Exclusive // NBA x NIKEiD Air Force 1 Features Tumbled Leather & More Team Options Than Ever Before

words & photos: Ray P.

With the NBA season finally underway, Nice Kicks took a look into the past by celebrating the league’s previous partnership with Stance socks. Now it’s time to get excited for the present because Nike is the official sportswear sponsor of the NBA and you know the gear is going to be swaggy. After the launch of authentic and swingman jerseys, team inspired footwear was sure to follow.

In honor of the 35th birthday of the Nike Air Force 1, the NBA partnered with NIKEiD give you the power to custom design sneakers with your favorite team’s colors and logos. All 30 teams are available with home, away, and alternate colors to choose from after you select your base — AF1 High or AF1 Low. This isn’t your typical pair of Uptowns with fine grain leather, Nike went all-out with tumbled leather on the uppers, waxed laces and metal tips, as well as a customizable dubrae. Additionally, team logos are featured on the heel and you can choose a variety of sole options — white, gum, sail, black, etc. Retail price is set at $ 150 and exclusively available on NIKEiD.com right now.

Grab an exclusive detailed look at the quality and shape of the NBA x NIKEiD Air Force 1 below just in case you had any second thoughts on whether the shoes are worth the price tag.

Jadakiss Has a Wall Clock Made of Jordans

If you think you are a serious Jordan Head, well your love for Jordans probably can’t be compared with Jadakiss. Why’s that? Well the rapper has a clock made out of actual pairs of Jordans.

Jadakiss posted a picture of his Jordan clock on Instagram, which has the first 12 iterations of the Air Jordan series on it in sequential order to denote the proper time.

I’m on @jumpman23 Time #4NoReAsOn #AndTheClockReallyWorks?

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As he says on Instagram, Jadakiss is clearly running on Jordan time.

Look Back At The Best Stance x NBA On-Court Socks

words: Ray P.

Today we welcome a new NBA Season and it’s an exciting time for both the teams and spectators alike. Not only do we get to see the best athletes from around the world compete, but we also get to rep our squad with amazing gear made by different sportswear brands the NBA has partnered with. In the past two years, professional basketball saw a lot of flavor added to the court as Stance landed an unprecedented deal to be the brand that makes on-court socks for the players and off-court socks for the fans. Stance is known for changing the sock game with their colorful motifs and incredible sports storytelling.

About a half decade ago, Stance unveiled its first collection of NBA socks. These socks, which were limited to select boutiques only and hard to get, featured sublimated images of NBA legends. Safe to say, the Stance x NBA collabo popped off. Over the course of the next few years, while popularizing legends and team socks, Stance was working behind the scenes with the NBA to secure the rights to the NBA on-court socks. 

That, eventually, came to fruition. And Stance performance basketball socks became a thing, as NBA players took the court in them during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. 

Now, with Nike on court, Stance is doubling down on their efforts to propel NBA casual, fan and lifestyle socks to the next frontier. There are new NBA player collections, team logo and legend packages in the works. 

So stay tuned, cause Stance x NBA is just beginning.
— Tzvi “T” Twersky / Director of Licensed Sports, Stance

Before the new season kicks off with all Nike gear on-court, Nice Kicks wanted to look back at the past two years and recognize some of the best Stance x NBA socks seen throughout the league. 


Giving one of the GOATs flowers while he can still smell them. No final season shook up the world more than Kobe Bryant’s since Michael Jordan and Stance was sure to honor the Black Mamba correct.

This limited-edition collection launched three styles only to sell out immediately, was replenished later and sold out again. Both numbers 24 & 8 were honored as Bryant was great in both eras.

The socks were originally only intended to be worn once in the NBA, on the March 6 game against the Warriors. The reaction was so stellar, though, that the Los Angeles Lakers decided to wear them again for the season finale/Kobe’s finale. This is the first piece of on-court apparel worn that honored a current player (and not a retired one).

For Stance, this was a really exciting project to work on for a number of reasons. Namely, the idea was brought to them very late in their process, so they had to make this happen on a very protracted calendar. It pushed Stance to and even past their limits—all in the name of a great design, exceptional sock and unforgettable moment.


