Posts Tagged ‘Anniversary’

Colin Kaepernick is the Face of Nike’s 30th Anniversary “Just Do It” Campaign, Signature Collection Also in the Works

Colin Kaepernick, social activist, and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign.

A Nike endorser since 2011, Kaepernick broke the news today on Twitter by revealing the first advertisement from the upcoming campaign. A biting, visceral image, shows Colin’s face in intimate detail. Centered into a noir backdrop overlaying the intricacies of his skin, the words “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything” speak in a deafening and cunning tone.

The ad, of course, leans generously into the outcome of Kaepernick’s social injustice protest and subsequent removal from the NFL. Kaepernick famously sat during the national anthem in August 2016 and kneeled during America’s song in weeks thereafter. Other NFL players quickly and forcefully followed his lead.

In the two years since Colin’s initial peaceful protest, it’s largely believed he has been “blackballed” from the league. Kaepernick, in turn, filed a collusion grievance against the NFL in October, stating they organized an effort to keep him out of the league based on his social and political beliefs.

Nike’s restored commitment to Kaepernick seemingly works in contrast with one of their biggest business partners — the National Football League. Renewing its deal as the league’s official apparel provider back in March — an agreement that will continue through 2028 — Nike realigning with Kaep appears grossly in opposition given his very public court battle with the NFL. Yet, he’s the face of a hugely important campaign for Nike, one that will also feature LeBron James, Serena Williams, Odell Beckham Jr., Lacey Baker, and Shaquem Griffin.

Although Kaepernick has been on the Nike roster for seven years now, he’s been visibly absent from brand advertisements for the last two. Nike seemed at a loss for what do to with Kaepernick during said period. However, as ESPN’s Darren Rovell points out, “Nike has been paying Colin Kaepernick all along.”

His presence in the budding “Just Do It” campaign represents newness for both parties, as Kaepernick’s representatives — Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas — reportedly worked to restructure his deal in recent months. As stated by Charles Robinson, a senior NFL reporter from Yahoo Sports, Kaep’s new deal with Nike will be on par with other top-tier football players. His “star” contract is reported to pay him in the millions of dollars per year. In addition, Colin will have his own branded collection that will include sneakers, jerseys, and shirts. It’s also worth noting that “star” contracts in the past have included a clause for royalties.

While Nike should be applauded for championing Kaepernick with an extended contract and newly heightened brand visibility, interest from other sportswear brands may have thrust them into motion. Back in April, Adidas publicly stated that they had an interest in signing Colin if he played for an NFL team in the upcoming season which kicks off later this week. However, given the climate of Kaepernick’s legal battle with the league, it’s off base to assume that Adidas had any real assurance that Kaepernick would suit up in the NFL this season.

It’s actually a foregone conclusion that Kaepernick won’t play in the NFL this season. And, if you’re keeping pace, evident that he won’t play in the NFL at any point in the future. So how does Nike promote a football player who’s no longer a professional football player? That’s simple; Colin Kaepernick was never just a football player to begin with. The same way Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Serena Williams, and countless others aren’t just athletes. They are all so much more. That’s always been the driving force.

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Nike Air Max 1 Anniversary “Obsidian” // Release Date

Certainly the final Air Max 1 OG release in the shoe’s triumphant 30th anniversary campaign, later this month we’ll be privileged to another “Obsidian” retro.

Originally released back in 1988, a year where the Air Jordan 3 reigned supreme, this 29 year old silhouette smartly gets lumped into the 30th anniversary celebration of the Air Max 1 when it drops on December 15. If the prior anniversary Air Max 1s are any indication, the release won’t be super limited but not nearly easy to secure either.

Start making plans now if you hope to get the Nike Air Max 1 Anniversary “Obsidian.” The shoe hasn’t been available since its last retro run in 2013.

Nike Air Max 1 Anniversary “Obsidian”

Colorway: White/Dark Obsidian-Natural Grey-Black
Style #: 908375-104
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Price: $ 140

Nike Air Max 1 Anniversary "Obsidian"
Nike Air Max 1 Anniversary “Obsidian”

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Nike Air Max 1 “Anniversary” Lands on Nike SNKRS Tomorrow

After its initial release this past March for Air Max Day and a subsequent release last week at high-end boutiques, the Nike Air Max 1 “Anniversary” returns once more tomorrow morning on SNKRS.

