Posts Tagged ‘Rotation’

Kevin Poon Shares His Sneaker Rotation

Kevin Poon is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the renowned streetwear brand, CLOT. Over the years, CLOT has built its reputation on collaboration with major footwear brands, like Nike, teaming up with CLOT over the years.

Kevin and his team have been working hard to instill creativity and inspire perspectives in hopes of bridging the gap between the East and West is core to the brand.

Recently, CLOT released Alienegra Collection in Desert Camo, the collection includes a full range of apparel and collaboration with HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO and Suicoke. Check out the full collection here, and find out what shoes Kevin is wearing below.

Kevin Poon: Shout out to Dr. Woo.  and it’s good to see a tattoo artist to collaborate with Converse. I like them not only because Dr. Woo is a good friend of mine, but also the unique and thoughtful design throughout the sneaker.

Kevin Poon: The Off-White x Nike Air Presto has to be my all-time favorite.  Virgil killed it  with the deconstructed design. More importantly, they are good for daily wear and extremely comfortable.

Kevin Poon: Suicoke’s sandals are cozy! You can’t go wrong with a pair of sandals on you when you travel or in the house. Also, the new CLOT x Suicoke are fresh af

Kevin Poon: Undercover is always one of my all time favourite brands! . They are really comfortable, the Nike React Element 87 model is one the best releases this year so far, plus the unique take by Undercover, it makes the Nike React Element 87 even better.

Kevin Poon: I know these came out like a year ago, but the Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard is the all-time classic. They are basically capable with anything, you can wear them with shorts, pants, even with suits if you really want to. I am glad that they did a Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.0, so I can have a fresher pair.

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My 5 // Devon Allen’s Sneaker Rotation

It takes a certain breed of human to be an all-star athlete. So what does it mean to be dominant in not one sport but two? While the likings of Michael Jordan, Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson are notable multi-sport athletes. There’s one who standouts above all others: Jim Thorpe.

Thorpe won Olympic gold medals, starred in college and professional football, played Major League Baseball and had a career in basketball among other accolades. While an athlete like Thorpe will be impossible to come by, there’s a young emerging star from Arizona who is making heads turn.

Devon Allen, former University of Oregon wide receiver and current hurdler for USA Track and Field, has his eyes set on gold, a career in the NFL, and of course, sneakers.

We sat down with the two-time NCAA Track and Field champion and talked about his experience in the Rio Olympics, the transition from football to track and the current heat in his rotation.

Air Jordan 14 Oregon Ducks PE

Air Jordan 14 Oregon Ducks PE by Tinker Hatfield
Air Jordan 14 Oregon Ducks PE

Allen: The 14s are one of my favorites because of the embroidered Ducks across the upper. That silhouette is just really classic. It’s an easy one to wear. The wolf-grey suede was tough to keep clean in Eugene since it rained so much but now that I’m in Phoenix I can rock them more often.

Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%


Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% “Ice Blue”

Devon Allen: It was an awesome experience running in Rio. I definitely felt the support from everyone. My high school, Brophy College Preparatory, made a t-shirt for me and sent me one so that was pretty cool. The whole football team at Oregon was showing me love all around campus. It was nerve racking being at the Olympics with it being the pinnacle of the sport and dreaming of it ever since I was a kid. I was a little freaked out, but I had a great time. It made me realize that this is something I want to do for a living.

With me running track, I always have a pair of trainers. The Vapor 4%, I like those a lot. Those are what I’ve been training in for the most part. They’re definitely comfortable to train in. They’re more structured and stiff than a say Nike Free or a Zoom Pegasus due to the carbon plate in the midsole. They also just look good. It’s the newest shoe, too, so Nike’s been sending me a couple of pairs. I pretty much wear them until I can’t anymore and slip on a new pair.

Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Royal”

Air Jordan 1 Flyknit "Royal"
Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Royal”

Allen: I’m a huge Jordan guy. I used to own a pair of the Air Jordan 1 “Barons” and I currently own the Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Royal.” Those are the comfy ones that I’ve been wearing lately. They’re definitely a lot more different than the OGs. I love the leather but changing it up to an all-Flyknit upper was great. I love the look. The Jordan 1s in general are comfy but the Flyknit is a lot lighter and has a more relaxed feel to it. I just throw them on with a pair of jeans and it’s a fit. You can just wear them around all day which I like. The shoe world is super competitive so I think Nike is just trying different things in search of the next big thing, so I think that’s good.

Air Jordan 5 “Olympic” Oregon Ducks PE


Air Jordan 5 “Olympic” Oregon Ducks PE

Allen: As a former Duck, I always have a few Oregon Jordans in the mix. I pretty much have all of them but my favorites are the Air Jordan Oregon 5 PE and the Air Jordan Oregon 14 PE. I love the Olympic gold ones that we got. It’s kind of funny. I talked to my equipment manager, Kenny at Oregon, and he told me that they had them for me after I just got back from the Olympics in Rio as a shoutout with my number on them, too.

