One week away!!
Join us on Friday, June 21st at 111 Minna Gallery as we bring you SNEAKS & FREAKS, the official pre-party celebration for DUNKXCHANGE SF!
Come through and rock your flyest and rarest kicks as we kick off DUNKXCHANGE weekend in San Fran. It’s time to stunt and show off the heat you’ve been stashing in the closet for that special occasion, because this is the special occasion you’ve been waiting for!
We’ll also be giving away special Fully Laced laces for the first 100 paid guests!
21 + | No Sportswear | $5 Before 11 $10 After
LeBron James might have thought he had put the discussion to rest with his “I’m not MJ, I’m LJ” tweet regarding his career legacy, but he didn’t account for the signature sneaker comparison argument. After being teased with a first look at the upcoming Nike LeBron X, and keeping in mind that the Air Jordan 11 was undoubtedly a milestone for the Air Jordan line, it’s about time that we reflect upon the LeBron signature line. To ensure that this isn’t a boring history lesson, we’ve livened things up by stacking LeBron’s kicks up against the gamut of Jordans in a head-to-head matchup to see how it measures up with the legendary line. Cast your vote, and help decide whose kicks come out on top in the Jordan vs. LeBron Signature Line Showdown.
Nike Air Zoom Generation vs. Air jordan 1
Predicated on catering to the technical side of shoe design while providing optimum comfort, the Nike Air Zoom Generation still managed to be an aesthetically pleasing and provocative sneaker. The Air Jordan 1, on the other hand, sported a silhouette that took cues from the Nike Team Convention and Nike Dunk. Interestingly, going the safer route with the Air Jordan I proved to be effective, as it has been the most retro’d sneaker in the line, transitioning well as an off-the-court shoe.
Nike Zoom LeBron II vs. Air Jordan 2
With the LeBron II, Nike went in a different direction, enlisting a new designer, Ken Link, to push the line even further from a performance standpoint. Featuring more rugged materials and a thick ankle strap that is removable, this model proved more suited for the hardwood. For the Jordan 2, Nike stuck with the designer of the Jordan I, but moved the production of the sneaker to Italy while utilizing premium materials to give the Jordan 2 a luxury feel.
Nike Zoom LeBron III vs. Air Jordan 3
To change things up, yet another designer was commissioned to mock up the Zoom LeBron III. Keeping most of the technology at a constant, more focus was placed on making the shoe more visually appealing, which ended up translating well off the court. With the Jordan 3, the legendary Tinker Hatfield was brought onboard at a time when Michael was contemplating leaving Nike altogether. It goes without saying that the 3 was a winning model, ultimately convincing Michael to stick around, and becoming one of the more-beloved AJ iterations.
Nike Zoom LeBron IV vs. Air Jordan 4
Moving away from the military boot style of the LeBron III and continuing to evolve with each model, the Zoom LeBron IV was constructed using a Foamposite upper to set it apart from its predecessors. A daring design, to say the least, it was tough and durable, garnering on and off-court appeal, and ultimately being a fan-favorite because of the Foamposite inclusion. Piggy-backing off of the success of the Jordan 3, Tinker Hatfield was brought back as lead designer for the Jordan 4, crafting a shoe that was a loose derivative of the Nike Air Flight ’89. Jordan liked it, and fans of the brand loved it.
Nike Zoom LeBron V vs. Air Jordan 5
Going away from the use of Foamposite seen on the previous model, the Zoom LeBron V differed in its inclusion of a midfoot strap, while also possessing a higher cut to make up for the decrease in ankle lockdown. Naturally, these implementations translated into a more technically advanced sneaker, leaving much to be desired for the casual wearer. Coming back again to design another signature Jordan model, Hatfield bucked his trend of “tinkering” with other Nike silhouettes, and crafted an original design for the Jordan 5, making use of 3M reflective material and taking inspiration from World War II fighter planes. The inclusion of an oversized tongue and translucent outsole on the V started the trend of innovative design that ushered the line to cross over into the fashion realm.
Nike Zoom LeBron VI vs. Air Jordan 6
Ditching the complexity of the V, the Zoom LeBron VI simplified things by implementing a smooth and virtually seamless upper, and the move equated to the model being the lightest since the Zoom Generation. Going with simplicity and returning to a boot-styled silhouette, it was clear that the LeBron 6 was designed to complement street style. Bringing back the visible air unit on the fourth consecutive model, the Jordan 6 also featured another holdover from previous models, the translucent outsole. Another way the VI stayed in line with those that came before it was the use of black suede seen on the “Away” colorway, further adding to its luxurious aura.
