complex.com Archives - 21 September 2017, Thursday

  • Canadian Yoga Studio Accuses Big Baller Brand of Stealing Logo for LaMelo Ball's Sneakers

    Canadian Yoga Studio Accuses Big Baller Brand of Stealing Logo for LaMelo Ball's Sneakers

    complex.com 20 Sep '17, 5pm

    LaVar Ball likes to claim he's an innovator, and that's the onus behind the Ball family patriarch's rising sneaker brand. Big Baller Brand may not strike a partnership with a sneaker giant like Nike, but thanks to his bluster, you'll at least remember the name. That's half the battle ...

  • Meet Mike Parker, the marketing genius who made the AF1s a hot commodity.

    Meet The Marketing Genius Who Made the Nike Air Force 1 a Hot Commodity

    complex.com 18 Sep '17, 3am

    On his most recent Silent Giants podcast, Corey Cambridge recently caught up with Mike Parker, the man behind making the Air Force 1 the highest revenue grossing sneaker of all-time. Parker was the product marketing manager of Limited Editions at Nike. During the interview, Parker tal...

  • Air Jordan 32 PEs Spotted at NBA Nike Uniform Launch

    Mike Conley & Kemba Walker Air Jordan 32 Player Exclusives | Sole Collector

    complex.com 16 Sep '17, 3am

    with equally statement-making colorways of the Air Jordan 32 . For Conley, a bright yellow Grizzlies-themed pairs, while Walker rocked a PE in Hornets teal and purple. A white-based Hornets colorway for Marcus Paige was also spotted earlier this month.

  • Scottie Pippen Is Finally a Sneaker Icon

    complex.com 15 Sep '17, 8pm

    In the entire pantheon of Nike signature athletes, Scottie Pippen may have been the unlikeliest of them all. Little regarded out of high school, Pippen attended the University of Central Arkansas as the basketball team manager, joining the team as a 6’1” walk-on. By the time he was a ...

  • Scottie Pippen Is Finally a Sneaker Icon

    complex.com 15 Sep '17, 4pm

    In the entire pantheon of Nike signature athletes, Scottie Pippen may have been the unlikeliest of them all. Little regarded out of high school, Pippen attended the University of Central Arkansas as the basketball team manager, joining the team as a 6’1” walk-on. By the time he was a ...

  • Mocha Air Jordan 3 2018 Retro 136064-122 | Sole Collector

    complex.com 14 Sep '17, 6pm

    One of the first retro Air Jordan 3 colorways is coming back in 2018. According to leaker @soleheatonfeet , the "Mocha" Jordan 3 will release again next summer. #ShofKnows Summer 2018 Air Jordan 3 Retro White/Chrome/Dark Mocha 136064-122 $190 — SHOF (@soleheatonfeet) September 14, 201...

  • A Complete Guide to This Weekend's Sneaker Releases

    Sneaker Releases 9/7/17

    complex.com 14 Sep '17, 3pm

    This week all of the top brands are back for a fresh delivery of new releases. Although nothing this quite matches the magnitude of the initial release of the first five sneakers from Virgil Abloh's "The Ten" collection with Nike from last week, there is still plenty of solid pairs re...

  • It’s Unfair to Judge the Air Jordan 32 Against Michael Jordan’s Legacy | Complex

    complex.com 13 Sep '17, 2pm

    Fourteen years after Michael Jordan played his final NBA game , the reveal of a new Air Jordan silhouette remains an event. It’s not the same as it used to be, of course—there hasn’t been a new Spike & Mike commercial in a long time, and there’s no guarantee we’ll ever see Jordan hims...

  • Russell Westbrook just signed the biggest Brand Jordan deal ever.

    Russell Westbrook Signs the Biggest Jordan Brand Deal Ever

    complex.com 13 Sep '17, 4am

    Late Tuesday night, word started bubbling up from the usual "sources " that Russell Westbrook had a new endorsement deal. Normally, this would not be stop-the-presses news, especially on a night where Beyoncé said something in public . However, this deal is different. Westbrook report...

  • Air Jordan 1 Black White Grey 555088-013 Shadow 2018 | Sole Collector

    complex.com 12 Sep '17, 10pm

    In what should not come as much of a surprise, the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG will be back in 2018, with Jordan Brand continuing the current run of Nike Air-branded releases. There's a possibility that the black and grey "Shadow" pair will be among the colorways coming next year. Leak...

