The Air Jordan 33 Will Be Officially Unveiled On September 20th

Jordan Brand will be taking over the sneaker world this upcoming Thursday, September 20th as they will be officially unveiling the Air Jordan 33 at a special event in Los Angeles. Jordan Brand will also be debuting what they are calling Flight Utility. David Creech, VP of Design for Jordan Brand, defines Flight Utility as “designing for the future — extrapolating from the core Jordan Brand DNA along an innovation and function-first approach.” He also says that the Air Jordan 33 “arrives from balancing an opportunity in innovative, data-backed design with an aesthetic that speaks to what feels uniquely true about Jordan Brand.”

Are you excited about the Air Jordan 33? Stay tuned to the Kicks On Fire Instagram as we’ll be giving you a first in-hand look at the Air Jordan 33 once it is revealed.

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Check Out The Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Thunder Blue

Check out this new colorway of the Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit. Known as the Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Thunder Blue, this iteration of the model comes dressed in a Thunder Blue/Gridiron-Red Sepia color scheme. The Flyknit upper is done in both Blue and Sepia, while the sued heel opts for a tonal Sepia finish. The Swoosh on the toe comes in Black the AIR branding on the medial side in Blue, while the sole consists of a Blue Air Max unit and Sail-colored rubber midsole. Available now, find the Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Thunder Blue at select retailers such as SneakAvenue for $170

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Another Look At The Carhartt WIP x Nike Air Force 1 Low Ale Brown

Today we get an even better look at the upcoming Carhartt WIP x Nike Air Force 1 Low Ale Brown collab. This time around we actually get to see the entire shoe!

Shown above is the Carhartt WIP x Nike Air Force 1 Low Ale Brown. From what we understand, the collab will include an Air Force 1 Low (this Ale Brown pair) and an Air Force Utility Low (no images of this pair yet). Opting for a workwear aesthetic, the shoe comes in a Ale Brown/Sail-Ale Brown colorway with standout features that include dual branding on the tongue, corduroy detailing around the collar, Gold accents on the eyelets and Swoosh outline, a corduroy heel pull tab, a Sail-colored midsole and of course the Ale Brown upper done in Carhartt canvas fashion.

Said to be releasing in full family sizing, the Air Force 1 Low Ale Brown will retail for $135. Stay tuned for a confirmed release date possible set for next month.

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Coming Soon: NBA x Nike SB Collection

The relationship between Nike and the NBA will continue to flourish this Fall as the NBA makes its return in mid-October. One new collaboration that will be dropping soon is one between Nike SB and the NBA. As you can see above, the collection will include the Nike SB Dunk Low which has been completely covered in a royal blue satin upper along with waxed laces. NBA logos can then be seen on the inside of the tongue. The collection will also include matching NBA x Nike SB bomber jackets in blue and white color options.

Stay tuned to Kicks On Fire for release information regarding this upcoming NBA x Nike SB Collection. Current reports have the sneakers releasing some time in October for $110.

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This Exclusive Reebok Workout Ripple Low Pays Tribute To The Late Gary Warnett

Almost one year ago, writer and cultural scholar Gary Warnett passed away in his hometown of Bedford, England due to complications from pneumonia. He was 39 years old. Warnett was without a doubt one of the most important voices in the industry and sneaker community. Paying homage to the legacy that Warnett has left behind, Reebok has created a special iteration of the Reebok Workout Ripple Low.

The Reebok Workout Ripple Low comes dressed in a White leather upper detailed with arrows as a nod to English prison attire. Another standout feature are the tongue labels of Warnett’s Gwarizm logo designed by close friend Charlie Morgan. This Reebok Workout Ripple Low will not release to the public and is currently only available for Warnett’s friends and family.

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Don’t Sleep On The New Balance 998 Curry

The first thing that came to mind when looking at this New Balance 998 are fire emojis. Yes, they’re that good. If you are a fan of and can appreciate a good pair of runners then you’ll agree with our opinion on this sneaker. This New Balance 998 comes covered in a beautiful “curry” suede throughout the majority of the upper with contrasting white hitting the ankle, inner liner, toe, branding, and the ABZORB midsole. A translucent outsole wraps things up. These are definitely perfect for the upcoming Fall season. You can grab this 998 at select New Balance retailers now for $200.