Doing the two sport thing at Oregon was cool and a lot of fun. I had a good time doing it. I always wanted to play in the NFL, so that’s still a goal of mine, so we’ll see in a couple of years. Transitioning into track has been different. Football was more ground and pound but track is more about maximizing your effort and your ability without getting injured.

atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Elephant”

atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Elephant"
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Elephant”

Allen: The Atmos Air Max 1 is by far one of my favorite shoes that Nike has sent me so far. Once I signed with Nike, I received this gold wooden box with clothes, an Apple Watch, a hat and in the bottom it had a pair of shoes. It was the Atmos Air Max 1. I dig the elephant print and Tiffany Blue swoosh. To be honest, I haven’t worn those yet because I’m trying to keep them pristine, but they’re my favorites for sure. The Air Max 1 is a classic shoe and the Tiffany Blue just takes it to the next level.

I’m getting more into shoes nowadays and being a Nike athlete helps with that. My collection is new with a lot of stuff from my Oregon days which is nice. It’s going to keep growing for sure.

Be on the lookout for Devon Allen in the upcoming Olympics that’ll take place in the summer of 2020 in Tokyo. Try and keep up with Devon on Twitter and Instagram.

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March Madness Memories // Patrick Christopher’s Cal Rotation

For anyone out there who really thinks they have the juice when it comes to rocking heat on the hardwood, we’ve got four words for ya: sit down, be humble. Representing the Left Coast and doing right by the culture, Patrick Christopher is here to shut down March Madness Memories.

Lacing up OG and retros during his time at Jordan Brand-endorsed Cal from 2006-10, his time of play spanned the transition from the NikeTalk generation to that of the blog bloom with a collection of self-made customs and Kobe rarities that cater to both crowds. Take a seat and a deep breath before digesting perhaps the greatest College KOC resume that ever was.

Picking Cal

Patrick Christopher: “The Jordan Brand sponsorship definitely played a big factor in choosing Cal. My dream school was North Carolina, because I loved Michael Jordan like everybody else. But I ended up choosing Cal with my mom, because she’s big on academics and she really pushed it. I ended up committing to Cal very early and didn’t get to enjoy the whole recruiting process. I took one visit to Texas, where Kevin Durant ended up going that year. 6th Street was boomin! Tayshaun Prince was actually my next door neighbor, so I always wanted to go to Kentucky, too. UCLA was right in my backyard being a Compton kid, too.”

Air Jordan 1


Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 1 “New Love” (photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “Whenever I played I was just trying to capitalize on colorways and match with jerseys. I tried to do it at the highest level and that’s been a big deal for me since my high school career. I loved playing in the “New Love” 1s. Every level of basketball, I played in some 1s. I even did a stint in the AJKOs in the D League. They didn’t match, but I wore them. My theory is, if Mike did it, and if he had 63 in the Boston Garden in them, then who am I to say it’s impossible? I mean, I’m not Jordan, but he did it! Well, technically I guess he did break his foot in the 1s….[Laughs]”

Air Jordan 2


Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 2 “Chrome” with a lace swap

Patrick Christopher: “I put my own yellow laces in there quite a bit my sophomore year. I also wore the Nu Retro 2s that Fred Jones won the Dunk Contest in. Nick DePaula said not to put the Nu Retro pairs in this, but hey, I did it!”

Air Jordan 3


Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 3 “Black Cat”

Patrick Christopher: “Those are biscuits now, I beat them up. Surprisingly those are the only 3s I wore because the 3 is my favorite Jordan. In high school, I had the ’01 Black/Cement Retros and wore them against OJ Mayo. I played against KD in those, too, and had like 46 points in New Orleans. He was on the DC Blue Devils and I was on California Elite — that tournament put me on the map. Kevin Love was there, Blake Griffin, Ty Lawson, and a lot of dudes that are in the league now. I averaged like 37 and that might have put me from unranked in the nation to Top 30. That’s always been my favorite shoe. I don’t know why I didn’t go to those in college because that’s what I was hooping in during high school.”

“For college though, it was “Black Cat” 3s. I still love the ’01 Black/Cements though. The Countdown Pack was cool but that’s where it got tough to differentiate who was really into it because there’s so many options now with re-re-releases. I honestly just fall back now, but in college it was cool because I had to dig and dig because I wore a 14.”

“I had “Cool Grey” 3s too, but our coaching staff was pretty on-color scheme so it was tough to rock certain things and not raise eyebrows from the coaching staff. The “Cool Grey” 3s were a killer coloway to me personally. I had the “Cool Grey” 4s in high school, too, but the black sole threw it off to me a bit. They were dope though, definitely rocked those.”

