Monday, February 28, 2011

WIP CAPS「Champion Sound: Jamrock」Fitted Baseball Cap

WIP CAPS just leaked their 3rd installment of a fan favorite, Champion Sound. The Jamrock colorway takes on the Pan-African colors of Green, Black and Gold. The Champion Sound series is WIP’s celebration of Jamaican music and is a salute to the Jamaica’s national colors. The hat comes in standard polyester with a pinwheel colored Green & Black crown. The seems are accented with Gold silk to complete the look of the Jamaican flag. ‘Jamrock’ is slated for release this March with only 200 pieces produced world wide. Follow WIP Caps on Facebook for daily updates and product news. Via Strictly Fitteds

Picture Of The Day: 02.28.11

Chris Brown blonde? No bueno.

Air Jordan IX Birthday Cake

Attention to detail is what separates good from great, but this latest Sneaker cake goes beyond the graspable stratosphere of skill. Check out this Air Jordan IX Birthday Cake made by madefreshdailycakes for lucky sneakerhead, Javetz, for his sixteenth birthday. Using the Air Jordan IX as the model, this Howard Roark of sneaker cakes managed to capture every single minute detail, from the stitch patterns and the perforations on the upper to the original Foot Locker receipt! The edible laces themselves go through edible speedlace eyelets, and a quick look at the outsole reveals that the incredible hands behind this cake got every single nook and cranny of the Air Jordan IX outsole – one of the more intricate outsole traction designs of the entire Air Jordan legacy. The cake is completely edible, but would you even want to make a dent in this beauty? Via Sneaker News

Nike Dunk High GS ‘St. Patrick’s Day’

It’s common for Nike Sportswear to issue holiday-themed colorways, even several per, but it’s equally UNcommon to see the same style carried over from occasion to occasion. But that’s exactly what’s going on with this new Nike Dunk High GS for St. Patrick’s Day 2011. These tonal green plus white Dunk Highs for kids are crafted in the same style as the GS Valentine’s Day edition, offering the holiday’s signature symbol in green-on-green atop the patent leather overlay sections. Do we wanna see a pastel pair with bunny rabbits or Easter eggs come April? No word yet on those but just based on where we are in relation to St. Patty’s, these gotta be hitting retailers soon. via mita sneakers & Sneaker News

Sunday, February 27, 2011

adidas Originals Forum Mid Lite – Blue – Yellow – White | March 2011

adidas Originals has modified the Forum with all manner of alterations, ranging from studded to all-over Dellinger webbing and even a couple with cellphone pouches. Here’s the most practical variation yet, the adidas Originals Forum Mid Lite. These joints earn their name with an open weave mesh construction that should be among the spring’s most breathable, which is fitting given their exuberant colorway. Sure to be a big hit in Westwood, this UCLA-style Forum Mid Lite is available for pre-order with a March 2011 ship date from CrookedTongues. Via Sneaker News

THIS IS FIFTY Fitted Baseball Caps

Curtis’ self promotion machine continues to pump out product. Just in, is the release of his own fitted baseball cap. The SSJQ alumn decided to go against the grain, choosing not to produce with NEW ERA or MITCHELL & NESS. Using the branding of his website, THIS IS FIFTY he’s released four color ways with block text logo up front. Keeping with the sticker obsession, 50 has his own holographic sticker on the bill. Available now at http://www.thisis50store.com/. Via Strictly Fitteds

Supra Society Mid


Terry Kennedy’s first Supra Pro Model, the Supra TK Society, was a huge hit in the skate community. The aggressively high cut and dual straps was an unconventional design element previously not seen on a skate shoe before. If the original TK wasn’t your style, a brand new version dubbed the Supra Society Mid is now available in two colorways.

