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Written by Lyric Heard

Photos by @marisakimmel 

Top: adidas Loose Crop Tank 

Bottoms: adidas Originals Regular Track Shorts & adidas Originals 3-Stripes Leggings 

Sneakers: adidas NMD R1 Primeknit 

The thing about my style is that I don’t have one, I’m free, and I go with the flow. Being a model in this industry already comes with so much pressure to look “the part” and for me not having a leg/hand already adds on 10 times the pressure to look a certain way. Over the years, I learned that you have to be confident in who you are and own everything about you. A lot of us run from what makes us different but I challenge everyone to run WITH your differences. That message plays a big part in how I dress. I like to be comfortable, but still fashionable and my adidas Originals regular track shorts are a perfect example. After a long day of photoshoots and running around Chicago I like to just take a break and kick my leg off and breathe, and that’s when my style for the day will be more relaxed and loose. Trying to get away from being labeled as the “disabled model” and instead being recognized on my talent and passion for my craft used to make picking what I wear hard. Mainly because certain outfits draw more attention than others. Now I’m in a place where I don’t care if me wearing shorts makes it more likely for someone to stare at my leg, if anything I encourage it.

My style can change up the next day and I’ll want to show my form more than my skin and I’ll throw on my adidas Originals leggings and it hugs my body perfectly while also allowing me to be comfortable and move, which doesn’t mean I’m trying to hide myself, I just like to show my mood through my clothes, and being a cancer sign I have a lot of moods.

Even though I do not have a set style, I still know what I want. Growing up, everything I owned had to have pockets and long sleeves and full pant legs so I could hide my hands and my prosthetic. Now that I’ve grown, I love showing my legs without the fear of people staring, because once they have enough of staring at my leg/hands the next thing to look at is my clothes and what I have on. Which is why I always try to make sure my clothes are me, not what other people want to see, but what I want people to see in me.

I’ve learned more about who I am, and I’ve learned to wear my clothes and not let them wear me. I just love being comfortable no matter what, the more comfortable you are the more confident you will feel, and dressing to cover up what you think the world will not accept will not allow your confidence to grow. It took me a long time to feel comfortable wearing shorts or tight clothes that will show my body because I wasn’t confident. NOW I realize those are two things that will take work every day, but while I’m working on bettering myself, I’m going to at least let go of the pressure of dressing to make others comfortable.

All in all, I don’t have a set style because I’m not a set me, I change and I love that my clothes can change with me. Let your clothes SHOW who you are, not hide who you are!

Keep up with Lyric on Instagram. 

written by Nick Santora

Over the past twenty years, the Air Jordan XI has remained the most sought after model in the brand’s illustrious history. The perfection in design and athletic achievements connected to this sneaker, embody the quality and excellence the Jumpman logo represents.

In 1996, Michael Jordan was back from retirement and focused on basketball. He led the Chicago Bulls to a 72-10 regular season and another championship, at the expense of the Seattle Supersonics. When the Concord Air Jordan XI dropped, it blew people’s minds. The pristine white canvas upper sat on glowing black patent leather, with just the right amount of purple hits added to the outsole. Once again, Air Jordan shattered the mold of what a basketball sneaker is supposed to look like. The design of the XI carried an air of class and elegance, perfectly suited for the player who they were sculpted for.

During the 1996 NBA Playoffs, Air Jordan’s legend grew with another color of the XI: the black and red high top. There was also an added surprise, as Nike also sprinkled in an (almost) completely new model for a few games. The sneaker was exotic and luxurious. Foreign, but familiar. The Air Jordan XI Low I.E. is an overlooked gem in the history of OG Air Jordans. Maybe it’s because he only wore it for a few games, and they weren’t necessarily designed for a season on the hardwood… These shoes might even be considered an early attempt at creating a Jordan “lifestyle” shoe. The sneaker’s designer, Tinker Hatfield explains:

“We were looking at how we could extend the original performance basketball shoe into something that could further the design, but turn into a low top. I wasn’t interested in an exact replica of a XI in a low top. I was more interested in doing a low top that was partly the Jordan XI, but fresher. I felt like the patent leather was contrary to the summer feel… The shoe didn’t need to feel so stiff and heavy. For the summer, I wanted something that was lighter and easier to wear.”

The Air Jordan XI Low I.E. is built on the same platform as its XI high counterpart, complete with the herringbone traction and carbon-fiber plates. The upper is where things get really interesting. Drawing inspiration from Jordan Brand’s heritage, the XI I.E. features the reemergence of elephant print, for the first time since the iconic Air Jordan III was released in 1988. Let’s just pause for a moment to think about the genius of Tinker Hatfield. Who puts faux elephant skin on a basketball sneaker, created for the greatest player in the galaxy? This was back in 1988, when every other basketball sneaker looked the same. It was groundbreaking. Then he decided to encore with the XI I.E. reprise in 1996! Another similarity to the III, is the 3/4 height on this warm-weather design. Tinker also adds geometric cutouts in the elephant print leather, with lightweight mesh underneath, to provide ventilation throughout the sneaker, while also decreasing overall weight.

