This past weekend Nike footwear designer Jonathan Johnson-Griffin made it a trip to ATL for the Nike Black History Month event I put together. It just so happens the event date landed on one of the biggest footwear release dates this year. The release of the Cork Lebron X. I helped put together an in-store with the good people at Wish ATL and the rest as they say… is history.
It was really amazing to pull up to Wish on Saturday morning and see over 100 heads lined up in the freezing cold (cold for ATL) with the hopes on getting their hands on a pair. JJG signed boxes of the shoe’s for those lucky enough to secure a pair.
He’s a really, really cool guy. It was great to have him in ATL during such a monumental release. Shouts to Frank and good people at Wish & Nice Kicks. To so more pics from the event click here.
Tomorrow is the day many sneakerheads have been waiting for. 2012 was a great year for Lebron James. That’s a huge statement cause 2010 was a not-so great year. Lebron after making the famous quote “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” during “The Decision” became the most hated player in the NBA. Former fans burned his jersey, the media scrutinized him, It was all bad!
Bron didn’t let the pressure get to him though. Coming back in his 2nd year with the Miami Heat he did what he set out to do… Win his first NBA Championship. Then he won MVP for the 3rd time… And during the summer he went to London where he won a gold medal for the U.S. Mens Basketball team. Not bad Lebron, not bad at all.
To commemorate all the celebrating Lebron has done Nike footwear designer Jonathan Johnson-Griffin will be making a stop in ATL tomorrow to celebrate with those lucky enough to receive a pair.
2/23/13 JJG will be doing a meet & greet at Wish in ATL where he will be signing boxes of the Lebron X Corks for those few lucky folks. Definitely stop by and meet the man behind the shoe. Check out all the info below.
Well… the day is upon us. I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day although that is today too… I’m referring to a different type of love today. My love for fresh sneakers.
If you missed the Nike Flyknit Racer & Trainer last summer, Nike is back with another installment of the sought after knit upper with the Flyknit Lunar One.
With the flyknit upper the shoe reduces waste by using synthetic yarns and less glueing, stitching, etc. But not only is it environmentally friendly, it’s super comfy as well. Whether your looking for a neutral running shoe or just something unique to wear with a pair of jeans, this shoe has got you covered. It also comes in plenty of color ways as well.
Check out Nike footwear designer Rob Williams as he gives you an inside look to the Flyknit Lunar One.
Then head to NikeStore to get you a pair.
It’s not enough to just have the kicks anymore, now it’s about “what can I rock to match my kicks?” Enter Rare Addiction, your new supplier for limited edition goods to help maintain your fresh code. R.A. recently teamed up with designer El Cappy to release a cork inspired hat that matches very freshly with the Lebron X “Corks” that will be releasing next month. This piece is only available at Rare Addiction’s online store, so I suggest placing your order now, cause this is sure to be selling out soon.
About Rare Addiction:
Rare Addiction Manufacturing Co. is an authentic lifestyle accessory company that creates
limited-edition items for clients that appreciate its keen attention to details. Currently, the
company debuts a select number of rare and limited items every month for their eager
international fan base.
Back in the early 2000′s Nike would design a special Air Force One Low for Black History Month. The shoe would not be sold at retail and instead be given out to selected African American community leaders, tastemakers, influencers, etc. Starting the 2010 the BHM AF1 was made available in limited quantities at retail and starting in 2011 Nike started paying tribute to Black History Month with an entire collection of footwear and apparel. Proceeds from the sale of the items are given to the U.S. Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.
Nike just released info on the 2013 BHM collection. The mantra this year is “Be Bold, Be True – Rebel With A Cause.” 3 athletes we’re selected for their role as a rebel/game changer but also for their great work in the community off the court/field. Check out more information below, the collection will be released in limited quantities on Saturday, January 26th, 2013.
Black History Month represents many things: civic leadership, social stewardship, community activation and much more.
Nike recognizes the importance of this meaningful month with not only a product collection, but a larger recognition of the power of sports to impact society. The 2013 Nike Black History Month Collection mantra “Be Bold. Be True.” celebrates three athletes who are fearless in action and fueled by a purpose.
Consisting of seven shoes, two T-shirts, a Destroyer jacket, Nike Elite socks and a 5-panel hat, the 2013 Nike BHM Collection will debut beginning January 26. A consistent design aesthetic weaves through each product in the collection, with a color palette including black, grey and brown highlighted in orange. The color orange is particularly meaningful with its bold hue and tie to Nike’s DNA since its 1972 inception.
Now more than ever, athletes at all levels have a unique ability to extend their voice beyond sports. Soccer superstar Didier Drogba, tennis legend Serena Williams and basketball phenom Kevin Durant provide creative inspiration for the product collection based on their commitment to giving back to their communities.
