KD8 COMBINES FLYWEAVE TECHNOLOGY AND ARTICULATED NIKE ZOOM AIR FOR DURANT’S MOST INNOVATIVE NIKE SHOE

Nike made it official today by announcing the KD8.  I am excited for this shoe.  When the images first leaked, there were many critics… “this looks like the air max 2015″… “downgrade”… “where’s the strap?”  But for me, this seems to fit all of my wants in a hoop shoe… low cut, light weight, flexible, great cushioning, and traction.  I also am liking the possibilities with the Flyweave upper.  Here is to a successful line Nike and KD!!

Here are the highlights from the press release:

  • Flyweave technology upper – first Nike basketball shoe to use it.Woven textile that can be designed in high resolution, down to the pixel.
  • Articulated full-length Nike Zoom Air unit – first time there are notches strategically placed in the forefoot and heel to flex with the foot’s movement.
  • Flywire in the forefoot, locks you in.
  • Sabertooth Tiger tattoo on KD’s leg was a source of inspiration.  Predatory instincts, ferocity and prehistoric old soul… what?  But the heel design was designed to mimic a sabertooth’s fangs.
  • First release will be the “July 4th” colorway dropping on June 27th… in limited quantities… you know what that means.  The upper will contain firework inspired patterns.
  • The second colorway will be the red one from the images called, “V8″.  Inspired by Durant’s Camaro he had customized in 2010.

 

 

Image of more KD8 colorways published on KD’s instagram account:nike-kd-8-colorways-1

Nike News – KD7 “What The” Merges 18 Shoes Into One

In case you aren’t familiar with the “What The…” line from Nike, they are an attempt to mash-up and capture many of the best moments and various colorways for a particular signature model.  This year the WTKD7 has been inspired from 18 different releases (wow… just think about that… 18 colorways).  I know not everyone is a fan of this wild release but I enjoy them as a way to remember many of the shoes with one model.  See if you can spot the different colorways or you can always read the Nike article linked below to see which ones made the cut.

New KD7 What The shoe available June 20 combines various colors, patterns, graphics and technical details of popular KD7 colorways into a modern mashup.

Source: Nike News – KD7 “What The” Merges 18 Shoes Into One

BAIT x G.I. Joe x New Balance In-Store and Online Giveaway | Nice Kicks

Yoooo Joe!  Two of my favorite loves… kicks and G.I. Joe are teaming up.  New Balance has collaborated with BAIT on this special release to feature a “Cobra Commander” and “Roadblock” sneaker.  Also, if you are lucky enough to live near a BAIT shop and are one of the first 60 customers to buy both shoes, you will be walking away with a custom G.I. Joe or Cobra footlocker to store them in.  I guess I’ll take my chances with the online raffle.  I do like the Cobra Commander shoe better but that feels so wrong to go against the Joes… decisions… decisions.

With both its upcoming G.I. Joe x New Balance 710 “Roadblock” and 574 “Cobra Commander” collaborative offerings on tap to release on June 20th, BAIT is planning to do a special giveaway in […]

Source: BAIT x G.I. Joe x New Balance In-Store and Online Giveaway | Nice Kicks

Under Armour Curry One Low Warriors – Sneaker Bar Detroit

This might be my first Under Armour shoe but I’ll try it on before I by it.  Appearance wise, it looks nice, with the Golden State Warriors colorway, Steph Curry logo, low profile… it’s got it going on.  Hope it feels as good as it looks.

Releasing alongside the Under Armour Curry One Low Panthers edition is the Under Armour Curry One Low Warriors version. Steph Curry’s Curry One Low drops

Source: Under Armour Curry One Low Warriors – Sneaker Bar Detroit

Nike Kobe 10 USA Independence Day – Sneaker Bar Detroit

I told myself no more Kobe 10 until the flyknit low comes out but the “Independence Day” colorway is looking good.  I need a shot of that sole… gold ice?

The Nike Kobe 10 USA Independence Day, or commonly known as the 4th of July is set to release as part of the Nike Basketball 2015 USA Pack. The Kobe 10 USA

Source: Nike Kobe 10 USA Independence Day – Sneaker Bar Detroit

Nike KD 8 ‘USA’

I suspected a USA colorway but wasn’t sure it would fit in with the WTKD7 coming and the KD8 red colorway.  I am a huge fan of most USA colorways and I’m glad to see this one coming to light.  We need to see better shots of it first though before I can decide cop/drop.

INike, your products are not safe with anybody, man…even retail employees are leaking stuff. I guess that’s good for those that can’t wait to see what’s next. This USA colorway of the upcoming Nike KD 8 is scheduled to release on June 27 and looks to sport a firework upper for the 4th of July.

Source: Nike KD 8 ‘USA’

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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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Shoebiz – Nike Lebron 12

Lebron formally unveiled his newest addition to his shoe family… the 12.  Nike held their presser yesterday (and didn’t stream it for the general public like the KD launch event – boo) to promote this signature line and the new technology going into this shoe (Hexagonal Air & Megafuse).  I’m not a huge fan of the Lebron line, mostly because I enjoy lows over high-tops, plus they have a bulky image but these look like they could be slimmer and lighter… I’m intrigued.  Let me know what you think and which colorway stands out most to you.