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Black And Sail Cover The Latest Air Jordan 1 High Double Strap

Recently showcased in a bright red colorway, the Air Jordan 1 High Double Strap is new presented in a much more toned down Black an Sail color combination.

The Air Jordan 1 High Double Strap does away with the traditional laced up look and instead replaces them with two velcro straps on the upper giving the shoe a completely new appearance. This pair comes constructed out of a black smooth leather all throughout the upper with tonal detailing on the branding. White Nike Air branding on the tongue tag (which has been done in Gym Red) and a contrasting Sail rubber midsole/outsole wraps up the loo on this modified Air Jordan 1 that you can scoop up at select retailers now for $140.

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Check Out The New adidas Soccer SPECTRAL MODE Pack

Today, adidas soccer has released their brand-new SPECTRAL MODE pack. The boots will be worn on-field this upcoming season by soccer greats like Messi, Pogba, Mo Salah, Gabriel Jesus, and others. This pack also includes new and updated street style shoes for each collection in bold colorways that will stand out from the crowd.

adidas Soccer Spectral Mode Predator 18+

Along with a sleek new Trace Pink upper, the Spectral Mode Predator 18+ features a Clear Orange soul plate and metallic gold sock-liner print. They will be worn by adidas footballers Paul Pogba, Mesut Ozil and Ivan Rakitic.
The Predator 18+ features a PURECUT LACELESS system to deliver maximum surface control. A FORGED KNIT integrated midfoot structure creates medial and lateral stability while a full length BOOST™ midsole provides energy return with every step.
The boot also includes a Primeknit SOCKFIT COLLAR to ensure a supportive and comfortable fit and a layer of CONTROLSKIN to provide optimal grip. An ANATOMICAL UPPER mimics the shape of the heel to lock the foot into place.
The Spectral Mode Predator 18+ is also available as a cage shoe. The cage version features the same SOCKFIT COLLAR construction, PURECUT LACELESS upper and CONTROLSKIN as the on-pitch boot; along with a full-length BOOST™ midsole and traction studs. The Predator shoe also comes in a lifestyle shoe, taking it from the stadium to the street.

 adidas Soccer Spectral Mode X18+

As well as the sleek new Off-White upper, the Spectral Mode X18+ features a Core Black soul plate. The lining of the boot features a metallic gold sock-liner print.  They will be worn by leading adidas athletes worldwide like Gabriel Jesus, Mo Salah and Gareth Bale.
The X18+ is designed to provide stability and support at high speed. A laceless upper locks-down the mid-foot, crucial when accelerating and during high speed moments. It also ensures minimal interference between the foot and ball. A low-cut CLAW COLLARconstruction features a new stretch material that secures the foot in place and provides increased stability and support.
A SPEEDFRAME outsole features lightweight, Drillium engineered tooling and minimalistic construction to offer extreme traction during rapid acceleration. A 3D MOLDED HEELprovides a snug and stable fit, designed to lock the foot in place during acceleration.
Innovative materials ensure complete control even at high-speed. The SKELETAL WEAVE is compiled of an ultra-thin woven grid of optically charged speed yarns to allow for responsive touch and lightweight feel. The ultra-soft SPEEDMESH offers a controlled touch without restricting the movement of the foot.
The Spectral Mode X18+ is also available as a cage and street shoe. The cage version features the same colouring and CLAW COLLAR construction and laceless upper as the on-pitch boot; along with a full length BOOST™ midsole and traction studs. The lifestyle sneaker comes in the same Off-White colorway, taking the innovative design from stadium to street.

 adidas Soccer Spectral Mode COPA18

Along with the sleek new Clear Mint upper, the Spectral Mode COPA18 features a Gold Metallic soul plate and metallic gold sock-liner print. The boot benefits from the most advanced performance materials, combining a Leather Embossed Vamp and innovative Sock Construction System. It features a premium K-leather upper and X-Ray Vamp Cage to deliver close control by reducing slippage. A Compression Fold-Over Tongue provides improved supportive fit and stability.
The Comfort Internal Construction features foam pads and the new Ortholite Sockliner offers an enhanced cushioning experience for unmatched comfort.
Spectral Mode COPA18 is also available in a cage shoe and features the same fold-over tongue, compression sock construction and premium K-leather upper as the on-pitch boot. A BOOST™ midsole, EVA strip and rubber outsole provides the tools required to dominate the cage.

