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Off-White Previews New Sneakers

With the year winding down and a continuous flurry of kicks still releasing from major sportswear brands, luxury sneakers are reluctantly taking a backseat due to expense. While the Balenciaga Triple S sneaker has been all of the hype, getting endorsements from your favorite rappers and stylists in 2017, and the SS18 Louis Vuitton sneaker is also garnering attention, the price point for many of our favorites in the luxury category has us all wishing we could print money ourselves.

Saint Laurent, Golden Goose, Gucci and Louis Vuitton won’t take no for an answer, amongst others in the realm of luxury shoes. Well, add Off-White to that list if you hadn’t already as they plan to release an array of new sneakers going into 2018 varying from the Off-Court to the Diagonal Low.

It’s enticing enough that the sneakers are Made in Italy and don a variety of colors ranging from a nude hue, a monotone white, neutral black and a bright orange with checkerboard pattern that’s synonymous with the imprint.

Could this onslaught of Off-White sneakers be all the craze in the new year? We’re sure to find out. Be on the lookout for more info from the man himself, as his “Temperature” collection, which the sneakers seem to be a part of, are available for pre-order right now.


Best Sneakers To Wear To EDC Vegas Festival 2017

With EDC Las Vegas 2017 only a few days away, you should be solely focused on having a great time with your rave crew– after you pick out what you’re wearing to the festival, of course. Staying hydrated is an important key to a having great experience, but so is the type of sneakers you’re wearing. The wrong kind of shoes will ruin your entire mood, so we at Nice Kicks decided to help you decide on what festival kicks to wear.

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Comfort and style are a major key to getting through the three day weekend. From Nike to adidas, Converse, and Vans, you’ll find selects to wear to EDC Las Vegas. Whether you love to shuffle, rage, dubstep, or put your trap elbows up, there’s a perfect shoe for all types of festival goers. Read ahead to find out the best sneakers to wear to EDC Vegas 2017 and remember to be safe, hydrate, and make it the best time of your life with friends.

Nike Sock Dart

No time to tie your laces? No worries. You don’t even need socks for these, honestly. The Nike Sock Dart is literally a sock with a strap that keeps your foot in place. Comfort and style is top notch on this shoe and it’s on sale for only $ 65 in all black online or you can visit the North Las Vegas Premium Outlet Nike Store to cop.

Nike SB Janoski

This is by far Nike’s most popular festival sneaker which is actually made for skaters. The classic black pair will surely last you three days bouncing around EDC and they only cost $ 85 at Niketown located in Caesar’s Forum Shops on the Las Vegas strip. You can get them on sale for only $ 49 if you shop online with Nordstrom.

adidas NMD

Who doesn’t own a pair of NMD’s? This is a favorite worn by DJs such as Martin Garrix, Dillion Francis, and DJ Snake constantly to play shows. The NMD is easy to kick on and comfortable enough for three days of partying at the KineticField, BassPOD, or any of the other stages inside EDC. They’re also machine washable, major festival key. 12AmRun boutique is the best place to find these in every color possible. Tell them Nice Kicks sent you!

Vans Authentic Lite 

Classics, but better. Vans updated your favorite model to be way more comfortable with an UltraCush insert. They’re now as weightless as a paperclip, so you can shuffle your heart away without your feet paying the price on day 2 of EDC. Also, Chainsmokers happen to love this style a lot. Check out that Ultracush insole below. Cozy af.


Converse Chuck Taylor 2 Low

The shuffler’s special! No sneaker is more iconic in festival culture than the Chuck Taylor. While you may have a pair of the originals, you definitely need the updated version. Converse made them lighter and more comfortable by inserting a Lunarlon insole. It’s like wearing Chucks with a cozy Dr.Scholl’s insert, but way better.

adidas Ultra Boost

The most comfortable sneaker of all-time is a festival must. Yes, the UltraBoost expensive at $ 180, but this shoe is durable enough to last many festivals. You can find some of your favorite DJs such as Diplo and Lost Kings wearing the UltraBoost. Jump to every bass drop knowing you have the best sneakers for your feet to survive a festival.

Pro Tip: When your UltraBOOST gets super dirty, simply toss them in the washer machine and they’re back to looking brand spanking new ready for HARD Summer after you raged at EDC.

Vans Slip-On LITE

If you love customizing your entire outfit, there’s no shoe more perfect than Slip-Ons. The traditional white will be easiest to add your own flavor to, but make sure you get the new Lite version with UltraCush insoles. Just like the Authentics, you’ll be experiencing new levels of comfort from Vans.

