Over the summer, basketball fans were in reminisce mode as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team’s domination in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Of course, the first guy that comes to mind on that team is Michael Jordan as the leader. Then there are the veterans, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. The scoring threat, Charles Barkley. The elite perimeter defender, Scottie Pippen. But what about giving some shine to the main presence in the middle, Patrick Ewing? Looks like that might happen in bundles soon, as Ewing Athletics gets ready to re-release its first model, the 33 Hi. The sneaker originally debuted in 1989, when Ewing Athletics came to fruition, and will now release once again in Red/Black-White and White/Blue-Orange colorways to start. Make sure to be prepared when the 33 Hi comes back after its long 23-year slumber on Friday, August 31 at select retailers such as Kith.
August 16, 2012
July 31, 2012
If you know where to look, you might have seen pictures of this sneaker already. Out of respect for the guys at Concepts (and a love for the sneaker), I decided to keep it under wraps until the crew there dropped their own pictures. After a year of waiting, we all can see Concepts’s follow-up to the “Kennedy” 999. This one also has a patriotic theme, but in a different light. The “SEAL” New Balance 999 pays tribute to the US Navy Sea, Air, and Land teams, and more specifically, to their footwear: New Balance’s high-performance water boot, the OTB Abyss II. The non-typical materials used on this 999, like ballistic mesh, stain-resistant microfiber suede, and ultra-breathable nylon, come directly from the Abyss II. Add on the morse code branding on the tongue, military font “999″ on the heel, and the topographic inner lining and insole, and you can definitely see the US Navy influence. And that’s not to say that the shoe isn’t aesthetically appealing, as the different shades of blue combined with tan and grey say otherwise. If you like this sneaker as much as I do, you’ll be sure to either be at Concepts in Cambridge, MA or glued to your computer when this drop happens on this upcoming Saturday, August 4. The “SEAL” Concepts x New Balance 999, will be released in-store at Concepts at 10 am, and subsequently on their web store at 12 pm. Check the Concepts website for more information on the sneaker, and hit the jump for a few additional pictures. (more…)
July 30, 2012
Now that the #Kithstrike has passed, the official release of the “Neptune Blue” Gel Saga is on the way. On Friday, August 3rd (this upcoming Friday), the sneaker, laden with slate grey nubuck and cove blue accents, will release at Kith Manhattan, Kith Brooklyn, and KithNYC.com for $145. Additional features of the shoe to note are the white accents, lavender lining, and 3 options for laces, lavender flat, grey flat, and grey/cove round. In addition, Kith is also releasing an in-store bundle with the “Neptune Blue” Gel Saga. Priced at $225 and limited to 100 sets per store, it includes the shoe, a black/white/cove Quintin x Kith “Just Us” 5-panel hat, and a blue/white duffel bag constructed with canvas and a leather handle. As mentioned on their website, Kith will not let anyone line up at either of their retail locations before 7 PM on Thursday, August 2nd, so do not try to camp or be tricky about it, because you will then not be allowed to purchase the sneaker. Jake and I will try on make it out to Kith Manhattan on Friday like we always do, but are not sure if we’re going to be there yet. Either way, be safe, and good luck! Also, check below for shots of each individual piece of the “Neptune Blue” bundle. (more…)
July 16, 2012
For a while, Supreme’s upcoming Dunk Low release fell off the map, as barely any information on the sneaker had been revealed since its initial announcement. However, Supreme took to their website today to tell everyone more details on the sneaker. For one, we now know that the upper of the Dunk Low is comprised of a red full-grain nubuck leather. Also, Supreme announced the release information for the sneaker commemorating the tenth anniversary of their first collaboration with Nike SB. If you are looking to buy the shoe from Supreme locations in New York, Los Angeles, or London, the release is set for this Thursday, July 19. If you are in Tokyo, then you can get this Dunk Low from the Supreme store there on Saturday, July 21. Not looking to head over to a retail location? If that is the case, make sure that you are peeled to your computer at 10am on Thursday for the online drop.
