The much anticipated Nike KD7 “Good Apples” will be hitting stores this weekend and it’s a great looking colorway with an interesting story behind it. As the release’s nickname would imply, these kicks are inspired by apples. Kevin Durant, the shoe’s namesake, compares a basketball court to an apple orchard and shots to apples. He takes only the good shots/apples and leaves the bad ones. Given that Durant has won the NBA scoring title four out of the last five years, we would tend to give KD’s metaphor the benefit of the doubt. A mostly black upper is hit with Action Red (red apples) and Medium Mint (green apples) accents all around.
The reigning MVP tailors his shooting drills around numerical imbalances and efficiency, with a philosophy based on prioritizing. This approach has become a fun competition within the game for Durant. “Let’s say you have 40 apples on your tree,” says Durant. “I could eat about 30 of them, but I’ve begun limiting myself to 15 or 16. Let’s take the wide-open three and post-up at the nail. Those are good apples. Let’s throw out the pull-up three in transition and the step-back fade away. Those are rotten apples.”
The Nike KD7 “Good Apples” drops on Saturday, October 4th, for $ 150 at House of Hoops by Foot Locker and Footlocker.com (starting at 8am EDT). Check out the Launch Locator to see if a location near you will be carrying the “Good Apples.” The release will also be available in kids grade school sizes.
The newest addition to the Kobe IX line that has been blazing hot this year is the Nike Kobe 9 Low “Dusty Cactus.” Debuting a brand new Nike colorway, Dusty Cactus is closest to a robin’s egg blue and is featured perfectly on this great Dusty Cactus-White-Action Red colorway. The upper features a completely Dusty Cactus engineered mesh upper with white and red taking care of the accenting. A new feature on this Kobe 9 is the addition of a new tongue patch that includes the shozoku Kobe brand logo, five stars to commemorate his five titles, and an image of a black snake. You can see a detailed image of the new tongue patch below.
The Nike Kobe 9 Low “Dusty Cactus” drops on Friday, October 3rd at Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, and online at Footlocker.com for $ 160.
The Nike Kobe 9 EM arrives in a new “Dusty Cactus” colorway that takes up a majority of the upper. Red is seen on the Flywire while White takes up the swoosh, laces and midsole. The upper consists of Engineered Mesh and the tongue tag reads “Black Mamba” instead of the usual Shizoku logo. The low-cut sneaker is clean overall with considerable differences from the usual Kobe 9 EM drops to make this one more special.
Available online only Friday.
With basketball season just around the corner, Jordan Brand unveils the latest iteration of the performance basketball powerhouse, the Jordan Super.Fly 3. A team of designers, working with Blake Griffin as muse, created a game-tested design to ensure optimal performance capabilities powered by flight. With Griffin’s high-flying game being the inspiration to the design, the goal was to create a shoe that helps him jump even higher, with greater explosiveness. The team incorporated an evolved FlightPlate to provide the power for flight, while amplifying energy return from the Nike Zoom unit in the forefront.
The outsole pattern draws inspiration from the AJ XX9, with multidirectional traction, that provides durability and reliable response on a variety of surfaces. On the shoe’s upper, synthetic overlays add additional structure on the toe and heel, as well as lightweight textile quarter panels to create a strong and durable exterior. Inspired by a sonic boom, the upper design brings the inspiration of the shoe to life in a vibrant pattern that is sure to be noticed as players around the world take flight in the Jordan Super.Fly 3.
The shoe also features the Flight Web fit system, which creates a stabilizing lockdown and adds support during powerful cuts and jumps. The webbed straps wrap around the foot and integrate the laces for fit throughout the midfoot. A sock-like inner sleeve and padded Achilles notch on the upper delivers a comfortable all-over fit.
The Jordan Super.Fly 3 debuts this Wednesday, October 1st in four colors in stores and online for $ 140. Check the Launch Locator to see which stores will have these releases.
