Posts Tagged ‘Sample’

Drake’s Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample Surfaces in Detail

After firmly pledging his allegiance to Jordan Brand on fellow Nike Boy Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” Drake‘s long discussed Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” sample has just resurfaced. But is the timing a coincidence?

Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" Sample
Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample

Given the success of Scott’s official Air Jordan 4 collaboration and its many friends and family offshoots, Jordan Brand collaborators seem to be leaning heavily into the 1989 produced shoe. Drake’s “Splatter” PE features remnants of the “Bred” 4s although stylized with unique odes to OVO’s head honcho.

With the brands owl logo found inside the heel tab, a paint splatter pattern rounds the heel and marks the reinforcements above the midsole. Visible stitching is still seen around the Jumpman at the shoes centermost point while white “Nike Air” branding at the rear matches the shoes midsection.

At present time, there are no release details surrounding Drake’s Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” sample. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more details. In the meantime, check out Drizzy’s tour footwear.

Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" Sample
Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample
Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" Sample
Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample
Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" Sample
Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample
Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" Sample
Air Jordan 4 “Splatter” Sample

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Kanye West Reveals Original adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Sample

Recent as they may be, 2015’s adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove” serves as a classic to some. An event by most measures, the quite and comfy kicks caused quite a stir with many mimics to come.

Not a mimic but rather the origin, Kanye West took to Twitter to reveal an original sample of said shoe in on-foot fashion.

To even the obsessed eye, differences are slim. The shaping on the sample proves slightly higher yet chunkier, while black collar trim and a more pronounced print/lighter base tone are apparent. In addition, the laces also sport reverse contrast with black playing the base and grey serving as the subtle contrast.


adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Sample

Considering the retail version below, which do you prefer? Let us know on social.


adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove” Released Version

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Unseen // Reebok Question “Bronze Medal” Sample

words & images // Nick DePaula:

Sometimes in life, things don’t go as planned. When the 2004 US Men’s National Team fell short of reaching the Gold Medal game at the Athens Summer Olympics, a first in the team’s pro-roster history, Allen Iverson didn’t waver in his pride to represent his country, or in his duty to make sure the team finished out the Olympics strong.

“If you don’t get it done the way you expected to, I think it’s important that you get it done the best way you can,” Iverson then told Adrian Wojnarowski in Athens. “It’s important that we come out and fight, and get the people proud of us back home.”

2004 AI Interview USA DuragWhile the team may have unceremoniously returned to the states with a Bronze Medal, Iverson was still proud to play in his first and only Olympics, oft-donning custom patriotic editions of the arm sleeve and du-rag accessories we’d come to know him for.

“It’s an honor to be named to this team,” Iverson continued. “It’s something that you should cherish for the rest of your life. And honestly, this is something that I will cherish, even without winning a gold medal. I feel like a special basketball player to make it to a team like this.”

Had the team made it to the final game of the 2004 Olympic tournament, Reebok most certainly would have released a special Gold Medal edition of the Question 2 sneaker that Iverson was wearing in Greece. That launch, of course, never came.

Over the years, as the brand looked to celebrate moments and memories throughout Allen’s career, this sample edition of Iverson’s very first shoe, the Question, was created with the summer of 2004 in mind. With a more vivid blue hued upper, his Olympic jersey #4 along the heel and flag-inspired stripes covering the midfoot’s Hexalite window, the sample took on a look unlike any other Question before it.

Throughout the footwear process at all brands, decisions are often to made to scrap products for a variety of reasons. As you can imagine, the reason this shoe never made it to retail is pretty straightforward — celebrating the US team’s 3rd place Olympic finish in 2004 was ultimately deemed not aspirational enough.

Check out the unreleased “Bronze Medal” Reebok Question sample below, and stay tuned for more exclusive looks at unseen Questions all weekend long.Oly 1Oly 2Oly 3Oly 4AI Iverson Question 2AI Bronze

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This adidas Ultra Boost Black/Gold Sample Should Definitely Release

As the adidas Ultra Boost persists in growing popularity, our hope is that the silhouette continues to stretch its creative wings as far as possible.

