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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Victor Cruz Is Raffling Off Signed Pairs of His Nike Sneakers for Charity This Weekend*~

Victor Cruz will be in the building at this weekend's Solexchange event in New Jersey, and the New York Giants wide receiver is coming with a few autographed pairs of his Nike Air Trainer Cruz signature sneakers in tow. The signed sneakers will be raffled off with proceeds benefiting the Victor Cruz Foundation, which aims to equip the youth with the tools they need for success in the workforce and later in life. For a chance to win, you can cop raffle tickets now for $40 with admission included here, or wait until the event and grab the raffle tickets for $20.

Victor Cruz on Twitter

Raffling 2 signed pairs of my Air Trainer Cruz to benefit @VCruzFoundation. Tix: https://goo.gl/6aXC20 pic.twitter.com/k1mZXyvZf0

Here's a Behind the Scenes Look at the Detroit Pistons' Locker Room Full of Sneaker Heat*~

In Nice Kicks' latest episode of "Sole Access," editor-in-chief George Kiel stops by The Palace of Auburn Hills for a tour of the Pistons' locker room courtesy of equipment manager "Kong" Coumoundouros. As you might expect, there's a lot of player exclusive and performance hoops shoes in the mix, but there's also some retro heat like Marcus Morris' "Concord" Jordan XIs and a pair of "CDP" Jordan XIXs belonging to Jodie Meeks. Check out the video below.

New Balance 1550 "Modern Classics" Pack*~

New Balance delivers its iconic ‘1550’ silhouette in two new colorways this season, in what has been christened as the “Modern Classics” pack. This nimble, lightweight running shoe has been updated with a tonal suede and mesh upper that’s available in either “Slate Blue” or “Nimbus Cloud” colorways. Breathability is enhanced by perforated underlays, making it ideally suited to the impending warm weather months. Rounding off the design is a REVlite midsole. The New Balance 1550 “Modern Classics” pack is available now from Feature Sneaker Boutique for $100 USD. Get a more detailed look after the jump.

Givenchy Introduces “Active Line” Running Sneakers*~

Parisian luxury powerhouse Givenchy unveils a new foray into running-style footwear, in the form of the “Active Line” sneakers. While we wouldn’t recommend running a marathon in these, they cost upward of $600, they nevertheless faithfully recreate classic athletic footwear, with mixed mesh, nubuck and leather uppers, substantial sole units and striking colorways. Head to your nearest Givenchy dealer to cop the shoes.

People Are Using Fake Money to Scam Sneaker Resellers*~

If you're one of the many sneakerheads who uses Facebook to sell their shoes, you'll want to pay close attention to this one. Police in Calhoun County, Mich., are dealing with multiple cases of counterfeit money being used to purchase sneakers. WWMT reports that each incident started on Facebook, where the suspects arranged deals with their victims and then used fake $100 bills to buy the shoes. In one such case, the seller quickly realized the cash was fake and ended up following the suspect back to his home.

I-TEAM: Fake money and Facebook being used to scam people out of their sneakers

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In Calhoun County, police are investigating a string of fake money scams. Each time, they say, the setup is the same. So far, there have been three cases, and every time, the victims try to sell their shoes online, and are given fake $100 bills.

Restock Alert: "Pirate Black" and "Moonrock" Yeezy Boosts Are Restocking*~

As part of the END Launch program, a couple of adidas Yeezy 350 Boosts are going to be available again via the retailer. The adidas Yeezy 350 Boost "Moonrock" and the adidas Yeezy 350 Boost "Pirate Black" are both coming to the store's new platform for coveted releases. Readers hoping to buy a pair of either can head here and try to register, although the site's having troubles at the moment. The good news is there's no particular rush to register, as the shoes won't go live until April 7th. On the day of their launch, anyone who signed up for the launch will receive an email with a purchase link to pairs.

Restock Alert: Air Jordan 12 Retro "Master"*~

The sold out "Master" Air Jordan 12 is back, with select sizes popping up at Finish Line.

Get a pair here.

