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Jim Carrey Already Has the Newly Released Don C x Jordan Legacy 312 “Black Cement”

First seen on the feet of actor Jim Carrey during an appearance on the Bill Maher show, his self-titled “Freedom Friendly Nike’s” are actually Don C‘s latest Jordan Legacy 312 colorway.

 

 

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An ode to the Air Jordan 3 “Black Cement,” Don’s newest iteration of his hybrid style highlights tumbled black leather alongside cement print prominently placed just above the midsole. White Swoosh branding at the medial siding, of course, doesn’t appear on the famed Air Jordan 3 but it does provide distinction to Don’s pair.

The Don C x Jordan Legacy 312 “Black Cement” released today in-store at select Foot Locker locations.

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Dragon Ball Z x adidas Yung 1 // Closer Look

It has been quite some time since we first heard about the collaboration between adidas Originals and Dragon Ball Z. Being one of the biggest collaboration for adidas this year, this collection will feature several Three Stripe sneakers. The newly released but old school-inspired adidas Yung 1 is one of them.

Recently, Py_Rates on Twitter shared a group of official images of the Dragon Ball Z x adidas Yung 1.

Let us know what you think on social and keep it locked for official release details.




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Donald Glover and adidas Announce New Creative Partnership

Donald Glover, known in many circles as Childish Gambino, is equal parts one of the best dressed and most charismatic personalities today. A multi-hyphenate that truly embodies the term, Glover continues to broaden his scope with the announcement of a new adidas creative partnership.

Adidas adds Glover to a long list of creatives that includes Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Alexander Wang. However, Glover represents something completely unique for the group as an actor, producer, and a television writer. They’re among the things that make this “creative partnership” something more than what’s already in existence in the sneaker space. In large part, it seems like the only reason Glover agreed to it.

“I believe it’s important not to feel like ideas are bound by specific guidelines and adidas Originals has given me the opportunity to create on my own terms. I’m looking forward to seeing what that leads to.”

Like Atlanta, Glover’s Emmy winning television show that recently finished its triumphant second season, his adidas partnership is expected to reflect a foundational aesthetic and a truly original thought. That much can be assumed by the partnership announcement, seen through an animated clip by Ivan Dixon who also produced Glover’s “Feels Like Summer” video/short film.

The partnership is said to feature sneakers, apparel, and “creative projects.”

Donald Glover
Donald Glover

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Inside the Design of the Nike LeBron 16 “Fresh Bred”

Following the release and subsequent sell out of Harlem Fashion Row’s Nike LeBron 16 collaboration this morning, the women’s focused pair quickly set to tone for what will surely be among the most popular sneakers of this year and next.

James’ 16th signature Nike sneaker is one of great standards. And, by proxy, one that will historically represent change. Now a Los Angeles Laker, James is finally part of a sporting franchise with a history as rich as his own. The Nike LeBron 16 joins the two in matrimony.

Nike LeBron 16 "Fresh Bred"
Nike LeBron 16 “Fresh Bred”

The very-first colorway outside of the HFR creation — masterfully set into motion by Brandice Henderson-Daniel and her design team —  is the Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls-esque “Fresh Bred” colorway. A visual representation of Black+Red, James latest shoe, designed by his long-term Nike counterpart, Jason Petrie, thrives on the strength of BattleKnit 2.0.

First introduced on the LeBron 15, this knit fabrication is fit for the rigors of battle yet with the elegance of the materials traditionally used. “The knit team at Nike are geniuses,” affirms Petrie. “I don’t use that term lightly. They are mathematical artists and have created a new knit for the 16 that is strong enough to contain LeBron and successfully reduces any layers in the overall build that could slow him down.”

Given James’ closeness to his signature collection, many of the designs highlight specifications unique to his size, build, and on-court performance. The height of the LeBron 16 is noticeably different. It’s formed with a lower collar for James to move more freely. James, looking to add more speed to his game in his 16th season, felt it necessary.

“The first thing we wanted to do was get a little lower in the cut of the shoe,” James confessed. “I wanted to get a little faster, ride a little bit closer to the court and be a little bit more dynamic.”

Nike LeBron 16 "Fresh Bred"
Nike LeBron 16 “Fresh Bred”

Cushioning in the LeBron 15 was a revelation for James. He took to the refined Air Max system. Petrie makes sure to focus on that for its successor. “LeBron liked the cushioning so much last year that we just focused on refining it,” says Petrie. “For this addition, we removed the tendril that connected the forefoot to the under-toe bag, and instead included an outrigger to create some additional support to complement the lower height.”

