Joe Freshgoods’ name is well known in Chicago. But he’s perfectly OK knowing that you may have never heard of him if you live outside the area. Continue reading
Joe Freshgoods’ name is well known in Chicago. But he’s perfectly OK knowing that you may have never heard of him if you live outside the area. Continue reading
Above: On set with Open the Circle, The Era Footwork Crew and The Empiire Dance Institute in Chicago
If you're not from Chicago, chances are you may have never heard of Footwork, a style of dance and electronic music native to the Windy City. And if you have heard of it but aren't from the area, you may not know just how important it is to the city, and specifically for Black youth in Chicago. Continue reading
When it comes to streetwear, art, and all things that are generally cool in Chicago, there's no bigger name associated with the scene right now than Fat Tiger Workshop. Continue reading
Our Block by Block: Chicago series continues with this feature on artist Nikko Washington. Continue reading
For each Stadium Goods Block by Block series featuring a new city, we are commissioning a local artist to design an illustration. Think of it as the "logo" for the city's series. For Chicago, we are excited to feature the work of painter and muralist Langston Allston. Continue reading
Stadium Goods is proud to present Block by Block, our initiative that represents our ongoing efforts in the fight for racial and social justice. This is Stadium Goods's commitment to using our platforms to amplify voices that are involved with the movement for positive change. Continue reading
Everybody needs to eat. And in Chicago, Grocery Run Club is helping to make sure nobody ever goes without a meal. Continue reading
The end of a very long and weird year is in sight. Anything from hiking, to puzzles, to knitting, to infinite amounts of walks with our pets may have been among the sources of entertainment throughout stretches of the past twelve months. With all due respect to our furry friends because we absolutely love them, nothing kept us more sane or more connected to what seems like a previous lifetime than sneakers. Continue reading
Not too long ago, sneaker brands released fresh new colorways of shoes and that was sufficient enough. That line of thinking is clearly outdated if the Ben & Jerry’s “Chunky Dunkys” and Dior x Air Jordan 1s of the world are the new barometer of design. Continue reading
Good things often come to those who wait. Unfortunately, no group of people are more familiar with this antiquated phrase than sneaker collectors. An abundance of patience is absolutely required to enjoy a hobby such as ours. After all, we’ve only been waiting three plus decades for a proper true-to-original version of the Air Jordan 4 “Fire Red.” Continue reading
Joe La Puma is the face of modern sneaker fandom. As host of Complex’s wildly popular web series “Sneaker Shopping,” he’s responsible for bringing the world of sneakers to a wider pop culture audience, to the tune of more than 845 million views in the eight years since the show’s inception. Continue reading
Everybody loves to go sneaker shopping, but for those of us that can't drop a couple grand every time we browse the shelves, Complex created the perfect show for everyone to live vicariously through those that can. Continue reading
As we can all agree, black and red Jordans are timeless. But let’s not short change the run “Royal” colorways have been having since… forever. An original option on the Air Jordan 1 in 1985, the “Royal” colorway in black and blue is as stately as its nickname. From that initial “Royal” look, a plethora of other blue-tinted Air Jordans have released and been celebrated by collectors throughout the years. Continue reading
When Nike inked Michael Jordan to a signature shoe deal, “bread” was more closely related to sandwiches than sneakers. Before the word “Bred” became ingrained into popular culture vernacular, it was the first colorway of Michael’s first signature shoe, the Air Jordan 1. Continue reading
September always signals change. Back to school, back to work, and back to cooler temperatures outside. What hasn’t changed from months prior, however, is the amount of smoking hot sneaker releases from brands like Nike, adidas, and more. Continue reading
This week’s episode of Sneaker Shopping with Complex takes place at Stadium Goods and features none other than Queens-born rapper and jack of all trades, Action Bronson. Continue reading
Sneaker Shopping with Complex is back. On the return episode, multi-Grammy Award winning artist Alicia Keys hit up Stadium Goods with host Joe La Puma to discuss all things sneakers. Watch the full episode below to see how she obtained a pair of very rare original Air Jordan 7 "Olympics" for her husband, Swizz Beatz. Continue reading
Rare Air. It’s a phrase that not only rolls off the tongue easily, but accurately describes the limited availability of some of the most desirable Air Jordans in Michael Jordan’s signature shoe collection. Continue reading
Today, August 25th, marks the 35th anniversary of the date Michael Jordan shattered a glass backboard in an Italian exhibition game following his Rookie of the Year NBA season in 1985. Continue reading
