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Nike Blazer Mid Premium Vintage “Safari” Collection

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Nike aren’t hiding the fact they are bringing trying to bring the Blazer back. I know they never really went away but when was the last time you bought a pair? Exactly because the All Saints wearing trendy ‘lad’ got hold of them but now they have Huaraches to buy in every colour way and shuffle all the way to Marbs!!!!, it just maybe time to invest in a Blazer or two. Here Nike presents three new looks that draw inspiration from the wild with the forthcoming Blazer Mid Premium Vintage ”Safari” collection. Each pair features a vulcanized sole and draws elements from the safari to create a distinctive, themed aesthetic. One pair represents a leopard, blending a full-grain black leather upper with a leopard print, pony-hair Swoosh, heel tab, and tongue. Another, inspired by the snake, features a mahogany, nubuck upper and snake-inspired accents on the Swoosh and heel. The last (pictured first in the gallery) pair ties the collection together, illustrating the entangled environment of the jungle itself. Covered in a camouflage underlay, it features green TPU overlays, meant to resemble vines. The new Blazer “Safari” collection is available now HERE

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10 Of The Most Stupidly Expensive Sneakers Ever …ok maybe 9!!

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Your friends and family who just don’t get the shoe game are shocked when you tell them you shelled out £200 for a pair of sneaks – but you know that ain’t nothin’. So next time they give you wise cracks, give ‘em this list – we’ve compiled ten of the most stupidly expensive sneakers ever. (or sneaker freaker have)

Now, there’s never really such a thing as a stupid sneaker purchase if you really want it, love it when you get it, and don’t live to regret it, but we just wanna shine a light on some wacky sales from the last few years, from sample Js, to bejewelled ball boots to signed feet pieces of history. It ain’t a countdown, because we consider these models expensive for different reasons – in fact, there might even be a pair you can snare right now with the paper in your pocket…

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AIR JORDAN 10 & 12 (OVO): $20,000 AND $100,000

Drake and Jordan Brand celebrated the beginning of their partnership by gifting Drizzy and his October’s Very Own crew special Air Jordan 10 and 12 models. Sir Champagne Papi himself took pity on the paupers at the Toronto Raptors’ ‘Drake Night’ extravaganza, handing a pair of pearly OVO Air Jordan 10s to a fella from one side of the stadium and some OVO 12s to a little lady on the other side. Both incredibly grateful super fans decided to cash in on the gesture immediately, putting their rare pairs up on eBay. The 10 sold for 20 stacks, while the 12s headed towards 100 Gs! We’re thinking we might see these be reposted on the Bay soon, surely there were some trolling bidders here none-too-scared about the auction debt collectors. If the sales were real, then having stuff touched by Drake must be magic – pay this guy to christen your baby or MC the Bar Mitzvah!nike-air-yeezy-2-red-october1

AIR YEEZY 2 (RED OCTOBER): $4,500

 

The Nike Air Yeezy 2 ‘Red October’ release is still cloaked in mystery, with celebrity tip-offs and Foot Locker flubs complicating the situation but the end result staying the same. Fortunately, we get the feeling sneakerheads are caring less and less every day, so the fact the Red Yeezys will probably never release is not the tragic proposition it once was. Time heals small wounds. Still, there’s some curious Air Yeezy 2 models on eBay right now. Some are going for small change but one seller is shipping them Buy It Now for four and a half grand. Most of the auctioned shoes look pretty much the same but none of the item descriptions seem particularly feasible – one guy claims to have a full size run because he’s homies with Tyga. So if these were counterfeit then they would surely be the most expensive fake ass sneaks of all time, and even if they were legit somehow, shelling out 45 yards for a pair so rare no one will even believe are real really defeats the purpose of sneakers as social currency. And let’s face it, who spends that kind of money on sneakers unless you wanna show ‘em off, either on your feet or in a glass case.

