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This project started with a grant application and a dream. A 2,057 mile road trip resulted in outfitting 450 homeless with sneakers. It was evident after our first meeting this partnership could be something incredible because of our common passions – sneakers and supporting our communities.

The Finish Line Youth Foundation accepted Hav A Sole’s original grant request of $15,000. Due to the incredible partnership and proposed plans, the Foundation doubled Hav A Sole’s ask donating a total of $30,000 to complete a physical structure to process donated sneakers and for storage. Hav A Sole will also build a barcode scanning system to take efficient and accurate inventory of sneakers. Satisfying this request will streamline the donation process allowing the organization to donate more frequently to reach their goal of doubling their impact in 2018.

“This is our sixth and largest road trip,” said Rikki Mendias, Hav A Sole Founder. “Planning road trips like this where we can collect shoes and give them to those in need along the way has been transformational for us.”

Hav A Sole began in Los Angeles, stopped at Finish Line stores in Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, St. Louis and finally, Indianapolis, home to the Finish Line headquarters. Along the way, they hosted sneaker donation drives at six Finish Line stores collecting nearly 600 pairs.

“This isn’t a once of month thing, this is an everyday thing for us,” said Dash Penland, Hav A Sole development manager. “Holidays are great, but you gotta do it year ‘round.”

At the final destination, Hav A Sole teamed up with the Finish Line Youth Foundation, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Pacers Sports and Entertainment to host a sneaker giveaway at Outreach Inc of Indianapolis. Outreach empowers homeless young men and women (14 to 24-years-old) with the goal for at-risk young people to achieve stability and life transformation.

Watch Hav A Sole’s video below for the inside scoop of their entire road trip.

If you love the Air Max 97 and Air VaporMax, then you do not want to miss the next release of the Nike Air VaporMax 97. This colorway is sporting the appeal of an Air Max 97 upper and the latest Air Unit from the VaporMax. The style will go with everything from your favorite jeans to your summertime go-to athleisure.

Don’t miss out and make sure you download the Finish Line app for Apple or GooglePlay to purchase your VaporMax 97 on the app ????  Available 6/21.

Written by Drew Hammell

Being a dad can be tough. Between work, running errands, chores around the house, taking care of the kids, and all the other stuff that comes along with being a responsible father, it can be downright exhausting. The last thing on a lot of dads’ minds is shopping, especially when it comes to sneakers. Since Father’s Day is quickly approaching, what better way to help Dad out than to pick up a fresh pair of kicks for him? It’ll be one less thing he has to worry about. With that in mind, we made it really simple by breaking down the sneaker options for 5 types of dads. So browse the list, decide what kind of dad you have or know, and give him the gift he probably needs really badly. Just make sure to find out his shoe size first. And pick up some socks for him too. Dads aren’t too keen on buying socks either.

1. The OG Basketball DadAir Jordan XIV “Last Shot”

“They don’t make Jordans like they used to,” is this dad’s mantra. Some guys just can’t get themselves out of the ‘90s. Everything was better 20 years ago – the NBA games, the shoes, the commercials, the players themselves. Fortunately, the Air Jordan XIV “Last Shot” returns just in time for Father’s Day. The great thing about this model and colorway is that it hasn’t changed much since it’s original release in 1999, so Dad can’t complain about the quality. What better gift for the father who won’t stop reminiscing about Michael Jordan’s glory days and his last shot against the Utah Jazz in the ’98 Finals?

2. The Casual DadConverse Chuck Taylor

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Some dads aren’t really “sneaker” kinds of guys, and that’s ok. They wear dress shoes to work all week, and more casual boat shoes or loafers on the weekends. This doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have at least one pair of sneakers in his repertoire to mix things up a bit. Ease him into the wild world of sneaker culture slowly with the most classic silhouette of all time, the Chuck Taylor. 50 years ago, this was the standard sneaker for everyone. Incredibly, it’s still one of Nike’s top sellers every year. It’s not hard to tell why – everyone needs at least one pair of Chucks, especially your dad.

