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Here we are again with another holiday season upon us and another dope lineup of kicks from Jordan Brand. The fan favorite may be the Air Jordan Retro 8 “Aqua” dropping on Black Friday, but Jordan 1 lovers have been waiting for the Air Jordan Retro 1 “Cyber Monday” ever since pictures came out. This Retro 1 gets its nickname for the day that it’s releasing, and could be one of the cleanest to drop this season. It’s also clever planning by Jordan Brand that they would drop a sneaker on one of the biggest online shopping deals of the year. Well played, Jordan.

The pure simplicity of this Retro 1 is what makes it so good. Where can you go wrong with a black and white sneaker that has the perfect balance for a casual and athletic look? You get a clean and sophisticated style with this iconic silhouette, as it gets dressed in all-black leather upper with a high-contrast solid white sole unit. Talk about a grown man look that everyone is sure to love. Whether you’re a lover of Jordan 1s or just looking for a clean sneaker that will be perfect for the winter, this retro is perfect for you.

Pick up the Air Jordan Retro 1 “Cyber Monday” on December 1st at Finishline.com.

Photo: John W. McDonough/SI

Photo: John W. McDonough/SI

Michael Jordan.  “I’m Back”.  MVP.  72-10.   Best.Team.Ever.

The NBA in 1996 was unquestionably all about Jordan’s return from his baseball suspension hiatus and the Bulls’ record-breaking (for now… right Steph?) season.  Now imagine being a 13-year-old junior high kid, living in small-town Illinois, and being literally the only kid in school rooting *against* Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and the Bulls in the NBA Finals. Not a fun place to put yourself, but that’s exactly where I was.

Such was the allure to a young, impressionable sports fan of Shawn Kemp, the Seattle SuperSonics’ athletic marvel dominating the mid-90’s Western Conference. Easily drawn to other flashy, athletic players in other sports like the Eagles’ Randall Cunningham, I was powerless to resist falling in love with Kemp.

Kemp entered the league in 1989 as an extremely raw 20 year old, having never played a minute of college ball. It took a few years for the full game to come around, but those hops… those hops played immediately.  Combined with a youthful aggression Kemp, who seemed intent on dunking on every big man he faced and blocking shots 10 rows deep, was a new breed of 6’10” animal paving the way for Kevin Garnett, Amare Stoudemire, and now Blake Griffin.  I respectfully ask you to take 5 minutes out of your life to watch this clip and ask yourself how 13-year old NBA fan me could have rooted for anyone else:

Now, In the pre-Youtube, hell… pre-internet era and not having cable, following Kemp from Illinois basically meant reading Sports Illustrated features and getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch NBA Inside Stuff, eagerly waiting for Ahmad Rashad to play some SuperSonics’ highlights just to get a glimpse of who Kemp posterized this week and seeing just how close he could get to actually dunking like he could while I played NBA Jam on the Genesis.

Reebok released Kemp’s signature shoe, the Kamikaze, for the 1994-95 season with a unique styling that was just as aggressive as Kemp was on the court. Kemp rocked the shoe throughout his third straight All-Star game campaign, but another great regular season for the Sonics wasn’t enough, as they were upset in the 1st round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Everything came together in the ’95-96 season, with Kemp and partner-in-crime Gary Payton following up a dominant 64-win regular season by finally conquering their playoff demons and reaching the NBA Finals. Things came together off the court also as Reebok released the iconic Kamikaze II, similarly-styled to the I but more refined just like Kemp’s all-around game.

As everyone knows, the Bulls capped off their magical season and won the Finals in Jordan’s comeback year, setting off another 3-peat to cement their legacy. However, they were surprisingly pushed to six games in the series by the young SuperSonics (if only they had put The Glove on Jordan earlier!) who looked to have a dynasty in the making themselves. But just as Reebok’s Kamikaze line would flame out like a shooting star, replaced in 1997 by the ill-fated Reignman line, Kemp and the Sonics would never make another deep playoff run again before Kemp was unceremoniously traded to Cleveland in 1998.