When you consider the XI I.E. in today’s cultural, fashion, and design contexts, it looks better now than ever before. It feels like it could have been a collaboration with some high-end European fashion house. Future PRADA designs were inspired by this shoe. Twenty years after the original release, we’re all now just understanding the genius and aesthetics of this sneaker. They embody the current ethos of mixing athletic performance and high- fashion, further solidifying Tinker Hatfield’s place as Nike’s greatest visionary.

The Air Jordan XI Low I.E. ‘Fire Red’ drop Saturday, 9/23 at finishline.com

By Drew Hammell

image via Nate Chang

For over 35 years, the Air Force 1 has been a fan favorite in Nike’s vast arsenal of sneaker silhouettes. Last fall, Nike unveiled the edgy Special Field Air Force 1, which was designed by Ben Kirschner. Redesigning a classic can be a risky proposition, but the result was a new cult favorite that has produced some unexpected effects.

Inspired by military combat boots like the Nike SFB, the SF-AF1 is much higher than the traditional Air Force 1. Originally reimagined with a crepe rubber sole similar to a Quoddy boot, Kirschner switched back to the classic AF1 sole for the final model.

image via Nate Chang

One thing I saw was that you don’t need to make the Air Force 1 into a boot, the rubber on the sole already does that. That’s one thing on the SF AF1 that I wanted to keep true to its heritage,” said Kirschner in an interview with Complex magazine.

The higher silhouette has led to an intriguing fashion transition in menswear – it’s now OK to tuck. For the past ten years, skinny jeans have been popular. Before that, bootcut jeans and super-baggy jeans were in style. But for decades, if not centuries, men haven’t been tucking their pants into their shoes.

Of course, the functionality of the pant tuck is a traditional look for military and law enforcement uniforms, but it’s never quite made its way into mainstream fashion. Typically women have no problem tucking, but men shy away from it. The SF-AF1 has helped change that mentality.

image via Nate Chang

Nate Chang (@yung__corbu), a senior design student at the University of Washington, owns several pairs of SF-AF1s partly due to the fact that Kirschner designed them. “Ben is an alumni of the design program I’m in, so the shoe kind of holds a special influence for me,” said Chang. “I think it’s a cool shoe, made even cooler by the design process. [Kirschner] didn’t stick with a typical AF1 silhouette, which I think made it more true to the idea of an AF1 you can stomp around in.”

After the success of the SF-AF1, Nike unveiled a mid-cut version as well. This model features a dual-zip closure system in the heel, industrial-style markings on the side, and, perhaps most notably, the removal of the Nike Swoosh.

images via Gary Lockwood

Artist and designer Gary Lockwood, the man behind @freehandprofit, is a fan of the updated model and even created an entire SF-AF1 mask campaign for Nike. “AF1s have always been a part of my sneaker collection. It’s a staple of Hip-Hop culture. So when they dropped the SF1s I was excited to see the newest version.”

With the success and influence of the SF-AF1 in just the past year, the impact of the SF-AF1 in the fashion and art communities is hard to deny.

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Finish Line unveiled its brand new urban farm on-site at its corporate office today! The farm features tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and even honeybees, all of which have been grown and will be distributed by Brandywine Creek Farms. Produce will be sold and donated within the east side Indianapolis community, providing the public with secure and affordable food options.

Mayor Hogsett was in attendance and even took some time to talk directly to the people of Finish Line. He spoke about the importance of improving the East side of Indianapolis since it has mostly been ignored in recent past. After watching Melissa Greenwell, COO for Finish Line, break ground for this year’s strawberries, we determined that this was another success for improving the quality of life for Finish Line’s employees and its local community.

Last month, we brought the newest and hottest design to our Chicago Flagship store and set it off. The grand opening was kicked off with some super hot product and special guest appearances. Now, we’re bringing that heat to New York. When you live in the city that never sleeps, your style always needs to be on point and we’ve got everything you will need to survive in the concrete jungle.

As you know, Finish Line has the latest and greatest; especially now as Finish Line’s new store in the Roosevelt Field Mall is opening early on Saturday, August 12th at 8am. We’re bringing the heat all weekend long giving you access to the hottest product. Saturday, we will have Nike and the team on site with local arts and a special surprise radio broadcast with your favorite station, Hot97 and DJ FunkFlex from 4PM to 6PM. Jason Markk will be providing a Sneaker Refresh experience from 2PM to 5PM, so stop by give your kicks some new life with a fresh cleaning.

I do this for a living!!!! @funkflex #NewYork845 @thechancecomplx @ciroc #cirocboys

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Come through and kick it with us and by the time you leave, your look will be on point.

On Sunday, the adidas crew will be in the spot from 11am to 6pm. The Three-Stripes will have a photo booth experience capturing unique, personal and social content through a combination of  LED lighting, lasers and personalization capabilities to create unique light paintings while activating the booth space. That’s definitely something that will up your likes when you post it to your IG.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry – Finish Line’s going to take care of you. Be sure to drop into your local New York-area Finish Line location for a gift from Jason Markk with any purchase during grand opening weekend, while supplies last. There’s more, to ensure that you’re always on point – Winner’s Circle members will be offered a $15 reward for every $75 spent in celebration the grand opening weekend. Make sure you save August 12th on your calendar and head to Roosevelt Field Mall Mall or your nearest New York-area Finish Line.

