complex.com Archives - 12 December 2017, Tuesday

  • The Best Sneaker Collaborations of 2017

    complex.com 08 Dec '17, 3pm

    2017 was a banner year for sneaker collaborations. Brands pulled out all the stops with big name artists, musicians, and retailers to deliver the best product to their customers. Virgil Abloh, Ronnie Fieg, Kaws, and Tyler, the Creator all got their own sneakers, and they quickly becam...

  • Jim Riswold Remembers Shooting First Jordan Commercial With Spike Lee

    complex.com 07 Dec '17, 8pm

    You may have never heard of Jim Riswold before, but you’re certainly familiar with his work. Riswold was a copywriter at Portland-based ad agency Wieden & Kennedy when they landed the Nike account, and he was responsible for some of the most memorable Nike campaigns ever. Griffey ‘96?...

  • How the Roc-A-Fella x Nike Air Force 1 Impacted Sneaker Culture

    complex.com 07 Dec '17, 6pm

    The Roc-A-Fella x Nike Air Force 1 isn't just one of the best sneakers this year, it's a true piece of footwear and hip-hop history. The sneaker saw its re-release this year, after first being a promo shoe in 1999, then receiving a limited-edition drop in 2004. To celebrate the shoe, ...

  • Nike and Adidas Are Still Fighting Over Knitted Footwear Designs

    complex.com 01 Dec '17, 11pm

    It seems the legal drama surrounding Nike and Adidas’ knitted technology will never end. As pointed out by BizJournals , Adidas recently filed an appeal with the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals seeking to reverse an Oct. 19 decision that upheld Nike’s patent for the Flyknit technology ....

  • Adidas Is Letting One Person Buy 40 Pairs of Boost Sneakers for $7,000 Today

    complex.com 30 Nov '17, 6pm

    Want to be the biggest Boost Boy in the world? Well, Adidas is giving you the chance. The brand is offering one person the opportunity to buy 40 different pairs of Boost sneakers today for $7,000. In the bundle, there will be shoes such as UltraBOOST 4.0, Pharrell Williams Human Race ...

  • How the Roc-A-Fella Air Force 1 Set the Blueprint for Sneaker Collaborations

    complex.com 30 Nov '17, 4pm

    Jay Z and Roc-A-Fella Records are inextricably tied to the "White/White" Air Force 1. His love for the sneaker resulted in a 1999 promo sneaker limited to 100 pairs with his record label's logo on the heel . But it almost didn't happen that way. Drew Greer , a former Nike employee, re...

  • Cam'ron Talks New Reebok Sneaker and Mase Beef: "I'm Proud of Him"

    Cam'ron Talks New Reebok Sneaker and Mase Beef: "I'm Proud of Him"

    complex.com 28 Nov '17, 12am

    What do you think about that versus back in the day when you could go into a sneaker store and pick out what you want? Nowadays where there are 100 people outside just to get one pair of shoes. I think they’re setting them up for failure to be honest. I don’t know, because I’ve never ...

  • Fabolous is tired of the sneaker reselling game

    Jadakiss and Fabolous on Working With New Balance and Hating Resellers: "The Game Has Gotten Extreme"

    complex.com 27 Nov '17, 5pm

    Fabolous: I don’t know. Like you said, the word passionate. I try to do stuff that I’m more passionate about, more than just like being all over the place doing different sneakers. A lot of sneaker brands come to me, not even just designers. They come to me with ideas trying to push d...

  • Kaws x Air Jordan IV 'Black' - Sneaker Release Guide 11/23/17

    complex.com 27 Nov '17, 2pm

    The black version of Kaws' collab on the Air Jordan IV was originally thought to be a friends and family colorway with the grey version acting as the official retail release. A few months later, it looks like the black rendition of the hyped-up model will be releasing as well on Cyber...

  • Sneaker Release Guide 11/23/17

    complex.com 23 Nov '17, 3pm

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become two of the biggest days of the year when it comes to exclusive sneaker releases, and this year proves to be no different with brands like Nike, Adidas, Jordan, and more all delivering some great product for the unofficial start of the Holiday ...