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NIKE AIR MAG: $37,500

 

The charity auction of 1500 pairs of the Nike Air MAG, a replica of the fictional boot Michael J Fox didn’t lace up (cos they had ‘power laces’) in Back To The Future Part II, made almost $6 million for the Michael J Fox Foundation in 2011 (a donation that was matched by a Google co-founder). With a good cause like that, it’s near impossible to argue any money spent is stupid, but we’re really just trying to draw your attention to a stack of landmark pricey shoes, and this is definitely a watershed moment in racks on racks shoe buying. English rapper Tinie Tempah scored the first Air MAG to be put up to auction, and paid dearly for it too, to the tune of $37,500. It did land the man a pair of very special sneaks though, as well as his name in every newspaper in the flippin’ world. PR stunt? I’m no accountant, but if he deducted the sale as a marketing expense, which will give him a 50% return, and as a charity donation, which will also give him a 50% return – did he just get a free shoe? I’m definitely not an accountant, but Tinie Tempah is definitely not stupid

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DIAMOND ENCRUSTED AIR FORCE 1 SOCAL: $50,000

Small stature rapper Big Boi loves jewellery and he loves sneakers, so he needed to answer the immortal question, if you combine your two great loves will it make something even greater. Is wearing this 11-carat champagne diamond-slathered Air Force 1 better than wearing $49,800 worth of jewellery on your top half and a pair of crispy but not encrusted pair of Ones down low? It’s a dilemma most of us will never have to confront, but Big Boi seemed pretty happy with his decision at the time.

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AIR JORDAN 11 (BLACKOUT) : $11,267

 

This sample J takes the cake as the most expensive out-the-box Jordan ever. When pics first popped up of this in early 2012, sneakerheads went well crazy, and some went even crazier with their wallets – one guy apparently shelled out over 11 large for it. And this all happened when most people assumed it was a sample of a shoe that would release that year… but it didn’t. Could it have gone for even more if we knew it would be a one-of-one? What is it worth now? The closest Jordan Brand has got colour-wise to the Blackout 11 is last year’s Gamma Blue, and judging by the hype around that release and the price tag attached to this sample, we’re pretty confident we’ll see the Blackout one day…

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SF X PUMA (SHARKBAIT): $850-$1300

 

This colab got a lot of people instantly excited, and left many disappointed when they missed out. Initially meant as a friends and family release, we wanted to share the love a bit and put together a really special package to toast to a successful Blaze of Glory colab bring-back. We couldn’t foresee the scope of the madness that would surround these sneaks. It was great that so many people had love for them, but you know what they say, ‘hell hath no fury like a sneakerhead scorned’ and we ended up playing counsellor for a lot upset fans. We would have loved to make a helluva lot more, but you can’t always get what you want. The result of such a hyped small release meant a few of the pairs hit eBay, hovering around the one thousand dollar mark.

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AIR JORDAN 2 (1986 OG): $31,000

 

An original J over 20 years old is definitely a showpiece of any Jordan collection – it’s a slice of history – and though time doesn’t treat them particularly well, there was no way you were gonna play ball in ‘em anyway. A couple of years back, an OG Air Jordan 2 popped up on eBay for a lazy 31 thou, like the OVOs we can’t confirm whether it sold for reals or not (who ever really knows when money changes hands except the people in the sale) but these are worth mentioning because the 2 is far from a fan favourite Jordan and this model aged particularly poorly. The upper may be constructed with rich Italian leather, but the crumby rubber midsole turned to stale bread pretty darn quickly and 28 years later it probably shouldn’t ever be touched or placed in strong(ish) wind. Check the pic, the midsole started off white… Still, it’s history, people, history!

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GOLD-DIPPED NIKE DUNKS: $6000

 

Buy a big pair of Dunks, dip in 24K gold. Sell for $6000. It’s a simple equation, but artist Kenneth Courtney took the plunge on five pairs and showed them off around the world. We’re betting he got a few biters, but the markup probably isn’t as favourable as Nike’s – if that gold is the real deal.

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MICHAEL JORDAN WORN AIR JORDAN 12 (FLU GAME): $104,000

 

While we have our doubts about the OVOs, there’s every reason to believe this sale was legit. In the 1997 Finals, MJ played one of his most fabled games, pushing back the pain of suspected food poisoning to notch 38 points in a brilliant win against the Utah Jazz. After the game, His Airness handed a Jazz ball boy, who had supplied him with apple sauce, his signed Air Jordan 12s – yes, this is weird, but believe it! The ball boy played wise investor for the next 16 years, letting the value of the shoes accrue and then handing them to a luxury auction house for bidding. The auction made global headlines and attracted a winning bid of $104,000.