At the age of 13, you’re youthful enough to be 100% emotionally invested in sports and naïve enough to not understand or not care about anything beyond the court (contract disputes, multiple out of wedlock kids, etc). This is how a white junior high kid from a town of 900 playing guard ends up wearing #40, a sweatband under one knee and, of course, the Kamikaze IIs (guilty…). And when your all-time favorite athlete enjoys his peak season while rocking one of the most iconic kicks to come out of the 1990s, and arguing daily with your entire junior high school, friend & foe alike, whether the underdog SuperSonics had a chance vs. the almighty Jordan, well…. we’ll always have ’96.

Living by their anthem “Forever Fun” Neff has displayed a refreshing take on their watches with Richard Sherman. We’re loving the humor and fun take on this new line and can definitely appreciate the athleisure design. Whether you’re training or on the streets, Neff has designed a watch for your every day lifestyle.

What’s Neff All About?

  • Launched in 2002 by Shaun and Joe Neff in Southern California.
  • First authentic core snow and skate headwear company in the world.
  • Collaborations include: Disney, The Simpsons Richard Sherman, Snoop Dogg, Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifia, Mac Miller Kate Upton and Scarlett Johansson.
  • Growing fast and continues to evolve into active fashion.


Make sure to check out all Neff designs at Finishline.com .

Tips on how to mix this week’s hottest item with your every day style. You’ve got questions. We’ve got outfits. Get It Girl.


Nike Air Max Thea:

The Thea couldn’t be a better choice for street-style. Lighter than ever and durable, the Air Max Thea is everything you could want when sporting your day to day style. Leggings, sweaters, denim, casual dresses and leather accents. You name it, one of the many Thea colorways will do your outfit justice.

What The Thea Is All About:

Upper is constructed using minimal textiles.

– Synthetic and leather overlays to provide support while remaining lightweight.

– Midsole has injected Phylon for a great cushiony feel.

– Visible Air-Sole unit to absorb shock.

– Solarsoft sock liner to provide an easeful feel with every step.

Influencer @atothebed

“The Thea is a nice go-to that I can see myself buying again and again.”

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Air Max Theas Amongst The Stars:

Jessica Alba via: wheretoget.it

Jessica Alba Air Max Thea

Add some Air Max Thea to your style at Finishline.com and don’t forget to hashtag #FNLstyle when you show off your Weekly Must-Have looks.

LeBron shows love for him hometown on the LeBron 13, Curry gets professional on the Curry 2, and Jordan Returns on the Jordan 1.5. See all this and more on Heat Check hosted by Jacques Slade.




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 When it comes to the world of retail, it can be difficult to make your final decisions when there are so many styles to love. To get in the spirit of giving, we wanted to hear details from individuals who live and breath the brands elevating workouts and personal style. Check out the shoes and apparel that are essentials for @fitandyy and @GTFan712 and see if they help make your selection at Finishline.com this holiday season.

Boys Laydown

@GTFan712 Picks:

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Nike Lunarglide 7 Flash

“While most would opt for the Flyknit Lunar 3, the added 3M accents make the Lunarglide 7 Flash my choice for a performance runner that can easily transition to casual wear.”

151110 Influencer-Staff Picks Email-096

Nike Air Max 90 Sneakerboot 

“The Air Max 90 Sneakerboot retains the classic design of the Air Max 90, while adding just enough to winter-proof the classic running silhouette. This would be my choice for days I couldn’t break out my Infrareds.”

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Nike Air Huarache Utility 

“Similar to the AM90 Sneakerboot, this new Air Huarache Utility modifies another classic running silhouette to combat winter weather. With plenty of colorways to choose from, some with 3M and iridescent accents, the Air Huarache Utility is a great winter replacement for my OG Dynamic Pinks.”

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Nike Air Huarache

“The Ash Grey Huarache offers a unique color that you might not have in your footwear rotation. Step out of your comfort zone and watch this Off-White Huarache become one of your most worn shoes this winter.”

