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Next Saturday, Nike will release the first signature shoe of Indiana Pacers forward, Paul George. PG will be the 21st Nike Athlete to get their own signature shoe and most people thought it would never happen. After Georges horrific leg injury back in 2014 during a scrimmage with the USA Basketball team where his leg folded in half, most people thought he would never get back to his level of play. George sat out most of the next NBA season and decided to return at the end of the season to help get the Pacers into the playoffs and he shocked everyone.

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Fast forward to today, anybody you ask will say that Paul George is one of the elite players in the NBA. Like most elite players, he will get his own signature shoe that is built to take his game to the next level and reflect his style of play. George prefers to play in low-tops so it’s only right that his signature sneaker is built that way. Since he just likes real simple, real clean, real traditional, it was somewhat of a challenge to design them since Nike is always looking to push futuristic designs.

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The Nike PG 1 ‘Ferocity’ is built with a forefoot strap and Flywire technology loop system that provides adaptive support. A Zoom Air unit under the forefoot and a plush sock-liner provide responsive cushioning for every step you take during a game. You will experience a sung 1-1 fit thanks to a full bootie construction that sits atop a multidirectional blade traction that will also give you the ultimate court grip. Everybody knows the first signature sneaker means the most so you know these are a must-have if you’re a PG fan.

Grab your pair of the Nike PG 1 ‘Ferocity’ on March 4th at Finishline.com.

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 HammellPhotos via Sports Illustrated, February 24th, 1997.

20 years ago this week, Sports Illustrated released a cover featuring two of the top shortstops in the league: Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners, and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees. A-Rod and Jeter were part of ‘The Finest Group of Shortstops since WWII,’ the cover touted.  The issue would prove to be prophetic, as both players went on to have legendary careers. They would also end up playing together, as Rodriguez joined Jeter with the Yankees in 2004. The two will forever be linked, though their careers ran drastically different courses.

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez was born in Washington Heights, New York City. At the age of four, he and his family moved to the Dominican Republic before settling in Miami. Rodriguez would become one of the top baseball prospects in the country, and was the first overall pick in the ’93 draft. A-Rod spent little time in the minors, and made his major league debut in 1994. Two years later, he came in second in the American League MVP ballot at the age of 20.

In 2000, A-Rod left Seattle and signed the richest contract in MLB history with the Texas Rangers – a ten-year deal worth $252 million. Though he won the MVP award with Texas in 2003, the Rangers wouldn’t make the playoffs his first three years with the team. Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees in ’04 and moved to third base, since Derek Jeter was already the shortstop. Even though A-Rod was a better defensive player than Jeter, moving the Yankee captain to any other position would have created a PR nightmare for the team.

In 2007, Rodriguez opted out of his contract and signed an even more lucrative deal for 10 years and $275 million. Though he would help the Yankees win a World Series in ’09 against Philadelphia, the decision to sign A-Rod to such a long extension would come back to haunt the Yankees.

Derek Jeter

Like A-Rod, Derek Jeter was born in the Northeast. Also at the age of four, Jeter and his family moved from their home in New Jersey to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Though Jeter was also a standout prospect like A-Rod, he considered playing college ball at the University of Michigan. The Yankees would take him sixth in the ’92 Draft, as scouts believed he had the talent to become a Hall of Famer.

Like A-Rod, Jeter would also impress quickly in the big leagues. He was the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year, and was integral in helping the Yankees defeat the Atlanta Braves in the World Series that season. He would go on to win five championships with New York. Jeter also had his own big contracts – the most lucrative one came in 2001, worth $189 million over ten years.

Derek Jeter & Alex Rodriguez

As the ’97 Sports Illustrated cover indicated, A-Rod and Jeter were friends from the start. In the feature article, Jeter said, “I’m Alex’s biggest fan. I brag on him so much that my teammates are sick of me talking about him.” Both players would become 14-time All-Stars. Both were also the same height at 6’3”, though A-Rod was bulkier. As time went on, Rodriguez would continue to add muscle, which led to his steroid scandals beginning in 2001.

