The Best LeBron Shoes: Ranking the King’s Top 15 Sneakers

Twenty years. 2-0. That’s how long it’s been since LeBron James signed his deal with Nike. The same way Bron has given us twenty years worth of epic highlights and dazzling moments, he has also blessed us with some pretty dope sneakers. Since releasing the LeBron Air Zoom 1 in 2003, there have been consistent drops each year, and today we are taking a look at some of the best LeBron shoes to ever grace the court. One of the coolest elements of LeBron’s sneakers is the fact that they tend to be tied to the different eras of his career.

There are colorways that represent his first stint in Cleveland, some that capture his four years with Miami, multiple ones that reflect his second stint in Cleveland where he brought the Cavs their first ever championship in 2016, and newer drops that chronicle his current spot with the Los Angeles Lakers where he has been for the past four years. We’ve got a lot to get to, so let’s get started.

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The Best LeBron Shoes at a Glance

LeBron Air Zoom Generation “Debut

Zoom LeBron 3 “Retro Midnight”

Nike LeBron 5 “Black Crimson Metallic Gold

Nike LeBron 8 “South Beach

Nike LeBron 9 Low “LeBronald Palmer”

LeBron 10+ “Pressure

Nike LeBron Celebration Pack 2013

LeBron 12 Team Elite “Ignite

LeBron 13 “On Court

LeBron 13 “Akronite

Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 “Gold Swoosh

LeBron 16 “MPLS Lakers

LeBron 18 “X-Mas in LA

LeBron Witness VI

15. LeBron Air Zoom Generation “Debut”
Release Date: October 29th, 2003

The “Debut” Air Zooms. It’s easy to forget about these in the grand scheme of things, but they represent the beginning of an era. And what a beginning it was. The “Debut” Zooms were released during LeBron’s first season in 2003-2004, and was his first signature sneaker, making the name fitting. Bron wore these Zooms on the court during his very first NBA game on October 30th, 2003 versus the Sacramento Kings where his statline was 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists.

These sneakers definitely represent a part of NBA history, and there’s still plenty available on the secondary market making them a collectors item.

14. Zoom LeBron 3 “Retro Midnight”
Release Date: February 28th, 2019 (Original – 2006)

2006 was an important year for LeBron because the 2005-2006 season was his very first time making the playoffs. It was also the year that he dropped the Zoom LeBron 3 “Retro Midnight.” Despite being released nearly seventeen years ago, the shoe still very much remains current in terms of its look and design. So current that the sneakers were actually re-released during the 2019 season, pretty much blending in with all of the other sneakers that were coming out during that time. This is also a shoe that could serve as another collectors item down the line.

13. Nike LeBron 5 Black “Crimson Metallic Gold”
Release Date: December 13th, 2007

Released in December 2007, the 2007-2008 season did provide us with some standout moments (and sneakers). For starters, LeBron had concluded the previous season leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals appearance after beating the Detroit Pistons in a 4-2 upset (this was also the series where he scored 48 points in that sick double overtime Game 5). 2007 was also the year where his second child Bryce James was born.

And even though the Cavs didn’t make it back to the NBA Finals that year, they did have interesting playoff series against the Wizards and Celtics. There are different colorways available of the Black Crimson 5s, but in our opinion this was the one that stood out the most. The starting price on these bad boys are roughly $1000, and unlike the other two shoes we’ve mentioned so far, not many of these are left. Better get on it if you want a pair.

12. Nike LeBron 8 “South Beach”
Release Date: July 21st, 2021 (Original 2010)

So now we’re in the Miami era. The era of the Big 3 aka the Heatles. Some may argue that the sneakers Bron put out during his four years in South Beach are among his best, and we can’t disagree because they were next level. Much of LeBron’s sneakers during this time period were tropical themed because, well, Miami, and they were super youthful and fun representing everything twenty-somethings love about the 305 from the clubs to the beach. The “South Beach” iteration of the LeBron 8s was just that. Colorful, young, and fun.

11. Nike LeBron 9 Low “LeBronald Palmer”
Release Date: May 19th, 2022

This brings us to the “LeBronald Palmer” Nike LeBron 9s which were finally released this year after nearly a decade of waiting. As you can see, the tropical vibes are in full effect, with the shoes name drawing inspiration from the popular “Arnold Palmer” drink which is made up of half sweet tea and half lemonade. For those who have never tried an “Arnold Palmer,” it’s actually pretty good in our opinion. An even balance of tangy lemonade and sugary iced tea. Just don’t use unsweetened tea. That’s borderline criminal.

10. LeBron 10+ “Pressure”
Release Date: November 2nd, 2012

Okay, back to shoes that were actually released during 2012. The “Pressure” colorway is iconic for a number of reasons, the first being that 2012 was the year that LeBron won his first championship with the Miami Heat putting an end to all of the speculation on when/if he was ever going win a ring, and providing redemption to that disappointing loss to that 2011 Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

We also can’t forget that legendary ECF Game 6 matchup against the Celtics when Bron put up 45 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists on 73.1 percent shooting (and that iconic staredown). Pressure was definitely a good name for these shoes, which were the first Nike’s to incorporate Nike+ basketball technology.

9. Nike LeBron Celebration Pack 2013
Release Date: August 10th, 2013

Not one, but two sneakers make up the Celebration Pack, which remain one of LeBron’s most coveted. Of course 2013 was the year LeBron locked in his second championship when the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in a seven game series that was also a close call with a down to the wire Game 6 that the Heat could have lost had Ray Allen not hit that three to tie the game and send it into overtime, and an equally intense Game 7. The championship celebrations (pun not intended) were also pretty lit (yes we were enviously watching from afar).

8. LeBron 11 Premium “What The LeBron”
Release Date: September 13th 2014

Okay so now we’re back in Cleveland for LeBron’s second go round with the team. Bron’s return to Cleveland was done in surprise fashion, but for those like myself who are die-hard Cavs fans, it wasn’t completely shocking because we (or atleast I) always knew that he would eventually come back to get Cleveland a championship, which he did. “What The LeBron” was released in September 2014 around the time of the announcement, and included features from previous signature releases, along with the map of Akron, Ohio. 

7. LeBron 12 Team Elite “Ignite”
Release Date: April 17th, 2015

The “Ignite” LeBron 12s were first worn on foot by James during the Cavaliers playoff opener against the Boston Celtics. That game was significant because it was also both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving’s playoff debut, and Cleveland’s first time being back in the playoffs since 2010, the end of his first tenure with the team where they played… the Celtics. The shoes (and the game they were worn in) would mark the beginning of an interesting playoff run where the Cavs ended up facing the Golden State Warriors for the first of their four year rivalry.

6. LeBron 13 “On Court”
Release Date: October 30th, 2015

We’re now at the start of the 2015-2016 season, and the Cavs are coming off a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Golden State Warriors during a playoff campaign where they lost both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving (who went down during Game 1 of the Finals). With everybody back healthy, it was time for round two.

Designed by Jason Petrie, the “On Court” LeBron 13s were released at the start of the season, and featured Flywire technology to go along with the red upper, asymmetrical lacing, and the black accents sprinkled throughout the shoe.

5. LeBron 13 “Akronite”
Release Date: November 21st, 2015

While these were released in November 2015, we still feel that these are the shoes that best represent the 2015-2016 season, which as you guys know, would be the year that LeBron would bring the championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time in history (and Akron by automatic default). Each of the five shades of the Akronite paid tribute to the various different chapters of LeBron’s journey up to that point, including his Akron roots, and his years in Miami.

4. Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 Gold Swoosh
Release Date: August 22nd, 2016

And if the Akronite 13s sum up the season, then the Gold Swoosh Soldier 10s sum up the postseason. LeBron wore the White Gold iteration during the Cavs Game 6 matchup against the Golden State Warriors where he notched his second 41 point game in a row. Game 6 was the final game at the Cavs home base before Game 7 where they would complete their 3-1 comeback to win the ship. The Gold Swoosh 10s would go on to be released two months later.

3. LeBron 16 MPLS Lakers
Release Date: April 19th, 2019

And now we get to the current era with the Los Angeles Lakers. For those that don’t know, the Los Angeles Lakers were previously known as the Minneapolis Lakers before being relocated, which this sneaker pays tribute to. The retro old school look makes this one another one

2. LeBron 18 X-Mas in LA
Release Date: December 30th, 2020

With the holiday season around the corner, we thought it would be fun to throw in one of LeBron’s sneakers. Red, fun, and festive.

1. LeBron Witness VI
Release Date: 2021
Academy Sports + Outdoors

Simple. We all have been witnesses.


