F/W 16 Casting Call


NEXT, is looking for male and female models for our upcoming F/W 16 photo shoots. If interested please send an email to staff@xhibition.co and include the following: name, link to your personal Instagram, blog, website or reference, as well as your phone number. If chosen we will contact you individually, but will not make public announcements.

Binx Walton and Hedvig Palm shot by Devyn Galindo for Urban Outfitters - At the Jane Hotel in New York City, NY.


Air Jordan V Retro OG ‘Black Metallic’ Releasing 7/23


For the first time since 2000, the Air Jordan V ‘Black Metallic’ returns truest to the OG form of 1990. No PE “23” marks, no suede uppers and no Jumpman logo on the heel. “Remastered” to embody the original design, the Air Jordan V Retro OG ‘Black Metallic’ releases this Saturday 7/23 at all NEXT locations.







Air Jordan 14 Retro ‘Oxidized Green’



Releasing for the first time since its debut, the Air Jordan 14 ‘Oxidized Green’ makes its return true to its original form.

Inspired by luxury sports cars, the Air Jordan 14 takes it design cues from Michael Jordan’s Ferrari 550M. The shoe features rich leather uppers with an asymmetrical ankle collar for superb lockdown. A perforated leather tongue–combined  with mesh vents on the medial side of the shoe–provides breathability where its needed most. The ’23’ heel tab mimics a performance tire look, and the Jumpman logo bears a striking resemblance to the legendary Ferrari shield. Finally, forefoot and heel, Zoom Air cushioning, adds low profile responsive comfort.

Available 7/16 at Next Locations: Bedford, Tower City, Akron and Beachwood.

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Air Griffey Max 1 “InductKid” Releasing 7/18



Nike is celebrating the Hall of Fame induction of Ken Griffey Jr. with a commemorative Air Griffey Max 1. The shoe is constructed in tumbled and full grain leathers, and features a polyurethane midsole with visible Air Max units. A velcro strap at the ankle adds support, and the insole reads “24ever” with legendary Swingman logo.

And if for some reason you forgot about the sweetest swing in baseball history…

Releasing 7/18 at Next Bedford.

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Steve’s New York buying trip

Well it was back to NY for a couple of shoe shows that were going on in the city. Had a great time as usual, and saw a lot of good friends in the shoe game, and also a lot of exciting product that will be in our Next stores soon.
First up is my favorite mad man Jeffrey Campbell with some awesome “club shoes.” Take a look…

Cleveland Spotlight-FAME

Cleveland is known for Rock ‘n’ Roll but one man is adding Rap to its resume.  His hard lyrics and gritty attitude make him stand out in the local music scene.  You may have seen him performing at clubs in Cleveland or have heard his track “Something’s Gotta Give” streaming on the internet.

He goes by the name FAME and with his mixtape dropping this Summer, it’s time for the world to get familiar with him.  His mixtape titled Freshman Year: Class of 2012 features the unique rap style of FAME mixed with vocals from Cleveland singer LyricstheSinger.  I got the opportunity to ask FAME a few questions and here’s what he had to say…

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Cleveland Spotlight-Karen Vaughn

You can hear her voice every weekday on the radio and without even seeing her face, you feel connected to her.  She’s an award-winning radio personality who’s engaging, exciting and personable.  Her name is Karen Vaughn and you can find her midday on Cleveland’s 93.1FM WZAK.  Balancing motherhood and her career without ever missing a beat makes Karen Vaughn a true “Working Diva.” With a blog of the same name, workingdivas.com, and her voice on the airwaves, she continues to empower females by reminding them to take a moment for themselves.  This kind of attitude has earned her the seventh spot on the list of the Top 30 Black Women in Media.  Not bad, sharing the ranks with Oprah.  I got the opportunity to ask Karen Vaughn a few questions and here’s what she had to say…

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Cleveland goes Wild for Musiq Soulchild

Musiq Soulchild is a veteran in the music industry. With his most recent album MusiqInTheMagiq being the sixth of his career, Musiq has proved that his soulful sound can survive the ever-changing music scene.

As if I wasn’t already impressed with Musiq’s recorded albums, his live show simply blew me away.  His vocal range and stage presence were quite unexpected.  Not because he isn’t talented, but because his vibe is so mellow.  I didn’t expect him to be so high energy during his live show.  He even apologized to the crowd, in case he got carried away on stage.  Keep reading to see more pictures, in case you want to live vicariously through them. Haha.

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Cleveland’s own Antoine L. Dunn opens for Musiq Soulchild

You may recognize him from the Avant concert, on iTunes, or from the various posts on RuleofNext.com, local artist Antoine L. Dunn is definitely making a name for himself in the Cleveland music scene.  Last night, he made our city proud when he opened up for Musiq Soulchild at the House of Blues.  I got exclusive access to the band’s sound-check, got to hang out in their green room, and enjoyed their set from the front row.  With the music industry’s recent trend of overproduced sound and excessive use of techno beats, it’s refreshing to hear a musician like Antoine L. Dunn who has an authentic sound and plays REAL instruments.

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Harry Buffalo Parma Heights: Preview Party

Harry Buffalo is a Cleveland restaurant chain known for their bison burgers and beer specials.  As they expand their business across the greater Cleveland area, new Harry Buffalo restaurants seem to be popping up all over the place.  The most recent addition to the Harry Buffalo family is a brand new restaurant in Parma Heights.  I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive preview party to see the restaurant before it opened to the public.

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