Posts Tagged ‘Sneaker’

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.

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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.

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Tyler, the Creator in Reebok Ice Creams
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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.


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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!

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“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.

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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.

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Release Date: July 1, 2017

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Every Nike Sneaker Worn By LeBron James In The NBA Finals

words // Nick DePaula:

Throughout his seven appearances in the NBA Finals over the years, as expected, LeBron James has worn several special edition Nike sneakers for the game’s grandest stage.

For his initial Finals debut in 2007, LeBron debuted two lasered editions of the very first Zoom Soldier model against the San Antonio Spurs. In later years, Nike Basketball’s strategy would shift, as we’d see lighter weight “PS” versions of James’ signature model for the postseason. Eventually, in 2012 Nike launched upgraded Elite models for the playoff stretch, with added carbon fiber support molding, enhanced sockliners and extra embellishments.

For his most recent Finals — an iconic championship win last season for The Land — James wore the Zoom Soldier 10, a fully laceless, three-strap silhouette. In clean white and black colorways, each pair was accented by gold logo hits. You can expect to see LeBron lace up the four-strapped Zoom Soldier 11 for this year’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

Check out LeBron James over the years in each of his Finals sneakers in our latest edition of Kicks On Court Classic, and let us know your favorites in the comments section below.

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 5: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 5, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Shoes worn by LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game Six of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 16, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 13: The sneakers of LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 13, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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This Day in Sneaker History // Tim Duncan Wins First MVP

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone? While Jonie Mitchell never lied, the saying and Q-Tip quote prove true for Tim Duncan.

For those outside of San Antonio and those with no ties to the Virgin Islands or the Demon Deacons, the Big Fundamental was a force but not always a fan favorite. More bank shots than alley-oops and with a quieter and calmer game and personality than that of other 4-spots in the league — namely KG and Sheed — it was easy to not give Timmy his props, right?

Wrong. #21 in the rafters but #1 in the all-time rankings for his position, Duncan might just be the best player of the post-Jordan era, surpassing Shaq, Kobe and other greats with rings and stats. While his team-first attitude made him the perfect protege for Pops and a great guy on and off the court as Manu and more will attest, he was still as sharp of an individual player as it gets. For these efforts, he was awarded with his first MVP trophy on this day 15 years ago.

Wearing his Nike Air Max Duncan II signature shoe in front of his home team fans, Timmy would go on to win the award in back-to-back fashion by repeating the next year. The only difference for kick collectors? The next time he would be on adidas which he would rock for the rest of his career.

Because of this and numerous other factors, the Nike Air Max Duncan II has never retroed and likely never will. Mid-top in cut, sleek in styling, the shoe packed synthetic composition and zip-up closure similar to the Foamposite and Flightposite models he made memories and history in before.

There may never be a retro run of any of the Big Fundamental’s signature shoes, but there will likely never be another Tim Duncan, too. Polished, poised and professional, thanks for the memories, TD.


Tim Duncan in the Nike Air Max Duncan 2 (photo by D. Clarke Evans via Getty Images)

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Alexander Wang’s Avant Garde adidas Basketball Sneaker Features Boost

New York-based designer Alexander Wang continues his new partnership with adidas extending his widely varied collection to different genres of sport. Today, we get a closer inspection at his upcoming adidas Originals AW BBall sneaker.

The expressive model reflects a layered, mixed material high-top upper. Stylized paneling is stacked on top of itself from the eyelets, to the tongue, then down to partially exposed Boost cushioning. An elastic collar continues the avant-garde aesthetic as is appears like cuffs on your favorite joggers or nylon jacket sleeve. Perforations at the toe resemble that of the iconic Top Ten, which allows Wang to pool inspiration from the 80’s while maneuvering contemporary styling in addition.

Take a closer look at the adidas Originals AW BBall Sneaker below and calendar the April 1 release date.

adidas Originals AW BBall

Release Date: April 1, 2017
Price: $ 260

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