LeBron obviously has dozens more sneakers that you can check out. Be sure to follow us for more style articles and content. 

And since LeBron is a huge Buckeyes fan, we thought it would also be cool to include this announcement. Ahead of the annual Ohio State versus Michigan showdown, Express partnered once again with their OSU ambassadors to suit the team in custom-fit suits for the walk-in ahead of the big game, because when you look good, you feel good – and when you feel good, you play your best.

Below are some of the behind the scenes pictures from their fittings. Check them out.




Make sure to tune into the rest of Ohio State’s games as it’s going to be a wild ride into the College Football Playoff.


The Best 2022 Black Friday Sneaker Deals For the Sneaker Lovers

By Friday, you will have had your Thanksgiving dinner, and the time to relax and catch up with your family and friends, but now it’s gametime. Black Friday is officially upon us, and if you are one of those individuals who are all about snagging a good deal, then you are either at a store or on your laptop right at this very moment searching for products you’ve been waiting all year to get. For some, that means getting a new television or laptop. For others, Black Friday might mean finally getting to snag 50% off your favorite clothing and beauty brands. And for some, the biggest shopping holiday of the year means treating yourself to a new pair of sneakers, and the Black Friday sneaker deals are truly lovely.

Whether you are an avid sneakerhead looking to add yet another pair of sneakers to your already overloaded closet, a workout enthusiast that’s more than overdue for a new pair of running/gym sneakers, or just a casual sneaker wearer looking to see if there’s anything out there that catches your eye, there’s more than a few Black Friday sneakers deals that are worth your time, attention, and money. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the best Black Friday sneaker deals that are currently available through the weekend and into Cyber Monday to help get you started. Check them out below.

The Best Black Friday Sneaker Deals That Are Live Now

Okay, so these are the sneaker deals that are currently live right at this moment. While there are loads of great options out there, these are the ones that really caught our attention the most. Amazon is an excellent place to shop when it comes to getting a bargain. Sure they may not have the latest Jordan 1s or Pharrell NMDs to hit the market, but they do have a lot of quality sneakers that are a good buy. When it comes to Black Friday sneaker deals, Amazon is probably the best out there due to both their sales and inventory. Here’s just a sample of what they are offering:

1. Adidas Originals Men’s NMD_r1’s

It’s rare that you’re able to get a pair of NMD_r1’s for as low as $60. In fact, that is almost unheard of because you are typically spending at least $100 (or close to it) for your standard NMD’s. This colorway is perfect for the upcoming spring season, and the availability for sizing is nice as well as most of the sizes are still in stock. The original asking price was $150 on Amazon, so you’re looking at close to $100 off here people.

BUY NOW AT AMAZON, $60 to $75
2. Cole Haan Men’s Grand Crosscourt Baseline Sneaker

Just about everything Cole Haan is going quickly via Amazon because this is yet another opportunity to get an excellent deal on a sneaker that is usually priced at $150. Pure leather sneakers at that. 

3. HUGO Canvas Lace Up High Top Sneakers

With some HUGO Boss sneakers being known to run towards the $200 to $300 price range, this is a chance to snag a pair of very nice ones for about $50. Sign us up!

BUY NOW AT AMAZON, $51 to $64
4. Unlisted by Kenneth Cole Stand Sneaker

Kenneth Cole is technically luxury when it comes to sneakers because of the fact that most if not all of their shoes are made with vegan leather (which can cost a pretty penny), and the Kenneth Cole brand name. This Black Friday, Amazon is giving you the chance to purchase a pair for as low as $35 depending on what size shoe you wear. Who turns down a pair of $35 Kenneth Cole’s? Not us. We’ll be buying for sure.

5. Reebok Unisex Classic Leather Sneaker

Reebok is known for their great deals and prices (which we’ll get into later on this article), but if you are a casual sneaker wearer that’s just looking for a new pair of sneakers to wear for workouts, errands, and airport runners without breaking the bank, then you should certainly take advantage of Amazon’s deal on the classic leather as the shoes are currently the lowest it will be for some time. 

Brands With the Best Black Friday Sneaker Deals

So now that you have a headstart on some cool deals to help you save some coins, let’s get into the brands that are offering great Black Friday deals as a whole. There’s a decent amount out there, but they are going fast so you’ll need to move quickly if you want to have a good shot at getting what you want. Below are ten brands advertising good deals to help celebrate the occasion. 

1. Target

In case you haven’t heard, Target is unveiling their biggest Black Friday sale ever, and sneakers are included. In addition to their biggest sale ever, Target is also offering their Holiday Match guarantee, meaning that if you purchase an item online between now and December 24th, and the price goes lower at an in-store location, you can potentially be reimbursed. Cool huh?

As far as sneakers, there’s close to 1,000 to pick from on the Target website, including brands like Levi who you normally wouldn’t think to purchase sneakers from. Browse through the catalog when you have a chance.

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2. Nike

Nike already had their early Black Friday event this past week where they were offering both 60% percent off select items and an extra 20% off on top of that, so we’re sure the deals are going to be equally as stellar for their actual Black Friday sale. This may be a good time to get those sneakers you’ve been eyeing for a while.

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3. Foot Locker

Foot Locker likes to move in silence when it comes to their Black Friday deals, instead preferring to surprise their customers, but if last year is any indication, we can assure you that a trip to Foot Locker (be it virtually or in-person) will certainly not disappoint. Foot Locker’s Black Friday 2021 was epic, with the brand offering discounts on Nike, Jordan, adidas, Puma, and plenty more. The Black Friday shoe deals were on point for sure.

4. Stadium Goods
Stadium Goods

Stadium Goods is celebrating Black Friday with a very special sitewide sale that includes 15% off Jordans, Nike, and more. The deal goes through 11:59 PM EST on 11/26 (midnight exactly), but there’s plenty more great deals ahead for the brand such as their new Nike Dunk edit, which was carefully curated by the Stadium Goods team. 

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5. Zappos

Zappos has some amazing deals for Black Friday, with markdowns from multiple brands including the likes of adidas, ASICS, Brooks, Vans, and plenty (and we do mean plenty) more. From kids shoes all the way to unisex, there’s something out there for everybody in the family, with sneakers as low as $30. Don’t sleep on Zappos sneaker catalog! They have loads of epic sneakers to cop. 

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6. Adidas

Speaking of adidas, they have quite a few events to celebrate Black Friday going on as well. For example, adidas Canada is currently offering 50% off their entire site, and the adidas Ultraboost sneakers are 50% off as well. Make sure to keep up with them as they too have been known to extend their sales into Cyber Monday.

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7. Kohl’s

Check out Kohl’s as well! They have been running a Black Friday sale on their website over the course of this past week, and they are also offering free shipping on select items along with free returns.

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8. REI

Every year, REI has their Gear Up Get Out sale which offers up to 70% off their clearance items. While that ended on the 21st, REI still secretly keeps the deal going with the prices being cheaper than usual. They also have surprise deals for Black Friday, so definitely worth popping in on them through the day.

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9. Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Good’s sale is still going on, and this is also the perfect time to start taking a look at what the brand has to offer for the holidays (which is known to usually bring major mark downs as we get closer to Christmas).

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10. John Elliott

John Elliott is having a Black Friday sale that you won’t want to miss out on either. Starting on Sunday, November 20th and lasting through November 28th, the week-long sale will feature discounts on select products including new exclusive drops up to 40%. There will also be multiple flash sale events for even bigger discounts and for any purchases of $200 or more, with shoppers being entered into daily drawings that include elevated apparel and accessories, brand-inspired experiences, and collaborative grails. Everybody loves a nice little play to win.


Be sure to take advantage of all these Black Friday deals, and let us know if you snagged something really cool. In the meantime, be sure to keep up with us for more style content and updates. 

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A Roundup of the Best DSW Shoes to Take On (and Off) the Court

Have you been bitten by the pickleball bug? (Obviously.) Are you looking for the right shoe to play in that also happens to look pretty fly off the court as well? (Obviously.) Look no further than DSW. They have an awesome assortment of sneakers for all your athletic (and non-athletic) activities, whether you’re smashing serves or just heading on a long walk around the neighborhood.

So, that begs the question: What should you be looking for in a good pair of pickleball shoes? First things first, and that’s some handy-dandy ankle support. Rolling your ankle is no-no, so you’ll want to make sure you select a sneaker that properly protects you.

Next up is performance ability. Can this shoe help you with speed and traction? Is this a good shoe for jumping? What about resistance? While some sneakers are good looking, they aren’t exactly slip-resistant.

And ultimately, you want a sneaker that’s going to give you some bang for your buck. With reasonable price points all year long, DSW is truly the finest in that regard. Below, seven sneakers you should consider for sport, exercise or even casual fitness. Oh, and they look good too.

