March 22, 2013 BY John Kim
It’s March Madness time – and we’re not talking NCAA Basketball, but our annual Sneaker Tournament. We picked 32 Foamposites to battle it out tournament style, with all four First Round brackets going live for voting. That wasn’t the only exciting news for Sneaker News as plenty of Air Jordan headlines rolled in, like a first look at the “Black Grape” and “Playoffs”. Nike Basketball made a major splash by unveiling the Nike Basketball Elite 2.0 Collection and the accompanying Hyperflights, while the non-Elite LeBron, Kobe, and KD still wowed us with new colorways. A funky no-zip sample of the Nike Air Flightposite was revealed, while Nike SB came through with an official unveiling the of Nike Koston 2. NBA and Celebs were impressive as well as we saw Nate Robinson and Chris Paul give us a peek into their sneaker collections.
Reebok continues to impress us as we get a hunt of a Holiday 2013 Pack inspired by one of the most honored folktales in American history, New Balance keeps its fans happy with a second release of the Tazzie Devil, and adidas Originals brings forward and impressive mix of Runners and new models – like the sequel to the “Trophy Hunter” called “Heat of the Bull”. Air Max heritage was a big hit with Nike Sportswear taking a concerted effort in honoring the ’87-born technology, while the curious thought of a LeBron Retro got many of our readers deep into discussion. Custom sneakers did its thing as well, with Brian Villanueva coming through with a Nike Mag-inspired Revis that is the frontrunner for “custom of the year”. There’s plenty more of Rewind below, so check out Sneaker News Weekly Rewind in its entirety below!
SNEAKER NEWS MARCH MADNESS FOAMPOSITE TOURNAMENT
The only sneaker tournament that matters returns with the sea of Foamposites. Voting closes at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 24th.
Sneaker News March Madness Foamposite Tournament
Sneaker News March Madness Foamposite Tournament – Round 1 Voting | West
Sneaker News March Madness Foamposite Tournament – Round 1 Voting | East
Sneaker News March Madness Foamposite Tournament – Round 1 Voting | Southwest
Sneaker News March Madness Foamposite Tournament – Round 1 Voting | Southeast
THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWS
Air Jordan Vs come back to the spotlight with the Black Grapes and the “CP3”, while a first look at the upcoming Playoffs VIII headline the rest of the great Air Jordan headlines this week.
Air Jordan V “Black Grape”
Air Jordan V Retro “Black Grape”
Air Jordan V “CP3″
Air Jordan VIII “Playoffs” 2013 Retro
Jordan Brand Holiday 2013 Samples
Air Jordan XX8 “Fractal Elephant Print”
Air Jordan XX8 Lite “University Blue Camo”
Air Jordan XI – Marcus Jordan 2009 PE
Air Jordan XI “Bred” Restock at Wish ATL
Air Jordan XX8 “Georgetown” PE
Air Jordan 1 Strap Low – Black – Matte Silver – White
Jordan Melo M9 “UNC” PE
Jordan Melo M9 – Cal PE
Jordan Brand Classic 2013
Air Jordan Price Guide 2013
NIKE BASKETBALL ELITE SERIES 2.0
The Nike Basketball Elite 2.0 was unveiled this week, revealing a Superhero theme throughout the three upgraded signature models. Check them all out below.
THIS WEEK IN LEBRON NEWS
The LeBron heat continues with a first look at the holographic “Pure Platinum” and some new low-top colorways.
Nike LeBron X “Pure Platinum”
LeBron James in Nike LeBron X “Pure Platinum”
Nike LeBron X P.S. Elite
Nike LeBron X Low “University Red”
Nike LeBron X “Brown Suede” on eBay
Nike Air Max LeBron X Low “Sprite”
THIS WEEK IN NIKE BASKETBALL NEWS
It was a big week for basketball as a whole as the 2013 March Madness tournament went underway, while some upcoming Nike releases kept us intrigued.
Nike KD V – White – Multi-Color
Nike Kobe 8 – Storm Grey – Metallic Silver – Tour Yellow
Nike KD V “Easter” – Arriving at Retailers
Nike Zoom Hyperdisruptor – Hyper Blue – Poison Green
Nike Basketball Salutes 2013 NCAA Tournament Teams
Nike Basketball Inside Access: Tourney Time
NIKE HYPERFLIGHT “SUPERHERO COLLECTION”
Nike officially unveiled the “Superhero Collection” of Hyperflights, with a theme coinciding with the Elite 2.0 Collection.
Nike Hyperflight “Superhero Collection”
THIS WEEK IN POSITE NEWS
An interested new Barkley Posite Max release is on the way, while Kevin Durant (not a sneakerhead) shows off his latest Foamposite pick-ups.
Nike Barkley Posite Max – Silver – Black – Blue
Nike Air Flightposite – 2013 “No Zip” Sample
Nike Air Foamposite One “Whiteout” – Arriving at Retailers
Kevin Durant Shows Off Recent Foamposite Pick-ups
THIS WEEK IN NBA/NCAA FEET
Highlights from NBA Feet: Derrick Rose practices in St. Patty’s Day kicks, LeBron switches up VI and X, and the Duke Blue Devils show off one of the best college kick-games of the season.
