If your work wardrobe is feeling uninspired and lackluster (hello, boring gray slacks and beige blazers you’ve had for years), we’re here to help. Just like your weekend wear, your office attire should reflect your personal taste and style without offending HR. Not sure where to start? Express‘s latest pieces are fresh, stylish, and office appropriate. From all-white separates to bright colors and fun details, scroll to shop looks worth adding to your cart, including the accessories to really make your look pop.
Recently, I’ve had my sights set on the spring accessories that are emerging on the market. Yep, all of those leather gloves and bulky boots required for surviving winter weather are instead being replaced with pieces for the warm spring weather ahead. So which trends are about to be big among the fashion set and which accessories are worth investing in for 2019?
Ahead, I’m breaking down the top fashion accessories to know about in 2019 and the ones to start adding to your shopping cart now. From the bag trend that’s quickly replacing basket and bucket bags to the shoe style that we’re seeing in the collections of every designer (yes, I already own a few pairs) to the colors that we’re about to see everywhere, these are the top seven spring accessories you’ll see fashion insiders wearing next month. Go on to see each of the items and shop my edit to wear this season.
Calling all denim and shoe enthusiasts—your summer style tips have arrived. Jeans and shoes are a few of the most-loved—and most-worn—items in many closets. But which ones pair well together comes down to a bit of trial and error. With the plethora of styles, there are lots of possible combinations, but not all of them work.
Curious to find out the learnings of Who What Wear’s editors, I asked them to weigh in with their style advice and which shoes they would never wear with jeans. It turns out that they all have some great advice on the subject. Most of them come down to silhouettes or lengths that don’t work with certain shoe styles and ahead, they’re breaking down the specific pairings to avoid. Go on to find out which shoes not to wear with jeans and to shop our edit of the best combos to wear for the season ahead.
I still remember when the shell trend first piqued my interest. Back in May of last year, my colleague Lauren (whom I sit directly next to) wrote about how shell jewelry was the bubbling trend about to break. I paid no mind at the time—even though, of course, she was right—because shells weren’t quite speaking to me yet. I simply didn’t have that need-to-own feeling like I do about a lot of other fashion items on my radar. That was, of course, until they really started to appear all over my Instagram feed shortly thereafter. The trend (still in jewelry form) hit its stride right around August—just as Lauren had predicted.
At that point, if an influencer didn’t have a shell on their Instagram feed, they couldn’t really call themselves an influencer. After all—even I had one—a Wald Berlin necklace that seems to only increase in relevancy as the months pass. Even then, however, the brands designing them and people wearing (and talking about) shells were restricted to our little fashion industry bubble, with occasional exceptions here and there. We thought the trend blew up, but we had no idea.
Which brings us to today. As we approach the spring season, and spring fashion has finally gotten into full swing—with collections almost done hitting in stores—I pose the question: Have we reached peak shell? If this sounds a little out of left field, let me explain.
The souvenir-inspired trend has gone well beyond a niche jewelry adornment loved by influencers and fashion insiders to a full-blown mega-craze. They don’t just appear on jewelry anymore but have now expanded to bags, shoes, hair accessories, clothing, and more. It’s not just under-the-radar indie brands selling them; it’s everyone from Altuzarra and Alexander McQueen to Zara and Mango. The trend includes real-life shells, shell prints, and shell embroidery.
Where I’m going with all of this is if you’re thinking of hopping on the bandwagon, the time is now. To see some shell pieces I’m loving right now (all 27 of them), just keep scrolling.
Let’s face it—shopping for a quality bra is more effort than it should be, and due to the number of emerging lingerie brands out there, it can be more intimidating than we’d like for it to be. However, when you’re in search of the best bra brands on the market, why not let someone else do the shopping for you?
While you might not have the luxury of a dressing room to try a bra on for size, thanks to the nature of online shopping, we like to look at reviews to get an idea of what people love and what they don’t. So because we want to take advice from those who have tried these brands out for themselves, we found some of the best brands that’ll fit your every need from comfort and support to fit and style—after all, when it comes to things we wear every day, why not have the best?
