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Reconstructing Greatness: Inside the Air Jordan Retro Remaster Program

August 29th, 2014 by | 32 comments

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Jordan Brand’s Retro Remaster initiative is not just about using premium materials. It’s about refining the art of traditional shoe-making in a day and age when innovative (and more cost effective) materials and construction methods have become the norm in the footwear business. Knowing that their consumers are passionate and well educated about the sneakers they love, Jordan has answered the call for a higher grade of materials on their Retro releases, but their efforts reach far beyond just using better leathers.

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SELECT 1 on 1: Mike Packer on the Saucony Grid 9000 “Snow Beach”

August 4th, 2014 by | 2 comments

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Back in the early ’90s when stylists and personal shoppers didn’t necessarily dress your favorite rappers, certain fashion statements managed to organically permeate pop culture on their own merits and without any kind of underlying corporate agenda. It’s safe to say that on the morning of Wu-Tang’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video shoot, Raekwon probably could have never imagined that the jacket he put on that day would take on a life of its own as a milestone moment for an already legendary brand and an iconic slice of hip-hop style to be revered for years to come.

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SELECT 1 on 1: Stash on His Reebok Question & More

June 25th, 2014 by | 9 comments

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To simply refer to Stash as a legendary graffiti artist would be greatly understating his influence on so many other different mediums and subcultures. Yes, it all started with graffiti, but since his early ’80s days painting trains in NYC, he’s gone on to apply his talents to a wide variety of creative projects and products with an eclectic cross-section of brands. From Burton to Nike, to his own apparel brands, Subware and Recon, to his work with Bape and WeSC, and most recently, Reebok, Stash has demonstrated a keen ability to navigate back and forth between the street world and the corporate culture in a way that few of his peers have been able to master with their credibility still in tact.

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SELECT Preview: Solefly x Air Jordan III Retro

June 18th, 2014 by | 40 comments

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Outside of PEs and other special editions created for players and celebrities, it’s pretty rare to see Jordan Brand do collaborations with outside partners. Over the years, we’ve seen a handful of such cases; the much-coveted UNDFTD Air Jordan IVs, Dave White’s paint splattered Air Jordan 1 creations, and even the denim-centric Levi’s 23/501 pack from 2008 to name a few. These instances have been few and far between, but there’s now another pair on the horizon that will soon join that exclusive company.

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SELECT Collections: BikeManX Part 2 – Air Force 1s

June 5th, 2014 by | 23 comments

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A few weeks ago, we brought you a look at Bronx collector extraordinaire BikeManX’s incredible collection of PEs, samples, rarities, and special editions, but it barely scratched the surface of the jaw-dropping treasures that lie within. With his all-time favorite shoe being the Nike Air Force 1, you can imagine that he’s got quite the stockpile of them, and Part 2 of our BikeManX SELECT Collections feature focuses on just that.

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Social Status & Play Cloths Acid Wash the Reebok Pump AXT

May 22nd, 2014 by | 11 comments

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Transitioning a sneaker from its originally intended athletic purposes over into the lifestyle category is a common practice these days, but we’ve only scratched the surface of the possibilities. The materials, colors, and prints that we’re seeing on shoes these days are pushing boundaries with each new season and making models that have been around for decades seem fresh and relevant in today’s market.

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SELECT 1 on 1: Marc Dolce on the Nike Lil’ Penny Posite

May 16th, 2014 by | 25 comments

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It’s no coincidence that Nike has had so many athlete endorsers whose popularity and selling power have transcended their respective eras. Sure, it helps that most of these names are legends in the sports world, but their ability to still move product years after their retirement is a testament to the mighty mystique of the Swoosh. Through the years, Nike has always found ways to celebrate their heritage and keep their foundational athlete roster fresh and relevant with one generation after the next.

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