Wow, 2017 came and went so fast! This year has been so amazing and has brought about so many new opportunities and challenges but overall I have been blessed and can’t wait to drop new and better content in 2018. With that being said, 2017 was a huge year for sneakers and street culture in general. So many people are into sneakers and street fashion now that it only brings new and fun designs for us as consumers. Adidas has stayed on fire with the Yezzy line and the Human Race, along with some dope collaborations from the EQT line as well as the Boost lineup. Nike/Jordan reminded us that they refuse to be second tier to any brand and will remain king for years to come with drops like, the Kaws 4, the Jordan 1 Royal and of course, what may be the best collaboration of the year, the Nike X Off White 10 collection. With so much heat I decided to wrap up the year by giving you guys a look at my top 10 sneakers of 2017.
The Jordan 1 Shadow isn’t set to release until 2018 but on October 28th we get a little tease with the Air Jordan 1 x Aleali May. This satin like shadow colorway sports a corduroy paneling and chenille swooshes, which differs from the satin bred and royal colorways. This dope collaboration is set to release October 28th in men and youth sizes at Nike.com and select Jordan brand retailers.
Happy Fall everyone! Fall is my favorite season of all 4. The looks and the shoes releasing this fall is seriously something to get excited about and the release I am most excited about is the winter NMD human race and the fall/winter Adidas Yeezy release. Take a look down below to see the upcoming releases from Adidas.
The Nike x OFF-WHITE collection is dropping soon and we just got a look at the official shoes that are going to be released. Chicago native and UW alumni, Virgil Abloh, is teaming up with Nike to release 10 different shoes. Hint, why the collection is called “The Ten”. You can expect a very limited release of the first five shoes in the collection at the Nike off campus events in New York City Sept. 9-13, London Sept. 18-22, Milan Sept. 21-25 and Paris Sept. 26-30. A full release of all ten shoes is scheduled to be released sometime in November at Nike Lab stores and select retailers. Check out images of all Ten shoes down below.
As I turn on the news or go on any social media site the only thing I seem to find is hate and people thinking they know more about situations than others. We continue to see people getting banned from entering the United States and black people continue to be killed by law enforcement. This has played out right in front of our eyes. It saddens me to see the events that happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. I can say is that these events divide us as human beings and as a community. We should be coming together as one community looking out for one another and instead we are quick to point out each other’s differences. When you put things into perspective when we think about dying we may end up in one of two places; and when that day comes we should reflect on if we decided to live with hate in our hearts or did we chose to love and embrace differences. Most people go on social media in hopes of bringing about change and that through protesting this will inspire change. I believe that change starts when every one of us as individuals does something to contribute to creating that change. You make change by embracing people of all different backgrounds every single day. Creating change can be simple as sitting and having meal or saying hello to someone that doesn’t look or think like you but coming at the situation with an open mind in hopes to gain knowledge and understanding. It’s human nature to fear what we don’t understand so we must all take the time to be willing to hear and understand each other’s perspective. The individuals involved in sparking and creating change during the civil rights movement did so by going about change every single day. Even if they were in a better position they cared about the community; no one had hidden agendas. If someone was going through it then they all were; it was a time of great leaders, the church was the foundation they had something and someone to stand by. Now I am not saying protesting and sharing videos on social media isn’t helping because it is bringing awareness to others who may not fully understand what is going on. The question is, what are you going to do now that people are aware of the situation? How do you create and go about making and sustaining change other than just talking about it? We all can write to our congress men and women, we all have the right to sit in on community meetings and push for change, and we all can teach the younger generation of the dos and don’ts of society. You don’t have to bash the education system or our teachers when we all can teach our young ones inside our homes. In times like these we all should come together when the world is trying to tear us apart. We all have the ability to make the world a better place and leave it a little better for those generations to come. We all have the ability to lead our communities and make the changes that we want to see. It all starts with you, as an individual, to choose love and acceptance regardless of race, gender, or where they came from. Just with each of us as individuals trying to create change and be open to change through our everyday actions we can inspire others to join us, and together with love and openness we can overcome anything.
For the first time since 2013 the Jordan 13 returns in the bred color way. This time sporting a 3M mesh and premium suede. This shoe became iconic back during Jordan’s 1997-1998 season, when he went on to win his 6th NBA championship and walked away from the game for the second time. Jordan ended up returning to the NBA for the 2002-2003 season with the Washington Wizards. This year the Jordan 13 bred drops on August 19thwith a price tag of $190. (pictures via The Closet Inc. (8/9/17) and gc911 (8/9/17) http://www.kicksonfire.com)
Are collaborations really running the sneaker game right now? In my opinion, I would have to say YES! And to be honest no one does it better than Adidas. Adidas has done several collaborations this year, some of my favorite being collaborations with Reigning Champ, Sneakersnstuff, and Overkill. Adidas is fresh and is giving sneaker heads something new like the Ultra boost and the EQT. They also team up with the likes of Kanye, Kith, and Pharrell Williams giving us never before seen shoes and color ways. The Jordan brand on the other hand just gives us retro with new color ways; although they did give us the best collaboration of the year with the Jordan 4 X KAWS we still want something fresh and new from the goat. No matter what the brand is people will always gravitate towards collaborations because of the limited numbers in which they are produced and the overall unique designs and color ways.