Posts Tagged ‘Sneaker’

Yeezy Supply Launches Online YEEZY Sneaker Archive

In case you were wondering whether the rumors circling around about a potential restock of virtually every adidas Yeezy sneaker had any validity, all signs are currently pointing to “no.”

It seems as though the recent re-release rumblings that stem from the mysterious surfacing on YeezySupply.com can be attributed to Kanye and his team just wanting the site to have an online archive of everything for reference purposes.

We’re almost certain this hysteria is playing right into the marketing hand of the brand, as it has been an excellent way to harvest email addresses potentially for future releases.

Check out the 350, 350 V2, 700, 750 and Powerphase archives at Yeezy Supply and keep it locked to Nice Kicks for updates.

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Lakeith Stanfield Goes “Sneaker Shopping” Barefoot

You might not know actor Lakeith Stanfield is a sneakerhead, rather you know him for his roles in Atlanta and the new film Sorry to Bother You. Promoting the latter, he recently joined Complex’s Joe La Puma at Flight Club in New York City for the latest episode of Sneaker Shopping.

During the Shopping episode, Stanfield talks about wearing platform Chuck Taylors in Straight Outta Compton to be the same height as Snoop Dogg. Stanfield also expresses his feelings on a pair of $ 130,000 sneakers that Kanye West wore at the Grammys and why the Air Jordan 11 is sentimental to him. He also shares his thoughts on people wearing fake shoes to fit into the society.

Check out the latest episode.

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Agenda Report // Sneaker Invaders Descends in Long Beach

photos by Gabe Oshin

Vintage video games and sneakers have long had shared audience with the latest SEGA x PUMA collab catering to such. While said marriage has usually resulted in footwear offspring, we saw the opposite equivalent at Agenda Long Beach with the debut of Sneaker Invaders.

An arcade game, the aesthetic and game style is that of Space Invaders with classic footwear replacing that of aliens and aircraft. Both the models and music from the game cater to each decade at each level, reprogrammed with the digital sound and look from said era.

Get a glimpse at the game below and check out their website here.

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Celebrity Sneaker Stalker // You Pick the May MVP

May comes to a close today and that means it’s up to you to decide who takes the crown as this month’s Celebrity Sneaker Stalker MVP.

Just last month, we saw LeBron James narrowly beat out Travis Scott for April CSS MVP honors. Both return for battle this go-round with KOC Champ PJ Tucker also in the running.

Who takes the title for May? See the tale of the tape below and let us know in the comments section.

Travis Scott


Travis Scott in the Air Jordan XV White/White

Travis Scott in the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack”

Travis Scott in an unreleased Air Jordan 4

Travis Scott in the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 “Dark Grey”
Travis Scott in the Air Jordan 1
Travis Scott in the Air Jordan 1 “Chicago”

Kylie Jenner in the adidas Forum Lo & Travis Scott in the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack”

Travis Scott in the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 “Dark Grey”

LeBron James

Lebron James in the Nike Lebron James Icon
LeBron James in the Nike Lebron James Icon
Lebron James in the CDG x Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 Low
LeBron James in the CDG x Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 Low

LeBron James in the John Elliott x Nike Vandal Hi

LeBron James in the Nike Air Force 1 Low

PJ Tucker

PJ Tucker in the Air Jordan 3 Retro 'Michigan"
PJ Tucker in the Air Jordan 3 Retro “Michigan”
PJ Tucker in the Off White x Nike Air Vapormax
PJ Tucker in the Off White x Nike Air Vapormax

PJ Tucker in Alexander McQueen sneakers & James Harden in Calvin Klein sneakers

PJ Tucker in the Nike Air Force 1 Low & James Harden in Louboutin Homme sneakers

Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh in the Off White x Nike Air Presto
Virgil Abloh in the Off White x Nike Air Presto
Virgil Abloh in the Off White x Nike Zoom Fly Mercurial Flyknit
Virgil Abloh in the Off White x Nike Zoom Fly Mercurial Flyknit

Virgil Abloh in the Off-White x Air Jordan 1 “UNC”

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving in the Air Jordan 8 Low
Kyrie Irving in Mike Bibby’s Air Jordan 8 Low PE
Kyrie Irving in the Nike Cortez "Kenny III"
Kyrie Irving in the Nike Cortez “Kenny III”

Fabolous


Fabolous in the Balenciaga Triple S V2

Fabolous in the Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard”

Fabolous in the Nike Air VaporMax Plus

Fabolous in Off-White sneakers

Fabolous in the Nike Air Max 97

Fabolous in the Balenciaga Speed Trainer

Fabolous in the adidas Yeezy 500 “Blush”
Fabolous in the Undefeated x Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "Camo"
Fabolous in the Undefeated x Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “Camo”

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H-Town Sneaker Summit Returns This Summer

Love sneakers? Live in Texas? If you answered ‘yes’ to both, chances are you’ve already been to the H-Town Sneaker Summit. If not, time to get familiar.