Air Jordan 4


Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 4 LS “Tour Yellow”

Patrick Christopher: “I was a fan of playing in 4s. I think I had orthotics, but I have a wide foot so 3s and 4s were cool for me. I had “Lighting” and “Thunder” 4s and I didn’t hoop in either of them even though I got them specifically to play in. My “Thunder” 4s were still deadstock my senior year but I was in a Kobe phase and I regret not hooping in those. I know Gilbert and Nick Young ended up playing in the “Lightning” 4s in the NBA, but I regret not playing in those, too.”

Air Jordan 5


Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 5 Black/Metallic Silver with a lace-lock swap

Patrick Christopher: “That was the 2005 retro. I think we got some B’Loyal team Jordans with yellow lace-locks and I switched into my 5 so it looked like a little PE. I definitely did that.”

Air Jordan 6


Air Jordan 6 “Midnight Navy” (photo via Flight Club)

Patrick Christopher: “As for 6s, I had the “Midnight Navy” 6s but they were some biscuits and it was like glue city trying to get those to hold together. I also had the ’01 Black/Infrared 6s and I remember getting those painted to yellow so I could wear them, but the sole on the front got separated. I may have been able to warm up in them. I should’ve had a frickin’ photographer [Laughs] like a homie that could’ve documented me switching shoes each quarter. It’s funny because I ended up getting all this pub my sophomore year doing sneaker interviews and having news people come to the crib. It was a thing back then as well, but it was more kicks off court, taking photos of my collection, which is wild, too.”

“I didn’t play in the 7s in college, but I hooped in them overseas in Europe. I left all my kicks in Istanbul and we were white and black for team colors and the Turkish flag was red. I hooped in “Doernbecher” 3s and “Bin” 7s and I left it all there. I ended up getting turf toe in the “Bin” 7s because they were so wide up front. I might’ve played in the “Aqua” 8s in college, but none of the other colorways. The white low tops would’ve been solid, though.”

Air Jordan 9


Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 9 Low “Pearl” (photo by Harry How/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “As for 9s, I did the “Pearl” Lows against UCLA on College GameDay and I had to have something solid. I had to re-buy those because they dropped when I was in middle school and I didn’t start wearing 14s until middle school. Then I had the White/Black-Red 9s and I put shoe polish on the upper to make them black and my own PE. Then I went to a spray paint place and had the 23 on the black painted yellow and the Jumpman on the bottom. Thinking back, nail polish would’ve been a good option. I ended up playing in those against Stanford and against USC when I was coming back home. I also wore the White/Black-Reds against Baylor and Arizona.”

“The 9 took my basketball career away though, I got hurt in those when I played against the Jazz. That was the career ending shoe. [Laughs] I dislocated my patella and tore my MCL. I never had an injury before in life, no knee issues, no nothing. I didn’t miss a game in college. But I guess Jordan never played in the White/Black-Red pair, he only played in the “Cool Grey” pair with the Wizards. Maybe that should’ve been my clue. [Laughs]”

“For 10s, I never hooped in those in college. That’s when the Countdown Pack came in my junior year, but I had a teammate pack that rocked them so I was cool on them. Once the CDPs started coming that’s when the watered down effect kind of started happening.”

Air Jordan 11


Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 11 DMP (photo via Cal Sports)

Patrick Christopher: “Another shoe that was stolen. I was getting hit, pause! [Laughs] I had ’01 “Concords” back then and I had maybe like four pairs of DMPs. That was one shoe that hoopin’ in wasn’t a thing and I had to get them in a 15 because that was the only option. I ended up doing an interview with one of the hoopers from the girls squad so I rocked them on the cover of the school magazine. The Cal colors were tough. I guess I could’ve done white and black in a lot of stuff, but that would’ve been easy. I wore the IEs after college, but none of the other lows.”

“Growing up, I went to the same high school as Josh Childress and he go the “Cool Grey” 11s like three or four months before they came out. Obviously the 11 is such a crazy shoe and everyone’s favorite Jordan by default, but when they came out with the “Cool Grey” 11s? Oh my God. Then to be able to have them early? He was the man for that for sure.”

Air Jordan 12


Patrick Christopher in the OG Air Jordan 12 “Obsidian”

Patrick Christopher: “I stumbled on those OGs my freshman year. At Cal, it was kind of hard finding stuff to go with blue and gold. The saddest thing is with me wearing my own stuff, our equipment manager wouldn’t really give me as much stuff as the other guys on the team. I see what Cal gets now — which is dope — but we didn’t get a lot of heat back then so I was for sure wearing my own stuff anyway. Those held up solid, I probably did two or three games in them. I probably dropped like maybe $ 250 on them. I was gonna say $ 300, but I was a freshman in college. Also, they weren’t deadstock. They weren’t biscuits, though. It would’ve been crazy to find a pair of OG 12s deadstock in a 14. The “Taxis” came back out when I was in college too, but that’s when everybody was rocking them so I didn’t do it.”