  • How an Obscure High-Fashion Shoe Cemented Kanye West's Sneaker Legacy

    How an Obscure High-Fashion Shoe Cemented Kanye West's Sneaker Legacy

    complex.com 11 Sep '17, 4pm

    In the early era of hype blogs, where hip-hop fans and style enthusiasts aren’t as informed as they are today, this was a flex. Kanye knew you wouldn’t find out which sneakers he was wearing unless you were in the know or did a little bit of researching yourself. He’s also featured we...

  • Air Jordan 8 Bred Black Gym Red Wolf Grey Release Date 305381-022 | Sole Collector

    complex.com 09 Sep '17, 7pm

    While not part of the original lineup, this new Air Jordan 8 would have been right at home on the Chicago Stadium hardwood in 1993. Somewhat of an alternate take on the "Playoff" colorway, the Bulls-flavored retro sports a stealthy black leather and nubuck upper, a Wolf Grey midsole a...

  • Why Supreme's the King of Unexpected Sneaker Collaborations

    Why Supreme's the King of Unexpected Sneaker Collaborations

    complex.com 07 Sep '17, 12pm

    A confession: I probably have more Air Force IIs than any other shoe. They were made in a huge variety of colorways upon their initial introduction in 1986, in both general release and team makeups, and constitute a major part of my vintage holdings. Completion of a 1986 set would be ...

  • Watch Nike's 'The Ten: A Crash Course' Panel With Virgil Abloh

    complex.com 06 Sep '17, 3pm

    Journalist Phoebe Lovatt moderated a panel discussion on Nike 's 10-shoe collaboration with Off-White Wednesday. The discussion, part of Virgil Abloh and Nike's Off Campus pop-up, touched on a variety of topics including "the Jordan effect" and the continued influence of Nike's most i...

  • Skepta and Nike Launched the Air Max 97 Sk at a Secret Event in London

    Skepta and Nike Launched the Air Max 97 Sk at a Secret Event in London

    complex.com 01 Sep '17, 4pm

    Amongst the vendors at the 'SK Marketplace' was Seattle Gold, craftsmen of Skepta's most iconic jewellery pieces (including iced-out inhaler and Jme head pendants), Grace's Flower Stall and Hollywood Hair Salon, with Skepta's personal barber on hand to trim guests. Perhaps the most po...

  • A complete guide to this weekend's sneaker releases:

    Sneaker Releases 8/30/17

    complex.com 31 Aug '17, 2pm

    After a strong lineup last week that included a retro of LeBron's first signature model, a collaboration between Roger Federer and Jordan Brand, and the the stateside release of the Nike Flyknit Trainer retro there is another batch of releases to look forward to this week. Nike Basket...

  • How to Make a Living as a Sneaker Photographer

    How to Make a Living as a Sneaker Photographer

    complex.com 31 Aug '17, 12pm

    If you don’t photograph your sneakers and post them online, it’s like you never wore them. At least in 2017. With the explosion of Instagram in 2012, every casual sneaker addict has turned themselves into a semi-skilled photographer, with people rushing out to purchase DSLR cameras to...

  • 5 Things We Loved From the EQT Creator Studio

    5 Things We Loved From the EQT Creator Studio

    complex.com 30 Aug '17, 5pm

    4. Steph Morris' amazing sneaker illustrations As the week progressed and word about the EQT Creator Studio spread through London, buzz increased and visitors numbers swelled to the ‘open all day’ pop-up space, which housed an array of talented creatives throughout the studio. Amongst...

  • How L.A.'s Street Culture Made the Cortez Nike's Most Authentic Sneaker

    complex.com 30 Aug '17, 2pm

    Schools ended up banning the sneakers around the time Spanto’s mom wouldn’t let him wear them. He says that every black and white clothing item—Raiders and Kings gear and the black-and-white nylon Nike Cortez—ended up not being allowed. But it wasn’t without cause. After the Riots hap...

  • Love Respect Air Jordan 13 Release Date | Sole Collector

    complex.com 30 Aug '17, 1pm

    When Michael Jordan left the NBA (as a player) for good in 2003, ending his career with the Washington Wizards, Nike took out a full page ad in newspapers to mark the moment. The ad, published on April 20, 2003, took the form of a letter to the game of basketball penned by Jordan hims...