Check out which designers women love right now, and then shop from each brand for your own lingerie drawer.
This post has been updated by Judith Jones.
Paris Jackson has this tweet for media outlets that falsely reported she attempted suicide: “fuck you, you fucking liars.”
While it is true that an ambulance transported Paris to the hospital at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, it was because she had an accident and not because she slit her wrists.
Paris Jackson at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on February 24, 2019
The inaccurate sources claimed that Paris’ attempt to kill herself was in response to the child molestation allegations made against her father, Michael Jackson, in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
Paris was immediately released after her brief hospitalization and, according to a source, “is currently resting at home and doing fine.”
Paris Jackson wearing a stunning Hearts On Fire necklace, Le Vian rings, and carrying a Jimmy Choo ‘Celeste’ velvet clutch
Despite all the controversy surrounding her right now, Paris has managed to stay strong and true to herself.
At last month’s 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, for example, Michael Jackson’s only daughter cleaned up nicely and showed her glamorous side in a drapey, orange-satin Vivienne Westwood gown.
Paris Jackson showing her skull ankle tattoo in Christian Louboutin gold-satin ankle-strap sandals
Most of the time, though, we know that Paris likes to stay true to her signature bohemian style.
Paris Jackson wearing a Gucci Spring 2018 embellished-capelet pleated gown with a Gucci belt and Gucci sneakers
At the 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala that was presented by Gucci, the 20-year-old model selected a vintagey, old-white long-sleeved pleated gown out of all the Gucci designs she could’ve chosen to wear.
Paris Jackson at the 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci held at LACMA in Los Angeles, California, on November 3, 2018
She contrasted the grandma dress with trendy Gucci ‘Flashtrek’ sneakers, which is a testament to her unique sense of style.
Closeup of Paris Jackson’s Gucci ”Flashtrek’ crystal-wrapped sneakers and tribal eagle ankle tattoo
The Gucci ‘Flashtrek’ sneakers have got to be one of the ugliest designs to come out of the bulky dad shoe trend. They were even made uglier by the addition of the crystal straps, which, thankfully, are removable.
Gucci ‘Flashtrek’ Crystal-Wrapped Metallic-Leather Sneakers, $1,590 at Farfetch and Luisaviaroma
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We will see more color options of the Nike Air Max 720 release which will be a common theme throughout the year. Next up we have a ‘Metallic Silver’ edition.
Looking closer it features various shades of Grey throughout while both Black and White detailing is used. Finishing this clean look is a transparent full length Air Max unit.
Currently a set release date for the Nike Air Max 720 ‘Metallic Silver’ has yet to be announced, however they are expected to launch at select retailers and online at Nike.com soon. Once available the retail price will be $180. Continue to scroll below to check out more images which will provide you with a closer look.
Nike Air Max 720
Color: Black/Black-Metallic Silver
Release Date: March 2019
Jordan Brand is furthering their Air Jordan 1 Low release lineup for this Summer and one of the next upcoming drops includes a unique color mashup.
Looking closer, this Air Jordan 1 features Beige suede across the upper while White is used across the tongue and laces. In addition we have Black across the liner and inside of the tongue, Gum Yellow across the midsole while Hyper Pink covers the rubber outsole to complete the look.
Continue to scroll below to check out more images of this Air Jordan 1 Low which will provide you with a closer look. While a set release date is not available, this pair is expected to release at select retailers and online at Nike.com soon. Retail price is set at $110.
Air Jordan 1 Low
Color: Color: White/White-Gym Yellow-Hyper Pink
Release Date: Summer 2019
Style Number: 553558-119
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Jordan Brand released a model that celebrates Michael Jordan’s six championship rings which is a hybrid model known as the Jordan 6 Rings.
The latest pair set to return comes dressed in the iconic ’Taxi’ theme. Highlighted with Black across the upper, tongue and laces while a Gold Yellow is applied to the leather across the mudguard, heel and toe. Finishing the look is White on the midsole while both Black and White cover the outsole.
