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Every week, Finish Line brings you the Air Max heat our fans submit to us. This week, we saw a lot of people getting out into the warm weather and showing off their kicks in the bright light. And in that setting, the leather shines, colors pop, and patterns look just a bit zanier. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be featured next week, break out your Air Maxes today, show them off on social media with the #AirMaxMondays hashtag, and check back next Monday. Stay tuned to Finish Line by following us on Twitter and Instagram.

May 28, 2015; Paris, France; Serena Williams (USA) in action during her match against Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

May 28, 2015; Paris, France; Serena Williams (USA) in action during her match against Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Serena Williams has a long list of accolades which stem from her WTA Newcomer of the Year and Tennis Magazine’s Rolex Rookie of the Year award in 1998. 🎾 We all know about her twenty two grand slam victories 🏆 and her four Olympic gold medals. She’s a beast with boss-level skills. The work ethic of an underdog with the willpower of a champion. Earlier this year, Serena won the Best Female Tennis Player ESPY Award for the 8th time since 2003. She is strong, confident, and resilient. Here are the reasons why Serena should celebrate her birthday like a queen.  💁🏽 🎂

Sep 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the United States reacts to a point against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on day eleven of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the United States reacts to a point against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on day eleven of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Serena’s influence goes passed the world of sports. She is a pop culture mogul. Her bold and vibrant boundary-pushing style isn’t just limited to the tennis court. She is also a passionate fashion designer which describes her line as “a little bit retro, romantic, and extremely innovative.” She wants her customers to feel empowered when they put on her luxury pieces.

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Serena is also no stranger to the hip hop spotlight. There have been plenty of lyrical references amongst the likes of Drake, Kanye, Ludacris, Snoop, and Cam’Ron. Most recently, we got to peep her on Beyonce’s video album, Lemonade where she was featured in “Sorry”.  Best female athlete? Best female tennis player? Boy, bye.

We can all learn something about Serena’s work ethic. Her unmatched passion and dedication  give her a competitive edge against all of her opponents. As stated by Nike, she is the not only the greatest Tennis Player Ever, she is the Greatest Athlete Ever. Happy Birthday, Serena. #UnlimitedGreatness


With innovation always progressing in everyday life, it is only right that shoe companies apply different technologies and materials to their products. The Jordan Brand is no stranger to that concept. They’re bringing a different upper to a retro sneaker that we have never seen before. This release won’t be the first though, not too long ago JB released a Retro 12 with a black nylon upper that gave the respected Retro a different feel. These updated uppers couldn’t have come at a better time either, with the seasons changing.


The Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Wool’ comes decked out in a dark grey, black, and silver colorway. The shoe is constructed with premium wool material throughout the upper and features metallic silver eyelets that compliment the colorway. Whether you live in a warm or cold climate area during the fall and winter months, these need to be in your rotation. With a colorway that goes with any outfit, it’d be hard to resist rocking these everyday.


Also, with the premium material change coming to the upper, the price tag for the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Wool’ will be $200 plus tax instead of $190. We will be doing an IN-STORE ONLY RELEASE for these so make sure you hit up your local store.


Here are all of the stores that will be carrying the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Wool’:

Christiana Mall. Deleware

Address: 516 Christiana Mall. Newark, DE 19702


Cumberland Mall. Georgia

Address: 1313 Cumberland Mall 225. Atlanta, GA 30339


Stonecrest Mall. Georgia

Address: 2929 Turner Hill Rd, 1460, Lithonia, GA 30038


River Oaks Center. Illinois

Address: 96 River Oaks Dr, Calumet City, IL 60409


Yorktown Center. Illinois

Address: 162A Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL 60148




Orland Square. Illinois

Address: 830 Orland Square Dr, H08, Orland Park, IL 60462


North Riverside Park Mall. Illinois

Address: 7501 W Cermak Rd, K9, North Riverside, IL 60546


Louis Joliet Mall. Illinois

Address: 3340 Mall Loop Dr, Joliet, IL 60431


Chicago Ridge Mall. Illinois

Address: 620 Chicago Ridge Mall, Oak Lawn, IL 60453


Fox Valley Center. Illinois

Address: 2136 Fox Valley Center, Spc D4 Level 2, Aurora, IL 60504


Water Tower Place. Illinois

Address: 835, 715 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Deptford Mall. New Jersey

