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New Balance CM996 (Stussy x realmadHECTIC x Undefeated)

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New Balance CM996 (Stussy x realmadHECTIC x Undefeated)

I won’t pull the ‘Yeah, I was wearing NBs before they got exposed’ card, but I played a role in the whole UK factory’s willingness to do collaborations. I went up to the New Balance headquarters with C-Law and Kahma, representing Crooked Tongues for the first collaboration we did with them back in 2004. It took a full presentation, a lot of meetings and discussions before we persuaded them to let us do the project. It was new to the brand and they were a little unsure on how it would be received. And, if we’re honest, we were probably nervous as well. But the shoes sold out instantly, leading to many more projects with Chris and the good people up at Flimby. I’ve got a couple of custom one-off pairs (think Nike iD, but using any offcuts of fabric in the factory room and limited to one-of-one) that I’m particularly pleased with.

I’m deviating from my blog post, but never mind. These are the CM996s that came out in January 2012. Another three-way co-lab from some of the top brands out there – and one of the nicest colour mixes I’ve seen. Blue and yellow certainly works for me.

New Balance CM996 (Stussy x realmadHECTIC x Undefeated)

New Balance CM996 (Stussy x realmadHECTIC x Undefeated)

The construction is good and they’re probably going to retain their value if you’re buying for investment purposes, but these were made to rock with denim in my opinion. If they’re sat on your shelves, you should crack them open as soon as the nice weather kicks back in.

New Balance CM996 (Stussy x realmadHECTIC x Undefeated)

New Balance CM996 (Stussy x realmadHECTIC x Undefeated)

New Balance CM996 (Stussy x realmadHECTIC x Undefeated)

Thank you chaps! Always a pleasure.

New Balance CM996 (Stussy x realmadHECTIC x Undefeated)

Nike Footscape Woven Chukka (Bodega in-store)

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Nike Footscape Woven Chukka (Bodega in-store)

I’ve already confessed my love for the grey low version of this model here, but when the friends-and-family edition showed up, I couldn’t resist them. As an in-store exclusive, there were limited pairs around (350 is the figure I’ve seen online) but I think these would’ve been a success if they’d been made a general release.

Nike Footscape Woven Chukka (Bodega in-store)

Adding a little extra material to the uppers pushes this shoe up to a mid-top, but where the other hazelnut release went down the road of slick leather uppers, we’re sticking in nubuck territory with these. Another shoe that deserves to be worn with shorts rather than full-length trousers or jeans, I’m gonna have to keep these aside until the sun makes an appearance.

Nike Footscape Woven Chukka (Bodega in-store)

The Bodega logo sewn into the heel tab is a nice touch too.

Nike Footscape Woven Chukka (Bodega in-store)

Nike Footscape Woven Chukka (Bodega in-store)

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…

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.

Asics Gel Lyte III x Slam Jam

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Asics Gel Lyte III x Slam Jam

Out of 320-odd pairs of trainers, there are only a handful of Asics in my inventory. There’s no real reason for this, other than they were never really that available when I was growing up. Local shops didn’t have them and this was before the internet existed, so unless I was flicking through a running magazine, Asics didn’t really register that much.

But in the past decade, they’ve shown up a lot more. I bought the Proper GT-IIs a few years back, which I still really like, and I’ve got one pair from the Alife Rivington Club co-lab from a couple of years ago, but my Asics game is weak. I was undecided on the split-tongue business (sometimes it looks a little too much like a… well… you look and see for yourself), but as long as the lacing’s on-point, you don’t really see that bit much and it’s as comfortable as hell.

When these Gel Lyte IIIs came out in September 2010, I liked them straight away. The Slam Jam store in Italy dropped 96 pairs of these, along with a few bonus bits and pieces, and I missed ’em. Five minutes after the release time and they were gone.

Asics Gel Lyte III x Slam Jam

Lucky for me, I managed to pick up a couple of pairs via some trades and other business, so I was pretty pleased. The shoe is the usual comfortable Lyte model, but I really liked the colour scheme. For no reason at all, it reminds me of wanting trainers when I was a little kid.

The spare pair are on ice at the moment, but I have no doubt they’ll either go to a close friend – or I’ll be wearing them myself once this pair are hammered.

Asics Gel Lyte III x Slam Jam

adidas Torsion SP Low Gore-Tex®

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adidas Torsion SP Low Gore-Tex®

A snow day – again – means that some waterproofing is required. Ditch the moonboots and find yourself a pair of these adidas Torsion Specials. They’re not the tallest model (you’ll get wet socks if you’re hiking through anything deeper than 2 inches), but my feet were still bone dry after an hour trudging through slush around Croydon.

And they look really good too: I voted them my favourite release of 2009 on Sneaker Freaker.

Nike Huarache Burst AD21

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Nike Huarache Burst AD21

One of the brightest colourways in my collection, the AD21 Bursts are in my top 5 Nikes of all-time. Released exclusively for the Japanese market vai the AD21 store back in 2004, these were pretty difficult to get. My days of doubling-up on shoes are over, but I’ve kept a spare pair of these on ice because… well… you just don’t ever see them for sale.

Great for dull winter days.

Nike Huarache Burst AD21