Posts Tagged ‘2016 ’

My Journey Inside the 2016 Russell Bowl with the Miami Hurricanes and adidas AlphaBOUNCE PE

Player Exclusive sneakers represent a culture built around a team, its players, staff and more importantly the fans. These shoes are rarely ever sold to the public, so when brands like adidas create the PEs, fans and sneakerheads alike are often left lusting after the exclusivity and desire to further connect with said team or athlete. Recently, the brand with three stripes showcased the latest wave of Player Exclusives celebrating their College Football teams who earned the right to play in NCAA Bowl Games.

As a huge fan of both College Football and sneakers, I decided I wanted to bring you and everyone else into the experience that allows shoes like the adidas AlphaBounce “Miami Hurricanes” PE to be created. So, I got with adidas and said, “Hey, let’s go to the Bowl Game in Orlando and show why you guys made these PEs and make it a moment.” Their reply was, “Let’s do it!”

Take the journey with me through a series of photos as you get exclusive access behind the scenes and a sideline view of the culture that is Miami Hurricanes Football. From pre-game setup to Coach wearing Yeezys and even the raising of the championship trophy, welcome to the 2016 Russell Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Enjoy the ride!




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#NK50 // The 50 Best Sneaker Releases of 2016

Written by Nice Kicks Staff
Lead Art by @SNKRGFX

2016, it’s been an interesting one. While each year seems to bring more and more sneaker releases, this past year was no different as seemingly every weekend had one coveted drop and a handful of worthwhile wears. So, when it’s all said and done what were the best shoes to come out in ’16? The Nice Kicks staff has made our picks in the latest #NK50. Check ’em out below and let us know on social and in the comments your favorite shoes of the year.


IMAGE: @KicksTQ

50. Air Jordan 4 White/Cement

In 2012, the Air Jordan 4 returned for the first since 1999 with a white upper and grey accents. The catch? Jumpman heel tagging and a “Tech Grey” hue that was maybe more modern than “Cement” but simply worse in the eyes of OGs. A classic case of close but not quite. In 2016, Jordan Brand did the right thing with the proper Air Jordan 4 White/Cement release.

Dropping on All-Star Weekend and restocking to really no remorse on a handful of occasions, the ’89 classic was available for all in its purest form and wearable condition. While Pinnacle pairs on the same silo were a solid stunt and perhaps a preview of the future of JB, the past still proves to be the best application on the model Mike made fly that both hardwood heads and fresh fashionables still soar in. – Ian Stonebrook

49. Air Jordan 12 “The Master”

There’s endless subjectivity when discussing the best of the best pertaining to a shoe as visible as the Air Jordan 12 was in 2016. But “The Master” edition, on its face, embodies everything that great retros holistically brought to this year in sneakers. Blending great historical context with modern contemporary material usage, “The Master” seamlessly incorporated fashion’s most dominate theme, monotone, through adoring tumbled leather basking in a bold noir sensibility. Yet maybe even more important than that was the all-encompassing “Poster” campaign that cradled the shoe. Reaching back to Jordan’s vintage posters for inspiration was a genius stroke from Jordan Brand, arguably the better of the “Alternate” and “Dunk From Above” offerings, respectively. – Darren Griffin

48. Nike Air Force 1 “Linen”

Rewind the clock 15 years and times were very different for sneakers. Below are staples in today’s sneaker world today that didn’t exist when the “Linen” Air Force 1s released in Japan:

– Sneaker Blogs
– Online Consignment Shops
– Camera Phones
– Social Media
– Google Translator
– “Air Force 1s” by Nelly

The Nike Air Force 1 “Linen” became a highly sought after shoe long before we had any of the tools to discover or chase the shoes. It was one of the first underground sneaker legends that had people asking “Where and how did you get those?” that crossed the globe. – Matt Halfhill

47. Concepts x New Balance 998

Year in and year out, Concepts and New Balance almost surgically churn out one of the best sneakers of the year. 2016 was no exception and quite possibly one of their best since the “Kennedy” back in 2011. The New Balance 998 from the “City Rivalry” pack was an ode to the Boston Red Sox and their time-honored duel with the New York Yankees. There’s a duality here that makes this collaboration exceptional aside from just great materials and aesthetics. America’s greatest pastime, baseball, is often defined by moments that act in conjunction with rivalries. Sneakers, too, are represented not only the product, but the forces working together or in an adversarial capacity to elevate the culture. So while looking at this collaboration and more importantly, glancing past it, it speaks to the stories we tell that narrate the history of the culture. There’s a cleverness here that shouldn’t be overlooked. – Darren Griffin