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SKECHERS SHAPE-UPS: $47.99

 

Some shoes should just be given away as foot protection for people who don’t care about style, that’s about all the Skechers Shape-Ups have going for them. This “sneaker” is like a sports player that tasted a season of incredible glory and then failed the drug test. He then had all his trophies repossessed, along with his couch, kitchen sink and children, was savaged by the media, lost all his friends and now walks the streets in a trench coat, naked underneath, in big sunglasses and an op-shop fedora. ‘Don’t look at me’, he shouts, ‘Don’t look at me!’ The Skechers Shape-ups launched in 2009 and claimed to help you lose weight and tone your butt, legs and abs without you really having to do anything except walk around in them a little bit. They enlisted America’s most trusted and intellectually-respected girl-next-door sweetheart Kim Kardashian in the advertisements, because she had surely developed her completely natural figure through wearing Shape-Ups, and the shoe went gang-busters, showing up on the feet of every mall-walking mother (including mine) in the western world. The jig was up a couple of years later though, as the Federal Trade Commission slapped Skechers with a $40 million fine for deceptive marketing. They still sell the shoe, at a discounted price, but maintain the fat-burning claims, though they have added an asterisk that the benefits aren’t ‘clinically proven’.
Despite the fine, my mother is not phased and still swears by her ‘rocking shoes’, and claims they’re really comfy. Well, sorry Ma but some style is not subjective – they look awful, and they’re an absolute rip-off at anything close to 50 bucks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Store & Tattoo Studio

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For those of you who dont know I am from up North, living now in Newcastle and for most of my working life based in Middlesbrough. I have worked for Triads, Psyche, Van Mildert, Cruise and owned my own streetwear store which are a few of the most well regarded stores within the UK fashion industry and I have always shouted that the North East is busting at the seams with creative people.

Two of them are Andrew Wetherell and Anthony Wilkinson, who I have known for a pretty long time.. Contradictory to the book by Robert Louis Stephenson, that explores both good and evil, life and death and the duality of human nature, in Andrew and Anthony it was a meeting of minds. Life long best friends always sharing a vision and excitement for all things original, different, quirky and out of the ordinary. Which is exactly what hits you once you step through the door. The decor is amazing with vinatge cabinets, stuffed animals and all storts of things that look like they have come from a 60’s hammer horror film set a bit like a Old Curosity Shop…right up my street!

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Then we have the tattoo studio, Anthony is a self taught tattooist with a unique sense of style specialising in intricate dot and line work, taking influence and inspiration from the likes of victorian illustration, old copper plate engravings, vintage and geomectric designs. Rather than allowing you to be impulsive in your design choices, some of which you may come to regret, following a thorough consultation where Anthony will get to know you, your individual tastes and styles, he will design a bespoke piece of art for you that you will still love in years to come.

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Finally you have the clothing side of things Hand picked rare vintage menswear… from work wear, rare military,  denim, outerwear to Americana & Rare sportwear which the likes of Levi’s Edwin, Polo, RRL, Woolrich, Baracuta, Adidas, LL Bean all make an appearance.  Check them out with their details below.

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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, 11-13 Baker Street, Middlesbrough,

http://drjekyllandmrhyde.co.uk   :Tattoo Studio Gallery

http://drjekyllandmrhydeclothing.bigcartel.com/ :Clothing Webstore

https://www.facebook.com/DrJekyllAndMrHydeClothing :Facebook

Oliver People’s M-4 Vintage Sunglasses

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Oliver Peoples resurrects the M-4, one of the brand’s original designs that helped launched the brand back in the 1980s. Today, Oliver Peoples is bringing back the M-4 and is handcrafted in Japan just like the original and is detailed with an intricate filigree which wraps around the M-4’s vintage glass lenses. Rocking out at about £350 from OP website

Adidas Originals Tech Super

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Adidas Originals are fighting back to Nike’s dominance in the sneaker stakes at the moment with a delve into their huge archive and pulling out the Tech Super. This extensive collection features six colorways of the the shoe originally designed as a training shoe for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. This 2013 release features the original structure of mesh, nubuck and leather construction with colourways you’d expect from the early 90′s. Available in January, which is beginning to be an expensive month for me!!!

