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The Best Kicks On Court of the WNBA Season So Far

In its 22nd season, the WNBA is near the halfway point as the top players from the league head to Minnesota for the All-Star Game on July, 28. Although we’re nearly halfway through the season, one could argue that this WNBA campaign is the best to date. Nail biters. Buzzer beaters. Shattered records. Upsets. You name it, the WNBA has it. Night after night.

Throughout the season, we’ve seen a plethora of ballers from the WNBA bringing their best to the hardwood. Not just stats but rather their shoes. We’ve compiled some of the best heat from the first half of the WNBA season.

Take a look below at the top kicks from around the league thus far. Stay up to date with WNBA sneaker coverage here at Nice Kicks as we prepare ourselves for the second half of the season.


Gabby Williams in the Nike Kyrie 4 “BETRUE”

Breanna Stewart in the Nike KD 11 “Peach Jam”

Epiphanny Prince in the Nike Kobe V “Prelude”

Diana Taurasi in the Nike LeBron 15 “Equality”  PE

Maya Moore in an Air Jordan 32 PE

Tamera Young in the Nike Kobe 8 “Venice Beach”

Sue Bird in the Nike Kyrie 4 “Wheaties”

Breanna Stewart in a Nike KD11 PE

Sylvia Fowles in a Nike LeBron 15 PE

Victoria Vivans in a mismatched Nike KD X “City Edition”

Maya Moore in an Air Jordan 32 PE

Sue Bird in a Nike Kyrie 4 PE

Tamera Young in the Jordan CP3.XI “Martin”

Maya Moore in the Air Jordan 32 “Red Velvet” PE

Sue Bird in a Nike Kyrie 2 PE

Rebekkah Brunson in a Nike Kyrie 1 “BETRUE” iD

Tamera Young in the Air Jordan 2 Low “Chicago”

Kelsey Plum in a Nike Kyrie 4 PE

Moriah Jefferson in the adidas Harden Vol. 2 “Pioneer”

Breanna Stewart in the Nike KD 7 “Aunt Pearl”

Janet Lavender in the Nike Kobe 9 “BHM”

Riquna Williams in the Nike LeBron Soldier 1 “25 Straight”

Rachel Banham in the Nike Kobe 10 Elite “What The”

Diamond DeShields in a Nike Kobe A.D. PE

Odyssey Sims in the Nike Kyrie 4 “Power is Female”

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The Best Kicks On Court At The Drew League | Week 1

words // Nick DePaula:
images // Aaron Poole / Drew League

All summer long, the Drew League in Los Angeles plays host to some of the best offseason basketball in the country, with a collection of amateur hoopers holding their own against NBA stars in a weekly league of games free to attend.

As you’d expect, players are also breaking out an array of sneakers throughout the weekend, as the Nike-sponsored league is known to not only debut new silhouettes, but also feature vintage classics and surprise pairs. We’ll be checking in every week to highlight some of the best kicks on court spotted at the Drew League, starting with a range of current signature models from the Kyrie, KD and PG lines, along with past Nike Basketball favorites like the Kobe 11 and Foamposite Pro. Of course, The Game even broke out a recent hyped release.

Check out the lineup from this past weekend’s slate of games, and let us know your favorite pair by tweeting @NiceKicks and the @DrewLeague. Be sure to check out the upcoming calendar of games to view the action for yourself if you’re in LA this summer.


Nike Kobe 11

Nike PG1

Nike Kyrie 4

Nike Kyrie 4

Nike KD 10

Nike Air Foamposite One Retro

Nike PG1 EYBL

Nike KD 7

Nike PG1 iD

Nike LeBron 15 Low

Air Jordan Retro 1 Off-White (worn by The Game)

Nike PG2

Nike Hyperdunk 2017

Nike Kobe AD 360 NXT

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Kendrick Lamar Is The Best Hype Man On Jay Rock’s Triumphant ‘Win’

TDE is currently in the midst of The Championship Tour, and they finally have their rallying cry. “Win” sees Jay Rock riding over a soaring beat produced by Vinylz and Boi-1Da. Over booming horns Rock raps, You either with me or against me, hoe / You either with me or / Win win, win, win, win,” as Kendrick Lamar delivers energetic adlibs.

