Archive for the ‘nick’s picks’ Category
I was looking at some of the sneaker blogs this morning and it really seemed like there were a lot of great styles out now, or coming out soon.
Here’s some of the stuff I’m liking at the moment.
Let’s start with the Nike Air Trainer SC Quickstrikes in the two most popular original colorways. I’m starting with these because they are the first sneakers in a long time that give me the “I have to have these” feeling. As a matter of fact, when i’m done typing this, i’m going to find a website to order the Citrons from.
We all know the Bo Jackson history behind these and I’ve posted the vintage Nike ads here before, so I don’t need to get into all that.
I think these sneakers are pretty limited. I didn’t see either of these at any place on 34th Street the other day. Interested to hear if the younger kids are into these as much as the people who remember the original release back in the day….
It’s definitely bullshit that Nike released the Un-Citron version a few months ago and some people probably settled for them.
These look like the real deal here. Thanks to Nike for doing a retro right. we’ll see in person. If anyone reading this has either in size 11, please get at me.
Nike Lunar Flow pack is pretty sweet. This looks like one of those packs you would see on the wall in some futuristic shop in Paris and spend 160 Euros on them. I usually am not a huge fan of the past meeting the future on Nike sneakers, but they got this off.
Nike Vac Tech Pack. I didn’t stop to look what Vac Tech means, but these are pretty serious. I don’t even like the Air Force Mid at all, but in this pack it looks like a nice wheat outdoor type shoe. The seamless Air Max 90 is awesome looking and the Dunk is nice too.
Nike Dunk SB Gold Dust. If that Vac Tech Pack is a little too rugged looking for you, you could always go with these SB’s.
Vans did this grey suede / grey midsole a few years ago with the Chukka Boot and Era and now it looks just as good on the Uptowns.
This shoe is too chunky for me though. I’ve only ever owned the Olympics, Escapes, Carnivals and Gum Bottom JD’s when it comes to Air Force.
Nike Vengeance. Solid colorway.
These are coming out again. I don’t mind it at all. I mean, who’s collecting sneakers and reselling them these days anyway? If I can pick these up at retail any time I want, that’s ok with me.
These already look fucked up to me. I learmed my lesson with the Mars and Military Blues.
Don’t Come Check Me With No Lightweight Stuff” – I Roy
Nike Clot All Court – Some sneakers should be out in June and not September. This is one of them. I feel like by the time you’d wear these next Spring, everybody will have some sort of leopard print sneakers like this out.
Vans x Taka Hayashi are always tight collaborations
Well….. that was decent. Just realized that’s it’s mostly Nike, but that’s cause I got these pics from NiceKicks and TheShoeGame.
I’ll look for some more releases from the other brands and start to keep this as a weekly feature. Free buying advice for those of you who need it.
Not sure if i’m just hungover, or if there isn’t much heat popping up the past couple days….no need to acknowledge Jordan re-re-retros today.
Here are a couple things that caught our attention.
Nike x Undercover Gyakusou Collection – I don’t know what Gyakusou means and I also don’t know if this package will be released in the United States. What I like here is the running silhouette pictured above and the mix of tech performance and fashion. These beanies are bullshit, but there were a couple sweatshirts in the set. Nothing groundbreaking, but at least a complete story, (what that story is, maybe we’ll find out some day). I know there are tech sneakers in the Sportswear catalog, but they’re usually some sort of hybrid cop out. These look good from here. We’ll have to see them in person.
Adidas x Kazuki Kuraishi – I’m only picking these because there isn’t much out there today. It’s not that I don’t like this package, it’s that I need someone to explain to me why Adidas continually releases basic styles and colors as “collaborations”.
What did Kazuki Kuraishi actually do to personalize these suede Campus’? The reason this sort of thing annoys me so much is that the Adi Originals collabs inevitably end up being limited to a handful of accounts (Consortium), thereby taking a classic archival Adidas style and color and making it inaccessible to most people. I’m all about the chase, but Adidas makes it inconvenient and virtually impossible for most people. There’s only so many sneakers you can see and not be able to get, before you’re over it. The best marketing is someone wearing your shit. Not a blog post.
