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It’s hard to not love an OG style like the Air Max 90. With a new flyknit upper, the sneaker not only becomes lighter in weight, but it increases flexibility for all over comfort. This updated model will also bring more detail into the picture as far as style goes. Pair these with your every day athleisure or enjoy an effortless transition from your workout to your daily grind. Either way, the flyknit detail makes these kicks easy to pair with all kinds of looks.

If you’re a lover of the classic Air Max 90 ‘Infrared’ then you can’t help but be excited for this next release. With innovation being the focus for all things, we can expect that these upgrades to the classic Nike silhouette to make these better than ever before.

The Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Flyknit releases Thursday, March 2nd at finishline.com.

 

 

By Drew HammellPhotos via Sports Illustrated, February 24th, 1997.

20 years ago this week, Sports Illustrated released a cover featuring two of the top shortstops in the league: Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners, and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees. A-Rod and Jeter were part of ‘The Finest Group of Shortstops since WWII,’ the cover touted.  The issue would prove to be prophetic, as both players went on to have legendary careers. They would also end up playing together, as Rodriguez joined Jeter with the Yankees in 2004. The two will forever be linked, though their careers ran drastically different courses.

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez was born in Washington Heights, New York City. At the age of four, he and his family moved to the Dominican Republic before settling in Miami. Rodriguez would become one of the top baseball prospects in the country, and was the first overall pick in the ’93 draft. A-Rod spent little time in the minors, and made his major league debut in 1994. Two years later, he came in second in the American League MVP ballot at the age of 20.

In 2000, A-Rod left Seattle and signed the richest contract in MLB history with the Texas Rangers – a ten-year deal worth $252 million. Though he won the MVP award with Texas in 2003, the Rangers wouldn’t make the playoffs his first three years with the team. Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees in ’04 and moved to third base, since Derek Jeter was already the shortstop. Even though A-Rod was a better defensive player than Jeter, moving the Yankee captain to any other position would have created a PR nightmare for the team.

In 2007, Rodriguez opted out of his contract and signed an even more lucrative deal for 10 years and $275 million. Though he would help the Yankees win a World Series in ’09 against Philadelphia, the decision to sign A-Rod to such a long extension would come back to haunt the Yankees.

Derek Jeter

Like A-Rod, Derek Jeter was born in the Northeast. Also at the age of four, Jeter and his family moved from their home in New Jersey to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Though Jeter was also a standout prospect like A-Rod, he considered playing college ball at the University of Michigan. The Yankees would take him sixth in the ’92 Draft, as scouts believed he had the talent to become a Hall of Famer.

Like A-Rod, Jeter would also impress quickly in the big leagues. He was the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year, and was integral in helping the Yankees defeat the Atlanta Braves in the World Series that season. He would go on to win five championships with New York. Jeter also had his own big contracts – the most lucrative one came in 2001, worth $189 million over ten years.

Derek Jeter & Alex Rodriguez

As the ’97 Sports Illustrated cover indicated, A-Rod and Jeter were friends from the start. In the feature article, Jeter said, “I’m Alex’s biggest fan. I brag on him so much that my teammates are sick of me talking about him.” Both players would become 14-time All-Stars. Both were also the same height at 6’3”, though A-Rod was bulkier. As time went on, Rodriguez would continue to add muscle, which led to his steroid scandals beginning in 2001.

For the next thirteen years, Rodriguez would be plagued by allegations and admitted use of performance enhancing drugs. Ultimately, it would lead to his suspension for the entire 2014 season. Amid all the “A-Roid” turmoil in the Yankee clubhouse, Jeter was establishing himself amongst the legends of Yankee lore. Ever the professional, Jeter played consistently year after year, while staying spotless under the New York City media microscope. He would become known as ‘El Capitan,’ and ‘The good son.’