UNITED ARROWS x ZDA Marathon 2400UA*~

UNITED ARROWS and its imprints continually drop some of the cleanest collabs around, especially when it comes to footwear. Now the Japanese staple is back with its latest sneaker, this time teaming up with an unlikely partner: longtime Slovakian shoe label ZDA. The Eastern European brand has been dropping its signature Marathon since the country’s Czechoslovakian days as a Soviet satellite, so the old school silhouette is an apt inclusion for the collaborative endeavor. Still crafted in Slovakia, UNITED ARROWS’ takes on the kicks come draped in suede and mesh as clean grey and white colorways come with a logo-free upper. Finished with co-branded footbeds, the 2400UA take on the Marathon can be found now at UNITED ARROWS stores for $165 USD per pair.

ASICS Gel-Lyte III "Light Mint"*~

The ASICS Gel Lyte III isn’t done using up the minty fresh green shade anytime soon as this new colorway manages to make the pastel hue work in new ways when paired with grey. A near-monochromatic finish is interrupted at the ankle collar with a fresh dose of light grey to match the ASICS piping on the side panels.

Brandblack J Crossover 3 Lux "Sand"*~

If you’re a fan of BrandBlack’s luxury-meets-high-performance style, then you’re definitely going to be feeling this latest release of the J Crossover 3. The stylish signature hoops shoe for Jamal Crawford gets its most premium construction yet with this ‘Lux’ edition in premium leather and suede presented in a tonal brown upper with a matching translucent gum outsole.

Michael Jordan Will Likely Make $30 Million More Than Any Athlete in the World This Year*~

With an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion and $110 million in earnings in 2015, it really shouldn't be much of a surprise that His Airness is dominating amongst retired players, David Beckham, who came in second, made just over half of what MJ did, but what really stood out to us was Forbes' prediction that Jordan will make $30 million more than any other retired or active athlete in the world in 2016.

#MJisGOD

Jordan Brand Only Made 54 Pairs of This Chris Paul Sneaker*~

Limited quantities wasn't always the first thing that came to mind when thinking about Chris Paul sneakers, but Jordan Brand changed that with premium versions of the CP3.IX last year. The "Vachetta Tan" and "Green Suede" colorways were the first to emerge, and it was made very clear that they would only be for friends and family. The "Blue Suede" colorway surfaced earlier this year, leaving fans of this premium Paul sneaker hopeful for an eventual release. Now, thanks to Ronnie Fieg, we know that won't be the case. Ronnie Fieg took to Twitter to share a photo of his pair, along with thanking Jordan Brand and mentioning that it's "#30 of 54."

Ronnie Fieg on Twitter

30 of 54 Thank you @jumpman23 pic.twitter.com/gwiTsfLP03

Craig Sager Returns to TV in Custom Nikes*~

Lovable sideline reporter Craig Sager made his return TV a couple of nights ago, showing up for a Warriors/Wizards game in the midst of his battle with leukemia. In typical Sager fashion, his attire was outrageous. To go with his "Golden Gate Bridge" orange jacket and lurid tie, Sager wore a custom NIKEiD pair of the KD 7 with a snakeskin print. Sager's special sneakers feature embroidery on the tongues that dubs him as "Mr. Fancy Suits" across the left and right shoes. Sager's tenacity inspired many others to take sartorial cues from him yesterday, with social media users posting images of their own #SagerStrong outfits to raise awareness and donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Janie McCauley on Twitter

Craig Sager of Turner Sports: "I think my demise has been prematurely reported. I'm going to make medical history." pic.twitter.com/ra43CvKARi

Lionel Messi's Shoe Donation Has Egyptians Outraged*~

International soccer icon Lionel Messi caused quite a stir in the Arab world after donating a pair of his soccer boots to charity on TV, The Telegraph reports. During an appearance on the TV show "Yes, I Am Famous" on Saudi channel MBC Masr, Messi offered a pair of his adidas up to be auctioned off for a good cause. Unbeknownst to him, shoes are synonymous with filth in the Arab world, which led to public outcry in Egypt over the move. A clip from his appearance is embedded below.
"We have never been humiliated during our seven thousand years of civilization," Egyptian parliament member Said Hasasin said on TV in response. "I will hit you with the shoes, Messi."

