Something Up His Sleeve

Remember when we recently talked about Kevin Durant’s new signature footwear blurring the line between sneaker and sock? He blurred it a lot more seriously during pregame warm-ups for last night’s Jazz/Thunder game, wearing a sneaker with a built-in orange sleeve that went all the way up to his calf — yowza! There’s a fairly entertaining article about this here. (Continue reading)

Is It a Shoe, a Sock, a Sleeve, or All Three?

Nike released Kevin Durant’s latest signature shoe yesterday, the KD8 Elite.

I don’t usually delve into the world of sneakers, but this one has an interesting wrinkle that merits further discussion. Reader Conor Levey spells it out much better than I could, so I’ll pass the baton to him:

The KD8 Elite has an interesting element: the knit sleeve Nike has been adding to the ankle/collar of many shoes lately is calf-length. Moreover, it features large swoosh logos on the inner portion of the sleeve:

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Good News, Bad News Regarding Indians’ New Striped Socks

Yesterday’s Ticker had a shot of Indians pitcher Corey Kluber going high-cuffed with striped socks during a spring training workout. As you can see in the video above, his teammate Bryan Shaw has also been wearing the striped hose, and so have several other Cleveland players.

A lot of people apparently inquired about this, because the team issued the following tweet early this morning: (Continue reading)

In Which Brinke Lands His White Whale (or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof)

[Editor’s Note: Got home last night from Wisconsin and am still getting recombobulated, so today we have a guest entry by Brinke Guthrie, who you know from his weekly “Collector’s Corner” column. Today he’s going to tell us about one of his holy grails. Enjoy. — PL]

By Brinke Guthrie

Today’s entry is about tennis socks. That may not sound so exciting, but hear me out — this has been a 35-year quest.

Now, in the 1970s and early ’80s, Bjorn Borg wore Fila tennis wear, personalized with his own “Bj” logo (which also appeared on his Bancroft rackets):

Borg was the first player to maximize his earning potential with gear. He wore Fila worldwide except for Scandinavia, where it was Jockey, of all brands. Rackets? Bancroft in North America, Donnay elsewhere. Shoes? Bancroft affiliate Tretorn in North America, Diadora elsewhere. Very few pros have ever had arrangements like that.

And then … there were the socks. (Continue reading)