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21 May '14

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XLIII

OSNT43

 
Aloha all,
So recently, I've been getting asked how or where I hunt for sneakers online... Being that the market is quite crazy for buying sneakers here locally, I've somewhat fell into conditioning myself into becoming an online deal hunter, and have learned to let really good sneakers go due to them somehow getting caught in the crosshairs of hype (making them ridiculously hard to get). On the other side of all that, because certain pairs fall into the grimelight, it leaves many underrated pairs sitting comfortably for me to scoop up! It's a shame that appreciative connoisseurs have to battle for what they love these days, only to often lose to some lucky, spoiled or blinded "cool guy." Anyhow, for today's OSNT post, I've comprised a quick and humble list of a few deals I would go for... All sneakers listed below are accompanied by a link or two to the site you can still find them at retail price or lower. I've also spent a quick second to add a few for the ladies... I hope my choices aren't too biased for your liking as I consciously made an effort to skip the hyped crap... Enjoy.
 
Nike N7 Free Forward Moc 2
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website: http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/n7-free-forward-moc-2-shoe/pid-1055000
 
Nike Flyknit Racer Turq/Green/Black
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website: http://www.runningwarehouse.com/Nike_Flyknit_Racer/descpageMRS-NFNR9.html
 
Nike Flyknit Racer White/Volt/Black
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website: http://www.runningwarehouse.com/Nike_Flyknit_Racer/descpageMRS-NFNRX.html
 
Nike Air Footscape Woven Motion
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website: http://shop.bdgastore.com/products/air-footscape-woven-motion-1
website: http://www.ubiqlife.com/air-footscape-woven-motion-dark-base-grey-102265.html
 
Nike Air Max Triax '94
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website: http://www.sneakersnstuff.com/en/product/14209/nike-air-max-triax-94
 
Nike Air Max Triax '94
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website: http://www.sneakersnstuff.com/en/product/14772/nike-air-max-triax-94
 
Nike Lunar Presto
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website: http://www.footlocker.com/product/model:207107/sku:79915060/nike-lunar-presto-mens/black/grey/?cm=GLOBAL%20SEARCH%3A%20KEYWORD%20SEARCH
 
Nike Air Max 98 "White/Team Orange"
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website: http://exit-36.com/collections/mens-nike/products/nike-air-max-98-white-team-orange
website: http://www.endclothing.com/brands/nike-air-max/nike-air-max-98.html
 
Nike Air Max Span TXT
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website: http://www.sneakersnstuff.com/en/product/14154/nike-air-max-span-txt
 
Nike Footscape Desert Chukka Woven "Wheat"
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website: http://sneakerfiend.bigcartel.com/product/nike-air-footscape-desert-chukka-woven-wheat
 
Nike Air Max 90 Lunar C3.0 - Infrared
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website: http://packershoes.com/collections/nike/products/941-nike-air-max-lunar-90-c3-0
 
Nike Lunarfly 306 (Laser Crimson/Black-White)
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website: http://shop.cncpts.com/products/nike-lunarfly-306-laser-crimson-black-white
 
Nike Free Inneva Woven (Mine Grey/Laser Orange)
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website: http://shop.cncpts.com/products/nike-free-inneva-woven-mine-grey-laser-orange
 
Nike SB Dunk High Pro "J Pack - Royal"
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website: http://www.thepremierstore.com/product_detail.cfm?CatID=8&PID=23128
 
Nike SB Dunk Low Pro "J Pack - Bred"
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website: http://www.thepremierstore.com/product_detail.cfm?CatID=8&PID=23127
 
Nike Air Max 93 Size? Exclusive
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website: http://www.size.co.uk/product/nike-air-max-93---size--exclusive/018459/
 
Nike Air Max 1 OG
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website: http://www.sneakersnstuff.com/en/product/10825/nike-air-max-1-og
 
Nike Air Footscape Motion
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website: http://www.ubiqlife.com/air-footscape-motion-black-99214.html
 
Nike Wmns Internalationalist
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website: http://www.sneakersnstuff.com/en/product/14928/reebok-pump-running-dual-vintage
 
