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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!

Via Complex

Via Grammy.com

“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.

#ShoesSoFresh

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. 

by Alisha Taneja

Hi, My name is Alisha Taneja and I am an entrepreneur , fashion blogger, travel enthusiast, and actress who is based in Los Angeles. I am from the Bay Area, and moved to sunny Los Angeles to attend UCLA where I studied business and political science.

I love traveling and exploring new places, in fact, I have traveled to over 30 countries. I love showcasing all that on my platforms, including ethnic diversity in the fashion space, petite style, and women empowerment.

Style is a huge part of my life! I am usually all about the glam life, and I love dressing up!

However, when I am traveling or working, its always great to take a refreshing break. I love wearing basics but styling them in unique ways. Thats why I am such a huge fan of the Finish Line Women, they have such a diverse selection of beautiful pieces that I can wear to the gym or even on off days, but still feel comfortable and look absolutely on point!

On off days where I don’t have shoots or events, I love just taking it easy and having a chill vibe. Since I work from home, I usually wake up and go to my nearest coffee shop to get a boost. I also work from my apartment complex, so I still want to look chic but don’t have to go overboard. Comfort is definitely key for me.

I am a total athleisure girl who enjoys wearing some yoga pants, tennis shoes, and a flattering sports tee.

The Nike Sportswear Metallic Leggings I am wearing in the above photos are everything! They make my butt look so good which is actually a bonus. They are perfect for us curvy girls and really slim you down , because of the solid black color. They are great to wear on the go and for errands. I love pairing my Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit shoes with them as well! I get so many compliments.

These sneakers make me look like an athlete. I highly recommend them, because they are so chic and versatile. Whether you wanna hit the gym later or just go for a hike at Runyon Canyon, these will be your best friend for sure!

I am usually not a crop tank kind of girl – but this Nike Sportswear Hi-Vis Crop Tank is so great. Its so fun to throw on , and still look put together. The key when you have a million things to do is wear a breathable and airy fabric. Especially when it gets hot in LA, you don’t want to be wearing tons of layers!

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my style finds from Finish Line Women and follow along on my journey! See you on instagram, I love hearing from  you.

Follow Alisha Taneja on Instagram to keep up with her adventures!

#WeAreMore

In the last year, we brought our newest and hottest store design to our Chicago, New York and Los Angeles Flagship stores and we set it off like never before. Now, we’re bringing that energy to a Colorado store at Park Meadows. The grand openings were kicked off with some super hot product and special guest appearances. Now, we’re bringing that vibe to Denver.

Saturday, the 26th store hours: 8am – 9pm

Nike: 11am-8pm

Nike will amplify the store opening with giveaways and fun engaging moments. The Air Brush Station will be the first stop for consumers to personalize their bag by a free hand Airbrush artist. You will also see a photo booth where shoppers can personalize their shot with font, color and background setting. Nike is also providing great music with a special guest DJ that will set off your shopping experience.

Sunday, the 27th store hours: 11am-6pm

adidas: 12-4pm.

The Three-Stripes will have a photo booth experience and customized hats and tanks/tees that you can wear all summer long. That’s definitely something that will up your likes when you post it to your IG. adidas will also have a DJ on the tables playing the hottest tunes that you can vibe out to while you’re enjoying the new store.

Saturday, the 26th from 4pm-7pm

Sunday, the 27th from 11am-2pm

Jason Markk will be in the spot as well with their one of a kind sneaker throne cleaning experience. If you’ve got some kicks you need freshened up, you won’t want to miss them.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry – Finish Line’s going to take care of you. Winner’s Circle members will receive a $10 reward if they spend $100 or more in-store during the grand opening weekend. Make sure you save May 26th on your calendar and head to the Park Meadows Mall or your nearest Denver-area Finish Line.