Nike KD 7 ‘What The’ – Official Look + Release Info

The first images of the KD7 “What The…” were leaked tonight.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, the “What The…” series mashes up the different colorways from throughout the line into one pair.  I can see the Global Games, Aunt Pearls, Christmas, All-star, etc.  They can look off-the-wall but that is what you will get with this type of design.  My first impressions are that this is better than the WTKD6.  Can’t wait to see more images.

There have been plenty of ‘What The’ moments this year regarding KD and his 7th signature sneaker, and to finish things off Nike plans on releasing the KD 7 in what is now a traditional colorway. Whether you love them or hate them, these take a little bit of every KD 7 release and blends them

Source: Nike KD 7 ‘What The’ – Official Look + Release Info

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low ‘True Red’ – Release Date. Nike.com

When the Jordan 11 Bred originally came out, I drove all over town and ended up finding a 10.5.  I bought them and shoved my 11 size feet in them for a long time.  Hopefully my dogs will be more comfortable in a true size 11 with these lows.  They release on May 23, 2015.

AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW ‘TRUE RED’

Source: Air Jordan 11 Retro Low ‘True Red’ – Release Date. Nike.com

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Kobe X ‘Fundamentals’ – Release Date. Nike.com

Is this the best Kobe X colorway so far?  I believe so but the verdict is out until we see the flyknit lows.

Find release dates and info for the Kobe X ‘Fundamentals’ on Nike.com. Follow all new releases with the Nike Launch Calendar.

Source: Kobe X ‘Fundamentals’ – Release Date. Nike.com

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Nike Kyrie 1 “USA” – KicksOnFire.com

I’m a sucker for USA colorways.  This Kyrie 1 is fantastic.

 

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Find out the release date for the Nike Kyrie 1 “USA.”

Source: Release Date: Nike Kyrie 1 “USA” – KicksOnFire.com

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Summer Ready: Nike LeBron 12 Low “Hot Lava” – KicksOnFire.com

Nike LeBron 12 Low will be offered in a new colorway of Hot Lava for this Summer 2015. Expect the sneaker to debut at Nike accounts on June 4th.

Source: Summer Ready: Nike LeBron 12 Low “Hot Lava” – KicksOnFire.com

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North Carolina Tar Heels Highlights

To get you caught up on the season thus far here are some North Carolina Tar Heels highlights from the early games.  I’m only going to include the wins because the losses were ugly.  In general this team isn’t where I expected them to be at this point.  Until this team plays with more focus on the glass, taking care of the ball, and shooting the ball better, this 6-2 team is in for a long season.

There have been some bright spots though… Jackson is going to be a player… Tokoto is passing the ball well and his shooting has improved… Meeks has made strides… and I like what Hicks is doing… but we need more consistency from Paige.  I don’t want to put more pressure on him but unless he can turn a corner, this team won’t be going too far.

UNC Tar Heels 108 vs ECU Pirates 64 / December 7, 2014

UNC Tar Heels 75 vs Florida Gators 64 / November 28, 2014

UNC Tar Heels 78 vs UCLA Bruins 56 / November 27, 2014

UNC Tar Heels 90 vs Davidson Wildcats 72 / November 22, 2014

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UNC Basketball – Highlights vs Belmont-Abbey

UNC Basketball: Highlights vs. Belmont-Abbey

Another exhibition game for the UNC Tarheels in the books and they did what they were supposed to do as they crushed Belmont-Abbey 112-34.  This team seems to be very athletic and they are enjoying playing together which is great to see with all of the potential competition.  I like what I’m seeing across the board but I have my eye on Hicks & Jackson for sure… they are going to be a problem for others this year.

Season starts for real in a week.  Let’s go!

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Shoebiz – Nike Kobe 9 Collection

Well the Nike Kobe 9 is upon us and I’d like to chronicle the ins and outs of this new collection which is sure to please.  We are set to see an elite hightop version and two low versions (engineered mesh and flyknit).  Since the Kobe 8 was such a huge success, I sure hope Nike can top it with the Nike Kobe 9 series.

Nike Kobe 9 Collection

BACKGROUND – Behind the Nike Kobe 9 shoe design (from Nike):

The provocative KOBE 9 Elite embodies Nike’s singular focus on delivering innovation that makes athletes better.  Evidence of Nike’s passion to simultaneously push the limits of design is best proven in the details.  In this exclusive look at the KOBE 9 Elite Masterpiece we decode the creation of this striking shoe by sharing nine design details from Nike designer Eric Avar.  More than two years in the making, Avar worked closely with Kobe Bryant on the design and development process and estimates the two met in person 15 times, spending hours obsessing details to create The Masterpiece:

KOBE INSIGHT #1:  I WANT TO FEEL THE COURT.

