SLAM Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Ben Osborne, has joined forces with a handful of accomplished sneakerheads to present this 208-page visual breakdown of the most game-changing basketball shoes to step foot onto the hardwood floor. This informative master-piece offers stunning imagery and action shots of 33 of the most sought after kicks and is accompanied by articles and excerpts from collectors like Lang Whitaker, John Brilliant and Russ Bengtson. Gracing the cover is the coveted AJ1 Retro High “Bred,” which offers a glimpse at what the book holds in store. The SLAM KICKS: Basketball Sneakers that Changed the Game book is available at select accounts worldwide and can also be purchased directly from Rizzoli for USD.
Jordan Brand rolls out with its I KO High OG “Chicago” rendition that supports an obvious nod towards the windy city’s Bulls through its colorway. Appealingly sharp and clean in design, the “Chigaco” pair adds to the allure with its popular Nike Air tongue tag and bright white sole that brings contrast to the colored panels above. The Air Jordan I KO High OG “Chicago” is available soon via select retailers including Wish.
Never one to shy away from bold designs, Givenchy has released this striking high-top sneaker. Comprised of luxurious leather panels in blue and black, the upper features a slew of details such as an unorthodox layout of perforated holes at the toebox, a tonal stitch pattern at the mid-foot and a ribbed stitch design at the heel. The standout element here is the removable foldover velcro strap with metal star embellishments. Underneath lies a white rubber sole with black wavy edging to round out this stylish aesthetic. The Givenchy Blue & Black Leather High-Top is available now at SSENSE for 0USD.
Although news came earlier with the Nike Air Trainer 1 Low ST “Safari” to be released this April, the “Black/Safari” version comes readily available. With the same Safari pattern on the upper, the “Black/Safari’s” offer an obvious colorway option for those that tread on the darker sides of life. The sneaker also includes notes of crimson red on the outsole, foot strap, top eyelets and tongue. Nubuck is used for the black panels on the upper that sit beside Tinker’s “Safari” print for that contrasting pop. The Nike Air Trainer 1 Low ST “Black/Safari” can be found online at atmos Tokyo.
In keeping with its endearing, often animated style, COMME des GARÇONS Homme Plus here presents a colorful new footwear option for the spring. The sneaker is handsomely hand-pained by the brand, ensuring that each pair is unique – in multiple senses of the term. Perfectly suited for casual days spent in shorts, the sneaker is composed with a lightweight canvas upper and lining, all of which rests atop a vulcanized rubber outsole. Flat white canvas laces further set this pair off, completing the shoe’s breezy look. Interested parties can find these on Tres Bien now for 5 USD.