Posts Tagged ‘fire’

Unboxing the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour RF x Air Jordan 3 “Fire Red”

words & video // Ray P.:

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Ahead of its release on August 23rd, grab an exclusive unboxing of the third collaboration between Michael Jordan and Roger Federer. Using the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9.5, Federer’s signature tennis shoe, as the base, this court transcending hybrid embodies the influence of the “Fire Red” Air Jordan 3.

From Nike Air, to premium tumbled leather, and that elephant print we all adore, this is a hybrid done right! Watch the detailed in-hand review of the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour RF x Air Jordan 3 above. Although extremely limited, you can expect a wider release after tomorrow. Stick with Nice Kicks for up to the minute news.

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In Retrospect // Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red” Pack

When it came to collecting kicks in 2005 (yes, collecting not flipping) the ‘cult’ was definitely still in ‘culture’ as lining up to get Jordans at the mall on Saturday mornings was far from mainstream even if Nelly was rappin’ about Forces and big brands were investing in a rapper from Queens or a kid from Akron.

While 2005 certainly wasn’t all Timbs, G-Units or White-on-Whites, it still mostly was as the average middle schooler couldn’t pronounce Huarache and dropping more on a pair of kicks than an entire outfit was deemed silly. Yup, real life was still the runway for a neck-breaking shoe and only impressed two or three people in the know. Still, the internet and online communities were beginning to grow as sneaker obsessors had e-homies to dap in the dial-up days. So, where were these closet kick collectors congregating on the days and nights that weren’t a Jordan Saturday?

Niketalk.

The online forum that is irreplaceable for sneakerheads approaching or above 30 and impossible to navigate for everyone else served as THE place to find out about Jordan release dates before blogs boomed or brands had a hard calendar/colorway campaign for anything with sales appeal. Yes, when it came to being up on kicks Niketalk was the end all be all.

So, 12 years ago today if you were hitting F5 on your desktop at odd hours of the morning it was because your fam on NT let you know about a Rare Air online exclusive from Jordan Brand: the Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red” Pack.

Air Jordan 4 Laser "Fire Red" Pack
Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red”

Retailing for a then super-steep $ 200, there was a lot to be excited about in regards to this pack but there was also a lot to complain about. On the good side, this was the closest thing to a “Fire Red” retro anyone had seen since the colorway hit the court on Mike back in ’89. The added Laser component probably could’ve been done without for any of the core consumers at the time, but in hindsight it told the story of the brand’s 20th anniversary and distinguished the drop from future variations.

While NT’ers complained about the leather wings, lack of Nike Air branding and weak inclusion of a flexfit hat and matching t-shirt, best believe everyone in the know was going to shoot their shot on these. Those lucky enough to secure a pair (this author included) still consider themselves fortunate to get them in what was one of the first online exclusive launches from JB and also a bit of an introduction to the polarizing pack/package program.

Still, the Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red” lives in an odd space. Many OGs felt like they fell for the okey doke as the AJ4 would later launch in closer to OG iterations like the “Mars Blackmon” variation and the eventual real deal (though still lackluster in regards to branding and leather) launch in 2012. Just the same, the “Fire Red” Laser motif would find its way onto Fusions, effectively watering down unique appeal to some level.

Air Jordan 4 Laser "Fire Red" Pack
Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red”

So, while pack pairs like the Air Jordan 12 “Nubuck” eventually dropped in solo steeze and the Laser 4’s black brethren lives on in fresh fashion thanks to Kid Cudi co-sign and Travis Scott steeze, where does this “Fire Red” pair land in the history books? Is it a sleeper? A classic? A dud? Well, as we remember the shoe that had the internet going nuts 12 years ago today, we ask you your take in the voting poll and comments section.

Regardless, thanks for the memories, JB and NT.

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On-Foot Look // Air Jordan 5 Low “Fire Red”

The recently released Air Jordan 5 Low “Fire Red” finds its way into today’s first On-Foot Look. Playing off the OG mid, this revamped retro drops the top and swaps the shade on the mesh window. An athleisure outfit puts a modern spin on this throwback rooted silo, with a Bulls Don C hat tying together all eras. See for yourself in the hi-res, styled shots below.