46. Solefly x Air Jordan 16

2016 — the year Jordan Brand dropped a “South Beach” 16? It sounds silly, but it actually worked on this Solefly style. In a year marked by odd occurrences and rapidly radical trends, the combination of a LeBron-laden colorway on a retirement-era retro may seem out of action, but it made a splash in the midst of it all by dropping during Art Basel. As the star-studded attraction looks to steal the steeze from Fashion Week or SXSW, the shoe may register to some as party, to others as parody, but in true artistic fashion the Florida shop took a risk by playing with a pop culture phenomenon, using an unlikely canvas and stripping the piece’s obvious shine. If that’s not enough to convince you these are actually high brow, well hey, Quavo has a pair! – Ian Stonebrook

45. adidas FutureCraft 3D

You’re looking at innovation at its finest right here. On December 15th adidas released their first 3D printed sneaker to the public. Not only was this shoe created for optimum level of performance, but it’s aesthetically pleasing as well. The FutureCraft 3D is our introduction into what the future of sneakers will look like as one day you’ll be able to walk into a store, get your feet scanned, and have a shoe that was 3D printed to specifically fit your individual footprint. Retailing for $ 333, adidas saw their futuristic shoe sell out in minutes and rise in resale value to over $ 2,000. Technology, aesthetics and hype earned this shoe its spot on this list for sure. – Ray P.

44. Under Armour Curry “Back to Back” Pack

Under Armour hasn’t exactly had a steady flow of energy launches highly coveted by collectors, but when they have, the storytelling has surrounded an iconic moment in sport. After being named the first-ever unanimous league MVP, it only made sense to package Stephen Curry’s second signature alongside his first, which he also won MVP in. The ensuing “Back 2 Back” Pack featured accents of trophy gold throughout, along with sharp fonts and graphic icons to celebrate Curry’s rise through the league and accomplishments. – Nick DePaula

43. Air Jordan 12 “Wings”

Jordan Brand brought back the Air Jordan 12 in a way we’ve never seen before. Our beloved “Playoff” motif was blessed with gold accents reminiscent of DMP Air Jordans. But there was a catch! It was limited to only 12,000 pairs worldwide. Adding to the madness, the sneaker world lost its mind when finding out the black layer on the upper wears off to eventually reveal a golden winged graphic. The Air Jordan 12 “Wings” are beyond beautiful on foot, limited and had secret detailing. What more could you want from a release? So dope! – Ray P.


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42. Rihanna x PUMA Suede Creeper

There was a time not long ago when only sports figures had the type of shoe deal Rihanna has with PUMA. More specifically, women removed from the industry were not in similar positions of power. That, in and of itself, is a feat of strength and empowered gender role reversal. Then there’s the actual product output, which smartly reworks a classic already within the current brand layout and on the minds and feet of sneakerheads. The Suede, modernized with plush suede and the now famous Creeper sole, by many estimations is the retail story of the year. A case that’s very difficult to argue. But viewing this from a wider lens says more about where sneaker culture is headed than it does about what people are buying. Brands are no longer scared to place their confidence and dollars behind someone of any gender, race, or background. Rihanna can sell sneakers just as well as she sings popular music. A shift in thinking from a brand perspective made this possible. A chance was all it took. – Darren Griffin


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41. Kith x adidas Tubular Doom

Kicking off the adidas Consortium “World Tour” of twelve collaborations throughout 2016, Kith debuted the newest addition to the Tubular family with a timely take on the new Doom in varying shades of gray and anthracite. The shoe’s sock collar and fully knitted upper was perfectly styled alongside joggers and fitted sweats, making the Tubular Doom one of the more beloved styles of adidas Original’s ever-evolving Tubular franchise. – Nick DePaula

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This Air Jordan 12 “Reflective” Could Release Before the End of 2016

The Air Jordan 12 continues its onslaught in 2016 with another gem rumored to release before the close of the year. Of course we’re talking about the Air Jordan 12 “Reflective” colorway.

