Saturday, July 11, 2020

Nike Air Force 1 "NY vs NY" and "Drew League" Celebrate Summertime Hoops

Summer leagues are a huge piece of basketball culture in New York City and Los Angeles, so although they’ve been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, Nike Sportswear is paying homage to the Big Apple’s NY vs NY tournament and the City of Angels’ Drew League with special Air Force 1s. NY vs NY brings the best ballers from the five boroughs and the Tri-State together in pursuit of a city-wide championship, so it's Air Force 1 features six interchangeable tongue patches that nod to various participating squads and famous courts. These range from Greenwich Village’s West 4th Street to Harlem’s Dyckman, and are all dressed with retro Nike Basketball-inspired fonts/graphics. The rest of the shoe is built from white leather, with “NY vs NY” stamped in black on the heel, black Swooshes, and black heel branding. 

Jonah Hill x adidas Originals Superstar

The adidas Originals Superstar in question channels a chunky skateboarding aesthetic, tapping into Hill’s love for the culture. In speaking about his inspiration, Hill said, “I started thinking back to all the experiences I had growing up while wearing [Superstars], and tried to make my fantasy version of what I would have wanted when I first wore them.” Hill, who wrote and directed the coming-of-age skate culture film Mid-90s, opts for a bold and pronounced Three Stripes on the mid-panels and thick laces, which have a heritage in the B-Boy scene of the ’80s as well as in skate culture. The sneaker is constructed with a white full-grain leather upper, resting atop an off -white rubber sole unit. 

Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2 “News Print”

Nike‘s Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2 has been given a bold “News Print” colorway, a darkened counterpart to the “Triple White” iteration unveiled back in April. The silhouette is an updated version of the original 2003 sneaker, with a similar degree of bulk that nods to its nostalgic design. Starting at the top of the silhouette is a sleek rubber patch logo stamped over a breathable padded tongue. Much of the uppers are constructed with intricately woven hexagonal mesh, complemented by smooth full-grain leather panels that appear around the eyelets, toebox, rear quarter and heel. Popping out from the sidewalls is a glossy Swoosh logo that’s set against the softly textured mesh base. 

Monday, July 6, 2020

Air Jordan 12 “University Gold”

Embodying a rich plethora of delicate leather, cotton, and rubber, this iteration of the Air Jordan 12 sees smooth textures accented by its high-contrast color scheme. A bright yellow Jumpman logo is embroidered at the top of the tongue, followed by “TWO3” branding as a nod to MJ’s nostalgic player number. The shoe comes with sleek round laces, finely padded collars, a bold backstay with a sturdy heel pull, and eyelet hooks at the upper quarters. Furthermore, tonal top-stitching is placed throughout the sidewalls, webbing out from the shoe’s yellow base. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Air Jordan 3 “Animal Instinct 2.0”

Initially set for a launch on June 13th, the Jordan 3 Animal Instinct 2.0 finally arrives tomorrow, June 25th. A follow up to an Air Jordan 3 that launched late last year, tomorrow’s iteration trades fur for scales. Predominantly clad in “Black”, the second release in the “Animal Instinct” series further nods to the silhouette’s introduction to animal-inspired prints on sneakers. Gator and ostrich skin-like textures make up the bulk of the pair’s upper, but grey snakeskin and brown elephant print join the mix at the forefoot and heel, respectively. 

adidas Yeezy Quantum “Barium” Releases Tomorrow

Due to recent events surrounding the Black Lives Matter protests and COVID-19 developments, Kanye West and adidas weren’t able to get in as many Yeezy releases as they initially planned for the month of June. However, thankfully they were able to keep two offerings on track to conclude the first month of Summer; the first of which is the Yeezy Quantum “Barium”. The shoes had already been previewed on many occasions including that of first looks and on-foot shots, but they were officially confirmed on behalf of the Three Stripes brand just yesterday in the form of official imagery involving what we now know will be a full family size delivery. 

Vetements x Reebok Instapump Fury "Black Scribble"

Now dressed in full black, the pair exhibits a new sense of maturity, though that is quickly lost as you scan through the various drawings, doodles, and intentionally cringey text. “I’m bored!” vandalizes with youthful angst, highlighting itself in bright yellow much like the “ME TOO” at the eye stay. Elsewhere, hearts seem to blend into pentagrams, peace signs are turned over onto their side, and random splotches hit the toe box, heel, and everything in between in a spectrum of relatively understated color. Further text etches with no room for blank space, expanding the reading material into seemingly incoherent ramblings. Check out a detailed look at these below.

NEIGHBORHOOD x Mister Cartoon x Vans Vault Capsule

Tokyo street style meets Los Angeles street life in the latest collection. Showcasing Vans’ dedication to artistic collaboration, Vans has partnered with Los Angeles-based artist Mister Cartoon and Japanese streetwear staple NEIGHBORHOOD for the latest Waffle Lovers release. The pack includes the Vans Authentic 44 DX that features artwork in the streets of Tokyo and Los Angeles and the Old Skool 36 DX in an all-Black suede upper with the aforementioned cities embroidered on the toe box in Purple. Both pairs also incorporate Mister Cartoon’s artwork on its insoles. Look for the NEIGHBORHOOD x Mister Cartoon x Vans Vault Capsule to release on June 26th at select retailers.

Pleasures x Reebok Classics Leather Legacy

Reebok looks to be growing by yet another notch as they invite cult label Pleasures to dress up the Classic Leather Legacy. A reflection of current taste, the collaboration designs with a relatively minimal philosophy. The colorway itself, whose various parts are not overtly distinct, makes use of a varied range of earth tones, most being a light cream. Its base, which seems to utilize mesh and ripstop along with the toe box and underlying profile, respectively, is the most neutral of the construction as it sets up the overlaid leather vector logo and the “PLEASURES” cut out that sits even further above. The heel counter’s tones then subtly bleed onto the tooling by way of embedded molds, marginally contrast the whites of the rest of the oversized tooling.

CheckCheck App Spots Counterfeit Sneakers for You in Less Than 30 Minutes

Even the most experienced sneakerheads have been burned by replica or fake shoes. With the advanced methods used by modern counterfeit manufactures, it has become harder than ever to tell the real thing from a knockoff. Given the growth of the resale community, there are more opportunities for fake products to make their way onto the market. In the past, verifying whether the merchandise is legitimate has been inconvenient, but that’s changing thanks to a new app called CheckCheck. CheckCheck offers a practical solution to the problem of counterfeit merchandising. “Our goal with CheckCheck is to help out the sneaker community from being burned by replicas,” says co-founder Edi Abramov.