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Thanks to the success of his hit song, “Gucci Gang,” Lil Pump has spent the majority of 2017 touring all over the country. As a result, he’s raked in more money than the average 17-year-old can count and found creative ways to spend that money in the process.

One of the big-ticket items Pump purchased recently was an icy watch from Avianne & Co Jewelers in New York City. Complex was on hand when Pump stopped through the Avianne shop to check out a number of timepieces. He tried on a bunch of them, picked out the one he liked best, and then casually dropped a brick of cash on the counter to pay for it.

Pump’s race from internet love to real-world stardom has been intense this year, but he's clearly enjoying the fruits of his labor. Check out the video to see all the fun he had shopping for watches.

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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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Watch Klay Thompson Do the Most Random Interview Ever While Walking Around NYC

After playing against the Nets in Brooklyn on Sunday night, the Warriors had an off day on Monday. And that gave a couple of Golden State stars the opportunity to fulfill some media obligations in New York City.

Steph Curry stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, and during his appearance on the show, he spoke about everything from serving as a taste-tester for his wife Ayesha at home to having his own line of Under Armour sneakers. He also made a well-timed joke about Fallon’s decision to take up “smoking” as a hobby while he was on the show. You can check out Curry’s appearance on The Tonight Show (“smoking” joke at the 1:20 mark) below.

But that was far from the most newsworthy media appearance made by a member of the Warriors on Monday. Because while Curry was taping his Tonight Show segment, his teammate Klay Thompson was off taking part in a media appearance of his own, and it involved a very important topic: Scaffolding. Yes, scaffolding.

If you’ve ever walked around New York City, you know that scaffolding is literally everywhere. It’s hard to walk for more than a block without having to walk under it. And somehow, Fox 5 in NYC was lucky enough to land a man on the street interview with Thompson, who talked about his approach to scaffolding as he made his way around the Big Apple on Monday. You can check out a portion of the interview below.

“I usually observe if the piping and stuff is new,” Thompson, who was identified as “NBA Player” by Fox 5, said. “Sometimes, you know, if it’s something that looks like it’s been there awhile, I kind of try to avoid that.”

Insightful!

If this seems like the most random interview you’ve ever seen an NBA player do, you’re not alone. This clip of Thompson talking scaffolding has been making the rounds on social media, and it’s been getting quite a reaction out there.

Can we request more clips of Thompson talking to local news people in every city he visits? The Warriors travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Wednesday night. Good luck topping this, OKC.

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The sneaker scene has exploded to the point that people are risking their own safety to get a pair of shoes. That's nothing new, but the other weekend proved to be a turning point in the madness around limited-edition footwear releases, with a fight breaking out at Concepts in New York City over Pharrell's Adidas collection and Nike having to cancel its online release of the Off-White collection due to too high of a demand. So who's to blame for this mess, the brands, retailers, or resellers consumers?

The answer is tricky. Of course the people buying the shoes are committing the actual insanity and fuck shit, but it's caused by limited quanties and drummed up by brands, retailers, and even media sources such as ourselves. On the latest episode of Sole Collector's Full Size Run, the guys, myself included, broke down the topic of who's to put the blame on.

And the result is muddy.

Yes, the brands are the ones who place way too much energy into small-time releases to compete with each other, playing games with sneakers that supposed “exclusives” that will only see wider releases. But retailer aren't handling these sneaker drops properly, either. You also can't discount the shear display of humanity that goes on with the actual folks buying the shoes.

Watch the video above to check out the discussion.

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