Tinker Hatfield Names His Worst Air Jordan Design

words // Nick DePaula:

As the athletic industry’s longtime most iconic shoe designer, Tinker Hatfield is used to being celebrated for his groundbreaking and defining design work over the course of his career.

Spanning across the Air Jordan, Running and Tennis categories, and also including the launch of cross training sneakers altogether, Hatfield’s work since the late 1980s has long established benchmarks for both performance and product design in a variety of sports.

Recently stopped at an airport by TMZ Sports — which Tinker had to find amusing — he was asked on the spot, in true TMZ fashion, to pick the worst design of his career.

While the interviewer is fittingly wearing a pair of Air Jordan XIs — Hatfield’s “best” design — watch along as Tinker, always a good sport, reveals the one that got away from him.

Mac Miller Champions ‘Self Care’ And Hints At How He’s Doing After Breakup With Ariana Grande

2018 hasn’t been kind to Mac Miller. In May, Ariana Grande and Miller split, and in the aftermath, the Pittsburgh rapper was reportedly arrested for a DUI. Subsequently, Grande called the relationship “toxic” after a Twitter user blamed her for Mac’s predicament. Now it seems like the “Cold Summer” MC has something to say, albeit buried six feet under in a pine box casket.

The Christian Weber-directed music video Miller’s new “Self Care” pays homage to a scene in Kill Bill: Vol. 2, where the Bride punches her way out of a shallow grave. Apparently the metaphor of rising against adversity wasn’t lost on Miller. The song reads as Mac trying to convince himself of the power of self care as he sings, “I’m treatin’ me right / Hell yeah, we’re gonna be alright.” The young rapper admits “I been losin’ my mind” as he hints at the underlying cause of his reported DUI — ”That Mercedes drove me crazy, I was speedin’.”

However, the most potent portion of the song is when he briefly mentions how he feels after the dissolution of a recent relationship: “We play it cool, we know we fucked up, yeah / You keep on sayin’ you in love, so / Tell me are you really down?” Miller’s “Self Care,” doesn’t sound triumphant in the traditional sense. Instead, the song finds Mac working through difficult and tense emotions, as he holes himself up in his crib, while “war outside” rages on.

“Self Care,” produced by Nostxglic, ID Labs & DJ Dahi is a somber affair, but luckily by the video’s end, Mac digs himself out of the grave. During a 2017 interview with W Magazine, Mac discussed his sobriety and the weight of being so open with it.

“I’ve spent a good time very sober and now I’m just, like, living regularly,” Mac said at the time. “I think it’s important. I don’t believe in absolute anything, but I think not sharing that type of information, because it becomes like, ‘Oh he’s sober, oh he’s not, oh he has a beer, oh my god.’”

It isn’t clear how Mac is doing at this point, but it is inspiring to see him fighting to take care of himself. His new album, Swimming, drops on August 3 and hopefully will give more updates on how he is coping.

Nike’s Air Revaderchi Goes All Black for Summer

Originally released back in 1992 as a functional hiking model, Nike’s Air Revaderchi is just one of the many sneakers in the brand’s densely populated archive that almost works better today than it did decades ago.

Nike Air Revaderchi "Black"
Nike Air Revaderchi “Black”

The angular, multifaceted design is flush with premium materials. Dripping in AGC heritage with traces of Huarache DNA, this all-black variation reveals the great nuance in Nike designs circa ’92. Joining neoprene and suede fabrication before it was industry standard, much of what Nike did during the original ACG era was light years ahead of all others. The Air Revaderchi doesn’t often get credit for being amongst that bunch.

This all-black edition serves to strengthen that claim with a summer release. Grab a pair now for $ 140 at Feature.

Nike Air Revaderchi

Colorway: Black/Anthracite-Black
Style #: AR0479-002
Price: $ 140

Nike Air Revaderchi "Black"
Nike Air Revaderchi “Black”
Nike Air Revaderchi "Black"
Nike Air Revaderchi “Black”

Only Childish Gambino Could Make Anxiety About Declining Bee Populations And Water Scarcity Sound Sexy

There probably isn’t an artist alive who could simultaneously make the summer seem like a total drag and eerily beautiful. Than again, Childish Gambino isn’t most artists. On Wednesday (July 11), Gambino released Summer Pack, which saw the Atlanta renaissance man deliver two songs — ”Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer” — about the hottest season. The latter of the pack is where Childish uses the metaphor of summer to illustrate a growing list of anxieties.

