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By Robbie Falchi of Sneaker History 

January ushers in a fresh start each and every year, but it also affords us the opportunity to reflect and remember Dr. Martin Luther King JR. Annual basketball releases from Nike and Adidas drop in commemoration of MLK Day and Black History Month with themes dedicated to the civil activist’s teachings. Lets take a look at our top-10 favorite MLK/BHM hoops shoes in celebration of Martin Luther King Day!

10. Nike Kobe 9 Elite; 2015

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Black and white goes with everything, don’t @ us. Nike’s execution on the Kobe 9 Elite High was insane, every inch of the shoe has something going on without being too busy. Two-tone Flyknit across the upper offers a new look with every step. The shoe’s boxing inspired design was an acquired taste, but for those lucky enough to have owned a pair can attest to their unparalleled feel on the court.

Written by Robbie Falchi of Sneaker History 

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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!

Written by Robbie Falchi of Sneaker History 

Few, if any, rappers enjoy long and fruitful careers like Jay-Z. He’s transcended music to a point where we think of Jay and his various monikers (Hova, H.O.V., Jigga, S-dot, Lucky Lefty, etc.) as more of an entity than a MC or business man (never forget, “he’s not a businessman he’s a business, man”). His rhymes are legendary, his businesses are boomin’ and his kick game is perpetually clean; but above all, Jay’s celebrating his 49th birthday today. Since the Brooklyn native’s breakthrough commercial success with 1996’s Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z AKA Shawn Carter has been at the forefront of everything Hip-hop from music to fashion. Lets celebrate Jay’s birthday with a fun lesson in ‘Hova-ology’ and use some of his raps to learn more about him and, our favorite topic, dope shoes!

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“I don’t ever want your pity; rather I need your respect.”

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 Andrew Peterson.

Andrew, a 25-year-old marathoner and decorated Special Olympics athlete born with fetal alcohol syndrome, has found his voice and passion as seen here on his ESPN SportsCenter feature.

Competitive running is Andrew’s first love. Over the past three years, he won his first 5k and completed 12 half-marathons and 8 full marathons. Becoming a member of the elite running community in Indianapolis has not been easy, but Andrew has worked to gain respect and show other runners he can keep up. He’s earned the nickname, “No Limits Andrew.”

Andrew is an incredibly accomplished athlete who has won more than 50 gold medals from state competitions and 4 golds from national competition. He’s also one of the few Special Olympics athletes to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Next year, he’s World Games-bound to Abu Dhabi, where he’ll compete in track and field. The 2019 Games will be hosted in the Middle East/North Africa region for the first time since the movement’s founding over 50 years ago. The Crown Prince Court led the winning bid efforts with a mission to promote positive social change for people with intellectual disabilities and create a more inclusive society.

Advocating and speaking on the importance of inclusion is a passion of Andrew’s. He’s been a keynote speaker many times including at Finish Line’s Annual Meeting, Butler University, Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference and more. Check out a speech of his here. Follow Andrew’s historic running journey on his Facebook.

Nothing better than summertime — balling out with your friends and taking a few a/c breaks inside or doing anything possible to cool down. Ain’t no shame in chasing down the local ice cream man — especially when The Migos are out here with Josh Jackson and they are slanging kicks too. 

To keep your summer heat going, Under Armour is hitting us with a new iteration of one of the biggest selling shoes of 2018 – Josh’s white kicks are fire. Keep it locked on our social channels for more photos and videos and hit up FinishLine.com to grab your pair of UA HOVR.


written by Celine Cumming

When I was 12 years old, I went on a family vacation to Thailand. My mom treated me to getting my nails done while we were over there, which was significant because I had never gotten my nails done before by a professional. The nail technician painted beautiful designs on all ten of my fingers, which prompted me to ask endless questions about what the technician was doing. My mom trekked all over town searching for nail art materials with me, and then allowed me to practice on her that evening. As the years passed I became relentless in practicing, determined to one day become as amazing as the woman that inspired me to try. And now here I am, a decade later, still practicing and perfecting the trade. Slowly, it began, the transition from doing nails as a hobby and for family and friends, to pursuing my passion and making a career out of it.

I love coming up with designs to match a client’s gown or the theme of their upcoming event, but I also draw a lot of inspiration from things seen in our everyday lives- anything from the minerals in a museum, to the patterns on a floor tile, to the flowers in a super market. Most recently, I have been fascinated with creating nail art inspired by sneakers as seen in my most recent photos with @finishlinewomen’s Nike Air Max 270 and Air Huarache Run

Outside of doing nails, I love to keep active. I have always loved playing soccer and running. Recently, I have taken up training in kickboxing and jiu-jitsu at a local boxing gym. More often than not, you’ll find me with sneakers on my feet and sweat on my brow- not what most people expect from the nail artist that I am! I love street style trends, and after finding inspiration for nail art in sneakers, I decided to take photos of my nail art with the shoes that inspired it, rather than just the nail art by itself. My sneaker and matching nail art photos are the perfect way to showcase my passions for fitness and nail art in one finished product. 

Visit Celine on Instagram to see more of her sneaker inspired nail art.

Since the white/cement Jordan 4, the grey speckled midsole has become somewhat of an iconic staple for the footwear brand. This summer, Jordan Brand updates the classic shoe Jordan released while he was shagging flyballs in Birmingham but this time laced in cement details. 

You can grab your pair next Saturday, July 28th at 10 AM EST first come first serve at your local store, the Finish Line app, or keep it locked right here at Finishline.com.

If you are about those #BoostVibes and require something a little different than your usual lineup of color ways, Team Three Stripe is holding it down for you. The patterned upper is the wave of summer and features a black Primeknit upper with green swirls inspired by the metamorphic rock. They sit atop the full-length Boost needed to keep you cool and comfortable for the hottest season of the year. 

You can grab your pair at your local Finish Line or FinishLine.com at 10 AM EST on 7/27 for a buck-seventy. 

2017-2018 didn’t exactly go as Kyrie and the Celtics had planned but with all the smoke settling from 2018 free agency, looks like they are gonna live to fight another day — and for another ring in Boston. Nothing better than some murdered out kicks to get back to business. 

The all-black Kyrie 4 might be the next go-to sneaker in your rotation, featuring a black-on-black mesh upper, a black midsole with ‘wet’ detailing and a black and grey marble outsole.

You can grab your pair at Finish Line on July 27th.