1. adidas Fluidflow 2.0 Running Shoe—mens/515836?activeColor=001

The adidas Fluidflow 2.0 is a great sneaker when it comes to providing solid shoes you can play ball in. They have solid ankle support, are comfortable, look good and are reasonably priced. The Fluidflow 2.0s feature the standard Bounce cushioned midsole for further comfort, along with a knit mesh upper, lace-up closure and more. Not to mention we love the black/grey colorway.

SHOP NOW AT DSW ($80)—mens/515836?activeColor=001
2. New Balance Fresh Foam Roav–mens/531560?activeColor=442

Another brand that doesn’t always get the credit it deserves? New Balance. And DSW has plenty in stock for you to choose from. The New Balance Fresh Foam Roav is an excellent shoe for when you’re playing pickleball. Cobalt is the designated colorway for this iteration of the Roav, with multiple sizes available. In addition to the ankle support, they have a Fresh Foam Midsole that offers a supportive, locked-in fit.

SHOP NOW AT DSW ($85)–mens/531560?activeColor=442
3. Puma Racer Future Street Plus—mens/522081?activeColor=100&clickid=UVy39HT-sz5:T:kyxSRqqUL9UkDSmhW5yT:Wys0&irgwc=1&cm_mmc=affil-_-Skimbit%20Ltd.

The ankle coverage on these Pumas is perfecto, the mesh is breathable—a must when it comes to sneakers—and the brand, in particular, is known for durability. Aka this is a shoe that can last you for years if taken care of properly. This version of the Future Street serves a dual purpose, because you can definitely wear them casually. Like we said, DSW has you covered.

SHOP NOW AT DSW ($65)—mens/522081?activeColor=100&clickid=UVy39HT-sz5:T:kyxSRqqUL9UkDSmhW5yT:Wys0&irgwc=1&cm_mmc=affil-_-Skimbit%20Ltd.
4. New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Running Shoe—mens/531374?activeColor=001

New Balance Fresh Foam Roav numero dos. Like we said earlier, DSW has a vast collection of NBs in their sneaker catalog, and that includes different colorways of the Roav. So if the cobalt color wasn’t quite up your alley, you could instead opt for this black/blue version, which is equally as nice.

SHOP NOW AT DSW ($85)—mens/531374?activeColor=001
5. adidas Runfalcon 2.0 Running Shoe—mens/515160?activeColor=001

Sustainable, stylish and comfortable. That’s about all you can ask for in a shoe for athletic activities/workouts—and the adidas Runfalcon 2.0 delivers in every way. Since it’s a running shoe, you have the quality ankle protection, along with the EVA midsole for that added comfort. They’re also quite durable, meaning you can definitely keep these for a long time if you take care of them properly. A solid addition to any gym closet/locker.

SHOP NOW AT DSW ($60)—mens/515160?activeColor=001
6. ASICS GT-1000 11—mens/521138?activeColor=021

Pickleball and similar sports will have you shuffling. That means you need a shuffling shoe. Why not ASICS? They’re one of the most respected shoe brands in the industry, with numerous collaborations under their belt, and they’re known for their unique designs and quality. The ASICS GT-1000 11 features a Lite Truss FlyteFoam midsole and a durable AHAR+ traction sole to prevent slipping. Hey, a little extra support never hurt anybody.

SHOP NOW AT DSW ($100)—mens/521138?activeColor=021
7. Brooks Transmit 3 Running Shoe—mens/500619?activeColor=030&clickid=UVy39HT-sz5:T:kyxSRqqUL9UkDSmhXRyT:Wys0&irgwc=1&cm_mmc=affil-_-Skimbit%20Ltd.

The Brooks Transmit 3s are a good example of a low sneaker that still protects the ankle due to its tighter fit. That means you’ll be perfectly set for whatever athletic adventure you decide to embark on. The BioMoGoDNA cushioning is the standout feature, alongside segmented crash pad cushioning for a smooth heel-to-toe transition. Any Brooks shoe is a good investment and addition to your closet.

SHOP NOW AT DSW ($100)—mens/500619?activeColor=030&clickid=UVy39HT-sz5:T:kyxSRqqUL9UkDSmhXRyT:Wys0&irgwc=1&cm_mmc=affil-_-Skimbit%20Ltd.

This is only a small selection of DSW’s sneaker offerings, so make sure to browse their website for more. The options are limitless. 


JuJu Watkins Is Ready For Her Next Chapter

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s officially JuJu Watkins season. The number one basketball recruit is gearing up to begin her year season at Sierra Canyon, and generating tons of buzz while at it. The young phenom has just made her long-awaited decision on which university she will grace her presence at next, confirming last week her commitment to USC, and plans on making her senior year at Sierra Canyon a memorable one.

These recent months have been quite noteworthy for Watkins: an NIL deal with Klutch Sports, a deal with Nike, a major commercial alongside LeBron James and her friend/schoolmate Bronny James, and yet, she is as humble as they come.

Related: Brea Beal: The Superstar Athlete With Big Plans For the Future

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Watkins will be the first to tell you that she doesn’t take any part of this magical journey she’s on for granted, recognizing how all of her experiences have been ones to prepare her for this path she’s on right now. Peace & Love is the vibe she operates on, and “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” is her defining motto.

Watkins’ latest accomplishment is a new Lids campaign where she’s one of five KLUTCH NIL clients launching custom embroidery designs. Ahead of her November 23rd release, we caught up with JuJu to learn more about her journey, this latest campaign, and her upcoming season.

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ONE37pm: Hi JuJu! So nice to be talking with you today! You are prepping for your senior year at Sierra Canyon which is very exciting! How did you spend your off-season? 

Watkins: Well, I spent some time with Team USA, and that kind of took up a bit of my summer. Other than that, this off-season I was mainly just hanging out and enjoying my last summer before I head off to college. I spent time with my best friend and family, and I also got in the gym everyday.

ONE37pm: Awesome! Well, congratulations on your partnership with Lids! Your campaign comes out on November 23rd, so could you just talk a little bit more about what it was like putting that together?

Watkins: Thank You! When Klutch set it up for me to create this hat, it was amazing because this is one of my first projects where I’ve had the creative ability to show my talents. There weren’t any restrictions, so that was great for me to be super creative and have no boundaries with designing this hat.

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ONE37pm: Let’s go a little deeper into the artwork. I’m seeing the peace & love signs, a bumblebee, plants, your number, etc. How did you come up with the concept?

Watkins: I love youthful art, and my cousin actually helped me design it because we’re both fans of that creative style. She came to me with some ideas, and I just love the type of art where you color outside of the lines and don’t box yourself in when it comes to creating. That was the idea behind the design. There were a lot of colors because I love colors, and the finished product was definitely something I was happy with.

ONE37pm:  People who love the peace & love signs tend to be real chill free spirits. Is that how you would describe your personality? Are you somebody who likes the 60s and 70s?

Watkins: Yeah I would definitely agree with that! And yes I am somebody who likes the 60s and 70s a lot!


ONE37pm: How about the message you have in the middle which is “The Rose That Grew From Concrete.” Tell us more about that if you are comfortable.

Watkins: That’s one of my favorite quotes from Tupac, and I feel like I am a living testament to that. I come from the inner city of Watts, and I have been able to blossom from that. I have been able to rise above the violence within the community, the adversity, and preconceived notions where people judge you because of where you’re from. I’ve been able to still be who I am and show where I come from.

I like to put myself in the position of the “rose” coming from a place where people don’t expect for you to blossom or become successful, and where you have to work twice as hard as everyone else. 

ONE37pm: Would you call yourself an underdog?

Watkins: Oh for sure. I’m an underdog. I feel like I’m always the underdog. So just being one and coming from the inner city to rise above it all and create colors and beauty in a setting that’s not really like that. 

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ONE37pm: What are you most looking forward to this season?

Watkins: Of course I want to win! That’s the number one goal, but I really just want to enjoy this last year with my teammates and family, and take it all in. 

ONE37pm: Favorite show and hobby outside of sports?

Watkins: My favorite show is Euphoria because I’m a big fan of Zendaya, and I love shopping and fashion! Making this hat with Lids made me want to wear hats more often. Being able to create this design with Lids and Klutch was a dream come true, and I’m more excited for things like this to be able to happen in the future!

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ONE37pm: Anything else you want the world to know about JuJu Watkins?

Watkins: Well I’m not much to comment on myself, but I would say I am a very chill person. I come from Watts, and I love and rep my city. Tying it back to the hat, I would also like to think I am creative as well. I’m youthful and never in a rush to grow up, but also mature. Oh, and once again I would like to thank Lids and Klutch for this opportunity!

