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THANKS: Nice Kicks Staff Named To Complex’s “Most Influential Of 2015” List.

words // Matt Halfhill:

What a year 2015 has been.

I could not be more proud to have myself, George Kiel III and Nick DePaula all included on Complex’s “Most Influential People In Sneaker Media” feature.

The end of 2014 prepared us for the big comeback of 2015. With the editorial restrictions of being a retailer, we finally got our right to freedom of speech back when the retail arm of Nice Kicks was sold.  At last, we could bring all of you the news like we had from our beginning through the early part of 2012. It was great to be back to doing what we do best.

In October, I stepped back from being the Editor-in-Chief, handing those duties over to someone who could not be more deserving — George Kiel III. George has been rocking and rolling with the team since 2008, when we made our first round of hires to expand our team in the Austin area. While many thought I exited stage-left from the business, it couldn’t be further from the truth. I think anyone on the team could attest that I have never been more involved with the business, working behind the scenes on a number of things, including assembling a team of All-Stars with more combined experience in sneaker media than the age of Nike.

Early in the year, an industry veteran joined the squad to round out the roster, bringing with him a work ethic and creative ideas that top virtually anyone in the industry. Nick DePaula, for years, was the Editor-in-Chief at Sole Collector, making it so much of what it is today by laying the ground work of what sneaker media should be. Along with his industry insights and relationships with everyone in the business of footwear top-to-bottom, there are nothing but great things coming.

I recognize how hard it must have been for Nick Engvall, a Nice Kicks OG, to write the Complex list with the vast field of so many people in the sneaker media landscape who all bring something new and exciting to the business. Fifteen is a very short list for all of the great people out there, whether it be on YouTube, independent sites, Twitter, Instagram, and other spots on the web.

2015 has been a great year for all involved in sneaker media.

To be named one of the most influential people in sneaker media after 10 years of doing this business is a humbling honor. I can’t describe how great it feels to be named amongst a list of peers that I respect so highly. The list of individuals is a league of extraordinary individuals who have dedicated their lives and careers to bringing you news, opinions, and history of sneakers. They’ve all elevated our collective sneaker culture.

But without the entire Nice Kicks team, I highly doubt I would be named.  Every single person on our team brings their best day in and day out to make Nice Kicks what it is.

I would also like to shine light on one of the most influential people in this business that is an industry secret. My wife and co-founder, Allison Halfhill, must receive as equal praise as myself. She is the reason Nice Kicks is what it is today. She is the reason that “good enough” isn’t acceptable. Far beyond organizing and spearheading the On-Foot Look column of styling sneakers with fashion, she pushes everyone on the team forward and challenges all of us to bring our best. Whether it be a brainstorming session for content stories or managing relationships with advertisers, she is it.

For those who know me personally, my mind is always racing with new ideas. If it wasn’t for Allison, nothing would ever be filtered through or executed. Period.

Next year marks the 10th anniversary of Nice Kicks and I personally can’t describe just how excited I am for our team and our fans. We have some incredible projects in the works. Incredible.

The entire year will be a busy one, but we owe it to all of you who have stuck with us through the years to make Nice Kicks what it is today.

Without you, the people, the readers, the fans, Nice Kicks Nation, YOU are the reason we are where we are.  Keep pushing us forward and expecting nothing but the best from myself and my team.

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Jared Cunningham Wears Nike LeBron II | Kicks On Court

Jared Cunningham’s footwear has become just as intriguing as LeBron’s on a nightly basis. While King James dons PE after PE of his latest, the Nike LeBron 13, Cunningham has been sporting LeBrons of old. In last night’s nationally televised game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cunningham sported the white and navy Nike LeBron II, a shoe that released in 2004. View these kicks plus more worn by DeMar DeRozan, Kobe Bryant and more in today’s roundup of Kicks On Court.

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Jared Cunningham in the Nike LeBron II White/Navy

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Jared Cunningham in the white and navy Nike LeBron II

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Kevin Durant and LeBron James wearing PE versions of the Nike KD8 and the Nike LeBron 13, respectively 

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LeBron James’ Nike LeBron 13 PE

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Nice Kicks Presents // Air Jordan 8 “Aqua” Remix

Tomorrow will bring us the long and highly anticipated return of the Air Jordan 8 “Aqua”.  The Aqua 8s made their debut in February of 1993 when Michael Jordan stepped foot onto the court at the Delta Center for the 1993 NBA All-Star Game.  In the unforgettable game, Jordan put up 30 points in what would be his last All-Star Game appearance before his first retirement.  The game was filled with many highlights and fans on hand got their money’s worth when the game went to overtime where the West narrowly defeated the East.

