The Jordan Spizike doesn't get a whole lot of love from sneakerheads relative to its retro counterparts. While it's a silhouette that includes signature elements from favorites like the III and IV, the demand for the sneaker just simply isn't there. In fact, even consignment shops don't want it.
Despite this, a high-end brand STILL went ahead and designed a sneaker inspired by the Jordan Spizike. And if you thought $175 was a bit much for the actual Air Jordan mashup, you might want to sit down for this one. These luxury joints will run you $475.
Designed by Del Toro, in collaboration with Miami shop Alchemist and architecture firm Snarkitecture, the Spizike-inspired sneakers, nicknamed "Airball," come in a coke white colorway and a murdered-out iteration. Premium nappa leather makes up the paneling on the upper and a clean gum bottom finishes off the luxe vibe.
If you're interested in scooping up a pair, both colorways are available right now exclusively though Alchemist.
Blake Griffin follows in the footsteps of his Jordan Brand cohorts Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul with his own Air Jordan 1 sneaker. The Clippers high flyer's iteration features a predominantly red upper that takes over the toe wrap, quarter, and tongue. Contrasting hits of white fill the perforated toe box and move along the ankle collar and heel counter. The signature "Wings" graphic of the 1 is stamped on the collar, while Griffin's "BG" mark is displayed on the tongue.
Jordan Brand has not yet made it official, but there's speculation that Griffin's sneaker will release on December 20 with the other 1s from Melo and CP3.
Of that $263 million, $75 million would go to purchasing 50,000 police body cameras.
A group plans to go in front of the Grand Rapids City Commission Tuesday to push for body cameras on Grand Rapids police officers.
“Overwhelmingly we are hearing support for body cameras. We’re also hearing that it’s just part of the solution. So once again we know at its core it’s the trust it’s the trust that the police department has to build with certain populations,” The Co-Executive Director of LINC Darel Ross said.
Ross says the group they are bringing to the city commission meeting would like to see body cameras on all GRPD officers or at the very least patrol officers.
“We know it’s ambitious and will have to be rolled out in phases,” said Ross. “We just want to start some conversations and we truly believe residents in the community have a right to speak to how they are policed.”
“I have concerns more that people who have issues in their neighborhood and may want to share those concerns would be reluctant to do so,” said Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky
Rahinsky said if people know they are being recorded they won’t be willing share information needed to solve a case.
He’s also worried about recording children, sexual assault and domestic violence victims.
“I’m not comfortable with officers having the ability to activate those cameras in private residences,” said Chief Rahinsky.
“I think he raises some legitimate concerns and once again I think that’s why it’s thoughtful policy. I don’t think anybody is saying if you are working with police we are going to record you or the instance of domestic violence is going to of on film,” Ross said.
“We don’t want it to come down to a he said she said, and in today’s world we don’t have to there is technology,” said Ross.
Ross also said many realize body cameras are not the end all, they would also like to see community policing and a more diverse police force.
“I think America has a lot of healing to do,” said Ross. “And I think that the criminal justice system has its own issues and I think this is an easy way to make the criminal justice system a little better while also breeding accountability to those who are paid to protect and serve.”
LINC is serving a dinner at 5:30 before Tuesday night’s city commission meeting at its headquarters located at 1167 Madison SE in Grand Rapids. A bus will leave for those needing transportation to the meeting at 6:45 p.m.
Pusha T is in a black Uber car wearing a black Play Cloths hat backwards, a gray Play Cloths T-shirt, and faded, distressed jeans. He's on his way to a meet and greet in South L.A. to promote the new collection of Play Cloths, the brand he started in 2008 with his brother No Malice. On the way there, a friend and business partner points out local sites to Push, including the Angelus Funeral Home and it's drive-thru wakes. It's not the rapper's first time in the neighborhood—we drive by the same area where the video for the Kendrick Lamar-assisted song "Nosetalgia" was filmed—but he expresses the same curiosity and respect that surrounds any of his projects, be it music or Play Cloths.
Many of Pusha T's decisions have been influenced by a reverence for his surroundings, for fashion, and for those who came before him. He specifically mentions BAPE's Nigo, Pharrell, and Kanye West. He hasn't modeled his own clothing line for the brand's lookbooks because he says he'd rather focus on quality and good design than use his fame to push the brand. He also initially turned down a collaboration with adidas because, as he says, he didn't want to add anything to what are already classic silhouettes just for the sake of it.
But he's ready to take things to the next level—starting with Play Cloths. We talked to Pusha T about the brand's new collection and where he sees the line going. The rapper also shared his 10 favorite brands, more on his upcoming adidas collaboration, and how being around guys like Pharrell and Kanye West has helped him.
What was your inspiration for the new Play Cloths collection, Curse Your Luxury? It's about putting Play Cloths in a particular space. I feel like, as far as streetwear goes, man, Play Cloths sits at a top-tier of quality, and your idea of luxury should not stop where you feel like you’re at the obvious. You have to look at [Play Cloths] in a certain light, I believe. And I just think that the whole title and the term is about being looked at in a certain light. Like, yo, Play Clothes is one of those brands.
Can you explain the meaning behind that name? Curse Your Luxury was Smurf [Play Cloths’ head designer]. Smurf presented the title to me and I feel like the line, being based loosely on my looks, and so on and so forth, is a play on that. I’m known for a lot of high-end shit, and I feel like Curse Your Luxury is a play off of what I’m about and my love for streetwear.
Rumors are swirling that Kanye West is considering leaving the music industry to focus on fashion. A source told Page Six: "After hisnext [collaboration] with Paul McCartneycomes out, he’s going to step away from music and concentrate on clothing."
The cut-off for fellas interested in copping grade school Air Jordans for themselves has just been bumped up to a size 9.5. That's right—Jordan Brand announced today that select GScolorways will now be offered up to a women's size 11 after size 7 had been the standard for so many years.
The update comes after some intensive market research where Jordan Brand determined that girls simply outgrew grade school sizes by the time they reached age 12.
"We kept hearing feedback that, despite the desire for it, girls couldn’t fit into our products," Jordan Brand VP of footwear David Schechter said. "12-year-olds would find a grade school version of a shoe they liked, only to find out they were already two sizes too big.”
To kick off the new initiative, which begins next spring, Jordan Brand will be releasing special GS-only colorways of the Air Jordan 1, IV, VII, and Future.