Ironically, after all the drama over the years, it is Rodriguez who is still contributing to the Yankees organization as a special adviser and spring training instructor. Still under contract, he will earn $21 million this year ($106,852 per day). Meanwhile, Jeter is settling down as a family man. He married 26-year-old model Hannah Davis this past summer, and Davis is already pregnant with their first child.

It remains to be seen how the two Yankee legends will be portrayed as the years progress. Most New Yorkers have forgiven A-Rod of his rocky past because of his outstanding play on the field, though the steroid use is difficult not to bring up. If Jeter is mentioned in a sentence, Yankee fans won’t stop pouring praise and adoration on him, though the acclaim is usually followed by criticism for his less-than-perfect fielding year after year. For a moment captured in ’97 on this cover, however, there was only hope and promise for the two budding stars.

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Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit

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The color combination on this next Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit will be a contrast you’ll definitely attract to. Pink, green and yellow accents all take part in putting this sneaker on display. A lightweight, breathable upper compliments the air technology perfectly to have you loving this style for all kinds of occasions. Dress these kicks up or down, either way your style will have the perfect touch of color. Get style inspired by checking out @finishlinewomen and tag us in your next Nike getup with Air Max Thea and you could get the chance to be featured on our page 🙂

The Multicolor Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit drops Wednesday, March 1st at finishline.com.

 

 

 

Written by: @sorayayd 

Sneakers: PUMA Basket Winter Mid Casual Shoes 

Top: PUMA Crop Top

Bottoms: PUMA Leggings 

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Athleisure is a style trend where you implement sporty clothes into your everyday wear. I’m big on this, I like to enjoy my edgy workout clothes on a day-to-day basis whether I’m going to auditions, traveling, running errands or just hanging out.

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While catching up with friends and hitting up an architecturally stunning art museum in downtown Los Angeles, The Broad, comfort with a stylish flair was key. These Puma pieces provided just that. My plans gave me some inspiration for my outfit, so I chose to wear something sleek and edgy.

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I usually put my outfit together with the kicks first, as I want them to be the main focal point. Metallics are all the craze right now, so these laceless silver Basket Mid kicks with the zipper closure were a no-brainer, they give the perfect pop to an all-black outfit.

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Usually when I hang out with friends, I never know where the day will take me, but I know i’ll be out for quite some time before getting back home, so I like to grab a leather jacket. I decided to rock the Puma crop top and matching leggings with a denim choker—super comfortable, trendy, edgy and feel cute.

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As the day got warmer we grabbed lunch outside, so I took off my jacket and the choker made it obvious I wasn’t just wearing a workout outfit. This kind of transition is always my take on athleisure💁🏽.

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#WeAreMore

2017 adidas looks

All adidas everything, and we’re not mad about it. From the streets to the studio and every occasion in between, celebrities and fashion know-it-alls are turning to the brand with the latest and greatest. Everything from Boost, Gazelle and Tubular styles are making waves. Whether you’re about this brand or not, these top looks will have you thinking twice about your street style rotation and if it needs more adidas love.

Kanye West

#SoleWatch: @kanyewest wearing the Adidas Originals Gazelle.

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Yeezy, Yeezy, how you doin’, huh? We know Ye can hit us with something fancy, now more than ever, we’re seeing his cozy street style side. Kanye stepped out in the adidas Gazelle earlier this month showing off his never ending adidas Originals collection.

Aleali May

Although stylist and fashion blogger, Aleali May makes everything look super fly, her adidas Originals style is as effortless as it gets. From her adidas cropped hoodie to the adidas Tubular sneaks, this look is comfy, casual and on point with athleisure fashion.

Desiigner

❤️❤️🇦🇺🇦🇺 @adidas

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We’re G-double O-D, G.O.O.D. Like Kanye, Desiigner is a part of G.O.O.D. music and he’s also a brand ambassador for Three Stripes. He’s rockin’ another Originals essential in the adidas Pro Model.

