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Culture Music

Feid on Songwriting, ‘FERXXO’ and How He’s Getting His Music Heard

On this week’s episode of our podcast, Monday to Monday, host Mike Boyd chats with Reggaeton singer and songwriter, Feid. We’re switching up the Monday to Monday format under quarantine, with every episode now being pulled from a weekly live stream on Twitch hosted by ONE37pm, called Stream and Greet. Every Monday, Boyd conducts a Q&A with artists, followed by a special performance, and finally, questions from the fans. You can watch Stream and Greet every Monday at 3pm ET on our Twitch channel.

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Boyd opens the interview asking Feid about the differences between working as a songwriter (he co-wrote “Ginza” by J Balvin, among other hits) and as an artist. “Right now, I’m having so much fun, because it’s my art, you know? So I can say whatever I want in my songs,” he says. Songwriting for himself has given Feid full control and artistic license over his music. “It’s like, I have no limits to create right now. I’m enjoying this a lot,” he says with a big smile.


Feid then does a performance of one of the hits off of his recent project, “PORFA,” which you can listen to around the 2:50 mark of the podcast. The performance segues into a conversation about Feid’s recent project, FERXXO (VOL 1: M.O.R), with Boyd asking him how he feels about the response. “I was working on things with love, you know? And when you do things with love, a lot of good things happen. But I didn’t know that this thing was gonna happen… Like everybody’s enjoying it,” he says before adding: “So I’m very happy. It’s like a dream come true.”

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Feid then takes questions from guests, many of which are international fans, further highlighting how globally successful Feid’s recent project, FERXXO (VOL 1: M.O.R) has been. He takes questions from fans in Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador, just to name a few. On his growing global success, Feid says: “That’s what is cool with my music. I have like a lot of people in the whole world, and it’s like getting bigger every day, so that’s cool, that’s cool.”

The same charisma that makes Feid’s music so addicting is on full display throughout the entirety of the guest Q and A. His smile lights up the stream, and he manages to put a huge smile on the face of every fan who joins. It’s truly a joy to watch; Feid’s fans love him, but—maybe even more importantly—Feid loves his fans. 

Boyd asks Feid one more question near the end of the interview: “What are you doing to get your music heard?” And Feid’s got a great answer. “I’m always thinking in experiences and trying to put that on songs. And I guess that’s what makes my songs real to everybody,” he says before smiling.

If you loved this episode of Monday to Monday, make sure to check out last week’s episode, when Boyd and fans spoke with—and heard a performance from—Kentucky rapper 2KBABY. 

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Careers Grind

21 Entry-Level Work From Home Jobs Hiring Now

Telecommuting is all the rage in the workforce these days, but if you don’t already have a job that could be done remotely, the prospect of finding one right now may seem daunting. Luckily, there are a ton of opportunities for all skill levels, whether you’re seeking to break into a new industry, recently earned your degree in your chosen field, or just want to make some extra dough with a side gig during your downtime. If you’re a motivated self-starter that doesn’t need a boss looming over you to get great work done, hustling from home may be your ideal situation.

From roles in customer service and business management to opportunities to launch a lucrative career in tech or social media, check out the list below for entry-level jobs you can do from the comfort of your home.

1. Virtual Assisting

“Virtual Assistant” sounds like a fancy title – and it’ll definitely look good on your resume – but it’s not as difficult a profession to get into as it sounds. If you know your way around a computer, are organized, diligent, and quick to get things done, you can get started helping clients with everything from administrative tasks to managing appointments to canceling their cable.

Fancy Hands is always hiring entry-level assistants, but you can also look into a virtual assistant training course, which can help you start your own service in as little as 30 days!

2. Transcription

Transcription work involves listening to audio or video files and accurately writing everything that’s said down. Though a decent grip on grammar is a plus, all you really need to become a remote transcriptionist are the ability to listen closely and type quickly.

There are a bunch of companies that hire out newbies, including Speechpad, Scribie, TranscribeMe!, GMR Transcription, and Tigerfish.

3. Social Media Management

Whether you’re fresh out of school with a marketing or communications degree, or just know how to fuel engagement and harness the power of Instagram on your personal account, there are plenty of ways to launch your professional career in social media. From managing campaigns and cultivating a brand image to helping companies gain new followers, entry-level roles are always opening up. Keep an eye on job listing sites like Upwork to stay up to date and find remote positions.

4. Customer Service

Customer Service experience comes in many forms – I’d argue that anyone who has worked in a customer-facing position, even at a restaurant or retail store, has what it takes to answer questions, solve problems, and keep people happy. So why not do it from the comfort of your home?

Accolade Support LiveOps, and Working Solutions are always hiring phone-based customer and tech support agents and they all offer virtual training for relative beginners.

5. Chat Support

If you absolutely hate talking on the phone (I mean, it’s 2020, don’t we all?), develop your customer service skills through a more desirable medium: online chatting! Live chat support agents simply require rapid typing skills, good grammar, the ability to multitask, and a passion for helping people.

The Chat Shop recruits entry-level agents and provides training, while SiteStaff consistently seeks new applicants.

6. Data Entry

Various companies, such as Amazon Mechanical Turk, The Smart Crowd, and Clickworker utilize crowdsourcing for micro-tasks and data entry, which may include research, data validation and extraction, and database development – no professional experience required.

However, you can also seek out freelance and entry-level staff positions directly with employers on job sites like FlexJobs. This Columbus, Ohio-based business, for example, is currently looking to fill a full-time medical data entry position and it’s 100% remote!

7. Content Moderation

If you’ve been on the internet at any point in, say, the past 10 years, we’re sure we don’t need to tell you about the prevalence of aggressive comments, harmful posts, or, more recently, things most of us would consider “fake news.” As an online moderator, you can help keep the web a safe and informative place, and be responsible for spotting and handling unwelcome messages on forums, websites, and social media.

Check out companies like Modsquad, The Social Element, and LiveWorld for entry-level opportunities.

@lelia_milaya via Twenty20

8. Campaigning

We’ve found the perfect gig for anyone passionate about politics, human rights, civic issues, and more. Instead of arguing with people on Twitter, channel your energy into creating change at Change.org, the largest tech platform focused on civic action in the world. They’re currently hiring a remote campaigner to join their newly formed Campaign Success Team in a role that would involve reaching out to citizen activists and encouraging their efforts to make the world a better place. Talk about rewarding.

Learn more here.

9. Search Engine Evaluation

How many times a day do you turn to Google for answers? Turns out you can actually get paid to do that! Through companies like Appen and Lionbridge, you can assess the quality of search engine results and targeted ads for Google and beyond. All you need is internet access, some relevant knowledge of the web (which, if you’re under the age of 87, you likely have), and the ability to provide honest feedback. Thanks to Search Engine Evaluators, users can find the most up-to-date and relevant information without having to waste their time clicking through results.

10. Editing & Proofreading

Total bookworm? Put all that time you spend reading to good use. As an online editor or proofreader, your role is to carefully read through documents and check things like spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and verb tense. Most openings simply require a strong grasp on the English language (or any language you’re applying to work in) and/or a bachelor’s degree. Proofreading Pal is even hiring current graduate students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Other opportunities are available through Cambridge Proofreading and Proofreading Services.

11. Tutoring

You’d be surprised by just how many people out there are willing to pay for your knowledge… in just about anything. And no, you don’t even need a background in education to get started! Platforms like TheONE and Course Hero look for experts in a range of fields, from fitness and finance to cooking and chemistry, to tutor users virtually. And if you do have a formal teaching education or certification, you can snag a tutoring gig through Qkids or iTutor. Pretty much the only time it’s ever acceptable to wear pajamas in the classroom.

12. Real Estate

Welcome to the future, where real estate agents don’t even need to be on-site to sell houses. If you’ve got as little as three months’ experience in the real estate biz, and are hoping to further your career without disruption, Madison Allied Realty wants to bring you on board. The commission-based role will have you working out of their *virtual* office and, according to their listing, they’ll provide leads, along with everything else you need to succeed, including apps, websites, a contact management system, a template for business cards, and more.

Learn more here.

13. Graphic Design

Just about every forward-facing medium requires some sort of imagery, so it’s no surprise that graphic designers are in demand. Artsy types with an eye for design and at least a year of experience (internships count!) can apply for this entry-level position at animal welfare focused startup, 3Rein. They need someone who can create unique digital graphics for presentations, websites, software applications, packaging, and social media, and who is confident in learning new tools and design styles.

14. Blogging

Have strong opinions about things? Knowledge of a few niche subjects? Are you able to put some excellent sentences together? Then you’re most likely qualified to start your journey as a blogger. Whether you’re interested in the restaurant world, the realm of digital marketing, or even baseball, websites want you to provide unique and interesting content that can engage their readers and clients. There are even blogging jobs available for marijuana enthusiasts! Who knew?

