Category Archives: Footwear

Converse Unveils NBA Collection With Chuck Taylor All Stars & Apparel

The NBA celebration continues as Converse joins in on the fun. Using the unforgettable Chuck Taylor All Star model, Converse will soon launch three different iterations of the silhouette in Gameday, Legend and Franchise categories. Kicking things off, its Gameday selection will be comprised of 250 individually numbered pairs in representation of each NBA squad. Authentic NBA jerseys will be incorporated within the uppers in addition to leather along its lining.

The NBA Legend selection will be a luxe model that commemorates the history of basketball. Within this iteration you'll find the successful and rich history of franchises such as the Boston Celtics, LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls specifically.

The offering's Chuck SE NBA Franchise will call upon only 13 NBA squads placing each logo on the tongue while the team's name and extra details will be found on its mesh upper. This section's main attraction can be found on its outsole as you'll find special nods to each team's influence on their respective city.

Lastly, a small selection of apparel will also join the fold as a winter wool bomber jacket will be available in addition to a hooded coaches jacket, Converse Essentials hoodie, long sleeve T-shirt and jogger -- all hosting NBA x Converse co-branding.

Scheduled for a launch on September 29 at select Converse retailers and Converse website, further information regarding the drop can be found on Nike's website. Take a look at some of the pieces above and let us know what you think.

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The Pyramid Country x Vans Half Cab Pro Glows in the Dark

The good folks at Pyramid Country have teamed up with Vans for a limited edition footwear offering that centers upon the tried-and-true Half Cab Pro silhouette. From the surface, the skateboard collective’s distinct take on the mid-top sneaker seems like a general release iteration you’ve seen in the past. However, you’d want to kill those kinds of presumptions immediately, especially since these babies are fitted with glow-in-the-dark, green soles.

The model itself is elegantly draped in a premium suede, mesh, and leather fabric construction. Not to mention, space-inspired insoles are also purveyed in each shoe. Check out the Pyramid Country x Vans Half Cab Pro above and expect an official release at Vans stockists this September 23.

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Jason Markk Explains How to Become the Best Shoe Cleaner

For our latest visual feature, we link up with shoe cleaning extraordinaire Jason Markk and learn more about his background, his humble beginnings, the anatomy of a quality sneaker treatment and more.

Over the course of four minutes, Markk takes us to his Harbor City childhood home to delve into his past and the positive effect his supportive parents had on him. Later, we follow the brand owner as he takes us to his company's Los Angeles flagship.

"The main focus of the store, was just purely for people to come and experience the brand in its entirety," Markk explains. "All the projects that we've done just felt right ... [it's] a dream come true. I come to work every day and I'm happy; it makes me happy to see that my staff is happy."

Later, Markk reflects on the journey that has awarded him the position he fills today. "Thinking back on how we got here today and where we are ... we've made a lot of mistakes, but I think that's part of it; it's making mistakes and learning from it quick."

You can take a look at our interview with Jason Markk above.

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Big Baller Brand Reveals Remixed Design of Lonzo Ball’s ZO2 Prime Sneaker

New sneaker, same price. Big Baller Brand returns and recently went back to the drawing board with Lonzo Ball's first signature sneaker. Originally revealed back in May, the LA Lakers rookie received a lot of love and a lot of hate upon debuting his ZO2 sneaker. Said to be the "lightest basketball shoe ever made," the Remixed ZO2 sneaker follows the reveal of LaMelo Ball's signature in the Melo Ball 1.

The ZO2 Prime Remix incorporates carbon fiber along its heel cap in addition to an upper that hosts a combination of three textures of monofilament rip-stop mesh, semi-sock construction fabric and 3D printing. For its cushioning, you'll find what Big Baller Brand claims to be the "newest revolutionary foam" that provides "40% more rebound that standard EVA" foam.

Interestingly enough, those who preordered the original ZO2 model will be sent these in replacement. Still retailing for $495 USD, new orders of the ZO2 Prime Remix will ship on January 30, 2018 while old orders placed will still be honored with a November 24 shipping date. You can pre-order your ZO2 Prime Remix via Big Ball Brand's official website. Check out the video reveal above and let us know your thoughts.

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Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer “Multicolor 2.0”

Back in June, Nike showcased a "Multicolor" iteration of its new Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer model. Now, an updated edition of the colorway has hit international retailers. This time around, the Nike runner hosts a "Multicolor 2.0" color scheme as it incorporates lighter shades into the mix. Within the newest launch you'll find the Flyknit upper dominated by purple coloring and complemented by yellow and green as well.

Nike's Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer "Multicolor 2.0" is set to retail around the expected $150 USD price point with a stateside launch coming at a later date. The colorway is currently available at select international retailers such as 43einhalb.

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New Survey Claims Under Armour Shoes Are Officially Uncool

A new survey by Wells Fargo has officially confirmed it: Under Armour shoes are uncool. The study, which was aimed at young male consumers, found that only 27% of the participants scored the brand highly, with adidas hitting 70% and Nike coming top with 81% of consumers liking the brand.

The survey had more bad news for Under Armour when it came to whether or not respondents were more likely to start buying the brand's footwear. Around 33% of participants said that they were less likely to buy Under Armour shoes, while only 17% said the likelihood of them buying Under Armour footwear had increased. This gave the brand a net score of -17%, putting it at bottom place in the study.

The news from Wells Fargo perhaps isn't surprising, with a number of recent stories pointing to the brand's declining fortunes. Last month, Kevin Durant claimed that "nobody wants to play in Under Armours," which sent the company's stocks crashing, while a few weeks before that the brand announced that its sales performance had led to it cutting 280 jobs.

