Category Archives: Footwear

Daniel Cormier Discusses Which MMA Fighter Deserves a Sneaker Deal in ‘Sneaker Shopping’

In this latest installment of Sneaker Shopping, Joe La Puma joins UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at Sole on Ice, San Jose to discuss his love for tennis shoes. During their conversation, Cormier reveals the impact basketball and the Utah Jazz had on him when growing up. He also mentions which current MMA fighter he believes could be the only one able to sign a successful sneaker deal.

In the video, Cormier also goes on to tell how he had to heat check fellow fighter Anthony Johnson with a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s during their last run-in. Watch the full video above to find out which sneakers he picked up.

Be sure to check out the past episodes of Sneaker Shopping including this episode with Brian, previously known as Rich Chigga.

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FILA Joins the Chunky Sneaker Trend With New Venom Model

Jumping on the chunky sneaker trend, FILA recently dug into its archive of footwear models to create the new Venom footwear model.

Referencing its popular '90s sneakers, the Venom features a mesh and leather-paneled upper which utilizes a black, red and white color palette to highlight the aggressive lines found on the shoe. While a chunky white foam midsole and a traction-focused black outsole fully express the shoe's trendy look.

No official release notes just yet, but expect the FILA Venom to hit retailers in the near future. Stay tuned for more details.

Also, Nike recently unveiled a second colorway of the elevated Shox Gravity.

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Another Look at the Nike Air Max 270 Core White Model

Ahead of its official reveal, Nike has kept relatively busy teasing new colorway renditions of its highly-anticipated Air Max 270 silhouette. First hitting our radar earlier this month, we now take another look at this clean core white model.

The uppers spotlight an engineered mesh construction done up in white with contrasting hits of black found throughout, namely, in the Swoosh and Air 270 branding, not to mention the padded heel collar and pull tab. Rounding out the design is the signature Air-infused sole bubble, which does well to tie the look together. The new Air Max model will make its debut in March at select Nike stockists for a price of $150 USD.

In case you missed it, the 2 Chainz x Versace collaboration is coming soon.

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Vans’s “Made for the Makers” Pack Pays Tribute to Hardworking Creatives

Late last week, we took a look at Vans’ “Italian Leather” pack, which saw the Old Skool LX model take on lush textile makeovers, but, now explore its “Made for the Makers” pack -- comprised of four other classic silhouettes. Inspired from hardworking creative types who don’t shy away from strenuous activities, each of the models -- Old Skool, Sk8-Hi Reissue, Authentic UC, and Classic Slip-On -- boast sturdy foundations in monochromatic color schemes.

Fashioned from canvas, suede, and leather along the uppers, the gum waffle outsole sitting directly below rounds out the tonal design. The Vans “Made for the Makers” collection is available now at such retailers as Premier.

In keeping with the Vans, check out this new palm leaf-printed Sk8-Hi model.

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UPDATE: A First Look at the A$AP Rocky x Under Armour Collaboration

UPDATE: A$AP Rocky has reached out to confirm these sneakers are not part of his upcoming collaboration with Under Armour but stay tuned for more on this impending team up.

Back in mid-September of last year, A$AP Rocky's AWGE branch and Under Armour officially announced their multifaceted partnership. Said to be housed under UA's Sportswear umbrella, the pairing will see to a new line of products along with series of philanthropic community-based programs. With a celebrity line up that includes the likes of Stephen Curry, this marks the first time UA has teamed up with a musician/entertainer, and one from the hip-hop realm.

Now thanks to Instagram account @hypeneverdies, we now have a first image of A$AP Rocky and Under Armour's impending collaboration. Taking on a mostly beige and grey upper, the silhoutte ads hits of red, blue and black to accentuate the toe cap, inner liner and heel. Take a look at the collaborative model above.

Here’s what Rocky had to say about the partnership:

“I wanted more than a collaboration partner. The only way to achieve this is with someone who is like-minded. The Under Armour team, and especially CEO and Founder Kevin Plank, has a shared vision, enthusiasm, and desire to do the same. I grew up in Harlem, and had limited resources to channel my inner-creativity, so I spent too much time on the streets when I should have been more productive. I now have the ability to create a better situation for today’s kids so they can go from school to a safe place to create without boundaries. Under Armour was the company that was most excited about my idea to turn sportswear products on their head while bettering kids’ lives.”

In case you've missed it, here's how Twitter reacted to the A$AP Rocky x Under Armour partnership announcement.

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Gucci’s Chunky Rhyton Sneaker Is Available Now

Becoming a streetstyle favorite well before its official release, Gucci recently dropped its chunky Rhyton sneaker.

Made in Italy, the retro luxury shoe features a premium paneled leather upper accented by a classic red, green, yellow and black Gucci logo on its sides. While an exaggerated rubber sole unit inspired by the beefy running sneakers of the '90s rounds up the design of the shoe.

Priced £675 GBP (approximately $931 USD), Gucci's Rhyton Printed Leather Sneakers is available now at retailers like MR PORTER.

