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New Nike Kobe A.D. Surface at Drew League

Even after Kobe Bryant retired his signature sneaker line is still one of the most worn by basketball players across the globe.

NBA superstar DeMar DeRozan is a huge fan of Kobe sneakers. The Nike athelete serves as the active face of the Kobe signature line after the man himself retired.

Today at the Drew League, DeRozan was seen wearing a pair of brand new Kobe sneakers which is rumored to be the latest Kobe AD model.

This sneaker is rumored to be released on Kobe Day this year. Please stay tuned for more information on this sneaker.

Images via Drew League

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Vans “Pop Camo” Pack // Available Now

Children of the ’90s can attribute unconventional camo to the likes of New Orleans hip-hop artists and pro wrestling stars, while those born later would attribute it to BAPE or even more recently VLONE. Influencing new releases from Nike, the trend takes to the skate category on the latest Vans pack.

Hooking up the Old Skool, Authentic and Sk8-Hi in bold camo prints set to orange, purple and blue. The executions come as expected, adding topical pop to legitimate classics.

Pairs are available now at Vans.

photos by BILLY’S ENT

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PUMA Thunder Desert Gets “Triple Black” Treatment

Continuing to ride high off the cultural relevance of the PUMA Spectra and Desert, the German-based brand persists with new iterations of the latter that fans have been waiting for.

With chunky aesthetics that service your “dad vibe” needs, a noir sensibility engulfs the mid-cut style with released in select retailers today. Grab the PUMA Thunder Desert “Triple Black” now at Livestock.

PUMA Thunder Desert "Triple Black"
PUMA Thunder Desert “Triple Black”
PUMA Thunder Desert "Triple Black"
PUMA Thunder Desert “Triple Black”

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Chicago Law Enforcement Reportedly Attempts to Bait Local Youth Into Stealing Nike Sneakers

Chicago law enforcement officials are being accused of placing bait trunks filled with Nike sneakers in the underprivileged neighborhood of Englewood on the city’s southwest side. Its alleged intent was to invite would-be thieves — all inner city youth — to steal its contents. Accusations were reported earlier this week when videos of a partially opened truck filled with sneakers was located near a basketball court inhabited by kids. The large majority of them being black.

The truck was said to be overflowing with Nike Air Force 1s and Christian Louboutin sneakers of all sorts. After being recorded by Charles Mckenzie near the basketball court in the largely black community, the unmarked truck was again seen at another nearby location by another local activist, Martin G. Johnson. Community members are accusing Chicago PD of not protecting and serving its community, but praying on vulnerable youth in lieu of chasing down career criminals.

When they ask you why arrest and crime is so highly in black communities. Remind them they do set ups and baits in white communities. They don’t try and criminalize the people in white communities. ————————————————–@realnegus_wakenup3 ??? August 2, 2018 The Chicago Police parked a truck filled with boxes of Nike Shoes in front of kids in a predominantly Black Community, opened it and when they hop in, the Police jump out on them and arrest them (The same way they give us unequal opportunities, put guns & and drugs in our communities but lock us up for it)…thoughts? “Dirty Muthafuckaz”! ————————————————–#therealremyredd #Blackmedia #BotherVex #blackinamerica #BlackLivesMatter #blackhistoryiseveryday #BlackHistory #blackhistorymonth #StephCurry #Lebron #Nas #Beyonce #beyoncé #KimKardashian #cardib #nickiminaj #justiceforchikeshaclemons #MarkeisMcGlockton #JusticeForMarkeisMcGlockton #JusticeForDesmond #NFL #justiceforjunior #JusticeforAntwonRose #getthestrap #inmyfeelingschalleng #ThisisAmerical

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The correlation of baiting black kids with “basketball sneakers” as they play basketball in a city that praises both sneaker and hoops culture isn’t lost on Chicagoans or anyone else intimately informed or intertwined with black culture. The racial element of these alleged activities are vastly apparent. In part, such enforcement practices in any community are wrong. Yet, from a wider lens, enacting such deeds in an underprivileged community where means are lesser thus desperation greater, registers as an even weightier offense.

As Vox reports, the poverty rate in Englewood is at least 40 percent, with varying reports that indicate it could be even higher, tallying upwards to 60 percent. Given the staggering poverty rates, and the fact that Illinois is a state where theft crimes in excess of $ 500 are charged as a felony, this alleged honey trap for youths who’d immediately be thrust into a criminal justice system that has long been slanted against blacks, is emphatically predatory.

