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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.

Written by, Mark Wilkins

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Who would have thought, in 1996 Warner Brothers would release one of the highest grossing basketball movies of all time and would later play a pivotal role in the sneaker community. Space Jam was based around Michael Jordan’s retirement. It was a point in time when it felt like there was a “hole” in the game of basketball because of Jordan’s absence. Not only was the city of Chicago hurt, but the entire world felt this one. Some people couldn’t even watch the sport anymore.

Even though Mike left the game, Nike made sure his sneakers didn’t. To fill the void of basketball, Nike continued to release Jordan sneakers. They went on to release Jordan’s 9th and 10th signature shoe. They dropped in multiple colorways and they continued to do extremely well in sales for the next year and a half. I guess if we couldn’t see him play the game, at least we could go cop the kicks so we could “be like mike”.

Jordan returned to the Bulls in March, 1995. In April, Nike released the Air Jordan 11, a sleek silhouette built for only the best of the best. These kicks feature a red translucent outsole to deliver a better grip ratio than a standard rubber outsole. Between the outsole and pylon mid-sole, there’s a carbon fiber plate to give the sneaker its strength and stability. Carbon fiber is said to be one of the strongest materials on earth. The upper consists of cordura nylon, which is extremely flexible and durable. This material allows the shoe to take shape of one’s foot. The upper is completely wrapped in premium patent leather to give the shoe a “new car shine”. The Air Jordan 11 is lighter than any other Air Jordan model ever created. The elite design and materials made this sneaker one of the best performance shoes of all time.

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Although Mike played in the Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” in the film, that shoe never released to the public until Wednesday December 13, 2000. “A Wednesday? Aren’t limited retros usually released on Saturdays?” These are all questions we may be asking ourselves. But yes, surprisingly, Mikes were sold on weekdays before Jordan pushed dates to Saturday so kids in school wouldn’t cut class for sneakers. This winter, Jordan brand gives us a more recent version of the PE sample model that was created for Jordan to wear in 1995 when he returned to the Bulls. This pair featured a “45″ on the heel, higher cut patent leather with raw edges, and a concord jump-man. This upcoming model is a recreation of the pair Nike actually made for Mike to wear for his return to the 1995 playoffs. This is NOT to be confused with the Jordan sneakers shown in the movie, which featured a varsity royal blue jump-man and the lower patent leather cut we are accustomed to seeing on recent Air Jordan 11 models.

With that being said, will you be looking forward to copping the Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” on December 10th at finishline.com?

While the Air Jordan 11 ‘Space Jam’ was the highlight sneaker of the film, I took the time to put together a list of other heat that many people may have failed to notice while watching the movie.

1. Air Jordan 9 “cleats”: While Mike is up at bat. He rocks these.

2. Nike Air Max Triax Extra: After the baseball game, he wears these at home around the family

3. Air Jordan 10 “Shadow”: Look for these in the trophy room when Bugs Bunny goes to Mike’s home to grab his hooping gear.

4. Air Jordan 9: The shoes that he never played a NBA game in, but he practiced in and flew through the gym in the movie, *Music playing: Seal- Fly Like an Eagle

5. Biscuits: The shoes The Monstars got gamed in…Maybe if they had official kicks they wouldn’t have blown a 48pt lead, the worst upset since Shooter Mcgavin blew a 4 stroke lead to Happy Gilmore, smh, but that’s another story.

6. Nike Air Structure Triax: aka the Publicists. Worn by Mikes publicist, Stan while he’s on the bench.

7. Air Jordan 2: Bill Murray, comes to save the day against the Monstars in these boys, they look clean too.

8. Nike Air Way Up, Ewing Empire High, Nike Air CB34, Reebok Swing Mid, Converse Areo Mid: All spotted in a quick scene in the gym, where the hoopers are discussing how trash they are, and trying to figure out what happened.

 

 

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.

#ShoesSoFresh kicked off back in July and we hooked people up with a fresh pair of kicks every week for a month! We’re back to it again, but on another level.