Nike Air Max LeBron VII vs. Air Jordan 7
Taking it back to the drawing board again, Jason Petrie led the design team in charge of blueprinting the LeBron VII, which was the first to feature visible Flywire technology and traded out the use of Zoom Air in favor of a full-length Air Max unit. What made this model special was the utilization of the ever-popular patent leather material on the upper, that was a stark contrast from the aesthetics of the LeBron VI. Bearing similarities to its predecessor, the Jordan 7 was more of a remix of the 6, expanding upon the inner bootie and transforming it into a huarache-inspired inner lining. While the Jordan 7 bore a certain bulkiness, the 7 showed up with a more streamlined profile.
Nike LeBron 8 vs. Air Jordan 8
Jason Petrie made a return as lead designer of the LeBron 8 as we saw Flywire and a full-length Air Max unit also make a return. Being that the new model was not as flashy as the VII, the 8 was released in three different variations in addition to numerous colorways that made this iteration a big win for the LeBron line. Having built his reputation as an innovator, Tinker Hatfield exercised his creative license on the Jordan 8, incorporating double crossing straps in addition to the use of premium suede and chenille. By this time, Hatfield seemingly established a system of crafting a sneaker by stringing along particular elements from shoe to shoe as evidenced by the perforated side panels dating back to the Jordan 7.
Nike LeBron IX vs. Air Jordan 9
Nike LeBron X vs. Air Jordan 10
Hyperfuse, Flywire and Zoom Air all make an appearance on the LeBron X as Jason Petrie once again was at the helm to design the LeBron X. Going against the previous model, but sticking to his guns in terms of packaging high performance technology into a sleek-looking sneaker, the LeBron X was an instant gem that was well-received upon its first sighting at the 2012 Olympics. With no sign of Jordan making a return to basketball, Tinker spearheaded the design team in charge of creating a basketball sneaker that would possibly also never be worn by Jordan on the court. Following the motif of the Air Jordan 9, the designer went with a “less is more” approach, utilizing premium materials, all-new technology in the midsole and chronicling Jordan’s career achievements on an unorthodox-styled outsole.
* via Nice Kicks
HUF Summer 2013 now available at Fully Laced SF.
* Photos by Dunksrnice
Nike releases the #BETRUE collection in celebration of sport as a universal language. For nearly 15 years, Nike has partnered with the LGBT community.
Profits from the sale of the #BETRUE collection will be donated to the LGBT Sports Coalition to support the goal of ending discrimination in sport.
NIKE FREE RUN 5.0 #BETRUE
The Nike Free Run 5.0 #BETRUE offers runners increased foot strength and a barefoot-like feel, and Nike Flywire technology for a dynamic, glove-like fit. The Nike Free 5.0 has an 8-millimeter midsole offset and lies in the middle of the Nike Free spectrum between a minimal, barefoot-like feel and a traditional athletic shoe.
The Nilke Free Run 5.0 #BETRUE features varying colors of the rainbow, alternating from the left to right shoe.
THE #BETRUE COLLECTION INCLUDES:
- Nike Solarsoft #BETRUE Men’s Thong Sandal
- Nike Men’s and Women’s #BETRUE graphic tees and tanks
- Nike #BETRUE iPhone 5 Case
The #BETRUE collection is available at nike.com and select Nike retail locations including NIKETOWN Boston, NIKE Portland, NIKE Santa Monica, NIKE San Francisco, NIKE Chicago, NIKETOWN NEW YORK, NIKE RUNNNING Flat Iron, and 21 Mercer.
* via NIKE, Inc.
The Vans Madero “Tiger Camo” boasts the title motif along the entire upper. Durable ripstop material enhances this shoe’s durability, while a vulcanized white rubber sole adds comfort.
Vans Madero “Tiger Camo”
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These heat seeking Foamposite’s finally got a release date.
We already got a look at the “Thermal Map” a few days ago, and the release date for these Foams just surfaced. This sneaker features an unique thermal imaging map similar to what radars and night vision produce.
Mark your calendars the “Thermal Map” Nike Air Foamposite One will hit select retailers on September 28th. The retail price $250.
Nike Air Foamposite One Premium
Pearl White/Crimson Red-Pink-Dark Grey
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The Nike Roshe Run is arguably one of the sneaker communities favorite sneakers in quite some time and many will be happy to know that Nike will deliver new colorways this July including the black/atomic red Roshe you see here. As you can see this Roshe features a black and atomic red upper, an all black midsole, and hits of atomic red on the upper’s medial side as well as on the tongue, tongue lining, heel tab, and Nike branding. While we don’t have exact release info as of today make sure you stay with us here at Complex Sneakers as we will deliver it to you once we receive it.
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Available now at Fully Laced SF.
* Photos by Dunksrnice