  • Legendary Designer Peter Saville Hosted a Talk at the EQT Creator Studio

    Legendary Designer Peter Saville Hosted a Talk at the EQT Creator Studio

    complex.com 27 Aug '17, 9am

    Legendary British designer, Peter Saville, gave an insight into his groundbreaking career that spans across five decades to guests at the EQT Creator Studio. After a week of hosting a series of gigs, talks and workshops at the Victoria House pop-up space, Saville, an adidas Originals ...

  • A Complete Guide to This Weekend's Sneaker Releases

    Sneaker Releases 8/24/2017

    complex.com 24 Aug '17, 1pm

    Last week, we saw the return of the classic “Bred” Air Jordan XIII. This week brings us more retro basketball silhouettes from the LeBron James lineage, as well as a new spin on a throwback Air Jordan model. Nike is releasing its third LeBron retro this weekend with the “First Game” c...

  • @kobebryant The evolution of Kobe Bryant's signature sneaker

    Kobe Bryant Signature Sneaker Design Evolution

    complex.com 23 Aug '17, 3pm

    Year : 1996-1997 Designer : James Carnes ​Kobe Bryant's first "signature" sneaker didn't belong exclusively to him, but the adidas EQT Elevation would blaze the path for his next three shoes with the brand — he would also wear it during one of his first memorable moments. In his rooki...

  • How EQT Designer Chris Hui Went from Customising Sneakers to Working for adidas Originals

    How EQT Designer Chris Hui Went from Customising Thrift Store Sneakers to Working for adidas

    complex.com 22 Aug '17, 4pm

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, isn’t a city known for its budding fashion a scene but Chris Hui, a young creative from the city, was inspired by the cool kicks he saw around him and opted to take matters into his own hands. Whilst studying Business at University, Chris became obsessed with han...

  • Will We Ever Love the Sneakers That Michael Jordan Wore on the Wizards?

    complex.com 22 Aug '17, 12pm

    Virtually every aspect of Michael Jordan’s second NBA comeback as a member of the Washington Wizards in 2001 is worthy of a re-assessment, but perhaps nothing deserves it more than the Air Jordans he wore on-court. Skipping over the oft-maligned XV, he wore the XVI, XVII and XVIII bef...

  • Lonzo Ball responds to Jay Z’s support of Big Baller Brand sneakers https://t.co/4dFCw0jAd1

    Lonzo Ball Responds to Jay Z’s Support of Big Baller Brand Sneakers |

    complex.com 21 Aug '17, 3pm

    If you were making a list of the most unlikely LaVar Ball supporters, Jay Z would have to be near the top of the list. Although he's quite the bragger on the mic, Jay lets his success speak for itself on the business front, which is a stark contrast to Ball's relentless salesmanship. ...

  • adidas Are Hosting a Creative Discussion with Sneaker Designer Chris Hui at the EQT Creator Studio in London

    adidas Are Hosting a Creative Discussion with Sneaker Designer at the EQT Creator Studio in London

    complex.com 20 Aug '17, 4pm

    Calling all sneakerheads, designers and creatives — if you’ve ever wanted the inside info on the design process at adidas Originals, we’ve got you covered. The pop-up EQT Creator Studio in London will host a special AMA with Chris Hui, sneaker designer at adidas. Open to all, come dow...

  • Look Inside the adidas EQT Creator Studio in London

    Look Inside the adidas EQT Creator Studio in London

    complex.com 19 Aug '17, 6pm

    Today adidas Originals have revealed their creative pop-up space in the heart of London celebrating 'Essentialism'. From tonight the 'EQT Creator studio' kicks off a six day programme of events. adidas are taking over the basement of Victoria House to host a number of creative session...

  • Black Lives Matter Air Jordan 1 | Sole Collector

    complex.com 16 Aug '17, 6pm

    The latest Air Jordan to surface is a timely pair with a social message. The above Air Jordan 1 "Black Lives Matter" was posted by Jordan Brand's Frank Cooke on Wednesday, and features a black-on-black colorway with a hashtagged strap. Is this sneaker releasing at retail? There's no i...

  • How "Dad" Shoes Took Over Summer 2017

    How "Dad" Shoes Took Over Summer 2017

    complex.com 16 Aug '17, 2pm

    As the country was being torn apart last Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, Adidas unexpectedly released Kanye West’s newest sneaker, which marked a huge departure from his line’s run of sock-like shoes. The Wave Runner 700 , a model that he’s been wearing this year, is change of ...