FIFTH x ROCKDEEP M.1 Trail available for pre-order

This upcoming trail shoe from ROCKDEEP was designed by Navajo native Dewayne Dale, who “speaks through design and form.” It sports a burnt sienna upper with overlays of the same colour at the toe and wrapping the heel. Below this Navajo-inspired upper sits a white midsole and a burnt sienna rubber outsole. The FIFTH x ROCKDEEP is currently available for pre-order but you had better act fast as the initial run will be limited to just 800 pair.

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ROCKDEEP Bully Back out of stock

The Bully Back is the latest upcoming basketball sneaker from ROCKDEEP. Inspired by the tenacious spirit of not backing down in sport or life, it sports a black upper with a sock-like fit. Blue overlays also help to secure the lacing system and aid in lateral support along with an external heel counter. Below is a white and blue midsole and a white outsole. Initially available to pre-order, these are out of stock for the moment. At this juncture, there is no word on a planned second run for these.

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eBay held a live authentication event this weekend in Los Angeles

To compete with the GOATs and the StockXs of the world. eBay recently launched their own authentication service for luxury watches and sneakers. This past weekend , the online sales platform had a live drive-thru authentication event in Los Angeles.  “eBay just launched authentication for luxury watches and sneakers and we’re here today to bring that service to life,” eBay Head of Communications Caitlin Allen A third party inspector was hired by ebay to do the authentications on-site. Allen provided a vague explanation of how the inspectors authenticate the items,…

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Jimmy Butler signs with Li-Ning

Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler has signed a multiyear signature shoe deal with Chinese brand Li-Ning, according to Nick DePaula of ESPN. DePaula adds that Butler will become the face of the brand, which also has a lifetime deal with Butler’s friend and former teammate, Dwyane Wade. Specific monetary terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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DeMar DeRozan on the impact of Kobe Bryant’s sneakers

Check out this article from NEWS4SA in San Antonio that speaks with DeMar DeRozan as he shares his thoughts on the of Kobe Bryant’s signature line. SAN ANTONIO — The “5-rings” Kobe shoes are back. These shoes, first worn by Kobe Bryant on the opening night of the 2010-2011 season, were on full display during this year’s NBA championship games. This time it was Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis who wore them for Games 3 and 4 of the 2020 Finals as a way to commemorate the late Bryant. A group…

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Atlanta restaurant owner offers apologies after kicking black man out over seemingly selectively enforced dress code

from Business Insider: An Atlanta restaurant has apologizedto a Black couple after they were kicked out of the restaurant for not adhering to the dress code. William Johnson, a Black man, was said to have been asked to leave Umi Sushi in Atlanta on October 23 for wearing Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, which violates the restaurant’s dress code. A video that captured the incident showed another woman seated at the restaurant who was wearing tennis shoes. “This is pure racism,” Johnson said in the video. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The…

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Brazilian brand launches latest vegan sneaker

The IBI High is the latest addition to Brazilian eco brand’s Cariuma’s sustainable sneaker lineup. The new model is vegan-friendly and sports a bamboo-spun two piece knitted upper with a Intertek-certified eco-friendly water repellent layer. According to the brand the two piece construction leaves behind no post-production textile waste and the minimal stitching used keeps the energy and overall waste down. The IBI High utlilzes a vegan bio-foam insole and an inner that is lined with recycled cork and organic mamona oil. Laces and logo labels are produced from the…

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These Earth-friendly sneakers are made from grapes

Earlier this week, materials science company PANGAIA launched a zero waste sneaker made from grape leather ( which I did not even know was a thing) repurposed from some of the 6.5 billion litres waste of the Italian wine industry produces. The new PANGAIA leather sneaker is produced by local family owned factory in Italy. It comes in black or white and sports an upper, inner and insole composed of grape leather and sits atop a 100% recycled rubber midsole and outsole derived from industrial waste. Other environmentally-friendly features include…

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Nike shuttering AZ facility due to COVID-19

From Kim Bhasin of bloomberg.com : Nike Inc. is winding down operations at a facility in Goodyear, Arizona, marking an abrupt turnabout for a project meant to become a state-of-the-art plant for its Nike Air shoe line. The company acquired the property in 2019 and set about turning it into the third so-called Air Manufacturing Innovation facility in the U.S. The $184 million investment was expected to generate more than 500 full-time jobs, the sportswear giant said in July of last year. “We are experiencing unprecedented times and due to the…

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