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Nike’s Sneaker Lineup for the 2012 USA Olympic Basketball Team

Nike has gone all out for the London Summer Olympics Games and sports and sneaker fans have seen plenty of special edition sneakers. In part because Nike dominates the NBA sneaker game with a 92% market share and endorsements with almost all the top NBA players, they’ve placed sneakers on the feet of every Team USA player. Even the coach, Mike Krzyzewski, has a Nike endorsement. To celebrate, Nike has released a huge assortment of new and throwback basketball sneakers dedicated to the USA Olympic Basketball team, both past and present. But which Nike sneakers are Team USA players actually rocking on the London Olympic Courts? You can spot them by the use of red, white and obsidian blue, which you’ll see throughout Nike’s 2012 USA editions.

Nike Hyperdunk USA Edition

LeBron James (+), Anthony Davis (+), Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Tyson, Chandler, James Harden (low) and Deron Williams (low)

Out of the wide array of basketball sneakers offered by Nike, their brand new, super high-tech Hyperdunks are covering the majority of feet on the Olympic Court. Released just this summer, these sneakers offer the absolute latest in Nike technology. First, Lunarlon and Phylon is used for the cushioning and midsole. Lunarlon, inspired by astronauts bouncing across the moon, is a patented type of ultralight foam. It also allows for a larger pressure distribution area across the foot, helping to minimize stress and injury. Phylon is another Nike invention and is a firmer foam midsole made of compressed pellets. The two different foam densities are used together to provide better balance and stability.

Nike Flywire is used for the upper, which was also designed to maximize support and minimize weight through a new minimalist design and materials. It does away with bulky layers of materials and replaces them with special threading and cables. The ultra-light and ultra-strong Vectran fibers turned into embroidery threads are used to create long stitches to build the shoe to support key areas of the foot. Vectran is also known for its use by NASA and bicycle tires. The shoe is then secured with cables that wrap around the show, acting like tendons in a foot.

This design of thread, cables and sole are all that are technically needed for the shoe to work. While the material panels normally perform the function of a pair of sneakers, the Hyperdunk’s actual material covering the foot are there simply to keep the foot free of outside elements like dirt, rocks, water, etc. Because of their reduced importance, the upper materials used are specialized for high-breathability and lightness.

Another high-tech feature that will be used by frontman Lebron James and Nike’s newest team member, Anthony Davis, will be using Hyperdunk + sneakers. The Nike + system uses sensors in the sneaker sole that will gather stats and measure performance based on jumps and steps for vertical, quickness and hustle.

Besides the high-top version seen here, guards James Harden and Deron Williams will be using low-tops for extra mobility in their defensive efforts.

Nike Zoom Hyperfuse USA Edition

Russell Westbrook
This Nike Zoom features an upper built with Nike’s new Hyperfuse system, which is a blend of three materials. It uses a synthetic as a support base layer, mesh for lightweight breathability and a thermoplastic urethane film as a top skin, all hot pressing into one piece. This creates a series of vents and slits for superior airflow in a durable unibody construction. Phylon is used for the midsole with a Nike Zoom Unit used for the forefoot. The Nike Zoom unit uses a network of thread, plastics and pressurized gas for padding and support giving a lower-to-the-ground responsiveness.

Jordan Super Fly USA Edition

Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony
The Jordan Super Fly used the latest combo of Nike tech styled under the Jordan brand. It also uses the basketball-tailored Lunarlon found in the Hyperdunk, but keeps the heel tight with a Zoom Air unit. The upper is built with Nike’s new hyperfuse system making use of synthetic leather parts for strength and to add some traditional aesthetics. It follows the same red, white and blue colorway with the addition of gold accents and the iconic Jumpman logo in red making the Super Fly a high tech sneaker with a bit of classic Jordan styling.

Nike Zoom KD IV USA Edition

Kevin Durant
This new version of Kevin Durant’s signature sneaker now employs the Hyperfuse system, giving it a stronger, lighter and more breathable upper. For cushioning, it uses a full Phylon midsole. The highlight is the Adaptive Fit System, which uses a strap to lock your foot down. And this strap system is more than just a simple velcro strap on the other shell to work like shoe laces – It extends to include both the forefoot and the arch of the shoe, which lets it conform to your foot, not just the shoe.

Nike Zoom Kobe VII USA Edition

Kobe Bryant
Kobe’s latest kicks use the latest in Nike tech, but incorporates a few features not found in the other sneakers above. First, it uses the Flywire system, as seen in the Hyperdunk, for its upper. It then uses a thermoplastic urethane heel clip to help lock down your foot. It comes fitted with an Attack Fast midsole insert, which uses a combo of a Phylon midsole amd Nike Zoom units in the heel and forefoot. The Zoom Kobe VII Supreme model includes another interchangeable Attack Strong insert.

