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18 Feb '14

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXXIV

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Aloha all,
Glad to see the world survived the Tiff SB and Yeezy 2 madness... lol. I cringe at the thought of how enormous of an affect sneakers like these have on the world... Universe, please have mercy on mankind! haha!
Anyhow, very interesting interview this week! ...I'm sure the majority of you sneaker enthusiasts have came across Sneaker Gas Masks at some point, while sifting through the world wide web for pictures of your favorite sneakers. Great news; This OSNT blog post features the genius behind the whole operation! Check the interview below to learn what goes on in the mind of Gary Lockwood, a.k.a. Freehand Profit, who has been blessing Sneaker Culture with his art and innovation. As someone who partakes in attempting to customize sneakers, I most definitely have a deep respect for brother Gary; his attention to detail and endless creativity is more than a rarity! Enjoy!
 
Nike SB Blazer Premium SE - Light Ore - Wood Brown
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There once was a time when I had such a strong love for Blazers... I really miss that. I think it's fun for myself (personally) to go through my sneaker collection and reminisce of all the different phases I've been through as a sneaker lover. These Blazers right here remind me of those days...
 
Nike KD 6 "Liger"
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KD's are all starting to look the same to me...
 
Nike Zoom Sonic Flight - Black - Red
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I've always loved these as a youngster, but it was always that one shoe I admired through the window... Don't really know why I never picked one up, but maybe I can finally find a nook in my closet for these.
 
Nike Free Flyknit 2
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I'm digging all the new Flyknit stuff, but the rate they're debuting new silhouettes is too fast... I feel like I haven't had enough time to appreciate the last Flyknit runner that dropped...
 
Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High "Rival Pack"
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Here come the two-packs again... I'll be honest and say I was never really a fan of the canvas-bodied AJKO's. I will more than likely pass on these, but I think the inspiration is pretty cool; UNC Tarheels and Georgetown Hoyas in the 80's... Such an epic rivalry.
 
Air Jordan 11 Low GS "Aqua Safari"
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...Might as well been a TJ. Gah.
 
Air Jordan 4 Laser PE
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Happy belated, MJ! ...Now, can I have these?! LOL. In all seriousness though, take a second to realize what Jordan has done for the world... I hope the amount on his checks are just as rare as these PE's that Jordan Brand gave him for his birthday...
 
Saucony Grid 9000
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My first glance at these felt like a slap to the face! ..These are fire.
 
adidas Originals EQT Running Support "Oddity"
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adidas Running Program has been doing a great job as of late. I really dig their weird color ways that seem to work so well. I haven't bought any adidas in a long while, but I think I'm gonna need to give these a go!
 
Asics Gel Saga "Koi"
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Sagas aren't my favorite, but these are kinda interesting... I've been noticing their color ways are starting to look similar though...
 
Vans Half Cab Pro "Blackout"
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Half Cabs have always been really good to me. All black is usually a bit too strong for me, but these I would wear...
 
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: Freehand Profit | Artisan, Innovator, Creative Mind
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Name:
Gary Lockwood
Nickname / AKA:
Freehand Profit
 
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Hometown:
Centerville, VA
My size:
11
My hustle:
Artist / Designer / Illustrator
 
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Air Jordan "Toro IVs" Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
 
My brief background:
I never thought, despite a lifetime as an artist and designer, that I'd become a sculptor. But through a year long daily creative project in 2010 & 2011, I developed a whole new way of thinking. I've long combined my passion for Hip-Hop with my artwork, initially in the standard methods of depiction and documentation - portraits of influential artists, infusing Hip-Hop symbolism or style. However these masks created from the deconstruction of highly coveted sneakers also tap into Hip-Hop's creative process, like a DJ scratching a break beat, a producer sampling a groove or a graffiti artist twisting his letters into unique characters. Both the masks and the photography intertwine to form a much bigger picture, one influenced by artists like Sandy Skoglund, David LaChapelle, Brian Jungen and countless graffiti and street artists as well as the 4 decades of continually evolving Hip-Hop culture. My work explores issues of materialism from the point of view of a repenting sinner, both glorifying the object of desire (the sneaker) as well as sacrificing it on the artistic altar.
 
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Nike Lebron X (10) Cork Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
 
My favorite mask I've created and why:
That's a tough call, most artists would describe it like picking their favorite kid. The Lebron IV Dunkman mask was a major milestone for me, even got it tattooed on my forearm. The new work holds a lot of promise for me, the Toro Bravo Jordan IV Mask is a great example of where I'm going to go from here so that holds a special place for me. The Lebron XI King's Pride mask is noteworthy too, that's one of the best examples of how I'd like the work to come together for the photo shoot.
 
