Back at the top of the year, we presented our list of 10 Sneakers Set to Dominate 2014. So far? So good. As the seasons change, so do the trends. While a couple of the silos prove more hot weather friendly than others, we’re ready to offer our picks for the coming months. Check out our 10 Sneakers That Will Dominate Summer 2014. Give us your picks and your favorites in the comment section.
As the NBA regular season ends and playoff anticipation revs up, so does the footwear of top athletes across the league. Brands like Nike and Jordan aim to give their star players a competitive advantage by upgrading their latest silhouettes. Whether revamps come in the form of swapped midsoles or completely redesigned uppers, over the last few years, we’ve seen technologically elite versions of some of the best signature sneakers debut around playoff time. Here is a look back at some of our favorite signatures and how they evolved to give elite NBA athletes an added push toward, and into, the postseason.
Hip-hop has long been a young man’s sport, but gaining the respect of the OGs remains a valuable rite of passage on the ascent to the top. For Joey Bada$$, that’s never seemed like much of a struggle. Although only 19 years of age, the Brooklyn MC has quickly earned favor from numerous legends, collaborating with DJ Premier before he was old enough to vote, and slated to work with Pete Rock on his upcoming debut album, B4.DA.$$.
Undeniably innovative, the Nike Kobe 9 Elite is arguably the most revolutionary basketball sneaker to ever release. In fact, the Kobe 9 Elite boasts three key Nike technologies: Nike Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon. The combination of these technologies creates a sneaker with supreme lockdown, fit and responsiveness that delivers superior cushioning and on-court performance. Designed for Kobe Bryant, this new, elite signature aimed high in order to protect the NBA’s deadliest weapon upon returning from a ruptured achilles tendon. Although the Black Mamba injured his knee before the official debut of the Kobe 9 Elite, many players around the NBA have taken the opportunity to lace up Kobe’s ninth Swoosh signature. After receiving rave reviews from almost every in-game wearer of the Kobe 9 Elite, we have decided to spotlight the futuristic signature’s current retail run. Browse our look back at the brief history of the Kobe 9 Elite, and be sure to let us know which colorway is your current favorite by casting your vote in the poll on the last page.
Mack Wilds is a busy man. At only 24, Wilds has been seen on screen with Ryan Gosling, Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. He’s also been on record with Rick Ross, Raekwon and Method Man. Balancing a successful acting career that boasts parts on The Wire and in Red Tails with a blossoming music career is enough to keep him on his feet. Lucky for Wilds, he keeps a solid rotation of sneakers. We caught up with the multi-talented artist to hear what he’s rocking these days for our latest installment of My 5.