Jabari Parker is building quite a résumé of Sports Illustrated covers, and in each one he is wearing notable Air Jordans. Duke’s freshman phenom is on the front of the latest edition of SI, alongside of his coach and mentor Mike Krzyzewski. This is Parker’s third headline of the iconic sports magazine, with the first being when he was at Simeon in high school and the second in 2013′s college basketball preview. Jabari’s knowledge of sneakers is well-documented with his College Kicks On Court this year of past Nike LeBron signatures and AJ retros, but the rising star brings out the best whenever he is on Sports Illustrated. Sporting the Air Jordan 12 “Playoffs” and Air Jordan 11 “Concord” in previous issues, Parker appears to be wearing the recent Air Jordan 11 “Gamma Blue” this time around to go with his Duke blue (though the pair has a “Blackout” look due to the cover image’s filter). Not to be outdone, Coach K laced a white/royal pair of classic Air Force 1 Lows. Get a full history of Jabari Parker’s SI coverage below, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for everything sneakers.
PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy keeps creating, with their latest move set to crown a “World Sneaker Champion” through a competition held in New York City. The Portland-based academic institution is a unique educational outlet that was founded by former Jordan Brand designer D’Wayne Edwards to teach students the entire footwear design process and provide the industry with a farm system for the next generation. Now for the first time, PENSOLE is taking their talents out east to conduct a four-week intensive master class to find the world’s best sneaker designer. 21 hand-picked hopefuls from around the world will compete for the title and the chance to have his or her design sold at retail.
The championships will take place in NYC at Parsons, one of the most prestigious design schools on the planet, from May 27th to June 20th. To apply for an invitation, submit an original footwear design sketched by hand to PENSOLE by March 30th if you are at least 18 with a year a college under your belt. Tell us if you think you could be the World Sneaker Champion in the feedback box below, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for everything sneakers.
Dunkxchange is headed back to Las Vegas on their 2014 run, and they’re doing it bigger than ever in Sin City. Combining sneakers with music, fashion, and art, DXC will put on a show that includes a little bit of everything. A fashion show will be accompanied by contests and giveaways spread throughout the entire show. Moderated by DJ Jack Da Ripper, there will be performances by Dizzy Wright, Frank Bumps, Gil Gates, and Sean Mac. Scheduled to run alongside MAGIC and Agenda, DXC Las Vegas 2014 will be held at Hard Rock Live on February 16th. Get all of the details from the official flyer below, and tell us if you’re making the trip in the comment section underneath.