adidas Originals Is Celebrating the Success of the NMD by Releasing yet More NMDs

adidas Originals is celebrating the insane success of its NMD series with a brand new pack of — yes, you guessed it — NMDs.

The “Blackout/Whiteout” pack features both the NMD Runner and the NMD City Sock silhouettes. Each shoe features either a crisp black or a crisp white color palette with multi-lingual, branded text details throughout. Signature details like the NMD Runner’s TPU heel unit, the NMD City Sock’s panel tape and the NMD’s signature EVA plug inserts are rendered in tonal colours, and finished with the shoe’s usual BOOST sole unit.

Crisp, concise and true to rest of the series, the pack is a softly-spoken celebration of one of 2016’s most hyped silhouettes. Watch out for its release on July 8.

The new pack follows just days after White Mountaineering unveiled two brand new NMD silhouettes.

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The Air Jordan 1 High Retro Receives a Luxe Leather Makeover

Next week Jordan Brand will be dropping off a pair of luxe takes on the Air Jordan 1 High. The premium pairs feature new engineered perforated detailing, arriving in black as well as white.

The black iteration comes equipped with tonal laces and welcomes a contrasting white midsole underneath, while the inner lining boasts the ever-popular Vachetta tan hue.

The white set is also paired with tonal laces, noting a matching midsole and an overall monochromatic look. The lone offset comes in the form of the Vachetta tan lining.

You can look forward to these two luxe editions of the Air Jordan 1 High Retro ($160 USD) releasing on Saturday, July 9 through the SNKRS app.

For some fresh footwear that you can go ahead and snag, check out the best sneakers dropping this weekend.

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Nike Laces the Air Max 95 “Neon” With Fresh 2016 Update

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After celebrating the sneaker’s 20th anniversary last year by bringing back the OG, Nike has given the Air Max 95 “Neon” a fresh update for 2016.

Boasting a contemporary look, the sneaker has been upgraded with technical design details that include Dynamic Flywire cables in black and volt. A combination of mesh and foam come together to form the seamless upper on the 2016 model, which differs quite a bit from the signature overlay side panels seen on the original.

If you look closely you’ll also notice the new version’s outsole has done away with the unnecessary bulk of the original, while salvaging the massive air pocket in the heel.

The Nike Air Max 95 Ultra SE “Neon” will be arriving at select retailers before summer’s over. Stay tuned for more concrete release info.

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Nike & LeBron James “Strive For Greatness” With the LeBron Soldier 10

Well, folks, he’s done it. LeBron James has accomplished the unthinkable, coming back from a three-games-to-one deficit in the NBA Finals and brought the city of Cleveland that long-awaited title. But what exactly does Nike have in store to celebrate the momentous occasion? For starters, they’re releasing LBJ’s LeBron Soldier 10 in a variety of color options.

Here we see the Swoosh taking inspiration from Bron’s “Strive For Greatness” slogan, as this particular pair of the LeBron Soldier 10 boasts a simple yet very clean black and gum colorway. Breathable mesh has been applied to the upper, while the trio of straps — featuring a herringbone pattern — provides ultimate lockdown while wearing. A gum outsole then plays complement underneath, as reflective 3M branding is also present, in addition to the inner lining noting “SLDR” tagging to represent the Soldier series. Lastly, James’ signature lion logo can be seen on the other footbed.

LeBron was seen rocking a number of Soldier 10s throughout the Finals this year, and you yourself can get like the reigning Finals MVP by copping the LeBron Solider 10 “Strive For Greatness” at select Nike providers worldwide.

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Nike Goes Full-On Military With This Olive Sock Dart for Fall

After just releasing in an all-black colorway, Nike is already back prepping its next release of the ever-popular Sock Dart. Here we see the laceless sneaker done up in olive for the fall season.

The military-inspired iteration features a knit jacquard upper, paired with a speckled midsole and black rubber outsole. Bright orange insoles in turn provide a touch of color to the interior, as all in all, the forthcoming release somewhat resembles fragment design’s “Dark Loden” variation that surfaced in 2014.

No specific drop date has been given for this particular olive take on the Sock Dart, but expect it to arrive at Nike Sportswear providers soon.

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Nike Finally Dropped the Sock Dart in All-Black

After recently making the sneaker available for customization on NIKEiD, the Swoosh has finally dropped the ever-popular Sock Dart in all-black. Nike has already released the slip-on model in multiple monochromatic colorways, but the murdered-out pair has been highly anticipated for some time.

Per usual, the shoe boasts a breathable mesh upper and forefoot, with an adjustable midfoot strap providing ample lockdown. A Phylon midsole is in turn present underneath, in addition to a durable rubber oustole.

You can pick up your size of the all-black Sock Dart today through select Nike providers.

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Kanye West Is Getting These Custom adidas for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day approaching on June 19, and North West’s birthday just a few days behind us, Dan Gamache of Mache Custom Kicks has teamed up with San Francisco technology company Chronicled to create a fitting father-daughter gift.

Kanye and North will each be gifted a pair of custom adidas, as Gamache has added personalized touches to a pair of the ever-popular Ultra Boost and classic Superstar. For three-year-old North, Mache has added a compass print to a pair of pink, white, and gold Superstars, while Kanye’s Ultra Boosts are dressed in forest green with “KANYE WEST” written in orange gothic font.