While the first retro of the “Aqua” Jordan 8s came 14 years after initial debut in 2007, the wait this time was just 8 years.  While many would have probably liked to have the Aquas back sooner, the wait until 2015 means that Jordan-heads will be recipients of a Remastered Retro Jordan 8 in the coveted colorway.  For starters, the shape is much more true to the original than the 2007 retro.  More noticeably, the back panel of the shoe is a lighter grey than the 2007 release which was virtually black making the shoe just one tone on the upper panels.  Lastly, but with creating much conversation, the 2015 retro release of the Air Jordan 8 “Aqua” feature a slightly sparkly midsole and outsole.  Many heads have been against this finish, but OG-heads are very appreciative of the original touch dating back to 1993.  Nostalgia!

As stated earlier, the Air Jordan 8 “Aqua” will release on Black Friday, November 27, 2015 priced at $ 190.

Are the “Aqua” Jordan 8s a cop or drop for you?

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The Phoenix Suns’ Sneaker Shopping Spot| Kicks On Court Weekly

Matt Halfhill – Founder + Publisher
Allison Halfhill – Chief of Strategy
Nick DePaula – Creative Director

George Kiel III – Editor in Chief
Ian Stonebrook – Associate Editor

Pierce Simpson – Staff Writer
Darren Griffin – Staff Writer

Sid Ashford – Video + Visuals

Jeffery Jason – Social Media

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NBA Kicks On Court // Around The League 11.5.15

words // Nick DePaula:

With just five games on the schedule Thursday night, some of the associations’s top point guards were looking to get the best of their matchups.

In Chicago, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook actually faced off for the first time since December 6th, 2010, which is really incredible to consider. Out west, Damian Lillard hosted Mike Conley Jr. and the Grizzlies, as the Blazers looked to continue to compete on a nightly basis and surprise teams around the league.

Both Westbrook and Lillard each were spotted in special edition “Vet Day” sneakers, with Lillard leading the way in a win by pouring in 35 points on 7/11 shooting from 3. After a slow start, DRose scored 10 straight points in the closing minutes to carry the Bulls over the OKC Thunder.

Around the league, we also spotted Jeremy Lin, Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried in “Vet Day” adidas shoes, while Will Barton and Raymond Felton broke out Under Armour’s “Vet Day” ClutchFit Drive 2s.

Check out all of the best Kicks On Court from last night in the league, and let us know your favorites below.

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Alec Burks / adidas Crazylight Boost 2015
_____11_5 Barton
Will Barton / Under Armour ClutchFit Drive 2 “Vet Day”
_____11_5 Batum Dirk
Dirk Nowitzki / Nike Air Max Body U PE
Nic Batum / adidas Crazyquick 3 Low
_____11_5 CJ
CJ McCollum / Nike Kyrie 1 iD
_____11_5 Dame 2
Damian Lillard / adidas DLillard 1 “Vet Day”
_____11_5 Danilo
Danilo Gallinari / adidas JWall 2 “Vet Day”
_____11_5 Deron
Deron Williams / Nike HyperRev 2015 PE
_____11_5 DJ
DJ Augustin / Jordan CP3.VIII AE
Aaron Brooks / Nike Zoom Run The One
_____11_5 DRose
Derrick Rose / adidas DRose 6
_____11_5 DWade
Dwyane Wade / Li-Ning Way of Wade 4
_____11_5 Faried
Kenneth Faried / adidas Crazyquick 3 “Vet Day”
_____11_5 JLin
Jeremy Lin / adidas Crazylight Boost 2015 “Vet Day”
_____11_5 Justise Shabazz
Justise Winslow / adidas DRose 773 IV
Shabazz Muhammad  / adidas Crazylight Boost 2015 Mid
_____11_5 KD
Kevin Durant / Nike KD 8
_____11_5 Kemba Ray
Raymond Felton / Under Armour ClutchFit Drive 2 Low “Vet Day”
_____11_5 Kemba
Kemba Walker / Jordan Super.Fly 4
_____11_5 LaVine
Zach LaVine / Nike Kobe X
Tyler Johnson / Air Jordan Retro 13
_____11_5 Marc 2
Meyers Leonard & Marc Gasol / Nike Hyperdunk 2015
_____11_5 Mike Conley
Mike Conley Jr / Under Armour Curry One 
_____11_5 Mudi
Emmanuel Mudiay / Under Armour ClutchFit Drive 2 Low
_____11_5 Pau
Pau Gasol / Nike Hyperdunk 2014 PE
_____11_5 Rod Hood
Rodney Hood / Nike Kyrie 1 iD
_____11_5 Russ 2
11_5 RussRussell Westbrook / Air Jordan XX9 “Vet Day” 
_____11_5 Wiggins Justise
Chris Bosh / Nike HyperPosite 2
Justise Winslow / adidas DRose 773 IV
_____11_5 Wiggins
Luol Deng / Nike KD 8 iD
Andrew Wiggins / adidas Crazylight Boost 2015
_____11_5 ZBoZach Randolph / Nike Hyperfuse 2014 PE
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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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Base Kicks // The Kansas City Royals Steal Game One of the World Series in Extra Innings

