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Air Jordan 18 Returns in OG Wizards Tones Next Weekend

The Air Jordan 18 Black/Royal was an event for anyone old enough to be into sneakers when they released in 2003.

Worn by Michael Jordan during his final season in the NBA with the Washington Wizards, the AJ18 was as smooth and rich as Money himself. Styled in suede — only the black pair — a brush came with each set of shoes to keep them crispy clean after battle.


OG Air Jordan 18 Black/Sport Royal

While the OG White/Royal returned earlier this year in small doses to but to fast sales, we’re finally getting a Black/Blue retro for the first time ever on October 11th.

Adjusted for inflation (eye-roll), the new pair will cost $ 225 as opposed to the $ 175 they first retailed for. Still, dope to have these back. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for updated imagery.

Air Jordan 18

Colorway: Black/Royal
Release Date: October 11, 2018
Price: $ 225

Source: Sneaker News

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Air Jordan 11 Low “Snakeskin” OG Returns Next Summer

Few sneakers spark a bond with summer quite like the Air Jordan 11 Low. Originally released back in 2001, the shoe may have never been worn by Michael Jordan on-court yet they were donned by just about everyone else off of it. Next summer, one of the original colorways is set to return for the first time in over 17 years.

While several Air Jordan 11 Low “Snakeskin” styles have retroed since the shoe first released just past the turn of the century, the long-beloved navy iteration is the lone pair that hasn’t. But if rumors are to be believed, next summer that will all change.

According to several reports, the navy pair is set to drop next April. Images of the 2019 iteration have not yet been revealed. Stay tuned for additional details.

Air Jordan 11 Low

Style #: CD6846-102
Release Date: April 2019
Price: $ 185

Air Jordan 11 Low "Snakeskin"
Air Jordan 11 Low “Snakeskin”

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Air Jordan 7 Low Pack Takes Flight Next Week

At first thought, an Air Jordan 7 Low doesn’t sound like the best idea. However, in execution, the shoe itself isn’t nearly as bad as the initial thought of it.

With the help of a classic Air Jordan 7 colorway and two other styles that ring true in the Jordan Brand lineage — Concord and Taxi — the rollout of the 7 Low couldn’t have been more strategic. This marks a more favorable outcome than when the shoe was first unveiled ten years ago, in 2008.

Only seen and not released back then, it took a full decade for this idea and subsequent execution to come into full view. Look for the Air Jordan 7 Low Pack featuring the “Bordeaux,” “Bright Concord” and “Taxi” on September 27 via Nike SNKRS at 10am EDT.

Air Jordan 7 Low NRG

Release Date: September 27, 2018
Price: $ 140

Air Jordan 7 Low "Bordeaux"
Air Jordan 7 Low “Bordeaux”
Air Jordan 7 Low "Taxi"
Air Jordan 7 Low “Taxi”
Air Jordan 7 Low "Bright Concord"
Air Jordan 7 Low “Bright Concord”

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Opinion // Colin Kaepernick’s Nike Collection Could Be the Next Livestrong

words // Darren Griffin:

Two years ago, during one of the most trying periods in modern American history, Colin Kaepernick became the most controversial black man in America. It began with a series of peaceful protests when the San Francisco 49ers quarterback sat for the national anthem during two preseason games. For the fourth and final preseason game that season, Kaepernick famously took a knee. He was joined by teammate Eric Reid.

Kaepernick soon after explained his noble actions. He very clearly stated that his aim was to bring awareness to the marginalization of black people in America, the injustices they face, and the unarmed African-American men who were being shot and killed by the police with no retribution.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick stated. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

The series of events that followed, no one truly expected. NFL players from other teams and even athletes in a variety of sports began to follow his lead, hoping to bring awareness to police killings of unarmed black men. An alternate narrative steered by Colin’s detractors soon began to shift public opinion. He was villainized as disrespecting the flag, his country, and the many men and women in the armed forces who bravely risk their lives to keep it safe.