Only the “University Red” pair will be re-releasing tomorrow at 10am EST in further celebration of the silhouette’s 30th anniversary. You can grab them tomorrow morning here.

Nike Air Max 1 “Anniversary”

Colorway: White/University Red-Neutral Grey-Black
Style #: 908375-103
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Price: $ 140

Nike Air Max 1 "Anniversary"
Nike Air Max 1 “Anniversary”

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Vans Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Half Cab, Steve Caballero’s Iconic Skate Shoe

Originally released back in 1992, later this fall Vans’ iconic skate shoe, the Vans Half Cab, celebrates its 25th anniversary. Designed by the legendary skater, Steve Caballero, the shoe marks an aggressive era of design innovation. Vans honors both the shoe and its designer with new commemorate releases.

Highlighting premium pig suede uppers, this 25th anniversary Half Cab styles denote “XXV” at the heel to ode two and a half decades of cultural relevance while also acting as a strong representation of the now with Pro Classics performance innovation. Ultracush HD sockliners aid in greater comfort for both the tonal black and grey colorways that are available now.

Grab these commemorative Vans Half Cab colorways at Vans.

Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary

 

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Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Super Green” Releasing for Kith’s 5th Anniversary

An unreleased sample that first appeared three years ago, Ronnie Fieg’s famed “Super Green” Gel Lyte III’s will make their retail debut in accordance with Kith’s 5th anniversary celebration.

Fieg confirmed the news this weekend via Twitter, stating that the unreleased style would drop alongside a few other special projects.

The Kith founder noted that the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Super Green” would be produced in Japan. He did not, however, indicate a release date.

Fieg also made mention of an ASICS Gel Lyte 3.1 release. Stay tuned for more details.

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Vans Celebrates 50th Anniversary with 50 Distinct Colorways of the Sk8-Hi

The celebration of 50 years within the context of any particular thing, is certainly grounds for a celebration. That half-a-century landmark is rapidly approaching one of the more iconic brands in American History, as Vans is set to celebrate 50 years of existence. With that in mind, the celebration is bringing about 50 distinct colorways of the Vans Sk8-Hi. Incorporating a variety of different prints and motifs, that range from embossed snake print to premium leather.

For those that are interested, be sure to check out the Vans site for further details as the legion of kicks will soon be available for consumption.

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Presenting a Special 20th Anniversary Edition of GQ’s Men of the…

Presenting a Special 20th Anniversary Edition of GQ’s Men of the Year Issue

Read more here. 

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Nice Kicks “Sneak Peek” 3-Year Anniversary Giveaway

We have a special treat for our loyal viewers before our Sneak Peek series returns for its eighth season: the Nice Kicks “Sneak Peek” 3-Year Anniversary Giveaway. What better time, seeing that the first week of November marks the official three-year anniversary of our “Sneak Peek” series, right?

Each day this week, November 3-6, Sneak Peek host George Kiel will pose two trivia questions on his Instagram account – one between the hours of 2 PM and 4 PM CDT and the other between 7 PM and 9 PM CDT. These questions will test your knowledge of the Sneak Peek Season 6 and 7 episodes that have already aired, which you can watch here. The first person to comment the correct answer (@GeoKThree’s Instagram account) will win a pair or prize from the corresponding closet. For example, if the trivia question is, “Which Jordan did Jumpman Bostic say was his favorite?,” then the person who provides the first correct answer will win his “Dark Powder Blue” Air Jordan 10 directly from his basement. We won’t reveal whose kicks will be given away each day until the trivia questions are Instagrammed with the #SneakPeek hashtag, so keep it locked to our George Kiel’s Instagram account between 2 PM and 4 PM CDT  and again between 7 PM and 9 PM CDT each day for your shot at the prizes.

Check out a preview of giveaway items below from the likes of Jumpman Bostic, Phase 2, Sneaker Grandpa and Sneak Peek host George Kiel himself, who will give away a care package from his Kiel Colon Cancer organization and a mystery NIKEiD sneaker. Plus, get full details on the giveaway, including rules and regulations, at the bottom of the post.

