Heading to the gym? Throw on a hoodie and leggings. Heading to a hungover brunch with friends? Throw on a hoodie and cuffed jeans. Heading to your couch for a marathon of “Law & Order: SVU”? Throw on a hoodie and pajama pants. Are you seeing a pattern yet? Whether your prefer simple designs, bold logos, or eye-catching graphics, click through for 10 hoodies to wear, well, everywhere…
Check out these awesome sneakers Nike just rolled out as part of its 2012 BE TRUE campaign in support of the LGBT community. The high-tops feature iridescent rainbow soles and the message “Be true” printed on the inside. Three different versions of the shoes, along with a BE TRUE hat and t-shirt, are being sold in New York, San Francisco, and Portland to acknowledge those cities as “progressive leaders of LGBT life.” Props to Nike for creating a pair of eye-catching kicks that draw attention to a really important cause. Supporting equal rights for all: just do it. [Laughing Squid]
The hottest shoe of the summer isn’t a strappy sandal or stiletto heel: it’s a sneaker. Yep, sporty, colorful, strangely glamorous and totally comfortable high tops are everywhere right now, and our aching feet are so thankful. Pair ‘em with a summer dress or skinny pants to add some swagger to your summer wardrobe. New to the world of fly kicks? Check out our introductory guide, and then click through for 10 of our favorite sneaks in stores right now…
The other morning, as I was walking to work, I passed a long line of guys passed out in camping chairs on the sidewalk. They’d been there all night, presumably, waiting for the much-anticipated new Air Yeezy 2 shoe — the second collaboration between Kanye West (that’s Yeezy) and Nike. The crowd began dispersing as I walked by, after the 34th St. Foot Locker put up a sign saying that they wouldn’t be getting any of the shoes in, and the sneakerheads would have to look elsewhere to cop a pair.
And they did. According to The New York Daily News, pairs of the shoes, which retail for $245, are going for as much as $80,000 on eBay (thoug most pre-orders are around $3,000 to $5,000). The shoes will officially be released on Saturday.
The culture of shoe collectors and sneakerheads dictates that the waiting in line and camping out is part of the process. You get to say that you were the first in line, or the first at the counter. But is there anything comparable in women’s fashion? Have you ever waited in line, or camped out for a special bag, or limited edition piece of jewelry? Tell us in the comments!
Knitting used to be the realm of grannies in rocking chairs, then it was adopted by hip young people looking for a creative outlet, and now it’s about to make an appearance on the feet of world-class athletes looking for a faster marathon time. Nike engineers employed a variety of complex knitting stitches to construct the upper part of a shoe in one seamless piece that is then attached to a super lightweight sole. The result? The Flyknit–a high performance sneaker that weighs a mere 5.6 ounces and hugs the foot so naturally that no socks are needed. The Flyknit design process took four years, but that dedication is already paying off: according to Nike, the Flyknit Racer will be worn by all the top athletes for this spring’s marathon season and the London Olympics later this year. A version for nonprofessional runners, the Flyknit Trainer+, will hit stores in July. [Knitting Industry News]
In a workers’ rights victory, a factory manufacturing Nike products in Indonesia has been ordered to pay its workers more than $1 million in back wages for unpaid overtime. The 4,500 workers of the PT Nikomas plant in Bantan, Indonesia, will be compensated for more than 600,000 hours of unpaid overtime over the last two years (though some of the workers say they haven’t received overtime in 18 years, Indonesian law only allows claims to go back two years). The settlement could spell big changes in the way that sweatshop laborers are treated — and paid.
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You know those grey, light-up, self-lacing high tops Michael J. Fox wears in “Back to the Future 2″? Yeah, well, now you can actually purchase them — if you’ve got a spare few thousand dollars lying around. Nike has teemed up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to produce the NikeMag, a pretty much exact replica of the shoes Fox sports in the film franchise. The brand is selling 1,500 pairs of them exclusively via eBay, to raise money for the foundation, and man, are people going cuh-razy. At last count, one pair was up to more than $75,000. Maybe it’s because of the promo video, which features NBA-er Kevin Durant, Bill Hader and OG “Future” scientist “Doc” Christopher Plummer? [eBay
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What you see before you are clearly not your average Nike sneakers. When Nike asked designer Lauren Tennenbaum to imagine a pair as she wished, she went “Wizard of Oz”-style on the kicks and created a ruby slipper-esque pair with a sky-high platform. While we think these kicks are kind of ridiculous, we still feel our inner child squeal with glee. (C’mon … didn’t you at one point have some sparkly red shoes or at least wish for them?) What do you think of these sequin-happy shoes? Awesome or insane? [High Snobette] Keep reading »
What’s worse? When sneakers look like high heels, or when high heels look like sneakers? We can’t answer that, but we can say that the sneaker pump is rarely a good thing. Exhibit A: These Nike stilettos. Keep reading »
The LeBron 8 is the latest sneaker collaboration between Nike and LeBron James. Now that LeBron is a player for the Miami Heat, Nike has taken a South Beach approach to the LeBron 8, which means a heinous turquoise and hot pink color combination. Sports Grid describes the LeBron 8 best: “It looks like an 80’s coke lord had a baby with the Miami Dolphin.” The sad part is that the sneakers won’t even match LeBron’s Miami Heat uniform. Keep reading »