His protest became a political conversation instead of a civil rights plead. And Kaepernick, after opting out of his Niners contract in 2017 to become a free agent, wouldn’t be signed by another NFL team. He is still without work in the NFL.

Now, more than two years since that first kneel — and subsequent stages of public hiatus — Colin’s reemergence on the global stage through Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign is almost as controversial as his initial protest. Quickly and expectedly, Colin is again the most talked about and divisive black man in America. It’s a space he’s grown familiar with. And, to his credit, one he’s learned to thrive within.

Nike, too, is no stranger to global controversy. Throughout the decades, many of their most successful athletes have been the most disruptive. They stuck by Tiger Woods during his brand tarnishing infidelity scandal. They revived Michael Vick’s endorsement deal after he served time in prison for animal cruelty, due to his involvement in a dogfighting ring. And of course, there was Lance Armstrong, whom Nike eventually divested from after his admission of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Before Nike set a course to end its relationship with Armstrong and his Livestrong brand in 2013, it was a partnership marked by great success. Nike would manufacture sneakers, apparel, and accessories for Livestrong as its largest corporate backer. And while the more tangible items served as the main course, the Livestrong rubber bracelet became a cultural phenomenon all on its own.

Nike and Livestrong sold over 87 million yellow rubber bracelets in their fight to bring awareness and provide support to cancer patients. At the cost of just $ 1 dollar, the bright yellow bracelet allowed consumers to become part of something bigger than themselves — part of the change and hopefully, one day, the solution.

With proceeds from the ubiquitous wristwear, Livestrong, by way of Nike, not only thrived fiscally but helped unite the cancer community that Armstrong was part of when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996. The bracelet grew into something neither expected; it became a cultural signifier, a symbol of togetherness, perseverance, and our collective ability to overcome life’s seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

For many people, black and otherwise, Colin’s sacrifice is as great an accomplishment as Lance overcoming cancer and subsequently winning his sixth Tour de France. Kaepernick’s reported Nike collection could, in part, act as the new Livestrong bracelet, bringing togetherness to a nation at odds. Although detractors of Kaepernick have now become protesters of Nike (including President Trump) by proxy, both still appear to thrive in the midst of chaos.

“Kaepernick currently wields the same sword Muhammed Ali, Bill Russell, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar once cut with.”

Since revealing Kaepernick as the lead athlete in its aforementioned “Just Do It” campaign, Nike has seen millions in publicity value. When considering their target demographic, people between ages 18 to 34, Kaepernick’s ad has been met with a more than favorable response. It’s not all positive, though. A truth Nike all but expected.

Kaepernick would appear to be the mirror opposite of, say, LeBron James, a vocal leader in the black community yet not nearly as divisive as Colin. But Nike didn’t become Nike by sidestepping controversy. Calculated risks, by in large, make them the most valuable sportswear company in the world. Yet, truth be told, Colin isn’t much of a risk at all; he’s actually really good business, as time has proven.

He was good business when he reached the Super Bowl in just his third NFL season. He was good business when he kneeled and galvanized a nation. He was good business when his jersey was the NFL’s best-seller. He was good business when GQ Magazine named him its Citizen of the Year, placing Colin on their most important cover of the year. He’s still good business today as the face of Nike’s budding campaign and its moving “Dream Crazy” commercial. An ad that will air tonight during the NFL season opener, while Kaepernick is currently fighting the league in court in an ongoing collusion case.

The commercial, which Nike premiered earlier this week before its national television debut later tonight, is narrated by Kaepernick. The inspirational clip features a wealth of empowering sports stories, including those of LeBron James, Serena Williams, and Seattle Seahawks starting linebacker Shaquem Griffin. Kaepernick appears near the ad’s crescendo, closing the statement piece with his signature afro paired with a calming tan trench coat. A quick transition cuts to a city street in the dark of night, lit up by passing cars and images of youth athletes reflecting off skyscrapers. The clip is punctuated with the words, “It’s only crazy until you do it. Just do it.”

