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Nike knock-offs and 'Jesus Shoes' — the strange and fickle sneaker world

Nike knock-offs and 'Jesus Shoes' — the strange and fickle sneaker world

The sneaker world can be a strange and fickle place. One minute you’re plunking down beaucoup bucks for the shoes you’ve been saving for, the next minute you find out your prized kicks are actually knock-offs from the black market.


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Hey, it happens more often than you think. That scenario unfolded just this past week when almost 15,000 pairs of fake Nikes didn’t make it through customs at LA/Long Beach Seaport! A smooth $2 million plus of fake Off-White Jordan 1’s, Jordan 12’s, Jordan 11’s and Air Max ’97’s, all shipped from China in two containers labeled napkins.

You would probably need two containers of napkins to dry your tears if you put up a stack and a half for a pair of shoes that turned out to be just some Bobos with a fake swoosh. Ugh.

On the flip side, even when you are at an authentic retailer or website — deftly prepared with your credit card information at the ready, not even a freshly refreshed website is the right formula to bring home the shoes you’ve been plotting on for weeks, months or even years.


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Take, for instance, the $3,000 “Jesus Shoes” Brooklyn-based MSCHF put out last Tuesday, which sold out in mere minutes. The designers bought less than two dozen pairs of white Air Max 97’s for retail price, then transformed them by adding holy water blessed from the Jordan River (with some dye added to make the color more vibrant) in the sole of the shoe. They inscribed a Bible scripture in the side (Matthew 14:25, which chronicles Jesus walking on water) and added a mock blood drop on the tongue of the shoe to signify the blood of Christ. Not to mention, a crucifix interspliced through the laces, a red sole to mimic the red shoes worn by many popes and some type of frankincense accent. Crazy.

I personally have about a $200 budget on any pair of sneakers, so you won’t see me paying for wheels that go above $220 retail. Good luck to all of you who back up the Brinks truck for those crispy grails and the hypebeasts who live on the resale market and buy out releases in minutes.

May your toe box never crease and your laces stay clean.

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A staple in the Mike Scott Hive is about to be discontinued

A staple in the Mike Scott Hive is about to be discontinued

Wait ... Nike did what? 

Yep. Those cool "ninja"-style headbands that had a portion of the league looking like Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo (minus the pizza and a rat named Splinter) are a thing of the past. Before you start coming for me, Raphael wasn’t even that nice. 

Mike Scott inadvertently broke the news on Twitter Friday afternoon, responding to a comment from a follower who was also in disbelief. 

It was a hit or miss trend among some fans and NBA players alike, but NO ONE — and I mean not a single person in any other fan base — has more of an intimate connection to this moisture-wicking piece of fabric than the Mike Scott Hive (MSH). 

I mean, imagine tattooing a bee with a head tie on your thigh or arm to celebrate the uniqueness and individuality of Mr. Cash Out, Mr. "I ain’t no b----," and then the company who makes them calls the jawns “unprofessional” and discontinues the product. 

Does that make your tattoo a throwback? Who at Nike is killing trends and delving out this lackluster advice? The Hive is swarming though and ready to cook some beef at Nike headquarters.

Scott admitted the news stung a bit when he heard it Friday, but despite a body decorated with tattoos, he made it clear that a headband tatt is not in his future.

While it’s possible that one of the MSH goes all-out and gets a permanent hive reminder emblazoned across their forehead, it’s unlikely — although I wouldn’t rule it out completely. After all, Mike Scott’s followers ain’t no b-----s, just like their fearless leader.

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Check out these new Eagles sneakers from Nike

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Check out these new Eagles sneakers from Nike

You can show off your Eagles support from your head to your toes. Literally. 

Check out these new Nike shoes that are set to go on sale on-line and in-store at DICK’S Sporting Goods starting on Thursday, Aug. 8. 

They’re the Nike Air Soon Pegasus 36 sneakers in midnight green and they will be available for men and women. Price: $129.99. 

Check them out: 

 

What do you think? Would you rock these? 



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