@Florin via Twenty20

15. Accounting

Aspiring financiers can get their start as a remote accountant. While entry-level positions in this field usually require a related degree and a few years of experience (nothing that a past internship or two shouldn’t cover), many opportunities advertise themselves as the ideal launchpad for recent grads or even current students. Looking for a place to start? CPA firm Fully Accountable, a self-proclaimed “fun, fast-paced” gamechanger for small businesses, is hiring a full-time staff accountant now!

16. Mystery Shopping

Becoming a telephone mystery shopper is a great way to bring in extra money, and you don’t need any prior experience to do it. The role simply requires you to call up businesses and report back on your customer experience. Think of it as a Yelp review, except you actually get paid for your feedback. Check out companies like Call Center QA, BestMark, and Perception Strategies (which focuses on mystery shopping in the healthcare field) for available opportunities.

17. Sales

Having a solid background in sales can serve as a major building block for anyone seeking to establish a career in business. If you’re a people person, a great communicator, and know-how to sniff out a good lead or potential customer, there are plenty of entry-level sales openings right now in fields across the board, from Life Insurance to as-seen-on-TV homewares. Head Hunters Staffing, for one, is seeking an “outgoing and confident” full-time sales rep in a remote position, which includes full benefits.

18. Management

Are you a natural-born leader with goals of one day managing your own team? Turns out you don’t necessarily need to start from the bottom. American Income Life, named one of the happiest places to work by Forbes, is looking to train new employees for management positions. According to their listing, this role is for you “if you are looking for a strong company that offers a generous compensation plan, a culture of growth, and the ability to quickly move up in management positions.” The best part? Experience is not required – they’ll teach you everything!

19. Human Resources

Human Resource Specialists are an essential part of any successful company, as they provide a link between management and employees, acquire new talent, and make sure operations are running smoothly. It’s a big job, but those interested can get started in HR at an assistant level, which generally requires a year or two of experience working in an office environment. Remote positions are currently open at HR Magnet, US Tech Solutions, and AppleOne.

20. Call Reviewing

You know when you call up your credit card or phone company and the little robot voice says, “this call is being recorded”? Well, people are needed to listen to those recordings! Companies like Humanatic bring on new call reviewers to listen to, categorize, and analyze those customer service calls and provide valuable data to help businesses improve their overall customer satisfaction rates. This job promises a flexible work schedule and opportunities to grow and earn higher rates as you gain experience, all while sitting on your couch.

21. Tech & Software Development

Needless to say, the tech industry is booming right now, and jobs in software development and engineering are both coveted and seriously high-earning. So how can someone without much experience possibly find work in the field? Good news! Woz U, an innovative project in partnership with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak,  is looking to fill thousands of entry-level tech positions for their clients, in roles focusing on everything from cybersecurity and data science to app development. No formal training? No problem. If you have an Associate’s Degree and a background in computer science, mathematics, or even biology, they want to take care of all your on-the-job training.

Apply here!

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Culture Movies/TV

The 20 Best History Documentaries

With so many of us at home right now we’re all discovering new programs to watch. A series or movie to hook you in and make you forget about what’s happening in the world. Documentaries are a way to watch something new and learn about unfamiliar topics.

The documentaries listed below are some of the best history documentaries that you can currently watch at home. They cover a wide range of topics in history. From the story of the disability rights movement to the history of music in America. Some of the subjects and people of these films might not be known by many but they all have in common that they made history.

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1. ‘Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution’ (2020) Netflix

This documentary tells the story of a group of disabled young people who attended summer camp in the early 1970s at Camp Jened. This film does more than just talk about what fun was had at camp. You are able to see the layers of the disabled community. You see the different backgrounds that people come from and how that affects how they each try to interact with each other.  The viewer sees how the disability rights movement was lived by this group of people. From what happened to get laws established and to protect regulations from being repealed. This film which is executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama tells the story of resilience that leads to real changes for the disabled in the United States.

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2. ‘Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation’ (2019) Netflix

The festival that was and continues to be talked about is the subject of this documentary. Footage and interviews about the 1969 event highlight how musical history was being made without people knowing. In the film, you’ll see organizers and attendees recall what happened from their own perspective. The music is the star of the film as you see how it was changing as America changed.

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3. ‘Jackie Robinson’ (2016) PBS

The legacy of Jackie Robinson is one that we have read about in books. This documentary tells the story of the player, husband, father, activist, and man that was Jackie Robinson. You see how Robinson used his fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw in and outside of baseball. When he was done playing baseball you also see how he continued to fight for civil rights. This film is a must-see for baseball and history fanatics. 

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4. ‘Apollo 11’ (2019) Hulu

Audio recordings and footage that have never been seen before are a highlight in this documentary. You are able to see astronauts as they embark on a trip to the moon. This would be the trip to space when humans first landed on the moon. The film leads you to marvel at how this dangerous space mission changed the way we all view other planets. In 1969 this mission took place and nothing was ever the same after for space travel. Whether you were alive or not at the time view this documentary if you feel like seeing history and how so many dreams are possible.

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5. ‘Medal of Honor’ (2018) Netflix

The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that can be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who have distinguished themselves by doing acts of valor. This documentary tells the story of Medal of Honor recipients. You learn why and when they were awarded the prestigious honor. In the documentary are recreated some of the stories to further emphasize the acts of valor.  

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6. ‘RBG’ (2018) Hulu

This documentary gives a look into the life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film shows how the second woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court began her career. At a time when women lawyers were not the norm, Ginsburg challenged the status quo and created her own legal legacy. The documentary has interviews that add to a “behind the scenes” look at RBG’s life. Even if you have a different political view when you see everything Ginsburg fought to change you leave the documentary in awe of her determination to make a difference in America.

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7. ‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’ (2014) PBS

This documentary takes an intimate look at Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. They are each individually looked at but you also see how they are interwoven together. This family was influential in American politics but you also see the human side of each of them. While each worked to make changes in their own causes they inspired many to continue the fight after they were gone. This one family continues to shape American history. 

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8. ‘The Apollo’ (2019) Hulu

The Apollo is the theater that has a history and legacy unlike no other in America. The history that has been made is the story of American entertainment. This film shows how Apollo created opportunities for entertainers that might not have been able to perform at some other place. You also see how America was changing as the Apollo grew its legacy.

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9. ‘Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool’ (2019) Netflix

This documentary has never before seen footage and celebrity interviews to show the jazz legend that was Miles Davis. Viewers get to see how he made jazz music history as a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. Davis looked at music differently which led to him creating music that was innovative and now often imitated by others. It was not easy for him to be accepted by others and the film goes into how he was always looking to challenge what was jazz music. If you want to learn about music history then this film is a must-watch.

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10. ‘Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’ (2011) YouTube

Looking back to the era of prohibition you get to see the rise and fall of the Eighteen Amendment of the United States Constitution. The history of prohibition is examined to show how some thought that it would improve the lives of Americans but instead turned usual law-abiding citizens into criminals. Instead of stopping people from turning into alcoholics, it made drinking look fun and glamorous. This documentary will get you thinking about individual and government responsibilities. 

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12. ‘Our Planet’ (2019) Netflix

This film is a history lesson for any person who wants to learn about animals all over the world and how they live in nature. In this documentary, you can see how diverse the animal population is around the globe. A better understanding of how animals survive in nature is looked at in the documentary. The ways that climate change has been and continues to affect animals and nature is given a wide view because you are able to see that in all parts of the world a mark has been left. Yet, the film also gives you hope on how viewers can be champions to save our planet. 

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13. ‘Country Music’ (2019) PBS Passport

Ken Burns tells the story of country music in an eight-part, 16-hour documentary. The award-winning filmmaker gives a look at the history of country music in America and how it has evolved. We see how over the 20th century the music went from being played in small settings in the USA to stadiums around the globe. Never before seen photographs and footage add to the interviews of over 80 country artists. You don’t need to be a country music lover to be interested in how the hard work and eventual success of many country music artists occurred.

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14. ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ (2018) Hulu

This documentary from Peter Jackson uses restored archival footage and audio to tell the story of World War I from the people who lived through the war. Using the collection of Britain’s Imperial Museum the filmmaker was able to use state of the art digital technology to restore and colorize the footage. You are able to hear from soldiers who survived the war and what they experienced. You are able to see how young they were at the time. This film adds to what we know about the war especially because so many of us just learn about this period from what we read in books.

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15. ‘The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’ (2017) Netflix

This documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick examines the Vietnam War from both sides. Presented are interviews from people who opposed and believed in the war. You hear from the soldiers, protestors, and families who went through it all. The documentary is 10 parts and adding to the film are recordings from the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. 

