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Air Jordan 11 Low “Snakeskin” OG Returns Next Summer

Few sneakers spark a bond with summer quite like the Air Jordan 11 Low. Originally released back in 2001, the shoe may have never been worn by Michael Jordan on-court yet they were donned by just about everyone else off of it. Next summer, one of the original colorways is set to return for the first time in over 17 years.

While several Air Jordan 11 Low “Snakeskin” styles have retroed since the shoe first released just past the turn of the century, the long-beloved navy iteration is the lone pair that hasn’t. But if rumors are to be believed, next summer that will all change.

According to several reports, the navy pair is set to drop next April. Images of the 2019 iteration have not yet been revealed. Stay tuned for additional details.

Air Jordan 11 Low

Style #: CD6846-102
Release Date: April 2019
Price: $ 185

Air Jordan 11 Low "Snakeskin"
Air Jordan 11 Low “Snakeskin”

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A Closer Look at the Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Virgil Abloh is one of the most copied men in fashion and sneakers. The latter, of course, stems from his collaborative collection with Nike, “The Ten,” which sent shock waves through the community in 2017. The final sneaker from that offering to release, Abloh’s Off White x Converse Chuck Taylor, take on an entire life of its own outside of the Nike releases. That trend continues with its successor.

Teased first by Complex and subsequently today by @pyrates, leaked product images showcase the classic Chuck 70 design joined by Abloh’s signature factory-esque branding with imposing black and white midsole stripes. An orange zip-tie matches the shoe’s gleaming outsole, giving way to a potential Halloween theme matching that of the Chicago native’s impending Nike Blazer collaboration.

Off White x Converse Chuck 70
Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Although widely thought to release on Monday, October 8, neither party has confirmed details for the Off White x Converse Chuck 70. Stay tuned for additional info.

Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Off White x Converse Chuck 70
Off White x Converse Chuck 70

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Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood” Custom Travels to the Wild-West

The Air Jordan 4 is arguably one of Tinker Hatfield’s most renown creations. Ever since its introduction, the AJ4 has transcended sports, film and music. From its appearance in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing to being used as the silhouette for various Jordan collabs (such as those for Eminem and Travis Scott), the 4 is in a league of its own when it comes to recognition and importance to both sneaker and pop culture.

In light of that, customizer Ceeze went back in time by giving the Air Jordan 4 a Western look like never before.


Custom Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood”

The upper was reconstructed using brown alligator, black stingray and black shark to bring to life a rugged, Western look for the pair. The custom Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood” is a luxurious rendition of the Wild-West from a sneakerhead’s perspective.

Take a look at the pair below, and be sure to follow the artist here. Are you feeling these? Would you rock them? Let us know in the comments on social.


Custom Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood”

Custom Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood”

Custom Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood”

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A New Nike React Element 87 is Coming

The Nike React Element 87 might be the shoe of the year, and more colors are coming from Nike to feed the fans.

This time, Nike React Element 87 is coming in Wolf Grey/Thunder Blue/Total Orange/Black. Recently, py_rates shared a group of official images on the new Nike React Element 87 rumored to be dropping soon. It looks like this pair will also feature the signature translucent upper and famed cork insole.

No official release date has been confirmed yet, but stay tuned to Nice Kicks for more info.

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Michael Kors Acquires Versace for $2.1 Billion USD

Milanese fashion house Versace is reported to be sold to the tune of $ 2 billion USD later this week, according to a report from Italian publication Corriere della Sera. The newspaper is reporting that Donatella Versace has called a staff meeting for Tuesday where an official announcement will be made.

It has been stated that Michael Kors is the lead suitor for the potential purchase, with Tiffany & Co. as a close second. In recent months, Tapestry, the company that owns Coach, has been in talks with Versace to build a US-based multi-brand fashion conglomerate similar to Paris-based LVMH and Kering, respectively. This move could be the first step towards that destination.