3. The Cozy DadNike Air Monarch IV

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This one is a no-brainer. For the dad who prefers to live his life in comfort, no matter where he is or what he’s doing. Whether he’s grilling burgers in the back yard, running to the hardware store for a weekend project, or dropping the kids off at school, the Air Monarch is the perfect shoe for whatever life throws at him. Featuring a full-length Air-Sole unit and available in a 4E width, the Monarch is the perfect combination of fit, style, and comfort for every dad. Challenge any dad to try on a pair of Monarchs, and he’ll never take them off.

4. The 10K DadAir Zoom Pegasus 35

For the dad who’s getting better with age – the man who keeps setting a new PR every time he enters a new 10K or half marathon. Nike has been making the Pegasus for the last 35 years because it’s one of the most trusted running shoes in the game. Ultra lightweight, full-length Zoom Air cushioning, and an array of flashy or muted colorways make this the perfect runner for any man who loves to get up at before the sun rises and put in 5-6 miles while everyone else is still asleep.

5. The Retro Runner DadNike Air Huarache Run ’91 QS

The Huarache resurgence continues with yet another OG Huarache colorway – this one in white/black/neon yellow/magenta. Plenty of dads rocked Huaraches when they were teenagers, and this model is still popular 27 years later. The snug neoprene inner sleeve provides comfort and support, and the large volume Air-Sole unit in the heel offers plenty of cushioning. A lot of dads out there don’t want the new flashy running shoes, but they still want something cool and comfy. The OG Huarache is the perfect option for the gym or the street.

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When you go sneaker shopping this weekend, the first pair on your list may be the last pair that Michael Jordan wore. The Air Jordan 14 “Last Shot” returns along with some love from adidas on the ULTRABoost and PUMA with FENTY. See all this and more on the latest episode of Heat Check presented by Jacques Slade.

06/13 – Thursday

  • Air Jordan 14 “Last Shot” ($190) – Finishline.com
  • NIKE AIR MAX 90 NIC QS “Multi” ($140) – Finishline.com
  • NIKE AIR ZOOM SPIRIDON ’16 NIC QS “Multi” ($160) – Finishline.com
  • ADIDAS ULTRABOOST CLIMA “Black and White” ($200) – Finishline.com
  • PUMA FENTY SURF SLIDE “3 Colorways” ($80) – Finishline.com

06/14 – Friday

  • NIKE KYRIE 4 “Light Aqua” ($120) – Finishline.com
  • NIKE PG 2 “Photo Blue” ($110) – Finishline.com
  • AIR MORE MONEY ‘Wolf Grey” ($160) – Finishline.com

To go along with the numerous Nike Air Max 270 drops that we’ve seen, Nike Sportswear has been releasing the Nike Air Force 270. One of the first colorways to release was in the original ‘Safari’ colorway that Tinker Hatfield made famous back in 1987 with the Air Safari and we’ve seen other clean designs since. The upcoming Air Force 270 is trendy in every way as it comes with a molded heel, utility-grade buckle, and perforated toe that is geared toward exposing the stitches and the joints. You can’t forget about the heel that is also on the Air Max 270, as the air unit provides the comfort, while a inner bootie ensures snug fit. While this sneaker has started strong with so many good colorways, the next pair has an Olympic vibe with a Red, White, Blue, and Gold colorway.  This Nike Air Force 270 comes dressed in a Navy upper paired with Red and Metallic Gold contrasting accents throughout. A buckle midfoot strap, speckled midsole and signature Air Sole unit in the heel completes the design. Talk about a ‘Dream Team’ feel that you’re sure to love.

Start building your summer rotation when you cop your pair of the Nike Air Force 270 on June 20th at Finishline.com.

All photos by @kimberlykamish.king

Another great start to a Sunday with @lifestyleathletics. With a little help from fitness experts and @core hydration, all attendees were in the zone! Last time, we saw Lifestyle Athletics at the W Hotel in Hollywood and this time, they took to a helipad in Beverly Hills. The vibes were right and participants pushed through workouts with a smile. 