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16. ‘Baseball’ (1994 & 2010) PBS

Another documentary by Ken Burns tells the story of how the game became America’s national pastime. You hear from fans, players, and management on what makes the game great. The documentary was so well received in 1994 that a new part was added in 2010 to tell additional history from the 1990s and 2000s. Footage from the past adds to the documentary as you see why players were considered greats of the game. The reasons why players and management have fought are examined. An important part of the documentary is seeing how people fought for racial justice in the game as people were fighting in the USA for equal rights. There is no live baseball right now but if you want to see baseball watch this documentary and learn the game’s history.

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17. ‘Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert’ (2020) YouTube

Right now we can’t go to any music festivals but if you want to learn how Coachella came to be and how it has stayed popular then watch this documentary. During the documentary, you get to see how the festival has evolved in its music offerings. Rock, punk rock, EDM, pop, rap, and hip-hop are just some of the music genres that have been heard at Coachella. The changing of genres has kept the festival relevant and brought memorable moments to the festival. In the film, you’ll also see some of the past performances and how some performers put their acts together.

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18. ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ (2018) Hulu

The story of the life and legacy of Fred Rogers is explored in this documentary. We get to see that Roger’s was more than just his educational television show and how he became a part of American history. The work he put into his performances helped to shape how children looked at using their own imaginations and being compassionate with others. He talked about topics that were happening to adults in the country but broke it down for kids. The documentary shows so much information about Fred Rogers that you don’t need to have grown up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood to understand the importance his show has had on generations. When you’re in need of a pick me up this film helps show that lessons learned as children stay with us forever.

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19. ‘Night on Earth’ (2020) Netflix

This documentary shows the lives of a variety of animals around the world at night. Shown in part is the history of how the animals are linked to the moon’s cycles. When day turns to night the temperature drops and we see how colder climates animals and their children fight to survive. In the jungle is shown how animals hunt and climb. In cities, viewers see how urbanized animals go through the city. We are also able to see how certain animals rise with the sunset. If you have ever been curious about how animals communicate at night then this documentary could be what you’ll want to watch.

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20. ‘Mercury 13’ (2018) Netflix

In 1961 after undergoing severe training, a small group of female pilots was asked to step aside when just men were selected for space travel. The main reason these women aren’t selected is for being female. This documentary looks at how the men in charge decided women weren’t needed in space. Yet, you learn how these women went through the exact same physical and psychological tests. They matched or sometimes exceeded the results of the men. These women just wanted to go into space if they were the most qualified and it is interesting to see how they were fighting to make history. 

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The 15 Best Athletic Shoes for Standing All Day

Whether you’re a healthcare worker on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis or a newly housebound “WFH” worker who just bought a standing desk – there’s a pair of sneakers that will match your hustle. 

Standing on your feet all day isn’t an easy thing, but with the right pair of kicks it doesn’t have to be so daunting. One37pm.com scoured the internet and sourced the real reviews of Amazon.com to round up the 15 best athletic shoes for standing all day. From outdoor sneakers made for support to silhouettes decked out with the most comfortable footwear technology, there’s not only something in here for everyone but you just might find your next pair of favorite sneakers.

1. Asics Gel Lyte V
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In case you’re unfamiliar with the low-key hype of Asics footwear, they are some of the best priced and most comfortable sneakers available. Known for their gel technology in the midsole, the brand balances itself as a staple for serious runners and for its high profile collabs with Kith’s Ronnie Feig and other must-have brands. (Check out the Kiko x Asics, if you’re looking to add some high-profile fashion and function to your rotation).

Amazon review: “Very comfortable. Great for anybody that has a job standing or walking a lot. The material is durable enough that it will last you but the price is a steal. I will definitely buy another pair; there are so many color options.” – Kindle Customer

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https://stockx.com/asics-gel-lyte-v-ronnie-fieg-sage
2. New Balance 990V4
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The OG “Dad” sneaker, the New Balance 990V4 is popular because it’s certified by people simply looking for a high-quality pair of comfortable shoes and nothing else, i.e. your Dad. Not only has it skyrocketed to the heights of “must-have” lists and celebrity endorsements, but the brand continues to produce the shoe whose unironic greatness speaks to the quality of the fit as well as its durability.

Amazon Review: I am completely sold to the New Balance 990v, I have them in Black, Red, Blue, White, Gray and now Mustard Yellow! One the best made shoes for people my size! 6’3” 300lbs! Very good shoes for working out and runners or standing long periods! I would like to find that Money Green color I have seen once before! Very Very good purchase! -Harold R Craig, Greensboro NC

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https://stockx.com/new-balance-990v4-ycmc-benjamin-bread
3. Nike React Element 87
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The Nike React Element 87 debuted in 2018 and would immediately be considered for a position for the highly coveted sneaker of the year. Nike’s new React technology featured a foam midsole and outsole and seemed to be a direct competitor with Adidas’s Boost material which since 2015 has been rivaling Nike’s Air Max and Zoom as runner’s go-to performance technology.

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https://stockx.com/nike-react-element-87-sail-light-bone
4. New Balance 998
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New Balance has an excellent lineup of stylish and extremely comfortable silhouettes, a personal favorite being the 998. A mixture of suede and mesh makes up the upper with the brand’s not so secret weapon, Abzorb technology in the midsole of the sneaker.

Amazon Review: “Really like these once I broke them in after a couple of workouts. Have been wearing Nike for a while, however, used to wear [998] and got awesome mileage out of them. Will be getting these from now on as they feel to be much sturdier shoes.” – Amazon Customer.

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5. Adidas UltraBoost 4.0
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Revealed in 2015 to high praise, Boost technology was the biggest announcement for the brand with the Three Stripes since stealing Kanye West from Nike. Taking shots at the kings of sneaker technology, Adidas jumped over Jordan to claim the #2 spot in the sneaker kingdom at the height of its popularity at that time. The ultimate runners were hailed as being incredibly light and able to go the distance for serious athletes, not to mention the brand’s incorporation of Boost in the Kanye West line. 

Amazon Review: “As expected, very light, provided strong and firm support all around at the bottom and mid section of my feet.” – Antonio.

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https://stockx.com/adidas-ultra-boost-4-0-running-white
6. Reebok Classic Leather
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Reebok has been a reasonably priced and high-quality brand for a long time and while they haven’t been hyped up as much as other brands, true sneakerheads always show love to the British athletic turned street style brand. They continue to put out reliable classics like the Reebok Classic Leather, a go-to pick for comfort and durability.

Amazon Review: “I love these shoes! They’re comfortable and fit exactly how I expected them to be. These are slowly coming back into trend and I would commend these white shoes in everyone’s closet. I have yet to buy another pair of shoes because of how much I love these. – Antonio

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https://stockx.com/reebok-classic-leather-kendrick-lamar-deconstructed
7. Salomon Xt-6
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The Salomon Xt-6 is a sneaker good enough to go up the side of a mountain in an ice storm so you can be sure that comfort is what the brand delivers to its customers. The stylish silhouette is a nice low top cut with a technical sophistication brought out in the super weatherproof materials and heavy-duty, super treaded outsole. The cinch lace that tucks into the tongue pouch is just another excellent detail. Shop through their wide range of color options to pick the perfect Xt-6 to match your closet.

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https://somewhereofficial.com/products/xt-6-advanced-mineral-gray-mallard-blue-white?variant=31729593876526
8. Diadora V7000
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Diadora is another great “Dad” sneaker brand which, in the past couple of years, has been getting its due. The chunky silhouettes provide great comfort and style. The V7000, specifically, is one of their better-looking models. The sneaker’s athletic body makes the silhouette a great middle-ground for casual and performance wear.

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https://stockx.com/diadora-v7000-afew-highly-addictive
9. Saucony Grid Web
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Saucony is another notable brand continually pumping out solid silhouettes over the past few decades, One of the Top 5 “go-to” Saucony sneakers, the Grid Web silhouette is so chunky it will take you back to 2000 faster than the opening sound of an N64. The sneaker personifies comfort with a mostly mesh upper, with a molded-EVA midsole that cushions and absorbs shock, as well as a soft sock liner for added comfort and support.

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https://stockx.com/saucony-grid-web-white-multi
10. Vans Era Comfy Cush
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Vans as a skate sneaker are unfuckkwithable but in 2019 they upped the ante with a Comfy Cush technology, a new update to select silhouettes that elevated their notoriously flat sneakers into a new realm of comfort. Although Vans isn’t necessarily the brand you think of for “all-day comfort” the brand’s new and updated footbed was marketed as “comfortable as running sneakers” and brought a new component to the brand without sacrificing the body of their classic and iconic silhouette. Rock classic looks like the Era WITH the comfort of a running performance model. Truly the best of both worlds.

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https://stockx.com/vans-comfycush-era-black-marshmallow
11. Brooks Levitate 2
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For serious runners, Brooks ranks amongst some of the best brands out and when considering a pair of sneakers for standing all day, runners are probably going to be your best bet. Go the less familiar route with Brooks, a running brand with a strong reputation for comfort.  Known also for their reliable quality they have a strong reputation with serious marathoners and casual runners alike. The midsole is built with the brand’s DNA AMP, said to be the brand’s most responsive cushioning. The Levitate 2 is just one of the several Brooks silhouettes that will prove to go the distance.

