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Grails. That’s really all I need to say about the Jordan V Retro ‘Grape’. I remember when they came out when I was in 5th grade. I remember begging my parents to get them for me. I remember the usual “shoes should not cost more than $100” speech and going home empty handed. I remember Fresh Prince wearing them. I remember Jerry Seinfeld wearing them. Of course I remember the GOAT wearing them. It just wasn’t meant to be at the time. In 2006 they returned and I was in my first year of owning a home and money was tight. Wasn’t meant to be again. Then in the past few years the rumors started flying about a Grape/Laney V 2-pack. I followed every story, post, and photo with Christmas morning like excitement. Alas, not meant to be again. All of that anticipation is finally coming to an end this May 4th. Jordan brand is bringing back the Jordan V Grape and I can’t wait!! I don’t know what it is about this shoe that just caught me. Perhaps it was the difference in colors that strayed from the Bulls standard. Maybe it was my love for LJ and the Hornets at the time. Whatever it is the primarily white upper sitting atop that fighter jet inspired purple and emerald midsole and icy outsole is just a beautiful look. I was slightly concerned with what quality these would be given recent Jordan releases but after grabbing the Fire Red Vs this past weekend I am ready. Have you been waiting for this release like I have? Take a look at the extra photos below and let me know in the comments. May can’t get here soon enough!!!

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We all know UNDFTD is huge in the sneaker game. We all know about the Fukijamas from Entourage, the UNDFTD Jordan IVs, the AF1s, the Dunks, and more. Well it looks like another episode is coming in this saga on February 8th. UDFTD posted to their Intagram today the above image with the text “Nike x UNDFTD 02.08.13”. No word yet on what model it will be or if its even sneakers for that matter. Remember the Staple x Jordan brand teaser? Given UNDFTD’s history you can bet I will be watching. Something tells me the coloring of this graphic is not a mistake. Stay tuned……

J. Crew is no stranger to collaborations. A quick glance at their online store shows collaborations on everything from boots and sneakers to backpacks and jackets as well. Personally I feel that incorporating their distinguished looks into other brand’s merchandise is a great way for J.Crew to stay relevant across many different segments of consumers. We all know that “sneakerheads” are a huge segment of consumers that is growing every day and this most recent release from J.Crew will please a lot of us. As you can see above I am referring to the most recent New Balance collaboration, this time on the 998 model that has been seeing a resurgence over the past few years. The model was previously only available in Japan but I know I am happy to see it stateside again. This particular combination features a great color combo that will work with just about anything you happen to be rocking at the time. The upper is covered predominantly in a two tone brownish suede that appears just as plush as the materials used on the popular 1400 collaborations by the brands in 2012. Giving the DROP some pop is a royal blue N logo and more royal blue branding on the tongue. Sitting atop a predominantly white midsole with yet another royal blue hit that continues on to the outsole these are just total stunters in every way. The build shines with Made in the USA craftsmanship that gives a premium feel before you even get them on your feet. These are currently available exclusively through jcrew.com (here) and will be popping up at their stores across the country as well. What are your thoughts on this new makeup by the two powerhouse brands? Let me know in the comments below. Mega shouts to Vagrant Sneaker for the always stunning photos.

SOURCE: Photography By Angel Gonzalez/Vagrant Sneaker ©2013

The Japanese boys are at it again. Many people remember and still seek out the various atmos Nike Air Max 1 collaborations of years past. There is the og safari look of 2003, animal print of 2006, and blue/black elephant print in 2007 that are all grail status for various Nike collectors worldwide. Looking at that lexicon its not surprise that atmos’ latest Nike collaborations are not only Air Max 1s but also just as loud as their predecessors. This time atmos is combining two of today’s hottest trends in streetwear, camo and animal print, to dress the model and do so on two separate pairs scheduled for release. The first pair is a primarily army camo pair that features the green and black camo contrasted with a black shiny snakeskin material for the toebox and upper quarter sitting atop a white midsole and black outsole. The pair is loud and sure to turn heads but in my opinion calm compared to the second from the pack. That pair features a desert camo print on the quarter and toebox with a contrasting leopard print in what appears to be a horsehair like material for the rest of the shoe other than the same white midsole/black outsole combo. History would tell us that the shoes will more than likely feature some sort of branded insoles as well. Fans of muted style need not apply for these neck breakers. Release information is not yet concrete but these will have tons of hype surrounding them when they drop. Are you all in for the trend mixing Japanese duo? Take a look at the below pics and let me know your thoughts!

 

New Balance is back. Not that it ever went anywhere but the surge in popularity of retro runners has definitely boded well for the Brighton Mass company that specializes in premium craftsmanship on everything from retro runners to modern day tech. Here we take a look at a new colorway of the 670 model. This is a model that has typically had more popularity in Europe that the United States and shares a lot of attributes with the New Balance staple 574. The 670 has also been featured in several high profile collaborations with such brands as Wood Wood, Hanon, and Norse Projects. This makeup comes in a familiar colorway of navy, red, and white we have seen on many models recently. The majority of the upper is a semi rough navy suede that gives that always premium feel to New Balance releases. Subtle highlights come in the form of a one piece rubberized “N”, heel cup, and encap in a darker shade of red. All this sits atop a white midsole and all black outsole. While very similar to the 574 overall these shoes have a less rugged feel with the smoothed out traction bars on the outsole and a more streamlined shape. The official model name for this shoe is the 670SNR where the S refers to the 3 pack of these that will release this spring at New Balance accounts. Will this returning model surpass the ever popular 574 in 2013? Only time will tell but take a look at the pics below and let me know your thoughts!

 

 

A quick glance through my past blog posts and you will quickly determine I am a giant New Balance fan. Even more so a fan of New Balance collaborations. Today we take a look at a new collaboration from Italy’s Stone Island sportswear brand. Stone Island is a brand known for its innovative research into fabrics that are both functional and fashionable at the same time. For their collaboration with New Balance they chose the 577 model which is a personal favorite of mine. The pack features two pairs, one muted and one a little louder reminiscent of the Milkcrate x SNS x New Balance 577 of last year. The first pair consists of a primarily grey and white upper that is comprised of Stone Island’s Raso Gommato which is satin weave cotton attached to a polyurethane cover. There is a black rubber reflective N logo hit as well as Stone Island branded tongue tags and lace locks. The shoe is finished off with a speckled grey midsole that immediately brings to mind the classic Jordan IV White Cement. The second pair from the pack features all of the same materials but in a brighter orange colorway and the same branded logo hits. The N logo hit on this pair is a reflective white rubber and they sit on a solid color midsole. These pairs are currently available at Stone Island locations in Italy and elsewhere. No further information on release at other New Balance accounts has dropped but I for one hope to get a stab at them soon! What are your thoughts of this high end collaboration? Take a look at the pictures courtesty of High Snobiety and let me know in the comments below!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. I have a goal to be much more active in 2013!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 1,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

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