Upon purchase, it’s said the Versace family will still play a role in the company. At this time it’s unclear in what capacity. Blackstone Group LP, who purchased 20 percent of Versace in 2014, plays a part in this deal as well. However, much like Versace’s currently unknown role following a subsequent purchase, it’s unclear if the private equity firm will maintain or sell its stake in Versace.

Donatella Versace and her brother, Santo Versace, have essentially run the company since 1997 when their brother Gianni was murdered. Donatella acts as the company’s lead creative director while Santo works as a company chairman.

Jonathan Akeroyd, Versace’s Chief Executive Officer since 2016 when he was lured away from Alexander McQueen, has been preparing the company for an initial public offering. A Versace IPO has not yet come to pass.

Versace has recently been the toast of sneaker culture given its budding Chain Reaction silhouette conceptualized by former YEEZY designer Salehe Bembury. Since becoming the Head of Sneaker Design at Versace in fall 2016, Bembury has heightened the brand’s sneaker profile tenfold. It’s uncertain if or how his role will change if the company is purchased by Kors or Tiffany.

The former, Kors, last year purchased Jimmy Choo for $ 1.2 billion. The acquisition was the first beyond its namesake brand.

Update 9/25: It’s official. Michael Kors has acquired Italian fashion house Versace for $ 2.12 billion USD. They will also take on Versace’s debts. Much of the transaction will deal in cash and close in the fourth quarter of 2019. The buying price of $ 2.1 billion is over two times more than Versace’s current value.

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Fat Joe Has “Thousands” of Sneakers and Is Still Collecting

Depending on who’s telling the story, the 1990s are considered the Golden Era of Hip Hop. There were various artists birthed during this period, each authentic in their own delivery and all hungry to prove themselves through their lyrics.

Making his way onto the scene in 1993 with his debut single “Flow Joe,” Fat Joe remembers the ’90s vividly. While he can tell a story from those times like no one else, in never fully holding onto the past, he’s allowed himself the ability to be able to reinvent himself time and time again to continue to deliver hit records still to this day. Along with his dedication to his first love of music, Joe has always been committed to staying fresh and is one of the most prolific sneakerheads in the world. His November 2004 appearance on MTV Cribs, in which he licked the soles of a deadstock pair of “Olympic” Air Jordan 7s, spawned a generation of copycats.

He essentially took sneaker culture viral before that was a thing.

With his ties to both hip-hop and sneaker culture, it was a perfect pairing when Foot Locker decided to team up with Joe to continue with their “Discover Your Air” campaign. In the spots, the Don challenges select taxi cab riders, which includes the likes of rappers LGP Qua, Sheck Wes, and comedian Haha Davis to join a ’90s hip-hop inspired karaoke session. The digital spot is launching in celebration of the Foot Locker Nike Air “Frequency” Pack, which salutes ’90s iconic hip-hop.

We caught up with Joe to speak about some of his most memorable moments and sneakers from the ’90s, his thoughts on the current state of the sneaker culture, his upcoming role in Night School and what five sneakers he would wear for the rest of his life.

Nice Kicks: How much fun did you have with this project with Foot Locker? Being in the cab and getting these unknowing people to karaoke…

Fat Joe: Some of them are modern-day superstars, like HaHa Davis and Sheck Wes. It’s a different flow in the ’90s, you know what I mean? If they didn’t know the record, it’s hard as hell to recite it. I can’t even do Naughty By Nature in 2018. That boy Treach was flowing so crazy. It wasn’t an easy task at all.

Nice Kicks: I was disappointed that there wasn’t any “Watch the Sound” or “Bet Your Man Can’t Triz.”

Fat Joe: [Laughs] Nah, but we have “Flow Joe” in there. That’s my first track ever. We also had “Mass Appeal” by Gang Starr. It was a great time. It’s authentic. It’s New York City. We’re in the yellow cab, listening to ’90s hip-hop and it’s all a celebration of the three Air Max that came out with the collaboration with Nike and Foot Locker and that’s why there’s that yellow and black. It was really dope and really authentic.