“Win” is the second single from Jay Rock’s upcoming album after “King’s Dead.” In a January interview on Real 92.3, the OG member of TDE gave an update on his album’s release and the 2016 motorcycle accident that delayed it.

“The album is done. I just had a minor little setback,” Rock said. “As far as those who don’t know I was in an accident, you know? I was just healing up, and when I healed up, I just locked in the studio.”

The 90059 artist then explained that once samples are cleared, and the business side of the process is done, fans will get the project.

“It’s already done,” he continued. “It’s mixed up. It’s ready to go. It’s the business side as far as getting things cleared and things of that nature, but it’s ready to go.”

Until then it looks like Jay Rock is getting comfortable with the concept of winning. When is the ring ceremony?

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Kobe Bryant’s 24 Best Shoes in #24

After an entry to the league wearing #8 and adidas, Kobe Bryant changed his number and his endorser.

Becoming the Black Mamba with Nike as #24, the high school phenom was now a man in the league, changing the face of sneaker culture on court with Eric Avar and leading the Lakers to two titles post-Shaq.

Pulling in the staff favorites, see our 24 favorite kicks worn by Kobe when he wore #24.

#24 // Nike Kobe 11 Elite “Mamba Day”

#23 // Nike Kobe IV “All Star”

#22 // Nike Kobe 1 “Black Ice” PE

#21 // Nike Kobe IV “Gradient” Home

#20 // Nike Kobe III

#19 // Nike Kobe 8 “Black History Month”

#18 // Nike Kobe 9 Elite “Inspiration”

#17 // Nike Kobe 1 Prelude

#16 // Nike Kobe 8 “Christmas”

#15 // Nike Kobe X Low PEs

#14 // Nike Kobe 8 “All Star”

#13 // Nike Kobe IV “Christmas”

#12 // Nike Hyperdunk PEs

#11 // Nike Kobe II “Orca”

#10 // Nike Kobe V “MLK”

#9 // Nike Kobe VII “Cheetah”

#8 // Nike Kobe V iD “Kid Hollywood”

#7 // Nike Kobe X High PE

#6 // Nike Kobe VII “Galaxy”

#5 // Premium Goods x Nike Zoom Kobe 1

#4 // Nike Hyperdunk/Kobe IV Hybrid PE

#3 // Nike Kobe V “Chaos”

#2 // Nike Kobe IV “Carpe Diem”

#1 // Nike Zoom Kobe VI “Grinch”

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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. 

KOBE DAY

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.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016

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.


TIM DUNCAN DAY

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 KNICKS CORE

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.


JUST DON x NBA ALL-STAR 2016

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.


MILWAUKEE BUCKS LOGO QTR

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


PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS “RIP CITY”

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.


RAPTORS THROWBACK “TORONTO HUSKIES”

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.


NUGGETS CORE

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.


NBA RISING STARS

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)

CHINESE NEW YEAR COLLECTION

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


CAVS LOGO

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.

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Best Sneakers To Wear To EDC Vegas Festival 2017

With EDC Las Vegas 2017 only a few days away, you should be solely focused on having a great time with your rave crew– after you pick out what you’re wearing to the festival, of course. Staying hydrated is an important key to a having great experience, but so is the type of sneakers you’re wearing. The wrong kind of shoes will ruin your entire mood, so we at Nice Kicks decided to help you decide on what festival kicks to wear.

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Comfort and style are a major key to getting through the three day weekend. From Nike to adidas, Converse, and Vans, you’ll find selects to wear to EDC Las Vegas. Whether you love to shuffle, rage, dubstep, or put your trap elbows up, there’s a perfect shoe for all types of festival goers. Read ahead to find out the best sneakers to wear to EDC Vegas 2017 and remember to be safe, hydrate, and make it the best time of your life with friends.

Nike Sock Dart

No time to tie your laces? No worries. You don’t even need socks for these, honestly. The Nike Sock Dart is literally a sock with a strap that keeps your foot in place. Comfort and style is top notch on this shoe and it’s on sale for only $ 65 in all black online or you can visit the North Las Vegas Premium Outlet Nike Store to cop.