adidas Soccer Spectral Mode NEMEZIZ 18+ 360 AGILITY

Along with the sleek new upper, the Spectral Mode NEMEZIZ 18+ features a metallic gold sock-liner print and White Tint soul plate.
Designed to enhance the performance of the game’s most agile players, the latest NEMEZIZ 18+ includes an AGILITYBANDAGE with TORSIONTAPES technology, providing ultimate lockdown of the foot. A dual-lock collar secures the ankle and allows for explosive change of direction while an AGILITYKNIT 2.0 interlocking yarn structure provides a soft direct touch and a lightweight feel.
Spectral Mode NEMEZIZ 18+ 360 AGILITY is also available in Cage and Street versions. Featuring the same Ash Silver colouring as the on-pitch boot, both shoes include the sameperformance technology.

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The Air Jordan 4 Bred And Air Jordan 6 Infrared Are Returning In 2019 With Nike Air Branding

In 2018 Jordan Brand brought back the Air Jordan 3 Black Cement with the iconic Nike Air branding on the heel which many people are crowning the best release of 2018. So how will they follow that up in 2019? Well it appears that they will continue the “Nike Air movement” as a couple of OG Jordans will also be returning next year. There are current rumors that the Air Jordan 4 Bred and Air Jordan 6 Black Infrared will both be returning in 2019, both with the iconic Nike Air branding on the heel.

Early reports have the Air Jordan 6 Black Infrared releasing on February 19th 2019 with the Jordan 4 Bred expected some time during Summer. Which pair will you be going after? Or will you be grabbing both?

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The “Grinch” Theme Gets Placed On The Nike Mamba Rage

Nike will be bringing back the popular “Grinch” theme as the Christmas-inspired colorway has landed on Kobe Bryant’s latest takedown model, the Nike Mamba Rage.

This Nike Mamba Rage features Electric Green all throughout the Flyknit upper with hits of red creeping through the toe, side panels, as well as on the Nike Kobe logo on the tongues. A nice detail is the addition of fleece on the inner tongue and ankle as a nod to the Grinch’s fur. Black Swoosh logos on the side panels and green rubber outsoles complete the look on the Nike Mamba Rage Grinch that will be making its way to select Nike Basketball retailers later this Fall for $100. Will you be copping a pair to hoop in?

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Phil Heath Says “It Ain’t Over” as He Returns to the Gym

Phil Heath Is Already Back in the Gym

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Phil Heath is already back in the gym, just days after placing second to Shawn Rhoden at the 2018 Mr. Olympia. In a video on his wife’s Instagram page, a sweat-drenched Heath gave a shoutout to The Lift Factory in Las Vegas on Monday, where he stopped for a workout in the wake of his surprising loss on Saturday:



@theliftfactory ⚡️?? @philheath #MCM (every damn day tho)

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On his own IG, Heath revealed that not only was he already back in the gym, he was already back to the photoshoot grind. While it might seem like a lot of work for someone that just got done with a rigorous training regimen for the show, he did note that he “Can’t wait for what the future holds as I head into a proper relaxing offseason.”:

There was plenty of speculation regarding Heath’s future in bodybuilding, especially after an earlier Instagram post from his wife that said “You’ll never see him again.” This was contradicted by a post on The Lift Factory page, where Heath himself seemingly confirmed that he’s not going anywhere: 



“It ain’t over! You heard it here first.” @philheath

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With the drive to return to the gym just days after the show, don’t be surprised to see “The Gift” in contention at the 2019 Mr. Olympia.[RELATED1]


Yankees Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton Talks Old-School Lifts and Recovery

Yankees Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton Talks Old-School Lifts and Recovery

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Giancarlo Stanton is having a damn good decade.

In 2010, the Miami Marlins picked up the now 28-year-old California native, and he quickly accumulated an impressive list of accolades. The outfielder racked up four MLB All-Star appearances and was named the National League MVP in 2017. That same year, he led the NL in home runs (hitting 59, the most in 16 years), RBIs, and slugging percentage. In 2014, the Marlins resigned Stanton to the most lavish contract in MLB history— $325 million over 13 years.

