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Nike SB Air Force 2 Low Returns with “Escape” Vibes

When Supreme dropped a collection of Air Force 2 Lows we should’ve been smart enough to know there was more from that silo on the way.

While 2 Pac vs. Biggie pairs may feel like a slight reach, this “Escape” referencing release gets it right. Donning the same shades from the famous pack as seen on the Air Force III, this Nike SB Air Force 2 Low release is both unexpected and awesome.


Nike Air Force 3 Hi “Escape” 2005 (photo via Flight Club)

Hearty hues of brown balance out a white upper and black branding, with the best surprise coming in the SB tagging that warrants Zoom Air cushioning. Yes, please.

Pairs are available now for a reasonable $ 95 at Renarts.

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Size? Has an Exclusive adidas Boost Dropping This Week

Do you come from the land of trainers? If you answered yes and believe in Boost, then the adidas I-5923 “Manchester Showers” just might be for you.

Making a stop at Size? and only there, this exclusive blames it on the rain, offering a dreary, weathered take on the lifestyle runner formaly known as the Iniki.

Perhaps a niche favorite in years to come, look for the adidas I-5923 “Manchester Showers” to launch exclusively at Size? on May 18th at 8AM on the other side of the pond.

adidas I-5923 “Manchester Showers”

Release Date: May 18, 2018
Price: £100 (~$ 135 USD)

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Nike Air Max 95 “Lemon Wash” Launches Overseas

Before “Pure Platinum,” “Red October” or “South Beach” controlled colorways, tones were tied to teams. Sports ruled the sneaker game with most models made to wear on court with uniforms or at best casually with fan gear.

The recently released Nike Air Max 95 “Lemon Wash” sees another retro runner from the Swoosh that can’t help us but think about the boys in blue up in Ann Arbor.

With no known nods to the Michigan Wolverines, this collegiate colorway is likely licensed more for lifestyle wear. Shades of yellow shift to navy on the leather upper, with mesh around the tongue and eyelets elevating this wear come warmer weather.

No need for your degree or a Charles Woodson jersey to wear these in 2018. Pairs are available now at SneakAvenue.

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White Mountaineering and adidas Originals Terrex Trail Runner Drops This Month

Japanese label White Mountaineering re-ignites its long-standing partnership with adidas Originals for an innovative take on the Terrex silhouette. A trail runner with modern-day specifications, grows even more intriguing given its adaptation of 3D-printing technology.

Built for comfort, stability and breathability, the Terrex is modernized with 3D-printed three stripes branding while the midsole stays on trend with “WHITE” written across the rear heel area. With ideal specifications for climbing, trail running, mountain biking or hiking, its technologically advanced BOA closure system allows for easy adjustment that makes for seamless functionality.

Look for the White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex to release on May 18 at select retailers and at adidas.com.

White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex

Release Date: May 18, 2019
Price: $ 150

White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
White Mountaineering x adidas Terrex
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Sean Wotherspoon Debuts Nike Air Skylon 2 Retro

Encapsulated Air might be getting its just due — or perhaps more — in the near future with the return of the Nike Air Skylon 2.

Debuted in on-foot fashion on IG by Sean Wotherspoon, the retro runner that could pass for a Jerry Seinfeld PE sees gradient graphic and nostalgic font paying homage to the sleeper silo rumored to be redressed soon by Jerry Lorenzo.

While release details are far from firm yet alone known, this summer would be a good bet for the Nike Air Skylon 2 to relaunch. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for updates.

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Kanye West Reveals New adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V2 for Fall/Winter

The adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V2 is apparently the next big push from Kanye West and his growing YEEZY company. To no surprise, the man behind his nicknamesake brand already has a pair in a colorway we’ve never seen.

Approved for Q4 — Holiday Season or Fall/Winter depending on the drop date — as said by West, this grey and gum makeup sees the updated chunky runner remaining muted and tonal. This is in line with other 700 V2s we’ve seen on or from Kanye, appearing in White/Grey and Black/Grey thus far.

Sporting the same sole tooling as its predecessor with a slightly less aggressive upper, preview the self explantatory style below and expect these to hit shelves near the end of the year.

adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V2

Release Date: Fall/Winter 2018

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Nike Air Max 90 “Black/Black/Volt” // Available Now

Continuing to add more versions of the iconic Air Max 90 silhouette, Nike just dropped an all-black iteration of the classic sneaker.

Dubbed the Nike Air Max 90 “Black/Black/Volt,” the sneaker is shrouded from toe to heel in blackness. Volt highlights can be found with Air Max branding and visible sole unit. Classic AM 90 styling and an icy black outsole complete the look.

Pick up the Nike Air Max 90 “Black/Black/Volt” from Sneaker Politics for $ 130.


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Meet the Painter Who’s Taking Sneaker Art Back to its Origin

Cardboard has a strong significance in the history of sneakers and the hip-hop culture that helped birth the footwear fixation we know today. The material that made the boxes shoes were sold in became a vehicle for both branding and nostalgia, while the medium in more traditional sizing and storage was flattened and refashioned as a stage for break dancers in NYC and beyond.

