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New Nike Kobe A.D. Surface at Drew League

Even after Kobe Bryant retired his signature sneaker line is still one of the most worn by basketball players across the globe.

NBA superstar DeMar DeRozan is a huge fan of Kobe sneakers. The Nike athelete serves as the active face of the Kobe signature line after the man himself retired.

Today at the Drew League, DeRozan was seen wearing a pair of brand new Kobe sneakers which is rumored to be the latest Kobe AD model.

This sneaker is rumored to be released on Kobe Day this year. Please stay tuned for more information on this sneaker.

Images via Drew League

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Chicago Law Enforcement Reportedly Attempts to Bait Local Youth Into Stealing Nike Sneakers

Chicago law enforcement officials are being accused of placing bait trunks filled with Nike sneakers in the underprivileged neighborhood of Englewood on the city’s southwest side. Its alleged intent was to invite would-be thieves — all inner city youth — to steal its contents. Accusations were reported earlier this week when videos of a partially opened truck filled with sneakers was located near a basketball court inhabited by kids. The large majority of them being black.

The truck was said to be overflowing with Nike Air Force 1s and Christian Louboutin sneakers of all sorts. After being recorded by Charles Mckenzie near the basketball court in the largely black community, the unmarked truck was again seen at another nearby location by another local activist, Martin G. Johnson. Community members are accusing Chicago PD of not protecting and serving its community, but praying on vulnerable youth in lieu of chasing down career criminals.

When they ask you why arrest and crime is so highly in black communities. Remind them they do set ups and baits in white communities. They don’t try and criminalize the people in white communities. ————————————————–@realnegus_wakenup3 ??? August 2, 2018 The Chicago Police parked a truck filled with boxes of Nike Shoes in front of kids in a predominantly Black Community, opened it and when they hop in, the Police jump out on them and arrest them (The same way they give us unequal opportunities, put guns & and drugs in our communities but lock us up for it)…thoughts? “Dirty Muthafuckaz”! ————————————————–#therealremyredd #Blackmedia #BotherVex #blackinamerica #BlackLivesMatter #blackhistoryiseveryday #BlackHistory #blackhistorymonth #StephCurry #Lebron #Nas #Beyonce #beyoncé #KimKardashian #cardib #nickiminaj #justiceforchikeshaclemons #MarkeisMcGlockton #JusticeForMarkeisMcGlockton #JusticeForDesmond #NFL #justiceforjunior #JusticeforAntwonRose #getthestrap #inmyfeelingschalleng #ThisisAmerical

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The correlation of baiting black kids with “basketball sneakers” as they play basketball in a city that praises both sneaker and hoops culture isn’t lost on Chicagoans or anyone else intimately informed or intertwined with black culture. The racial element of these alleged activities are vastly apparent. In part, such enforcement practices in any community are wrong. Yet, from a wider lens, enacting such deeds in an underprivileged community where means are lesser thus desperation greater, registers as an even weightier offense.

As Vox reports, the poverty rate in Englewood is at least 40 percent, with varying reports that indicate it could be even higher, tallying upwards to 60 percent. Given the staggering poverty rates, and the fact that Illinois is a state where theft crimes in excess of $ 500 are charged as a felony, this alleged honey trap for youths who’d immediately be thrust into a criminal justice system that has long been slanted against blacks, is emphatically predatory.

Chicago PD has a history of bait operations. In plain view of Americans in 2008 when they used bait cars to cut down on auto-theft in high-crime areas, Chicago was the foremost city when others like Dallas and Philadelphia followed with sting operations of a similar volition. San Francisco even implemented bait bikes to slash theft activity.

In most circles, bait operations raise huge civil liberties red flags as they can create crime where it otherwise wouldn’t be. Again, terms like predatory and entrapment come to mind. This, too, could have lifelong ramifications on someone without a criminal record. As in Chicago, even at the age of 18, stealing a pair of Louboutins valued at $ 500 or more would be considered a felony. The offender could face upwards to five years in prison.

Chicago PD and FBI officials would not comment on the alleged Englewood bait truck. Community members are demanding answers, emphatic that such an act would add further strife to an already tense relationship between Chicago’s inner city and local law enforcement.

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Nike Air Max Deluxe “Photo Blue” // US Release Date

Debuting not long ago in the Eastern Hemisphere, the Nike Air Max Deluxe “Photo Blue” finally has an official US release date.

The revered runner coveted by cult collectors is set to take on the American masses on August 10th. Set off by hues of blue and orange, a vivid upper and full-length Air Max sole score this shoe on its first retro run.

Get another look at the Nike Air Max Deluxe “Photo Blue” below courtesy of our friends at Unheardof.

Nike Air Max Deluxe “Photo Blue”

Product #: AJ7831-401
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Price: $ 180

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John Elliott and Nike Debut the LeBron James Icon Collection

LeBron James has been an admirer of John Elliott since 2014, the self-labeled brand based in Los Angeles that began back in 2012. Starting with elevated basics and now encapsulating a full ready-to-wear collection, Elliott began working with Nike about the same time James began to gravitate towards his designs.

Fast forward to modern-day, and the John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon Collection is just days from release. Debuting in select regions this Saturday, August 4th, the mutual respect and admiration that Elliott and James carry for one another births this versatile offering that’s both focused and conceptually progressive.

John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon
John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon

Building the shoe from the ground up, Elliott credits James from making it all come together by adding the collection’s sock component and his curiosity for product design. “It’s a great story to tell, because it really hammers home my whole ethos as a designer, which is all about creating a layered look,” Elliott said.

