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Best Men's Gift Ideas 2017

‘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.

Men’s UltraBoost 4.0

UltraBoost 4.0

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.

NIKExNBA Air Force 1 

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Swoosh it up this NBA season with the best that from the NIKExNBA collection. Get the right kicks to rock with all of your Nike team gear.

Nike VaporMax Moc

Big on big. The VaporMax Moc is definitely a rotation essential. From triple black to multicolor, it’s got the style and color for any look this season.

Jordan Retro 6 ‘Black/University Blue’

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The Retro 6 is always a classic and while this colorway is a nod to the GOAT in his UNC days, this is also a great colorway for winter. Layer up and finish off the ‘fit.

Jordan Gatorade Be like Mike Collection

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‘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.

Nike Manoadome 

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Boot season is among us. The Manoadome in ‘Light Bone’ is street ready and one of the cleanest boots from Nike Sportswear this season.

Timberland 6 Inch Wheat

timberland 6 Inch wheat

Can’t mention boot season without the original yellow boot. Waterproof and ready for whatever mother nature throws your way. These are the perfect dependable boots to keep in your collection.

Can’t get enough? Check out Stocking Stuffers and Gifts Under $50 on our Gift Guide at FinishLine.com.

By Drew Hammell

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.

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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.

Nike Hyperdunk Flyknit 2017

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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.

adidas Dame 4

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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.

Air Jordan XXXII

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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.

Nike PG 1

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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.

adidas Crazy Explosive

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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

Last week, Nike and the NBA released their collection of brand new NBA Jerseys that have connective functionality, giving you an exclusive look at special moments, footwear and behind the scenes of the player. Now that they have everyone’s attention with these jerseys, they’ve gotta bring some dope footwear to the table. With numerous teams and colorways that come with alternates, there are tons of options at hand. The “NBA Pack” features team colors from around the league with larger-than-average Swooshes and NBA logo tabs on each heel to make things official. This special pack consists of seven pairs that come in different schemes. Peep all of the looks below and decide which pair you’re coppin’.

Burgundy

Green

Blue

White

Black

Yellow

Red

Make sure you grab your favorite pair from the Nike Air Force 1 LV8 ‘NBA Pack’ on October 12th at Finishline.com.