LifeAtComplex: Team Virgirl Abloh vs Team Skepta (London Trip Day 2)

It’s day 2 of Tony’s trip out in London to cover the Nike Football Team Kit unveiling for the World Cup and today Tony teams up with Skepta in a football tournament. Six teams go at, only one will be crowned the winner. Kim Jones, WizKid, and Virgil Abloh also have teams running in this tournament! Watch to see how far Tony and Team Skepta goes!

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LifeAtComplex: Nike London Trip – World Cup Unveiling (Day 1)

On today’s episode Tony flies out to London to cover the unveiling of the new Nike World Cup team kits and Mercurial football cleats. Special guest like Virgil Abloh, Kim Jones, Neymar, and American Women’s soccer star Tobin Heath make an appearance. Be prepared for loads of eye candy!

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Halsey Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex | Sneaker Shopping

Halsey goes Sneaker Shopping at Flight Club in New York and drops serious sneaker knowledge, talks about buying G-Eazy a rare pair of Air Jordans, and says why she loves dad sneakers.

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Andrew Hawkins on What Playing With Tom Brady Is Like and How Jay Z Stunted for a Teammate

Former NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins spent six seasons in the league, playing for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns before closing out his career with the Patriots in 2017. With that amount of time in the league, Hawkins has certainly witnessed and learned a lot from his teammates, and he shared a little bit of those experiences with Complex.

While out in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Super Bowl Weekend, Complex News' own Pierce Simpson caught up with Hawkins at Hymies Vintage Records and the 31-year-old dished on what he learned about Tom Brady during his stint with the Patriots, as well as talked about the time Jay Z shouted out one of his teammates mid-performance. Check out the full interview above.

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Here’s What Went Down at the Snow Beach Re-Release in London

The Polo Ralph Lauren Snow Beach re-release was a big deal stateside, with the NYC edition featuring appearances from Just Blaze and Raekwon. But how about across the pond?

Complex News' Fenn O'Meally hit the Snow Beach re-release launch in London to find out how much money customers were willing to drop on the iconic line. She also asked a handful of people if they were willing to let her try on their purchases. Let's just say not everyone was open to the idea.

Find out what went down in the video above, and check out the teaser trailer for Complex's upcoming Polo Ralph Lauren documentary Horse Power below. Just Blaze, Raekwon, 2 Chainz, ASAP Ferg, and more are featured.

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Flat-Earth Truther Kyrie Irving Admits His Theory Came From IG

I honestly can’t listen to Kyrie Irving talk about his thoughts on the Earth being flat anymore. First, he said it was flat. Then, he said he was just trolling everyone. Then, he said he thought it was flat again. And now, well, now he just seems amused over the fact that everyone is so hung up on his opinion on the shape of the Earth. It’s maddening, to say the least.

But Irving is still talking about his flat Earth theory, and fortunately, there are other people out there who are listening to him talk and trying to make sense of it all. On Friday, J.J. Redick debuted a new episode of his Ringer podcast, and Irving, who has been over in London with Redick for a Celtics/76ers game, was his special guest. And they wasted absolutely no time getting into Irving's thoughts on flat Earth and other conspiracy theories. It all starts at about the 1:45 mark of the clip below.

I spent about 45 seconds listening to it before I started banging my head on my keyboard and couldn’t take it anymore, but Ball Don’t Lie blogger Ben Rohrbach did us all a favor and listened to Irving go on (and on and on and on…) about his takes on different conspiracy theories, and he shared some of the high—and low—lights.

Irving and Redick started things off by speaking about Irving’s original comments about flat Earth last February, and Irving revealed that he made the comments after learning about different flat Earth theories on…Instagram. No, really, that was what started all of this.

Redick and Irving moved on to talk about conspiracy theories in a more general sense, which is when Irving touched briefly on geo-engineering and chemtrails, which are things that you should not Google under any circumstances unless you want to spend (waste?) the rest of your afternoon jumping down rabbit holes that will impossible to get out of. Irving said the things he read on such theories made him “think twice about shit.”

From there, Redick revealed he isn’t 100 percent convinced dinosaurs existed (oddly enough, he's not the only pro athlete who thinks this) before the two players moved on to talking about 9/11 conspiracy theories. At this point, Rohrbach considered turning away and shutting the podcast off, and we wouldn’t have blamed him at all for doing it. But he soldiered on and shared what Irving had to say about the 9/11 conspiracy theories he’s seen.

After that, there was even some Illuminati talk! Irving asked Redick if he had seen the new Taco Bell commercial that references the Illuminati, and Irving shared his thoughts on the Illuminati and talked about how he has “been seeing the all-seeing eye for about six months now.”

The conspiracy segment then ended with Irving going all-in on his thoughts on spiritual alchemy and—wait—Jim Carrey? Yup, this podcast appearance took even more twists and turns than anyone could have possibly predicted.

The thing is that, even after allllllllllllll of this, I actually still think Irving is probably making a larger point here that is very valid. That point being that people should use the resources available to them to do the necessary research to learn the truth about things, rather than just accepting the truth from others. But the fact that he seems to be relying on random Instagram accounts to learn the “truth”—and that he seems to be dabbling in so many conspiracy theories at once—is what makes it all so facepalm-inducing in the first place.

If your brain can take it, you can check out what else Irving had to say on the podcast—there was even some stuff that didn’t have anything to do with the shape of the Earth or chemtrails—in the video above.

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We Linked Up With Big Shaq A.K.A. Michael Dapaah in the U.K.

Michael Dapaah, the comedian best known for his braggadocious character Big Shaq (the one who never, ever gets hot), is well acquainted with Complex's own Speedy Morman—Speedy even has a cameo in the “Man's Not Hot” video. So it was nothing but good times when Speedy met up with Dapaah again, this time in the funnyman's hometown of London.

The duo take a walk through the landscapes that inspired Dapaah's comedy—his elementary school, his old workplace, and even the field where he used to play soccer football. While, as you might expect, there are plenty of laughs along the way, there are also some unexpectedly emotional and moving moments.

You can see Dapaah and Speedy's tour in the video above.

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Can This Sneaker Store Take Over in New York City?

Previously exclusive to Europe with locations in Stockholm, London, Paris and Berlin, sneaker store Sneakersnstuff is now planting its flag in New York City.

Fresh off opening their new door on 22 Little West 12th Street, co-founders Erik Fagerlind and Peter Jansson stopped by Full Size Run to discuss the expansion of their empire, the continued war between Nike and Adidas and what they expect from the market in 2018.

When asked about the competitive landscape in New York, Fagerlind dismissed the idea of SNS competing against other independent boutiques, but believes that they can collectively affect big chain business.

“Personally, I always felt like all the independent stores that sort of mean something, that care for product and care for storytelling, combined will probably affect Foot Locker or the mall,” he said.

Fagerlind also says that SNS makes it a point to not look at competition too much because they believe it'll take necessary attention away from executing their own vision.

Watch the latest episode of Full Size Run above for more industry insight from the Sneakersnstuff crew and be sure to subscribe to Sole Collector on YouTube for future episodes and more original content.

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The 10 Most Expensive Sneakers of 2017

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.

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