Nike Wmns Air Huarache
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website: http://www.sneakersnstuff.com/en/product/14962/adidas-equipment-running-support
 
Nike Wmns Air Max Thea
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website: http://shop.bdgastore.com/products/wmns-air-max-thea-2
 
Nike Wmns Dunk Sky Hi Wedge
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website: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nike-dunk-sky-hi-wedge-sneaker-women
 
Asics Gel-Lyte III "Grey/Purple"
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website: http://exit-36.com/collections/men-s-asics/products/asics-gel-lyte-iii-grey-purple
website: http://sneakerfiend.bigcartel.com/product/asics-gel-lyte-iii-grey-purple-teal
 
Asics GT-II - White/Soft Grey
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website: http://sneakerpolitics.com/collections/asics/products/asics-gt-ii-white-soft-grey
website: http://www.pys.com/asics-men-gt-ii-white-soft-gray-ash407n-0113-100
 
New Balance M998BT "National Parks"
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website: http://exit-36.com/collections/mens-new-balance/products/new-balance-m998bt-national-parks
website: http://sneakerfiend.bigcartel.com/product/new-balance-998-white-red-blue
 
New Balance M997NV - Navy
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website: http://packershoes.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/new-balance-997-navy-m997nv
website: http://shop.kithnyc.com/products/new-balance-m997-navy-white
 
New Balance M997GY (Grey/White)
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website: http://shop.cncpts.com/products/new-balance-m997gy-grey-white
 
New Balance M996 Made in USA
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website: http://www.pys.com/new-balance-m996-made-in-usa-nbm996-100
 
New Balance x The Tannery US574M1 "Marathon"
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website: http://shop.cncpts.com/products/new-balance-x-the-tannery-us574m1-marathon-brown-black
 
New Balance x J.Crew M998JS1 "Pebble Blue"
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website: https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/sneakers/PRDOVR~95527/95527.jsp?color_name=pebble-blue
 
Clarks Originals Vulco Spear Whipstitch
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website: http://www.endclothing.com/brands/clarks-originals/clarks-originals-vulco-spear-whipstitch-181466.html
 
adidas Equipment Running Support
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website: http://www.sneakersnstuff.com/en/product/14962/adidas-equipment-running-support
 
Saucony Shadow Original (grey/white)
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website: http://www.pys.com/saucony-men-shadow-original-grey-white-7
website: http://www.endclothing.com/brands/saucony/saucony-shadow-original-197425.html
 
Saucony Shadow 6000 (white/gray/navy)
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website: http://www.pys.com/saucony-men-shadow-original-grey-white-7
 
Saucony Shadow 5000 Premium
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website: http://www.size.co.uk/product/saucony-shadow-5000-premium/143895/
website: http://www.ubiqlife.com/shadow-5000-grey-102152.html
 
Saucony Womens Jazz Original
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website: http://www.sneakersnstuff.com/en/product/15041/saucony-jazz-original
 
Visvim FBT Corduroy (Olive)
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website: http://shop.cncpts.com/products/visvim-fbt-corduroy-olive
 
Puma CREAM XT2 C Tropicalia (Black)
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wesite: http://www.endclothing.com/brands/puma/puma-cream-xt2-c-tropicalia.html
 
Puma Trinomic R698 OG
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website: http://www.size.co.uk/product/saucony-shadow-5000-premium/143895/
 
Puma Disc Tropicalia Women's
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website: http://www.ubiqlife.com/disc-tropicalia-women-s-white-101852.html
 
Cole Haan Lunargrand Long Wingtip (Foliage/Deco Green)
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website: http://shop.cncpts.com/products/cole-haan-lunargrand-long-wingtip-folige-deco-green
 
Converse x Comme Des Garcons Play Chuck Taylor OX (black)
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website: http://shop.cncpts.com/products/converse-x-comme-des-garcons-play-chuck-taylor-ox-black
 
Converse x Comme Des Garcons Play Chuck Taylor High
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website: https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shoes/sneakers/PRDOVR~54488/54488.jsp?color_name=white
 
Converse Jack Purcell Crepe
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website: http://www.size.co.uk/product/converse-jack-purcell-crepe/138361/
 
