Sole Camp

June 11, 2012

Post-Hiatus Update – 6/11/12

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”

Nike LeBron 9 "MVP"

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 Zoom Kobe VII "What the Kobe"

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

adidas Originals JS Bear for Fall/Winter 2012

adidas Originals JS Bear for Fall/Winter 2012

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”

Nike Air Foamposite Pro "Gym Green"

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

Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 999 "Steel Blue"

Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 999 "Steel Blue"

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

Nike Sportswear "Safari" Pack – Air Safari & Air Trainer 1

Nike Sportswear "Safari" Pack – Air Safari & Air Trainer 1

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

Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme "Galaxy" Blake Griffin PE

Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme "Galaxy" Blake Griffin PE

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”

Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski "Vino Rosso"

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”

Air Jordan 1 Retro KO Hi "Bred" & "Black Toe"

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

Nike Air Yeezy 2 Wolf Grey/Pure Platinum

Nike Air Yeezy 2 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

Sneaker Con NYC June 2012

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 6, 2012

Video Review: Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low Jeremy Lin PE

Over this past NBA season, Jeremy Lin took the media-frenzied New York Knicks and their fan base by total surprise, and became one of the most beloved players league-wide. Last month, Nike dropped a special pair of Hyperdunk 2011 Lows in honor of Lin. Check the video for a look at the “Linsanity”-themed Hyperdunk PE.

April 13, 2012

Now Releasing: Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low Jeremy Lin PE & Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low “Rose Classic”

Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low Jeremy Lin PE

Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low Jeremy Lin PE

Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low "Rose Classic"

Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low "Rose Classic"

Low-top basketball sneaker fans, tomorrow looks like your day to go crazy on purchases. Two interesting colorways of two different low-cut Nike Basketball shoes are coming out. For the Knicks fans and Jeremy Lin idolizers, a special Player Exclusive Hyperdunk 2011 Low made for Linsanity himself will be releasing to the public. The other sneaker releasing tomorrow is a low-top version of the Lunar Hypergamer, a model I showed you all months back that combines Lunar cushioning with Hyperfuse. This colorway pays tribute to the Rose Classic, a bi-annual girls’ basketball league established in 2006 that is sponsored by Nike. The sneaker’s main colors are teal and pink, and the shades are complimented with patterns and logos inspired by the Rose Classic all around the sneaker. If you want to have a chance at snatching both sneakers up at the same time when they release tomorrow, head on over to 21 Mercer in the morning.

April 10, 2012

Jordan Melo M8 “Blue Suede” PE

Jordan Melo M8 "Blue Suede" PE

Jordan Melo M8 "Blue Suede" PE

You know how we do with the Knicks. Dylan and I were at the Garden to experience Sunday’s thriller game, as the Knicks took down the league-best Chicago Bulls. Right away, I saw that Carmelo Anthony was wearing a never-before-seen bright blue version of the Melo M8. Even in a game where J.R. Smith wore four different pairs of sneakers, Melo’s choice of footwear was the main sneaker highlight. After the epic performance that the Knicks’ number 7 had while wearing this version of the Melo M8, it should have a bit of sentimental value. Just a bit. No word is out on the release status for this PE, but if plans for it to drop ever materialize, you should be able to find them on here. (Picture via the_real_jobby)

