I got them! In my “Mint Leaf” Gel Lyte III review video, I said that I was looking for the original Nice Kicks-designed Gel Lyte III, and I was luckily able to locate a pair! Big shout out to Matt Halfhill and Ronnie Fieg for designing such a great sneaker. I’m really looking forward to Ronnie’s upcoming store, Kith, by the way. Stay tuned to Sole Camp for information on when it will be opening, and enjoy the review!
August 28, 2011
Look what Yeezy just brought out! At the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, during The Throne’s (Kanye West and Jay-Z) surprise performance of their hit single “Otis”, Kanye West was wearing a new colorway of the highly-anticipated Air Yeezy 2. I couldn’t get too clear of a look at it, but to me, it seemed like a colorway reminiscent of the “Zen Grey” Air Yeezy. Check out more pictures of Kanye wearing the Yeezy 2 below, and stay tuned to Sole Camp for any further information on one of the most hyped-up (possible) releases of 2011.
UPDATE: This colorway of the Yeezy 2 is apparently the “Watermelon” colorway, thanks to a green-tinted glow-in-the-dark outsole and Solar Red lining. Thanks for the heads up Nice Kicks!
P.S. The pictures were taken from my iPhone. Sorry for the bad-ish quality.
UPDATE 2: New, clearer image courtesy of Sole Collector also below.
Towards the beginning of this summer, Jake informed you all about an upcoming Bape and adidas Originals collaboration that was the first revealed sneaker in adidas Originals’s “B-Sides” collection. The collection (currently) features five sneakers that are re-takes on past adidas releases, four of which are collaborations. Here’s a look at the collection, in it’s entirety.
Bape x adidas Originals B-Sides Superstar 80s
The B-Sides Superstar 80s that Bape and adidas Originals have concocted is a clean, yet stunning take on the classic Super Ape Star that released back in 2003. If you want a full description of the sneaker and it’s inspiration, check Jake’s post on it (that I previously mentioned). The Bape x adidas Originals B-Sides Superstar 80s has already released (on August 13th), exclusively at the adidas Concept stores in London and Berlin, and at Bape stores in Japan. There are some pairs of these on eBay, but they’re currently selling for prices in the high hundreds, so act quick before prices go even higher! (More pictures here)
adidas Originals B-Sides Micropacer
Back at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the adidas Micropacer released, and stood ahead of its competition. It’s metallic silver upper made it look futuristic, and it’s built-in pedometer that went over the laces was a very nice touch. The Micropacer has re-released in many colorways since then, but this B-Sides Micropacer is the closest thing yet to the OG colorway. It’s subtle switch of red and blue (between the “three stripes” and the midsole) should have classic-sneaker collectors applauding adidas Originals. The B-Sides Micropacer released alongside the Bape B-Sides Superstars in London and Berlin, but there are a few pairs available on eBay. (More pictures here)
UNDFTD x adidas Originals B-Sides Top Ten Hi
In 2008, alongside adidas Originals and designer Estevan Oriol, popular California-based sneaker store UNDFTD released a luxurious white and gold edition of the Top Ten Hi, in tribute to the then almost-30th Anniversary of the Top Ten Hi. Now, for the B-Sides collection, adidas Originals and UNDFTD have unleashed a nice contrast to their previous Top Ten Hi. This one has a black pebbled leather upper, gold accents, and a translucent outsole. Like the previous B-Sides shoes, the UNDFTD B-Sides Top Ten Hi’s already released, both at the adidas Concept stores in London and Berlin on August 13th, and at UNDFTD locations in CA on August 20th. Also like the others, there are some pairs of this Top Ten Hi available on eBay for those of you interested in obtaining it. (More pictures here)
Foot Patrol x adidas Originals B-Sides Campus 80s
Foot Patrol, a London-based sneaker boutique, released a pretty cool pack of Campus’s with adidas Originals that had suede uppers, white “three stripes” on the outer side of each sneaker, and snakeskin on the inner side. With Foot Patrol’s B-Side collaboration with adidas Originals, they retain that motif on a nice navy-colored Campus 80s, except that on this sneaker, horse hair replaces the snakeskin. I think the snakeskin could have caught on with the recent trend of snakeskin snapbacks in the streetwear world, but the horse hair is still nice. The Foot Patrol x adidas Originals B-Sides Campus 80s has not been released yet, but I expect that it will release sometime around September 17th at Foot Patrol and at the adidas Concept stores in London and Berlin, alongside… (More pictures here)
Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals B-Sides Forum Hi
This. In 2002, designer Jeremy Scott collaborated with adidas Originals with a pretty left-field project (for adidas at that time): a money-printed Forum Hi. Since then, Scott has started his own line of shoes and clothing with the brand of three stripes. But while Scott’s Teddy Bear sneakers are pretty darn cute (and a favorite of mine), none of his sneakers have had as much pure swagger as the Money Forum Hi’s. Until now. Scott once stated that he would “never” make the Money Hi’s again, but conceptually, his B-Sides sneaker is pretty close to those. While the B-Sides Forum Hi has a tonal brown upper (in comparison to a green money-colored upper), it has Jeremy Scott’s name printed across it, in ode to how money was printed across his first adidas collaboration. The Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals B-Sides Forum Hi also has not released yet, and is expected to release on September 17th at the adidas Concept stores in London and Berlin. Hopefully, a U.S. release is in-store for this Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals sneaker. Keep your fingers crossed! (More pictures here)
Stay tuned to Sole Camp for any further news on the B-Sides collection in regards to the U.S. Check out HighSnobiety for a recap of the release of the first set of B-Sides kicks at the adidas Concept store in Berlin. In addition, check out adidas Originals’s YouTube channel for some cool videos that feature the B-Sides collection. (Additional pictures via SneakerNews)
August 27, 2011
September brings school for the Tri-State Area. Aw, bummer! But don’t fret! As with all other months, Nike SB is releasing a nice collection of shoes for September 2011. The main highlights from the releases are shown above. Nike SB is showing some love to A Tribe Called Quest by dropping a black, green, and red Blazer colorway based on the album cover for Tribe’s album “The Low End Theory”. The skateboarding division for Nike is also giving an ode to “Plum” 2001 Nike Dunk colorway by releasing a Dunk High in a very similar colorup. If either of these shoes interest you, then head on over to your local skate shop, as they should have both shoes in stock now. If you want to check out the rest of the Nike SB September 2011 releases (including a Gold Dust/Marine Dunk Low and a cool two-tone Janoski), then check out Premier.