Nike SB Janoski

This is by far Nike’s most popular festival sneaker which is actually made for skaters. The classic black pair will surely last you three days bouncing around EDC and they only cost $ 85 at Niketown located in Caesar’s Forum Shops on the Las Vegas strip. You can get them on sale for only $ 49 if you shop online with Nordstrom.


adidas NMD

Who doesn’t own a pair of NMD’s? This is a favorite worn by DJs such as Martin Garrix, Dillion Francis, and DJ Snake constantly to play shows. The NMD is easy to kick on and comfortable enough for three days of partying at the KineticField, BassPOD, or any of the other stages inside EDC. They’re also machine washable, major festival key. 12AmRun boutique is the best place to find these in every color possible. Tell them Nice Kicks sent you!


Vans Authentic Lite 

Classics, but better. Vans updated your favorite model to be way more comfortable with an UltraCush insert. They’re now as weightless as a paperclip, so you can shuffle your heart away without your feet paying the price on day 2 of EDC. Also, Chainsmokers happen to love this style a lot. Check out that Ultracush insole below. Cozy af.


 

Converse Chuck Taylor 2 Low

The shuffler’s special! No sneaker is more iconic in festival culture than the Chuck Taylor. While you may have a pair of the originals, you definitely need the updated version. Converse made them lighter and more comfortable by inserting a Lunarlon insole. It’s like wearing Chucks with a cozy Dr.Scholl’s insert, but way better.


adidas Ultra Boost

The most comfortable sneaker of all-time is a festival must. Yes, the UltraBoost expensive at $ 180, but this shoe is durable enough to last many festivals. You can find some of your favorite DJs such as Diplo and Lost Kings wearing the UltraBoost. Jump to every bass drop knowing you have the best sneakers for your feet to survive a festival.

Pro Tip: When your UltraBOOST gets super dirty, simply toss them in the washer machine and they’re back to looking brand spanking new ready for HARD Summer after you raged at EDC.


Vans Slip-On LITE

If you love customizing your entire outfit, there’s no shoe more perfect than Slip-Ons. The traditional white will be easiest to add your own flavor to, but make sure you get the new Lite version with UltraCush insoles. Just like the Authentics, you’ll be experiencing new levels of comfort from Vans.


adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2

This year’s ultimate flex shoe at EDC will be Yeezys. Hopefully you’ve been lucky enough to get at least one pair so far. Sure Hypebeasts may be cry seeing you break these out, but the best festival deserves the hottest sneakers for a once in a lifetime experience. If Kanye West can jump around stage in his pair, you can take on EDC with yours. Don’t trip if your Yeezys get extremely dirty, you can easily toss these kicks in the washer just like the UltraBoost. Trust me, I’m a sneaker doctor.

 

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Kicks On Court // The Best Shoes Worn at adidas Uprising

Pushing past patent leather Pro Models or even electric Crazylight colorways, diversity was at an all-time high as far as sponsored sneakers go at the adidas Uprising Tournament at Game On in Fort Worth, TX. Our girl Cassy Athena was out there to shoot the best Kicks On Court, and boy were there some surprises.

From unreleased Nick Young PEs to Hurricane heat from Dame Lillard, see the best prep exclusives and team takes in the photos below.

adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Kyle Lowry PE
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Arthur Ashe”
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Grayvy”
mismatched adidas Crazylight Boost 2015 PEs
mismatched adidas Crazylight Boost 2015 PEs
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Pink/White
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Red Glare”
adidas D Rose 7
adidas D Rose 7
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Red/White
adidas Dame 3 "Miami" PE
adidas Dame 3 “Miami” PE
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Fear the Fork”
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Dark Ops XENO”
adidas Dame 3 "Wasatch Front"
adidas Dame 3 “Wasatch Front”
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Low White/Blue
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Low “Gauntlet” PE
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Pioneer”
adidas Crazy Explosive Low
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Black/White
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Imma Be a Star”
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Black/Red
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Nick Young “Easter” PE
adidas Dame 3 "All-Star"
adidas Dame 3 “All-Star”
adidas Crazy Explosive
adidas Crazy Explosive Navy/White
adidas Harden Vol 1
adidas Harden Vol 1 “Gauntlet” PE
adidas Crazy Explosive Low
adidas Crazy Explosive Low Grey/White
adidas Dame 3
unreleased adidas Dame 3

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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.


