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What If? // LeBron James Free Agency Western Conference Edition

With the 2018 NBA Draft out of the way, free agency discussion has resumed and intensified, most namely in regards to where LeBron James is headed next.

Last week, we explored the King’s options should he decide to stay on the East side of the Association, so now we’re looking West at the few teams that have the best chance at landing LeBron.

We’ve narrowed them down to four top contenders and outfitted four past silhouettes from his signature Nike LeBron line in their team colors to see what it might be like should he call a new place home after this summer.

Houston Rockets

San Antonio Spurs

Golden State Warriors

Los Angeles Lakers


Giveaway // Win a Free Pair of “Red October” Yeezy 2s & “Nice Kicks” NMDs

The NFL season is upon us and we’ve teamed up with DraftKings for their FREE entry Billion Dollar Lineup Contest. So, what’s in it for you? For one, you could win a billion dollars by entering the contest for free and picking the perfect fantasy football lineup. What’s almost as good? Exclusive to Nice Kicks readers, we’re giving away a pair of deadstock size 12 “Red October” Nike Air Yeezy 2s as well as a pair of Nice Kicks x adidas NMD PKs for readers that play.

For your chance at the kicks and the cash, all you have to do is enter the contest through our IG link and pick your lineup. Entry is free and two winners will be selected at random to receive either the Yeezys or NMDs, respectively.

Good luck!

Official contest rules listed here.

We’ve teamed up with #DraftKings to GIVE AWAY a pair of DS sz 12 “Red October” Nike Air Yeezy 2s and a pair of Nice Kicks x adidas NMDs __ TO ENTER: • FOLLOW @nicekicks on IG • CLICK the link in the bio to register for DraftKing’s FREE Billion Dollar Lineup Contest. • COMMENT your official Draftkings username here in the comments once you submit your lineup for your chance to be selected. Good luck! __ RULES ?—

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Nike Free TR Focus Flyknit // Release Date

Women’s training has been among the most competitive categories in the footwear market over the past few years. That competition has proved to produce great product as seen by the Nike Free TR Focus Flyknit. A gradient orange upper rekindles memories of the Nike Air Max Plus while Flyknit construction and edgy Dynamic Flywire are totally today.

Look for the Nike Free TR Focus Flyknit to release online at Nike on July 7th.

Nike Free TR Focus Flyknit

Nike Free TR Focus Flyknit


Damian Lillard Gifts Fans Free Pairs of the adidas D. Lillard 2

Despite being snubbed for the All-Star game much to everyone’s chagrin, Portland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard is wasting “no time”, in letting everyone how he feels about being left out, as his proverbial assault on the league continues. After dropping 51 points on the Golden State Warriors and helping Portland rise in the Western Conference standings, Lillard ventured to the East Coast to gift fans with free pairs of his latest signature shoe: the adidas D.Lillard 2.

Alongside the help of Bay Area legend, Sway and Foot Locker, Lillard gave back to the fans during this stellar event in New York City. In fact, courtesy of Foot Locker, these photos of the event were captured.






Inside John Wall’s Sneaker Free Agency & Break With Adidas

words // Nick DePaula:

“John won’t be accepting the offer.”

Just at the close of yet another business week earlier this fall, on Friday, October 2nd to be exact, those words shocked the halls of the adidas Village in Portland, Oregon.

All summer and into the start of the season, adidas, the Washington Wizards’ All-Star point guard and his representatives at Relativity Sports had been hammering through details – an agreed-upon base number, mostly – and progressing towards a new shoe deal extension that would link John Wall and his emerging signature adidas footwear business deep into his career, for many years to come.

After very nearly agreeing to the framework of a new deal in early July, just as John was unveiling his second JWall signature model and knocking out a cover shoot for SLAM’s KICKS Magazine, the negotiations soon came to a standoff.

12_28 John Wall adidas JWall 2 bBy mid-September, the deal was “falling apart,” according to an industry source.

How did things get to that point?

To start, we must first go back to the summer of 2010, when John Wall was drafted 1st overall to a struggling Washington Wizards franchise that he would soon revitalize, and when he also signed a reported 5-year, $ 25 Million shoe deal with (an equally struggling) Reebok.

