Always a fixture in seasonal drops from ASICS, the running centric Gel Lyte III again finds placement among the brand’s archival releases for the new year. The forthcoming ASICS Gel Lyte III “Crane & Turtle” Pack sees a pair of split tongue gems draw inspiration from a rather unusual source. An elder Japanese proverb that reads, “Tsuru sen-nen, kame man-nen” translates to “Crane lives for 1,000 years; Turtle lives for 10,000 years.” With clear ties to a life lived in longevity, health emerges as a dominate theme as the shoes are crafted in large part with running and physical health in mind. Thus, the pack highlights a vibrant Red/Grey pair alongside an iteration in tonal green and a mustard-like hue.
Remember Kim Kardashian's 2012 Skechers Super Bowl Commercial spot. The commercial features Kim K. saying suggestive things like, "You're the best I've ever had," to her trainer while close-ups of her body fill the screen. This commercial, though, wasn't as well received as this year's Kim K. Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile 2015. The spot was so bad that everyone was relieved when a dog replaced her in Skecher's ad the following year.
Ewing Athletics will be celebrating the upcoming NBA All-Star with this pair of the Ewing 33 Hi. The brand is looking back at the 1990 NBA All-Star, hence the Miami/South Beach vibe in terms of colors. Details include glow in the dark stars on the toebox as well as a full translucent outsole, which is a first for this silhouette. The Ewing 33 Hi was debuted by Patrick Ewing in that very game, so there's a real historical background on this one. Ewing Athletics has not mentioned an official release date, but it promises that the shoe is coming in February around All-Star weekend.
Converse has released a fresh pair of its iconic Converse All Star Chuck ’70s. The simple silhouette sports a white leather upper flaunting expert craftsmanship, and is finished with an off white rubber outsole and golden yellow laces. A viable option once spring comes around, the sneakers are now available for purchase from Titolo for the retail price of $130 USD.
The Y-3 Retro Boost is set to return this season in a clean black and white colorway. A high fashion rendition of adidas‘ reigning runner, the sneakers are constructed from a black, neoprene upper, over an off-white, speckled midsole. White accents such as adidas’ prominent three stripes on the back heel tab, lacelocks, and Yohji Yamamoto print match the sparkling white Boost outsole. The sneakers are now available at select retailers for the retail price of $350 USD.
Le Coq Sportif pays homage to tennis great Arthur Ashe with the latest “Python” pack. Consisting of two iterations, the collection features an all-over python print on the first model as a brown leather tab accents the back heel. Conversely, a premium brown leather upper immerses the entire upper on the second model as snakeskin detailing decorates the back heel. Featured on both models is an Arthur Ashe signature logo embroidered above the perforated side panel as a white midsole outfits the commemorative pack. Minimal Le Coq Sportif branding along the cushioned midsole provides the finishing touches to the classic tennis sneaker. The Le Coq Sportif Arthur Ashe “Python” Pack is available now at the brand’s online store.
adidas Originals unveils a new "Fox Red" rendition to it's classic adidas Originals Top Ten Hi silhouette. Highlighting a wrinkled nubuck upper coated in a vibrant fox red hue, the iconic model features metallic gold eyelets and thick laces, reminiscent of a hi-top workwear boot. A cushioned leather insole adds to the premium aesthetic as perforations along the Three Stripes logo and at the toe box further detail the silhouette. A subtle golden adidas logo decorates the back heel tab as a complementing translucent gum outsole provides the finishing touches. The adidas Originals Top Ten Hi “Fox Red” will release on January 30th at the brand’s online store.
The widespread media coverage continues leading up to the Seahawks and Patriots meeting up in Super Bowl XLIX. Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom also known as Seattle’s defensive core graced the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, but for whatever reason, the folks over in SI‘s photo department decided to photoshop the soles of each player’s sneakers. Most notably, you’ll notice Richard Sherman’s Red October Yeezy pair front and center featuring a double-decker Air Max unit. And no, the ‘Hawks sneaker connect isn’t suspect because we have the unedited version for you to compare after the jump featuring untouched edits of each sneaker.
