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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Two new additions to NikeiD today are the Kobe 9s and Nike Air Flight 89s.
Go crazy, make whatever you’d like.
Check out Dunksrnice’s photo recap for this past Saturday’s DXC SF at the Cow Palace.
Feast your eyes on the Air Jordan 14 “Ferrari” in all its glory. That carbon fiber is looking so beautiful against the Red suede one piece upper. The yellow Ferrari accents bring this sneaker to life. Let’s give Jordan Brand a round of applause for the Air Jordan 14 “Ferrari.” Now let’s just patiently wait for the release date this Fall.
These babies also go perfect with our Fully Laced “Ferrari” tees. Available in red, white, and black in-store and online.
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Check out what Sole Collector says about the LeBron 12s :
“The Nike LeBron 11 has had an interesting run, to say the least. While it was a huge hit aesthetically, its lack of on-court presence may ultimately define its legacy. Today though we have the first look at the next shoe in the line: the Nike LeBron 12.
While we can’t confirm the legitimacy of the sample pictured here, we can confirm that this is the shoe. The upper appears be constructed of a composite mesh, while independent, piston-like bottom loaded Zoom bags, along the outsole provide the cushioning with a lower ride.
What are your initial thoughts on this model? How does it compare to the 11? Do you think the performance issues have been worked out, and that we’ll regularly see this one on court?”
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In the past month, Vans has collaborated with Star Wars and legendary graphic artist Seam Cliver. The theme of epic partnerships continues with a collection featuring Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip.
The Vans Vault x Peanuts collab is a six-sneaker collection that consists of the Authentic, Era, and Sk8-Hi. Each one is outfitted in rare ’80s prints of Snoopy and the Peanuts crew. The soft colorful hues on each sneaker make it appropriate for the summer season, so kick back and relive those Sunday strips.
The entire collection will be available starting next month at select Vans Vault stockists.
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What do you think about the new Air Max Lunar 1s? Check what Nike said about them:
The Air Max 1 changed how the world saw cushioning; 27 years later, the time has come to change it once more.
“The revolution is reignited with the debut of the Nike Air Max Lunar1. In 1987, the debut of Visible Air changed the consumer’s connection to performance shoe design by revealing the innovation. In 2008, more than two decades later, Nike Lunarlon technology redefined cushioning by taking comfort and support into the space age with a new kind of responsive foam ride.
In both designs, whether it was the window to the sole highlighted by a boldly colored rand or the beveled ribs of Nike Lunarlon amplified in bold neon, the sole became the star.
The Nike Air Max Lunar1 is the definitive union of lightweight cushioning and flexibility. Traditional Air Max technology partnered with innovative Nike Lunarlon foam creates a new feel for an iconic form.
Innovative no-sew construction strips away the original paneling but retains the classic silhouette and familiar details that defined the original Air Max. Breathable mesh panels maintain the commitment to lightweight comfort that links every aspect of the Air Max Lunar1.”