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.
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.
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.
Like fine wine, some sneakers get better with age. The upcoming END. x Reebok Insta Pump Fury “Claret” plays off of the popular saying by drenching the unique silhouette in deep red. Celebrating the 20-year milestone for the Insta Pump Fury that keeps getting better over time, this take from END. draws tonal inspiration from Claret, a red wine made in Bordeaux, France. The nickname’s luxurious deep burgundy provides a base, while red colors the inflatable cage. Gold foil accents detail the model on the pull tabs and Reebok branding, as well as on the white speckled midsole. To finish the bottle, a transparent bottle-green sole unit represents the packaging of the END. Insta Pump Fury, which will be available March 15th at select RBK carriers.
The latest dual creation from MIHARAYASUHIRO and PUMA may be their most daring yet. Mashing up two polar opposites, the MIHARAYASUHIRO x PUMA MY-72 “Patent” is a hybrid of the Disc Blaze and a classic wing tip. Taking their relationship of athletic and high-end footwear to the next level, this unorthodox combination is previewed with a mesh and marked leather upper, housing the plastic Disc Blaze cage. First seen in traditional black and white with an embossed heel logo, the MY-72 “Patent” blends vintage with futuristic. Sound off on this collaborative piece in the comment section below, and watch for two colors to hit retail in the near future.
Nike’s skateboarding department and Michael Jordan’s personal brand have merged to create the much-anticipated Nike SB x Air Jordan 1. Paying homage to the longtime relationship between the two, the first rendition of the mashup is designed by multimedia artist Craig Stecyk. Coming in a green and black colorway that features a chroma-like finish, the inaugural SB Air Jordan 1 contains detailing in the form of a black and white polka dot print around the ankle collar and tongue. Stecyk’s signature tribal visual print adds another element, stamping “AJ One SB” on the heels and inner lining. Get a closer look at the collaborative production between two different cultures below, and prepare for these to drop in on March 15th at select Nike SB and Air Jordan dealers.
Frank the Butcher’s latest cut comes in the form of a collaborative Reebok. The BAU x Reebok Insta Pump Fury OG from Frank’s Business As Usual brand places the unique model in black neoprene, chino leather and white Hexalite to create a classic look. Although it may seem traditional during the day, subtle 3M splatter print on the inflatable cage gives the collab some shine. Get a full video review of these BAU x Reeboks above, and grab a pair March 15th from select RBK accounts, including shopnicekicks.