Worn on-court in the NBA in 2016 for Martin Luther King Day, Stance created a banger for BHM not only stylistically, but also for what it represents. The socks were worn with all different types of sneakers and it looked amazing on everyone.

You know a design is awesome and holds cultural significance when LeBron James, one of the world’s biggest athletes who gives back to his community as well as speaks up for social injustice including Black Lives Matters, wears it. This is one of the few rare occasions you can spot King James in special event socks because he usually sports a unique custom made fit engineered by Stance and himself.


21 21 21! Tim Duncan low-key had one of the greatest careers of all time and that’s exactly how he wanted it to be. With authenticity being very important to Stance, they kept things simple with a patch of Duncan’s number on a pair of black and white socks– it looked clean, too.

The limited-edition socks were only available to players and fans at the arena that night on December 18th, 2016. Coach Popovich personally OK’d this project and design.

“As we all know, the Spurs do everything with a purpose. They talk, they practice, they play…with a purpose. They don’t waste any movement or do anything extraneous. That extends to their wardrobe and, so, we kept that in mind with these socks. Instead of trying to be extra, we kept it simple and just added a “21” patch to an existing striped style. A simple—and perfect—way to honor The Big Fundamental.” — Stance Hoops


New York merchandise is always hot, but during the 2016-17 season the Knicks saw their core socks rise to become one of the most popular styles Stance Hoops offered. While simple in design, yet stylishly effective, these socks were worn on-court often and early by the Knicks and their unicorn Rookie Kristaps Porzingis who brought new energy to the team. Unlike other Stance socks, the NY Knicks Core sock was uniquely designed to have the NY stand alone unlike other team socks which have Stance and NBA logos embroidered on the back.


Is his name King Midas or Don C? Because everything he touches is gold. This collaboration was a limited-edition halo piece that complimented the inline All-Star Game socks. These pushed the limit of what you can do on a sock, and also—with hearts on it—pushed NBA design past anywhere it had ever been before given their usual strict limitations.

When Stance left these in the locker room for the players, they were put in a box specially designed for the occasion, along with a matching Just Don Valentine Day hat. For months, you could see guys—Dwade, James Harden, Andre Drummond, etc.—rocking those hats.

Working along side Stance in the design process, Don C is recognized as a great designer, an innovator, and, best of all, a great person. He was responsible for the concept of marrying Valentine’s Day and All-Star Weekend, since they coincided. The added touch, another first, was each pair of socks had an individual number on the bottom out of 500.


New logo who dis? The Bucks have the most slept-on sock in the NBA and uniforms. With Giannis leading the way, those boys will be a nightmare on the court for opponents and they’ll do so in style.

“As the Bucks embraced a new uniform and identity, we did our part and tried tying the whole kit together at the foot. This design, from a technical perspective, is difficult and is a testament to our impressive design and product teams.” — Stance Hoops


Stance honoring the nickname of the Blazers on a sock is pretty amazing. If you’re a fan of Portland, this is a must cop pair. It holds historical value dating back to 1971 as play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely shouted out, “RIP CITY! All right!” during an ill-advised long distance made field goal (in the pre-three point line era).

This is a dope sock, but very slept-on because the Blazers were one of the few teams that preferred black and white socks for the most part, so fans didn’t really get a chance to see these enough. The RIP CITY design is printed, not knit like most STANCE NBA socks, via a dope process the production team innovated.


The Toronto Raptors threw it back to 1947, way before your time and my time with this uniform. Yet another sock from Stance and the NBA that holds historical value. We could argue the socks made the jerseys look way better every time they were worn together. This was one of the most inspired and well-worn designs. Just peep how it looks on DeMar’s feet.

“This sock, as you can see, took the most creative liberty and, in turn, turned out as one of the standouts. Thanks to the Raptors, for giving us such dope material to work with, and thank our design and print team for turning up!” — Stance Hoops

Fun Fact: The Toronto Huskies only were together for one season in 1946-47 for the BAA, a league that became before the NBA, before disbanding.

