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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.

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Back in 1997, Jordan Brand created one of the last retro silhouettes that MJ would ever wear on the hardwood as a Chicago Bull.  The Air Jordan 13 model has so much history attached to it that it resonates in pop culture with it being a key feature in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game on the feet of Denzel Washington’s character, and in sports for his memorable games destroying defenses and hitting fadeaway jumpers like they’re nothing. Think about Jordan’s greatest moments and chances are they were on an opposing team’s court. Now think about the shoes he wore in those games. They were black and red, or as the sneaker nomenclature would call it now, ‘Bred’.

If you ask most sneaker lovers, they will say that the ‘Bred’ pair arguably the most popular Air Jordan 13 original colorway of all-time. This years release will stay true to the OG form and be as close to the 1998 release as possible. With the construction of this pair being so original, it will come dressed in its OG color scheme of black, true red and white. The upper will have a combination of black leather and reflective 3M mesh that clashes with the red suede for a sleek look.

Make sure you grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 13 ‘Bred’ on August 19th at Finishline.com.

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Time has a funny way of always sneaking up on you. Look no further than the fact that on this day, 26 years ago (1991), Doug and Rugrats debuted on Nickelodeon (Tommy Pickles is like 27 y’all, MIND BLOWN!). Their debut signified the birth of Nicktoons, which were a staple of all our childhoods. The great thing about Nicktoons were that there was a flavor for everyone, young and old, boy or girl, it didn’t matter, there was a Nicktoon (or several) for you. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and look back at some of the most iconic Nicktoons of all time.

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.

By Drew Hammell

via SNKRS

Back in the summer of 1997, a flashy new Nike running shoe took center stage.  Featuring a synthetic leather and mesh upper with interwoven reflective accents, the sneaker world had never seen anything quite like the Air Max 97 (or, simply known as the Nike Air Max back then). It was truly cushioning at its finest – the first Nike running model with Air from heel to toe.

Designed by Christian Tresser, the Air Max 97 was inspired by water dropping into a pond, creating a ripple effect. Japanese silver bullet trains and mountain bikes also inspired Tresser. “Mountain bike components and mountain bikes at the time had metal on metal finishes like aluminum and polished titanium,” said Tresser in a Nike SNKRS interview.

Today, sneaker designers are influenced by Tresser’s design. “I was especially drawn to the flowing horizontal lines across the upper – they remind me of ripples or waves. The use of a smaller swoosh on the lateral side is a great accent too,” said up-and-coming footwear designer Tommy Oleson.

There were two original men’s colorways – the most popular being the all-metallic silver model. There was also a model sporting Atlantic blue, metallic silver, and neon yellow.

Sole Collector news editor Brendan Dunne still owns the latter pair from ‘97. “I picked them up I believe on eBay a while back.” Unfortunately, Dunne wasn’t able to wear them long. “I put them on, walked down the stairs, and they died.” Luckily, this original colorway is rumored to be coming back again soon.

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Over the years, the Air Max 97 has branched out into many different color schemes – from all-red to camo to black with Swarovski crystals, just to name a few. This year, Nike has released a tidal wave of Air Max 97s in new colors and updated materials. They’re quickly being gobbled up by both a new generation of sneaker lovers, and older sneakerheads who still love the model. From snakeskin, to suede, to the modern Ultra uppers, the Air Max 97 is as popular as ever.

“It became so iconic – you see anybody wearing them and it became a must-have statement in the sneaker world. It’s timeless,” said Victoria Jacobi, who handles content and social media at Franchise Magazine.

Arizona Wildcats star Miles Simon in OG Silver Bullets (courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

Designer Tommy Oleson agrees: “I really dig ‘em – a lot of heat and lots to choose from. The silver bullets of course are just a pure classic, but honestly seeing the use of new materials and textures really brought them to life for me. I love the use of neutral tonal colors and letting the design and bold use of various materials speak for themselves.”

With all the rave reviews of the newest colorways, it’s safe to say that the Air Max 97 infatuation won’t be drying up anytime soon.

The above quotes have been edited for clarity.

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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.

They say your first year in the league is always the toughest, but for Jaylen Brown that wasn’t the case. The third overall pick for the Boston Celtics came into the season as a newly minted 20-year-old, but he was clearly mature beyond his years. He was 20 going on 30. His emotional and physical maturity was what took him from being a project in June to a rotation stalwart in late May. With their season coming to an end, Jaylen was determined to work harder this offseason than he ever had before.

Working harder than everyone else is nothing new for Jaylen. His relentless attitude with working out and getting better everyday is what made him a highly touted prospect out of high school and a McDonalds All-American. Brown spent one year at the University Of California, Berkley where his all around athleticism helped him put up a healthy stat line all year and catching NBA scouts attention. In June of 2016, Jaylen was selected with the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Now, his determined work ethic would be put to the test.

You would think that Brown would be spending his summer relaxing after a long NBA season but he is doing the complete opposite. The day after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs, Jaylen was already back in the gym and weight room getting his weight up and working on his skills for next year. Running on a treadmill is not his thing, so he hits the streets wherever he is and grinds the miles out in the adidas PureBOOST. He hates taking days off and is always working, when he’s not working, he’s plottin’. There’s a hunger inside of him that pushes him to be the best, he wants to be an All-Star and have an NBA Title now. Those things won’t come to him while he’s sitting on the couch.

Whether he’s running through the streets or getting his weight up in the gym, the adidas PureBOOST has Jaylen feeling comfortable. It’s perfect for putting in work or casual wear when he steps out. Thanks to the perfect blend of performance and aesthetics, he can rock them all day every day. Grab your pair now and start hitting the streets with maximum comfort.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since the Dream Team set out for redemption in the 1992 Summer Olympics (the USA took bronze at the 1988 Olympics). Widely regarded as the greatest collection of talent to ever grace a basketball court, the Dream Team was masterfully built with one goal in mind. Bringing gold back to the United States. That team did so much more than that on and off of the courts. Each member of the team helped define the game of basketball. While the team as a whole were viewed as global rock stars, and inspired a generation around the world to take the court. 11 of 12 Dream Team members would go on to be selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a feat that will likely never be seen again. To celebrate this team, let’s take a look back at its members and discuss not only the role they served on Dream Team, but their impact on basketball as a whole.

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

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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.