Posts Tagged ‘Year’

Stephen Curry’s Exact ‘Chinese New Year’ Under Armour Curry 4

words & images // Nick DePaula

As the Golden State Warriors play host to yet another marquee matchup, Stephen Curry is looking to bring some added energy to the floor with his own custom edition of his newest signature model.

Styled and hand painted by Mache Customs, #30’s latest Curry 4 takes on detailed inspiration from the team’s Chinese Heritage unis, with hits of vivid blue and yellow throughout.

Graphic elements of the new Bay-fueled jerseys can be seen throughout, like the dragon icon and bridge artwork, along with the Chinese character for “Prosperity,” which is found on the center front of the Warriors shorts.

Check out Stephen’s exact size 12.5 pair of the custom “Chinese Heritage” Curry 4 below, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter by mentioning @NiceKicks. You can turn on ABC to see the Mache-made shoes in action right now.



Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year” Features Celebratory Graphics

The Year of the Dog is just a few months away and Jordan Brand is looking to celebrate with a commemorative Air Jordan 6. Certainly just one piece of a much larger offering, the 1991 produced silhouette highlights celebratory graphics that help ring in the Chinese zodiac.

Set to fireworks and lush floral accents, this dark-colored Air Jordan 6 denotes black overlays atop a tonal base filled with exploding firecrackers and embroidered plant life. The Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year” is said to drop in January 2018 although Jordan Brand has not confirmed those details at current time.

Air Jordan 6 GS “Chinese New Year”

Colorway: Gym Red/White-Black
Style #: AA2495-014

Air Jordan 6 "Chinese New Year"
Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year”
Air Jordan 6 "Chinese New Year"
Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year”
Air Jordan 6 "Chinese New Year"
Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year”
Air Jordan 6 "Chinese New Year"
Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year”
Air Jordan 6 "Chinese New Year"
Air Jordan 6 “Chinese New Year”

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Nike Air Max 98 “Gundam” OG Returns Early Next Year

The Air Max 97 has dominated 2017 in its 20th anniversary celebration like few imagined it would. Thus, Nike can only hope to see similar success next year with the return of the Air Max 98 for its 20th marker. They also appear to quickly right a wrong from the shoe’s earlier retro run in 2016, which saw a glaring absence of one OG colorway fans are still waiting for.

Kicking off the year strong, Nike will return the highly coveted “Gundam” colorway – one that didn’t release last year when the model was championed by its Supreme collaboration. Dressed in a patriotic white, red and blue palette, the OG is tentatively set to release on January 18. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more details on the 20th anniversary release of the Nike Air Max 98 “Gundam” next year.

Nike Air Max 98

Colorway: White/Anniversary Red-Obsidian
Release Date: January 18, 2018

Nike Air Max 98 "Gundam"
Nike Air Max 98 “Gundam”
Nike Air Max 98 "Gundam"
Nike Air Max 98 “Gundam”

Source: US11


Opinion // In defense of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Air Jordan 1 being named “Shoe Of The Year”

words // Nick DePaula:

I was on a panel way back in 2013, somehow tasked along with nine others to pick the “Shoe of the Year” — an impossible task for the most part. We each had tastes ranging across the spectrum of both performance and lifestyle. Some of us never cared about the tech or latest innovations, others exclusively valued the sheer looks, and a few others were admittedly heavily weighing hype, exclusivity and the attached name(s) more than anything.

Needless to say, the panel was a mess. After an hour of banter and back and forth, somehow the black / royal Air Jordan 1 was selected atop all others from an entire calendar year of relentless releases.

My choice was the LeBron 11, in black and red specifically. I thought that shoe was an undeniably incredible design, and featured new angles, new Swoosh placements and an ignorantly bouncy full Zoom Air unit that was amazing to walk around in. (They weren’t exactly great to hoop in, but this wasn’t a tech review session…)

I was badly outvoted down the stretch, but my biggest shouting point was that the so-called “Shoe of the Year” should represent THIS YEAR.

The Air Jordan 1 was the best shoe of 1985. It’s an icon in footwear that literally will never get old, no matter how many remakes, re-issues or even Flyknit editions get released.

