Hypebeast TV: Can you tell Legit Sneakers from Fakes?

Only true sneakerheads will notice the subtle differences.

For many years, the sneaker market has been awash with replicas, or more commonly referred to as “fakes.” It has been increasingly difficult to distinguish what is real and what is not to even the most discerning eye with how good replicas have come to be. The last decade gave us some of the most highly-anticipated sneaker releases, with people of all ages queuing up day and night for a chance to purchase their desired item of footwear. This also led to an influx of unofficial productions of sneakers to cater for the market that is there for them. While the quality of these replicas has greatly increased and granted there are those who do not mind the differences, being able to tell what is authentic is one of the hardest skills a sneakerhead must learn. Some experts from the industry have taken it upon themselves to try their hand at determining an authentic pair of sneakers. Without further ado, we present the HBTV sneakers legit check.

[video] Spike Lee: Post-Racial America is “Bullshit”

Spike speaks on race in America, social media’s role in uprisings across the world, and his thoughts on police brutality.

Director Spike Lee on race in America: “If you’re African-American in this country, you know what the deal is.” Fusion’s Jorge Ramos spoke to Lee about his latest documentary “I Can’t Breathe,” problems with the NYPD, race in America and the impact of social media on his projects.What do you think?


Michael Jordan Slams Donald Sterling

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After being pretty much a nonexistent voice concerning issues in Black America, Michael Jordan finally comes out and makes a bold statement against Donald Sterling.


“I look at this from two perspectives – as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I’m confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed…. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”


Air Jordan 1 Retro ’89 Black/Fire Red

Gonna start posting more kicks. Here is some fire I grabbed from Hypebeast.

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Following Fire Red/Cement Grey and White/Cement Grey-Black editions, Jordan Brand presents a Black/Fire Red version of the Air Jordan 1 Retro ’89. Pairing the classic Air Jordan 1 silhouette with stylistic cues from the corresponding colorway of the Air Jordan 4, the kicks sport a black nubuck upper with a matching synthetic mesh overlay and a combination of Fire Red and Cement Grey accents throughout.
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Exclusive: Chicago Fitted Matches Retro 5 Jordans White Jordans

Rock-N-Jocks has your head covered for the PERFECT MATCH for the Retro 5 Jordans white Jordansthat drop this Saturday. It is all white with the top of the bill in black and the bottom of the bill in red. Rock-N-Jocks started out with 30 total pieces now there are way less then that in stock. Don’t get shut out. The only place in the world to get this custom is exclusively at www.rocknjocks.comfiveadd1

Exclusive: CUSTOM Chicago Bulls New Era Snapback


Rock-N-Jocks, that is who has you covered for the Perfect hookup on the Retro 5 Grapes Jordans that drop this Saturday, with this CUSTOM Chicago Bulls New Era Snapback. It is limited to only 30 total pieces and will sell out before the shoe drops. Don’t delay. Get yours only and exclusively at www.rocknjocks.com Also if you want to save money on future order with free promotion codes make sure to hit RNJ’s facebook like button herehttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocknjocks/181017275271403

Jordan 2011 6-17-23

Attention sneakerheads, I know you guys mouths are watering over these joints but you got six months before these drop.

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Sitting as a highlight amongst next year’s releases from Jordan Brand is this new colorway of the 6-17-23 model. The hybrid is boldly colored in a carmine red, black, and white, and is finished off with grey detailing. The boot also features key design elements drawn from both the Jordan VI and XVII models (adding together to make 23, hence the name). Fans can expect to see the 6-17-23 on August 1st of next year, priced at $145 USD.

Jordan Pro Strong Retro

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Arguably one of the brand’s most successful team models, the Pro Strong sees a retro release this year as Jordan Brand previews a selection of colorways for Summer as well as Fall/Winter. Long known as the signature design for former NBA star Vin Baker, the kicks take on a bulky look, built for the premier power player in the late 90s.

For more colorways please go here…

Air Jordan 6 “Oreo”

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Arguably one of the better Air Jordan releases in sometime, the VI sees a new colorway, appropriately dubbed the “Oreo.” The kicks take on a mostly white base with clear outsole detailing, black nubuck paneling, and splatter accents. A release is set for Saturday, March 20th via Jordan retail accounts, including Rugged Sole.

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Air Jordan Touches Down in Hall of Fame

Former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards guard Michael Jordan applauds his 2009 classmates before his enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., today. (AP Photo)

Former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards guard Michael Jordan applauds his 2009 classmates before his enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., today. (AP Photo)

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(AP Summary) – Michael Jordan, maybe the greatest of them all, is taking his place alongside basketball’s other greats. Jordan was being enshrined in the Hall of Fame tonight, an honor that follows all the championship rings and MVP trophies he collected during his career. He joins David Robinson and John Stockton, a pair of his 1992 Dream Team teammates, and coaches Jerry Sloan and C. Vivian Stringer in a distinguished class.

