Nike Invents Sneakers from Trash for Nash

Though he may not be as popular as say Michael Jordan in his heyday, it’s probably safe to assume most people recognize the name Steve Nash. A two-time NBA MVP, he’s the guy who looks more like a snowboarder than a basketball player, the one who you’ve probably seen flying down the court at warp speed or firing off a behind-the-back pass without a second of hesitation. Along with being one of the most passionate and intelligent players in the game, he’s also one of the most environmentally conscious – as exhibited by his latest collaboration with Nike.

While Nash joined the ranks of Jordan and other basketball stars who’ve gotten their own signature shoes a couple years ago, his latest shoe offers up something a little different. The Nike Trash Talk is the first performance basketball shoe made from manufacturing waste. That’s right – waste. The Trash Talk is composed from scraps leftover during the production of other sneakers. The upper area of the shoe is created with leather and synthetic leather waste stitched together in a zigzag pattern. The mid-sole area incorporates scrap-ground foam from factory production, while the outsole uses environmentally-preferred rubber. The recycled material is matched with a distinct design that calls attention to the eco-friendly nature of the shoe. Though it looks like it was made for stylistic purposes, the close stitching actually allows for the use of small scraps in making the shoe.

In terms of performance, the shoe is modeled after Nash’s current Nike shoe, the Nike Zoom BB II Low. That shoe is designed specifically for quick, athletic players like Nash and Tony Parker. Described as being “ultra-light” and “ultra-stealthy”, the Nike Zoom BB incorporates Zoom(TM) technology for “quick and deadly court response” (whatever that means). The Trash Talk’s are intended to give players the same performance – with the added benefit of being as easy on the environment as they are on a player’s feet. It’s an addition that seems to fit well with Nash’s personal philosophy. “Any opportunity to promote the environment and preserve our planet is a step in the right direction,” the Phoenix point guard remarked.

Lately, Nike has been making a more concerted effort to incorporate “green” elements into their sneakers. Though not highly touted in its marketing campaign, the most recent pair of Nike Air Jordan’s (the XX3) also were “green” shoes. The XX3s use a minimal amount of adhesives and glues that are considered environmentally unfriendly, instead relying on a system of interlocking panels. Both Nash and Jordan sneakers are products of the new “Nike Considered” initiative. The program challenges designers to use environmentally preferred materials, reduce waste, create sustainable manufacturing processes and use innovation to help reduce overall impact.

Where To Find Kobe Bryant Shoes

Kobe Bryant shoes have become some of the most, if not the most, popular Nike shoes for basketball. Among all of the signature sneaker lines that Nike basketball has to offer, Kobe’s are far and away the heavyweight champion in number of units sold. There are several very good reasons that Mr. Bryant’s shoes are a top seller. The quality, design, and performance of the Kobe VI’s are few of those reasons. The multiple snakeskin textured colorways are another big reason. Perhaps this reason, and this reason alone, is why sneakerheads can’t buy enough of these shoes.

Retail Chains- There is a good chance you are only 15 minutes away from a fresh pair of Nike Zoom Kobe VI’s. Your local mall most likely will have at least two retail shoe outlets. Footlocker, Finishline, and Footaction typically inhabit a large local mall and are chock full of crispy kicks. There is no crispier pair of kicks than a Kobe VI. And, most of these retail stores currently have some of the Kobe VI’s on sale.

Online Retailers- If you don’t live near a major mall or can’t find that perfect colorway you were looking for in the mall, then simply jump online and start surfing. Footlocker, Finishline, Eastbay, Champs, and Footaction all have a wide variety of Kobe VI’s and even some V’s available. Many times you can get a colorway at their online site that isn’t in their retail store. And, pay less than retail for it.

Factory Outlets- If you are looking for an adventure, find the closest factory outlet to you and take a road trip. It may be well worth your while. At the present time there are plenty of colorways of the Kobe V to be had at factory outlet stores. And for less than $60. There is no greater feeling than scoring a pair of hard to find kicks at a fraction of a retail price.

Specialty Stores- There are several specialty stores that offer Kobe VI’s online. These stores have some of the Kobe VI’s that can not be found in retail outlets or factory stores. Flightclub, Kixfiles, and Windy City Sole are a few of the specialty stores that have limited stock in hard to find Kobe IV’s, V’s, and VI’s. These shops are like a treasure trove of signature sneakers. But be prepared to pay if you shop here. All the Kobe Bryant shoes found here are limited in amount and shoe size.

A big part of being a sneakerhead is the thrill of the “hunt”. There are many places to “hunt” for Kobe Bryant shoes. Plenty of places to “hunt” for the best sneaker made. Happy hunting!