Amazon Review: “These shoes really do seem to absorb and redistribute energy from each stride and footstep so that the impact is easier on the knees, and one’s foot rolls into the next stride with less effort.” – Jonah

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https://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/mens-running-shoes-levitate-2/110290.html
12. Puma RS-X
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The RS running system saw a recent retro from Puma and not only brought some new relevance to the brand but also helped them cash in on the “Dad” sneaker trend with a variety of colorful and comfortable silhouettes. Similar to other brands the thick midsole provides great comfort for everyday wear. The brand took things a step further when they relaunched the RS tech for the first time and collaborated with some serious nostalgic forces. Check out my personal pick: their collab with Sonic the Hedgehog.

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13. Mizuno Wave Prophecy
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Mizuno can be a slept on brand when it comes to runners but the Wave Prophecy sets itself apart as a noteworthy model for the brand. Built on Mizuno’s Infinity Wave technology, the eye-catching midsole not only draws attention but provides great comfort and supper for the wearer. The tech is apparently good for shock absorbing and relieving pressure off the knee and other key joints.

Amazon Review: “4 YEARS of international and domestic traveling. Running and using for the gym as well as almost every day in warmer months. Did not lose spring, did not lose cushion!!!” – Jesse T.

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https://www.mizunousa.com/product/running-wave-prophecy-8-mens.do
14. Hoka One One Bondi 6
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The Hoka One One Bondi 6 is one of the brand’s best silhouettes. The sneaker features an extra bulky design and that super large shape is due to all of the cushioning packed into the midsole. The brand’s most cushioned running shoe, the sneaker is good for logging the miles with an all-day comfort that won’t quit so you know you can trust it for any activity.

Amazon Review: “The Bondi 6 offers maximum cushion and a very comfortable ride. An incredibly comfortable shoe for running, walking, jogging, and everything in between, this one leads the pack.” – Evan Brand

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https://www.hokaoneone.com/men-view-all/bondi-6/1019269.html
15. Reebok Instapump Fury
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As far as comfort goes, adjustable comfort reigns supreme. The Reebok Instapump wasn’t only groundbreaking technology for the brand but continues to make waves in modern footwear with collaborations from cool brands like Vetements. The Instapump gives the wearer the choice to rock a relaxed fit or pump things up a couple of levels for more secure comfort. The sneaker also features a forgiving EVA midsole to help go the extra mile.

Amazon Review: “I’ve loved these trainers since the ’90s and was not disappointed with these at all.they have to be the nicest looking trainers around and comfort is unlike any I’ve worn before.” – Andrew Pugh

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https://stockx.com/reebok-instapump-fury-prototype-citron
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The 20 Adidas Sneakers Every Collector Should Own

In this new series from ONE37pm, we list the definitive sneakers from each of the world’s leading sportswear brands.

For all its importance and cultural transcendence, Run DMC’s pivotal song “My Adidas” wasn’t the beginning of the German sportswear brand. First conceptualized by brothers Adolf “Adi” Dassler and Rudolf Dassler under the name Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik in 1924, the company was officially deemed Adidas in 1949, owned and operated solely by Adi Dassler after a fight severed the brothers’ working relationship. Rudolf Dassler, however, would go on to form the rivaling brand, PUMA. 

Adidas began to thrive almost immediately, moving beyond creating industry best track spikes for Olympic hero Jesse Owens under its old moniker, to producing a groundbreaking indoor soccer shoe dubbed the Samba. They would quickly conquer another sport with the introduction of the Adidas Superstar in 1969, a performance basketball sneaker that impressed with its protective shell toe and formidable leather coat whose durability helped prevent ankle injuries. Two years later, Adidas proved their dominance with the iconic Stan Smith for the eponymous 6’4” American tennis champion.  

By the time the ‘80s arrived, rich in cultural resonance thanks to the emergence of hip hop and graffiti, Adidas was near the height of its powers. A talented rap trio from Queens would nudge them over the top, showering Adidas with praise in adoration for the shell-toe sneaker they famously wore without laces.

Breaking ground aesthetically and moving past the technological boundaries of their time with its Equipment “EQT” series, Adidas was no longer the scrappy upstart but a powerhouse shifting culture. Here, we list the 20 definitive Adidas sneakers that every sneakerhead should own, with a bit of history of each pair.

Adidas Futurecraft 4D
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On the forefront of sneaker innovation and sustainability, Adidas, with its 4D printing at its robotics-driven Speedfactory facility, very literally set the course of the industry’s future with this progressive design.

Buy Now, $300
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-B75942-Futurecraft-4D/dp/B07FCVJJR3
Adidas The Kobe
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Originally released as a Kobe Bryant signature sneaker in 2000, the newly reborn Crazy 1 ADV was first—and famously known—as Adidas The Kobe. Polarizing and precise, just like the Black Mamba’s game, this design was inspired by the Audi TT, another fine German-engineered masterpiece.

Buy Now, $125
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Crazy-Athletic-Sneakers-Black/dp/B07HGHM2JF/ref=pd_sbs_309_4/140-5931586-0762960?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07HGHM2JF&pd_rd_r=1784ba25-a3f5-11e9-ae12-fbad7273ae80&pd_rd_w=UMNWU&pd_rd_wg=UsalR&pf_rd_p=588939de-d3f8-42f1-a3d8-d556
Adidas Rod Laver
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Following two historic Grand Slam victories, an Australian-born tennis pro named Rod Laver was gifted a signature sneaker by Adidas in 1970. Taking his name as its moniker the modern-day low-cut tennis shoe is somewhat unsung. While not nearly as iconic as what the Stan Smith has grown to be, the Laver still ranks among the best tennis signature models of all time.

Buy Now, $65
https://www.adidas.com/us/rod-laver-super-primeknit-shoes/BY4356.html
Adidas Powerphase
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Basking in a new light after recieving a Kanye West co-sign, the vintage Adidas Powerphase is in the midst of a promising renaissance. Re-released in 2017 under West’s “Calabasas” label, the Powerphase is the focus of ‘80s nostalgia now at the forefront of contemporary sneaker culture.

Buy Now, $110
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BRFS361/ref=sspa_dk_detail_1?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07BRFS361&pd_rd_w=vcxu8&pf_rd_p=8a8f3917-7900-4ce8-ad90-adf0d53c0985&pd_rd_wg=wsHnx&pf_rd_r=FF9EN6DQTA6J1M915BGW&pd_rd_r=79a83c31-a3fe-11e9-888e-11c74a3a8f49
Adidas Yeezy 750
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Kanye West recently (and affectionately) labeled himself “a product guy.” His truth is in the work, as his six-year influential run with Adidas has been nothing short of brilliant. West’s first official release with the three stripes back in 2015 was the Yeezy Boost 750. A towering design that marks one of his most avant-garde outings to date, West offered sneaker purists both a foundational design and showed them how to style it. The latter undeniably serves as one of his greatest powers.

Buy Now, $350
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Adidas Campus
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First released in the early years of the 1970s as the Tournament, the Adidas Campus would take its final name and find residence at the skatepark in the decade that would follow. Dipping in and around empty swimming pools given its thick vulcanized sole unit, the Campus today serves both as a tried-and-true skater and an everyday lifestyle sneaker.

Buy Now, $60
https://www.zappos.com/p/adidas-originals-campus-dark-blue-white-chalk-white/product/8894455/color/695433?utm_source=google&utm_medium=pla_g&utm_campaign=937040151&utm_term=pla-__iv_p_1_g_46131003549_c_222982378769_n_g_d_c_v__l__t__r_1o5_x_pla_y_15872_f_o
Adidas ZX 1000c
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While the pioneering technologies of the Adidas ZX series have evolved with modern footwear advancements, the rich design language this dense series offered in the ‘80s has not been outmatched by any new or trending ideas. In fact, one of the best of the bunch—the ZX 1000c—has been updated with the innovations of today, now serving as both genre relic and as a piece of wearable history.

Buy Now, $130
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Adidas Pro Model
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While sharing the shell-toe of the Superstar, the mid-top Adidas Pro Model released long before its high-profile sibling. A prominent basketball shoe, thanks in large to its premium leather makeup, the silhouette was a breath of fresh air to basketball players that had grown weary of canvas sneakers. NBA Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, became the face of the Pro Model after signing an endorsement deal with the brand in 1976.

