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Style - Kicks and Gear / Apr 18, 2014 / 11:00 am

Get Familiar: The Air Jordan XX9 Promises To Change The Sneaker Game

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan (photo. Bryan Horowitz)

Ten years ago, on a cold December night, the Air Jordan XIX was introduced at Meatpacking District hot spot Cielo. Jason Kidd hosted, the bar was open and models strutted on a makeshift runway, all clad in Jumpman-emblazoned clothing. The XIX itself was under a glass case in a back room; for the select media members in attendance, photography was prohibited. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Apr 17, 2014 / 12:50 pm

Go Inside The Unveiling Of The Air Jordan XX9

Air Jordan XX9

Air Jordan XX9 (photo. Jordan)

Pushing the envelope can be a blessing and a curse. The Air Jordan XX8, perhaps the most innovative and polarizing basketball sneaker in recent memory, cemented that the Jordan Brand is not satisfied to rest on its laurels and its retros. At the same time, it permanently raised stakes and expectations: What act could possibly follow the XX8? Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Feb 3, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Go Inside The Grand Opening Of Jordan Brand’s Flight 23

Flight 23

Flight 23 (photo. Bryan Horowitz)

During the final preparations for the grand opening of Flight 23, a sizable red carpet befitting the occasion was unfurled on the sidewalk in front of the Jordan Brand‘s first flagship store in midtown Manhattan. A few minutes before Jordan president Larry Miller, FootAction CEO Jake Jacobs and Spike Lee would cut the ribbon–or, in this case, untie the huge elephant-print shoelace–someone went out on the red carpet and started vacuuming. Read More »

College, High School, NBA Draft / Dec 13, 2013 / 3:00 pm

Power Trip: Chris Walker Is Ready To Make Headlines At Florida

Chris Walker

Chris Walker (photo. David Becker/adidas)

Chris Walker will make the transition from high school basketball royalty to superstardom sometime soon, whether it’s at Florida, where he’s recently completed coursework and could begin practicing this weekend if he’s cleared by the NCAA, or in the NBA. Is he ready? Well, it sort of feels like he’s been ready his whole life. Read More »

High School, NBA Draft / Dec 9, 2013 / 1:30 pm

Raging Against The Machine: The Karl Towns Jr. Story

Karl Towns Jr.

Karl Towns Jr. (photo. Kelly Kline)

After committing to play college basketball at Kentucky, high school senior Karl Towns Jr. is about to face the machine of high-profile basketball: more temptations, more pressure, and more opportunities to screw up his future, a future that could include the NBA. It’s a good thing all of the stories about the seven-footer are true. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Nov 15, 2013 / 4:00 pm

Go Inside Derrick Williams’ Sneaker Shop: VII Grand

VII Grand

VII Grand (photo. Mario Escalante)

There’s no question hot boutique VII Grand has a big-time draw in part-owner Derrick Williams, whose heroics at the University of Arizona made him one of Tucson’s favorite sons. (Remember those five rapid-fire three-pointers against Duke in the Sweet 16?)

But Williams doesn’t want VII Grand to coast on his legacy. If you’ve paid attention to the blistering heat Williams has worn on-court for the Timberwolves – Galaxy Zoom Rookies, Oxidized Green Jordan XIVs and Bibby Foamposites, to name a few – it’s obvious VII Grand is a vivid representation of his passion for sneaker culture. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Sep 27, 2013 / 11:45 am

A Detailed Look At Jordan Brand’s Holiday Preview

Jordan Brand Holiday Preview

Jordan Brand Holiday Preview (photo. Bryan Horowitz)

As the story goes, when Michael Jordan was deciding which sneaker company to sign with out of UNC, he was sure about one thing: It almost certainly would not be Nike. Jordan had a very high opinion of adidas, and he had played his entire college career in Converse – which endorsed guys like Magic, Bird and Dr. J. MJ’s parents actually had to convince him to go through with his trip to Portland to hear Nike’s pitch. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 26, 2013 / 2:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Shawn Kemp On Classic Reebok Sneakers & Outplaying Michael Jordan

Shawn Kemp

Shawn Kemp (photo. Reebok Classic)

For those of us admittedly somewhat stuck in the ’90s, Shawn Kemp‘s recent arrival at Rucker Park in Harlem for the finals of the Reebok EBC Entertainer’s Classic was a welcome trip back in time. Kemp was pretty much as everyone remembers him from his SuperSonics days: Larger than life, cracking jokes, wearing a fresh pair of the recently retroed Kamikaze 2s, tossing autographed sneakers to fans, as popular as ever. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 19, 2013 / 11:15 am

Dime Q&A: Isaiah Thomas Talks Reebok, Shawn Kemp & The Most Important Season Of His Career

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas (photo. Reebok Classic)

Perhaps the coolest part of Reebok‘s recent emphasis on their Classic division is the way they’ve bridged the generational gap. You won’t find a better illustration than at Rucker Park in Harlem on Thursday night, where six-time NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp shared the spotlight with Kings guard and fellow Seattle favorite son Isaiah Thomas – who was born four months before Kemp was drafted by the SuperSonics. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 9, 2013 / 11:00 am

Reebok Classic: Now & Then – The Answer IV

Allen Iverson, The Answer IV

Allen Iverson, The Answer IV (photo. Reebok)

Most people tend to remember the Reebok Answer IV primarily for what Allen Iverson did while wearing them, namely willing an otherwise underwhelming Sixers team to the 2001 NBA Finals. The zenith of that miraculous run was when Iverson scored 48 points in a Game 1 victory over the powerhouse Lakers, punctuating his performance with an exaggerated, defiant step over a fallen Tyronn Lue. Read More »