Kicks Flow: Nike OG Air Max 2 Uptempo ’94 “Duke”

The NBA season is over, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still have some use for b-ball kicks. Back in the day, we used to rock ball kicks casually, and that trend is still in play today. You don’t necessarily have to be on the court to enjoy a good pair of ball shoes, and you certainly don’t have to limit your ball kicks to being solely for athletic purposes. They can look cool too, while you hoop.

One of Nike Basketball‘s classic silhouettes with the Air Max 2 Uptempo ’94 in its OG “Duke” colorway that was popularized by players of the mid ’90s Duke teams will be returning once more for summer 2017.

The Blue Devils-inspired palette of white, blue and black essentially dominate its mixed material constructed upper, while a matching thick midsole unit featuring the signature 180° visible Max Air unit in the heel solidifies its classic profile. These drop July 1st, and will run around $140. 



Kicks Flow: Nike x Olivia Kim - Cortez Premium iD

You can never count the greats out. Especially when it comes to kicks. No matter how much time has passed, there are certain sneakers that will always stand the test of time. Nike has joined forces with Olivia Kim, VP, Creative Projects at Nordstrom, for a special NIKEiD release of the iconic Cortez. The premium pair in turn draws inspiration from Kim’s favorite navy nylon/suede Cortez from the mid-1970s.

The classic colorway here welcomes some new design aspects, including pink detailing on the midsole and retro-esque touches via the aged sole and unfinished tongue. The shoe then arrives with white, black and navy nylon and suede upper options, in addition to navy and white Swoosh options.

In speaking on the project, Olivia stated, “The Cortez is an iconic sneaker and a staple of LA style and youth culture. I’ve been wearing Nikes since I was a kid, and the Senorita Cortez from the late ’70s was the first Cortez I remember. For the 45th Anniversary of Cortez, and as a tribute to that sneaker, I wanted to reinterpret it with some original elements but flower it with a bit of 2017.”

The Nike Cortez Premium iD by Olivia Kim is available now at Nordstrom x Nike in select Nordstrom stores, as well as on nike.com/nikeid.

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Tech & Toys: Sony PlayStation 4 - Gold x Silver Limited Editions

Not that anyone should be planning on staying inside much, with summer right around the corner. But gaming is still a very popular hobby and having the best system at home is still very much a must if you want to have the best experience possible, while also showing off for your buddies every now and then. Anything “limited edition” increases its want-factor, so when Sony announced that they would be releasing new limited edition models of the PS4, we were pretty excited. 

Before you pick your color preference, you should know that Sony has made the decision for you. North America is only getting the gold version, but on the bright side, the console will feature a 1TB hard drive. Europe will get to choose between gold or silver, but either console will pack just the 500GB hard drive. Not sure why they shorted us here on the silver, but gold is still an awesome option. 

Both colors have been released with matching DualShock 4 controllers. The gold and silver PS4s will be available in Europe starting June 15th. The gold variant is available stateside, now through June 17th for $249. So don’t waste any time on picking one up for yourself. 

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Kicks Flow: Nike x Tom Sachs - Mars Yard 2.0

Sometimes, we get goodies up here from some of our favorite brands and we’re compelled to post about how great they are. Now, this doesn’t mean we post about everything we’re gifted, but it does mean that if we do highlight something we’ve received, then it’s really an awesome piece of work that needs to be spotlighted. 

Back in 2012, Nike and Tom Sachs collaborated on a shoe for Tommaso Rivellini, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. While utilizing the same material Rivellini used to invent airbags for Mars rovers, they then found out that the sneaker “breaks like a paper clip” when folded too much in the same spot.

“We put it through all of the usual Nike tests,” Sachs notes, “but we discovered an unknown unknown.” Years later, a second and more improved version of the Mars Yard will be releasing, aptly dubbed the Mars Yard 2.0. The shoe is scheduled to arrive today at Nike and Sachs’s “Space Camp” in NYC. The event includes an obstacle course, based on various physical and mental exercises that Sachs does with his team three times a week, and a film screening, all while detailing the importance of failure in art and athletics (and in outer space).

Word is, the Mars Yard 2.0. will be retailing for $200 USD. We say these are a pair you should surely consider copping. 



Kicks Flow: adidas & Parley “Coral Bleach” UltraBOOST

We are in the full swing of what we have dubbed “running season”, so we have a ton of new shoes that we think you’ll want to add to the stash during the next couple of months. Running is great for keeping in shape, but that’s no reason not to look good while you’re doing it. adidas and Parley have yet another forthcoming delivery via a new colorway. The white color option is in turn a metaphorical white flag to the oceans and a wake-up call to the world about the threat of coral bleaching, carried out on adidas’s UltraBOOST, UltraBOOST X and UltraBOOST Uncaged.

Each pair ultimately makes use of 11 plastic bottles on the upper, while also welcoming laces, heel webbing, heel counter, heel lining and sock liner covers made from recycled PET material. The shoes also come equipped with an NFC Chip, a unique digital experience to learn more about the adidas x Parley partnership, in addition to the Parley A.I.R. Strategy.

The goal behind the collaborative Parley and adidas sneakers is to present style with a definitive purpose. The adidas x Parley UltraBOOST, UltraBOOST X and UltraBOOST Uncaged will arrive in white June 8th.

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