Electing for a reflective 3M upper matched with a matte mudguard and wooden lace locks, it’s hard not to see this colorway as one of the more creative 12’s this year. What’s more, the tongue script looks to indicate that this shoe may have ties to the Chinese New Year.

Give this preview of the Air Jordan 12 “Reflective” a look below and stay tuned for more details.

Air Jordan 12 Reflective
Air Jordan 12 Reflective

Source: zsneakerheadz

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Nike Doernbecher 2016 Freestyle Collection Raises $1.2 Million

On the same night Nike unveiled the 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection, exclusive pairs of each of the sneakers were auctioned off live in Portland, Oregon with all of the proceeds being donated to the OSHU Hospital. During previous events, sneakers sold between $ 15,000 – $ 30,000, but tonight a new record was set.

The 2016 Nike Doernbecher Freestyle Collection auction raised $ 1.2 Million to help sick kids of OHSU Doernbecher Hospital. Breakdowns for each shoe sold from the live auction totalling $ 220,000 are as follows:

  •  $ 99,000 –  Nike Kyrie 2 designed by Andy Grass (three total pairs, each bidder pays $ 33,000)
  •  $ 46,000 – Air Jordan 7 signed by Michael Jordan, designed by Damien Phillips (new single record high)
  • $ 21,000 –  Nike Air Max Zero signed by Seahawks Russell Wilson, designed by Chase Swearingen
  • $ 20,000 – Nike Air Huarache Ultra designed by Braylin Soon
  • $ 20,000 –  Nike Stefan Janoski Max designed by Corwin
  • $ 14,000 –  Nike Air Max Zero designed by Cheheyla Hyatt

The 2016 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection will be available to the public beginning December 17 on nike.com, SNKRS, at select Nike and partner retail locations across the U.S. (including Shoe Palace, Villa and Mr. Allen’s), with 100% of proceeds from the sales of the collection benefitting OHSU Doernbecher.

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Fashion Girl of Today:H&M Studio AW 2016 Maxi skirt

H&M Studio AW 2016 Maxi skirt
by Beeswonderland

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How Chance the Rapper’s Life Became Perfect – GQ, September 2016

How Chance the Rapper’s Life Became Perfect – GQ, September 2016

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Agenda Report // FILA Brings Back Classics & Updates Heritage Line for Fall/Winter 2016

FILA is approaching the fall/winter 2016 season with steady momentum prime to blow. Continuing to re-introduce brand staples while equally updating heritage models from the early 90’s, their upcoming offering aims to click on all cylinders of lifestyle, sporting and performance.

Original colorways of the FX-100 set the tone in White/Black and Black/Red, standing as easy favorites among brand purists and new adopters alike. There’s also the Overpass 2.0 Fusion, which takes foundational design cues from the original model and adds modern enhancements to ensure contemporary specifications.

Grant Hill’s famed FILA ’95 also plays a pivotal role in the brand’s strategic roll out for the upcoming season. Here, the shoe ventures deeper into the lifestyle realm, rendered in a black upper with an iridescent glow wrapped across the base.

Check out the FILA Fall/Winter 2016 preview from AGENDA Vegas below.

FILA FX-100

FILA FX-100

FILA FX-100

FILA FX-100

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA 95

FILA 95

FILA 95

FILA 95

FILA 95

FILA 95

photo by Zaul Zamora

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Interview // Nike Honors Iconic ’96 US Women’s Team With New Hyperdunk 2016 Low

words & interview // Nick DePaula:

For girls that grew up playing the sport, the 1996 Women’s Olympic team was every bit as impactful as the Men’s Dream Team was for a generation of boys just four years prior. Headlined by legendary stars like Sheryl Swoopes, Teresa Edwards, Jennifer Azzi and Lisa Leslie, the team played the game at a different gear, and introduced the world to a new era of women’s basketball just as the WNBA was launching its inaugural season.

As the current 2016 Women’s Olympic team of modern stars looks to capture a sixth consecutive Gold Medal this month in Rio De Janeiro, they’ll be doing so in a new red-based colorway of the Hyperdunk 2016 that pays tribute to the women that paved the way before them. Styled by graphic artist Allison “Hueman” Torneros, the shoe takes on red and soft blue hues, drafting off of the ’96 team’s iconic star-laden uniforms with a detailed graphic throughout the tongue and heel.

