Hello and welcome to an emergency edition of Buy, Pass, Wait, America’s favorite running sneaker segment where the Kicks on Fire staff share their thoughts on the weekend’s upcoming releases. With Kanye fans (and stans) and fashionistas all around the world eagerly awaiting the release of the adidas Yeezy Season 1 Collection, we wanted to gather our staff (well, the ones who aren’t on vacation) together to talk about the item in Season 1 that is the most on our minds, the adidas Yeezy 350 Boost “Tan” 950 Boot.
With an exorbitant $585 price tag (I personally can’t wait to see what the price is in the Philippines with the dreaded VAT), one would think that the 950 Boot is just a little too high for most people. But judging from the excitement online and among people in the know, the 950 might not sell out in seconds, but it won’t be long for retail shelves in certain areas. It makes sense to a certain extent; we do live in a society that will throw down big money for big ticket statement pieces like Apple Watches and PhunkeeDucks on a regular basis. When compared to those items, the Yeezy 950 sounds downright reasonable. When compared to say, 90% of the kicks are readers are interested about, it’s borderline insanity.
So where does the KoF staff fall in the great 950 debate? Let’s find out…
Juan Martinez, Editor-In-Chief: (PASS) So if you’ve read the 950 hub page on the site you’ll know my feelings on the shoe. Weather has at times played an integral role in the kicks that I’ve bought in my lifetime, so the opportunity to buy a pair of duck boots has never presented themselves. It’s not going to start now and certainly not at that price. Remove the Yeezy name from the equation and all you’ve got is a decent-looking, but way overpriced, pair of boots.
Juan’s feelings on the 950 expressed through a Kanye GIF:
Kanye 950 GIFs 1
Anthony Racaniello, Director of Operations: (BUY) If I get the chance I will purchase the 950. I like boots, duck boots in particular. So far I also have every other adidas Yeezy which makes them desirable to my chronic OCD as well. Besides, Ive always been curious what its like to be six foot and that sole will get me awful close.
Key Features: Semi-translucent upper, React midsole cushioning, rubber outsole, Flywire cables.
Release Date: Available now.
Buy: Select Nike retailers such as COVERCHORD
Editor’s Notes: A bit overshadowed, Nike’s new EXP-X14 runner has recently arrived in a fresh sunset-inspired colorway.
The silhouette is highlighted by the brand’s React midsole cushioning, then boasting a semi-translucent upper and featuring Flywire cables to hold the laces. A white midsole plays complement to the predominantly blue and pink upper, while touches of black provide added contrast.
You can pick up your size of the “Sunset” EXP-X14 through select Nike providers today.
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons turned 23 over the weekend and to celebrate he gifted himself a custom, sky-blue Ferrari. The new whip takes its inspiration from Travis Scott’s “Cactus Jack” Air Jordan 4. The Australian point-guard posted a picture of the vehicle along with a shot of the shoe for comparison yesterday.
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Scott’s Jordan was inspired by the colors of former NFL franchise the Houston Oilers. This Jordan 4 featured a light blue suede upper with black and red detailing on the lace cage, laces, tongue, heel tab, and lining. Similarly, Simmons’ custom Ferrari is done up in a light blue, with red detailing on the interior and wheels.
Although it might seem like an extravagant purchase for a 23-year-old, Simmons just signed a $170 million, five-year contract extension with the 76ers.
Somehow, in the midst of ‘Storm Area 51′ being the most unavoidable meme of the moment, Nike roll through with impeccable timing and drop the PG3 ‘NASA Moon Landing’. Is this an amazing coincidence, or part of a grand conspiracy?
Also this week, Jerry Lorenzo is back with a ‘Light Bone’ remix of the Skylon II, and, perhaps sensing the dawn of a dynasty at the Staples Center, Jordan takes it to the west coast with a purple and yellow spin on the Jordan XIII.
Plus, Converse is maxing out the mystery with their new Project 96 initiative. Get the info on these sneakers and more in the video above, and sign up to The Weekly Drop newsletter for even more Australian sneaker release info.