Monday, February 29, 2016

adidas Announces Its Design Academy Program*~

German sportswear giant adidas is offering a 24-month design program. The aptly-titled adidas Design Academy will offer courses in graphic, footwear, and apparel design to applicants and candidates located in either the U.S. or Germany. The program offers aspiring creators and designers the opportunity to make their own contributions and inventions in the realm of design. The Three Stripes is even offering up the possibility of employment at the end of the program. The application deadline is March 6, while the programs start this summer on June 1. You can find the links to the individual programs’ registration sites below, or you can apply here by clicking on the “all jobs” tab.

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Dee & Ricky x PUMA 2016 Spring/Summer Collection*~

The range of apparel and matching accessories celebrates PUMA’s rich sporting heritage with Staten Island-based Dee and Ricky Jackson’s eccentric flair for bold patterns and silhouettes, and pairs red, blue, yellow and purple color blocking with matching allover prints that ties this collection together. Colorful Spring/Summer 2016 designs are for head to toe, including the Bomber Jacket that’s made of soft nylon fabric with knitted ribs, crewneck sweaters, matching Basketball Tee and Shorts sets, the AOP Tee, and accessories such as an allover-print backpack and cap with 3D embroidered logos, and plenty of high-top and low-top footwear options with glossy patent leather and Velcro textures. Catch a preview of the collection above, and watch for the Dee & Ricky x PUMA 2016 spring/summer collection to hit premium global retailers March 1.

NikeLab Introduces the "Light Charcoal" Air Force 1*~

NikeLab adds a “Light Charcoal” colorway to the mix of releases. Also coming in both Low and Mid options, the “Light Charcoal” edition of these premium Air Force 1s both sit on white midsoles for a simple yet eye-catching look alongside premium materials found all over the upper. You can expect these and the “Urban Haze” Air Force 1s to release on March 3rd at select NikeLab locations.

Nike's LeBron 13 Gets The "Mineral" Treatment*~

NIKEiD has released the “Mineral” collection for the LeBron 13, In this pack, you have a choice of marble or gold graphics in a range of various hues to suit your tastes. With plenty of design options for the LeBron 13 on NIKEiD, you can further flex your personality on these joints. Head over to NIKEiD now to make a pair, retailing at a base of $230 USD.

Raf Simons Talks About His Past, Present & Future*~

New York Times T Magazine sat down with Belgian designer Raf Simons to talk about his past and his future. The article dives into the designer’s past and background, his time at Dior, his departure from Dior and more importantly about his exciting future with his namesake menswear label. Simons has changed the face of menswear over the last two decades and we cannot wait to see what he will do for menswear, now that he gets to focus on it. Simons talks about not being too obsessed with fashion before entering school in Antwerp. Art is what ultimately brought him to fashion and if he could chose today, as you can see in the below video.

STASHED Presents Behind The Meme "Crying MJ"*~

STASHED teamed up with HTC for their first-ever mini-documentary, the subject matter, the ever-popular “crying Jordan” meme. STASHED rounded up some of the league’s most notable ballers to get their thoughts on the hilarious image. Check out the trailer above for the upcoming mini-doc, which includes appearances from Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, Nik Stauskas, Jahlil Okafor, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Demar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, John Wall, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Michael Jordan.

Nike Pushes Innovation Limits With Upcoming KD8 Elite*~

Nike is giving the lengthy superstar a creative upgrade to his current on court model. Currently averaging 27.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 assist per game, the Swoosh aims to make sure that their star is outfitted with top of the line technology for his eighth signature sneaker. Introducing the KD8 Elite; the silhouette makes the transition from low to high by adding a built in compression sock for additional support along with a full-length Zoom Air Unit as seen on the original KD8. Further, you’ll find Nike’s Flywire Technology with kevlar aramid fiber for an unmatched lockdown fit. The KD8 Elite will officially release on April 14 in white, May 5 in Grey and May 26 in Black at select Nike basketball retailers.

Teyana Taylor x Reebok Question Collaboration*~

Following collaborations with adidas Originals and Ewing Athletics, Teyana Taylor is now setting her sights on the Reebok Question Mid for the sneaker's 20th anniversary celebration. In this teaser image, we get a pretty good feel of what these will look like, with an all-red look covering the entire upper and midsole. The upper features faux croc embossing, while the look is finished off with the Question's trademark icy blue outsole.

God Never Shuts One Door Without Opening Another. Always ready. #Reebox x #teyanataylor x #? You know why I'm here. Just wait on it.

"God Never Shuts One Door Without Opening Another. Always ready. #Reebox x #teyanataylor x #? You know why I'm here. Just wait on it."

"You know why I'm here. Just wait on it," Taylor wrote on Instagram while teasing the collab. According to the caption, these will be dropping in October, but you'll have to check back for an official confirmation and price point.

