Why I Love Resellers – SF Issue 27
Friday October 11th 2013, 8:00 am
So a few months back I wrote this piece for Sneaker Freaker #28. It’s a bit late to post about it here but I thought it was a good excuse to post a link to the pictures SF just put up of SneakerCon Miami, this is the reason you missed out on that online release people! It’s also pretty funny to think that there’s cool dudes out there supporting these kids, kinda takes the shine off that new release you just dropped twice retail on hey brah? The Swap&Cops Taz and I ran always had a really good vibe. I fear if we do another one it will have a distinctly different feel.
When charged with the task of basically writing whatever crossed my mind, I thought about where I was and what would be fun to write. Resellers are a constant topic of discussion, and generally they’re highly loathed by those within the sneaker ‘scene’. My whole intention was to basically piss some people off and at the same time make some people think (if that’s possible). Anyway if you’ve read it already, thanks for not skipping over the pages. If you haven’t go and buy an issue of Sneaker Freaker 28, it’s a wicked issue and pretty much any stockist should still have a copy. If you’re skint, lazy or downright tight then you can also read it online here.
- M, that’s not me in that picture either, even though it looks amusingly similar
Thursday October 10th 2013, 7:53 pm
Since I saw the pics of Concepts‘ 998 dubbed the “C-Note” I was intrigued. Something about the colourway reminded me of the sort of Asia-only releases from years gone by. The 998 has always been a shoe that I’ve admired in some angles but made me a bit hesitant when caught off guard. It also never helped that my legs are about the width of a slightly malnourished grasshopper. That revolutionary Abzorb sole was mind-blowing in 1993 and today it still continues to be one of the most comfortable shoes out. Judging by the fact that some running stores had such high demand that the shoe has never really gone out of production I’d also hazard a guess that they’re still a handy trainer.
Anyway, back on topic. These 998s were inspired by the nifty new American $100 note, which sees the famous greenback get a little less green. The uppers are a mix of white suede set atop an almost greenish tinted mesh. Things then get a bit scary, with an olive heel, accented by royal blue sole sections and a hit of copper thermoplastic. On paper this all sounds rather horrid, and give the wrong lighting or angle when photographed they can look rather gross as well. In all reality though, this shoe makes much more sense in person. All of the subtle shading works, the mass of 3M hits me with deep deep feels and that off-white treatment of the Abzorb foam will be a polariser but when you consider the OGs go a horrible stale piss colour the creamy hue actually sits nicely amongst it all. This shoe is definitely a case of being greater than the sum of it’s parts, and it’s refreshing to see a show that obviously took some thoughts and hands-on colour choices to work.
These release this weekend at Up There, with a $250 retail price and they’re much nicer than the Mint version*.
- M, *I still want them
Gary Warnett x Reebok Classic Leather
When tasked with creating a Reebok Classic Leather, Gary tapped into his more mischievous side. Inspired by prison uniforms both past and present, this shoe is dripping with details that tie it all together. A custom printed orange canvas featuring arrows that denote it’s wearer belonging to the crown, Borstal Dot eyelet and yard suit lining. The only other shoe that might be more befitting of such a criminal homage might be an Air max 95 or Tuned Air.
With custom insoles, tongue tag, icey sole and a vast array of laces (the tonal tan are best) these are themery done right. The colouring of the leather on this shoe has an eerily fleshy tone to it, which whilst adds to the intrigue will ultimately mean that this shoe will be relegated to the ‘pants only’ category for many, lest you look like you’re going barefoot. The man himself has already apologised to the price-point whining prone by admitting his demand for a custom embroidered canvas and high quality leather have made them a bit more pricey than your average CL, but it was worth it. It’s all a far cry from the shocking years passed from Reebok’s materials department.
The only complaint is it would have been nice to see a custom box, even possibly each pair coming cooked into a cake? That’s probably taking things a bit too far though…
So here’s to a win for one of the good eggs. Too often we see a rehashed colourway or some dimwitted celebrity getting their name on the side of a shoe, congratulations to Gary as it gives hope to the rest of us sad, lonely people.