Nice Kicks: Your career started in the ’90s. What are some of the most memorable moments for you from that time?

Fat Joe: Man, I have seen so much. They use to have these seminars, these DJ battle seminars. Rap Radar, Clark Kent and I saw everyone come up. I saw Nas when he first came out with his album. I seen Jay when he first came out, Cam’ron when he first came out and obviously Pun. So all those iconic figures — including Biggie. This is when me and him first started as kids.

Nice Kicks: As far as sneakers go, I know this is a tough one but what were some of your favorite sneakers from the ’90s?

Fat Joe: Speaking of this collab, the Air Max 95 is one of my favorite sneakers to go to. I love the Air Force 1. Barkleys, Bo Jacksons and that’s the top four I can think of right now.

Nice Kicks: You were one of the figures that I think helped with the commercialization of the culture because I remember watching you lick the bottoms of all these clean Air Force 1s on Bobbito’s show. When you look at what the culture has become, what are your thoughts on how it’s grown?

Fat Joe: I think it’s better but I just never thought it would get so big and expand and be such a phenomenon. I just did it because I love sneakers. I never knew there would be trade shows, Sneaker Cons, Complex shows and all the things going on in the sneaker game. I didn’t know it would get that big.

Nice Kicks: How many pairs of shoes would you guess you have in your current collection?

Fat Joe: Man, I have a whole bunch. I don’t know how many but I can tell you it’s in the thousands.

Nice Kicks: At this point, they have to have to be going to your sons now.

Fat Joe: [Laughs] Yeah, or I’ll donate them to a museum or something like that. You know, what’s crazy is, we had a premier for Night School and I peeped Kevin Hart peeping for my sneakers, even though he was earring a suit. I was like, “Yo?” and he was like, “I know you always kill ‘em with the sneakers.” I was like, “Damn.” Even Kevin Hart is on point about the sneaker game.

Nice Kicks: I see on your IG, from time to time, you’ll still flex but are you still heavy into collecting?

Fat Joe: Yeah, I am. I’m just more spoiled and subtle about it. Right now, I have on the Jordan 3 “Georgetown” joints on like it’s regular and it really ain’t. I’m just spoiled right now. I’m really spoiled.

Nice Kicks: Night School releases this week. What role do you play and how did you get involved with the project?

Fat Joe: The role I play is a guy named Bobby. He’s an inmate, who is locked up and he’s taking night school classes via Skype to get out of jail earlier. It’s a whole lotta jail stuff going on in the background on the computer screen while everyone else is in the class. Everyone is looking for a second, third or fourth chance at life. It’s a bunch of challenged individuals who are trying to get their GED and it’s hilarious Tiffany Haddish is the teacher and she’s like the girl you grew up with and she became the teacher. That releases September 28 and I’m excited about that one.

Nice Kicks: How was it working with Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish?

Fat Joe: Ah man, two people who are at the top of their game and in their prime. Kevin Hart is probably one of the top three international superstars in the world. Tiffany is the most lit female actress in the game right now. I’m blessed, bro. I’m blessed.

Nice Kicks: We talk about the ’90s and that time and you’re one of the guys that have managed to thrive as the times and hip-hop have changed while other peers of yours haven’t made as seamless of a transition to the times. How have you managed to adapt and still progress?

Fat Joe: Music is my life and it’s my first love. I signed a contract with the music gods and I promised myself to never fall asleep on the job, always stay on my toes and always know who the next people coming up are, always know what the new sound is, always stay relevant and current. I come from the ’90s era and I feel like I’m one of those guys waving the flag of the ’90s era, like, “Hey, we’re not gone.” Don’t count us all out. We still know how to make hit records and incredible music.

Nice Kicks: I’m going to put you on the spot for the last question — If you had five pairs of sneakers to wear for the rest of your life, which would those be and why?