Continue to scroll below to check out more images of the Jordan 6 Rings ‘Taxi’ which will provide you with a closer look. Currently a set release date is not available, however they will be available at select retailers and online at Nike.com soon. Retail price is set at $165.
Jordan 6 Rings
Release Date: March 2019
Style Number: 322992-700
Jordan Brand is getting ready to release a handful of colorways of the Proto React which is part of the Flight Utility line and will be available during Spring.
One new pair we have to showcase comes dressed in a Metallic Gold and White color combination. Using a Metallic Gold across the upper which expands to the tongue, liner and laces. In addition we have the signature adjustable heel straps, Flight Utility graphic on the tongue and heel while Sail (White) covers the React cushioned midsole and outsole to finish the look.
Below you can check out more images of this Proto React which will provide you with a closer look. While specific release details are not available, they will debut soon at select retailers and online at Nike.com. Retail price is set at $150.
Jordan Proto React
Style Number: BV1654-200
The Nike Air VaporMax 3.0 will release in Pink Rise during April which is part of a new pack that also includes the VaporMax 2019 and will be available in women’s sizing.
This variation of the VaporMax comes dressed in a Phantom, White, Laser Fuchsia and Pink Rise color combination. Highlighted with White Flyknit across the upper while shades of Fuchsia and Pink are placed throughout. Finishing the look is Pink across the full length VaporMax midsole and outsole.
Nike Air VaporMax 3.0 Pink Rise Release Date
You can expect the Nike Air VaporMax 3.0 ‘Pink Rise’ to release at select retailers and online at Nike.com in women’s sizing on April 11th. Retail price is set at $190. Below you can check out more images which will provide you with a closer look.
Nike WMNS Air VaporMax 3.0
Color: Phantom/White-Laser Fuchsia-Pink Rise
Release Date: April 11, 2019
Style Number: AJ6910-005
Nike is releasing a special SB Blazer Low alongside the Air Force 1 which is part of the NYC Editions series in celebration of New York City, developed from the ground up in partnership with local community curators.
A canvas for self-expression, NYC editions creates new space for young New York icons to curate their own city inspiration using Nike footwear and apparel. Procell considers the city his blank canvas— a symbol of potential that every individual can shape and model. The collection itself is inspired by the art, sport and culture surrounding the Procell shop in downtown NYC, specifically during the creative era the Nike Blazer was born.
Nike SB Blazer Low Procell Release Date
The Nike SB Blazer Low ‘Procell’ is scheduled to release at select retailers and online at Nike.com on March 18th. Retail price is set at $105. Continue to scroll below to check out more images which will provide you with a closer look.
Nike SB Blazer Low Procell
Release Date: March 18, 2019
Style Number: CJ0692-100
The brand new and flight-inspired Jordan Proto React is releasing in a variety of colorways for its introduction this season, and the model is now covered in a stylish Metallic Gold and White theme. The bold hue covers the sneaker’s textile upper, laces, tongue and adjustable heel straps, while a clean and thick white Nike React tech midsole, and Flight Utility graphic details on the tongue, as well as the heel tabs, tops off the style.
Retailing for $150, look for the Jordan Proto React Metallic Gold White at select Jordan Brand stores and online soon. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
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The brand new Nike Air Max 720 is arriving in a steady number of fresh colorways, and the next rendition to land on the model is a classic Black/Metallic Silver theme. The sneaker’s molded neoprene upper with synthetic accents is coated in a gradient of grey with contrasting black and white throughout for a subtly dazzling effect. More black for the tongue, laces, lining and pull tabs, followed by a clear full-length Air Max sole tops off the design.
Retailing for $180, look for this colorway of the Nike Air Max 720 at select Nike stores and online very soon. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
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The Nike Air Max 90 Mars Landing is finally here, and it features the planet Mars with an eye-catching graphic print across the entire shoe with archived images of the red planet. The outsole pattern and reflective details take inspiration from the rover that trekked across Mars, while the space-themed design is topped off with metallic silver tongue tabs.
