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Written by Robbie Falchi of Sneaker History 

via Nike

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for dope kicks. The month of December typically holds some of the season’s hottest releases and 2018’s been no different. Drops from top brands like Adidas, Nike and Puma compete for present supremacy as consumers seek the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family. The basketball category particularly hosts some fierce competitions on the hardwood and the sale sheets for the best kicks of the NBA’s Christmas Day lineup. December 25th features the league’s best teams and players in an all-day extravaganza that gets viewers excited for what shoes their favorite players are wearing. Since the 2009-10 season Nike and Adidas have released dedicated Christmas kicks based off of what the pros wear. It’s always a wonderful thing when consumers can purchase the exact same pairs on the feet of players like LeBron, D-Rose and Kobe because it allows fans to own a little piece of holiday history. Today we’re ranking our top-10 Christmas themed hoops kicks of the last decade. Check out our list and let us know online which pair is your favorite!

“I am a man living with autism, not an autistic man.”

This holiday season, the Finish Line Youth Foundation is partnering with Special Olympics to raise funds in-stores and online to support unstoppable athletes like Tyler Lagasse.

Tyler is a 32-year-old Massachusetts native who has competed in Special Olympics since 2003 and is a 12-time golf champion at regional, state and national levels. He also has an honorary ESPY award from ESPN. In 2007, he became a Global Messenger, a position held by a select group of  world-class athletes from around the globe to help spread the inclusive message of Special Olympics.

“Special Olympics has allowed me to write a story about myself,” said Tyler. “I’ve grown up with Special Olympics and learned a lot about inclusion, discipline, respect, sportsmanship and how to set goals. I’ve used those skills in life and the real world.”

He is a graduate of Middlesex Community College and currently pursuing a degree in earth, environmental and atmosphere science at MASS-Lowell. He enjoys writing and is the co-author of a book titled, “What Do You Say? Autism with Character.” Tyler is a TEDx speaker; check out his talk called the Gift of Autism here.

Tyler also loves drawing, cycling, watching sports and movies. You can follow his adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

Premium is front and center on the latest collaboration by Aleali May and Jordan Brand. Taking the iconic Air Jordan 1 High OG and using rich, vibrant shades to color block, is making this release a beautiful one for the sneaker world. Bordeaux, Sunset Tint-Rush, Red-Light, and Armory Blue make up the upper and contrasts wonderfully.

Inside is a leather lining and diamond-quilted leather insoles with Aleali’s signature. Finishing the unique design are removable faux fur tongues, making this look versatile and perfect for the season.

Get your pair of the GORGEOUS Aleali May x Air Jordan 1 High OG ‘Viotech’ Saturday 12/22 at finishline.com.

 

adidas is bringing some festive looks to the table with their shock red styles. This holiday season, keep things merry and add some athleisure cheer to your closet with red adidas fashion.

Featuring the adidas Originals Continental 80, adidas Originals Falcon and adidas Edge Lux Running Shoe, these options will help add the pop of color you need in your daily wardrobe.

If you want a more fashion forward vibe, check out the adidas Originals Fish Net Ankle Socks, they’ll add that style-savvy moment to your day!

Keep it festive and check out all adidas Shock Red style today at finishline.com. 

“I am girl power.”

This holiday season, the Finish Line Youth Foundation is partnering with Special Olympics to raise funds in stores and online to support unstoppable athletes like Laura Hernandez.

Laura is from Orlando, Florida. She has a 14-year career as a Special Olympics athlete and has represented Florida in soccer numerous times, including the 2010 Special Olympics USA Games and recently at the 2018 USA Games this past summer in Seattle. Laura and her team left Seattle with heavy gold medals around their necks after winning their division.

She is more than a soccer player. She also participates in basketball, bowling and softball.

Everyone refers to Laura as “Girl Power” because she is usually the only girl on all-male teams. Laura holds her own on the field as a fierce competitor highly supported by her teammates.