Finish Line’s first Flagship store of Chicago is set to open this Saturday at 8am in Woodfield Mall. This new store is going to come with a one of a kind design that you’ve never seen and it’s only right that we bring some 🔥 to kick off the grand opening. Below you will see some of the latest and greatest kicks that have hit shelves. We’ve got everything you need from Foamposites to OG Air Max and of course some classic Jordans and BOOST. Peep some of the styles below and get excited for Saturday morning, you won’t want to sleep in and miss out. The store will be opening early at 8am on Saturday so you’re going to want to set your alarm and come join us as we open this new spot.

Check out the kicks that we are going to have and take your rotation up a notch with a pair.

Silver & Gold Air Max 97 OG

Precious metals 🥇🥈 [1/3]

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Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG ‘Royal’

Royal vibes. 📷 @creativexperez

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adidas UltraBOOST 3.0 ‘Parley’

The 🌊 is coming. 4️⃣ days left. #adidas x #Parley

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Puma Suede Super Puma


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Air Jordan Retro XIII and XIV ‘Defining Moments’ Pack

Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG ‘Bred’ GS

How many pairs do you have on ice? 📷 By @dayswithdylan #Jordan1Club

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adidas UltraBOOST 3.o ‘Pride’

Get #boosted in the 'Pride' UltraBoost 3.0.

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adidas UltraBOOST 3.0 ‘Trace Cargo’

Anything Olive goes in crazy 🍵 📷 By @bradleyjwhall #boostVIBES

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Nike VaporMax ‘Platinum’

Out of thin Air. More pairs of the #VaporMax are here. 📷 @souloneryounger

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Nike Air More Uptempo ’96

A I R 📸: @owwaa

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adidas INIKI Runner. Women’s Only

adidas INIKI Runner. Women’s Only

Air Jordan Retro 11 Low ‘UNC’

Nike VaporMax ‘Midnight Navy’

New colorways of the #VaporMax coming 6/1. Repost from @travisscott

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Air Jordan Retro 13 Low ‘Brave Blue’

The Air Jordan 13 'Brave Blue' drops this weekend. 📷 @nike

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Nike Air Max Flair

Nike Air More Uptempo ’96 ‘Bulls’

Chi-town 🎈 📷 By @cherokeekid88_ #JustUnboxed

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Girls’ Grade School Air Jordan Retro 11 Low ‘Heiress’

Icy clean. The Girls Air Jordan Retro 11 Low 'Heiress' drops Saturday 5/20.

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Nike Air Zoom Mariah

Nike Mariah Flyknit

Come out to the opening on Saturday at Finish Line in Woodfield Mall and maybe you can snag a pair. Don’t miss out.

French Montana

The second night of our Annual Meeting was Under Armour night and UA had their own special guest that had the house rockin’. UA brought French Montana to the spot and he put on a special performance that had everyone screamin’ “HAAAAAN”.  

Below, you can see how French Montana had the crowd going crazy and some extra love to the people.

UA and French Montana definitely put on a show that had everybody going crazy. We can only imagine what UA will pull out for next years meeting.

App Giveaway

We are teaming up with adidas to give one lucky person a trip that they will never forget. This trip will be sending our lucky winner and a friend to Chicago for an experience that will you living the good-life for four days. You’re going to receive the royal treatment as we show you some of the hottest spots in the city for fun and eat like royalty in some of the cities most infamous restaurants. While you’re in the Chi, you’re gonna be hooked up with a gift bag that will have you looking fly from head to toe. It doesn’t stop there though, we also have:

1.) Two tickets to see Future, Migos, Tory Lanez & Kodak Black live in Concert.

2.) A shopping spree at a local Finish Line where you can ball out and shop ’til you drop.

3.) Two tickets to a Chicago Cubs game at legendary, Wrigley Field.

To win, all you have to do is download our new Finish Line mobile app and set up your account.  That’s right, we’re going to hook you up with all that and all you have to do is download our new app. Simple enough, right?

Finish Line New App 2

Check the next page for the official rules.

Gucci Mane in the UA Threadborne Shift

Gucci Mane in the UA Threadborne Shift

Over the years, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival has had its share of memorable moments in music history.

On April 15, 2017, in the middle of the night in the middle of the desert, Gucci Mane made a strong case to be added to that list.

The Atlanta rapper’s influence on the rap game is far reaching and was on full display as Guwop brought out Lil Yachty, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, and Diddy. Songs that made the epic set list included Gucci’s “Both” Remix, “Wasted”, “Lemonade”, Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” and Migos’ “Bad & Boujee”.

Gucci took the stage in the latest lifestyle shoe from Under Armour, the Threadborne Shift. With a Threadborne upper and elastic bands on the forefoot and heel, the Shift looks to provide a custom fit and infinite support. Coming soon to FinishLine.com.