Gosha Rubchinskiy Teams Up with Reebok on the Phase One Pro*~

Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy and Reebok are making over the Workout Plus for the Fall/Winter 2016 season, but, before that, the two have come together to drop a special take on the Phase One Pro. Keeping the OG silhouette intact, Rubchinskiy’s takes on the old school kicks come in white, grey and black, all of which are highlighted with bold orange embroidery along the heel. All three colorways will be available from Dover Street Market starting this Tuesday, March 1st.

This Year's "Space Jam" Air Jordan 11 May Be A Little Different Than You Remember*~

As confirmed earlier this week, the "Space Jam" Air Jordan 11 is being re-released this holiday season. Not coincidentally, the shoe returns as the movie celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Twitter user @_PO2345 reports that Jordan's PE is being sourced for the remastered release. For those who may not remember, the original pair featured concord Jumpman branding hits, which were replaced by royal blue on the 2000 retro. No other details have been disclosed.

Surveillance Footage Captured Suspects Stealing $7k Worth of Sneakers From a Houston Store*~ reports that two burglars used a crow bar to break into the Houston sneaker shop in the early hours of the morning, and stashed $7,000 worth of Nike, Air Jordan, and Diadora sneakers into trash bags. In addition to the sneakers, the suspects also made off with $1,000 worth of clothing. Losing that many sneakers would break most people's spirits, but Jones is not letting this kill his dream. “It's not going to stop me at all. Not at all. To do this right now is my dream. So I'm not going to let nothing stop me from doing this." We hope that the people responsible for this are brought to justice, and that the shop is back up and running soon.

Michael Jordan's Son Is Opening a Sneaker Store at Disney World*~

Michael Jordan's son, Marcus Jordan, had announced that he was going to open his own sneaker shop, Trophy Room, and now there's clear picture of where it's going to be located. Marcus went to social media to announce that his store will open be apart of the Disney Springs shopping plaza at Disney World in Florida.

Marcus Jordan on Twitter

HUGE announcement for @DisneySprings + @TrophyRoomStore I'm excited to be a part of the @DisneySprings family ...

ASICS Gel-Lyte V "Legion Blue" & "Ghost Chili"*~

The ASICS Gel-Lyte V is taking a break from its collaborative slate for a couple of in-house colorways that are rather familiar. Utilizing premium shades of an obsidian-like “Legion Blue” and burnt orange, this Gel-Lyte V shines by simply inverting the upper for a unique “Home” and “Away” vibe. The usual suspects are in play here in terms of materials, as a bolstered mesh adds some breathability to each silhouette while premium suede hits the side panels to offset a sport neoprene slip-on construction. The first pair’s “Legion Blue” theme will assuredly make fans of the reigning Super Bowl champs happy while the off-white gets struck with a unique “Ghost Chili” nickname. Check out more photos below and know that each pair is available from select retailers like Rise for $110 USD.

Diadora Get Ready for Spring/Summer 2016 With the Updated N-92*~

Originally launched in 1992, the updated N-92 offers a technical upgrade by way of new features: support for the Achilles tendon thanks to a relief in the heel area, variable-width lacing with reinforced nylon hooks, and a nylon stabilizer. Arriving in five bright colorways, the N-92 is Diadora’s first ever faithful remake of one of its popular ’90s running silhouettes.

Nick Young Explains Why He Left Nike*~

Nick Young has never been an All-Star. He has only made the playoffs twice in nine years. And he doesn’t even currently start for the second worst team in the NBA. Yet, when it comes to sneakers, he’s one of the most influential players in the league. When Young found himself between sneaker deals earlier this season, it wasn’t surprising to see him carry on the tradition of players like Kobe Bryant and Gilbert Arenas by wearing anything and everything he could get his feet in from adidas, to Jordan, and even Fila.
“Nike is really only three people. Kobe, Durant and LeBron,” he explained. “I like the concept of how adidas adds everybody in their shoe commercial. The way adidas is going and the waves they’ve got, I was getting on board.”

Nike Drapes the Air Presto GPX in a “Pixel” Pattern*~

The Nike Air Presto GPX is rendered in a new “Pixel” colorway for the upcoming season. The silhouette is coming off a revitalized year and has already made a strong impression to start 2016, with the release of a “Tropical” edition, the most recent addition to the GPX range. This “Pixel” iteration shares its predecessor’s penchant for strong graphic employment, with a repeating square pattern displayed across the entirety of the Presto’s upper. A translucent green TPU cage adds a nice but unexpected contrast. Look for the shoes to be released stateside in the near future.

BILLY’S ENT Applies Japanese-Style Art on Vans’ Slip-On*~

Japanese sneaker retailer BILLY’S ENT has teamed up with Vans for a store-exclusive edition of the Slip-On silhouette. A number of Japanese traditions and techniques find themselves crossing paths: first with the adoption of indigo textiles and, secondly, with the implementation of classic ukiyo-e art on the upper, as done by Kyoto design studio GARAGELAND. The collaboration will arrive at all BILLY’S ENT retail locations come mid-March, but will see a first release at the Osaka flagship on February 27.