For Torneros, a hoops fan that has also worked on projects for Nike’s Kobe series, the Hyperdunk brief was exciting from the start. “I was floored!” beams Allison. “Not only would I be designing a shoe, which has been a bucket list item of mine, but it would be an Olympic shoe inspired by our incredible 1996 USA Women’s Basketball team. It’s such a special opportunity that I’m proud to have a part in.”

96 16 2Known for her flowing and bold artwork, Torneros outlines that “freedom, color, and movement are the core tenets” of her work. To hear all about the details and inspiration that helped to influence the new tribute-laden Hyperdunk 2016, Nice Kicks caught up with Cecily O’Rielly, Nike Basketball’s Global Footwear Product Line Manager and the lead on the shoe.

Read ahead for a detailed interview about the shoe’s inspiration, the impact of the ’96 US Women’s team on a generation that’d follow, and how Nike will look to bring energy to the WNBA next summer when they take over to outfit the entire league’s uniforms and apparel.

The commemorative Hyperdunk 2016 Low is out now at Nike.com and select Nike retailers.

Nick DePaula: When did the idea first come about to look at celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Women’s Olympic team?

Cecily O’Rielly: In looking ahead at the Rio Games, and knowing that they’ll be going for their sixth Gold Medal and it could be Tamika Catchings’ last Olympics, we wanted to do something special. With it being the 20th anniversary of the 1996 team, and the legendary status of how there’s a direct and clear link between that team and the 2016 team, we really wanted to infuse some inspiration.

Knowing that this is a monumental time as they’re going for their sixth Gold, we felt like there needed to be a footwear story for this time. It wasn’t initially in the plan, and when you look at how the men have a bunch of USA drops, we really wanted to do something for women. This is a really strong story here, to talk about the connection with the ’96 team as well as the 20th anniversary of the WNBA.

Tamika Catchings is such a legend in the sport, and we felt like we needed to do something special with this being her last year. This year’s team really wants to honor and celebrate that ’96 team, and also live up to the expectations that they set before them. That’s really when women’s basketball came to the main stage, and it set the bar for what they’re doing today.

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The 1996 USA Women’s Olympic Basketball team

NDP: In the modern era, the Hyperdunk has really been the statement level team shoe for Nike, and it launched at the Olympics in 2008. How was that model chosen for this project, and what has it meant to the category through the years?

CO: It’s Nike’s signature shoe. We of course have signature athletes with their own shoe, and this is also really the Nike Basketball signature franchise shoe. It stands for innovation and if Nike was to create a signature shoe for the category, it would be the Hyperdunk. It’s a very versatile shoe and very positionless, and we can cover from the point guard on up to a center.

Hyperdunk Artwork

Allison Torneros’ Hyperdunk star artwork

It’s a catch-all shoe, and it stands for innovation and greatness. If we were going to pick one shoe, we were going to take our franchise shoe. Knowing that it’s been worn in the Olympics a ton, it just made perfect sense to have it be our Olympic shoe this year. It’s what Nike Basketball stands for, and when you think of the category, you think of the Hyperdunk.

NDP: What were some of the early starting points of inspiration that the artist Allison Torneros was working with?

CO: Myself and Erick Goto, our Senior Energy Designer and graphic lead at the time, we were looking for an artist that could work for this project, and more specifically, what women’s artist? We thought of Allison initially, because she does have a link with Nike already with doing some Kobe work and also projects for Women’s Training, but we also really liked that she’s a notable female artist in a male dominated street art industry.

We loved the fact that she exemplified power and being a notable woman in a men’s industry. She just brought some grit, similar to how women bring that to the game of basketball. She has that energy and we felt like she was the perfect artist, based on her style and the type of work that she does. She starts by putting a little bit of paint on the canvas, and then she makes an amazing creation from there. She offered that really interesting artist inspiration that we thought would be a cool element of the shoe.

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NDP: I actually still have a red Rebecca Lobo USA jersey from that ’96 team, and the stars along the sides and then the wave pattern through the collar were so unique and distinct parts of the design. How did that help to influence the graphic that Allison came up with here?

CO: The stars on the jersey were definitely a huge point of inspiration, and we felt like that was a really dominant factor of the uniform. The stars really resembled sharp, multifaceted cuts of a diamond, signifying that every player has a role in the unit.

We really liked the multifaceted style that she brought into her graphic and that diamond juxtaposition was really unique. Then, she added that freestyle and flowing look to the star, and we loved it.