This sample in black and gold is along the lines of what we’d like to see more of. Blacked-out Primeknit construction flows untapped throughout the upper while a gold heel counter provides the ideal accent. Boost cushioning rest below and, of course, a Continental outer below that.

There is no indication that the Three Stripes plans to release the adidas Ultra Boost Black/Gold. But here’s to hoping that they do.

Source: realchickenwop

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Air Jordan 4 “Dunk From Above” Sample Differs Just Slightly from Production Version

Jordan Brand surprised everyone today with a preview of their upcoming spring 2016 collection. Featuring a wide array of JB silhouettes including the Air Jordan 2 and the uniquely styled Air Jordan 5 Low, among the many things that caught our eye was the Air Jordan 4.

If you look closely, a few design differences are noted between sample pairs and what will likely be inline releases. On the Air Jordan 4 specifically, we noticed in the above image that the left shoe has a leather tab and leather wings and its counterpart on the right does the same aesthetically, but in plastic/rubber. Upon further investigation, we were able to confirm that the shoe on the right, with the plastic/rubber tab, will be the iteration to see a general release – the leather option looks to be sample that didn’t make it to production.

Historically rubber/plastic tabs were featured on the OGs, while leather made its debut on early retro releases. Sound off below and share your thoughts on this Air Jordan 4 and all the upcoming launches from Jordan Brand’s Spring 2016 preview.

Air Jordan 4 “Dunk From Above”

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Check out Another Look at the Air Jordan 1/2 Sample “Chicago”

words // Gregory Williams:

Having peppered retailers with its fair share of anticipated releases, Jordan Brand dug in the archives to unearth the “Chicago” version of the Air Jordan 1/2 Sample. Pieced together with the classic stylings of the AJ1 making up the upper, the AJ2’s iconic midsole and out sole tooling finishes off the rest of the look. Dressed with an all too familiar mix of Bulls-derived colors charging throughout its mashup construction, the Air Jordan 1/2 Sample “Chicago” is still without a release date. Check out another look at these joints after the jump and make sure you keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more info.

Air Jordan 1/2 Sample “Chicago”

Check out Another Look at the Air Jordan 1/2 Sample Chicago

Air Jordan 1/2 Sample “Chicago”

Check out Another Look at the Air Jordan 1/2 Sample Chicago

Air Jordan 1/2 Sample “Chicago”

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The Nike Kyrie 1 Sample is Almost Good Enough to Sell


words // Darren Griffin:

Before a coveted sneaker like the Nike Kyrie 1 hits global retailers, it goes through multiple stages of design and performance progression. And in almost all cases, the final product has been revised more times than brand’s are willing to reveal. But practice makes perfect and samples don’t generate sales. That’s why the unveiling of this Kyrie 1 sample is all the more alluring. Seemingly a shell of what eventually became the Nike Kyrie 1 “Dream” colorway, this concept highlights slightly different coloring and an undone tongue and collar. Yet for all intents and purposes, this sample is almost good enough to sell. Take a look for yourself below.

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adidas D Lillard 1 “Alternative” Sample


After dominating the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week with 39 points in a close victory, the underlying story of that game for Damian Lillard was the unofficial unveiling of his adidas D Lillard 1 “Home” colorway. The third shoe from his signature line to surface, today we see another but with an alternative logo. Draped in red and black tones, the logo on the heel appears without its signature petals. A color blocked toe is another distinguishing factor that differs from the retail iterations of the D Lillard 1 which leaves us unclear if this pair will ever see a general release. Stay tuned for more updates on this new signature shoe from adidas Basketball.

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Nike Zoom Vapor Tour AJ3 Roger Federer Promo Sample



With little doubt one of the biggest surprise releases of the year, the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour AJ3 went just as fast as it came. But for those still on the hunt, the Air Jordan 3 inspired Black/Cement pair recently resurfaced on the secondary market. Yet, this pair differs slightly from the variation that released at retail, along with bearing a much heftier price tag. Made exclusively for Federer himself, this sample pair dons a one-off sole with a full carbon fiber shank – a design cue more commonly noted on the Vapor 7, not the Vapor 9. Oh, and there’s also the fact that these size 12’s tailored for the 17 time Grand Slam champion will run you a cool five stacks. Try your luck at this pair now on eBay.

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