Archive for January, 2014
Equipped with the game to lead and the colorway to prove it, KD turns enemy territory into center stage. Like lightning, the Nike KD VI “Away II” represents KD’s unmatched ability to strike at any time. Featuring a subtle pattern on the black upper, volt and vivid blue pops make this a unique colorway. Pick up a pair starting this Saturday, January 11th at Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, and Footlocker.com (starting at 8:00 a.m. EST) for $ 130. Kids grade school, pre-school and infant sizes will also be available. Check the Launch Locator to see which stores will have this release and let us know what you think of the shoe in the comments.
The Nike Air Zoom Flight The Glove is back in yet another colorway, as we’ve seen many come through in the past few months. This one is dominantly Green Abyss. The Gary Payton signature shoe sports an Air Tech Challenge-style assortment of bright tones. The shoe drips orange, pink and purple onto the shoe’s signature zip-up shroud in teal. Appearing once more on the outsole is solid orange, while solid-pink recurs on the inner-shoe and collar-trim.
Available in stores and online on Saturday. Check out Release Locator for stores.
The Nike Air Force 1 Low CMFT Penny is an adapted Air Force 1 that borrows design elements from past Hardaway signature models. Featuring marbled jewel Nike Swooshes inspired the Air Penny 1, molded side panels, translucent outsole, and Hardaway’s ubiquitous “1C” emblem, the sneaker is more-suited for lifestyle than performance. Its entire body is another strong adaptation of the Air Force 1 silhouette.
Available in stores and online.
The Air Jordan 10 Retro “Bobcats” marks the first Air Jordan Retro release in 2014, seen in a the Wolf Grey / Dark Powder Blue – New Slate – Atomic Orange color treatment. An ode to the Charlotte Bobcats basketball franchise — this shoe release arrives at an interesting time as the franchise will revert back to the Charlotte Hornets next season. Michael Jordan himself revealed the team’s new logos late last month, so we’re wondering why they haven’t released any Bobcats colorways any time sooner. Regardless, it’s a sure thing to see the Charlotte Hornets’ teal and purple on Retros moving forward.
Available in stores and online Saturday. Check out Release Locator for stores and release details.
Along with the Air Jordan 10 receiving the “Bobcats” treatment is the Air Jordan 1 ’94 — a hybrid of the Air Jordan 1 and 10 silhouettes. The Charlotte Bobcats uniform colors consist of Wolf Grey (which can seen on the shoe’s upper), Powder Blue (incorporated on the branding) and Atomic Orange (spotted on the outsole and graphic print inner lining). The Air Jordan 1 ’94 borrows the lining and tongue trim made famous on the Jordan 10.
Available in stores and online Saturday.
Looking back at the past 12 months in sports, we’ve some stars develop, some stars unfortunately battle through injuries and some young athletes break into the national spotlight. For the year ahead, this is whole we’re keeping our eye on again to revisit at the end of the year.
Jameis Winston / Quarterback, Florida State University
Fresh off of college football national championship just a few days ago, Winston led the Florida State Seminoles to an undefeated 2014 season. At the tender age of 20 years old, all eyes are on Winston this year.
Kevin Durant / Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder
Is this the year that Kevin Durant finally surpasses the #2 spot? Kevin Durant has been runner-up time and time again since he arrived in the league (and was the second overall pick in the draft), he hasn’t quite been able to pull of winning a championship. Yet.
Quarterback, Denver Broncos
Peyton’s change of organization from the Indianapolis Colts to the Denver Broncos solidifies the fact that the man can play the game of football. It almost seems as if he’s getting better with age.
LeBron James / Forward, Miami Heat
When you’re frequently the center of talks about if you’re the greatest player in NBA history, or better than Michael Jordan for that matter, you’re going to be on this list. To LeBron, he still has more to prove so as fans we’re excited to see what he’ll accomplish in the future.
Adrian Peterson / Runningback, Minnesota Vikings
The most explosive and feared runningback in the National Football League, Adrian Peterson is working harder than ever to push the Minnesota Vikings further than have gone in the past.
Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions
“Megatron,” as Calvin Johnson dubbed, is absolutely a monster and a pure weapon for Detroit’s quarterback Matthew Stafford. So fast yet so tall and with incredible athletic ability.
Johnny Manziel / Quarterback, Texas A&M
Before the college football season started, everyone’s eyes were on Johnny Football and now that the season is over, he proved to everyone why he received those eyeballs in the first place. Manziel is the real and somehow surpasses some people’s expectations of his talent.
Floyd Mayweather / Boxer
Still undefeated. Still as confident as ever. 45-0 and a Las Vegas mainstay.
Kevin Love / Forward, Minnesota Timberwolves
Probably the most slept on athlete on this list. Kevin Love can shoot, defend, rebound and pass, and he does it all well. He’s one of the most versatile players in the NBA and arguably the most versatile big man in the league.
Kobe Bryant / Guard, Los Angeles Lakers &
Derrick Rose / Guard, Chicago Bulls
These two are on the list because they both went down with unfortunate injuries shortly after returning from being out indefinitely. Two of the most electric and exciting all-around threats on the hardwood are missing and we’re rooting for them.
These are our ten. Which athletes on your list this year?
The Nike Air Force 1 07 Penny is another great Penny Hardaway-inspired Air Force 1 by Nike Sportswear. Clean and conservative by omitting the wavy side panels, it sticks with a marbled glossy Swoosh that imitates the Jewel look on that original sneaker. Full premium tumbled leather is the material of choice paired with Air Penny 1-inspired Swoosh logos in varsity royal. The Air Penny 1 also inspired the Penny logo on the heel, striped tongue design, and a translucent outsole to put the cherry on top.