This time around, it’d be a good idea to follow @Kick_Genius since they’ll be making videos to announce what we’re giving away each week. We’ll be reposting the best submissions we see and award the winners with the best footwear of the season. Get hyped because you know the heat of the footwear might be the only things keeping you warm this frigid winter. 😛

All you have to do is follow us on Instagram (@FinishLine) and use #ShoesSoFresh in the most creative and compelling way you can. Show us what you’ve got!

Check out all #ShoesSoFresh at finishline.com.

By Drew Hammell

Throwback Thursday AJ XI

As far as iconic shoes go, the Air Jordan IX has always been somewhat of an enigma. For one thing, it was the first Air Jordan sneaker Michael didn’t wear in an NBA game during his time with the Chicago Bulls. The shoe released after Jordan first retired from the NBA in 1993, fresh off his 3rd straight championship.

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Following Jordan’s retirement, the Bulls erected a 19-foot statue of him in front of their new arena. Unveiled on November 1st, 1994, Jordan could be seen flying through the air over two helpless defenders. On his feet, sculpted in bronze, were not any of the famous models he wore on court – instead, the artist opted for the IXs.

Though he never wore them on the court with the Bulls, Jordan would lace up the IXs on the baseball field with the Chicago White Sox minor league affiliates. Sporting a black and white colorway with the number 45 on the heel, he would wear this model for the majority of his brief one-year stint in the minors.

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While the IX was not directly tied to a Warner Bros commercial series like the Air Jordan VIIs and VIIIs, the IX would appear in a Warner Bros movie. The summer after Jordan returned to the NBA in ‘95, he filmed the movie Space Jam, and broke out the IXs in a few scenes before switching to the more famous XIs.

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When the IX was designed, it was meant to represent Jordan’s global impact on the game of basketball. There were inspirational words in several languages engraved into the bottom of the soles, and a literal globe stitched onto the heel. But, while the global sneaker sat in stores, Jordan was sitting on a minor league team bus traveling from one small southern town to the next. While the sneaker was in the spotlight, Jordan was far away from it.

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For these reasons, the IX will never be one of the most-coveted Jordans, but it remains a shoe that is rich in history and marks a transitional period for Michael and the Jordan brand.

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Nov 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas (13) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas (13) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Thanksgiving has given us a lot to be thankful for, unless you’re a Cleveland fan, then it’s just another Sunday. Josh McCown completed a 41 yard bomb to Terrell Pryor from his own five and on the very next play threw a pick-six to a one handed JPP. If that isn’t the Cleveland season summed up in two plays, I don’t know what is. The Cowboys dominated on Thanksgiving again, Antonio Brown danced his way to the end zone three times against the Colts and the Lions snuck through on a last second field goal. I don’t know how hard centers snap the ball, but after looking at Derek Carr’s finger it looks like he caught that ball being shot out of a cannon. Buckle those belts back up, wake up from your turkey coma and get ready for the playoff push, Week 13 is almost here.

32.     15578552015        Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-12
Last Week: 32

Once again, Cleveland can’t catch a break. The game was close until the Browns forgot about Odell, which you can’t do and still hope to win. JPP showed kids everywhere that just because you blow your hand off in a freak fireworks accident doesn’t mean you can’t score against the Browns. JPP is officially the only player to score a touchdown in the NFL with less than 10 fingers, but I’m sure Cleveland fans were only showing him one.

31.     17994552009        San Francisco 49ers

Record: 1-10
Last Week: 31

The 49ers’ season has had a lots of downs and very few ups, but on the bright side they were able to break a franchise record this week. They have now lost 10 straight games for the first time in franchise history. Kap did not have a terrible game, in fact it was by far the best game he had played this season.