Warm and fuzzy nostalgia, limited production numbers, and a general reverence for Michael Jordan are some of the contributing factors to the overwhelming popularity of the Air Jordan collection and its original colorways. All three aspects have bubbled over on the equally desirable “Alternate” Air Jordan designs that remix the color blocking of those same “OG” looks. Continue reading
The first signature shoe of Michael Jordan, the Jordan 1, was released in 1985, a full 35 years ago. Thanks to numerous other iconic Air Jordans since the first, today people still can’t get enough of the sneakers Mike rocked on the hardwood, in commercials, and on the silver screen during the ‘80s and ‘90s—even as Nike continues to provide modern, tech-laden performance basketball shoes with off-court appeal. Continue reading
Things are certainly weird right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all still have a little fun. Don’t get us wrong, the COVID-19 pandemic is no joke, but we all need to make light of things every now and then to keep our sanity. One way Stadium Goods is contributing to this sentiment is the Multi-Purpose Bandana. Continue reading
Chasing numbers of any kind can be futile, unless you’re adidas and Kanye West. Last year, the contingency dropped a whopping 43 new Yeezy sneakers. As an encore in 2020, adidas and West have already debuted 27 Yeezys through the year’s first six months (we're including three that are about to drop this month), and there’s no telling what the final number could end up being. Continue reading
You've heard of "dad shoes," but what about mom shoes? In celebration of Mother's Day, we asked a few of the moms on the Stadium Goods staff what their go-to shoe is for simply "being a mom." Continue reading
Episode 5 of "The Last Dance," which many of us watched last night, begins with a fun little piece of Air Jordan sneaker history: the night Michael Jordan laced up the Air Jordan 1—not in 1985, but 1998. Continue reading
This weekend is marked on the calendars of all Air Jordan collectors for one obvious reason: the Air Jordan 5 "Fire Red/Silver Tongue" returns for the first time since 2013. And this time it's even better, thanks to Jordan Brand bringing back the original Nike Air logo to the heel instead of the Jumpman. Continue reading
We all probably didn’t need any more reasons to consider the Air Jordan 1 the greatest Air Jordan ever, but here’s two more. Number one: It’s one of the most versatile designs in the line, thanks to coming in a wide range of colors and three heights, including low, mid, and high. It basically has all of your footwear needs covered. Number two: It’s also one of the most affordable Air Jordans. Continue reading
We may have all been quarantined, but 2020's Air Max Day was still memorable thanks to one major release: the Nike Air Max 90 "Reverse Duck Camo." Nike chose to revisit the coveted "Duck Camo" colorway originally designed by famous Japanese retailer atmos in 2006, and considering at results, we're all certainly glad they did. Continue reading
Happy Air Max Day! Celebrations of Nike’s Air Max collection are underway throughout the sneaker world today, and we’re here to shed some light on what makes the transcendent performance running collection one of the greatest lineages in sneaker history. Continue reading
With his single “Stuck in a Dream” climbing the charts, Lil Mosey is making some serious noise in the hip-hop world. Continue reading
Our New Black History series continues today with our very own Fresco Wilson. Continue reading
February may be over, but we aren't done with our New Black History series quite yet. Today we feature celebrity stylist Wouri Vice. Continue reading
This week Complex presents a very special episode of Sneaker Shopping with world famous supermodel and business woman Tyra Banks. Continue reading
Next up in our New Black History series is rapper and self-proclaimed comedian, Freddie Gibbs. Continue reading
You might not know his name yet, but you will. Nigel Langley is set for a bright future in the field of sneaker design. Continue reading
Women have always wanted to wear the Air Jordan 1…in anything but pink. Continue reading
When talking about individuals that are both creating new black history and impacting sneaker culture, few are more worthy of mentioning than Nigel Sylvester. Continue reading
To say that basketball footwear was different in 1973 would be an understatement. Nike was just a year old, so that could be a reasonable explanation as to why its first shoe built for basketball, the Blazer, is explicitly simple in design and low tech. Continue reading
To celebrate Black History Month here at Stadium Goods, we’ve decided to focus not on the past, but on history being created by black designers, artists, and athletes in sneaker culture right now. For our first in a video and interview series we’ve entitled “The New Black History,” we’re delighted to feature Jeremy Sallee. Continue reading
One of the rap game's biggest rising stars, Pop Smoke, is the latest to go Sneaker Shopping With Complex at Stadium Goods. Continue reading
If you're just tuning in, throughout 2019 we've been chronologically celebrating classic Air Jordan models during their respective months, e.g. the Air Jordan 1 in January, Air Jordan 2 in February and so on. It's December, so that means things are now coming to a close with the Air Jordan 12. Continue reading
