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Black Friday is nearly upon us, and the Nice Kicks Shop is gearing up for a huge in-store sale. From doorbuster deals to 75% off all women's footwear and Jordan apparel, you won't want to miss the savings. The Nice Kicks Shop will be open from 9am to 8pm this Friday, November 23, so get here early for the best deals and selection. Not in Texas? Stay tuned for info on our upcoming Cyber Monday sale!

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Shedrick Turner may not be a household name in sneaker circles or even have a brand backing his work. Look for that to change soon. After catching his amazing sneaker renderings, we took the time to catch up with the young designer to discuss his start in sketching, his definition of design and how he sees the future of footwear. Learn all that in more in this Express Your Sole interview. For a chance to have your sneaker art of any format showcased on Nice Kicks, use the hashtag #expressyoursole on Instagram and Twitter.

Today's the day America celebrates Mother Earth. While we all strive to take better care of our planet, it's also an opportunity for us as sneakerheads to reduce our carbon footprint. With politician and planet preserver Al Gore in mind, we take a look at a list of ways we can better reduce, reuse, and recycle when copping kicks on Earth Day and beyond.

REDUCE

Buy Green: No, Snoop, not that stuff - buy green shoes. A handful of brands offer environmentally sound sneakers using everything from organic cotton to recycled materials to glueless construction. Do your part and wear kicks that leave a smaller footprint. Shop locally: We are all guilty of driving miles and miles to cop limited kicks at some point or another, but next time you are grabbing general release kicks, stick to your local boutique or Foot Locker store, and keep your ride off the road. Carpool: You have real life friends right? Camp out as a crew and roll up together in your hippie aunt's Prius. No need for all five of you to drive your own cars to the mall with four empty seats. Go paperless: Let's face it, you have NEVER ordered even a pair of socks from that catalog that comes in the mail. You probably are only buying kicks that drop and sell out the same day, so what's the point of wasting all that paper? If you are onto the newest kicks before they can hit the printing press, rely on Nice Kicks for eye candy. Al Gore invented the internet for a reason...

REUSE

Donate, don't trash: While that may sound like a military policy, consider it an order. You may have worn your favorite pair a lot, but a few toe box creases and slightly yellowed soles does not mean they are useless. Donate them to your local Goodwill or find someone who could use a new pair of shoes. There is no reason to ever fill landfills with sneakers. Use your own bag: Next time you head to your favorite sneaker spot, wear a backpack or bring your own bag. There is no reason you need a new bag to bring home your new shoes when you spent $200 on eBay for that Supreme bag. Reusable bags are also available at most grocery stores and certain sneaker stores, including the Nice Kicks Shop in Austin, TX. Rebox: There are countless things that can be stored, packaged, and shipped in shoe boxes. If you ever sell a pair of kicks, it's always important to double box, so never be that chump who pays $4 at the UPS store for a box that cut down a friend tree. Word of advice - don't propose using a shoe box...Tipper didn't like that too much.

RECYCLE

Reuse-A-Shoe: Nike has a great program that recycles worn shoes and uses the ground-up materials to build playgound and track surfaces. To find out where to recycle your shoes for the greater good, go to nikereuseashoe.com. Recycle Cardboard: After you have used the box to move or rebox a regift, recycle it. Do you have any idea how many trees were cut down last year because you were lazy and put your shoe boxes in the trash? Well, maybe not many, but the nation of sneakerheads could save a forest by recycling cardboard rather than trashing. Final word: Everyone do your part, as even small steps help us make strides for a cleaner and healthier earth.

Once again, the Air Jordan 8 “Bugs Bunny” will be hitting retail shelves. This white, true red and flint grey sneaker, which first appeared in 1993, is now set for retro release on April 20, 2013. The “Bugs Bunny” Jordan 8 will go on sale at Jordan Brand retailers this weekend with a $160 price tag. Will you cop or drop this Air Jordan 8? Air Jordan 8 White/True Red-Flint Grey 305381-103 April 20, 2013 $160

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