30.     364        Chicago Bears    

Record: 2-9
Last Week: 30

Things have not been right in Chicago for a while now. Dropped passes were the highlight, including a drop to win the game with time dwindling in the 4th. Matt Barkley did not look bad at all, if only he had some skill position players to back him up. John Fox must be kicking himself right now, he went from a mediocre quarterback with great receivers in Denver to straight mediocrity all around in Chicago.

29.  15988562013        Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 2-9
Last Week: 29

In the past few seasons, the Jaguars have had no luck. On paper, Blake Bortles was supposed to be the answer for the offensive deficiency. This team has all the pieces of the puzzle, they just can’t put it together.

28.  v7tehkwthrwefgounvi7znf5k       New York Jets

Record: 3-8
Last Week: 28


Things need to turn around in New York if this team wants to have any success in the future. Yes, this team has faced injuries this year, but it’s not nearly as bad as some other teams in the league. The QB situation in New York is still up in the air for the future and with Brandon Marshall on his last leg they might need to look at other options offensively going forward.

27.     f1wggq2k8ql88fe33jzhw641u        Carolina Panthers

Record: 4-7
Last Week: 26

Down 24-7 at half, the Panthers decided to make this one a little bit of a game in the 2nd half before ultimately coming up short. Greg Olson dropped a pass that was a centimeter too high and a strip sack by Kahlil Mack ended the game before Carolina could reach into Riverboat Ron’s bag of tricks.

26.     594153172016       Los Angeles Rams

Record: 4-7
Last Week: 25

Jared Goff is the lone bright spot in a otherwise dark, dark, dark game by the Rams. The Jeff Fisher era has not turned out the way any Rams fan (either in St.Louis or LA) wanted. The Rams allowed a total of 50 points in the previous 4 games before this week when the Saints put up 49. The Saints have a high powered throw-first offense, but the defense performed sub-par.

25.     403        Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 3-7-1
Last Week: 24

Without AJ Green this Bengals season is over. It was going to be tough to make the playoffs even with Green, but now that their #1 receiver is gone, it is darn near impossible. Andy Dalton put up just a measly 5 yards per attempt this week, so the whole team has got to be reminiscing about last year when they finished 12-4.

Every week we highlight the best Air Max kicks on #AirMaxMondays and Jordans on #JordanFridays and now you can peep the best adidas Boost pics on Wednesdays. If you think you’re sick with the camera and love your adidas Boost then make sure you snap a pic and tag us and use the #boosted hashtag. Each week we will highlight some of the dopest images on social media and show some social love to the boost fanatics out there. If you want to see your pic on the blog then grab your camera and snap a 🔥 pic and tag #boosted and check the blog each week. Get through hump day with a little social media glory.

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.

Image Via: @oldmanalan

The days of sneakerheads customizing their adidas Ultra Boost have finally come to an end. Solid-black Boost has been a hot topic in the sneaker world as people began to paint or color in the white Boost material to give their Ultra Boosts a new look that you wouldn’t see everywhere. Earlier this year, adidas released the adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged LTD with black and red Boost cushioning and people went crazy. While the minor addition wasn’t put on the coveted Ultra Boost, sneakerheads had come to assume that there would be a release that featured the solid color on the innovative cushioning.

With the holidays coming up, it seems like every brand is pulling out the big guns to make sure that they aren’t overlooked this holiday. If you’re a sneaker lover then this holiday season is not going to be easy on your pockets. It seems like every other day there is a dope sneaker dropping. adidas is making their stance by dropping six different Ultra Boosts on December 1st. Talk about starting the month strong. With so many different colorways dropping the tough decision of which one to choose turns into a sneakerheads inner battle.

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One pair you want to make sure you grab is the ‘Triple Black’ Ultra Boost. The sneaker gets murdered out with a solid black colorway that covers every inch of the shoe. With winter being so close, black sneakers become the go-to for most people so that makes these even more favorable for this time of year. The time to decide is right around the corner as these different pairs release on December 1st. You better get planning.

Cop your adidas Ultra Boost ‘Triple Black’ on December 1st at Finishline.com.

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