Address: 1750 Deptford Center Rd, Woodbury, NJ 08096


First Colony Mall. Texas

Address: 16535 Southwest Freeway, 150, Sugar Land, TX 77479


The Parks At Arlington. Texas

Address: 3811 S Cooper, 2038, Arlington, TX 76015



Town East Mall. Texas.

Address: 2062 Town East Mall, Mesquite, TX 75150



Pick up your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Wool’ on October 1st in select Finish Line stores.

Nearly 30 years after the first Air Jordan model released, there’s still no feeling like lacing up a fresh pair of MJ’s finest. Let’s be honest, with the past winter we had, it didn’t seem like summer could come fast enough. We’re getting what we wanted because the heat is definitely here. Peep these Jordan enthusiasts and collectors and how they rock their J’s, and don’t be scared to hit that follow button.

Make sure you post your best heat and tag @Finishline and use the #JordanFridays hashtag and maybe you’ll be featured here and gain some followers and have some sneaker blog glory! I mean, who doesn’t love some social media fame? Need to step up your game? Shop the latest Jordan Shoes now.

Prob One of my fav 6's right behind Oreo's #NiceKicksFlyWhips

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Times they are a-changin’ and with a new season, comes new sneakers to place in your rotation. With the never-ending conversation of athleisure and new sneaker silhouettes taking on high demands in the market place, we felt it was important to show off top styles walking the streets for fall 2016.

  1. Nike Roshe 2

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    Although fall colors become more rich and deeper in shade, it’s always important to have a pair of simple, staple colored kicks like the white Roshe 2s. This newly, updated shoe has the cushion you need and won’t overshadow the rest of your outfit or add bulk to your feet. Coming in other desired colorways, you can’t go wrong with this simple silhouette. 

  2. Nike Air Huarache 


    Huaraches have been an evergreen Nike sneaker for a minute. With new colorways coming through, this is definitely a must-have for fall. The thicker sole adds more character to your entire getup and will offer a comfortable day on the streets without being too bold.

  3. adidas Stan Smith 


    What can you say about a classic sneaker that hasn’t already been said before? All we know is, there’s still something about the adidas Originals Stan Smith sneaker. Even with it’s accent of color on the heel, the silhouette is perfect for almost every trend or occasion making this shoe a must-have not only for fall, but all year long.

  4. adidas Tubular Defiant


    Nothing like a good pair of black sneakers. With weather getting chillier and mother nature doing its thing for the season, it’s nice to have a shoe that won’t stain easy or compromise your style.

  5. Reebok Hayasu 


    Reebok has made some great moves in their design department when it comes to the ladies. From shoes to apparel, their style is desirable and easy to love. The Reebok Hayasu is a part of the latest and greatest for Reebok Women and we’re not mad in the slightest. Comfort and good looks go a long way. 

Ladies, check out all the fall styles at finishline.com


Sep 18, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Robert Golden (21) reacts after recovering a fumble against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 18, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Robert Golden (21) reacts after recovering a fumble against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


