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A Detailed Look At The “Tech Pack” Air Jordan 33

words // Nick DePaula
images // KicksVision

Previewed earlier this month at Jordan Brand’s grand Los Angeles unveil of the latest game shoe, the new Air Jordan 33 will be releasing in a handful of fresh colorways new to the line. While the 31 and 32 before it drafted heavily off of their thirty-year prior predecessors, the team behind the shoe had different plans in store for the 33.

“We really wanted to look beyond, ‘This was the 1, the 2 and the 3,’” reveals designer Tate Kuerbis. “We wanted to look beyond and into the future.”

With a new innovative FastFit laceless lockdown system and a more refined and sharp approach to design, the 33 thankfully takes the brand to a more technical place, earning it a strong reaction since being unveiled. Rather than launch in an expected cement-inspired look hearkening back to the late 1980s, the 33 will be releasing later this fall in what’s been dubbed a “Tech Pack”-informed edition.

The term is short for the detailed pack of technical blueprints for a shoe that designers will compile for their factory counterparts to develop and produce a shoe — hues of red, yellow and blue help to accent a clean black and white contrasting base.

Check out the “Tech Pack” Air Jordan 33 below in detail, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter.

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A Closer Look at the Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Virgil Abloh is one of the most copied men in fashion and sneakers. The latter, of course, stems from his collaborative collection with Nike, “The Ten,” which sent shock waves through the community in 2017. The final sneaker from that offering to release, Abloh’s Off White x Converse Chuck Taylor, take on an entire life of its own outside of the Nike releases. That trend continues with its successor.

Teased first by Complex and subsequently today by @pyrates, leaked product images showcase the classic Chuck 70 design joined by Abloh’s signature factory-esque branding with imposing black and white midsole stripes. An orange zip-tie matches the shoe’s gleaming outsole, giving way to a potential Halloween theme matching that of the Chicago native’s impending Nike Blazer collaboration.

Off White x Converse Chuck 70
Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Although widely thought to release on Monday, October 8, neither party has confirmed details for the Off White x Converse Chuck 70. Stay tuned for additional info.

Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Off White x Converse Chuck 70
Off White x Converse Chuck 70

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Dragon Ball Z x adidas Yung 1 // Closer Look

It has been quite some time since we first heard about the collaboration between adidas Originals and Dragon Ball Z. Being one of the biggest collaboration for adidas this year, this collection will feature several Three Stripe sneakers. The newly released but old school-inspired adidas Yung 1 is one of them.

Recently, Py_Rates on Twitter shared a group of official images of the Dragon Ball Z x adidas Yung 1.

Let us know what you think on social and keep it locked for official release details.




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Bodega x adidas Consortium Collection // Closer Look

Bodega and adidas are set to revamp some classics in their collection that is set to release later this month. The collection pays homage to the terrace scene along with adidas’ undeniable influence in fútbol across the Atlantic Ocean.

The collection in collaboration with Boston-based Bodega brings some swagger to both the adidas Kamanda and the adidas Sobakov. The lifestyle shoes are adidas’ newest push in bringing some nostalgic flavor to the streets.

Take a look at the official Bodega x adidas Consortium video below highlighting the beautiful sport of football through the Kamandas and Sobakovs.

Bodega x Adidas Consortium 2018 from Bodega on Vimeo.

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Another Look at the Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated”

Jordan Brand is reaching back to the infancy of Michael Jordan‘s professional career to drive new iterations of his very first signature shoe — the Air Jordan 1. Later this year, in ode to his Rookie of the Year acknowledgment, a shoe carrying that moniker will hit stores. Its inspiration is taken not only from the trophy he hoisted that year, but a buttery brown shirt he wore during the award presentation.

On pace with that release in another that also draws from Jordan’s crowning rookie season. Sparked by a moment in advance of his Rookie of the Year honors, this release finds momentum in a vintage Sports Illustrated cover.

The issue, labeled “A Star is Born,” released on December 10, 1984. It saw Jordan positioned between three Milwaukee Bucks defenders at the rim with an intense focus in his eyes. Each of the three Bucks players were facing Jordan but angled sideways towards the advantageous photographer, who caught the gradient green and white fade of their red trimmed uniforms. From that moment, and those poses, Jordan Brand found the fuel to drive the forthcoming Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated” edition.

From an outward vantage, the shoe is of very little grandiosity. Crafted in premium tumbled leather, the style features a white base with black overlays — standard issue by most accounts. It’s the iconic Swoosh branding that informs the shoe and supports its narrative. That same gradient pattern from those elder Bucks unis is seen through a striped green and white Swoosh, trimmed in red. A matching red Wings logo punctuates this penetrating theme.

Jordan Brand has not officially announced the shoe nor its release date. However, several reports indicate that the Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated” will debut sometime during the brand’s coveted holiday release calendar.

Update8/6: A closer look at the upcoming Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated” courtesy of sayitwityakickz is revealed. A holiday 2018 release is expected.

