Posts Tagged ‘90s’

Tinker Hatfield. If you don’t know that name you probably don’t need to keep reading as you don’t care about kicks. Ok that’s harsh but Tinker Hatfield is pretty much the most influential and well known sneaker designer in history. Not only did he design the Air Jordan line for Nike from the historic III on, he is also the man responsible for Air Max technology. You know that little clear bubble you see in the midsoles of shoes across the planet? That pretty much wouldn’t be there without this man.  Two other things that wouldn’t be there without Tinker are the Air Max 90 Infrared and the Nike Air Trainer 1. Today we take a look at a perfect combination of the two set to drop in the coming months. The Nike Air Max 90 Infrared is arguably one of the most recognizable shoes in circles worldwide. Many say its a “must have” for any collection and I would agree. The infrared look has been tried on many different shoes from Nike and other brands but this Nike Air Trainer 1 is the best yet. The Air Trainer 1 is a 1987 design by Hatfield that had the purpose of weightlifting or other non-running forms of training. It has a higher cut and a midfoot strap for stability. The infrared inspired makeup stays true to the materials and original colorblocking of the classic. The multi-tone grey uppers, white mesh toe box, and infrared sole and tongue hits really give the feel of the original 90 on this model that otherwise doesn’t share much shape with its younger design mate. Take a look at the pics after the jump via mita sneakers and let me know if you are excited as I am about the release. These have already dropped in Japan and one can only hope a US release date is coming soon.

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Le Coq Sportif is a French brand that IMO doesn’t get enough love here in the states. Other than sponsoring the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah you just don’t see much from them in the US yet their popularity soars in countries like Japan and Korea as well as their native France. Taking advantage of the surge in popularity of 90s retro runners the brand is bringing back their Flash model which is sure to please fans worldwide. These shoes haven’t released to market in nearly 25 years and is returning this  month. The model reemerges in strong fashion with a pair of colorways perfect for warmer weather. The first is a silver/grey/purple/black makeup featuring synthetic suede for most of the upper and a shiny smooth mesh on the toe box and quarter overlay. Its a primarily basic tone with the purple used as highlights on the midsole, logo, and base of the lace section. The second pair uses an identical makeup only swapping out the purple hits with royal blue. Its a perfect throwback to the 90s and sure to please. These will release at several European retailers this month including Hanon. Will you be adding these to your collection? Let me know in the comments below!

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Recollections of the Past is a series I plan to run about sneakers, fashion, and music from our past. It will feature various pop culture icons from the late 80s into the 90s when myself and a lot of my target audience for this blog were cutting our chops and forming our styles. Today we look at the Starter Pullover Parkas that were huge in the ‘88-‘93ish time frame. These parkas were so simple yet so perfect. They started as an all black nylon shell pullover featuring a kangaroo pocket on the front. The typical branding was a team name on the front pocket, team logo at the collar, Starter hits on the sleeve and between the shoulder blades, and a large team logo on the back. The most popular teams were the popular in everything at that time. Bulls and Hornets from the NBA, Raiders, Falcons, and Panthers from the NFL, and Kings and Ducks. See the picks below for a few reminders.

Posted: September 21, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Remember the late 80s and early 90s? I remember my parents making me leave my Starter Hornets jacket in the car when we were at the mall!