After taking a first inspection to mixed reactions toward the beginning of the month, here we consider the latest collaboration between UNITED ARROWS & SONS and adidas Originals. The two brands worked to revive the Master silhouette – previously described as a “Gramps-approved” update to the Stan Smith silhouette. The description isn’t far off, but maybe some parties will appreciate the ease, casualness, and uncluttered minimalism that the Master so embodies. The upper is done up with plush, pristine white leather, contrasted by beige hits and a special ampersand logo embossed at the heel. The UNITED ARROWS & SONS x adidas Originals Master is available now here.
When Nike tapped Warner Bros. and the Looney Tunes for the Air Jordan marketing campaign in 1992, they created a limited run of Bugs-molded VIIs for promotional displays.
Above is a close look at one of the Bugs VIIs in a Cardinal-like colorway. Not only is the shoe oversized, but the toebox was designed to fit the toes on a rabbit’s foot. You’ll also notice JumpBugs embroidery along the ankle. An equally rare ‘Bordeaux’ version also exists.
Would you like to see Bugs return for next year’s 30th Anniversary celebration?
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If you’re an athlete signed to Nike, now is a good time to stay out of trouble.
Earlier today, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones took part in a disciplinary hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The hearing was in regard to a brawl that broke out between himself and Daniel Cormier during a UFC 178 media day appearance in Las Vegas last month. In his testimony, Jones admitted that the brawl has already cost him lucrative opportunities, including his six-figure endorsement deal with Nike.
“I’ve lost a very big endorsement of mine, one of my biggest,” Jones told the NSAC. “My Nike deal.”
Over time, the pre-fight brawl has become part of the spectacle in combat sports. Typically, fighters do a little jaw jacking, get in a shove or two and things are “broken up.” However, Jones and Cormier have genuine hatred for each other, and they couldn’t be stopped in Vegas.
Jones later pulled out of the fight, which was originally scheduled for this weekend, due to injury.
While the brawl clearly caused an uproar, dropping a fighter for fighting seems a bit over the top. Could other factors have played into the decision? In 2012, Jones plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. That incident, combined with recent troubles with NFL athletes and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, may have convinced Nike that it was time to pull the plug on the partnership.
Nike has a history of standing by athletes during times of adversity. Kobe Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger and Tiger Woods are among the star athletes that have maintained a working relationship with the brand in the midst of PR disasters. Nike was also squarely behind Lance Armstrong until he finally admitted to doping last year. The new age of transparency and social media may be forcing the company to change the way they go about dealing with their partners.
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The Black Sheep x Nike SB Dunk High “Paid in Full” was originally set to release on June 21, but will no longer be dropping. The North Carolina skate shop just announced via its Instagram this afternoon that the release has been cancelled. The message was accompanied with a photo of a broken boombox. A fitting piece of imagery considering the sneakers were going to come in old school boombox-inspired packaging.
Black Sheep didn’t provide an explanation as to why they pulled the plug on the sneaker, but given the apparent Gucci-themed design, could the luxury label have played a role in this outcome? We’ll never really know, but it’s definitely a bad day for ‘heads that were looking forward to this collab.
Last week, it was revealed that Jordan Brand would be remastering the entire retro line in 2015 starting with the Jordan IV, VII, and X. After getting a glimpse of the “Columbia” and “Oreo” IV retros, Jordan Brand just unveiled this new colorway through its Flight Club members. The IV features a shade of green with tonal accents and hits of black. No word yet on an official release, but could this be part of the Jordan Brand 2015 lineup? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
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The Air Jordan XI Retro Low has been one of the most wanted and popular sneakers of the year and looks to continue that trend with the upcoming release of the “Infrared 23.”
Dubbed by some as the “Un-Space Jams,” the shoe does bear a striking similarity to the revered “Space Jam” XIs made famous by Jordan’s appearance in the animated movie of the same name. Highlighted by a near all black upper, cement print hit on the back heel, and a clear blue outsole, the demand for the shoe will be high. Make arrangements now as this shoe is set to drop this Saturday, June 14th.
The release date of the Nike “What The” LeBron XI is in limbo. As of now, Nike has not announced the official release date of the sneaker (or one that it’s sticking to).
Are you anticipating the release?
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A latest addition to the catalog of Japan’s visvim has come in the form of the YUCCA MOC MID-FOLK for 2012 fall/winter. Taking clear cues from a moccasin style, this casual option has been offered up in a handful of colorways thus far. Prominent stitching is featured on the toe box while a highly breathable suede cowhide is also put forward. Further characterized by a natural cork footbed and molded midsole, a notable contrast between classic and contemporary approaches are present for this release. Pricing has been set at ¥46,000 JPY (approximately $588 USD) from the visvim online shop.
Aimed at creating simple, well-designed casual shoes in response to a market saturated by technical trainers and limited-edition sneakers, London-based shoemaker, Pointer, delivers visuals to its latest spring/summer release, the Willard Shoe. Included in the brand’s Rivington Collection, a premium line of hand-crafted footwear styles, the Willard features a lace-up design, espadrille mid-soles and clean suede uppers that work well with the contrasting leather lining. This latest Pointer offering is currently available in both mushroom and navy at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com for $220 USD.