Posts Tagged ‘Sneaker’

Prada Dropped a New Sneaker at Mr Porter

Striking similar to the model worn by A$ AP Rocky at an Art Basel performance last month, Prada has released a new shoe exclusively at Mr Porter.

Sporty and futuristic, the casual shoe showcases a below the ankle black base with no laces needed. Mesh and leather star on this unnamed model with red hits and a velcro strap standing out.

Running a steep $ 695, pairs are available now in select sizes at Mr Porter.

Source: Hypebeast

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5 Things To Expect From Dwyane Wade’s Li-Ning WoW 6 Signature Sneaker

words and photos // Jordan Keyser:

As Dwayne Wade’s 15th NBA season is under way, he welcomes a new journey with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a new signature sneaker with Li-Ning. Since leaving Converse and Jordan Brand for the Chinese based sports performance company, Wade has amassed a core loyal following with the Way of Wade series. The line blends the potential Hall of Famer’s progressive style while offering a solid shoe to hoop in.

The newest WoW 6 is a vast improvement from its predecessor in weight, fashion, and function. I could show you better than I could tell you. Recently while attending Art Basel in Miami, Nice Kicks got a hands on look at what the future of Dwyane Wade’s sneaker line will look like. From limited colorways, to better cushioning, and thinking about life after his own career, the Li-Ning Way of Wade 6 takes the entire line to the next level.

Read ahead for five things to expect from Dwyane Wade’s Li-Ning WoW 6 Sneakers:

NEW, RE-DESIGNED LOGO

A small detail, but noteworthy change on the 6th installment of the Way of Wade line, is the simple but meaningful changes to the logos found on the WOW6.  The updated logo now features 15 Circles to represent Dwayne Wade’s 15th NBA Season, along with the 82 saw teeth around the logo, which represent the NBA’s 82 regular season games.


LIMITED EDITION COLORWAYS

While down in Miami, Way of Wade gave me an exclusive look at the upcoming color ways for rest of 2017 and wha’ts in store for 2018.  Some of the limited WOW6 color ways celebrate Holidays, including a Red/Blue pair for Veterans Day, as well as a Green, Red and Black pair which celebrates the upcoming Christmas Holiday.  Some of my other favorites were the “Sunset” WOW6 which features a Black, Pink, and Orange hits throughout the upper and midsole, and the “Pumpkin” WOW6 which really popped with the use of Fall colors such as Orange, and Yellow, and a glow in the dark outsole.  These along with a slew of other upcoming releases will help the Way of Wade team bring the newly unveiled Way of Wade 6 to life.


PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS

The Way of Wade 6 features some noteworthy performance upgrades, including the use of a breathable-performance mesh upper, as well as the addition of a carbon fiber mid-foot strap that is sure to improve lockdown and stability. The Biggest performance upgrade definitely comes with the introductions of Li-Ning’s newest cushioning technology– Drive Foam Technology.


DRIVE FOAM TECHNOLOGY

The introduction of Li-Ning’s new Drive-Foam Technology is by far the best improvement found in the WOW6, the comfort is next level. Li-Ning teamed up with BASF to create this all new cushioning system found in the WOW6. Those of you unfamiliar with BASF, they are the company that designs and licensesBOOST technology to adidas. So, it should go without saying that this new Drive-Foam Technology is the real deal in terms of comfort, both on, and off-court.


NBA ON-COURT PRESENCE

With Dwayne Wade’s on-court time seeing a reduction this year, Li-Ning and WOW are looking to grow their on-court presence through other NBA players signed to the brand such as José Calderón of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers, and both, Evan Turner and C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers.


Dwyane Wade’s Li-Ling WoW 6 is currently available right now online. Retail price is starts at $ 160 for select exclusive colorways. Browse below for an exclusive look at what’s in next for Wade’s newest signature sneaker with Li-Ning.

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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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No.One Releases Luxurious Charlie Sneaker

Budding Los Angeles-based footwear brand No.One, helmed by Mark Gainor and Jimmy Gorecki, today released a new limited edition style championed after the classic cap toe basketball sneaker. This luxurious style that reaches to vintage inspiration while positioning itself within contemporary sentiment is called The Charlie.

Debuting in two rich colorways – black and natural – the small batch limited to only 24 pairs per style comes handcrafted from the brands design studio in Venice Beach. They’re enhanced with premium vegetable leather joined by waxed laces and crowning comfort by way of a lambskin liner. For added stability and yet another touch of elegance, the rubber outsole utilizes pure hevea milk collected from Hevea tree bark.

The No.One Charlie sneaker is available now in extremely limited quantities for $ 575 each online.

No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie
No.One Charlie

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Kick & Roll Open Gym is Coming to Sneaker Week PDX

In Portland for Sneaker Week? Good call. If you’ve got shoes and a little bit of game, best bet is to get out to the Kick & Roll Open Gym this Saturday. While hoopers and heat rockers in Texas, Philly and LA are familiar with the sneaker themed b-ball session, the Pacific Northwest will get its first taste for the footwear festivities.