Turns out, though, that Miami’s eyes were bigger than its wallet. To shed the enormous salary from its payroll, Miami traded Stanton in 2017, and he eventually ended up on the New York Yankees. He’s not complaining.“I was so excited,” Stanton tells M&F about becoming a Yankee. “[Putting on that jersey], I felt like a kid.” To top it off, the 6’6″, 245-pound slugger hit two homers in his Yankee debut.

But all this success isn’t without its sacrifices. Stanton—who is widely regarded as one of the strongest players in Major League Baseball—works tirelessly and meticulously in the gym to hone his power.


“A lot of my training is built around explosive work for my bat speed and overall strength,” he says. His favorites for building ball-busting torque are sled pushes and sledgehammer swings. Peruse his Instagram (@giancarlo818), and you’ll also see plenty of unique workouts—Stanton holding two dumbbells and pushing a sled, loaded with one of his buddies, backward up a hill; or ripping out sets on the ski erg and hammer curling 90-pound dumbbells. When it comes to pure strength, though, Stanton still relies on the tried-and-true basics. “I throw in traditional movements like squats and dumbbell presses,” he says. “I still enjoy the old-school lifts.”

To keep his body fresh and ready for the 162-game season, Stanton places a premium on recovery—something he wishes he had emphasized sooner.

“If I could go back and give my younger self a piece of advice,” Stanton says, “it’d be to take your recovery as seriously as your training.” In addition to partaking in all the post-workout accoutrements that are commonplace in professional sports—ice baths, stretching, bouts in the sauna, and simple active recovery like walking and low-intensity cycling—Stanton also relies on quality nutrition.


“Hands down, my favorite protein shake is the Triple Chocolate Whey Protein from Six Star Pro Nutrition,” Stanton says of his sponsor. “I take it post-workout, after games, and before flights.”

For his other meals, Stanton eats all the typical health foods that you’d expect of an elite athlete, but he leans toward a lower-carb, high-fat approach and has the physique to show for it.

“Avocados and eggs are staples right now for breakfast,” he says. “I’m loving the healthy fats, and I don’t feel weighed down at all. It’s a great way to start the day.”

Hard work pays off. As of this writing, Stanton—whose mere presence on the mound intimidates pitchers—is projected by ZiPS to smash 55 homers and collect more than 130 RBIs. Afterward, you can expect the stud competitor to kick back and live it up with his favorite pig-out meal: “Tacos. No question.”


‘Raw’ Recap: Roman Reigns Fends Off Baron Corbin in Brutal Championship Bout

'Raw' Recap: Roman Reigns Fends Off Baron Corbin in Brutal Championship Bout

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It’s only been a few weeks since Baron Corbin took on the mantle of “Acting General Manager,” but his decisions have been divisive, to say the least.

At the start of this week’s Raw, both Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman took to the ring to voice their anger toward Brock Lesnar, who interrupted the championship match at Hell in a Cell.

Corbin, seeing the two superstars’ frustration, presented a compromise: Strowman, Reigns, and Lesnar will now compete in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Universal Championship at the next WWE event in Saudi Arabia, Crown Jewel. Needless to say, neither superstar was particularly happy, but Corbin didn’t seem to care too much.

In fact, Corbin decided to use Reigns’ frustration to his advantage, booking him in a title match as the night’s main event against none other than himself.

At first, Corbin appeared to have the upper hand against “The Big Dog,” but the tides quickly turned, and Reigns began to wear Corbin down. However, Corbin had a plan B: a steel chair. While this ended the match in disqualification, he used his power as General Manager to restart the match without disqualifications.

Reigns managed to stay alive in the ring, but it was clear his stamina was waning, and the lack of disqualifications meant that Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler were free to go into the ring as they wished to help Corbin get the belt. Thankfully, Reigns had his own backup in the form of his Shield comrades Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

Amidst the chaos, Reigns finally managed to pin Corbin, despite the odds stacked against him.

With every passing week, it feels like Corbin’s hold on the Raw roster is starting to loosen. It might be time for Kurt Angle to return and pick up the slack.


Which Is Healthier: Poke Bowl or Sushi Roll?

Which Is Healthier: Poke Bowl or Sushi Roll?