Retail is $109.99 for the Grey Gun Tuft & $95.99 for the Black Suede, both of which are available now at CCS.com. Via Sneakerfiles

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Retros Sample – Air Jordan XI (11) “Concord”

After showing you a sample Air Jordan XI “Concord” from Hip-Hop artist Drake’s sneaker collection, today we bring you a look at one from even longer ago. In anticipation of this year’s Air Jordan XI “Concord” retro, Foot Locker has taken some shots of a sample pair from back in 2000- which was when the first retro wave of Air Jordan XIs hit. Via Sneakerfiles

Cool Kids Strike New Deal; Earn 100% Of Profits On New Album

(AllHipHop News) Chicago Hip-Hop group The Cool Kids have struck an innovative deal with Mountain Dew's record label Green Label Sounds to release their highly anticipated first official full-length album, When Fish Ride Bicycles.

The group, which consists of Chuck Inglish and Mickey Rocks, will drop their full length on Green Label via iTunes, with all of the profits from the release going directly to The Cool Kids.

The Cool Kids worked with Green Label Sound in 2008, when they dropped the exclusive single "Delivery Man." According to group member Chuck Inglish, the label is a perfect fit for The Cool Kids.

"They agree with our purpose; they support our sound and they just want to see it happen - no BS," group member Chuck Inglish said in a press release, while Mikey Rocks commented that he liked having a "hip platform to put our album out while having the creative control that we require to make something crazy."

The Cool Kids have enlisted the services of hit making producer Pharrell Williams, who is helping to develop When Fish Ride Bicycles, which is due in stores this Spring.

The Cool Kids will hit the stage on March 18th, during Green Label's showcase at this year's SXSW music festival in Austin Texas.

Other performers will include Mac Miller, Classixx, Chromeo and MNDR. Via All Hip Hop

Picture Of The Day: 02.25.11

" Whoah"! *Joey Lawrence voice

50 Cent's 'Things Fall Apart' To Debut At Miami International Film Fest

Rapper/filmmaker 50 Cent's new movie film Things Fall Apart will make its world premiere next week in Miami during the Miami International Film Festival.

Things Fall Apart stars 50 as "Deon Barnes," a football player for Michigan, who one day hopes of making to the NFL.

His plan goes off course when he realizes he has cancer.

50 Cent lost over 50 pounds for the role, by sustaining himself on a liquid diet during a nine-week period.

"Things Fall Apart was a true collaboration between 50 Cent and director Mario Van Peebles," MIFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante told AllHipHop.com. "50 Cent's physical transformation combined with Mario's vision for the film kept the story fresh, gritty and powerful. Fans in Miami will have a unique opportunity to see the film well before the rest of the world does."

According to Fif, who produced the movie through his Cheetah Vision Films with partner Randall Emmett, Things Fall Apart is based on a true story about one of his friends.

"I had to discipline myself not to actually have myself be in the physical state to convey the energy I felt,” 50 Cent told the Associated Press. “It's a passion project for me.”

Mario Van Peebles directed Things Fall Apart, which also stars Ray Liotta and Lynn Whitfield.

The film's world premiere will be at the Gusman Center in Miami on March 5th. To purchase tickets, click here. Via This Is 50

NBA x NEW ERA「Chicago Bulls」59Fifty Fitted Cap

NEW ERA has once again teamed up with the NBA for you to rep your city and your team. It has a Black base and the usual Red and White Chicago Bulls logo. But this time there’s a twist. On the under brim, it has a White embroidery with the words “Chicago”. They also feature other teams too like the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the New York Knicks. Go rep your city by getting it the Amazingstore online store. Via Strictly Fitteds

PLAY CLOTHS x NEW ERA「Frown Quickstrike」59Fifty Fitted Cap

PLAY CLOTHS brings back their Frown New Era 59Fifty fitted cap in an all new colorway. Originally debuting last year, this new color scheme features a Black baseball cap base with the Frown logo on the front panels. Raised Black embroidery with Red filler completes the front logo. The New Era flag hit follows up with Black outline and Red filling. This is a quickstrike release and limited to select Play Cloths accounts. Via Strictly Fitteds