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Fans of the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 True Form can’t cop the style stateside since it’s only launching in Europe, Russia and Ukraine, but the KicksOnFire Shop has your back. The sneaker is covered in a neutral theme with a light grey knitted upper, while the signature translucent stripe on the side reveals orange accents underneath. Finally, a semi-translucent ridged sole that sports an orange colored Boost cushioning tops off the look.
Look for this adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 at select adidas stores and online in Europe and Russia today, but the KicksOnFire Shop has it in stock if you want to cop. Click and bookmark our official adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 True Form hub page now for everything you need to know about the silhouette and where to buy it online. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
The Nike SB Blazer Low Procell is a special iteration of the silhouette designed by vintage NYC retailer Procell, and it’s part of the Swoosh’s NYC Editions series that celebrates New York City, developed in partnership with local community curators. The sneaker’s theme features a creamy canvas upper with minor distressing seen right above the midsole to reflect the vintage aesthetic of Procell. Finally, custom printed insoles, special embroidered detailing on the heels and a white rubber sole tops off the design.
Retailing for $105, look for the Nike SB Blazer Low Procell at select Nike stores and online on March 18. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
The famous weed holiday 4/20 is approaching soon, and it looks like the Swoosh will be celebrating the occasion with this Nike SB Dunk High Dog Walker. The sneaker sports a bold and exotic design with dalmatian-like spots on the side panels, followed by green hairy suede overlays across its upper. Black is used for the toe box, while brown is seen along the collar area. The sneaker’s upper features different textures that possibly nods to a variety dog breeds, while red nylon Swooshes are used to symbolize a dog’s collar. Finishing touches include a dog bone hang tag with the name “Sparky” detailed on it, as well as portions of brown on the outsole to reflect stepping on dog poop.
Look for the Nike SB Dunk High Dog Walker at select Nike stores and online in April. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Hyperspace won’t be officially dropping stateside since it’s an exclusive regional drop only, but the KicksOnFire Shop has your back if you want to cop. The shoe sports a light blue/grey tinted hue across its Primeknit upper, with the highlight translucent stripe on the sides. Finally, a semi-translucent ridged midsole that hides the Boost cushioning underneath, heel tabs, along with a gum accented outsole completes the look.
Look for this adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 at select adidas stores in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and India through adidas.com/YEEZY, and YEEZY SUPPLY today, but the KicksOnFire Shop also has it in stock. Click and bookmark our official adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Hyperspace hub page now for everything you need to know about the silhouette and where to buy it online. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
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The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Sail University Red has made its debut at retailers outside of the U.S. today, while stateside shoppers won’t have access until at the end of this month instead. Covered in a clean theme with a sail leather upper, contrasting red for the stitching, outlining of the Swooshes and ankle collar to highlight the style. Completing the design are black detailing on the wings logo and tongue branding, followed by a matching sail rubber sole.
Retailing for $160, look for this Air Jordan 1 at select Jordan Brand stores stateside and online on March 30. Click and bookmark our official Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Sail University Red hub page now for everything you need to know about the sneaker and where to buy it online. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
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One of the first colorways to arrive on the brand new Nike KD 12 is this special “90’s Kid” edition. The shoe’s vibrant color scheme is said to be inspired by the classic Nike Air Command Force, made famous by one of the most iconic basketball movies of all time, White Men Can’t Jump. The sneaker’s bold colorway celebrates the flare of the colorful ’90s, evident with its neon tones and artsy detailing across the heels, as well as reflecting Kevin Durant’s game rooted in the attitude of ‘90s hoop culture.
