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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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Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 “Witness” PE — 2007 NBA Finals
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Nike LeBron 8 PS PE — 2011 NBA Finals
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2012 Finals Red 9 Elite

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Nike LeBron 9 Elite PE — 2012 NBA Finals
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Nike LeBron 9 Elite — 2012 NBA Finals
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Nike LeBron 9 Elite — 2012 NBA Finals
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Nike LeBron X Elite PE — 2013 NBA Finals
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Nike LeBron Soldier 7 — 2014 NBA Finals
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Nike LeBron 12 Elite PE — 2015 NBA Finals
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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)

Nike LeBron 13 Elite PE — 2016 Finals
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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.

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Release Date: April 1, 2017
Price: $ 260

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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.

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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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Every All-Star Weekend Sneaker Worn By LeBron James | Kicks On Court Classic

words // Nick DePaula:

With twelve NBA All-Star Game appearances behind him, LeBron James is already the all-time All-Star leader in points scored, dropping a combined 291 points that he’ll most certainly be adding to again this weekend.

When he takes the floor for the 66th annual game tomorrow night in New Orleans, he’ll once again be debuting a special edition pair of sneakers, which has become a customary occasion throughout his career. Ever since taking part in his first All-Star weekend in the wheat Air Zoom Generation during the 2004 Rookie Challenge held in Los Angeles, James has worn a collection of coveted kicks for each February’s festivities.

Check out every single sneaker worn by LeBron at All-Star Weekend over the course of his career in our latest edition of Kicks On Court Classic, and let us know your favorites in the comments section below.

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(2009 / Phoenix)

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(2012 / Orlando)

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(2013 / Houston) 

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(2015 / New York)

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#NK50 // The 50 Best Sneaker Releases of 2016

Written by Nice Kicks Staff
Lead Art by @SNKRGFX

2016, it’s been an interesting one. While each year seems to bring more and more sneaker releases, this past year was no different as seemingly every weekend had one coveted drop and a handful of worthwhile wears. So, when it’s all said and done what were the best shoes to come out in ’16? The Nice Kicks staff has made our picks in the latest #NK50. Check ’em out below and let us know on social and in the comments your favorite shoes of the year.


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50. Air Jordan 4 White/Cement

In 2012, the Air Jordan 4 returned for the first since 1999 with a white upper and grey accents. The catch? Jumpman heel tagging and a “Tech Grey” hue that was maybe more modern than “Cement” but simply worse in the eyes of OGs. A classic case of close but not quite. In 2016, Jordan Brand did the right thing with the proper Air Jordan 4 White/Cement release.

Dropping on All-Star Weekend and restocking to really no remorse on a handful of occasions, the ’89 classic was available for all in its purest form and wearable condition. While Pinnacle pairs on the same silo were a solid stunt and perhaps a preview of the future of JB, the past still proves to be the best application on the model Mike made fly that both hardwood heads and fresh fashionables still soar in. – Ian Stonebrook

49. Air Jordan 12 “The Master”

There’s endless subjectivity when discussing the best of the best pertaining to a shoe as visible as the Air Jordan 12 was in 2016. But “The Master” edition, on its face, embodies everything that great retros holistically brought to this year in sneakers. Blending great historical context with modern contemporary material usage, “The Master” seamlessly incorporated fashion’s most dominate theme, monotone, through adoring tumbled leather basking in a bold noir sensibility. Yet maybe even more important than that was the all-encompassing “Poster” campaign that cradled the shoe. Reaching back to Jordan’s vintage posters for inspiration was a genius stroke from Jordan Brand, arguably the better of the “Alternate” and “Dunk From Above” offerings, respectively. – Darren Griffin

48. Nike Air Force 1 “Linen”

Rewind the clock 15 years and times were very different for sneakers. Below are staples in today’s sneaker world today that didn’t exist when the “Linen” Air Force 1s released in Japan:

