Following the Air Jordan 3 Retro “International Flight” release, Jordan Brand again pays homage to a three city tour MJ took in 1988 with the release of the Air Jordan 5 Retro. The colorway and graphics are inspired by the street art of Barcelona, where Jordan dropped 37 in a charity game on that second stop of the tour. White tumbled leather makes up the majority of the upper, with the exception of the blue and orange graphic which peeks through from behind the translucent webbing and hits the interior on the liner. Black hits the midsole and embroidered Jumpman on the tongue and heel, and speckled orange hits the shark teeth shapes on the midsole of the forefoot.
While many basketball fans are salivating at the mouth waiting for this years NBA Finals match-up between the Warriors and Cavs to kick off this week, we at Packer Shoes in conjunction with ’47 Brand and Staple Design would like to take the time to reflect on the early origins of the game that has become an international pastime…
After it’s invention in 1891 by Canadian PE coach James Naismith, basketball teams were commonly nicknamed as “Fives” due to each teams starting five player roster. Just as America was racially segregated during the early 1900’s, so was the game of basketball, where many all African-American teams were infamously referred to as “Black Fives”. The sport remained divided from 1904 until 1950 when the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. The period in between became known as the Black Fives Era, when dozens of all-black teams emerged, flourished, and excelled.
One of the original “Black Fives” squads hailing from Orange, New Jersey (just 25 mins from our Teaneck store location) was the The Independent Pleasure Club of New Jersey.
Formed in 1908 with official team colors of forest green & ivory, the IPC could be considered one of the first entrepreneurial organizations of it’s era as the actual name and meaning of the IPC team shared a rather unique duality. In order to retain complete control of their team and to avoid any restrictions on game schedules and activities by outside influence, the club avoided affiliations with churches, Y.M.C.A.s, schools, or Amateur Athletic Union chapters. The word “Pleasure” in IPC came from the connotation of basketball at a time when the practice of sports was seen as a “pleasure” activity.
While the IPC was heavily regarded as one of the premier all African-American basketball squads on the east coast during the early 1900’s (winning the NJ Colored Basketball Championship 1913), the team had a code. This distinct set of morals and principals made the IPC pioneers of “Sport Culture” as we know it today. Serving as advocates for “uplifting the colored athletic standard”, the IPC staged social events to raise funds and strengthen camaraderie among athletes as well as to build community awareness. These functions included picnics, cigar “smokers,” music recitals, dances, poetry readings, and theatrical plays—all of which played an important role for club members by reinforcing their values and aspirations as men.
Honored at the opportunity to partner with a fellow brand rooted in family values and focused on genuine relationships — in paying homage to one of the great pioneering basketball teams of the Black Fives Era, we are proud to introduce the Packer x ’47 Brand Independent Pleasure Club Collection.
Using the official team colors of forest green and ivory, the Packer x ’47 Brand IPC Collection consists of three Captain RF snapbacks, two Open Court t-shirts, an Alpha Tank Top, “All-Time” Crewneck Sweatshirt, Overload Jacket and IPC Pennant.
The Packer x ’47 Brand Independent Pleasure Club Collection is now available both in-store and online at Packer Shoes.
The Sure Shot ’47 Captain is a wool blend snapback cap pulled from the ’47 archives, this cap emulates our original fit from the 90’s. It features a square visor, contrast details and a league side logo.
The Ewing 33 Hi returns in luxurious fashion with a new par purple suede edition. The par purple Ewing 33 Hi launches this Saturday, November 9th at 12am midnight EST online @ PackerShoes.com and 12pm noon in-store.
Retail is $110 USD, available in men’s sizes 5 thru 13.
Starting his eleventh year in the league, with two gold medals, two championship rings and four MVP trophies, LeBron James continues to succeed by constantly improving his game.
Like his game, the latest shoe in his signature lineup has been honed to near perfection. A new layer of ultra-springy Lunarlon foam sits on top of the Nike Zoom units for major cushioning with every step. One of Nike’s latest innovations—Hyperposite—adds durability and breathability where it counts. And when it comes to design, a variety of bold colorways turns heads on the court.