LeBron’s 16th NBA season will be one of the most watched in his Hall of Fame career. In part, so will the budding Nike LeBron 16. But there’s very little if anything to critique where the shoe is concerned. James and Petrie make sure.

The Nike LeBron 16 “Fresh Bred” will be available on September 20 on Nike.com.

Nike LeBron 16 "Fresh Bred"
Nike LeBron 16 “Fresh Bred”
Nike LeBron 16 "Fresh Bred"
Nike LeBron 16 “Fresh Bred”
Nike LeBron 16 "Fresh Bred"
Nike LeBron 16 “Fresh Bred”

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Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple” Lands This Month

Even before the widely anticipated Air Jordan 1 “Metallic Purple” is reported to retro for the first time in the very near future, Jordan Brand is gearing up to release another purple Air Jordan of a more traditional execution.

The Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple” edition, removed from the metallic glow of its aforementioned counterpart, is scheduled to hit select retailers later this month. Another in a long line of Jordan 1s to release this year, the “Court Purple” utilizes traditional tumbled leather fabrication alongside customary branding in proper placing. It’s said to release in tandem with a “Pine Green” colorway of a similar aesthetic makeup.

Fans of the Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple” can expect pairs in stores on September 22 for $ 160 USD.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG

Colorway: Court Purple/Black-Sail
Style #: 555088-501
Release Date: September 22, 2018
Price: $ 160

Air Jordan 1 "Court Purple"
Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple”

Air Jordan 1 "Court Purple"
Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple”

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Opinion // Colin Kaepernick’s Nike Collection Could Be the Next Livestrong

words // Darren Griffin:

Two years ago, during one of the most trying periods in modern American history, Colin Kaepernick became the most controversial black man in America. It began with a series of peaceful protests when the San Francisco 49ers quarterback sat for the national anthem during two preseason games. For the fourth and final preseason game that season, Kaepernick famously took a knee. He was joined by teammate Eric Reid.

Kaepernick soon after explained his noble actions. He very clearly stated that his aim was to bring awareness to the marginalization of black people in America, the injustices they face, and the unarmed African-American men who were being shot and killed by the police with no retribution.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick stated. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

The series of events that followed, no one truly expected. NFL players from other teams and even athletes in a variety of sports began to follow his lead, hoping to bring awareness to police killings of unarmed black men. An alternate narrative steered by Colin’s detractors soon began to shift public opinion. He was villainized as disrespecting the flag, his country, and the many men and women in the armed forces who bravely risk their lives to keep it safe.

His protest became a political conversation instead of a civil rights plead. And Kaepernick, after opting out of his Niners contract in 2017 to become a free agent, wouldn’t be signed by another NFL team. He is still without work in the NFL.

Now, more than two years since that first kneel — and subsequent stages of public hiatus — Colin’s reemergence on the global stage through Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign is almost as controversial as his initial protest. Quickly and expectedly, Colin is again the most talked about and divisive black man in America. It’s a space he’s grown familiar with. And, to his credit, one he’s learned to thrive within.

Nike, too, is no stranger to global controversy. Throughout the decades, many of their most successful athletes have been the most disruptive. They stuck by Tiger Woods during his brand tarnishing infidelity scandal. They revived Michael Vick’s endorsement deal after he served time in prison for animal cruelty, due to his involvement in a dogfighting ring. And of course, there was Lance Armstrong, whom Nike eventually divested from after his admission of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Before Nike set a course to end its relationship with Armstrong and his Livestrong brand in 2013, it was a partnership marked by great success. Nike would manufacture sneakers, apparel, and accessories for Livestrong as its largest corporate backer. And while the more tangible items served as the main course, the Livestrong rubber bracelet became a cultural phenomenon all on its own.

Nike and Livestrong sold over 87 million yellow rubber bracelets in their fight to bring awareness and provide support to cancer patients. At the cost of just $ 1 dollar, the bright yellow bracelet allowed consumers to become part of something bigger than themselves — part of the change and hopefully, one day, the solution.

With proceeds from the ubiquitous wristwear, Livestrong, by way of Nike, not only thrived fiscally but helped unite the cancer community that Armstrong was part of when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996. The bracelet grew into something neither expected; it became a cultural signifier, a symbol of togetherness, perseverance, and our collective ability to overcome life’s seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

For many people, black and otherwise, Colin’s sacrifice is as great an accomplishment as Lance overcoming cancer and subsequently winning his sixth Tour de France. Kaepernick’s reported Nike collection could, in part, act as the new Livestrong bracelet, bringing togetherness to a nation at odds. Although detractors of Kaepernick have now become protesters of Nike (including President Trump) by proxy, both still appear to thrive in the midst of chaos.

