Monday, April 23, 2018
IKEA and Stampd have joined forces on a wide-ranging collection of furniture, home goods, accessories and apparel, all made with skateboarders and sneakerheads in mind. The resulting 25-piece collection, dubbed SPÄNST, showcases an open concept, seen in items like a mesh wardrobe, stand-alone clothing rack and stackable clear shoe boxes. Additional items of note include an indoor basketball hoop, LED light sticks, an armchair and a tabletop trestle perfect for deejaying. Minimalist apparel pieces include tees, hats, and hoodies, as well as a duffle bag suitable for gym visits and short trips. Expect the SPÄNST collection to hit IKEA stores in May. via FreshnessMag.com
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As adidas continues to thrive and surpass their competitors in the U.S., the need for more space at their North Portland headquarters has become of prime urgency. Adidas will address those concerns by expanding its North American headquarters more than double its current size.
Currently housing approximately 1,700 employees in just 365,000 square feet, an expansion of the company’s Portland office is set to begin construction in either late summer or early fall. Adidas plans to add two three-story buildings and a five-story structure totaling 425,000 square feet according to Oregon Live.
Plans of this expansion publicly date back to last October, when adidas North America President Mark King suggested that the company would add an additional 200,000 square feet to its headquarters. Now, just five months later, the number of square footage has risen to 425,000.
In that very same comment, King also suggested that the expansion is a result of the company’s growing success and their need to strengthen local staff. He alluded to growing the number of employees from 1,700 to 2,800 once the expansion is final. A completion date has not yet been disclosed. via NiceKicks.com
After several teases and sneak peeks, Virgil Abloh’s OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black” will finally be released on Friday, March 30. And with the long awaited sneaker’s release just days away, here’s another look at Abloh’s take on the VaporMax.
The OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax features a black Primeknit upper, white stitching an oversized Swoosh logo, and like other iterations of the VaporMax silhouette, a full-length Air Max cushioning outsole.
Peep photos of the OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black” below and visit Sneaker Politics and other select retailers on Friday to pick up a pair. via NiceKicks.com
Being that each Air Max 97 OG colorway has released and been accounted for, Nike’s crowning silhouette is looking to its past for further inspiration — namely the Air Max 1. This upcoming iteration clearly pulls from the Air Max 1 “Varsity Red” that is set to re-release again on Air Max Day.
Littered in grey synthetics with red patent leather circling the base, full-length Air cushioning anchors the look which seamlessly joins the to classic Air Max models.
At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be release details for this upcoming Nike Air Max 97. Take a look below and stay tuned for more. via NiceKicks.com
As #LeBronWatch 2018 continues to heat up, it appears that some of the best releases yet may still be forthcoming. After “Diamond Turf” and “Mowabb” editions (to name a few), James is ready to pay tribute to one of his favorite Air Max models potentially in time for the relevant brand holiday next week.
Honoring the timeless Nike Air Max 95 “Neon” OG, James fashions his 15th signature model in medium grey Battleknit with supporting white and neon accents seen throughout the eyelets, tongue tag, laces and Visible Air. James’ crown and lion logo are both present at the tongue and outsole, ensuring that this ode to the Air Max 95 is still very much a Bron shoe.
Expect the Nike LeBron 15 “Neon” to release on Nike SNKRS as soon as the King laces the shoe up on-court, which could be any day now. via NiceKicks.com
The retailer that runs sneaker culture in the UK is reportedly set to buy the running retailer that’s long been a staple in the US. According to Sole Collector, JD Sports is set to purchase Finish Line for $558 Million.
While both company’s shareholders have to approve the deal, it will be interesting to see how the two retailers renowned for lifestyle running — arguably the most important category in modern sneaker culture — could collaborate on initiatives and maybe use their esteem to leverage exclusives. For the moment being, Finish Line seems excited about the potential merger.
“Finish Line has long admired JD and their commitment to serve customers with premium brands through a unique and innovative retail experience,” stated Sam Sato, Finish Line’s chief executive officer. “We are thrilled to partner with them and look forward to realizing the impact we will have on the marketplace together.”
Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for updates on this deal. via NiceKicks.com
Graphic by The Real Dwayne Allen
I refused to watch the speech and to this day I never have. The one that kept me ok about one half of my favorite wrestler no longer being able to compete in-ring, was that he would still be featured on WWE programming in some way or fashion now that his in-ring career was seemingly over. I couldn't believe and didn't want to. One day watching Total Divas on E! network, one of the major plot points on the show at the time was Daniel Bryan continuing his career and seeing specialists about possibly returning to the ring at some point.
Watching him exhaust every resource he could come up with gave me hope that maybe there was a way for him to return to in-ring action. After all, Daniel Bryan's extremely healthy lifestyle would promote proper healing for someone like him and if anybody had a legit chance, it was him.
Fast forward to March 20, 2018 and the news filled up the airways and social media that after years and years of seeing specialists, WWE doctors have approved Daniel Bryan's return to in-ring competition. At a lost for words, I couldn't wait for Smackdown Live to come on. Daniel Bryan would finally address the news that he is officially cleared to return to in-ring action in a WWE ring.
Many people didn't think he would be cleared and many believed that once his contract was up, he would return to the independent circuit and probably make a ton of money working on weekends and signings. WWE wisely made the decision to go ahead and clear him after every specialists cleared him to return to the squared circle.
So what's next? I'm overwhelmed honestly. I'm still thrilled to have my all favorite favorite wrestlers currently in WWE. Only time will tell what's next for Bryan but until that time, let's just enjoy the ride.
-The Real Dwayne Allen, The Wrestling Wrealm
Sunday, March 11, 2018
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In the beginning of January, LeBron debuted a “Graffiti” colorway of his LeBron 15 silhouette dressed primarily in white and black. Now, Nike and the King are ready to roll that pair out at retail early next month. Equipped with subtle graffiti detailing on its translucent Air Unit, its aesthetic is similar to that of the LeBron 4 Graffiti iteration. In fact, this particular offering serves as a tribute to that LeBron 4 that became inspiration for numerous sneakers of the same aesthetic to follow in its place.Fans of this relatively subdued color scheme will be able to pick up a pair from retailers like FinishLine.com on March 2 for $185 USD. via SneakerNews.com
Of the numerous blockbuster sneaker launches planned for All-Star Weekend, Undefeated's take on the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 "Protro" may be one of the most anticipated for locals, considering the dual tie-in to the City of Angels. The L.A.-based retailer dresses the updated Kobe model with a woodland camo canvas upper, as well as a co-branded leather tongue label and Undefeated's trademark five-strike logo on the heel. A custom sockliner in contrast orange rounds out the look. The kicks will be available this Friday, February 16th, at the Undefeated La Brea Pop-Up Store. Shoppers will have to report to an undisclosed location tomorrow, February 14th, to get a wristband guaranteeing their spot in line. The location will be announced through Undefeated's social media channels at 10 am PST on the same day, February 14th. via FreshnessMag.com
BAIT has joined joined forces with PUMA to release a duo of special-edition sneakers inspired by the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther. The kicks take the form of the Tsugi BOG, featuring a combination of black pony hair, suede, and knitted upper, and the Mostro Mid, done up in a matching triple black palette with a stretch textile upper and elastic straps in lieu of a traditional lacing system. Both are finished with a custom Black Panther sockliner. The Tsugi BOG is limited to only 300 pairs and is priced at $150.00, while the Mostro Mid is limited to 100 pairs and retails for $160.00. Every purchase comes with a free reprint of the first issue of the Black Panthercomic book. The kicks are available via online raffle. via FreshnessMag.com