March 1, 2012

Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low Jeremy Lin PE

Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low Jeremy Lin PE

Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low Jeremy Lin PE

Whenever I attend Knicks games at Madison Square Garden, I do one thing before all others: scout out the sneakers each player is wearing. I had the awesome pleasure of going to last night’s Knicks-Cavaliers game, with a clear, horizontal view of the court. Not many sneakers stood out. As usual, players were wearing general release Nike Basketball shoes that recently dropped, like JR Smith with the “Thunder Away” Zoom KD IV and Steve Novak with a pair of Lunar Hypergamers in a similar colorway. Jared Jeffries caught my eye, as he broke out the circa-2007 “Stealth” Air Jordan VIII Retro for the game. But what sneaker grasped my attention the most? Absolutely had to be Jeremy Lin’s Hyperdunk 2011 Low PEs. This bright blue and orange colorway of the low-top Hyperdunk 2011 was made specifically for Jeremy Lin and his All-Star weekend escapades. It has a special tongue patch that has “J.L.” in orange and “SOPH” in clear writing to the side. The sneaker may look simple in the picture above, but with orange laces in person, it pops on the hardwood. Trust me. And if you don’t trust me, then trust ESPN. There is no information out on a release of this PE, but for Jeremy Lin’s sake, I hope it releases. For now, hit up Sole Collector for a further look at the Jeremy Lin Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Low PE.

October 28, 2011

Sidebar: Air Jordan 2011 Ray Allen “3-Point Record” PE

Hey everyone! Even though Sole Camp has been running for over one-and-a-half years already, this is my first sidebar! I felt like I needed to make this when I found out about a certain shoe…

Air Jordan 2011 Ray Allen "3-Point Record" PE

Air Jordan 2011 Ray Allen "3-Point Record" PE

Earlier today, a picture of this Air Jordan 2011 Ray Allen PE leaked onto the web. This 2011 has a white eyestay, midsole, and pull-tab, a green lining and tongue, a gold outsole and tongue tab (that also features the Ray Allen signature and “2,561″ [the record number of threes Ray set]), and a gold/green “shell”. Honestly, I think that the 2011 Ray Allen PE looks magnificent! The gold on the shell makes the shoe look like a trophy in itself, while the green on it gives it some Celtic flare. In addition, the gold shell-tip reminds me of Ray Allen’s “Finals” Air Jordan XI PE from 2008. The placement of the three-point number on the shoe (2,561) also makes the sneaker more significant than just a Celtics-colored shoe, such as…

Air Jordan XIII Retro Ray Allen "3-Point Record" PE

Air Jordan XIII Retro Ray Allen "3-Point Record" PE

…the White/Clover Air Jordan XIII that Ray Allen wore to break the record in and that released back in July of this year. When I first discovered that the Ray Allen XIII was actually releasing, I was kind-of excited that I might have the opportunity to possess a Ray Allen-sneaker; the shoe of my favorite player in the NBA who is not a New York Knick. However, I soon enough looked beyond the fact that it was a Ray Allen PE, and realized that A, I am not a big fan of the Air Jordan XIII at all, and B, I don’t think I would like wearing such a simply colorblocked white and green shoe. In fact, excluding the Ray signature, the shoe has an eerily similar colorway to the White/Black-Varsity Red XIII that re-released late last year, which sat on shelves for a while in some places. After the Ray Allen 2011 was revealed earlier today, I was just confused as to why Jordan Brand decided to go with the rather plain colorway of the XIII over the pretty radical trophy-like colorway of the 2011. I probably would have put some effort into getting the 2011, even if hype was high and quantity was low on it. It would have been the perfect commemoration for Ray Allen’s groundbreaking three-point record. Alas, Jordan Brand disappoints me (Picture via Sneaker News).

October 19, 2011

Jordan Melo M8 “Knicks Away” & Nike Air Max Sweep Thru Amar’e Stoudemire PE Review at Exit 36

Even though the NBA lockout continues on, Jake and I were eager to make a Knicks-themed review at Exit 36, with the recently released Away colorway of the Melo M8, and QS PE colorway of the Air Max Sweep Thru. If you want to get either of these shoes, call up or get over to Exit 36! And I hope you all like the review!