Retailing for $150, look for the Nike KD 12 90’s Kid at select Nike stores and online on April 1. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
The Nike React Element 87 Royal Tint made its debut right after Valentine’s Day, but the popular colorway will be re-releasing once more next week. The shoe’s signature semi-translucent upper is covered in the light blue tone with wolf grey accents used for the Swooshes on the sides, heel section and a portion of the eyestays that also sports dark green. Completing the look are pops of pink lining all over and the white React sole with icy translucent portions on the outsole.
Retailing for $160, look for the Nike React Element 87 Royal Tint again at Nike SNKRS on March 20. The KicksOnFire Shop already has it in stock. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.
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If retailers want shoppers to feel confident about buying online, they should embrace the power of user feedback.
According to a new study, nearly three quarters of U.S. consumers (and 71 percent of global consumers) consider product ratings to be “important” or “very important” to their purchasing decisions online. Global strategy and marketing consultancy Simon-Kucher & Partners surveyed about 6,400 consumers in 23 countries worldwide, and found that a simple, easy-to-navigate ratings system can give shoppers peace of mind, leading to better conversion rates and fewer unnecessary returns.
“They feel better informed, make fewer bad purchases, and say they receive better quality products,” said Ricardo Rubi, a partner at the firm specializing in retail strategy. “With product ratings, the balance of power is shifting toward the customer, as they are less reliant on marketing promises and advertising messages from providers.”
While some companies might fear relinquishing control over their messaging online, offering reviews conveys a sense of confidence in the quality of a product — essential in an era when customers are demanding increased transparency from the brands they buy from. Particularly in categories that can be tricky to fit, such as shoes, ratings and reviews can be the difference between a customer checking out and abandoning their cart, and even more significantly, the difference between a purchase being kept and being returned.
Returns are a costly problem for online retailers, which see a typical return rate of between 15 to 30 percent (and even higher for apparel and accessories). According to statistics portal Statista, U.S. return delivery costs reached $381 billion in 2017, and are expected to reach $550 billion by 2020.
According to the survey, shoppers’ basket size might even be bigger when they do finally click “buy”: 19 percent of respondents said they would be willing to pay more for products with higher ratings.
Almost half also said they regularly read reviews before making a purchase, which benefits retailers that offer a robust ratings system. On Nike’s e-commerce site, for instance, shoppers can read dozens of reviews for many pairs of sneakers. Department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s excel in this area, too, offering the option of sorting by top-rated products in addition to standard criteria like price and newness.
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Kylie Jenner stepped out in an all-black look on Friday for girls’ night in West Hollywood.
The mega-influencer wore a Tom Ford jumpsuit with criss-cross detailing. She accessorized with a mini black purse and black stilettos with transparent detailing on the upper.
Jenner’s sleek look was perfect for a night out on the town. The 21-year-old just achieved another big milestone this month after Forbes declared her as the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.
And Jenner is no stranger to rocking a transparent shoe. The style is front and center on the social media star’s Instagram feed.
Earlier this week, the lip-kit mogul shared an image of her ruched strapless brown dress and Yeezy PVC heels. She wore the ensemble to attend a family dinner at George E. Baldi in Santa Monica, Calif.
Earlier on Friday, Jenner showed off a more casual look on instagram when she posed in sweatpants with daughter Stormi.
Jenner posted snaps of the sweet gesture on Instagram. The first photo showed a note from Webster. “Dear Stormi, I heard a little butterfly is turning one today and needs some extra special wings to fly! Lots of love, from one Miss S. Webster to another,” she wrote on special monogrammed stationery featuring a sweet image of Stormi wearing gold butterfly wings.
As about 10,000 yellow-vest protesters took to the streets of Paris on Saturday, top retailers on the Champs-Élysées shopping strip once again took a notable hit.
According to footage from French television station BFM TV, Lacoste, Hugo Boss and other stores had their windows damaged during the 18th consecutive week of protests by the gilets jaunes antigovernment protesters. According to French media reports, the yellow-vest protesters also set fire to a Longchamp store. Popular Parisian brasserie Fouquet’s also was damaged during a day that once again turned violent.
“There are a number of people who have come just to smash things,” said interior minister Christophe Castaner in a tweet on Saturday.