“Kaepernick currently wields the same sword Muhammed Ali, Bill Russell, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar once cut with.”

Since revealing Kaepernick as the lead athlete in its aforementioned “Just Do It” campaign, Nike has seen millions in publicity value. When considering their target demographic, people between ages 18 to 34, Kaepernick’s ad has been met with a more than favorable response. It’s not all positive, though. A truth Nike all but expected.

Kaepernick would appear to be the mirror opposite of, say, LeBron James, a vocal leader in the black community yet not nearly as divisive as Colin. But Nike didn’t become Nike by sidestepping controversy. Calculated risks, by in large, make them the most valuable sportswear company in the world. Yet, truth be told, Colin isn’t much of a risk at all; he’s actually really good business, as time has proven.

He was good business when he reached the Super Bowl in just his third NFL season. He was good business when he kneeled and galvanized a nation. He was good business when his jersey was the NFL’s best-seller. He was good business when GQ Magazine named him its Citizen of the Year, placing Colin on their most important cover of the year. He’s still good business today as the face of Nike’s budding campaign and its moving “Dream Crazy” commercial. An ad that will air tonight during the NFL season opener, while Kaepernick is currently fighting the league in court in an ongoing collusion case.

The commercial, which Nike premiered earlier this week before its national television debut later tonight, is narrated by Kaepernick. The inspirational clip features a wealth of empowering sports stories, including those of LeBron James, Serena Williams, and Seattle Seahawks starting linebacker Shaquem Griffin. Kaepernick appears near the ad’s crescendo, closing the statement piece with his signature afro paired with a calming tan trench coat. A quick transition cuts to a city street in the dark of night, lit up by passing cars and images of youth athletes reflecting off skyscrapers. The clip is punctuated with the words, “It’s only crazy until you do it. Just do it.”

The contrast in Nike airing “Dream Crazy” during the NFL season opener parallels their brand mantra. To greater effect, it proves why Kaepernick’s signature collection could have the same impact as Livestrong. Whether it be through a statement, theme, or something similar to a Livestrong bracelet or another towering accessory, the Nike Fuelband, Kaepernick’s cause is a rallying cry ripe for support. As Lance’s was years ago.

Much like how Nike helped to further cancer research and bring hope to a community of survivors through the Livestrong band, both through pure cash donations and in providing a symbol of unity through that simple rubberized wristband, here’s to hoping that Kaepernick and the brand will build upon their message of equality, and put forth a plan of community activations from proceeds from the inevitable Kaepernick-backed product capsules.

There’s a crystalized complexity in Nike’s public championing of the NFL’s assumed nemesis. By the numbers, though, the league has far more naysayers than Nike and Kaepernick. Many of whom are African-Americans, which in turn places them squarely on Team Kaep. Ready and willing to rally behind a cause that places an emphasis on their civil liberties and equality, Nike may be in their most opportunistic cultural position since Livestrong.

Even as the most controversial black figure in America today, Colin is the right man for this job.

Kaepernick currently wields the same sword Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar once cut with. And while there can certainly be a negative connotation when comparing what Kaepernick can do to what Armstrong did before his fall from grace, there’s no scandal in fighting for equal rights, sacrificing oneself for the good of many, and using your platform to affect change. Colin himself may not be untouchable. But his cause, his cause may be.

Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick

 

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rag & bone x Air Jordan XX // Coming Soon

Carmelo Anthony and Jordan Brand come together with clothing label rag & bone for an exclusive capsule that features an assortment of apparel and two renditions of the Air Jordan XX.

Both Carmelo Anthony and founder of rag & bone, Marcus Wainright, both believe that the silhouette is overlooked and thought it would be the perfect selection to complete the capsule.

The XX stays fairly true to the original aesthetic while absorbing elements of rag & bone, as well as Carmelo Anthony’s personal style. Equipped with a Flyknit upper construction, the shoe also incorporates neutral tones into the styles that are ideal for fall weather, while the makeup of the outsole is inspired by the laser etchings on the straps of the original Jordan XX. Lastly, the shoes come equipped with reflective details and interchangeable patches for a customized look.

The rag & bone x Air Jordan XX doesn’t have an official release date yet, but stay tuned with Nice Kicks for more details about the upcoming release.

rag & bone x Air Jordan XX

 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
 rag & bone x Air Jordan XX
rag & bone x Air Jordan XX

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LeBron James Highlights #Strongest Women For Nike LeBron 16 Launch

words // Nick DePaula:

This week, LeBron James is beginning to officially roll out his latest Nike signature shoe, and he’s taking an entirely different approach for his 16th model.

