Sneaks This Week: April 23 Edition

by Peyton Gallaher

NEWS AND NOTEWORTHY

Top Playoff Kicks On The Court

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THE RUN

 

Brand: Nike
Silhouette: Air Presto Ultra Fly Knit
Name: All White

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Old school style meets new school innovation as the Air Presto collides with Nike’s only material for shoes lately, Fly Knit.

The classic Presto has always been a staple runner but has recently made a comeback in popular culture and the Swoosh has been pumping out a bevy of new color ways and textures over the past few months.

This particular rendition, however, is distinctly different from its predecessors. Not only the intro of Fly Knit, but also the addition of a high rising sock collar head line changes that make these kicks strange and different in a good way.

The All White is just the first of this silhouette with multiple color ways scheduled to drop in the near future. I would really like to see Nike hit this with multicolor like they did in the Kobe 11 “White Horse.”
Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 out of 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Brand: Reebok
Silhouette: Phase 1
Name: Detroit Playas

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Reebok has been murdering the game lately with the collabs. After pictures surfaced of a Kendrick Lamar collaboration scheduled to release this summer the company has been winning.

This time working on a Reebok shoe is Burn Rubber, a famous sneaker boutique in Detroit, MI. The store has done collabs with everyone from New Balance to Puma and they always bring heat, the “Detroit Playa” is no different.

Using a medley of materials an all pink upper catches your eyes at once. I’m also, as usual, a big fan of that gum sole.
Rating: 🔥🔥🔥1/2 out of 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Brand: Converse
Silhouette: Chuck Taylor 2
Name: Knit

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A good Chuck Taylor is not something that many shoes can really contest. However, this is not one. I get it, the model is as iconic as anything that’s not Jordan, but don’t mess with a good thing when you’ve got it.

Do we really have to do this knit thing with everything? Neon on a shoe that’s made its name in black and white don’t help things either.

Rating: 🔥 out of 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Brand: Nike
Silhouette: Kobe 11
Name: Draft Day

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Kobe’s career is over but luckily the kicks that will immortalize his greatest moments are still going to be around. This time, Nike takes a look at what could have been with the “Draft Day” colorway.

For those of you who don’t know the Mamba wasn’t always a Laker. He was actually selected 13th overall in 1996 by the Charlotte Hornets and was promptly traded to LA for veteran Vlade Divac… let that sink in.

The shoes are Hornets colors with splashes of teal and purple on grey mesh upper. I love that they put the date of the draft on the heal counter and the white sole completes a reserved reminder of Kobe’s indelible and always controversial career.

Rating 🔥🔥🔥 out of 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

 

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What releases are you looking forward to pick up the most?

Personally, I’m excited for the Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator and the Letterman 1s.

 

 

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