Nice Kicks Presents: 1994 Was A Good Year

1994 Was a Good Year

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This weekend, Nas’ Illmatic celebrates its 20th anniversary. While many years rank as standouts for both hip-hop and the sneaker culture, 1994 was a good year. A handful of certified classics dropped on the rap front, while basketball’s sneaker scene stood at a crucial turning point. From Nasty Nas to Air Anfernee, we reminisce about the highlights and headlines from the year that was 1994.

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Federal Criminal Investigation Uncovers Alleged Nike Sample Theft Operation


Within the sneaker community, unreleased samples stand as some of the most sought after gems. With the recent boom in popularity of Nike Basketball’s LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant lines, fans and collectors often wonder how so many unreleased samples find their way to the online market, particularly in sizes that are not associated with promo pairs. A recent federal investigation appears to have figured out just that.

Nike Air Foamposite Pro PRM “Laser Crimson” Unboxing


The latest look for the Nike Air Foamposite Pro is bold in black and laser crimson, and we’ve got your video view of the anticipated release. A glow-in-the-dark outsole helps these Foam Pros stand out, while carbon fiber detailing dots the upper and snakeskin print is seen on the eyestays. Get a full preview of the Foamposites that feature a colorway reminiscent of the Yeezys below, and stock up for the release on April 19th, when these premium Pros will release for $250 at select NSW accounts, including the Nice Kicks Shop.

Release Rundown: Sneakers Available This Weekend


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Easter weekend is upon us, and as past years have underscored, this will be a great weekend to cop a new pair of shoes. With Nike Basketball and Reebok both dropping “Easter” collections today, you have your opportunity to get your pair before the weekend’s festivities. Nike SB also has a “Hacky Sack” themed collection releasing this weekend for fans of skate sneakers. Next, Jordan Brand is heating up this weekend’s lineup with new colorways of the Air Jordan 11 Low, and also be on the lookout for a new colorway of the Nike Air Foamposite Pro. adidas has a couple collections of their own releasing this weekend, including a duo of collaborative kicks with UNDFTD and NEIGHBORHOOD. So, make sure to check out everything that’s dropping in the Release Rundown, and let us know what you plan on copping.

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Mihara Yasuhiro x PUMA MY-72


Brogue styling meets Disc Blaze caging as PUMA commissions the creative prowess of Japanese designer Mihara Yasihiro for the MY-72 silhouette. Bearing both business and sneaker qualities, a wingtip toe is paired with a neoprene bootie, meshing the futuristic aesthetic against a classic, dressed-up forefoot. A combined mesh and leather upper sits atop a leather sole, while a Disc closure system has been put in place of laces. Available in either white/black or all-black, you can purchase the Mihara Yasuhiro x PUMA MY-72 now from oki-ni.

Bodega x Reebok Insta Pump Fury “Full Contact”


Today, Bodega brings us an official look at their new collaboration with Reebok, and their “Full Contact” Insta Pump Fury is certainly a sight to behold. Bodega took a minimalist

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Air Jordan XX9 Launch Event


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The latest shoe in the Air Jordan signature line was officially unveiled earlier today in New York. Michael Jordan’s 29th signature sneaker, the Air Jordan XX9, is the first performance-based shoe to feature a woven-constructed upper.

“This shoe (the Air Jordan XX9) fits the foot better than any other shoe we’ve created,” said Mark Smith, Jordan Brand’s Global Creative Director, who was on hand along with other notables of the brand, such as Tinker Hatfield (Vice President of Creative Concepts), Larry Miller (Jordan Brand President) and Michael Jordan himself.

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Celebrity Sneaker Stalker

Celebrity Sneaker Stalker

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Festival season sweeps through this week’s Celebrity Sneaker Stalker. The first go-round of Coachella leaves footprints all over the column, seeing the return of Andre 3000, Kid Cudi in new

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