For the next thirteen years, Rodriguez would be plagued by allegations and admitted use of performance enhancing drugs. Ultimately, it would lead to his suspension for the entire 2014 season. Amid all the “A-Roid” turmoil in the Yankee clubhouse, Jeter was establishing himself amongst the legends of Yankee lore. Ever the professional, Jeter played consistently year after year, while staying spotless under the New York City media microscope. He would become known as ‘El Capitan,’ and ‘The good son.’

Ironically, after all the drama over the years, it is Rodriguez who is still contributing to the Yankees organization as a special adviser and spring training instructor. Still under contract, he will earn $21 million this year ($106,852 per day). Meanwhile, Jeter is settling down as a family man. He married 26-year-old model Hannah Davis this past summer, and Davis is already pregnant with their first child.

It remains to be seen how the two Yankee legends will be portrayed as the years progress. Most New Yorkers have forgiven A-Rod of his rocky past because of his outstanding play on the field, though the steroid use is difficult not to bring up. If Jeter is mentioned in a sentence, Yankee fans won’t stop pouring praise and adoration on him, though the acclaim is usually followed by criticism for his less-than-perfect fielding year after year. For a moment captured in ’97 on this cover, however, there was only hope and promise for the two budding stars.

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Every week we highlight the best Air Max kicks on #AirMaxMondays and 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.

2017 adidas looks

All adidas everything, and we’re not mad about it. From the streets to the studio and every occasion in between, celebrities and fashion know-it-alls are turning to the brand with the latest and greatest. Everything from Boost, Gazelle and Tubular styles are making waves. Whether you’re about this brand or not, these top looks will have you thinking twice about your street style rotation and if it needs more adidas love.

Kanye West

#SoleWatch: @kanyewest wearing the Adidas Originals Gazelle.

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Yeezy, Yeezy, how you doin’, huh? We know Ye can hit us with something fancy, now more than ever, we’re seeing his cozy street style side. Kanye stepped out in the adidas Gazelle earlier this month showing off his never ending adidas Originals collection.

Aleali May

Although stylist and fashion blogger, Aleali May makes everything look super fly, her adidas Originals style is as effortless as it gets. From her adidas cropped hoodie to the adidas Tubular sneaks, this look is comfy, casual and on point with athleisure fashion.

Desiigner

❤️❤️🇦🇺🇦🇺 @adidas

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We’re G-double O-D, G.O.O.D. Like Kanye, Desiigner is a part of G.O.O.D. music and he’s also a brand ambassador for Three Stripes. He’s rockin’ another Originals essential in the adidas Pro Model.

Lady Gaga

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Lounging and living in the moment, Lady Gaga is sporting the latest Ultra Boost X by adidas. Hot off the Super Bowl Halftime stage and Grammy’s Red Carpet, this superstar is on fire and so is her choice of athleisure style.

Steve Aoki

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Ayyy. Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki know what’s up. They’ve got the best of both Three Stripes world with Originals and Performance. Lace up in the Superstar for classic style and then switch it up to the Ultra Boost Uncaged for premium performance. 

Karlie Kloss

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Women are loving the convenience of transitioning from their workout style to street style. Karlie Kloss is no stranger to adidas and represents both the performance and athleisure moments very well in her adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged. She could be casually walking the streets or she could have come from a killer workout, either way, it’s style we can relate to.

Von Miller

"I don't need love, I'm the 🐐" @adidasfballus

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Von Miller flexin’ his Three Stripes steeze in the ‘Solar Red’ Ultra Boost. Looks like he’s got cleats for every occasion now. #goals

Karrueche

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We can’t help but love Karrueche. Whether she’s glammed up or reppin’ #teamcozy, this girl knows what’s up. We’re all about this laidback adidas Gazelle look. Oversized hoodies and joggers are very welcomed in the world of athleisure.

The year just started and we’re already seeing a strong start from adidas with celeb style. Great things are sure to come. Show us your #boosted style by stuntin’ on the ‘Gram and tagging @finishline or @finishlinewomen and you may get featured in our weekly blog post for some social media glory. ///

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.

