In Retrospect // Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red” Pack

When it came to collecting kicks in 2005 (yes, collecting not flipping) the ‘cult’ was definitely still in ‘culture’ as lining up to get Jordans at the mall on Saturday mornings was far from mainstream even if Nelly was rappin’ about Forces and big brands were investing in a rapper from Queens or a kid from Akron.

While 2005 certainly wasn’t all Timbs, G-Units or White-on-Whites, it still mostly was as the average middle schooler couldn’t pronounce Huarache and dropping more on a pair of kicks than an entire outfit was deemed silly. Yup, real life was still the runway for a neck-breaking shoe and only impressed two or three people in the know. Still, the internet and online communities were beginning to grow as sneaker obsessors had e-homies to dap in the dial-up days. So, where were these closet kick collectors congregating on the days and nights that weren’t a Jordan Saturday?

Niketalk.

The online forum that is irreplaceable for sneakerheads approaching or above 30 and impossible to navigate for everyone else served as THE place to find out about Jordan release dates before blogs boomed or brands had a hard calendar/colorway campaign for anything with sales appeal. Yes, when it came to being up on kicks Niketalk was the end all be all.

So, 12 years ago today if you were hitting F5 on your desktop at odd hours of the morning it was because your fam on NT let you know about a Rare Air online exclusive from Jordan Brand: the Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red” Pack.

Air Jordan 4 Laser "Fire Red" Pack
Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red”

Retailing for a then super-steep $ 200, there was a lot to be excited about in regards to this pack but there was also a lot to complain about. On the good side, this was the closest thing to a “Fire Red” retro anyone had seen since the colorway hit the court on Mike back in ’89. The added Laser component probably could’ve been done without for any of the core consumers at the time, but in hindsight it told the story of the brand’s 20th anniversary and distinguished the drop from future variations.

While NT’ers complained about the leather wings, lack of Nike Air branding and weak inclusion of a flexfit hat and matching t-shirt, best believe everyone in the know was going to shoot their shot on these. Those lucky enough to secure a pair (this author included) still consider themselves fortunate to get them in what was one of the first online exclusive launches from JB and also a bit of an introduction to the polarizing pack/package program.

Still, the Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red” lives in an odd space. Many OGs felt like they fell for the okey doke as the AJ4 would later launch in closer to OG iterations like the “Mars Blackmon” variation and the eventual real deal (though still lackluster in regards to branding and leather) launch in 2012. Just the same, the “Fire Red” Laser motif would find its way onto Fusions, effectively watering down unique appeal to some level.

Air Jordan 4 Laser "Fire Red" Pack
Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red”

So, while pack pairs like the Air Jordan 12 “Nubuck” eventually dropped in solo steeze and the Laser 4’s black brethren lives on in fresh fashion thanks to Kid Cudi co-sign and Travis Scott steeze, where does this “Fire Red” pair land in the history books? Is it a sleeper? A classic? A dud? Well, as we remember the shoe that had the internet going nuts 12 years ago today, we ask you your take in the voting poll and comments section.

Regardless, thanks for the memories, JB and NT.

The Air Jordan 1 “Wings” Finds Inspiration in MJ’s Inner Confidence

Michael Jordan’s legendary NBA career didn’t get off to the start he would have hoped. During the 1985-86 season, Jordan broke a bone in his foot and missed 60 games. The Bulls would only win 30 games that year. Yet, Jordan was able to return to the team in March, helping the Bulls secure the eight and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

In their first round series they’d face-off against the eventual champs, the Boston Celtics. Jordan averaged a ridiculous 43.7 points per game in the series, which includes his famed 63-point outburst. The Celtics would of course sweep the Bulls in three games, but Jordan’s unrelenting prowess was noted, and his ability to play without fear after recovering from injury.

The Air Jordan 1 “Wings” is inspired by his inner confidence and the understanding that hard work overcomes doubt. Outfitted in a black upper with antiqued gold undertone layer, Jordan’s wingspan marks the heel while the Wings logo rests beneath an icy outer.

Much like last years Air Jordan 12 “Wings” release, the shoe will benefit Jordan Brand’s Wings initiative — a program that promotes the importance of education around the globe and stands to inspire confidence in youth culture. The shoe will be limited to 19, 400 pairs.

Expect the Air Jordan 1 “Wings” on May 17 at Jordan.com and select retailers.

Air Jordan 1 “Wings”

Release Date: May 17, 2017

Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”
Air Jordan 1 "Wings"
Air Jordan 1 “Wings”

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Stephen Curry Honors Wife Ayesha With ‘Seasoned Life’ Under Armour 3ZER0 Release

words & images // Nick DePaula:

During yet another of his many, many endorsement meetings earlier this past fall, Golden State Warriors franchise guard Stephen Curry got to escape marketing talk for a brief moment at his Bay Area home, and slip back into husband life.

“One sec guys,” said Curry, as he looked to his buzzing iPhone.

For Curry’s closest friends and associates, the upward facing red-cased screen flashed an ever-familiar, if not quirky contact: “First Name Baesis”

As he’s done for well over a decade during their relationship, Stephen dropped everything. His wife Ayesha was simply calling to check in for the day, from across the country in New York after a promotional appearance event. It’s a habit that’s long been a daily routine, as the two are often separated throughout the ongoing NBA calendar.

Between Stephen and the Warriors’ rockstar-level road trips this season, and Ayesha’s budding career as a Food Network cooking show host and best-selling cookbook author, the two experienced the busiest of their six years of marriage, as both of their respective careers continue to explode.

