Nike x Sole Collector – Presto (Hawaii)

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Nike x Sole Collector – Presto (Hawaii)

Over time, I’ve become slightly numb to the deluge of special releases and limited editions. Some things still standout, but generally it’s a pretty level playing field. Some things stick in your mind for a bit and then get forgotten – but a few etch themselves into the permanent grail category. And these Prestos (which people tend to either love or hate) have been on my list since they released in 2005.

I say ‘released’, but truth be told, unless you were well-connected, the chance of scooping a pair was very slim. A true Hyperstrike edition, there were only 48 pairs made for Niketown in Waikiki (since closed) back in May 2005. With over 50 people in the queue, anyone outside of Hawaii didn’t stand much of a chance.

Nike x Sole Collector – Presto (Hawaii)

Although the Hawaiian connection is easy to follow with the artwork on the toe, there was a supposedly ‘hidden’ Scarface link, as the pattern on the toe is a replica of a featured mural in the film (in the scene where the cop gets a first class ticket to the resurrection).

Nike x Sole Collector – Presto (Hawaii)

Finding a pair was not easy. I followed a few false leads (a completed eBay auction, a Yahoo Japan auction and a messageboard) and by sheer luck someone I’d messaged through a Craigslist posting in Tokyo hit me back a full YEAR after I’d emailed them! Massive thanks to Kyle for hooking me up with these.

Nike x Sole Collector – Presto (Hawaii)

I’ve only got Nort Talarias (in my size, instead of the size 11s I once owned) and the Stash Dunks to find and then I’m set for Hyperstrikes. Probably.

Nike Footscape Woven Motion (Bodega)

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Nike Footscape Woven Motion (Bodega)

Lattice work on sneakers isn’t really my style: any model with uppers more ornate than the basic Nike Woven doesn’t usually have me foaming at the mouth, unless we’re talking pastries. But this tongue-twisting Tier Zero release (I consider myself semi-knowledgeable with sneaker names, but even I can’t easily recall the full name of this one) is perfect.

Nike Footscape Woven Motion (Bodega)

The use of soft suede leather is great and gives a really tactile finish to an already-perfect colourway, even though the British summer this year looks guaranteed to keep these as in-the-house slippers for the moment. I fear that one brush with the elements would render these into beaters immediately. Being part of the limited edition Night Cats pack from Bodega, these flew out of the shops immediately, as did the accompanying other two models.

I met the Bodega guys when we worked on the aZX project at adidas in Germany and interviewed them for their section in the accompanying films. Great guys and they run a great store in Boston, which I hope to see in person within the next 12 months.

Nike Footscape Woven Motion (Bodega)

Nike x Misha (PAM) ‘Running Man Pack’ Air Max 90

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Nike x Misha (Pam) 'Running Man Pack' Air Max 90

These are up there with the fluro runners from the late ’80s when it comes to lurid colourways. Green, yellow and purple sounds horrific, but I really liked these Quickstrikes when they came out in 2008.

Misha Hollenbach (AKA Perks from PAM) put these together as part of Nike’s ‘Running Man’ pack, along with Reas and Parra who each worked on different models. I really liked this series: Reas did a great T-shirt and I thought Parra’s Air Max 95 was one of the best colourways of that model yet.

Nike x Misha (Pam) 'Running Man Pack' Air Max 90

I’ve gone through stages of not wearing these at all, but as we’re now in the summer (despite the British weather insisting we’re not), they’ve found their way back into regular rotation. And I recently noticed that they kinda match my Fila/Supreme polo shirt.

Nike x Misha (Pam) 'Running Man Pack' Air Max 90

Nike Air Flow TZ Tonal Pack

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I had no idea these were being released until Crooked Tongues posted them on the news page. A busy week of work (3am bedtimes for a number of days) ground to a halt and even though I’ve never queued for any shoe release before, I was tempted for these Tier Zero ‘Tonal’ Air Flows.

Officially, there were 18 pairs available in each colour (an olive khaki colourway, seen here, and black) to be released at Selfridges, Oxford Street in London. Doors were to be opened down in the ‘Ultralounge’ department at 10am, on Saturday 18th June 2011. Recalling my days at Crooked, I wondered if there would lots of people lining up overnight, as per some of the more infamous sneaker releases (the adidas 35th Superstars at the original Foot Patrol, the Year of the Dog AF1s, the ‘What The Dunks’ at NikeTown etc.) – or had those days passed? I’m still not sure I believe that Nike would go to the trouble of orchestrating a release of a production run that was less than the standard Hyperstrike quantity, but then again…

I finished work, went to bed at 4am and set my alarm for two hours later, just in case I wanted to head up there.

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6am came and went, my alarm got switched onto permanent snooze and that was it: I was too tired. I ended up waking at 8.15am and thought I’d head up there anyway just to see what was going on. When I arrived outside Selfridges at 9.15, I bumped into Crooked’s own Mubi and We Are HQ’s Magdi, who was busy capturing the ten-strong line of people with his camera. Ten people. That was it. After all the online uproar and frantic forum postings during the previous 48 hours, hardly anyone turned up to try their luck.

Hell, I almost didn’t too.

