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 Buy Cheap Sneakers Online

SHOW ME THE FAKES!

Replica sneaker buyers want to know which sellers and websites are honest. Well let me tell you how to pick a good site. BEWARE of China scam sites that only except BankWire transactions! You will never get your money back, and certainly won’t get any shoes to your door. YOU NEED A USA BASED SITE AND A SAFE, TRACEABLE CHECK OUT PROCESS!

Example of a good USA based customer service page:

Experience.

The site you choose should have purchased PLENTY of replicas from a large pool of suppliers in order to find the highest quality replicas.

Assurance.

If you do not receive your shoes, you should be sure you can receive a FULL REFUND and a PERSONAL APOLOGY.

Selection.

The sites inventory may NOT SEEM EXPANSIVE, however if they PRIDE THEMSELVES on NOT HAVING RIDICULOUS UNRELEASED COLORWAYS THAT THEIR CUSTOMERS WOULD BE CLOWNED FOR, that’s a good thing.

Passion.

The site owners should be fans of these replicas, and fans of people getting the ‘look’ and saving big.

Example of a good USA based policy page:

· They DO NOT sell authentic shoes. They sell replica factory variants of high quality.

· All sizes are in US men size and they recommend you order 1 size up for a comfortable fit.

· You should be sure you will receive an order confirmation from PayPal via email after payment once you have completed a successful checkout.

· They are concerned about customer privacy concerns. All transactions on their web site are secure for your protection. None of their customers information will ever be sold or given out for solicitation or used for any reason whatsoever to second or third parties.

· All prices listed on the site are in US currency.

· They never share your personal information with anyone nor will they sell your information to a third party.

THE VERDICT!

To each his own. If you don’t wanna spend $150-$300, find a good replica site with options that cost $59.99.

Goodluck!

Troop Sneakers Are Back in Town

Troops were popular as an urban / hip-hop sneaker in the 80s and the 90s. The sneakers were endorsed by the likes of LL Cool J, MC Hammer, Ultramagnetic MCs, Stetsasonic, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Flava Flav as well as Ghostface Killah, Cool Kids, Mickey Factz and Teriyaki Boys. The sneakers were bright, bold and cheaply made. They did not necessarily last as long as other more mainstream sneakers, but they sure made a statement.

Troops sneakers were first launched into the market in 1985; the company went bankrupt just under five years later. It is not entirely clear what made Troops take such a dramatic plunge. It is hard for a small sneaker company to compete with big names such as Nike and Reebok. There were rumors that Troops closed its doors due to an embezzlement scandal and bad management. One of the most vicious rumors was that Troops was associated with the Klu Klux Klan. It is unclear where this rumor came from (although some claim it was used maliciously to take down the upstart sneaker company), but it is clear that the rumor is categorically false. Troops has absolutely no link to the KKK.

Troop was said to be an acronym for “To Rule Over Oppressed People”. People claimed that if you searched inside the lining of Troop’s sneakers, you could find hidden tags that spelled out this acronym, displaying Troop’s “true” colors. The accusation was that Troop Sneakers was actually owned by the Klu Klux Klan, and that the shoes were a KKK scheme to make money off of African-Americans. The truth is that Troop Sneakers were owned by Teddy and Harvey Held (who are Jewish) as well as William Kim (who is Korean). None of these people had any connections or business arrangements with the Ku Klux Klan.

It is interesting to note that Troop sneakers is not the only footwear company who has had this sort of problem. Rumors circulated that BritishKnights (commonly referred to as BK) was actually a cover-up name for Blood Killers. Reebok was accused of manufacturing sneakers in South Africa during apartheid; the truth is that Reebok had factories in South Africa but closed them down in 1986 in protest against apartheid.

Troop sneakers were resurrected in October 2008 under the hands of new owners. A limited number of classic Troop sneakers with updated technology were released into the market.