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While the cubed raw fish dish poke has been a staple in Hawaii for decades, it has only recently infiltrated the rest of the country—via customizable poke bowls. But is this trendy specialty a better choice than a spicy tuna roll?

That depends, according to Monica Auslander Moreno, a Miami-based R.D. If you get sauce-slathered fish over a mound of white rice, the bowl might be worse. Instead, opt for bases like kale or quinoa, and ask for half greens and half rice.

A sushi roll, meanwhile, is often filled with nutrient-devoid rice. “Quinoa has the same calories and carbs but more protein, fiber, vitamins, and nutrients,” Moreno says. The roll’s spicy mayo is a problem, too. “Most sushi restaurants are not making homemade mayo, so it’s probably got soybean oil, a processed nasty chemical.”


Request your poke plain and add lemon, wasabi, or pickled ginger for flavor. Also, pile on healthy toppings like fresh mango, avocado, cucumber, onions, and edamame.

In the end, the bowl might be higher in calories compared with the roll, but you’ll get a better nutritional profile and fewer empty carbs.

Food Fight: Poke Bowl vs. Spicy Tuna Sushi Roll

Poke Bowl:

  • 570 calories
  • 55g carbs
  • 28g protein
  • 24g fat
  • 4g fiber

Sushi Roll:

  • 480 calories
  • 62g carbs
  • 22g protein
  • 16g fat
  • 1g fiber

The Winner: Poke Bowl


Here Are the 10 Days Everyone Will be Shopping This Holiday Season

It’s never too early to get prepared.

Data analytics firm ShopperTrak today released its annual Holiday Traffic Prediction report and, as expected, mega-shopping event, Black Friday (Nov. 23), is forecast to draw the largest turnout.

The report, which rounds up the 10 busiest days of the 2018 holiday season, also determined that Super Saturday (Dec. 22) and Saturday, Dec. 15, are expected to be the second and third busiest shopping days, respectively.

“Our historical analysis indicates that Black Friday is again and has been the biggest shopper traffic day of the year, and each Saturday in December gets progressively busier as you approach Christmas Day,” said Brian Field, senior director of retail consulting practice at ShopperTrak. “The Thanksgiving Day weekend — including Black Friday as the busiest day, and the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24, as the fifth busiest day — will be a crucial span of days for retailers as they approach the holiday season.”

At the height of digital disruption, traditional retailers faced an uphill battle during the 2015 and 2016 holiday seasons — with Macy’s, Kohl’s and JCPenney all putting up dismal sales in 2016. But, improved performances across much of retail last year signaled that traditional players — with the help of more solid omnichannel strategies — are starting to find their way.

Keeping that momentum going this time around will be critical: Thanksgiving Day weekend accounts for nearly 45 percent of all shopper traffic for the entire holiday season while the other key dates starting on Nov. 23 through to Dec. 29 will also rack up quite the crowds. (See below for full list for ShopperTrak’s full list of 10 busiest days.)

  1. 11/23/2018 – Black Friday
  2. 12/22/2018 – Super Saturday
  3. 12/15/2018 – Third Saturday in December
  4. 12/23/2018 – Sunday before Christmas
  5. 11/24/2018 – Saturday after Thanksgiving
  6. 12/08/2018 – Second Saturday in December
  7. 12/21/2018 – Friday before Christmas
  8. 12/26/2018 – Day after Christmas, aka “Boxing Day,” in some global regions
  9. 12/01/2018 – First Saturday in December
  10. 12/29/2018 – Saturday after Christmas

“Ensuring that key merchandise is in stores especially during these ten days and scheduling associates for the right days at the right times will allow retailers to provide their customers with the intended experience and keep them coming back well beyond the holidays,” Field added.

How to Wear Fashion Sneakers for Fall 2018

With the Balenciaga Triple S still selling out — and just about every other luxury label showing its own version — we are at peak fashion sneaker this fall. There are a lot of choices when it comes to the trainer, with brands like Chloé, Acne Studios and Stella McCartney starting to gain steam.

But wearing it is still a tricky endeavor, especially with this season’s very specific hemlines and silhouettes. Below, five styling tips on how to wear fashion sneakers and stay on-trend this fall.

