Posts Tagged ‘Shoe’

The Shoe Surgeon Drops All-Black OVO “Stone Island” Air Jordan 12 Custom

Back in November, Drake received a custom pair of Air Jordan 12s courtesy of The Shoe Surgeon inspired by Stone Island creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for the rapper’s birthday.

Now, Dominic Chambrone (a.k.a. The Shoe Surgeon) handcrafted a second iteration of Drake’s birthday gift. The Stone Island inspired shoe repurposes a black Garment Dyed Crinkle Rep NY jacket and black denim from the luxury label. It also incorporates ribbed cuffs from the jacket giving the sneaker a sock-like fit.

The shoe drops January 1st, 2018 at 9am PST here for $ 5,000. Quantities are limited. Be sure to follow the artist here and take a look at the shoes below. Are you feeling these? Would you rock them? Let us know in the comments below.

Custom OVO “Stone Island” Air Jordan 12s

Custom OVO “Stone Island” Air Jordan 12s

Custom OVO “Stone Island” Air Jordan 12s

Custom OVO “Stone Island” Air Jordan 12s

Custom OVO “Stone Island” Air Jordan 12s

Custom OVO “Stone Island” Air Jordan 12s

Custom OVO “Stone Island” Air Jordan 12s


Sperry Top-Sider Oxford Boat Shoe

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Sperry Top-Sider presents these oxford boat shoes as part of its ‘fashion forward’ Cloud line. Putting an urban take on a classic, Sperry constructs an oxford-style shoe out of canvas, with leather laces and contrast stitching and sole. Available in multiple colours, with some leather versions, check out Sperry’s website for more.

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Zach LaVine Signs Massive Shoe Deal With Adidas

With momentum across the brand in recent years, adidas Basketball looks to continue to add to its NBA starpower by officially inking rising Chicago Bulls scorer Zach LaVine to an endorsement deal.

First reported by our own Nick DePaula on ESPN, the 4-year deal could be worth as much as $ 35 Million after incentives, and gives the 6’5″ scoring wing and two-time Slam Dunk Contest champ an opportunity to become a future face of the brand. Of course, LaVine was a key centerpiece of this summer’s blockbuster trade that saw Chicago send All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He’ll be a focal point of the team’s offense once he hits the court this season, and is looking forward to making his mark in his new home, both with the Bulls and adidas.

“Adidas has a great brand presence already in Chicago and I want to take advantage of their resources immediately,” LaVine told DePaula. “Bringing my own flavor, touch and vision is something I’m really looking forward to, as well.”

For now, he’s expected to wear the Crazy Explosive model, with additional PEs in the works for the remainder of the season. The brand recently opened up a new flagship store in Wicker Park — at 5,000 square feet, it also happens to be the biggest Three Stripes store in the world. Stay tuned for more updates on the new adidas partnership for Zach LaVine.

LaVine working out in the adidas Dame 4


Opinion // In defense of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Air Jordan 1 being named “Shoe Of The Year”

words // Nick DePaula:

I was on a panel way back in 2013, somehow tasked along with nine others to pick the “Shoe of the Year” — an impossible task for the most part. We each had tastes ranging across the spectrum of both performance and lifestyle. Some of us never cared about the tech or latest innovations, others exclusively valued the sheer looks, and a few others were admittedly heavily weighing hype, exclusivity and the attached name(s) more than anything.

Needless to say, the panel was a mess. After an hour of banter and back and forth, somehow the black / royal Air Jordan 1 was selected atop all others from an entire calendar year of relentless releases.

My choice was the LeBron 11, in black and red specifically. I thought that shoe was an undeniably incredible design, and featured new angles, new Swoosh placements and an ignorantly bouncy full Zoom Air unit that was amazing to walk around in. (They weren’t exactly great to hoop in, but this wasn’t a tech review session…)

I was badly outvoted down the stretch, but my biggest shouting point was that the so-called “Shoe of the Year” should represent THIS YEAR.

The Air Jordan 1 was the best shoe of 1985. It’s an icon in footwear that literally will never get old, no matter how many remakes, re-issues or even Flyknit editions get released.

