Kobe X (Detailed Images)

Sneakerheads and fellow bball players out there, this Saturday marks the first release of the Kobe X. Quite clearly, the 10th collaboration between Kobe Bryant and Nike, the “5 AM Flight” colorway is the first of 5 and above is a detailed look with the ultra-clean Nike Lab photos above.

I appreciate the inspirations behind the shoe’s design and color as Nike, much like adidas with Derrick Rose, channels some of the finer inspirations or events of the athlete into the shoe. The “5 AM Flight” takes inspiration from Kobe’s viral Vine of him high diving into a pool while rehabbing his torn achilles two summers ago.

Kobe himself and designer Eric Avar, lead designer of the Kobe series and the Huaraches before that, discuss the inspirations, technology, and collaborating on a fishing trip amongst other things in this interesting podcast below. Kobe has a bunch of quotables, especially towards the end, extracted below. One quick one: his ideal way out is making a game-winner in Game 7 of the Finals. Not at home, but on the road. “There’s nothing like being the villain. *chuckles*

For those lookin’ to cop, meet me Saturday at Nike.com at 9:05 CT 😀

On what he has left to play for:

Learning. Learning. It’s always that man. It’s always been the most fun. It’s figuring out the puzzle.

On what he would tell his younger self:

I wish I could take the way I see the game now and give it to me back then. But I gotta say, there’s something about not having perspective that gives you such a killer edge man. Being 21, 22 years old, not having perspective. You need to appreciate winning championships. You need to like appreciate where you are. There’s something about not having that perspective that makes you a stone cold killer.

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Kobe Bryant and lead designer, Eric Avar

Just Don x Air Jordan 2

Here’s the next evolution for Just Don.

Don C’s luxury, leather headwear is now translating to Js — namely with this new Just Don x Air Jordan 2 collab, cleanly detailed in the gallery above.

Leather on your Js may feel like a lil much, but it definitely works all the same. The blue really pops, as do the details. My favorite being the Beaverton – Italy – Chicago patch, indicating that these Jordans follow the originals in being made with Italian leather in Italy.

To cop ’em, hold your breath til January 31st, the current rumored release date.

Unrelated but relevant: Wow.

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Power Laces coming in 2015

Earlier today, Tinker Hatfield spoke at #AgendaEmerge in Long Beach, CA about design, innovation, and this news bomb: the Nike MAG is coming in 2015, complete with the technology for Power Laces.

Need a reminder? Hatfield designed these for Back to the Future II.

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Via Nice Kicks:

Tinker confirmed that his team is working as hard as possible to deliver the Nike MAG in 2015 with Power Laces, but also reminded us all that we still have “11 and two-thirds months left in 2015″.

Up next: the Cubs win the World Series this year!? Why stop with power laces, I say.

Supreme x Nike Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Finally putting rumors to rest, Supreme officially releases the news of their Spring/Summer 2014 collaboration with Nike on the Air Foamposite 1. Having photos leak months prior, the set features baroque print sneakers in two colorways (Red and Black), a bold but not unusual concept led by New York brand Supreme. Although the sneakers already had dudes thirsting, Supreme and Nike also threw in some matching basketball jerseys and shorts (you know for all those who REALLY want to up their stunting game).

Info on Release: The collection to drops in-store at the brand’s New York, London and Los Angeles locations, and online on April 3. Japan can look forward to the release two days after on April 5.

Regardless of how gaudy the detailing appears to be, the hype behind this collaboration will surely have people pitching tents and filling coolers days before April 3. But hey, who can blame them? Not everyone can be the first to swag everyone out on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and probably revive Xanga to show off their new cops.

Good luck to those trying to get a piece of the collection for their Spring/Summer wardrobe. But side note, if any of y’all accidentally cop a size too small, I know an Asian mami in need of some new gear aka helpthisbrokeassbitchout.

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NBA Signature Shoes fused with Rap Albums

Bball and rap come together yet again in the form of these original illustrations by designer Patso Dimitrov. He re-imagined your favorite superstar’s signature shoe with a colorway that matches the scheme of your favorite rap album, past or present.

As you’ll see in the gallery above, you get some natural fusions like LeBron with Kanye & Jay‘s Watch The Throne, D. Rose with Chance‘s Acid Rap, and Blake Griffin taking flight in some NWTS J’s.

My two favorites — well, one, how can you knock the Chicago D. Rose 4.5 ‘Acid’? The purples of the Acid Rap cover instantly yield towards a fresh, unique shoe colorway. The other top tier fave is KD‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail shoe, purely because of the cross out on the ‘KD’. Slick move, Patso. Tweet him your favorite.

h/t Hooped Up

Nike Chicago BHM Panel Discussion Recap

The power of one can inspire millions.

– Diane Latiker (Founder, Kids Off The Block)

At the top of the month, I had the privilege to join Nike Chicago for a private event to kick off Black History Month. It was a panel discussion centered upon sharing past experiences and talking about creating change and uplifting our youth. It’s no secret that Chicago faces many problems of America’s urban cities and the event was a great way to use the inspiration and energy of leaders past toward working together for a brighter future.

The quote above, by founder of Kids Off The Block’s Diane Latiker, is a perfect summation of that. Her positivity was echoed by former SLAM editor-in-chief and current ESPN Chicago columnist Scoop Jackson about the sport that brings many of our youth together: basketball. Scoop even said he “always uses basketball as a metaphor of life”, describing his observations of Chicago as a basketball city that appreciates the game a lot more. I recall him describing how basketball is a hands-on way of learning how to develop friendships, a business mentality, and various social situations, especially in Chicago where everybody plays basketball even if they don’t know how to play basketball. It was really great insight into our culture from someone who has seen it and followed it closely for years.

Joining Diane and Scoop in the discussion was our blogging colleague Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive and Na-Tae’ Thompson, co-founder of True Star Magazine The discussion was the main part of the event that also showcased and gifted the attendees with a pair of shoes from Nike’s new BHM sneaker line that has an emphasis on sport royalty. New colorways of the latest LeBrons, Melos, and KDs are now available, and more info and photos in addition to those above in the gallery can be seen here.

All in all, it was a great event to showcase the new line to compliment an uplifting, and timely discussion. Hopefully there will be more to come for the community sooner than later! Thanks to the staff at Nike Chicago.