Ex-Nike Designers Start Work at Adidas Today*~

The trio of ex-Nike designers who left the company for adidas in 2014 are finally starting work with the latter, the Portland Business Journal reports. Lawsuits and non-compete clauses delayed their start, but Marc Dolce, Denis Dekovic, and Mark Miner are cleared to work as of now. The three were sued by Nike in 2014 to the tune of $10 million following their departure, with the sportswear brand alleging that they stole trade secrets. The case was settled out of court in 2015. The designers will work out of adidas' new design space in New York called the Brooklyn Farm. While the space isn't ready yet, adidas' global creative director Paul Gaudio expressed excitement over the new direction that it represents.

ASICS Gel-Lyte V "Sunburst"*~

The summer-inspired model features a tan-colored upper composed of premium leather and synthetic mesh. Peppered with perforations across the vamp and toe box, the shoe also boasts a speckled midsole, blue heel and tongue branding, and mint green accents on the outsole, heel tab and sockliner. The ASICS GEL-Lyte V “Sunburst” will be released on April 1st for approximately $147 USD at Afew.

adidas ZX Flux Racer "Core Black"*~

“Core Black” will never die out, and adidas’ latest ZX Flux Racer drops in the deadly all-black colorway for this season. Built with a breathable mesh upper, the shoe sports the shiny Three Stripes on the side along with matching black laces and a blacked-out, lightweight sole. The model is finished off with a transparent heel cage. Purchase these adidas ZX Flux Racers in “Core Black” from INFLAMMABLE for $115 USD.

Nike KD 8 Elite "Grey"*~

Nike struck out in a bold, new direction with the unveiling of the ultra high-top Nike KD 8 Elite last month, and now we have a better look at the fledgling, opinion-splitting silhouette in grey. Its most prominent feature is the built-in supportive sock that ends at mid-shin, while a snakeskin pattern on the main overlay adds visual appeal to the tonal grey colorway. Look for the Nike KD 8 Elite “Grey” to release on May 5th for $200 USD.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pusha T Has Two More Adidas Sneakers Coming*~

Pusha T, has more work on the way with adidas, as promised by the rapper over the weekend on Twitter. He doesn't reveal much about what's to come in the video below, but he does claim that he has two sneakers in the works.

King Push on Twitter

@hunior21 asked: when the next shoe project from adidas dropping?? #AskPush pic.twitter.com/P2sKRQ8udE

An Artist Demanded a Lifetime Supply of Yeezys and $100,000 to Remove This Mural of Kanye West Kissing Himself*~

Australian artist Scott Marsh painted a 20-foot mural of Kanye West kissing himself on a building in Sydney, and now he's using it to demand a ransom of $100,000 and a lifetime supply of adidas Yeezy Boost sneakers. The mural depicts a widely-circulated, Photoshopped meme of an image that was originally of Kanye kissing his wife Kim Kardashian. According to Daily Mail, Marsh says he was recently contacted by someone said to be from Kanye's camp who was willing to pay a "pretty decent chunk of money" have the mural taken down. Apparently, the offer wasn't quite high enough, and Marsh countered by requesting $100K and Yeezys.

La MJC x All Gone x Diadora N9000*~

ALL GONE has been documenting the finest things in streetwear culture for over a decade, rewinding through the most relevant apparel and footwear pieces in their yearly hardcover recaps that showcase a dedication to the finer things. ALL GONE then commemorated their decade anniversary with a Diadora collaboration paying homage to their first book published back in 2006. The limited edition was as premium as one would expect, and now La MJC and ALL GONE publisher Michael Dupouy is showcasing a brief preview of another upcoming collaboration. Stay tuned for a full preview in the near future and expect this collaborative effort to be a limited offering.

This one is a tribute to the third edition of the #allgonebook published by La MJC in 2008. If you have it or remember its cover colors, you might love our brand new Diadora N9000. Stay tuned for more info. #allgonedecade #lamjc #diadora #n9000 #2008 #italiansdoitbetter #parisexclusive 🇫🇷🇮🇹

"This one is a tribute to the third edition of the #allgonebook published by La MJC in 2008. If you have it or remember its cover colors, you might love..."