NBA Feet: Weekend Recap – 3/15 – 3/17
NBA Feet: Around The League – 3/18 – 3/19
NBA Feet: Around The League – 3/20 – 3/21
NBA Feet: LeBron James – Nike LeBron X “Silver” PE + Nike LeBron VI “Fairfax”
Derrick Rose Practices in adidas Rose 3.5 “St. Patrick’s Day”
Nate Robinson’s “Chicago Bulls” Air Jordan Rotation
Duke Blue Devils 2012-2013 Game Sneakers
THIS WEEK IN CELEBRITY FEET
Wale proves once again he’s at the top of the celebrity sneaker game, JT as a spell of deja vu with Air Jordan 1s, and a retrospective of 80s Rap Album Covers with classic kicks topped this week’s Celebrity Feet news.
THIS WEEK IN AIR FORCE 1 NEWS
The Lunar Force 1 hones in on specific cities as the Milan and NYC joints get some shine, while the Superhero Collection gets officially unveiled by Nike.
THIS WEEK IN NIKE SB NEWS
Help is on the way as a “Send Help 2” SB Dunk is confirmed, while the second Koston signature gets officially unveiled.
Nike Koston 2 – Officially Unveiled
Nike Koston 2: The Legend Grows
Nike Janoski “Floral Digi-Camo”
Slam City x Nike SB Dunk Low 2013 – Raffle Info
Nike SB Dunk High “Send Help 2″
Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low – Rejected 2003 Samples
Nike SB Dunk High – Smoke – Baroque Brown – Ion Pink
Nike Eric Koston 2 QS – Digital Pink
Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski “Volt”
Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski “Light Redwood”
NIKE ROSHERUN FB
A nice look at three distinct Rosherun FB colorways arrived this week. Look out, because they’re hitting retailers!
THIS WEEK IN REEBOK NEWS
A release date for another Packer Shoes collab and a return of another classic Pump shoe hits the news-wire this week.
Packer Shoes x Reebok Classic Leather “Aztec” – Release Date
Reebok Pump Battleground Retro
Reebok Classics “Ghosts of Christmas” Pack – Holiday 2013
Reebok Question Low “White Collection” – Available
Reebok Classics: Rick Ross Lives White Hot
Reebok Pump Omni Lite – Black – Dark Royal
THIS WEEK IN ADIDAS NEWS
adidas Originals reveals the “Spring Pack”, while a follow-up to the “Trophy Hunter” creates some nice buzz.
adidas Originals “Spring Pack”
adidas Originals TS Lite AMR “Heat of the Bull”
adidas Originals Superstar II – White – Purple – Yellow
adidas Originals adiTennis ’90s
Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals JS Wings 2.0 “Black Patent” – Available
adidas Originals Phantom “True Blue”
adidas Originals ZX 700 – Black – Orange – Yellow
adidas Originals ZX 700 “Cardinal”
adidas Originals ZX 700 “Pressure Fused” Pack – Yellow
adidas Originals Trimm Star
adidas Top Ten 2000 – Joy Blue – Vivid Yellow – Orange
THIS WEEK IN NEW BALANCE NEWS
Some more promising releases are on the way, with a second drop of the “Tassie Devil” arriving soon.
New Balance 574 “Floral Hemp” Pack
United Arrows x New Balance 1500 – April 2013
Sneaker Freaker x New Balance 998 “Tassie Devil” – Global Release Info
New Balance 574 “Yacht Club Pack” – Blue
New Balance ML71 “1300JP Inspired”
West NYC x New Balance MT580 “Alpine Guide” Early Sample
THIS WEEK IN VANS NEWS
The legendary Taka Hayashi gets his hands on the Vans Vault, while some more collaborative projects keeps Vans wearers happy.
THIS WEEK IN NIKE AIR MAX OGs
Nike officially collaborates with Air Max 1 fanatic Matt Stevens for a great art collection called #AIRMAX.
THIS WEEK IN SNEAKER EVENTS
Two great sneaker events in Europe kept U.S. readers a bit on the jealous side!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?: NIKE LEBRON RETRO
For the second installment of What Do You Think?, Sneaker News flirts with the idea of a Retro release of LeBron’s earlier Nike signature models.
THIS WEEK IN CUSTOM SNEAKERS
Another week of great customs arrived, with Brian Villanueva’s Nike Zoom Revis “Mag” leaving our jaws dropped to the floor.
Nike Zoom Revis “Mag” Customs by Brian Villaneuva
Nike Air Unlimited – Sole Swap “Spurs” Customs by Revive Restorations
Air Jordan VI “Grape” Customs by El Cappy
Air Jordan V “Winnipeg” Customs by Rocket Boy Nift
Nike SB Dunk High “Statue of Liberty” Customs by JWDanklefs
Nike LeBron 8 “South Beach 8.5″ Customs by Twizz
Nike Air Force 1 High “Multi-Camo” Customs by El Cappy
Nike Air Foamposite One “Grape” Customs by Sole Swap
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