Posts Tagged ‘Spotlight’

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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Gridiron Kicks Spotlight // The Best of Warren Sapp

This season, NFL athletes on Jordan Brand will lace up the Air Jordan 9 PE in both low and midtop form. A longtime representative of the Jumpman on the gridiron, Warren Sapp wore anything and everything from JB, sporting high top takes on some of the most famous signature model’s from MJ’s famed collection. See for yourself in the latest installment of Gridiron Kicks Spotlight.

Warren Sapp in the Nike Air Veer

Warren Sapp in the Nike Air Veer

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 11 High PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 11 High PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 11 Turf PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 11 Turf PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 9 PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 9 PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 9 Super Bowl PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 9 Super Bowl PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 12 PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 12 PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 12 PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 12 PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 13 High PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 13 High PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 14 PE

Warren Sapp in his Air Jordan 14 PE

Photos via Getty Images, lead image via Zimbio


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PE Spotlight // Kawhi Leonard’s Air Jordan XXX

words & images // Nick DePaula:

While his San Antonio Spurs’ postseason run may be over, Kawhi Leonard has not only established himself as a franchise player for years to come as the team moves into a new era, but he’s also emerged as a leading star at Jordan Brand.

Both Leonard and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook faced off in their 2nd Round series that concluded last night, each headlining the brand’s newest game shoe, the Air Jordan XXX, in custom colorways.

Kawhi Gray AltWhile Westbrook’s versions have tried to be as bold and loud as the fashions he’s become known for, Kawhi’s kicks were naturally more subdued, much like the reserved Spur himself.

He hit the court in a subtle white and black custom player exclusive for most of the playoffs, and Jordan Brand also made him this white and gray special makeup, featuring hues to match San Antonio’s alternate “Signature Spur” unis. The shoes feature a nubbed toe cap, and the phrase “Excellence Is Never Second Place” can be found along the midsole.

Leonard’s size 14.5 PEs also incorporated his “Claw” logo along the tongue, that Kawhi actually designed himself.

“I started working on this logo several years ago,” Leonard explained earlier in the season. “It took awhile to develop. I started by tracing my hand, then figured out how to incorporate the K, the L and my number 2. I’m happy with how it turned out.”

A “K” can be more overtly seen along the left of the logo, while the middle finger and thumb connect to form a “L.” His jersey number can be spotted on the index finger, with a notch on each side helping to create the 2.

While Leonard wasn’t able to hit the court in these as the team’s season came to an early close, check out Kawhi’s latest Air Jordan player exclusive in detail below, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

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CSS Spotlight // Wiz Khalifa Over the Years

Still young, wild and free, Wiz Khalifa is a decade deep in the game. Over the last ten plus years, the Pittsburgh product has put the Steel City on the map and achieved star status, winning over a core fan base with ever-evolving mixtape content while sweeping Billboard with big singles.

Just as his music has evolved, so has his style. While certain sneaker silos have remained relevant in Wiz’s rotation, his favorites in footwear and fashion continue to shift with the release of each album. On the day of the Khalifa launch, we take a look at Wiz Khalifa’s style and go-to kicks over the course of his come-up in this installment of CSS Spotlight.

Early Albums & Mixtapes

Show & Prove/Deal or No Deal

Wiz Khalifa mixtapes

Heavy Rotation: Air Jordan retros, Converse Chuck Taylors, Nike retros

Wiz Khalifa’s rise to the top has been a winding road paved by hard work. At only 16, Wiz was already getting attention from record labels and putting out mixtapes. His first album Show and Prove released in 2006, followed later by the success of the single “Say Yeah.” While Deal or No Deal would make noise, a string of acclaimed mixtapes saw Wiz rise up as one of the most buzzing young artists in hip-hop.

Early on, Wiz’s style was reminiscent of many of his next generation peers. Topical streetwear and retro sneakers were a staple of Khalifa’s wardrobe, with Flight Club apparel and grail status Jordans standing out on stage. Chuck Taylors also saw rotation early on, with many of his beginning footwear staples remaining relevant throughout his career.

Wiz Khalifa in the Nike Air Hoop Structure

Wiz Khalifa in the Nike Air Hoop Structure (photo via seastorrejon.blogspot.com)

Wiz Khalifa in the adidas Superstar

Wiz Khalifa in the adidas Superstar Black/White (photo via imgkid)

Wiz Khalifa in the Air Jordan 7 DMP Raptor

Wiz Khalifa in the Air Jordan 7 “DMP Raptor” (photo by Skavenger Brandon via The Shoe Game)

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Celebrity Sneaker Stalker Spotlight // 808s & Heartbreak Era Kanye West

This weekend, Kanye West is playing his pivotal and sound shifting album 808s & Heartbreak live at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. Recorded in Hawaii and inspired by the passing of his loving mother and biggest supporter, Donda West, as well as a breakup with his then-finance, the sad songs (and even the happy ones) spawned some of the most transcendent work of Kanye’s career and a shift in style for Mr. West and almost all that followed.

