Sneaker culture has evolved over the years to become something more than simple footwear; kicks can define people’s style, who they are, and what they stand for. The documentary Sneakerheadz explores this idea Read More
There is no shortage of think pieces, stat sheets, highlight reels and barbershop debates solidifying Michael Jordan’s rightful claim to the throne. Widely considered the “greatest of all time,” even before his retirement(s), his Royal Airness is often mentioned alongside the likes of Babe Ruth, Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali and Tony Hawk for propelling their respective sport into the globalizing conglomerates they are today. While Ruth jumpstarted one of the most recognizable brands in the world, Ali injected style and intellect to a most violent sport, and Hawk grinded skateboarding into popular culture, no one’s legacy continues to soar quite like Mike’s, thanks in part – or rather mostly – to his revolutionary line of sneakers with Nike and his eponymous Jordan Brand.
But why is it that MJ and his sneakers remain so popular more than a decade after his last professional game? And most importantly, at least for us sneakerheads, how much longer will his dominance atop the footwear industry prevail?
NikeLab keeps the releases coming, following up this season’s Flyknit Trainer Chukka SFBs with the brand new Lunar Huarache Light. A nod to Tinker Hatfield‘s original 1991 Air Huarache Light, the design — seen here in a clean all-white make-up and also due out in black — now sports a plush Lunarlon sole unit in place of it’s usual Air-cushioned sole, but retains its OG mesh and leather construction, as well as its signature translucent thermoplastic eyestay. Expect the new release to be available from Nike.com and NikeLab locations in limited quantities beginning March 12.
Last year was a busy year for New York-based artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic. From his artworks seen at the CFDA awards, Miami Art Basel and MoMA, Mestrovic’s unique fluid style of painting along with his impeccable desire to create aided in opening opportunities to share his work across a diverse spectrum of mediums. Not only has his presence touched on music and video but his artwork has found its way into fashion, gracing Nike’s 340 Canal shop, and even linking him to his CFDA counterparts Public School in the label’s 2015 spring/summer collection. Armed with ink, multi-nibbed pens, ink/steel brushes at various shapes, and traditional Japanese calligraphy as one of his foundations — honed with years of study under calligrapher Yukia Kondo — Mestrovic walks us through some of his more recent works in addition to demonstrating his techniques. With a new studio and healthy list of projects under his belt, 2015 should prove to be an even more busy year for the talented artist.
I recently sat down with a good friend of mine. She went to Michigan State with me and has definitely been doing great things since graduating! Photography and Video Blogging has a heavy hitter in the industry… and her name is Bianca Charisma.
NAME: Bianca Charisma
HOMETOWN: Detroit, MI
Where did your inspiration for photography/vlogging come from?
My inspiration for photography and blogging actually came from social media websites. Back when Myspace and Facebook were popular, I thought it was a brilliant idea to have people share photos and to update people on what’s going on in their lives. It was interesting. I found myself really loving the photo aspect of those websites and one year I received a professional DSLR camera as a gift and really started to experiment with creating photography. I was in my sophomore year of college at the time and along with experimenting with photography, I decided to start a blog and found it very similar to having a social media profile but instead I could tweak it and really make it my own.
What keeps you motivated to stay involved in it? Read More
John Geiger is making his vision into a reality.
The well-known sneakerhead and Nike Air Force 1 connoisseur has teamed up with sneaker customizer The Shoe Surgeon on a crazy piece of custom footwear. Using a crisp white-on-white Air Force 1 High as the base (duh), Geiger’s creation is highlighted by 16 different misplaced Swooshes on each pair. Appropriately nicknamed “Misplaced Checks,” the custom uses all real leather, including styles like Horween, veg tan, shark, and pony hair. Dude went IN on this sneaker.
Geiger’s collection, which is all hand-made by The Shoe Surgeon, is limited to only 25 pairs and will retail for $500. The launch date is set for February 27 at 6 p.m. EST. Watch for John Geiger’s Twitter because he’ll be tweeting out a link when the sneakers are available for purchase.
Nike Air Force 1 High “Misplaced Checks” by John Geiger and The Shoe Surgeon
I just watched a great Video from one of my favorite artist right now. The video, shot by HYPEBEAST is look into K-Dot’s past and what molded him into the artist we are blessed to see today. He even takes me back down memory lane with the Girbaud Strap Jeans. You weren’t making noise if you didn’t have a pair or two or TEN. I had them In EVERY COLOR… Oh and Evisu’s too. I was “Jean God” in High School….. Check out the vid.
Recently hired as a cultural consultant for the rising Washington Wizards, Wale is hoping to rebrand the budding sports franchise as it begins to move from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to the top. In a recent conversation with ESPN the Magazine, the D.C. native mentioned he’s hoping to recruit Kanye West as a designer for the team’s new uniform initiative.
Luxury fashion house Balenciaga‘s high top Arena sneaker returns to the market by means of the “Gradient” pack. Compromised of a grey/black pair and a solar red/maroon, both sneakers flaunt a gradient dye finish. The upper half of the grey/black pair features grey suede material, which scales to a glossy, black leather finish, and a matching colored rubber outsole. Its solar red/maroon counterpart follows an identical design motif, with the bright red suede descending to a maroon colored leather and rubber outsole. Retailing for $665 USD, you can now purchase both shoes directly from Concepts.