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A Look At Unreleased Masks - FREEHANDPROFIT.com 1/1/2014
 
How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
My love for kicks comes from my love of Hip-Hop. I didn't always have an exciting collection, it was always about having those staple pieces - the all white Uptowns, Timberland boots, Air Maxs, Adidas shelltoes... and then came the Jordans and then the SB Dunks. The mask work really changed the landscape of my collection as I expanded my taste to explore the possibilities that other sneakers held.
 
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A Look At Unreleased Masks - FREEHANDPROFIT.com 1/1/2014
A Look At Unreleased Masks - FREEHANDPROFIT.com 1/1/2014
 
How many pairs I own:
Last count was about 120. To be honest I'm ready to thin the herd.
My Holy Grail:
The "Red Tails" Jordan 5 samples, 5s are my favorite from the Jordan line up and I'm a sucker for a vintage military feel - add in it's inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen and that suede ooOOWweee! Plus I really dig subtle tones with a pop of bright color.
My most despised footwear and why:
Fakes. Maybe that's too easy of an answer but as a creative, biters, fakes and knock-offs just piss me off.
 
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"Bred" Jordan XI (11) Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
 
Currently hunting for:
Chrome 6 Lows.
Amazing sneaker-related story:
Leaving Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family to wait for the release of the Black Cement IIIs, sounds pretty standard but getting that pair to chop up for a mask was a big sacrifice at the time. My family thought I was crazy to go wait overnight for a pair of shoes I was going to "destroy" anyway. Like I said, nothing too out the mill for a "sneakerhead" but in the scheme of things that was a real game changer. Although I had already made more than 10 sneaker masks (even one from a pair of Jordan 1s) - that Black Cement III mask made a big impression on a lot of folks.
 
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Nike SB x Supreme Dunk Gas Mask
 
If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
Guaranteed it'd be a pair of Air Max 90s. I've often been tempted to start collecting AM90s only, right now I'm anxious to UNDS my pair of Atmos "Tiger Stripe Camo" 90s (they're on ice until the photo shoot of the mask).
Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
There's a lot of potential as the sneaker community grows. I hope to see folks looking to innovate instead of chasing trends, both by the brands and by those of us buying and collecting. Of course I'd like to see the swelling of the resale market go down but I learned long ago not to knock the hustle. I want to see more people rocking their kicks and embracing the creases - a lot of kicks look even better broken in.
 
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A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
Fuck wit me! Haha, but seriously - Nike knows what they're doing, they're really on top of their game in my opinion. I'd like to see some different direction of new color ways from Jordan, maybe some interesting materials like what we see from Nike.
 
Asics x BAIT x Freehand Profit - Wolverine Mask
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Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
Big thanks to you guys at Fitted Hawaii and to the homie Curtis from DXC for putting us in contact. And a truly heart felt thank you to all the folks who have come to support me and my work over the past few years. The outpouring of folks who enjoy the masks I make is overwhelming, I count my blessings to be able to do what I love for a living.
 
Galaxy Zoom Rookie Mask by Freehand Profit
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Contact:
Follow me at @freehandprofit on IG/Twitter and on FB at facebook.com/mask365.
How and where you can purchase a mask:
My contact info and information about purchasing my work can be found in the FAQ on freehandprofit.com.
 
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Boba Fett SB Helmet by Freehand Profit
 
A question for Parkz:
Freehand Profit: What shoe do you think would make a dope mask?
Parkz: Damn... Good question! haha! Honestly, I don't think I could think of one particular sneaker that is better than any other; Your work is amazing no matter the shoe! However, I can tell you that I'd very much enjoy to see how you incorporate multiple pairs of sneakers into one single mask. Maybe a Bred 1 + Royal 1 combo? ...A mask of strictly Air Maxes? ...Or even a "What The Mask" mega production? That would be quite interesting and you're definitely the right person to pull it off! Aside all that, we do have some FITTED shoes coming soon that I'm sure would be amazing with your added creativity... *hint* haha! Thanks for the interview homie! Keep killin' the game!
 
Interview by: JJ Parkz
jared@fittedhawaii.com
04 Dec '13

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXVII

OSNT7

Aloha all,
 
I hope all of your Black Fridays were enjoyable! Had a very fun and successful event at FITTED this year so thank you to all those who made it out! Gonna keep it light on the opinions this week, but that definitely does not apply to the interview... At the least, please scroll to the bottom and check brother Nasarok a.k.a. Bainoa and his interesting opinions and stories! I've also decided to start this weeks post off with a few of my favorite photos from the @oldsolenewtricks Instagram that got posted this week. Keep enjoying your holidays, friends!
 
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CNCPTS x Nike SB Dunk High "Ugly Christmas Sweater"
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They weren't kidding... lol. Props for staying true to the CNCPT!
 
Nike Zoom Kobe Venomenon 4
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Never really got into hunting Kobes... Too sporty for me, but they're really comfortable though!
 