Buy Now, $90
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Originals-Pro-Fashion-Sneaker/dp/B004WI2OJQ/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_309_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=SM3BKKTVMBBJ0B8DFWJT
Adidas Top Ten
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There was the Adidas Rivalry High and the Adidas Top Ten. Both high-top basketball sneakers similar in style and frame, and both predominantly produced in leather. The latter, released in 1979, originally served to outfit the top ten basketball players in the NBA—Doug Collins, Marques Johnson, Kermit Washington, Adrian Dantley, Bob Lanier, Bobby Jones, Billy Knight, Sidney Wicks, Mitch Kupchak and Kevin Grevey. Another NBA legend, Rick Barry, helped Adidas create the shoe and served as the face of the sneakers ad campaign.

Buy Now, $90
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Sneakers-Navy-White-D65161/dp/B00I0XDA10/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=adidas+top+ten&qid=1562870339&s=apparel&sr=1-2
Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweego
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Designer collaborations in sneaker culture are as common as laces and soles. Adidas, working with the likes of Stella McCartney, Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto, found their most popular union with Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons. While repurposing the Stan Smith and vintage canvas gems like the Nizza, Simons’ Ozweego interpretation is his most ambitious and, equally, his most triumphant.

Buy Now, $400
https://needsupply.com/mens/brands/adidas-x-raf-simons/rs-ozweego-sneaker-in-white.html
Adidas NMD
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In what is realistically the second-coming of the ZX Flux, the Adidas NMD (or Adidas Nomad) quickly became culturally ubiquitous its release in December 2015. Despite some homogeneity, the NMD is a best-seller for a reason. And with new iterations from Pharrell Williams that continue to push the series forward, its upwards trend stands as a defining moment in Adidas’ brand history.

Buy Now, $130
https://www.zappos.com/adidas-nmd
Adidas Crazy 8
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Initially released in 1997 as the Adidas KB8, Kobe Bryant’s first signature sneaker now called the Crazy 8 ranks high among the prolific and influential ‘90s-era time-honored basketball sneaker designs. Now more than 20 years old, Bryant notably wore the sneaker in the 1997 NBA Dunk Contest where he was victorious.

Buy Now, $110
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Performance-Mens-Crazy-Basketball/dp/B019YALYLA?th=1
Adidas Gazelle
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A representation of simple beauty, the Adidas Gazelle, first introduced as a track spike worn by the legendary Wilma Rudolph in the early 1960s, still stands as one of the brand’s most-worn sneakers to date. The very first Adidas shoe produced in suede or, in its earliest iterations, kangaroo velour, has managed to move through space and time without losing its intangible allure. Recently reissued in the US, the Gazelle enjoyed popularity in abundance in the UK in the 1980s and ‘90s.

Buy Now, $90
https://needsupply.com/mens/brands/adidas/have-a-good-time-gazelle-super-sneaker.html
Adidas EQT Running Support
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“Everything that’s essential. Nothing that’s not.” Those are the words of famed designer Peter Moore, who came to Adidas and worked on its Equipment series after designing the Air Jordan 1 for Nike. His work in the early ‘90s all but saved Adidas which was on the brink of bankruptcy shortly before his arrival. The Equipment series, by in large, was the company’s grand repositioning in the sneaker landscape. Moreover, the EQT Running Support, released in 1993, was a marketable and stylish runner with cross-training duality. A status symbol overseas, the EQT line slowly rose to fame in the States. Today, the Running Support and the series as a whole serve as a prime collaborative canvas for the likes of Adidas’ creative partner, Pusha T.

Buy Now, $140
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Equipment-Running-Support-Mens/dp/B015TQM7C8
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2
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When Kanye West first released his indomitable Yeezy Boost 350 in September 2016, securing a pair was undeniably the most difficult task in sneakers. Fast forward three years, and in the midst of the cultural saturation of its successor—the Yeezy Boost 350 V2—getting your hands on the Boost-laden silhouette is far easier. This is based on a promise West made years ago, stating that one day everyone that wanted Yeezy’s would soon have a pair. Increasing production, yet careful to not overpopulate a shoe—thus devaluing its cultural capital—is a strategic and tedious process. Brands like Adidas have mastered it to their benefit.

Buy Now, $220
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Yeezy-Boost-Butter-Woven/dp/B07F8FKG62/ref=pd_cp_309_1?pd_rd_w=0inbr&pf_rd_p=ef4dc990-a9ca-4945-ae0b-f8d549198ed6&pf_rd_r=HB8EVD8T70VWBFY9453Y&pd_rd_r=21371348-a42a-11e9-86f6-a19ddd3ac577&pd_rd_wg=bIaQY&pd_rd_i=B07F8FKG62&psc
Adidas Micropacer
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The history of smart sneakers isn’t as long nor as polished as one might think. In 1984, however, Adidas broke new ground with its revolutionary Micropacer. Centralized by an integrated computing system set to record running distance, running pace and calorie intake, the Micropacer was the very first of its kind. Released in accordance with the Los Angeles Olympic Games, the sneaker earned a place at the Computer Museum History Centre in Boston for its groundbreaking contributions to the industry. In 2014 to celebrate its 30th anniversary, a retro of the original colorway and new styles were released.

Buy Now, $150
https://stockx.com/adidas-micropacer-og-2014
Adidas Samba
Oneness

Widely recognized as the first official sneaker that Adidas released in 1949, the performance-focused Adidas Samba is an indoor soccer shoe that helped players train on icy and unforgiving terrain. Given its soccer origins, the Samba—like the Spezial and ZX series—has always been far more popular in Europe than in America. The brand’s second best-selling sneaker of all time behind the Stan Smith, the Samba, along with many other firsts, helped debut the trefoil logo and the iconic three stripes on the shoe’s lateral and medial siding. Over the years, this low-cut soccer trainer released in many special editions. It’s still worn by soccer players globally today.

Buy Now, $80
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Performance-Classic-Indoor-Soccer/dp/B0007QCNGG
Adidas Ultra Boost
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There hasn’t been an Adidas running sneaker more important in the last 30 years than the Ultra Boost. When it was released in 2015 on the front-end of the brand’s renaissance, the shoe came with a considerable amount of controversy. In the initial marketing campaign, Adidas boldly proclaimed that the Ultraboost was the best running sneaker ever. On its face, the stance was both boisterous and incredulous. Now, though, looking back, the move proved to be extremely effective. Now in its fifth iteration, the Ultra Boost remains a brand best-seller and the most-worn new Adidas silhouette.

Buy Now, $180
https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adidas-ultraboost-19-pride-running-shoe-men/5183544?origin=coordinating-5183544-0-2-PDP_1_INSIZE-recbot-also_viewed&recs_placement=PDP_1_INSIZE&recs_strategy=also_viewed&recs_source=recbot&recs_page_type=product&recs_seed=3845
Adidas Stan Smith
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Adidas’ all-time best selling sneaker, the Stan Smith, wasn’t always the Stan Smith. Initially, in 1965, the shoe was dubbed the Adidas Robert Haillet, a signature model for the French tennis pro of the same name. Horst Dassler, the son of Adolph Dassler, both conceptualized and produced the shoe. It was the first leather tennis sneaker when all others were manufactured in canvas. It wasn’t until his US Open win in 1971 and a subsequent Wimbledon victory in 1972 that Adidas passed on the shoe to Stan Smith following Haillet’s retirement. However, the shoe’s title didn’t officially change to the Adidas Stan Smith until 1978. Adidas has reissued the Stan several times since the late ‘80s, and it serves as one of the best lifestyle sneakers from any brand.

Buy Now, $80
https://www.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/adidas-mens-stan-smith-leather-low-top-sneakers?ID=2603223&CategoryID=1000054
Adidas Superstar
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A very hard truth that few mentions when narrating the history of the Adidas Superstar is that this shoe was dead in the water before RUN DMC and the emergence of hip-hop in the late ‘80s. Financially, Adidas was on its last leg and in dire need of a win. Rev Run, DMC and Jam Master Jay were the lifeline the brand desperately needed but never knew they’d get. To that end, so was Gerald Deas, a member of the alt-rap group Creative Funk, who in 1985 released the song “Felon Sneakers.” The anti-sneaker rap song was against groups like RUN DMC wearing so-called “d-boy sneakers”—specifically, wearing them without laces which prison inmates often did as laces (on the inside) were considered makeshift weapons. In response, RUN DMC released “My Adidas” in 1986 to critical and cultural acclaim. It was the turning point Adidas needed and can’t be overstated as a seminal moment in not just Adidas history but in sneaker culture as a whole.

Buy Now, $80
https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adidas-superstar-foundation-sneaker/3846550?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FMen%2FShoes%2FSneakers%20%26%20Athletic&color=white%2F%20black
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The 15 Best Athletic Shoes for Standing All Day

Whether you’re a healthcare worker on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis or a newly housebound “WFH” worker who just bought a standing desk – there’s a pair of sneakers that will match your hustle. 

