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Tinker Hatfield Names His Worst Air Jordan Design

words // Nick DePaula:

As the athletic industry’s longtime most iconic shoe designer, Tinker Hatfield is used to being celebrated for his groundbreaking and defining design work over the course of his career.

Spanning across the Air Jordan, Running and Tennis categories, and also including the launch of cross training sneakers altogether, Hatfield’s work since the late 1980s has long established benchmarks for both performance and product design in a variety of sports.

Recently stopped at an airport by TMZ Sports — which Tinker had to find amusing — he was asked on the spot, in true TMZ fashion, to pick the worst design of his career.

While the interviewer is fittingly wearing a pair of Air Jordan XIs — Hatfield’s “best” design — watch along as Tinker, always a good sport, reveals the one that got away from him.


Nike’s Air Revaderchi Goes All Black for Summer

Originally released back in 1992 as a functional hiking model, Nike’s Air Revaderchi is just one of the many sneakers in the brand’s densely populated archive that almost works better today than it did decades ago.

Nike Air Revaderchi "Black"
Nike Air Revaderchi “Black”

The angular, multifaceted design is flush with premium materials. Dripping in AGC heritage with traces of Huarache DNA, this all-black variation reveals the great nuance in Nike designs circa ’92. Joining neoprene and suede fabrication before it was industry standard, much of what Nike did during the original ACG era was light years ahead of all others. The Air Revaderchi doesn’t often get credit for being amongst that bunch.

This all-black edition serves to strengthen that claim with a summer release. Grab a pair now for $ 140 at Feature.

Nike Air Revaderchi

Colorway: Black/Anthracite-Black
Style #: AR0479-002
Price: $ 140

Nike Air Revaderchi "Black"
Nike Air Revaderchi “Black”
Nike Air Revaderchi "Black"
Nike Air Revaderchi “Black”


J. Crew’s New Balance 998 “Mustard, Ketchup & Relish” is Peak Patriotism

With America’s birthday just slightly in the rearview, where fireworks rang loudly and patriotic hues were a collective theme at cookouts and pool parties alike, this time represents the onset of summer and many of the country’s time-honored traditions. There are few things more traditional in America than bad food. For which hot dogs serve as the absolute worst.

They do, however, make for a great theme where sneakers are concerned. Menswear retailer J. Crew proves this notion true with the release of its “Mustard, Ketchup & Relish” New Balance 998. Colored in an array of hues that represent the bun, dog and supporting condiments, vibrant suede adorns the classic silhouette which rests above an Abzorb cushioned sole. Bursting with patriotism, this peak Americana release stands on the podium of cleverness as it archives its message without the conformity of red, white and blue.

J. Crew x New Balance 998 "Mustard, Ketchup & Relish"
J. Crew x New Balance 998 “Mustard, Ketchup & Relish”

Grab the J. Crew x New Balance 998 “Mustard, Ketchup & Relish” now for $ 180 here.


size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair” // Release Date

Continuing to release rarities, UK-based size? has now teamed up with Vans to release two exclusive colorways of the Style 36, which is usually known as the Old Skool.

Both black and tan colorways of the size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair” feature a suede upper with a checkerboard patterned faux pony hair side stripe. This checkerboard pattern and faux pony hair accent are featured more prominently on the back heel.

Releasing on Friday, July 13, the size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair” will be available through the size? previews app and in all of their retail locations.

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”


Kanye West’s Unreleased Clothing Line Pastelle Sheds Light on Creative Process

The creative output of Kanye West ranks among the most talked about subjects in pop culture over the last decade and a half. From music to sneakers, West’s work has seen critical and commercial success with interviewers wondering just how he does so much or maybe even more so who does what and what’s his role in making it all happen.

An open and curious collaborator, West has been known to build in bulk ala Michael Jackson, cutting down each album or in some cases collection to the point of perfection. Just as Dangerous scrapped an LL Cool J feature, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy trimmed muscle for the sake of a lean, compact classic. It would appear his approach to clothing is the same.