Nike Air Max 90 Premium QS ‘CBF Pack’ – Black Ostrich

After seeing them previewed in January, we still have nothing concrete on the white pair’s release, but just one day after the Nike Air Max 90 ‘CBF Pack’ popped up in black, it’s ready for retail. These new Ninetys are created in honor of the national governing body for soccer in Brazil, ConfederaĆ§Ć£o Brasileira de Futebol. Those guys musta liked the ostrich Infrared AM90s that dropped a couple years back cos these feature that same bumpy texture on the black mudguard. Everything else is black too, and you can click through to get a better look at the CBF Air Max 90, then grab yours when they go on sale in just a few short hours from Caliroots. Via Sneaker News

DJ Clark Kent’s 10 Biggest Sneakerheads in Hip-Hop

There’s no denying DJ Clark Kent‘s status as one of the biggest sneakerheads on the planet. Wonder who the other big-time sneaker-collecting celebrities are? DJ Clark Kent details the 10 biggest celebrity sneakerheads in this recent list at Complex.com, and the names on the list shouldn’t really surprise you. From those who have been rocking Nikes from way back like Biz Markie, to big-time fiends who have had the honor of having their own Nike shoe, this list is a nice read if you’ve ever wondered what big names in hip-hop have shared your penchant for rubber soles. Hit up Complex.com to see Clark’s entire list! Via Sneaker News

colette x Reebok Court Victory Pump

You can shout ‘Victory’ like Tarvald of Viking Quest for this latest Reebok Court Victory Pump, designed by France’s colette. Featuring a dark charcoal grey suede upper with royal blue accents and paint speckling on a heel-portion of the midsole, this colette: x Reebok Court Victory Pump emanates everything rugged-basketball that the Court Victory Pump possesses while maintaining an unmistakable fashionable taste. A quick reference to Brooklyn artist Stash can be made, as this color-scheme is somewhat of a staple in his designs, but these are certifiably French-made by the folks at colette. If you want these in your hands, hit up atmos as these will be exclusive to them only! Via Sneaker News

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Picture Of The Day: 02.23.11

Retro!

Patty Mills talks about his controversial heritage

Blazers guard Patrick Mills is often described as the latest in a reasonably long line of Australian players in the NBA that includes Luc Longley, Andrew Bogut and Andrew Gaze. It's a new, growing hotbed for hoops products, and Mills is helping to raise the sport's profile in the country.

The reality of Mills' heritage is much more complicated, though. As noted in an excellent profile by Matt Calkins in The Columbian, the story of Mills' mother is tied to one of the most terrible moments in the history of Australia:

"Unless someone asks me, it's not a subject I talk about much," Mills said.

The subject pertains to his Indigenous Australian heritage, more specifically his Aboriginal mother, Yvonne, who as a 2-year-old was taken from her mother along with her older brother and three older sisters. The abduction was part of a national effort led by the Australian government and church missions to remove Indigenous Australian children from their homes and assimilate them into white culture.

It is now classified as "The Stolen Generation," and Yvonne was a textbook victim.

"That's the chip I carry on my shoulder," Mills continued. "Not just being an Indigenous Australian, but knowing that my mom's side of my family never got to see me play."

It's a terrific piece by Calkins, so please click on the link above to read the whole thing. You can also read more about the Stolen Generations here. Via Ball Don't Lie

Be Positive – Brogue Nappa

The Be Positive design label has been combining athletic comfort with time-honored classic designs for some time now, so this Oxford-styled upper with what looks like an Air Max 1 midsole shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Not exactly an Air Max 1 outsole, but you get the point. Be Positive had the same idea when it took a Macropus and Air Woven-like upper and attached the visible cushion bubble to the lower end of the construction when it first debuted. From up top, it looks like a dress shoe, ready to go with any suit or matching ensemble, which is probably what Be Positive had in mind – supreme comfort without compromising style. These have started to hit retailers in Japan like Tokishirazu. Via FRESHNESS & Sneaker News