Gourmet Quadici Lite (Sand/Cyan)
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website: http://shop.cncpts.com/products/gourmet-quadici-lite-sand-cyan
 
Reebok x Garbstore Inferno
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website: http://www.size.co.uk/product/reebok-x-garbstore-inferno/139464/
 
Reebok Pump Running Dual Vintage
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website: http://www.sneakersnstuff.com/en/product/14928/reebok-pump-running-dual-vintage
 
31 Dec '13

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXX NEW YEARS EDITION

OSNT7

WOW, what a year it's been, huh?! ...A lot of amazing releases and exciting drops! I'm sure all of you have quite the handful of new stories and fond memories that followed your 'sneaker hunting' this year. I couldn't possibly comprise a numbered list of my favorite 2013 drops, so I'm going to do this list a bit differently... I thought it'd be fun to categorize my personal favorite pick-ups this year and put it all together. By the way, it's okay if you don't agree... After all, this is my blog, right?! (:
I hope everyone has had as good and growthful year as I have... 2014 is looking upful! Enjoy life my friends!
-@jjparkz
 
TOP 3 OG COLOR WAY AIR JORDANS OF 2013:
Air Jordan Retro I 'Breds'
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Awwwwwman! These right here are my ultimate joints! I see myself in these when I'm 80... If there's any shoe that I could permanently attach to my feet, it'd be these without question. If anyone has extra size 9's for a decent price, I'll take em... all.
 
Air Jordan Retro I 'Royals'
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Who the hell doesn't like Royals?! ...Need I say more? Would've scooped 10+ if these weren't so damn limited!
 
Air Jordan Retro XI 'Breds'
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The feeling of rocking a fresh pair of Bred 11's is quite amazing... The only gripe I have with 11's in general is that they require a tad bit more care than other sneakers. When these dropped this year, I definitely did not hesitate to pick up as many as I could. Glad I was able to lace up the family, including young Banks Boogie who rocks em harder than most! ...Hopefully someone will invent a ridiculously good sealant for taking out the annoying swirly scratches in patent leather; game changer.
 
TOP 3 NON OG COLOR WAY AIR JORDANS OF 2013:
Air Jordan Retro IV 'Toro'
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I'm in love with these... The crispiness of the red synthetic nubuck is life changing (Don't mind my extremeness... lol). Such a solid color way for a non-original. Color looks amazing, they fit well, and surprisingly, I'm not too mad at the quality! Now I just gotta keep the creases out the toe box and I'm straight... Toro IV's for the win.
 
Air Jordan Retro V 'Black Grapes'
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Grape V's are my all time favorite V's so it's natural for me to adore the black version. White version is clean, black version is hard; Gotta have both. Back in '06, the highlight of my year was opening the box to a full case of Grape Retros. I was lucky enough to have gotten through ordering 10 pairs off Eastbay (it was allowed back then) over the phone, then was even more lucky to get 2 more from a local retailer... Shoe hunting was definitely a lot different back then. Needless to say, I still have a few crispy '06's tucked away for a rainy day...
 
Air Jordan Retro V 'Fear Pack'
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I'll start by saying the materials used on these is amazing. The cracked leather adds so much to the shoe without overdoing it. Olive and red always compliment each other... The gradient fade on the midsole was bugging me at first, but I think I'm slowly growing to like it. Speckles, dope; Black netting, dope. Best of the 3 Fears for me. Maybe a clear bottom next time instead of the ice blue though??
 
TOP 3 NIKE FLYKNITS OF 2013:
Nike Flyknit Chukka 'Wolf Grey'
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Definitely my favorite color way of the general release Flyknit Chukka line... One of my favorite color combos is grey, red, and white, so you can obviously see why these appeal to me. Although flyknit are quite busy, these couldn't be cleaner. Not to mention, the comfort, weight, and shape of this shoe is perfect.
 
Nike Flyknit Trainer Multi
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Bright but beautiful, these bad boys can accent the most boring of outfits perfectly. I do love the colors of the flyknit weave, however, I could've done without the blue stripe. The design of the overall shoe is amazing and the screen printed Swoosh is an interesting touch.
 
