Making A Difference: Sneaker Stock Market Organizers Collect Shoes for the Homeless

Last month sneaker enthusiasts from the Bay Area and surrounding locales come together not only for the usual buying, selling and trading but also to help the less fortunate.   Organizer DJ Kay Rich had this to say of the philanthropic aspect of the sneaker event: So people who have gently worn sneakers that they are trying to get rid of we collect those as well and take them to the Poverello House and give them to communities.  

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Grant Hill signs lifetime deal with FILA

According to ESPN’s Nick DePaula, Naismith Memorial  Basketball Hall of Famer Grant Hill has reportedly signed a lifetime deal with Fila. The deal includes retros of his signature models from the late 90’s, new versions and remixes of Hill’s early shoes. Grant Hill on lifetime deal: “Fila was there for my first professional steps on the court. We have now come full circle and I am thrilled to be a part of the family once again. I’m grateful for the brand’s continued loyalty and support as we begin this new…

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Nike drops an exclusive “Shanghai” Zoom Fly

This Zoom Fly is inspired by the Shanghai Marathon. The sneaker is mismatched, with red striping lapping the left shoe and blue striping on the right shoe. Both shoes feature a translucent camouflage upper and the branding on the tongue, forefoot and heel as well as the stripe on the white midsole is the opposite color of striping on the upper ( i.e., blue branding and striping on the red shoe and red striping and red branding on the blue shoe.). The red striped shoe features a red insole with…

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Black Bar collaborates with Nike SB for upcoming Dunk High

  Black, a Hollywood, California, skater owned bar has joined forces with Nike SB on their own Dunk High. The upcoming Dunk High features a black nubuck base with black leather overlays. The branding for the bar appears on the heels, midsole, printed on the aglets and on the insole. The tag on the front of the tongue reads “always bet on black” underneath the Nike SB logo and it comes with a hidden poker chip inside a stash behind the tongue. The pattern that adorns the wall of Black…

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Darius Bazley skips G League to take Internship with New Balance

2018 McDonald’s All-American Darius Bazley initially had a scholarship at Syracuse until I March he decided to forego that to play a season in the G-League ( can we go back to calling it the D-League?). That too is no longer happening. Bazley signed with agent Rich Paul and Klutch Sports in May and is going to also forego hooping in that league to serve as a New Balance. As reported by the New York Times’ Marc Stein: This week, Paul revealed he has arranged for Bazley to spend the heart of…

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Kyle Kuzma signs with GOAT, will wear rare shoes in games

Sneaker resale platform GOAT has announced a partnership with Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Kyle Kuzma. According to BR Kicks ,Kuzma will be the company’s first brand ambassador. In the deal, Kuzma will represent GOAT on and off the court by rocking rare and highly sought after sneakers provided by GOAT. Here is what Kuzma had to say about his deal with goat: “GOAT has inspired me to start collecting more seriously and build my style around sneakers. People assume that, as an NBA athlete, you can get access to any kind…

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Gordon Hayward officially signed to Anta

A little over two weeks ago, we covered Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward had signed a four year sneaker and apparel offer sheet with Chinese brand Anta. A match clause in, at the time, deal with Nike allowed them up to ten business days to match Anta’s offer. Nike chose to decline to match and Hayward announced Monday that he was not only officially signed with the brand but that a signature shoes is to release next fall. New season. New beginnings. I'm excited to announce my partnership with…

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Gordon Hayward agrees to shoe contract with Anta; Nike can still match

Although it was reported by NBC Sports Boston’s A. Sherrod Blakey that the Celtics’ small forward was nearing a multi-year agreement with Nike, according to ESPN’s Nick DePaula, Gordon Hayward has agreed to a four-year sneaker and apparel offer sheet with Anta.   Boston Celtics All-Star @GordonHayward has agreed to a 4-year footwear & apparel offer sheet with Anta. The massive shoe deal also includes a signature apparel collection and marketing throughout Asia and the US. Nike will have 10 business days to exercise their “match clause.” pic.twitter.com/GIrLpxFA6d — Nick…

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NBA divulges why it changed on court sneaker policy

Last week it was reported the NBA was significantly altering the rules on sneakers. Beginning with the 2018-19 season the league will allow players to wear any color shoes at any point through the season. In providing a rationale as to why the NBA changed course on this matter, NBA Senior VP of Identity, Outfitting & Equipment Christopher Arena had this to SoleCollector: We’ve evolved our guidelines to allow players to display colors on their sneakers that reflect their team colors or any other colors that allow them to express…

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NBA relaxes sneaker color restrictions for upcoming season

ESPN’s Nick DePaula has reported that league sources have confirmed that for the first time in NBA history, players will be allowed to wear sneakers of any color of their choice any time this coming season. The move is apparently part of the league’s continual effort to allow its players to be more expressive on the court ( as long as it doesn’t involve showing legitimate emotion I’m sure). This is certainly a far cry from the NBA’S previous footwear restrictions. Historically, the sneakers had to be 51% white or…

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