“As for 13s, I kept my eye on the “Flints” but I didn’t do it. They also had the low top “Lightning” and “Thunder” 13s but I couldn’t find ’em. Those would’ve been great, that would’ve been really, really sick.”

Air Jordan 12 Fusion

Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 12 Fusion
Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 12 Fusion (photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “You ever have a shoe that you regret wearing? I played in the Fusion 12s. It went cool, I did it against UCLA. The thing for me is I was an Air Force 1 head, so to think that you have Air Forces and my favorite player coming together? It could’ve been a better collaboration, but I ended up doing the safest colorway by wearing the “Playoff” pair. I’m not ashamed because my nickname was Air Force Fish so I’m not mad at all. I was an Air Force 1 head.”

“I don’t think anybody else played in them and it’s not like I played in a low top Force. I mean, Sheed played in highs! I respect him so much for that. To do what he did in terms of just hooping in them and getting his own PE out of them is very rare. And the dude got a logo! Much respect to Sheed. He wore a 13, too. It would’ve been so killer to have a pair of those just in respect to Sheed. I did hoop in Fusions though and I didn’t want to leave them off because it’s a part of it, so whatever. No shame.”

 Air Jordan 14


Air Jordan 14 “Chartreuse” (photo via Flight Club)

Patrick Christopher: “As for 14s, I think I did the “Chartreuse” pair. I did those, and I did it against Oregon too but I played awful. I don’t know if it was disrespectful wearing their colors against them. In my heyday, as LaVar Ball would say, I would’ve tried something like wearing Oregon PEs against them.”

 Air Jordan XV


Patrick Christopher in the OG Air Jordan XV “Obsidian”

Patrick Christopher: “I had to use cement glue on these joints. Those might have only made it until halftime. [Laughs] That was against Oregon State.”

Air Jordan XVI


Patrick Christopher in the OG Air Jordan 16 “Midnight Navy”

Patrick Christopher: “It kind of hurt my feelings when those dropped again, but I did it in college so I ain’t tripping. Man, I was so excited to hoop in those. In the first five minutes, I went down the court and got some paint from the floor on them and got a big white mark on them. That was the only 16 I did. Now that I think about it the “Ginger” XVIs would’ve been OK on the road.”

Air Jordan XVII


Patrick Christopher in the OG Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning”

Patrick Christopher: “Those were a big shoe but my car got broken into and those were taken. I had some gems in the car that night and they were all in a big Nike bag. They didn’t take anything else, just my shoe bag. [Laughs] Berkeley was notorious for people still wearing heat all over the streets. I wanna say three or four cars were broken into, so I don’t want to say I was targeted. But those 17s Lows I only got three or four wears out of but I was fortunate to get some pictures. I had those on in one of my Facebook profile pics because I dunked on some dude.”

“Those were OGs obviously and I stumbled on those in college, I’ve been an avid eBay guy since like 2002. I was trying to find “Neon Royal” Foamposites because they were my favorite shoe and my OGs got thrashed. Since by buddy told me to look for them on eBay I’ve been on it everyday. Case in point, when I was in middle school, I was looking for some sneakers on eBay to rock for a Sadie Hawkins dance. My buddy was cousins with Jamal Sampson who played for Cal when they got their Air Jordan 9 PEs — possibly one of the best PEs that Jordan Brand ever put out. I don’t know anybody who has those, even at PE booths at sneaker events. Jamal wore a size 17 and he gave my buddy a pair to wear to Sadies and he rocked them [Laughs] so I had to find something to wear so we could sneak in. I was on eBay and NikeTalk since way back. When I was growing up, I was on NikeTalk checking the NCAA Heat on Feet. I don’t want to say it was my motivation, but I made some waves on there, too.”

Air Jordan XIX

Air Jordan 19 SE
Air Jordan 19 SE (photo via Kixclusive)

Patrick Christopher: “I wanted the 19s because Ben Gordon hooped in those and used to get buckets. He made those shoes tight in my opinion. I hooped in those in high school but not in college. It’s crazy, the patent leather on the toe box was so hard it scraped the skin off my toe and that skin never came back. [Laughs] Well it came back, but I learned my lesson and never hooped in them in college. I also did the SEs in college, white and navy and black with gold. I should’ve hooped in the XXs. The West Coast pair would’ve been solid, I remember Nick did those with the Lakers.”

Air Jordan XX2


Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan XX2 Cal PE (photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “I did the first drop that was in white and then the Cal PE. At Cal, we didn’t get any retros my freshman and sophomore year, but when I was there we did get a dope Jordan XX2 PE — but I only got one pair and everybody else got like three pairs! All bad… [Laughs] Georgetown might have had the best XX2 PE though, those were real.”