IMAGE: @LeJazmyn

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


IMAGE: @SneakerZimmer

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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Recap // Best of #BOOSTweek Community Submissions

You should’ve heard at some point that Nice Kicks was taking seven days to celebrate #BOOSTweek. This wasn’t a campaign promoted by adidas or any agency, it was a celebration we wanted to share with the community, who like us, love wearing BOOST technology.

All week long the NK staff shared exclusive content on our site and social channels as well as showed love to the most important part of this celebration, you. We retweeted until our fingers got numb, reposted until we flooded Instagram feeds, but that wasn’t enough. Social Media only lasts until the next post goes up, but a recap on the site lasts forever. With that said, we’ve compiled the best community submitted photos of #BOOSTweek. Read a head to see if your photo made it. See you on the next one! Thanks for celebrating with Nice Kicks.

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The Best Kicks On Court Worn Around The NBA | 10.26.16

words // Nick DePaula:

While last night’s opening night schedule only included three games, tonight’s continued kickoff week for the NBA had a full slate of games and marquee matchups.

Around the league, we spotted Russell Westbrook donning a hybrid blend of the Air Jordan XXX and XXX1, several adidas players in the new CrazyLight Boost 2016 and team-based DLillard 2, and a ton of Nike athletes in the Kobe 11 and new Hyperdunk 2016. James Harden also debuted his Vol. 1 signature shoe with adidas.

Check out all of the Kicks On Court worn earlier tonight from around the league, and let us know your favorites in the comments section below.

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Eric Gordon — adidas Crazy Explosive 
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Jeremy Lin — adidas CrazyLight Boost 2016
Avery Bradley — adidas DLillard 2
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Paul George — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Low
Harrison Barnes — adidas Crazy Explosive

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Thaddeus Young — Nike Kobe 11
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Jeff Teague — Nike Soldier X
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Monta Ellis — Air Jordan XXX1
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Myles Turner — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit
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Dwight Powell — Nike Zoom Soldier 8
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Dirk Nowitzki — Nike Air Max Body U PE
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Jaylen Brown — adidas CrazyLight Boost 2016
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Danilo Gallinari — adidas DRose 7
Solomon Hill — Nike Kobe 11
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Anthony Davis — Nike Air Max Audacity 2016
Wilson Chandler — Nike KD9
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Will Barton — Under Armour ClutchFit Drive Low 3
Tim Frazier — adidas Crazy Explosive 
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Cory Joseph — Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011
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Marcus Morris — Nike Soldier X
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Norman Powell — Nike Kobe 11
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DeMar DeRozan — Nike Kobe 11
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D’Angelo Russell — Nike Kyrie 2
Luol Deng — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit
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Tarik Black — Nike Kobe 11
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Marcelo Huertas — Nike Zoom Clear Out
Larry Nance Jr. — adidas DRose 7
Julius Randle — Nike Soldier X
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James Harden — adidas Harden Vol. 1
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Jordan Clarkson — Nike Kyrie 2 
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Kyle Lowry — adidas CrazyLight Boost 2016
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Evan Fournier — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit
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Goran Dragic — adidas DLillard 2
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Aaron Gordon — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Low
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Rodney McGruder — Nike Kyrie 2
Elfrid Payton — Nike Kobe 11
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Hassan Whiteside — Nike LeBron 13 Elite
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Russell Westbrook — Air Jordan 30.5 PE Hybrid
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Steven Adams — adidas 773 IV
Jahlil Okafor — Nike Soldier X
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Joel Embiid — adidas Light Em Up 2
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Ersan Illyasova — Nike Hyperdunk 2016
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Referee — Nike KD9
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Eric Bledsoe — Nike Soldier X
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Marquese Chriss — Nike Kobe 11
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Alex Len — Nike Hyperdunk 2016
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Devin Booker — Nike Kobe IV “Fade To Black”
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Matt Barnes — adidas DLillard 2
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Anthony Tolliver — Under Armour ClutchFit Drive 3
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Aaron Afflalo — Nike Kobe 11
Rudy Gay — Nike Hyperdunk 2016
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DeMarcus Cousins — Nike Air Max Audacity 2016
TJ Warren — Nike KD9 iD
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Ty Lawson — adidas DLillard 2
Tyler Ullis — Nike Kobe 11
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Mike Conley Jr. — Air Jordan XXX1
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Sideline Guys — Air Jordan XII “OVO” & adidas JWall 2 “Christmas” (!!!!!)
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