The contrast in Nike airing “Dream Crazy” during the NFL season opener parallels their brand mantra. To greater effect, it proves why Kaepernick’s signature collection could have the same impact as Livestrong. Whether it be through a statement, theme, or something similar to a Livestrong bracelet or another towering accessory, the Nike Fuelband, Kaepernick’s cause is a rallying cry ripe for support. As Lance’s was years ago.

Much like how Nike helped to further cancer research and bring hope to a community of survivors through the Livestrong band, both through pure cash donations and in providing a symbol of unity through that simple rubberized wristband, here’s to hoping that Kaepernick and the brand will build upon their message of equality, and put forth a plan of community activations from proceeds from the inevitable Kaepernick-backed product capsules.

There’s a crystalized complexity in Nike’s public championing of the NFL’s assumed nemesis. By the numbers, though, the league has far more naysayers than Nike and Kaepernick. Many of whom are African-Americans, which in turn places them squarely on Team Kaep. Ready and willing to rally behind a cause that places an emphasis on their civil liberties and equality, Nike may be in their most opportunistic cultural position since Livestrong.

Even as the most controversial black figure in America today, Colin is the right man for this job.

Kaepernick currently wields the same sword Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar once cut with. And while there can certainly be a negative connotation when comparing what Kaepernick can do to what Armstrong did before his fall from grace, there’s no scandal in fighting for equal rights, sacrificing oneself for the good of many, and using your platform to affect change. Colin himself may not be untouchable. But his cause, his cause may be.

Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick

 

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Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All Star” Drops Next Month

Kobe Bryant’s signature collection remains a fixture in the Nike Basketball lexicon years following his retirement from the NBA. Both Bryant and Nike alluded to this fact even before Bean stepped away from the game; they’ve held true to that promise and then some.

His very-first performance retro, the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro, joins his debut signature sneaker with modern-day tooling and tech. Released earlier this year in both original colorways and an Undefeated collaboration, respectively, the latest pair to land in stores was an ode to the Lakers former home in Minneapolis.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”

Next in line for the Zoom Kobe 1 Protro is another OG colorway. Sort of.

Taking inspiration from the Zoom Kobe 1 Bryant wore during the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, a white, red and black upper fills the leather composed retro. Bryant’s original pair, of course, featured royal blue in lieu of black, in line with the Western Conference uniforms that year.

It’s reported that the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star” will release this August. Nike has not yet confirmed those details. Until they do, grab a closer look below.

Update 7/26: Official images of the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star” have been revealed. The shoe is reported to release on August 1.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro

Colorway: White/Black-Varsity Red
Style #: AQ2728-102
Price: $ 175

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "All-Star"
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “All-Star”

Source: gc911

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Chance The Rapper’s Next Philanthropy Mission Is About Making Sure Everyone Gets A ‘Chance At Greatness’

Chance the Rapper might not be releasing an album this week, contrary to previous reports. The confusion was warranted considering that his interview with the Chicago Tribune teased that a new project was arriving “in time for the Special Olympics” — the 50th Anniversary concert of which he is producing and headlining on Saturday (July 21).

However, the update isn’t all bad news. During the discussion, the “Forever Always” rapper did describe in a very inspirational manner why his commitment to supporting the Special Olympics is important.

“I haven’t done as much work as possible with the intellectual and physical disabilities community,” Chance detailed. “But overall we’ve been about access, just trying to make sure everyone is given their chance at greatness. And greatness isn’t something segregated. When I looked into the history of the Special Olympics, that it started here 50 years ago and how many [Special Olympics] athletes we have in Chicago — 7,000 — I felt we should be a part of it.”

During the interview, Chance also opened up about the challenges of collaborating with artists in the major label system when you’re independent.