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But I was glad I did. Ushered downstairs by stern security guards (“We want NO running when the doors open or you’ll be escorted back onto the street”), we lined up again and were fitted for our one pair. Once you’d purchased, you could go to the back of the line and try your luck again: some of the guys in the front of the line mopped up the bigger leftover sizes, but I was happy enough to get my UK 9.5s and left with my olive pair. A size bigger than usual, but this really didn’t matter for once – if you don’t want your broken toes rippling the toe box, then you want to go at least a half-size up.

After staff allocations, there were maybe just a dozen pairs in each colourway available, but that was just enough for the people who’d turned up. Two queue jumpers were criticised, but to be fair, Selfridges has a handful of entrances and they’d probably just been waiting at one of the other doors.

£90.00 secured them. They’re comfy as hell and moderately different from the OG silhouette, which will please those with wide feet. Why they were part of a tennis-themed event is beyond me, but I’m not complaining.

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And to whoever said that the UK8s were all sent back due to manufacturing issues clearly didn’t see my friend Scott picking up both colourways in that size…

Nike Air Current

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Nike Air Current

Seeing as my last post was about the OG Nike Air Flow, following up with the Air Current seemed like a logical option. Released a year after the Air Flow, the Current looked to take even more weight from the uppers, utilising a ripstop material and removing the Swoosh altogether. Slightly less snug than the Air Flows, the laces are, again, not necessary unless you’re doing some sprinting on your way home from the pub.

Nike Air Current

The Current name has been applied to recent models since 1990 (the Air Max Current 90s spring to mind), but it’s all about the originals for me.

Nike Air Current

These also came in a black and green colourway, but this hot pink and black scheme is the one to get. I just watched a heavily worn pair of the black/greens go on a Buy-It-Now on eBay for a nice $900! Yikes.

Nike Air Current

Nike Air Current

Nike Air Flow

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Nike Air Flow

As the retro of this shoe is imminent, I thought it was a good time to break out the OGs. I’ve been trying to organise a feature on Trashfilter about this model, as it’s one of my favourite running shoes of all-time. Widely ignored at the time of release (at least in London), probably due to the fact it looked so unusual and is hardly suitable for anything other than perfect conditions, it’d almost be too easy to list it as a predecessor to the Nike Presto.

Nike Air Flow

Unless you’ve got perfect feet – and, I have to be honest, mine are hideous (I’ve broken every toe on both feet at least once from skating) – you will have lumps showing through the toe area on the Air Flow. The lack of any support around the toe means these lose their duck-beak silhouette as soon as you put them on.

Nike Air Flow

Nike Air Flow

I lent my deadstock pair to Nike for an exhibit back in 2010 and my Air Currents (another similar shoe that will feature here soon) are on their way back from Oregon as I type. There can’t be many original pairs of either model left out there today. Thank you Len for hooking me up.

Nike Air Flow

An amazing shoe: innovative, daring, experimental, functional, beautiful. Bruce, if you’re out there, please get in touch!

Nike x Patta Air Max 1 (green)

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Nike Patta Air Max 1 green

I have to admit that I’ve never been the biggest fan of the original Air Max. I can’t put my finger on why exactly (the midsole looks a bit… plain?): I appreciate the design and I think the original colourway is one of the best ever, but I waited for the Air Max 90s instead.

That said, in a bangin’ scheme like this, I can’t resist them. The Parra collaboration series was one of the best in recent years and whilst I’d have also liked a pair of the burgundy ones, I was more than happy to settle for these. Not enough good shoe models come in green.

Summer: sorted.

Nike Patta Air Max 1 green

Nike Patta Air Max 1 green

Back to nature

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Open heathland and marsh areas

The hot spell over Easter meant that I didn’t want to spend time inside for once. Off to Ashdown Forest and Thursley Common on a few different days, just for a walk around to see what was there. Without much effort, we saw plenty of amazing things. Those less interested might turn their noses up, but seeing grass snakes, various lizards and cuckoos was enjoyable. And it cost nothing.

Natural lake with ducks and geese

Bombus terrestris - the buff-tailed bumblebee or large earth bumblebee

Common lizard

Chaffinch

Speckled wood butterfly

Larger common lizard

adidas Collwood ST

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adidas Collwood ST

The clocks changed last night, so what better time to go through the wardrobe and swap a few things over? Nestled amongst the piles of t-shirts and bags of jackets were these Collwood STs that I’d forgotten about.

These pre-production samples have got a Bucktown ST name tag on the side – I guess the correct ones hadn’t been punched out yet – and a few other minor details were changed before they reached the shops.

adidas Collwood ST

adidas Collwood ST

Good colourway for the summer. Can’t go wrong with white and gum.

KAWS light bulbs for The Standard hotel

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KAWS light bulbs

KAWS light bulbs

KAWS light bulbs, made for The Standard hotel chain in the US.

If you find a set, don’t plug them into a UK light fixture or anything using UK voltage – you need a step-down transformer and a US light fixture or you’ll blow ’em in seconds. Keep to 120v and you’re set. Luckily, I researched this before plugging mine in: I’m a prime candidate to have ruined the whole set in under a minute.

Thanks to my man Rich in BK for hooking various elements of this display up for me.