You can continue to keep up with JuJu via Instagram.  


The 21 Best All Black Sneakers to Add to Your Lineup Right Now

What did Jay-Z say in 2009? Oh yeah, “All Black Everything. Black Cards, Black Cars, All Black Everything.” The subject at hand today is all black sneakers. Like pure black, no design, no overlays with funky colors. All. Black. Many people underrate the concept of all-black sneakers. Hear us out, all black sneakers are both a contrast and a complement. A sick all white outfit paired with equally sick all black kicks? Contrast. Making sure you’re armed with at least one pair of the best all black sneakers is a must.

A neon outfit paired with all black sneakers. Contrast. If you need something to complement but not take away from that new leather jacket you just copped? Complement. If you just picked up a black bag/backpack and you need shoes that are going to go along with it, complement. Get it? 

There’s plenty of reasons why you should have at least one pair of all black sneakers in your closet, and absolutely zero excuses as to why you shouldn’t, so we’re here to help you. Below is a list of 21 different all black sneakers that we have carefully curated to help you out with your next purchase. From sneakers that you wouldn’t expect to be bangers all the way to luxury, we have got it all. While a roundup of 21 isn’t a list of every single black sneaker on the market, it’s enough to get you a good running start. Check them out and let us know what you think.

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1. Palladium Off-Grid Cross WP

A new sneaker boot just in time for the snowy winter season, Palladium has delivered yet another all black sneaker that is epic. With an upper constructed from water-repellent ballistic nylon, along with a super comfortable honeycomb midsole, the Off-Grid Cross WP is a technical lightweight go-anywhere and do-anything shoe designed for all types of action and weather. One of Palladium’s specialties are all black shoes, so definitely check out their entire site to see if there’s anything else that catches your eye. They have a wide range of potential selections.

2. DC x Reebok Batman LX 2200

Look at us already breaking our strict all black from top to bottom rule, but if there’s anything that we should make a slight exception to, it’s definitely these. This past Friday, Reebok revealed its latest collaboration with Warner Bros., which is a full-family footwear and apparel collection inspired by iconic DC characters.

3. Kappa Logo Tasin Sneaker Mule

Kappa also has a neat sneaker selection, and one of their products is the newly released Logo Tasin Sneaker Mule that is warm, comfy, and right on time for the holiday season. These sneaker mules have an upper that is constructed in fleece, along with a polar lining and slip-on closure. Additionally, the outsole is rubber, making them a good fit for those upcoming rainy and snowy days that are along the way with the season.

4. Nike Air Force 1 ‘07

Give me two purrs. Get to stompin in these all-black Air Force 1 07s if you are looking for a sleek clean all black look that is tried and true. Honestly, the all black iterations of the AF1s deserve way more love than they have traditionally gotten. Yeah we know the whites are a classic, and nine times out of ten when somebody buys an Air Force 1 it’s going the standard white color. We get it. Our statement still stands. The Black AF1s deserve more love.

5. Under Armor Surge 3 Running Shoes
Under Armour

You can always count on Under Armor for a solid all black sneaker. The UA Surge 3s are cushioned, comfortable, light, and breathable. The features on this bad boy include the lightweight, breathable mesh upper, enhanced cushioning around the ankle collar for superior comfort, a cushioned EVA midsole, and strategically placed rubber pods on the outsole for durability and less weight. Nice design and reasonable price as well.

6. adidas Stan Smith Shoes

Contrary to popular belief you absolutely can wear Stan Smith shoes outside of playing tennis and pickleball. Why? Because we said so, that’s why. The Stan Smith has a plethora of colorways available (31 actually), and one of those is a solid all black option that is made with leather, and has all black laces to boot. Tons of sizes are available in both men and women’s, and as you guys already know, the Stan Smith’s are yet another tried and true that dates back to 1965. That’s nearly sixty years of success right there people.

7. Vans ComfyCush Sk8-Hi Shoe

This right here is for all of the Sk8er Boi’s and Sk8er Girls. The ComfyCush Sk8s are a reinvented iteration of the classic Sk8-Hi shoes, but with a new softer, cushioned outsole that gives the ComfyCush Sk8-Hi a first-class fit that feels like walking on a cloud. Or floating rather. Features include a newly constructed canvas and suede uppers house simplified one-piece interiors with added arch support and new moisture-wicking lining throughout designed to keep you comfortable at all times. A great deal too if you ask us.

8. Vans Skate Half Cab ‘92 GTX

This is a newly released skate sneaker from Vans that blends the past and present together beautifully. A winterized take on one of the most influential skate shoes of all time, the Skate Half Cab features skateable Gore-Tex construction,  fully revised uppers with molded heel counters, locked-in tongue straps, and a recut of the DURACAP underlays.

There’s also a two-part foxing, featuring a tougher toe knurl, ensures heightened board contact, and the redesigned gum rubber sole has been reinforced with a SickStick rubber compound and an internal heel shank to deliver additional grip, board feel, support, and durability. Very technical. Very Stylish.

9. Kizik Athens All Black Shoe

Looking for a shoe that you can literally collapse into? There are many sneakers that boast comfort, style, and eco-friendly design, but they may not be the easiest to put on. That is where Kizik comes into play. The sneakers can be put on without ever having to touch it with your hands. Tie it once and then never untie or tie again.

A patented collapsible heel lets your foot pop into the shoe, and if you’re really talented these shoes are so easy to put on you can even jump into them or do a backflip into them. There’s plenty of sneakers to choose from on the website, with Athen’s being one of the all black options.

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10. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Classic
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The classics, but make them black please. Who doesn’t love Converse, and who doesn’t love Chucks. There’s tons of them in tons of colors. One of those colors is black. All black. From head to toe. Created over one hundred years ago, never varying much and pretty much always staying the same. Go cop you a classic. An all black one to be exact.

11. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Low Top

Of course we already know that people most frequently associate Converse with high tops, but they do have some dope low tops as well. This all black low top is the exact same shoe that we just listed above, but the low top version. Same features and everything.

12. New Balance Men’s 574 Core

The 574’s. The most unlikely icon in the New Balance catalog. Built to be a reliable shoe that can do a variety of things as opposed to just being a platform for revolutionary technology, or as a premium materials showcase. The result has been unassuming, unpretentious versatility in a shoe whose primary features are a hybrid road/trail design built on a wider end than the previous generation’s narrow racing silhouettes. This is the all black version meant solely (pun intended) for you.

13. New Balance Fresh Foam Cruzv1 Reissue
New Balance

And if you are looking for an all black New Balance sneaker that is primarily centered around comfort, look no further than the Fresh Foam Cruzv1. This ultra-comfy men’s sneaker features award-winning comfort in the form of Fresh Foam midsole technology, sophisticated engineered upper combined with synthetic midfoot saddle and a soft knit to offer support with an added layer of comfort. Super stylish as well.

14. Gucci Ace GG Embossed Sneaker

You already know that we had to throw some luxury options into this list as well. The Gucci Ace Embossed Sneakers A new introduction of the GG motif presented within the Pre-Fall 2020 collection, these GG’s play with texture, embossing the House emblem onto a black perforated leather base. This shoe is noted for its softness and slightly shiny finish, making it one of the standout features in Gucci’s sneaker collection.

15. Saint Laurent Andy Sneaker Leather
Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent also has a low top sneaker option that is quite nice as well. This is a low top laced sneaker with the Saint Laurent logo embossed on the side in gold. Saint Laurent is one of our favorite luxury brands, and we can definitely confirm that they are worth the investment.

16. Jimmy Choo Black Nappa Leather Low-Top Diamond Light–DIAMONDLIGHTMNAP013728.html%3Fgeoip%3Dgeoip%26updatePreLocale%3Dtrue%26cm_mmc%3DGoogleUS-_-Shopping-_-Shopping-_-J00015392943%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiA1NebBhDDARIsAANiDD0WILyJDSYzYee1KyvMWLm8m09fID6Za1PK6u00YOmcO_gp99MZ-RsaAnSEEALw_wcB%26gclsrc%3Daw.ds
Jimmy Choo

Or you could rock with Jimmy Choo who has a version of their Diamond Light Nappa Leather sneakers in a black colorway that is very beautifully designed too. These also serve as trainers, so you could also wear them more comfortably.