Here are some of the highlights from the session as well as the first 7 colorways of the Nike Lebron 12 to be released before the end of the year.  The first ‘NSRL’ will be released on October 11.

“Five visible, hexagonally-shaped Nike Zoom Air bags in the outsole of the LEBRON 12 enhance natural motion while providing accelerated explosiveness with each step. Nike Zoom Air delivers the same great cushioning it brought to footwear when first introduced to basketball in 1995; now the hexagonal Nike Zoom Air is mapped to the pressure points of the foot where it’s most needed for basketball performance.”

“In tandem with the sole, the lightweight and breathable Megafuse upper is designed to act as a molded second skin that minimizes weight and amplifies breathability and comfort.”

Lebron12 Tech Sheet

Nike LEBRON 12 COLORWAYS

The initial seven Nike LEBRON 12 colorways are inspired by James’s game, physical attributes and the analysis that went into the development of his latest signature shoe:

LEBRON 12 NSRL – James wasn’t made in a lab, but he is made better by Nike’s research, testing and analysis. The LEBRON 12 lead colorway reflects the process of turning data into design to create superior performance footwear. Launch: Oct. 1 in China; Oct. 11 globally.

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LEBRON 12 Heart of a Lion – James has demonstrated the courageous heart of a lion while being tested both physically and mentally over his 11-year professional career. Launch: Oct. 30.

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LEBRON 12 Dunk Force – Inspired by the power of James’s statement tomahawk dunk and equated to the speed and force of a helicopter rotor blade. Launch: Nov. 11.

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LEBRON 12 Instinct – James’s keen 20/20 eyesight combined with his uncommon speed and agility translates to pinpoint, instinctual decisions, much like the way a hummingbird sees and navigates. Launch: Nov. 22.

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LEBRON 12 Six Meridians – A key component of James’s training recovery and preparation is massage therapy. The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology releases energy to different points of the body, or meridians, when massaging pressure points in the feet and hands. Launch: Nov. 29.

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LEBRON 12 Trillion Dollar Man – Are we looking at the athlete of the future today in LeBron James? Inspired by James’s legendary work ethic and physical gifts combined with Nike’s finest performance technology. Launch: Dec. 1.

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LEBRON 12 Data – James is arguably the most dominant player in the game today, with the statistics to support that claim. Launch: Dec. 20.

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Nike Sneakers Release Date Rumors

Nike Sneakers Release Dates Rumors for 2013-14

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The release dates can change depending on the manufacturer.

courtesy: http://basketrevolution.wordpress.com/sneaker-release-dates/

I rearranged the list and sorted it by type to make it easier in case you are a particular fan of one over the others.

