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A History of Luxury Sneaker Copycats

June 4th, 2014 by | 34 comments

saint laurent jordan 1 A History of Luxury Sneaker Copycats

Yesterday, news broke that New Balance is suing Karl Lagerfeld over a sneaker being sold by the German fashion designer that features an awfully NB-looking shape, complete with an “K” across the side in place of the usual “N”. That sort of appropriation is nothing new in terms of luxury brands though, and there are plenty of other pairs on the market that owe varying degrees of their DNA to more pedestrian sneaker designs. Legal activity in this realm isn’t an entirely new thing either – Jordan Brand previously chased down Gourmet for their tributes and even New Balance had previous a win in this category following their settlement with Louis Vuitton over a 574 ripoff from 2009.

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Sneakers Unofficially Inspired By Pop Culture Icons

June 3rd, 2014 by | 25 comments

sneakers inspired by pop culture Sneakers Unofficially Inspired By Pop Culture Icons

Sneaker designers have pulled in outside sources for inspiration when coloring up a pair of shoes. Perhaps the most memorable one done as an official partnership between two brands is the Nike Zoom KD IV “Nerf” of 2011, in which the limited edition sneaker was packaged in a sick shoe box that doubled as an official Nerf basketball court of portable proportions. However, these team-ups on paper are truly rare because of all the legal issues, costs to obtain rights, and other collateral annoyances that could potentially hinder the production, but that hasn’t stopped brands from presenting their ideas and letting the public decide on their own.

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Nike Air Huarache LE Available at Champs

June 2nd, 2014 by | 14 comments

nike air huarache champs 4 Nike Air Huarache LE Available at Champs

You’d be wise to pay attention to your local big box sneaker retailer, given how frequently those sort of sports have been busting out Nike Huaraches otherwise not seen here in the US. This time around it’s Champs Sports, who has access to this smooth Nike Air Huarache release, which features nylon across the toebox, an almost elephant print style crackle for the upper, and a streak of blue for the inside’s Dynamic Fit system. Continue reading to see more on this Nike Air Huruache LE style and watch for them now at select Champs Sports spots. Also, remember to utilize their Launch Locator tool to help find upcoming sneakers of all sorts.

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10 Sneaker Headlines To Remember From May 2014

June 1st, 2014 by | 1 comment

may 2014 sneaker headlines 10 Sneaker Headlines To Remember From May 2014

May is more or less in the books, and we’ve already transitioned into a summer of sneakers that’s sure to deliver on brightly colored pairs, World Cup tie ins, next level signature offerings, and more. But before we fully make that transition, we’re going to take a look back at the biggest headlines over the past month. One segment of the shoes and events included reflects the excitement of the NBA Playoffs, a time that’s always ripe with interesting happenings in the footwear world. The aforementioned World Cup festivities have also already had a huge influence on our subculture despite the events not fully kicking off for a couple of weeks.

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Converse CONS Weapon Summer 2014 Collection

May 30th, 2014 by | 2 comments

converse cons weapon summer 2014 collection 1 Converse CONS Weapon Summer 2014 Collection

So far what we’ve seen for the Converse Weapon collection from their CONS wing in 2014 has pulled the silhouette pretty far away from its original build. There have been heathered pairs, short cut skate versions, and more, but don’t worry – a more traditional run of pairs is also in the mix. Gathered here are those, which are all leather as far as the uppers are concerned and each come in a pretty bold color mixture. See our photos on the Converse CONS Weapon Summer 2014 collection and watch for them to show up at Converse spots throughout the summer.

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Converse Unveils the Weapon Low Skate Shoe

May 29th, 2014 by | 1 comment

converse weapon low skate shoe 7 Converse Unveils the Weapon Low Skate Shoe

The Converse Weapon is having sort of a metamorphosis year. Not only is the sneaker sporting all sorts of new materials to steer it away from the traditional leather, but it’s also being chopped down to a lower height and re-purposed as a skate silhouette. The resulting design features a Nike Lunar insole permitted by the subsidiary relationship between Converse and Nike, a traction rubber outsole, and three debut colorways on display here. Continue reading for your first look at the Converse Weapon skate sneaker and watch for the pairs to make their debut for June, 2014.

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“The Game Plan” by Champs Sports: Jordan Carmine Collection

May 27th, 2014 by | 1 comment

champs carmine drilldown 1 “The Game Plan” by Champs Sports: Jordan Carmine Collection

The Game Plan is back and better than ever with a true classic to kick off 2014. It has been a huge year for the Air Jordan 6, and we’ve already been treated to a handful of colorways original and otherwise. Looming large on the horizon is another of the original combinations: the Air Jordan 6 “Carmine”. The Jordan 6 is of course remembered as Michael Jordan’s first championship sneaker, but this pair didn’t actually hit the court for MJ until the fall following his first title in 1991. The sneakers feature a timeless Chicago Bulls looking mixture of white, red, and black that has actually only been around in retro form once before the 2014 drop. Hopefully you’ve already got a retro pair of the Air Jordan 6 “Carmine” covered, so now it’s time to think about all the matching apparel to go with.

The Game Plan from Champs Sports can help you out with that, as that destination retailer has all sorts of Jordan Carmine gear made to match. If you’re already shedding layers in anticipation of the summer then there are items like the Jordan Hydro 3 slides that drop the top but keep the Carmine look, the Jordan Take Flight Short to avoid the heat, and a bucket hat up top. Of course Jordan Brand’s performance realm also gets a nod in the collection thanks to the red/white/black sock, shirt, and tank combo that links up with the Jordan True Flight. And let’s not forget about the gear that has more direct references to the retro Carmine 6: socks made to look like that Tinker classic, a shirt sporting the “It’s Gotta Be The Shoes” motto”, and more. Continue reading to get a complete look at the range of items available from the Jordan Carmine Collection presented by Champs Sports’ The Game Plan and click here to locate your nearest Champs location so you can go grab yourself some gear.

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