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Original DNA In Its Simplest Form: Discussing ZX Flux with Sam Handy of adidas Originals

May 8th, 2014 by | 18 comments

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It all started with a video preview. The adidas ZX 8000, a 25 year old runner from the adidas archive that got the ball rolling on the now beloved ZX line, was seen shedding its layers and transforming into something more modern: the adidas ZX Flux. From there, Berlin residents got the jump on the world with an extensive preview event, and people began to catch on to just how big of a shoe the adidas ZX Flux was set to be. It was that Berlin preview that manifested the power of the printed pairs – the shelves there were packed with a version of the sneaker that sported smooth uppers dipped in colorful, lush images and patterns that topped anything previously seen in terms of printed sneakers. There were full cityscapes, crashing waves, kaleidoscopic patterns and more printed onto this new age adi-runner. But how did adidas Originals do it? How did they manage such a massive hit in the ZX Flux?

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Made In Maryland: How Kevin Durant’s Roots Made Him Most Valuable

May 8th, 2014 by | 17 comments

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On Tuesday, Kevin Durant was crowned the NBA MVP for the 2013-2014 season. While a debate was going between KD and LeBron for the coveted top prize has been going on since the All-Star Break, there really was no story to it – Durant as the most valuable player to his team was already established by then, and any argument made for a player other than KD was mere filibustering until the official announcement would be made. Durant has been the key player to a team inching closer to a Championship, so his crowning as league MVP was only a matter of time; he was runner-up over the last two seasons, but as of earlier this week, KD was at the top.

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Staff Insights: Air Jordan Lows

May 2nd, 2014 by | 6 comments

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While Air Jordan Retros in general have always been held in the highest regard by sneaker enthusiasts, their lowtop counterparts have not always been met with the same unconditional love. While various Air Jordan Lows have certainly had plenty of shining moments through the years, they’re typically seen as the little brothers to the iconic original designs that came before them. This weekend’s release of the Air Jordan XI Low “Concord” will no doubt be a resounding win for the AJ Low legacy, so we’re celebrating the inevitable triumph with a look back at some of the SN staff’s all time favorite additions to the Air Jordan Low arsenal in this edition of Staff Insights.

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Staff Insights: Favorite Supreme x Nike Collabs

April 25th, 2014 by | No comments

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This week, Supreme is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their original Lafayette Street location, and while the store/brand has come a long way from their skateshop roots over the years, one of the constants of the last decade or so has been an ongoing partnership with Nike. What began with their infamous SB Dunks has evolved into a diverse arsenal of Nike footwear collaborations that have since gone on to transcend the skate category and tap into some beloved street style icons as well. In tribute to a brand that has brought so much excitement to the sneaker culture, in this week’s installment of Staff Insights, we’ve selected our all-time favorite Supreme x Nike offerings.

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Staff Insights: 21st Century Air Jordans

April 18th, 2014 by | 34 comments

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Yesterday, Jordan Brand introduced the world to the Air Jordan XX9, a woven one-piece upper design that again makes use of the Flight Plate cushioning system. It’s no secret that not all of the legacy models have set the sneaker world on fire the way those early Air Jordan offerings did, but there’s no denying some of the bold achievements they’ve made along the way in the name of performance and innovation. It seems like after the XIV, many of the later models tend to remain a bit more obscure than their uber-iconic predecessors, so with the latest game shoe being revealed this week, it seemed like a perfect time to shine some light on some of the best post-2000 installments. In this edition of Staff Insights, our team pinpoints some of their favorite Air Jordans from the latter half of the line’s tenure.

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Sneaker News Staff Insights: On Our Radar

April 11th, 2014 by | 1 comment

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Here at Sneaker News, we spend most of our work day looking ahead at a constant stream of upcoming releases waiting to pour out into the market. With all that visual stimulation flooding in, it’s pretty impossible not to fall in love at first sight with some of the shoes we cover. While some of us practice more restraint than others when it comes to acting on our impulses, we all have our eyes peeled at all times for our next object of infatuation. In this week’s edition of Staff Insights, our team reveals some of the tempting footwear targets currently on our respective radars.

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Sneaker News March Madness Nike LeBron Tournament – Champion Unveiled

April 9th, 2014 by | 39 comments

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Thirty-two hopeful Nike LeBrons were hand-selected to take part in our Sneaker News March Madness Nike LeBron Tournament, and after weeks of voting, we’ve finally narrowed it down to one true champion. It wasn’t much of a surprise that the earlier models were the ones to exit early, because the Nike LeBron signature line didn’t take off until the era of Jason Petrie and Miami. As the field was narrowed down to sixteen, eight, four, and two, it was clear that the golden era of King James’ sneaker history is certainly post-Decision, and the final match-up was a perfect representation of this change. The LeBron 10 Cork, which signified LeBron’s greatest achievement as a Miami Heat, and the LeBron 8 South Beach, which served as a turning point in LeBron’s career, went head to head in the Final round, but only one can be called the winner. Before we reveal the victor, we’d like to thank all of our fans that participated during every round of voting, and your involvement is the sole reason why we can crown this sneaker as the King of LeBrons. Are you ready? The Sneaker News March Madness Nike LeBron Tournament Champion is…

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