adidas Originals and New York retailer-turned-label Opening Ceremony have released the first look at their second collaborative collection for Spring 2013, releasing this bright striped take on the “Rod Laver Vintage Hi”. Available in two brightly-patterned striped motifs, the sneaker is also offered in straight black or white colorways for those that don’t need the extra attention. Expect these to drop at select adidas Originals retailers soon.
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After being tantalized over the past 10 days by Nike’s campaign for the 10th iteration of the Kobe silhouette, we are finally offered a look at the Kobe X. Featuring 10 elements, starting with the “Mamba Shark Jaw,” which refers to the seamless textile upper inspired by shark skin, it’s evident that every aspect of the design pays tribute to the Black Mamba’s strength and aggressive style of play on the court. Additionally, the sneaker’s hybrid cushioning is made possible by the combination of Nike’s proprietary Lunarlon technology and Free-inspired sipping grooves, as well as the Zoom Air unit at the heel. A standout feature is the advanced traction system, aptly dubbed “Mamba Race Car,” which offers up a tread similar to what is found on performance racecar tires with its hundreds of nodules that grip and splay at high speeds. With its official unveiling today, the Kobe X is pegged for a February 7 release.
With Super Bowl XLIX occurring this Sunday the bevy of intriguing footwear set to be donned by a variety of players is vast. With the likes of Jordan Brand athlete Earl Thomas and Nike endorser Darrelle Revis controlling their respective secondaries, we may need to even elicit the help of our very own George Kiel with the potential kicks that will be displayed on Sunday. So with that notion in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the best sneaker moments in Super Bowl history in the latest edition of Gridiron Kicks Spotlight. To see for yourself, flip through the pages below to let us know your favorite Super Bowl memory involving iconic kicks.
Super Bowl XXIV: Ronnie Lott
Ronnie Lott was Kam Chancellor before Kam ever patrolled a secondary on the gridiron. Lott’s ferocious nature and incredible tackling ability made him a force to be reckoned with in the 49ers’ secondary for years. Rumor has it that Lott even allowed for the severance of his own finger to get back into a game during his illustrious playing career. With those notions provided, you can imagine how John Elway and company felt in Super Bowl XXIV as they took on the 49ers. In what would become a blowout in favor of the 49ers, Lott would start and contribute heavily while rocking this black and varsity red colorway of the Air Jordan 4.
Ludwig Van, an outfit known for sourcing insanely rare deadstock vintage pieces, has teamed up with Gourmet on this “Utility Project” line of sneakers. Utilizing original fabrics sourced by Ludwig Van, two Gourmet sneaker silhouettes – the Cinque and Quattro Skate – received a new life and aesthetic. Consisting of two halves, the first half, dubbed “DDR” utilizes original German “Raindrop Camouflage” from the 1960’s. The second, titled “Kilgore,” makes use of original US Army twill from the early 1970s and dead-stock “Walls Outdoor Duck” canvas. Vegetable-tanned leather accents, terry cloth liners and custom shoe bags and boxes complete the offering.
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Antwerp & Hong Kong-based menswear designer SixLee presents its latest range of apparel. Balancing between classical and futuristic; vintage and modern; reality and fantasy, the collection consists of frock coats, bomber jackets and oversized jackets with hidden details under the collars and pockets. Each piece is elegantly tailored from rich materials like wool, faux fur, coated and bonded cashmere – giving the range a sense of luxury and the use of dreamy pastel colors combined with various darker hues evoke the sensitivity of the mixture of colors. Check out the SixLee 2015 fall/winter lookbook above and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Bringing some Air Jordan-inspired vibes to the world of rollerblading, USD has outfitted the new Franky Morales Carbon Skate signature silhouette with a Concord-derived palette. Done up with a sturdy white Nanoleather upper, black takes care of the patent leather-like detailing, inner lining, heel tab, and branding. Complete with lace eyelets pulled straight from MJ’s eleventh signature shoe, these USD Carbon Morales III‘s are currently available over at Aggressive Mall for $ 369.
USD Carbon Morales III
Price: $ 369
Vault by Vans kicks off the third installment of OG Classics with the Aloha pack. Utilizing the same design specs as their first size runs, the OG Era LX and OG Sk8-Hi LX bring forth two new colorways that channel the spirit of the ‘80s skate scene. Available in Blue Aloha/Sea Pink and Maroon Aloha/Dusty Jade Green, each original silhouette sports an alternating upper aesthetic; outstep paneling displays Van Doren’s Aloha print while the instep quarter reveals one strong hit of color. Funky checkerboard sidewall graphics from the era finish each pair. The OG Classics Aloha pack arrives this March at the Vans DQM General and key Vault retailers.
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