complex.com Archives - 19 February 2018, Monday

  • How the PlayStation x Nike Air Force 1 Became One of the First Viral Sneakers

    How the PlayStation x Nike Air Force 1 Became One of the First Viral Sneakers

    complex.com 10 Feb '18, 1pm

    The word “grail” gets tossed around lightly in the sneaker world, but it shouldn’t. There are shoes that people want and there are ones that everyone loses their minds over, but can’t get their hands on. The PlayStation x Nike Air Force 1 , first released in 2006, is the latter. Why w...

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  • Weekend Sneaker Release Guide 2-8

    complex.com 08 Feb '18, 3pm

    While many of last weekend's drops honored Black History Month, this weekend's continue to celebrate Chinese New Year with several releases. Nike is releasing the "Lunar New Year" Air Force 1 pack, a three-sneaker collection that features lows for men and women and SF-AF1s. Jordan Bra...

  • How GORE-TEX Became a Mainstay in the Sneaker Industry

    complex.com 08 Feb '18, 3pm

    Dry feet are happy feet, and no fabric keeps water away from your toes better than GORE-TEX. Not only is the material being used in outerwear of all sorts, but it's also become a mainstay in cool-guy sneakers as of late, too. In a recent story by Highsnobiety , they explore why GORE-T...

  • How A$AP Nast Has Always Stayed One Step Ahead in Fashion and Hip-Hop

    How A$AP Nast Became the Most Fashionable Figure in Hip-Hop

    complex.com 06 Feb '18, 1pm

    Tariq “A$AP Nast” Devega has had quite a journey since his humble beginnings in Harlem, New York. Devega built up a rock solid foundation in his home city before being approached by A$AP Yams, A$AP Illz and A$AP Bari to form A$AP Mob, who instantly recognised Nast as an individual sha...

  • Justin Timberlake is bringing Jordan Brand back.

    Justin Timberlake Is Bringing Jordan Brand Back

    complex.com 05 Feb '18, 8pm

    With neon lights shooting down from every angle and the words “Haters gonna say it’s fake” on a screen behind him, Justin Timberlake for the second time in his career danced his way onto television's biggest stage: The Super Bowl Halftime Show. Timberlake, in some circles, was billed ...

  • Adidas Yeezy Desert Rat 500 "Blush" On Foot Photos

    complex.com 02 Feb '18, 11pm

    Kanye West has been credited, in part, for turning around Adidas' fortunes, and his Yeezy Boost sneakers played a large role in changing the perception of the brand. Now he's on to a new shoe, the Desert Rat 500, which is a departure from the lame-ass, overdone sock shoes that are flo...

  • Why Tinker Hatfield Could Have Put a Swoosh on the Air Jordan III

    complex.com 02 Feb '18, 4pm

    At first I didn’t even notice the Swoosh. That might sound unbelievable, given its prominence, but with the orange plastic hangtag partially obscuring it and the general excitement over a new Air Jordan III colorway with “Nike Air” on the heeltab, it wasn’t as obvious as it should hav...

  • Sneaker Release Guide 1/31/18

    complex.com 31 Jan '18, 1pm

    This week brings the final releases from the first month of 2018 and also the first releases of February as well. Along with a few Nike colorways celebrating Black History Month, there is also a decent of of Air Maxes, some new models from Adidas, and even some limited collaborations ...

  • Why the O.G. Sneaker YouTuber (Sneak Geekz) Sold His Collection to Buy Bitcoin

    complex.com 30 Jan '18, 2pm

    On March 27, 2008, Carlos Sanchez , known to the Internet as “Sneak Geekz ,” uploaded a video of himself unboxing a pair of “Carmine” Air Jordan VIs . The sneakers weren’t set to release for another month, but Sanchez was able to get his hands on an early pair. He’d continue to do thi...