151110 Influencer-Staff Picks Email-158Nike Tech Fleece Pants 

“Nike’s Tech Fleece pant is the epitome of the modern sweatpant. Fit? On point. Comfort? On point. Price? On point. Don’t be afraid to size down for a tight fit on the calf and ankle.”

laydown girls

@Fitandyy Picks:

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Nike Air Huarache Run Print Running Shoe

“I have been dying for these shoes! The look is so fresh and different, and the small touch of camo print adds a badass flair.”

151110 Influencer-Staff Picks Email-187

Nike Tech Fleece Printed Pants

“The camo print and sweat pants combo satisfies my tomboy side! Honestly, any print in the tech fleece collection I will gladly wear. However I do want to make one thing clear, sweat pants do not mean you are a lazy dresser, it means you value comfort.”

151110 Influencer-Staff Picks Email-178

Nike Roshe One Winter Casual Shoes

“Roshes are a super light, comfy, and casual shoe. You’d be crazy to pass up this festive winter print.”

151110 Influencer-Staff Picks Email-144

Nike Pro Hyperwarm Half-Zip Training Shirt

“Wild prints always catch my eye, because I love my workout clothes to standout.”

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 Nike Free 5.0 TR Flyknit Training Shoe

“Versatility is important to me because I want to get the most bank for my buck. So if a shoe can take me from a sweaty boxing session to running errands, than I am a happy lady.”

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Tips on how to mix this week’s hottest item with your every day style. You’ve got questions. We’ve got outfits. Get It Girl.

WMH Free 5.0

Nike Free 5.0 Print Running Shoes:

The lightweight hug your feet love with extra flavor. Nike Free 5.0 Print Running Shoes are everything you need to spruce up casual street-wear. Sweater dresses, leggings, denim, you name it, these sneaks will make you feel put together while loving every step in comfort. There are many colorways to choose from, so whatever your style, these lightweight kicks will take your fall looks to the next level.

Know What’s On Your Feet:

  • Hexagonal flex grooves on the minimal Nike Free sole.
  • More natural footstrike
  • Rounded heel accentuates the natural design.
  • Most cushioned Nike Free available.

Finish Line Looks Of The Week:

Coats, jackets & sweaters




Inspiration for Nike Free:

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Follow Finish Line’s board Weekly Must-Have: Nike Free 5.0 Print Running Shoes on Pinterest.

Nike Free Celebrity Of The Week:

Kendall Jenner


photo: WhoWhatWear.com

Free your style at Finishline.com and don’t forget to hashtag #FNLstyle when you show off your Weekly Must-Have looks.

Missy Elliot is back full force and this hit is proof. Opening her new video wearing a disco ball tracksuit and hitting every beat alongside swagged out dancers, it’s like picking up where we left off with this visionary of a music artist. Captivating her fans the only way she knows how with fun style, good moves and a collaboration with one of the best in the biz. The new track ‘WTF’ (Where They From) ft. Pharrell Williams, is the kind of Missy music that we all love and have been waiting to hear again. Proving that her fashion sense and originality hasn’t missed a beat, Missy reps sneaker-style we can’t ignore. With Nike, Jordan, and adidas amongst the wardrobe changes, it’s everything we’ve been waiting for since Missy performed at the 2015 Superbowl Halftime Show. It’s futuristic, sport luxe style with a little attitude and with a dope beat, your eyes and ears can’t deny the hottness running throughout this entire video.

This is gonna be a loaded weekend for sneakers so let’s get right to it. Nike releases the AM 90 and 95 “Wheat”, both are just in time for the fall weather. Nike also is dropping the LeBron XIII “Horror Flick”, this colorway inspired by LeBron’s love of scary movies off the court and his fearlessness on it. Adidas is coming out with the Pro Model XENO this will come in a black and a white colorway. Jordan is dropping the Retro 7 “Bright Concord”, with the upper paying homage to the sweater that Jordan wore in the iconic McDonald’s commercial with Larry Legend.




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