1. Pair them with a midi dress

This is the easiest way to wear a fashion sneaker this fall. The midi continues to reign — even in spring ’19 collections — and its easy, feminine silhouette mixes well with the sportiness of a sneaker.

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Sies Marjan Noemi satin midi dress.
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Adidas by Raf Simons Independence Day Replicant Ozweego sneakers.
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2. Let trousers drape over them

Midi dresses put footwear on display, but this season’s sneakers also wear well with trousers. Choose a relaxed style and let them drape casually over the sneaker.

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Topshop wide-leg suit trousers.
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Chloé Sonnie sneakers.
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3. Go relaxed with denim

The biggest hemline rule of the season is to keep things loose on the bottom, meaning no leggings or tight ankle length hemlines, and the same goes for denim. Choose a straight leg or cropped flare to highlight the shoe.

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Levi’s high-water wide-leg jeans.
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4. Add a check

Fall’s biggest print goes with everything, including and especially with a sneaker.

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Theory Cardinal windowpane trousers.
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Ash Addict trainers.
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5. When going short, add a sock

Midi lengths and relaxed pants may be dominating this fall, but when wearing a short skirt or pair of shorts, adding a pair of ankle socks with sneakers can instantly up the cool factor.

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Balenciaga logo socks.
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Stella McCartney Eclypse sneakers.
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Saucony Promotes Unity With Its Limited-Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Sneakers

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is roughly two weeks away, but Saucony is sprinting out of the blocks now with a charitable running-sneaker release. And its message is emblazoned on the heels of the shoes: “unity.”

Available now via in both men’s and women’s sizing is the limited-edition “Unity” iteration of the Kinvara 9 neutral running shoe. For the release, Saucony partnered with Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.

The brand confirmed that 20 percent of the proceeds from sales of the shoes will go to the foundation toward research into the causes and treatment of breast cancer.

Saucony Kinvara 9 Unity Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A look at the Saucony Kinvara 9 “Unity” sneaker for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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Saucony Kinvara 9 Unity Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The tongues and insoles of the Saucony Kinvara 9 “Unity” Breast Cancer Awareness Month sneakers.
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The Kinvara 9, made for runs on the road, track or treadmill, features Saucony’s acclaimed Everun responsive cushioning and a minimal upper design made to keep the sneakers light.

Saucony is no stranger to using the Kinvara 9 sneakers for collaborations. The brand used the model for its beloved Dunkin’ Donuts shoe, designed to celebrate the upcoming 2018 Boston Marathon and inspired by the love runners have for coffee and doughnuts. The shoes dropped in March.

The Saucony Kinvara 9 “Unity” sneakers come with a $120 price tag. The kicks will be available as long as supplies last until the end of October.

Shop the look below.

Saucony Kinvara 9 Unity Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Billionaire Fashion Retailer Yusaku Maezawa to Become SpaceX’s First Moon Tourist

Meet Yusaku Maezawa.

The billionaire founder of online Japanese clothing retailer Zozotown will become the first person to tour the moon aboard SpaceX’s yet-to-be-developed Big Falcon Rocket, the aerospace company’s CEO, Elon Musk, announced.

For an undisclosed sum, Maezawa chartered every ticket on the flight, which will take him and up to eight artists on a four- to five-day slingshot journey around the moon as soon as 2023 — the centerpiece to a project dubbed “Dear Moon.” He also suggested that Musk should join the mission as a fellow passenger.

“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” the business tycoon said in a news conference held Monday evening at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. “This is my lifelong dream.”

In a letter shared on the website for “Dear Moon,” Maezawa wrote: “People are creative and have a great imagination. We all have the ability to dream dreams that have never been dreamt, to sing songs that have never been sung, to paint that which has never been seen before. I hope that this project will inspire the dreamer within each of us. Together with Earth’s top artists, I will be heading to the moon … just a little earlier than everyone else.”

The 42-year-old, who is also an entrepreneur and art collector, made headlines last year for purchasing a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat for $110.5 million — the highest price paid in an auction for a piece of artwork by an American artist. Forbes estimates Maezawa’s net worth at $2.9 billion.

