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mastermind JAPAN x adidas Originals Country

Japan and Germany collide thanks to this collaboration set to release in the coming months. The mastermind JAPAN x adidas Originals Collection consists of an adidas Gazelle, adidas Country, adidas Pro Model, Library Hi and ZX 500. The sneakers sport all-black premium uppers with mastermind Japan skull branding. Unfortunately, pictures of the Library Hi and ZX 500 have not been revealed, but stay tuned to Nice Kicks for further details on this pack.

The Vans California Collection is coming out with a “Camo Suiting” collection. The Vans CA “Camo Suiting” Pack features a mashed up motif that pairs camouflage print and premium suiting materials across the upper of an Era and Slip-On. Painted in a “Captain Blue” base, the “Camo Suiting” Pack will go on sale at select Vans retailers in June 2013.

Summer, summer, summertime. For most of us, summer means either no class or a much needed vacation, with the number one destination being the coast. Whether it is the East Coast or West, or maybe you’re lucky enough to be heading to the Caribbean, Nice Kicks has your roundup of the Best Kicks to Wear on the Beach. Let's face it, not everyone likes to wear flip flops or sandals, so check out our choices below and let us know your favorite beach kicks in the comments.

Nike Roshe Run

nike-roshe-run The Nike Roshe is essentially the perfect shoe. Breathable, snug fit, comfortable, the Roshe Run can be seen either on shore, on a boat, or on the coast. The one pictured above can be purchased at finishline.

Vans Slip-On

vans-classic-slip-on Easy access, easy to take off, the Vans Classic Slip-On is versatile for the coast or a walk down the pier. The pair above can be purchased at shopnicekicks.

adidas adiPure Barefoot Trainer

adidas-adipure-barefoot-trainer Whether your at the beach training for next season, or you like a versatile sneaker that has a snug fit. The adidas adiPure Barefoot Trainer gives just that with the five-toe fit system. You can purchase the above pair at EastBay.

Under Armour Micro G Toxic Six

under-armour-micro-g-toxic-six Want laces? Want a nice tight, but comfortable fit? Then, the Under Armour Micro G Toxic Six is the beach sneaker for you. The minimalist sneaker features a neoprene upper and Micro G upper to give you a breathable and comfortable ride. You can pick up the vibrant makeup shown above at EastBay.

Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski

nike-sb-janoski-floral The Nike SB Janoski is arguably the second most popular silhouette from the skatboarding brand next to the dunk. The boat shoe-like silhouette is low-cut, durable, and can be worn with or without socks. Also, the Janoski also comes in many different colorways. You can pick up a pair at your local Nike SB retailer.

Vans Authentic

vans-authentic-ballistic Let's just go ahead and say any low-top silhouette from Vans is perfect for the beach. The Vans Authentic is for anyone who loves the feel and comfort of Vans but want laces instead of a slip-on look. You can purchase above pair from shopnicekicks.

Nike SolarSoft Moccasin

nike-solarsoft-moccasin The Nike Solarsoft Moccasin may look like a pelican's head and rightfully so. Pelicans love the coast and so does the Solarsoft Moccasin. The dual-mesh upper allows air to flow freely, while the solarsoft cushioning gives a great comfortable feel. You can purchase the above pair at finishline.

adidas adiPure Adapt

adidas-adipure-adapt This sneaker is perfect for those who don't like to be barefoot at the beach and want a minimalist look/feel. The adidas adiPure adapt gives the natural barefoot feel with the added protective ADIWEAR outsole. You can pick up the above pair at shop adidas.

Nike Solarsoft Mule

nike-solarsoft-mule The Nike Solarsoft Mule is for those who likes to wear a sneaker until they set up camp on the coast. The Solarsoft Mule comes off with an easy kick and is easy to put back on. You can pick up the Solarsoft Mule at finishline.

Yes, we love sneakers. We also love sneaker references, especially in hip hop. Complex has found 25 Outdated Sneaker References in Rap and collected them for your listening pleasure. The nostalgia will have you revisiting classics from the '90s and early 2000s. Click here to check out the complete list.

Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III "Flamingo"

There is no need to introduce the longstanding relationship between Ronnie Fieg and ASICS. The newest pair set to release from the dynamic duo is the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III "Flamingo". Built with grey premium suede, mesh paneling, and flamingo pink branding, the “Flamingo” Gel Lyte III looks like a perfect sneaker to rock during the summer. No word on release information, but stay tuned to Nice Kicks for further details. Source: ronniefieg

Supreme x Vans Lampin

The ongoing relationship between Vans and Supreme has led to another collaborative sneaker release. The Supreme x Vans Lampin will go on sale June 13, 2013 at Supreme both online and in-store. The Supreme x Vans Lampin will be available in four different color makeups, Black, Navy/Red, Purple/Gold, and Blue/Green.

In this edition of The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, we touch base with the Game, GS only kicks, and sneaker clogs. Check out each one and let us know if you agree with our selections. The Good: The Game Kicks off Season 2 of Sneak Peek game-sneaker-1-619x384 Sneak Peek season 2 is in full effect and what a great way to start off. The Game not only showed us his extensive sneaker collection but some of his other interests as well. Sneak Peek Inside the Game's Sneaker Closets The Bad: Why you no make men's sizes? air-jordan-11-low-pink-snakeskin-1-619x384 Most men's sneakers are made in GS sizes for the ladies and kids, so why not the Air Jordan 11 Low "Pink SnakeSkin? Pink isn't just for the ladies anymore, come on Jordan Brand, show everyone love. Air Jordan 11 Low "Pink Snakeskin" The Ugly: What the Clog? nike-vandal-clog-red-silver-619x384 Some kicks shouldn't be made into clogs, end subject. Nike Vandal Clog

What a week it has been for sneakers, and what a weekend for sneaker releases. With all of the sneaker topics that have made headlines, how could our Nice Kicks Staff Picks narrow their choices to one for each individual? Check out our picks below, and let us know if you agree or disagree. nike-zoom-vapor-tour-9-pure-platinum-619x384 I've never played tennis on a grass court, but these Vapor 9 Tours seem reason enough to start. Subdued yet endowed with just enough flash thanks to hits of green and pure platinum, these tennis shoes are definite winners. Nike WMNS Zoom Vapor 9 Tour "Pure Platinum" Peter Sim AM-Light-Toki-Vibrant-2-14 My staff pick this week is from the recent collaboration between Nike and Size?, particularly the Air Max Lights, which take inspirations from the Air Mowabb, Lava High, and Safari. They did an excellent job with the color blocking, but I also appreciate the restraint in using the Safari pattern. It's a nice touch. If you can get over the exchange rate, these are definitely great sneakers for the summer. Size? x Nike Urban Safari Pack Air Max Light Sid Ashford nike-air-force-1-low-suede-teal-3-1-645x400 For starters, almost any Air Force 1 with a gum sole is a winner in my book, but it's the "Artic Green" upper that really set these apart. Too clean. Nike Air Force 1 "Arctic Green" Ian Stonebrook nikeid-air-force-1-723x446 Between these and the “Viotech” Dunks, I really like the early 2000’s flavor coming from Nike and the other brands. Can’t say I’d drop $190 for the amount of novelty wear I’d get out of these, but I’m excited to see what’s next from NIKEiD and the AF1. Nike Air Force 1 Invisible Options on NikeiD TeeJay Void nike-roshe-run-cork-custom-1-784x486 I wasn't all in on the LeBron X "Cork", but the customs it has inspired has been dope. This Roshe Run by AMAC Customs is crazy! Is it wearable? I don't know, but it's aesthetically dope. These would be an addition to the collection if they ever dropped. Nike Roshe Run "Cork" Custom Brett Pickert Vans-Classics_Authentic_Ballistic_Black_Fall-20131-619x384 Clean, subtle, all-black, ballistic nylon, copped. Vans Authentic "Ballistic" Black

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