Lady Gaga

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Lounging and living in the moment, Lady Gaga is sporting the latest Ultra Boost X by adidas. Hot off the Super Bowl Halftime stage and Grammy’s Red Carpet, this superstar is on fire and so is her choice of athleisure style.

Steve Aoki

#couchlife

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Ayyy. Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki know what’s up. They’ve got the best of both Three Stripes world with Originals and Performance. Lace up in the Superstar for classic style and then switch it up to the Ultra Boost Uncaged for premium performance. 

Karlie Kloss

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Women are loving the convenience of transitioning from their workout style to street style. Karlie Kloss is no stranger to adidas and represents both the performance and athleisure moments very well in her adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged. She could be casually walking the streets or she could have come from a killer workout, either way, it’s style we can relate to.

Von Miller

"I don't need love, I'm the 🐐" @adidasfballus

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Von Miller flexin’ his Three Stripes steeze in the ‘Solar Red’ Ultra Boost. Looks like he’s got cleats for every occasion now. #goals

Karrueche

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We can’t help but love Karrueche. Whether she’s glammed up or reppin’ #teamcozy, this girl knows what’s up. We’re all about this laidback adidas Gazelle look. Oversized hoodies and joggers are very welcomed in the world of athleisure.

The year just started and we’re already seeing a strong start from adidas with celeb style. Great things are sure to come. Show us your #boosted style by stuntin’ on the ‘Gram and tagging @finishline or @finishlinewomen and you may get featured in our weekly blog post for some social media glory. ///

Air Jordan 12 Low Playoffs

It might seem like just yesterday, but it’s been ten years since MJ won his fifth NBA Title against the Utah Jazz. If you’re a real Jordan enthusiast then you probably remember all the kicks he wore in his Finals Championship games. If not, then here’s some knowledge for you, in ’91 he wore the ‘Black/Infrared’ Air Jordan VI, in ’92 he wore the ‘Black/True Red’ Air Jordan VII, ’94  he rocked the ‘Black/True Red’ Air Jordan VII, ’96 it was the ‘Playoff’ Air Jordan XI, ’97 was the ‘Bred’ Air Jordan XII, and in his final appearance in ’98 he rocked the ‘Playoff’ Air Jordan XIII and ‘Last Shot’ Air Jordan XIV.

Air Jordan Retro 12 Low

Back in ’98 MJ hit the court in the Air Jordan XII that was made up of a black, white, and true red colorway that clicked perfectly with a Bulls uniform. Back then, his moves and legendary gameplay made the shoes and colorways iconic. The ‘Playoff’ Retro 12 is an all-time classic in the Jordan chronicles and now they bring the iconic colorway back on the low-top model. Featuring a black tumbled leather upper with a smooth white mudguard overlay and outsole that will always be considered iconic.

Be sure to grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 12 Low ‘Playoff’ on February 25th at Finishline.com.

By Drew Hammell

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In the last 20 years, sneaker collecting has become a popular hobby and a passion for many. As far as collectors go, Marvin Barias is widely known as one of the greats. With over 300 pairs, Marvin takes his passion seriously, to say the least.

Marvin grew up in Chicago’s South Side, and spent his childhood riding bikes and playing Nerf football with friends. He wasn’t much of a sports fan until Michael Jordan and the Bulls started winning championships in the ‘90s. Unfortunately, Marvin had to leave his friends behind, as his family moved to Southern California in the midst of the Bulls’ six championships.

To cope with the transition to the West Coast, Marvin found peace in collecting basketball cards and anything Jordan-related. “I began to become obsessed. From McDonald’s collector cups to Champion replica jerseys, I collected it all,” he recalled.

@mjo23dan Shoe Collection 1

It wasn’t until 1995 that Marvin fell in love with Air Jordan sneakers. During a game versus the Orlando Magic in the playoffs, TV sideline reporter Ahmad Rashad was talking about Michael Jordan being fined for wearing a sneaker that didn’t match the rest of the players’ shoes. Marvin mentioned, “The cameraman panned down to Rashad’s feet, and I lost it. I absolutely lost it. I had never seen a shoe I wanted so badly. I made sure that if they ever released, I’d have the money ready to purchase them.” That shoe was the Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’.