July 10, 2012
Did you really think Kobe would change his non-basketball hobbies over one year? Absolutely not. He is still a huge fan of soccer, and specifically, of FC Barcelona. Nike proved last year that perhaps the best way of showing this passion is through sneakers, as they concocted two of the hottest Kobe VIs in tribute to Barcelona’s “Away” and “Home” color schemes. Looks like they are back at it again. This time, a teal and bright red Zoom Kobe VII serves as the “Away” version, while a bright yellow and blue colorway serves as the “Home” version. Unfortunately for you Kobe fans in the USA, both of these sneakers will be dropping exclusively at House of Hoops locations in Europe on Saturday, July 21. Better get your Euro connects ready. (Picture and information via Sneaker News)
Numbers on the backs of sneakers usually denote some sort of player exclusive version of a sneaker, right? In the case of this Air Jordan IX Retro, that is true, but the player is a fictional one. This special version of the Air Jordan IX was made in tribute to Johnny Kilroy, a player featured in an original commercial for the Air Jordan IX. Details like the “4″ on the back of the sneaker and the “Kilroy Kicks Butt” text on the inside of the tongue show just how special this Air Jordan IX is. As if there were not enough Jordan Retros releasing in the Fall, this one is scheduled right in the middle of the season: Saturday, October 18. (Picture via Sneaker Hotline)
June 21, 2012
Fans of the Air Jordan IX, you might want to pay attention to this. Over the few days, the release dates for three of the Air Jordan IX Retros releasing later this year were revealed. Starting things off is the “Photo Blue” IX Retro. The black-based new colorway of the Air Jordan IX will be in stores on Saturday, November 3. Just two weeks later, on Saturday, November 17, that colorway will be joined by a fan favorite Air Jordan IX colorway: the “Olive” version. Rounding out this set of Air Jordan IX Retro releases is the “Cool Grey” colorway. That sleek colorway of the IX will be Jordan fans’ appetizer before the usual big Air Jordan XI Retro release, as the “Cool Grey” IX Retro drops on Saturday, December 15. This leaves one more Air Jordan IX Retro without a release date – the “Johnny Kilroy” colorway. Stay tuned for the release date on that version, and be patient for the rest, as it will be a long time before you will see any Air Jordan IX Retros in Jordan Brand retailers. (Picture via Nice Kicks)
June 15, 2012
Had things remained the way they were from the get-go, I would be bringing you all a release recap of the “Steel Blue” New Balance 999 release from Kith NYC. However, the Kithset collective had to push back the release of the sneaker from Ronnie Fieg’s birthday (Wish the man a happy birthday if you haven’t yet!) to a later date. But do not fret, as that date is not as “later” as it could have been. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to catch the #KithStrike online release today, then make sure to have your plans set – whether for the online drop or in-store drop – for next Friday, June 22.
June 11, 2012
Before Dylan and I left for our three-week trip to Israel, I sent out a preview of things to come in the time while we were away. Alas, I had no idea of exactly how crazy of a period this past three weeks was going to be. The answer: very, very crazy. Check out a few of the headlines I missed in my preview below.
Nike LeBron 9 “MVP”
After the first half of this year’s NBA season, there was no question that LeBron James was putting up historic numbers for his Miami Heat squad. The second half of the season showed a little dip in his production, but nonetheless, in mid-May, LeBron was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011-2012 season. To celebrate the occasion, Nike created an “MVP” version of the LeBron 9. The sneaker has an upper covered in white, but also taken up by a red-and-black fade pattern. Yellow accents appear on the logos and outsole. More pizzaz comes through with red and yellow speckles on a white midsole. Last, but certainly not least, LeBron’s signature on the back of the LeBron 9 is replaced with a yellow “MVP” badge. No word yet on a release date, but keep your Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 demon eyes peeled. (Picture via Nike Inc.)
Nike Zoom Kobe VII “What the Kobe”
Nike SB dropped the “What the Dunk” Dunk Low in October 2007. Since then, there have been custom “What the Dunk” Dunk Highs and even a “What the Jordan” Air Jordan 1, but I am pretty sure Nike was the first to come up with a “What the Kobe” concept. The result? Look right above. Can’t miss it. This obscene version of the Zoom Kobe VII takes radiant colors and animal prints found on previous Kobe colorways and meshes them all together into one pair of sneakers. Wild, right? No release date is known on this super-eccentric Kobe VII, but stay tuned for one hopefully in the near future. (Picture via Sneaker Freaker)
Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals Fall/Winter 2012 Preview
Soon enough, six months will have passed since the first drop from Jeremy Scott’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, and you know what that means: more zany-to-infinity Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals sneakers to feast your eyes on. Sneaker Freaker has a preview of the first set of clothing and sneakers being released, which includes the psychedelic JS Bear pictured above. The first set of three sneakers, along with the matching clothing, is set to drop on or around Sunday, August 12.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Gym Green”
Foamposite mania hits again. The “Gym Green” Foamposite Pro above is dressed in an iridescent green that is lighter, but still similar to the “Dark Pine” Foamposite Pro’s upper from last year. Gym Green accents can be found on the lateral swoosh and outsole swoosh. A translucent outsole makes sure that this Foamposite is a winner for the Olympic season. Pick up your pair on Saturday, June 30. (Picture via Private Stock)
Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 999 Release Date Change
For the most part, these past three weeks have been quiet for news on upcoming Ronnie Fieg sneaker releases. No previews of future Asics collaborations have surfaced, but one tidbit of information on his latest New Balance project came out. The release of the “Steel Blue” New Balance 999, initially slated for Fieg’s birthday of June 15, has been moved to an undisclosed date. The information should not be too far away, but perhaps you will have to wait a little longer than you thought. For now, enjoy a gallery of pictures of the “Steel Blue” 999 courtesy of Sneaker News.
