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Serious tennis classics here. Not as memorable as Nike, Reebok, or Adidas releases from those days, but definite quality construction and design. Back in the day, players I knew who wore K-Swiss swore by them. I seem to remember a few pros wearing these, but can't think who offhand.
4 days, 21 hours ago on K-Swiss SI-18 International Returns
These look great- a pricey investment, but compared to some other options in its price point, not a bad choice. It will be interesting to see how fast these move.
1 week, 2 days ago on Nike KD 7 EXT “KD is Not Nice” – Nikestore Release Info
I never thought ACG had officially disappeared since there would be a random ACG-branded item released here or there across the last few years. At any rate, I look forward to a whole department at Nike focused exclusively on outdoor-oriented gear.
1 week, 2 days ago on Nike Announces Relaunch of ACG
Just when I think they can't make this shoe uglier, Nike proves me wrong.
2 months, 1 week ago on Nike Air Max Bo Jax “Digi-Camo”
@a215m30 How many swooshes do you need? What's the proper amount?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Nike Chuck Posite – Release Date
What a regrettable combination of colors.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Nike Zoom Talaria 2014 – Cedar – Fierce Green – Gym Red
@So_Soleful @SneakerNews @KingJames Exactly. There is some construction issue with the eyelet falling apart or something like that, which he probably experienced in practice and is delaying the general release. And it doesn't hurt to wear other shoes in the lineup for promotional purposes, especially before the season kicks off.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on LeBron James in Nike Zoom Soldier 8 For Cavs Wine And Gold Scrimmage
Stop this travesty already.
3 months, 1 week ago on Nike Air Max Bo Jax – White – Black – Volt
These and the OG Michael Chang colorways are both available directly from Reebok.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Reebok Court Victory Pump – White – Ion Blue – Yellow
Good work, SN- this was a nice overview of the key points in Nike's deep tennis legacy. There are a few missing items (the pre-Air Tech Challenge-era Air Play and Air Ace are under-appreciated) but you hit on most of the highlights.
One correction that I feel obligated to point out, though-- the legendary MacAttack came out in 1985, and in not one but two colorways. There was a rarer white/white/black colorway that served as his Wimbledon shoe. I remember finding them at a place called Sneaky Feet that specialized in markdowns and irregulars. This was back in the days of mom driving me to the mall. The greys were only available at a store called Athlete's Foot, but I found mine at a Marshalls a few months later. If only I'd known back then what they'd sell for today...
I've posted a photo from someone in Australia who had both colors:
4 months ago on Aces of Nike Tennis History
Very much digging the Hyperposite 2. The silhouette is clean and that big visible air sole looks really comfortable.
4 months ago on A Complete Look at Team USA Basketball’s Sneakers
I'm not a big fan of this design, but mostly because the old one is so classy, but I didn't like it when adidas went from the trefoil to that angular three stripe thing back in the 90s, either. I got used to it over time, and adidas eventually brought back the old trefoil with their originals line.
As long as Reebok classics keep making them money, they'll still make kicks with the old logo.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on New Reebok Logo – Identity Crisis?
Sport Blue season again? It sneaks up on me every year.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Jordan Future “Sport Blue”
@DavidWalter I totally agree. These should be in the regular rotation and the custom program is a great way to keep them there. Look at all the options you can make out of the Instapump Fury.
5 months ago on Reebok Classics Serves Up The Original Court Victory Pumps
I simply don't remember these and I thought I was pretty well schooled on Nike Air Trainers. The mid-cut with the crossover straps I remember and they've been retro'd at least once, but these must have been pretty obscure.
5 months, 1 week ago on Nike Air Trainer Max ’91 Low – Grey – Volt
I'm starting to warm up to the Wimbledons, but at $130, there's just no sense. The original ATCs are going for $120-130.
5 months, 1 week ago on Nike Air Tech Challenge Hybrid “OG” + “Wimbledon” – Available
I was on the fence with these, but now that I know that it's got a cool slide out box...
