealings (aka retconning of past events), Shane was able to justify his sabbatical and had no problem pretty much demanding control of Monday RAW, the WWE’s flagship program. In what might be the smartest piece of writing the show has done in months, Vince turns Shane’s desire and ego into a potential blockbuster Wrestlemania main event, which as many people know is currently devoid of main event talent due to a laundry list of injuries. With no promotion or heads up, we now have a headliner match in Shane against the Undertaker inside Hell In A Cell. If ever there was a rabbit to pull out of the hat, this was it. Considering Shane was in enough shape to rock skinny jeans on Monday night, the plans for this were probably set in motion the moment guys like John Cena and Seth Rollins starting hitting the injured list.
Of course, this is a sneaker blog and we have to talk about Shane’s choice of footwear. To go along with those skinny jeans was a shiny pair of Air Jordan 1 Chicagos. And judging from the video up top, there is no Jumpman to be found so those are last year’s Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Chicago versions, which made me shed tears of sneaker sadness more than a few times last year. As many longtime fans of the WWE will no doubt remember, Shane used to rock OG Jordans all the time including a personal favorite of mine, the Air Jordan 3 True Blue.
Essentially a luxurious iteration of the iconic sneaker, yet maintaining its signature profile intact, the only noticeable difference consists of the letter “R” perforated into the side panels which represents the Belgian fashion designer, as well as replacing the traditional three-stripe branding instead.
Overall comprised of premium leather, White consists as its dominant hue, which also flows towards its rubber sole unit, tongue and laces. Complemented with light green accents on the heel tab and subtle branding on the rear, you can purchase a pair at select adidas accounts now for $455.
The adidas Y-3 QR Run is introduced in two new colorways this season, which essentially utilizes black and white for superb versatility.
Comprised of technical mesh across its upper, the futuristic runner is detailed with a TPU toe cap for added stability, while leather accents line the heel counter and a neoprene inner liner ensures sufficient support and cushioning overall.
Additionally detailed with branding at the leather tab on the tongue as well as the eyelets, the sneakers are topped off with the brand’s renowned boost sole unit in white. You can purchase each pair at select adidas stores now for $410.
Stand Out With This adidas Originals Tubular Defiant
With its most notable release consisting of colorblock variations, the women?s adidas Originals Tubular Defiant is presented in a new finish of Lush Red as well.
Flaunting the eye-catching hue across its entirety overall, the sleek and stylish sneaker is composed of a mixture of neoprene and synthetics across its lacing component, as a midfoot strap provides more security, in addition to reinforcing the design.
Further detailed with tonal snakeskin accents on the heel and a lengthy tongue, the model sits atop a matching sole unit to finish off the composition. Other details include tonal laces and pull tabs with branding.
You can purchase a pair at select adidas accounts now for a price tag of $110.
Pure Platinum Covers The Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Moire
Following a Bright Crimson and tonal black iteration, the Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Moire returns in a new colorway, this time consisting of Pure Platinum.
Compared to its traditional build, this rendition of the popular runner is essentially modernized. boasting a lighter profile, the model is defined by a one-piece seamless component that ensures more breathability with perforations across its entire upper.
Further detailed with its signature elements such as the Swoosh branding, mudguard and heel badge, the sneaker is topped off with a matching full-length sole unit. Finishing touches include tonal laces and branding on the tongue.
You can purchase this pair at select Nike retailers overseas now.
Alongside the recent pastel offerings, the popular Vans Sk8-Hi is rendered in another colorway, this time consisting of light grey.
Unlike its traditional makeup of canvas, this particular iteration flaunts a more exceptional build with pebbled leather utilized instead. The focal point is directed at its signature formstripe branding across the sides, which is detailed with leopard dots and composed of pony hair to exude exotic flair.
All resting atop a clean white and durable rubber sole unit, the model is finished off with cream-colored laces and tan interiors to perfectly coordinate with its respective colorway. Find a pair at Vans retailers overseas.
Night Maroon Covers The Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max
Following its pristine White colorway, the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max is introduced in yet another finish for the season, this time utilizing an autumnal hue.
Comprised of a premium leather and synthetics across its upper, the component is essentially draped in the defining tone of maroon, which is continued towards its tongue, laces, inner lining and a portion of its outsole, particularly on the heel.
To round out the design, contrasting white is applied on the Swoosh branding and rubber sole unit that’s detailed with its signature visible air bubble in the heel for superb cushioning. You can purchase a pair at select Nike stockists overseas now.
UK-based grime artist, Skepta, recently showcased a unique variation of the Nike Air Classic BW that he happened to design.