The black/royal colorway also happened to be my very first Jordan shoe, back on October 6, 2001 — a day I still fondly and vividly remember. But the shoe shouldn’t be remembered as an iconic entry for 2013, or even 2001, as far as I’m concerned. It’ll be just yet another time (of so, so many) that Jordan Brand re-released one of its classic early models.

With all of that said, I’m actually 10000% on board with Footwear News’ designated “Shoe of the Year” selection for 2017 — the Off-White Air Jordan 1, designed by Virgil Abloh.

Sure, it’s also the same base model that originally released in 1985, in pretty much the exact original ‘Chicago’ colorway that it’s remembered for, but this version means so much more, and for so many different reasons.

When Virgil Abloh set out to design an entire lineup of Nike’s most iconic silhouettes, latest innovations (and perhaps-forced-because-politics additional add-ons), he did so with a lofty deconstructed and loose approach to filter through each of the ten designs.

“What we’re talking about here is larger than sneakers, it’s larger than design culture. It’s nothing short of state-of-the-art design,” Virgil framed it in his NikeInc release. “These 10 shoes have broken barriers in performance and style.”

With Michael Jordan’s debut signature edition serving as the pinnacle model of “The Ten” for the Chicago native-turned designer, Abloh set out to reveal the panels, layers and details that went into each of the original designs.

And he crushed it.

The Air Jordan 1 in particular, took on a level of cultural impact that quite frankly, Jordan Brand had been shockingly absent on of late. For the last few years, there’s been a weird haze clouding the brand. The game shoe has been mostly unveiled to a sea of indifference, the most beloved Retro models are sitting at stores, and the brand’s general aura has been seemingly, slowly slipping away.

Virgil helped to not only reinvigorate the perception of a retro Jordan sneaker, but did so while putting his own imprint onto the entire look of the model — this isn’t just some new exercise in color and panel choices.

It’s the exact opposite — it’s a collaborative take using an already iconic colorway. There’s a nuance to the finished product that can be seen across the entire “Ten” series, that perhaps Abloh didn’t even initially realize he’d be soon achieving.

Either way, the capsule also allowed for the Air Jordan 1 to be worn by a wide array of folks considered to be at the pinnacle of influence from the blurred silos of the athlete, entertainer, fashion or guy-with-Instagram worlds.

From the start, the collaboration could be perceived as new territory for the brand, and a departure from Jordan’s comfort zone. The fact that the best photography of the shoe during the early stages of its seeding featured the 1 High styled along with adidas Calabasas pants said a lot.

That’s how real people wear things nowadays — but it’s literally never an image you’d see from a brand, of course. The Off-White collection has shown up in all tiers of fashion, from emerging youngster Luka Sabbat, to Virgil himself at the Met Gala, and a host of others simply on the go, allowing the shoe to take on a creative lens that Nike has been desperately seeking to connect to.

And then, there’s the damn quote marks, which stated overly obvious items on each shoe in plain capslock text, in this case “AIR” – “85” – “SHOELACES.” They’ll most definitely become a signature touch of Virgil’s for the forseeable future.

When he hand-scribed out early seeding pairs to friends and celebs, the “Air Whoever” midsole text added a nice personal touch. Now, we’re seeing Abloh double-quote literally every Instagram Story caption, or something as simple as “Logo” below the iconic Swoosh of a Nike shirt.

The spontaneity of the premise has allowed for people to put their own spin on the approach, all while being admittedly simple, subtle and even juvenile, a hallmark of the early Off-White design approach.

With the help of a well-executed “Ten” launch event-slash-panel in New York aiming to explore that inner ability of expression, dubbed “OFF CAMPUS,” Nike has repositioned itself favorably amongst a crowd of creatives. It was that entire premise of being a “creator” that had been at the root of adidas’ surge in popularity, adoption and relatability over the past two years.

Thanks to Virgil, I can honestly say that there’s a new perception, and a new view towards the Jordan Brand, and the greater Nike as a whole. The Off-White Air Jordan 1 might not be the most mind-blowing design the industry has ever seen, it doesn’t take innovation or technology to a new place, and surely has seen its audience of critics along the way. In many ways, Nike took a leap of faith to allow Virgil to even “DESIGN” ten nine of its most celebrated silhouettes, and the newest Hyperdunk, in the first place.