Founded by our main man Kadoma, the event has grown over the years to become one of the highest attended and most celebrated meetups in sneaker culture. Big names like Bun B, A$ AP Rocky and Trinidad Jame$ have attended, with the show serving as a great place for a photo opp or a sought after pickup. More than anything though, it’s a great place to talk kicks with folks who share the same passion.

Taking place on July 22nd, tickets are available here.

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Meet the Painter Who’s Taking Sneaker Art Back to its Origin

Cardboard has a strong significance in the history of sneakers and the hip-hop culture that helped birth the footwear fixation we know today. The material that made the boxes shoes were sold in became a vehicle for both branding and nostalgia, while the medium in more traditional sizing and storage was flattened and refashioned as a stage for break dancers in NYC and beyond.

For New York product turned LA artist Ryan Flaitz it is the canvas for all of his creations. Painting under the signature of Flaitz Whatever, the child of the ’90s has become the man with the brush, boxing out any outside expectations by reviving his favorite sneakers and pop culture icons one cardboard creation at a time.

Painting his whole life, the brush played the background to sports growing up. As an adult, they’ve intersected as his day job as the founder and artist at PSD Underwear — which houses Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Bulter and more as endorsers — collided as another creative outlet but also a base for clients. Always interacting with athletes, many sports stars have picked up his paintings with all others coming from referrals. Because of this, he has the freedom to do what he loves without having to worry about an outside audience. There’s no worry to get rid of things, so he’s able to turn down most offers and simply makes what he wants.

What he wants is to recreate the kicks he coveted as a kid while also playing to pop culture and his new home of Los Angeles. “I’m an LA artist, so I wanted to create an edgy collection by painting the clean-cut characters roughed up. I mixed Mickey with the movie The Crow, put him in Chucks, and after that it was on to the next and I have a 12 piece collection. I’m actually selling the Kermit piece I did which I’ve been holding onto since I did it when Cleveland won the championship and LeBron got his third ring. I finally got a good offer and it will be the first to leave the collection.”

The good offers may help validate the worth and hard work, but they don’t dictate the direction. For Ryan, it’s all about doing it for his own expression rather than the approval of the public, something that ironically mirrors his sneaker game.

“I enjoy being more underground than out there in the flashiness of the public. It’s funny, because this is based off of shoes and my favorite pair of shoes are those OG Nike Flights. Most people would say that’s crazy but I feel like they’re the realest pair of shoes I own because they’re originals, they’ve aged and I know when I wear them no one else is gonna have them. There’s a lot of life in them and they’re from the ’90s. I love ’em.”

The shoes may turn heads for collectors, but the work gets even more attention. “My work definitely gets a reaction,” says Ryan. “Once it’s framed it really takes it to another level.” While this proves true of painted recreations of shoes like the “South Beach” 8s or renderings of Sonic the Hedgehog, it even spans to a recent piece called Beast Mode that’s composed of over 200 pieces of cardboard, standing at 9 feet tall.

So, for any artist looking to come up or get on what advice would Ryan give?

“As cliche as it sounds, you’ve just gotta stay true to yourself and believe in your value. I remember the first time I painted on cardboard the first 20 people that saw it said, ‘That’s cool but you’ll never be able to sell it.’ But I knew that I could create the value because of the talent I was given and how hard I worked at it. The longer I held on the more the value increased and now I’m reaching numbers I never thought I’d reach. Just continue to do it if you enjoy it and don’t worry about what’s popular in the public eye because times change. When I was young, it was more about wanting to look cool and people to like you, but as you grow up it’s all about the people you care about and if you make them proud that’s all that matters.”

Keep up with Ryan’s work on the IG account @flaitzwhatever. All photography by @jpshotyou.

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He Got Game Turns 20 Years Old // This Day in Sneaker History

20 years ago today, May 1, 1998 to be exact, Spike Lee’s He Got Game released to the masses.

More dramatic than White Men Can’t Jump and less rural than Hoosiers, Spike’s cinematic take on the game we love and how it touches lives touched all who watched it in a way that still registers as real today.