Shoe Description Date Player
2 – AIR JORDAN 5 RETRO “LANEY” 11/2/2013 Jordan
16 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG “LANEY” 11/16/2013 Jordan
30 – AIR JORDAN 5 RETRO “OREO” 11/30/2013 Jordan
14 – AIR JORDAN 12 RETRO/WHITE 130690-125 12/14/2013 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO/BLACK 378037-006 12/21/2013 Jordan
28 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG “BRED” 12/28/2013 Jordan
18 – AIR JORDAN 3 RETRO/DK POWDER BLUE 136064-406 1/18/2014 Jordan
15 – AIR JORDAN 6 RETRO/WHITE 384664-123 2/15/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN RETRO 10/WHITE 310805-106 2/21/2014 Jordan
8 – AIR JORDAN 3 RETRO/WHITE 136064-123 3/8/2014 Jordan
2 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW/BLACK 528895-033 4/2/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW BG/WHITE 528896-153 4/21/2014 Jordan
2 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW “CONCORD” 528895-153 5/2/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 6 RETRO “CARMINE” 384664-160 5/21/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG/WHITE 555088-123 5/21/2014 Jordan
21 – AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH OG/GYM RED 555088-601 5/21/2014 Jordan
2 – AIR JORDAN 11 RETRO LOW/BLACK 528895-023 6/2/2014 Jordan
7 – AIR JORDAN 2 RETRO/WHITE 385475-102 6/7/2014 Jordan
28 – Nike KD VI/GAMMA BLUE 599424-400 11/28/2013 KD
03 – Nike KD VI/MET’LC PEWTER 599424-003 12/3/2013 KD
26 – Nike KD VI “CHRISTMAS” 599424-601 12/26/2013 KD
30 – Nike KD VI/COOL GREY 599424-008 12/30/2013 KD
10 – Nike KD VI/BLACK 599424-010 1/10/2014 KD
17 – Nike KD VI “BHM” 646742-500 1/17/2014 KD
20 – Nike KD VI/PURE PLATINUM 599424-009 1/20/2014 KD
5 – Nike KD VI/LT CRIMSON 599424-600 2/5/2014 KD
20 – Nike KD VI (GS)/DK MICA GREEN 599477-301 2/20/2014 KD
28 – Nike KD VI/ELECTRIC GREEN 599424-302 2/28/2014 KD
14 – Nike KD VI/ANTHRACITE 599424-007 3/14/2014 KD
20 – KD VI ELITE/TURBO GREEN 642838-300 4/20/2014 KD
20 – KD VI ELITE/WHITE 642838-100 5/20/2014 KD
29 – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM/MINE GREY 555035-003 11/29/2013 Kobe
13 – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM/GREEN GLOW 555035-304 12/13/2013 Kobe
20 – Nike KOBE IX ELITE (GS)/BLACK 636602-002 12/20/2013 Kobe
26 – Nike Kobe 8 “CHRISTMAS” 639522-001 12/26/2013 Kobe
31 – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM YOTH/LT CRIMSON 639654-674 12/31/2013 Kobe
13 – Nike KOBE 9 ELITE (GS)/PURPLE VENOM 636602-002 2/13/2014 Kobe
20 – Nike KOBE 9 ELITE (GS)/PURPLE VENOM 636602-500 2/20/2014 Kobe
20 – Nike KOBE IX ELITE (GS)/WHITE 636602-100 3/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX ELITE (GS)/COURT PURPLE 636602-501 3/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX ELITE/WOLF GREY 630847-005 4/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX EM/BLACK 646701-001 4/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX EM “BLITZ BLUE” 646701-413 5/20/2014 Kobe
20 – KOBE IX ELITE/WHITE 630847-100 5/20/2014 Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/Black 630847-001 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/Black 630847-002 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/BASE GREY 630847-003 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/Black 630847-004 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike Kobe 9 Elite/NEO TURQ 630847-400 Unconfirmed Kobe
?? – Nike KOBE 8 SYSTEM YOTH/VIVID BLUE 639654-400 Unconfirmed Kobe
22 – Nike LEBRON XI/ARMORY SLATE 616175-401 11/22/2013 Lebron
27 – Nike LEBRON XI/BLACK 616175-001 11/27/2013 Lebron
06 – Nike LEBRON XI / BRAVE BLUE 616175-400 12/6/2013 Lebron
20 – Nike LEBRON XI/WHITE 616175-100 12/20/2013 Lebron
26 – Nike Lebron XI “CHRISTMAS” 616175-301 12/26/2013 Lebron
30 – Nike LEBRON XI/MICA GREEN 616175-300 12/30/2013 Lebron
17 – Nike Lebron XI “BHM” 646702-001 1/17/2014 Lebron
20 – Nike LEBRON XI/BLACK 616175-004 1/20/2014 Lebron
6 – Nike LEBRON XI/ATOMIC ORANGE 616175-800 2/6/2014 Lebron
7 – Nike LEBRON XI/COURT PURPLE 616175-500 3/7/2014 Lebron
20 – LEBRON XI ELITE/LASER CRIMSON 642846-600 4/20/2014 Lebron
20 – MAX LEBRON XI LOW/LT BASE GREY 642849-001 4/20/2014 Lebron
20 – MAX LEBRON XI LOW/MEDIUM KHAKI 642849-200 4/20/2014 Lebron
20 – MAX LEBRON XI LOW/ATOMIC MANGO 642849-800 5/20/2014 Lebron
20 – LEBRON XI ELITE/BLACK 642846-002 5/20/2014 Lebron

 

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Shoebiz: The Air Jordan XX8…WTC!?!?!

 

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This is like a full on “serenity now, serenity now” moment for me.

Yes I’m late to the game on this reveal, traveling for work will do that to a guy, but I can’t ignore the shoe above.  Yes boys and girls that is the Air Jordan 2013 aka XX8 and no Virginia… apparently there isn’t a Santa because if there was he wouldn’t allow us to have that atrocity represent the Jordan line.  Look I get it, you have reached a point where the shoe will sell on the Jordan name alone and by positioning it as the cutting edge tech shoe each year you can sell it for well in excess of $200 and make some cash (rumored to be over $300 with the special Nike + functionality, also known as the $70 stupid tax that Nike has been tacking on to their signature shoes) but why oh why does it have to come at the cost of design?

Seriously, look at that thing.  I know it was “inspired” by stealth but does stealth really mean a $300 shroud for my foot?  It’s almost the absence of design when its zipped up and when zipped down…is that really a look?  Inspired by lazy people who don’t lace their shoes or something?  And why oh why is the first colorway black and alien green?  What is so terribly wrong with sticking to the classics?  And an 8 inch high top which doesn’t actually offer any support but instead “integrates the shoe with the athlete for a visually distinct look”.  Hey alot of things are visually distinct…it doesn’t mean they are good…

I guess I should at least share what it is that makes this shoe so gosh dern special at least…

  • Zoom units in the forefoot and heel
  • Dynamic fit technology uses straps and laces together for support that moves with the foot
  • Flight plate technology uses a Pebax tm moderator plate that maximizes the responsiveness of the zoom units through compression and deflection for optimal performance.

If you understood that last bullet point…congrats you must be a member of the Jordan marketing group…sounds like a glorified catapult system to me.