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What were your favorite shoes that came out in 2013? We asked all of our Sneak Geeks the same question. Based off each of their rankings, Finish Line has equated an official Best Shoes of 2013 countdown. Stay tuned throughout the month of December as we get closer to the #1 spot.

#24 – Nike Kobe VIII “Area 72″ 

“The Nike Kobe VIII “Area 72” makes this list strictly based on the colorway. The look of flowing lava paired with the subtle teal combines for a great look. A Kobe coming in at #24… coincidence???”@krvanch

#25 – Air Jordan 5 “Fear”

Let us know which was your most coveted pair of the year in the comments, and if you agree the picks.

What were your favorite shoes that came out in 2013? We asked all of our Sneak Geeks the same question. Based off each of their rankings, Finish Line has equated an official Best Shoes of 2013 countdown. Stay tuned throughout the month of December as we get closer to the #1 spot.

#25 – Air Jordan 5 “Fear”

“I’m not sure if the “Fear” theme really comes through in this pack, but all three pairs turned out pretty well. The Vs are particularly strong with the unique shade of green and the gradient effect on the midsole.”@AndyOliverWpg

Let us know which was your most coveted pair of the year in the comments, and if you agree the picks.

We have introduced you to the “regular” people on Twitter and Instagram that share a true love for sneakers, 16 of them in fact. Now, it’s up to you to reach out to them, get more involved in the community, and get to know who you want to know.

Kick it with:

1. @racattacktweets

2. @S_Galactus

3. @nick_annacone

4. @YoAnty1

5. @DeadStockNYC

6. @iNeedKicks

7. @AndyOliverWpg

8. @maxwellwillis

9. @gwarism

10. @BasedLaRock

11. @ericmatenaer

12. @mrFOAMERSIMPSON

13. @cheddar2345

14. @airkarinabx23

15. @sneakerrevkev

16. @krvanch

It doesn’t end here, guys. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a special Holiday post featuring our Sneak Geeks.

Stay in shape this holiday season with our list of winter marathons.

1. Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

Date: December 1st, 2013

Location: Seattle, Washington

Race Types: Marathon Walk, Half Marathon Run, Half Marathon Walk, Marathon Run

Highlights: Rolling course with hilly sections and scenic views of downtown Seattle and Lake Washington

2. Calico Racing’s Running From an Angel Marathon

Date: January 25th, 2014

Location: Boulder City, Nevada

Race Type: Marathon, 50 Miler, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K

Highlights: Spectacular scenery – takes place entirely inside Lake Mead N.R.A., cool winter desert conditions

3. Yuma Territorial Marathon

Date: January 25th, 2014

Location: Somerton, Arizona

Race Types: Marathon, Half Marathon

Highlights: Mostly level course, 50% of participants set their best marathon time

4. Livestrong Austin Marathon

Date: February 16th, 2014

Location: Austin, Texas

Race Types: Marathon and Half Marathon

Highlights: Running fundraiser benefits Livestrong Foundation to fight against cancer, challenging hilly course

5. Canyon Meadow Trail Run Marathon

Date: March 24th, 2014

Location: Oakland, California

Race Types: Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Mile, 30 K and 50K

Highlights: Held in Redwood Regional Park – home of the Coastal Redwood Tree, plenty of animals and wildlife

6. Run Hard Columbia Marathon

Date: March 8th, 2014

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Race Types: Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K, Kids’ Marathon

Highlights: Scenic route through USC campus, last leg is completely flat for a strong finish 

7. Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon

Date: February 15th, 2014

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Race Types: Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, Kids’ Race

Highlights: Best entertainment and nightlife, ocean breeze and palm trees 

8. Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon

Date: February 2nd, 2014

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Race Types: Marathon, Half Marathon, 2-Person Relay

Highlights: Live and local bands along the way, historic landmarks 

9. Walt Disney World Marathon

Date: January 12th, 2014

Location: Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida

Race Types: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K

Highlights: runDisney Kids’ Races, takes place in all four parks – Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios

10. JAL Honolulu Marathon

Date: December 8th, 2013

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Race Types: Marathon

Highlights: One of largest marathons in the world, scenic course with ocean views

Have you ran in one of these winter marathons before? Tell us about your experience below.

