The Most Anticipated Summer Kicks: Part 2

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2015

The Most Anticipated Summer Kicks: Part 2

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    Don't look now, but the anticipation for kicks is growing with each passing day.

    Summertime can be considered one of the best times for sneaker collectors. In most parts of the country the weather is majestic, which gives people a chance to rock a variety of pairs.

    Sliding back the curtain to reveal what's about to hit shelves, it's time now for our second installment of the most anticipated summer kicks.

    As usual, start the slideshow below and let's get this thing going.

Adidas D Lillard 1 'Oakland Rebels'

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    Adidas' D Lillard series of sneakers has become one of the brand's tightest entryways into the world of basketball.

    Supplied, branded and created for Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, the kicks have been subjected to a handful of colorways since its initial release in early 2015.

    A summer edition dubbed the "Oakland Rebels" is set to hit the market as a general release on July 10. The "Oakland Rebels" pay respect to Lillard's time playing AAU basketball.

    The Oakland Rebels was the team the young guard went to battle with. Using their colorways as inspiration, Adidas felt it was right to give the D Lillard 1's their own rebel look and feel.

    If you're into the D Lillard 1, you won't want to pass on these.

Air Jordan 11LAB4 'Red'

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    Whether you believe the hype surrounding all red shoes is dying down or not will determine if you're a big fan of the Air Jordan 11LAB4.

    Originally released in a jet-black scheme on May 1, the red version of these patent leather jump-offs are set for a July 11 release date.

    As a silhouette, the Air Jordan IV is one of the all-time grails. With the Jordan team crafting this custom version, it gives the shoe new purpose. This isn't your typical recycled colorway. It's a brand-new look to one of the top sneakers ever assembled.

    Fans hoping to get their hands on these will need a little luck. All signs point to 11LAB4's selling out quickly.

Nike Air Max '95 'OG'

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    Nothing gets people fired up like the re-release of a classic sneaker. Nike is digging into its vault and releasing the original colorway of the Air Max '95.

    The neon dashes over a two-tone grey overlay created one unforgettable shoe. Besides its looks, the Air Max '95 was really advanced in the support department. It featured air pockets in the forefoot, which made it a pleasure to run and compete in.

    Set for a July 25 release—right now—this OG sneaker won't be an easy cop. Air Max aficionados need to stay on their toes to secure a pair.

Adidas Andrew Wiggins Crazylight Boost 2015 'Home Edition'

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    Based on what we saw last season, it looks like Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is going to be a pretty stellar talent.

    On the shoe side of things, the athletic, 6'8" second-year man inked a deal with Adidas prior to being drafted. So far he's chosen the Crazylight Boost sneakers as his on-foot weapon of choice.

    Wearing the Crazylight model makes you appreciate what Adidas is doing as a company. The Boost technology is conforming to the foot. That feature alone provides the shoe with a robust comfort level.

    The Crazylight Boost 2015 "Home Edition" is Wiggins' first real sneaker. This particular colorway reflects his Timberwolves uniform while paying homage to his Canadian background at the same time—the white maple leafs are the highlight of this shoe.

    Look out for these to drop in the near future from Adidas.

Kobe X 'Pain'

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    The Kobe X continues its voyage down the sea of colorways with the "Pain" look. This version of one of the top sneakers around was made to look like the mask Kobe wore after breaking his nose in high school.

    After struggling to get anything going, Bryant tossed the mask away and went bonkers in the second half of play—classic Kobe.

    It has a gravely look to it—almost denim-like. And as weird of a description as that is, it somehow works. For those who dig the Kobe X, the "Pain" sequence should be added to their 2015 collection.

Air Jordan VII 'Bordeaux'

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    Here's the one shoe you've all been waiting for: The Air Jordan VII Bordeaux.

    This sneaker should be a tough get for people considering it's one of the top colorways ever released for the Air Jordan VII model. If you remember, the Bordeaux was originally dropped back in 2011 and was greeted by a warm welcome.