  • Virgil Abloh's Nike Air Force 1 Dominated the Resale Market Last Year

    complex.com 29 Jan '18, 4pm

    The Nike Air Force 1 never really went away, but it's definitely surged in popularity over the past few years, and it's largely due to limited collaborations. The biggest one last year was Virgil Abloh's re-working of the basketball sneaker that first launched in 1982. According to a ...

  • Why the Nike Cortez Is in Kendrick Lamar's DNA

    complex.com 26 Jan '18, 4pm

    There has, perhaps, never been a more perfect hip-hop sneaker pairing than Kendrick Lamar and the Nike Cortez . No one in recent years has repped Los Angeles with more fervor than Lamar, and the Cortez has long been the signature sneaker of the City of Angels, filling the same role fo...

  • Wild 'n Out's Conceited Roasts Your Favorite Rapper's Sneakers and Fits

    complex.com 25 Jan '18, 11pm

    Battle rapper Conceited has made a name for himself roasting people with rhymes and on MTV's Wild 'n Out, and he recently joined Sole Collector's Full Size Run to dismantle the sneaker fits of Kanye West, Lil Yachty, and Nick Cannon, and told the crew how he's able to match his Air Jo...

  • Sneaker Brands: Stop Making Sock Shoes

    Sneaker Brands: Stop Making Sock Shoes

    complex.com 25 Jan '18, 3pm

    To say I hate these sort of sneakers would be an understatement. Your feet squirm around in them. You can see the knuckles of your toes in the sneaker. You can’t wear regular pants with them without looking like Michael Jordan. You can’t wear them when it rains (yes, I know there are ...

  • Nepenthes NY and SUICOKE Collaborate on Two Tonal Sandals

    Nepenthes NY and SUICOKE Collaborate on Two Tonal Sandals

    complex.com 25 Jan '18, 11am

    The collaboration comes in two tonal colourways - a black leather "crocodile pattern" shoe, and a wheat "smooth" nubuck finish - that utilise the standard SUICOKE Vibram Morflex sole and footbed.

  • How Nike Is Making Its Performance Running Sneakers Cool Again

    How Nike Is Making Its Performance Running Sneakers Cool Again

    complex.com 24 Jan '18, 10pm

    Yesterday, Nike unveiled its latest running sneaker, the Nike Epic React Flyknit. The shoe, which will be available on Feb. 22, uses Nike’s React foam cushioning technology, which was first introduced on the React Hyperdunk in 2017. It promises to offer 13 percent more energy return t...

  • Sneaker Release Guide 1/24/18

    complex.com 24 Jan '18, 3pm

    This week's roundup of releases showcases a ton of new collaborations from Nike, Converse, Puma, and Reebok along with plenty of other big releases to look forward to. The drops start on Tuesday with the release of Nike's latest self-lacing HyperAdapt 1.0 with a digi-camo upper. Wedne...

  • 50 Cent Reportedly Made Millions in Bitcoin After Accepting it for Album Payment in 2014

    complex.com 24 Jan '18, 12am

    Since it was announced in early 2017 that 50 Cent was no longer bankrupt , the rapper-turned-mogul's financial situation keeps taking wild new turns in positive directions. Last July, he sold a $60 million share in Effen Vodka , and now it's been revealed that he made millions by gett...

  • You Can Now Buy Money Kicks' Supreme x Louis Vuitton Ferrari

    complex.com 23 Jan '18, 5am

    If you weren't able to cop merch from the Supreme x Louis Vuitton drop , here's your chance. The only catch is that you have to cough up nearly $200,000. Rashed Saif Al Belhasa, also known as "Money Kicks" in the sneaker world, announced he's selling his Ferrari wrapped in the Supreme...

  • Adidas Yeezy Resale Value 2017

    complex.com 22 Jan '18, 11pm

    Kanye West once said that everybody who wants to get Yeezys will be able to get Yeezys. While that seemed like a pipedream in 2015 and even 2016, it's increasingly becoming a reality, with Adidas making more and more of the shoes. What does that mean for the THE most-self-important pe...

