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Donovan Mitchell’s new Adidas signature sneaker will leave you solestruck

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Adidas basketball finally released a preview of Donavan Mitchell’s signature shoe on Thursday, with a Spiderman-inspired theme and the kicks are definitely eye-catching.

The shoes, dubbed the “D.O.N. Issue #1” inspired by comic book culture stands for “Determination Over Negativity,” according to Adidas. The sneakers were designed with half-blue, half-red leather exterior, draped with white webbing to push the Spiderman influence. The release has been set for the third quarter of 2019.

Mitchell’s reportedly been testing the shoes out for the past couple of weeks during his private training sessions and has plans to begin wearing them on the court in February or March. He is now the first Utah Jazz player to have a signature shoe.

“All I really care about is the color, the fit, where certain things are, and the logos,” he said. “They were really easy with that.”

“People shouldn’t worry about that, in a good way,” Mitchell said. “They’ll be satisfied. I think people will be very satisfied with where they are. I’m not big on crazy expensive shoes, that’s not what I’m about.”

“I love the fact that people aren’t overlooking us anymore,” he told UtahJazz.com. “We’re putting Utah in a different light. I’m glad to be a part of that. We’re all glad to be a part of that. My friends want to come here. When I was a kid, that wasn’t the case. That’s where I’m trying to get Utah to. I want people to see what we have because it’s a great place.”

ESPN’s Nick DePaula reports that the shoes will cost below $100.

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Beyoncé passes on Reebok partnership over lack of diversity

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Some people talk about diversity in the workplace and others actually make it happen. In Beyoncé‘s case, she want’s no part of any business establishment that doesn’t reflect the real world.

Queen Bey, 37, reportedly passed on a Reebok partnership before inking a deal with Adidas over the brand’s lack of diversity, particularly with people of color, according to ESPN editor Nick DePaula.

“Throughout this process over the last year or two, she had discussed with Under Armour, with Reebok as well, Jordan [at Nike] at one point was interested in maybe partnering with her,” DePaula shared with hosts of ESPN talk show “The Jump,” “She had a meeting at Reebok and they had a whole presentation of everything, potential products, how this could all look, and she kind of took a step back and said, ‘Is this the team that will be working on my product?’”

“Somebody said, ‘Yes,’ and she said, ‘Nobody in this room reflects by background, my skin color and where I’m from and what I want to do,” he said. “So she took a step back and left and then it did not come to terms.”

“For her, it really goes beyond that. It’s not just about putting her name on a shoe and here’s the new Adidas Beyonce 1, or whatever they end up calling it. It’s about having an imprint on the company and an impact in terms of diversity,” Depaula concluded.

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Gucci taps Dapper Dan to head $5M diversity and inclusion initiative

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Another day, another high fashion brand calling on an influential person of color to dig its company out of a self-inflicted slump.

Gucci has called on respected fashion designer Dapper Dan to assist the style house in rebuilding its image following a string of clothing releases plastered with racist imagery, specifically targeting the Black community.

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Among the controversial prints that caused an uproar was a blackface sweater spotted on the catwalk during New York Fashion Week in February.

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In response, Gucci execs have teamed up with Dan to orchestrate Gucci Changemakers, which provides a platform for emerging, urban designers seeking to break into mainstream fashion.

The $5 million fund will partner with other not-for-profit organizations around the country in cities like Miami, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., Houston, and L.A. to ensure its impact.

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Kendall Jenner serves as the face of new Adidas SLEEK Campaign

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Staying out the family drama, as per usual. Kendall Jenner continues to dominate her modeling career. The 23-year-old just unveiled her new campaign for Adidas SLEEK, and you already know she slayed.

Captured by Leonn Ward, Jenner poses alongside the platform styled in vibrant colorways. The brunette also wears apparel from the Bellista line of fashion-forward athleisure including tulle skirts and track jackets. The leading face also wears her hair in a slicked-back hairstyle with braids.

The sneakers come in three styles ranging from pink, green, red, and white at a cost of $80-$100.

Jenner has been working as an official Adidas ambassador since 2017. Check out some of the looks from campaign below.

Kendall Jenner Models in the New Adidas SLEEK Campaign
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Kendall Jenner Models in the New Adidas SLEEK Campaign
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Kendall Jenner Models in the New Adidas SLEEK Campaign
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Kendall Jenner Models in the New Adidas SLEEK Campaign

Shop now: Adidas SLEEK Shoes, $80.adidas.com.

Kendall Jenner Models in the New Adidas SLEEK Campaign

Shop now: Adidas SLEEK S Shoes, $100.adidas.com.

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