Nice Kicks

Most Internet phenomena would be best served staying on the Internet -- a Nic Cage Is Everyone party might be fun at first, but odds are the appeal would be Gone in 60 Seconds. Making a more promising jump to real-life, Nice Kicks.Nice is the brick-and-mortar dream of a sneakerhead husband & wife whose highly respected rare-kicks blog earned them the cred to open this sleekly minimal storefront where the most prized pairs rest in museum-like glass cases, dozens more sit on fluorescent back-lit modular cloud-like racks, and one wall's dominated by a stencil of sneaker-draped power lines, because everything they sell here is dope. The stock's heavy on TX pride, with 2010 All-Star Edition AF1 LeBrons (neon blue w/ wood grain, 3M reflective material, TX patch), Kevin Durant's KD 2 Supreme (daring red, translucent sole), super-ltd Adidas Artillery Mid Consortium All Stars (red/blue/white w/ cowboy-boot style leather side-panels), and three display pairs from the owners' personal stash: the Astros-inspired '06 All Star AF1s (purchased from DJ AM's charity auction) and two styles of UT Hyperdunks, a sad reminder of our hyper-dunked hoops ranking. The rest of the collection vacillates between super-futuristic and throwback, from the NASA/Nike Lunar Racer 2 (featherlight foam, slime green/grey), to original Nike Blazers (Nike's first b-ball shoe), to OG '90 Bo Jackson Air Trainer SCs -- orange and blue, with bits of Bosworth on the sole. Also available are Supras, including the V-Day themed Heartbreaker in red canvas, as well as accessories like a Nice-produced tee (giving ampersand shout-outs to the AF1's designers), G-Shock watches, Incase bags, and streetwear from local outfit Mad Gods -- though if they were truly that angry, then everyone really would be Nic Cage.