Nike’s designers channeled LeBron’s on-court persona to tell his story via the King’s Pride colorway. The dark loden upper and floral collar lining represent the lion and its surrounding wildlife. The inner tongue graphic spells out the number six while highlighting the Roman numeral XI, and the sockliner reads “LeBron” when it’s right side up and “James” when it’s upside down. A closer look at the Swoosh reveals a modern chainmail pattern in which the initials “LJ” make up the links and repeat at graduating weights.
On February 11, 1996 at 6pm CST, the 47th annual NBA All-Star Game commenced at the Alamodome in San Antonio. In remembrance of Shawn Kemp’s reigning participation in that day’s historic clash of the titans, an assortment of collectibles were deposited and preserved so that a future generation could discover the greatness each item represents.
17 years, 5 months and 18 days later (17+5+18 = 40), in anticipation of our upcoming release later this week, we at Packer Shoes proudly present to you the “Remember the Alamo Time Capsule”. Limited to 40 individually numbered packs housed in a foldable, high quality 14×8 PVC and Steel storage case with carry handle, this special limited edition pack includes the following:
One (1) Packer Shoes x Mitchell & Ness authentic Shawn Kemp “1996 NBA All-Star Game” Hardwood Classics basketball jersey
One (1) pair of Packer Shoes x Reebok “Remember the Alamo” edition Kamikaze II
One (1) Packer Shoes x Mitchell & Ness Shawn Kemp 1996 ASG Caricature t-shirt
One (1) Packer Shoes x Mitchell & Ness “1996 NBA All-Star” Hardwood Classics Snapback
Exclusive to our online store, packages will be available in mens sizes 8-13. Retail is $500 USD.
Upon checkout, customers MUST include their desired jersey and t-shirt size. If not specified, a size will be chosen for you. Once your order is placed you WILL NOT be able to change sizes in any item whatsoever.
Basketball jerseys are available in mens’ size 36(S), 40(M), 44(L), 48(XL), 52(2XL), 56(3XL), & 60(4XL).
T-shirts are available in mens’ sizes S-4XL.
***T-shirts are cut true to size. Basketball jerseys are cut fitted***
Purchases are limited to ONE (1) package per customer/household. Any multiple orders will be cancelled on sight! All orders will only be shipped to the customer’s billing address.
With today’s NBA being primarily a “small ball” league dominated by 3-guard line ups and the official extinction of the center position on this year’s all-star ballot, athletic big men are praised for being “Kings” and “Supermen”…
But during the 1990’s when centers and power forwards were true “blue collar” positions and almost all NBA teams had at least two legit big men defending the paint, few dared to venture into the dark territory inside of the free throw line with the athletic heroics displayed by the “Reign Man” himself, Seattle Supersonics starting power forward Shawn Kemp (just ask Chris Gatling and Alton Lister). Kemp’s career peaked in 1995–96, when he and Gary Payton led the Sonics to a franchise-record 64 wins and their first NBA Finals appearance since 1979.
Transporting him thru this astonishing NBA season was none other than the Reebok Kamikaze II Mid. Returning in it’s original form featuring a white leather & black nubuck upper with Racing Green accents on the midsole and vector logo, these will definitely continue to reign on the courts and streets once again.
The Reebok Kamikaze II Mid is now available for pre-order online @ PackerShoes.com. Orders will ship on January 18th (1/18).
Reebok Kamikaze II
style #: V44404
Black / White / Racing Green / Red Retail: $100
While the NBA season official starts in late October, for the past few years Christmas day has become the unofficial season opener for Nike’s basketball division. With epic Christmas day match-ups involving 3 of Nike’s biggest signature athletes (LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant & the Miami Heat’s LeBron James, respectfully), all eyes will be on the trio’s footwear for that evening. With inspirations ranging from childhood video game memories (KD), to exotic snakeskins of the rhinoceros viper (Kobe), to rare diamonds (LeBron), you’ll definitely want to secure one if not all of this year’s “Christmas Pack” releases.
All 3 shoes will be available in-store only @ 12pm noon Wednesday (12/26). Purchases will be limited to one (1) pair per customer. No phone orders.
Kobe 8 System
Black/Bright Crimson-Fiberglass-Vivid Sulpher
Style# 555035-030 $150
Hyper Blue/Atomic Green-Photo Blue-Challenge Red
Style# 554988-401 $115
University Red/Tourmaline-Team Red
Style# 541100-600 $180