Wednesday, April 16, 2014

 If you think about it, this is what separates Nike from the other brands. The tradition continues with this year's "Easter" collection. Let's get right in to it!

 My favorite from this collection, the LeBron 11 Low features a 360 Air Max Unit on a clean white sneaker with Easter Green accents that really stand out.
 What makes the Easter Green stand out is the "Paisley bandana" print that fills in the back panel accents, as well as the Swoosh and the interior of these kicks. I call this a "walking work of art". Well done.

 The Kobe 9 Low's are dope too, with a "tye dye" effect that is reminiscent of dying eggs on Easter. With a Volt Green tongue and laces, and acented with a two-tone blue midsole, these Kobe 9's are ready for that backyard Easter Egg Hunt.

 The KD VI's in this collection is cool, but doesn't stand up to what we've seen with the KD Elite series, or previous Easter releases. The 360 Air Unit is missing from these kicks, with only a visible Air Unit in the heel. The Green camflauge looks like it might've been inspired by frogs instead of Easter. I can't say I'm a fan of these KD's, given the heat they've put out before these.
The LeBron 11 Low in this collection is my favorite, because it contains that street element, with the bandana print. Anytime a pair of kicks has that connection with the hood, its a great look. The "Easter" Collection drops on April 18th, in time for the upcoming holiday weekend.  Cali "O" #TeamKickGame


 Taking a page straight from the "Thunder" 4's, The XIV's are a classic pair of kicks with a nice Ferrari-type yellow accents that really make them look like a race car.

With the entire sneaker done in a Nubuck suede, it is the yellow trim on the midsole, back panels, and bottom sole that make these kicks look like they belong on the Autobahn in Germany, or the track with Michael Schumacher. The "Thunder" XIV's drop on July 4th at Nike retailers.  Cali "O" #TeamKickGame


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


 We from the hood, so anything involving "Rats" or "Snakes" we stay away from! In this case, we're talkin' about kicks. Still in all, you gotta keep the grass cut low, so you can get a good look at the "Snakeskin" Air Jordan 11 Lows.

 There are many low top 11's, including the "I.E." editions. These 11's have a combination of a classic pair of kicks that compliment a new colorway. We've seen the "Snakeskin" theme on a Jordan 11 low before, using a pink skin for a womens' Jordan, and a blue skin on the mens' low top. Fast forward to April 19th, when Jordan Brand unveils the "Money Green" snakeskin on these sneakers. Two things come to mind. This can be a Spring/ Easter Jordan sneaker, and the "Money Green" colorway could be an advance to the Money Mayweather fight. Dope, either way.
I've always loved the 11's, especially the "I.E." Lows. These snakeskin joints have alot of detail, with the different tints of green giving the shoe  realistic character. The lime green Jumpman on the back panel as well as the tongue are also stand out symbols that let you know how official this release is. Shout to my brother D. Kenney, who had me look these up back in February when the pictures first surfaced.  Dropping at all Jordan retailers on April 19th.  Cali "O" #TeamKickGame


 The "Elite Gold" Pack is the next series, after the "Super Hero" Pack which drops on May 9th. The "Elite Gold" separates itself from the other packs by finishing each of the three pairs in Gold.
Nike should make these KD's a regular fit into the KD line. With so much detail, including the 360 Air Unit, Dynamic FlyWire, and a Mango/Gold colorway, the KD "Elite Gold" says alot about KD and where we want ot see his squad when the NBA Finals are upon us this season.

What could I possibly say about the Kobe 9's that I haven't said already? This sneaker gives you an in-depth look at the evolution of the basketball shoe. Done in a Black?White colorway, and accented with a Gold Swoosh, The Kobe 9 "Elite Gold" would've been even more spectacular if we could've seen Kobe in them this season.

The LeBron 11's are a comfortable pair of kicks. It is also a well designed shoe. Done in a Gunmetal Black, a Mango interior, and liquid metal Gold trim on accented on the side and back panels make these LeBron "Elite Gold" rather special.

The "Elite Gold" Pack is scheduled to drop in time for the NBA Finals, on June 6th.  Cali "O" #TeamKickGame
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