Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Nike Tiero 0 (Zero) Blog!

Hello all! As you have noticed Sole Check hasn't been updated in a very long time. In recent times the sneaker market has become very cluttered and saturated. Now everyone is wearing the latest sneakers from crackheads to high positioned executives and its no longer an exclusive club such as it once was.

Anyway enough crying... what has been done to filter out some of the noise is hone in on a subset of Nike sneakers and "Tear's Hero Report" has been developed and will be updated continuously. It is a site giving you the latest info on ONLY Nike Tier 0 releases. Tier 0 releases are extremely limited, not inpossible to attain, and maintain that exclusive sneaker club feel. As stated before the site's posts will be as frequent as the info is released.

The site is dope, check it out... Tear's Hero Report and let me know what you think!

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Tear's Hero Report

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Spotting Fakes: Nike Dunk "Send Help" (305050-014)

Target Shoe: Nike Dunk High Pro SB "Send Help" (305050-014)

I recently had a friend buy some Send Help's from a guy on eBay with 1000+ positive feedback and 100% at that. He bought them under $150 and swore to me that the joints weren't fake, so I sent him the link below and the following day he called me and thanked me because the shoes turned out to be fake.

A little background behind the shoe and artist the shoe the "Send Help" a.k.a. 'Todd' Dunk (who the fcuk calls them that), colors and sock liner artwork was done by Todd Bratrud head graphic artist from Consolidated Skateboards. Todd is highlighted in the Skateboard art book 'Disposable' and you can check him on Myspace by clicking here. Ironically, Consolidated actually did an anti-Nike Skateboarding campaign "Don't Do It" awhile back (seems still active), but it seems as they changed their mind (maybe).

The shoes original retailed $150-200, so if you spot them in or around this price range their probably fake. These are one of the shoes I missed out on because I didn't like color-way when they dropped, I regret missing out.

Anyway check the guide at:

[ SOLE CHECK ] via NikeSB.org

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Nike Dunk High “Dontrelle Willis” (313599-041)

I just copped three of these babies. These shoes were released Friday, October 13th at 5:30pm EST. You can still get them from Nike Online (as of the time I'm posting this) and also in order to purchase them you must be a registered member of Niketown.com, however the quantity won't last -- I plan on buying two more next week. They sell for 90 bones... and I plan on selling them for at least $200, hopefully.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Nike's Royale Collection

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Pack - Got My Vans On

Personally I can't f#*k wit Vans, but I respect the brand. It's good to see current hip-hop artists reppin' a non-Nike shoe, plus the song is dope.


Nike Zinc Air Force 1 (313642-101)

Here's your shiny BAPE-like oversized dose of more than your daily supply of Zinc in your life. WARNING: Do NOT consume with alcohol.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Alternate Sneakers

Nike SB 4th Quarter Releases

Just what I've beem waiting for a sneak peek at those SB's baby! The top row is the “Three Bears Pack”, the first two at the bottom is the “Mafia Pack”, and the last one is the “NYC Taxi” Team Edition from the “Taxi Pack”... (this one is getting bought a couple of times on its release.)

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Kix and the City

Monday, August 14, 2006

Nike 2006 Halloween Air Force 1

The verdict is final and Nike is making the patent leather orange & black "scarfaces" the official Halloween for 2006. It also features the same monster from the 2005 version on the tongue as well as the heel. This is a must cop for myself!

UPDATE: These should be dropping hopefully October 20th or 21st in select stores, they are already available at some online sneaker stores.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Sneaker Freaker

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Che's Super Hype

I get sizzled when I see people rockin' Che Guevara and don't know who the fuck he is! Do your fucking research or at least read a book or something. I believe people are in love with his image as a retro revolutionary rock-staralmost, but have no clue of what he actually stood for, his struggle, why people didn't like him, and how he changed history. Anyway this poster by Dolk Lungren says it all for me...

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Pictures On Walls

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

1975 Converse All-Stars Commercial

The Chuck Taylor All-Star sneaker by Converse, gets a showcase here circa 1975. Done by a bunch of NBA lovin' footwear teens, it's almost like an early rap with it's "poem to the All-Stars". There are a lot of the elements that are familiar to us today in sneaker ad's in it's embryonic state here. And remember, Converse are like "limousines for the feet".

