Like we saw on the Travis Scott x Air Force 1 that dropped last year and the Nike Foamposite Pro that is dropping at ASW, the swappable Swoosh trend continues. Nike is dropping a collection of Air Force 1 Lows that give you the option of mixing up your look with these special AF 1s and their six color options. As the Air Force 1 has become a footwear icon over the years, Nike has had to update it with different style options to keep up with the changing trends. Like every All Star week over the years, Nike is packing the week full of releases that have everyone debating if they break the bank on every release or play it safe and save some cash by only buying their must-haves.
This Air Force 1 comes with six Swoosh design options in bold colors that pop. They connect to the shoe with a hook and loop fastener, and wrap all the way around the heel for a streamlined look and feel. Switch your Swoosh out daily to hook up with your look. With so many different color options you can have a new look each time you wear these, you can even double up and go with two colored swooshes at once.
Like we saw on the Travis Scott x Air Force 1, the option to create your own look with interchangeable Nike Swooshes. Now, Nike is taking that creative option and applying it to one of their staple shoes, the Nike Air Foamposite Pro. Like every All Star week over the years, Nike is packing the week full of releases that have everyone debating if they break the bank on every release or play it safe and save some cash by only buying their must-haves.
This years Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘All Star’ edition is an exclusive iteration of the silhouette this season, and it’s highlighted with removable Swoosh and heel logos. Coming with the choice of four Swoosh options – black, silver, bronze, and turquoise. If a simpler look is preferred, he or she can rid the look of a Swoosh insert all together and leave it with a flattened out white Swoosh. The signature carbon fiber shank in the midsole and milky translucent outsole completes the design altogether.
Kobe Bryant wore several different brands during his sneaker free agency season in 2002-03. One of those was Reebok and this ‘White & Purple’ Answer IV colorway that’s officially getting a release. During this time, Kobe surprised everyone by lacing up a different sneaker every game and had people wondering what he could be lacing up next. Now, this once-exclusive PE is releasing and is one that should entice both Kobe loyalists and Reebok Answer and Iverson lovers. Reebok is staying true to the original pair worn by the Black Mamba. This Reebok Answer IV sports a white and purple leather upper that is paired with grey detailing and Allen Iverson’s signature face logo on the outsole. If you’re a true Kobe lover, then you may remember that he also wore an all-white pair with the same purple detailing. Maybe Reebok has plans for another release down the line.
NBA All-Star Weekend is always an epic weekend and this year is about to be a movie in LA and you already know that Migos are gonna be the stars. Oh, there’s also an NBA Game going on but that can wait. Since we signed that star studded rap trio back in August we’ve been breaking records and pushing the C U L T U R E forward with photoshoots in the hottest footwear and helping Quavo gift his high school basketball team with custom ‘H U N C H O’ LeBron 15’s that the King himself wanted. Get at us ‘Bron.
Those shoes aren’t the only thing that they’ve dropped. The highly anticipated album, C U L T U R E I I hit airwaves back in January and have dominated the charts and every radio station in the world. One of the hottest songs on the album is ‘Stir Fry’ which features the music legend, Pharrell and is also the song of NBA All-Star Weekend if you haven’t heard.
Not only will the hiphop trifecta be stompin’ around the city, but they’ll be doing it in some of the hottest sneakers that are dropping that weekend. Don’t be surprised if you see ’em shutting the city down in a fresh pair of ‘Black Cement’ Jordan 3’s, ‘Gold Toe’ Jordan 1’s, Nike Reacts, adidas BYW, and more.
Like they do every year, there’s a celebrity game that takes place on Friday night and H U N C H O is hitting the court this year. By now you’ve probably seen the numerous videos of Quavo hitting the court with some serious players and now he’s taking his talents to LA and looks to bring home that MVP hardware.
