Popular nicknames are usually accepted without many knowing where they stem from. In some instances, sneaker nicknames become synonymous with the collaborator. In this installment of Sneaker Nicknames Explained, we discuss one of the most popular sneaker nicknames, as well as one that may be a bit more obscure. Be sure to let us know which sneaker nicknames you would like to know the story behind next week.
Nike Zoom Kobe VI “Draft Day”
Kobe Bryant will go down as one of the best basketball players of all time. However, he almost took his talents to a much smaller market than the lights and glamour of Los Angeles. It’s hard to imagine Kobe in anything but a Laker uniform, but he was actually drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets. That fact is the inspiration behind the nickname and colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI “Draft Day.”
Trent Reznor’s new project, How to destroy angels_, released their debut album recently: Welcome Oblivion. As the name might suggest, the album is an often minimalistic, dark offering from the band, which is headed by the mastermind behind Nine Inch Nails. Los Angeles-based producer and artist Nosaj Thing has remixed the second track from the album, a cut called “Keep it Together.” The reworking doesn’t stray far from the ominous tones set in the original song, but in any regard, does well to offer a different take. Enjoy the track, available for streaming and download below.
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Taking inspiration from the Spike Lee film of the same name, the “Do The Right Thing” edition of the Air Jordan III hits us with a model taking inspiration from the film’s posters: sporting a royal base, grey outsole and red, green and yellow accenting across the upper. An injection of elephant print, along with blue speckles in the midsole finish off the classic look of the sneaker. The “Do The Right Thing” edition of the Air Jordan III will hit select Jordan Brand retailers soon.
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Originally released in 2007, the Air Jordan III “Do The Right Thing” took inspiration from Spike Lee’s film of the same name, debuting in brisk blue, pro gold and radiant green. The Air Jordan Son of Mars Low “Do The Right Thing” picks up the iconic color scheme of the movie posters, sporting a game royal base, grey outsole and red, green and yellow accents. Adding some pattern to the sneaker’s bold hues, meanwhile, is the return of the popular elephant print, along with blue speckles along the midsole. Look for the Air Jordan Son of Mars Low “Do The Right Thing” to release on June 29 at Jordan Brand accounts.
2007 marked the first time that Jordan Brand did a tribute to Spike Lee’s classic film “Do the Right Thing” and in 2013 they are doing it again with the Son Of Mars Low.
The “Do the Right Thing” motif of the Son Of Mars Low sports a nubuck upper in Game Royal color and features Game Royal and Cement Grey elephant print. The shoe also notes Tour Yellow, Pine Green, and orange throughout. Spike Lees 40 acres and a mule label is placed on the tongue.
At a retail price of 0, you will be able to snag a pair on June 29th at Jordan Brand retailers.
Typically known for his reclusiveness and general ambivalence toward the media, Thom Yorke has come out of his shell a bit as of late as he supports his latest project, Amok – recorded alongside Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco under the moniker Atoms for Peace. Yorke’s latest appearance comes in the form of an interview with actor Alec Baldwin on Baldwin’s “Here’s The Thing” radio show for WYNC. The resulting hour-long conversation sees Yorke touching on the current project, reflecting on the history of Radiohead, and sharing musings about his love/hate attitude when it comes to live performances. The entertaining piece can be heard in its entirety below.