August 26, 2011
Earlier this year, Nike Sportswear brought back the Air Trainer SC II High in a few nice colorways. However, none of those styles could possibly garner as much attention as the ones above. The “Infrared” and “Citron” colorways of the SC II were two of the shoe’s original colorways that released back in the 90′s and that Nike Training legend Bo Jackson actually wore. Whether you are an OG head (these even come with “Nike Air” hangtags, just like the old one’s!) or you just like cool-looking kicks, mark down Friday, September 2nd on your calendar if these catch your interest, as the “Infrared” and “Citron” SC II’s will release in quickstrike quantities at select Nike Sportswear retailers then. If you are itching to secure your pair though, call up Sneaker Bistro, as they are currently taking pre-orders on both pairs. In addition, check below for some more pictures of the OG-colorway SC II’s, courtesy of the Bistro. (more…)
After a great deal of speculation, there is finally some concrete (and not as concrete) release information on the “Miami Nights” LeBron 8 V2 Low. With the shoe’s creative use of Solar Red and Glass Blue, people were sure it would be a hit with the sneaker head masses. Looking for a pair? Then mark down Friday, September 2nd as the day to get yours (along with the LeBron 8 P.S. Finals PE and the “Dark Pine” Foamposite Pro). However, don’t mark it down so fast, as for now, Niketown Miami is the only confirmed store to receive the “Miami Nights” LeBron 8 V2 Low. Stick with Sole Camp for more updates on the stateside release of this heavily anticipated LeBron 8 V2 Low. (Picture via TheShoeGame)
In the midst of a lockout, Nike Basketball is showing some love to NBA teams with the “Geometric” Hyperdunk 2011 Pack. This set of Hyperdunks pays tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, the Boston Celtics, the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Memphis Grizzlies. Each shoe sports a team-colored upper, with various accents all around and a gradient geometric pattern near the toe area. The Lakers, Celtics, and Spurs colorways can be found in stores now, while the Grizzlies, Clippers, and Thunder colorways will be available late next month. Hit the jump for a look at each individual colorway from the “Geometric” Hyperdunk 2011 Pack. (more…)
August 25, 2011
In 1987, basketball and breast cancer were forcibly connected, as future Olympic gold medal-winning and Hall of Fame womens’ basketball coach Sandra “Kay” Yow was diagnosed with breast cancer. On January 24th, 2009, she died from this insidious disease. In partnership with the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, Nike released special breast cancer awareness editions of the Hyperdunk and Blue Chip Low shortly after Yow’s death. Since then, Nike Basketball has always “thought pink” in its releases just before October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, Nike Basketball has already released a couple of shoes for the cause, but the one above will definitely be the standout of the bunch. The “Kay Yow” Kobe VI pictured above is completely breast cancer-aware, with a mainly bright pink upper and breast cancer ribbon placed right by the heel. If you’re looking to get a hot pair of shoes to raise breast cancer awareness, then you’d better be prepared for this release. The “Kay Yow” Kobe VI releases tomorrow, August 26th, at select Nike Basketball retailers, including 21 Mercer.
As of late, Lunar technology has been all the rage in Nike’s Skateboarding department, with the popular cushioning technology appearing on the signature shoes of both Eric Koston and Paul Rodriguez. And it looks like Nike is not stopping there. At the moment, Zoom Air, Max Air, and Shox stand as Nike Basketball’s three pillars of full-length cushioning. With the Lunar Hypergamer, you can throw Lunar into the mix as well. The first standout feature of the new Nike Basketball silhouette is its full-length LunarLon midsole. Throw in a Hyperfuse upper, and you pretty much have the composition of the Hypergamer down pat. Lunar technology has appeared on basketball shoes before (The original Hyperdunk was the first shoe to ever include it), but never as the driving force behind the cushioning. Can Lunar technology effectively anchor the cushioning for a basketball shoe? You and I will both have to wait until the Lunar Hypergamer releases to see that. For now, you can feast your eyes on camouflage makeups of the shoe, courtesy of DJ Clark Kent.
August 24, 2011
This should not be a surprise to you all, as the “Dark Pine” Foamposite Pro was revealed back in January. However, I feel as if we have neglected to bring the “Dark Pine” Foams the attention that they deserve. The picture above and the pictures below should remind you why you should line up at your local Nike Sportswear retailer when this Foamposite Pro releases on Friday, September 2nd. (more…)