[Editor’s Note: Pat’s game runs so deep he even remembered the Air Jordan XX2 sample that leaked on NikeTalk with 3M heel details and heat sensitive styling. Mad respect]

Air Jordan XX3


Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan XX3

Patrick Christopher: “I did the black pair. I loved hooping in those, those were comfortable to me. They were tough to break in, but once they broke in they were good. They had fiber class on the outsole so if you happened to slide on the side you were gonna take that dive. Now that I think about it, I think Jordan sent the coaches the low top pair in white and navy. Think the players got ’em? Nope.”

Air Jordan 2010


Patrick Christopher in the Air Jordan 2010 “Silver Anniversary”

Patrick Christopher: “The D Wades. Interesting story, that was the 25th Anniversary of Jordan Brand and that was the year they did the silver jerseys. Around that time, I secretly got my hands on the “Livestrong” Kobe IVs. I was in my Kobe phase at that time, so I warmed up in the “Livestrong” 4s with the silver jerseys and they were crackin’! The shoes looked amazing, especially with the silver jerseys. Everybody else was rocking the anniversary shoes so I don’t know if I look like a dick, but whatever, I’ve got the “Livestrong” 4s so you can’t really say nothing!”

“So after warmups, we get back to the locker room and Coach Montgomery goes, ‘Patrick, where are your shoes?’ And I’m like, ‘In my locker.’ He goes, ‘You wanna go put ’em on?’ And I’m like, ‘No.’ And he goes, ‘I think you should go put them on.’

“I’m not confrontational, but if you start messing with my shoe game then we’ve got issues. Man, I was hot but I had to go put ’em on. The thing with me was I didn’t wanna mess up the 2010s! Cal didn’t give us a bunch of shoes so I wanna keep ’em on ice. And also, I’m for sure not into wearing the same shoe as everyone else. So, I end up putting them on and the first time out I end up scuffing them white all the way across the upper. Those were silver so you can’t bring those back. Man, I was so mad I don’t even think I looked at the basket, I just ended up shooting every time the ball came to me.”

Nike Kobe IV


Patrick Christopher in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV “Livestrong” (photo by John Storey via SFGate)

Patrick Christopher: “The next game we ended up playing Arizona State for the Pac-10 title. I ended up wearing the “Livestrong” IVs in that game and we won the conference title for the first time in 50 years. The confetti came down and it was a real memorable moment. Tayshaun came through and he never came to any of my games because of conflicting schedules but the Pistons were in town to play the Warriors so he ended up sitting courtside. It was cool, it worked out the way it was supposed to.”

“I don’t want to say the Kobe IV revolutionized kicks, but man that shoe was crazy. I had a lot of those. The Lower Merion joints and all. I also did the Zoom Kobe 1s, that was a really good shoe. They were wide and I wore those my freshman year then brought them back my senior year.”

Nike Kobe V


Patrick Christopher in the Nike Kobe V “Chaos”

Patrick Christopher: “I wore the “Bruce Lee” Kobes before they came out. I stumbled upon a pair and Kobe hadn’t rocked them yet so I don’t think I was supposed to wear them but I ended up rocking them anyway I think against Oregon. I was in a Kobe phase that time and they looked sick with our uniforms. I want to say I played in the “Jokers” before they dropped, too. Both were dope with our uniforms. Eventually I went back to wearing Jordans because everybody started wearing Kobes.”

“Later on when we played Duke in the tourney, they had their own Kobe PE and they beat the shit out of us. I ended up finding a pair of Rice Kobes that looked pretty dope with our road uniforms. Kyle Singler to this day still owes me a pair of those. I saw him this past summer and said, ‘You owe me a pair of shoes bro!’ He goes, ‘Man, Kobe Vs…’ [Laughs] I’ve known Kyle since Nike Camp so I asked him for a pair that game during tip-off.”

Nike Air Zoom Generation

Patrick Christopher in the Nike Air Zoom Generation
Patrick Christopher in the Nike Air Zoom Generation (photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “Lately I’ve taken such a big backseat to sneakers, especially since I’m not even hooping right now. I have two younger brothers now and one of them wears a 14 so I’ll give him a gem here and there to rock in the playoffs or the AAU circuit. Then my other brother is a size 12, but I brought him some “Wheat” Air Zoom Generations, deadstock, and he didn’t even understand those! Hey, I’m not mad at them bringing back the AZG but don’t do something so close to the OG like the “Vachetta Tans” they did. But if you still have your OGs you’re still known.”