Nike Dunk SB High Mork & Mindy

Nanu-Nanu! The shoes are made in order to commemorate the TV series in the 70's that is called "Mork & Mindy" starring Robin Williams. It is scheluded to release in September. Here are a couple of pix of the maybe upcoming Mork and Mindy SB Dunk. This sample was designed by Prestigous out of ATL.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Solepedia, Freshness, Prestigious

Nike x NORT/SF “Stingray” Dunk High

These are the next pair of kicks I'm buying (actually I'm getting two or three size 13s). These NORT/Recon "Stingray's" will be part of the Nike Clerks pack will release very soon and will also feature a Nike Terra Hummara designed by TRUE another boutique located in San Fran. To find out the “on the inspiration behind the Clerks Pack Dunk High” check out the interview with Stash and Colin Miller.

Where, When, & Price: RECON x NIKE x NORT: SF Clerks Pack will be dropping @ RECON/NORT SF & NORT Berlin on Saturday, July 8th. And they will then drop @

RECON/NORT NY on Saturday, July 15.The NORT/Recon x Nike “Stingray” Dunks will release at NORT/Recon NYC on Saturday July 15th. Price is unknown at this time.


Nike July 2006 SB Dunk Releases

I'm not too excited about these two July releases. Come on Nike SB you can be more creative than this. Anyway... the top shoe a.k.a Wieger Dunk SB aka Piazza Dunk SB (my favorite of the two) was done by Wieger Van Wageningen. Wieger is a Dutch skater from Eindhoven, Holland and is going on 10 years of skatin’. As for the bottom shoe was by Liam Sean Martin and the colorway is Oil Green/International Blue

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Nike Skateboarding

New Nike White/Pastel Air Force 1 Sample

Here's a Air Force 1 sample I spotted on Kookies.net, they also show some Nike Dunk samples as well.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Kookies.net

Is Nike cornering BAPE's market?

The Air Force 1 line has recently given us what I like to call the "Fruit Series". The shoes include the Kiwi, Pixie, and just recently dropped the Citrus (shoes pictured below in reverse order). The Fruit Series are patent leather Air Force 1 lows that featuring bright colorways much like the Bape's Bapesta shoe. Being that BAPE's shoe line has stolen the Air Force 1 design (let's be real), does Nike have the right to strike back and what will that mean for BAPE?

I personally think that Nike is going to try to move in on Bape's market being that the concept is so popular to a niche market right now. Nike has given up there opportunity to file a lawsuit against Bape, maybe because Bape's forged shoe design shows compliment and sets the Air Force 1 line as a benchmark (or a starting point depending on your p.o.v.) in this fast-paced sneaker game. There will be a handful of knock-offs, however there is only one Air Force 1, but how long will that last?

On the other end of the spectrum Bape has opened up a new market that Nike didn't see as a market to folks who either are tired of tradition colorways+material and/or just want to be different thus stand out from the crowd. Nike can either (1) totally going to ignore Bape like Microsoft did with Internet in the early 90's and play catch-up later on down the line, (2) looking at it as a fad Nike will let Bape lead that market while it piggybacks a little until is disappears (the "fad" that is), or (3) being that they are Nike they can take over that market by aligning and consulting themselves with the right people, like they did with Nike SB.

Overall there is enough room in the national and global market for all the sneaker companies in existence to do well in design and in profits. Smaller shoe companies like Bape and Greedy Genius keep the sneaker Goliath's on their toes by raising the bar, and most importantly they boost innovation while keeping it sleek, street, and sexy which is key in clothing and footwear game. PEACE!!!


Nike Air Force 1 Premium Purple/White

Looks like Nike is biting off the biters with this BAPE-style patent leather and colorway... Get'em boy!

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Kick-Fiend

Sunday, July 02, 2006

2007 Air Jordan III (3) Retro (136064-161, 315296-142, ??????-???)

When I first laid eyes on the first photos of these shoes I knew I wanted them (especially the Fire Red pair) and honestly I'm not even an Air Jordan fan. Here are some photos taken by ShadyGroc at ISSforums. The shoes are going to retail for $125 and the release of the Cool Grey is still unknown, however the other two will drop March 24, 2007 -- I can't wait!