The collection — headlined by the Air Jordan 1 — also unquestionably captured our attention since the summer and into the fall, nudged Nike along in righting the ship of this awkward and unexpected slump of sorts, and can deservedly be dubbed the “Shoe of the Year,” even if the base model didn’t actually debut in 2017.


Five Artists Who Should Have a Shoe Deal

words & opinion by Creighton Phillips

With Influencers playing a major role in sneaker and apparel sales, there’s an influx of artists who could garner the appeal to take a storied brand to the next level. Here are a few suggestions of some of my favorite artists that could catapult a brand to new heights.

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has had a mystique that rivals some of the greatest artists of the previous generations. Waiting roughly five years to bring his latest works to the graces of his fans, Ocean’s ENDLESS visual album, inspired by the works of two time Nike collaborator Tom Sachs, and Blonde were both masterpieces in their own right. Appearing at festivals this year wearing JW Anderson Converse sneakers and Virgil Abloh’s Nike x Off-White Prestos could only make one wonder why is it that the guy who has crafted modern R&B masterpieces has evaded the spotlight of a sneaker collaboration? Could it be saturation or is it that the best is yet to come? We’re hoping for the ladder from fans of the Blonded crooner. We all really want a pair of NIKES from this guy.

King Krule

Another songwriter extraordinaire in need of a sneaker cosign from fans of the artist is none other than bluesy Archy Marshall, also known as King Krule. With albums like 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, A New Place 2 Drown, and his most recent offering The Ooz, Krule could fare well in the UK with a collaboration along the lines of what Skepta was able to accomplish with the Swoosh. The Zoo Kid himself could get a pair that resembles something of a JD Sports collaboration/exclusive, which would resonate pretty well with fans of the young artist and trainers alike. Think like what Wale did with Villa in the US only overseas. What better way to go out and get ribs than with a pair of Archy Marshall’s?

Lil Uzi Vert

Next on the list of Influencers deserving a pair to represent their stylistic impact would be the enigmatic Lil Uzi Vert. After a slew of mixtapes and a gold charting debut album in Luv is Rage 2, the “XO Tour Llif3” rapper is ready to be endorsed by the major brands he so comfortably sports. Whether it be with the Three Stripes or Nike, Uzi has been on the cusp of snatching the title for the most stylish young artist in the music industry. After having an album cover designed by
Off-White and being seeded some of the most coveted pairs of the Virgil Abloh x Nike collaboration, Uzi is ready to take it vertical. With major brand backing — perhaps that of Off-White itself — the rapper with the most stage presence not named Travis Scott could now do what he really wants: stunt.


Solange has been on a tear artistically and style wise, and there aren’t many women in the industry or everyday life that could match her. With sold out shows at the Guggenheim and Radio City Music Hall, Solo has been ready to follow up her earliest endorsement with Puma. After seeing other performance artists like FKA Twigs and frequent collaborator Dev Hynes getting their just due from the likes of Nike and Adidas respectively, it’s a toss up with who could be the most fitting outfitter for the “MAD” and “F.U.B.U.” songstress. It’s about time for Solange to get another seat at the Influencers table in my opinion, and what better brand to outfit her head-to-toe than adidas?


What better way to end an opinion piece about Influencers ready for endorsement than Ms. Ivy Park herself, Queen Beyoncé. After a career that rivals some of the greatest entertainers ever, Beyoncé is more than ready to be outfitted by a brand like Nike, specifically NikeLab. Pair her star power with the innovation of NikeLab and give Ivy Park the same backing that the YEEZY imprint has gotten from adi and watch the brands simultaneously flourish. Just think about the great strides that Rihanna’s Fenty line has made with Puma and imagine the platform that Nike could provide for Bey. It’ll definitely be one that won’t plateau. It’s a party indeed.