In conjunction with Harlem’s Fashion Row, a New York-based organization that’s long showcased multicultural designers through a series of runway shows, podcasts and events, James is launching a limited edition LeBron 16 just for women. The shoe was reimagined by three HFR designers, Kimberly Goldson, Felisha Noel and Undra Celeste Duncan, and features an updated lacing system, molded lion graphic heel overlay and a removable leather collar strap.

A featured guest and co-presenter earlier tonight at HFR’s annual Style & Fashion awards show, James took to Instagram to celebrate the show’s #STRONGEST theme, by celebrating 18 women on his Instagram Story representing strength and prowess in their own fields.

“As someone who has a platform, because of what I do, I thought it was important to lend that platform to a group of people that I believe are under-recognized,” says LeBron. “Being the son, husband and father of strong African American women, I felt like this was something I wanted to do for them and for all the strong women out there who are succeeding despite what might be stacked against them.”

In addition to the #JamesGang closest to him, including his mother Gloria, wife Savannah and daughter Zhuri, the campaign also highlights storied Nike athletes like Serena Williams, Maya Moore and A’ja Wilson, along with leaders in the business, journalism and entertainment fields like Harlem’s Fashion Row founder Brandice Daniel, Cari Champion and Lena Waithe.

Check out each featured female below, and you can look for the HFR x Nike LeBron 16 to launch this Friday, September 7th on the SNKRS app and Nike.com.

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Colin Kaepernick is the Face of Nike’s 30th Anniversary “Just Do It” Campaign, Signature Collection Also in the Works

Colin Kaepernick, social activist, and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign.

A Nike endorser since 2011, Kaepernick broke the news today on Twitter by revealing the first advertisement from the upcoming campaign. A biting, visceral image, shows Colin’s face in intimate detail. Centered into a noir backdrop overlaying the intricacies of his skin, the words “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything” speak in a deafening and cunning tone.

The ad, of course, leans generously into the outcome of Kaepernick’s social injustice protest and subsequent removal from the NFL. Kaepernick famously sat during the national anthem in August 2016 and kneeled during America’s song in weeks thereafter. Other NFL players quickly and forcefully followed his lead.

In the two years since Colin’s initial peaceful protest, it’s largely believed he has been “blackballed” from the league. Kaepernick, in turn, filed a collusion grievance against the NFL in October, stating they organized an effort to keep him out of the league based on his social and political beliefs.

Nike’s restored commitment to Kaepernick seemingly works in contrast with one of their biggest business partners — the National Football League. Renewing its deal as the league’s official apparel provider back in March — an agreement that will continue through 2028 — Nike realigning with Kaep appears grossly in opposition given his very public court battle with the NFL. Yet, he’s the face of a hugely important campaign for Nike, one that will also feature LeBron James, Serena Williams, Odell Beckham Jr., Lacey Baker, and Shaquem Griffin.

Although Kaepernick has been on the Nike roster for seven years now, he’s been visibly absent from brand advertisements for the last two. Nike seemed at a loss for what do to with Kaepernick during said period. However, as ESPN’s Darren Rovell points out, “Nike has been paying Colin Kaepernick all along.”

His presence in the budding “Just Do It” campaign represents newness for both parties, as Kaepernick’s representatives — Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas — reportedly worked to restructure his deal in recent months. As stated by Charles Robinson, a senior NFL reporter from Yahoo Sports, Kaep’s new deal with Nike will be on par with other top-tier football players. His “star” contract is reported to pay him in the millions of dollars per year. In addition, Colin will have his own branded collection that will include sneakers, jerseys, and shirts. It’s also worth noting that “star” contracts in the past have included a clause for royalties.

While Nike should be applauded for championing Kaepernick with an extended contract and newly heightened brand visibility, interest from other sportswear brands may have thrust them into motion. Back in April, Adidas publicly stated that they had an interest in signing Colin if he played for an NFL team in the upcoming season which kicks off later this week. However, given the climate of Kaepernick’s legal battle with the league, it’s off base to assume that Adidas had any real assurance that Kaepernick would suit up in the NFL this season.

It’s actually a foregone conclusion that Kaepernick won’t play in the NFL this season. And, if you’re keeping pace, evident that he won’t play in the NFL at any point in the future. So how does Nike promote a football player who’s no longer a professional football player? That’s simple; Colin Kaepernick was never just a football player to begin with. The same way Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Serena Williams, and countless others aren’t just athletes. They are all so much more. That’s always been the driving force.

