Even if you’re not a Lakers fan, basketball fans everywhere have to be excited about Kobe Bryant’s return to the court this season. Even in his twilight years, Kobe is still one of the top players in the game today and can put on an incredible performance on any given night. The Lakers are a team in transition and the Black Mamba will be tested in leading a young core group trying to restore the winning tradition. Knowing Kobe’s insane work ethic and killer instinct personality, he certainly will be up for the challenge. With that mindset in mind and to usher in the new season, Nike has a created a special colorway for his Kobe 9 Elite for him to rock on court this season. The shoe features a striking, volt and black upper accented with a Metallic Gold colored Swoosh which adds a premium look. The Kobe 9 Elite is equipped with the familiar Flyknit construction, and of course provides that ultralight feel and the lockdown and responsiveness that a Kobe shoe demands.
The Nike Kobe 9 Elite ‘Restored’ drops Thursday, October 23rd at Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker and Footlocker.com (starting at 8:00 a.m. EDT) for $ 225. Check the Launch Locator to see which stores will have this release.
The Nike KD VII ‘On The Road’ is a straightforward team-based colorway for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The reigning MVP’s latest sneaker features a black mesh and Hyperposite upper, accented by photo blue and crimson. The KD branding on the tongue and the forefoot Nike Swoosh keep a Metallic Silver color. The strenuous marathon of a full NBA season, and the pacing that’s needed to perform consistently throughout, is one of the most difficult challenges that often flies under the radar. With the 2014-2015 season right around the corner, this sneaker arrives just in time.
Available in stores and online tomorrow. Check out Release Locator for stores.
Noting Jordan Brand’s mission to innovate with every generational improvement, the Air Jordan XX9 is an example of this statement coming to life. Lead designer Tinker Hatfield has equipped each model with the Flight Weave (a lightweight woven material) and an improved Flight Plate which assists the pressure from the feel to the forefoot. Additional details include elephant print along the tongue, toes and upper, in addition to Jordan’s last name paired with his iconic jersey number 23 on the back of each shoe.
Available in stores and online Saturday. Check out Release Locator for stores.
If the return of an OG classic is cause for a celebration, then consider this weekend a party. On Friday, the Nike Air Max Penny 1 “All Star” will be taking its rightful place on our walls and your feet. The “All Star” Penny 1, officially a Black/White-Game Royal-Metallic Silver colorway, was first introduced in 1996 by Penny Hardaway at the All Star Game in San Antonio. The shoe sports a black nubuck upper with royal piping between overlays.The stylized metallic silver Nike swoosh logo sits prominently in the middle of the upper within an extended section of the midsole.
The Nike Air Max Penny 1 “All Star” releases on Friday, October 24, at Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, and Footlocker.com (starting at 8:00 a.m. EDT) for $ 140. Kids grade school sizes will also be available. Check out the Launch Locator to see which stores will have this release.
The Air Jordan XX9 is definitely in the conversation for sneaker of the year, and this Saturday the newest colorway of the Elephant Print iteration drops in stores and online. The Air Jordan XX9 is the lightest Air Jordan to date with a reengineered FlightPlate and one-piece woven upper that moves naturally and comfortably with your foot. First introduced in the classic Bulls ‘Gym Red‘ colorway, the newest version features a simple black and white scheme, with the performance woven upper featuring different patterns including the infamous elephant print. A black Jumpman logo on the heel stand out against the white Jumpman on the tongue and “JORDAN” and “23″ on the heel.
The Air Jordan XX9 ‘Black/Black-White’ drops this Saturday, October 25th at select House of Hoops by Foot Locker stores and Footlocker.com (starting at 8:00 a.m. EDT) for $ 225. Check the Launch Locator to see which stores will have this release.
The Foot Locker Foundation’s annual On Our Feet Gala took place on Tuesday night, October 21st, to benefit the United Negro College Fund. Every year, in addition to the funds that are raised for the Foundation, Foot Locker Unlocked gets a chance to catch up with some of the celebrities in attendance. Some of the athletes and celebrities that were attendance were new faces while others returned to support the party. No matter their familiarity with the event, you can bet we asked them the hard hitting sneaker questions. Check out the interviews below and some of the pictures to see who was in attendance and the heat that they rocked on their feet. Though it was a tough call, the celebrity “Kicks of the Night” Award went to TV host, Adam Richman, and his “Watch the Throne” LeBron 9′s.
JR Smith – New York Knicks
Derek Fisher – New York Knicks Head Coach
Spencer Paysinger – New York Giants
Cole Aldrich – New York Knicks
Quinton Coples – New York Jets
Darryl Strawberry and John Starks – New York Sports Legend
Adam Richman – TV Host
The Air Jordan 13 Retro “Wolf Grey” is the newest colorway that boasts a iridescent back heel piece along with the original hologram inspired by the black panther eye. The toe and tongue feature a wolf grey tumbled leather, with white quilted tumbled leather dominating the rest of the shoe. The Jumpman logo and outsole feature hits of Tropical Teal. All-in-all, a classic sneaker rethought in an intriguing way.
Available in stores and online Saturday. Check out Release Locator for stores.
This past July, the new adidas D Rose 5 was unveiled for industry insiders and it did not disappoint. Advanced Category Footwear designer Robbie Fuller and Derrick Rose presented the three-time All-Star’s new signature shoe, which features Boost cushioning: a technology designed to deliver maximum energy return, responsiveness and comfort to players. This specific colorway uniquely has Black accents, a set of blue laces and a dominantly Scarlet upper. Interestingly, the signature shoe removes the adidas stripes and instead puts the logo on the back of the shoe, which is a testament to the brand’s relationship with Rose.
Available in stores and online Thursday. Check out Release Locator for stores.
To celebrate his highly-anticipated new album Paperwork, Footaction has recently teamed up with rapper T.I. to launch a limited edition t-shirt from his Hustle Gang apparel line. As part of the partnership, five lucky fans were styled by the rapper at Footaction in New York City. However, T.I. was doing a little bit of hustling himself as he had additional plans for these fans. The results are hilarious. If you want to see what we mean, check out the video above.
After a successful summer with Team USA winning the Gold Medal, Derrick Rose is ready to return to the NBA to the delight of Chicago Bulls and basketball fans everywhere. Next week, when the season tips off he’ll be taking the court in his fifth signature shoe from adidas. We caught up with D Rose at the adidas Boost launch party over the summer and he had a lot to say about his new shoe in our interview.
The brand new D Rose 5 is the first adidas signature athlete model to feature the Boost cushioning, an industry-first technology designed to deliver maximum energy return, responsiveness and comfort to players. In addition is the first adidas signature basketball shoe to feature an athlete logo on the back heel, which Rose said was the coolest part of the shoe.
The adidas D Rose 5 ‘Away’ debuts this Thursday, October 23rd at Foot Locker stores and Footlocker.com (starting at 8:00 a.m. EDT) for $ 140. Check the Launch Locator to see which stores will have this release.