 

Standing on your feet all day isn’t an easy thing, but with the right pair of kicks it doesn’t have to be so daunting. One37pm.com scoured the internet and sourced the real reviews of Amazon.com to round up the 15 best athletic shoes for standing all day. From outdoor sneakers made for support to silhouettes decked out with the most comfortable footwear technology, there’s not only something in here for everyone but you just might find your next pair of favorite sneakers.

1. Asics Gel Lyte V
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In case you’re unfamiliar with the low-key hype of Asics footwear, they are some of the best priced and most comfortable sneakers available. Known for their gel technology in the midsole, the brand balances itself as a staple for serious runners and for its high profile collabs with Kith’s Ronnie Feig and other must-have brands. (Check out the Kiko x Asics, if you’re looking to add some high-profile fashion and function to your rotation).

 

Amazon review: “Very comfortable. Great for anybody that has a job standing or walking a lot. The material is durable enough that it will last you but the price is a steal. I will definitely buy another pair; there are so many color options.” – Kindle Customer

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https://stockx.com/asics-gel-lyte-v-ronnie-fieg-sage
2. New Balance 990V4
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The OG “Dad” sneaker, the New Balance 990V4 is popular because it’s certified by people simply looking for a high-quality pair of comfortable shoes and nothing else, i.e. your Dad. Not only has it skyrocketed to the heights of “must-have” lists and celebrity endorsements, but the brand continues to produce the shoe whose unironic greatness speaks to the quality of the fit as well as its durability.

 

Amazon Review: I am completely sold to the New Balance 990v, I have them in Black, Red, Blue, White, Gray and now Mustard Yellow! One the best made shoes for people my size! 6’3” 300lbs! Very good shoes for working out and runners or standing long periods! I would like to find that Money Green color I have seen once before! Very Very good purchase! -Harold R Craig, Greensboro NC

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3. Nike React Element 87
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The Nike React Element 87 debuted in 2018 and would immediately be considered for a position for the highly coveted sneaker of the year. Nike’s new React technology featured a foam midsole and outsole and seemed to be a direct competitor with Adidas’s Boost material which since 2015 has been rivaling Nike’s Air Max and Zoom as runner’s go-to performance technology.

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https://stockx.com/nike-react-element-87-sail-light-bone
4. New Balance 998
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New Balance has an excellent lineup of stylish and extremely comfortable silhouettes, a personal favorite being the 998. A mixture of suede and mesh makes up the upper with the brand’s not so secret weapon, Abzorb technology in the midsole of the sneaker.

 

Amazon Review: “Really like these once I broke them in after a couple of workouts. Have been wearing Nike for a while, however, used to wear [998] and got awesome mileage out of them. Will be getting these from now on as they feel to be much sturdier shoes.” – Amazon Customer.

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5. Adidas UltraBoost 4.0
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Revealed in 2015 to high praise, Boost technology was the biggest announcement for the brand with the Three Stripes since stealing Kanye West from Nike. Taking shots at the kings of sneaker technology, Adidas jumped over Jordan to claim the #2 spot in the sneaker kingdom at the height of its popularity at that time. The ultimate runners were hailed as being incredibly light and able to go the distance for serious athletes, not to mention the brand’s incorporation of Boost in the Kanye West line. 

 

Amazon Review: “As expected, very light, provided strong and firm support all around at the bottom and mid section of my feet.” – Antonio.

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https://stockx.com/adidas-ultra-boost-4-0-running-white
6. Reebok Classic Leather
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Reebok has been a reasonably priced and high-quality brand for a long time and while they haven’t been hyped up as much as other brands, true sneakerheads always show love to the British athletic turned street style brand. They continue to put out reliable classics like the Reebok Classic Leather, a go-to pick for comfort and durability.

 

Amazon Review: “I love these shoes! They’re comfortable and fit exactly how I expected them to be. These are slowly coming back into trend and I would commend these white shoes in everyone’s closet. I have yet to buy another pair of shoes because of how much I love these. – Antonio

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7. Salomon Xt-6
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The Salomon Xt-6 is a sneaker good enough to go up the side of a mountain in an ice storm so you can be sure that comfort is what the brand delivers to its customers. The stylish silhouette is a nice low top cut with a technical sophistication brought out in the super weatherproof materials and heavy-duty, super treaded outsole. The cinch lace that tucks into the tongue pouch is just another excellent detail. Shop through their wide range of color options to pick the perfect Xt-6 to match your closet.

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8. Diadora V7000
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Diadora is another great “Dad” sneaker brand which, in the past couple of years, has been getting its due. The chunky silhouettes provide great comfort and style. The V7000, specifically, is one of their better-looking models. The sneaker’s athletic body makes the silhouette a great middle-ground for casual and performance wear.

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9. Saucony Grid Web
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Saucony is another notable brand continually pumping out solid silhouettes over the past few decades, One of the Top 5 “go-to” Saucony sneakers, the Grid Web silhouette is so chunky it will take you back to 2000 faster than the opening sound of an N64. The sneaker personifies comfort with a mostly mesh upper, with a molded-EVA midsole that cushions and absorbs shock, as well as a soft sock liner for added comfort and support.

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10. Vans Era Comfy Cush
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Vans as a skate sneaker are unfuckkwithable but in 2019 they upped the ante with a Comfy Cush technology, a new update to select silhouettes that elevated their notoriously flat sneakers into a new realm of comfort. Although Vans isn’t necessarily the brand you think of for “all-day comfort” the brand’s new and updated footbed was marketed as “comfortable as running sneakers” and brought a new component to the brand without sacrificing the body of their classic and iconic silhouette. Rock classic looks like the Era WITH the comfort of a running performance model. Truly the best of both worlds.

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11. Brooks Levitate 2
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For serious runners, Brooks ranks amongst some of the best brands out and when considering a pair of sneakers for standing all day, runners are probably going to be your best bet. Go the less familiar route with Brooks, a running brand with a strong reputation for comfort.  Known also for their reliable quality they have a strong reputation with serious marathoners and casual runners alike. The midsole is built with the brand’s DNA AMP, said to be the brand’s most responsive cushioning. The Levitate 2 is just one of the several Brooks silhouettes that will prove to go the distance.

 

Amazon Review: “These shoes really do seem to absorb and redistribute energy from each stride and footstep so that the impact is easier on the knees, and one’s foot rolls into the next stride with less effort.” – Jonah

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https://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/mens-running-shoes-levitate-2/110290.html
12. Puma RS-X
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The RS running system saw a recent retro from Puma and not only brought some new relevance to the brand but also helped them cash in on the “Dad” sneaker trend with a variety of colorful and comfortable silhouettes. Similar to other brands the thick midsole provides great comfort for everyday wear. The brand took things a step further when they relaunched the RS tech for the first time and collaborated with some serious nostalgic forces. Check out my personal pick: their collab with Sonic the Hedgehog.

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13. Mizuno Wave Prophecy
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Mizuno can be a slept on brand when it comes to runners but the Wave Prophecy sets itself apart as a noteworthy model for the brand. Built on Mizuno’s Infinity Wave technology, the eye-catching midsole not only draws attention but provides great comfort and supper for the wearer. The tech is apparently good for shock absorbing and relieving pressure off the knee and other key joints.

 

Amazon Review: “4 YEARS of international and domestic traveling. Running and using for the gym as well as almost every day in warmer months. Did not lose spring, did not lose cushion!!!” – Jesse T.

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14. Hoka One One Bondi 6
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The Hoka One One Bondi 6 is one of the brand’s best silhouettes. The sneaker features an extra bulky design and that super large shape is due to all of the cushioning packed into the midsole. The brand’s most cushioned running shoe, the sneaker is good for logging the miles with an all-day comfort that won’t quit so you know you can trust it for any activity.

 

Amazon Review: “The Bondi 6 offers maximum cushion and a very comfortable ride. An incredibly comfortable shoe for running, walking, jogging, and everything in between, this one leads the pack.” – Evan Brand

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15. Reebok Instapump Fury
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As far as comfort goes, adjustable comfort reigns supreme. The Reebok Instapump wasn’t only groundbreaking technology for the brand but continues to make waves in modern footwear with collaborations from cool brands like Vetements. The Instapump gives the wearer the choice to rock a relaxed fit or pump things up a couple of levels for more secure comfort. The sneaker also features a forgiving EVA midsole to help go the extra mile.

 

Amazon Review: “I’ve loved these trainers since the ’90s and was not disappointed with these at all.they have to be the nicest looking trainers around and comfort is unlike any I’ve worn before.” – Andrew Pugh

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What Is Lionel Messi’s Net Worth and How Does It Compare to Others?

What he’s done on the pitch has earned Lionel Messi’s the title of being undoubtedly one of the greatest soccer players of all time, but what he’s done off the pitch has also made him one of the richest. Lionel Messi’s net worth is an estimated $400 million, making him one of the two highest-paid soccer stars in the world, second only to Cristiano Ronaldo. So how exactly did the Argentinian do it?