Phase 2's "Bright Cactus" Nike Air Flight 89

Phase 2’s “Bright Cactus” Nike Air Flight 89

Phase 2's "Bright Cactus" Nike Air Flight 89

Phase 2’s “Bright Cactus” Nike Air Flight 89

Randy Fernandez aka BallinTwn's Nike Dunk Low iD "Studio 255 NYC"

Randy Fernandez aka BallinTwn’s Nike Dunk Low iD “Studio 255 NYC”

Randy Fernandez aka BallinTwn's Nike Dunk Low iD "Studio 255 NYC"

Randy Fernandez aka BallinTwn’s Nike Dunk Low iD “Studio 255 NYC”

JD Beltran's UNDFTD x adidas Superstar "10-Year Anniversary"

JD Beltran’s UNDFTD x adidas Superstar “10-Year Anniversary”

JD Beltran's UNDFTD x adidas Superstar "10-Year Anniversary"

JD Beltran’s UNDFTD x adidas Superstar “10-Year Anniversary”

Jumpman Bostic's Air Jordan 10 "Dark Powder Blue"

Jumpman Bostic’s Air Jordan 10 “Dark Powder Blue”

DJ Senatore's Reebok Twilight Zone Pump

DJ Senatore’s Reebok Twilight Zone Pump

DJ Senatore's Reebok Twilight Zone Pump

DJ Senatore’s Reebok Twilight Zone Pump

Sneaker Grandpa's The Good Will Out x ASICS Gel Lyte V "Koyo"

Sneaker Grandpa’s The Good Will Out x ASICS Gel Lyte V “Koyo”

Sneaker Grandpa's The Good Will Out x ASICS Gel Lyte V "Koyo"

Sneaker Grandpa’s The Good Will Out x ASICS Gel Lyte V “Koyo”

Rick Williams' Air Jordan 1 "Election Day"

Rick Williams’ Air Jordan 1 “Election Day”

Rick Williams' Air Jordan 1 "Election Day"

Rick Williams’ Air Jordan 1 “Election Day”

Sneak Peek Host George Kiel's Kiel Colon Cancer "Code Blue" Package

Sneak Peek Host George Kiel’s Kiel Colon Cancer “Code Blue” Package

Sneak Peek Host George Kiel's Mystery NIKEiD "Sneak Peek" Shoe

Sneak Peek Host George Kiel’s Mystery NIKEiD “Sneak Peek” Shoe

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

1. HOW TO ENTER: The giveaways will commence when the first trivia Instagram post is published via host @GeoKThree’s account on November 3, 2015 between 2-4PM CDT, and end at 11:59PM on November 6, 2015. Any entries submitted after correct answers have been received and announced will not be included.

In order to enter, participants are required to do the following:

Respond to the Giveaway question at instagram.com/geokthree (“the Trivia Question”).

Comments left on Facebook, Twitter, via email or other sources will be considered ineligible and will not be included. Nice Kicks is not responsible for transferring comments left on these mediums onto the post for submission into the giveaway.

2. WINNERS SELECTION: Winners will be determined by the first comment, each day, on host George Kiel’s Instagram account, and the winning entry must be a correct answer that is directly responding to the trivia question. Winners will be announced on a subsequent giveaway post and contacted by Nice Kicks/George Kiel via Instagram. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. A list of winners can be requested at anytime by contacting info@nicekicks.com.

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PORTER x adidas Stan Smith “80th Anniversary”

In continued celebration of its 80th anniversary, legendary Japanese luggage experts PORTER have tapped adidas Originals to create a special collaborative iteration of the Stan Smith. The sneaker comes outfitted with a simple combination of navy suede and leather throughout the upper, which is complimented by orange cracked leather through the interior. The color palette here references PORTER’s favored orange hue while also maintaining a clean, internationally-wearable exterior. Look for this collaboration to drop alongside the full collection in the coming weeks.


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Beyoncé Releases Surprise Track for JAY Z in Celebration of Their Seventh Wedding Anniversary

Marking seven years of marriage to JAY Z, Beyoncé has released a surprise track titled “Die With You” which was made available exclusively through her husband’s new Tidal streaming service. The track was accompanied by a video clip showing Bey at the piano professing her love for Hova with a beautiful stripped-back ballad. Peep the video above and head over to HYPETRAK to stay updated with the latest in the world of music.


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