Eric Avar:  “We created a thin web outsole less than 3 millimeters thick, combined with a responsive Lunarlon insert.“

Performance result:  This combination puts the foot in close contact with the court surface, allowing agile cuts, quick response and tremendous court feel.

KOBE INSIGHT #2:  I’M LOOKING FOR A HIGH-TOP THAT FEELS LIKE A LOW-TOP.

Eric Avar: “Let’s integrate lightweight ankle support with a Flyknit collar that is barely noticeable.”

Performance result:  Allows a natural range of motion, proprioception and an intuitive fit with the lightweight feel of a low-top.  The collar is high, but there are zero distractions or restrictions.

KOBE INSIGHT #3:  MAKE IT PERSONAL.

Eric Avar: “We’ll incorporate nine red sutures stitched up the back of the shoe.”

Performance result:  Toughness. These sutures represent Bryant’s commitment to recover from a torn Achilles.

KOBE INSIGHT #4:  I WANT TO MOVE WITH THE QUICKNESS OF A BOXER.

Eric Avar: “Create a design that acts as a second skin and locks in the foot.”

Performance result: A natural feel of the upper, combined with sole that “moves with you,” allows basketball movements that mimic the footwork you see in a boxing ring.

KOBE INSIGHT #5:  USE THE BEST MATERIALS.

Eric Avar: “Flyknit, Flywire, Lunarlon and carbon fiber are outstanding for performance.”

Performance result: The combination of high-performance materials are lightweight, responsive, strong and durable.  For a player like Bryant who runs more than four miles in the average game, shedding weight without compromising strength makes a significant impact.

KOBE INSIGHT #6:  COMFORT IS KEY.

Eric Avar: “A quilted tongue and padded inner-sleeve will provide a great feel, with aero mesh in the inner sleeve for comfort and breathability.”

Performance result:  In tandem with the Flyknit, the quilted tongue and inner bootie provide a comfortable, glove-like fit.

KOBE INSIGHT #7:  INJECT SOME CHAOS.

Eric Avar: “Evolve the Chaos colorway and feature four distinct shades in the Flyknit’s four threads: red, purple, green and black.  The Chaos colorway began with the Kobe IV in 2008 as a tribute to Kobe’s intrigue with the joker – let’s parlay that into the ‘Masterpiece’ colorway.”

Performance result: Distinction on the court.  Absolutely no pair of the Masterpiece colorway are the same, they are all unique – like snowflakes. The Flyknit creation process weaves a one-of-a-kind upper so that no shoe is the same; the color blend is different on each shoe.

KOBE INSIGHT #8:  I WANT TO STOP AND CUT ON A DIME.

Eric Avar: “An evolved herringbone traction pattern that mimics the foot’s natural pressure mapping – what nature intended.”

Performance result: With an outsole traction pattern that provides maximum grip, no slipping and sliding on the court.

KOBE INSIGHT #9:  KEEP PEOPLE GUESSING.

Eric Avar: “Let’s include the Kobe code.”

Performance result: Small details matter, both in basketball and design. The Kobe code is featured on each shoe, both on the lateral (outside) and medial (inside) sides of the midsole.  Code on lateral side translates to: ‘Masterpiece.’ Code on medial side translates to ‘Veni, vidi, vici,’ an inspirational Latin phrase that translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

BACKGROUND – Behind the Kobe 9 Flyknit low design:

 

Kobe Bryant demands provocative design innovation. Aesthetics aside, his appetite for the most revolutionary footwear technologies, materials and fit have fueled a special connection with Nike designer Eric Avar.  The two have pushed the limits for a decade, with their vision coming full circle with the KOBE 9 Elite Low and special muses inspiring each colorway.

Reverting to a higher cut for the first time since the KOBE 3 in 2007, Bryant’s ninth shoe challenged convention when it launched last December.  The KOBE 9 Elite Low version debuts in new colorways beginning July 12, with innovation and inspiration that will change summer basketball.

DESIGN GENESIS

The KOBE 9 Elite Low is Bryant’s most innovative shoe to-date, featuring three leading technologies: Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon.  Flyknit provides a lightweight, breathable solution for a summer basketball shoe that performs equally well indoors or outdoors.

“Nike Flyknit acts as a super skin, giving athletes articulated strength similar to the engineering of a spider web – tension and strength just where they’re needed,” said Eric Avar, Nike VP of Innovation.

Flyknit and Flywire technologies are a one-two punch, leading to a dynamic fit for intricate, on-court footwork.  Eliminating bulk and distraction was a focus for Avar with disciplined design in a low cut with no distractions.