As it attempts to change this perception, Under Armour has recently confirmed a multi-platform partnership with A$AP Rocky, that will see the rapper's AWGE branch team up with the brand to develop new products and build a series of philanthropic community-based programs.

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Nike Will Revisit Placing Branded Logos on the SB Dunk High

Nike has decided to turn back the clocks as it prepares to release new versions of its classic SB Dunk High silhouettes. Earlier seen in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, the Swoosh previously made waves by placing miniature logos onto the side-facing heel area of several of its sneakers, one being the Wu-Tang Clan x Nike SB Dunk High initially released in 1999.

As part of an upcoming fall release, Nike is set to revisit the heel logo motif with what some believe to be a U.S.-themed drop. Both renditions take on a tonal palette consisting of red, white and blue -- finished off with a star-bearing Nike SB Dunk emblem hitting the heel region. Said to launch sometime in November, be sure to check back for full release details.

In case you missed it earlier, check out the newly unveiled Nike Dunk High N7.

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Roc-A-Fella Records Legend Dame Dash Is Selling His Sneaker Collection

Dame Dash, Roc-A-Fella's Co-founder, has long been known as an avid sneakerhead. Since publically declaring his obsession for kicks in the classic 2005 documentary Just For Kicks, Dame has gradually been growing his collection.

The shoes, that mostly range from size 9.5 to 10.5, are now available on eBay via trusted seller Shoezeum. Dame's sneaker stockpile encompasses a variety of brands and eras. Whether you're looking for some early Nike SB Dunk staples, Shelltoe adidas or even just some classic sample Jordans -- you're in luck. Rare sneakers including the Nike SB Dunk Low "Supreme," Nike Air Force 1 "Roc-A-Fella," Nike SB Dunk Low "Heineken" and UNDEFEATED x Nike Dunk High are also included.

The music mogul is also auctioning off some old school memorabilia from back in Roc-A-Fella's heyday. Be sure to spend some time scrolling through Dame's collection on eBay as there are certainly a few hidden gems to be found.

In other related news, the Roc-A-Fella Records x Nike Air Force 1 is set to re-release later this year.

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Publish Partners up With Reebok and Footaction to Revamp the Classic Silhouette

Publish Brand has collaborated with two footwear titans, Footaction and Reebok, to develop two modern interpretations of Reebok's Classic Leather 2.0 silhouette.

The new footwear pack, titled "Goals," was born out of the Classic silhouette's emphasis on functionality and training. The revamped capsule maintains its comfort and timeless look while emphasizing a versatile lifestyle. "Goals," dropping in two colorways, provides an updated 2.0 to represent both of one's professional and active pursuits. One in an ivory leather monotone provides a "professionally casual aesthetic" that can cope with the grinds of daily life. The other is presented in a vivid orange with a rugged suede finish -- perfect for the more physically active parts of one's day.

The trifecta of the three brands has created a unique capsule that merges both sport and fashion into two smooth aesthetics. Keeping your head in the game, whatever your goal.

“Goals” is exclusively available at select Footaction retail stores around the U.S. and at Footaction.com.

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Big Baller Brand Accused of Stealing Another Logo for LaMelo Ball

Another day, another Big Baller Brand headline. This time the youngest of the Ball clan, LaMelo, makes waves with his recently unveiled Melo Ball 1 signature sneaker. As LaMelo's first signature Big Baller Brand shoe, the high school basketball superstar has found himself in a lot of controversy surrounding it as it appears the logo shares a striking similarity with that of a Canadian yogo studio.

Though the owner of Modern Body Yoga Studio, Hana Engel, believes she has a strong case for plagiarism, her trademark has yet to receive approval in the United States, which could become complicated. However, her copyright lawyer has already sent out a letter to Big Baller Brand stating, "Any use of the Big Baller Mark in Canada by your client will be considered an infringement of our client’s exclusive trademark rights." Engel has reportedly gone through the trademark copyright process back in 2014 and has earned a full license in Canada earlier this year.

Take a look at the logos and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. This is not the first time the family has been accused of plagiarism, back May Big Baller Brand was accused of stealing a logo for Lonzo Ball.


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Nike Unveils the Lunar Force 1 Duckboot In “Linen”

With the fall/winter season just around the corner, Nike has been steadily drip-feeding multiple colorways of the rebooted Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot. This weather sturdy silhouette will soon be available in a "Linen" and khaki color scheme.

Modelled on the iconic Air Force 1, the Duckboot, with a durable upper and textured outsole has been redeveloped to take on any abrasive winter weather. The new cushsy lunar sole also adds comfort and reduces weight making the final product both light and durable.

Keep an eye out for the "Linen" colorway of the Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot to release very soon at select Nike retailers and Nike.com, priced at $170 USD. Don't forget to check the "Burgundy," "Medium Olive" and black colorways that are also available.

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Nike’s Air Max Plus TN Ultra Gets Hit With A “Cool Grey” Makeover

Last seen in a bold burgundy motif, Nike seems ready and willing to push forth with more colorway options for its Air Max Plus TN Ultra model. The eccentric runner this time takes on tonal variants of grey as it prepares for its upcoming fall release.

The uppers take on a lightweight mesh and leather construction with hits of “Wolf Grey” used to accent the shoe’s signature “Cool Grey” hue. The side panel Swoosh, rear side Tn logo, 3M overlays and Air-infused sole unit complete the new design. Expected to hit the shelves sometime later this fall, be sure to check back for future updates.

Speaking of Nike, check out the new black & white iteration of the Zoom Fly.

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