Nike Air Max 95 No-Sew
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How many different Air Max versions do they have now?! ...I've lost count.
 
adidas adiZero Primeknit Boost
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Always chasing... I wish that wasn't the case. The photo is a pretty blatant bite too... Bring back more of the classics!
 
Saint Alfred x New Balance 1500
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Tonal. White midsole. Gum bottom. Clean. Seems a little close to some of NB's in-line stuff to be a collaboration though... I dig these, but I also like to see a bit more creativity with projects at the same time.
 
Sole Collector x Nike Air Zoom Flight "The Glove"
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Cool, but not amazing... Been a fan of SC since their debut issue in 2003 (which I still own a crispy original copy of, thanks to my brother @nujak_hustla); glad they're still going strong!
 
BAIT x Asics Gel Lyte III "Basics Program"
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These are cool... Will try.
 
Dover Street Market NY x Nike Air Python
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Simple with a fabric hit... I can deal with it. Wish I could attend the grand opening on the 21st!
 
BWGH x Puma R698 "Bluefield"
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Visually feels like a New Balance with all that navy suede... I like em though.
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: Nasarok | Nostalgic Sneaker Activist
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Name:
Kainoa Bielen
Nickname / AKA:
It looks like Bainoa these days but usually Kai or Nasarok.
Hometown:
Boston, MA. 617
 
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Shoe size:
11.5
My hustle:
Restaurant/bar life pays the bills but I hope to own a sneaker related business one day.
 
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How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
I'd have to say 1986 was when i first recall loving a pair of kicks and taking care of them. The 80's was a groundbreaking era. Hiphop was in its early stages and breaking and graffiti was relatively new and exciting. It was all about style and having your own individuality and breaking the mold unlike today. I feel blessed to grow up in Boston/east coast during those years. The rawness of that era to me is unparalleled.

 
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How many pairs I own:
Uggh, many over the years.. From Saucony to Nike, New Balance to Asics, Adidas, Ellesse, Pony, Fila, Kangaroos, Reebok, Puma, Tims, 40belows, Wally Clarks, Frye boots to Durango's. Total maybe 250 over a 20yr span. Back then you beat em all and trash em after or traded/gave them away. I left some in Boston and flew to HI in '03 with only about 6-8 pairs on me. Id say since living here I was floating around 70 pairs until a few yrs ago. I've sold/traded many and donated pairs as well. Now I'm sitting comfortably at +/-40 pairs with very few regrets. I'd rather have a tight collection than a overflowing closet.
Quality > all
 
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My Holy Grail:
I don't believe in grails or at least what they rep today (mega hyped, super limited w/ridiculous resell value) Oh it cost 3k... thats my grail. Thats garbage. There was no ebay or forums back in the day telling you what was dope or how much it was worth and in my opinion, that's what kept it real. A grail should be a personal desire; one you hunted around for and got amped about when you finally found it. As great as the internet is, theres nothing better than finding something on ur own. Paypal'ing your way down a list just seems dry to me. Maybe everyone would be happier if I just said Paris or Pigeons...idk
 
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My most despised footwear and why:
Honestly, anything a girl wears thats looks like it came off the set of 300. This is not Sparta.
Currently hunting for:
SB Sharks, Saucony Pink Devils and NB 1500BGT. Autobahn Nights are the only new release I want at the moment.

 
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Amazing sneaker-related story:
If you ask the youth these days what sneaker company is the most iconic 99.9% would probably say Nike hands down but growing up in Boston in the early eighties, adidas (known in Boston as A-dogs) were a big part of our sneaker culture. With hiphop and bboying on the rise combined with it's overall appeal, adidas fit nicely into our daily footwear of choice as well as being associated with most of our inner city sneaker stores. Sometimes depending on the style/model kids wore, you could get a general idea what area of the city they were from. Wearing Nike in certain sections of Boston sometimes even got you beaten up and/or left walking home shoeless aka "3 stripes or no stripes." The identification with the brand amongst Bostonians was big. Kids threw up three fingers to rep the Bean while simultaneously representing the obvious...three stripes. So next time you see that three finger dap or a Celtics player put up three fingers after a 3 pointer.. yes he scored 3pts, but please believe he is really showing respect to Boston. I don't know if that qualifies as amazing but it's true.
> "So put on your Adidas and step off. I gotta have it!" -ED O.G.
If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
Thats tough. I guess a nice fat tongue/fat heel OG SB. Cushy ankles!
 
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Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
Simple. I just want people to buy kicks they truly want. I hear so many guys getting into runners which is dope, but then follow up with "oh but Asics only." It kind of irks me. There's so many ill kicks out there. If you're gona branch out, why not keep an open mind to all?
A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
It's hard to expect a mega corporation to be a rebel but things like that are what put them on the map in the first place. I think that's where collabs succeed in execution cuz it combines the corp backing with a fresh mind/eye untainted by execs lust for mass appeal.
 
