As always, Nike and Jordan Brand have prepared special editions of signature shoes for their players to wear on the court during Christmas. This year, however, is even more special, as Christmas will mark the official return of the NBA. 196 days ago, the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the franchise’s first championship ever. Will it happen again? Tomorrow’s NBA Finals rematch will probably give you a signal of what’s to happen. In that game, you will see the “Christmas” LeBron 9 and Fly Wade 2 in action, as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade try to best their ex-Finals foes. Tune in a game earlier, and you will get a glimpse of the “Christmas” Air Max Sweep Thru and Melo M8 on the hardwood when Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony take on the dastardly Boston Celtics. After the Heat-Mavs game, check for the “Cheetah” Zoom Kobe VII Supreme on Kobe Bryant as his Lakers face the Chicago Bulls. The “Metallic Bronze” Zoom KD IV should turn some heads when Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder go up against the Orlando Magic later in the day. Last, but certainly not least, is the debut of the “Lob City” Los Angeles Clippers as the “Christmas” CP3.V-ladden Chris Paul and his squad play against the Golden State Warriors. All of the shoes featured above (and on basketball courts tomorrow) [except for the CP3.V] will be released online as the clock strikes 12:00 am tonight and in other places at various times tomorrow morning. Check with your local Nike Basketball and Jordan Brand retailers to find out the exact details for your area. (Pictures via Modern-Notoriety & Jordan Brand)
December 24, 2011
December 2, 2011
Along with the arrival of December came the “Cannon” LeBron 9, which released today. In addition, Jake already let you guys know about the “Black Flip” Air Jordan III that will be released tomorrow. However, here are all of the other notable sneaker release dates for this month:
Nike Zoom KD IV Lineup
This month, Nike Basketball will debut the KD IV, Kevin Durant’s latest signature sneaker, at retail. Tomorrow, December 3rd, both the “Thunder Away” and “Blackout” colorways of the KD IV will hit stores. Later in December, on the 17th, the special “Nerf” version of the KD IV will release at select spots. However, there is one more KD IV set to release soon…
Nike Basketball “Lockout” Pack
As any NBA fan should know by now, the lockout is over, and the 2011-2012 season is slated to begin this upcoming Christmas! However, during the lockout, several NBA players took on other jobs. Nike Basketball, inspired by this action, asked some of its signed athletes what job they would pursuit if they were not professional basketball players. This “Lockout” Pack is the result. The “Weatherman” KD IV, which draws its inspiration from Kevin Durant’s childhood dream of becoming a meteorologist, features the bright Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red shades of your local news’ weather radar. The “Stockbroker” Hyperfuse 2011, which was created by Andre Iguodala’s desire to become a stockbroker, features a luminous Green upper and a tongue symbol that’s font invokes the power of Wall Street. Finally, the “Blake Show” Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme certainly matches Blake Griffin’s humorous personality, as well as his movie star potential. You can purchase all three shoes in the “Lockout” Pack on December 10th at select Nike Basketball retailers.
Other Basketball-Related Releases
December does not only belong to Kevin Durant sneaker-wise. On December 22nd, the first colorway of the Kobe VII (in its Supreme form), Black/White-Del Sol, will hit Nike Basketball retailers. In addition, Jordan Brand has the rest of December on lock, with the debut of the Fly Wade 2 on December 7th, a re-release of the epic “Last Shot” XIV on December 17th, and the highly-anticipated launch of the 2011 “Concord” XI on December 23rd.
As 2011 comes to a close, several stores (and designers) are going out with a bang. Boylston Trading Co., a “premium menswear” boutique in Boston, MA, will unleash the “Hustler’s Crest” adidas Originals Forum Hi Pack, which features three luxurious montone adidas Forum’s (in Black, Lead, and Cardinal) that are all highlighted by a golden crest. The set, designed by BTC’s frontman, Frank the Butcher, goes on sale tomorrow, December 3rd, but is currently available for pre-order online. Nice Kicks is also getting in on the December fun with the release its first New Balance collaboration, the Grey/Red Nice Kicks x New Balance 1500, on December 16th. In addition, Long Island boutique Extra Butter’s first collaborative sneaker, the “AHCHOO” Reebok Pump AXT (which was recently revealed in full), will end off this big year with a release on New Year’s Eve, December 31st. Lastly, while Ronnie Fieg’s next Asics release for his store, Kith, has not officially been revealed yet, he has hinted on Twitter that his “Mazarine Blue” Gel Saga will release soon (through a picture of the official box for the sneakers), and that December 22nd will be a date for people to “mark..down.” Nothing is set in stone though.
October 12, 2011
Unfortunately, Jake and I have not had enough time lately to post about all of the things we’ve wanted to share on the blog. In the next few days we will update you all on some major things going on in the sneaker world. However, we cannot get to everything. Here are some links to stories on Sneaker News and Sole Collector of some recent stories related to Nike SB, Nike Basketball, and Air Jordan: