Month: February 2018

Nike Alpha Force II

As a belated birthday celebration for Charles Barley lets remember one of his early classics, the Alpha Force II. 76’er edition. OG release in 1988. 2009 and 2015 retros produced with stunning accuracy to the original. Low (to the ground), strong, bold, durable, just like Barkley. The league listed him at a generous 6’6 and players still couldn’t deal with his …

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D-Rose 2 Rewind

Elusive. Electrifying. Limitless bounce. Derrick Rose redefined athleticism at the point guard position within the first three years of his career. The league previously featured hyper-athletic points like Barron Davis, Steve Francis and Penny Hardaway but Derrick’s speed and lateral movement coupled with his bounce made him unique. Adidas saw his potential as a signature athlete …

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Top 10 Nike Black History Month Kicks

Thirteen years deep and still running. Back in 2005 Nike made the initial push to commemorate Black History Month with a simple AF1. Today, it has grown to include charity events, partnerships with non-profits like Big Brothers/ Big Sisters and the Even Higher fund. At it’s root, the collection celebrates Black History, current leaders and Black …

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9 Footwear Design Jobs Available Right Now – Footwear Jobs This Week

For this week’s edition of Footwear Jobs This Week we are taking a look at some the current job openings available as a footwear designer. While we know if you’re reading Sneaker History, you’re probably aware of some of the most popular footwear designers like Tinker Hatfield (Air Max, Air Jordans, etc), Peter Moore (Air Force …

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The (tall)Tale of Ewing Athletics

The ’80’s were an era when signatures shoes were becoming popular in the NBA. Athletic companies realized the marketability of basketball and the way fans viewed/idolized players. For example, Nike was able to sell us the idea that Michael Jordan’s shoes made us be like Mike. MJ’s rise to stardom was accelerated (he was going to be a star anyway, …

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Jordan 4 x Levi’s Bundle Contest

Fantastic news, readers! We’ve teamed up with Force Field and The Shrine Co. for an epic giveaway. Our grand prize will include the coveted Air Jordan 4 x Levi’s, a badass Shrine Co. Weekender Backpack, ForceField Premium Shoe kit & last, but not least, Sneaker History merch! We don’t want to spoil all the fun …

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Wall Space: Basketball Posters

Growing up there was never enough room for magazine cutouts and posters. If only I had endless Wall Space for all my favorite kicks! Weekly, we’ll share a mixed bag of athlete/ shoe advertisements and posters. This week will feature basketball campaigns from the past and present. Checkout the slideshow and tell us which ad …

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All-Star 2008 Rewind

On this Sunday we’ll remember the 2008 NBA All-Star Game hosted by the New Orleans Hornets. Yes youngins, New Orleans Hornets (Long story short- in 2013 the Hornets became the Pelicans and the Charlotte Bobcats took back the Hornet name and history for the first time since 2002). Sadly, Hurricane Katrina devastated the area in …

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T-Mac Mismatch Sneakers

Mismatch Monarch

Tracy McGrady is the king of the mismatch shoe game. During the NBA Celebrity game Friday night T-Mac took his kick game back to ’04 by wearing a retro of his third Adidas signature shoe. The recent HOF inductee reminded us of his freshness by rocking unreleased mismatching kicks (one black, one gold). The novelty …

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Nike Air Trainer

Tennis legend John McEnroe turns 59 today. To celebrate we will be sharing a little story about Mr. McEnroe and the Air Trainer 1. When the Air Trainer was being developed the notion of cross training wasn’t really a thing yet; running shoes were for running, tennis shoes for tennis, etc. Tinker Hatfield and Eric …

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