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Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
I'm already ramblin' so to make it short.. all my Boston fam, Laced Boston, Bodega, and anyone else pushing sneaker culture. Props to Kicks/HI, In4, APB, 808, LSDT, Truest and of course you, Ola, Rene, Kaboe and FITTED for always dropping gems while tying in Hawaiian culture simultaneously. Also big props for OSNT keeping heads intune and open to all styles and brands.
Contact:
IG: @noooaah
Soundcloud: http://m.soundcloud.com/nasarok
 
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A question for Parkz:
Kainoa: What first got you involved with Fitted and what upcoming ventures do you have in mind? Oh and you guys always use nice premium materials so I'll be waiting for that Fitted runner collab! lol peace
Parkz: Hmmm... I'll try keep this as simple as possible. lol. Basically, I was fortunate to catch the tail end of the 90's at an age where I could be appreciative of that era/growing culture (I may have not known it then, but I sure do now). Like you mentioned, style and individuality was a lot different back then, and even quite odd to "normal people" here in the islands. I remember always having some kind of burden on my shoulders about being looked at as a unique individual. I graduated from a Hawaiian school, so back then everyone was worried about new slippers and boardshorts while I struggled to keep my new Shelltoes, BK's, Dunks, etc., clean... I was young, irritating, and very persistent about keeping up with the coolest things; you could probably go ask any of the O.G. shopworkers from all the local lifestyle brands and shops out here and they'll tell you how much of a little hypebeast (before the word existed) I was.. HA! Anyhow, I was introduced to FITTED owner, Ola, by the owner of In4mation, Jun Jo, at his New Years house party years and years ago... From there, it was a wrap. I guess I managed to bug Ola and Cuzzo enough for them to finally give me a job! Haha! It was always a dream of mine to work/own a lifestyle boutique. There's a long ways to go, but I guess you can say it's been a dream come true so far. I've now been with the company, my family, for about 8 years now and I have 100% confidence that this business will grow tremendously and bless me with a brighter future.
As for upcoming ventures... We have so many amazing things in store for our future that I couldn't possibly ruin the surprise! On a more general tip though, we will be voyaging across the great Pacific to finally show our line at the Agenda Trade Show in January... Crossing fingers!
Lastly, runners. Crossing fingers on that one too! Haha! I appreciate the interview homie! Big ups!
 
Interview by: JJ Parkz
jared@fittedhawaii.com
27 Nov '13

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXVI

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Aloha all,
Man oh man do I love the Holidays; it couldn't have felt like a longer year! Anyhow, I wish all of you the best of Thanksgivings! Enjoy your friends and family as there is so much more than shoes to appreciate in this life... On another note, I finally gave in and started an @oldsolenewtricks Instagram so make sure to go check it out! Lastly, had the pleasure of adding an interview of the homie Keith Shell who's spending his Thanksgiving in Afghanistan this year. Keith, although you're away from your home and family, I know you'll still have a wonderful Thanksgiving up there big homie! Glad I got to share a little about you from so far away!
 
Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 "Daytona"
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Just cause he can... for fun.
 
New Balance 574 OG Pack
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Original shapes and vintage hues... word.
 
Shoe Gallery x Reebok Classic Leather "Flamingoes at War"
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I can see what they went for with this one, but not quite feeling the shade of pink to be honest... Other than that, the gum sole and earth tones are pretty cool.
 
Air Jordan 5 "Oreo"
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Amidst all the Thanksgiving confusion, don't forget to pick up a pair of these clean black and whites! Big thanks to those who helped me on pairs for my lady and I... you know who you are.
 
Nike Air Force 1 Downtown Hi "Gum"
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A fully gum sneaker?!?! I wanna laugh but this is pretty cool at the same time! hahaha! Too bad it's an AF1 Hi silhouette because I probably would've needed to give the all gum a shot if it were in a dunk or AM1/90...
 
Nike SB Lunar One Shot
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The shoe looks great! Nike also claims that this was built to be the most technically purposeful skate shoe to date... Only problem for me, I don't care for all tonal neons... including Volt. I'm sure the black and whites of these will bang all day!
 
Offspring x Onitsuka Tiger "Camo Pack"
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Onitsuka's are always pretty cool... I'm diggin the mids but still a no cop for me...
 
Nike LeBron 11 "Akron vs. Miami"
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I like that the inspiration of most LeBron's have some sort of ties with his personal history. The 11's definitely flaunt sneaker evolution, but I'm feeling like it's a bit too early for most folks...
 
Stussy x Nike Trainerendor Low
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Oh man these are fresh! Leave it to Stussy to attack the first project with this dope silhouette!
 
