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German hoops company k1x, best known for their classic Chiefglider, is set to introduce its newest performance kicks: the 187 – a tribute to streetball legend Corey “Homicide” Williams.
For those not in the know, Williams, native to the Bronx, earned his cred through his steady and solid hoops skills, not through tricks. Putting up victories is where he excelled. Williams wrecked havoc in Australia this season for the NBL’s Townsville Crocodiles, and he will be playing with Team k1x when he returns to the States this summer.

As for the 187, it is a full-fledged performance machine. In the forefoot, it features k1x’s patented W.H.U.I.T.A. (Way High Up In The Air) spring pad, which was engineered to provide ideal energy conversion in your jump. It features k1x’s well-known wide and low stance, which aids in court feel while simultaneously assisting with ankle support. Using an exclusive rubber blend, grip comes courtesy of their Traction Tech outsole. Rounding out the package is a snug fitting lacing system and a memory foam collar for maximum lockdown and comfort. Also, while not performance based, are hidden messages and accolades of Homicide himself.

Williams has also been known to go by the moniker “the Silver Surfer,” but for some reason we think k1x went with the right nickname for the shoe. The “Surfboard” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. The 187 launches exclusively at selected Foot Lockers late May in the U.S.