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Over the years, sneakers have become more than just shoes you wear everyday to complete an outfit. They’ve become an outlet for people to express themselves through different colors, designs, styles and even customize pairs that are special to them. Sneakers are bigger than ever and the culture around them is a thick community built of people from all different ages, genders and walks of life. With all of the different sneaker lovers out there, from the experienced to the rookies, our flagship stores have interactive screens where you’re in control of the sneaker information being displayed and will highlight the style you’re looking at. Not sure if you want to pull the trigger on a new style? Then we’ve got you taken care of. Our shoe-eye-view lets you see how a sneaker is going to look on foot and takes a picture you can post on your social media to determine if they’re perfect for your rotation.

As trends change day by day and style evolves in every direction, sneaker lovers everywhere are looking for specific places that have everything they need in one place.

Lovinggg the new @finishline vibes 😍 #chicago #insta_chicago #shoessofresh

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C/o @finishline

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We introduced our first flagship store to the world back in July at the Woodfield Mall in Chicago, Illinois.

@clsdot1 and @jpargo5 got my back. #ChicagoInfluencers

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last night w/ @vicmensa & @finishline

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Filled with sneaker heritage from Chicacgo and the latest and greatest in footwear and apparel, the city came out to experience this unique store that was built for the culture.

For the gram. @jabariparker

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Two months later, we opened our second location at the Roosevelt Field Mall in New York. Like we did at the Woodfield store, we crafted it to capture the NY sneaker culture and the history that makes the city so unique.

S/O to @finishline for a dope event last night inside the @rooseveltfieldmall ! Love is Love

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Born Ready.

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@therealkiss showing love at the opening of @finishline Roosevelt Field. H'EH-HEAAA

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Dave East, Lance Stephenson, Maino and more came out to see what the store was all about and Jadakiss gave a surprise performance before he did some shopping.

@funkflex and @hot97 did their thing at @finishline Roosevelt Field.

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The legend himself, Funk Master Flex came out and hit the tables for the grand opening and had the spot jumpin’.

@mainohustlehard x @daveeast x @stephensonlance. Three the hard way.

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These two stores were just the beginning and we have more coming later this year. Keep your eyes peeled because your local store could be the next one that gets a fresh look.

W0ritten 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. 

Every week we highlight the best Jordans on #JordanFridays and now you can peep the best adidas Boost pics on Wednesdays. If you think you’re sick with the camera and love your adidas Boost then make sure you snap a pic and tag us and use the #boosted hashtag. Each week we will highlight some of the dopest images on social media and show some social love to the boost fanatics out there. If you want to see your pic on the blog then grab your camera and snap a 🔥 pic and tag #boosted and check the blog each week. Get through hump day with a little social media glory.

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

Besides being one of the go-to brands of the year, adidas is always nice to turn to because their sport and style options go hand in hand. Wearing leggings and sneakers one day, joggers and heels the next, doesn’t matter. This is a brand you can mix in for any occasion. Showing off more cozy, athleisure looks, Finish Line Women, @_modernfit, @kylierae, @sillygirlcarmen and @evannclingan are rockin’ adidas Swift Run, NMD R2 and UltraBOOST X.

Going with the shirt-dress style, @_modernfit sports this adidas Swift Run daytime outfit effortlessly. The mint three stripes compliment the softness in this look, from her loose high bun, to the way the shirt falls, it’s a great moment for athleisure.

Wearing one of the most comfortable sneakers made by adidas, @kylierae shows of her #boosted style with the adidas NMD R2, jogger pants and white cropped spaghetti strap. Simple, cozy but made into her own with details like her layered necklace and  half sleeve tattoo. Can’t go wrong with #teamcozy.

Also showing off the adidas Swift Run is @sillygirlcarmen. Picking up the colorway on her sneakers with a pair of drawstring shorts and white, beach print t-shirt. Again, not styled over the top and very easy pieces to work with.

New York fitness blogger, @evannclingan is showing the sporty side of her adidas UltraBOOST X sneakers. Standing out in a beautiful blue adidas leggings and sports bra set, her black boost sneakers are an easy style to make this entire outfit look on point and ready to tackle any workout.

Check out more adidas style at finishline.com and keep up with @_modernfit, @kylierae, @sillygirlcarmen and @evannclingan’s adidas style on @finishlinewomen. 

Nearly 30 years after the first Air Jordan model released, there’s still no feeling like lacing up a fresh pair of MJ’s finest. Let’s be honest, with the past winter we had, it didn’t seem like summer could come fast enough. We’re getting what we wanted because the heat is definitely here. Peep these Jordan enthusiasts and collectors and how they rock their J’s, and don’t be scared to hit that follow button.

Make sure you post your best heat and tag @Finishline and use the #JordanFridays hashtag and maybe you’ll be featured here and gain some followers and have some sneaker blog glory! I mean, who doesn’t love some social media fame? Need to step up your game? Shop the latest Jordan Shoes now.

HBD to the 🐐 @jordan1club oldmanalan.com

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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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Every week we highlight the best Jordans on #JordanFridays and now you can peep the best adidas Boost pics on Wednesdays. If you think you’re sick with the camera and love your adidas Boost then make sure you snap a pic and tag us and use the #boosted hashtag. Each week we will highlight some of the dopest images on social media and show some social love to the boost fanatics out there. If you want to see your pic on the blog then grab your camera and snap a 🔥 pic and tag #boosted and check the blog each week. Get through hump day with a little social media glory.

Another colorway of the Nike SF-AF1 is on the way and is just what your fall rotation needs. The Nike SF-AF1 Mid ‘Ivory/Mars Stone’ is the newest member to the SF-AF1 Mid family. The updated look to the classic Air Force 1 brought a military type feel that was a refreshing twist on a classic silhouette. Nike has made some updated to the SF-AF1 Mid as it features zippers on the heel for easy slip-on and a boot-like collar that was seen on the SF-AF1 original. This one comes dressed in a clean ivory and mars stone color scheme. Featuring a white tumbled leather upper with ballistic nylon on the tongue and heel wrap. Finishing off the military-inspired style is a mars stone red covers the rubber outsole.

The Nike SF-AF1 Mid ‘Ivory & Mars Stone’ is coming soon to Finishline.com.