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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)

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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…

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Nike Footscape FreeMotion (Fragment Design)

I’ve loved the Footscape since I saw the ‘exploded’ view ads in copies of Details magazine that I ‘borrowed’ from college. It’s one of those shoes that can look a little bulky from the wearer’s viewpoint, but looks sleek (note: in the true sense of the word, not a referral to a 3-stripe diffusion range) from the side. Comfy and light as hell too. A lot of purists complained when the Flywire versions appeared, but if any shoe was ever going to use this technology, the Footscape is a perfect model in my opinion. If the original was as light as air, then this updated version is helium in comparison: the Flywire panels add a little more support to the sides as well.

Nike Footscape FreeMotion (Fragment Design)

These didn’t really appear that much in the UK – a few shops had the James Jarvis white/red colourway and perhaps the Mr. Cartoon colourway too – but these Fragment-designed purples were a Japanese QuickStrike. I like that they echo the first women’s colourway of the Footscape back in 1995. I was really lucky and found a pair on eBay for less than the Japanese retail. Tip: you might wanna go a half-size down on these, as they’re pretty roomy/thin.

Nike Footscape FreeMotion (Fragment Design)

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Nothing like a shoe that highlights my stupidity and fickle nature. I bought a pair of these when they came out in 2005, kept them shut in a box for years – and then sold them. I’ve no idea why, because I always really liked them. I ended up replacing them earlier this year and I’ve been wearing them a lot recently. Great colours, premium leather and some other nice details, like the laser-etched camo heels all came from the minds of the guys at the Opium store in Paris. The Hyperstrike version with the faux snakeskin was pretty cool as well.

The first pair I got came with three different colours of laces – black, fluro yellow and purple – but my replacements were missing the purples, which is why there are some Mr. Lacy replacements in these at the moment.

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