The Icon sneaker, layered to add proportion with translucent components that crystallize foundational details, takes much of its inspiration from one of James’ most popular signature sneakers — the Nike LeBron 8. Hovering above full-length Air cushioning, a curvaceous ankle collar and front slope are met with overlaying lines and well-placed Swoosh branding. All of this aims to serve function, versatility and, as Elliott would proclaim, the ability to “move and transition.”

Smartly designed for comfort while one pushes through the boundaries of comfort zones, the John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon QS and its supporting collection of tees, sweats, socks, cap and jacket, will release online on August 4th in North America, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia and Brazil. Additional launches will follow on August 25th in China and on September 1st in Europe.

John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon QS

Release Date: August 4, 2018
Price: $ 250

John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon
John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon
John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon
John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon

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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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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”

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Nike Air Max 97 “Red Crush” // Available Now

Continuing to drop new colorways of the classic Air Max 97 just for the ladies, Nike just released a clean “Red Crush” color scheme for women.

The women’s Nike Air Max 97 “Red Crush” has a mainly white upper that’s accented by bold stripes of red and blue. A full-length Air Max cushioning unit in red on the while midsole along with a navy blue outsole completes the look of this USA-themed iteration of the AM97.

Available now, women can cop a pair of the Nike Air Max 97 “Red Crush” from Feature for $ 160.

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Nike Moon Racer Debut Colorway Asks “Permission For Takeoff”

Nike has been extremely prolific this year debuting desirable new silhouettes. For starters there’s the shinning achievement known as the React Element 87. In addition, other formidable styles like the Vapor Street Flyknit and Pegasus Turbo are also pushing boundaries of both performance innovation and technological advancements.

Joining the fray next month is the Nike Moon Racer. Inspired by the famed Nike Moon Shoe that was handmade by Geoff Hollister under the tutelage of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, in 1972, this relic stands as the guiding force for a modern-day counterpart.

Nike Moon Shoe (1972)
Nike Moon Shoe (1972)

With an enlarged Swoosh that bleeds onto the lace collar from the lateral siding, the shoe bears similarities to certain OFF WHITE x Nike releases. Framing appears to take from the Nike Cortez while contemporary React tooling enhances the speckled midsole. That midsole, of course, could be a direct nod to the “White Cement” Air Jordan 4.

This budding silhouette is set to release on August 2 at premium retailers like Sneaker Politics. Take a detailed look at the Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff” below.

Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff”

Colorway: Black/White-Wolf Grey
Style #: AQ4121-001
Release Date: August 2, 2018
Price: $ 150

Nike Moon Racer "Permission For Takeoff"
Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff”
Nike Moon Racer "Permission For Takeoff"
Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff”
Nike Moon Racer "Permission For Takeoff"
Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff”
Nike Moon Racer "Permission For Takeoff"
Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff”

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Nike Debuts Signature Shoe for Russell Wilson

Seemingly out of nowhere, the Nike Dangeruss Wilson 1 has surfaced with its eyes on the ESPYs.

Serving as the signature sneaker for Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback receives a model made for high-intensity gym workouts and dressing up outside of it.

The Dangeruss Wilson 1 drops tomorrow at Nike.com and at Nike and Nordstrom stores in Seattle and Portland.

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Inside Nike Football’s The Opening Showcase

words, photos & interview by Kevin Kazadi

This past weekend, Nice Kicks had the pleasure of joining Nike for the annual The Opening showcase which features many of the nation’s best recruits. Five star prospects, uncommitted athletes and players on the rise all flocked to Dallas, TX for the championship series of the running event. While there, we were able to catch up with the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Denzel Ward, Roquan Smith and more.


Malik Jefferson, Denzel Ward and Willie McGinest

Malik Jeffferson in the Nike Air VaporMax Inneva

Focused on football, the event also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign, which is arguably the greatest tagline in advertising history. Willie McGinest interviewed the two rookies on site and had them share insight on what the slogan means to them.

“When you think about ‘Just Do It,’ it’s a simple statement: just do your job,” answered Malik. “So when I think ‘Just Do It,’ I definitely think to just keep in mind the task at hand and make sure I follow and execute my plan.”


Rob Gronkowsi and Todd Gurley

Between the amateur football action, we had a chance to catch up with Todd Gurley an alumni of the showcase and Gronk and talk about Drake and a few of their favorite sneakers.

Nice Kicks: What’s your favorite song at the moment?

Gronk: I just put on the station that plays the top hits, but “God’s Plan” is pretty good. That one’s easy, everytime it pops on I’m like, “Okay!” [Laughs]

Nice Kicks: Todd, I see you’ve got the Skepta Air Max collaboration on, what are your current go to sneakers?

Todd: The Nike Air Max 270s, the Nike Epic React and as far as designer sneakers go the Balenciaga Triple S and Speed Trainer.


Todd Gurley in the Skepta x Nike Air Max 97/BW

Shortly after chatting with Gronk and Todd, Roquan Smith met up with a few of the media spokesmen to teach a few techniques from the NFL Combine.


Roquan Smith in the Nike Air Trainer SC “Auburn”

In closing, The Opening was a great experience. Hanging out with NFL atheletes, customizing our own cleats and watching the best recruits in the country compete is tough to beat. We’d like to thank Nike and Cowboys administration for the hospitality.

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