With the annual Mother’s Day holiday on the horizon this weekend, Stephen was secretly working months ahead with his sponsor Under Armour to create a special edition pair of sneakers honoring Ayesha and her recent accomplishments.

Inspired by her best-selling cookbook The Seasoned Life, his newest shoe with the brand drafts off of Ayesha’s book cover colors, with extensive detailing found throughout.

The Curry 3ZER0 model features a light grey upper, with a sharp orange tongue and bright green outsole, pulling from the cover’s grass and the book spine’s hits of hues. There’s also gold accents throughout, incorporating a similar metallic treatment found on the book’s author text.

Within the hardbound’s 256 pages are a collection of Ayesha’s 100 favorite recipes, including everything from simple smoothies to more nuanced dinners and festive cocktails. A series of utensils and food icons are also incorporated in simplified graphic fashion onto the shoe’s sockliner, and there’s an illustration of her outfitted in a chef’s hat on the heel for good measure.

Through the clear bottom, you’ll find “The Seasoned Life” in its custom cursive font type, with “CHEF” and “CURRY” atop the midfoot support shanks, a play off of one of Stephen’s nicknames that’s more fitted for Ayesha.

Of her many culinary concoctions, Stephen’s favorite – chicken parmesan – was purposefully left out of the book. “I’m keeping that to myself,” Ayesha has often joked at promotional appearances.

Without any clarity earlier in the week on the upcoming schedule for the Western Conference Finals, Stephen opted to debut the “Seasoned Life” sneaker on Tuesday during the series-clinching fourth game against the Utah Jazz.

As it turns out, the Warriors will now face the San Antonio Spurs indeed on Mother’s Day, providing yet another chance for Curry to honor his wife on the court.

As for the 3ZER0 sneaker itself, the design is an update to Stephen’s regular season Curry 3 model, with some insights from last year’s playoffs helping to fuel the direction. The shoe was built to not only be lighter, but also includes a dynamic collar for added support.

“We wanted to take his shoe, and in designing for the postseason, we wanted to make it a lighter version,” says designer Kort Neumann. “We started with a marathon shoe, and now we’re building a racing spike or a race car for a 2-month time period.”

While Curry typically sticks to a pretty strict palette of Warriors colors on the court, the special edition “Seasoned Life” shoes are a first of its kind in honoring his wife, and might get another exception to be worn as Golden State plays host to San Antonio.

The shoes will fittingly be releasing on Under Armour’s UA.com website this Sunday on Mother’s Day morning, and available in a full range of sizes to also accommodate women.

 

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Take a First Look at the Nike Hyperdunk 2017

As expected, Nike Basketball is continuing their Hyperdunk line into 2017. Today, a first look at the Low is vindicated.

The shoe appears in what looks to be a Flyweave upper matched with Lunarlon tooling below. If you remember, the shoe’s past two iterations were finished with Zoom cushioning. The Lunar technology is encapsulated by a wavy midsole unit, a pattern that persists at the shoe’s outer.

Grab a first look at the Nike Hyperdunk 2017 below and stay tuned to Nice Kicks for more details.

Nike Hyperdunk 2017
Nike Hyperdunk 2017
Nike Hyperdunk 2017
Nike Hyperdunk 2017

Source: wkobe

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Another Look at the Saucony “Veg Tan” Pack

Following a first look at the Saucony “Veg Tan” Pack earlier this week, today brings forth on-foot images of the offering that serves as quite possibly the brands best new release of the year.

Hinged upon two of the brands most celebrated styles, the Shadow 6000 and Grid 8000, both come coated in vegetable tanned leather matched with perforated details and tonal laces and midsole. As Saucony’s Originals line continues to grow stronger, releases like this one position the running/training brand square in the midst of the lifestyle realm, where competition is endless yet they seem up for the challenge.

The Saucony “Veg Tan” Pack is available now online.

Saucony "Veg Tan" Pack
Saucony “Veg Tan” Pack
Saucony "Veg Tan" Pack
Saucony “Veg Tan” Pack
Saucony "Veg Tan" Pack
Saucony “Veg Tan” Pack
Saucony "Veg Tan" Pack
Saucony “Veg Tan” Pack
Saucony "Veg Tan" Pack
Saucony “Veg Tan” Pack
Saucony "Veg Tan" Pack
Saucony “Veg Tan” Pack
Saucony "Veg Tan" Pack
Saucony “Veg Tan” Pack

Source: Hypebeast

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Don C x Air Jordan 2 “Arctic Orange” // Pricing Details

This Saturday, May 13, the Don C x Air Jordan 2 “Arctic Orange” lands at select stores. And while the celebrated shoe won’t be available in men’s sizes, it will drop in women’s, preschool and toddler variations.

Pricing details for each pair has been revealed by official retailer UBIQ. Take a look below and start making plans to grab yours this weekend. Peep the full store listing here.

Don C x Air Jordan 2 “Arctic Orange”

Colorway: Arctic Orange/Arctic Orange-University Red
Style #: 923840-805
Release Date: May 13, 2017
Price: $ 350

Preschool

Style #: 923839-805
Price: $ 200

Toddler

Style #: 923838-805
Price: $ 150

Don C x Air Jordan 2 "Arctic Orange"
Don C x Air Jordan 2 “Arctic Orange”
Don C x Air Jordan 2 "Arctic Orange"
Don C x Air Jordan 2 “Arctic Orange”
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