[ SOLE CHECK ] via SneakerHolic

03/24/2007 Air Jordan III Retro (Air Jordan 3)
136064-161 White/Black-Fire Red

03/24/2007 Air Jordan III Retro (Air Jordan 3)
315296-142 White/Carolina Blue

///??/2007 Air Jordan III Retro (Air Jordan 3)
??????-??? Cool Grey

Air Force 1's Released July 1, 2006

Air Force 1 Low LE
313642-131 white/pine green

Air Force 1 Low LE
313642-141 white/varsity royal

Air Force 1 Low Supreme (limited release to urban accounts & niketowns only)
313644-411 midnight navy/white

Air Force 1 Low Premium UTT Clowns Untold Truth Pack (limited release to urban accounts & niketowns only)
314229-461 midnight navy/varsity red-sail-net

Air Force 1 Low Premium Citrus
312945-xxx orange blaze/citrus-lime

[ SOLE CHECK ] via SC Forums

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Nike Air Force 1 Quickstrike Negro League Ethiopian Clowns (314229-461)

This is the 2nd uptown release of the Untold Truth Negro League Pack dubbed the "Ethiopian Clowns". A very unique shoe & a true collectors item for years to come!! As for the clown face it stands out a bit more than it had before and they really did a good job on the stitching, the embroidery. To top it off Nike uses soft leather and the insoles are different than the average Nike sole and lastly the tongue has the Ethiopian Clown's team logo on it as well.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Turf Shoes

Nike 2007 Kobe Air Force 1 (315095-221)

Even though Nike has just reported profit loss last quarter, they are reported to be excited about their 25th Anniversary of their Air Force 1 line. These Kobe Air Force 1s are one of the shoes they're referring to. These Kobe's are part of the 'Supreme' pack will be limited (of course) and will feature a clear midsole and may come with a dog tag with Kobe's image on it. The retail price is about 30,000 Yen, which is approx $260 USD.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Hypebeast

Nike WOMENS Air Force I Low Clear/Light Iris-Ice Blue

These are straight fire! Based on what is stated on Serious-Heat.com... these Quickstrike releases are more limited than the Invisible Womans. They also say it was dropped in Houston on June 30th and stores were only carrying 10-15 pairs maximum.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Serious Heat

About Kicks

The Dark Side of Fresh Kicks

A clip from the DVD Just For Kicks alking about stick-up kids. For a review of the DVD visit, www.KicksMovie.com/

Friday, June 30, 2006

2006 International Sneaker Battle in Dirty Jersey

BIGG UP to my partner Luke and his man (from The Sneak Tip located in Brooklyn) for taking home the "Best Display Award" at the 2006 International Sneaker Battle!!! Shout-out to the crack-smoking judges that didn't award them with "Best Overall Collection"... Vegas look out! I personally wasn't able to make it this trip to Dirty Jersey, however Luke came through with tons of photos which I put up on Flickr. Enjoy!!!

Click here to view photos.


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Nike's Complete Fantastic Four Pack

Mr. Fantastic
Air Max 90 Premium LE
Retail Price: $90

Human Torch
Air Max 95 LE
Retail Price: $140

The Thing
Dunk High Premium LE
Retail Price: $90

Invisible Woman
Air Force 1 Premium LE
Retail Price: $100

Dr. Doom
Foamposite Pro LE
Retail Price: $170


Jordan 7 VII Retro "Citrus" (304775-081)

Today is the official general release date (6/28/2006) of the Air Jordan 7 Retro in the Black/Citrus-Varsity Red color. $135.00 is the MSRP.
I've seen them Retail for $169.99 at PickYourShoes.Com.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via SC Fourms

Monday, June 26, 2006

25th Anniversary Nike Air Force 1 “Boston”

These new babies can be seen at Samplekickz. They are the Nike Air Force 1 25th Anniversary innovation sample “Boston”.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via SampleKickz, Kick-Fiend

SC + NIKETOWN Sneaker Competition — Las Vegas

Exert from Sole Collector's site...
"Mark your calendar now for the hottest event to hit the sneakerhead scene this century.

The Sole Collector/NT traveling sneakerhead competition will land at NIKETOWN Las Vegas (in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace) on July 22nd. This all day affair will showcase the category winners from each city during the day and also feature special Nike collections and high-profile speakers conducting Q&A sessions. The main event will begin at 11:59 pm, where the winners from each city will go head to head for a chance to be named the national champion and win the best Grand Prize yet!"

Saturday, July 22, 2006 (all day)
Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
3500 Las Vegas Blvd, South Ste M5
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(show map)

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Sole Collector

ARI's Menthol 10 Release at Clientele w/Exclusive Interview

ARI's Menthol 10 Release at Clientele w/Exclusive Interview

Friday, June 16, 2006

Nike Air Force 1 Wrestling Pack (313641-002)

These babies (shown below) are part of the “Wrestling Pack” which are going to be releasing this October 2006 in a West Coast regional release.

[ SOLE CHECK ] via Nike Talk, Nice Kicks