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17. Prada PRAX 01 Sneakers!8549!3!!!!x!!%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiA1NebBhDDARIsAANiDD2OW5hmH-IxQsaO3CaBcbc7FqyqnCZ64paUk_mVx-cjcL-dydSXB6waAh58EALw_wcB%26gclsrc%3Daw.ds

A sporty design made with Re-Nylon Gabardine, a regenerated yarn produced from recycled, purified plastic trash collected in the ocean, fishing nets, and textile waste fibers. The Prada PRAX 01 sneakers are both haute couture and eco-friendly. A perfect balance between the two actually.

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18. Fendi Flow Black Nylon Low Top

A slip-on sneaker with stretch laces, side zip and corrugated sole with engraved F on the side, the Fendi Flow Black Nylon Low Tops, are a mixture of tech fabrics and black suede. Fendi is another brand that you can always count on to deliver you the best of the best when it comes to any product they put out.

19. Dior B27 Low Tops

Classified by Dior as an “Oblique Galaxy Leather Sneaker with Smooth Calfskin and Suede,” consider adding a Dior sneaker to your luxury collection. Additional features include: a ‘CD Icon’ signature tongue, lace-up closure with ‘CD Icon’ eyelets, technical mesh lining, a black and grey rubber sole and plenty more.

20. Reebok Shaq Attaq “LA to L.A.”

Okay, this is another exception, but we absolutely had to include. Dropping on November 28th, this latest Shaq Attaq is a tribute to Shaquille O’Neal’s time with the Los Angeles Lakers. The OG version of this shoe was recently revived this year, and to celebrate O’Neal’s 30th anniversary with the company, this sneaker features purple and gold accents reflective of the Laker’s colors.

21. adidas by Stella McCartney SolarGlide Running Shoes

Adidas is one of our favorite brands. Stella McCartney is one of our favorite brands. Put them both together and you have one of our favorite collaborations. One of the coolest things about Stella McCartney is their commitment to providing quality stylish products that are very much environmentally friendly. The SolarGlide Running Shoes are very much an example of that, and worth the investment.


Like we said earlier, this is just a list to get you started. Be sure to keep up with us for more style related content and articles. 

Popular Culture

The 13 Best Morgan Freeman Movies, Ranked

Morgan Freeman. Initials MF, making him Morgan “MF” Freeman. And rightfully so considering he is one of the most prolific actors in entertainment history. When you’ve had a storied career such as the one Mr. Freeman’s had, it can be hard to narrow it down to what’s considered to be your best. The recently turned eighty-five-year old has a resume that spans over sixty years, beginning his film career in Sidney Lumet’s 1964 drama The Pawnbroker, where he played the small role of a random man on the street. Unpacking the best Morgan Freeman movies can certainly be an arduous task.

The bit parts continued for over twenty years until his breakout role in the 1987 film Street Smart, making him approximately fifty-years-old at the time. That’s part of what makes Morgan Freeman so inspirational—he didn’t achieve mainstream fame until he was considered an “older actor,” proving that things may not always happen when you want it to, but more so when the timing is right. You can do anything at any age, and Freeman is an example of that. 

With that, let’s take a look at a few of his best movies:

Street Smart

March of the Penguins

Bruce Almighty

Olympus Has Fallen

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

The Dark Knight



Gone Baby Gone 

Million Dollar Baby



The Shawshank Redemption

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13. Street Smart
Year Released: 1987

It’s only right that we start with the film that broke Morgan Freeman into Hollywood’s coveted A-list group. Released in 1987, Street Smart is about a struggling reporter (Christopher Reeve) who decides to make up a story regarding local prostitution when he can’t find any good leads to come up with an authentic article.

One of the characters in the reporter’s story is strangely similar to an old school pimp named Fast Black (Freeman) who is outraged over being “exposed.” An angry pimp is nothing to play with, and the movie earned Freeman an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

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12. March of the Penguins
Year Released: 2005

There’s two people on the face of this planet that have the best narrator voices ever, and that’s Morgan Freeman, and the guy from the All-State commercials. March of the Penguins is a documentary by filmmaker Luc Jacquet about the emperor Penguins annual journey to the South Pole at the end of each Antarctic summer to partake in their traditional breeding grounds. The narrator was of course Morgan Freeman, and the documentary itself earned an Academy Award for Best Documentary (feature).

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11. Bruce Almighty
Year Released: 2003

It’s hard to believe it, but this classic film is turning the big 2-0 next year. Bruce Almighty was one of the most successful movies of 2003, earning close to $500 million at the box office. The cult classic is about a man named Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey), who’s struggling to come to terms with the fact that his once successful television career is now, well, struggling.

Upon being passed over for a highly competitive tv anchorman job, Nolan complains that he is being treated unfairly by God, which spurs a counteroffer from God himself (Freeman) who offers him his powers to see if he can do a better job managing his life. An absolutely hilarious movie.

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10. Olympus Has Fallen
Year Released: 2013

Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman are a great power duo. Olympus Has Fallen is about everything going to H.E. double hockey sticks when a group of armed and highly dangerous terrorist decided to launch an attack on the White House.

The White House is overrun with President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his staff being taken hostage, leaving Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerald Butler) no other choice but to save the day himself. Olympus Has Fallen is a part of the highly successful Fallen series, with Freeman portraying U.S. Speaker of the House Allan Trumbull, who has to help lead Banning under these circumstances. Olympus Has Fallen is one of those kickback weekend afternoon movies that you watch to relax. 

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9. Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Year Released: 1991

Also starring Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves is the tale of Nobleman crusader Robin of Locksley (Costner) who breaks out of a Jerusalem prison with the assistance of Moorish fellow prisoner Azeem (Freeman). Azeem in turn becomes a trusted resources for Locksley, who upon returning to England discovers his father brutally murdered at the hands of the Sheriff of Notthingham (Rickman). Together Locksley and Azeem join forces along with a few others to help save the kingdom from the domination of the sheriff.

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8. The Dark Knight
Year Released: 2008

Before Samuel L. Jackson was in Marvel, we saw Morgan Freeman in DC, albeit in much different ways. The Dark Knight will always hold a special place in many DC/Batman fans’ hearts due to the brilliant performances of everybody involved, and one of those performances was from Morgan Freeman, who portrayed Lucius Fox, Batman’s (Christian Bale) personal tech wizard.

The character was first introduced in the 2005 film Batman Begins, but here we see the role elevated as Batman needs even more gear and vehicles. Freeman would follow up his role as Lucius Fox in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

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7. Amistad
Year Released: 1997

Amistad is undoubtedly one of Morgan Freeman’s best when it comes to his filmography for a few reasons, the first being, it’s a Steven Spielberg directed project. Spielberg is a genius himself, and this film marks the only time the two have worked together. Set in 1839 on a slave ship sailing from Cuba to America, a slave uprising/rebellion is led by Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) in which they are eventually released in a controversial manner.

Freeman portrays freed slave Theodore Joadson who recruits a property manager Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) to help him secure the release of the other slaves. Yet another one of Freeman’s outstanding performances, adding another entry to his impressive filmography. 

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6. Invictus
Year Released: 2009

Who better to play Nelson Mandela than Morgan Freeman? Chronicling Mandela’s 27-year imprisonment and his tenure as President of South Africa upon his release, Mandela is faced with the difficult challenge uniting a country just month’s removed from Apartheid with tensions still very much high. An international rugby match becomes the center of Mandela’s attention when he realizes that the sport serves as a way to bring the divided communities together, and in turn develops a friendship with the team’s captain (Matt Damon). Invictus was directed by Clint Eastwood, earning over $120 million at the box office.

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5. Gone Baby Gone
Year Released: 2007

Serving as Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (which also starred his brother Casey Affleck), Gone Baby Gone is about a private detective (Casey Affleck) hired to find the missing daughter of Helene McCready (Amy Ryan). The prospects are bleak as the young girl has already been missing for over 72 hours, but takes on the assignment anyways as he recognizes that the danger has been lurking in his neighborhood for a long time.

Freeman portrays Captain Jack Doyle, who works alongside the detective to help figure out the case. It doesn’t take long for the detectives to realize that this case is much deeper than previously expected, and is a brilliant film with loads of twists and turns as the story progresses. Gone Baby Gone is a fine piece of art amongst Freeman’s resume for sure. 

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4. Million Dollar Baby
Year Released: 2004

This, our friends, is the movie that finally got Morgan Freeman his Academy Award after many years of being overlooked. Also starring longtime friend Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby hones in on the character of veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer (Clint Eastwood), who is very much anti-social, only associating with his old pal Eddie “Scrap Iron” Dupris.

When a young woman named Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) unexpectedly arrives at the facility looking for training, a reluctant Frankie hesitantly agrees to offer his services. Freeman also narrates the film, and like we just mentioned, it was his passionate performance as Scrap Iron that finally nabbed him that Oscar.