She is always smiling and tends to put smiles on the faces of those around her with her kind and sassy personality. When she is not competing, she enjoys reading books, listening to music and testimony, and working out.

 

It’s the most wonderful time of year when the possibility of receiving new sneakers and athleisure styles are in the cards. This holiday season, we wanted to see what some of our Finish Line Women had on their wish lists and get into the spirit of giving with must-have items. Whether it’s for the rest of the season or ringing in the new year, we know these looks will be popular for your lifestyle too.

adidas Originals 90’s style picked by @_alyssamay:

Cozy, cute and ready to rock the latest from the brand with the three stripes, @_alyssamay picked some of our favorite adidas looks. Featured styles are the adidas Originals Santiago Mini Backpack, adidas Originals Fashion League Leggings, adidas Originals Falcon and adidas Originals Cropped Ribbed Bra Top. Pair this with your favorite oversized jacket and you got a sporty spice outfit worth showing off.

Swoosh forward by @daaangmo

A little Swoosh action never hurt anybody! Amiright!? We love the styles @daaangmo has given us for the holidays. The overt-branding on the Allover Print Leggings paired with the Air Max 270 and Nike Sportswear Windrunner Vest , can’t go wrong!

Nike Sherpa cozy picked by @sarahfromtexas: 

One thing we can’t live without this season is some sherpa! @sarahfromtexas has picked one of our favorite Nike Reversible Sherpa Jackets and paired it with the VaporMax Utility, Nike Sportswear Bodysuit, Air Jogger Pants and Nike NBA Elite Socks.  It’s Swoosh Brand perfection head-to-toe.

Check out more holiday style on @finishlinewomen

It’s the best time of year to get you and yours the freshest style and we have everything you’ll need to keep the holiday spirit shining. Whether you’re going off a wish list or want to surprise someone with the latest, here are some of our favorites to help you out while you shop.

Men’s Nike M2K Tekno

 

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Women’s AF1 Sage XX Low

 

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Men’s Champion Sherpa Jacket and Reverse Weave Jogger Pants 

 

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Women’s adidas Originals Trefoil Hoodie and adidas Originals Falcon

 

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Men’s Timberland 6″ Wheat, Jogger Pants and Color Block Windbreaker Jacket 

 

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Women’s Nike M2K Tekno

 

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Men’s adidas UltraBOOST

 

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Champion Prime Logo Waist Pack

 

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Men’s Nike AF1 Microbranding

 

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Women’s Nike Air Max 270

 

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Can’t get enough? Check out Stocking Stuffers and Gifts Under $30 on our Gift Guide at FinishLine.com. Can’t decide? Just grab a giftcard and send it their way. You pick the card, they get the heat.

Coming off the launch of the AF1 Rebel XX, we’re loving the latest essentials from Nike. This round of #NeedItNow is showing perfect footwear and apparel for the winter season. One of our favorite looks with the AF1 Rebel XX, are the Nike Sportswear Velour Jogger Pants. A great cuff and style for the high rise design on the Rebel. Pair this with one of our Nike Long Sleeve Bodysuits and you have a comfy, sport-luxe look that won’t disappoint. 

Check out more Nike styles and outfit inspiration on our Pinterest board below and tell us what you’re liking on @finishlinewomen.


Look for updated need it now styles every couple weeks at @finishlinewomen and finishline.com.

 

With the cold front en route it’s time to bust out your dark kicks on those winter training sessions. If you’re looking to reup on a new pair Nike’s got you covered with the latest edition of the Air VaporMax Flyknit 2. Anthracite and dark grey knits are beautifully blended together, creating an eye-catching combo on the upper. Black reinforcements on the toe and heel add durability to the upper. Sitting atop the famed VaporMax system, this is the lightest, most flexible Air Max ever. After 7 years planning and countless hours of testing the Nike Air VaporMax is a running dream. Grab a pair and join the revolution.

 


Pound the pavement with the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2 on 12/13 from Finish Line.