Nike Zoom Flight The Glove "Miami Heat"
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I kinda wish the yellow stroke around the Swoosh was a different color, but oh well...
 
Nike Roshe Run Slip-On
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Just when you thought they couldn't push the Roshe Run much further...
 
Frank The Butcher / BAU x Reebok DMX Run
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Cordura ballistic nylon and leather... Nice attention to detail...
 
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: Keith Shell
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Name:
Keith Shell
Nickname / AKA:
Mr_Shellz
Hometown:
Queens, NY
Shoe size:
10.5 - 11.5
My hustle:
US Army for 15 years, currently in Afghanistan
 
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How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
Been into kicks since about 91 stayed away from Jordans for a while growing up because I was a knicks fan. Owned a pair of Ewings before I had Jordans. First pair of Jordans I bought myself with my own money were Flint 13's. It was a wrap after that.
How many pairs I own:
I'd say I own between 150-175 pairs. I have kicks in my storage unit in California, some in storage in Hawaii, some with a homie in Hawaii and a few with my wife in Virgina. I'm into anything NYC themed, especially orange n blue to rep the Knicks and Mets. I love Jordan 4's also... I think I have 10-15 pairs of 4's and 22 pair of foams.
 
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My Holy Grail:
Simple, Galaxy Foams. I'm a Foamhead and that is top of the line for me.
 
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My most despised footwear and why:
YEEZY's. I could really care less for the design, but if I copped at retail, I probably still wouldn't wear them. It's the hype that kills me. I understand the hype on PE's, limited drops, and samples, but Kanye's shoe... nah son
Currently hunting for:
Paranorman foams!!! DB Foams!! DB 1,2,3, Lebron ASG 1,2,3, WTK 7, 8, KD 4 Aunt Pearls, and 6 Supreme. Also, my younger brother graduated from Christ the King High School in NY, so I'm trying to get all the Lebron CTK Collection... I have 3 so far.
Amazing sneaker-related story:
A pretty cool sneaker related story was when I copped my Lebron 4 CTK. I saw it on IG and it was none other then FJ Cruz selling. We emailed for a bit then I told him I'm in Hawaii and am part of ISX. He dropped the price when I told him my brother graduated from there. We met and chopped it up. It was so ironic that from IG I got one of my most sought after kicks from a local homie.
 
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If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
I would rock Dr. Doom foams for the rest of my life. It's a simple foam, black and white, and could match with anything. They don't crease and are hard to scuff. I would shut shit down for the rest of my life with those... I hope they never re release.
 
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Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
I wish that all people who buy and try to resell for more than $50 over retail on any release should be banned from all online groups and stick to craigslist.
A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
NIKE, stop making everything so damn limited.
 
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Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
S/O HSS, ISX, & HSH FB Groups, Lebron Market Place, Team Albania and all the other groups that I buy from. S/O the Homies Brian Kajiyama, Ronald Cahubut, Erick Reichard, Desean Whitehurst, Anthony Lejocak, and all the other dudes that have hooked me up. Lastly, a huge s/o to the homie Spenser who has my kicks. He's camped, copped online, and picked up by mail, all my kicks since I've been gone that dude has held me down like a brother I owe him big time.
 
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Contact:
IG @mr_shellz
 
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A question for Parkz:
Mr_Shellz: I got less then a year left in Hawaii I need a custom done bad!!!!
Parkz: Haha! We've been talking about that for a while now, huh? I apologize for my procrastination! We'll work on that when you get back!
 
Interview by: JJ Parkz
jared@fittedhawaii.com
20 Nov '13

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXV

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Aloha all,
Been a fun and crazy weekend as the Dunkxchange brought out the heat... Big ups to all the heads that rolled through!
Thank you to all those who participated in my raffle for the custom Air Jordan III "Solars" I did... I've added a few photos of them below in case you missed them. Congrats to @kidd_j on winning these! Also, be sure to check the interview of local sneaker enthusiast and photographer, Jon de Leon! Have a great rest of your week! Peace!
 
Air Jordan III "Solar" JJ Parkz Custom
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BAIT x Saucony Shadow Original "Cruel World"
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BAIT continues to back their super cool idea to support "non-violent constructs," and use fabrics that aren't harmful towards animals... Really diggin' these!
 
Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 Daytona
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Awwwsetttt... Neapolitan for dat azzzzz...
 
Band of Outsiders x Vans Authentic
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I love mis-matched pairs! Please do more!
 
Nike Air Max 93+ Air Huarache "Teal Pack" Size? Exclusive
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These guys are pretty solid about steadily releasing good color ways in decent silhouettes. I respect.
 