The Future x Reebok Shoe is Coming Soon

Is “Draco” the song of the year? Probably. Is the Future x Reebok collab releasing soon? Yes. Confirmed by Freebandz himself on IG, his signature sneaker which meshes DNA from Shawn Kemp’s Kamikaze II and the brand-favorite Instapump Fury is set to debut next month, likely in the all-grey scheme worn by the man himself.

Look for the Future x Reebok signature to launch on November 7th and click here for more info on his upcoming kicks.

Future x Reebok Sneaker

Release Date: November 7, 2017

November 7th @reebokclassics

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lead photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images via Zimbio


Vans Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Half Cab, Steve Caballero’s Iconic Skate Shoe

Originally released back in 1992, later this fall Vans’ iconic skate shoe, the Vans Half Cab, celebrates its 25th anniversary. Designed by the legendary skater, Steve Caballero, the shoe marks an aggressive era of design innovation. Vans honors both the shoe and its designer with new commemorate releases.

Highlighting premium pig suede uppers, this 25th anniversary Half Cab styles denote “XXV” at the heel to ode two and a half decades of cultural relevance while also acting as a strong representation of the now with Pro Classics performance innovation. Ultracush HD sockliners aid in greater comfort for both the tonal black and grey colorways that are available now.

Grab these commemorative Vans Half Cab colorways at Vans.

Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary
Vans Half Cab 25th Anniversary



The Shoe Surgeon Serves “Salmon Toe” Gel-Lyte IIIs in Python

The Shoe Surgeon’s latest project turns Ronnie Fieg’s ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toe” and converts it into a completely different animal. This rendition of the recent classic upgrades the silhouette with a luxurious look, featuring a combination of premium Japanese cow leather and python skin that covers the majority of the upper and midsole. This one-of-one concept also features a 3M lining for reflective styling that won’t go unnoticed.

For more heat, keep up with The Shoe Surgeon on IG.

ASICS GEL-Lyte III "Salmon Toe" x The Shoe Surgeon
ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toe” Python Custom by The Shoe Surgeon
ASICS GEL-Lyte III "Salmon Toe" x The Shoe Surgeon
ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toe” Python Custom by The Shoe Surgeon
ASICS GEL-Lyte III "Salmon Toe" x The Shoe Surgeon
ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toe” Python Custom by The Shoe Surgeon
ASICS GEL-Lyte III "Salmon Toe" x The Shoe Surgeon
ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Salmon Toe” Python Custom by The Shoe Surgeon



Vetements Checkerboard Slip-On Shoe Could Pose Legal Issue with Vans

Earlier this evening, Vetements previewed an upcoming checkerboard slip-on shoe that is said to be part of their SS18 lineup. Almost immediately speculation surrounded the shoes as to whether or not this was an upcoming project with Vans as the shoes not only are eerily similar to the classic Vans Slip-On, but also sport the trademarked checkerboard pattern across the upper.


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We reached out to one of our contacts at Vans where it was confirmed that there was not an official project between Vans and Vetements.

Being that this shoe is not officially a project between the two brands could mean troubles for the fashion label as Vans has repeatedly defended their trademark of the iconic checkerboard pattern in US and foreign courts.

Vans first used the checkerboard pattern on footwear in 1981 and make it an iconic print throughout the decade on a variety of models of their footwear.  On February 20, 1990 the US Trademark office granted Vans with the trademark for the pattern on footwear.


The Internet Responds to Big Baller Brand’s First Shoe – the $495 ZO2 Prime

Earlier today first-round prospect Lonzo Ball unveiled his first signature shoe, the ZO2: Prime, produced by his family’s Big Baller Brand.  The shoes were immediately made available for pre-order for $ 495 for sizes 8-13.5 and $ 695 for sizes 14 and 15.

While the debut shoe, the ZO:2 Prime, looks incredibly good for a debut design, many took exception to the price.

RELATED: Lonzo Ball Unveils ZO2: Prime – First Big Baller Brand Shoes

As with anything related to the Ball family lately, the internet had some opinions to share and today you might say they held nothing back.  Below are just a few highlights from this afternoon.

Regarding the price:

Opinion from Insiders:

Then there were memes:

Then the disrespect:


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