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Air Jordan VIII Custom 'Crying Jordan Meme' Edition

Air Jordan VIII Custom ‘Crying Jordan Meme’ Edition

It was only a matter of time. Yup, somebody crafted a custom pair of Air Jordan VIIIs with the Crying Jordan Meme on the tongues. Shout out to CryingKicks for coming up with these beauties. Though these Js are not currently for sale, they’re still worth inspecting from all angles. Check out the gallery below to get...
Vans Collegiate Shoe Design Competition

Vans Collegiate Shoe Design Competition

Vans is on the hunt for the University of Illinois’ best artists, creatives, designers, and sneaker heads. UIUC has been selected as one of the schools to participate in Vans’ Collegiate Shoe Design Competition. Interested? All you have to do is e-mail a picture of your own original artwork or graphic design to the e-mail address vans@neatoagency.com by tomorrow...
Nike Air Oscillate "Safari"

Nike Air Oscillate “Safari”

No, you aren’t going to see Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi face off on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows as the US Open gets set to start this weekend, but that doesn’t mean the two legendary tennis players aren’t still doing battle off the court. As usual, Sampras has come out swinging with his release...
BAPE Air Jordan 1 by JBF Customs

BAPE Air Jordan 1 by JBF Customs

This BAPE x Air Jordan 1 is everything but official, yet its something I think many of us would place under the “match made in heaven” category. JBF Customs took is upon themselves to create this one of a kind Air Jordan 1, utilizing an authentic BAPE jacket and black denim to reconstruct the shoe....
BAPE x Puma Fall/Winter 2015 Preview

BAPE x Puma Fall/Winter 2015 Preview

BAPE and Puma are back at it for the next installation of their collaboration, continuing upon the soccer aesthetic from their previous release. This time around, BAPE‘s widely recognized 1st camo print will be highlighted, as you can see above on the backpack and various clothing articles. In addition, the collection will feature models of the Puma Disc Blaze and Puma Blaze of...
Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 High

Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 High

Supreme and Nike are at it again, as they’ve just collaborated on a new pair of Air Force 1 Highs. Shoes Master, a Japanese publication, revealed the all red high top, along with other outlets showing a black and white colorway of the shoe. The release date hasn’t been announced yet but start saving because this is a drop...
Nike Basketball Launches The LeBron 12

Nike Basketball Launches The LeBron 12

Yesterday in Portland, Oregon, Nike launched the twelfth installment in LeBron James‘ signature line of basketball shoes. King James was in the building as Nike unveiled the LeBron 12, which features the latest in modern sneaker technology. Most notably, there are five hexagonally shaped Nike Air Zoom Bags on the sneaker’s sole; this feature is intended to enhance...
Nike Mercurial Collection

Nike Mercurial Collection

Fresh from the Launch Calendar, Nike is dropping the Mercurial Collection (June 12th) just in time for summer. These 10 styles (prices vary from $85 – $180) serve the boldest and brightest color combinations in honor of the World Cup in Brazil with five distinctive styles for men (Air Max 1, Air Max 90 Jacquard, the Roshe...
Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite One

Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite One

This Spring definitely has seen no shortage of dope collaborations and this Thursday, perhaps the most sought after product of these joint efforts will officially be released. After recently teaming up with Vans and Playboy to give their spin on the Sk8-Hi and Authentic Vans models, Supreme is once again collaborating with Nike to release...
Campus Style: Myles G.

Campus Style: Myles G.

20-year-old UIUC sophomore Myles G. is an avid skateboarder, serious hip-hop head, and has a deep affinity for all things fresh. You might catch Myles getting his Tony Hawk Pro Skater on out front of the Ikenberry Dining Hall in his Nike SB Dunk Ray Guns, but more often than not, he’ll be holed up in the Undergraduate Library,...
SLAM KICKS: Basketball Sneakers That Changed The Game

SLAM KICKS: Basketball Sneakers That Changed The Game

Today, the brain trust behind SLAM Magazine releases a new book entitled SLAM KICKS: Basketball Sneakers That Changed The Game. Spearheaded by SLAM editor-in-chief Ben Osborne and pieced together by several notable sneaker writers, the book includes 33 of the most influential hooping kicks of all-time, from the Converse All-Star to the Jordan franchise and beyond....
10.Deep x Timberland "The Nomads" Collection

10.Deep x Timberland “The Nomads” Collection

Back in 2010, Timberland and legendary New York streetwear brand 10.Deep collaborated to bring us the special edition “Mighty Ducks” version of Timberland’s duck boot. Four years later, the two brands are collaborating yet again, this time to revisit and recreate the popular 90’s boot known as the Euro Hiker. Due to the heavy influence...