For the latest episode of "Sneaker Shopping With Complex" filmed at Stadium Goods, French Montana stops buy 47 Howard Street to speak with host Joe La Puma and pick up some serious heat. Continue reading
Our monthly look at each Air Jordan model has now reached November, which means it's time to revel in the glory of the Air Jordan 11. Continue reading
In celebration of our three-month pop-in shop at Fred Segal in Los Angeles beginning tomorrow, October 17, we're celebrating the most "LA" sneakers of all time. From the Nike Cortez, to Kobes, to LA-centric collaborations, here are 25 pairs that any self-respecting Angeleno should own at least a couple of. Continue reading
A$AP Ferg has been a devoted BMX rider for years. "I used to be a daredevil on BMX bikes," he once told Complex. "I could wheelie from 143rd [Street] to 125th going downhill, with one hand, and put my foot over the handlebars. My specialty was the six o'clock wheelie, where the bike went straight up and my back damn near touched the ground. I wasn't scared." So it makes sense that the dopest BMX bike and merch collab of the season would come from the Harlem MC and businessman. Continue reading
Can you believe we're already half way through 2019? June is indeed here, and that means it's time to continue our calendar-year-long celebration of Air Jordans. For the sixth month, we're on to the Air Jordan 6 for a look at its legendary style and history. Continue reading
It goes without saying at this point that Virgil Abloh's Off-White x Nike "The Ten" collaboration is one of the most notable and influential partnerships to ever hit the sneaker world. The collection of ten Nike models (including one from Nike-owned Converse) released in late 2017 and is still one of the most talked about and coveted sets of sneakers today. Its influence is far reaching, as seemingly every sneaker brand has released Off-White-esque designs with inside-out, over-stitched, rearranged, boldly-branded, et al. motifs since. Continue reading
Stadium Goods is proud to present our spring style guide on How To Wear Yeezys. Always hyped and coveted, the adidas Yeezy line is also extremely versatile. We show how to style a few of the most popular silhouettes by pairing each with three outfits from casual to chic, for both women and men. Continue reading
Complex presents their hardest-hitting episode of "Sneaker Shopping" ever, featuring boxing superstar Canelo Àlvarez here at Stadium Goods. Àlvarez stops by to talk sneakers, growing up in Mexico, his love for high-fashion labels like Louis Vuitton, and more with host Joe La Puma. Of course, he also picks up a few items, including one of the most valuable pieces ever purchased here at Stadium Goods on an episode of "Sneaker Shopping." Continue reading
Are you a purist, or do you prefer what's new and hyped? That's the battle at hand in this episode of our Championship Unboxing video series, which is a match up between iconic Nike silhouettes in their original form and their radically made over counterparts by Virgil Abloh. Do you prefer the OG constructions and colorways, or are the Off-White collaborations more your vibe? Continue reading
Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, stars of the hit new horror movie "Us" from Jordan Peele, are the latest to stop by Stadium Goods for a episode of Sneaker Shopping with Complex. Continue reading
Part three of our celebration leading up to Air Max Day 2019 takes aim at the third landmark model in the history of big-bubbled running shoes, the Air Max 95. Continue reading
Air Max Day is two weeks away, but we're getting the celebration started early with a look at some of our (and everybody's) favorite Air Max models of all time. First up is, naturally, the Air Max 1, the grandfather of all big-bubbled running shoes. Continue reading
Sneaker Shopping is back at Stadium Goods for their latest episode, which this week features another of youth culture's biggest stars, Billie Eilish. Continue reading
Everyone knows that there is the standard Air Jordan 1 High as well as a modified Air Jordan 1 Mid, but do you really know the differences between the two styles? Furthermore, do you know the differences between the Air Jordan 1 High and Air Jordan 1 High OG? Continue reading
If you haven't already noticed, 2018 is over and 2019 is here. Welcome! This year we've decided to celebrate a different Air Jordan model each month, with multiple features on each beloved design during its designated month. It's the first month of the year, so naturally, we're kicking things off with the Air Jordan 1. Continue reading
There's Michael Jordan for basketball, Babe Ruth for baseball, and Wayne Gretzky for hockey. When it comes to skateboarding, there is no bigger icon than Tony Hawk. From a child skate prodigy, to the world's best vert skater, to a household name to the masses when the smash hit "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" hit your PlayStation in 1999, Hawk has had the most high profile and lucrative career of any skateboarder ever. Continue reading
Since the earliest retros of Air Jordans, the ongoing debate among collectors has been between the originals versus the new colorways. Is it best to stick with the tried-and-true classics that Michael Jordan made famous on court, or are the fresh new looks the way to go?
