Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Nike Changes Its Saturday Store Release Times*~

Starting this Saturday, January 3rd, Nike's web store launches will be pushed back two hours, moving to 10 a.m. EST/ 7 a.m. PST. This means you won’t need to wake up at the break of dawn to purchase your favorite releases anymore, especially for those living in the West Coast who would normally have to check in at 5 a.m. Finish Line has also announced it will be making the change. Stay tuned to see if Eastbay, Footaction and Foot Locker will be revising their release schedule, in the meantime head to the Nike Store to check our its latest range.

Andy Warhol x Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star*~

Andy Warhol became an icon for what he put on canvas, and now the artist’s estate will further the cause by taking his artwork to a different type of canvas, the Converse Chuck Taylor. The late pop art legend had a recurring motif of sneakers early on in his career, and now his most famous work like the Campbell’s Soup cans transfer over to the Converse classic in four new looks.

Vans California “Croc Leather” Pack*~

From the new Vans California Spring 2015 collection we can show you the first two exciting releases. As part of the “Croc Leather” pack, the brand presents the Slip-On and the Sk8-Hi Zip with black croc-embossed leather uppers. The full-grain leather with tonal stitching came out great and results in a clean, yet premium version of the two iconic silhouettes. You can pick up both sneakers now from select retailers.

New Balance Spring 2015 MRL 996 FK “Camo” Pack*~

New Balance heavily applied camouflage patterns in its new Spring 2015 collection. We already showed you the Urban Explorer Pack and also just the other day previewed the desert camo MRT580. Here is now a preview of the soon to release MRL 996 FK “Camo” Pack. The pack includes a heather grey and a khaki colorway. While most of the upper remains rather classic, the camouflage patterns have only been applied to the heel support and the lining. The result is a well balanced set of sneakers with subtle camo details. Look out for a release of the New Balance Spring 2015 MRL 996 FK “Camo” Pack on January 15, 2015.

Release Reminder: Nike Air Command Force "Bleached Denim"*~

Known as the "Bleached Denim" edition, this Nike Air Command Force comes in a black, white and pink power colorway. They featuring a "washed" or "bleached" denim-based upper, a first for this silhouette. Black and white accents along with hits of pink and a paint splatter design on the midsole finish this pair off. The "Bleached Denim" Nike Air Command Force hits nike.com as well as select Nike Sportswear retailers on Thursday, January 29th.

adidas Basketball 2015 "Broadway Express" Pack*~

Rounding out the year, adidas looks ahead to the 2015 All-Star Game, beginning the games with a special new pack. The “Broadway Express” pack encapsulates the spirit of the N, R, and Q subway lines in New York: those which service the main artery avenue of Manhattan. The Crazy 8, Crazy 2, and D Rose 5 Boost have all been outfitted with a special silver and yellow colorway, making a nod to the silver bullets that roam New York City day-in and -out. Pick up these special releases from adidas Basketball retailers and online beginning January 8th.

Nike Reports $80 Million USD Sales of Air Jordan 11 "Legend Blue"*~

Nike continues to forge ahead of the competition, evidenced by the calculated earnings of last Saturday’s Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue” release. According to SportScanInfo, Nike churned out $80 million dollars of revenue, as a result of selling close to 480,000 pairs of Air Jordan 11.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Accessories To Match: Hello Kitty x A Bathing Ape 2014 Capsule Collection*~

Having been part of the Sanrio Family since April this year, A Bathing Ape‘s Baby Milo now invites the ever-popular Hello Kitty over to his side of the fashion world for this 2014 capsule collection. The vast range of both male and female pieces for all ages includes Camo Shark Hoodies, Crewnecks, several T-Shirt styles, Jersey Dress hoodies, baby Coveralls and baby Capes, as well as a cushion, Baby Milo plush toy, Tote bags, iPhone 6 cases and even a mug. For the collaborating effort, the two brands have merged both its motifs by placing Hello Kitty’s famous red bow on to BAPE’s Ape Face, while also dressing Baby Milo up in a Hello Kitty costume and Hello Kitty in classic BAPE Camo attire. The designs are then used throughout the collection, which will be available January 2th of next year only at A Bathing Ape stores in Japan.