– Sneaker Blogs
– Online Consignment Shops
– Camera Phones
– Social Media
– Google Translator
– “Air Force 1s” by Nelly

The Nike Air Force 1 “Linen” became a highly sought after shoe long before we had any of the tools to discover or chase the shoes. It was one of the first underground sneaker legends that had people asking “Where and how did you get those?” that crossed the globe. – Matt Halfhill

47. Concepts x New Balance 998

Year in and year out, Concepts and New Balance almost surgically churn out one of the best sneakers of the year. 2016 was no exception and quite possibly one of their best since the “Kennedy” back in 2011. The New Balance 998 from the “City Rivalry” pack was an ode to the Boston Red Sox and their time-honored duel with the New York Yankees. There’s a duality here that makes this collaboration exceptional aside from just great materials and aesthetics. America’s greatest pastime, baseball, is often defined by moments that act in conjunction with rivalries. Sneakers, too, are represented not only the product, but the forces working together or in an adversarial capacity to elevate the culture. So while looking at this collaboration and more importantly, glancing past it, it speaks to the stories we tell that narrate the history of the culture. There’s a cleverness here that shouldn’t be overlooked. – Darren Griffin

46. Solefly x Air Jordan 16

2016 — the year Jordan Brand dropped a “South Beach” 16? It sounds silly, but it actually worked on this Solefly style. In a year marked by odd occurrences and rapidly radical trends, the combination of a LeBron-laden colorway on a retirement-era retro may seem out of action, but it made a splash in the midst of it all by dropping during Art Basel. As the star-studded attraction looks to steal the steeze from Fashion Week or SXSW, the shoe may register to some as party, to others as parody, but in true artistic fashion the Florida shop took a risk by playing with a pop culture phenomenon, using an unlikely canvas and stripping the piece’s obvious shine. If that’s not enough to convince you these are actually high brow, well hey, Quavo has a pair! – Ian Stonebrook

45. adidas FutureCraft 3D

You’re looking at innovation at its finest right here. On December 15th adidas released their first 3D printed sneaker to the public. Not only was this shoe created for optimum level of performance, but it’s aesthetically pleasing as well. The FutureCraft 3D is our introduction into what the future of sneakers will look like as one day you’ll be able to walk into a store, get your feet scanned, and have a shoe that was 3D printed to specifically fit your individual footprint. Retailing for $ 333, adidas saw their futuristic shoe sell out in minutes and rise in resale value to over $ 2,000. Technology, aesthetics and hype earned this shoe its spot on this list for sure. – Ray P.

44. Under Armour Curry “Back to Back” Pack

Under Armour hasn’t exactly had a steady flow of energy launches highly coveted by collectors, but when they have, the storytelling has surrounded an iconic moment in sport. After being named the first-ever unanimous league MVP, it only made sense to package Stephen Curry’s second signature alongside his first, which he also won MVP in. The ensuing “Back 2 Back” Pack featured accents of trophy gold throughout, along with sharp fonts and graphic icons to celebrate Curry’s rise through the league and accomplishments. – Nick DePaula

43. Air Jordan 12 “Wings”

Jordan Brand brought back the Air Jordan 12 in a way we’ve never seen before. Our beloved “Playoff” motif was blessed with gold accents reminiscent of DMP Air Jordans. But there was a catch! It was limited to only 12,000 pairs worldwide. Adding to the madness, the sneaker world lost its mind when finding out the black layer on the upper wears off to eventually reveal a golden winged graphic. The Air Jordan 12 “Wings” are beyond beautiful on foot, limited and had secret detailing. What more could you want from a release? So dope! – Ray P.