  1. Steelers
  • Antonio Brown didn’t show up this week, but the Steelers managed to get the W on the back of D’Angelo and arm of Big Ben.
  1. Patriots
  • The Pats got the W, but the game didn’t come without it’s negatives, as they lost Jimmy and will have to lean on their 3rd string or go and pick someone off the street.
  1. Broncos
  • The defense really showed up this week (again), forcing Andrew Luck into some ill advised throws. Siemian provided another strong outing going 22 of 33 with 266 and a pick.
  1. Panthers
  • The Panthers lost a big piece in RB Jonathan Stewart, but that didn’t stop them from running up the score and yardage like it was nothing against a 49er team that held the Rams to 0 points the week before.
  1. Cardinals
  • When you can rest your QB after the first half it is going to be a good week. The Card’s defense forced 5 turnovers against a Bucs team that steamrolled the Falcons the week before.
  1. Texans
  • The Texans are on top of the AFC South for the first time in a very long time. Will Fuller has shown that he is a PPR force. The Texans lead this dumpster fire of a division with 2x as many wins as the rest of the division.
  1. Vikings
  • In just 3 weeks, the Vikings have managed to lose their starting QB and RB, but somehow have managed to notch 2 wins. Cris Collinsworth was so impressed with Sam Bradford it almost seemed like he was going to call it a season right there.
  1. Packers
  • The Packers looked a little shaky this week, losing to their division rivals and hated enemy Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers wasn’t looking like himself for most of the game, and if this team wants a happy ending this season, that is not a pretty sight.
  1. Bengals
  • AJ Green was still a little sore from his stint on Revis Island last week because he couldn’t seem to carry the team 2 weeks in a row. The Bengals converted just 25% of their 3rd down opportunities, going 4/16. If you want to succeed in this league, that just wont cut it.
  1. Jets
  • Matt Forte looking like it was 5 years ago and he was still in the Windy City. Forte found the endzone 3 times in his Week 2 matchup against state rivals, Buffalo Bills. Brandon Marshall had a short injury scare, but Quincy Enunwa made his presence felt regardless.
  1. Seahawks
  • What happened in Pete Carroll’s first trip back to the Coliseum? This team looked more out of place than a steak at Ivars. This team will have to bounce back in Week 3 when they face a 49er team that have scored more points in a week 2 loss than the Seahawks have all year.
  1. Chiefs
  • The Chiefs have had a rough go this year, they haven’t been able to get the pass game going yet, but hopefully the return of their star RB can help turn this season around.
  1. Giants
  • The Giants/Saints matchup was supposed to provide us with more scores than the Gettysburg Address. Unfortunately neither team could put up points this week, after the last matchup went for more than 12 touchdowns. The Giants start the year off 2-0, but they are going to have to start putting up more points if they want to keep the streak
  1. Eagles
  • Carson Wentz might be the real deal. It’s kinda fun imagining the Brown’s front office spinning in their chairs thinking about what might have been. Wentz has yet to turn the ball over and the defense has only allowed 17 total points this year. If the rookie can keep his stats up and the defense stays brick, this team might have a change. Good Riddance Chip.
  1. Ravens
  • The Ravens started this game out a little slow, going down 20-0 against the Browns in the first quarter, but then Cleveland did Cleveland things and Harbaugh did Harbaugh things and all was right with the NFL. The Ravens start out the year 2-0, but don’t count on many more 20-point comebacks.
  1. Cowboys
  • Dak made good on his promise to get Dez more involved in the offense this week. Dez recording only his 2nd 100-yard game since 2014. The defense is really where the problems lie in this Dallas team. The lack of pass rush really kills the vibe once Dak and Dez leave the field.
  1. Raiders
  • Bringing in ex-Seahawk pass rusher Bruce Irvin to compliment the beast that is Khalil Mack. The Raiders have allowed over 1000 yards on defense in 2 WEEKS. Something needs to change on that side of the ball or else Derek Carr might have to start putting up 400+ yards through the air to keep the games close.
  1. Lions
  • The Detroit Lions need to figure something out and quickly because the penalties yards add up and you can’t expect to win games starting your 1st and goal from the 26.
  1. Bucs
  • If you played Jameis in fantasy this week expecting him to rack up the points against another bird team you probably had a rough week. Jameis followed up his stellar performance against Atlanta with an equally as shocking game against the Cardinals.