    It features a nice black upper with sloshes of grey to bode. Where the Bordeaux element really comes into play is on the tongue of the shoe. That's where you see that clean vino-like maroon drip down behind the laces.

    What is going to make this sneaker such a challenging cop for consumers is the fact that it's only the second time it has ever been released.

    Jordan addicts love exclusivity, and the Air Jordan VII Bordeaux fits that definition.

Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski 'Canvas Spree'

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    Nike Skateboarding is one cut of sneakers that deserves a ton of love. Since it inked skater Stefan Janoski to a deal and gave him his own set of kicks, the SB line has progressed further than we ever expected it to.

    Continuing on with his very own Zoom series, the Stefan Janoski Canvas Spree comes to us this summer. To help make it stand out, the design team gave the shoe a slashing, zebra-like pattern over the midsole and toe.

    That look surrounded by a white midsole helps this sneaker really pop.

    The most interesting part of these sneakers is the tongue. The Janoski emblem was dressed up in this "Malibu surfer" color scheme, which turned out to be an outstanding decision.

    Overall, these sneakers are not only beautiful to wear, but they are durable as can be. Those on the lookout should keep their eyes peeled starting July 11.

Diadora S8000 'OG'

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    Diadora is making a serious push as of late. With the S8000 model coming back to life after 25 years, the brand is aiming to bring back kicks people loved when the company was first around.

    When we're talking about Diadora, we're talking about fine Italian craftsmanship. Keeping in line with that way of life, the S800s are beautifully constructed and the original colorway is subdued—a nice change of pace from the neon colors and shocking hues used by a lot of manufacturers.

    Stitched, mixed and flipped to perfection, the S8000 finally returns on July 18 in a very limited fashion.

Jordan Westbrook 0

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    Russell Westbrook is known as a stylish guy. His work with men's clothing store Barneys and appearances during various fashion weeks gives him a lot of weight in that world.

    As one of the marquee athletes inked to Jordan Brand, Westbrook's on-court explosion and off-court swagger changed the way the company releases signature sneakers.

    Instead of giving Westbrook a traditional basketball shoe, it flipped the script and created a lifestyle shoe to complement his way of doing things.

    Dubbed the Jordan Westbrook 0, this sneaker is the culmination of all things Russell Westbrook. It has that high-grade fashion feel to it, the materials are right and the look is a cross between a skate shoe, performance shoe and runway one.

    Stay tuned on July 25 for this trend-setting sneaker.

KD8 'V8'

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    We've talked about it before, but one of the most anticipated sneakers of summer '15 finally arrives on July 11. The KD8 V8, Kevin Durant's latest signature model continues Nike's trend of pushing boundaries.

    With so many different kicks floating around, it's tough to break through nowadays. The KD8 didn't have any trouble doing so. Considering basketball kicks have been transitioning into more performance-like, running shoes, Durant's KD8 is a welcomed edition.

    The shoe itself is based off of Durant's very own red Camaro, per News.Nike.com. It's sleek, has aggressive curves and is driven by performance.

    One thing you can always count on from a pair of Durant sneakers is that they will not falter. The KD8 V8 looks to carry on that tradition of excellence.

Under Armour Curry One Low 'SC30'

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    Stephen Curry has had one heck of a 2015, hasn't he? The man won an MVP award and hoisted his first-ever NBA Finals trophy.

    Along with that, Under Armour and Curry came together to create the Curry One—a sneaker that is easily one of the most ambitious and comfortable pairs around.

    Continuing to milk the star power of Steph, Under Armour is set to release the Curry One Low SC30. According to Riley Jones of Complex.com, the inspiration for this teal, orange and purple version of shoe is based on Curry's basketball skills camp.

    It doesn't get much cleaner than a true summertime low-top sneaker. Cheers to Under Armour for giving the fans a great performance and casual sneaker with the MVP's name attached to it.

    All Nike/Jordan product information via News.Nike.com, unless noted otherwise. All Adidas information via News.Adidas.com, unless noted otherwise.

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