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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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Opening Ceremony and Vans Release “Paisley” Pack

Opening Ceremony persists in its ongoing partnership with Vans today for a new paisley collection starring the Authentic LX.

The densely printed pack features two styles – Tango Red/Black and Calliste Green/Black. Each denotes a luxe coating of the time-honored print wrapped across the upper alongside a leather liner, waffle soles, and a side logo hangtag.

The Opening Ceremony x Vans “Paisley” Pack is available now online.

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OVO x Jordan Trunner LX Dropped at 306 Yonge Toronto Opening

When Drake previewed a mysterious Jordan Trunner LX earlier this month in Black/White-Metallic Gold, we were pretty certain that it was an upcoming OVO collaboration. Turns out we were right; the shoe dropped this weekend at Jordan Brand’s new 306 Yonge outpost in Toronto.

The OVO x Jordan Trunner LX released exclusively at the new Toronto store in celebration of its opening this past weekend. It features the OVO owl logo at the heel while the above mentioned colorway blankets the early 2000’s trainer.

There’s no word on if the shoe will release further. Stay tuned for more details.

Surprise drop at the Jordan store in Toronto! Well done guys ?? keeping these under-covers up until the grand opening! Simple colorway–nicely executed!

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Opening Ceremony Brings the Shines to New Vans Old Skool “Glitter Pack”

Given their longstanding partnership that just birthed the “Passion Pack” just last month, releases from Opening Ceremony and Vans are no surprise, just a welcomed addition to a densely populated sneaker landscape.

Their new “Glitter Pack” is obtusely over-the-top by design. Filling the Vans Old Skool with an all-over glitter coating, the three-piece collection may not be for everyone, but if you enjoy the shinier things in life, this pack is for you.

The Opening Ceremony x Vans Old Skool “Glitter Pack” is available now for $ 110 each here.

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Opening Ceremony x Vans Old Skool “Glitter Pack”
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Opening Ceremony x Vans “Leather Mono” Pack

Famed retailer Opening Ceremony links with the original action sports brand Vans for a monotone collection featuring foundational silhouettes in premium leather construction.

Fittingly titled the Opening Ceremony x Vans “Leather Mono” Pack, this alluring assortment joins simplistic tonal expression alongside high-grade leather. Included here is the Sk8-Hi LX ($ 120) in Bison and Harvest Pumpkin colorways, the Old Skool LX ($ 110) in Chive, Bison and Harvest Pumpkin, and to finish the Prison Issue LX ($ 115) in Black or Beige.

Look for the collection at Opening Ceremony on December 2.

Opening Ceremony x Vans "Leather Mono" Pack
Opening Ceremony x Vans Sk8-Hi “Leather Mono” Bison
Opening Ceremony x Vans "Leather Mono" Pack
Opening Ceremony x Vans Old Skool “Leather Mono” Harvest Pumpkin
Opening Ceremony x Vans "Leather Mono" Pack
Opening Ceremony x Vans Old Skool “Leather Mono” Bison
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Opening Ceremony x Vans Old Skool “Leather Mono” Chive
Opening Ceremony x Vans "Leather Mono" Pack
Opening Ceremony x Vans Prison Issue “Leather Mono” Black
Opening Ceremony x Vans "Leather Mono" Pack
Opening Ceremony x Vans Prison Issue “Leather Mono” Beige

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Opening Ceremony Leon Rubber Sole Oxford in Brown Medallion


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Opening Ceremony keeps up the good work with the release of the Leon, this rubber soled oxford shoe in a wild brown medallion design. Canvas oxfords on gum rubber soles, the cotton canvas uppers are done in a detailed print pattern, and lined with leather. A design consistent with Opening Ceremony’s design policy of making the most awesome shoes possible, the Leon is available online now.

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Soludos & Opening Ceremony Espadrilles


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Opening Ceremony and Soludos have collaborated to product a small yet notably fun collection of espadrilles for the summer. The shoes feature four different, brightly colored patterns for the upper, thin woven midsoles, and handstitched detailing. Comfortable yet vibrant, get your pair quickly so your feet can finally enjoy the warmer weather. The shoes are available now through the Opening Ceremony website and other select retailers.

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Jeremy Sultan Espedrilles For Opening Ceremony


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It’s a term which we have only begun to explore in men’s footwear. The rope sole of the espedrille is one which has driven the summer look of many women’s styles for the last few seasons. Now the boys have a chance to try the arts and crafts look of the famous tropical espedrille, with these Jeremy Sultan models made exclusively for Opening Ceremony. Coming in canvas or leather called the ‘Sespa’ or an all suede desert boot, these two models of espedrilles have just the right amount of manliness for us.

Espedrilles tend to have a natural frayed look to them, so they’re not the most formal shoes but as a beach to street hybrid, we think they can’t be beat. Available online.

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Red Wing Shoes Amsterdam Opening Online Shop


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Red Wing Shoes Amsterdam has just announced it will soon open an online Red Wing Shoes Store this September. The store is going to stock a unique, broad range of Red Wing Heritage shoes, as well as a truly one of a kind range of accessories. Some of the brands on offer include Double RL, American Optical, Duluth Pack, Heritage Leather Company, Royal Republiq, Tanner Goods, The Hill-Side and Nigel Cabourn.

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Grovemade Introduces Slick Bottle Opening Key Ring

Known mostly for its range of handcrafted wood and leather accessories, Portland, Oregon-based accessories maker Grovemade introduces a minimalist key ring design that doubles as a bottle opener for added convenience. Able to attach to a belt loop, the key ring incorporates a stainless steel braided cable that anchors your keys. The key ring is available in raw stainless steel and stainless steel with a black oxide finish — which sell for $ 39 USD — and raw brass, selling for $ 59 USD at the Grovemade online store.


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