Big thanks to Reebok! Everyone received a mat for their time spent with fitness experts who train anyone from VS models to various actors. We also kicked off the first Punch & Brunch, so everyone who joined the workout was refueled with some delicious eats after a good sweat sesh.

Keep things locked with @finishlinewomen for updates on our next event with @lifestyleathletics.

If you’re wondering what you need in your athleisure rotation, look no further than the latest from Nike. Pinks, blues and metallic detail continue to be a trend for the season and will keep you cool and comfy through the summer.

Everything from shorts, tanks, slides and lightweight jackets are in the mix from Nike, so you can’t go wrong. Check out our inspiration for these styles below from Pinterest:


Look for updated need it now styles every couple weeks at @finishlinewomen and finishline.com. 

Bringing a #WeAreMore story to life with Puma Defy was one to remember. With three professional dancers in one room, the energy was at an all time high and the girls we’re showing off the latest from Puma with ease.


Jade Chynoweth, Nicole Kirkland and Cache Melvin were the trio on set that really brought the #WeAreMore x Puma Defy story to life. All three ladies spoke to the dance community as being a place where they can be themselves and truly feel confident in their own skin. Doesn’t hurt that sneakers are their go-to footwear and personal style is a large part of their self expression.

 

Jade Chynoweth is a professional dancer and actress. Sporty girl at heart and feels the most confident when she is truly herself and not trying to be anything else. Jade has an attitude that you want to be around, stating “Dance for me is a way of life. It’s a passion of mine, not a job. I like to dance like a female, but I also like to show that I can hit as hard as the guys can.” Jade brought the heat in her Puma Defy sneakers showing them off in two different outfits with shorts. One a little more street than the other, but both we’re perfection when paired with her dance moves, style and spirit.

 

Dancer, teacher and choreographer, Nicole Kirkland was killin’ the game in the Puma Defy trainer. This girl is all about dance 24/7. Musically inspired, Nicole is a professional when communicating her feelings through dance and movement. “I’ve always known that I was capable of doing it, but now that I’m actually living it, it’s amazing.” Nicole definitely holds her own when it comes to her fashion choices. Pairing the Puma Defy with a crop top and leggings and bringing the street to the picture with boyfriend jeans, fish net tights and crop top, the looks were ????.

 

Professional dancer, Cache Melvin said one of our favorite things when we were on set. “Chase the dream not the competition.” Short and sweet but effortlessly resonating with the #WeAreMore community. Even when no one knows her story, Cache tries to tell it through her dance. She loves to hit moves hard and is motivated by the fear of being average. “I’m like that pretty tom girl, if I do the loose fitting top, I need tight bottoms or the baggy jeans.” That swagger is exactly what Cache brought to set and it was 100% vibes all day in the Puma Defy trainer.


Be sure to check out more of Jade, Nicole and Cache’s story on @finishlinewomen. You can now buy the Puma Defy trainer at finishline.com! #WeAreMore

When it comes to Jordan Brand and their prestigious history of colorways and story telling, the ‘Last Shot’ theme is up there in the ranks. Made famous by the shot MJ hit in game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz that propelled his Bulls to another championship victory. The Black and Red colorway that was featured on the Jordan XIV that Jordan was wearing when he nailed that jump shot is now taking over the Air Jordan XXXII Low. To further that homage, the Jumpman is taking the signature midfoot decal of the 14 and putting it on the tongue of the Air Jordan XXXII Low in yellow. Keeping that honorary trend going, is a date on the inside of that tongue that pays tribute to that date the Bulls won their sixth ring. This Air Jordan 32 features the Ferrari-style Jumpman branding on the tongue, textured leather on the heels featuring the wings logo, and red Jumpman branding on the midsole to top it all off.

Celebrate Jordans historic legacy when you grab your pair of the Air Jordan XXXII Low ‘Last Shot’ on June 9th at Finishline.com.