After their sensational sneaker symphony ‘Beethoven’ caught everyone’s eyes and ears, Nike and their new Air Jordan, Kobe Bryant have something else for their summer owning canvas of court colourway apparel for the feet.
The Kobe 9 EM, just went electromagnetic with two new flavours to refresh the August rush of enjoying the last few days of sun…and you thought those blue and orange jams where the ‘Peach’.
Mamba goes ‘Mango’ for a new bright orange look that looks and feels like something a track star would wear. Maybe one from the Netherlands. Hey, with these flexible and movable low tops they could probably get away with wearing them in their sport too, but lets not jump the starters pistol. These effervescent sneaks are stitched to a a sweet design and the dark green soles look so authentically the part that if you cut into them with a knife they’d probably bleed fruit red…but surely you’d never do that to these babies. A perfect pair so bright they could illuminate the street they can be worn on at night like downtown Tokyo neons.
Peach Cream/Bright Mango
Release Date: August 28th, 2014
A little further east however and we have the ‘China’ colourway that drops this weekend following the Mango’s release today. Honouring Kobe’s recent trip to the country where he’s tr
eated even more like a God…sorry Yao, these sneaker options in traditional red and yellow could outfit the feet of the Chinese national team they look so authentic. If not that with their shiny metallic finish someone might want to call Iron Man as these shoes could help the superhero Avenger with his own hops. They are certainly painted the right way. These dragons are straight fire to the sunset of the beach ready Mango.
No matter your painted poison when it comes to these perfect pumps its clear Kobe and Nike are just doing it. The corridors of the Kicks Hall Of Fame just keep squeaking because this is just too clean. Everyone else needs to step it up or keep walking. Kobe’s back. Number one with a tick!
Kobe 9 China Edition
Release Date: August 30th, 2014
Dame Time Forever. What Are Those New Adidas ‘Black Panther’s’?
Adidas are in the Endgame now.
Before we get started, Havlicek would have stole that ball. Just saying Paul George. Stop acting like Paul Pierce. It wasn’t a “bad shot”. And R.I.P. to a Boston Celtic and storied NBA great. Dear John will be stealing every ball in hoop heaven. Rest peacefully.
Like a cat toying with a mouse. That’s how we described Lillard’s Dame Time winning clutch three from Mt. Hood as Portland gave Oklahoma City roses in the first round this week. Damian had more clock than grandfather’s and still took his time. Because it is his after all.
And now as timely as ever in the same week as one of the greatest playoff game and series winning shots in basketball for all time and one of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history coming out with ‘Avengers: Endgame’, this cat is building a superhero legendary legacy.
You better check a comic-book or something.
T’Challa may have been Thanos snapped to cat litter in the Avengers ‘Infinity War’, but the King of Wakanda has a regal gift by royal appointment to Damian Lillard like he did Victor Oladipo in a victorious Slam Dunk Contest for testament tributes last season.
The cat has something out the bag.
Now you may be screaming “what are those” like Shuri at these royal sandals, but try these sneakers on. They embody everything about the next-gen, nano-tech Black Panther suit she developed for this emperor’s clothes. All the way down to the texture and trim which straps “Wakanda Forever” over the laces. The titan mad purple that runs like veins through Chadwick Boseman’s superhero suit absorbs all the blows he takes and turns it into a recharged deflecting energy pulse. Kind of like all the rock the baby and wrist tapping crap Damian Lillard was taking off Russell Westbrook before he absorbed it all and gave it back in
Never delete that footage.
Marvel have also gifted Dame with his own Black Panther mask like Oladipo, but this time canvas created from his super sneakers. Part of the ‘Heroes Among Us’ series from the three stripes, a comic-strip advertising campaign has been crafted. Featuring Lillard standing in front of the downtown RIP City, PDX skyline looking Wakandan in artwork akin to the ‘Nation Under Our Feet’ graphic novel redux series that rebooted this classic character before his feature film debut.
Damian may have played Killmonger villain to the Oklahoma Thunder, going G.O.A.T. like Michael Jordan B. But he’s a hero to us now blazing a trail like a human torch possessed with a fire and the heart of a lion inside all that panther power.
The Dame 5 will assemble with the arc of the bolted up ‘Iron Man’ Harden Vol. 3 for James and the patch of the ‘Nick Fury’ TMac 1 for Tracy McGrady. As well as the ‘Captain America’ Adidas N3XT L3V3L, and a ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas Pro Vision for all those who could take the lead all day, with us ’till the end of the line. HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER.
But we know which ones will be clawed off the stores shelf throne come it’s big blockbuster release with ‘Endgame’ right now.
It’s a drip fit for a King.
Jamal Murray Adidas Crazy Explosive Nuggets 50th Year Anniversary Editon
Celebrating 50 years of Denver Nuggets basketball, professional custom shoe designer Jimmy Conca (Conca Designs) partnered with the Nuggets and Adidas delivering the first of four custom pairs celebrating the team’s long history from the ABA to the NBA. Each of the unique, custom shoe releases will represent a decade of Nuggets history. Interestingly enough, Conca selected Nuggets Rookie and rising Canadian basketball player Jamal Murray’s Crazy Explosive Adidas Kicks for the special occasion.
Below are more images of these exclusive kicks which featured the Nuggets both original primary and secondary ABA logos, pay homage to the 70’s era of basketball and the origins and culture of one the ABA charter franchises.