Filmmaker Spike Lee sits down to talk sneakers with Russ Bengston and DJ Clark Kent for the 10th episode of Quickstrike. The man many once knew as Mars after he starred in and produced the early Nike Air Jordan TV spots explains how first he had to get Michael’s approval before he could start. With MJ’s thumbs up, the rest is footwear history as Spike reminds us “Those commercials really built the Nike brand.” Spike also shares where the name “Mars Blackmon” originated as well as how the Spizike model came to be.
And of course, it wouldn’t be Russ and Clark without the lightening, back and forth discussion of recent footwear releases and the two exchange thoughts on Grapes, Reeboks, the recent Staple x Puma collaboration and more.
Watch below and, as Russ says, “WEAR YOUR KICKS!”