In a recent list of the world’s highest-paid soccer players, Forbes stated that Messi’s salary was a whopping $42 million. In 2017, his pay increased after former teammate Neymar left Barcelona to go to play for PSG. This took his massive wages off the books and the club was able to pay Lionel a significant amount more than they already were. UEFA has a wage spending recommendation and the club actually admitted that Messi’s new contract would put them over that, but insisted that they could afford it and pointed out that there technically no official salary cap. The buyout clause for this new contract was €700m, or around $758 million and it lasts until the 2020/2021 season.

His annual salary is a good place to start
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In the 2017/2018 La Liga season, Messi made $84 million from annual salary plus bonuses. Bonuses in soccer are often performance-related, with some earning tens of thousands for every goal. In that season, Messi was the leader in goals with 34, leader in assists with 12, and the leader in hattricks with 4. All of this helped lead Barcelona to win the league, so it’s no wonder why he took home so much money.

Those numbers are astonishing, but even for someone of Messi’s stature, it would be extremely difficult to amass a net worth well into nine figures without endorsement deals, sponsorships, and other lucrative business ventures. He didn’t top Forbes’ 2019 list of the world’s paid athletes over names like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Canelo Álvarez, and Roger Federer by just playing soccer.

Building a net worth off the field
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Lionel actually boasts one of the better portfolios outside of his sport that you’ll ever see. Some brands that he has been linked with include Adidas, Pepsi, Gatorade, Lays, Mastercard, Gillette, Hawkers, and Turkish Airlines, to name a few.


His deal with Adidas is the most significant of the bunch as Messi is their leading brand endorser. He has been with them since 2006 and in 2017, the soccer star reportedly signed a deal with the German brand that will last until at least the end of his career but is widely believed to be a lifetime agreement similar to what LeBron James has with Nike. Up until then, Messi was earning around $10 million annually from Adidas and we can only assume that it has increased due to the longevity of the new contract.


In March of 2016, Lionel Messi became the global brand ambassador for Huawei, the Chinese mobile brand. Reports estimated that deal to be worth an incredible $6 million. This isn’t Messi’s only business from China either. In 2017 it was announced that this year would see the opening of Messi’s own theme park in China. In collaboration with Phoenix Group and Leo Messi Management, Mediapro launched the project which had an investment of over $180 million. It’s likely been put on the backburner for now but will be cash cow whenever it comes to fruition.

It’s certainly worth noting that these endorsements have gotten Leo in trouble with the law in the past. A few years ago, he and his father Jorge were found guilty of tax fraud after moving millions of dollars to offshore accounts in South America from 2007-2009. Messi was given a 21-month sentence which was eventually changed to a fine of €252k. His father’s 15-month sentence was also changed to a €180k fine after Messi shelled out a voluntary €5 million as a corrective payment. The pair were then fined a total of €3.5 million.

Despite this, all of these deals have made Messi a brand in his own right. Last year, Hookit, which tracks sponsorship value on digital and social media, determined that Messi generates $106 million in value for his sponsors with a following of over 200 million across multiple platforms.

Being arguably the greatest of your generation is good and all, but with his net worth reaching half a billion dollars, Messi has also laid the blueprints for how to become a tycoon.

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2KBABY Talks ‘Pregame Rituals’ and Shares Advice With the Fans

On this week’s episode of our podcast Monday to Monday, Boyd chats with Kentucky rapper 2KBABY. This is an extra special episode, because—as a part of ONE37pm’s new Stream and Greet series—this interview also features questions from the fans. Boyd speaks to 2KBABY about his latest project, making it out of Louisville, Kentucky and trusting his gut when it comes to releasing music. After Boyd’s interview and an a cappella performance of “HALF A MILLI”, 2K brings in some fans who ask him questions about finding his voice, the importance of family, and how to stay relevant in 2020.

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2K is staying busy during the quarantine. “I shot like… I’d say, three, four music videos in the past week,” he says. As in our last interview with the Kentucky hit-maker, 2KBABY only drops dimes. On his impetus behind making music, he says: “My biggest thing, I just wanted people to hear me. And appreciate my music.” He loves his music and emphasizes the importance of enjoying your own art. “Your music gotta be hard to you,” he says, before adding, “You don’t wanna look back down the road and have any regrets about nothing. Do what you want to do at the end of the day.”

The episode features an a cappella version of “HALF A MILLI,” followed by a discussion of 2K’s recent project, Pregame Rituals. Boyd asks him for the thought process behind “HALF A MILLI,” to which he responds, “Shit. Exactly what I said. Half a milli in the bank, this shit is not what you think.” Money isn’t everything. 2KBABY also reveals that his favorite track on the album is “20K.”

The rest of this episode includes questions from the fans, who got an opportunity to stream alongside 2K and ask him their most pressing questions. When the first fan pops up, 2KBABY recognizes him and shares how important his fanbase is for him as an artist. “This is one of my biggest supporters. I’m already knowing off the top. You know I really pay attention to my fanbase. Because y’all really damn near all I got. Without y’all, this shit ain’t happening. None of this shit—I wouldn’t have none of this without y’all,” he says. 

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Ultimately, in his responses to fans, 2K drops too many dimes to cover here. If you want to hear all he has to offer, you’ll have to listen to the full episode. But we’ll give you a sneak peek of some of the best quotes below:

On family: “Family is everything. Family is who I do it for […] As soon as I got my first check, ‘Granny, where you wanna move? Pick it out. I got you.’” 

On some dream collabs: “I wanna collaborate with Post Malone, Lil Wayne, T-Pain. Shit, I wish I could collab with Michael Jackson.”

On building your fanbase: “The only way your fans is gonna see you as the artist that you want them to see you as, or the superstar you want them to see you as, you gotta move, think like that, and you gotta see yourself like that.”

On consistency: “You gotta keep feedin’ em. And the more you feed ‘em—the more bread you throw out there, the more birds is gonna keep on flocking.”


If you loved this episode, check out last week’s episode, which features Boyd interviewing trap star Kap G. And make sure to listen to 2KBABY’s EP, Pregame Rituals, available now on all major streaming platforms.

2KBaby Live Stream + Fan Q&A
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/2kbaby-live-stream-fan-q-a/id1489043136?i=1000474223087
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The 15 Best Soccer Podcasts

Soccer is probably the most popular international sport. With massive fan bases for clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, etc. there’s a massive need for coverage. Podcasts are perfect for that coverage, and there are a wide array of soccer podcasts around the world covering different topics and leagues. The topics range from in-depth analysis of the game, strategy, and players to behind the scenes stories about players’ careers, oral histories of classic games, and interviews with players and coaches.

There are so many good stories to tell in the sport. In looking at the massive boom in soccer podcasts, we took a look at some of the most popular and enjoyable listens out there. Here are our favorite soccer shows.

1. ‘Men In Blazers’
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Started in 2010 through ESPN’s Grantland, Men In Blazers has become the ultimate soccer podcast that has crossed over into the mainstream. Hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, the show has built a cult-like following off of the hilarious inside jokes and banter between the British duo with strong chemistry. 

Plus, their guest list is unrivaled in the soccer podcast realm. Matthew McConaughey, John Oliver, and Kevin Bacon are just a few of the big names to sit behind Davies and Bennett for some real talk in the panic room.

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2. ‘Gab & Juls Podcast’ on ESPN FC
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Hosts Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens have developed a pretty good back and forth on the Gab & Juls Podcast. A part of the ESPN FC network, the podcast stands out because it’s a mainstream podcast, but the hosts try and spread their focus past some of the top-level clubs and spread their coverage to every team. The analysis on the podcast has a meat and potatoes type of flow in terms of the conversation. Just don’t expect anything negative to be said about Paris St. Germain.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/espn-fc/id849326609
3. ‘Football Weekly’ — The Guardian
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The chemistry between Host Max Rushden and a range of contributors like Barry Glendenning spearheads the Football Weekly podcast into one of the top soccer podcasts around. A part of The Guardian network, Football Weekly ranges from the analysis of matches in the UK and Europe and serious topics to comedy all in one show. The podcast’s content heavily centers around the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and the Bundesliga. Though the show originally started with James Richardson—who left the show in 2017, the podcast has kept going with Rushden and has been one of the top listens for football fans.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/football-weekly/id188674007
4. ‘Peter Crouch Podcast’
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A former soccer player in the Premier League, Peter Crouch started his podcast in 2018. Besides doing the robot, the former striker has shown podcasting as a skill we didn’t know he had. Crouch’s podcast does a great job of putting the listener on the field and explaining particular scenarios with the informality of a conversation between friends. He’s covered everything from where to sit on the team bus to perfecting the art of tackling in soccer. After announcing his retirement, Crouch has kept his podcast game strong, continuing to drop episodes on a regular basis.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/that-peter-crouch-podcast/id1436030381
5. ‘The Totally Football Show’
Apple

The Totally Football Show is one of the more popular soccer podcasts right now. Hosted by James Richardson, the show has a lighthearted personality with interesting takes on the EPL from various contributors and guests. Richardson has been covering soccer in a podcast for a long time. He previously hosted The Guardian’s Football Weekly from 2006-2017, before starting his own podcast in 2017 with Muddy Knees Media which he is a shareholder of. Come for the soccer takes, but stay for the random and often made movie references.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-totally-football-show-with-james-richardson/id1267958765
6. ‘The Gary Neville Podcast’
Apple

Gary Neville is one of the most decorated soccer players of all time. With eight Premier League titles and two Champions League titles, Neville accomplished more than most in a 19-year run with Manchester United. A former coach as well, Neville has delved into the media field, covering soccer for Sky Sports as an analyst.