The Air Jordan 13 Retro returns this Saturday in a brand new reflective colorway. Reflective material on the quilted upper and toe contrasts with black suede on the heel and black leather on the tongue. Infrared on the outsole and Jumpman logo add a nice pop of color along with the original hologram inspired by the black panther eye. If you’re interested in copping a pair please read our release details below.
STORE RELEASE DETAILS
In partnership with mall management, SELECT Foot Locker and House of Hoops by Foot Locker stores will implement a sweepstakes ticket procedure* in order to purchase the Nike Air Flightposite ‘Copper’ (on sale 10/4/14 for $ 185). The sweepstakes tickets will be given out on Monday, September 29th and Tuesday, September 30th. If your ticket number is selected, you will be notified by phone on Wednesday, October 1st or Thursday, October 2nd. These procedures are for SELECT STORES only. To find out which store near you will carry the shoe and if that store will implement the sweepstakes ticket procedure, please visit the Foot Locker Launch Locator. Kids sizes will also be available.
ONLINE RELEASE DETAILS
This release will be available on Footlocker.com starting at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, October 4th. Kids sizes will also be available.
*Our customers are our priority and we encourage everyone to follow the procedure outlined above in an orderly and safe manner. We thank you in advance.
The Nike Air Flightposite 2014 “Copper” gives a nod to the 90′s as the resurgence of sneakers from the decade continue to make their way in stores as reborn models. The Nike Air Flightposite was one of the sneakers that symbolized a change in tide for Nike Basketball footwear. It was an experiment in style and innovation that teeters the line between street and tech. To this day, its bold nature solidifies its spot in our minds. This Saturday, the Air Flightposite returns in a Copper and Black colorway that is certainly eye-catching. Cap it off with an icy blue outsole and you’ve got yourself another classic on the shelves.
Available in stores and online Saturday. Check out Release Locator for stores.
The adi Pure Boost “Monochrome City Blur” should look familiar to some. It is the greyscaled version of a Pure Boost we wrote about a couple weeks ago, appropriately named the “City Blur.” Sitting atop the uber comfortable white Boost midsole, the “Monochrome City Blur” upper contains an abstract black and white graphic of traffic moving through a city. Black branding and overlays help to calm the busy nature of the graphic while bright red accenting on the outsole and tongue gives the kicks some color.
The pair is available in stores now and online at Footlocker.com for $ 120.
Last week we showed you the “Kay Yow” basketball pack that included a Hyperdunk 2014 and a Run The One. Tomorrow, a third pair of kicks will join the collection: the Nike LeBron Zoom Soldier VIII. Cloaked in a Pinkfire II/White-Black-Hyper Pink colorway, the “Kay Yow” Soldier 8 was first featured on court by WNBA star Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky in August. Available to the public on Saturday, September 27, this Soldier 8 features a preodminantly pink upper and outsole and the Kay Yow Fund logo on the heel. Black co-stars as a secondary color on the ankle strap, midsole, toe and heel to contrast the eye popping pink.
The Nike LeBron Zoom Soldier VIII “Kay Yow” releases tomorrow, Saturday, September 27th, at Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, and online at Footlocker.com for $ 130.
The Jordan Shine “Platinum” is a silhouette that references the iconic Jordan 1, all while creating its own identity based off the foundation. The sneaker arrives in a pure platinum, vachetta tan and white colorway, and its tan-based premium woven leather upper comes complete with a smooth toe, heel and tongue. It’s the details that make this shoe so sophisticated and brilliant: the upper gives off a very clean look in light grey while a tan lining contrasts. The finishing touches like its white sole and laces round it out.
Available at Flight 23 on Saturday.
The Jordan Shine White/Vachetta Tan is a luxury silhouette done up in all-white leather, sitting atop an all-white sole, while Vachetta Tan is added to the lining. The shoe’s upper is woven in a sophisticated pattern on the upper. The approach of the Jumpman logo is debossed on the tongue as well. Jordan Brand’s approach with this new installment of the Shine is a lighter and more classic rendition of its two red and black predecessors.
Available at Flight 23 on Saturday.