The black/royal colorway also happened to be my very first Jordan shoe, back on October 6, 2001 — a day I still fondly and vividly remember. But the shoe shouldn’t be remembered as an iconic entry for 2013, or even 2001, as far as I’m concerned. It’ll be just yet another time (of so, so many) that Jordan Brand re-released one of its classic early models.

With all of that said, I’m actually 10000% on board with Footwear News’ designated “Shoe of the Year” selection for 2017 — the Off-White Air Jordan 1, designed by Virgil Abloh.

Sure, it’s also the same base model that originally released in 1985, in pretty much the exact original ‘Chicago’ colorway that it’s remembered for, but this version means so much more, and for so many different reasons.

When Virgil Abloh set out to design an entire lineup of Nike’s most iconic silhouettes, latest innovations (and perhaps-forced-because-politics additional add-ons), he did so with a lofty deconstructed and loose approach to filter through each of the ten designs.

“What we’re talking about here is larger than sneakers, it’s larger than design culture. It’s nothing short of state-of-the-art design,” Virgil framed it in his NikeInc release. “These 10 shoes have broken barriers in performance and style.”

With Michael Jordan’s debut signature edition serving as the pinnacle model of “The Ten” for the Chicago native-turned designer, Abloh set out to reveal the panels, layers and details that went into each of the original designs.

And he crushed it.

The Air Jordan 1 in particular, took on a level of cultural impact that quite frankly, Jordan Brand had been shockingly absent on of late. For the last few years, there’s been a weird haze clouding the brand. The game shoe has been mostly unveiled to a sea of indifference, the most beloved Retro models are sitting at stores, and the brand’s general aura has been seemingly, slowly slipping away.

Virgil helped to not only reinvigorate the perception of a retro Jordan sneaker, but did so while putting his own imprint onto the entire look of the model — this isn’t just some new exercise in color and panel choices.

It’s the exact opposite — it’s a collaborative take using an already iconic colorway. There’s a nuance to the finished product that can be seen across the entire “Ten” series, that perhaps Abloh didn’t even initially realize he’d be soon achieving.

Either way, the capsule also allowed for the Air Jordan 1 to be worn by a wide array of folks considered to be at the pinnacle of influence from the blurred silos of the athlete, entertainer, fashion or guy-with-Instagram worlds.

From the start, the collaboration could be perceived as new territory for the brand, and a departure from Jordan’s comfort zone. The fact that the best photography of the shoe during the early stages of its seeding featured the 1 High styled along with adidas Calabasas pants said a lot.

That’s how real people wear things nowadays — but it’s literally never an image you’d see from a brand, of course. The Off-White collection has shown up in all tiers of fashion, from emerging youngster Luka Sabbat, to Virgil himself at the Met Gala, and a host of others simply on the go, allowing the shoe to take on a creative lens that Nike has been desperately seeking to connect to.

And then, there’s the damn quote marks, which stated overly obvious items on each shoe in plain capslock text, in this case “AIR” – “85” – “SHOELACES.” They’ll most definitely become a signature touch of Virgil’s for the forseeable future.

When he hand-scribed out early seeding pairs to friends and celebs, the “Air Whoever” midsole text added a nice personal touch. Now, we’re seeing Abloh double-quote literally every Instagram Story caption, or something as simple as “Logo” below the iconic Swoosh of a Nike shirt.

The spontaneity of the premise has allowed for people to put their own spin on the approach, all while being admittedly simple, subtle and even juvenile, a hallmark of the early Off-White design approach.

With the help of a well-executed “Ten” launch event-slash-panel in New York aiming to explore that inner ability of expression, dubbed “OFF CAMPUS,” Nike has repositioned itself favorably amongst a crowd of creatives. It was that entire premise of being a “creator” that had been at the root of adidas’ surge in popularity, adoption and relatability over the past two years.

Thanks to Virgil, I can honestly say that there’s a new perception, and a new view towards the Jordan Brand, and the greater Nike as a whole. The Off-White Air Jordan 1 might not be the most mind-blowing design the industry has ever seen, it doesn’t take innovation or technology to a new place, and surely has seen its audience of critics along the way. In many ways, Nike took a leap of faith to allow Virgil to even “DESIGN” ten nine of its most celebrated silhouettes, and the newest Hyperdunk, in the first place.

The collection — headlined by the Air Jordan 1 — also unquestionably captured our attention since the summer and into the fall, nudged Nike along in righting the ship of this awkward and unexpected slump of sorts, and can deservedly be dubbed the “Shoe of the Year,” even if the base model didn’t actually debut in 2017.


This Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Navy” Drops Later This Year

The last time we saw a retro iteration of the Air Jordan 11 Low IE it was back in 2015, when the off-center variation of the Air Jordan 11 Low proper released in a couple of OG colorways. Today we can report that at least one new colorway of the shoe is due out later this year.

Taking an a new lifespan, the Air Jordan 11 Low IE will come outfitted in leather and suede fabrication and budding styles like this navy option. No Jordan Release Date details are readily available. Stay tuned for more.

Air Jordan 11 Low IE "Navy"
Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Navy”

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Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo “Suptempo” Coming This Year

2017 just got a lot more interesting. Following a major comeback last year, Scottie Pippen’s big branded basketball shoes are set to get a makeover from the most popular brand in streetwear. How so? The Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo “Suptempo” is set to release this year though official images still remain under wraps.

Sneaker News reports that the shoe will see ‘Sup’ replace that of ‘Air’ on the side-paneling, making for a bold wear and easy DM slide. Colorway information is yet to be revealed, but they also suggest that these will follow suit of previous Supreme x Nike collabs with multiple makeups on the way.

Is this one of the more exciting releases slated for 2017? Let us know in the comments and on social.


Is This adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 “Multicolor” Releasing Next Year?

Next year is poised to be another huge campaign for the adidas Ultra Boost given the mass acceptance of the newly released 3.0 installment.

The next hyped colorway – other than the “Triple White” iteration which is restocking soon – is likely this “Multicolor” pair previewed over the holiday weekend. Set to a black base with multicolored threading throughout, it’s finished with black cage and traditional white Boost cushioning below.

No release details for this adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 “Multicolor” have been announced. Keep the dial tuned to Nice Kicks for more.

adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 "Multicolor"
adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 “Multicolor”

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adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 “Chinese New Year” // First Look

By many estimations, adidas Ultra Boost “Chinese New Year” releases this year have been some of the best Boost-enabled drops of 2016. We tend to agree. It looks as if that trend will continue with a first look today at the upcoming Ultra Boost 3.0 “CNY” edition.

Embracing the aesthetically pleasing new Primeknit construction, the multicolored upper, accenting black cage support, patterned laces and liner all manifest something great, something everyone will want and something we’ll continue to talk about until they release. Right now, a date for the adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 “Chinese New Year” is unknown. But keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more details as they emerge.

adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 "Chinese New Year"
adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 “Chinese New Year”
adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 "Chinese New Year"
adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 “Chinese New Year”

Source: Anson


Black OVO Air Jordan 12’s Are Releasing Next Year

While we’ve already seen “Neoprene,” “Master” and Public School “Friends and Family” black Air Jordan 12’s this year, next year will play host to another pair thanks to Drake and OVO.

The often seen though never generally released Black OVO Air Jordan 12’s are reported to drop next year. According to sneaker leaker zsneakerheadz, the blacked out style will debut at retail early in 2017.

If you remember, OVO 12’s were supposed to launch this year but the release was postponed indefinitely. Now, though, 2017 looks to be a promising landing place for this exclusive colorway. Keep it locked for more details.


Kanye West Says a Million Pairs of adidas Yeezy Boost Will Be Produced This Year

“I guess in a media world where you never hear the truth, the truth can come off as crazy…”

Does Kanye West saying that adidas will produce a million pairs of Yeezy Boost this year sound crazy? Well, if his above tweet from earlier today is any indication, it shouldn’t sound crazy at all.

Just a short time ago, in a quiet moment that West mentioned felt like returning “home from battle,” he said something that adidas Yeezy Boost fans have wanted to hear since the very first pair released: adidas will be making a lot more pairs. One million pairs this year, to be exact.

Quantity, not affordability, has been the ongoing issue with the adidas Yeezy Boost. This news from West should leave fans very hopefully, as most still don’t own a pair of Yeezy Boosts even though they desperately want to. West didn’t go into specifics as to how the one million pairs will be dispersed, but he did mention that adidas is opening new factories to apparently handle the production. This, of course, won’t solve the larger supply and demand issue, yet the sheer numbers should lift the spirits of those who still hope to land a pair.


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