Nike Unveils Gumbo League Collection of 2014 NBA All Star Game Sneakers

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With the 2014 NBA All Star Game about two weeks away, Nike took the liberty of unveiling Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant’s kicks for the game in New Orleans.

The “Gumbo League Collection” draws heavy inspiration from New Orleans history. Each sneaker represents a significant part of the cities unique culture. The Lebron 11 “Gator King” pays homage to the Gator, a symbol of royalty power and protection within the city.

Nike Lebron 11 "Gator King" 2014 All Star Sneakers

Nike Lebron 11 “Gator King” 2014 All Star Sneakers

It’s no secret Kobe Bryant is a huge jazz fan; The Kobe 9 Elite “Maestro” edition represents the long history of Jazz music in New Orleans.

Nike Zoom Kobe 9 "Maestro" All Star Edition

Nike Zoom Kobe 9 “Maestro” All Star Edition

Finally, the Zoom KD 6 “Illusion” is a nod to the voodoo and magic culture within New Orleans.

Nike Zoom KD 6 "Illusion" 2014 All Star Game Edition

Nike Zoom KD 6 “Illusion” 2014 All Star Game Edition

The whole pack is set to release on 2/14. Expect it to sell out FAST!

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Air Jordan To Celebrate MJ’s Time With Birmingham Barons

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This Spring, Air Jordan is set to celebrate Michael Jordan’s time as a minor league baseball player for the Birmingham Barons with a unique sneaker release. Check out the Air Jordan IX Retro Birmingham Barons edition. Decked out in the old Chicago White Sox affiliate’s colors. The sneaker is set to release this April 5th for $170 at Jordan retailers.

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Lebron Retro’s Are on The Way, Don’t Believe Me Just Wait!

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Like it or not, Lebron James retro sneakers are on the way! Sure nothings been confirmed yet but I see what our friends over at Nike have up their sleeve.

While on a recent road-trip to play the Knicks and Nets in New York City, Lebron busted out two never-before-seen colorways of his famous signature sneakers. The most interested part being that the kicks were the Nike Zoom Lebron II and III respectively (two sneakers that dropped in 2005 and 2006!)

The King in the Nike Zoom Lebron II Retro

The King in the Nike Zoom Lebron II Retro

James sporting the Nike Zoom Lebron III Retro

James sporting the Nike Zoom Lebron III Retro

Look closely at the sneakers, I mean very closely! You’ll notice Lebron’s new logo “LJ” on the heel of the 3’s and strap of the 2’s. The original model of both sneakers featured Lebron’s “L23″ logo.

Lebron's old logo on the left, new on the right.

Lebron’s old logo on the left, new on the right.

Are these sneakers are just a prelude to the Lebron Retro line? I say yes! With Kobe’s already being retroed, its safe to say we’ll see a Lebron retro in the very near future. The Kings popularity is already at an all time high and the hype surrounding sneakers is as well. Nike would be smart to cash in on the oppurtunity now.

Well wait, didn’t we already see an Air Zoom Generation retro? No, the sneakers below were rumored to release around 2008 but never saw shelves. Older sneakerheads will remember they did hit Nike.com for a second but were quickly scrapped.

Original Nike Air Zoom Generation Lebron retro

Original Nike Air Zoom Generation Lebron retro

At this point, we’ll have to wait and let Nike make the next move reguarding a Lebron retro sneaker.

Check out Lebron’s 2014 NBA All Star Game Sneakers

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Its about time they leaked! Check out Lebron James 2014 NBA All Star Game edition sneakers. King James will wear these on the court Sunday February 16th in New Orleans. The sneakers take heavy inspiration from Mardi Gras and feature many glow-in-the-dark facets. The insole even reads “Gumbo”;  an excellent tribute to New Orleans.

The sneakers are set to release in mid-February and will most likely sell out instantly; stay with Rare Vintage Wear as more NBA All Star Game Sneakers are released to the public! While you’re here, check out our current selection of vintage NBA Jerseys & collectibles! 

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Air Jordan III Retro Katrina To Release March 8th

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Back in 2006, Jordan Brand held a charity auction to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. One of the sneakers auctioned off was a pair of White/Cement Jordan III’s with a Red midsole. Sneakerheads quickly began reffering to the kicks as the “Katrina 3’s”.

The buzz surrounding the sneakers has grown rapidly since 2006. The only pair I have seen myself is at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Many sneakerheads have been waiting for the coveteted kicks to see store shelves. Luckily, 2014 is the year! The Air Jordan III Retro Katrina edition will release March 14th, 2014 for $170. I expect these to be extremely limited so call your connect now! Pick up a Chicago Bulls jersey to match as well. 

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Nike Celebrates Kobe Bryant’s Sneaker History With ‘Prelude Pack’

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With 5 NBA Championship rings to his name, Kobe Bryant will go down in history as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The Philadelphia native has come a long way since being drafted and traded by the Charlotte Hornets to Los Angeles for Vlade Divac. After Countless MVP’s, All Star Game selections, and timeless moments, Nike will honor the Black Mamba with the “Predlude Pack”. The pack will include a retro model of every single Nike Zoom Kobe sneaker from 1-8. Through art, the special pack honors the history of Nike’s Kobe Bryant line. Starting 12/7, Nike will release one sneaker each weekend from the pack in order from Kobe 1 to Kobe 8. Each sneaker will retail for $200, and we expect it to be EXTREMELY LIMITED! Check out the entire Prelude Pack Below! My favorite is the Kobe 4.

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Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 2 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 3 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 5 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 6 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 8 Prelude Pack

 

It’s November; Where Is The Nike Zoom Kobe XI?

