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North Carolina Suspends Football Players for Selling Team Issued Jordan PEs

13 players on the North Carolina football roster have been suspended for selling team-issued Air Jordan PEs, as ESPN reports. Suspensions range from one game to four games of the upcoming season.

“I am certainly upset by our players’ actions and how their choices reflect on them, our program and the University,” coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “These young men knew the rules and are being held responsible for the poor choices they have made. Accountability is an important core principle in this program. We will learn from this and aim to do better in the future.”

Another view of the Air Jordan 3’s the team and staff received yesterday. #WEAREJORDAN ?: @taylorvippolis

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The suspensions put the team’s quarterback competition into a new space entering the season and also amass multiple players who share the same position. Because of the latter, the NCAA approved a request to stagger the suspensions over the course of the season.

UNC self-reported the violation in January which is curious because that was the same month the team was gifted Air Jordan 3 PEs — a pretty quick timetable to receive shoes, sell them and have them self-reported. No information has been reported in regards to which exact shoes were sold.


The World Cup is Returning to North America

Before this summer’s World Cup officially kicks off we already have good news Stateside. As Yahoo Sports reports, the US, Mexico and Canada will be hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Returning to North America for the first time in 32 years, the soccer spectacle is set to see 60 games played in the US with ten a piece taking place in Mexico and Canada. Of those 60 games, proposals suggest the opener to take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the semi-finals to go down at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, with the finals concluding at and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Other US cities in the running to host games include Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Congrats to the US, Canada and Mexico on the bid win. Expect bidding wars for the US soccer deal to heat up in the years to come as Nike has rights to the team until 2022.

Lead image via WSJ


North Carolina Has A Mid & Low Air Jordan XXXII PE This Season

words // Nick DePaula: 

As the alma mater of Michael Jordan and his brand’s featured basketball program, it’s no surprise that the University of North Carolina is receiving its own custom edition of the latest Air Jordan flagship sneaker.

Somehow now thirty-two models into the series, the Tar Heels were finessed with both a mid and low-cut option of the new Air Jordan XXXII. Unveiled on Twitter by UNC freshman forward Shea Rush, the pairs were well shot in the team’s players lounge, showcasing an all Carolina Low and a balanced White / Carolina Mid. Each pair is expected to be an exclusive just for the team’s players, but we’ll of course keep you updated if a release is on deck.

Check each pair of the UNC Air Jordan XXXII PE out below, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter.


Behind The Brand // Michelle Perrault, Puma North America PR Manager

What good is an outstanding product if no one hears about it? The perception of Public Relations may not be as glamorous of a job as Lead Designer for Puma, but it sure is equally important.

Rounding off our celebration of #InternationalWomensDay and recognizing individuals making moves in the sneaker industry is Michelle Perrault, PUMA North America PR Manager.

From working on campaign stories such as Rihanna’s FENTY line to pretty much just about anything you see coming from the PUMA brand, read ahead for insight into who Michelle Perrault is and how she makes an impact within the Boston based company:

Tell us about who you are:

I’m Michelle, I’m now officially in my late 20’s (just had a roller skating themed birthday party) and I live outside Boston in a hipster paradise called Somerville. When I’m not at work I love to practice yoga, pretend I’m a taco connoisseur and explore while taking pictures on my 35mm.

Define your role and responsibilities at PUMA:

I am the PR Manager for PUMA in North America. Meaning I am the primary contact for all North American press for PUMA. I work closely with the global team to plan and execute product launches, events and overall plans within the region. 

Speak on the impact of women in your industry:

Public Relations has a reputation of being a heavy female run industry and the impact of women in it is even more powerful than ever before. It’s amazing to go into a meeting and have it only be women around you, this is something that didn’t happen for my mother. Women are able to be impactful on each other in the workplace, creating environments where opinions are shared and valued. I think that’s important.

Any advice you would give to a young woman who would want to follow in your footsteps?

I owe my success at PUMA to my internship I had here when I was a senior in college.

That being said, I worked hard while I was interning, but once I left I didn’t just disappear. My biggest advice for anyone looking to get into the industry is to keep your past connections. If your manager offers to help you, take them up on it. If they tell you to come back and visit…DO IT. The semester after my internship I continued to visit the office to have my managers help me with my resume and my portfolio. Eventually a position opened and because I had stayed in contact they thought of me and asked me to apply.


A Recent Look At North West’s Custom “Red October” Nike Air Yeezy 2 

words // Nick DePaula:

Just after Kanye West was joining forces with adidas over a year ago, Kim Kardashian shared a look at several of their family’s matching sneaker lineups. One lineup that caused a stir was the then-trio’s batch of “Red October” Air Yeezy 2s.


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Kanye and Kim’s pair were pictured, along with a toddler sized pair made for their daughter North. Presumably, the youngster’s sneaker was custom made with a foam injection mold process, similar to how Crocs are made.

Recently, designer Jeff Staple shared yet another look at the toddler pair, featuring a scaled-down take on the adult size’s heel molding, textured quarter panel and midfoot strap. Check out the crib-sized foam injected sneaker below, made with a surprisingly great level of detail.


Vans Vault x Taka Hayashi “North Peak” LX

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Li-Ning Launches Dwayne Wade’s “Way of Wade” Sneaker in North America

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Overtown 940x500 1 Li Ning Launches Dwayne Wades Way of Wade Sneaker in North America

Li-Ning and Dwayne Wade announce the launch of the Li-Ning ‘Way of Wade’ 2.0 Overton edition sneaker today, December 4th 2013. This will be the first time that a Way of Wade sneaker will be available in North America. The sneakers online shop will officially launch at 3pm EST today, with limited quantities of the 2.0 Overton shoe being made available at a price point of $ 150 USD.

The sneaker features a genuine leather upper, full length carbon fiber plate with 3D geometry and an injection molded EVA heel crash pad insert. Head over to the Way of Wade online shop to pick up a pair.

Overtown 940x500 2 Li Ning Launches Dwayne Wades Way of Wade Sneaker in North America

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eYe Junya Watanabe MAN x The North Face Camouflage Jacket

Joining forces with Junya Watanabe on a brand new collaborative piece, The North Face has revealed the eYe Junya Watanabe MAN x The North Face Camouflage Jacket. Composed primarily of a camouflage print, the jacket is finished with brown corduroy details as well as a bold red lining, and features large pockets and buttons across the front as a bold accents.


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