Swoopes_96 OlympicsNDP: Going back to that ’96 team — you played basketball growing up and later on in college, and that team was so impactful at the time for young girls playing. Who were some of your favorite players as you were looking up to that team?

CO: I loved Jennifer Azzi. She was the point guard and the floor general of the team. She wasn’t necessarily the star, but I just really liked her grit. She was always super in shape and a leader on the court that was setting up all of these amazing players like Sheryl Swoopes and Lisa Leslie.

I just really liked that Azzi was the player that didn’t get the shine, but she was so critical to who they were as a team. Of course, I also loved Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes, but I was just really drawn to Jennifer and her importance to the team.


NDP: I like that pick, and I was always a big Dawn Staley fan too. I’ve always just loved creative point guards that were a little flashy, and I’ve been trying to find a pair of the Zoom S5 in a women’s 14.5 for like fifteen years now. [laughs] Cynthia [Cooper] wasn’t on that team, but her, along with Sheryl, Lisa and Dawn all had their own Nike signature shoe in the 90s. Which one of the women’s signatures do you remember liking the most at the time?

CO: The first Swoopes for sure, with the velcro strap. That one stuck out for me, and I definitely had that shoe. I remember going to watch them at the University of Washington for an exhibition, and it was probably one of my first women’s games I ever went to as a child. I just remember seeing Sheryl in her shoe, and going, “Oh my god, that’s amazing! She’s like the women’s Jordan, she has her own shoe.”

I just thought that was so cool, and I had to go get them. I just remember the effect that that team had, and waiting after the game to get their signatures. It was amazing, and I loved her shoe, because she was like the women’s Jordan. I wore #23 as a kid and always wanted to be like Jordan, but as soon as I went to that game, I wanted to be like Sheryl from then on.

96 16 Tongue 2NDP: What kind of an impact do you think that ’96 team had on this 2016 squad?

96 16 3CO: They all have watched that ’96 team play, and they all have been super inspired by them. They wanted to play, and they also knew that they could go to college and then go beyond college to a professional rank, because of them. They definitely want to honor this team, and that’s why we added the stars to the back of the tongue on this Hyperdunk.

That’ll be the last thing they see before they pop the shoe on and lace up, and it’ll help to inspire the idea that, “We’re doing it for them and want to continue their legendary status.” The girls have a special place in their heart for the 1996 team, and this shoe honors that. They love that tie to honor such an amazing team, and now they’re looking forward to hopefully winning that sixth Gold.

NDP: Nike has had such an imprint on the US team in recent years, and next summer in 2017, the brand will also begin to outfit the entire WNBA. How much will that allow the category to tell more stories and really celebrate moments from the league’s history and so many of the great women’s players that’ve worn Nike through the years?

CO: Nike overall wants to start celebrating women’s stories more, and a point of emphasis within Nike Basketball is really the idea of telling authentic stories “for her.”

We’ll continue to build on the great storytelling around women, and a lot of those stories can also appeal to men too. We really want to highlight and empower women, and with the WNBA partnership, we’ll have a chance to kind of script a little more, from the uniforms to the socks to the shoes.


Below, check out a commemorative video featuring the 1996 Women’s Olympic team, reminiscing on their summer together in Atlanta. The ’96 honoring Hyperdunk Low is out now in stores at Nike retailers.

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Zayn’s New Direction – GQ, September 2016

Zayn’s New Direction – GQ, September 2016

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Air Jordan 1 “Banned” 2016 Officially Unveiled

Revealed in conjunction with the debut of the all-new Air Jordan XXX1, Jordan Brand also removed the veil on the return of the Air Jordan 1 “Banned”.

Back for the first time since 2011, the famed style that inspired the design of the Air Jordan XXX1 triumphantly returns to stores later this summer. Dressed in the iconic color blocking that we all loved, and the NBA equally hated, calendar the September 3 Jordan Release Date and give the official imagery featuring Russell Westbrook a look below.

Air Jordan 1 High OG “Banned”

Colorway: Black/Varsity Red-White
Style #: 555088-011
Release Date: September 3, 2016
Price: $ 160

Air Jordan 1 Banned

Air Jordan 1 Banned

Air Jordan 1 Banned

Air Jordan 1 Banned

Air Jordan 1 Banned

Air Jordan 1 Banned

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