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It’s almost the end of November, and Nike has been reluctant to release any information reguarding the Zoom Kobe XI. The Mamba has been sidelined all year after suffering an injury at the end of last season. Although we have yet to see Kobe on the court, Nike has yet to leak any official images of Kobe’s ninth signature sneaker. That’s where we come in; We dug up some photos of the Zoom Kobe 9 Wear test sample and some other images of speculated designs for the sneakers.

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Nike Zoom Kobe 9 Wear Test Sample

Possible Low Top version of the Zoom Kobe 9

Possible Low Top version of the Zoom Kobe 9

Nike Zoom Kobe 9 Display

Nike Zoom Kobe 9 Display

As always, we’ll keep you updated on release information in the future.

 

 

Ray Allen Is Set To Break Necks In The Air Jordan 11 “Ring Ceremony” Player Exclusive

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After saving the Miami Heat’s season last year in the finals, Ray Allen will be sporting some serious HEAT to start the 2013-2014 NBA calender. Check out the Ring Ceremony edition of the Nike Air Jordan XI Retro that will be on Ray Allen’s feet tonight versus the Chicago Bulls. I can already feel the hype building! Could these be the best Player exclusive sneakers to ever hit the court? Quite possibly, let us know what you think.

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Bo Knows Philly? Nike Air Trainer Max ’91 Philadelphia Eagles Edition

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Bo Knows Philly? Apparently so; and just in time for their game versus Bo’s old team! Check out these leaked images of the Nike Air Trainer Max ’91 Philadelphia Eagles Edition. The retro edition of sneakers have the added flair of the early 90’s Eagles colors and logo as well. The words “Philly Knows” are also printed on the front strap.  These Bo Jackson Retro sneakers take us back to the days of Randall Cunningham, Jerome Brown & Reggie White. Being an Eagles fan myself, im highly anticipating any release information on the sneakers. Well keep you updated.

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Looking for any vintage Eagles gear to match the sneakers? Check out the vast selection of items we have in our store!

Bet You Didn’t Know Roberto Clemente Had His Own Sneaker In 1972!

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Sneakers and sneaker culture has certainly reached the height of its popularity in 2013. Athletes, rappers, and pop-culture figures all have received a variety of their own signature sneakers. Its very common for basketball players to have their own signature sneaker, however its usually a different story for other athletes (yes there are several exceptions like Bo Jackson & Derek Jeter). But what about a guy Roberto Clemente? Well Rare Vintage Wear dug up a few old images of a vintage sneaker endorsed by the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates right-fielder.

In the early 70’s, Roberto Clemente actually endorsed Super Pro Sneakers; a brand exclusively sold in his native Puerto Rico. Clemente was way ahead of his time! Check out the sneakers and let us know what you think.

 

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Air Jordan to Retro Carmelo Anthony’s Melo 1.5 In Honor of 10th Anniversary

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It’s hard to believe 10 years ago Jordan Brand released Carmelo Anthony’s first signature sneaker, the Jordan Melo 1.5. A retro already? That makes me feel old! I remember having a pair myself in high school, being a huge fan of Carmelo Anthony and his tenure at Syracuse University.

The Melo 1.5 combined attributes from the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 2 sneakers and was featured in several Denver Nuggets colorways. One of the best hybrid Air Jordan models, the Melo 1.5 was ahead of its time. In 2014 the sneaker will return to shelves in honor of its 10th Anniversary.

Overall the sneaker design is excellent and from what I remember, were extremelly comfortable. Pictures of the original black & carolina blue colorway have surfaced. The sneakers look identical to the original model which will make Jordan and Melo fans very happy. I assume we’ll see a few New York Knicks colorways of the kicks to pop up in the future; right now feast your eyes on this pair and let us know what you think.

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Check out the Unreleased Nike Air Yeezy II Black Leather Sample

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Let the hype begin! Earlier today, Cyhi the Prynce posted this image on his instagram account. He dubbed them the Nike Air Yeezy II “First Pair”. The black sneakers feature a leather upper and white midsole. Apparently these were the first pair of Nike Air Yeezy 2 samples ever made. Do you like these better than the Air Yeezy’s that released? Let us know tweet @rarevintagewear.

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Nike Dunk SB High “Ugly Christmas Sweater” Black/Gold

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We already previewed the Concepts x Nike SB White Ugly Christmas Sweater Dunk High last week; today we have leaked images of a black/gold colorway of the sneakers thanks to @pittsburgh_kicks. We were not expecting another colorway of the sneakers but honestly, these look awesome! Concepts continues to murder their collaborations with Nike; we hope they have plenty more collabs in store for 2014. Let us know what you think of these and we’ll keep you updated on any release information.

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Check out the Nike Foamposite Doernbecher Freestyle Edition

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It was only 2 weeks when ago many sneakerheads found themselves striking out trying to acquire the Air Jordan 5 Doernbecher Freestyle edition. The sneaker is currently reselling for astronomical prices on eBay.

Tonight, Nike unveiled the entire 2013 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection. Here is the first image of the Nike Air Foamposite Doernbecher Freestyle edition. The sneaker is made up in a primarily red colorway and features graphics on the side similar to the Paranorman foamposites. Check out the first leaked image and let us know what you think of them.

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Nike Air Jordan 3 88′ Black Cement to Retro Again Soon!

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Fans of the Air Jordan 3 will be happy to hear this news; the popular sneaker will once again return to stores in 2013-2014 in the famous black/cement colorway. After Nike hit us with the white/cement 3’s last year in honor of MJ’s 50th birthday, this year the black/cement will be the king of the retro’s.

It was the first time since 2003 we saw the Jordan III’s retro with the original Nike Air on the back heel tab. With the way the white/cement edition sold last year we expect Jordan Brand to hit us with another $200 price tag (I wouldn’t be surprised if they even up the price more!)

Let us know if you’re excited about this news or wish Jordan would slow down their retro overhaul.

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