Welcome back to Season 2 of #OutOfBounds! The team kicks it off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by discussing which major U.S. sports league has come closest to realizing MLK’s dream. Adam is concerned about the Cavaliers’ recent performance and questions if they can win today against the Golden State Warriors, but Gilbert is confident LeBron’s got it in the bag. Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams embarrassingly missed a crucial tackle that led to the Vikings last-second playoff win. Does Minnesota, or any of the remaining teams with suspect QBs, have a chance of knocking Tom Brady and the Patriots off?
If a sneaker doesn’t resell for a ton of money, was it ever released in the first place? With the secondary sneaker market being a billion dollar industry, it’s put more focus on what a shoe’s worth is after it releases than what it costs in stores. Good luck getting a pair at retail, bud. You’ll have to fork your dollars over on eBay or Flight Club. And that’s what you’ll need to do for the latest Air Jordan collaboration, Pharrell x Adidas sneaker, or shoe that drops only at an obscure pop-up shop half-way across the world. We’re not talking chump change either, people are shelling out major coin to cop some of these exclusive kicks. Here are some of the Most Expensive Sneakers of 2017.
To gather the info, we used StockX to find out the average resale values of all the sneakers.
Off-White x Air Jordan 1
Resale value: $1,100
The “best” sneaker of the year is also one of the most sought-after, which is the case for the Off-White x Air Jordan 1. The release for the shoe was so mad that Nike had to postpone it, with the SNKRS app shutting down due to the high demand. If you wanted this year’s top shoe, you needed to pay top dollar.
Air Jordan 1 Royal Satin
Resale value: $1,590
I’ve been very critical of Jordan’s deceptive release practices in 2017, but the Satin version of the Air Jordan 1 “Black/Royal” showed a dedication to storytelling. The shoes only dropped at Walters in Atlanta and Active Athlete in Houston, two mom and pop shops that carried the shoes when they first releases. That rarity and regional exclusiveness drove up the resale market for these satin joints. And, oh yeah, people love “Black/Royal” Air Jordan 1s.
A Cold Wall x Nike Air Force 1
Resale value: $1,631
Unless you have a pile of money or a plug in London, you probably didn’t get your hands on the A Cold Wall x Nike Air Force 1. Only released at a pop-up in in the Big Smoke, the sneakers were a throwback to classic Air Force 1 styling and were even given The Harlem Lace Job in the press photos. Talk about authenticity.
Just Don x Air Jordan II “Arctic Orange”
Resale value: $1,646
Just Don and Jordan Brand dropped the third installment of their Air Jordan II trilogy this year, this time releasing them in sizes for the whole family. The men’s pairs are going for bread, too. It all makes sense that the sneakers, being inspired by luxury handbags, actually go for the price of a luxury handbag.
Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail “Cotton Candy”
Resale value: $1,751
Pharrell had a really hot year with Adidas, and one of his Hu Race NMD Trail sneakers were only sold at BBC in New York City. Guess what? They resell for way more than the pairs that were sold everywhere. Surprised? Not in the least.
Air Jordan 1 “Spike Lee”
Resale value: $2,397
Besides Michael Jordan, Spike Lee is the face of the Air Jordan, coming in with the Air Jordan III to sell it as his Mars Blackmon character. In the film She’s Gotta Have It, Mars wore a pair of Black/Royal Air Jordan 1s while having sex, and now Spike has his own Air Jordan 1s. Done up in a similar colorway, the sneakers featured Mars’ face on the heel, were only sold in Brooklyn, and retailers for $300. Now they’re re-selling for over $2,000. Call that a cultural cash-et.
Adidas Futurecraft 4D
Resale value: $2,892
Adidas was supposed to release this sneaker to the public by the end of the year, but it hasn’t hit retail yet. But the brand did give away 300 pairs to friends and family… .and most of them ended up on eBay. They feature cutting-edge technology in the midsole, but they look badass, too, even if the majority of people who get them saw them as a way to cash in.
Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail “N*E*R*D”
Resale value: $5,185
Pharrell and Adidas figured out the hype train this year, and it came to a culmination at ComplexCon with a special pair of Pharrell’s Hu Race NMD Trail that was made for the release of N*E*R*D’s new album. Kids literally fought over the shoes, which drove the resale price up even higher.
Chanel x Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail
Resale value: $11,135
Pharrell got Adidas to collaborate with Chanel on his signature sneakers and released them at Colette for the retailer’s send off after 20 years of business. The demand was so great for them that they had to get a court bailiff to read off the auction winners. Coupled with the fact that there were only 500 pairs made, and that put this shoe as one the most in-demand releases in ages.
Air Jordan III “Grateful”
Resale value: $13,250
DJ Khaled is one of the most divisive people in the sneaker game. For some, he possesses the enthusiasm they’ve been looking for. For others, anything he touches instantly makes the product uncool. But Jordan Brand rewarded his faithfulness to the company this year with this own Air Jordan III. The shoes were given away to select folks who bought his new album, which means very few pairs are circulating. Sneakers are good investment, indeed.
We traveled to London to get an up-close look at the props that were used in the film, including rare kicks from adidas x Mr Porter, the actual rifle Channing Tatum used on set, and a mine-detecting baseball bat. Check out the full scoop in the video above.
On today’s episode of #OutOfBounds the crew kicks things off with Duke University’s win over Michigan State. Gilbert Arenas agrees that LeBron should be considered for a trade and draws the line at hollering at married women. Mia Khalifa admits Odell Beckham Jr. is the only reason she watches Giants games and believes talented athletes should have more power over the organizations they play for.
On today's episode of Out of Bounds, the crew kicks things off with Duke University's win over Michigan State. Gilbert Arenas agrees that LeBron James should be considered for a trade and draws the line at hollering at married women. Mia Khalifa admits Odell Beckham Jr. is the only reason she watches Giants games and believes talented athletes should have more power over the organizations they play for. They also debate if Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor are the NBA's best power couple.
One player who has turned to Kobe early and often is Warriors star Draymond Green. Green and Kobe exchanged texts during the 2016 NBA Playoffs when the Warriors were facing a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 deficit during a series against the Thunder (Golden State would rebound to take that series by winning three straight games), and according to Green, there are other times Kobe has helped him out with his problems, too.
During a recent interview with GQ, Green talked about the time that Kobe gave him the best advice he’s ever received. Shortly after the 2016 NBA Playoffs ended with the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead of their own to the Cavaliers, Green was feeling really down about his perception throughout the league. He had been accused of kicking a couple players during the Warriors’ playoff run, and he was quickly gaining a reputation for being a dirty player. So he turned to Kobe for guidance.
“I was going through all that shit with the media and with the kicks and I was fucked up,” Green said. “So I called Kobe, and said, 'This shit’s killing me, because these people are painting me to be something that I’m not, wondering, would I kick anybody on purpose? I wouldn’t kick anybody on purpose. It’s fucked up.'”
Kobe understood Green completely and helped him cope with the situation by talking to him about how most people are okay with being mediocre. Those people, Kobe said, would never be able to understand Green and his drive for greatness. So Kobe told Green that “as long as you wait for them to understand you, you’re fucked.”
It was exactly what Green needed to hear. “It was the best shit I ever heard,” Green told GQ. “Because it gave me an understanding of why people don’t understand me. I’m so crazy competitive. I put my competitiveness up there with anyone. How could someone understand that? It’s a different level.”
Green drops all kinds of gems in his GQ interview. You can check out the entire thing here.
SoundCloud has acted as a platform to discover new and emerging artists who hustle and get their music out to a wide audience of loyalists who follow a musician's career from its inception. After Lil Uzi Vert used the platform as a launching point for worldwide success, Complex has identified the new crop of SoundCloud rappers who are using it to build their brand, distribute their tracks, and create an empire of their very own.
With his unique approach, Squidnice has quickly become a name to know from the New York rap scene. Here the Staten Island representative shares the story behind his name, what his tattoos symbolize, and also kicks a freestyle. Check out the full video up top.