PURPOSEFUL

Flyknit technology introduces a new way to create a shoe upper out of what is essentially yarns. It drastically reduces waste from the upper with a low cut and efficient production process compared to traditional methods.

INSPIRATION

The KOBE 9 Elite Low brings Bryant’s muses to life.  The artistry of music and its ability to move and inspire people has always intrigued the athlete.  From classical to pop, he has appreciation for multiple genres.

The KOBE 9 Elite Low Hyper Grape is linked to music and its ability to transcend the decades, with artists, songs and dance moves that stand the test of time.  The purple upper pays homage to pop music and includes a moon surface graphic on the outsole.

The KOBE 9 Elite Low Beethoven pays tribute to the German composer and pianist, and more specifically the power of his Ninth Symphony from the early 1800s.  The grey color of this colorway represents Beethoven’s timeless quality.

The KOBE 9 Elite Low Hyper Grape releases on July 12, while the KOBE 9 Elite Low Beethoven debuts August 16; both globally at Nike.com and select retail locations.

 

 

Nike Kobe 8 WTK

Shoebiz – Nike Kobe 8 Collection

The Kobe 8 is one of the best basketball shoes ever made both from a hoop and a casual wear point of view.  I know my opinion is biased because of my appreciation for a low cut hoop shoe but I know I’m not alone.  Nike hit it out of the park with this line which combined performance, innovation, and creativity all into one great shoe.  This was the lightest shoe to date at 9.6 ounces which is always a good thing in my book.  This line also ran for a extended period of time.  The Nike Kobe 8 launched in Dec 20, 2012 and ended around January 2014.

Here is some of the background from Nike on the inspiration for this great line…

The Kobe 8 System is the result of a close collaboration between Nike Performance Footwear Creative Director Eric Avar, his team and Kobe himself. For his latest creation, Kobe wanted a shoe that acted as an extension of his foot, mirroring his quick performance while staying lower to the ground.

“I’m always focused on improving my game, to perform at my best.  I want my shoes to mimic the speed of my game,” Kobe said. “By shaving fractions off the height and weight, it allows me to play faster with more control so I can maneuver across the court – I want to feel like I’m moving at the speed of light.”

In response to athlete feedback, the design team incorporated an innovative textile — Nike Engineered Mesh — for the first time in a basketball shoe. This created a dynamic and ultra-lightweight fit that is 90 percent mesh for 360 degrees of breathability and tightly woven for strength and flexibility to bend naturally with the foot. Additionally, the no-sew, synthetic overlays on the toe and lateral quarter panel provide support for even the toughest games.

“We’re always pushing the limits of Kobe’s shoe to be faster, more precise, and to be modern,” Avar explained. “Kobe’s big on being bold, aggressive, provocative and making an impact. Working together, we’re on a never-ending quest for the perfect shoe for him.

“Nike Engineered Mesh creates a dynamic fit that syncs around Kobe’s foot to mimic the natural biomechanics, delivering security where he needs it. As the design team began working with the mesh, it took on this scale-like snake pattern that really brought the black mamba inspiration to life in compelling way.”

The shoe’s full-length Lunarlon midsole delivers lightweight, low-profile cushioning, and is low to the ground allowing for greater stability.  A one-millimeter rubber outsole – combining classic herringbone with a snake scale-inspired traction pattern – uses less rubber than traditional outsoles for lightweight durability and excellent multi-surface traction. The 3-D anatomical heel counter provides a sleek, locked down fit.

Beginning December 20, 2012, the black/sulfur color of the KOBE 8 SYSTEM will be available in stores globally, on nike.com and through NIKEiD. The python-inspired color launches in Greater China on January 12, 2013, and in North America on February 2, 2013.

Nike Kobe 8 Colorways

 

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Shoebiz – Nike KD 7

It was an exciting day as Nike held a launch event for the newest addition to the signature KD shoe line… the 7… or the return of the strap.  I’m not a fan of having a strap on the shoe so I’m a little disappointed about that but I am glad to see some mesh return to the shoe.  The colorways are also compelling as well but I would have to say the USA, Calm Before the Strom, and Global Game, are my initial favorites.

Here are some highlights from the Nike presser…

“The KD7 combines leading performance innovation with a colorful narrative pulled from Durant’s fascination with meteorology that began as a child and continues today.” 

“Chang accomplished this “best of both worlds” design challenge by using seamless forefoot mesh, dynamic Nike Flywire technology and encapsulated Nike Zoom in the front of the shoe. Bridging the transition between the forefoot and heel is a midfoot strap. Chang combined Hyperposite support in the heel with a newly developed visible Nike Zoom Air bag for responsive cushioning.” 

“The KD7 colorway narrative begins with lightning, and more specifically the average temperature of a lightning strike – 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It also builds on KD’s insight of wanting to be lightning-quick.”