Air Jordan 1 "Sports Illustrated"
Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated”
Air Jordan 1 "Sports Illustrated"
Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated”
Air Jordan 1 "Sports Illustrated"
Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated”
Air Jordan 1 "Sports Illustrated"
Air Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated”

Source: 2muchsol3

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UNDERCOVER x Nike Element React 87 // Closer Look

photos // Rob Mata

After taking the two spot in our 25 Best Releases of the Year So Far List, the UNDERCOVER x Nike Element React 87 sees the upcoming collaborative debut of the React model on the rise.

Shown in white, this rendition relies on the same translucent tooling as the inline pairs with the energy return foam finding footing in the midsole. White laces peppered with 3m hits add flash, while a taupe Swoosh and red piping offer an aesthetic that’s as mature and rustic as it is sporty.

Check out a preview of this pair currently housed by @lacenpace in the photos below.

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Air Jordan 3 JTH “Bio Beige” // Another Look

Last month, we reported that the Air Jordan 3 JTH “Bio Beige” would be releasing this month. Well, it looks like the wait will be a bit longer.

Fortunately, it also looks like it will be worth it. Seen in detail by @23talk, the Justin Timberlake take on the Tinker sketch sneaker sees a truly outdoorsy take. No, there’s no lug sole or waterproof detailing (that we know of), but the tones actually match that of the artist’s album.

Based in an earthy shade of brown and contrasted by dark elephant print, sail sole work, yellow eyelets and hunter orange accents on the tongue lining make these more worthy of mulching than the Super Bowl style. A smoky sole caps the colorway, with notations like “HIGHER” and “Fame is a Lie” offering either identity or advice.

Reports now peg this shoe to launch on August 28th, which makes more sense given the autumn orientation of the model’s palette. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more updates.

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PUMA RS-0 “Play” Pack // Closer Look

With the reboot of its vintage running shoe, PUMA releases the latest iteration of its RS-0 line with the “Play” pack — a continuation of its exploration into cultural genres.

Inspired by the video game culture of the ’80s, the German footwear imprint, for styling versatility, utilizes translucent padded inserts and a tri-color outsole, while creating contrast with a subtly painted upper — coming in black, grey, pink and white. These motifs serve a referential purpose, as they connect to the fanfare and joy created by the retro consoles, controllers and notable characters that enchanted many enthusiasts. Final touches, like an embossed Formstrip and RS-logo on the tongue and outsole complete the offering.

Retailing at $ 100 USD, shop the collection at select retailers and PUMA’s website.

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Nike Air Max 98 AOP “Tiger Camo” // Closer Look

Nike’s Air Max technology will forever be remembered as an iconic innovative breakthrough in the world of sneakers. As Nike continues to build and expand upon its empire, the Swoosh brand continues to shine a light on one of its original Air Max silhouettes.

The Nike Air Max 98 AOP “Tiger Camo” is an eye-catching sneaker, to say the least. With the contrast of the Swoosh colors, this sneaker is definitely worth having a closer look at.

Feast your eyes on the beast below retailing at $ 160 USD and be sure to get yours at Overkill.


Nike “Tiger Camo” Air Max 98 AOP

Nike “Tiger Camo” Air Max 98 AOP

Nike “Tiger Camo” Air Max 98 AOP

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A Closer Look at the Off-White x Converse Chuck 70

words by @mrsteriyaki images by @mymategym

In a short time following the Off-White x Converse Chuck 70 releasing, images of another all-white colourway surfaced online.

So I thought, for the folks that missed out on getting the first pair in hand and are waiting for the next to drop, let’s take a closer look at “The Ten” latecomer.

I’d had it in my mind to rock these with shorts and high white socks; shout out LA, so I wasted no time between purchasing and getting these on foot. The sun doesn’t come around too often this side of the pond.

The lateral and medial sides of the shoe are 80% transparent, meaning your socks set the vibe and tell most of the story when you wear them. Those panels are made from a very thin, completely breathable, plastic netting I want to say. It’s the same material used on some of the other models from “The Ten” but without any of the reinforcement of the foam. It’s actually quite an impressive component of the shoe, as I know some people were concerned about condensation forming due to all the rubber and plastic.

In true Converse style, this iteration by Virgil is quite rigid and comfort is not its strong point. But that being said, it’s frozen-like state is an aspect that I really enjoy – it keeps the outline clean and doesn’t lose its high top shape. To me, the One Star brand has always built shoes we can enjoy by wearing them into the ground, and I’m not approaching this one any different.

It’s rumoured that the delay of this release from the original “Ten” was due to manufacturing issues and questions around the durability of the plastic netting material discussed earlier. Whether any of that is true or not, I think the Converse Chuck 70 deserved its own separate release from “The Ten” we saw late last year. Although acquired by the Swoosh 15 years ago, I think the Converse works well outside its predecessor’s collection. It definitely acts as an effective catalyst for the future of Off-White x Nike releases.

To illustrate my intentions and the shoe’s capabilities, I had a slightly wild idea for a video review. Enjoy below and please leave a thought or two in the comments.

Peace.

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