Complex's weekly series Don't Believe the Hype takes a look at what's hot and what's just hot air. Sneakers, clothes, tech, food—nothing is safe.
One of the most coveted pair of kicks in the game right now are the Virgil Abloh Off-White Jordan 1s. But that also makes them one of the most counterfeited. Don't want to get fooled yourself? Learn from Complex staffers' mistakes and tips on finding the real deal Jordans in this episode of Don't Believe the Hype.
The 2016-17 NFL season featured one of the most exciting endings in NFL history. After falling behind 28-3 to the Falcons in the third quarter of Super Bowl 51, the Patriots came storming back to win 34-28 in overtime in improbable fashion. It helped Tom Brady earn his fifth Super Bowl victory, and it solidified the Patriots as the cream of the crop in the NFL. It also robbed Matt Ryan and the Falcons of the chance to win their first Super Bowl ever.
It’s going to be tough for the NFL to top that ending this season, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to try. On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Patriots will host the Chiefs on the NFL’s opening night and jump start what should be another exciting season for NFL fans. As we prepare to dive headfirst into NFL action, we decided to step back for a moment and assess what should be the biggest stories heading into the new NFL year. Here are the three storylines to look out for this season if you are an NFL fan.
Can anyone beat the Patriots?
The Patriots may have won the Super Bowl in February, but that didn’t stop them from making a few major moves during the offseason to get even better than they already were. They worked out a trade with the Saints that netted them speedy wide receiver Brandin Cooks, and they also signed former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a deal in free agency. Additionally, they’ll get Rob Gronkowski back after he sat the end of last season with a back injury.
The Patriots did suffer a huge setback during the preseason when wide receiver Julian Edelman went down with a season-ending ACL injury. But even without Edelman in the lineup, New England is still the team to beat in the AFC this season. They should be able to cruise to the top of the AFC East and clinch a playoff berth early, and once they’re there, they’ll likely be favored to win all of their postseason games as they head towards another Super Bowl. The Raiders, Steelers, and potentially even the Broncos, Titans, and Ravens could present problems for the Patriots. But they will once again be the team to beat.
Will the Falcons be able to bounce back from their devastating Super Bowl loss?
Historically, teams that lose in the Super Bowl struggle during the following season. Cam Newton and the Panthers made a trip to Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, but after losing to the Broncos, they went just 6-10 last season and finished at the bottom of the AFC South while their division rivals, the Falcons, went to the Super Bowl.
This season, it will be the Falcons trying to overcome a Super Bowl hangover—and it’s not going to be easy for them to do. Unlike the Panthers, the Falcons probably should have won the Super Bowl if not for a big blown lead during the second half of the game. So they’re going to have to shake off whatever negative feelings they have heading into the season and find a way to put Super Bowl LI in the past.
The good news for the Falcons is that they’ve got all of their major weapons back this year. Matt Ryan will still be lining up under center and playing quarterback. Julio Jones will still be presenting matchup nightmares for opposing cornerbacks at the wide receiver position. And Devonta Freeman, who signed a contract in August making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL, will still be running all over the field for the Falcons. Plus, Atlanta will begin playing at their brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which should take their minds off what happened in the Super Bowl.
But still, it’s hard to imagine them not thinking about the Super Bowl loss from time to time, and it could impact them this season. And if they struggle because of it, could you even blame them?
Which rookie quarterback will prove to be the best of the bunch?
There are at least four rookie quarterbacks that could see some playing time this season. DeShone Kizer has already been named the starting QB for the Browns after beating out Brock Osweiler in training camp. But Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who was taken No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes could play in regular-season games as well.
None of the four are expected to have the kind of impact that then-rookie Dak Prescott had for the Cowboys last season. But then again, no one saw Prescott having the impact he did, so who knows? Maybe Kizer will end up leading the Browns to a 13-3 record and a playoff berth just like Prescott did for Dallas last season!
Er, or maybe not. But chances are, at least one of these rookie QBs is going to make his team’s fan base very happy this season. Which one ultimately has the most success is anyone’s guess, but it’ll be fun to see how productive they are when they finally take the field for their respective teams.