October 12, 2011

Now Releasing: Nike Air Max Sweep Thru

Nike Air Max Sweep Thru

Nike Air Max Sweep Thru

This past season, in Amar’e Stoudemire’s first season with the New York Knicks, he showed that when he slams down, he likes to stay strapped down. Throughout the season, he only wore the Zoom Huarache TR Mid and the Zoom KD II. However, if this season happens, Amar’e will be adjusting the straps of his own (unofficial) signature sneaker: the Air Max Sweep Thru. The sneaker itself has Air Max technology in the heel, and a crossing mid-foot strap to make sure that Amar’e's feet stay tucked in both on the court and off. The above colorway, a Treasure Blue/White-Team Orange version, releases at 21 Mercer (and I’m assuming more Nike stores) on Friday, but has already dropped in quickstrike fashion at Sneaker Bistro. The Air Max Sweep Thru is also dropping in two more Knicks-themed colorways, a Black/Team Orange-Treasure Blue-White pair and a White/Treasure Blue-Team Orange pair, both of which were displayed at a recent Amar’e Stoudemire appearance at Foot Locker 34th St in New York City. The Black pair is available at various Nike stores now, while the White pair should be available soon. Check below for an image of Amar’e Stoudemire with the two other colorways of the Air Max Sweep Thru, and check Foot Locker’s Facebook for a recap of his appearance. (more…)

Comprehensive Update – Nike SB, Nike Basketball, & Jordan

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:

Nike SB

Supreme x Nike SB '94 "Nubuck"

Supreme x Nike SB '94 "Nubuck"

Supreme x Nike SB ’94 “Nubuck”

Nike SB Dunk Low “US Passport”

Nike SB Dunk Mid “Patagonia”

Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski “Vino Rosso”

Nike Basketball

Nike Basketball Holiday 2011 PE Pack

Nike Basketball Holiday 2011 PE Pack

Nike Basketball Holiday 2011 PE Pack

Lunar Hypergamer QS Camo Pack

Nike LeBron 9 “Blackout”

Nike LeBron 9 “Miami Hurricanes”

Nike LeBron 9 “Ohio State Buckeyes”

Nike LeBron 9 “Kentucky”

Jordan Brand

New Jordan Signatures Unveiled

New Jordan Signatures Unveiled

New Jordan Signatures Unveiled

Jordan Fly Wade 2

Jordan CP3.V

Jordan Melo M8

Released: Air Jordan 8.0 “Playoffs” & “Georgetown”

September 1, 2011

Now Releasing: Various September 2nd and 3rd Releases

Nike Air Foamposite Pro "Dark Pine", Air Jordan III Retro "Stealth", Nike Air Trainer SC II "Citron", and Nike Air Trainer SC II "Infrared"

Nike Air Foamposite Pro "Dark Pine", Air Jordan III Retro "Stealth", Nike Air Trainer SC II High "Citron", and Nike Air Trainer SC II High "Infrared"

Last week, excitement from sneaker news peaked at a major high with the second unveiling of the Yeezy 2. This week has been slow on news so far, but you can just consider that the calm before the storm. What storm, you ask? Well, look at the long list of shoes coming out within the next two days, and you have an answer. Today, I’m going to go through each and every notable release for both tomorrow, September 2nd, and Saturday, September 3rd. (Picture via Premier)

Nike Air Trainer SC II “Citron” & “Infrared”

Nike Air Trainer SC II "Citron" & "Infrared"

Nike Air Trainer SC II High "Citron" & "Infrared"

Dylan informed you all about the return of these OG Trainer SC II High colorways a few days ago. A release date of September 2nd has been slapped on the classic “Citron” and “Infrared” colorups of the Air Trainer SC II High. If you can’t wait until tomorrow, some stores, like Exit 36, might have both shoes in stock at this very moment.

Air Jordan III Retro “Stealth”

Air Jordan III Retro "Stealth"

Air Jordan III Retro "Stealth"

What’s a big sneaker release day without some Jordan love? This weekend, Jordan heads will be able to get their hands on the new “Stealth” Air Jordan III Retro. With its grey nubuck upper, black tongue, minimal red and white accents, and interesting use of tumbled nubuck, the “Stealth” colorway of the III is certainly a Bulls-tinged classic. Get to your local Jordan Brand retailer (perhaps Extra Butter?) early on Saturday if you want to ensure your pair.