Here is a short tally of everything Gambino is worried about: over-reliance on algorithms, global warming, water scarcity, the decline of bird and bee populations. The entire second verse deals with these overwhelming feelings of angst and dread.

Every day gets hotter than the one before
Running out of water, it’s about to go down
Go down
Air that kill the bees that we depend upon
Birds were made for singing
Waking up to no sound
No sound

In fairness to Gambino, the bees are indeed dying. A 2017 study by the Center For Biological Diversity of 4,337 North American and Hawaiian native bees found that “nearly 1 in 4 (347 native bee species) is imperiled and at increasing risk of extinction, as a result of agricultural intensification, climate change, and urbanization.” As far as water goes, the UN reported that 5 billion people might suffer from water shortages by 250, via The Guardian.

Welp, “This Is America” after all, and at least the apocalypse might be soundtracked by Gambino’s sweet falsetto.

J. Crew’s New Balance 998 “Mustard, Ketchup & Relish” is Peak Patriotism

With America’s birthday just slightly in the rearview, where fireworks rang loudly and patriotic hues were a collective theme at cookouts and pool parties alike, this time represents the onset of summer and many of the country’s time-honored traditions. There are few things more traditional in America than bad food. For which hot dogs serve as the absolute worst.

They do, however, make for a great theme where sneakers are concerned. Menswear retailer J. Crew proves this notion true with the release of its “Mustard, Ketchup & Relish” New Balance 998. Colored in an array of hues that represent the bun, dog and supporting condiments, vibrant suede adorns the classic silhouette which rests above an Abzorb cushioned sole. Bursting with patriotism, this peak Americana release stands on the podium of cleverness as it archives its message without the conformity of red, white and blue.

J. Crew x New Balance 998 "Mustard, Ketchup & Relish"
J. Crew x New Balance 998 “Mustard, Ketchup & Relish”

Grab the J. Crew x New Balance 998 “Mustard, Ketchup & Relish” now for $ 180 here.

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair” // Release Date

Continuing to release rarities, UK-based size? has now teamed up with Vans to release two exclusive colorways of the Style 36, which is usually known as the Old Skool.

Both black and tan colorways of the size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair” feature a suede upper with a checkerboard patterned faux pony hair side stripe. This checkerboard pattern and faux pony hair accent are featured more prominently on the back heel.

Releasing on Friday, July 13, the size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair” will be available through the size? previews app and in all of their retail locations.


size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

size? x Vans Style 36 “Pony Hair”

Kanye West’s Unreleased Clothing Line Pastelle Sheds Light on Creative Process

The creative output of Kanye West ranks among the most talked about subjects in pop culture over the last decade and a half. From music to sneakers, West’s work has seen critical and commercial success with interviewers wondering just how he does so much or maybe even more so who does what and what’s his role in making it all happen.

An open and curious collaborator, West has been known to build in bulk ala Michael Jackson, cutting down each album or in some cases collection to the point of perfection. Just as Dangerous scrapped an LL Cool J feature, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy trimmed muscle for the sake of a lean, compact classic. It would appear his approach to clothing is the same.

So, in an analogy, for every “All of the Lights” there’s a “Momma’s Boyfriend,” and for every Yeezy Season there’s a Pastelle. The clothing line that never was and the clothing line that currently is mirror that of the two suggested songs: one a smash hit posse cut pulling from all the biggest names in music past and present, the other an emotional tribute unarchiving the references of Billy Joel and Mobb Deep with the help of DJ Premier, Q-Tip and Soulja Boy but never released for consumption.

Kanye West in the Air Jordan 8 "Aqua"

A new piece by Karizza Sanchez of Complex details the mysterious, coveted and unlaunched collection from Kanye known as Pastelle – or Past Tell Museum – brought back into conversations years ago with rumors of an Ian Connor bring back but still shelved serving as fashion’s Detox.

In the piece, Kanye’s Dream Team of collaborators and consultants ranging from Kim Jones to KAWS are profiled in regards to their work in the Pastelle pyramid with the likes of Taz Arnold and Ben Baller offering insight on what happened in the production process and why the line ultimately never happened.