Nike Zoom LeBron IV


Patrick Christopher in the Nike Zoom LeBron IV

Patrick Christopher: “Freshman year was cool, I was wearing LeBrons and I did the White/Navy IVs. Nick Young and Gabriel Pruitt actually wore the gold All-Star Game LeBron IVs at USC. I tried to do it too at Cal, but coach shut it down in lay up lines. I had got my pops to rush to NikeTown so I could wear those against UCLA, but no chance.”

The Pac-10 When Pat Was at Cal


James Harden in the Nike Zoom LeBron VI “Taxi” (photo by Harry How/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “Sophomore year was a big year for me because my average went from 5 points to 15 points a game — the biggest scoring increase in the country. It was a big summer for me working out, because I went to LeBron’s camp and Vince Carter Skills Academy. I did a lot of stuff that summer and anytime you’re ready for that you’re ready for it sneaker wise, too. We had a squad, too. We had Ryan Anderson, DeVon Hardin, and I don’t think anyone expected me to play the way I did. That year the Pac-10 had six teams go to the tourney and we weren’t even one of them. USC had OJ Mayo, Oregon had Tajuan Porter and Malik Hariston, Arizona had Chase Budigner, Nic Wise — my roommate at Nike Camp, that was my guy — and Jerryd Bayless, Washington had Quincy Pondexter, Isaiah Thomas, Spencer Hawes and Justin Holiday — they were our biggest rival, Stanford had the Lopez twins and Landry Fields, Arizona State had James Harden and UCLA went to the Final Four with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. The conference was loaded with pros.”

Pat’s Favorite College Kicks On Court of His Era


OJ Mayo in the Nike Zoom Kobe III “All-Star” (photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images via Zimbio)

Patrick Christopher: “When it comes to rocking Kobes in college though, the title goes to OJ Mayo wearing the “All-Star” Kobe IIIs at USC. Unless somebody did the “Wheat” AZGs that’s the best because USC is super tough to match with. Isaiah Thomas did the “Linen” 10s at Washington, too, which was tough. If your school colors aren’t easy and you make it match? That’s killer to me. He did that after my Cal days, but I still remember that.”

Tayshaun Prince in the Nike Shox BB4 Kentucky PE
Tayshaun Prince in the Nike Shox BB4 Kentucky PE (photo via Sole Collector)

“Growing up though, Tayshaun Prince was my next door neighbor, so Kentucky was really the only NCAA team I watched. Tayshaun was not a sneaker guy, but they had the Shox BB4 which was so dope because the college dudes got the suede pair. Man, those were coveted. Once they put them on NikeiD that was cool, but you had to be a college guy to get the early ones. Like man, Vince Carter jumped over a dude in that shoe! The boing commercials were so dope, too. I think Vince Carter has been a part of every sneaker brand of all time! He’s played in everything.”

Lead image by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images via SLC Dunk & select imagery via Golden Bear Sports

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March Madness Memories // Keith Langford’s Kansas Rotation

“For me with shoes, it was precision, everything was planned,” recalls Kansas great Keith Langford. “If you caught my shoes, they were going to be talked about.”

Well, we talked about it for the latest installment of March Madness Memories and the shooting guard’s shoe game does not disappoint. Known to rotate retros at half in college and even dating back to his high school days, the Fort Worth product rocked everything from Air Jordan PEs to Foamposites to early signatures from VC and LeBron. Yessir. Check out the collegiate collection (WARING: these are only the highlights, dude also rocked Air Raids, Huaraches and Flightposites…) from perhaps the most decorated star in College Kicks on Court history.

Air Jordan 13

Keith Langford in the Air Jordan 13 Kansas PE
Keith Langford in the Air Jordan 13 Kansas PE ( photo by Robert Seale/Sporting News via Getty Images)

Keith Langford: “I always admired North Carolina and any school that had a Jordan and Nike deal. Like, Cincinnati? Man those Cincy guys during the late ’90s and early ’00s period had unbelievable Jordans. All those guys like Kenny Satterfield and Steve Logan. I went on a visit to Cincinnati and Kenny Satterfield was my host. He just showed me all the shoes and all the access they had. It was unbelievable. [Laughs] They were loaded down.”

“Because Roy Williams had the relationship with Michael Jordan as an assistant coach at North Carolina to Dean Smith, we were able to get exclusive gear. I still have those PEs on ice. They might resurface one day for an alumni game at Kansas. Those are special. I’m not a big fan of the 13s to play in, but for the exclusiveness those are great. I played in the Flints and I love those, but for some reason the shoe strings on the 13s were always difficult to keep tied tight. Still, the Flints are undeniable and probably my favorite 13s. When I was a young guy, I remember the varsity team at Dunbar High School in Fort Worth came out and all had them on and everybody in the crowd went crazy. I envisioned myself wearing them one day on a big stage and luckily I was able to get some. In college, we were able to meet different Nike contacts and Jordan people from our time at school and then I would get invited to work Nike Camps as a counselor during the summer. You’d work with the kids during the day then in the evenings you’d have private workouts in front of NBA people. When you met these people and got invited to the camp and you’d get gear. Like I worked the Michael Jordan Camp in Santa Barbara and you get gear that way during the summer and make the contacts. They’d send shoes and ask for feedback and it worked out well.”