Chicago PD has a history of bait operations. In plain view of Americans in 2008 when they used bait cars to cut down on auto-theft in high-crime areas, Chicago was the foremost city when others like Dallas and Philadelphia followed with sting operations of a similar volition. San Francisco even implemented bait bikes to slash theft activity.

In most circles, bait operations raise huge civil liberties red flags as they can create crime where it otherwise wouldn’t be. Again, terms like predatory and entrapment come to mind. This, too, could have lifelong ramifications on someone without a criminal record. As in Chicago, even at the age of 18, stealing a pair of Louboutins valued at $ 500 or more would be considered a felony. The offender could face upwards to five years in prison.

Chicago PD and FBI officials would not comment on the alleged Englewood bait truck. Community members are demanding answers, emphatic that such an act would add further strife to an already tense relationship between Chicago’s inner city and local law enforcement.

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Jordan Legacy 312 “Medicine Ball” Channels Bo Jackson

Inspired by Bo Jackson’s “Medicine Ball” Air Trainer III, Don C took style and color cues from the silhouette to create an iteration of the Jordan Legacy 312, which shares the same moniker.

Sporting a ginger and navy color scheme just like Jackson’s Air Trainer 3, the Don C x Jordan Legacy 312 “Medicine Ball” will be releasing on August 11 at END and select JB accounts.

Check out more photos of the retro-inspired Air Jordan 312 below.

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North Carolina Suspends Football Players for Selling Team Issued Jordan PEs

13 players on the North Carolina football roster have been suspended for selling team-issued Air Jordan PEs, as ESPN reports. Suspensions range from one game to four games of the upcoming season.

“I am certainly upset by our players’ actions and how their choices reflect on them, our program and the University,” coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “These young men knew the rules and are being held responsible for the poor choices they have made. Accountability is an important core principle in this program. We will learn from this and aim to do better in the future.”

Another view of the Air Jordan 3’s the team and staff received yesterday. #WEAREJORDAN ?: @taylorvippolis

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The suspensions put the team’s quarterback competition into a new space entering the season and also amass multiple players who share the same position. Because of the latter, the NCAA approved a request to stagger the suspensions over the course of the season.

UNC self-reported the violation in January which is curious because that was the same month the team was gifted Air Jordan 3 PEs — a pretty quick timetable to receive shoes, sell them and have them self-reported. No information has been reported in regards to which exact shoes were sold.

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Another Look at the Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated”

Jordan Brand is reaching back to the infancy of Michael Jordan‘s professional career to drive new iterations of his very first signature shoe — the Air Jordan 1. Later this year, in ode to his Rookie of the Year acknowledgment, a shoe carrying that moniker will hit stores. Its inspiration is taken not only from the trophy he hoisted that year, but a buttery brown shirt he wore during the award presentation.

On pace with that release in another that also draws from Jordan’s crowning rookie season. Sparked by a moment in advance of his Rookie of the Year honors, this release finds momentum in a vintage Sports Illustrated cover.

The issue, labeled “A Star is Born,” released on December 10, 1984. It saw Jordan positioned between three Milwaukee Bucks defenders at the rim with an intense focus in his eyes. Each of the three Bucks players were facing Jordan but angled sideways towards the advantageous photographer, who caught the gradient green and white fade of their red trimmed uniforms. From that moment, and those poses, Jordan Brand found the fuel to drive the forthcoming Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated” edition.

From an outward vantage, the shoe is of very little grandiosity. Crafted in premium tumbled leather, the style features a white base with black overlays — standard issue by most accounts. It’s the iconic Swoosh branding that informs the shoe and supports its narrative. That same gradient pattern from those elder Bucks unis is seen through a striped green and white Swoosh, trimmed in red. A matching red Wings logo punctuates this penetrating theme.

Jordan Brand has not officially announced the shoe nor its release date. However, several reports indicate that the Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated” will debut sometime during the brand’s coveted holiday release calendar.

Update8/6: A closer look at the upcoming Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated” courtesy of sayitwityakickz is revealed. A holiday 2018 release is expected.

Air Jordan 1 "Sports Illustrated"
Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated”
Air Jordan 1 "Sports Illustrated"
Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated”
Air Jordan 1 "Sports Illustrated"
Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated”
Air Jordan 1 "Sports Illustrated"
Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated”

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Nike Air Max Deluxe “Photo Blue” // US Release Date

Debuting not long ago in the Eastern Hemisphere, the Nike Air Max Deluxe “Photo Blue” finally has an official US release date.