The coverage from the podcast is essentially an extension of the illuminating details, information, and opinions that Neville provides while he covers matches for Sky. The episodes range in the 15, 20-minute mark so it’s a bite-size podcast with useful information and insight on the EPL.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-gary-neville-podcast/id582614834
7. ‘The 2 Robbies’
Apple

Hosted by NBC Sports analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, The 2 Robbies features deep analysis by the soccer duo on the latest affairs in the sport. The two former soccer players provide quality commentary and good insight on the English Premier League and all it has to offer. Both hosts do a great job of giving the listener a peek into the physical and mental aspect of the game. If you want to take a good look at one of the best leagues in the world, and also get insight from everyone to former players, referees, and coaches, this would be a must-listen.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-2-robbies/id983059644
8. ‘Caught Offside’
Apple

Featured on ESPN, Caught Offside is one of the most popular soccer podcasts out there. The hosts Andrew Gundling and JJ Devaney, the podcast covers everything from historical moments in soccer to the current stories going on around the world in soccer. Conversations about Zinedine Zidane’s last stand and the Wheel of Football Special—where the hosts discuss the best EPL players of the decade—stand out. It’s a great way for newer fans to acquire a better understanding of the game.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/caught-offside/id871956926
9. ‘The Total Soccer Show’
Apple

The duo of Taylor Rockwell and Daryl Grove has developed a strong rapport in the Total Soccer Show podcast. A part of The Athletic’s network of podcasts, TSS focuses primarily on US Men’s National Soccer Team, but they also discuss the Champions League, the Premier League, and Major League Soccer on the show. The show also features other contributors as they begin to shine a brighter spotlight on MLS in a way that not many other podcasts are doing right now.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-total-soccer-show/id327466681
10. ‘The Spanish Football Podcast’
Apple

Released every Monday, The Spanish Football Podcast is a delight. Hosts Sid Lowe and Phil Kitromilides have really good discussions about news and breakdowns of the clubs in La Liga. Since Lowe is a columnist in Spain and Kitromilides is a commentator, they both have a vast amount of experience covering soccer and it shows every week. There aren’t too many podcasts about La Liga, but this one is probably the best of the small group.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-spanish-football-podcast/id687671367
11. ‘Planet Futbol with Grant Wahl’
Apple

Well, when it comes to the combination of interviews, features, and soccer analysis, there aren’t many better podcasts in sports than Planet Futbol. Hosted by Grant Wahl and Luis Miguel Echegaray, Planet Futbol takes a deep dive through the soccer world and is very thorough. Wahl has been writing about soccer for over 20 years at Sports Illustrated, so he knows something about it. The vet has episodes that vary in topics through the whole soccer world


After Wahl was let go by Sports Illustrated recently, little is known about the future of the podcast. Still, it’s one of the best displays of melding together the present of soccer with its remarkable past.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/planet-f%C3%BAtbol-with-grant-wahl/id999062153
12. Arseblog — ‘The Arsecasts’
Apple

Known as the original Arsenal Podcast, the Arseblog is the number one audio stop for anyone who is crazy about Arsenal’s Football Club. Started back in 2006, the show airs twice a week. An extension of the blog that covers Arsenal, the Arsecast covers everything under the sun when it comes to the world-famous club. Hosted by Andrew Mangan and James McNicholas, the show has built up a strong following with a mix of serious analysis about the soccer club, mixed in with levity and a pinch of swearing when necessary.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/arseblog-the-arsecasts-arsenal-podcasts/id281128135
13. ‘The Football Ramble Daily’
Apple

Started with a couple of microphones and a MiniDisc player, the Football Ramble podcast has four hosts in Luke Moore, Pete Donaldson, Marcus Speller, and Jim Campbell. The foursome started the podcast back in 2007. It primarily consists of conversation and coverage of the English Premier League but also delves into some fo the other leagues around Europe.

Broadcasted six days a week, the show covers everything from classic looks at historical soccer matches to current events in soccer. The co-hosts all have a passion for the game and have had it for a long time.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-football-ramble/id254078311?mt=2
14. ‘BBC World Football’
Apple

BBC does a great job of covering all stories from various backgrounds in the soccer world. Many of the episodes feature conversations with athletes and personalities around the soccer world. Hosted by Mani Djazmi, World Football focuses more on the stories behind the game and offers a different look at soccer.

There are a plethora of interesting tidbits that come out of the weekly interviews in this podcast. The recent episodes covering the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on players, their families and their daily lives are really captivating listens.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/world-football/id292420100
15. ‘The Cooligans’
Apple

Last year, two comedians came together to wax poetic about their favorite sport and found a hidden gem. Comedians Alexis Guerrero and Christian Polanco started The Cooligans podcast with a comedic take on US Soccer and the MLS. If you want to hear about fade haircuts gone wrong or how a Cuban and a Dominican fell in love with the game of soccer, this is for you. Their podcast has led to a twice a week show on Fubo TV. The only way is up for the comedy duo.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-cooligans-a-comedic-soccer-podcast/id1035168120
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Lebron James Amassed His Net Worth from Some Unexpected Places

Since entering the league nearly two decades ago, LeBron James has built an empire and an estimated net worth of $480 million. He didn’t just do it through NBA contracts either, although those have been nothing to thumb your nose at. As we’ll get into, the superstar has various sources of income outside of the sport, some of them extremely rare and the first of their kind.

LeBron made waves in the summer of 2018 when it was announced that he would be joining the Lakers for a four-year, $154 million deal. That’s $38.5 million every year that he’ll be earning until the 2021/2022 season. When he has been paid all of the money on the contract, he’ll be the player with the highest court earnings in history. His Laker contract was a huge step up from his first playing contract, which was, of course, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and still earned the star a whopping $18.8 million over four years. In total, just from his NBA salary, since 2003, LeBron has made around $300 million.

As we mentioned, there’s far more to James’ worth than salary money. In 2016, Forbes estimated his earnings at $71 million in 2017, $86 million, in 2018 at $85.3 million and in 2019 at $89 million. Each year, endorsements have paid Bron more than his salary has, and when you see the list of names he’s been linked with over his career, it’s no wonder why.

How it all began…
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Right out of high school, when he was nicknamed “The Chosen One,” a few different brands took notice. Although Reebok offered him more money, LeBron chose a Nike deal, which paid him $93 million over seven years. He lost out on just over $20 million, not picking Reebok, but going with Nike has proved useful in the long run because, in December of 2015, Nike gave LeBron their first-ever lifetime contract. Maverick Carter, James’ long-time business partner, has said that it will see the superstar earn upwards of $1 billion when all is said and done.

It might be his most significant, but Nike is far from LeBron James’ only endorsement deal. His portfolio includes Walmart, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Beats, Microsoft, Samsung, and many, many more giants. Although it still would have earned him millions, James’ ventures go far past taking a check for appearing in a commercial.

With Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s Beats, LeBron wanted in, but he wanted more than the average sponsorship deal. As well as being seen wearing the headphones and advertising them, the basketball player secured an ownership stake in the company. When it was famously sold to Apple for $3 billion, off of his 1%, Bron reportedly made $30 million.

The desire to own…
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This desire for ownership has been a theme for LeBron. He was McDonald’s’ top athlete for years, but in 2017, he reportedly declined an extension, which would have netted him $15 million. He did this in favor of committing to Blaze Pizza, which he’d invested in five years prior. He bought into the company for a discounted rate due to who he was, and he was also given ownership of two franchise locations. He now owns around two dozen, Blaze Pizza has since become the fastest-growing pizza chain of all time, and his investment is worth at least $40 million.

In 2011, James acquired a stake of 2% in Liverpool Football Club, one of the biggest clubs in soccer. Instead of purchasing his stake and, in turn, risking his money, he made a deal with Fenway Sports Group that saw him added onto their client list. In return, he was given the stake worth around $6.5 million, and it is now worth over $30 million.

James is a master of knowing his worth and leveraging his status to get it. All of these ventures make it crystal clear why the only thing standing between LeBron and inevitable billionaire status is time.