Saturday, March 31, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
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