Nike Sportswear Lunar Force Hi "University Red"*~

If you’re still on the hunt for a pair of Red October's, consider the above as a worthy substitute. Nike Sportswear‘s Lunar Force Hi is now available in a vibrant tonal red colorway with an icy blue outsole for added appeal. This updated classic features a new Hyperfuse upper and a Lunarlon sole unit for durability, support and breathability. Look for the Nike Sportswear Lunar Force Hi “University Red” at select retailers globally.

Air Jordan 1 GS "Motorsports"*~

Fueled by his need for speed, Michael Jordan founded Michael Jordan Motorsports in 2004. Jordan's closed-course motorcycle road racing team competed in the American Motorcyclist Association until last year, before deciding to move operations overseas. Perhaps inspired by MJ's affinity for the track, a new racing-themed Air Jordan 1 for kids is due out in 2015.

Teenager Killed After Trying to Rob Someone for Their Air Jordan XIs*~

Friday, December 19, 2014

Complex Sneakers: A Guide to Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Sneakerheads*~

Christmas is less than 2 weeks away and if you plan on ordering those sneakers online, you better get on top of it. While being able to order kicks from the comfort of your own couch is amazing, when things get down to the wire, you have to start taking shipping deadlines into account. Many of the smaller retailers do not offer 2-Day or Next Day shipping which means you would need to order those with ground shipping. For ground shipping, the cutoff dates varies between December 15 and 17 depending on the retailer. However, there are a few bigger retailers that are being more lenient with their deadlines and allowing you to order next day up through this weekend, but it will cost you a little more money. To make sure your gifts arrive just in time for Christmas, check out Complex Sneakers: Guide to Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Sneakerheads.

Air Jordan 11 "Legend Blue" Customers Pepper Sprayed by Cops*~

The Jordan 11 "Legend Blue" continues to cause chaos across the nation. At a mall in Toledo, OH, cops resorted to using pepper spray to control crowds who were lined up outside Finish Line on Wednesday morning to pick up raffle tickets for the anticipated Jordan release. WTVG ABC13 reports that crowds began to push and shove, knocking down a barricade and a security officer in the process. Apparently between 300 and 400 people were lined up, but the store had less than 150 tickets to give out–perhaps the disparity there caused some of the commotion. It's clear that the "Legend Blue" Jordan 11 will unfortunately carry on the legacy of frenzied release dates for this silhouette.

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Former Nike Employee Pleads Guilty to Selling Stolen Limited Edition Sneakers*~

Kyle Yamaguchi, a former Nike promotional product manager between July 2006 and January 2012, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to conspiracy to transport, receive and sell stolen goods for shipping 42 pairs of stolen sneakers to a buyer in Florida in April 2013 for $62,000. This is according to a report from Oregon Live's Everton Bailey Jr.

Nice Kicks: A "Sneak Peek" Inside Jumpman Bostic's Sneaker Basement Pt. 2*~

Le Coq Sportif CHA R900*~

The longstanding French brand is set to release a brand new silhouette: the CHA R900. The sneaker undeniably draws on vintage runners of the past, yet also incorporates minimalist French sensibility into the design. This is evidenced in the upper, which is cleverly composed of articulated mesh to give off a ‘paneling’ effect. This layer is paired with smooth tonal suede overlays toward the clean white midsole. A refreshing direction for the resurgent brand, pick up this drop from Le Coq Sportif at select retailers in the coming weeks.

Nike Air Force 1 LV8*~

The Nike Air Force 1 LV8 sneaker combines two iconic prints on the new edition. The shoe is dressed in a full black base on the upper with white polka dots covering the front half of the body, while white paisley graphics cover the back half. To tie everything together on the upper is a slick black Swoosh. Moving down is the crisp white midsole and rounded off with the classic gumsole. Take a look at the Nike Air Force 1 LV8 below and head over to Nike Sportswear retailers for availability.

Nike KD7 EXT "Longhorn State"*~

Paying homage to Kevin Durant‘s collegiate career at the University of Texas, the new silhouette takes inspiration from the university’s rich Southern heritage, utilizing a bold animal print upper constructed with all-over pony hair. Complementing black accents decorate the silhouette’s signature mid strap, tongue, laces, and swooping midsole as additional animal print adorns the insole. A contoured gum sole fitted with a responsive Zoom Air Bag cushioning finishes the vibrant basketball sneaker. The Nike KD7 EXT “Longhorn State” will release on January 9 at select Nike accounts and the brand’s online store.