Nike Air Royal Mid Lite VT QS – Summer 2011

Nike Sportswear debuted Vac Tech molding on last year’s Air Royalty ‘Macarons Pack’, and its remained a staple for that model and its cousin ever since. Here’s a new set of Nike Air Royal Mid Lite VT Quickstrikes that makes a new use of this unique construction, with the end product something like a pair of Royal Crocs. The one-piece molded body is covered from midfoot to heel in huge perforations that’ll make these among the coolest and most breathable sneakers on tap for summer. Via X-kicks & Sneaker News

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

T-Shirt Of The Day: 02.22.11

I Love Hip Hop Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Nike Air Force 1 Bespoke by Koizumi

If these were a GR, Uptown enthusiasts might find their heart skipping a beat, but in comparison to some of the others we’ve seen, this latest Nike Air Force 1 Bespoke is relatively tame. This pair was configured by Koizumi and just like Nike Sportswear‘s favorite Far East influencers, this design offers a glimpse of brighter days to come. The teal suede upper is so lush and soft that when paired with pink accents, you might mistake these for a fresh tuft of cotton candy. Via Sneaker News

Nike Dunk Low VNTG – ‘Un-Vintaged’

One of the biggest gripes about Nike’s ‘Vintage’ treatment of its shoes is that the pre-yellowing is almost unnecessary. While it does provide the ‘vintage’, beat-up sneaker look, that’s something that we can do on our own. By wearing them. Over time. The Air Jordan AJKO, for example, was a highly popular Jordan Retro in 2010 that many scrubbed down with various cleaning materials to make them white as new, and the same was done for the Nike Dunk Low VNTG in the ‘Ultraman’ colorway from the anticipated Be True To Your Street Pack. After a nice scrubdown with wet tissue, they cleaned up pretty well, don’t you think? Check out the full before-and-after below courtesy of Dunkbar and let us know if you’d consider giving them a clean. Want to give it a try? Cop a pair now on eBay. Via Sneaker News

Monday, February 21, 2011

Here We Stay: Sell out Arco on Feb. 28 - The in-game plan

Sacramento Kings fans are gathering support to sell out Feb 28th game in support of #HereWeStay. (an initiative to help keep the Kings in Sacramento). Don’t let another great fanbase lose their team.

As of yesterday there were only 2,000 tickets available for this game (Blake Griffin surely has something to do with this) but if you add our campaign and the donations we've gotten we are making that final push to sell out the game and show our support for our franchise.

Now we need to come up with ideas to make our presence felt inside Arco. I'm gonna throw some ideas after the jump and please do the same by dropping comments. We'll use the same format as for 'caption of the week,' whoever gets the most rec's we'll get the most consideration. Hopefully if everyone gets to contribute their ideas, I'll go to TZ and some of the Here We Stay folks to finalize this plan. The earlier we get this done the better as we'd have more time to prep and make sure this is a successful action. Read the rest at Sactown Royalty

JBF Customs x EmmanueLab​or All-Star Game Custom Dunks

JBF Customs & EmmanueLabor just recently finished a beautiful collaboration featuring the Nike Dunk Low in an ASG theme. Both designed the sneaker together then went to work putting them together, JBF took care of the ‘East’ while EL took care of the ‘West’.

Red and blue lenticular is used along with black patent leather. The typical separate stitched toe and midfoot panels have been removed and in its place are the ASG’s Star designed stitched right into the solid one piece material.