  • How Kim Jones made @LouisVuitton cool:

    How Kim Jones Made Louis Vuitton Cool

    complex.com 20 Jan '18, 5pm

    His final show, which took place at the Grand Palais, was the perfect display of his streetwear sensibility and knack for turning his exotic travels into beautiful garments. Models walked down the runway in cashmere Flankman-shorts typically worn by American rodeo pro-athletes, which ...

  • What It's Like to Make Custom Sneakers for Kanye West, LeBron James, and Lonzo Ball

    complex.com 19 Jan '18, 7pm

    Custom sneakers have become common place these days. Everyone has them: athletes, celebrities, and artists. They're worn on NFL fields, on NBA courts, and shared across social media. To get a better scope of what it's like to make these shoes, Sole Collector's Full Size Run caught up ...

  • Where Kanye West Used to Shop for Rare Adidas Sneakers

    Where Kanye West Used to Shop for Rare Adidas Sneakers

    complex.com 18 Jan '18, 4pm

    Before Kanye West was the most important rapper in the world and known for his Adidas sneakers , he bought his shoes at Sportie LA , a mom-and-pop store with two locations in Los Angeles that’s been in business for more than 30 years. What makes Sportie LA unique isn’t that it’s one o...

  • Levi's x Air Jordan IV - Sneaker Release Guide 1/17/18

    complex.com 17 Jan '18, 4pm

    Originally previewed by Travis Scott back in December 2017, the highly-anticipated collaboration between Levi's and Jordan Brand is finally releasing. Along with a pair of Air Jordan IVs made of classic Levi's denim, the collab will also include a reversible trucker jacket that featur...

  • Kim Jones Is Reportedly Leaving Louis Vuitton

    complex.com 17 Jan '18, 12am

    Kim Jones is reportedly parting ways with Louis Vuitton, according to Business of Fashion . The English designer was appointed as LV's men's artistic director in 2011, and has been largely credited with breathing new life into the storied fashion house. His implementation of streetwea...

  • Exclusive: Nicky Diamonds on Puma Partnership and the State of Streetwer

    Exclusive: Nicky Diamonds on Puma Partnership and Stare of Streetwear

    complex.com 15 Jan '18, 6pm

    You used to skate in Pumas in the '90s at EMB in San Francisco. Tell me about your connection with the brand. We were first approached, I was immediately excited. I’ve been into sneakers forever. I’ve been collecting since the early ‘90s. Jordans and shit in the ‘80s. But in the ‘90s,...

  • Why Jordan Brand Should Stop Making Signature Sneakers

    complex.com 15 Jan '18, 3pm

    Jordan Brand is in a unique position in basketball footwear as the brand itself was birthed from a signature model and still wears the name (and silhouette) of a player from recent memory. Its approach to how it works with athletes should be unique as well. In a way it is—athletes who...

  • Daniel Cormier Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex | Sneaker Shopping

    complex.com 15 Jan '18, 3pm

    UFC Champion Daniel Cormier goes Sneaker Shopping with Joe La Puma at Sole on Ice in San Jose, and talks about having the best sneakers in the UFC and his favorite shoes growing up.

  • Fascinating article:

    The Nike Employee Who Sold Sneakers to the Heaven's Gate Cult

    complex.com 12 Jan '18, 8pm

    How's this for a Throwback Thursday story? A Reddit user recently shared a story about meeting the Nike employee who sold around 40 pairs of sneakers to the leader of the infamous Heaven's Gate cult, and it's every bit as crazy as you'd expect. It all started in 1997 when the unnamed ...

  • In Denfense of Nike Air Force 1 Mids

    complex.com 12 Jan '18, 6pm

    People will try to tell you Air Force Mids are unacceptable. Fuck those people. AF1 Mids are the most comfortable version of the Air Force 1 and you don’t have to worry about the strap getting dirty from letting it hang around. The Mid version of the AF1 was introduced in 1994, 12 yea...