Slamjam x Asics Gel Lyte III – Nice work with these. Just wish someone would take a chance on a new Asics style already.
Adidas Nizza Dark Blue Suede – The ’09 Porter collab in black nylon with the back zipper was dope. Adidas seems to be scaling down and following up with this Nizza in navy suede with the same zipper on the back. Nothing fancy. I like the shape of this sneaker. Looks nice in suede. The tone of the blue will determine how wearable it is with denim.
Shoes Master Vol. 14 – When we first started in 2002, we used to cut out pics from all the Japanese magazines and arrange them to take into meetings.
Shoes Master is always filled with great photos of the newest styles.
I think this pic alone makes the sneakers 9% more appealing than if I saw them on white background. I like how the pic is telling a story. Not sure who wears suede on the court, but not a big deal? The look is right. These are the nicest Saucony retro’s since the A.R.C. Shadow collab. Not sure why these didn’t come out five years ago, but they look like they would be a nice sneaker for the fall. Grey has been a hot color the last year or two, but I I think the burgundy would be the ones I would take.
I’m picking these because i’m already over this look. The plastic leather, Vans knock-off, plimsole, generic looking sneaker looks too cheap for me.
This will probably be the only BAPE post you’ll see around here. I just like these caps cause they look like they could be for a real minor league team with an ill logo.
While thinking about content for the new blog, I considered posting new sneaker releases. I thought to myself…..there are plenty of sneaker/streetwear blogs providing that service and doing a good enough job at it. People aren’t going to check out Classic Kicks blog to see the newest in the sneaker world when they already visit hypebeast, highsnobiety, nicekicks and mashkulture on an hourly basis. Those sites do an amazing job of constantly bringing you the newest photos, info and release dates on all the brands, sneakers and clothing most of us salivate over. My only problem with those sites is that it’s all copy and paste for the most part. The only comments about the product are coming from the message boards and as we know, those things always seem to end up in some e-thug disputes over nothing.
Then I thought about a conversation I had earlier this Summer with our good friend, Rob Burger. Rob’s a friend who is also a great Classic Kicks customer, but I don’t recall him coming to the shop more than once every year or two (he lives in DC). Rob would call and ask us to just send him a couple pairs in his size, when he needed them. He left it to US to pick the sneakers out for him. Obviously, he’s a different type of shopper than our usual customer, but he’s busy taking care of his family and making that cheddar. He appreciates and loves sneakers, but just doesn’t have the time to research, compare, and stand in line and all that stuff that us hardcore “heads” know about.
The best part about this little story is that (according to Rob), whenever he wore a pair of his Classic Kicks, someone would inevitably stop him and ask that proverbial question, “Where’d you get those?”. There wasn’t one pair of Classic Kicks he owned that he hadn’t been stopped and complimented on by friends, colleagues or complete strangers…
To take this story just a little further… Since we closed the shop, I’ve spoken to several friends/customers that have said, “Since you closed the shop, I don’t know what to buy anymore”, or “I bought a pair of sneakers I thought were cool at so-and-so’s shop and I dont’ know what I was thinking. I can’t wear them.”
Now I know the “sneakerhead” customer. I’m one of them. That’s why I opened Classic Kicks. We research and know what we want and go out and get it. I’m not ignoring you, but we’re also providing this service for the causal sneaker shopper looking for an expert opinion.
With this new feature, I will pick a few pairs of sneakers each day that have recently appeared on the blogs and give my opinions on what makes them hot and relevant, and something you might wanna look out for. If there’s nothing good that’s surfaced, we may pick a sneaker to just rip apart, but that’s not the focus. It’s always easier to hate on something than to endorse it. We are trying to continue to help the Classic Kicks customer make better, educated decisions. We hope it’s useful.
We’ll provide links to the source so you can get your release date info and all that, but we’re gonna try to add some insight on sneaker current news.
Have fun with it and feel free to comment.