What appears to be Nike’s newest Pop up shop was recently spotted by one of our contributors Eric Eng on Broadway and Church in NYC. What Nike has planned for the new spot is anyones guess, stay tuned for more info.
Over the past 13 years, the Tech Challenge line has seen its fair share of ups and downs. A retro of the Tech IV was a flop in 2000. In 2006, the Tech III retro brought hope and promise to the line, that was, until we saw the finished product. That single shoe damaged the Tech Challenge name after they rotted on shelves. Mom and pop shops would cringe at anything with the words ‘Tech’ or ‘Challenge’ in it for fear that they too would rot on their store shelves (its what happens when you take a legendary shoe and water it down) and therefore most didn’t carry the Tech Challenge II. Two years later (in 2008) the Tech Challenge II 3/4 retro’d and while not a flop wasn’t the fast seller many had hoped. Still, pairs slowly disappeared and prices slowly climbed on ebay but remained around retail (they were usually on sale for about 50 bucks). It was shocking for a shoe that plays second fiddle to few, that was, until Kanye West turned to the Tech Challenge II for the midsole to what would become the Air Yeezy II. With this saw immediate speculation of another Tech Challenge II retro and a price increase on the secondary market to the tune of 200-400.00 for the 2008 Tech II retro. Fast forward to 2013 and Nike dropped an unannounced zinger on us in the form of the Tech Challenge II ‘Wimbledon edition’ followed by the ‘US Open’ edition both high quality relatively simple colorways with hits of 3M (or in house reflective coating). Both were limited runs that had just about no info attached to them initially showing up at random locations in Europe before hitting a few spots stateside. Which brings us to this Citrus sample. While not a Lava or clay/tart release this colorway is a solid sample and it appears Nike is slowly getting closer to the look of the original. Is anyone else hoping for a pair of Tech II’s with the vintage treatment? Check out these rare samples that just showed up on eBay below and head on over to eBay if you want to indulge yourself.
During an afternoon visit to Nike’s Chelsea offices for the Brand Jordan Fall/Winter 2013 & Spring 2014 collections these highly sought after samples were spotted on display. A Jordan rep stated that these are NOT confirmed for release as of yet but these are indeed samples from Nike (NOT A EARLY RELEASE “GREY MARKET SAMPLE” THIS IS THE REAL DEAL). Check out the pics below and make sure and check out the video too.
With 2013 being the year of the snake, Extra Butter has decided to bless two of the most consistently comfy retros around (the Gel Saga and Gel Lyte III) with hits of snake skins. Check out the video below to see what they’ve cooked up!
Released during the golden years of FILA, this late 90′s basketball shoe was just plain DOPE. Soft tumbled leather combined with synthetics and enough good design to keep you smiling from ear to ear make this shoe a forgotten gem. If you happen to stumble upon a pair today expect to pay anywhere from 90-200+ dollars depending on size and condition. Take a trip back to the late 90′s above!
Iconic band Public Enemy has teamed up with SAWA’S-made in Africa project for a special run of premium sneakers. If you’ve never heard of SAWA shoes then allow us to bring you up to date. The company focus’s on making premium sneakers in Africa (made in Ethiopia), and if you think well, whatever listen up. The company states “we are convinced that only one revolution can be valuable for Africa: we are talking about the industrial revolution” (deep). For more information check out the video below and make sure to visit sawashoes.com.