In today’s episode of Kicks On Court Weekly Recap, longtime Jordan Brand athlete Ray Allen shares with us what is most important when it comes to his kicks on court.
The Air Jordan 3 is arguably the most iconic basketball shoe ever made. Winning over wearers from almost all style camps, the elephant-printed pair was enough to keep Mike with the Swoosh and helped launch Tinker Hatfield into a league of his own.
Like most beloved basketball models, a strong sense of originality makes new takes tougher to take to. For the past 13 years, the Air Jordan 3 has seen an array of new colorways. Some have been loved upon launch, others neglected, but over time, most have become sought after. As we approach the drop of the Air Jordan 3 “Infrared 23″, we take a look back at all the non-OG AJ3 releases.
Weekly favorites around the Nice Kicks office are spread all over the map in this rendition of Staff Picks. From collaborations and retro basketball models to brand new PEs, a wide array of brands had a strong week. Click through our personal selections in the following pages, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for all of your sneaker news and information.
Individuals looking to purchase one of the high energy releases from Nike today, such as the Air Jordan 3 “Infrared 23″ or Nike Kobe 9 Elite “Perspective”, encountered a new checkout step from Confident Technologies meant to counter bots. Purchasers were asked to match words to pictures in order to verify they were a real person prior to checkout, an image of which you can see in the photo above shared by @TinoTheFilipino on Twitter. While it is not known which future releases will employ this image-based authentication process, consumers can be sure Nike will continue to explore ways to battle sneaker bots. Are you a fan of the photo verification step? Let us know in the comment section.
Performance powerhouses hit the pavement and rare retros run laps around the competition in the latest edition of Best of #todayskicks. Check out all of the sneaker snapshots that grabbed our attention over the last seven days below, and let us know which pairs stand out to you this week in the comment section.
We are back with another What’s New at Nice Kicks installment. Greg Grovey highlights an array of new releases, starting with the new collection from Taka Hayashi and Vans Vault. The Court Lo, Court Hi and Sk8-Mid LX compose the Taka takes, with two new colorways of the Sk8-Hi launching, “Skate Monkey” and “Chambray”, as well as the “Primera” version of the Chukka Boot LX also dropping. The Nike Air Force 1 makes a cameo, appearing in a clean reptile rendition. Four colorways of the Nike Roshe Run are now available, ranging from “Geometric” prints to blue, black and red installments. Lastly, the Air Jordan 3 is previewed in the “Infrared 23″ colorway as is the newest launches from the Jeff Staple clothing collection.
Next Thursday, The Nice Kicks Showcase will take place in Austin, TX. Presented by Mitchell & Ness and Staple Design, the lineup listed above will perform on the rooftop at the Nice Kicks Shop in Austin, TX. In addition, PUMA will bring in special guest Casey Veggies for an in-store event and Pony will host a special DJ Set by Sean C & LV. Drinks will be available for the 21 and over crowd courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cayrum and Red Bull. While the RSVP is currently full, you can click here to get on the wait list.
Behold the Ronnie Fieg x Filling Pieces Quilted RF-Mid. Made in Portugal, this classy collab is composed of fine quilted leather and finished off with a premium pig skin lining. White, red and black color codes take on tonal finishes, lending themselves to a custom silo shaped by Fieg and Filling Pieces. Limited to 200 pairs, the Ronnie Fieg x Filling Pieces Quilted RF-Mid collection will launch in-store this Saturday at Kith followed by an online launch on March 10th.
In what has been a stellar sneaker season in college basketball, San Diego State and UNLV put on arguably the best single-game showcase of the year. No. 10 SDSU won the conference battle on the scoreboard, but the award for best sneakers is still up for debate. Both the Aztecs and Runnin’ Rebels have always been elite College Kicks On Court programs, and neither disappointed in the footwear category on Wednesday. Each team brought out Nike Basketball and Air Jordan exclusives from past and present, with almost every player donning a notable pair. Although SDSU and UNLV took the overall headline of the week, a number of rare models were donned around the rest of the country.