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42. Rihanna x PUMA Suede Creeper

There was a time not long ago when only sports figures had the type of shoe deal Rihanna has with PUMA. More specifically, women removed from the industry were not in similar positions of power. That, in and of itself, is a feat of strength and empowered gender role reversal. Then there’s the actual product output, which smartly reworks a classic already within the current brand layout and on the minds and feet of sneakerheads. The Suede, modernized with plush suede and the now famous Creeper sole, by many estimations is the retail story of the year. A case that’s very difficult to argue. But viewing this from a wider lens says more about where sneaker culture is headed than it does about what people are buying. Brands are no longer scared to place their confidence and dollars behind someone of any gender, race, or background. Rihanna can sell sneakers just as well as she sings popular music. A shift in thinking from a brand perspective made this possible. A chance was all it took. – Darren Griffin


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41. Kith x adidas Tubular Doom

Kicking off the adidas Consortium “World Tour” of twelve collaborations throughout 2016, Kith debuted the newest addition to the Tubular family with a timely take on the new Doom in varying shades of gray and anthracite. The shoe’s sock collar and fully knitted upper was perfectly styled alongside joggers and fitted sweats, making the Tubular Doom one of the more beloved styles of adidas Original’s ever-evolving Tubular franchise. – Nick DePaula

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Video // See What a 6,000 Pair Sneaker Collection Looks Like

Wow. You could scroll all day through the pages of Instagram or NikeTalk, but you’d be hard pressed to find a collection as good or as big as this. Visiting The Chicks with Kicks in Boca Raton, Florida, NK alumni George Kiel gives us an inside look at their vast assortment of sneakers that add up to 6,000 pairs in all. From PE Jordans to Air Force 1s that never hit retail, check it all out in the video below from coiski.

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Converse Launches the Pro Leather ’76 – A Lifestyle Sneaker with Basketball Roots

Drawing from the sneaker’s past while pushing the shoe into the future, the Converse Pro Leather returns in two monochromatic colorways. The “Triple Black” and “Triple White” iterations of the newly upgraded Converse Pro Leather ‘76 merge the classic style with a Nike Lunarlon sockliner for added comfort and cushion. The result is a lifestyle sneaker that is at home on the streets of the city, while still maintaining its vintage basketball roots.

Shot in black and white to fuse an old-school vibe with contemporary urban fashion, the Pro Leather ’76 lookbook sees the sneaker photographed against the backdrop of iconic New York City basketball courts. The photos start at the storied Rucker Park, Sarah D. Roosevelt Park and Rutgers Park locations, where you might have expected to see the sneakers when they first dropped 40 years ago, before moving out into the sprawl of the city where you’d expect to see them today.

Take a look at the complete photo story from HYPEBEAST below to see the sneaker transition from its roots on the court to its future in the streets and shop the style for $ 70-$ 75 USD at Foot Locker or on the official Converse webstore.

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Kyrie Irving Hopes To Have At Least 12 Nike Signature Shoes, To Make a Sneaker Clock

words // Nick DePaula:

In a recent candid conversation with Cleveland Cavaliers-centric blog WaitingForNextYear, Cavs All-Star guard Kyrie Irving spoke about his involvement with designer Leo Chang on his signature footwear, when you can expect to see the upcoming Kyrie 3 both on court and in stores, and his long-term goals for his line.

Surprisingly, Irving has just one simple goal in mind — he wants to get to 12 signature sneakers — in order to spruce up his home’s interior design.

“I have an aspiration, and Bron has it in his house: I just want to get to 12 and have a clock running,” says Kyrie. “He has a clock running of his shoes. That right there was like a goal of mine to just make it to 12 and then I could choose my best ones. So, yeah, I want to have a clock of my shoes like LeBron.”

Twelve of course works for the hourly breakdown on a clock, but is also esteemed territory for signature lines. Only Michael, Kobe, Allen Iverson, LeBron and Carmelo Anthony have received twelve or more signature models.

Sneaker clocks might not be an entirely new concept, and historically have almost exclusively featured the first dozen Air Jordan models. Hopefully, Kyrie’s revelation about LeBron’s signature timepiece might push the Cavs star to share an image of his home setup. For Irving, we’ll have to wait another nine years for that to become a reality, but we like his chances.

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