The revered runner coveted by cult collectors is set to take on the American masses on August 10th. Set off by hues of blue and orange, a vivid upper and full-length Air Max sole score this shoe on its first retro run.

Get another look at the Nike Air Max Deluxe “Photo Blue” below courtesy of our friends at Unheardof.

Nike Air Max Deluxe “Photo Blue”

Product #: AJ7831-401
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Price: $ 180

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What’s In Their Wardrobe? // Travis Scott

When it comes to pushing the envelope and doing it well, one of the names that come to mind is Travis Scott. Whether it’s finding a way to emphasize toned down basics or make evident patterns and color palettes look nonchalant, Travis is practically leading the competition when it comes to style points.

Without really having to follow trends in fashion, Travis has literally built his own style, which has since proclaimed him one of the new kings of cool. Known for combining pieces from Louis Vuitton and Supreme (not just the collaboration), Travis Scott is effortlessly becoming one of fashion’s best-dressed stars, earning himself credibility as a streetwear savant. Aside from being a renowned musician with tracks that can be put on an endless shuffle, he’s also earned the title as a part-time designer himself, which would make sense, as he knows how to wear everything you could ever possibly want.

The Nineties are Back

The ’90s are back and so is denim on denim, which Travis Scott has indeed mastered. Travis is especially known for his double denim combinations and layering it in a way that rides nowhere near Canadian tuxedo territory. Whether it’s denim shirts, jackets, or distressed jeans, he knows how to accent these pieces with graphic tees and a hard-hitting footwear arsenal. While ensuring these shades are subtle and easy going, Travis coordinates these essentials with sneaker staples like Jordan 1s and Vans Old Skools.

Aside from the denim on denim combinations he is so well known for, Travis Scott also factors in other trends from the ’90s into his wardrobe, like roomier flannels layered with neutral tees underneath. Another way that Travis incorporates his genius layering tactics into his kit is throwing them over pastel-hued hoodies with boxy tees showing underneath. He’ll even take it one step further by breaking out letterman style varsity jackets or even cargo pants – both of which have been tailored with a modern edge.

Travis switches up the shades of denim to avoid Canadian tuxedo territory.
Travis switches up the shades of denim to avoid Canadian tuxedo territory.
Old Skool is the new school of style.
Old Skool is the new school of style.
Cactus Jack.
Cactus Jack.
Up your grunge game with oversized flannels, skinny pants, and a pair of Jordan 3s.
Up your grunge game with oversized flannels, skinny pants, and a pair of Jordan 3s.
As long as you're sporting Raptors colors, it's OK to break out your Canadian tuxedo.
As long as you’re sporting Raptors colors, it’s OK to break out your Canadian tuxedo.
Mix up the shades with neutral layering tactics like Travis does with his pink hoodie.
Mix up the shades with neutral layering tactics like Travis does with his pink hoodie.
When your grails turn into to everyday beaters, you've mastered the grunge glamour that reigned supreme throughout the 90s.
When your grails turn into to everyday beaters, you’ve mastered the grunge glamour that reigned supreme throughout the ’90s.

Patterns, Color Palettes, or Just All-Black

Travis Scott is a clear proponent of loud colors, outrageous camo combos, and sophisticated all-black layering methods. Camo being the most obvious, Travis has used this pattern for his “Year of the Rodeo” tour merchandise, sported iconic BAPE camo essentials, and worn mismatched camo cargo pants time and time again. And to make these looks pop even more, he’ll mix in his fair share of vivid Jordan 1s, Jordan 4s, or customized Vans Sk8-His (Sharpie style).

In terms of exotic hues with vibrant ambiances, Travis Scott is no stranger to wearing bright pink Supreme sweatshirts, red pants, and overly embellished jeans – all worn in a tasteful matter of course. When wearing more obvious tones, Travis keeps it fairly minimal on the footwear side by incorporating Vans Classic Slip-Ons, Air Force 1s, and even high-end minimalist staples like Saint Laurent sneakers.

Though not a regular occurrence for Travis, some of his best-executed attire is when he keeps in neutral with a series of all-black silhouettes. This allows his footwear rotation to take most of the credit, usually highlighting his array of coveted Jordans – mostly 1s, 3s, and 4s. And as simple as the color combination, Travis recognizes that the pieces themselves can be just as easy, usually pairing them with distressed black denim oversized tees.