Nike WMNS Dunk Super Sky Hi - Black
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For all those ladies lovin' them Sky Hi Wedges, why not go 'super?!' Haha
 
Nike Lebron 11 "Dunkman"
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Looks like it could be an Oregon inspired color way... Is it me, or has Nike been capitalizing off their home team lately?!
 
Nike Air Diamond Turf "Purple Dynasty"
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I love colored patents as they're rarely used, and this shoes does a good job of flaunting just enough it to have a pinch of pizzaz.
 
Nike Blazer Mid PRM - Granite - Metallic Silver - White
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I love it all except the chrome-ish Swoosh... Something about Melton Wool that gives me a warm, fuzzy, and clean feeling. The tongue tag is a very nice touch too...
 
Nike SB Dunk Low "Wool"
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Another wool joint... tight.
 
Nike Air Force 1 Low "Brown Canvas"
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I don't care for the tiny gold eyelets below the Swoosh, but the shoes are still clean. Earthy funk.
 
DJ Clark Kent x Nike SB P-Rod 7 Hyperfuse Max
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I don't like the silhouette, but you can't be mad at the signature Clark Kent color way...
 
Nike Snowboarding LunarENDOR QS

I'll admit I put forth a tiny effort to picking up the Jordan Cement III inspired Snow Boots Nike released a while back, although I seldom get a chance to go on a snowboarding trip... Anyway, these are pretty cool but maybe a little over the top. Dope product video...
 
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: Jon de Leon | Enthusigrapher
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Name:
Jonathan de Leon
Nickname / AKA:
Jon de Leon, JdL
Hometown:
Waipahu, Hawaii
Shoe size:
10-11
 
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My hustle:
Sales associate for six years. Slanging tees out of my trunk for two.
How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
It's been an on and off relationship for about eight years now. The past two years has been the best though.
 
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How many pairs I own:
+/- 80 pairs
My Holy Grail:
The highly unattainable for whatever reason, Miami Night Lows. This is the shoe that sparked my interest in shoes again and have been a fan since before the hype. I see the shoe everywhere but the prices are quite high. I'm not trying to buy a DS pair for $1500+ when I know I'm going to beat the hell out of them!
Currently hunting for:
Size 10.5/11 Miami Night Lows for a decent price. :)
 
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My most despised footwear and why:
I wouldn't say I despise any footwear. I'm a true believer of the phrase, "To each his own." I do despise attitudes tho.
If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
It's between some Roshe Runs and AM90's. If it's a pair to wear for the rest of my life, comfort > hype
 
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Amazing sneaker-related story:
I was with the homies AJ (@ajizzalot) and Patrick (@seven7wenty) were meeting up Bigg Quan to sell a shirt or some shoes or something. We were talking story and just as usual, we ask Quan if he's selling more shoes. He says that he's about to sell a whole lot on HSS and asks us if we wanna see it. We say yeah and next thing we know, he takes out 26 pairs and laid it on the stairs next to his apartment, snaps a picture of everything in front of and us and tells us that if we want everything, we can buy everything right then and there for $600. We look at each other, start counting our money, and notice we were short (keeping in mind it's about midnight and we didn't have plans to go out anywhere anyway). We tell him that we will be back the next day and we scoop everything up. We bring it back to my house and we take the picture and look at all the shoes. We try to find a way to figure out who is getting what so the three of us pulled numbers and we all got to pick our shoes in that order. We each walked away with 6-7 pairs for a steal price.
 
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Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
I know it will never happen, but I always think of how it would be like without any hype. Looking at all these highly anticipated shoes, I think of how crazy people can be when it comes to rare and limited sneakers. People are willing to drop racks on shoes because it's a bit more limited than others? If companies just spent a bit more money to produce more sneakers, people would be buying from the company instead of resellers and the profits would go into the company instead of other people. But if everyone has access to the same shoes, individuality will supposedly die and you'll see everyone rocking the same kicks.
 
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A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
I don't mean to single a certain company out but I remember a Nike tweet mentioning that they had a commitment to fairness. If you want to be fair, you need to get rid of the bots. How? Captcha codes. You also want to be fair? Shoes drop online at 8am EST. That's 2am or 3am here. I don't like waking up at 1:55 to buy shoes but I do it anyway. Thanks.
 