First Look: Air Jordan 11 Low "Varsity Red"*~

Over the last few years, we’ve been trained to expect an Air Jordan 11 Low release during the Summer. We’ve been spoiled with a “Bred”, “Concord”, and much more for the warm weather months, and for 2016, it appears that the “Varsity Red” colorway, which originally released in 2001, will make its way back to store shelves. Featuring the classic pairing of patent leather mudguards and ballistic nylon uppers and a pleasing un-blue clear sole, this Air Jordan 11 Low “Varsity Red” release will undoubtedly be one of the must-haves this Summer season. Get a detailed look after the jump and stay tuned for solid release info.

Restock Alert: adidas NMD Runner Restock*~

adidas' NMD Runner releases have been in extremely high demand lately, making it hard for people to get their hands on even general release pairs. If you've struggled to flourish thus far, Finish Line just replenished its stock. As expected, sizes are moving quickly, so don't spend too much time mulling over this one. Cop while you have a chance here.

Finish Line on Twitter

Get #boosted. You don't want to miss out on this one. http://bit.ly/1REF6Rp pic.twitter.com/otRqtkSKw1

NBA Players Are Hounding Kobe Bryant for Autographed Sneakers After Games*~

A new piece from ESPN describes this ritual, where players like Tony Allen, Draymond Green, and Rodney Hood flock to the Lakers' locker room to try and get Bryant to sign shoes for them. In fact, he's grown so accustomed to it that he's now bringing extra pairs with him, he says he brings an average of five additional pairs for road games.

How does one qualify for a pair of autographed sneakers from Bryant? He'll give them to anyone that has "the cojones to ask."

New Balance x Wool & The Gang 580 Collaboration*~

New Balance has partnered with London-based entrepreneur, Jade Harwoood, co-founder and creative director of Wool & The Gang, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 580 silhouette. Wool & The Gang apply their penchant for whimsical design to the 580’s canvas, suede, mesh and synthetic textile upper, adorning it with a polka dot print on the foxing. The summer-inspired silhouette is ushered in via a vivacious color palette of white, blue and tan. Inspired by ’70s patterns, the women’s 580 will release on April 1st for $99.95 USD on Newbalance.com.

Nike Is Releasing an Air Force 1 for the Golf Course*~

Golfers who are a fan of the iconic Air Force 1, you’re about to be treated to something special. The Swoosh is gearing up to release an Air Force 1 that is primed and ready to hit the links. The Lunar Force 1 G is the latest addition to the Air Force 1 legacy, as the sneaker features an upper similar to that of the original Forces, but with lightweight Lunarlon cushioning and waffle-tread Integrated Traction implemented for enhanced comfort and added stability. You can look for the Lunar Force 1 G ($140 USD) to release in stores and online on April 1st in black and white and white-on-white.

New Balance 878 "Pastel" Pack*~

New Balance gears up for SS16 with a fresh batch of pastel-hued 878 sneakers. Three colorways are offered in the “Pastel” pack, all of which are executed in dusty suede and mesh uppers, riding on highly cushioned sole units (of course). Head over to Feature Sneaker Boutique to cop your favorite colorway.

DJ Khaled Graces the Cover of Sneaker News: Volume Three*~

2016 has been quite a year for DJ Khaled thus far. The producer, label executive and self-proclaimed King of Snapchat was rewarded with his own show on Beats 1 Radio in February, before signing with Jay Z’s Roc Nation and gracing the March issue of Bloomberg. Khaled continues his run of recent W’s by being featured on the latest issue of Sneaker News, for which he gives a candid interview about his rise to success, social media presence, favorite sneaker obsessions, and why he believes he’ll be getting his own Jordan sneaker deal. Check out Sneaker News: Volume Three above with some behind-the-scenes images, and pick it up online and at select retailers including Barnes & Noble, KITH NYC and Extra Butter for $12 USD starting March 30th.