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3. Glory
Year Released: 1987

Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington have only collaborated once in their film careers, and that was for 1987’s Glory, which centers on a commander (Matthew Broderick) offered the role of leading the United States’ first all-African American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The commander is able to put together a strong unit which consists of an escaped slave named Trip (Denzel Washington), and the wise gravedigger (Morgan Freeman).

There has been some talk over the decades as to whether or not the film is historically accurate, to which all accounts point to the answer as being yes. Glory is in fact the first movie to ever tell the story of the role of Black Soldiers in the Civil War, but it is fact checked as being accurate from a historical perspective.

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2. Se7en
Released: 1995

Honestly, Morgan Freeman could have very well won an Oscar for Se7en as well. Portraying retired police detective William Somerset who decides to take on one final case with the new young guy on the scene (Brad Pitt) where they make a gruesome discovery of elaborate murders. It soon becomes very clear that they are dealing with a dangerous serial killer (Kevin Spacey), who is specifically targeting people who he thinks represent the Seven Deadly Sins. Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Kevin Spacey together in one film is definitely a good two hours spent. 

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1. The Shawshank Redemption
Released: 1994

Most agree that Shawshank is Morgan Freeman’s best when it comes to his movie catalog. While you can make a strong case for the others included on this list, it’s hard to top this heart tugging story which tells the tale of a man (Tim Robbins) sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for two murders that he didn’t commit. While imprisoned, he meets Red (Freeman), a wise older gentleman who helps him understand the ins and outs of prison life.


These thirteen movies are certainly not a complete roundup of all of Morgan Freeman’s films. Whether you agree with our selections or not, we can all agree that he has had a career for the ages. 

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The 11 Best FILA Sneakers to Cop Now

Welcome to another unofficial installment of “What to Cop” brought to you by ONE37pm. Today we are talking about what you can get from… FILA. Since its founding in 1911 (FILA has been around for well over a century), the company has established itself as one of the premier global sportswear brands with a recognizable imprint. While the brand’s roots are in Italy, you can’t deny the influence of the shoe in places like New York, where it was especially popular in the hip-hop and rap scene during the 1990s. To date, FILA remains a heavy hitter in the world of street and sportswear, with various new releases and collaborations. We’ve put together a roundup of some of the best FILA sneakers you can pick up just in time for the holidays, but before we start, we have to tell you why you should listen to us.

The Best FILA Sneakers at a Glance

Best FILA CollaborationFILA Grant Hill 2 (Tupac Edition)

Best FILA Basketball ShoesFILA Men’s Mb Black and Red

Best FILAs for KidsFILA Little Kids’ Mb Night Walk

FILAs for the OutdoorsFILA Men’s Oakmont Tr

A Pair for SpringtimeFILA Men’s Original Fitness

Best Throwback KicksFILA Men’s Grant Hill 2 Scuba

Best Nighttime SneakersFILA Women’s MB Nightwalk

Luxury FILA ShoesFILA Women’s Unit V2

Most Color OptionsFILA Women’s Disruptor 2 Exp

Most TechnicalFILA Men’s Renno N-Generation Patched

Best Overall DesignFILA Men’s Mb Red

RELATED: FILA and Shakur Estate Launch Collection Honoring Tupac

How We Picked The Best FILA Sneakers

Similar to our PUMA article, our knowledge of some of the best FILAs comes from the relationship that we have established directly with the brand. Our picks were based on three things: style, versatility, and personal experiences with these shoes and the collections associated with them. FILA has had quite a few awesome releases this year with more to be expected as we approach the end of Q4 and Q1. Let’s get started shall we?

1. FILA Grant Hill 2 (Tupac Edition)
Best Collaboration

Everybody knows that FILA was Tupac’s favorite sneaker brand, so it was only right that the brand launched an official collection honoring the legend. One of the pieces in that collection was a new edition of the FILA Grant Hill 2, which were famously worn by Tupac in the iconic album artwork for “All Eyez on Me,” and were a staple in his daily wardrobe.

Of course, one of the personal items on display at the “Tupac Shakur: Wake Me When I’m Free” museum experience earlier this year were, in fact, Tupac’s Grant Hill 2 sneakers, and in addition to the Grant Hill 2 Low x 2PAC ‘96 Reissue in the original red/white/navy colorway, the collaboration also included a special Grant Hill 2 Low x 2PAC in a brown/white colorway. The shoes are still available for purchase on the FILA website.

2. FILA Men’s Mb Black and Red
Best Basketball Shoe

It’s not an official basketball shoe unless it’s got some variation of black and red included on it. That’s the rule. The black and red edition of the FILA Men’s MB is a tribute to one of the most memorable FILA’s to hit the scene in the 1990s. The color mixtures make for a clean, sick, fit look, and is the perfect gym shoe that can be paired with a number of the shorts, joggers, t-shirts, and hoodies that are featured on the website. What y’all think? These are “Illmatic” right?

3. FILA Little Kids’ Mb Night Walk
Best For Kids

These are for the kiddos or the people like myself who can still manage to squeeze into kids sizes when desperate enough to get a shoe (don’t judge). This is a brand new arrival that just hit the FILA site not too long ago, and is a youthful sneaker that celebrates fun. I personally like this shoe because the color patterns remind me of waterparks in the summer, which is pretty cool.

There’s two colorways of the Night Walks available. You can go with the White Prince Blue Gecko, or you could rock with the Black Gold Fusion White which is a completely different look from the former. Lots of sizes and great pricing as well.

4. FILA Men’s Oakmont Tr
Best for Outdoors

This FILA sneaker is meant for the outdoors. A trail sneaker, these bad boys are beautifully designed and comfortable, which is important whenever you are embarking on nature-based activities. According to FILA, these shoes are designed to “POP,” with the standout feature being the embroidered logos on the tongue, quarter, toebox, and back counter, and the four unique colorway options to select from. If you are heavily into the trails, this is definitely the shoe for you.

5. FILA Men’s Original Fitness
Best Springtime Shoe

A different look from a design standpoint than what we are used to when it comes to FILA, but that’s one of the things that makes the company so diverse. This is another new arrival on the site, and the colorway, which is called Egret Aurora Gray Mist, may be a preview of what’s to come in terms of spring releases because this is very much a “springtime shoe.”

6. FILA Men’s Grant Hill 2 Scuba
Best Throwback Shoe

Basketball fans, does this sneaker not remind you of the 1990s Utah Jazz Squad? Like Jordan hitting that final shot in Game 6 at Utah (sorry for the painful memory Jazz fans)? The Scuba edition of the Grant Hill 2 very much has an old school NBA on NBC vibe, and that’s one of the reasons why we like them so much.

7. FILA Women’s MB Nightwalk
Best Nighttime Sneakers

We’re going to throw in a couple of FILA’s for the ladies starting with their edition of the MB Nightwalk which is sick. This colorway is called the Safety Yellow, which is appropriate due to its “glow in the dark” nature. These are definitely the safe reflective sneakers needed for people to see you at nighttime, and they also serve as an epic daytime shoe. Regardless of what time you wear them, the attention will be all on you.

8. FILA Women’s Unit V2
Best Luxury Shoe

Do these not look like Margiela? We need a FILA x Maison Margiela collaboration STAT! These chunky sneakers are a bold footwear cop needed for all of us that like to live on the wildside a little bit. This electric sneaker has a Pink Glo colorway in addition to the Safety Yellow, so it’s really up to you which ones you choose. We’re thinking we’ll go with the Pink Glo because it’s very Valentino-esque.

9. FILA Women’s Disruptor 2 Exp
Most Color Options

We’re thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day with these specific Disruptor 2s, which are called the Coral Blush Primrose Pink White, but there’s six other colorways available if another color is more your speed. The Disruptors are one of FILA’s standouts when it comes to their women’s selection, so there’s always tons of cool options to select from.

10. FILA Men’s Renno N-Generation Patched
Most Technical

Sometimes a simple of white and cream shoe is all you need. It’s a simple go-to that can go with just about anything in your closet. The Renno N-Generation Patched is that old school retro FILA sneaker, but with a new twist. These are constructed with advanced materials making the shoe more high-tech than before. Reasonably priced as well.

11. FILA Men’s Mb Red
Best Overall Design

How about we round this out with another edition with the Mb sneakers because why not? Look at these. The design is incredible and would light up any court whether you are hooping or just being a spectator. This is one of our favorites for sure.


Obviously there’s plenty more sneakers available on FILA, and the brand is always coming out with new shoes, so make sure you keep up with them for all of their newest updates and releases. 


