4 Things To Know About Shoes This Week

Notre Dame and University of North
Notre Dame and University of North Carolina during a matchup over the weekend
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1. Final Four Heats Up

Villanova, Oklahoma, Syracuse and North Carolina are headed to the NCAA men’s Final Four this Saturday, April 2. The final games will decide the championship matchup, and have fans watching closely. One big winner is already decided though: Nike. The athletic brand sponsors all four of the remaining schools.

2. ACM Awards & iHeart Radio Music Awards Go Head To Head Sunday

The Academy of Country Music Awards and the iHeart Radio Awards take place this Sunday. There should be lots of chatter around the much-hyped duet between Dolly Parton and Katy Perry at the ACMs. Jason Derulo is hosting the iHeart Radio Awards, and expect a lot of buzz for Iggy Azalea, who hits the stage in her first major “comeback” appearance.

3. Election Buzz Shifts To Wisconsin 

We get a little break in the action this week from the presidential primary campaigns. Candidates have all eyes on Wisconsin, which is the next state to cast ballots next week (on April 5). Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was recently endorsed by the West Coast Port workers union, landed in the state yesterday for a big rally in Madison, Wis., riding big buzz from his Alaska, Washington, Hawaii caucus victories over the weekend.

4. Black Mamba Hits Shelves Today

Fans of L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant can get their hands on the Nike special edition Black Mamba pack today. The collection features all 11 of Bryant’s signature shoes, plus the Huarache 2K4 and the original Hyperdunk from 2008, both of which he wore on the basketball court.

Nike Black Mamba Pack Kobe Bryant The full selection from Nike’s Black Mamba pack. Courtesy of brand.