For New York product turned LA artist Ryan Flaitz it is the canvas for all of his creations. Painting under the signature of Flaitz Whatever, the child of the ’90s has become the man with the brush, boxing out any outside expectations by reviving his favorite sneakers and pop culture icons one cardboard creation at a time.

Painting his whole life, the brush played the background to sports growing up. As an adult, they’ve intersected as his day job as the founder and artist at PSD Underwear — which houses Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Bulter and more as endorsers — collided as another creative outlet but also a base for clients. Always interacting with athletes, many sports stars have picked up his paintings with all others coming from referrals. Because of this, he has the freedom to do what he loves without having to worry about an outside audience. There’s no worry to get rid of things, so he’s able to turn down most offers and simply makes what he wants.

What he wants is to recreate the kicks he coveted as a kid while also playing to pop culture and his new home of Los Angeles. “I’m an LA artist, so I wanted to create an edgy collection by painting the clean-cut characters roughed up. I mixed Mickey with the movie The Crow, put him in Chucks, and after that it was on to the next and I have a 12 piece collection. I’m actually selling the Kermit piece I did which I’ve been holding onto since I did it when Cleveland won the championship and LeBron got his third ring. I finally got a good offer and it will be the first to leave the collection.”

The good offers may help validate the worth and hard work, but they don’t dictate the direction. For Ryan, it’s all about doing it for his own expression rather than the approval of the public, something that ironically mirrors his sneaker game.

“I enjoy being more underground than out there in the flashiness of the public. It’s funny, because this is based off of shoes and my favorite pair of shoes are those OG Nike Flights. Most people would say that’s crazy but I feel like they’re the realest pair of shoes I own because they’re originals, they’ve aged and I know when I wear them no one else is gonna have them. There’s a lot of life in them and they’re from the ’90s. I love ’em.”

The shoes may turn heads for collectors, but the work gets even more attention. “My work definitely gets a reaction,” says Ryan. “Once it’s framed it really takes it to another level.” While this proves true of painted recreations of shoes like the “South Beach” 8s or renderings of Sonic the Hedgehog, it even spans to a recent piece called Beast Mode that’s composed of over 200 pieces of cardboard, standing at 9 feet tall.

So, for any artist looking to come up or get on what advice would Ryan give?

“As cliche as it sounds, you’ve just gotta stay true to yourself and believe in your value. I remember the first time I painted on cardboard the first 20 people that saw it said, ‘That’s cool but you’ll never be able to sell it.’ But I knew that I could create the value because of the talent I was given and how hard I worked at it. The longer I held on the more the value increased and now I’m reaching numbers I never thought I’d reach. Just continue to do it if you enjoy it and don’t worry about what’s popular in the public eye because times change. When I was young, it was more about wanting to look cool and people to like you, but as you grow up it’s all about the people you care about and if you make them proud that’s all that matters.”

Keep up with Ryan’s work on the IG account @flaitzwhatever. All photography by @jpshotyou.

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Kanye West Reveals Original adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Sample

Recent as they may be, 2015’s adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove” serves as a classic to some. An event by most measures, the quite and comfy kicks caused quite a stir with many mimics to come.

Not a mimic but rather the origin, Kanye West took to Twitter to reveal an original sample of said shoe in on-foot fashion.

To even the obsessed eye, differences are slim. The shaping on the sample proves slightly higher yet chunkier, while black collar trim and a more pronounced print/lighter base tone are apparent. In addition, the laces also sport reverse contrast with black playing the base and grey serving as the subtle contrast.


adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Sample

Considering the retail version below, which do you prefer? Let us know on social.


adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove” Released Version

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Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown” Takes Flight This Month

Over the last few years, Jordan Brand’s celebrated holiday offering has largely been anchored by adoring Air Jordan 11 releases. The latter months of 2018 likely won’t stray from that tradition. However, one of the most anticipated Air Jordan 11s of this year won’t release in November or December.

Taking on “Blackout” and “Prom Night” themes before being officially referenced at the Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown” edition, the noir centric style takes its inspiration from the shoe’s ability to play both on court and in formal settings.

Often times brand aficionados have laced up Air Jordan 11s at prom and other ‘tux and tennis’ functions. Thus, the Air Jordan 11 over time has become something of a dressy sneaker when given the opportunity. By all measures a premium iteration of the Air Jordan 11, the upper is enhanced with suede materials alongside a metal Jumpman logo and laces inspired by graduation cords.

The Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown” will release on May 26 and retail or $ 220.

Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown”

Colorway: Black/Black-Black
Style #: 378037-005
Release Date: May 26, 2018
Price: $ 220

Air Jordan 11 "Cap and Gown"
Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown”
Air Jordan 11 "Cap and Gown"
Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown”
Air Jordan 11 "Cap and Gown"
Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown”
Air Jordan 11 "Cap and Gown"
Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown”

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