French Blue VIIs, Footpatrol x NB and Huarache Run NIKEiDs on This Week’s #ClatsAndKicks #42
Even though Nike and Jordan raised the stakes with big drops, the collab pieces stole the show this week . The boutique collabs bring a whole other dimension to the sneaker culture ’cause each pair has a story that is native to their roots and speaks to their surroundings. One of my main focuses for this blog is to open people’s eyes to the world outside of Nike and Jordan. I myself have grown a great appreciation for the European and Asian style kicks and boutique shoes alike. Continue reading the 42nd #ClatsAndKicks blog to see exactly what I’m talking about!
The Air Jordan VII, created in the year of my birth, will always have a special place in my heart. The thing I remember most about them? The way the back pull tab connected to the inner lining and slipped on your feet, as if putting a sock over your sock, these shoes are pure comfort. This colorway in particular is a classic in its own right. They haven’t been in production since they first released in 2002 leaving fans begging for a comeback for 13 long years. Back and better than ever, they get remastered and make us all nostalgic of the times where shoes were much easier to acquire and quality was always on par.
Footpatrol absolutely killed the New Balance 1500. Taking inspiration from the Encyclopedia, these kicks touch on all points of a great, quality pair of shoes. I have never been this hyped off of a pair of New Balances in my life, but these are just too much. Plain and simple, their beautiful detailing is the key to their appeal; gum soles, suede, smooth leather, gold details, with a crazy skeletal insole. Bravo, Foot Patrol, bra-vo.
The Nike Air Huarache Run has seen success over so many years in the Nike family. Earlier in the week they hit NIKEiD, leaving them in your hands to create what you think the perfect colorway would be. As you can see, I had some fun with it! I mean, how can you not with options like; Safari print, translucent soles, speckled midsoles, and various textiles to choose from? Don’t forget to show us what YOU came up with by tagging #ClatsAndKicks!
Asics got not one… but TWO collab pieces this week. Let’s talk about the first pair, shall we? In collaboration with the Japanese brand, Mita, these were made to commemorate their 25th anniversary. Limited to 1, 900 pairs, these Gel-Lyte IIIs will be very hard to come by. Meanwhile in the USA, Ubiq claimed the Gel-Lyte V in volt fashion. As these shoes are pretty bright, you can see why they named them the “Hazard’s.”
Don’t unpack your bags yet, because now we’re headed to Berlin to see what’s up with this Diadora x Solebox collab. These “Ferro” N.9000’s have a Stash colorway vibe going on with its blending of neutral toned blues. Back to front, the pair goes dark to light and makes use of kangaroo leather and premium suede. Diadora… if you didn’t know the name before, you sure do now!
The Black History Month theme finds its way to Under Armour, reflecting on the Micro G Clutchfit Drives. The desaturated rendition symbolizes equality in colorless fashion. The message will be heard, and seen, throughout the month as Under Armour sponsored NBA players rock these on the court.
This pair of Jordan’s are my sleeper release for the week. The Dub Zero was one of Jordan Brand’s first mashup pairs. They are made up of different body parts from the Air Jordan; IV, VI, XI, XII, XIII, XV, XVII, and XX. It took a while for these shoes to grow on people since they first released, and now a pair in exceptional condition are a pretty tough find.
Ewing Athletics lined up a three pair drop, showing no apparent theme. The three various silhouettes receive their own colorway, each looking fresh as ever.
Nike’s massive BHM lineup continued throughout the week, rolling out the Nike basketball lineup of; LeBron 12s, Kyrie 1s, Kobe 9s, and KD7s.