After many disappointing seasons, the fortunes of the Chicago Bulls began to turn around the night of June 19, 1984, when they drafted a 21-year-old from Wilmington, North Carolina named Michael Jordan. By the end of the 1984-85 season, the dazzling rookie had become the talk of the league and helped the Bulls break through to the playoffs. Now more than 30 years later, Jordan’s impact on the game of basketball is unmatched. The same can also be said for the effect of his Air Jordan on the sneaker industry. Continue reading
In fact, the Air Jordan 1 assumed the role of early adopter in terms of Michael Jordan’s signature styles receiving retro redesigns with a lifestyle twist. But that makes sense given the model's resemblance to the Nike Dunk High, which experienced a golden era in both premium and SB versions in the early-mid 2000s (greatly due to the possibilities for out-of-the-box color blocking). Continue reading
It's official. The NBA is back!
The 2017-2018 season kicks off today with an assortment of match-ups, none more exciting than the anticipated first clash between LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving's Boston Celtics. Continue reading
Before an influencer, brand, etc., commands a level of cache based on their name alone, it’s their narrative that consumers align with.
The statement is apropos when discussing cultural luminary, designer, and KITH’s founder, Ronnie Fieg.
Born and raised in Queens, NY, Fieg’s upbringing in the Big Apple greatly influences the lens from which he creates. But it’s his understanding that true marketing power lies in directing the narrative that his present-day success hedges on. Continue reading
Great sports contracts are constructed in the best financial interest of the athlete, with some added safety provisions to protect said athlete and the organization they've signed with. Whether the inner workings of a contract sways more in the favor of the player or organization greatly depends on factors like star power, as proven by Michael Jordan's first professional basketball contract, which included the famed "For The Love of the Game" clause. Continue reading
That part came later.
Revisionists history will say the Air Force 1 was always heralded, when in all actuality, during the ‘80s, release date’s weren’t nearly the topic of ___ that they are now. Continue reading
Birthed in 1985, during Michael Jordan’s rookie season, the timing of the Air Jordan 1 couldn’t have been any greater. Despite the circumstances surrounding the shoe’s untimely banning by the NBA (more on that later), the mandate actually gave it a narrative to stand on. No wonder that the model ranks high among the most storied releases in the Air Jordan cannon.
There's something to be said about a sneaker that looks great with seemingly any outfit. Enter the Air Jordan 1 High, the genesis of Michael Jordan's shoe line with Nike, the eventual building block of his shoe and apparel empire.
After the success of the "Banned" edition, Jordan Brand returns with the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG in the original "Royal" colorway. The 2017 retro receives an upgrade in regards to the quality of materials used and its shape, which is truer to the actual 1985 release.
The Varsity Royal blue paneling appears in tumbled leather on the toe box, Swooshes, heel, and ankle. Black premium leather colors the remainder of the upper to complete the classic color blocking. A clean white midsole balances out the shoe, maintaining the iconic motif along with the Varsity Royal outsole.
Stadium Goods Link: Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "Royal"
Style: 555088 007
Color: Black/Varsity Royal-White
Release Date: April 1, 2017
If we're discussing sneakers with limitless design potential, few rank as highly as the Air Jordan 1. The paneling on the simple Nike Dunk High-inspired shoe allows for a range of color-blocking options. For instance, Holiday 2016 brought us the Air Jordan 1 OG "Storm Blue", a rare case where a colorway from 1985 hadn't been retroed.
The two toned combination of White and Storm Blue appears throughout paneling akin to the "Royal" AJ 1. The Jordan Wings logo appears on the ankle in White to complete the clean look.
