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.
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.
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.
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.
The PUMA Trinomic XS850 is on its way back. Slated to launch next Saturday, sneaker lovers across the globe are already pumped for this retro release. A new video profiles the shoe in print, sketch and sneaker form, building the anticipation for this soon to be un-archived PUMA pair. Check out the clip above, and look for these to launch at select PUMA accounts, including Wellgosh, on March 15th.
Inspired by Grenada and brought to life in the capital city, the Nice Kicks x New Balance 1600 “Grand Anse” launches next week, and we’re warming up with a new look at the collaboration in our latest Weekly Wallpaper. Lace your desktop, laptop and cellphone with this levitational look, and keep it locked to Nice Kicks for a few more details on the kick in the coming week.
Inspired by the upcoming ZX Flux release and previous “Pigeon” pairs, we see a new adidas ZX 5000 Custom. Designed by Zhijun Wang, this pair pops with grey, orange and white accents to the tune of leather, mesh and suede styling. Themed tagging is prevalent on the upper and the heels, highlighting the Jeff Staple inspiration. Follow @zhijunwang on IG to see more of his custom work.