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Claire Foy Isn’t the Only One Making These Mismatched $1,400 Heels a Red Carpet Staple

Claire Foy’s 2018 Emmys look may have dazzled many last night, but she left some onlookers wondering about her choice in footwear. The actress made her red carpet appearance wearing a strapless Calvin Klein by Appointment gown, which was paired with the brand’s Camelle sandals in black from its 205W39NYC collection. It seems like a standard ensemble for a high-profile soiree, except for the fact that her diamond-embellished heels were seemingly mismatched.

Make no mistake about it — the shoes are in fact a proper duo, and for $1,405, anyone can opt for the same asymmetrical taste in stilettos. Actually, a little walk down red carpet memory lane reveals that several other actresses have beat Foy to the punch.

Claire Foy - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - 'The Crown'70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Press Room, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2018WEARING CALVIN KLEIN BY APPOINTMENT

Claire Foy at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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Claire Foy - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - 'The Crown'70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Press Room, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2018WEARING CALVIN KLEIN BY APPOINTMENT

Claire Foy at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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As far as Nicole Kidman is concerned, the crystal-encrusted Camelles are so last year. The “Big Little Lies” star donned them in 2017 when she picked up the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie at the 69th Emmys. Considering that Foy took the crown for a TV series of that name in a similar category this year (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series ), perhaps it’s more of a winner’s circle shoe choice than anything else?


Kidman made a statement at the 2017 Emmys in strategically mismatched jeweled shoes by Calvin Klein.
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But wait, there’s more. Naomie Harris is also a part of the chic Calvin Klein cult and arguably was the first documented inductee. At the 89th annual Academy Awards in February 2017, the “Moonlight” actress took her turn in a canary-yellow colorway. She wore the heels with a sequined gown featuring a floor-length train from Calvin Klein by Appointment.

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Naomie Harris at the 89th Annual Academy Awards in 2017.
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Selena Gomez is a fan as well; she sported the same pair as Harris when she attended a Lupus Research Alliance event last fall in a sunflower yellow look, including a one-shoulder dress by the brand.

Selena GomezLupus Research Alliance 'Breaking Through Lupus Gala', Arrivals, New York, USA - 20 Nov 2017 WEARING CALVIN KLEIN

Selena Gomez attends the Lupus Research Alliance Breaking Through Lupus Gala wearing Calvin Klein.
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Even young starlets have gotten a piece of the mismatched action. 14-year-old Millie Bobby Brown was spotted in a sparkling, silver pair by the designer at the Golden Globe Awards in January. Unlike her actress counterparts, however, the “Stranger Things” lead modeled a more age-appropriate kitten heel on her custom Calvin Kleins.

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Millie Bobby Brown in head-to-toe Calvin Klein at the 2018 Golden Globes.
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Millie Bobby Brown Golden Globes Dress 2018

Millie Bobby Brown walked the red carpet in a Calvin Klein by Appointment silk satin dress.
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How Fila Is Disrupting Milan Fashion Week and Inside Its New Exhibition

Fila hits the runway at Milan Fashion Week for the first time ever on Sept. 23, and the Italian heritage brand also is taking over the city with an attention-grabbing exhibition about its storied history.

The brand held an opening event tonight to celebrate the retrospective — which runs from now until Sunday at the Triennale Museum, one of Milan’s art, design and fashion institutions.

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The Fila exhibition at the Triennale Museum.

Fila, which is enjoying a renaissance, thanks in part to the popularity of its Disruptor 2 dad shoe, was founded in 1911 by brothers from its namesake family. It’s evolved from a textile and underwear purveyor to a global sportswear company, and now Fila is out to prove it can compete in the world of high fashion.

“Some people still think we’re only a tennis brand. We’re not. We wanted to bring the collection to the next level and meld the past and future together,” said co-creative director Josef Graesel, who recently joined Fila with co-creative director Antonino Ingrasciotta. (Both previously worked at Adidas Originals, another retro success story.)

Ingrasciotta said the power of the Disruptor is evident; millennials have wholeheartedly embraced the style. “It’s great to see people wearing Fila everywhere we travel,” he said.

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Archival pieces at the Fila exhibition.

The pair is eager for their turn on the runway this week. They drew inspiration from archival pieces, which are featured as part of the exhibition.

Meanwhile, 60 images on display include advertising campaigns and archival photos dating back to the 1960s. There are also nostalgic videos that showcase the brand’s development through the years, spotlighting the colorful tennis apparel it became known for.