Air Jordan 5 Low "Fire Red" On-Foot Look

Air Jordan 5 Low “Fire Red” On-Foot Look

Air Jordan 5 Low "Fire Red" On-Foot Look

Air Jordan 5 Low “Fire Red” On-Foot Look

Air Jordan 5 Low "Fire Red" On-Foot Look

Air Jordan 5 Low “Fire Red” On-Foot Look

Air Jordan 5 Low "Fire Red" On-Foot Look

Air Jordan 5 Low “Fire Red” On-Foot Look

Air Jordan 5 Low "Fire Red" On-Foot Look

Air Jordan 5 Low “Fire Red” On-Foot Look

Modeling by Kevin Mimms / Styling by Zaul Zamora / Photography by Randy Nakajima / Shoes via BLENDS

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Air Jordan 5 Low “Fire Red” // Coming Soon

Dropping next weekend to ensure the year of the Air Jordan 5 Low soldiers on, the “Fire Red” edition holds court for spring and the season that follow.

Taking from its high-top counterpart in almost every way, subtle distinctions ensure this upcoming release an animal of its own volition. Sans “23” embroidery at the paneling and other small but noteworthy changes, give the Air Jordan 5 Low “Fire Red” an official look below and calendar March 12 for the Jordan Release Date.

Air Jordan 5 Low “Fire Red”

Colorway: White-Fire Red-Black
Style #: 819171-101
Release Date: March 12, 2016
Price: $ 175

Air Jordan 5 Low Fire Red

Air Jordan 5 Low Fire Red

Air Jordan 5 Low Fire Red

Air Jordan 5 Low Fire Red

Air Jordan 5 Low Fire Red

Air Jordan 5 Low Fire Red

Air Jordan 5 Low Fire Red

Air Jordan 5 Low Fire Red

Air Jordan 5 Low Fire Red

Air Jordan 5 Low Fire Red

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Curry Catches Fire in “Splash City” PEs | Kicks On Court

Last night, the NBA’s MVP played up to his accolades as Stephen Curry led the Warriors past the Cavs in a pivotal swing game. Lacing up his birthday best, Steph pulled out the “Splash City” Under Armour Curry One PE in surprising fashion. His 37 points were impressive, but his ability to hit huge shots down the stretch was the stuff of legends.

On the other side of the court, King James was still dominant, putting up 40 points in a graphic Nike LeBron 12 PE. See the best sneakers worn in last night’s Game 5 action in today’s Kicks on Court.

Stephen Curry wrestles for the ball in the Under Armour Curry One Splash City PE

Stephen Curry wrestles for the ball in the Under Armour Curry One “Splash City” PE

Stephen Curry high-fives fans in the Under Armour Curry One Splash City PE

Stephen Curry high-fives fans in the Under Armour Curry One “Splash City” PE

Stephen Curry in the Under Armour Curry One Splash City PE and LeBron James in a new Nike LeBron 12 PE

Stephen Curry in the Under Armour Curry One “Splash City” PE and LeBron James in a new Nike LeBron 12 PE

Close-up shot of LeBron's new Nike LeBron 12 PE

Close-up shot of LeBron’s new Nike LeBron 12 PE

LeBron James in his new Nike LeBron 12 PE

LeBron James in his new Nike LeBron 12 PE

Andre Igoudala in a Nike Zoom Run The One PE and LeBron James in a Nike LeBron 12 PE

Andre Igoudala in a Nike Zoom Run The One PE and LeBron James in a Nike LeBron 12 PE

Draymond Green dunks in a Nike Hyperdunk 2014 PE

Draymond Green dunks in a Nike Hyperdunk 2014 PE

Harrison Barnes in an adidas Crazy Ghost 2 PE and J.R. Smith in the Nike LeBron 12 Low

Harrison Barnes in an adidas Crazy Ghost 2 PE and J.R. Smith in the Nike LeBron 12 Low

Iman Shumpert in the adidas Crazy Ghost 2 and Klay Thompson in the Anta KT Fire

Iman Shumpert in the adidas Crazy Ghost 2 and Klay Thompson in the Anta KT Fire

Matthew Dellavedova helps up LeBron in the Nike Kobe 9 EM Low

Matthew Dellavedova helps up LeBron in the Nike Kobe 9 EM Low

James Jones in the Nike Zoom Soldier 8 and Usher in the Air Jordan 5 Pro Stars

James Jones in the Nike Zoom Soldier 8 and Usher in the Air Jordan 5 “Pro Stars”

Photos by Getty Images/NBA via Zimbio

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Why are you setting the good menswear on fire?

Why are you setting the good menswear on fire?

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