All three athletes are celebrated in this year’s collection; each has an individual logo. Drogba’s is a light bulb morphed with a soccer ball, representing his ongoing involvement in bringing solar light bulbs to impoverished areas in Africa. Williams’ icon consists of a tennis ball emanating with lightning bolts, showing how she empowers young women, especially through the secondary school she helped build in Kenya. Durant’s icon represents the hopes and dreams of young athletes, with a basketball hoop merging with a cloud formation, a nod to the support he has given to his hometown recreation center in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, a place he attributes for helping him realize his own dreams. The three icons are infused into a distinct Nike BHM print pattern that appears throughout the collection.
The collection is a dual effort between Nike Sportswear lifestyle product and Nike Basketball performance product. Nike Sportswear BHM shoes include the Nike Lunar Force 1, Nike Air Force 1 Foamposite Hi, Nike Dunk Sky Hi and Nike Air Force 1 Downtown. Nike Basketball shoes complete the BHM collection with special versions of the KD V, LEBRON X and KOBE 8 SYSTEM; all three featuring black, grey and orange with the signature Nike BHM print. These signature shoes will debut on court during pro basketball’s Martin Luther King Jr. tribute day on Monday, January 21 .
In keeping with a tradition of honoring organizations that give back and inspire youth, NIKE, Inc. will make a financial contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America with proceeds from the Nike BHM Collection.
I’m loving the AF1 Foams, the Lunar AF1 lows, all the Bball kicks look fresh. Also the 5 panel hat, and the destroyer jacket are super fresh. What’s your favorites?
On New Year’s Eve Nike dropped the Air Max OG pack which included the Air Max 90 (Infared), Air Max 95, Air Max 1, and Air Max 97 all in original color ways.
Less than a month later, the OG pack get’s a remix. This time we get the same classic silhouettes but with updated mesh, called “Engineered Mesh.” Read below for more details.
The Nike Air Max 1, 90, 95, and 97 are some of the most pined-after silhouettes that Nike has to offer. One would be hard pressed not to find a pair roaming the streets in major cities all over the world — whether they’re tied tightly to carry someone to a new PR or loosely laced under a pair of jeans. The Nike Air Max line redefined and transcended the look of sport to become a cultural movement. So when Nike designers started discussing ways to reinvent these iconic models, they didn’t take it lightly. How to re-imagine these classics while staying true to the sneakers’ timeless style?
Enter Nike Engineered Mesh: new proprietary mesh patterns that enhance the functionality while retaining the overall look of the original models. It enables both tight and loose perforation patterns to replace traditional color blocking, gradients and overlay placement. Originally used in performance running footwear, the varying perf patterns allow for “zoned” contruction: Tighter patterns are placed where durability is paramount while looser patterns are used where breathability reigns supreme. The result is a more breathable, flexible and durable Air Max family — lighter and leaner than ever.
The Engineered Mesh Air Max collection will be available beginning January 2013.
Update: The Air Max EM Pack drops on Jan 17th, 2013.
This here is a true tragedy. Just before Christmas and on the last day of school before Xmas break 14 year old Paul Sampleton was murdered inside his own home. The motive… his sneakers?! From what I understand this young man arrives home after school and cats are inside his house waiting on him. They tie him up in the kitchen, murder him, and then take his sneakers.
This is just sick! Dudes are going to new levels for satisfy their thirst for sneakers and it’s truly getting outta hand.
What also make’s me disappointed is little to none of the major sneaker blogs / websites are covering this story or offering to help find the killers who did this. This could of easily been me or one of my friends, so it hits close to home.
Just want to say Rest In Peace to Paul Sampleton and The Kaos Effect sends our prayers to his family. We hope the person (people) who did this are found and they get the Sam Jack “A Time To Kill” treatment.
Out of all the kicks I own… I don’t have any made out of cork. Lebron X corks are CRAZY! Nike making a celebratory shoe for Bron as he wins a ring, a gold medal, and MVP all in the same summer. You might wanna toast up! These are supposed to be dropping in December, but there’s no official release date yet. Don’t expect these to pop up at your local Foot Locker though. Word is these will be pretty exclusive. Need me a pair for sure!
One of my favorite sneakers ever! The Nike Air Trainer 1 in the OG Chlorophyll color-way will be re-released soon.
Infamous tennis star John McEnroe made these famous back in the day, and the shoe went on to be released in dozens of color-ways (some of which I still own – the white, blue, orange being my favorite).
If anybody wants to get me a birthday gift (November). I’ll gladly take these in a size 10.
I will definitely be on the lookout for these as the holiday season approaches.