- M, Available at Reebok retailers October 12. Go read Gwarizm
Nike Launches Flyknit Free
Wednesday July 17th 2013, 9:15 am
Yeah it looks kinda weird, and yeah it’s going to be expensive (170us retail means well over $200 for us) BUT… Think about the comfort levels. I’m keen to give these a go and get weird looks. The City Pack (real creative guys!) seems pretty underwhelming but we’ll see where this goes. Maybe they’ll flop and be a cult classic a decade from now.
- t, full rundown courtesy of Nike’s marketing moguls here
Rules Of Obtainment – Eight New Sneakers for the Twiz
Monday July 08th 2013, 2:19 pm
I’m guilty of being quite slack the past months and there’s probably no real excuse. Yes I’ve been busy with work and other things like “having a life” but honestly 80% of my free time is spent behind a keyboard and it’s no real valid point for not getting something written now and then. Tumblr has made me a bit lazy, preferring images to letters aside from a sparse two or three word sentence. I have however been keeping images of everything new I’ve been picking up so I figure I’d write a bit about the new sneakers I’ve grabbed in the last while…
-t, Click through for some good ol’ blabbering…
SNKR FRKR x Le Coq Sportif Flash “Summer Bay”
Wednesday May 22nd 2013, 12:03 pm
Never ones to shy away from a theme, Sneaker Freaker Magazine have been giving their shoes nicknames before anyone knew Ronnie Fieg as anything but the dorky kid working for David Z. To kick off 2013 (I’m not counting the Tassie Devil because they were a 2012 shoe pushed back) they’ve worked with Le Coq Sportif. This is a brand that until now has remained fairly under-the-radar, however because of this shoe and the impending Footpatrol Eclat v2 (of which I will do unspeakable things to obtain) it’s about to make an Asics-style explosion into twitter feeds and instagram accounts the world over.
Anyway I digress. SF’s efforts were intended to be an “OG that never was” and for the most part I think they’ve nailed it. Long has LCS had a history of unusual, effeminate colourways for their runners and the “Summer Bay” Flash has plenty of those cues. The subtle mesh hues, the pastel nubucks and that fantastic use of a grey sole and laces make this (in my view) one of SF’s strongest efforts since the Lacoste Missouri and Puma Blaze Of Glory.
- t, due for July release full details and pics here
Puma Trinomic XT1
Tuesday May 14th 2013, 11:50 am
I’m not gonna lie, at one point in time I was obsessed with Puma. This was a long time ago however and things have changed a lot since then. For starters I’m no longer tricking myself into thinking that size 9 Clydes and Suedes will fit, and I’m not even for a second going to defend the comfort levels of a 40 year old shoe. The leaping cat will always have a soft spot in my heart though, and for years I moaned about the fantastic 90s back-catalogue that Puma was neglecting whilst the whole world was freaking over simpler silhouettes. Fast forward to 2013 and everyone’s into retro runner, low and behold Puma’s decided to re-release the Trinomic XT1! Aside from the odd Disc Blaze or Blaze of Glory (which I still argue is a new-school hybrid creation akin to a ZX750) there hasn’t been much from this period of Puma to enjoy.
This one’s a winner and it should be releasing in the not-too-distant future. Well done Puma, here’s to more great 90s runners getting a chance!
- t, Pics nicked from sneakersaddict.
Converse x Missoni Auckland Racer v.2
Since first popping up on the blogosphere years ago, the collaboration of Missoni and Converse has been an intriguing project both in concept and execution. Taking the iconic fabrics of the family owned dynasty, Converse’s First String division worked with the Italians to create a project that best represented their work. Whilst the two have released some Chuck Taylors previously it’s the Auckland Racer that has always been the star (unintentional pun there).
Last year’s effort was strong, with the dark fabric chosen relying much more on details in the texture to do the talking but if I’m honest they were a bit underwhelming. I’m always of the opinion that if you’re doing something crazy you need to go all out and finally after all this time these louder variants are hitting accounts this week. Offering a multi-colour and monochrome choice of pattern they don’t make any reservations when it comes to the loud factor. The colourful pair remind me a bit of Mexican Serapes whilst the more ‘subdued’ version has a bit of a snakeskin vibe. I personally think they’re both fantastic and they shall be mine! For others that are keen Up There will be releasing them this coming Friday the 29th online and in-store on the 30th.
- t, just found out these will also be available in Brisbane through Apartment!