  • No one could buy the Off-White x Nikes and that's OK:

    No One Could Buy the Off-White x Nikes and That's OK

    complex.com 21 Nov '17, 8pm

    The biggest sneaker release of the past decade went down yesterday, except no one was lining up outside of a store and no fights broke out in the middle of the streets. The panic happened from inside of offices and wi-fi friendly cafes, where everyone -- from the average reseller on y...

  • The $30,000 Undefeated x Air Jordan IV Is Going to Be in 'NBA Live 18'

    complex.com 14 Nov '17, 2pm

    The Undefeated x Air Jordan IV is a holy grail, an unattainable piece of sneaker history that has made collectors shell out tens of thousands of dollars just have a pair. The shoes, which released in 2005 and were limited to 62 pairs, are now going to be in a video game. NBA Live 18 i...

  • Vintage Vibes With @ChampionUSA.
  • KempLead - Shawn Kemp's Greatest Sneaker Moments

    complex.com 06 Nov '17, 10pm

    You remember lacing up for your basketball game back in '95 rocking the wristband under the knee cap and donning a pair of Reebok Kamikazes over some Nikes for maybe the first time in your life — yeah that was Shawn Kemp. It all started in a gym in Elkhart, Indiana before he signed to...

  • Chris Gibbs on the "Gold Top 3" Air Jordan 1 Hysteria at ComplexCon

    Chris Gibbs on the Gold Top 3 Air Jordan 1 Hysteria at Union's ComplexCon Booth

    complex.com 06 Nov '17, 2am

    Union had one of the biggest installations at ComplexCon all weekend. Part of the traffic at the store was because of the release of the "Gold Top 3" Air Jordan 1s. There were huge lines all day, both days, at the shop's booth. In fact, at one point, the crowd got so crazy that they s...

  • Lonzo Ball Defends His Big Baller Brand Shoe on Sneaker of the Year Panel

    Lonzo Ball Defends His Big Baller Brand Shoe on Sneaker of the Year Panel

    complex.com 05 Nov '17, 8pm

    Last night, the Sneaker of the Year panel was held at ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, and it was hosted by Joe La Puma and featured DJ Clark Kent, Russ Bengtson, Wale, Victor Cruz, Jay Balvin, Aleali May -- and Lonzo Ball. Ball's signature sneaker from Big Baller Brand did not m...

  • ASAP Ferg Reveals He Once Lined Up for 2 Days to Cop the Nike Air Yeezy

    complex.com 04 Nov '17, 9pm

    During the Complex Con(versations) Drop Science panel​, ASAP Ferg shared a story about waiting in line for shoes a few years back. The Harlem rapper explained he once braved the elements for two days to cop a pair of Kanye West's coveted Nike Air Yeezy sneakers at a Jimmy Jazz store i...

  • Nike's Giving Away 100 Air Force 1s Grails at ComplexCon

    complex.com 02 Nov '17, 7pm

    ComplexCon is just two days away, and Nike has big plans for the Air Force 1 at the convention -- taking place from November 4-5 in Long Beach, California -- this year. Last year, Nike sold 100 pairs of vintage Air Force 1s at ComplexCon for the sneaker's original price of $89. This y...

  • Kith and Adidas Soccer L.A. Rays Collection

    complex.com 01 Nov '17, 2pm

    One of the biggest changes this season was with the jerseys, which are sponsored by Samsung. "The evolution from Season 1 to 2 is really seen with our jerseys, as we’ve added some of the iconic brands we work with as sponsors," Fieg says. "Samsung has been our tech partner the last fe...

  • Kris Wu Goes Sneaker Shopping

    Kris Wu Goes Sneaker Shopping

    complex.com 30 Oct '17, 2pm

    Pop star Kris Wu is a host of The Rap of China and one of the country's most influential celebrities when it comes to streetwear and sneakers, and he joined Joe La Puma at Stadium Goods in New York City for the latest episode of Complex's Sneaker Shopping. During the episode, Wu talks...

  • PUMA Wants to Make You a Star at Their Celebrity-Endorsed ComplexCon Activations

    PUMA ComplexCon Booth Activations

    complex.com 28 Oct '17, 4pm

    Submission is first come, first serve. Anyone at ComplexCon can bring their photography, music, product concepts, videos and all other original creative content to the PUMA booth on their phone. A staff of seasoned industry professionals and cultural influencers will review their work...