Nike Air Foamposite One & Pro

Keith Langford in the Nike Air Foamposite Pro
Keith Langford in the Nike Air Foamposite Pro (photo by Manny Millan via Getty Images)

Keith Langford: “Those are the first pair that come to mind from my time at Kansas. I started wearing those my sophomore year. Anybody who’s from my era of high school remembers watching Arizona and Mike Bibby wearing them. I remembering being mesmerized like, ‘What are those?’ I didn’t know they were a Nike or a Penny shoe, I just knew Mike Bibby had them on and they were sweet. I knew once I got to college I would wear those.”

“The first time I had the opportunity to get them I was in Canada playing for Team USA after my freshmen year. I copped them immediately and kept them on ice until the season started. I had to spend the per diem when I was out there and took a big chunk out for those. Eventually, I got another pair and wore them for senior night.”

Air Jordan 3 “True Blue”

Keith Langford in the Air Jordan 3 True Blue
Keith Langford in the Air Jordan 3 “True Blue” (photo via @AustinNeidow)

Keith Langford: “Initially, I wanted to go to Arizona to play college basketball. They recruited me out of high school but they decided to take Salim Stoudamire so I went to Kansas. Arizona was always my first choice and they were the first college basketball team I fell in love with because of that whole run with Bibby.”

“I played in the True Blue 3s my freshman year for our first big game on the road at Arizona. It was a CBS National TV game and I came off the bench and had like 19 points and we won. All my people from home called to talk about the game and the kicks and it was a big moment. I definitely switched the laces up, too. Being from where I’m from in Fort Worth, we used to always do that. Those are my top 3 shoes I played in at Kansas, definitely. I definitely have my collection of those — I wouldn’t dare to try to play in them now — but they’re in my closet for sure.”

Air Jordan 17

Keith Langford in the Air Jordan 17
Keith Langford in the Air Jordan 17 White/Red (photo by Elsa via Getty Images)

Keith Langford: “Aaron Miles had a Jordan connect from before he even got to Kansas because he was a McDonald’s All-American and all that, so Aaron had a lot of shoes. He had those before everyone else did and I didn’t like them at first, but when the White/Red ones came out I had the opportunity to wear them and they were exclusive at that point. I wasn’t a big fan, I wore them about once or twice.”

Air Jordan 18 Black/Royal

Keith Langford in the Air Jordan 18 Black/Royal
Keith Langford in the Air Jordan 18 Black/Royal (photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keith Langford: “I still remember when I first saw those, I was in the mall. I didn’t know they were coming out — I just knew Aaron Miles had the white and blue ones — but when I saw those I couldn’t even wait. I didn’t have the money and they were too expensive though. Funny story though, there was this girl that I knew from Kansas City and I got her to buy them for me. I met her halfway from Lawrence to Kansas City off the highway the night before we were going to the Final 4. She gave me the shoes and I busted them out. I still have people sometimes say, ‘Man I still remember when I first saw you wear those, that was crazy!’ That’s still one of my favorite shoe moments. I probably should have kept those because I wore them in the Final 4 but they’re long gone at this point.”

“I wore the Jordan 18s in the Final 4 against Marquette and Syracuse. At that time, I don’t think anybody really knew about Dwyane Wade until college. The first time I heard about him was from Coach Williams. The guys were kind of joking around before film and Coach goes, ‘You guys better get your *sses ready because this guy just had a triple-double against Kentucky.’ We were sitting around watching the film like, ‘Oh, my God who’s this?’ Then with Melo, I think everybody saw the high school game with him and LeBron.”

Nike Air Zoom Generation Low

Nike Air Zoom Generation Low
photo via LeBron Talk

Keith Langford: “A lot of people were like, ‘You can’t wear those LeBrons, y’all like the same age!’ It was funny because everybody in college would have the LeBron debate when he was in high school as to where he was good enough to play at, but after that point I didn’t care because the shoes were just sweet. I didn’t play in them long, they weren’t a go-to for a big game, but I’d wear them for some of our easier games.”

“I’m still a LeBron guy today. It’s funny, I just had a debate with a friend over whether it’s LeBron or Kyrie. I’m like, Yo, it’s LeBron! I’m so LeBron I’m anti-Skip Bayless. [Laughs] I don’t know if it comes from back in ’04 from those shoes, but I just admire somebody that faces adversity and expectations and just admire that push and imperfection in the process while trying to be perfect. I like that and he kind of represents that and it’s cool to see.”

