XX9
Image via @golliff

What a week it's been. The first full seven days of May brought us the 2014 NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Sixth Man of the Year announcements, tons of stellar Playoff action, the NFL draft, and much more. On the footwear front, new models were released and previewed, getting us hyped up for the season ahead. Jump into high gear as we take flight.

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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Kofi
Image via @wwe

"It's hard to capture the high-flying Kofi Kingston! #WWE #Smackdown"

@wwe

Catch him if you can

Jump
Image via @newtonrunning

"Running the Distance #NewtonRunning #HelloBetter"

@newtonrunning

Take a leap

Jamal Crawford
Image via @deandrejordan6

"Congrats to my brother Jamal Crawford!!! Can't think of anyone who deserves it more...#6thMan"

@deandrejordan6

Hard to earn

Insane Jump
Image via @twsnow

"See the full story behind this insane decent @jonessnowboards nailed #High in the Himalaya's up at www.TWSNOW.com PHOTO @andrew_miller @tetongravity #shangrilaexpedition #jjhigher"

@twsnow

Death defying

Hurdle
Image via @runnershoutouts

"Let's hear from our hurdlers! Picture submitted by @mmichaelpeterss #run #runner #running #crosscountry #xc #tracknation"

@runnershoutouts

Over the hurdle

Hero Renders
Image via @erinkellz

"what the Nike "Hero" basketball collection should've looked like @complexsneakers #superman #captainamerica"

@erinkellz

Hero take two

Warrior Gambler
Image via @soccercleats101

"Getting up close with the Warrior Gambler II. Definitely plenty of modifications on this one!!"

@soccercleats101

No gambling problem here

Galactic
Image via @newbalancenumeric

"Visited @galacticgskateshop in Orlando today go see them if you need #newbalancenumeric in Florida. Top shop and a great selection of boards and anything else you need come rain or shine"

@newbalancenumeric

Wall full of goodies

Bape Ball
Image via @modernnotoriety

"Bape is ready for the World Cup."

@modernnotoriety

Hypebeast Cup 2014

200 Mile Relay
Image via @newbalance

"There are other sections throughout your 200 mile relay race where you'll have company... and weather to take in stride."

@newbalance

Rain or shine

KD
Image via @nba

"KD raises the #KiaMVP!"

@nba

Paid dues

Yardi
Image via @mlb

"Yadi knows clutch."

@mlb

Crucial in the clutch

XX9
Image via @golliff

"Detail of the sole unit from Westbrook's Player Exclusive #AJXX9 in tonight's game. Pretty fresh. Love the tone on tone colorway and that organic traction pattern is flawless."

@golliff

Up close and personal

Warrior
Image via @soccercleats101

"Spotted Vincent Kompany wearing the new Warrior Skreamer Pro II tonight? What do you think of the new power-speed hybrid release? #warrior #skreamer"

@soccercleats101

Skream at me

Volcano
Image via @adidasskateboarding

"Mark Gonzales backside ollie on a volcano."

@adidasskateboarding

The legend erupts

UA
Image via @nightwing2302

"Had to finish the night off in these, those Brons were killing my feet. Socks are A1 though. #nightwingknows #weartesters"

@nightwing2303

Much needed switch

Stance
Image via @nikewomen

"Stronger with every stance."

@nikewomen

Stretching out

Skytop
Image via @suprafootwear

"Sold Out before we pulled them out of the oven | #tbt #skytop4ever"

@suprafootwear

Fresh out of the factory

Collage
Image via @nikefootball

"Phenomenal football is only for the fearless. Show us how you #riskeverything."

@nikefootball

Fan collage

Off Season
Image via @terrellpryor

"Great Start to the offseason program! #NoTime2Sleep"

@terrellpyror

Off-season work

Motion
Image via @nikerunning

"The stride we just had to have. Sensors at the Nike Sport Research Lab capture the precise motion of Kenyan world-class runner, Bethwel Birgen. By learning from the best, we can refine our understanding of natural motion, and create better, faster footwear for the runners of the world."

@nikerunning

#innovation

Mikey Taylor
Image via @dcshoes

"@mikeytaylor1 standing up on a stylish frontside noseslide in China. Photo by @blabacphoto #dcshoes #mikeytaylor #frontnose"

@dcshoes

Mikey shreds

LeBron Hero
Image via @sneakernews

"Dropping tomorrow - the Hero Elite Series. More details in Sneaker Release Dates on Sneakernews.com"

@sneakernews

Jersey Press
Image via @brianstrong

"The machine of the hour: Pressing 32 customized rookie jerseys shortly. #NFLDraft"

@brianstrong

Draft day behind the scenes

Robin Lopez
Image via @geokthree

"Robin Lopez's hand drawn custom adidas that he wore earlier tonight. #kicksoncourt"

@geokthree

Best custom ever?

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.RELATED: This Week on Instagram: Run the World (Girls)
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