  • Virgil Abloh has the most-hyped sneakers right now:

    Virgil Abloh Has the Most-Hyped Sneakers Right Now

    complex.com 28 Oct '17, 12am

    Virgil Abloh's collection with Nike and his clothing brand Off-White has dominated the conversation in sneakers this year, and there are facts to back it all up. In a recent report by High Snobiety , using info from sneaker market place StockX , it shows that Abloh's sneakers are fetc...

  • Acronym's Designer Was Afraid People Wouldn't Like His Lunar Force 1

    Acronym's Designer Was Afraid People Wouldn't Like His Lunar Force 1

    complex.com 27 Oct '17, 7pm

    How do you make sure your work for Acronym and Nike are different but still make sense? We try to be super vigilant about making sure they’re different. What’s the point of doing all this different stuff if you’re gonna just repeat yourself? It seems super boring. So if anything, if w...

  • #LifeAtComplex: Limited Edition Trophy Room Air Jordan 17's

    #LifeAtComplex: Limited Edition Trophy Room Air Jordan 17's

    complex.com 26 Oct '17, 4pm

    On today's episode a viewer submits his resume and video application in a very unique and creative way. Zoe approves of this tactic as well as the rest of the video editors. Later on Russ Bengston receives an exclusive pair of Trophy Room Air Jordan 17's from Marcus Jordan. Not to be ...

  • Why Supreme's Nike ACG Collaboration Matters

    Why Supreme's Nike ACG Collaboration Matters

    complex.com 25 Oct '17, 6pm

    How Supreme chooses which Nike models it collaborates on is mostly a secret known only to Supreme and Nike. It started off with an obvious choice—the Dunk—back in 2002, before expanding to Air Force 1s, Foamposite Ones and, still most curiously, a Lunar Flyknit. More recently it has t...

  • British Surf Brand Finisterre Collaborate With Vans On 3 Winter Ready Silhouettes

    complex.com 25 Oct '17, 10am

    Designed for the needs of surfers to explore in pursuit of undiscovered waves. British surf brand Finisterre brings their innovative design approach and understanding of fabrics to their winter 2017 collaboration with Vans - 'A union of Finisterre's cold water heritage and Vans unpara...

  • ASAP Ferg and Adidas Are Running the Streets

    complex.com 24 Oct '17, 8pm

    ASAP Ferg's street credibility doesn't need to be questioned, but now he's looking to take over the streets in a different way: through running. He's been working with Adidas for the past several years, and now he's helping the brand promote its new street-running shoe, the Pure Boost...

  • How Kareem "Biggs" Burke and Roc-A-Fella made the Air Force 1 hip-hop's

    How Kareem 'Biggs' Burke and Roc-A-Fella Made the Nike Air Force 1 Hip-Hop’s Sneaker |

    complex.com 24 Oct '17, 1pm

    How does it feel to be from Harlem and have your name associated with an Air Force 1? Is that a dream come true? It’s funny, because we did so much. And when you’re in the moment, it’s hard to see what’s happening. Once years past, you see the impact on what’s happened and what you’ve...

  • Why Are Nike's New NBA Jerseys Ripping?

    complex.com 23 Oct '17, 4pm

    Nike taking over the NBA's jersey contract has been a big deal this season, and they hit the hardwood for Opening Night last week. It was supposed to be a huge night for Nike, but something happened: LeBron James's ripped in half. This caused the Internet to doubt whether Nike's jerse...

  • DJ Khaled and Asahd Khaled Show Off Their Sneaker Collections on Complex Closets

    DJ Khaled and Asahd Khaled Show Off Their Sneaker Collections on Complex Closets

    complex.com 23 Oct '17, 2pm

    gives another look at his sneaker closet, which now includes sneakers for his son, Asahd, who already owns exclusive Air Jordans. He gives an in-depth look at his own “Grateful” Air Jordan IIIs that Jordan Brand gave him to celebrate his album going platinum, and he explains that the ...