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It’s that time. The most wonderful time of the year, where you can observe your family dysfunctions, eat your feelings, and wake up at the crack of dawn to shop. But for real, we love the holidays, and we want you to enjoy them without getting overwhelmed. Check out this list of tips to make your holiday shopping easy-peasy-pumpkin-pie.

 

Free shipping? I want in.

During our Weekend Warrior Sale, hop on the free economy shipping bandwagon from November 28th through December 3rd*.

 

When do I have to order by to get my gifts shipped in time for Christmas?

Here are the cut-off dates, so you’re not accidentally holding onto any future birthday presents:

  •        December 15th 11:59pm EST – Economy Shipping Cutoff
  •        December 17th 11:59pm EST – Ground Shipping Cutoff
  •        December 19th 11:59pm EST – Rush Shipping Cutoff
  •        December 21st 11:59pm EST – Express Shipping Cutoff

 

But it doesn’t fit! Not to worry, here’s the Holiday Return Policy.

We’ve extended our Policy so you can enjoy your holiday time with the fam instead of worrying about returns. Between November 10th and January 1st, products can be returned up to February 15th, 2014. For all you Finish Line newbies, this is a lot longer than our usual 45-day Return Policy. Happy holidays!

 

I need more time! Heard that. Here are our extended shopping hours:

Black Friday starts early online with our Weekend Warrior Sale that will launch November 28th 12:01 EST and run through December 2nd. Our stores are staying open later, too. Check out our Holiday Store Hours to view the extended hours for the stores near you.

 

Not sure what to get for your uncle’s sister’s niece? The Gift Guide is a great place to start.

Ideas for your mom to your younger sister’s boyfriend: Finish Line Gift Guide.

 

No shame in gift cards.

Still don’t know what to get? We don’t blame you. Sometimes it’s easier to let them pick it out with a gift card.

 

More questions? Customer Care has the answers.

Think of them as little elves that have your back.

Call: 888-777-3949.

  •        Monday – Friday 8am – Midnight EST
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Tweet: @FinishLineHelp

Email: customerservice@finishline.com

 

*FREE SHIPPING DETAILS: This offer for free shipping applies to Economy shipping only.  Minimum order value of $20.01 for free shipping to be applicable.  This promotional offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offer, exchange, group sale, nor is this promotional offer valid on previous purchases. Promotional offer excludes resellers, wholesalers and diverters. Shipping offer is available for a limited time only. Finish Line reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer at any time. Offer begins 11/28/2013 at 12:01am EST and is valid through 12/3/2013 at 11:59pm EST.  Offer valid on online purchases only.  Promotional offer only valid on eligible items. Other items in your shopping cart that are not eligible are subject to shipping charges. Shipping offer not valid on 3/$30 sock promotion, launch product, and/or on orders shipped to Alaska and Hawaii. This promotional offer is not available for shipments to APO/FPO addresses or P.O. boxes. Additional exclusions may apply. Shipping surcharges still apply.  Please refer to our Shipping Rates and Policies for more information.

Given the nature of retro sneakers, it’s hard to do wrong bringing a classic back.

The return of the Reebok Kamikaze II furthers that notion, adding more points to the scoreboard with each new colorway. Encountering no shortage of inspiration, Reebok crafts a new rendition of the everlasting Kamikaze II, dubbed the “Glow.”

Fitting for the holiday parties, the “Glow” is ready for when the lights go off, sporting a glow-in-the-dark upper that stretches over the entire top. Where the glowing stops, neon yellow picks up, filling in the blanks and keeping up the fluorescent flow. Sitting back as an accent to the dominating colors is black, showing up on the laces and outsole, rounding out the luminous theme.

There’s always room in the sneaker collection for something that stands out among the rest, and glow in the dark is the way to go. Don’t sleep on these night-lit kicks. Check them out now at Finishline.com.

[Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images]

Twenty-nine year-old Nate Robinson knows a thing or two about basketball, but what you probably did not know is that he also knows a thing or two about fashion.

When it comes to Nate’s style, he has a more casual approach than some of his NBA peers like LeBron or Stoudemire, reflecting his young and fun personality.

Nate Robinson is always decked out in the newest and freshest gear. His footwear selection usually includes the most recent Air Jordan Retro releases, as well as some of the latest sneakers from Nike like the Free Flyknit.

Since Nate is a Nike sponsored athlete, you know he gets hooked up with the newest apparel selections, too. Oftentimes you can see him rocking Nike scripted tees to complement his youthful vibe.

Another thing that sets Nate apart from others is his massive collection of hats. You’ll probably never see him in the same hat twice, whether it be a Chicago White Sox Snap Back or Boston Red Sox New Era.

You may not be able to play like Nate Robinson, but you certainly can dress like him.

In the 70+ years that the NCAA Tournament has been taking place, there have been many moments that are simply unforgettable. We have compiled the best.

10. Tyus Edney’s Game-Winning Basket

Year: 1995

With 4.8 seconds on the clock, senior point guard Edney drove through the lane against the Missouri team that had his UCLA team on the ropes. By the sound of the buzzer, UCLA was advancing to the next round.

9. Webber’s Timeout

Year: 1993

It’s a general rule of thumb to not take timeouts that you don’t have. Some may say rules are meant to be broken, but not of this nature. It cost his team a berth in the national championship.

8. George Mason Reaches Final Four

Year: 2006

An underdog throughout their trek through the national tournament, it was upset after upset as the squad made their way to being one of the last four teams standing.

7. Keith Smart’s Game Winner

Year: 1987

One shot and Smart became a part of history. While he wasn’t too recognized at University of Indiana for much else, all it took was a 16-foot jumper to win the 1987 National Championship.

6. Michael Jordan’s Shot

Year: 1982

The Jordan/Ewing rivalry started early with Jordan’s North Carolina knocking off Ewing’s Georgetown in the national championship. Did we mention that Jordan hit the game winner?

5. Larry Bird vs Magic Johnson

Years: 1977 and 1979

Speaking of rivalries, the Bird/Johnson rivalry kicked off back in the college ranks as well. Larry Bird carried his team to an undefeated season, but Johnson got the best of him in the national championship.

4. Texas Western over Kentucky

Year: 1966

Breaking down the color barrier with a crash, the boys out of Texas Western upset the heavily favored Kentucky team in a National Championship game for the ages. 

3. Laettner Revives Duke

Year: 1992

It was the shot heard ’round the world as Christian Laettner rose up above defenders to launch a jumpshot from the free-throw line to upset Kentucky.

2. Villanova Upsets Georgetown

Year: 1985

Patrick Ewing really couldn’t catch a break in college, and unfortunately that carried over to his professional playing days. After being thwarted by Jordan, Ewing was once again thwarted by Villanova in 1985.

1. NC State Shocks Houston

Year: 1983

Not only were the Houston Cougars picked to win the title game in 1983, they started the game in perfect position to take it away. Long story short, it didn’t end that way, and the rest is history.

What are some of the most memorable surprises you think of in NCAA Tournament history?

The adidas Basketball line keeps getting crazier.

The new Crazy Sting model is the brand’s latest hoops rollout and follows The Three Stripes new regime of giving athletes a superior lightweight performance sneaker with just as much aesthetic value.

The seamless upper features SPRINTWEB giving the player maximum breathability so they don’t get overheated on the hardwood, and SPRINTFRAME for lockdown stability and support.

No feet getting too sweaty or sliding around in these.

Don’t forget to snap a few shots for cred in the viral sphere – adidas laced the kicks with 3M stripes to give the look an extra pop when the lights hit it right so your Instagram basketball shot is complete.

You can grab the adidas Crazy String exclusively at Finish Line in four colors. If you order them right now, use the coupon code “20HLDY100″ for $20 off.

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