Last night’s Game One matchup between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets was one for the ages as this extra innings contest lasted over five hours and created a bevy of intrigued fans within social media. Captivated by the constant rotation of pitchers and utility players, as well as the valiant effort of Edinson Volquez, whose father unfortunately passed away prior to the first pitch, this 2015 World Series has so far been very memorable for a variety of reason.

With that in mind, the latest edition of Base Kicks provides the perfect precursor to tonight’s first pitch of Game Two as we take a look at the notable models sported during last night’s game on stars such as David Wright, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer.

To see for yourself, scroll through the pages below to enjoy.

Ben Zobrist in a Royals PE of the Under Armour Deception

Ben Zobrist in a Royals PE of the New Balance Playoff Pack Low-Cut 3000v2

Lorenzo Cain in a Royals PE of the Under Amour Ignite

Lorenzo Cain in a Royals PE of the Under Amour Deception Low

Eric Hosmer in a Royals PE of the Under Armour Deception DT

Eric Hosmer in a Royals PE of the Under Armour Deception DT

Alex Gordon in a Royals PE of the Nike Air Huarache Pro Mid

Alex Gordon in a Royals PE of the Nike Air Huarache Pro Mid

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Nice Kicks #SoundOff // Nike Kyrie 2

With the NBA season merely days away, official and unofficial prognosticators continue to fill out their respective team standings and season award winners, as they attempt to predict the upcoming campaign. However, for sneaker lovers as ourselves, we usually do another thing as the new season approaches and that’s take a look at the upcoming signature releases which happens to be the topic of our latest Nice Kicks #SoundOff. What is the sneaker you might ask? Well, it’s no other than the recently depicted Nike Kyrie 2.

To see all of the elaborate comments and puns, check out the video above as we let your voice be heard on the newest Kyrie Irving silhouette.

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Gridiron Kicks // Week 5: Breast Cancer Awareness PEs Continue to Thrive Within the NFL

As the moth of October reaches its midway point, a variety of NFL teams are finding themselves in rather precarious situations. For starters, the once lowly New York Giants now find themselves in first place within the NFC East and the Cincinnati Bengals suddenly become the first team in AFC North history to begin a campaign 5-0.

In a season that seems to provide new storylines each and every week, the slate of notable “Breast Cancer Awareness” inspired PEs are suddenly the sole focus for us (no pun intended) as the likes of Andre Johnson, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. canvass our Starting-11 Countdown within the latest edition of Gridiron Kicks; along with featuring some of the best collegiate players.

To see for yourself, check out the video above to enjoy the latest edition of #GridironKicks.

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Check Out the Best Kicks Rocked by the Audience at SKEE TV

DJ Skee and all of our friends at SKEE TV appreciate a good pair of sneakers. It just so happens that the audience members do, too.

Tonight, the likes of Game and Kat Graham are set to appear on SKEE TV on FUSE at 9 PM Central. Peep a preview from the show in the video below [including some bars from Game on the current state of hip-hop fashion…] and check out some of the best kicks pulled out in the audience.

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Air Jordan 11 “Playoff”

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Nike Air Raid Red/Black

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Air Jordan 5 White/Metallic Silver

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Reebok Kamikaze 1 Red/Black

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Air Jordan 3 “True Blue”

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Premier x New Balance 998

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Air Jordan 4 “Military Blue”

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Nike Air Python Red/Red

IMG_5056Air Jordan 5 “Laney”

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