5 months, 1 week ago on Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue” Will Feature Slide-out Packaging
@EvilRamen Except for the fact that he's never been the highest-paid player on the team in any of the 11 seasons he was with the Cavs and Heat already. Now that he has a couple of rings, I say let the man earn his keep.
5 months, 1 week ago on LeBron James Signs With The Cleveland Cavaliers
These (and the OG 8000 colorway) are the nicest of the Flux Weaves and exactly how adidas should deploy the weave tech. While it does seem to imitate the Flyknits, I much prefer the look of these to the mostly ugly colorways on the Flyknits.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on adidas ZX Flux Weave “8000″
@r3dnax3la Same here. I grabbed the 'King's Pride' about a week after they released after drooling over pics in SN and other shoe blogs. I don't hoop in them, but they are one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever put on my feet. They look sick and I don't really care whether LBJ wore them as much because his feet are a mess.
And it's not like he never wore them. Here's a solecollector article pointing out that he wore the 11 or 11 Elite models a total of 35 times over the season:
6 months ago on How Did LeBron James Not Wearing the Nike LeBron 11 Influence Purchasing? Our Readers Chime In
If your feet are small, you can wear 'em. I saw a dude rocking these on the subway today. Didn't think these were in adult sizes. Brother must have some tiny feet.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Air Jordan 6 Retro GS “Turbo Green” – Release Date
A future iconic design, mark my words. This and the LeBron11 push the envelope for the 'posites. While ppl throw down $250+ for Foams and FoamPros and pay resellers ridiculous mark-ups, I'll take these all day at $180 retail.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Nike Lil’ Penny Posite “Challenge Red” – Release Date
While Nike spews out retros like the Air Raid, Reebok keeps killing it and showing how retros should be done. These look great
7 months, 3 weeks ago on A Detailed Look at the Reebok Pump Battleground Retro
Very surprised to see this obscure colorway return. These were pretty hard to track down and will definitely sell like crazy to people who know what's what.
In fact, isn't the checkerboard thing a reference to John McEnroe? He was reaching his final years when Agassi was in his prime.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Another OG Colorway of the Nike Air Tech Challenge II Returns
@RecklessRocc_ Good call. There are so many excellent kicks that sell for discount that compare to some of the hottest hyped heat. Reebok and adidas have been killing it with retros that are better than the originals. Crazy8s, KB1s, the FYW line, the Reebok retro and reserve collections are seriously good shoes. Even classics like the Flight '89s were going for $60 a pair on nike.com's clearance and places like Foot Action and Jimmy Jazz. That's like $20 less than what the OGs debuted for.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Massive Campout Forces Supreme To Cancel Foamposite Release
These are excellent. I dig they kept the FYW logo on the side. Now if only adidas will retro the Trident TR runner. I've got two pair that are virtually unwearable due to cracking of the leather upper and badly want them to return.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on adidas Originals EQT Key Trainer – Keyshawn Johnson’s Signature Returns
The case is amazing, but why it's coupled with these green monstrosities is a complete mystery. Didn't anyone at Nike think 'How about we make these in Bulls team colors?'
Between these and those Air Max 3.26s, my theory about the Nike design team sharing a meth pipe is starting to look more and more accurate.
9 months, 1 week ago on Nike SB Air Jordan 1 – Special Edition Packaging
I really would like to have seen the meeting where they decided on the color of that sole. Were they smoking meth? I was really hoping that these would be true OG but Nike screws it all up again.
9 months, 1 week ago on Nike Air Max 1 “3/26″
Again, the title of the article for the product is wrong. Again, these aren't Chukkas.
The first instance of the Footscape Woven upper was as a low-cut runner with a 360 sole in a one-time-only release (in 2004, I think). Then came a couple more variations of that, as well as the Bodega low, before they added the ankle side panel to turn them into a chukka.
