Canada is newest frontier for ebay’s sneaker authentication service

from Ina Steiner of ecommercebytes.com eBay is expanding its “Authenticity Guarantee” program for sneakers to Canada, it announced this week. Through the program, eBay offers authentication for certain select sneakers that sell for over $100. eBay Canada chose Sneaker Con to fully vet and verify the items’ authenticity and said it would open an authentication center early next month in Toronto. Sneaker Con is an odd name for an authenticator, but it started life as a convention for “sneakerheads” before launching the Sneaker Con platform. Reading Sneaker Con’s About Us…

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Nike and FedEx amongst companies who paid no income tax since 2018

From Marc Bain of qz.com: Despite raking in billions in earnings, Nike, FedEx, and two dozen other public companies have paid no federal corporate income tax in the US since 2018, according to a study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a Washington-based research organization. The behavior continues what ITEP describes as a decades-long trend of companies finding ways to avoid taxes through legal loopholes such as deductions and exemptions. The 2017 tax bill enacted by former US president Donald Trump, which slashed the top corporate tax rate from 35%…

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Check out the Nike Zoom GT Cut

This summer will see the retail debut of a new performance silhouette from Nike Basketball called the Zoom GT Cut. The debut colourway sports a white and red upper constructed of an open mesh, overlaid by nylon panels. A white-bordered and incomplete Swoosh adorns the lateral sides, with the branding showing up in red on the medial forefoot and of a black reverse variety on the medial heel. Below this upper resides a midsole that contains React cushioning in the heel and a translucent outsole. The release of the Nike…

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“The 20” Off-White x Nike Dunk Low collection rumoured to come this fall

It appears, at least for now, Virgil Abloh has had his fill defalcating on Air Jordan silhouettes, and he is now setting his sights once again on the Nike Dunk Low. With his upcoming “The 20” collection, the disrespect of this classic silhouette will be spread out over 20 colourways. If you are familiar with Abloh’s previous take on the Nike Dunk Low then these will feature those same attributes- the unique lacing system, groundbreaking zip-ties and the medial side off-white text. The “The 20” Off-White x Nike Dunk Low…

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This New Balance 997 is available in Japan

This New Balance 997 sports a multi-hued combination leather, suede and plaid upper. On the lateral and medial sides are yellow “N” logos. Below this upper resides a two-tone white and grey midsole, with the aesthetic completed with a black rubber outsole. These are already available in Japan , but there is no word on whether these will see a domestic release. New Balance 997 February 18, 2021 ¥33,000

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This Nike Dunk High SB features vegan leather

In the past we have covered smaller brands that make use of more eco-friendly materials in their footwear. The larger brands have been somewhat slower to come around to the concept of sustainable footwear, but it is happening, albeit white. Nike Dunk SBs have been known for some of their unconventional materials and this upcoming Dunk High SB follows in that precedent. It sports a tonal baroque brown vegan leather upper, with the green present on the colouration on the tongue offering some visual diversity. The aesthetic is completed by…

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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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