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A number of Fila’s most popular styles, as seen at the brand’s exhibit in Italy.

Classic clothing and shoe styles are highlighted in another section of the exhibition. Among them is the FX-3 Original tennis style — which introduced the Fila flag logo when it debuted in 1985. (Fila entered the shoe category in 1983 and cemented its status as a leading footwear player in the 1990s.)

The Grant Hill Hi, one of five shoes dedicated to the basketball star, gets top billing along with the original Disruptor, which came out in 1996. The Mindblower, which the brand has brought back, is also showcased, as well as the 1990s Grunge HIker, among several others.

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A look at Fila’s brand history.

Athletic Sneaker Sales Were Down in August, Report Says

Matt Powell of The NPD Group Inc. labeled athletic shoe sales as “disappointing” in his sport footwear overview for August, which the analyst released today.

According to Powell, sales were down in the low single digits in both dollars and units, which resulted in a flat average selling price. However, women’s footwear did well, increasing in sales in the mid-single digits. Both men’s and kid’s sales were down in low-single and mid-single digits, respectively.

Sport lifestyle sales, Powell said, slowed to low-single-digit growth, sport slides improved in the low teens, and skate shoes — thanks to a strong showing by Vans — grew roughly 40 percent.

And that’s the only category-based improvement in the marketplace.

Powell stated performance-based footwear declined, which included a low-teen drop in basketball sneaker and outdoor sandal sales.

Brands that didn’t perform well for the month include Under Armour, which saw a footwear sales drop of more than 25 percent, Asics (down roughly 25 percent) and Converse (a more than 20 percent decrease).

The report also stated athletic specialty and sporting goods stores struggled, down low single digits, and both midtier department stores and shoe chains were down in the mid-singles. But premium department store athletic footwear sales grew in the mid-single digits.

And Powell, the senior industry adviser for sports, told FN that he expects similar results in September.

“Given the 53rd-week shift, September will be challenging as a major week moved to August and a minor week from October moves to September,” Powell told FN. “I have low expectations for back-to-school 2018. The lack of a true hot item and far too much performance product forced on the market will weigh on results.”

But not everything about the marketplace in August was abysmal.

Worth noting are the sales growth of several brands for the month. Powell stated Vans grew more than 60 percent, Fila had a bump in the high teens, Brooks grew in the mid-teens, and both Puma and Reebok saw a mid-single-digit increase.

Also, Skechers athletic improved in the low single digits, Nike experienced low-single-digit sales growth (due to strong lifestyle results), and Adidas sales grew in the low single digits.

On Twitter, Powell confirmed that the Nike Tanjun is still the top-selling sneaker, even though sales have plateaued. The industry expert also stated he expects sales of the model to now go negative.

Nike Tanjun

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Los Angeles to Become the Largest City in the US to Ban Fur

Los Angeles is set to become the largest city in the United States to ban fur.

Its city council today voted unanimously to move forward with a measure to prohibit the sale and manufacture of products made both in whole or in part with fur, including apparel and accessories such as coats, handbags, hats, jewelry and shoes. (It will not apply to leather or lambskin.)

The motion was introduced by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, co-presented by Councilmember Paul Koretz and seconded by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. Should the ban pass a second vote, it will take effect in two years from that date.

“It’s 2018 — there’s no excuse for being complicit in this inhumane and unnecessary trade,” Blumenfield said in a statement. “With this vote, we are telling the world that Angelenos care about animal welfare … We will continue to be a leader in animal welfare efforts and must work with other cities and states until this vile practice is ended across our nation.”

Prior to the vote, a rally attended by activist groups including PETA was held outside City Hall. Animal rights organizations hailed the resulting decision.

“Los Angeles has taken an ethical and moral stand that cruelty to animals is not acceptable. The fur ban is not just about creating an awareness about animal welfare — it is about creating a more humane community, about being in line with this city’s values,” added Marc Ching, founder and CEO of the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, which lobbied for the legislation following undercover investigations into the multibillion-dollar fur industry.

San Francisco, Berkeley and neighboring West Hollywood, Calif., already have fur bans in place.

The news comes as top designers and luxury brands including Versace, Gucci and Burberry have recently announced their intentions to go fur-free.

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