At any rate, these are among the most comfortable shoes you're ever likely to lace up. My Bodega black cats always draw questions and compliments, too. Definitely head-turning kicks that you don't see every day.
9 months, 1 week ago on Nike Footscape Woven Motion “Dark Base Grey”
I'm sure that's just what Harrod's wants is a bunch of sneakerheads and opportunistic resellers camping outside their front door on a Thursday night.
9 months, 1 week ago on Size? Brings Back Deadstock Classics for Harrods Opening
These aren't chukkas. These are simply the Footscape Woven Motion. The chukka adds an ankle-high panel while these are pure low-cut.
9 months, 1 week ago on Nike Footscape Woven Motion “University Blue”
An SC1 (when it came out, it was simply the SC) mixed with the TW2 and given a nice full-length visible air unit. These are about as close to the original TW2s as they've come.
9 months, 1 week ago on Nike Air Trainer Max 360 2 “Medicine Ball”
The quote at the end says it all- it's nice to see his recognition and appreciation of the fact that they're not just re-issuing retros of shoes he wore, but making new designs with his name on them. That's really got to feel great.
That said, the Penny Posites are amazing - release them already!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Penny Hardaway Confirms Nike Air Penny 6
The Tecmo Bowl style 8-bit Bo on the tongue is just perfect coupled with the 8-bit '16' on the heel.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Nike Air Trainer SC High “Broken Bats”
My favorite of all the CWs for this shoe-- so tasteful.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Nike Air Tech Challenge II QS “Clay Blue”
So glad to see this alternate OG colorway coming back. It's definitely not as in-yer-face as the hot lava model, but still stands out from the crowd.
10 months, 1 week ago on Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Clay Blue”
Tastefully executed mash-up here- and much better than those Air Flight '13 Challenge abominations.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Air Jordan 7 “Air Tech Challenge 3/4″ Customs by Ramses
Leave some for me. ;)
11 months ago on Jordan Future
Still a killer after all these years.
11 months ago on Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Lava” – Arriving at Retailers
I never thought I'd want anything AJ since the VI, but these are fire. Woven, a crazy lacing system, and an outsole that looks insane. Please let me be the only one liking these-- I don't want to get sucked into any stupid raffle/wait-in-line nonsense.
OK- where's the Air Trainer 3 (aka the original Air Trainer SC) in medicine ball. That and no Air Trainer TW or TW2 (which we now get as an SB bastardization). Weird, too, how the Air Trainer 1 in the photo has a nylon mesh toebox. I've never seen one like that in the original chlorophyll colorway.
11 months ago on The Genealogy of Nike Training
Sorry, none of these beats the original ZX 8000.
11 months ago on A Detailed Preview of the adidas ZX Flux
Definitely like the lines of the Ambassador 6- just wish they'd get a better colorway.
11 months, 1 week ago on Nike LeBron Ambassador 6 “Dunkman”
Too bad his production tonight was garbage.
11 months, 1 week ago on Ray Allen To Match Shuttlesworth Jersey with Air Jordan 13 “He Got Game”
Is it just me or are these some serious kind of ugly?
11 months, 1 week ago on Nike Zoom HyperRev – Dark Grey – Volt – Wolf Grey
These definitely retro-ed a short while ago. You could generally get them for around $100 last time around. That 'lava' is still a little loud for me, but they hold up nicely 20-odd years later.
11 months, 1 week ago on Nike Air Tech Challenge II QS “Hot Lava”
No swoosh, but a rivet hole on each shoe where the swoosh should be... they look like factory rejects.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Nike LeBron 11 “No Swoosh”
I personally really like the placement of the swoosh on the XIs- the way it wraps over the foot is just perfect. These definitely look like knock-offs without it.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Nike LeBron 11 Without a Swoosh?
They can take lessons from the techs that designed the federal health care sign-up site.
12 months ago on Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” – Release Date
This is one time where I think I'd cop just to have the packaging.
1 year ago on adidas Crazy 8 “Nightmare” – Special Edition Packaging