“The KD7 35,000 Degrees colorway features a bright mango upper, volt outsole and hits of deep grey to represent the electric nature of lightning strikes. Stratospheric graphics and nods to lightning also appear on the sole and Swoosh.”

“Personal cues are featured on each of the KD7 colorways: a silhouette of his homestate of Maryland is embedded on the outsole; and the forefoot strap includes the names of his mother Wanda, his grandmother Barbara, his father Wayne and his brother Tony.”

Nike KD7 - Tech Sheet

Nike KD7 – Tech Sheet

KD7 COLORWAYS:

KD7 July 4th:  Durant’s love for Independence Day with its fireworks, or “man-made lightning,” inspired this this red, white and blue colorway featuring festive graphics on the tongue lining and Swoosh. Launch: June 26.

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Nike KD7 – 4th of July (usa)

KD7 35,000 Degrees: Lightning strikes earth at an average temperature of 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and much like Durant’s game, it is powerful and unpredictable. This bright mango, grey and volt version of the KD7 is the lead colorway for the new collection. Launch: July 12.

Nike KD7 - 35000 degrees

Nike KD7 – 35000 degrees

KD7 Global Game: The global game of basketball has given this young man who grew up in a small town outside Washington, D.C., an opportunity to travel extensively throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. This all-red colorway features a globe graphic on the tongue and a confetti-adorned Swoosh. Durant will lead USA Basketball into a busy summer basketball season that begins with the World Basketball Festival in the Windy City of Chicago this August, and wraps up in Spain at the Basketball World Cup this September. Launch: Aug. 2.

Nike KD7 - Global Game

Nike KD7 – Global Game

KD7 Calm Before the Storm: The grey and pink colorway of this KD7 is indicative of skies that appear tranquil before the onset of a powerful storm, though Durant typically remains calm even throughout a swirling frenzy on-court. Launch: Aug. 16.

Nike KD7 - Calm Before the Storm

Nike KD7 – Calm Before the Storm

KD7 Easy Money: Inventor and statesman Ben Franklin used a metal key and a kite to prove that lightning was really a stream of electrified air. Franklin’s famous stormy kite experiment in June 1752 radically changed general understanding of the power of lightning and electricity. As an ode to Franklin’s fascination with weather and his prominence on the U.S. $100 bill, the Easy Money colorway features green hues and graphics from the Benjamin bill – a tribute to KD’s nickname, Easy Money.  Launch: Sept. 10.

Nike KD7 - Easy Money

Nike KD7 – Easy Money

KD7 Good Apples: Durant, who led the league in scoring four out of the last five years, is a perfectionist and hard-working student of offensive efficiency and shot analytics. Durant views the basketball court similar to an orchard where every shot is an apple. “I approach scoring like apple picking,” says Durant. “Keep the good ones and leave the rotten ones.”

Nike KD7 - Good Apples

Nike KD7 – Good Apples

KD7 Uprising: Kevin Durant’s rise to superstardom parallels the rare weather phenomenon known as sprite lightning, which served as inspiration for the KD7 ‘Uprising’ colorway. “I started from the bottom with humble beginnings and I’m focused on rising to the top,” said Durant.  Sprite lightning, a mystery to many meteorologists, rises upwards from the top of thunderclouds into the atmosphere. Like Durant’s career trajectory, sprite lightning is an uncommon occurrence.

Nike KD7 - Uprising

Nike KD7 – Uprising

KD7 On the Road: Kevin Durant’s journey on the road has brought him around the world and back multiple times as he enters his eighth year in the pros. Durant has logged roughly 225 hours of playing time in away games since entering the league, which has prepared him well for the demands of road trips.  As reigning MVP on one of the league’s most successful road teams, Durant has faced a fair share of opposing crowds. The pressure builds character, and Durant has welcomed the pressure with open arms.

“Success is not a destination, it’s a journey,” said Durant. “I approach each road game like a business trip where we have a job to do — this is part of the journey.”

At every chance on the road, Durant looks for an open gym for training and shooting even beyond his team commitments. Even if it’s 30 minutes for a shoot-around, it’s worth the effort to Durant. He’s a road warrior who never takes time off.  The KD7 On the Road shoe debuts on nike.com and at select retail locations globally on Oct. 23.

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Nike KD 7 – On the Road

 

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Nike KD7 – N7

 

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Nike KD7 – Hyper Grape

 

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Nike KD 7 – BHM

 

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Nik3 KD7 – USA Navy Gold Red

 

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Nike KD7 – Texas

 

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Nike KD 7 – Pony Hair



 

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Nike KD7 – Elite??

 

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Nike KD 7 – Black Gum

Let me know which colorways are your favorite.