With Michael Vick set to take over the reigns of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the injured Ben Roethlisberger this upcoming weekend, Nike Sportswear's release of the "Wolf Grey" Air Zoom Vick II couldn't have seen better timing. Decked out in a grey synthetic and matching mesh with a graphic-covered underlay, this retro take on Vick's most popular signature comes with an icy outsole, white accents and signature cues like a molded heel counter and dynamic heel/collar apparatus. Retailing for $160 USD, the kicks are available now via Rock City Kicks.
Few have seen the meteoric rise in the world of fashion that Virgil Abloh has earned over the past few years. Now, after introducing his first women's line last year, the creative polymath is back with "OFF DAY" for Spring/Summer 2015. Effortlessly combining the casual and the chic, the range is dominated by white tops, denim trousers and matching skirts with a dash of black and windowpane check thrown in for good measure. Though the label's ubiquitous diagonal stripes appear to have gone by the wayside with the latest range, the inclusion of Grateful Dead tees recalls the graphics and aesthetic of previous releases.
The NBA Season is quickly approaching and there's one person who is looking forward to it more than any "biggest fan" of the league and that's Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant. Former MVP and scoring champion, Durant was limited to only playing 27 games last season due to unfortunate injury setbacks. Averaging 32 points per game along with 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assist per game to complement a beautiful season, Nike's own KD was able to discuss his thoughts on what he fears the most, his personal style and what he plans to leave the game of basketball. Peep KD's input below and check out all of Durant's viewpoints here.
My biggest fear is that I might be taking it all for granted. Being able to do something I love every single day is a blessing. We play so many games, we have so many practices — it flies by. By the time it's all said and done, I worry that I might not have really enjoyed every single day as a pro.
I don't want to say it's a competition, but [professional basketball players] always want to look good. Guys aren't comparing all the time, but I think everybody wants his own lane to stay in. So I just try to do my own thing and not worry about what other players have on. I just want to enjoy what I have on and feel good in it. And I've been doing that lately.
If I don't like it, I won't wear it — no matter what design it is or who made it. I'm real simple with it. If it has a nice fit, I'll wear it.
I want to be a Hall of Famer, have multiple championships and, most of all, I just want to leave my mark on the city. I want to inspire the youth and be remembered as one of those guys who impacted lives, on and off the court.
Recently topping the billboard charts with What a Time to Be Alive alongside Future, Drake has been a highly popular topic of discussion as of late. Taking a strong stand in music isn't the only thing Drizzy is a part of though. From working with the NBA's Toronto Raptors to having a clothing line in October's Very Own, another installment to the latter has been introduced. With Drake's "Hotline Bling" being one of the catchiest tracks of the summer, you can now snag a special sports cap -- which features the cover artwork -- to celebrate the song. You can get your own via October's Very Own's site now for $45 USD.
After previously taking on the likes of the Ozweego 2 and Stan Smith, Raf Simons has customized yet another adidas silhouette, this time giving the Response Trail a makeover to create the Response Trail Robot. Taking cues from NASA's astronaut suits, the design employs leather and mesh paneling throughout, coupling a predominately white look with an adiprene+ midsole, silver accents and red and blue hardware.
The robotic Response Trail is available now from adidas Originals retailers like Packer Shoes for $550 USD.
Fresh off his WOKE collab with Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, and George Clinton, Flying Lotus has shared a glimpse of his latest project: a short film. Scored by FlyLo, the Eddie Alcazar-directed FUCKKKYOUUU originally premiered at Sundance's NEXT Fest while the official description of the project reads:
With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self. Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain.
As Pitchfork points out, this isn't Ellison's first venture into film. Among other projects, he's said that WOKE was inspired by a script he wrote some years back and he also scored the John Boyega-starring Imperial Dreams last year.
Check out the trailer for FUCKKKYOUUU above and stay tuned for the full piece.
Nike Sportswear has reworked its Free Hypervenom Low a bit with the silhouette's new Black/Cool Grey colorway. While past iterations have relied on a stretch diamond mesh upper, this new rendition ditches the construction in favor of a perforated look throughout. Decked out in grey, the kicks see a black synthetic overlay that wraps around the heel and extends down the eyestay while finishing touches come in the form of a black tongue, matching laces, grey midsole top line and white Free 5.0 sole unit. The latest Hypervenom-inspired Frees are available now via Swiss retailer Titolo.
A lot of curiosity goes into what actually happens behind the scenes when some of our favorite clothing garments are constructed. Thanks to How to Make Everything, we get a closer look into what goes on during the process of making a $4,000 USD suit. The process consists of tasks such as shaving down sheep for wool, shearing alpaca and deer hunting just to name a few. Although coming up a little bit short on materials in the end result, the final product is pretty intriguing.
In the realm of footwear, few things are better than a clean, timeless trainer and Melbourne's Up There has come together with heritage label Victory Sportswear to craft exactly that. Created in honor of Up There's 5th anniversary, the collaborative Speed Shu emphasizes craftsmanship above all else. Layering premium suedes throughout, the designs come in "Lemonade" and "Watermelon" colorways and finished with custom Vibram sole units. Both pairs can be picked up in-store and online now for $420 AUD (approximately $295 USD) per pair.
Following this summer's news that he would step down as chairman of the company he founded over 50 years ago, Phil Knight sat down with USA Today to reflect on his time in the business and Nike's growth during his reign. Knight clarified that he still intends to stay on at Nike despite relinquishing his current role -- "I didn't say I'm walking away. I said I was stepping down as chairman. I won't walk away. I'll be carried away." -- before covering a number of topics including former sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro (who signed Michael Jordan to his sneaker deal at Nike), Under Armour's ability to challenge the Swoosh's market domination and even his favorite all-time Nike commercial.
Check out the video above and head on over to USA Today's website for the full story.
Rozay keeps 'em coming. After dropping "Babies Cry" just last week -- not to mention a bevy of other cuts surrounding the release of Black Dollar -- the MMG founder is back with yet another cut. Dubbed "Buried in the Streets," the piece sees Ross dropping bars over soulful, brass-filled production from Jake One. Check it out above and stay tuned for more of Ross's prolific output.
After linking up with OAMC creative director Luke Meier to drop the Seylynn, Vans is celebrating the 10th anniversary with yet another limited edition drop: the return of the late Andy Kessler's Sk8-Hi. Originally released in 2010 to pay homage to the late New York City icon and now appearing in the form of the brand's premium Reissue, the design stays true to the black and blue look of the OG, but now employs reworked nubuck and leather construction throughout. Capped off with white rubber foxing and a gum rubber waffle outsole, this nod to Kessler is available now exclusively at Syndicate dealers worldwide.
For a look at what Kessler means to skateboarding and the Big Apple in particular, head on over to vans.com/syndicate.