So, in an analogy, for every “All of the Lights” there’s a “Momma’s Boyfriend,” and for every Yeezy Season there’s a Pastelle. The clothing line that never was and the clothing line that currently is mirror that of the two suggested songs: one a smash hit posse cut pulling from all the biggest names in music past and present, the other an emotional tribute unarchiving the references of Billy Joel and Mobb Deep with the help of DJ Premier, Q-Tip and Soulja Boy but never released for consumption.

Kanye West in the Air Jordan 8 "Aqua"

A new piece by Karizza Sanchez of Complex details the mysterious, coveted and unlaunched collection from Kanye known as Pastelle – or Past Tell Museum – brought back into conversations years ago with rumors of an Ian Connor bring back but still shelved serving as fashion’s Detox.

In the piece, Kanye’s Dream Team of collaborators and consultants ranging from Kim Jones to KAWS are profiled in regards to their work in the Pastelle pyramid with the likes of Taz Arnold and Ben Baller offering insight on what happened in the production process and why the line ultimately never happened.

Perhaps most interesting to sneakerheads is how the structure of Pastelle – or in some cases lack thereof – laid the blueprint for YEEZY Season as we know it. Of other curiosity is how many of the samples produced for Pastelle now prove ahead of their time and ahead of market, adding weight to Kanye’s claim of presenting the leather jogger to FENDI years before En Noir made it happen or drawing full-length Air Nike shoes as a kid in the ’80s.

Will Pastelle ever happen? Was Kanye on the cusp of merging streetwear, sportswear and vintage 10 years before modern times and five years before he truly hit his retail stride? The answer to the first question remains unknown, but every answer to the latter lives in this piece here.


Wiz Khalifa Talks Giving up Air Forces for Chuck Taylors

For this week’s installment of Sneaker Shopping, Joe La Puma linked up with multi-platinum rapper Wiz Khalifa. Wiz has always had a unique sense of style from his gear to his love for sneakers, both of which he discusses with Joe at Stadium Goods in New York City.

During the episode, Wiz talks about skating in Air Jordans growing up and how Curren$ y put him onto Air Jordans back in the day. He also talks about his son, Bash, and what sneakers he buys him, downsizing his personal sneaker collection and how he got into Converse Chuck Taylors. On top of that, he then reveals info about his recent workout and weight transformation and ends up buying sneakers for himself and his son.

With Rolling Papers 2 dropping on July 13th, see what Wiz is on sneaker wise in the video below.


Inside Nike Football’s The Opening Showcase

words, photos & interview by Kevin Kazadi

This past weekend, Nice Kicks had the pleasure of joining Nike for the annual The Opening showcase which features many of the nation’s best recruits. Five star prospects, uncommitted athletes and players on the rise all flocked to Dallas, TX for the championship series of the running event. While there, we were able to catch up with the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Denzel Ward, Roquan Smith and more.

Malik Jefferson, Denzel Ward and Willie McGinest

Malik Jeffferson in the Nike Air VaporMax Inneva

Focused on football, the event also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign, which is arguably the greatest tagline in advertising history. Willie McGinest interviewed the two rookies on site and had them share insight on what the slogan means to them.

“When you think about ‘Just Do It,’ it’s a simple statement: just do your job,” answered Malik. “So when I think ‘Just Do It,’ I definitely think to just keep in mind the task at hand and make sure I follow and execute my plan.”

Rob Gronkowsi and Todd Gurley

Between the amateur football action, we had a chance to catch up with Todd Gurley an alumni of the showcase and Gronk and talk about Drake and a few of their favorite sneakers.

Nice Kicks: What’s your favorite song at the moment?

Gronk: I just put on the station that plays the top hits, but “God’s Plan” is pretty good. That one’s easy, everytime it pops on I’m like, “Okay!” [Laughs]

Nice Kicks: Todd, I see you’ve got the Skepta Air Max collaboration on, what are your current go to sneakers?

Todd: The Nike Air Max 270s, the Nike Epic React and as far as designer sneakers go the Balenciaga Triple S and Speed Trainer.

Todd Gurley in the Skepta x Nike Air Max 97/BW

Shortly after chatting with Gronk and Todd, Roquan Smith met up with a few of the media spokesmen to teach a few techniques from the NFL Combine.

