How much would you pay for a pair of all black Air Force 1s designed by Jay-Z himself? Before you answer that, let us give you the details on these things. Jay collaborated with Nike to design these custom AF1s for the first ever World Basketball Festival. Each shoe represents one of the five countries participating. You've got France, Puerto Rico, the USA, China and Brazil. And each shoe is, obviously, all black. The designs have lots of subtle differences and one obvious one — the heel, which features the name of each country. Now Hov is auctioning these things off to benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. The coolest part about these kicks though is how ridiculously exclusive they are. Jay owns a pair and whoever wins the auction will own a pair. That's it.
Ok, so now that you have the deets, how much do you wanna pay? $100? $500? $1,000? Better keep going up because as we type there are nine days and 20 hours left on these auctions and the highest bid, for the USA pair, is already $1,525.
Check out the custom AF1s below and then get to bidding.
Into psychedelic guitar licks? How about old school New York hardcore? Or maybe West Coast rap is more your thing? No matter what you dig, we've got you covered when it comes to lacing up sneakers that rock your preferred musical stylings.
Converse x Jimi Hendrix
Converse knew exactly what to do with these three Jimi Hendrix-inspired Chuck Taylor High Tops. The guys over there went right to their record collection and pulled out the guitar god's "Electric Ladyland" and "Axis: Bold As Love" album covers. Brilliant. But when they reached into Hendrix's closet and dragged out that embroidered coat, well, two out of three.... Now, if you'd please excuse us, we've got to go kiss the sky. Available August.
Vans x Gorilla Biscuits
If anyone's going to put out a hardcore-inspired sneaker it's gonna be Vans. After all, this is the company behind Bad Brains, Suicidal Tendencies and Descendents kicks. Now Vans is running with its second collaboration with New York hardcore legends the Gorilla Biscuits, which includes not just slip-ons but the SK8-HI model. Instead of plastering Gorilla Biscuits album art along the side of the sneaker, Vans smacked the band's gnarly gorilla logo on the tongue and the letters GB on the heel. But we've gotta say, we're still scratching our heads when it comes to the pastel colorway. Available TBA (rumored Spring 2011).
Pony x Nipsey Hussle
Way back in 2005 Pony put out a dope collaboration with Snoop, so we weren't surprised when we heard the company was getting down with another West Coast rapper. But we were surprised when we finally heard who it was — braid-sporting emcee Nipsey Hussle. For his kicks, the up-and-coming L.A.-native went with the classic Top Star Low model and threw in some Crenshaw flavor with blue suede, yellow leather and his hood's name embroidered on the tongue and his name on the heel. Available now.
New York City may not have gotten LeBron, Cliff Lee or T.O., but at least Nike loves the Big Apple. Yesterday, the legendary sneaker brand dropped its Air Force 1 WBF "Borough Edition" Pack, which pays homage to the city's five boroughs.
Designed by renowned hip-hop head and AF1 enthusiast DJ Clark Kent, these things are basically varsity jackets for your feet. Each pair features "New York" and the respective borough’s name stitched into the laces as well as "Nike BE" on the tongue tag. While the pack dropped in select NYC retailers this week, Nike Sportswear announced via Twitter that the entire pack will be available for sale at NikeStore.com on Saturday (July 31).
To celebrate the pack, Nike has enlisted Kent, DJ King Solomon and Miss Banks for “One Love: Mercer Street All Borough Block Party” on Saturday from 6pm – 8pm at their 21 Mercer store location in Manhattan.
Alright sneaker heads, it's time to gear up for the summer collaboration season. And when it comes to these mash-ups you're going to have to be quick, because these things are liable to fly off the shelves quicker than you can say, "Size 12, please" (or, in our case, "size five please"). So since we've got a supreme fashion sense and can attest to the quality, durability and sexiness of these brands, we figure why not tip you off, right?
Fresh from the Lakers' championship riot and parade, Kobe Bryant and Nike have dropped the Nike Zoom Kobe V Miles Davis. Yeah, we’d walk our dogs in these, but would have to shed the faux snakeskin thing going on around the toes. Thankfully, the homie DJ Vice has a nonreptilian version that you can get from CRSVR in Santa Barbara.
Now only if Khloe could convince Lamar Odom to drop some Kardashian-cream Hyperdunks, our Laker sneaker collection would be complete.
It's kind of an unlikely pairing, but the partnership between French fashion boutique colette and DC Comics arrived with some pretty fly sneakers -- as long as you don't mind wearing cartoons on your feet. With the help of Italian shoe manufacturer Superga, colette and DC are putting out a line of low tops featuring giants of the comic-book world. There's the Man of Steel, Batman and Robin, the Dark Knight all by his lonesome and the Green Lantern himself. If you want to get your toes on a pair of these, you'll have to head to collete's website and shell out a cool $96 (that's the price today at least; who knows where the dollar will be tomorrow).
But comic-book sneakers are only the start. Why stop there when you could also own some Batman underwear, a pair of Superman jeans, some Wolverine socks, an Incredible Hulk watch and, of course, a Spider-Man tattoo. You are a real fan, aren't you?