“Music has value,” he continued. “I put my music out there for free because I wanted people to see and notice it as a beacon for what I’m doing, in terms of how unorthodox I wanted my approach and my delivery of each piece of music to be… The bigger concern for artists now is navigating the legal issues of owning your music, your publishing, your distribution. It has been difficult for me to release music with artists who work with the majors. A lot of stuff I’ve worked on hasn’t come out since Coloring Book because it’s hard.”

Hopefully the labels back off of Chance because we need that Kanye West-produced seven-song album.

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Under Armour Curry 5 Grey/Gum Drops Next Week

Hoping to three-peat next season, strengthening their legacy next to the historic teams of old, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors up those odds with the addition of All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Curry, coming off another All-Star season himself, finished the championship season in his all-new Under Armour Curry 5.

Next weekend, on Friday the 13th, UA will release another colorway of the celebrated fifth signature shoe of the league’s sharpest shooter. Colored in a smooth grey upper with sporty gum outsole tooling, outdoor runs grow more exciting given new variations of the performance driven Curry 5.

Take a closer look at the Under Armour Curry 5 Grey/Gum and gear up for the release next weekend.

Under Armour Curry 5 Grey/Gum

Release Date: July 13, 2018
Price: $ 130

Under Armour Curry 5 Grey/Gum
Under Armour Curry 5 Grey/Gum
Under Armour Curry 5 Grey/Gum
Under Armour Curry 5 Grey/Gum
Under Armour Curry 5 Grey/Gum
Under Armour Curry 5 Grey/Gum

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Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack” to Launch Next Week

Well, it’s lit. Almost, at least. Following many rumors but large amounts of uncertainty, it appears the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack” has on official release date.

Spotted on Livestock Canada’s release calendar by our pals at Hypebeast, the La Flame 4s (or first of two, maybe three) are set to launch on June 9th.

Peep the best photos we have of said shoe yet and hit up your local boutique for launch procedures.

Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack”

Release Date: June 9, 2018
Price: $ 230

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Air Jordan XXX2 Low “Last Shot” Takes Flight Next Week

Later this month, Jordan Brand will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Air Jordan 14 “Last Shot” with a retro release on June 14. As a companion piece, they’ll also launch a “Last Shot” edition of the Air Jordan XXX2 Low.

Themed after the shoe Michael Jordan wore during his Game 6 winner during the 1998 NBA Finals over an under equipped Byron Russell, largely produced in black with red accents, the date of the game is placed behind the shoes tongue to honor the Chicago Bulls sixth championship ring.

Fans of the Air Jordan XXX2 Low “Last Shot” can expect pairs in select stores on June 9.

Air Jordan XXX2 Low “Last Shot”

Release Date: June 9, 2018
Price: $ 160

Air Jordan XXX2 "Last Shot"
Air Jordan XXX2 “Last Shot”
Air Jordan XXX2 "Last Shot"
Air Jordan XXX2 “Last Shot”
Air Jordan XXX2 "Last Shot"
Air Jordan XXX2 “Last Shot”
Air Jordan XXX2 "Last Shot"
Air Jordan XXX2 “Last Shot”
Air Jordan XXX2 "Last Shot"
Air Jordan XXX2 “Last Shot”

Source: gc911

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Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack Lands Next Week

The much anticipated retro release of the Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” isn’t a singular one. Nike’s famed general release from 2003 will be accompanied by two additional Air Max models. Both of which will also carry the “Curry” theme forward.

Taking inspiration from red and green curry variations, the three-piece collection is set to hit retailers on May 10. Each pair is priced at $ 150 and they’ll certainly be harder to secure than the original “Currys” 15 years ago. Grab a closer look at the Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack below and let us know if you plan to cop.

Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack

Release Date: May 10, 2018
Price: $ 150

Nike Air Max 1 "Curry" Pack
Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack
Nike Air Max 1 "Curry" Pack
Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack
Nike Air Max 1 "Curry" Pack
Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack

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