Image via Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

SOLID QTR – “Black” & “White”

The traditional sock with NBA logo will forever be a staple in sportswear fashion thanks to Michael Jordan. Before Stance came around, NBA socks were hard to come by. Now, you can actually buy the NBA socks the athletes wear. However, quarter length NBA Logo socks were still exclusive to athletes and not available the public in the 2015-16 season. They were so fire on-court, though.

After much demand, Stance listened to the kids and in 2016-17 launched the quarter length sock, which became one of the best selling socks at all channels of retail. That was a great decision.


Another fan favorite sock as the design is really cool, but credit also goes to Denver having really loyal fans. They are so loyal, people posted some amazing pictures on IG of this sock—which illustrate the mountains of Colorado—while hiking the mountains! You have to respect a sock designed for Basketball that transcends outside of the court.


Give it up to The Boy. With the 2016 NBA All-Star game being held in Toronto, Drake’s OVO Raptors jerseys served as the inspiration for this stellar pair of socks that sold out on Stance.com instantly! Although this sock had no OVO branding, many Drake fans count it as merch that needed to be owned for their collection.

NBA players such as Karl Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, and more were spotted wearing this sock during the Rising Stars Challenge along with an array of dope kicks on court.


(Image via Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)


Limited-edition and only available in select local markets. This was a hit with players and fans as they looked fire both on and off-court. The CYN collection was one of the few special event socks the Warriors embraced and wore. The Warriors, Raptors, Wizards, and Rockets sported their socks on-court as well.

“This is the first time Steph Curry wore the calf length crew sock from Stance. Traditionally, Curry chose to wear the quarter length socks throughout the season which would be hidden under his ankle braces. Stance selected CYN teams who have previously honored Chinese culture and have massive dedicated fan bases in the easter hemisphere.” — Stance Hoops


Love ’em, or hate ’em, the Cavs have some pretty sick uniform colors– Wine, Gold, Navy. Whichever color combination you choose it’s going to look good. One can argue Stance made the some of the best kits for LeBron and company. The primarily navy pair sports yellow accents and wine colored stripes while the Cavs Logo is featured on the back side. This is a case of a simple sock done well.

You can shop the full range of Stance x NBA On-Court socks for only $ 10 online.

Supreme x Nike Track Suit // Preview

Following their ACG onslaught of tonal takes on the Humara ’17, matching track suits follow from Supreme and the Swoosh.

Taking on magenta, turquoise, mint and black bases, these mesh made track jackets and pants see big branding and racer steeze adding appeal to the otherwise outdoor offering from Supreme x Nike.

Preview the ‘fits below and keep it locked to Nice Kicks for release information.

Source: @j23app

The Future x Reebok Shoe is Coming Soon

Is “Draco” the song of the year? Probably. Is the Future x Reebok collab releasing soon? Yes. Confirmed by Freebandz himself on IG, his signature sneaker which meshes DNA from Shawn Kemp’s Kamikaze II and the brand-favorite Instapump Fury is set to debut next month, likely in the all-grey scheme worn by the man himself.

Look for the Future x Reebok signature to launch on November 7th and click here for more info on his upcoming kicks.

Future x Reebok Sneaker

Release Date: November 7, 2017

November 7th @reebokclassics

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lead photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images via Zimbio

Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack // Release Info

What a time to be alive, predicting wins for Curry 5. Yup, the Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack sets the eye on the prize and puts the expectations for this season and everyone after right out there.

This performance package sees white and black based pairs of the Curry 4 debuted in this summer’s NBA Finals sporting gold accenting as a tribute to big stage and the big rings his Warriors won once again.

So, how do you get them? Under Armour is actually holding a pop-up shop for this limited launch in the Bay Area this Saturday. Dubbed SMILE 4 GOLD, the pop-up will last one day only from 12 to 7 PM PT on October 14th at Highline Jewelry in the Southland Mall with a raffle running live throughout the event, offering fans a chance to purchase the package on Shoe Palace on October 17th.