Roquan Smith in the Nike Air Trainer SC “Auburn”

In closing, The Opening was a great experience. Hanging out with NFL atheletes, customizing our own cleats and watching the best recruits in the country compete is tough to beat. We’d like to thank Nike and Cowboys administration for the hospitality.


Air Jordan 3 JTH “Bio Beige” // Another Look

Last month, we reported that the Air Jordan 3 JTH “Bio Beige” would be releasing this month. Well, it looks like the wait will be a bit longer.

Fortunately, it also looks like it will be worth it. Seen in detail by @23talk, the Justin Timberlake take on the Tinker sketch sneaker sees a truly outdoorsy take. No, there’s no lug sole or waterproof detailing (that we know of), but the tones actually match that of the artist’s album.

Based in an earthy shade of brown and contrasted by dark elephant print, sail sole work, yellow eyelets and hunter orange accents on the tongue lining make these more worthy of mulching than the Super Bowl style. A smoky sole caps the colorway, with notations like “HIGHER” and “Fame is a Lie” offering either identity or advice.

Reports now peg this shoe to launch on August 28th, which makes more sense given the autumn orientation of the model’s palette. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more updates.


mita sneakers x WHIZ LIMITED x Reebok InstaPump Fury Sandal // Available Now

As the summer heats up, so do the sneaker collabs. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Reebok InstaPump Fury, mainstays mita sneakers and WHIZ LIMITED team up with Reebok by transforming the InstaPump Fury into a sandal.

Just in time for the summer, this InstaPump Fury Sandal is a combination of nostalgia, comfort and breathability. The pair is composed of a black and grey upper with orange accents to ensure you catch all the attention.

Take a look at this limited InstaPump Fury below, with pairs available here.

mita sneakers x WHIZ LIMITED x Reebok InstaPump Sandal

mita sneakers x WHIZ LIMITED x Reebok InstaPump Sandal

mita sneakers x WHIZ LIMITED x Reebok InstaPump Sandal

mita sneakers x WHIZ LIMITED x Reebok InstaPump Sandal


Nike Air Challenge Huarache // Throwback Thursday

Astounding Andre.

Bold, brash, and bigger than life, Agassi dominated his opponents in neon-colored sneakers and brights. On this day in 1992, Agassi rose up as a 12th seeded underdog from Las Vegas and defeated the higher-seeded Ivanicevic to claim his first career Single’s Title at the holy grail of tennis, Wimbledon.

In light of this memorable career milestone, today’s Nice Kicks’ Throwback Thursday honors the undisputed king of tennis flamboyancy, the face of Challenge Court and Rock-N-Roll tennis – Andre Agassi – and his 1992 Nike Air Challenge Huarache.

Early in his career, Andre embodied and embraced the role of villain. A rebel with a cause, Agassi signified and stood for everything the tennis establishment was not. Loud, bold, brash, arrogant and proudly unapologetic, Andre was undoubtedly, undisputedly, anti-country club. Furthermore, his bright, avant-garde apparel and kicks were a reflection of his style, flare, and personality.

After experiencing multiple failures early in his career, Andre completely re-dedicated himself to the game. Andre finally realized his full potential and, in the process, captivated the tennis world and ushered the game of tennis into the limelight and regular sport discourse.

Featuring an inner-boot, visible heel with encapsulated forefoot air sole units, and Durathane outsole, the silhouette embodied the very best in Nike sneaker technology, an iconoclastic early 90s tennis sneaker and Huarache model that literally hugged your foot, providing ample protection with a lightweight, comfortable ride for a variety of court surfaces.

Myriad of colorways released which spanned the entire color spectrum including white-black-bright goldenrod, white-lapis-viridian, white/bright spruce-black, and white/true royal-neutral grey. Of note, Andre’s custom PE version featured a modified outsole made for Wimbledon’s grass courts.

Agassi wore a plethora of other models throughout his legendary career; however, the Air Challenge Huarache has great historical and personal significance for Agassi and his long-lasting legacy in the game of tennis.

Be irreverent and make noise on the court like Andre. It’s completely, totally, and understandably justifiable.


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