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2

This year’s ultimate flex shoe at EDC will be Yeezys. Hopefully you’ve been lucky enough to get at least one pair so far. Sure Hypebeasts may be cry seeing you break these out, but the best festival deserves the hottest sneakers for a once in a lifetime experience. If Kanye West can jump around stage in his pair, you can take on EDC with yours. Don’t trip if your Yeezys get extremely dirty, you can easily toss these kicks in the washer just like the UltraBoost. Trust me, I’m a sneaker doctor.



The Golden State Warriors’ Sneakers For The Western Conference Finals

words // Nick DePaula
images // Julie Phayer

As the only remaining undefeated team in this year’s NBA Playoffs, the Golden State Warriors are looking to close out their Conference Finals series against the San Antonio Spurs with a road win tonight at the AT&T Center.

With signature stars like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson each opting for their latest namesake models, we also get a look at the ‘BHM’ Hyperdunks that Shaun Livingston will break out, along with an impressive batch of PEs on the feet of Ian Clark, Draymond Green, David West, Andre Iguodala and Kevon Looney.

Check out several of the Golden State Warriors’ Kicks On Court for tonight’s Game 4 matchup against the San Antonio Spurs, and let us know your favorites in the comments section below.

Stephen Curry — Under Armour 3Zer0

Kevin Durant — Nike KD10

Klay Thompson — Anta KT2

Draymond Green — Nike Zoom Rev 2017

David West — adidas Crazy Bounce


Shaun Livingston — Nike Hyperdunk 2016 ‘BHM’

Andre Iguodala — Nike Kobe AD

Kevon Looney — adidas Crazy Explosive Low

Ian Clark — Nike KD9 Elite


Beyond the Numbers // The Curry 3 & Changing Times for Basketball Sneakers

Recently in an article published by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank gave some very candid commentary on the lackluster sales of the Curry 3, which follow up the sensational seasons and upward wave created by Steph and his play in the Curry 1 and 2, respectively. The commentary from Plank came from Under Armour’s company earnings call, with the company reporting its first quarterly loss as a public company.

“Our success in basketball hasn’t been without its learning,” Plank expressed in the call. “As we launched the Curry 3 late last year, our expectations continued to run high. And while the 3 played very well on court for Stephen Curry and our athletes, a sluggish signature market and a warm consumer reception led to softer-than-expected results.”

While Plank is attempting to ease the anxieties of likely worried investors, what he’s saying is far from a fib. Though no longer the talk of the town as he shares the spotlight, Steph is still putting up incredibly strong numbers and his fair share of highlights. On top of that, anybody who’s hooped in the Curry 3 can attest that they play well — this writer and many of his peers included both IRL and online.

True, the Curry 3 hasn’t made waves at retail, but in reality it’s overall sales volume has been near that of the Curry 2 — they just made way more pairs. Around the way, many of the other signature basketball shoes on the market have been far quieter than years priors. How so? This season, Nike dropped the starting retail prices drastically on LeBron, KD and Kobe models, forecasting a shift that had already affected them and the rest of the market. Though critically accepted, the KD 9 would still see discounts, while the LeBron 14 would receive the least amount of marketing or push seen on a King James signature ever. Just the same, the typically tech savvy Kobe line would trim performance features and price, also getting discounted not long after launch.

What’s this mean? Not much really, as performance basketball shoes have always been made for the masses and even the most coveted colorways in retro life were once discounted in OG life form.

photo via Eastbay Blog/The Shoe Game

While MVP candidate-backed shoes like the adidas Harden Vol 1 and Air Jordan XXX1 seem to be doing reasonably well at retail, it still seems price is as big of a catalyst for success as play. Perhaps the biggest takeaway on today’s basketball market in regards to sales is that the Kyrie 2 was the only modern hoop shoe that cracked 2016’s Top 10 Best Sellers List. That was likely much in part because it retailed for less than that of Curry, Kobe, Kyrie or LeBron — though crossover appeal (no pun intended) and strong storytelling and ‘newness’ certainly helped. Kyrie was also top of mind from a moment standpoint, nailing the most memorable shot from this past spring’s NBA Finals.

While the energy Nike created with launches like the “South Beach” LeBron 8, “Grinch” Kobe 6 and countless other colorways after shifted the market to making modern basketball shoes into more lifestyle shoes, this was never quite sustainable. As we’ve seen in recent years, the colorways really have become endless.