Click here to register.

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Rita Ora Discusses Working at size? on Sneaker Shopping

A darling in Celebrity Sneaker Stalker since she broke on the scene, Rita Ora is the latest subject on Sneaker Shopping with Joe La Puma.

Catching up with Complex, Ora discusses her early days working retail for size? as well as her love for Air Jordans — namely the AJ13. On top of that, she sheds light on her partnership with adidas Originals that’s already spanned 15 collections.

See which trainers she cops in the clip below.

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Tyler, the Creator’s Sneaker & Style History // CSS Spotlight

Love Air Jordans? Love LeBrons? Well, this isn’t the feature for you. Tyler, the Creator is no hooper, he’s no sneaker collector, but he damn sure is a style icon. From Hawaiian tees with Vans Authentics to his own Golf Wang clothing line, countless collabs and now a Converse deal, Tyler, the Artist and Tyler, the Designer have made waves way past Fairfax.

On the eve of his new album and news of his official Converse One Star campaign, take a look back at the trends Tyler’s set in the latest CSS Spotlight.

Tyler, The Creator x Converse One Star
Tyler, the Creator in the Tyler, the Creator x Converse One Star
Tyler, the Creator in the Converse One Star
Tyler, the Creator in the Converse One Star
Tyler, the Creator in the Converse One Star
Tyler, the Creator in the Converse One Star
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in his Golf Le Fleur sneakers
Tyler, the Creator in his Golf Le Fleur sneakers
Tyler, the Creator in the Converse One Star
Tyler, the Creator in the Converse One Star
Tyler, the Creator in the Converse One Star
Tyler, the Creator in the Converse One Star
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool Pro
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool Pro
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool Pro
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool Pro
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool Pro
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool Pro
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool Pro
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool Pro
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool Pro
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool Pro
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in Reebok Ice Creams
Tyler, the Creator in Reebok Ice Creams
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Reebok Ice Creams
Tyler, the Creator in the Reebok Ice Creams
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Golf Wang x Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator with his Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator with his Vans Era
Tyler the Creator in the Supreme x Vans Authentic Campbell's Soup
Tyler the Creator in the Supreme x Vans Authentic “Campbell’s Soup”
Tyler, the Creator with in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Old Skool
Tyler the Creator with the Air Jordan 4 Eminem
Tyler the Creator with the Air Jordan 4 “Eminem”
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Tyler, the Creator in the Vans Authentic
Celebrity Sneaker Stalker
Tyler the Creator in the Vans Old Skool Blue/White
Celebrity Sneaker Stalker
Tyler the Creator in Reebok Ice Creams
Celebrity Sneaker Stalker
Tyler the Creator in the Vans Old Skool Royal/White
Celebrity Sneaker Stalker
Tyler the Creator in the Vans Old Skool Royal/White
Celebrity Sneaker Stalker
Tyler the Creator in the Vans Sk8-Hi Deconstruct Blue/White
Celebrity Sneaker Stalker
Tyler, the Creator in the Balenciaga Arena
Celebrity Sneaker Stalker: Coachella Edition
Tyler the Creator in the Supreme x Vans Old Skool

Lead image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via Zimbio

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How Nigel Langley Landed An Adidas Job To Become The Industry’s Youngest Sneaker Designer

words // Nick DePaula:

Decades ago, top designers polished their craft through years of design school or even university architecture programs, while not knowing they’d eventually end up designing sneakers. More recently, aspiring artists have honed their skils through footwear-specific programs like D’Wayne Edwards’ Pensole Academy. Nowadays, simply posting quality work and innovative concepts on a personal social media account can catch the attention of just the right person.


Adidas VP Marc Dolce’s initial Instagram direct message response to Nigel

For Nigel Langley Jr, that’s exactly how he landed a coveted role at the adidas Brooklyn Creator Farm last year, making him the youngest designer in the footwear industry at just 17 years-old. After making the hour-plus daily trek from his hometown of Bloomfield, New Jersey to the Brooklyn studio, he’s been working away at the brand’s esteemed innovation and design space on a flurry of top-secret projects.

The Farm is currently designing for initiatives slated to launch in 2019 and 2020.

“It all started out in the most modern of fashions,” smiles Nigel. “Actually, through Instagram.”

Thanks to a nudge from one of his classmates, Instagram became the showcase space for his raw talent.

“I was sketching in a driver’s ed class one day when a good friend of mine suggested that I post my work on Instagram,” he recalls. “Whenever I would post, I would tag the designers I admired and looked up to, like Marc Dolce, Denis Dekovic, Mark Miner and Scott Robertson. I just kept at it, reaching out to different designers and brands in an effort to start any dialog.”

In a first-person essay on the adidas blog, Langley recently described his passions, aspirations and design perspectives. As he outlines, it was through a series of initial direct message conversations with adidas design VP Marc Dolce way back in the fall of 2015, when he was just 16, that eventually led him down the path of the job offer.