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What’s In Their Wardrobe? // Nigel Sylvester

From his long tenure with the Nike team as a professional BMX rider and his awaited signature Jordan 1 that’s launching this weekend, Nigel Sylvester has curated his own style that also pairs well with a wide range of other Swoosh sporting favorites.

The Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 was designed to match the way his Jordan 1s look after rigorous riding sessions with distressed marks throughout which are typically caused by using his shoe as a brake. This simple idea factors into creating his own wardrobe style. It’s fairly simple and versatile enough so that it’s almost guaranteed to match whatever shoes Nike’s sending him on a regular basis.

Living in New York City, Nigel Sylvester is naturally exposed to an eclectic assortment of streetwear and clothing brands in a short radius of each other. And since he spends a lot of time actually riding his bike and filming his acclaimed GO videos in exotic destinations around the world, his style has to be practical and functional while he’s mastering impressive video parts and longwinded trick list.

Tricks to Master Minimalism

Nigel Sylvester is known for having an incredibly minimal style. That being said, it makes a statement and it’s versatile while he’s out riding. His go-to style as of late has been a simple long-sleeve shirt and black skinny jeans, making it easy to stack with his arsenal of Jordan 1s in almost every colorway. As shown in his GO film from the New York stop, there’s a scene of him going into the A.P.C. store in Soho where he cashes in on some of the brand’s Petit New Standard jeans.

More often than not, his color palette is fairly muted, which allows most of the attention to stay focused on his shoes. And when the temperature in New York finally start to dip, he’s breaking out his impressive layering game that makes his fashion style seem like a daily uniform that’s also helpful for staying warm. Brands like Alpha Industries offer plenty of simple styles with wearable looks, which Nigel also incorporates into his own wardrobe.

Nigel Sylvester wearing the Nike SB Jordan 1 x Lance Mountain. Roof-rack not included.
Nigel Sylvester wearing the Lance Mountain 1s. Roof-rack not included.
Black on black is an easy way to add some metallic flair.
Black on black is an easy way to add some metallic flair.
Aime Leon Dore bomber with the red Metallic Jordan 1s.
Aime Leon Dore bomber with Metallic Red Jordan 1s.
The easy combo when you live in paradise.
The easy combo when you live in paradise.
Easy pairings for when you're always on the go.
Easy pairings for when you’re always on the go.
The brakes come out of the box looking a little worn in.
The brakes come out of the box looking a little worn in.
Style tricks when traveling to Tokyo.
Style tricks when traveling to Tokyo.
The new way to do black and blue.
The new way to do black and blue.
The ball's in your court if you already pair your Royals with black jeans and black long-sleeves.
The ball’s in your court if you already pair your Royals with black jeans and black long-sleeves.
The elephant in the room is the fact that Nigel Sylvester made his style look impeccably easy and sophisticated at the same time.
The elephant in the room is the fact that Nigel Sylvester made his style look impeccably easy and sophisticated at the same time.

Biking is a Sport. Dress for It.

BMX riding is as much of a sport as the other categories that Nike represents, so you may as well dress the part. Only unlike a team uniform dress code, anything goes. Nigel Sylvester was recently involved in KITH’s sport lookbook, where he debuted a series of warm-up essentials and kicks that were included in the brand’s seasonal offerings, wearing shoes like the KITH x Nike Air Maestro 2s and Air Pippen 1s.

And like any other sport, it’s all about dressing for the weather, especially in the sometimes extremes of both ends of the weather spectrum in New York. Just before heading to London and Paris for his most recent GO movie stop, Nigel Sylvester spent a few days in Dubai where he broke out some BAPE camo sweat shorts with a fresh pair of Jordan 1s for a practical look that also matches the impressiveness of his bike stunts.

Broadening the definition of elevated basics.
Broadening the definition of elevated basics.
It's hard to get any more air than this.
It’s hard to get any more air than this.
Walk on the wild side.
Walk on the wild side.
Keep it neutral and easy up top if you want your shoes to pop.
Keep it neutral and easy up top if you want your shoes to pop.
Take flight. Ride in Jordans.
Take flight. Ride in Jordans.
Think there's a more bougie way to basics?
Think there’s a more bougie way to basics?
When the warm-up becomes the heat up.
When the warm-up becomes the heat up.
New whip with the red brakes.
New whip with the red brakes.
Nigel Sylvester showing the cozy way to elevate your street style.
Nigel Sylvester showing the cozy way to elevate your street style.

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