Expectedly, the 30th Anniversary of Jordan Brand will include a long list of Air Jordan 1 releases. The exotic ‘Pinnacle’ series previewed below. These pairs will be linked to the 2015 All-Star Weekend. Part of that collection is the white-based, stingray make-up pictured here in detail. Gold hardware and a leather-lined interior gives the shoe a luxury look. There’s no release date for this particular colorway, but if linked to All-Star, details should surface soon.
Under Armour continues to add talent to its team to prove that it's in the footwear business to stay. The Baltimore Business Journal reports that the brand has hired Peter Ruppe, who spent 25 years at Nike in roles like vice president and general manager of global footwear categories and merchandising and vice president and general manager of athletic training and field sports. Ruppe isn't fresh from the Nike campus though—his tenure with the Swoosh ended in 2008. With Under Armour, Ruppe will act as senior vice president of footwear. Under Armour is no doubt hoping that his expertise can further recent growth, which resulted in a 50 percent sales increase from $81 million in the third quarter of 2013 to $122 million in the third quarter of 2014.
KSAT 12 reports that on Dec. 31, Paul Perez III was arrested in San Antonio after a worker at Academy Outdoor and Sports caught Perez trying to shove a pair of Nike KD sneakers into his pants without paying and walk out the door. The worker recognized Perez from earlier thefts at the store, he has nine prior theft convictions, and was eyeing him closely.
NikeLab has already gone an unveiled the full shoe, along with a release date marked for this Friday, Jan. 30. Fittingly, the sneaker will release exclusively in NYC, and exclusively at NikeLab's 21 Mercer location. The tongue tag branding is redrawn by Haze, as is the "Air" text that runs along the midsole. Further details include a graphic insole and Haze's asterisk looking mark on the back. Hopefully pairs like this are indicative of a new direction for NikeLab and related projects, where in there are no real leaks leading up to the release.
ASICS is apparently already looking forward to summertime, dropping a clean white leather take on its classic Gel Lyte III this January. Unofficially dubbed the “Miami Vice,” the retro runner dons an all-white upper of scaly embossed leather and breathable mesh and comes lined in orange while a cool shade of blue hits the outsole. You can find the kicks now via overseas retailers.
To celebrate the release of All Gone 2014, La MJC has linked up with Italian sportswear label Diadora to craft a commemorative edition of the brand’s N.9000. Decked out in emerald green suede with a contrasting white midsole and gum rubber outsole, the collaborative kicks come complete with custom insoles that sport All Gone branding, as well as the book’s Michael Manning-designed cover motif. The shoes are limited to just 24 pairs and have been reserved for friends and family only.
Yohji Yamamoto‘s adidas label Y-3 will be introducing a new design to its decorated footwear line. The Laver Slip-On sports a mesh canvas, with a shape that is defined by black rubber trimming. An off-white outsole finished with three rows of perforated design punctures, and Y-3 branding located on the slip-on’s back heel cage, and tongue completes Yamamoto’s most recent work. Retailing for $255 USD, the Laver Slip-On will be available for purchase in the upcoming months at select adidas retailers.
BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS joins Converse Japan to produce an all-new low top 2015 Chuck Taylor All Star. Arriving in two iterations, the collaborative Chuck Taylor features a suede navy upper on the first model as white stitching accents decorate the overlaying construction. A signature white toe box and midsole outfits the iconic silhouette as BEAUTY&YOUTH UNITED ARROWS x Converse Japan co-branding at the insole finishes the minimal, yet refined aesthetic. Highlighting the second model is a subdued white camouflage-coated upper with complementing white laces and midsole construction. Signature Converse branding adorning the back heel, providing the finishing touch.
