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Campus Kicks: Ashley J.

Campus Kicks: Ashley J.

Ashley J. is a 20 year-old junior at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When she’s not hitting the books for her Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy major, she’s steadily building up her impressive sneaker collection. From classic Jordans to one of the most highly sought out LeBrons, Ashley doesn’t disappoint even for the most seasoned curator. Continue...
SLAM Magazine Presents IVERSON

SLAM Magazine Presents IVERSON

SLAM Magazine and Allen Iverson have been linked for some time now. In 1996, SLAM gave AI, still at Georgetown, his first national magazine cover. The publication would go on to feature Iverson on 15 more covers over the course of his career, including the iconic “Soul On Ice” issue in ’99. The basketball geniuses...
Nike Marty McFly 'Power Laces' Due Out In 2015

Nike Marty McFly ‘Power Laces’ Due Out In 2015

In 2011, Nike came out with the Air Mags, the same shoe that Marty McFly donned in Back To The Future II. However, those kicks lacked one key feature: self-tying, power laces that accompanied Michael J. Fox’s sneakers in the film. According to a report from Sole Collector, the future of footwear technology is now upon...
Nike Air Flightposite 2014 "Carbon Fiber"

Nike Air Flightposite 2014 “Carbon Fiber”

Hoopers and sneakerheads: this post will make you happy. With the introduction of the original Flightposites back in 1999, Nike helped usher in a new era in footwear technology. 15 years later, the Flightposites are back with a small twist, staying true to the OG aesthetics but adding a black carbon fiber-printed foam upper. Part...
SLAM Magazine Presents JORDANS Vol. 1

SLAM Magazine Presents JORDANS Vol. 1

For 20 years, SLAM Magazine has been the go-to source for everything basketball. Now they take it a step further by releasing a special sneaker issue titled JORDANS Vol. 1,sponsored by Foot Locker, celebrating Jordans I-VI . With OG kicks in all their yellow, crumbling sole glory and the stories behind them, this is a...
Nike KD VI "DC"

Nike KD VI “DC”

Kevin Durant has been on a tear as of late, scoring 30+ points in 13 of his last 15 games, a run which included a 54-point outburst against the Warriors. OKC’s 10-game win streak was finally broken in Washington on Saturday, so it’s fitting that Nike should drop a shoe that pays homage to KD’s...
Nike Tiempo 94 Low

Nike Tiempo 94 Low

It may still be winter with those salt-stained water-marked boots and soggy beaters you’re running around in but Spring is around the corner, and we’ve been fantasizing about breaking out some fresh unworn kicks from the closet. To be a well-rounded collector you should never discriminate with limiting yourself to hyped up releases, but to...
Nike SB x Diamond Supply Co. Dunk High

Nike SB x Diamond Supply Co. Dunk High

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s hard to imagine what else to get your significant other after showering them during the holidays. If you have a thing for curating kicks (ladies pay attention), then these Nike SB x Diamond Supply Co. Dunk High, dropping Feb. 8th, are an easy gift to hint to your...
OVO x Jordan Brand 2014 Pack

OVO x Jordan Brand 2014 Pack

Late last year, Jordan brand announced that Drake was next in line to collaboratively redesign their highly sought after retros, Air Jordan 10 and Air Jordan 12 with his brand, October’s Very Own. The OVO leader stands alongside Vashtie Kola (the first female to collaborate with Jordan) who redesigned her favorite pair of Jordans, the...
Supreme x Nike Flyknit Lunar1+

Supreme x Nike Flyknit Lunar1+

Whenever you see Supreme and Nike team up, you should already know they cooked up something nice. This fall, the two powerhouses collaborated on one of Nike’s most popular sneakers, the Flyknit Lunar1+. The sneaker features technology that provides you with a perfect fit, along with the Flywire cables to give your feet the support...
Air Jordan 11 “Chief Illiniwek” Customs by Mache

Air Jordan 11 “Chief Illiniwek” Customs by Mache

When it comes to the customized sneaker game, Mache is considered by many to be the gold standard. Yesterday he posted a picture of these “Chief Illiniwek aka U of Illinois” Jordan 11‘s that he made for former Illini and current New York Giants offensive lineman Dave Diehl. The two time Super Bowl champion is sure...
Air Jordan V "Grape"

Air Jordan V “Grape”

Although these J‘s weren’t on Jordan’s feet while he was dominating on the court, they are known as one of the first “Lifestyle” colorways of his coveted Retros. The V’s are definitely a personal favorite of mine, despite the fact that I do not own a pair, so I will definitely be making a move...