The OVO x Air Jordan 12 Will Release This Summer #AllSummer6ixteen*~

Drake’s OVO and Jordan Brand are getting ready to continue their successful collaboration this summer. The next sneaker to release is the OVO x Air Jordan 12 Retro in white. First previewed in 2014, the high top basketball shoe comes with hints of stingray leather, setting a nice contrast to the otherwise premium white leather upper and gold accents. A release date has not been announced yet, but the Air Jordan 12 OVO “White” is supposed to drop some time Summer 2016. Stay tuned.

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"#AllSummer6ixteenπŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ’― @champagnepapi @jumpman23 "Why TRY? Be effortlessly FLY!"😎✈️ #EffortlesslyFly #FlyByNature #EF79 #SMYFH #instakicks #sneakerhead..."

Jordan Brand Adds Pony Hair & Reptile Skin to the Air Jordan 4 Pinnacle*~

Jordan Brand is getting ready to release one of the most premium versions of the popular Air Jordan 4 Retro yet. The Air Jordan 4 Pinnacle comes with an all black upper, made up of premium leather, reptile skin and pony hair. The result is a luxurious version of the iconic basketball shoe, sitting on a clean black mid-sole and contrasting white outer sole. Studs have been added to the heel flap, adding even more details to the sneaker. Look out for a release in the coming months.

This adidas Originals NMD R1 Is Exclusive to Footlocker*~

Next up in the ever popular range of the adidas Originals NMD is a clean all black version of the NMD R1. The sneaker comes with a knitted black upper with matching black Three Stripes. A hit of black and red is placed with the silhouettes signature mid-sole. The sneaker sits on the popular adidas Boost outer sole. Priced at $160, the adidas Originals NMD_R1 will release exclusively at European Footlocker stores on March 17th.

Common Projects Launches Its Women's 2016 Spring/Summer Collection*~

Minimal sneaker makers Common Projects has revealed its latest spring/summer collection for women. Akin to the men’s current lineup, the humble silhouette sees fresh pastel colorways befitting the seasonal transformation. In addition to springtime hues ranging from mint to blush, the women’s lineup also includes some unexpected creative reworks such as metallic tones and perforated uppers. Even with these alterations, the brand’s trademark gold serial numbers, durable rubber outsole and premium Italian leather remain.

Nike KD 8 EXT "Vachetta Tan"

Nike continues along the path of luxury materials and premium construction for the KD 8 line with this “Vachetta Tan” iteration. The upper features plush, vegetable-tanned Vachetta leather in a natural brown hue, decorated with discreet Swoosh branding as well as perforated “KD” logo on the tongue. A clean, white Zoom midsole serves as a counterpoint to accents of Total Orange. Meanwhile, white rope laces capped with gold lace tips help to further the luxury aesthetic of the sneaker. Pick up a pair of the Nike KD 8 EXT “Vachetta Tan” for $200 USD from March 5 onwards at Sneaker Politics.

Wes Lang Decorates the Vans OG Sk8-Hi for Its 50th Anniversary*~

The Vans Sk8-Hi has rightly become an icon in its five-decade-long tenure, and on the eve of its 50th anniversary celebrations this season, Vans has enlisted contemporary artist Wes Lang to add his artistic touch to the sneaker. Adorning the white canvas upper of the Sk8-Hi with his signature hand-drawn aesthetic, Lang has undoubtedly created an item that will be in very hot demand once it releases. Look for more details surrounding the Wes Lang x Vans OG Sk8-Hi to surface in the coming weeks.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

There's a Girl's Exclusive Air Jordan XI Dropping This Holiday Season*~

Not only are the "Space Jam" Air Jordan XIs set to make a return this holiday season, but Jordan Brand will also be extending some love to the ladies with the first ever girl's exclusive version of the Air Jordan XI. Although there have been a handful of girl's Air Jordan XI Lows in the past, this will be the first time Jordan Brand has given the girl's only treatment to the O.G. Mid silhouette. There aren't many other details available at this point, so you'll have to use your imagination in regards to the colorway, but we do know that these will be dropping this December. Stay tuned for more.
J23 iPhone App on Twitter

You Can Actually Buy the Gold "Oscar Edition" Air Jordan VI Made for Spike Lee*~

The ultra-rare sneakers were first seen on Spike Lee's Instagram last November after he was gifted them by Michael Jordan, Larry Miller, and Reggie Saunders of Jordan Brand. As if the colorway wasn't already crazy enough on its own, these Jordan VIs are gold leafed, meaning the upper is constructed with a thin sheet of real gold. The Collection Miami has a pair of the "Oscar Edition" Air Jordan VI up for grabs right now, but you'll have to reach out directly to the store for more information. Serious buyers are encouraged to visit The Collection Miami's website or contact them at (347) 818-2423 for inquiries.