Nike Air Foamposite Pro He Got Game

Casting a young Ray Allen as the son of Denzel Washington in the NBA star’s acting debut, the player prodigy and accomplished actor told the tale of a high school hooper on the rise and a fallen father looking for redemption.

While the storyline and acting was the selling point for thespians, sneakerheads will forever remember the footwear. A highlight reel of Nike models from the 1997 and 1998 seasons, Ray’s wears of the Nike Air Foamposite Pro, Nike Air Hawk Flight, Nike Air Max Uptempo III and Nike Air Total Max Uptempo as Jesus Shuttlesworth catapulted the kicks into pop culture fame. While Ray’s Nike rotation impressed, ultimately it would be his pops paying for and playing in the Air Jordan 13 that took on the title associated with the flick.

20 years later, the Spike Lee joint still registers as relevant and as a must watch. With a score composed by Public Enemy and wardrobe done by Nike, the sonics and aesthetics paint NYC’s basketball scene in the late ’90s but the story itself hasn’t aged a bit.

From Nice Kicks to Spike, Ray, Denzel and Rosario, thank you.

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Mis Zapas’ E-Book Chronicles Chris Webber’s Sneaker History

Continuing to do the Lord’s work otherwise known as chronicling the sneaker history of former NBA All-Stars, Mis Zapas’ latest e-book breaks down the varied shoe chronology of former Sacramento Kings star Chris Webber.

Similar to Miz Zapas’ other e-books, this volume artfully details each and every single shoe Webber wore during his illustrious career. Even the kicks Webber wore in commercials are highlighted in the book.

To pick up a copy of the Chris Webber sneaker history e-book, visit Miz Zapas’ site.

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Why Smaller Sneaker Events Are So Important

words + photos by @MrsTeriyaki

Everything in life started off small at one point, and that’s no different with sneaker events. Imagine Sneaker Con, Solefest or Crepe City and they all at some point would have been held in a small venue somewhere with a fraction of the attendants and a fraction of the extra entertainment.

From experience, larger events struggle to bring that real community feel and tend to market themselves towards a younger more fashion-conscience audience, who tend to remain on the outskirts of the sneaker community. There is a huge mass of people, and normally a strong presence of sponsored brands. Sure, the choice of the kicks for sale may be vast but the diversity, not necessarily.

Just like different countries have different styles, different cities do too. And that is something you can really experience when venturing out of the normal, more ‘commercial’ sneaker events and looking more locally.

This weekend I attended SneakerBox in Bristol, a more local event just over an hour from home. I have attended smaller events before, but this was my first time here. Last year it was held in a pub (public house) and has grown since last year into a small music venue which is really great to see the demand for it to grow.

The unique aspect of sneaker conventions of this caliber is the personality that local attendants bring to it. There is a real flavor of the city that comes through the doors and is reciprocated by what’s worn on foot. I found the taste and variation so much wider compared to the big conventions. With the strong community vibe comes enjoyable conversations and even new friendships, which is the part I love the most about the community.

It’s important we as sneakerheads attend and show love to the smaller projects taking shape in the culture because they are doing a great job at bringing opportunities to people who maybe can’t make the bigger, more national conventions. And one day they won’t be so small.

Do you have any local sneaker events near you?

If you’re wanting to get more involved in the sneaker community, it’s a great place to start and be a part of. I think it’s important as members of a community we support one another’s growing pillars, especially locally.

Peace.

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N.D.G. Studio 2084 Sock Sneaker “Triple Black” Drops This Weekend

Following an initial sellout of their debut 2084 Sock Sneaker in monochromatic black and white, Parisian label N.D.G. Studio this weekend will release its counterpart in Triple Black.

The foundational sock sneaker utilizes a unique technical knit upper juxtaposed alongside a suede accent around the heel. The shoe’s ankle collar features a tight elastic opening for heightened comfort and distinction, while the Vibram “RollinGait” sole offers a balanced stance blacked out to match the contemporary upper.

The limited edition N.D.G. Studio 2084 Sock Sneaker “Triple Black” is produced in limited numbers in Portugal. Expect pairs this Friday, March 9, online here.

N.D.G. Studio 2084 Sock Sneaker "Triple Black"
N.D.G. Studio 2084 Sock Sneaker “Triple Black”
N.D.G. Studio 2084 Sock Sneaker "Triple Black"
N.D.G. Studio 2084 Sock Sneaker “Triple Black”

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