Nice Kicks x adidas Originals Campus 80s “Game Day”

Nice Kicks x adidas Originals Campus 80s "Game Day"

Nice Kicks x adidas Originals Campus 80s "Game Day"

Even if we have neglected to talk about the next Nice Kicks collaboration until now, it is still a release of much significance. In the past, the famous blog (and boutique) has collaborated with Ronnie Fieg on two Asics Gel Lyte III colorways. Tomorrow will mark the branching out of Nice Kicks’s collaborative efforts, as they try their hands on the adidas Originals Campus 80s silhouette. In the Nice Kicks x adidas Originals collaboration, Nice Kicks owner Matt Halfhill wanted to embody the vivacious atmosphere in Austin, TX that appears whenever the hometown Longhorns (University of Texas) play football. This spirit comes through on the “Game Day” Campus 80s with a rugged suede upper in the signature Burnt Orange color of the Texas Longhorns. The Nice Kicks x adidas Originals “Game Day” Campus 80s will release on Nice Kicks’s online web shop at 11 AM CST (Or 12 PM EST, for you east coast folk), and then in Nice Kicks’s actual shop in Austin, TX later that day at 6 PM at an all-out, Texas-style tailgate party. Those that attend the party will have the special opportunity to brand the almost logo-less shoe with customized irons.

Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Dark Pine”

Nike Air Foamposite Pro "Dark Pine"

Nike Air Foamposite Pro "Dark Pine"

Nike is looking to end this Foamposite year in a bang with perhaps the most well-recepted non-original colorway of the Foamposite Pro to ever release. With its green color, ice blue sole, and luminescent upper reminiscent of the “Eggplant” Foamposite One, the “Dark Pine” Foamposite Pro is sure to be one of, if not the most sought-after Foamposite release of the year (sans the “Royal” Foamposite One re-release). In fact, stores like Footaction and Moe’s Sneaker Spot are even celebrating the shoe’s release with various events. If you’re one of the many looking to get your “Dark Pine” on for the autumn, then you’d better be prepared for anything and everything when these Air Foamposite Pros release tomorrow.

Nike LeBron 8 P.S. Finals PE

Nike LeBron 8 P.S. Finals PE

Nike LeBron 8 P.S. Finals PE

Here is the perfect shoe for all you Heat fans who are still in shock after the result of June’s NBA Finals. The LeBron 8 P.S. Finals PE should bring back memories of LeBron James’s spectacular shots and plays against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Wait…you’re saying that LeBron choked in the Finals? In that case, diehard LeBron fans should be the only ones buying this shoe. Or those that like the Heat-themed color scheme, I guess. Anyways, if you don’t remember from last time I posted about the Finals PE of the LeBron 8 P.S., the shoe drops on NikeStore this upcoming midnight. (Picture via Sole Collector)

Nike LeBron 8 V2 Low “Miami Nights”

Nike LeBron 8 V2 Low "Miami Nights"

Nike LeBron 8 V2 Low "Miami Nights"

Is it “South Beach” part two? Looks wise, that would be an easy no for me. Everything else wise? It seems quite like it. Major hype behind the colorway name? Check. Use of teal blue and pinkish red? Check. Exclusive release in Miami? Unfortunately for fans of the shoe in the 49 other Unites States of America, check. As of now, the epically hyped “Miami Nights” LeBron 8 V2 Low is only set to drop at Niketown Miami tomorrow, with chaos already erupting at the location over lineups, wristbands, and the such. However, rumors are floating around that the Dadeleand House of Hoops will also have the shoe in stock. My advice for those of you in the Miami area would be to call around to see if any other local shops are getting them in and to hope for the best. (Picture via Sole Collector)

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