The hope was that he would similarly revitalize the fledging Reebok Basketball category as well, but a lackluster Zig-based shoe series, all during a time when John was simply learning how to run a franchise as a 19 and 20 year-old, never quite translated into success for the brand.

According to several industry sources, the Reebok deal actually paid Wall an initial base salary of $ 2.5 Million, with the rest of the money to be made in on-court performance incentives and signature sales royalties. He was basically robbed of a Rookie of the Year bonus on a technicality, as 2009’s top overall pick Blake Griffin was awarded ROY, after being hurt in the final preseason game of his true rookie season a year prior.

Wall would go on to earn All-Star nods and playoff appearance incentives, but clearly fell short of the sales targets that could’ve earned him up to the $ 5 Million per year figure.

By the middle of his third NBA season, Wall was returning from a leg injury and on his way to sorting through the pace of the pro game, eventually evolving into the franchise point guard we’d all expected him to become.

The Washington Post, reporting on his upcoming sneaker free agency, characterized the Reebok to adidas transfer by saying that “the partnership was terminated in the third year when injuries hampered his early career. He then joined Adidas, which owns Reebok, for the remainder of the contract.”

That isn’t an entirely fair framing of the move, as adidas, Reebok’s parent company, was looking for ways in which to strengthen its basketball roster in the wake of Derrick Rose’s season-ending string of injuries. Reebok was also divesting away from hoops and the accompanying required design resources, while aggressively attacking the training and fitness category instead with its new CrossFit partnership.

The Three Stripes simply absorbed the existing terms of Wall’s initial Reebok endorsement deal, and on January 9th, 2013, announced that they’d added him to their growing roster of NBA endorsers. The following year, his debut adidas signature model, the JWall 1, launched to a modest reception, and it was just a year later that his 5-year rookie shoe deal was set to expire.

John Wall header

As both sides made progress towards a new extension this summer, the discussed number was hovering around a guaranteed base of $ 5 Million per year – a noted jump from his prior deal, and landing Wall in the same tier as fellow signature athletes Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard.

Make no mistake about it, the relentlessly splashy $ 200 Million headlines surrounding James Harden’s sneaker free agency and eventual 13-year adidas deal most certainly became a factor in Wall’s negotiations as the summer progressed.

After appearing to be headed towards agreeing to terms with adidas, the Harden numbers clouded where Wall’s representatives felt his true market value should land.

“They wanted Harden money,” another source simply said.

John’s agents pushed hard towards the $ 10 Million mark, to no avail. Much like the NBA’s restricted free agency window, there was a “match clause” on Wall’s shoe deal, meaning his agents at Relativity Sports had the summer of 2015 to take pitches from other brands, and adidas could fully match any new offer Wall agreed to.

The problem was that John Wall simply had no other brands making a concrete offer. No other brand was offering the coveted trio of pure cash, marketing push and a signature line. The offers just weren’t there.

Nonetheless, adidas still stepped up to make what was considered a sizable direct offer of their own, eventually meeting halfway between their $ 5 Million starting offer and Wall’s $ 10 Million asking price, according to multiple sources.

Wall simply declined the extension offer.

12_30 John Wall Kobe XWhere does all of that leave John and adidas?

By not accepting adidas’ offer by that October 2nd deadline, just as several colorways of the JWall 2 were headed to retail stores, the two sides agreed for Wall to play out the season wearing the shoe on-court in games. He’s mostly worn the all red edition, making for a blur of color and little branding visibility for adidas.

Meanwhile, Wall and his agents can continue to hear offers from other brands during the season, with adidas retaining their right to match.

Adidas hasn’t promoted Wall on social media during that time, while the previously-paid-for banner ads and in-store displays at partners like Foot Locker serve as the only public association between the two.

Wall will be an unrestricted sneaker free agent this summer, after the season concludes. The adidas “match clause” will have expired, and Wall will be free to sign with any brand of his liking.

Unsurprisingly, Wall has been spotted literally never in adidas off-court this fall, even wearing Retro Jordans from time to time, and practicing in Kobe Xs. Tonight, for the first time, he wore the Nike Kobe X on court in a game, apparently citing “footwear issues” with his JWall 2 signature shoe.

“My main focus is just play basketball,” Wall said when asked by the Washington Post after shoot-around earlier this month. “I let my agents and marketing team and them negotiate and talk.”

While he’s an All-Star point guard in a major market, with an explosive and exciting game, his signature shoe track record of poor sales and his lackluster social media presence unfortunately makes it all but impossible for Wall to command a new deal in the $ 10 Million range that he was hoping for. His window for leverage towards “Harden money” was last summer, as it’s the restricted match clause that can spike the dollars so high.

Nike surely has no incentive to offer near eight figures, and is also fully invested in point guard Kyrie Irving’s signature line, making a Nike Wall signature shoe a long, longshot.

“I don’t even know what the back up option is,” says one source.

Wall could field a huge offer from a China-based brand. His agent Dan Fegan just negotiated a new deal for Dwight Howard with Peak, after Howard wore adidas for the entirety of his career to this point.

Of course, going that route entirely shifts a player’s marketing presence away from the US, as China brands haven’t looked to consistently promote their athletes stateside, where they have little national retail presence. For China’s top trio of brands – Anta, Peak and Li-Ning – more than 99% of their business comes from the Chinese market.

It’s also uncertain if either Jordan Brand or Under Armour would have serious interest in Wall, for a reduced price that would unlikely include a signature shoe, as they’re currently committed to major stars in Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry.

As it stands, Wall and adidas are simply at a standstill, and expected to play out the remainder of the season before eventually parting ways this summer.

Once that time comes, and as more shoe deal offers are made to John Wall along the way, you can be certain to get every update and inside detail here at and on Twitter.

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Fashion Girl of Today:Break Free

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by RuxandraIoana


The James Jarvis x Nike Free SB Collection Is Releasing This Weekend

words // Gregory Williams:

Teaming up with Nike SB, London-based artist James Jarvis reimagines the Free SB with two new artsy makeovers. Utilizing both a R&R-crafted white-based and leather black-based take on the previously mentioned model, both iterations are equipped with a contrastive doodle-like aesthetic featured throughout the uppers. Complete with shades of grey and red filling in the respective Swooshes, matching Free outsoles complete each makeup. Check out some additional looks at the James Jarvis x Nike Free SB Collection after the jump and looks for these kicks to be available at Premier on April 25th.

James Jarvis x Nike Free SB

Release Date: April 25, 2015
Price: $ 115-$ 125

The James Jarvis x Nike Free SB Collection Is Releasing This Weekend

James Jarvis x Nike Free SB Collection

The James Jarvis x Nike Free SB Collection Is Releasing This Weekend

James Jarvis x Nike Free SB Collection


NikeLab X158 Exclusive Free TR 5.0 V6 Premium

Having recently unveiled the collaborative effort with Dover Street Market, NikeLab presents a new colorway of its Free TR 5.0 V6 training shoe exclusive to Shanghai’s X158 location. The sleek cross-trainer sports a gradient red hue across its lightweight mesh upper, which sits atop of a speckled Free midsole and a gum outsole. Nike’s Flywire cables and Dynamic fit technology ensure a locked-down fit and increased support. Dotted laces, and X158 branding at the heel and tongue round out the slick design. A select number of cities are set to receive their own Free TR 5.0 colorway, with this particular model being available exclusively at NikeLab X158 in Shanghai. However the “White Out” colorway will be available globally.


Nike Free Trainer ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ Sneaker Pack

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To do their part for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Nike will be releasing these special edition versions of a few of their popular Nike Free Trainer silhouettes. Featuring the Free Trainer 3.0, Free Trainer 5.0, and Free Trainer 7.0, each sneaker sees the introduction of just enough pink to let people know what they stand for without going overboard. All three models are set to drop on October 19 at Nike.

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Nike Free Flyknit Chukka Midnight Fog/Mica Green/Bright Cream

Presenting a fresh new colorway to one of 2014′s most celebrated sneaker releases, Nike has worked up the Free Flyknit Chukka in Midnight Fog/Mica Green/Bright Cream. The sneaker features a knitted green and grey upper with contrasting white hits at the Swoosh which further complements a matching all-white, lightweight Free Breathe sole. Elsewhere, red eyelets and a geometric printed heel tab add bursts of bliss to the somber colorway. Look for the Nike Free Flyknit Chukka at Overkill now for €180 EUR (approximately $ 220 USD).


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