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Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
Shoutout to the Man above for everything. Thanks to JJ Parkz for the opportunity of an interview! Shout out to the HSSBU Elites for keeping it real. Also, the #SniperSix photography team, the Elite Photographers team (@ElitePhotographers on IG), HSS, SGHI, HSH. Shout out to the homies in the mainland of Chill Back N Kick It! Special thanks to Juan of Aloha Hype (@alohahype on IG) and Tasha (@LoveTasha on IG). Always appreciate your support for my tees! And of course, my wonderful girlfriend, Brittney, for always supporting my habits, hobbies, and addictions. Thank you all for your undying support and love!
Contact:
FB: Jonathan de Leon
Email: jonathanmdeleon@gmail.com
IG: @XKLSV
A question for Parkz:
JdL: With you selecting people to interview, when are you going to grace us with an interview of yourself? I'm sure others would also appreciate to hear some of your answers to these questions as well!
Parkz: Oh man... I always dreaded this question popping up... haha! I often tend to be a bit shy/quiet about myself; I enjoy the beauty and romance of mystery. Ask AlohaHype how I feel about interviews and he'll tell you... LOL. All silliness aside though, I'm sure it's bound to happen some day... Thanks for sharing your story, Jon! It was fun! Peace!
 
Interview by: JJ Parkz
jared@fittedhawaii.com
06 Nov '13

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXIII

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Aloha all,
Well... It's seems like this is my 23rd Old Sole, New Tricks post... It's hard to believe I've had the blessing of interviewing so many interesting people and friends within the sneaker community. It's been fun so far and I can't wait for the interviews ahead! With that being said, I've had the pleasure of interviewing another friend of mine this week, who continues to do big things for not only the Sneaker World, but for urban culture as well... Please make sure to catch my walaʻau session with Curtis "Dirty Curty" Brown of the DXC (Dunkxchange) internationally traveling sneaker and entertainment show below!
 
Also, in case you've missed the previous DXC events out here in Hawaii, here's the flyer for the next one coming up on the 17th... This one is going to be HUGE!
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Air Jordan VI "Thief's Theme" Custom by Parkz
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Just finished a #parkzcustoms for a buddy of mine... Thought it'd be appropriate to post this week, due to it being OSNT Volume 23. What do you guys think?
 
Air Jordan 1 AJKO - 2014 Retro
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Why do I feel like JB retro's AJKO's every year?! Classic shoe, nevertheless...
 
Air Jordan 6 GS "Infrared"
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My lady is gonna be quite happy about these releasing in Grade School sizes...
 
Jordan 6 Rings "Elephant" - Black - Orange - Navy
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Never cared for 6 Rings... For those who do, here's the next!
 
Nike Doernbecher 2013 Collection
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New collection of Doernbecher's coming up! Like majority of you, my favorites are the Jordan X's and Foams...
 
Nike Air Max 1 "Night Run" - Summit White - Black - Volt
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All these "new-aged" looking runners are starting to burrow quite a niche in the sneakerworld these days... Nonetheless, I always enjoy evolution.
 
Nike NSW Free Trainer 5.0 - Grey - Pink
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I like things that are different... Not too fancy, not too boring. Might need a pair of these for the closet...
 
Nike Air Max 90 SneakerBoot NS - Royal Blue - Black
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Seems like they're pushing these SneakerBoots pretty hard... Speckle love with a 3M flare... tight.
 
Pendleton x NIKEiD Collection
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Been a big fan of Pendleton for a long time now and glad to finally see Nike working with them steadily now...
 
BEAMS x Nike Blazer Mid VNTG
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Another BEAMS quickstrike? ...Was lucky enough to receive a pair of their last Nike Air Maxes so I think I'm cool on these.
 
Packer Shoes x Saucony Hangtime "Snake"
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Another upcoming sneaker collaboration with Packer Shoes... Teaser looks dope. Can't wait to see the whole project!
 
DQM x Vans "Herringbone Twill" Pack
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Loving the 'distressed' look here... The premium laces are a really nice addition as well.
 
WHIZ LIMITED x mita sneakers x New Balance MRT580
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Star-shaped perforations and premium leather with a contrasting stitch?! Word.
 
Converse Aero Jam
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I guess it's never too late to join the party, right? Old school hoop sneakers are the shizz...
 
Asics GT-II - Navy - Grey - Red
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Please please pleeease keep the pebble leather as a constant, Asics!!! These are too clean!
 
Asics Gel Lyte III - Maroon - Blue
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Another favorite of mine from Asics new line of Gels...
 
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: Curtis Brown | International Sneaker Ambassador, Organizer of Cool, Oil to the Machine
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Name:
Curtis Brown
Nickname / AKA:
Dirty Curty but my brothers call me Curt.
Shoe size:
12.5
My hustle:
I am Co Owner of the DXC (Dunkxchange), one of the creators of the new lifestyle event Park and Wreck, and Co Founder of Rushmore Trading Co.
 