Perhaps most interesting to sneakerheads is how the structure of Pastelle – or in some cases lack thereof – laid the blueprint for YEEZY Season as we know it. Of other curiosity is how many of the samples produced for Pastelle now prove ahead of their time and ahead of market, adding weight to Kanye’s claim of presenting the leather jogger to FENDI years before En Noir made it happen or drawing full-length Air Nike shoes as a kid in the ’80s.

Will Pastelle ever happen? Was Kanye on the cusp of merging streetwear, sportswear and vintage 10 years before modern times and five years before he truly hit his retail stride? The answer to the first question remains unknown, but every answer to the latter lives in this piece here.

Wiz Khalifa Talks Giving up Air Forces for Chuck Taylors

For this week’s installment of Sneaker Shopping, Joe La Puma linked up with multi-platinum rapper Wiz Khalifa. Wiz has always had a unique sense of style from his gear to his love for sneakers, both of which he discusses with Joe at Stadium Goods in New York City.

During the episode, Wiz talks about skating in Air Jordans growing up and how Curren$ y put him onto Air Jordans back in the day. He also talks about his son, Bash, and what sneakers he buys him, downsizing his personal sneaker collection and how he got into Converse Chuck Taylors. On top of that, he then reveals info about his recent workout and weight transformation and ends up buying sneakers for himself and his son.

With Rolling Papers 2 dropping on July 13th, see what Wiz is on sneaker wise in the video below.

Inside Nike Football’s The Opening Showcase

words, photos & interview by Kevin Kazadi

This past weekend, Nice Kicks had the pleasure of joining Nike for the annual The Opening showcase which features many of the nation’s best recruits. Five star prospects, uncommitted athletes and players on the rise all flocked to Dallas, TX for the championship series of the running event. While there, we were able to catch up with the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Denzel Ward, Roquan Smith and more.


Malik Jefferson, Denzel Ward and Willie McGinest

Malik Jeffferson in the Nike Air VaporMax Inneva

Focused on football, the event also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign, which is arguably the greatest tagline in advertising history. Willie McGinest interviewed the two rookies on site and had them share insight on what the slogan means to them.

“When you think about ‘Just Do It,’ it’s a simple statement: just do your job,” answered Malik. “So when I think ‘Just Do It,’ I definitely think to just keep in mind the task at hand and make sure I follow and execute my plan.”


Rob Gronkowsi and Todd Gurley

Between the amateur football action, we had a chance to catch up with Todd Gurley an alumni of the showcase and Gronk and talk about Drake and a few of their favorite sneakers.

Nice Kicks: What’s your favorite song at the moment?

Gronk: I just put on the station that plays the top hits, but “God’s Plan” is pretty good. That one’s easy, everytime it pops on I’m like, “Okay!” [Laughs]

Nice Kicks: Todd, I see you’ve got the Skepta Air Max collaboration on, what are your current go to sneakers?

Todd: The Nike Air Max 270s, the Nike Epic React and as far as designer sneakers go the Balenciaga Triple S and Speed Trainer.


Todd Gurley in the Skepta x Nike Air Max 97/BW

Shortly after chatting with Gronk and Todd, Roquan Smith met up with a few of the media spokesmen to teach a few techniques from the NFL Combine.


Roquan Smith in the Nike Air Trainer SC “Auburn”

In closing, The Opening was a great experience. Hanging out with NFL atheletes, customizing our own cleats and watching the best recruits in the country compete is tough to beat. We’d like to thank Nike and Cowboys administration for the hospitality.

Chris Brown Arrested In Florida On Felony Battery Charge

Chris Brown was arrested on an outstanding warrant for felony battery after a Thursday night (July 5) show in West Palm Beach, Florida, CBS News reports.

Following his performance at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre, Brown was booked and released on $ 2,000 bond. According to TMZ, the arrest warrant was connected to an April 2017 nightclub appearance in Tampa, where Brown allegedly assaulted a photographer.

Brown’s latest charge adds to the myriad of legal troubles he’s faced since he was sentenced to 180 days of community labor work, a year of domestic-abuse counseling, and five years’ probation in 2009 for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. Since then, a one of Brown’s former managers sued him for alleged assault in 2016. The following year, ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran claimed Brown attacked and threatened to kill her during their relationship, and she was granted a restraining order against him.

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