The French fashion industry has been grappling with the impact of the protests for months. Dior rescheduled its men’s show in January due to the incidents. After several of its stores were looted, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton — Dior’s parent company — opted to take the drastic step of closing all its stores in Paris on several Saturdays before Christmas, as did fellow luxury players including Kering and leading department stores.
The protest movement started out as discontent over a fuel tax but has broadened to encompass a range of frustrations over declining living standards, taking a violent turn that has caught the country by surprise and thrown the government of French President Emmanuel Macron into crisis.
In January, the government extended measures allowing more stores to stay open Sunday into the new year.
— With contributions by Joelle Diderich
The collection features two sneakers — the Victoria Beckham x Reebok Bolton Sock Lo, which is $250, and the Victoria Beckham x Reebok Bolton Sock, which retails for $280. Both styles are reminiscent of the ’90s Bolton shoe and come in two colorways: black with khaki and white details and khaki with black and orange details.
The Reebok x Victoria Beckham collection also includes performance streetwear items such as leggings, sweatshirts and sneakers.
Beckham, who also generated buzz with her luxe footwear collection last month at London Fashion Week, is no stranger to designing shoes. She rocked a pair of stilettos from her line at the National Portrait Gallery Gala this week. But the star revealed that designing a performance sneaker is a whole other process.
“You need technicians to create a trainer,” said Beckham at an event for the Reebok collab back in January.
“When fashion brands try to do that, it’s never the same because it’s a very technical thing,” she continued. “So the fact that I could tap into the technicians at Reebok and work with the innovations team, that was really, really exciting for me. I didn’t just want a trainer that looked good; I wanted it to function. And no one knows that better than Reebok.”
Fila is taking its wildly popular Disruptor franchise to the next level with its latest launch.
The Fila Disruptor Future collection brings together the past and present by mixing and matching previous sneaker styles, such as combining the Dragster 97’s signature upper with the Ray Tracer chunky bottom.
The collection features four styles of both men and women’s shoes in white, yellow, black and red variations.
The Disruptor 2 x FX100 Lux Shoe has quarter, tongue and back heel logos with a Disruptor 2 upper. The sole bears the flat style of the Fila FX-100 shoe. For extra comfort, the shoe also has a memory foam sock liner and a cushy rubber outsole.
There’s also a Disruptor 2 x Ray Tracer shoe in the collection. The sneaker has a Disruptor 2 upper and Ray Tracer bottom. It also features reflective detailing on the heel, toe and eyelets.
The experimentation of combining shoe silhouettes comes at a time where the demand for Fila is high. The company’s Disruptor 2 model took home FNAA’s Shoe of the Year Award for 2018.
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The Disruptor was originally designed in 1996 by a design team in New York.
“Fila is riding this ’90s trend very well,” Matt Powell, senior industry adviser for sports at The NPD Group Inc. told FN last year. “While the ‘ugly’ shoe trend may go away, the ’90s trend is larger — and one that can be sustained.”
The Fila Disruptor Future collection is available at Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs and Six:02.
Rafael Nadal withdrew from the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open because of a knee injury. He was due to play rival Roger Federer for a spot in Sunday’s championship. It would have been the 39th time the champions had gone head to head over the years.
“I [warmed] up today in the morning, and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete,” Nadal, a longtime Nike athlete, said at a press conference.
The veteran player, who has battled injuries in recent years, kicked the year off on a high note when he advanced to the finals of the Australian Open. There, he lost to rival Novak Djokovic, who is endorsed by both Lacoste and Asics.
Federer, who lost in the round of 16 in the Australian Open, will now compete against Dominic Thiem on Sunday.
Federer’s long-time Nike deal came to an end in 2018. After wearing footwear and apparel from the Swoosh since 1994, the 20-time Grand Slam champion switched to Uniqlo at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. (He has still been wearing Nike kicks on court.)
When he hits the court tomorrow, Federer will playing for a record sixth championship at Indian Wells.