NMD Tonal Pack

If you missed out on grabbing a pair of the adidas NMD R1 ‘Tonal Pack’ a while back, then your lucky day may be just around the corner. Last year, adidas released the adidas NMD R1 ‘Tonal Pack’ with three colorways that completed the collection. Sneakerheads went nuts because this was one of the first times that colored boost were being released to the public, and what is better than a triple-red shoe or triple-black shoe? With the adidas NMD being one of the hottest sneakers on the market, you will want to make sure that you do everything you can to grab a pair. This pack consists of a triple-white pair, triple-black pair and triple-red, so the toughest decision you will have to make is which one you want the most. End February strong with a solid pickup of a new pair of adidas NMD R1’s.

Grab your favorite pair of the adidas NMD R1 ‘Tonal Pack’ on February 24th at Finishline.com.

By Drew Hammell

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In the last 20 years, sneaker collecting has become a popular hobby and a passion for many. As far as collectors go, Marvin Barias is widely known as one of the greats. With over 300 pairs, Marvin takes his passion seriously, to say the least.

Marvin grew up in Chicago’s South Side, and spent his childhood riding bikes and playing Nerf football with friends. He wasn’t much of a sports fan until Michael Jordan and the Bulls started winning championships in the ‘90s. Unfortunately, Marvin had to leave his friends behind, as his family moved to Southern California in the midst of the Bulls’ six championships.

To cope with the transition to the West Coast, Marvin found peace in collecting basketball cards and anything Jordan-related. “I began to become obsessed. From McDonald’s collector cups to Champion replica jerseys, I collected it all,” he recalled.

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It wasn’t until 1995 that Marvin fell in love with Air Jordan sneakers. During a game versus the Orlando Magic in the playoffs, TV sideline reporter Ahmad Rashad was talking about Michael Jordan being fined for wearing a sneaker that didn’t match the rest of the players’ shoes. Marvin mentioned, “The cameraman panned down to Rashad’s feet, and I lost it. I absolutely lost it. I had never seen a shoe I wanted so badly. I made sure that if they ever released, I’d have the money ready to purchase them.” That shoe was the Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’.

When the XIs released, Marvin had saved up enough money to purchase his first pair of Jordans at the age of fifteen. From then on, he kept up with Air Jordan releases and built his collection up year after year. “Because I had taught myself patience in maintaining a pristine card collection, it a natural transition to sneakers.”

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Today, Marvin is 36 and resides in Northern California. He’s been married for ten years, and is a stay-at-home dad with two daughters. “I used to think the hobby of sneakers would diminish once you start a family, but it hasn’t. My girls aren’t into sneakers, so I stay selfish when it comes to the hobby,” he joked. “I understand diapers, food and other expenses play a significant role, so you definitely have to micromanage.” Aside from taking care of his family, Marvin is also a contributor for Sole Collector and Complex.

In the sneaker social media world, Marvin is a well-respected authority. He currently has over 18,000 followers on Instagram, and over 20,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. “I’m looking to create long-lasting relationships with my following, and perhaps create opportunities to work with brands that support my position in the culture.”

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Marvin is also a founding member of the OG Support Group on Instagram, an account that focuses solely on sharing the history and nostalgia of sneaker culture. On top of that, he created a petition to bring back the Nike Air Ship. “It’s a shoe that many people may just pass up if they don’t know Jordan’s rich sneaker lineage. That shoe is the reason the Air Jordan 1 rose to popularity with the ‘Banned’ statement.” “The petition is nearing 500 signatures worldwide, but it has a long way to go. I’m hoping the news continues to spread.”

As far as the future of sneaker culture, Marvin is optimistic. “I feel the culture continues to evolve. Tastes and products change constantly, but I can see the shift moving towards performance and lifestyle footwear. I think people still want their classics, just like the Chucks are with Converse. I think sneakers like the Air Jordan 1s will live forever.”

And if collectors are looking for any other Jordan in the future, they can be sure Marvin will own a pair. Just don’t ask if they’re for sale.

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Every week we highlight the best Air Max kicks on #AirMaxMondays and 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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