BAPE camo in purple is an easy way to make sure you don't blend in with the rest of them.
BAPE camo in purple is an easy way to make sure you don’t blend in with the rest of them.
Wearing neutrals is an easy way to start rising into legendary style status.
Wearing neutrals is an easy way to start rising into legendary style status.
Breaking out the 1s is an easy hack to make sure everything in your wardrobe goes unnoticed.
Breaking out the 1s is an easy hack to make sure everything in your wardrobe goes unnoticed.
Travis has lettered in having immaculate style multiple times.
Travis has lettered in having immaculate style multiple times.
A hack for mastering basics is ensuring that they're made with supreme quality.
A hack for mastering basics is ensuring that they’re made with supreme quality.
Graphic tees are in and so are track pants and Old Skools. Everything that doesn't go together suddenly does.
Graphic tees are in and so are track pants and Old Skools. Everything that doesn’t go together suddenly does.
Mismatched everything. Forget what they told you about the rules of style. Break all of them.
Mismatched everything. Forget what they told you about the rules of style. Break all of them.
Supreme tee or those Cactus Jack AF1s?
Supreme tee or those Cactus Jack AF1s?
Nervous about mixing up your color palette? Take Travis' advice, it's pretty hard to res up all black combos especially when you have those Tinker 3s to assist.
Nervous about mixing up your color palette? Take Travis’ advice, it’s pretty hard to mess up all black combos especially when you have those Tinker 3s to assist.
Which stands out more? The camo down jacket or those Shady 4s?
Which stands out more: the camo down jacket or those Shady 4s?
Camo is the new black. It goes with everything, even your Chicago 1s.
Camo is the new black. It goes with everything, even your Chicago 1s.
It's spring, which means it's time to round up every shade of pink in your closet and re-work it all season long.
It’s spring, which means it’s time to round up every shade of pink in your closet and re-work it all season long.

There’s Outerwear and There’s Oversized Outerwear

Since it’s such an essential part of his wardrobe, oversized outerwear deserves its own category. One of the more prevalent trends in menswear right now, Travis Scott opts for jackets that are worn a size or two up and have a slimmer fit, so it doesn’t look like he is swimming in fabric. Travis is also a major advocate of Stone Island apparel and incorporates the brand’s exotic color palettes with a range of outerwear and jackets.

There’s certainly a compromise when it comes to buying oversize, as just sizing up for the sake of it will not make you look more stylish. It will just make you look like you buy large clothes.

The key is to nail the fit, generally taking something that fits slimmer in the first place and sizing up so that it still hangs the same way, but exaggerates the sleeve and hem dimensions. And just because you oversize your jacket, doesn’t mean you need to wear oversized pants, nor would that be practical. Travis usually wears slimmer cargo pants or distressed skinny jeans with simple silhouettes like Old Skools or AF1s.

Outerwear is everywhere
Outerwear is everywhere
Not too big, just so that the overall fit hangs a little longer than it would otherwise.
Not too big, just so that the overall fit hangs a little longer than it would otherwise.
If you oversize your flannels, they can practically be worn as a replacement for a jacket.
If you oversize your flannels, they can practically be worn as a replacement for a jacket.
There's no hiding the grunge/rockstar inspiration here.
There’s no hiding the grunge/rockstar inspiration here.
Prints and patterns aren't required to match anymore.
Prints and patterns aren’t required to match anymore.
Offsetting the all-white look with a tan jacket is sheer genius.
Offsetting the all-white look with a tan jacket is sheer genius.
Forget graphic tees, now it's all about graphic jackets.
Forget graphic tees, now it’s all about graphic jackets.

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A$AP Rocky Announces Under Armour Collab Release Details

On the set of The Daily Show to talk Testing, A$ AP Rocky visited Trevor Noah last night and came with gifts. Presenting Noah with a size 10 pair of his new Under Armour collab, the Flacko foray in footwear inspired by the Osiris D3 appears to have a fall release date as we first predicted.

Said by Rocky to release next month – which would be September – the shoe was not unboxed on air but did give us insight on the packaging. Previewed before, the yellow box features the size printed boldly on the outside with each shoe coming in its own box. All previewed pairs have been black in base, with some proving tonal and others featuring contrast of the white, translucent or neon variety.

Keep it locked to Nice Kicks as we learn more about the A$ AP Rocky x Under Armour collab.

A$ AP Rocky x Under Armour

Release Date: September 2018


A$ AP Rocky in his Under Armour signature

A$ AP Rocky with his Under Armour collab (photo by Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA.COM via Hypebeast)

A$ AP Rocky in his Under Armour signature

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