Behind the Design: Soyon An’s Costumes for ‘Awakening’ at Wynn Las Vegas

Last week, I got the opportunity to hang out with the Wynn Las Vegas for the opening of their new show Awakening. Conceived and created by a world-renowned team of talent (Baz Halpin, Bernie Yuman and Michael Curry), Awakening features the voice of two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins, and comes to life through a combination of dramatic choreography, technology, and fantastic creatures.The performance takes place across a 60-foot prismatic stage, complete with a state-of-the-art sound system and more than 300 haute couture inspired costumes.

From a costume standpoint, I didn’t really know what was in store with Awakening as this is quite literally a brand new show. From the pictures I’d seen, I imagined it would be “Disney-esque.” Boy was I in for a journey! 

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Both the costumes and show were unlike anything I could have ever imagined. There were streetwear “ninja” costumes, tribal fits, a whole portion of the show devoted to mermaids complete with matching mermaid costumes and plenty (and we do mean plenty) more.

Because this isn’t a “traditional” show in the sense that there’s interactive dialogue between its characters (it’s narrated by Anthony Hopkins), the visuals are what tells the story, and that includes the costumes, which were created by three-time Emmy Award winning costume designer Soyon An.

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An’s previous costume work has included credits such as So You Think You Can Dance, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth – Dance Battle, and Step Up All In, to name a few, and we spoke with the designer to learn more about this project, and what else in store for the future.

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ONE37pm:  Hi Soyon! It’s great to be chatting with you! Let’s first start by talking about your journey with Awakening thus far. How did you come to be a part of the project?

An: I was involved from the very beginning! I worked closely with the Director Baz Halpin on developing the characters. My costumes really influenced the development of the story, as well. Baz would come to me with ideas and I just started creating and designing the costumes and characters. As pioneers of this concept, we along the way gathered some amazing creatives to help this come to life, like Producer Bernie Yuman, the incredible Michael Curry, and Kelly Sue DeConnick.

ONE37pm: We saw a little bit of everything from streetwear to tribal, and even ballroom when it came to the costumes. What inspired that?

An: When us creatives were initially talking about Awakening, I always imagined the costumes would be over-the-top, haute couture, avant-garde. I really wanted to bring the fashion one would see on an international runway in Paris, Milan, New York… right here to Vegas! Go big or go home — especially when in Vegas!! And you’ll see this vision in Awakening. I drew inspiration from so many magnificent things from fashion, to underwater creatures, to the beauty of the body for the air realm, art for the earth realm.

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And I have a fun story about inspiration for the fire realm. We actually went to the composer Brian Tyler’s music studio where he played us a sample of the track he created for fire. Immediately when I heard that, I visualized the costumes, the movement of the type of costumes I wanted to design, and also the colors. I was able to see it all come together when I was sitting there listening to his music.  

ONE37pm: How did you create with the dancers/movements in mind?

An: When I first started working on Awakening, Baz gave me some YouTube video references of what he was imagining for each of the realms. Based on these, I started my design process. I pushed my imagination when creating the costumes for Awakening, but my design is always rooted in the anatomy and function of the costumes. This was especially important for Awakening because of how the story mostly relies on movement to tell the story. 

Once we started working with the choreographers and dancers, those designs evolved to withstand the needs for the full performance and show. I got to closely collaborate with the dancers when building the costumes. Every fitting and rehearsal, I asked them for honest feedback – on what they could and couldn’t do in the costumes – and adjusted accordingly.

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Obviously we made sure to maintain the integrity of the character and costume design, but it was a lot of trial and error, and more importantly coming up with creative solutions! I had to come up with a lot of creative ways to keep the “outer shell” of the design to the illustration; and even the choreographers and dancers had to come up with innovative ways to utilize and move the fabrics and materials we landed on with the costumes. 

ONE37pm: Were there any obstacles you encountered while in the process of creating the costumes?

An: There were all types of challenges – physical, mental, emotional – but that comes with the territory! We are doing something that has never been done before! The physical challenge was actually building the costumes. The funny thing is when people initially saw my designs and illustrations they said “wow these are amazing…but what are they actually going to look like??” [laughs] For me in all of my work, I strive to bring what I put down to paper straight to life, and you’ll see that in the show. The characters literally walk off the page, it feels like the illustrations themselves came to life. It was an incredible challenge as a designer, as well as challenging for all my collaborators.

Specifically the costume shops I worked with. There had to be a lot of trust on both sides. They had to trust my suggestions and ideas, and there was a ton of research and development to make sure the concept and materials would work. In the end, I’m so happy we pushed the boundaries of what we could do because it contributes to the overall show incredibly. I’d like to thank all the costume shops on Awakening: Limelight, Jerard Studios, Parsons Meares, Asher Levine, Marco Marco, Curry Studios, Costume Armor, Leduca Shoes, Pin Cushion, The Wynn Costume Shop.

As for the mental and emotional challenge, you know we developed this show during COVID! This was a giant hurdle we had to overcome and it’s something we are very proud of!

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ONE37pm: What is your favorite part about what you do?

An: My favorite part of being a costume designer is being able to storytell visually – through costumes, textures, colors, fabrics. I am able to create and design whatever is in my imagination and creatively challenge myself in special projects like Awakening. With this show in particular, I really got the chance to go wild! And it was so much fun. Another thing I loved about this show was being able to collaborate with the greatest in this business. Bernie Yuman, Baz Halpin, Michael Curry, Paul Kieve. It was great to work with these fellow artists. 

ONE37pm: Last but not least, what else is in the works for you?

An: Currently working on some upcoming projects that I am unable to speak about yet. But more to come!

You can continue to keep up with Soyon on Instagram, and you can also follow all Awakening Updates here.


The 15 Most Underrated Style Icons That Deserve Your Attention

In the style world, we talk a lot about fashion icons. Of course you have the certified legends such as Rihanna, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy on the women’s side, and Michael Jackson, Prince, and David Bowie on the men’s side, but what about the style icons that are “underrated?” The ones that are flying under the radar so to speak? Well, that’s what we’re here to discuss today, the truly underrated style icons, both in the past and present. The people who constantly rock cutting edge fashion, but are overlooked when it comes to the many different “best dressed” lists that are put out on a yearly basis.

So now that begs the question of what is considered to be a style icon. In our book, a style icon means you have years worth of memorable looks to your portfolio. To be fair, you can’t really call someone a style icon if they’ve only been in the industry for a couple of years (even if they have a great sense of style). With that said, by our estimation, in order to qualify for this list, you need to have been in the industry for a minimum of ten years (and even that is slightly pushing it). Now that we have established our definition of what we think qualifies as an underrated style icon, let’s take a look at some of the best.


Janelle Monae

Justin Timberlake

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

Gene Kelly

Pam Grier

Green Day

Kool and the Gang

Avril Lavigne

Fefe Dobson

Robert Palmer

Gene Tierney




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1. Sisqo

Do you remember the days of male R&B groups? Those were the days. Sisqo was the lead singer and breakout star of the 1990s group Dru Hill, and to be honest, his style impact has always been underrated. Through the years, we’ve seen quite a few male R&B artists rocking the short blond buzz cut fade (Usher is currently wearing this look), but Sisqo was the first to do it on a national level.

And let’s not forget his legendary baggy leather outfits, gloves, and piercings either. Sisqo never disappointed when it came to his style, and he definitely needs to be appreciated more.

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2. Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae is another celebrity that doesn’t get her just due when it comes to fashion appreciation. In this past decade, we’ve seen Janelle Monae challenge many fashion and even gender norms when it has come to her red carpet looks, performances, and music videos, which is probably one of the reasons why Prince, one of the all-time fashion legends himself, loved her so much because he too did the very same thing when it came to his looks. Janelle’s looks are sheer brilliance and full of creativity.

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3. Justin Timberlake

Now you may be wondering if Justin Timberlake is underrated when it comes to his style. We feel he is because while he has solidified his place in music history both as a solo artist and with NSYNC, his fashion impact isn’t talked about nearly enough. Young Justin Timberlake represents early 2000s nostalgic fashion in the fullest, and he certainly had his fair share of mini-mes walking around in the years 2000/2001.

His music video style is under appreciated as well. For example, the videos for “Cry Me a River,” “Sexyback,” and “My Love” showcased great fashion for Timberlake. 

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4. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

At first glance you might think that Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen aren’t underrated, but the truth is…they kind of are. While the two were certainly recognized as very fashionable in their teens, they don’t get as much credit they deserve in the present day because of how quiet they are. Nowadays you probably get a glimpse of MK and Ash once a year (if that), and you are lucky if they choose to take pictures at the events they attend.

Throw in the fact that they have no public social media accounts and, well, you don’t really see their outfits anymore. This has led to them being underrated at times in the style world, but make no mistake, Mary Kate and Ashley were killing the game in the 1990s and early 2000s as tweens and teens, and they can still very much dress their butts off.