Last night we teamed up with @UnderArmour and @CapitolRecords to host an event of epic proportions. With DJ Envy on the ones and twos to set the pace early in the evening and performances from the LA Leakers and Zaytoven, how much better could it get? You know we had to do it the F I N I S H L I N E W A Y and get the big dogs here and set it off the right way 🔥🔥🔥 aka D A T W A Y. With the Culture II set up on the stage, everyone knew it was coming, but when Migos hit the stage, the atmosphere was electrifying beyond words. It felt like all of LA was vibin’ with us.
When it comes to NBA All-Star Weekend, Nike never holds back on their story telling and sneaker releases that are usually some of the biggest of the year. 2018 is going to be no different from Nike Hoops as they look to drop special signature sneakers that will be worn in the All-Star game that is taking place in the ever popular, Los Angeles. As their big four of Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Kevin Durant and LeBron James look to dominate the game with their style of play and their signature sneaker style, Nike is getting extra creative for this moment. Each sneaker represents a part of the city through a special colorway or standout feature to really catch peoples eyes.
Kyrie Irving and Nike Basketball will be celebrating this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles with a special edition Nike Kyrie 4 All-Star as Kyrie makes his fifth appearance in the game. This Nike Kyrie 4 sports a black and white tie-dye pattern throughout the upper. What makes this sneaker really pop is the purple details that are used on the embroidered Nike Swoosh, while pink and blue appears on the tongue Kyrie logo and outsole. Like the KD X, this pair represents another specific location in Los Angeles, as the insoles have graphics of Venice Beach. They also point out that Kyrie is a “5x All-Star” on the insoles of the sneakers.
We will be dropping this very clean collection in our flagship stores ONLY. The three stores that will be carrying these shoes are:
Adding to the adidas Crazy lineup is an all-new performance basketball inspired shoe, dubbed adidas Crazy BYW. If you remember, Nick Young and Brandon Ingram hit the court back in December in a hoops version that is very similar to this shoe. Continuing their “You Wear” tagline from the ’90s, this model portrays that these are “Boost You Wear” on or off the court. This next drop comes from adidas Originals as a lifestyle option that feature a three-part podular midsole that is equipped with BOOST technology. The upper features a soft breathable knit with hints of leather and embroidered details to maintain its modern aesthetic while still keeping its functional. Its unconventional lacing system keeps a strong connection to its 90’s roots while other elements of the design propel it forward into the future. The classic “Feet You Wear” face logo can be seen on part of the midsole and it adds some nostalgia to this futuristic silhouette.
‘Tis the season for turn ups and gift giving. 🎁 With all the dope releases surrounding the holiday season, it can be hard to narrow down the best of the best items for your gift list or even your own personal wish list. 📝 Don’t trip because we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our Top Men’s Gifts.
Fresher than the first snow of the season. The UltraBoost 4.0 has arrived right on time for the holidays. The first to come is the one of the fan favorite colorways from the UltraBoost 1.0 with the all white upper and black Continental rubber outsole. No better way to get #boosted than with these.
‘Be Like Mike’ becomes more than a mantra with the celebration of the Jordan Gatorade Collection. It has been 26 years since that partnership started but the influence still lives on. Gear up in Gatorade to fuel your winter style.
Fifteen years ago, Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson were the fresh new faces for Jordan Brand. They were rocking the early sneaker releases before anyone else. D-Miles and Q-Rich were the trendsetters. They were the influencers. They were so cool, they made the LA Clippers jerseys look good (back then, nobody wanted a Clippers jersey).
“Right now, we’re where everybody else in the League wants to be,” said Richardson in a 2002 KICKS interview. “They see us with the exclusive stuff, get-it-a-year-before-it-comes-out type stuff. And cats are always trying to holla at us – especially on shoes. It’s like, ‘Can I get those in (size) 15s?”
The two up-and-coming stars were ambassadors for the Air Jordan XVII, and even had their own Jordan commercial. They were so hyped, a bounty of NBA championships seemed imminent. It was clear that Jordan, who was still very involved with the brand, saw the potential in the dynamic duo.