Lily Brown x ASICS Gel Saga*~

The Lily Brown x Asics Gel Saga project is touching down in the U.S. after all. The only thing is that there will only be two spots stateside that will be stocking the shoes: UBIQ in Philly and Atmos NYC. The designer doesn't seem to have a concrete theme across these pairs, and the approach instead seems to have been to just find the lightest and brightest shades of suede in the Asics repertoire to use. The result is a duo that would feel less out-of-place as a spring release, but disciplined Asics fans should be able to wait it out till then to wear theirs. The Lily Brown x Asics Gel Saga releases on Saturday, December 20th for $150 USD.

Custom Kicks: Air Jordan 3 Retro "Do The Right Thing"*~

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Michael Jordan's Game-Worn "UNC" Converse Sneakers Sell for $33K*~

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, a pair of Converse sneakers worn by Jordan during his freshman season at the University of North Carolina sold for $33,387 on Thursday morning. Grey Flannel Auctions, which sold the shoes, said they were consigned by a high school teammate of Jordan. The bidder chose to remain anonymous.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nike SB Eric Koston Huarache “Blue Force”*~

Nike SB has paired the sportswear giant’s Air Huarache silhouette with pro-rider Eric Koston’s signature model for a truly unique sneaker. The hybrid features upper details reminiscent of the Huarache with a tonal rubber heel cage and stitch details across the one-piece toe cap. In true Huarache form, the shoe comes equipped with a notched inner sleeve and a neoprene collar for comfort and a locked-down fit. Ultra-lightweight, springy Lunarlon cushioning promises soft yet responsive shock absorption, and a low-profile cupsole construction provides superior board feel. Now available at select retailers for $110 USD.

Sample Kicks: Nike Air Foamposite One "Mirror"*~

Metallic Nike Foamposite colorways are one thing, but this Mirror Sample takes the reflective treatment to an entirely different level. A lot of talk surrounding the famed early aughts Nike Basketball model has been concerning a plateau, whether the silhouette has reached a maximum amount of covetable colorways with people gradually losing interest. And yet, there’s no doubt been an influx in samples that have turned heads.

Gillian Jacobs Has a Pretty Impressive Sneaker Collection*~

You may have seen her on television shows like Community or HBO’s Girls. Perhaps you’ve heard about her role in the upcoming film Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Or you may just catch her at your local sneaker spot grabbing the latest release. Actress Gillian Jacobs is a sneakerhead, and she told Marie Claire all about her habit in a recent interview after the jump.

Greats “The Royale Natural" High*~

Brooklyn sneaker brand Greats takes to the web to premiere ”The Royale Natural” High sneaker. Crafted in the world famous “Shoe Valley” of Civitanova in Italy, its distinguishing feature is the use of “in the crust” goat leather, meaning that it has been tanned but not finished, offering such benefits as a desirable natural coloring and the potential to age into a unique patina with frequent wear. In addition to the goat leather upper, the Royale Natural is built with a Margom sole, lined with full-grain vegetable tanned Vachetta leather and finished with waxed cotton laces. Available in High and Chukka models, the Royale Natural will have a limited release of 100 pairs per model on December 23rd at the brand’s website.

Sneakersnstuff x Nike Zoom Talaria 2014 "Fearless Living Part 2"*~

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Accessories To Match: RETROSUPERFUTURE Munari Christmas Box Deluxe Edition*~

Inspired by Italian designer and artist Bruno Munari, the holiday edition features Munari-themed sunglasses and a customized reprinted version of his 1958 book, The Fine Art of the Gesture: A Supplement to the Italian Dictionary. The box itself is special in that it’s an exclusive design that features Munari’s photographs along with RETROSUPERFUTURE’s own distinctive elements. Nice. Get your box for $313.

Filling Pieces x Poste Holiday 2014 Collection*~

Dutch footwear brand Filling Pieces manages to sneak one last collaboration before the holidays as they team up with Poste for the second time on two pairs of sneakers. While Filling Pieces is mostly known for their monochromatic colorways, this time around the duo have outfitted the breakthrough brand‘s signature low-top silhouette in rich, holiday-friendly colors. Look for the Filling Pieces x Poste Holiday 2014 collection to drop this Saturday, December 20th.