BOOTLEG or counterfeit, whichever angle you view this argument, in my eyes both of the above scream ‘cheap, fake, knock-off’. What I’m saying is, they’re not real. Bootleg culture has been present for years.
It stems from an evermore expensive industry, littered with even more exclusive collaborations and releases, week-in, week-out. Consumers can’t keep up, it’s a relentless rally, wave-after-wave-after wave. It’s the consumers that opt for cheaper alternatives — a naturally maternal instinct of scrimping and saving for the 12 months prior to a holiday, that, on a wider scale is the situation. Continue reading “A legitimately bootleg market”
NOW, I slide the focus towards a pairing of key years in Asics history – 2007 and 2015.
2007 welcomed back the GEL-Lyte III. A collection of bright, zero-boundary collaborations in partnership with both well-renowned and fresh-faced designers. Patta and Alife both hit the target with their shots, with these iterations being amongst the most sought after within ASICS circles. However, it also marked the year that Ronnie Fieg took his first step towards the limelight, forming a duet with New York, Soho, based store, the late David Z. His two pairs in question, featured metallic gold and silver uppers to pay homage to ASICS early days; the bright and vibrant 90s. Continue reading “Further the Gel-volution: PT. 2”
NIKE have played their ace of 2018, and it’s only April. Who would have thought an orgy of corduroy would create such a stir, not just within the UK but globally. Customers were sleeping on the streets in the pouring rain for a pair of shoes… ‘just a pair of shoes’.
Continue reading “From Virginia to Europe: A Wotherspoon legacy”
GEL, often outshined by Nike’s trademark visible Air or Adidas’ Boost technology — but should ASICS be given more credit?
In 2016, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of ASICS’ notorious sole unit. Paired with cut ‘n’ sew tiger stripes, reflective cat’s eyes in many cases, and heel model embellishment – it’s needless to say that this is a landmark series for runners as a whole. There have been a number of memorable silhouettes, some great collaborations, so let us look back to where it all started. Continue reading “Asics, A Gelled History: PT. 1”
COLLECTING, hoarding, accumulation or investing — whatever your preference may be, there’s no ignoring niche markets for collections of all shapes and sizes. Whether it be age-old comics or original movie scripts, there’s value in just about everything. However, would you buy sneakers with the sole purpose of leaving them box-fresh, until materials inevitably deteriorate? Continue reading “These shoes were made for walking, but that’s not what they’ll do”
TREASURE, tainted by Nike’s own success; the Air Max 98 was an unfortunate follow-up to our ‘beloved’ ’97, one year prior. Fortunately however, as we enter the period where a love of chunkier, heavier sneakers is becoming evermore common; Nike are giving this model its 20 year retro treatment. Continue reading “1998’s Air Max rendition sees the light of 2018”
AS 2017 drew to a close, Adidas’ new silhouette, the Kamanda, began popping up across social media platforms. On-foot photos depicted what may be a slightly more ‘football’ orientated addition to the Prophere, taking Adidas’ renowned gum sole and quite literally spreading it across the sneaker’s upper. In essence, 2018 has been embraced and welcomed with open arms whist a step is taken away from boost, towards wearability alone. Continue reading “Adidas introduces their next in power, the Kamanda”