Dubbed ?Blacklisted,? the sneaker flaunts an all-black makeup and essentially a nod to the artist’s 2012 mixtape of the same name. Comprised of smooth suede across the majority of its upper, the model rests atop a matching sole unit with its signature air bubble component visible in the heel.
The sneaker is rounded out with matching laces and leather Swooshes to define its colorless makeup. No word yet on a proposed release, although stay tuned in to KicksOnFire for further updates.
The Nike Air Force 1 Low Gears Up For March Madness
The favorite time of the year for college basketball fans is right around the corner as March Madness is set to get underway next month. In honor of the huge basketball tournament Nike has created this unofficial March Madness Pack that features three colorways of the classic Nike Air Force 1 Low.
Each colorway that you see above has been given a simple two color combination including a white and blue pair, a red and blue pair and a black and silver pair. Each colorway also comes with Sail/off-white detailing on the midsoles, laces and Swoosh for that retro/aged look. A nice added touch is the addition of an embroidered logo of either a basketball, scissors or a net by the ankle.
Expect this March Madness-themed pack of Air Force 1s to release some time next month right on time for the big dance.
I’m not a college basketball fan but I know how crazy and exciting things get for the big tournament. This is pretty cool pack and Nike should definitely create more colorways so more people can represent their team proudly.
Hyper Turquoise Covers This Upcoming Air Jordan 1 Low
There’s a new colorway of the Air Jordan 1 hitting retailers soon and it’s one of those colorways that’s ideal for the upcoming Spring and Summer seasons.
Covered in Hyper Turquoise on the majority of the leather upper, this Air Jordan 1 Low is then contrasted by Black detailing on the inner liner and Air Jordan branding on the tongue and heel. We then see the shoe finished off with a white midsole/outsole unit that complements the bright upper.
Already making its rounds overseas you can expect this Air Jordan 1 Low to arrive in the states in the near future.
There’s nothing too special about this colorway of the Air Jordan 1 so much like every other pair that releases I expect it to get discounted soon after it releases. In my opinion this looks more like a women’s colorway.
Spring and Summer are right around the corner which means the perfect time to bring out all those bright colored kicks. Unless you like wearing them all year round then that’s cool too.
This Nike Air Huarache couldn’t get any brighter as we see Beta Blue land on the toebox, toecap, side panel overlays, laces and the Huarache branding on the tongue. Adding some balance is Anthracite and Cool Grey on the neoprene bootie/inner liner, heel counter, side panels and midsole/outsole.
What are your thoughts on this Spring 2016 colorway of the Nike Air Huarache? Do you see yourself picking up a pair?
An adidas Originals ZX Flux Thats Inspired By Space
Is the all-red sneaker craze dead or is it still alive and well? What do you guys think? We’re not sure so let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.
Adidas thinks that it’s still alive and they show that by creating this new Space Red colorway of the adidas Originals ZX Flux. The lifestyle runner from the Three Stripes is covered in a red space print that features some galactic graphics on the textile upper in white that serve as the perfect contrast against the bright red upper. There’s not much else to the shoe since the whole thing is draped in red including the inner liner, laces, heel cage, and midsole/outsole.
You can get your hands on this Red Space colorway of the adidas Originals ZX Flux at select adidas retailers now.
I think the all-red sneaker hype is slowly but surely dying out so it probably wasn’t the best idea for adidas to create this colorway of the ZX Flux. We’ll see if people decide to cop or pass on these.
Take A Look At This Unreleased Multicolor adidas Ultra Boost
Adding to the Chocoloate colorway sample/unreleased pair that we showed you earlier today, here’s another adidas Ultra Boost that has yet to hit retailers.
Covered in a white Primeknit throughout the majority of the upper, this unreleased colorway of the adidas Ultra Boost has then been hit with multicolor detailing on various parts of the upper including the toe, mudguard, and side panel underlays. This colorway was first seen last month as a possible 2016 release but no new information has surfaced yet on whether they’ll release or not. A red heel counter adds another pop of color to the shoe and caps things off along with a white BOOST midsole and white outsole.
Do you think this white/multicolor Ultra Boost will be arriving at retailers? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.
A crowd favorite so far, the new adidas NMD is set to arrive in another colorway this season, following its most recent iteration in yellow camo.
This time sporting a classic tone of navy, the defining hue essentially covers the sneaker’s breathable mesh upper, tongue and laces. The subdued colorway is also applied on the brand’s signature three stripe motif across its side panels, pull tabs and rear portion of its sole unit.
All resting atop a clean white boost midsole, additional hits of white are applied on the heel tab, while subtle grey hits adorn the frontal portion of its midsole component. Stay tuned in to KicksOnFire for an official release date, which is scheduled sometime this Spring 2016.