Japanese sneaker retailer Kicks Lab joins Le Coq Sportif to introduce the Zenith in a new black, grey and turquoise rendition. Featuring a white mesh upper with grey suede overlays, the newest Zenith iteration highlights turquoise accents at the Le Coq Sportif logo and near the back midsole. A streaking black panel connecting to the heel adds an eye-catching contrast to the vibrant sneaker. A cushioned white midsole provides a stable foundation to the unit as a contoured rubber outsole offers traction for casual wear. Minimal Le Coq Sportif branding adorning the top tongue adds the finishing touches to the model. The Kicks Lab x Le Coq Sportif Zenith Black/Grey/Turquoise is available now at Kicks Lab’s online store.
ASICS will be launching its sports luxury line, ASICS Tiger. The lifestyle label will be targeting the American streetwear market while still being heavily influenced by professional athletics and performance. The line’s releases include the mita sneakers x ASICS GEL-Lyte III which dropped January 24 and the upcoming ASICS Tiger Gel Series, which is comprised of the “GEL-Lyte” and “GEL-Saga” all in honor of the Gel-Lyte III’s 25th anniversary.
With the return of the Nike Air Command Force last year, it was almost as if 1991 never left. A towering model in both stature and nostalgia, continues in its retro run with a bold “University Red” colorway. The high top silhouette employs the popular all-red aesthetic noted in many Swoosh models over the past year with white contrast at the branding, tongue, and lining. A speckled midsole finishes the look of this new Nike Air Command Force which drops on February 7th for $200 USD.
Nike Air Command Force “University Red”
University Red/White-Black-Wolf Grey
Buddy‘s Corgi Low continues to evolve with new colors, patterns and materials, including Spring/Summer 2015′s range of subdued “night” makeups. The collection includes highlights like the Black Camo Corgi Low Night Shoes, a version that features suede and camo-patterned nylon uppers, along with signature Buddy details like natural leather details and springy rubber soles. Made in Japan, as always, from premium materials and with the brand’s usual attention to quality.
Ever since its original release in 1982, the iconic Nike Air Force 1 silhouette has been a favorite among sneaker heads with the countless colorways and collaborative iterations that have flooded the market over time. Three decades later, the timeless basketball shoe was re-upped with Nike‘s Lunarlon cushioning technology to create the Lunar Force 1, which has since become a must have shoe with its lightweight comfort and iconic design. Here's a look at an all-new classic black color treatment, along the suede upper with the Swoosh in a contrasting white hue, sitting atop of a crisp white sole. Priced at $124 USD, the Nike Lunar Force 1 “Black Suede” is now available for purchase at select Nike Sportswear retailers.
Up for bid on eBay is this extremely rare Nike LeBron 9 PE made especially for LeBron in a colorway inspired by his outfit at his engagement party (tuxedo with plaid pants and white/cement Air Jordan 3s). With only two pairs in existence, one each for LeBron and his wife, this auction if for his size 16. We can only wonder how this seller ever obtained both pairs, but here they are up for purchase. View a full look at the jaw-droppingly rare sneakers on eBay.
Converse brought back Larry Johnson’s infamous Grandmama campaign last year with the Converse Aero-Jam. While the classic Americana brand definitely revitalized its hoops like with OG retros of the beloved 90s shoe, this year the shoe reappears in an overhauled “Liquid Gold” mock up. With a metallic gold patent leather base, the monochromatic infusion completely transforms the silhouette which also sees a translucent outsole with gold flakes adorn the base. This is the first look we’re getting at the colorway, so stay tuned for a stateside release announcement in the coming weeks.
Oregon Live reports that Jacobus Rentmeester of New York was paid $150 by Nike back in 1984 for temporary use of two photos of Michael Jordan that he shot for Life magazine, one of which appears above. The image has obvious similarities to the iconic 'Jumpman' photo pictured below, which Nike shot itself in 1985 and eventually repurposed for the iconic logo of the same name that's come to be associated with Jordan products worldwide. The lawsuit makes specific reference to Rentmeester's orchestrating of Jordan's mid-air pose, which "differed substantially from Mr. Jordan's natural jumps, during gameplay or otherwise." The lawsuit also says that Nike paid Rentmeester $15,000 in 1985 for limited use of his original images for two years.