“It all started with that little round ball. I think if you take that away from any of us, I’m pretty sure we would have struggled in life, because that’s how much the game meant to us,” Jordan said. The enshrinement ceremony took place at Springfield’s Symphony Hall, because Jordan was too big for the Hall of Fame. The move to the other building allowed for a crowd of about 2,600, more than double what the Hall can accommodate.

[pics] Jordan Moments Collection | Jordan 1, Jordan 6 Rings, Jordan 2009

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The Jordan Moments Collection brings together three Jordan Brand sneakers to honor Michael Jordan’s ongoing contribution to the sport of basketball, pop culture and the sneaker world. Each shoe represents a different stage of MJ’s legacy, beginning with the shoe that started it all, the Air Jordan 1. The Jordan 6 Rings highlights each of MJ’s six championships, and the Air Jordan 2009 honors the future of the brand. A graphic printed on each shoe features 23 of the most iconic numbers, or moments, including his average points per game (30.12), Rookie of the Year award (1985) and jersey numbers (23/45), to name a few. The three shoes will be sold separately and will be available on Saturday, September 5, 2009.

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Air Jordan Force XIII (AJF 13)



It was only a matter of time. The Air Jordan Dub Zero got the hybrid ball rolling and the Six (6) Rings focused solely on the kicks MJ rocked whilst marching toward the Larry O’Brien Trophy. In between, a whole line of hybrids mashing various Air Jordans into the Air Force 1 emerged as the Air Jordan Force series. Both the Dub Zero and Six Rings featured the Air Jordan XIII’s triangular side panels and that model is finally being ‘Forced’.

The Air Jordan Force XIII (AJF13) appears here in early artists renderings, having yet to emerge in sample form. AJ fans will recognize them as the regular season home colourway, the Flint Grey All Star do-up that graced the latest Six Rings that released today and the playoff palette worn in the 1998 tourney’s road games. All three feature the aforementioned golf ball-inspired side panels and two of the three have dimpled straps. Other notable design elements include the outer heel hologram inserts

A ‘Nike Air’ logo on the soft elastic upper heel and a two-toned AF1 sole divided by the pod-like design on the AJXIII bring the design together. Stick with Sneaker News and we’ll keep you up to date with the latest pictures and release info.

[pics] Nike Air Jordan Force 9

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The fusion of classic Air Jordan styles and the Air Force 1 continues in April with the first release of the Air Jordan Force 9. Obviously the Air Jordan 9 has been fused in this case with the Air Force 1. The colors were kept basic, sticking to a classic Jordan black/red colorway and three white colorways. As usual opinions about the fusion will go in all directions. We let you be the judges.

The Nike Air Jordan Force 9 will be coming out in April,May and June 2009.

Check out the other two colorways after the jump.


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Crooks & Castles x Vans Fremont High

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Los Angeles-based Crooks & Castles will be joining the sneaker game by collaborating with skate shoe giant Vans. Based on the Fremont High model, it will come in white and black colorways with Crooks’ red/green/black strap accents reminiscent of Gucci’s high-end design. These are scheduled to be released early spring of ’09 and will only be sold at the 8021 store.

Crooks & Castles
8021 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90046


ROCK-N-JOCK Issue Chicago Bulls Custom Fitted

Rock-N-Jocks just released this Chicago Bulls Custom ‘Script’ New Era 59/50 Fitted. This hat is all red, with the top of the bill in black, and the bottom of the bill in red. ‘Chicago’ is ebmroidered in black, and the SCRIPT embroidered ‘BULLS’ is in black and outlined in white. The back of the hat has the embroidered windy city bull logo in red, white and black. This logo has never been seen before on a fitted until now. It goes with countless pairs of Air Jordans. It is only limited to a total of 30 pieces. Get yours only and exclusively at www.rocknjocks.com

Spike Lee Exclusive “Knicks” – Air Jordan Spizikes


We’ve seen several Nikes exclusively made for celebrities such as Kanye’s Air Yeezy, now it seems that world famous film director and hardcore NY Knicks fan, Spike Lee, has also joined the ranks. The custom Air Jordan Spizikes uses black and white as base color with the Knick’s signature blue and orange as accent colors. Definitely a nice pair of kicks to sport if you’re a Knicks fan.

