18 Dec '13
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXIX
...It's been a lot busier week than I expected! Hope all of you are enjoying your holidays! A lot of good sneakers surfacing just in time for Christmas... My wallet has been taking a beating! Shouts to all those who scooped products from our Holiday Delivery One and Two releases; I hope you guys enjoyed it! Also, the @oldsolenewtricks IG has been getting a lot of love lately, so thank you to those who follow that as well! Feel free to IG message me any sneaker photos and they may possibly go up!
Anyhow, gonna open this weeks blog with my first ever Asics custom I had the pleasure of doing for one of my best friends, DJ XXXL from Japan... It was a fun project! I'm keeping this weeks post fairly light so we can all go out and finish our last minute X-mas shopping! Before you leave though, make sure to scroll to the bottom and read brother J DUB's interview! You ain't an OG in the Hawaii sneaker game unless you know this slick buggah right here! Gonna open Cheers homies!
Asics Gel-Lyte III "DJ XXXL" Parkz Custom
Nike Air Foamposite One "Oregon"
Ohhh no... Here we go.
Air Jordan VI "Toro"
Not too into new color ways of retros, but I dig...
Air Jordan XI Low
Umm... maybe, maybe, eek!
Nike KD 6 "Energy"
Lookin pretty nerfish... I still haven't put a KD on til this day...
Puma Future Disc Blaze Lite "New Year's Eve Pack"
Extra Butter x Asics Gel Epirus #DL5 "California Mountain Snake"
I love the Death List concept and I think that's what swayed me to get the first two, even though I was on the fence about them leading up to the drop... These, ehh. They're cool, but if I end up getting a pair, I'm definitely X-ing the piping and cross on the back!
Sneaker Freaker x adidas Originals Torsion Integral S
I've never owned a pair of these, but they look pretty dope... Sneaker Freaker did an awesome job with the color ways too!
8FIVE2 x Vans Syndicate Authentic S + Cab Lite S
Introducing the exclusive 5th A and 5th B Vans Syndicate x 8FIVE2SHOP shoes; AUTHENTIC ’S’ and CAB LITE ’S' from Flow Points-Jordan Mayfield on Vimeo.
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: J DUB | Triple OH sneaker GEEnius, X-Niketown Honolulu Employee
Jason K. Wahineokai
Nickname / AKA:
Depending on your definition of "hometown", born in Rome, New York, raised in Kahalu'u O'ahu and graduated in Tokyo, Japan.
How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
How many pairs I own:
My Holy Grail:
Original J Rod (reasonably priced), I come upon good prices for small sizes never my own.
My most despised footwear and why:
If you know me, you know I'm a diehard Nike fan. If you like something else, that's cool. It's just not my style.
Currently hunting for:
Right now just trying to get thru the holidays. After that, we'll see...
Amazing sneaker-related story:
The story I have isn't amazing but amazingly painful. It was when we were closing Niketown. I had to de-brand everything (destroy anything branded with a swoosh). It was like killing a family member. Saddest day of my professional career.
If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
it all depends on how I'm feeling at any given moment. If it were a J it would be between the 1,3,4,11,12,13,14. If not a J then either Air Kukini or Air Rift.
Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
I would love to see the quality go back up but as long as kids are willing to pay 3x retail for used/dirty shoes, Nike is going to capitalize on it and not worry about the quality and keep raising prices.
A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
I would like the swoosh to come back to Hawaii. I miss my old job!!!
Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
Mahalo to Mr. Parkz for the interview and a big Aloha to all in the game without greed and looking out for others.
A question for Parkz:
J DUB: Being that you've been in the game for a while, what bothers you the most about how things have changed?
Parkz: Well to be honest, I used to gripe about all the negative things dealing with how times have changed... I was just telling you the other day that I really miss how times were when I used to visit you at Niketown Honolulu almost a decade ago. Being engaged in this blog and reaching out to respectable individuals and friends such as yourself has helped me to not only reminisce about those good ol' days, but also help me accept the changes within the sneaker community. Now days I like to look at the changes in a positive way; sneaker love has escalated into something unimaginable. At any given moment you may see something epic just cruising down the streets on the feet of a stranger. A few minority of "collectors" tightened their game or got forced into digging for things that were unobtainable by the general public, which in return, produced amazing collections. There's so many good drops these days that it's nearly impossible to get everything one wishes for... On the opposite side of thinking this is a bad thing, it actually creates individuality by forcing kids to choose what they really care for (i.e. one may stick to "runners" or maybe strictly Jordans). Individuality is key to sticking it out through these present sneaker days... Being able to plan my financials according to my "pick-up priority list" and drop dates has allowed me to let go of sneakers that I may have wanted, but missed... That's a positive. I've learned that for every shoe I've missed, I'll want another new release within a couple days or so anyway! Haha! Also, retros have made a huge resurgence, thus allowing younger generations to relive the same feelings OG's got when they first laced up that specific pair for the first time... Positive. We all just gotta realize and appreciate that there could've very well been no sneaker culture at all in this world... Then what would all of you have done?! lol... In the end, there will always be quarrels with something going on with the sneaker world, whether it be because kids snag pairs for resell, or Nike is retroing too many classic sneakers... That's just the game... and I'm just having fun with it. Cheers old friend!
Interview by: JJ Parkz