What did shift over that same time however was consumer response to a shoe going on sale. A price drop — which was once awesome — suddenly made some shoes undesirable. That’s somewhat fair, everyone wants want they can’t have, and don’t want what they easily can have. More on the mark though when speaking to a mass market product like a basketball shoe, it’s hard to be limited cool and commercially viable at the same time. Somehow though, Nike mastered it for the better part of this for almost over decade, and Under Armour struck gold adopting this same format during sensational seasons for Steph.

As performance basketball shoes continue to become less desirable in the lifestyle market and running takes the cake, it’s clear Nike and Jordan have already started shifting their pricing policy. Plank notes that Under Amour will do the same, as the Curry 3ZER0 retails at $ 120, compared to the $ 140 mark of the Curry 3. Stephen’s latest shoe is already well outpacing the 3 in sell-thru percentages.

In addition, Plank also stated that Under Armour will be sharper regarding future shoe launches, “with respect to number of color offerings, scarcity, exclusivity and cadence of launches to drive more consistent engagement and results,” as reported by ESPN. The article also notes that “nearly 80 percent of the people who wear basketball shoes do so for fashion” and addresses the trend that lower-profile shoes are more popular, which we would translate both on court and off. You can attribute this to Kobe, you can attribute this to running models reigning in sneaker culture, or you can attribute it to joggers shifting fashion. Either way, times change and so do trends.

Like any trend though, the upcoming result could be good for a core consumer that isn’t swayed by sales — the actual hoopers. While signature shoes built for basketball have somewhat suffered due to chasing denim and gaining weight, it may be time for a new wave of performance product that’s all about play. If there’s one thing Under Armour is good at, it’s focusing on competition and caring less about crossover. If there’s one thing Nike reigns at, it’s innovation. As adidas and Jordan Brand duke it out for MVP honors this summer, here’s to hoping the Curry 4, Harden Vol 2, LeBron 15 and AJ XXX2 are all hoop and no hype.

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President Obama Signs Law Making Ticket Buying Bots Illegal, Sneakers and Streetwear Could Be Next

The White House announced Thursday that President Barack Obama had signed a new law making the use of bots illegal to buy tickets online. The new bill is called the “Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016”, or if you prefer, the BOTS Act.

White House Press describes the new law “prohibits the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events.” This measure of preventing bots starts with forums like Ticketmaster, and other platforms to purchase tickets for concerts, shows, etc. Soon, though, the law could extend to the sell of sneakers and streetwear.

For now the use of bots is completely illegal. Additionally, the use of bots for reselling tickets is prohibited. So in the near future, this law could be reinforced to cover all consumers goods, including sneakers. Stay tuned to Nice Kicks for more on this story.

Source: Complex


adidas Gifts Cubs Kris Bryant a Celebration Pack of Limited Sneakers and Gear

Kris Bryant is having a heck of a year as he’s part of two winning teams in adidas and the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Leading your squad to victory as the NL MVP comes with some really awesome perks as adidas gifts the Third Baseman a celebration package that includes the Pharrell NMD Human Race, Reigning Champ Ultra Boosts, adidas watch, and custom MVP bottle of champagne. Must be nice! Salute to the Chicago Cubs for finally breaking the curse.

If you’re not already, get familiar with Kris Bryant and watch his 2016 highlight reel below.

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Supra Pilot Sneakers

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Supra has released these new Pilot high-top sneakers in grey, featuring black lace-up closure and logo tab at the padded tongue. Detailed with paneling and topstitching at the sides and an asymmetrical topline, they offer a clean but fresh look. Go get ‘em online now.

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Alife Summer 2011 Moc Sneakers

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Alife presents its Moc sneakers in three new colourways for summer 2011. The smooth suede slip-on sneakers are available in grey, black and white, with matching laces, cork footbed and embossed Alife logo along the side. A nice comfortable and clean-looking slip-on for summer, they’re available now through Primitive.

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Fashion Girl of Today:Platform sneakers

Platform sneakers
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Kanye West Previews adidas “Calabasas” Sneakers

Kim Kardashian has been cleverly cautious regarding a joint collection with her husband, Kanye West, circling a Calabasas theme.

While in attendance at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party in New York City Friday night, West was seen in adidas Calabasas gear, which also confirms that the line comes in more than just kids’ sizes.

On Kanye’s feet was a pair of the adidas Power Phase, a vintage tennis model from the 80’s. What’s unique is that the shoe is outfitted with Calabasas stamped at the quarter paneling. So while this doesn’t actually look to be a Yeezy collaborative shoe, it does signify more is coming with the Calabasas name. Stay tuned.

adidas Power Phase Calabasas

adidas Power Phase Calabasas

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