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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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Steph Curry gifts 30 people who shaped his career custom kicks ahead of game 3

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After nearly 50 seasons at Oracle Arena in East Oakland, Steph Curry and the Warriors are headed to the Bay Area next season in their new Chase Center home inside the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.

As a farewell to his Oakland crew, Curry gifted 30 individuals who he says helped shape his career with custom black-and-yellow, Under Armour sneakers, including the team’s security. The kind gesture was paired with a note attached from the NBA star.

“It’s been my pleasure to represent the town the last 10 years. Through the ups and downs, the city always had my back. The energy was electric night after night. The passion was unmatched. The support was unending. For years, you literally had my back. No matter how big and wild this crowd got, I knew with you around, I was good. I will always be grateful for you and every other person in the Bay who put on for Dub Nation. The arena might be moving, but a huge part of my heart will always stay in Oakland. Steph Curry.”

“It seems like everything we’ve put out this year, like ‘The Town’ colorways, has been a part of my story or something about Oakland,” Curry told The Undefeated. “It has the city of Oakland’s name across it. I was hoping for something iconic that could capture a moment as we wind down our last days at Oracle.”

Curry and the Warriors will host Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors tomorrow night (June 5) at Oracle Arena. Curry reportedly plans to wear the “Thank You, Oakland” footwear for the remainder of the series.

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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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