“For real, it’s an honor to represent that man (Jordan) like this. First off, to be hand-picked. There’s only a select few that got picked, said Miles. “If Mike picked you to rep, then you must be doing something right. He’s the one putting his name on the line. Jordan, this is his legacy.”
Miles, selected straight out of high school by the Clippers at #3 in 2000, was a rising star – a smaller version of Kevin Garnett. Richardson, a 6’6” guard, spent two years at DePaul before being drafted eighteenth by the Clippers that same year. Along with Corey Maggette, Lamar Odom and Elton Brand, the squad was loaded with talent. Miles and Richardson were promotional gems – their patented double head tap was infectious, and kids around the country started imitating them on the court.
“We are the hip-hop side of the (Jordan Brand) company,” explained Richardson. “We represent the nation, the 20-year-old kid that’s deep into rap music. We’re not like anyone else on the Brand. We know that. Most of the other guys on the Brand, they dress up when they go to games. Not us. We come just like this – Jordan’d out.”
Back in the early 2000s, the NBA was in a bit of a transition phase. The younger, flashier hip-hop generation was taking over the reigns from older stars like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, and Karl Malone. Miles and Richardson fit perfectly into the mold Jordan Brand was forming.
“They (Jordan Brand) show us designs and certain shoes and ask us if we like them, noted Miles. “Should there be changes made? Should they release this shoe in these colors? They know that if we’re feelin’ it, most of the audience they’re trying to reach will feel it. And as hot as we are right now, we need to be doing a bunch of commercials.”
Unfortunately, the budding bromance was short-lived, as Miles was traded to the Cavs after the ’01-’02 season. Richardson then signed with the Suns in ’04 as a free agent. There was so much potential for that Clipper team and the two new Jordan heads, but things just didn’t work out. For two glorious seasons, though, D-Miles and Q-Rich made a powerful impact on the League – an effect that is still respected and revered by many fans and sneakerheads today.
All images and quotes courtesy of SLAM’s KICKS magazine, 2002.
Hoops are back. Is there a better time of year than this? The NBA season has started up and that means tryouts for our local squad are right around the corner. If you need something fresh to hit the courts in check out some of the latest from Nike Basketball, adidas Basketball, and Jordan Brand.
This year’s edition of the Hyperdunk Flyknit is packed with energy for instant reaction. The Nike React cushioning is the latest innovation and is said to deliver greater energy return than any other Nike basketball foam that has been tested. If you’re looking for something lightweight and resilient, then try out the ‘Cool Grey’ Hyperdunk Flyknit 2017.
New season, new flow. adidas Hoops dropped the Dame 4 ‘Rip City’ the same day Dame dropped his new album, CONFIRMED. This ‘Legacy’ colorway is too clean to ignore. Dame D.O.L.L.A is bringing the heat on the court and in the studio. You know what time it is and your opponents will too when you run it up in the Dame 4.
Join the flight club. The XXXII takes some design cues from the legendary Jordan II which blends together heritage style and unrivaled innovation. The Jordan-specific Flyknit upper offers a seamless stretch and custom support while the Carbon fiber plate and FlightSpeed technology provide flexibility and explosiveness. These were Bred for flight so you can’t go wrong.
Joining forces with #Brodie and #HoodieMelo, PG is off to a solid start averaging 21p, 6r, and 3a. The latest colorway is a sleek black and gum combo. Made to keep up with PG on both ends of the court, the PG 1 provides complete comfort for the two-way players with elevated stability and all-around comfort.
Skyrisers. These are definitely statement sneakers on the court. The adaptive Primeknit upper provides a sock-like fit while the BOOST midsole propels you every step. The coral power traction pattern will keep you on your feet so you can get crazy and get explosive.
Lace up with these or some other options at FinishLine.com. #BallisLife