While dedicated to Team USA, these sneakers also stand as classy, more toned down colorways when compared to the variety of flashy and colorful versions found of these basketball sneakers. Which ones are your favorites and do you plan on picking up a pair? Let us know in the comments below!

adidas Decides Not To Release “Shackle” Sneakers

Amidst accusations of promoting racism, adidas made the decision today not to release it’s new “Shackle” Sneakers.

adidas Shackle Sneaker

What do you think About The adidas Shackle Sneaker?

Designed by Jeremy Scott, a New York designer known for his controversial and outrageous creations, the adidas JS Roundhouse Mids have sparked outrage through the adidas fan community. Voicing mixed opinions on adidas’ Facebook page, both fans and critics of the shoe agree it’s a little outrageous that everyone is getting so fired up about the sneaker design.

What do you think? Did adidas make the right decision, or should they move forward with the launch of the JS Roundhouse Mids aka the “Shackle” Sneakers?

Let us know in the comments below, on our Facebook page or via Twitter. You can also check out tips, tricks and videos on our Pinterest page!

Hey Dude Shoes Are Here!

With the promise of both style and comfort, Shoe Metro welcomes Hey Dude Shoes to its collection! We’ve started out with just a few styles for you to try out. See how you like them and let us know what you think! This could be the beginning of a very beautiful foot friendship.

Hey Dude Shoes At Shoe Metro

Hey Dude Shoes | Wally

Weighing in at only 150 grams…wait…150 grams? That’s only 155 oyster crackers, 2 cups of microwave popcorn, or 2/3 cup of applesauce. How did Hey Dude manage that? Stop trying to guess – I’ll just tell you. They start with the perfect amount of light weight padding to keep your tootsies comfortable, throw in an anatomically correct leather insole and envelope them in a canvas exterior finished off with an ultra light, yet durable rubber sole.

The real icing on this cake is the Flex & Fold Technology. You can fold them, wash them, roll them and they won’t lose their shape! More flexibility means increased weight distribution. Increased weight distribution means increased nerve activation. Increased nerve activation means better posture. Better posture means bigger muscles, a better tan, a few more zeros on the end of your paycheck, and all the hot hunnies you could ask for. No, not really. We can’t promise that.

Hey Dude Shoes | Riva

What we can promise is that your feet will love these Hey Dude Shoes. Now you CAN have it all – the comfort of a slipper disguised by the dapper of a dress shoe.

Let’s hear it! We’d love to know what you think about the new Hey Dude Shoes, or about shoes in general. Post comments and // or questions below, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

And don’t forget to check us out on Pinterest for sweet deals, videos, how-tos and DIYs. Get Pinebriated with us!

Nike Stores Launch Twitter RSVP

Ever gone in for a pair of fresh new Nikes and come out with a fresh pair of black eyes?

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Nike

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We feel your pain.

Mobs of anxious Nike enthusiasts waiting in line for days to get their feet into the newest release from the athletic shoe gurus aren’t going to play nice when those doors open up and that burst of fresh leather and plastic hits their faces. Oh no, they won’t play nice at all.

In an effort to make the experience of landing your fresh pair of sneaks a more enjoyable one, Nike has made it possible for you to reserve a pair via Twitter. Yes, Twitter.

Nike has set up designated “RSVP Dates” on which they will Tweet a hashtagged term relating to the shoe that is being released. Nike’s followers then have one hour to direct message the store with the hashtag, last four digits of their State/Passport/Military/School ID number, and shoe size. A successful Nike shoe reservation will be confirmed by a direct message from Nike to the follower. All that’s left is to snag your sneaks from the store. Done and done.

Check out more info on Nike’s Twitter RSVP here.

What do you guys think? Good idea, or is Nike just getting sneaky (Ha! Because they sell sneakers…get it?) about building their Twitter following?

Would you use Nike’s Twitter RSVP?

“Black and Tan” Shoe Leaves Nike Black and Blue?

We’re all painfully aware of the politically correct day and age in which we live (or are we…?). We don’t have mailmen, we have letter carriers. We must use the polite pronunciations of Uranus and harass (it’s Ur-uh-nuss and hare-as, duh) unless we want to raise eyebrows. Unfortunately, Nike might not be so in tune with these social stigmas.

While Nike obviously had their bottom line in mind, their attempt to capitalize on the follies and casual drinking of St. Patrick’s Day may have their revenue reeling. The release of a shoe donned the “Black and Tan” has the Irish community up in arms, as the history of that term is less than flattering.

Nike Black and Tan

Nike Black and Tan

As far as the alchemy of alcohol in the U.S. is concerned, a Black and Tan is simply a dark beer (such as Guinness) poured over pale ale (such as Bass), thus creating a layered effect in your pint glass – black on top, tan on the bottom. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a beverage commonly consumed in Ireland.

In Ireland, Black and Tans won’t have you feeling warm and fuzzy after you have a few. The Black and Tans were a paramilitary group that became infamous for atrocities committed against Irish civilians during the Irish War of Independence. The term “Black and Tan” is still an irreverent term in Ireland, and is not likely to lose its negative connotation any time soon.