Nike Sportswear “Safari” Pack
Twenty-five years ago, Nike went a little over the aesthetic edge with the Nike Air Safari – a sneaker built like a classic Nike runner, but with a loud pop thanks to the Safari print. Now, Nike will pay tribute to the Air Safari with a two-sneaker pack. First, the Air Safari will re-release in its original form. In addition, the Air Trainer 1 will get dressed up in the original Air Safari colorway for the occasion. Look for both to drop at select Nike Sportswear retailers on Saturday, June 30. (Picture via Nice Kicks)
Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme “Galaxy” Blake Griffin PE Release Date
Ever since the NBA 2012 All-Star Game, many people have been curious about the release status of this player exclusive Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme. Fortunately for those people, this “Galaxy” Blake Griffin PE Hyperdunk finally has a release date. Look for the sneaker to drop in limited amounts at select Nike Basketball retailers on Saturday, June 23. For now, if you have the dough, you can go to eBay to get yourself a pair now.
Released: Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski “Vino Rosso”
Over the three weeks of our hiatus, there were a few notable drops, including this blast-from-the-past Nike SB quickstrike. For months on end, the “Vino Rosso” Janoski seemed like one of those shoes that had pairs floating around, but would never see a wide-scale release. That is, until this past Saturday, June 9. The “Vino Rosso” Janoski dropped at Nike SB locations across the nation as a regular quickstrike. If you put in effort, you should still be able to find a pair for retail or just a little above. (Picture via Black Sheep)
Released: Air Jordan 1 Retro KO Hi “Bred” & “Black Toe”
Talk about a blast from the past! Two Saturdays ago, June 2, marked the completely unexpected return of a gem for Jordan connoisseurs – the “Bred” Air Jordan 1 KO. This colorway of the Air Jordan 1 KO hasn’t seen store shelves since…well, the original drop! Along with the “Bred” colorup, Jordan Brand also dropped a reiteration of the classic “Black Toe” Jordan 1, but in KO form. The “Bred” version is pretty much gone, but you should still be able to find the “Black Toe” KOs around. (Picture via Extra Butter)
Released: Nike Air Yeezy 2 Black/Solar Red & Wolf Grey/Pure Platinum
Didn’t I tell you this might be coming? Well, I hoped it wouldn’t, just so I could be in the States to witness what could have been the craziest sneaker drop ever. Turns out the release was a day before I got back – Saturday, June 9. And yes, it was one of the most insane drops the sneakerhead community has ever seen. For one, there was a regional split for each colorway; stores in the West received the Wolf Grey/Pure Platinum version, stores in the East received the Black/Solar Red version, and select shops in Chicago and New York City received both. After February’s “Galaxy” Foamposite release hoopla, most stores learned their lesson, and held huge raffles instead of allowing lines to form. This was the first time raffles became so commonplace among sneaker shops. Thousands upon thousands of people across the nation put their names down for a chance at Yeezy 2s, with only a small percentage actually getting a chance to purchase pairs. Even the few House of Hoops locations that received Yeezy 2s held online raffles. Nike-owned stores stuck to the RSVP method, which, while efficient, upset a lot of people who believed that they responded quick enough to their respective store’s tweet. NikeStore even opted to release the sneaker online at a random date and time. And worst of all, while the sneaker retailed for $245, it is being sold on eBay at prices in the $2000 to $4000 range. If you won a raffle and were able to pick up a pair, congratulations. Otherwise, you might want to wait for the market price of the sneaker in either colorway to drop. (Picture via Nike Inc.)
Sneaker Con NYC June 2012
Did you miss out on any of the sneakers that dropped in the past three weeks, and don’t feel like buying them online? In a matter of weeks, you’ll have a great opportunity to see all sorts of sneakers in person at New York City’s first Sneaker Con in 2012. This time around, the event looks to be bigger than ever, thanks to the new 10,000 square-foot venue, Baruch College. Nearly 100 vendors will be at the event, catering to an expected thousands of event-goers. If there are any sneakers that you are looking to buy, sell, or trade, Sneaker Con is the place to be when it all goes down on Saturday, June 30 in New York City.
May 7, 2012
Over the late eighties and early nineties, New Balance released the later models in the 99 series. 1986 marked the debut of the New Balance 995, and ten years later, the New Balance 999 was released to the public. With a 3D mid foot and ABZORB cushioning technology, this New Balance model was one of the most forward-thinking running silhouettes available when it released. Not to mention it was also very well-received in the long run. A few years after its American release, the sneaker developed a cult following in Asia, which came back to this country after some time. Now, in 2012, the sneaker serves as a global ambassador. This “Steel Blue” New Balance 999 collaboration will mark the beginning of Kith’s venture into the global sneaker market. How exactly? We’ll have to wait and see. Until then, read the Sneaker Freaker article on this new-age runner and mark down Friday, June 15 as the “Steel Blue” 999′s release date.