For more Gucci news, the luxury fashion house recently released a snarling red tiger head watch.

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Nike’s Air Force 1 High Will Also See a Black History Month Release

Nike continues to roll out more sneaker silhouettes in tribute to Black History Month, with its latest coming in the form of the Air Force 1 High. Part of its “BHM” collection, the design draws inspiration from the Pan-African flag, with a tricolored pattern of red, black and green running across the front. Tumbled black leather and a white sole unit round out the construction, while pops of metallic gold found on the tongue branding and heel side BHM emblem adds a subtle touch of opulence.

Retailing for a price of $130 USD, you can look for the Nike Air Force 1 High “BHM” at select Nike stockists on February 1. In case you missed it, Nike recently revealed its 2018 Equality Black History Month collection.

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PUMA & Diamond Supply Co. Unveil Spring/Summer 2018 Collaboration

PUMA and Diamond Supply Co. link up again to release their third collaborative effort. The Spring/Summer 2018 footwear collection will see two drops with the first offering iconic court classics, the PUMA Suede and Clyde followed by the Clyde Sock Lo and a reworked slip-on Abyss. The installment draws on Diamond Supply's classic colors and skate culture as with the 2016 range. This time, the duo will also release kid versions. Alongside the capsule, Diamond Supply will release complementary apparel including jackets, tees, pants and more.

Take a look at the Diamond Supply Co. x PUMA runners above slated to be released on January 27 followed by a second drop on June 9 on PUMA.com.

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Parley Collaborates With adidas Originals Next on the NMD City Sock

Following the release of the UltraBOOST Clima Parley, we now have a first look at the Parley For the Oceansadidas Originals NMD City Sock collaboration. The latest runner sees striped Primeknit in Blue Spirit and Core Black. Continuing the Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, the Three Stripes emboss the style code in light blue with Parley branding on the rear heel loop. The kicks are finished with its signature sock upper and white outsoles.

The Parley City Sock is rumored to hit the scene March 10 at adidas retail stores as well as adidas.com. Keep your eyes peeled for these silhouettes and, for more of the footwear giant, read up on adidas' hopes to increase US Market share and its Dragon Ball Z partnership.

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Nike 2018 Black History Month Collection Official On-Feet Photos and Release Info

After a slew of previews and first looks, we now feast our eyes on an official on-feet display of Nike's full Black History Month 2018 collection. The nine-shoe collection honors the legendary Martin Luther King Jr. and inspiring black athletes both past and present, whose memorable dates in sports are marked down on their respective sneakers.

The Air Jordan 1 Retro High features Carmelo Anthony's PE logo on the tongue tab; the Air Force 1 Low honors MLK and his historic "I have a dream" speech; the LeBron 15 commemorates King James's speech on sports and equality on July 13, 2016; the Nike KD 10 salutes Kevin Durant's MVP speech; the Kyrie 4 doesn't feature a date as Kyrie Irving aims to focus on the future; the Nike Mercurial Vapor XI will be worn by Kevin-Prince Boatend and Dani Alves. These models will launch on January 15.

The Air Jordan 1 Flyknit honors the day Michael Jordan was rewarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 22, 2016; the Air Force 1 High boasts the first-ever print design on the silhouette; the VaporMax features the date August 20, 1993, the day Gail Devers broke the IAAF record for 100-meter run. These models will release on February 1.

Flip through the photo set above to see the Nike Black History Month collection on-feet and let us know if you'll be picking up any of the models. For more sneaker options, check out Nike's Air Force 1 Low in a "Black/University" paisley print variation.

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The 2 Chainz x Versace Collaboration Is Coming Soon

Revealed over the weekend, the 2 Chainz x Versace collaboration -- a sneaker silhouette titled Chain Reaction -- already has a firm release date, with the official unveiling only having taken place at the Italian label's Fall/Winter 2018 runway show. Debuting in several boldly printed colorways, it has now seems that the shoe will be released in limited quantities during March.

As of right now there's no firm release date beyond the month or any indication of price point, but fans of the shoe should keep an eye out for further news on this unexpected collaboration.

Keep your eyes on the site for updates and get ready for the2 Chainz x Versace Chain Reaction drop in March. Once you've peeped the sneakers in the gallery above you can go a little deeper and check out every look from Versace's Fall/Winter 2018 collection.

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Nike’s Air Max 1 “Elemental Gold” Has Arrived

Despite pushing its new Air Max iterations, Nike showed love to its original Air Max 1 model with a new “Elemental Gold” colorway.

Utilizing a contrasting color scheme, the paneled upper of the classic model perfectly blends tones of black and grey with accents of dark yellow highlighting the simple construction found on the shoe. While a clean pure white Air sole accented by a sleek black outsole elevates the contrasting upper.

Priced at $120 USD, the Air Max 1 "Elemental Gold" is available now at select Nike Sportswear retailers.

For more Nike news, take a look at the "Tour Yellow" Air Max 98 set to drop very soon.

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