When the XIs released, Marvin had saved up enough money to purchase his first pair of Jordans at the age of fifteen. From then on, he kept up with Air Jordan releases and built his collection up year after year. “Because I had taught myself patience in maintaining a pristine card collection, it a natural transition to sneakers.”

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Today, Marvin is 36 and resides in Northern California. He’s been married for ten years, and is a stay-at-home dad with two daughters. “I used to think the hobby of sneakers would diminish once you start a family, but it hasn’t. My girls aren’t into sneakers, so I stay selfish when it comes to the hobby,” he joked. “I understand diapers, food and other expenses play a significant role, so you definitely have to micromanage.” Aside from taking care of his family, Marvin is also a contributor for Sole Collector and Complex.

In the sneaker social media world, Marvin is a well-respected authority. He currently has over 18,000 followers on Instagram, and over 20,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. “I’m looking to create long-lasting relationships with my following, and perhaps create opportunities to work with brands that support my position in the culture.”

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Marvin is also a founding member of the OG Support Group on Instagram, an account that focuses solely on sharing the history and nostalgia of sneaker culture. On top of that, he created a petition to bring back the Nike Air Ship. “It’s a shoe that many people may just pass up if they don’t know Jordan’s rich sneaker lineage. That shoe is the reason the Air Jordan 1 rose to popularity with the ‘Banned’ statement.” “The petition is nearing 500 signatures worldwide, but it has a long way to go. I’m hoping the news continues to spread.”

As far as the future of sneaker culture, Marvin is optimistic. “I feel the culture continues to evolve. Tastes and products change constantly, but I can see the shift moving towards performance and lifestyle footwear. I think people still want their classics, just like the Chucks are with Converse. I think sneakers like the Air Jordan 1s will live forever.”

And if collectors are looking for any other Jordan in the future, they can be sure Marvin will own a pair. Just don’t ask if they’re for sale.

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Sign the Nike Air Ship petition.

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Boost

With the PureBOOST, Ultra Boost, and Ultra Boost Uncaged from the adidas ‘Silver Pack’ dropping this week, it’s about time that we break down the best way to keep your Boosts clean and pristine ✨.

When you bring your kicks home, it’s all about preventative maintenance. Major key 🔑. The first step in keeping your kicks clean is waterproofing. Check out this video from the good people at ForceField for the best technique.

The ForceField Water Proofer Spray creates an invisible barrier that will protect the knit upper and the laces from every day dirt and stains. Bonus! You can also use this on all your Three Stripes hats and jackets.

Waterproofing isn’t the only step though. The best way to keep your kicks A1 is upkeep. Keep your rotation 🔄  clean by designating a cleaning day where you bring them all out, watch a game or put on a movie, and get scrubbing with the ForceField Shoe Care Kit. This all-in-one kit is a true blessing 🙏🏼.. It’s got shoe cleaner, freshener, and a shoe brush. Keep the inside and outside of your shoes #ForceFieldFresh.

Don’t forget to pick up the adidas ‘Silver Pack’ on 2/16 at finishline.com.

Girls GS Air Jordan Retro 6 'Heiress'

With a premium combination of suede and shiny leather upper, it’s no wonder why this GS Air Jordan Retro 6 is part of the ‘Heiress’ Collection. The finishing touches include a clean White midsole with an icy outsole that contrasts nicely with the rest of the sneaker. Simple colorways only means more to match it with and that’s the benefit of this next release. Add your personal style to this Jordan and you’ll be set to walk the streets in #FNLstyle. Ladies, if you’re feeling the look check out out our sizing guide to help you with Grade School sneakers.

The Girls GS Air Jordan Retro 6 ‘Heiress’ will be set to release Friday, February 17th at finishline.com.

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