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Nike Air Max 90/1 White/Red






Continuing its recent practice of fusing together the top and bottom halves of popular Air Max models, Nike is gearing up to release the "White/Red" Air Max 90/1 later this year.
The latest Frankenstein creation from the Swoosh fuses the upper of the "OG Red" Air Max 1 with the midsole and outsole of the Air Max 90. Unlike the original Air Max 1s, this pair will opt for an entirely leather upper instead of the usual mesh and suede construction.
While an exact release date is still up in the air, official product shots leaking could mean that this pair may arrive sooner than its original Fall 2018 projection. Look for the "White/Red" Nike Air Max 90/1 to hit select Nike retailers later this year for $140. via SoleCollector.com

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IKEA AND STAMPD LAUNCH A HOME GOODS COLLECTION FOR STREETWEAR ENTHUSIASTS


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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Nike Kobe 1 Protro DeMar DeRozan PE


Above you will get a first look at the Nike Kobe 1 Protro DeMar DeRozan PE. Best part of this PE: It’s going to be available to the public!
The Nike Kobe 1 Protro DeMar DeRozan PE rocks a Toronto Raptors color scheme as the shoe’s design consists of an all-Red patent leather upper placed on top of an all-Red rubber sole. Contrast is created with the help of the White accents noted on the Swoosh branding, Demar DeRozan’s number “10” stitched on the heels, Kobe’s logo (outline) on the tongues and the UPTEMPO branding on the heels. The Black accents give the shoe even more of Raptor look and feel. via KicksonFire.com

Nike LeBron 15 "Griffey"





The latest colorway from the LeBron Watch Collection was debuted (and released) yesterday as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers stepped on the court to take on the Toronto Raptors. This latest LeBron 15 colorway is inspired by one of LeBron’s favorite athletes, Ken Griffey Jr.
Originally crafted as a cross-trainer that became as iconic as the player it was made for, the Air Griffey Max 1 represents an electrifying player that transcended sports and inspired all athletes. Dominated by a large toe swoosh and an unconventional ankle strap, the Air Griffey Max 1 set the design bar high with its unforgettable design. Crafted in homage to one of LeBron’s favorite athletes, the LeBron 15 Griffey pays homage to the Kid, who remains one of the greatest baseball players of all time. via KicksonFire.com

Monday, March 26, 2018

Nike SB Dunk High "Black Pigeon"


Igniting the hype, the “Black Pigeon” returns — this time in a high top look. Presented by Relevant Customs to Jeff Staple during his book signing at Philly’s streetwear foothold UBIQ, the shoes pay homage to the original design which resurfaced last November. The runners get a black cracked leather treatment sitting on top of iconic red soles. To mark the occasion in the City of Brotherly Love, pony fur is added on the pigeon wings.
Unfortunately, if you were hoping to cop a pair, these were gifted as one of one’s, but watch the UBIQ recap below and be sure to check out our sneaker drop roundup for similar kicks. In case you missed it, listen to Episode 06 of Business of HYPE hosted by Staple. via Hypebeast.com

Virgil Abloh Named New Head Menswear Designer at Louis Vuitton


In breaking news, French luxury house Louis Vuitton has just named Virgil Abloh as its new artistic director of menswear, replacing Kim Jones who announced his departure just last week. 
Abloh’s new gig at LV will make him one of the few black designers at the top of a French heritage house, followed by Olivier Rousteing at Balmain and Ozwald Boateng, who was the designer for Givenchy menswear from 2003 to 2007. According to The New York Times, Abloh will relocate his family to Paris to fulfill his new role.
Before today’s official announcement, it was rumored Abloh would take over Jones’ spot. On the same day as his announcement to leave Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones posted a pair of Off-White™ x Air Jordan 1 sneakers, signed by Abloh himself, with the caption “Thanks Virgil, BIG LOVE.” Abloh will show his first collection for Louis Vuitton during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in June.
Abloh stated:
“I feel elated. This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.” via Hypebeast.com

Adidas Portland Headquarters to Double in Expansion Size


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

OFF WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax “Black”








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

Nike Air Max 97





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

Nike LeBron 15 "Neon"





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

JD Sports to Buy Finish Line


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 CollectorJD 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 

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Daniel Bryan Returns!!!!!!

Graphic by The Real Dwayne Allen

The Yes Movement is alive and well!!!!! About 3 1/2 years ago Daniel Bryan came out on to Monday Night Raw with a new clean shaven beard and cut hair and at that point I knew the rumors to be true. Daniel Bryan had reportedly received a concussion that would force him into retirement.

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
@dwayneallemn24 @wrestlingwrealm

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Game Royal


Following the release of the AJ 1 Bred Toe, the Air Jordan 1 Game Royal is going to be the next iteration of the silhouette, and it’s scheduled to drop next month. Featuring the same color block theme as seen on the Chicago pair, the sneaker is made of a white leather upper with game royal overlays, and black accents used for the Nike Air branding, wings logo, laces and swooshes on the sides. A white midsole and matching royal blue rubber outsole completes the design altogether. 
Retailing for $160, look for this Air Jordan 1 at select Jordan Brand stores and online on March 24th. Click and bookmark our official Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Game Royal hub page now for all imagery, the latest information and full release details. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news and release dates. via SneakerFreaker.com

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Nike LeBron 15 'Graffiti" Drops March 2nd




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

RELEASE DETAILS FOR THE UNDEFEATED X NIKE ZOOM KOBE 1 PROTRO "CAMO"


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 AND PUMA TEAM UP WITH MARVEL ON A "BLACK PANTHER"-THEMED SNEAKER PACK


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

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Adidas Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto: Kusari




STYLE MEETS FUNCTION
A unique, anchored lacing system is engineered to provide extra stability while simultaneously creating graphic interest all along the sides of the shoe. via adidasy3.com

Air Jordan 18 Sport Royal




Michael Jordan wore the Air Jordan 18 in White/Sport Royal for his final NBA game ever on April 16, 2003. He was a member of the Washington Wizards and was playing against the Philadelphia 76ers. Tate Kuerbis designed the shoe influenced by outstanding Italian dress shoes, and race cars. Equipped with a one piece upper, the Air Jordan 18 also comes with a carbon fiber plate, Zoom Air installed in the forefront and a hand-stitched outsole. The very same pair that MJ wore in his final game will receive the retro treatment in 2018 which comes covered in a white leather upper with Sport Royal detailing on the inner liner, midsole, and outsole.
The Air Jordan 18 Sport Royal is scheduled to release on January 22, 2018 for a retail price of $225. Stay tuned to Kicks On Fire for updates. via KicksonFire.com

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