Available in stores and online.
When the conversation came up about listing off the future of what the notable brands, it became more about the excitement of looking at what these brands will release next versus predicting what they’d do. At Footaction, we live and love the brands we carry. Each one has their own notable story that they’re consistently telling and we can’t get enough. Most importantly, they’re creating products that we enjoy. So with that said, we chose a handful of brands and highlighted some of sneakers we’re really digging at the moment.
adidas / adidas Originals: adidas Rose 4.0, adidas Springblade, adidas Originals Superstar 2, adidas Originals Mutombo
PUMA: PUMA EL Ace 2 PN, PUMA Roma Basic Black/White, PUMA Drift Cat 5, PUMA Roma Basic White/Navy
New Balance: New Balance 574 Navy/Grey/White, New Balance 990 Grey, New Balance 890 V3, New Balance 574 Burgundy
Reebok: Reebok Shaq Attaq, Reebok Shaqnosis, Reebok Kamikaze II Mid, Reebok Question Mid
Converse: Converse All Star Leather Hi Black, Converse All Leather Hi Red, Converse Aerojam, Converse All Star Ox White
Timberland: Timberland Stormbuck Lite Brogue Oxford, Icon Roll-Top Boot, Chillberg Boot, 6″ Premium Waterproof Boot
Jordan Brand: Jordan Melo 1.5, Jordan Son of Mars Low, Jordan AJ1 Mid Black / Game Royal, Jordan AJ1 Mid White
Vans: Vans Era, Vans LXVI Variable, Vans OTW Ludlow, Vans LXVI Variable
In 2013, Nike Basketball reintroduced the classic 1998 Gary Payton Air Zoom Flight The Glove in it’s OG colorways as well as some team-inspired mashups such as the Lakers, Oregon State and even the Sole Collector collab. Now in 2014, the first one to hit shelves is a brand new premium graphic print version that is the first we’ve seen of its kind. This newest iteration dropping this Saturday features a shroud with a heavy tech challenge-inspired look showcasing hits of blue, purple, turquoise and a green abyss overlay. This is certainly the most unique Flight Glove colorway we’ve seen to date.
The Nike Air Zoom Flight The Glove PRM “Green Abyss” drops this Saturday, January 11th at select House of Hoops by Foot Locker stores for $ 150. Additional shipments will be arriving next week to all House of Hoops stores. Check the Launch Locator to see which stores will be getting the shoe this weekend and let us know what you think of this release in the comments.
In our second installment of The Footaction 50, following up a post on Artists & Musicians, we’re looking closely at the trends that were massive in 2013 and how we think they might evolve, adapt or progress this year. Although not a list of chronological order, but rather more of a laundry list, these are the things that you should keep your eye on.
Style playing an even larger part in artist’s personas. More artists that similar to A$ AP Rocky and Theophilus London. It’s safe to say that style and the way that these artists dress plays a large part in their individual brands. They move, breathe and live fashion just as much as their music. It seems to them that it’s all one in the same. Expect more artists and creatives to be emerge and be cut from the same cloth in 2014.
The NBA try new types of jerseys and possibly taking it too far. On this past Christmas Day, we saw the NBA unveil an alternate jersey (even if it was a special Holiday edition) and we’re still questionable on it. Although the league will only be switching it up for certain days out of the 82-game season, it still might take some getting used to. The kicker, however? They’ll be having nicknames on the back of jerseys for some games — and that’s too XFL for our taste. What are your thoughts on this?
Late Night Television hits refresh; gets younger. The news of Jimmy Fallon taking over Jay Leno’s show and bringing it to New York City for the first time in four decades, while Seth Meyers takes over Fallon’s old show means that we’re seeing a major transition in mainstream media. Late night talk shows are defined by some of entertainment’s most memorable personalities and this change will be surely exciting to witness.
New delivery methods for full-length projects by artists and musicians. These past three years, we’ve seen Kanye West shake up the game with his Good Friday releases — where he’d release one new song every Friday leading up to his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy which shook up the game. Then last year, Jay Z partnered up with mobile company Samsung to sell a million copies of his album to reach platinum status even before it was released for his Magna Carta Holy Grail album. Then, most recently, Beyoncé released her self-titled album Beyoncé without any promotion, no radio single and placed the album on iTunes. We’re excited to see how artists will continue to shake up the game this coming year.
Mobile phones, the Internet and technology. It’s now more normal than ever to have a cell phone and Internet access and many of the systems that our parent’s knew and dealt with have gone through major disruption in the past few years. It’s incredible. Technology is revolutionizing the concept of identity (Facebook, Path), changing the payments world (Square, Bitcoin), democratizing media and news (Twitter) and adapting to new ways to communicate (Snapchat). However, we’ve merely scratched the surface. Also: no hoverboard yet.
40 is the new 20. Maybe this isn’t a trend we actually believe, but can we talk about how Pharrell still looks the same as when he was 20? The term “trend” is how something changes and develops in a general direction, and although his age count is increasing, he develops into more proof of the fountain of youth. Let’s just pretend this one was never brought up.
The Quantified Self. With apps & wearable technologies that measure your life for wellness, health and productivity such as the Nike Fuelband or the Jawbone Up, it will be interesting to see what more metrics can be measured to better our lives. As long as it’s not Google Glass.
The “Selfie.” No secret that the “Selfie” has taken it’s a way into mass culture with the use of Instagram and Snapchat. If these companies are worth billions of dollars and most of the content posted on them are selfies — well, you’ve got a powerful trend happening on your hands.
The Quantified “Selfie.” Pro-tip: the selfie game is real and you should be getting on the level of these guys at the Selfie Olympics. Okay, not really.