These are a 1 of 1 custom collab between the two artists and are now available to purchase. For $500 you can have one or the other (East of West) or you can have both for $800. Contact blaise28@gmail.com to purchase and be sure to follow both custom artists on Twitter for their latest creations @JBFcustoms & @emmanuelabor. Via Sneakerfiles

LA Rapper Gets Duck Tatted On His Face

Yung LA. This guy went and got a DUCK tattooed on his face. Like a huge DUCK! Gucci Mane...what have you started!!!!???? Via All Hip Hop

Picture Of The Day: 02.21.11

Nike Air Force High – Black – White – Lapis OG Pair from jasonwhite9 on eBay. Via Sneaker News

Air Jordan XI Retro ‘Concord’ – Carbon Fiber

The Air Jordan XI is famous for introducing both patent leather and carbon fiber shank plates to basketball sneakers, but undoubtedly the former gets more attention than the latter. Typically, the only way to see the AJXI’s carbon fiber plate would be to pray you can see it from the medial side (or turning the shoe upside down would work just fine), but what if it played a more prominent role in the legendary sneaker’s design? Picking up where Sole Collector’s dope CMFT 11s left off, this Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’ was spotted during the NBA All-Star weekend with the ultralight, ultra-strong material in place of patent leather on the mudguard. Now that we’ve seen a ’45′ sample and these bad boys, is getting the OG Concord as a retro release for the holiday season still the best of all possible worlds? Via Sneaker News

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sources: Kings consider relocation

The Sacramento Kings are seriously considering the possibility of applying to the NBA by the league's March 1 deadline for relocation to Anaheim for next season, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking.

The Kings haven't made a final decision, but sources said team officials have been in Orange County, Calif., this month to gather more first-hand data on the feasibility and potential obstacles involved in trying to move to Anaheim's Honda Center at season's end after a 26-season run in Sacramento and numerous failed attempts to secure the financing needed for the construction of a new modern arena.

NBA commissioner David Stern publicly confirmed for the first time Saturday night at his annual All-Star Weekend news conference that the Kings have had discussions with Anaheim officials about a possible move. Read more @ ESPN

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ice Cube In Talks To Star In '21 Jump Street'

(AllHipHop News) Ice Cube is in the final stages of negotiations to join the cast of an updated, movie version of the classic 80's television series, "21 Jump Street.

"The original 1987 TV series starred Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise and Holly Robinson Peete and focused on a pair of undercover cops looking to infiltrate high schools to control youth crime.

According to Variety, Cube is in talks to star as "Captain Dickson" for the new movie version of "21 Jump Street" with previously announced actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

In related news, Ice Cube is currently directing a new comedy titled New Year's Eve. Via All Hip Hop

Picture Of The Day: 02.17.11


Blake Griffin hits his head on the backboard

People use a lot of metaphors to describe incredible leapers: a guy can make change on the top of the backboard, kiss the rim, write his name on the backboard, or measure the dimensions on the square on the glass. OK, I made some of those up, but these sorts of sayings exist nonetheless. And while some seem goofy, they're usually grounded in real events, or at least legends based on things that exist in the world. Maybe Earl "The Goat" Manigault couldn't actually change dimes into nickels, but it's not as if people are suggesting he flew to the moon and threw a basketball at a passing flying saucer.

Wednesday night, Blake Griffin actually accomplished one of these cliches by hitting his head on the side of the backboard. Yes, you read that right, and it didn't occur as some kind of technicality like a graze or light tap. While going up for an alley-oop in the final minutes of the Clippers' 98-90 win over the Wolves, Griffin knocked into Minnesota forward Anthony Tolliver and cracked his head on the side of the backboard. The play didn't work as intended. But it's still one of the most incredible moments of what's already been an incredible rookie campaign for the All-Star. Click here to watch the video. Via Ball Don't Lie & Cosby Sweaters

Nike SB Dunk High QS - "Statue of Liberty"

Images of the already-popular "Statue of Liberty" SB Dunk High continue to surface. The shoe sports a seagrass green leather upper with a lighter mint green used for the tongue and laces. Providing a little vintage appeal is sail, which is used for the inner liner and sole. However, it's what lies beneath the surface that really makes this a special release.