Stadium Goods Link: Air Jordan 1 High OG "Storm Blue"
Style: 555088 127
Colors: White/Storm Blue
Release Date: December 23, 2016
With Valentine's Day steadily approaching, Jordan Brand celebrates the lover's holiday with a special Air Jordan 1 High. The color block is akin to the "Black Toe" shoe. But instead of Varsity Red, the heel appears in a vibrant Hyper Pink, which can be also seen on the Nike branding on the tongue.
Though the design is a familiar one, this shoe's beauty is in its subtle details. Reflective material appears on the pink portions and the Swooshes, while a heart-shaped basketball logo appears on the heels.
Stadium Goods Link: Air Jordan 1 High OG GG "Valentine's Day"
Style: 881426 009
Colors: Black/Black-Hyper Pink-White
Release Date: February 11, 2017
No longer defined by the bold Hyperposite upper, the Nike LeBron 14 takes a step in a different direction with a lightweight slip-on construction. Here we highlight the "Chase Down" colorway, inspired by a career-defining block expertly executed by LeBron James with less than two minutes to go in Game 7 on Andre Iguodala's attempted lay-up.
Also referred to as the "Black Ice" colorway, the sneaker features composite textile with laser perforations on the blacked out upper. White accents the Nike branding on the cross strap and colors the speckled midsole. An icy translucent outsole raps up the design.
Stadium Goods Link: Nike LeBron 14 "Chase Down"
Style: 852405 002
Release Date: February 10, 2017
The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG receives an iridescent makeover for this special release slated to hit retailers in time for NBA All-Star Weekend.
The sneaker features the iconic color-blocking first seen on the "Black Toe" colorway on a remastered upper. However, the metallic look on the toe box and heel has a chameleon-like appearance in the light (colors range from shades of teal, purple, and blue). The outsole keeps it classy with an icy translucent look.
Stadium Goods Link: Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "All-Star"
Style: 907958 015
Colors: Black/Black-Metallic Silver
Release Date: February 19, 2017
There's always anticipation to see what sneaker LeBron James will break out for the highly anticipated Christmas Day game. Most recently, he closed out 2016 by debuting the Nike LeBron 14 in an colorway coined "Out of Nowhere".
The "Out of Nowhere" theme ties into a larger campaign based on the LeBron's famous chase down block during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. The sneaker features an eye-catching colorway with a Wolf Grey and Black base, with Volt and Bright Crimson accents. Design-wise, it sports mesh on the upper, laser perforations, a speckled midsole, and Zoom Air technology. A slip-on base and mid-foot strap provide all of the comfort you'll need.
Stadium Goods Link: Nike LeBron 14 "Out Of Nowhere"
Style: 852406 001
Colors: Black/Volt-Cool Grey
Release Date: January 28, 2017
The legend of Michael Jordan is one that spans worldwide, and for good reason. For instance, in 1985, the North Carolina-native played in an exhibition game in Trieste, Italy, where he landed an earth-rattling dunk that broke the glass backboard.
Fast forward 30 years, and there we have the inspiration for the Air Jordan 1 High "Shattered Backboard," a sneaker constructed with premium tumbled leather in the original high top silhouette. It features an orange, black, and white colorway, taken from the team uniform MJ wore during the game; the color placement is modeled after the OG "Black Toe" AJ1 color block.
Highly limited upon its initial release, the AJ1 "Shattered Backboard" disappeared quickly and is now one of the most sought after non-original colorways of the legendary sneaker.
Stadium Goods Link: Air Jordan 1 Retro High "Shattered Backboard"
Style: 555088 005
Release Date: June 27, 2015
The block. The shot. The overcoming of a 3-1 deficit. The nuances in the story were all there during the historic Game 7 performance from the LeBron James and Kyrie Irving-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
The "Game 7: Fifty-Two Years" release from the Nike Four Wins pack commemorates the duo's winning performance, and contains black and gold iterations of the Nike LeBron Soldier 10 and Kyrie 2.
Stadium Goods Link: Nike Basketball Four Wins Pack "Game 7: Fifty-Two Years"
Style: 925432 900
Release Date: October 24, 2016
In 1982, no one knew that a sneaker designed by Nike designer Bruce Kilgore would become a footwear staple through the 20th century and beyond.
The Nike Air Force 1 is the definition of classic. A shoe that bridges the gap between casual wearers and true connoisseurs. Credit that, in part, to the variation in its construction – silhouettes are made in low-, mid-, and high-top options – which makes the AF1 bespoke to its owner's personality. Continue reading