While at the SMILE 4 GOLD pop-up, fans will be able to choose one of three replica rings that serve as an ode to Curry and a commemorative raffle ticket of sorts. Limited to only 30 packages, fans can follow @UABasketball on IG this Sunday at 3PM PST to unlock their shot at purchasing the pack with the winning raffle ring shown on the IG story. Those who don’t win still have a leg up on the competition as they’ll be guaranteed to be able to pre-purchase the Black/White Curry 4 and have it delivered on drop date.

Pay attention to all the raffle details if you stay in The Bay. For those who don’t enjoy this up close look a the package in the photos below.

Under Armour Curry 4 "More Rings" Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 "More Rings" Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 "More Rings" Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 "More Rings" Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 "More Rings" Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 "More Rings" Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 "More Rings" Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 "More Rings" Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 "More Rings" Championship Pack
Under Armour Curry 4 “More Rings” Championship Pack

Air Jordan XXX2 Georgetown PE // First Look

Previewing the Patrick Ewing coached squad, the Hoyas will the hardwood tonight in the Air Jordan XXX2 Georgetown PE as part of their Midnight Madness festivities. Like fellow JB schools, their XXX2 PE packs team tongue tagging with school shades served all over the upper — namely grey and navy for the DC hoopers.

Peep ’em below and get ready for the return of College Kicks on Court.

Air Jordan XXX2 Georgetown PE
Air Jordan XXX2 Georgetown PE
Air Jordan XXX2 Georgetown PE
Air Jordan XXX2 Georgetown PE
Air Jordan XXX2 Georgetown PE
Air Jordan XXX2 Georgetown PE
Air Jordan XXX2 Georgetown PE
Air Jordan XXX2 Georgetown PE

Source: @GeorgetownHoops

Nike Air More Uptempo Navy/White // Release Date

It’s late into the year and we’re still getting the lions share of Nike Air More Uptempo colorways. This upcoming Navy/White pair, unfortunately, looks to be a GS release.

Similar to the Navy/Gum pair we saw last week, this subtle iteration is simplistic in its two-tone approach. The nubuck base in navy is easily accented in white, both at the grandiose “AIR” branding the miniature Swoosh at the heel.

This GS release of the Nike Air More Uptempo lands in stores on October 14.

Nike Air More Uptempo GS

Style #: 415082-401
Release Date: October 14, 2017
Price: $ 130

Nike Air More Uptempo GS Navy/White
Nike Air More Uptempo GS Navy/White
Nike Air More Uptempo GS Navy/White
Nike Air More Uptempo GS Navy/White
Nike Air More Uptempo GS Navy/White
Nike Air More Uptempo GS Navy/White

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No.One Releases Luxurious Charlie Sneaker

Budding Los Angeles-based footwear brand No.One, helmed by Mark Gainor and Jimmy Gorecki, today released a new limited edition style championed after the classic cap toe basketball sneaker. This luxurious style that reaches to vintage inspiration while positioning itself within contemporary sentiment is called The Charlie.

Debuting in two rich colorways – black and natural – the small batch limited to only 24 pairs per style comes handcrafted from the brands design studio in Venice Beach. They’re enhanced with premium vegetable leather joined by waxed laces and crowning comfort by way of a lambskin liner. For added stability and yet another touch of elegance, the rubber outsole utilizes pure hevea milk collected from Hevea tree bark.

The No.One Charlie sneaker is available now in extremely limited quantities for $ 575 each online.

No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie

Nike Air Max 1 Jewel “Wolf Grey” Drops Soon

Doubling down on Jewel Swoosh Air Max 1s, Nike cues up yet another release of the beloved style in a “Wolf Grey” women’s specific edition.

Although the Wolf Grey and Metallic Pewter palette in rich suede is labeled as a women’s release, the muted aesthetic is certainly unison in its subtlety. A silver Swoosh marks the paneling in an ode to years past and a signature trend that began with the Air Force 1.

Take an official look at the Nike Air Max 1 Jewel “Wolf Grey” below and expect them in stores on October 14.

Nike WMNS Air Max 1 Jewel

Colorway: Wolf Grey/Metallic Pewter-White
Style #: AA0512-002
Release Date: October 14, 2017
Price: $ 130

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