When the top layer is scratched, a bronze colored under layer is revealed, symbolic of the oxidized defects of the actual Statue of Liberty. Other details include a Lady Liberty tongue badge and graphic work on the insoles. Look for these to hit your local skate shops in March. Via Sole Collector

Dave White x Air Jordan 1 WINGS for the Future

Take a look at the Dave White x Air Jordan 1 Retro designed for the Jordan Brand WINGS for the Future program. This All-Star-inspired design features a patriotic mosaic of colors and motifs, like the brush-stroked red stripes on the heel and stars on the upper and the metallic gold toe with the signature Dave White paint splatter. Just twenty-three pairs of the Dave White x Air Jordan 1 have been created – all of which are available exclusively at auction.SoleCollector.com. Your bids will go toward assisting the WINGS for the Future program, which has a primary goal of supporting Jordan Brand’s community outreach efforts. Via Sneaker News

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

T-Shirt Of The Day: 02.16.11

Digable Planets Blowout Comb Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Nike Air Max 95 iD – New Options Arriving March 2011

When the Nike Air Max 95 first hit Nike iD half a decade ago, Air Max fans went haywire with the new options to create any type of gradient on the unique 95 upper. However, it will always be the black-grey-white original design that makes the Air Max 95 the sneaker icon it is, so Nike iD has decided to re-create the true OG color-scheme as an all-new Nike iD option. You now have the choice to pick a secondary color – whether you want to go with the OG Neon or select an all new pair to create your own ‘OG’. there are a more pre-set gradient options to choose from, or you can make one all your own if you’ve got a nice vision for a pair. A new upper material titled ‘Metal Snake’ is also available for a new twist on this classic. There’s never been a better time to iD a pair of ninety-fives because Nike has also decided to drop the price a bit as well. Check out Nike iD now and see what creations what you can come up with, and cop a pair once they become available on March 1st. Via Sneaker News

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

T-Shirt Of The Day: 02.15.11

Tribe& Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Picture Of The Day: 02.15.11


Nike Air PR1 – Black – Dark Grey – Aqua

Its re-release last year contemporary with the Air Yeezy and Reebok’s Pump 20th Anniversary celebration, the Nike Air PR1 finds itself pressured to completely represent the Swoosh with this latest colorway. This new edition keeps the Air Pressure’s signature inflation valve (Insta Pump, anyone?) but by using the ‘Tiffany’ colorway and having its black base split between nubuck and Elephant print, these joints are closest to a pair of RT1s that dropped some eighteen months ago. Grab the aqua Air PR1 from Caliroots. Via Sneaker News

First Look: Nike Zoom Huarache TR Mid – Amar’e Stoudemire PE

As you know, Amar’e Stoudemire was one of the biggest free agent signings for the New York Knicks in quite some time. And if you’ve kept up with the Knicks this season, you’re sure to have seen Amar’e run the court for the Knicks in this Player Exclusive colorway of the Zoom Huarache TR Mid.

Surprisingly, Amar’re has gone the OG route of wearing the same pair of shoes every game. And it’s quite obvious in these photos, giving us our first look at this much talked about Player Exclusive. Covered in scuffs and major creases, Amar’e's PE’s make use of a royal blue nubuck upper, while orange is seen on the heel Swoosh, sockliner and branding throughout. White is seen working the midsole and outsole below, and also takes place on the midfoot strap. Via Sole Collector

Monday, February 14, 2011

Picture Of The Day: 02.14.11

Nike Air Force 1 is returning to Nike iD

Friday, February 11, 2011

T-Shirt Of The Day: 02.11.11

I'm The DJ Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Air Jordan 1 Phat Low - Two Colorways - March 2011

These two clean colorways of the Air Jordan 1 Phat Low are set to hit stores in March. They both feature an all nubuck upper with perforated holes on the toe box and side panels as well as a cement print Swoosh on the sides. Coming in all black and all grey, these are perfect for everyday use. Both will retail for $95 and will be available everywhere previous colorways of the Jordan 1 Phat Low were sold. Via Sole Collector