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Exclusive New Era Fitted: Montreal Expos ‘GRAPES’ CUSTOM

www.rocknjocks.com just dropped this Montreal Expos ‘GRAPES’ CUSTOM New Era 59/50 Fitted hat. This hat is a Custom New Era design done by Rock-N-Jocks with New Era. MEANING YOU WILL FIND THIS NOWHERE BUT AT ROCKNJOCKS.COM. THIS IS ONLY LIMITED TO A TOTAL OF 30 PIECES!!!! This hat is a perfect match for the Air Jordan 5 White/Grape Ice-New Emerald ‘Grapes’. It has a white front with the ‘Expos M’ logo embroidered in teal,purple,and white. The bill of the hat is all teal, the sides are purple and the back is also teal with the embroidered m.l.b. logo in white and puprle. ACT FAST ON THIS CUSTOM DESIGN, IT WILL BE GONE CRAZY FAST!!!

Jordan VI Olympic 2008 Model

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In celebration of the Beijing 2008 Olympics Jordan Brand is releasing this special edition Jordan VI. The colorway is obviously inspired by the Olympic rings, but the shoe also features other interesting details. There is patent leather used throughout the shoe, and there is prominent design stitched onto the toebox. The MRSP of the shoe is reported to be $150, and it should be releasing on June 7th, 2008.

Nike Air Jordan Fusion V Grey Nurse

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Legendary Nike designer, Tinker Hatfield, responsible for the majority of Michael Jordan’s most popular signature sneakers has succeeded throughout the years not only based on immense talent but an extraordinary imagination as well. The original Jordan V design was inspired by the P-51 Mustang, a WWII fighter plane used by the Tuskegee Airmen combined with a rendering of a Grey Nurse Shark on the midsole. Keeping this theme alive, strong military colors are featured included with the addition of shark eyes and the initials MJJ on the side standing for Michael Jeffrey Jordan. Surely to be a collectors item in the future, these are now available at Jordan Flight Club with a price of $175.

Spike Makes New Film From Cellphone… Submit Your Text, Music, Video

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Spike has fully embraced the digital age and has announced that he will produce a film made from cell phone footage. The film’s theme will revolve around the way music tells the story of humanity and people will be able to submit there own text, video, and music through website..Nokia Productions Full story below:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Filmmaker Spike Lee has linked up with Nokia to direct a movie made with cell phone footage from everyday people in what he calls the democratization of film.

The film by Nokia Productions will consist of three acts. An “assignment” for each act will be announced online and people will then have four weeks to produce their submission.

“You are seeing first hand the democratization of film,” Lee said in a statement on Thursday. “Aspiring filmmakers no longer have to go to film school to make great work. With a simple mobile phone, almost anyone can now become a filmmaker.”
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Nike SB “Ferris Bueller” Dunks

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Nice Kicks:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was one of Matthew Broderick’s first films that first debuted more than two decades ago in 1986. Since it has be come a cross generational classic routinely in the top lists of DVD sales of 1980’s films. The movie later became a TV series that starred Jennifer Anniston pre-Friends and was the inspiration for the ska band’s name “Save Ferris.”

Nike SB has drawn inspiration in the past from icons of the eighties in the past with shoes taking cues from Pee Wee Herman, Vanilla Ice, and Milli Vanilli to name a few. Much attention to detail was used when designing the Ferris Bueller Dunk Highs with a leopard print tongue and laces to match his vest, grey toe cap to hook to his pants, and the cream and brown that are on the jacket Ferris wears.

The Ferris Buelle Dunks will release next month at Nike SB doors. Photo preview given to us by High Snobiety.

Air Jordan Fire Red Spizike’s Available NOW!!

Fire Red Spizike\'s

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Last May the Fire Red Jordan Spizikes released exclusively online at Jumpman23.com for the US market. Like practically all special online-only releases, the shoe was part of a package that included a Spizike inspired bag. The price of $295 was pretty steep considering the retail on the Air Jordan Spizikes was only $175, but that didn’t slow the shoes from selling out on release date.

Rumors have floated around that the Fire Red Jordan Spizikes would be making a comeback this spring in the European market, but those rumors have now been officially confirmed to be true as we received word that the shoes are now available at Swedish boutique Caliroots at a price of 1500 SEK (approx $252US). Spizike fans should be happy to know that JB hasn’t retired the model yet as the Cool Grey Spizikes will be releasing later this year. Info thanks to Kicksaholic.

Nike Dunk Rivalry Pack

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In a visitation back to its foundation as a college bred performance basketball sneaker, Nike introduced the Rivalry Pack. Sourcing out the biggest fanatics, team players and athletic departments at three colleges, the end result was a product highly reflective of the colleges at hand. The three schools memorialized include Syracuse University, University of North Carolina and Georgetown University. These Dunks were honored with a special dinner where select guests were each gifted with a pair, most likely creating an insatiable envy amongst the schools biggest fans.

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