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Steve Van Doren Interview

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i-D Magazine has conducted and amazing interview with Steve Van Doren son of one half of the founders of VANS…..check it out below

With roots in old school, skate-culture California, Vans create timeless shoes. You’d find it hard not to find a pair of Authentics in any street-wise teen or twenty-something’s shoebox.

Started up in ’66 by the Van Doren brothers, Paul and James, as a down-town California quality casual shoe shop, Vans has gone through the motions to become an i-Conic household name with surfer dudes, skater kids and fashionistas alike handing over their P’s to get their hands on a pair of slip-ons, mid-cuts or high-tops, but forever and always Vans are Grounded in Boards and Bikes.

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Steve Van Doren, son of Paul was there to watch from the sidelines as the likes of Dogtown legends Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta skated in and out of the shop, as Sean Penn sent the sneakers viral after Fast Times at Ridgemont High and has been the brains behind the brand for the last 30 years, coining its counter-culture slogan ‘Off The Wall’. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Vans Half-Cab and Mr Van D is proud to present in collaboration with skater boy Steve Caballero, a new Anniversary Half Cab colourway each month of 2012. To top off the year, after a few stints here in the 90’s, the Vans Warped Tour is coming back to England this November, and is all set to see the do-it-yourself generation singing, skating and extreme sporting.

i-D online talk boarders, BMXer’s and California coastal cool with Steve Van Doren.

Have the majority of Vans shoes been designed with sports in mind or for everyday streetwear? Up till the mid 1970s our shoes were designed for everyday wear. Skateboarders wore our shoes because they lasted longer and gripped their skateboards better because of our special waffle bottom outsole.

The Vans brand over the years has become internationally loved. How do you believe Vans forged that connection with worldwide consumers? Time and Passion. You don’t make good wine overnight and you don’t make a great brand overnight either. My father, Paul, and his two partners, Jim Van Doren and Gordon Lee, put in years of passion towards making great shoes. Last decade, we were acquired by VF Corporation. They have injected us with many resources – greater global distribution, more quality designers and staff that have helped us grow Vans by geographically going where we’ve never been before.

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Would you say a great deal of the brand’s success came from Sean Penn wearing a pair of checkered slip-ons in the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High? I was 10 years old when my Dad started Vans in 1966. When Fast Times came out I was in my 20s and I had never seen so much excitement worldwide for our brand. Spicoli was a teenage icon: the cool teenage surfer dude and Vans fit him to a tee!

When did the Vans brand realize it had gained a following of skateboarders and why do you believe that was? We realized it in the mid 70’s. This was the time of the Dogtown skate legends. The local skaters would come into our Vans stores and buy our classic deck shoes. The skaters and surfers adopted us really. My father wasn’t much on advertising back in the day so we relied on our product and word-of-mouth.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? I look at feet all the time and teens everywhere. It was easy years ago when we had our own factories here in California. I could see thousand of ideas and if I liked something I would just make a sample. It goes all the way back before the checkerboard shoe was created. I saw many kids coloring their Vans’ white rubber around the shoes with a checkerboard pattern. So I went and printed the rubber with checkerboard on them and began offering this for custom-made shoes.

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Has it been hard to design a versatile shoe that can withstand sports like skateboarding but also work for day to day use? No, not really. We’re not a running shoe company where you pound a shoe for 6 miles. My father and his partners were in the shoe business for 20 years before starting Vans and knew how important fit was.

What collection or specific shoe are you most proud of? And what are you most likely to be seen in? I am most proud that the original 1966 Vans Style #44 has lasted 46 years and is still our #1 selling-style today as the Authentic. I was always a Slip-on guy and 95% of the time I wear our Slip-ons. I also am as proud of our Vault line as they are pricy, but people all over the planet love Vans and want to purchase them in premium materials.

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Adidas Originals x Wood Wood Gazelle

 

Now this is exciting me, even though its womens… In 2005 Wood Wood were invited by adidas to join the exclusive club known as the Consortium, and have enjoyed a special relationship with the German brand ever since. With several projects resulting from the partnership, this time sees the two camps rework the iconic Gazelle. What is really unique about this project is that is the first from the pair that is exclusively for women. The Wood Wood Gazelle Vintage is a part of Adidas Consortium Women’s Collection, which will release early December alongside a Sneakersnstuff ZX750 and an Adidas Basket Profi.