Above is a new colorway of the much-talked about Air Jordan XX8. The shoe released earlier in the year and come June 1st, this "Black/Bright Citrus-Cool Grey" can be had by those who care not that their shoes are loud. If Russell Westbrook was still playing (and I wish he was), he'd surely be rocking these on the court. Thunder colors and it'll be a mere footnote in a long list of his most flamboyant fashion choices. There's even a tumblr even dedicated to his ridiculously poor fashion sense. As much as these are Thunder colors, their also Knick colors so maybe we'll see Melo rockin' these when New York hits the road tomorrow vs. Indiana.
What do you think of the XX8 Black/Citrus/Cool Grey?
Recently I was discussing with friends about Chuck Taylor's and grabbing a fresh pair for the spring, well in a week from today on May 10 Converse is releasing a new exculsive style Chuck Taylor All Star OX. This particular style is different from the orginal because the shoe is suede and the shoe comes in four colors which are Fig, Phaeton Grey, Bijou Blue and Warm Sand. I think these are fresh and gives consumers a diffrent variety. It's nice to switch up the style and I think these are a hit.
Just in time for Spring, Nike is releasing their new Nike Air Max 95 before the month is out. I've personally been wearing Air Max 95's since 2008 so I'm anxious for the new ones to release. The style of the shoe is stil the traditional format, however the colors are different. The two options are either orange and grey, or blue and grey but both are fresh! Hope you grab a pair because these will look nice in the sun.
Today, adidas and Derrick Rose announced the official launch of the Chicago Bulls superstar's sixth signature shoe - the D Rose 3.5. The home and away colorways can be viewed above, and the details from adidas below.
The D Rose 3.5 features a bold spiral overlay pattern is inspired by Derrick’s goal to tighten his game. The synthetic leather upper features the spiral protruding from the D Rose logo on the ankle to represent how his on and off-court success continues to grow from the support of his family, who inspired the logo. Chicago call-outs on the inside of the tongue showcase the essence of Rose, including a “Rooted in Chicago” graphic with lettering, colors and shapes inspired by his tattoos and the Chicago flag. The oversized tongue features a reflective overlay of the logo to illuminate and pop on and off the court.
To exceed the performance needs for Derrick’s unique style of play which includes extreme changes in direction, acceleration and explosiveness, adidas designers made the D Rose 3.5 more supportive, comfortable and responsive than its predecessor. The shoe fits even closer to the foot for faster cuts and features a SPRINTWEB upper engineered specifically for his style of play, which reduces weight with maximum support and breathability.
Additional performance features include an ergonomic ankle collar pocket to ensure maximum support during hard cuts and a breathable mesh tongue to improve comfort. SPRINTFRAME technology features an external heel counter to reduce weight and allow for energy return and motion control, giving Derrick his best performing signature shoe to date to improve his performance on court.
Love those Chicago influences. I can't say that enough. And with #TheReturn coming closer and closer, this would be the perfect time to pick up the same kicks that Rose will rock when he comes back. They'll be available for $160 on January 31st. Can't wait to see these out on the court!
Peep these Nike SB Quickstrikes that just dropped today at Chicago's Belmont Army. These quickstrikes feature a pink suede upper, atop a white sole and gum undersole. And a grey suede tongue accented with blue and gold matches the grey swoosh. Apparently inspired by the 80's flick Porkys, these quickstrikes are the result of a collaboration between Nike and Cambridge skate shop CNCPTS. ...Gotta let the wings fly on these.
For it's newest colorway of the Rose3.5, adidas pays homage to the Chinese New Year, with this snappy lookin' black/teal/gold version entitled "Year Of The Snake". No word on the official release yet, but I suspect it will take place around the actual Chinese New Year in 2013. Per usual, Google is there for me saying that date is February 10th.
Today, adidas released the final colorway of the D Rose 3, which made me sad because I can look at this shoe in all sorts of colors. But this one is different than the rest as the "Nightmare" edition boasts a purple base and patterned details throughout. I feel like Northwestern bball should rock these. What do you think of the purple Nightmares?
The classic, and I mean classic, Air Jordan I is set to go on sale in select Jordan Brand retailers once again come December 31st. Even to the casual sneaker fan, the Air Jordan I is one of those shoes that you instantly recognize. So you can't go wrong with a purchase to ring in the new year if you don't yet have a pair.
The latest classic from the Jordan Brand is the original Chicago Bulls-inspired Air Jordan I, with a few alterations. The Air Jordan 1 Hi Retro returns with a full leather build, and replaces the classic Nike branding for Jumpman logos on both the tongue and heel.
Yesterday, the Jordan Brand shook up the sneaker world with the announcement of the latest in their signature Air Jordan series - the XX8.
How? By releasing a show that's a whopping 8 inches tall - a brand new innovation for the brand that likens the shoe more to a combat boot than a basketball shoe.
The theme of the shoe centers around "stealth" and when zipped up, the all-black exterior is the highest cut of all basketball shoes. However, when unzipped, we see a more traditional basketball shoe and a bright neon tongue.
The shoe will be available in Houston for the All-Star Game on February 15th and nationally on February 16th. Russell Westbrook was the first NBA player to rock the XX8s in a game tonight against the Brooklyn Nets, as you'll notice those photos in the slideshow above (additional photos from Jordan & SI).
At just 13.5 ounces, the XX8 is being promoted as the lightest and most responsive Air Jordan model to date. When Tinker Hatfield, who has led the design of each Jordan Brand signature shoe since 1988, Jordan Brand product developer Josh Heard and their team began designing the Jordan XX8 sneaker about two years ago, they emailed Michael Jordan and asked him what his definition of “stealth” was. Jordan replied with a text message, and perhaps the best Jordan quote of all time:
“Stealth is like a black cat,” Jordan wrote, according to Hatfield. “You never hear it coming, but it’s deadly as hell. It’s an automatic aircraft. You can’t f*** with an automatic aircraft. It’s like my game. When you see it, it’s too f****** late.”
OK, so what do you think? My first impression was wholly negative, but upon closer inspection, I have grown to be lukewarm. And first and foremost, I admire Jordan and Hatfield for executing a whole fresh and new idea while I'm also very much behind the "stealth" theme.
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Memo to adidas: stop releasing cool colorways of the D Rose 3, I'm having a hard time deciding which pair I want to get.
Today, the new 'Brenda' colorway was released, following up on the 'Brenda' debut of the Rose 2's last season, which I was a big fan of. Likewise this season, I'm a big fan. Here are the details and inspiraton:
Dubbed “Brenda” the colorway pays homage to the most important person in Derrick’s life, his mother Brenda Rose. The red nubuck upper represents her favorite color, and the crackled grainy finish represents Derrick’s upbringing in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The inside of each tongue has a close-up print of the D Rose family story graphic featured in the D Rose apparel collection and launch colorways. The left tongue features an inscription of “Brenda” in stylized red script while the right features Derrick Rose’s lasered signature.
Above all, you gotta love the homage and respect that Derrick can pay towards his mother Brenda in this lens, amongst many more. Look out for the Brendas on November 19th!