Each custom sneaker is equipped with a Chronicled tag that contains meta-data authenticating the shoe’s model name, size, date of manufacture, photos, provenance and more. The tags are tamper-proof and scannable with a smartphone, guaranteeing that no one can ever pass off a counterfeit version.

In the past, Dan has created custom sneakers for the likes of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Damian Lillard. Check out more images of his custom adidas for Kanye and North West below, and enjoy our Q&A.

This isn’t the first time you’ve customized sneakers for Kanye West, how was this project different from the previous?

The first pair I ever made for Kanye was almost 10 years ago, which is crazy to think! The first pair was me just wanting to get my work to him and I ended up doing the Graduation-themed Nike Air Force 1s, and I just used some of my relationships to get them to him. As for this project, it was cool to be hit up to make them, as opposed to doing all the legwork myself. It goes to show how far I’ve come over 10 years!

Did Kanye stipulate anything specific for the design? Or were you free to create as he pleased?

There were no guidelines for the customs, just that obviously they would be adidas. I chose both silhouettes. For Kanye, I figured the Ultra Boost is his go-to if he’s not wearing YEEZYs. And for North, Chronicled gave me the choice between a Superstar and a Stan Smith. I picked the shell toes just because they have laces, while the Stans in her size had velcro straps, so I just went with my preference.

Given the amount of fake YEEZY Boosts being produced at the moment, how do you expect Kanye to react to Chronicled’s authentication technology?

Not sure yet, we shall see!

Is the Chronicled sneaker tag meant to be worn all the time?

Chronicled is a brand I’ve partnered with to help authenticate the sneakers and the designs I create. I receive fake sneakers all the time to be customized, and I won’t take those projects. I’ve also seen situations where other customizers will claim their sneakers have been customized by me, so I was looking for a way to protect the integrity of customs I create. The smart tags can be worn as a fashion statement, but they are intended to constitute proof of authenticity for customers, collectors and resellers.

What processes and tools were used to create the shoes?

A magician never reveals his secrets! But I did use paints, dyes, and an xacto blade to slice the cage on the Boosts. I also used stencils due to the tight deadline.

How many hours total did the two shoes take to create? What was the biggest challenge?

It took me three days to complete both pairs, which is extremely quick for a fully custom shoe. The biggest challenge was just the brainstorming to make something that I think Kanye, North, and even Kim would appreciate, considering they have access to practically anything they want.

How are the shoes being presented to Kanye and North? Should we expect to see these on Kanye’s feet?

Chronicled has set up the arrangements to present them for Father’s Day and North’s birthday. I hope that we do see them!

If one of our readers wished to commission a Mache shoe, how much would they expect to spend?

I always make an analogy that custom work is like getting a tattoo. The more work and time, the more it costs. My pricing starts at around $350 and can go into the thousands.

Now meet the Australian artist creating custom apparel for Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and others.

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CLOT Features Its “Silk” Pattern on Suicoke Summer Sandals

Suicoke sandals have been in high demand in recent months, as seemingly everybody has been working with the popular Japanese sandal manufacturer. CLOT looks to get in on the act, joining for a series of releases, utilizing their signature “Silk” pattern.

In working on Suicoke’s staple MOTO-VS and CHIN2-V models, CLOT’s go-to “Silk” design further encapsulates its unique fusion of eastern and western influences. Each style is available in multipole colorways, all of which have been constructed with the luxurious silk pattern and feature durable and comfortable Vibram soles.

The MOTO-VS arrives in red and black, while the CHIN2-V appears in navy and olive. Look for the CLOT x Suicoke sandals to release on June 24 at select shops as well as through CLOT online.

Suicoke also recent linked with END. for a line of military-inspired sandals.

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A New PUMA x FENTY by Rihanna Trainer is Dropping Tomorrow

After the PUMA by Rihanna Creeper sold out in under an hour, the prosperous pairing is back with a new colorway of the FENTY Trainer silhouette.

Similar to previous colorway releases, this Fenty Trainer takes a tonal approach and comes dressed in “Quarry” silver throughout. It features an Ariaprene upper for breathability, a mesh and TPU Kurim cage for support, and a rubber outsole for grip. The elongated tongue is just for fun, and the high-cut style and lack of laces add a touch of futuristic flair.

The Trainer was first debuted at the PUMA by Rihanna fashion show at New York Fashion Week back in February. It’s RiRi’s vision of a work out sneaker that’s fashionable yet comfortable.

The shoe will be available tomorrow, June 15 both online and at select PUMA retailers, including Packer.

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Here’s a First Look at the Nike Air Presto Slip-On

With summer right around the corner, Nike continues to bless us with a selection of new warm weather-appropriate footwear options. In adding another to their ever-expanding arsenal, here we get our first look at the Air Presto Slip-On.

Now you may be thinking that the Presto is already a slip-on silhouette — and it is — but this new model completely does away with a traditional lacing system. The signature Air Presto sole unit has been carried over to the Slip-On variation, while the upper notes construction from breathable mesh and neoprene materials.

Not much info has been disclosed regarding the new silhouette from the Swoosh, but be sure to let us know your thoughts on the first look.

Stay tuned for more.

For some additional Presto heat, take a look at Nike’s upcoming collaboration with ACRONYM on the Air Presto.

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