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About DXC:
The DXC was founded in 2005 as a function to help eliminate the fakes around the marketplace. It was a way for the consumer to see the product in person and take part in a live buy, trade, and sell environment. Essentially it was a live EBAY/Niketalk/ISS for all the OG heads that read this. We started in Brea, CA in a little spot called Bar 330. Really, it was never intended to set the standard for the buy, trade, and sell industry and we never expected to have so many people come. We felt it was going to be a local thing and let our friends and fellow shoe people get together to have a safe place to do business.
The next DXC Hawaii Event is Nov 17th at the Blaisdell Expo Hall (More information at the top)
 
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How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
I can't call it an affair because everyone has known about my love for kicks. It all started in about 5th grade when I got my first pairs of jordans. I couldn't sleep the night before school because I was so excited to wear em.
How many pairs I own:
At one point, over 500. Through theft and selling some of them, I'm down to about 300 or a little more.
My Holy Grail:
Hmmmmm... Has to be the Jordan 11. I think that is about 75% of the worlds favorite sneaker, but I have my own reasons. Growing up, I would go home from school and watch WGN, the local Chicago station back in the day. They broadcasted all the Bulls games and I was able to see all the Jordans. I dont even think it is around anymore, and if it is, it's no longer broadcasted around the country. I remember one day I caught wind of the Jordan 11 Concords. I think I saw them in a magazine and I was in love. I showed my mom and she laughed and said there's no way she'd get them for me because patten leather cracks. I made sure that I defied her by doing all the research I could and called all the nike stores around to line up my pair. I pretty much did a report for my mom showing her they wouldn't crack and why I really needed them. That was the most effort I have done on anything up to that point. It was pure dedication and it was all because that shoe was, and still is my favorite.
My most despised footwear and why:
Hmmm... I dont like those shoes that look like you have just a sock on and it has toes on them. I really think they are ugly and pointless. Just rock it natural if you want to do something like that.
 
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Currently hunting for:
1st series SBs in a 12 or 13 and that is all.
If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
I would probably choose the Koston 1s. I live in them and wear them everyplace I go. I rocked my all black ones in a wedding and wear them to all the events; You name it, I have been to it in the Kostons. They are just super clean, simple, and comfortable. Something so comfortable and dope looking doesn't usually work, but I think Nike got it perfect on that one.
 
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Amazing sneaker-related story:
I coach High school basketball. I have had the privilege of working with kids for the past 10 years plus. Every so often you come across someone in need and who cant afford sneakers. Because of the position I am in, I have been able to become friends with people at various brands. About a year ago I was up on the Nike Campus and I was talking with a couple of my friends in the basketball department. My coaching came up and we starting to talk about kids who can play but come from a harder background than most. At that time I had a kid on my team who had no support from home, but was a great kid. He was super smart and well behaved, but he was playing in running shoes with no grip. I brought that up to the Nike guys and they gave me some sample basketball shoes in his size, along with a few pairs of elite socks so he could have something to play in. It was a great experience to know that the Nike guys and I were able to make a kids day.
 
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Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
I really want a change in the way the young kids do things and the way the new people who are not young, do things. The young kids come up with the mentality of making money and following trends. They have no education on what they have on, why it was created, who wore it, and the story behind it. I want the young kids to know what and why they are buying things and to buy them for the love and not money. When the DXC started, things were so different. With the older cats, its only about the love. The new guys who are over 25 or 30 that are getting into sneakers now are doing it for the dollars. I get bothered by that because it takes away the ability for people who actually want them for a reason, to be able to get them.
A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
Please sponsor my events. Thank you.
 
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Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
I feel like I'm Bryant gumble giving my little closing comment on that HBO sports show haha. The culture has taken a huge turn for the worst, all because people who are in control of the shoes have allowed it to happen. If stores would stop selling 30 pairs at a time to people, I think resellers would not be so common and more people could get things they wanted. I hope that the culture starts to regognize it; Not just the OGs, but the young kids too. The new guys are the face of our culture now. When the DXC started, most of the kids who attend the events were about 6 or 7 years old they knew nohting about what we did back in the day. Also, I still feel they dont know the true meaning of a sneaker head. I just hope things change for the better and as a group of people who are dedicated to this culture, we can start to change things up a little.
I wouldnt be able to say any of this if it wasnt for the first years of the DXC; The people who truly made this happen. Gary, my business partner, for one and all the heads who started with us. Jeff from Rif, Rodney, White Chris, the Twins, Robert from ISS, Charles from Hater Kicks, Frank from the old brand Feetus, and all the others I can't name. It has been one hell of a ride and has taken me places I have never dreamed of going... Sneakers did that. Its really amazing to think that, and I am blessed to have a lot of people I call friends because of what I put on my feet.
 
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Contact:
IG: @dunkxchange @parkandwreck @rushmoretradingco
Twitter: @dunkxchange @parkandwreckfest @rushmoretradingco
FB: dunkxchange, parkandwreckfest and rushmoretradingco
E-mail: curtis@dunkxchange.com
A question for Parkz:
Curtis: Make sure this is spell checked LOL
Parkz: Got you brotha! haha!
 
Interview by: JJ Parkz
jared@fittedhawaii.com

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