Top Dawg Entertainment’s Kendrick Lamar and his highly-anticipated Nike debut sneakers are coming. New reports claim K. Dot’s first release will arrive next month.

Barring any setbacks, Lamar fanatics can get their hands on his Cortez kicks the same night the Grammy Awards airs.

After officially joining Nike in August, Kendrick Lamar is ready to launch his first official sneaker collaboration with the brand. Tonight, Nike announced the rapper’s Cortez will release on Sunday, Jan. 28, which happens to be Grammy night. The shoes will be available through SNKRS – the show starts at 7:30 p.m. EST for an affordable $100. (Sole Collector)

Last week, Lamar hit up Instagram and teased some fresh Nike kicks.


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Sneaker media outlets almost immediately speculated on what the IG post could mean.

Since Kendrick Lamar left Reebok to sign a new endorsement deal with Nike, it’s been assumed that he’ll release a collaborative version of the Cortez, a classic Nike runner with West Coast connections that the brand is celebrating in 2017. The sneaker, shown above, is a Cortez in red and white with a “Don’t Trip” tab across the laces and Chinese writing at the toe that translates to “Damn,” no doubt a reference to Lamar’s album of the same name. The original Instagram post of the sneaker doesn’t explicitly label it as a collaboration that’s releasing at retail, so it’s possible this is an exclusive or some sort of custom design. (Sole Collector)

Back in October, the Internet lost it when some initial Kendrick Nike shoe sample pictures leaked online.

The shoe features a beautiful blood red shade throughout the body and is built from suede, nylon and leather materials. Lamar’s initials are neatly stitched into the heels. These kicks are some real suave heaters and even feature some nice little details, like TDE lace-locks and “DAMN.” stitched onto the tongue tabs. (Mass Appeal)

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