Are we pushing the limits of political correctness to the point that we’re making mountains out of mole hills, or is there a real problem here?

What do you think? Should Nike apologize? Possibly rename the shoe?

After The Oscars | Fashion Feats And Fashion Flops

The stars hit the red carpet on Sunday with uber class, and a little sass. Or maybe, uber sass and a little class. Either way, with bling shining, hair flowing and faces glowing, the stars flaunted their best (and worst) ensembles for the commoners (aka you and me) to oogle over. And yes, we’re judging them. So while you’re crammed in coach, cruisin’ in your sub-compact import, or chillin’ in your postage stamp-sized apartment, take comfort knowing that we can openly turn our noses up at celeb fashion flops.

We’re head over heels for this glittery number! We all know glitter is where it’s at right now, so jump on the bandwagon and shine it up! We’d pair this enviable ensemble with these hot heels.

2012 Oscars | Ellie Kemper

2012 Oscars | Ellie Kemper

Oscar Worthy | Jessica Simpson Waleo | $64.99

Oscar Worthy | Jessica Simpson Waleo | $64.99

Golly, we love Emma Stone – what’s not to adore? We just can’t help but wonder which mirror told her this would be it – this would be the dress she takes to the Academy Awards. She’s yelling at us through her wardrobe. Whispers, Emma. It’s whispers that get the most attention. Anyway, if the dress doesn’t do it for you, these shoes certainly will! We’d pair this fuchsia number with these classy pumps.

2012 Oscars | Emma Stone

2012 Oscars | Emma Stone

Oscar Worthy | Dereon Sasho | $44.99

Oscar Worthy | Dereon Sasho | $44.99

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this one has a lot to say. But we have questions for you, photograph. 1) Is Anna Faris drunk, or does she have a peg leg and we just didn’t know it? 2) Why did she dip herself in latex before she went to the Oscars? Rhetorical questions, of course, we love this funny front woman when she’s at her best. This just isn’t one of those times.

2012 Oscars | Anna Faris

2012 Oscars | Anna Faris

Oscar Worthy | Paris Hilton Nandi | $61.99

Oscar Worthy | Paris Hilton Nandi | $61.99

Saving the best for last – by far our fave fashion feat of the night! When you’re wearing such a superb gown, who cares what shoes you’re wearing? Just kidding…we care. Try these on for size.

2012 Oscars | Jessica Chastain

2012 Oscars | Jessica Chastain

Oscar Worthy | Kelsi Dagger Linzy In Bronze | $66.99

Oscar Worthy | Kelsi Dagger Linzy In Bronze | $66.99

Who do you think claimed a fashion feat, and who flopped??

As Seen In Footwear News Retail Guide | February 2012

Check her out!  Our very own Danielle Petri, buyer for Shoe Metro, was interviewed by industry standard setting publication Footwear News.  See the article below for a sneak peak at what you can expect to find in our line-up in the upcoming months, and tell us what you’re hoping to see in our footwear arsenal!

Footwear News Retail Guide | February 2012
Footwear News Retail Guide | February 2012
Danielle Petri | Booting Up

Danielle Petri | Booting Up

Trending Now | Glitter Gals

So Adele swept the 2012 Grammys – anyone surprised?  Her sultry voice and style to match make the singer irresistible to both our eyes and our ears.  The singer looked every bit the Vogue cover girl that she is, channeling the best of the 60′s with her red lips and cat eyes.  Elegance became her as she donned a shimmering Giorgio Armani gown and Louboutin heels to match.  Think Marilyn Monroe meets Dorothy in the Emerald City.  We think her sparkle-tastic shoes were a total hit.

Adele At The 2012 Grammys

Sparkle-tastic At The 2012 Grammys

Since we can’t run out and snag a pair of Christian Louboutin heels, here are a few affordable options we have in our line-up. Hopefully they’ll have you clicking your heels together three times and saying, “There’s no place like Shoe Metro, there’s no place like Shoe Metro, there’s no place like Shoe Metro.”

Enjoy!

REPORT SIGNATURE Parker 3

REPORT SIGNATURE Parker 3

Jessica Simpson Nolita

Jessica Simpson Nolita

Style & Co Endora

Style & Co Endora

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

Shoesday Tuesday on Star 94.1FM

We have lots of exciting news to announce this week. I’ll get into more of it tomorrow but for now, there’s this. We’ve partnered with Star 94.1FM in San Diego to bring you Shoesday Tuesday, which starts today. Every Tuesday for the next several weeks, you can win a $100 Shoe Metro Gift Card by listening into Star 94.1FM. Of course, the big kick for us is just hearing ourselves on the radio. Tune in and check it out!

Shoesday Tuesday

Good Luck SDSU Men’s Basketball!

Everyone at Shoe Metro has caught the March Madness fever as we’ve seen our SDSU Aztecs reach the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament! Congratulations and good luck out there today against Connecticut! We’re rooting for you!

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