Still searching for your “Red Octobers?” If the bots didn’t beat you then neither did the big spenders (yet) as the quickstrike Nike Air Yeezy 2 is nowhere to be found in this week’s Celebrity Sneaker Stalker. Kanye West comes through in his first Three Stripe sighting since signing, while big homie Jay Z pops up in an ultra-rare pair of retros. Roc stars aside, we catch Chumlee in the weekend’s other big release and Skateboard P tagging his Stan Smiths. Peep the “Infrared” 6s, decade old Air Force 1s and more in this installment of CSS.
Wale is a hip hop artist from Washington D.C., not only known for his intelligent rhymes but his shoe game as well. Recently signed to Maybach Music Group with Rick Ross, Wale's album "Ambition" which hit #2 on the Billboard Charts, and #1 on the Billboard R&B/Rap chart. In addition to that, Wale also has his own Foamposite Collaboration to release, so keep your eyes on the look out for that.
Sochi starts soon, but everyone’s going for the gold in this week’s Celebrity Sneaker Stalker. Super Bowl champion Marshawn Lynch lets his game and his feet do the talking, while Wale wears a little bit of everything. In addition, we catch Trinidad Jame$ digging deep into the Nike Basketball vault, rocking retros from Nellyville and OG Bron-Brons. If all that wasn’t enough, Cam’ron makes the moves from Killa Season to #killacapeseason and another Flea jams out in Crazy 8s. All this and more in this week’s Celebrity Sneaker Stalker.
Rappers wanna be hoopers, hoopers wanna be rappers, and they all want to headline Celebrity Sneaker Stalker. This week, we see A$AP Rocky and Big Sean making the best of their adidas deals while Kobe Bryant proves the Nike Kobe 9 Elite has off-court appeal. Wale shows range as well, breaking out basketball kicks from three different decades. It’s not all hip-hop and hoops though, as we see actor Jerry Ferrara return to Turtle and model Joan Smalls rock Riccardo Tisci’s tandem Nikes. Who did it the best this week? Let us know by voting in the comment section, on Twitter and in the poll.
First again, Wale recently debuted the Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite One on his Instagram account. The 2012 and 2013 All-CSS MVP has a storied history of debuting Foamposite releases well before their drop date. He also has a deep catalog of Supreme kicks and gear, unofficially endorsing the brand long before the release of his fame. While a release date is unknown at this moment for the Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite One, peep the pic of Wale sporting them and let us know in the comment section if you plan on doing the same.
The people have spoken, and Wale is your 2013 #CSSMVP. Over the course of the year, Mr. Folarin headlined Celebrity Sneaker Stalker a whopping 11 times, tying Drake and Trinidad Jame$ for the most headliner appearances. Promo push for his third album, The Gifted, saw Wale wear an OG pair of Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightnings” on 106 & Park, perhaps the best CSS moment of the year. A summer festival run was highlighted by “Python” Air Jordan 3 Customs by JBF, followed by Nike LeBron sightings old and new during his tour with J. Cole.
Wale also showed range in 2013, sporting an array of Air Maxes, SBs, adidas, ASICS and designer sneakers, all the while still being first on just about every pair of Foams. Will Wale three-peat in 2014? Tune in to Celebrity Sneaker Stalker next Thursday to see who takes the early lead.
Last year saw 52 weeks of Celebrity Sneaker Stalker, but there can only be one 2013 #CSSMVP. After unveiling the 2013 All-CSS First Team and Second Team, we’ve taken a look at the Tweets and narrowed it down to three finalist. Check the resumes for Trinidad Jame$, Jason Sudeikis and Wale below and let us know who takes the title by voting on the poll on page three.
Which celeb rocked the best kicks over the course of 2013? Oh, we’ve got an award for that. Yesterday, we unveiled the 2013 All-CSS Second Team. Today, we release the First Team nods. Whose kicks matched the Celebrity Sneaker Stalker championship belt the best in 2013? Keep reading to see our candidates below and let us know who gets your vote by tagging @nicekicks with the hashtag #CSSMVP on Twitter.
“Look at my player. He has Foamposites on.”
On a tour bus parked directly across the street from the Austin Music Hall venue in which he just performed, Wale, the person who has as much to do with the Foamposite off court as Penny had to do with it on court (let’s be honest here) is chilling with his right hand man – Sneaker Man Dan – and the rest of his crew while playing a game of NBA 2k13 with up-and-coming rapper Tory Lanez. The player he speaks of on the television screen is wearing “Dark Neon Royal” Foamposites, while Wale himself is comfortably dressed in a Vancouver Grizzlies throwback jersey with “Gamma Blue” LeBron 11s gracing his feet. His alternate sneaker option? A pair of Mags, which are placed neatly inside of a Louis Vuitton suitcase next to him on the couch. That’s neither here nor there, though, because he’s focused on one thing. Well, two things: beating Tory Lanez and intensely illuminating his feelings about the sneaker world he grew up in.
In the midst of pausing the game, resuming it and pausing it again, Wale simultaneously dominates through the controller and conducts a lighthearted but serious conversation about the state of the sneaker world with members of the Nice Kicks team. Passionate to say the very least, the “88″ rapper vehemently stresses the difference between the shoe culture back then and now, delineates the D.C. sneaker scene and shares why he passed up on three million dollars in an attempt to protect the culture.
Pause the game, and hear him out.