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5. Gene Kelly

When it comes to the old school actors of Hollywood’s heyday, we hear a lot about Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, etc., but not enough about Gene Kelly. Gene was just as smooth and suave as they were, and like Astaire, Kelly was also an excellent dancer. Mr. Kelly rocked the most dashing of suits and fedoras at all times, never looking anything less than an eligible bachelor. The actor’s style also aged gracefully, as he was as stylish at 70 as what he was at 25.

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6. Pam Grier

Before there was Foxy Brown the rapper and Foxxy Cleopatra (the character Beyonce portrayed in the 2002 film Austin Powers in Goldmember), there was Pam Grier, the original Foxy Brown. In addition to the outfits she wore in films like Foxy Brown and Sheba Shayne, Grier established herself as a 1970s fashion icon outside of the big screen with her casual looks and photoshoots. A true funkadelic fresh soul sista whose style is still majorly referenced today.

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7. Green Day

Can we throw a rock band in here for a second? Sure they are undisputedly one of the best rock groups of all-time, with Billie Joe Armstrong being recognized as one of the best musicians and guitarists to ever do it, but in our opinion, the group doesn’t get nearly enough credit for their style. There’s been so many cool moments from their duct tape photoshoot, all the way to their matching grunge style suits. And, of course, the American Idiot era alone was one for the ages. All hail Green Day!

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8. Kool and the Gang

And since we’re talking about groups, let’s throw Kool & The Gang. If you recall, in September we did a style piece on Earth Wind & Fire’s classic hit “September,” and in that article we talked about the style impact of the group, but Kool & The Gang shouldn’t be slept on as well.

We saw them wear disco outfits in the 70s, and the Mr. “Steal Yo Girlfriend” suits in the 80s and 90s, and in case we still haven’t proven our point, these brothas paired cowboy hats with tracksuits. Never before had the world seen that, and never will we see it again.

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9. Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne is a prime example of how to have a versatile signature style. She has never really strayed far away from the punk grunge look she has worn since debuting over twenty years ago, and yet her style has never become stale. We’ve seen Avril do punk rock, sexy punk, nerdy punk, even hip-hop punk, and to this day she is still very much “Avril Lavigne” style wise. Lavigne very much proves that you can have different variations of a set look.

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10. Fefe Dobson

Fefe Dobson is another punk queen that has been giving us bold, sexy, and gothic looks on a consistent basis for over two decades. From the bangs, to the heavy eyeliner, and ripped shirt/jeans, Dobson remains a fashion queen. And while the grunge looks have certainly been her jam, she’s been known to wear a number of sporty looks too. The diversity has to be appreciated.

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11. Robert Palmer

When all of his other bandmates were wearing the typical 1980s heavy metal looks that the rock groups wore back then, Robert Palmer opted for…a suit and tie. Watching old videos of The Power Station is a hoot because you have all the members of the band not named Robert Palmer blasting ear-ringing music rocking out on stage, and then there’s Robert, in a suit calm, cool, and collected.

The contrast is so unique that you can’t help but to have your eyes locked on Robert, and perhaps that was part of his genius both musically and from a style standpoint. Robert Palmer is also responsible for one of the most iconic style videos of all-time with his 1988 solo single “Simply Irresistible.”

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12. Gene Tierney

We’ve mentioned this before, but Gene Tierney often gets overlooked when it comes to her actress peers from the same era. To be quite honest, Tierney had a tragic life that ultimately wound up shortening her career and time in the public eye, but when you look at her resume, she holds her own both with her film credits and the fashion she showcased in them.

Hopefully one of these days Tierney will get the full credit she deserves in the early Hollywood landscape because her influence has definitely been spotted in the decades since.

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13. Usher

Usher is most definitely a style icon that needs to get talked about much more. In our opinion, the area where Usher shines his brightest fashion wise are both his music videos and stage performances because those are the places where a performer can sport multiple looks in one go, and Usher has had plenty of them. Some examples: The videos for “My Way,” “U Remind Me,” “U Got It Bad,” “Yeah” and “Caught Up” just to name a few.

Of course, everybody remembers what he was wearing in the music video for “Yeah,” with the blue Atlanta ball cap, the white jacket overtop a white tank, jeans, Air Force 1s, and the Usher chain. Nobody that was outside during that time will ever forget that look as it represented one of the greatest songs and albums in history.

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14. Coolio

Long live Coolio. Coolio had a number of dudes dressing and wearing their hair like him in the 1990s, and if you thought it ended with the decade, we recently spotted somebody on a flight with the “Coolio” hairstyle (he had requested the hairstyle after Coolio’s passing as a tribute). That our friends is called generational influence.

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15. Migos

And long live Takeoff. If you were anything like us, then you went back and binge watched a whole bunch of Migos videos upon learning of Takeoff’s tragic passing. While we have always appreciated their style, what remains underrated is just how much they impacted the hip-hop style game, remaining true to their ATL roots while mixing other elements in.

Each individual member had their own unique style, and Take, in particular, was known for his mysterious style (which was a reflection of his personality), oftentimes only wearing dark shades. Now is the perfect time to start recognizing Migos as one of the most stylish rap groups of all time.

What do you think of our list? Agree or disagree? Make sure to keep up with us for more style content.


Brea Beal: The Superstar Athlete With Big Plans For the Future

Brea Beal. Walking Bucket. South Carolina Gamecocks superstar. And now, a commissioned artist. Beal’s rise to being one of the top players in the nation has been well documented over the course of these past several years, dating back to her high school days at Rock Island High where her some of her major accomplishments were winning Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year and Illinois Miss Basketball twice, a first-team All-American recognition from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic, and finishing her career there as the all-time leading scorer in the Western Big 6 Conference. 

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Her collegiate career has been just as noticeable with stellar freshman and sophomore seasons, and a national championship her junior year. Now on the cusp of her senior season, the newly signed Klutch Athlete is locked, loaded, and ready to go in what is already shaping up to be an exciting season both on and off the court. As part of a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Lids and Klutch Sports, Beal is one of five student-athletes featured in the campaign, where she was given the opportunity to design her own custom embroidery.

With her campaign launching tomorrow, November 16th, we caught up with Beal to talk hoops, the campaign, who she is off the court and more.

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ONE37pm: So nice to be chatting with you Brea! Congratulations on your senior year which is already gearing up to be super exciting. What have you been up to this off-season?

Beal: I was really just taking in the championship! I’ve also been working for this upcoming season and I would say that’s been about it!

ONE37pm: Okay, so one of the things that you have been working on is this collaboration with Lids. Your campaign drops on the 16th. Could you tell us more about that?

Beal: I was able to work hand-in-hand with Lids by going to the actual store to design a hat that really describes me. The Lids team really listened to my thoughts and how I felt about my personality on and off the court. They were really able to put it onto the hat which I thought was pretty cool!


ONE37pm:  Now let’s talk about your design. I’m somebody who likes to try to figure out the deeper meanings in artwork. From first glance, it looks like this is showing you and the different elements to your personality, and we see you have two different hairstyles. You tend to wear two buns while on the court, so is this an interpretation of you in real life versus you on the court? 

Beal: Yes! Especially incorporating the pink colors, the nails, and things like that because I feel that is what describes me. Lids did a good job capturing that, and I think if the people that know me see it, they’ll also agree that it fits the description of who I am. 

ONE37pm: What made you specifically choose this design concept and how long did it take you to complete?

Beal: I would say it took me about a week or so. Thanks to Klutch allowing the collaboration, they were able to help me as well in terms of making it easier to figure out my designs and what makes me who I am. That sped up the process as well. It made me sit down a little while and think.

ONE37pm: Is art something you have always enjoyed?

Beal: I used to draw a lot in the past, but I would say with basketball these past few years I haven’t really had the time. When I do have the time, I like to draw, sketch, and even write. It takes the stress off you, so I do enjoy art.

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ONE37pm: Well let’s talk about this upcoming season! What are you most excited about?

Beal: Really just getting the ball rolling! We’re finally back at it! We just had our first game, and being around the team and feeling the atmosphere was amazing. Doing once-in-a-lifetime things like this hat design with Lids is also stuff that is very cool as well.

ONE37pm: Anything else you want the world to know about Bria Beal?

Beal: She may be very quiet on the court, but she is also very outgoing. I always tell people that I try to be a comedian whether you think I’m funny or not. I just like to have laughs around people that are fun and like to enjoy the time outside of their work or sport that they play.

It’s only the beginning for Brea Beal. You can keep up with all of her latest updates via Instagram