  1. Falcons
  • The Falcons got a little lucky this week against a defense that is about as useful as a coffee filter in the Hover Dam. The Falcons squeaked by the Raiders this week by a touchdown, but still put up over 500 yards on them.
  1. Chargers
  • The Chargers blew out the Jags this week when they kept the ball on the ground. They suffered a major loss in Danny Woodhead, but can continue to lean on Melvin Gordon this year.
  1. Titans
  • The Titans did what the Colts couldn’t do the week before and held onto a win against Stafford and the Lions. Andre Johnson was the hero who brought in the game-winning touchdown, yes he still does plays, and he is just like your ex who moved on to a smarter, younger partner.
  1. 49ers
  • The 49ers held on to their dignity against a Carolina team that normally shuts down opponents at home by coming putting up a late 4th quarter fight, but ultimately failing. The 49ers travel to another team that likes to take the dignity of their opponents, but need help finding their own first.
  1. Rams
  • The game itself might not have been a beauty, but the defensive performance put on by the Rams gave them a whole new perspective on this season. Given it was against a hobbled QB that makes his living on the run, but the Rams still held Seattle to no touchdowns in a stadium where Pete Carroll made his living.
  1. Dolphins
  • Arian Foster is injured again (shocking), what is more shocking is the fact that the Miami Dolphins looked more lost this game against Jimmy Garoppolo than they did against Tom Brady last year. Miami may be in the Sunshine State, but there are some dark clouds hovering in the horizon.
  1. Redskins
  • Kirk Cousins isn’t liking this season much and Josh Norman hasn’t had his usual trash talking moments this year. Getting rid of RG3 was supposed to turn over a new leaf in the Washington offense, but so we have yet to see anything good come out of our nation’s capital
  1. Bills
  • The Bills have had a rough season (read: decade). Tyrod has had his hands full in this offensive scheme, but things are supposedly getting better in northern New York. Hopefully this longer week can provide some much needed help for this struggling Bills team.
  1. Colts
  • Andrew Luck has the protection equivalent of a cardboard box in a hurricane. Luck has taken more hits in the last 3 years than any other QB in the league. The Colts stayed in it against the defending champs, but a late turnover put the final nail in Indy’s coffin.
  1. Saints
  • It seems like so long ago the Saints were Super Bowl champions and gave a hurting city a new lease on life. This team has had a couple late game collapses this year, but it just takes one to get on the right track.
  1. Jaguars
  • The Jags must have a varsity team and a JV team that they are hiding from the rest of the league. The team that took the field against the Packers didn’t resemble the team that took the field against the Chargers at all. Rivers threw for 4 touchdowns while only 7 passes hit the ground the whole game. With numbers like that you aren’t going to win many games
  1. Bears
  • Jay Cutler left the game with an injury last night and half of Chicago rejoiced. It seems that every year the Bears have the same problem. They have an “elite” QB who underperforms. On the bright side if Cutler can’t keep his level of performance up, the Mets have an opening.
  1. Browns
  • The Browns were seemingly moving up the power rankings, going up 20-0 on the Ravens in the first quarter. Brown’s fans were ecstatic and already speculating on how many points they would finish with. They were on track for 80, but in typical Browns fashion, finished with 20. The Browns have had 5 different QB’s in their last 5 games, at some point you just have to stick with one and ride him through the ups and downs.



Screen Shot 2016-09-16 at 12.04.25 PMBill Bowerman made it his mission to strip away all unnecessary elements of a running shoe. He wanted the shoe to act as an extension of the foot. The end product was the Nike Sock Racer.

Two decades later, modern innovation takes the wheel and we’re given the Nike Sock Dart. This minimalist approach features a stretchy lightweight mesh upper which delivers the ultimate sock-like fit. To keep your foot secure, there’s a translucent perforated rubber strap that stretches across the midfoot. Full-length Phylon foam provides cushion, comfort, and durability.

Minimalist stability and modern comfort come together in harmony. Keep it cozy and pick up your pair of the Nike Sock Dart on September 22nd in-store or on FinishLine.com.

This week you can go premium, you can go for a good cause or you can really just celebrate history. I’m Jacques Slade, I’m not in the studio today, but this is The Heat Check.




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