Andre Agassi is back swinging. Although the tennis legend is not back on the tour, the new Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Clay Blue” continues the recent momentum of Agassi’s stellar sneakers. Both the Tech Challenge Huarache and ATC II have made retro returns in multiple colorways as of late, and this fresh style code is the next up. Maintaining its original DNA designed by Tinker Hatfield, the synthetic leather upper and visible two-piece Nike Air cushioning system take on a new set of electric colors on the paint splatter that is emblematic of Agassi’s powerful backhand. A white base houses the orange burst and clay blue details of this new style code of the classic, which will be available March 22nd for $120 at select NSW addresses.
After Kevin Durant shed light on the Elite version of his latest signature a couple of months back, the Nike KD VI Elite “Team” is officially unveiled. Reworked from the low-top KD VI for a playoff push, the Elite “Team” most notably adds a full-length Nike Zoom unit that is completely visible for the first time in any of KD’s signature shoes. Even though it is pumped up with visible air, this updated version is actually lighter than the original. Designed to move naturally with the foot, Flywire and Kevlar fibers combine to provide lightweight lockdown. Premium materials and tailored details make up the postseason rendition of Durant’s latest, which is first seen in OKC Thunder-hues. Releasing along with the rest of the “Team”, alongside LeBron and Kobe’s models, the playoff KD VI will be available to the public on April 11th at select Nike Basketball carriers. Tell us what you think of Durantula’s KD VI Elite in the comment section, and keep Nice Kicks streaming for any future information.
Vans reaches into the vault to bring back four different collaborations from the past, which will be exclusively available at their South By Southwest showcase. Music has always been one of the brand’s main focuses, with the Vans Warped Tour currently America’s longest-running music tour and a rich history of music-inspired releases. Four of their most iconic band models are set to make a return, only the second collection to ever make a retro run. The first pair in the quartet is the Circle Jerks Vans Old Skool, originally released in 2007 with all-over canvas and Group Sex artwork, inspired by the band’s 1980 debut album. Next in line is the Motörhead II Vans Rowley Classic, a blacked out rendition from 2006. Third is the Bad Brains Vans Sk8-Hi from 2009, which features a black and yellow lightning bolt design. Finishing the collection is the Rise Against Classic Slip-On, a 2010 release that highlights the band’s Appeal to Reason album.
Get to the Vans Village and the House of Vans during SXSW, and get a release a day from March 12th to March 15th. Each re-issue will come in 150 pairs, with 50 exclusive to the pop-up shop at the Vans Village, and the next 100 hitting Vans.com the following day. Get detailed information below, and tell us which pair you want a ticket for in the comment section below.
2014 continues to be the year of the Air Jordan 10, with yet another rendition on its way. The upcoming Air Jordan 10 “Venom Green” is already the fourth general colorway of the model to release in this young year, adding a new element to the trend. Previewed by Fat Joe, this makeup features an all-black base, accented only by a translucent outsole and hints of its nickname’s tone. A black tumbled leather upper is combined with black nubuck panels and a black midsole. An ice outsole holds strips of venom green, which is also seen on the inner lining. Punch a comment with your feedback in the box below, and mark down this AJ 10′s release date for March 22nd.
20 years after its original release, the Air Jordan 10 “Powder Blue” is making a retro return. One of the rare original colorways of an Air Jordan model before 15 to never rerun, these AJ 10s are finally back two decades later. Maintaining its original DNA from 1994, the 2014 “Powder Blue” 10s feature a tumbled leather upper and an elastic lacing system. A white base splits black portions on the tongue and sole, detailed with the signature powder blue hue on the inner lining and outsole strips. Air Jordan is embossed in the black leather tongue and MJ’s accomplishments up to ’94 are chiseled into the outsole. Tell us if these are a must-have for you in the comment box, and get a pair February 22nd for $170.
Just as “Gamma Blue” was the Jordan Brand hue to close 2013, “Powder Blue” is the move to start the new year. Next in the line of releases that are painted with dark powder blue is the Jordan 6 Rings. Unlike the Air Jordan 3 “Powder Blue” that was soaked in the hue, this hybrid silhouette is set mostly in two tones of grey, using its nickname’s tone for detailing. Wolf grey and cool grey combine to compose the upper, which features a mudguard lasered with elephant print, rather than the traditional patent leather. Dark powder blue adds the flare on the carpeted tongues, lace locks, heel tabs, and most prevalently on the midsole. Hints of black and white contribute even more contrast to these 6 Rings, which will be available February 8th for $160 at select JB carriers.