After a back and forth of Instagram exchanges, Dolce invited Langley to meet with him after a class at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, where he was co-teaching a design course at his former school. While looking to simply impart some wisdom and advice for the emerging artist, Dolce came away inspired by Langley’s ambition and raw art talent.

• It was so great to meet the talented @_Nigel_Langley today at @PrattInstitute. I was so impressed with Nigel’s skills and his eagerness to learn about footwear design. He’s only 16, and his future is bright!

A post shared by Marc Dolce (@marcdolce) on

“I was so impressed with Nigel’s skills and his eagerness to learn about footwear design,” Dolce posted on Instagram right after their meeting. “He’s only 16, and his future is bright!”

“It was both an honor and a privilege to meet and converse with one of my favorite designers Marc Dolce today at Pratt Institute,” Langley captioned. “I learned so much from him today and I’ll definitely be applying that knowledge in the near future.”

The following year, the adidas Brooklyn Creator Farm opened its doors, and shortly after, Nigel was added to the team.

“He wanted me there,” beams Langley. “I’m not going to say no to Marc Dolce.”

After turning 18 just this past June 1st, Langley will continue working at the Farm, and also begin his university studies at the renowned New York-based Parsons School of Design. A member of the Class of 2021, the youngster knows he’ll have a long road ahead for his career. In the meantime, he’s looking to “soak everything up” at the Farm, learning everything from design skills, computer program techniques and construction methods from his more seasoned crew of co-workers.

“I don’t always feel like the youngest,” he says of the Farm. “There’s a lot of young, fresh and creative minds here.”

Early on in his art pursuits as he entered high school, Langley wanted to design cars and trains, and looked into transportation programs and online tutorials to refine his skills. He was endlessly sketching all the while, filling up notebooks with both messy thumbnails and detailed concepts alike.

Still, there was a certain element of freshness and innovation to sneakers that drew him in, along with the cultural impact that the industry affords by being seen on the feet of the world’s greatest athletes and entertainers. Footwear was also personal for Langley — his feet are nearly arch-less and “extremely flat,” as he described online. It’s an ongoing issue he’d learned to deal with, that also served as a point of inspiration.

“Even to this day, it is exceptionally hard for me to find shoes that look good on my feet or that I can comfortably wear,” he says. “This is the irony in me wanting to be a footwear designer. Not being able to wear the amazing silhouettes that I see now inspires me to create new equally amazing forms for the future.”

Ever since, Langley has relentlessly pursued a passion for sneaker design that’s allowed him to become one of the brightest prospects in the game.

While it might be a few years before we see Nigel’s work come to market, you can surely expect to be hearing his name for a long time to come.

Listen to Nigel Langley speak about his experience at the Brooklyn Creator Farm so far in the video below:

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adidas is Set to Host Custom Women’s Sneaker Auction

adidas teams up with Refinery 29 to host a custom sneaker auction where renowned female artists are selected to create one of a kind designs for the Ultra Boost X.

Known as the “BOOST the Nation” initiative, this collection is created for women while tapping the inspiration of various female artists. Each variation takes certain design elements from different US states for an individualized look.

Intended to unite creativity through sport and individuality, this capsule’s proceeds from the auction will be donated to Women Win – an organization that encourages women to develop qualities through leadership and playing as a team in sports.

Launching July 4, this 50-shoe collection will become available online at adidas.

adidas Ultra Boost X "BOOST the Nation"
adidas Ultra Boost X “BOOST the Nation”
adidas Ultra Boost X "BOOST the Nation"
adidas Ultra Boost X “BOOST the Nation”
adidas Ultra Boost X "BOOST the Nation"
adidas Ultra Boost X “BOOST the Nation”
adidas Ultra Boost X "BOOST the Nation"
adidas Ultra Boost X “BOOST the Nation”

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adidas Sneaker Exchange Enlists END and Bodega for Patchwork Iniki Runner

As the adidas Sneaker Exchange Program embarks upon its latest installment, Boston-based Bodega and UK retailer END join forces to re-imagine the Iniki Runner and return to often forgotten Haven silhouette.

Inspired by modern menswear intertwined with Japan’s sashiko stitching procedure, patchwork embodies the Iniki Runner ($ 180) while a similar aesthetic, although to a lesser degree, does the same with the newly resurgent Haven ($ 160). The pairs are further united with gum outers along with an ode to history while progressing towards the future.

Expect the END x Bodega x adidas Consortium release at their home retail destinations on July 1 and Consortium doors on July 8.

END x Bodega x adidas Consortium

Release Date: July 1, 2017

END x Bodega x adidas Consortium
END x Bodega x adidas Consortium
END x Bodega x adidas Consortium
END x Bodega x adidas Consortium
END x Bodega x adidas Consortium
END x Bodega x adidas Consortium
END x Bodega x adidas Consortium
END x Bodega x adidas Consortium

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