Fat Joe: Man… It would be the Air Force 1 “Linen,” the Jordan 3s, Jordan 4s, the Air Max 95… Ugh, I’m trying to think of something ill.

Nice Kicks: You gotta add the Terror Squad “Eminem” Jordan 4s.

Fat Joe: [Laughs] Yeah, yeah. You gotta have the holy grail in there. That would be the fifth one and I’m all good.

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Air Jordan XXX3 Debuts FastFit Technology for Laceless Liftoff

Informed by the utility of space suits and the same speed tooling as the Nike Zoom VaporFly 4%, the Air Jordan XXX3 was officially unveiled last night in downtown Los Angeles.

While NASA know-how and race day propulsion both clear the XXX3 for takeoff, the shoe’s calling card is undoubtedly FastFit.

Debuting the latest innovation from Nike HQ, FastFit makes the Air Jordan XXX3 literally laceless for perhaps the most visually unique and performance shaping signature from the line since the shrouded stance of the Air Jordan XX8 and its FlightPlate debut.

FastFit allows wearers to tighten their shoe with the pull of the forefoot strap, creating a full 360-lockdown with no need for double knots. Just the same, when hitting the bench for a break or leaving the gym, the lockdown is released by pulling the side loops.

Look for the Air Jordan XXX3 to debut online at Jordan and at select accounts on October 18th. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more on the model, its upcoming colorways and FastFit technology.

Air Jordan XXX3

Release Date: October 18, 2018

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Nike React Element 55 Adorns Fall Tones

It is now beyond assumption that the Nike React Element 55 will be among the most popular sneakers of the fall/winter season. Previewed on multiple occasions in varying iterations, season-appropriate styles are beginning to surface including this rich brown pair.

Officially labeled “Particle Beige,” you won’t find the Element 87’s tech savvy translucent material here. Instead, a mesh and synthetic build champions this cool weather wear which is contrasted by a navy blue Swoosh with matching outsole tooling.

Priced at $ 130, expect this Nike React Element 55 “Particle Beige” later this fall.

Nike React Element 55 "Particle Beige"
Nike React Element 55 “Particle Beige”
Nike React Element 55 "Particle Beige"
Nike React Element 55 “Particle Beige”

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Air Jordan 7 Low Pack Takes Flight Next Week

At first thought, an Air Jordan 7 Low doesn’t sound like the best idea. However, in execution, the shoe itself isn’t nearly as bad as the initial thought of it.

With the help of a classic Air Jordan 7 colorway and two other styles that ring true in the Jordan Brand lineage — Concord and Taxi — the rollout of the 7 Low couldn’t have been more strategic. This marks a more favorable outcome than when the shoe was first unveiled ten years ago, in 2008.

Only seen and not released back then, it took a full decade for this idea and subsequent execution to come into full view. Look for the Air Jordan 7 Low Pack featuring the “Bordeaux,” “Bright Concord” and “Taxi” on September 27 via Nike SNKRS at 10am EDT.

Air Jordan 7 Low NRG

Release Date: September 27, 2018
Price: $ 140

Air Jordan 7 Low "Bordeaux"
Air Jordan 7 Low “Bordeaux”
Air Jordan 7 Low "Taxi"
Air Jordan 7 Low “Taxi”
Air Jordan 7 Low "Bright Concord"
Air Jordan 7 Low “Bright Concord”

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Kanye West Debuts YEEZY Basketball Shoe

After years of samples and speculation, it appears the YEEZY Basketball Shoe is officially here.

Debuted by none other than Kanye West himself, the man of many projects recently joined Instagram and just uploaded a pic of him wearing the new hardwood model.

Upon closer look, the shoe sees the same styling as the second model thought to be that of the YEEZY Basketball line. A weave upper is perhaps most compelling or apparent at first look with 3M hits on the heel and tongue also adding to the intrigue. Capping off all the wildness is a semi-translucent sole which extends onto the upper for a nice visual overlay.

YEEZY Basketball is said to debut in the NBA this season. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for updates.

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