Nike Shox VC

Keith Langford in the Nike Shox VC
Keith Langford in the Nike Shox VC (photo via Getty Images)

Keith Langford: “Man, those were some of the worst shoes I played in. [Laughs] I didn’t really like them but I remember when they came out with them. Nike wanted certain guys on the team to try them out — like me, Drew Gooden and a couple other guys on the team. I didn’t like them but I was a freshman at the time so I didn’t have much say, like who was I to tell a guy from Nike no when they asked me to wear them? So I was cool with it but I wasn’t particularly fond of those to be honest. We lost to Maryland in the semifinals that year. It wasn’t the shoes, obviously, but for me shoe game means everything when you’re on the court.”

Air Jordan 2 Black/Metallic

Air Jordan 2 Black Chrome
Air Jordan 2 Black/Chrome (photo via Flight Club)

Keith Langford: “I had hurt my ankle a couple times and I didn’t like to get taped so coach made me wear a black ankle brace. They didn’t look to good with white and blue shoes, so I had the 2s from the Nike package from the summer time. I threw them on with the braces and was like, ‘Aw man, I might have something right here!’ It was a nice combo so I rolled with it. Now I probably wouldn’t be able walk around in them for more than 20 minutes, but at 20 years old you can play in anything. Now I can only hoop in one or two pairs of Js, but at that time? It didn’t matter, as long as it was Jordans I was rocking it.”

Air Jordan 12

Keith Langford in the Air Jordan 12 "Flu Game"
Keith Langford in the Air Jordan 12 “Flu Game” (photo by John Cordes/Sporting News/Icon SMI via Getty Images)

Keith Langford: “With Coach Williams, if you played your *ss off it was fine and you could wear what you wanted to. The 12s were sweet. I was able to rock the French Blues and the Flu Games. Those were just one of my favorite shoes. My junior year, we got red uniforms for the first time and I knew I was going to wear those Flu Games as soon as I saw them. That was a no brainer and a great look for me at the time.”

Tune in each day of NCAA Tournament action for more March Madness Memories. Keep up with Keith on Twitter.

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Agenda Report // Jim Jones’ Jersey & Sneaker Rotation

It’s only the afternoon at Agenda Las Vegas, but the vampires are already out. Yup, Jim Jones is on deck at yet another Agenda tradeshow, promoting his New Vampire Life clothing brand. This coming season, the Capo certified line will launch an array of jerseys playing off some of basketball’s brightest stars both past and present with his own ad libs adding flavor and personality to each uni.

Often at Agenda, we caught up with Jimmy to hear about what kicks he brought out to Vegas and his favorite pairs to rock with his upcoming jersey collection.

Air Jordan 1 “Storm Blue”

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Jim Jones: “You know the name, ju heard! The Storm Blues with the Golden State Vampire jersey, a lot of sauce drippin’. I felt since I was on the West Side I had to give them a little Golden State, West Side memorabilia. We out here, we saucin’, we drippin’ sauce like my n*ggas in Houston say!”

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My 5: CJ Fly’s Sneaker Rotation

“Master Roshe” is a tall title, but if the shoe fits, CJ Fly will wear it. While sneakerheads before have claimed to be the ‘King of Jordans’ or maybe even had a doctorate in Dunks, the Pro Era MC is carving his own lane in the Sportswear silo that’s become the people’s champ in recent years. As CJ prepares to hit the road for the B4DA$ $ Tour with his Pro Era compadres, we get a preview of what he’ll be packing in this installment of My 5.

Nike Roshe Run Woven Black/White

Nike Roshe Run Woven

CJ Fly: “I think I saw Kendrick Lamar wearing the blue ones the other day and I was kind of mad that Nike didn’t send me them before him! [Laughs] I fell in love with the Roshe Run at the Nike Store in Portland and I’ve been Master Roshe since then. I have all of the fire Roshes.”

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My 5: Mike WiLL Made It’s Sneaker Rotation

Mike Will Made It‘s sneaker rotation reads a lot like his production catalog: hit, hit, hit, hit, hit. While recent releases like Future’s “Move That Dope” and Rick Ross’ “War Ready” knock, old favorites like Rihanna’s “Pour it Up,” Juicy J’s “Bandz A Maker Her Dance” and Ace Hood’s “Bugatti” continue to get spins. On the drop date of his latest single, “Buy the World,” his sneaker spread showcases the same mix of new classics and time-tested bangers. We caught up with Mike to hear which kicks stay in his rotation in this installment of My 5.

Air Jordan 11 “DMP”

Air Jordan 11 DMP

Mike WiLL Made It: “You can’t even lose. I was in Flight Club in New York [when I got these], but I didn’t see the 6s. I’m still trying to get those “Tokyo” 5s and OG 12s, so whoever has those, holler.”

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