Much like Pablo Picasso during his Blue Period, Kanye used his artistic canvas to cope and create, putting out some of his best and most interesting work of his whole career. The Heartbreak sound would draw from New Wave melodies of the ’80s, pull from then-new faces Kid Cudi and Mr. Hudson, and inspire the sound that would help launch Drake’s career with So Far Gone.

As amazing as the music was, Kanye would prove to be on one visually just as much as he was sonically. Already one to challenge norms in high fashion and hip-hop, West played with palettes, silhouettes and styles that were as off-genre as it got for rap, all the while helping bridge the gap between hip-hop and high fashion like Pharrell before him and A$ AP Rocky years after.

Kanye would help bridge such gap during the 808s era with not only statement style on stage, on the red carpet and in the front row at fashion shows, but he’d also make waves in the market. The 808s album run coincided with launches from Louis Vuitton and Nike, as well as previews from his unreleased Pastelle line.

On the day of the first 808s & Heartbreak show at Hollywood Bowl, peep some of his footwear favorites and best outfits from that pivotal era.

Louis Vuitton Collection

Kanye West Louis Vuitton

photos by Eric Ryan/Getty Images via Just Jared, Francois Durand/Getty Images via Zimbio & FlynetPictures via Zimbio

Nike Air Yeezy 1 “Net”

United Arrows x New Balance 997.5

Kanye West United Arrows x New Balance 997.5

photos by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images via Zimbio, FlynetPictures via Zimbio & FlynetPictures via Zimbio

Jordan, Pierre Hardy & Jeremy Scott

Kanye West

photos by Marty Melville/Getty Images via Zimbio, Francois Durand/Getty Images via Zimbio & FlynetPictures via Zimbio

Additional lead image photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via Zimbio & The Early Registration

Curious to learn more about the making of 808s? There’s a fantastic piece up now at Pitchfork.

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Gridiron Kicks Spotlight: Greatest Sneaker Moments In Super Bowl History


With Super Bowl XLIX occurring this Sunday the bevy of intriguing footwear set to be donned by a variety of players is vast. With the likes of Jordan Brand athlete Earl Thomas and Nike endorser Darrelle Revis controlling their respective secondaries, we may need to even elicit the help of our very own George Kiel with the potential kicks that will be displayed on Sunday. So with that notion in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the best sneaker moments in Super Bowl history in the latest edition of Gridiron Kicks Spotlight. To see for yourself, flip through the pages below to let us know your favorite Super Bowl memory involving iconic kicks.

Super Bowl XXIV: Ronnie Lott

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Ronnie Lott was Kam Chancellor before Kam ever patrolled a secondary on the gridiron. Lott’s ferocious nature and incredible tackling ability made him a force to be reckoned with in the 49ers’ secondary for years. Rumor has it that Lott even allowed for the severance of his own finger to get back into a game during his illustrious playing career. With those notions provided, you can imagine how John Elway and company felt in Super Bowl XXIV as they took on the 49ers. In what would become a blowout in favor of the 49ers, Lott would start and contribute heavily while rocking this black and varsity red colorway of the Air Jordan 4.

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#sneakerart Spotlight: @sneakerpie



If you follow @nicekicks on Instagram, you probably know that we have a pretty big interest in sneakers (of course), but also the art that it inspires.  Now more than ever artists are able to get their work discovered with the use of hashtags on the digital image sharing platform including a ton of talented graphic artists who have started using the tag #sneakerart.

Today, we spotlight one artist who is a frequent contributor to the #sneakerart hashtag – @sneakerpie known in the real life as Brian Doyle.  Brian, a native of Buffalo, NY, is a recent graduate of Canisius College, full time freelance illustrator and “is not trying to get a 9-5 anytime soon” as he puts it.

While Brian’s sneaker focussed account launched back in just October of this year, he has quickly built a following with more than 8,700 followers and fans of his work at the time of this article.

The beauty of the #sneakerart community on IG is that everyone has their own unique and creative spin on sneakers.  Brian posts a variety of different styles, but one that caught our attention from jump was his mashups of the Nike Roshe Run with other sneakers.  Classics of old and new have been Rosheified by him, but we have posted our favorite pieces he has done blending iconic Air Jordans with the Roshe Run.

Besides giving @sneakerpie a follow, we also encourage you to check out his online shop where you can obtain a wide variety of his work on different mediums from framed prints, to canvas prints, and wearables including T-shirts, hoodies, and even baby clothes.

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 4 Black/Red mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 4 Black/Red mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 5 "Fire Red" mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 5 “Fire Red” mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 5 "Black Grape" mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 5 “Black Grape” mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 8 "Doernbecher" mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 8 “Doernbecher” mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 9 "Cool Grey" mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 9 “Cool Grey” mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 11 "Pantone" mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 11 “Pantone” mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 11 "Space Jam" mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 13 "Flint" mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Air Jordan 13 “Flint” mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Jordan Spizike "Wolf Grey" mashup by @sneakerpie

Nike Roshe Run x Jordan Spizike “Wolf Grey” mashup by @sneakerpie


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