Nike Free Flyknit Multi
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Such an interestingly different shoe, these intrigued me at first leak... Trying one on for the first time is quite different from slipping your foot in any other sneaker. Comfort while surprisingly sturdy, these definitely feel like a natural part of your body when wearing.
 
TOP 3 NIKE AIR MAX OF 2013:
Atmos x Nike Air Max 90 'Camo Pack' Duck Camo / Infrared
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With Air Max 90 Infrareds as my all time favorite 90, how can I not appreciate these in some way?! They are a bit flashy, but the black suede and Duck Camo additions accent this fine pair of runners quite nicely... I wish I stocked big on these!
 
Beams x Nike Air Max 1 PRM
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What can I say...? Milans are cool... These are better. The color of the premium suede is a perfect tan, while the tonal upper lends itself to the cleanest look possible. The orange outer sole, tongue hit, and lace tips are lightly added to offer some excitement. I haven't laced up my pair yet, but you can bet these will feel good when I do!
 
Nike Air Max 1 Tiger Camo / Snake
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In case you were wondering, these were fairly easy to pick up at Atmos in Tokyo... As my friend who sent these to me explained, these sat for a tiny bit once their opening line died down. Why? ...I don't know. I feel like all the Atmos colabs took a huge turn towards the hype as soon as these caught everyones attention... Anyhow, scooped doubles and wore one a few times. Thanks to my brother out there in JP for holding me down! They're a tad stiff due to the snake fabric, but they seem catch a lot of attention...
 
TOP 3 NIKE CASUAL OF 2013:
Cole Haan Lunargrand Chukka with Nike Lunar Technology
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Since the Lunargrand, Cole Haan's have been my go-to's for any slightly formal attire. The comfort of these are amazing and the contrasting colors are always a nice addition to your outfit. They're a tad more costly than your regular sneakers/shoes, but well worth the price... Premium quality, premium look.
 
Nike Mayfly Woven
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Such a simple shoe, but so many good things to say... First off, I love the comfortability of these. The soft and loose feel of the suede plus the cushiony sole always allow my feet to have a struggle-free day. The weight of these is crazy; They quite possibly weigh less than your favorite pair of beach slippers. When I'm in a rush to start my day, or I just can't decide what sneakers to wear, you can bet I'm walking out the door with these bad boys...
 
Nike Solarsoft Mocassin Floral
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Funny thing about these is that I actually despised the use of floral on them upon first judgement. For some odd reason I decided to give them a go because I've never owned a Solarsoft Moc before... As tacky as the print is, I've realized it matched the silhouette quite nicely and is weirdly interesting enough to set off a casual outfit. "Boogie Boots," I call em...
 
TOP 3 NIKE EXCLUSIVES OF 2013:
Stussy x Nike ACG Trainerendor 'Black'
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I am thoroughly impressed at the strength of the 3M Reflective on these. I'm so glad these kinda just creeped into the lineup without much hype. Huge thank you to my lady who picked one up for me as part of my X-mas gift, and also my good homie who helped her out with that (you know who you are)! If these didn't make it into my closet, I'd definitely lose sleep over em... If I'm being honest though, I wished Nike matched the Swoosh color to the lining a bit better. Stussy was on point to hit a colab with these early!
 
Nike N7 Free Forward Mocassin
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Such an interesting sneaker... How they pulled this off, I don't know. Slept on by so many people, and I can't figure out why... Sure they're funky, but wouldn't you agree that it's in a good way?! To be honest though, I dug the cream colored WMNS version a lot better than these... Maybe I should've chanced the skinnier fit of the WMNS one too... Meh.
 
Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low
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How was Supreme able to make me interested in SB's again?! Oh yeah, these... I had a deep, deep love for SB's once so when these released, it felt good to reminisce on that. Good quality, nice color way, respected brand colab; check. Thanks to my dude out in JP for helping me with these... Lifesaver.
 
TOP 3 ASICS OF 2013:
Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Volcanos'
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Man oh man oh man oh man I love these! I was stressin' hard when I couldn't scoop upon original release! Although I know a few people who disagree, to me, these have all the right colors in all the right places... Gotta love the salmon, neon orange, and navy hits on the ever-classy deep red! ...Not to mention the comfortability of the GLV! Thank you brother John over at Truest for one of my top favorites of 2013!
 
Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Flamingos'
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Another ridiculously good color way here by Ronnie Fieg... When I look at these, I feel just the right amount of cleanliness with a hint of sturdiness. Then there's the rope laces... gawd. I'm so glad to have these in my lineup!
 
Asics Gel-Lyte V 'White / Purple'
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Such and underrated sneaker... why?! I swear I over-wore them when they first touched down on my doorstep! Yes, they are annoyingly hard to keep clean, but that's the name of the game...
 
TOP 3 NEW BALANCES OF 2013:
CNCPTS x New Balance 998 'Mint'
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One of three I HAD to get this year... 998's are amongst my all time favorite NB silhouettes so naturally I was excited when I first seen them. The concept is dope, color way is dope, materials are ill; How could I sleep?! I thank CNCPTS for blessing the world with these...
 
Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 'Daytona'
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I honestly wasn't too excited about these when they released the photos... Could've possibly been that I was caught up in a ridiculously busy time of the year. Anyhow, I was lucky enough to pick one of these up from my good homie @took_HNLA and they've consistently been a part of my daily outfits. The softness of this shoes interior is indescribable! Very impressed that these were constructed in Asia...
 
Ubiq x New Balance 1600 'The Benjamin'
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I love me some 1600's... The beautiful brown leather accents really make this shoe for me. Overall clean color blocking utilizing primary colors... Kilt.
 
TOP 10 REGRETS I DIDN'T PURCHASE OF 2013:
Air Jordan Retro V 'Doernbecher'
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Busy busy busy, but amazing... These definitely upped the level of capability and execution with Jordan Brand. Who the hell does a blacklight sneaker that comes with a blacklight flashlight?!
 
Sneaker Freaker x Puma Blaze of Glory 'Sharkbait'
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I haven't been able to see one in person, but the tumbled leather look amazing... The color was a bit played out this year, but these rock it well. The gold hits were a nice touch along with the stellar packaging. Too bad the hype killed my chances of owning one at retail price...
 
CNCPTS x New Balance 998 'C-Note'
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CNCPTS hit it on the nose with these... Anyone with a 8.5 or 9 for sale, please let me know! Like the new $100 C-Note, these have tremendously grown on me and should be sitting in my closet, right next to my Tannery Mints...
 
Nike HTM Flyknit Chukka 'Blue Glow'
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Flyknit is such an amazing invention... The blueish grey mixture of these make me cry! HTM, PLEASE offer your talents to the general public!!! GAH.
 
Sneakersnstuff x Milkcrate x New Balance 577
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Top notch cleanliness. Tonal greys never seem to disappoint me... Funny thing is, I had no idea these even dropped! ...Where was I?!
 
West NYC x New Balance 580 "Alpine Guide Edition'
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I hesitated because it was a 580... Big mistake. This color way is too crackin! Should've been a no-brainer for me... *shrug*
 
24Kilates Le Coq Sportif Flash
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Le Coq's don't get much appreciation out here in Hawaii and I think that should change... This color way right here is nasty. I have yet to pick up my first pair; these should've been it.
 
Bodega x New Balance 577 'Hyprcats'
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A bit colorful at first glance, but the colors work well... I really like that grey cotton mid upper with rainbow specks; nice touch. 577's aren't my favorite, but these go...
 
Saint Alfred x Asics Gel-Lyte III
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I just plain slept on these like a fool... GREAT color palette and very unique. Good job STA...
 
CNCPTS x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Three Lies'
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I should've grabbed them when I had the chance... What was I thinking debating these? However, just as I predicted, the pictures of these were a tad misleading. In person, the suede and toe box color wasn't as vibrant, but I didn't quite mind. The speckle overload is actually pretty cool too...
23 Oct '13

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXI

OSNT7

 
Aloha all,
I'm starting to get anxious for the weekend due to a few big drops I've been looking forward to... Don't say I didn't warn you! Lol. Hopefully I'll be able to play my cards right and walk away with a little happiness served in cardboard boxes.
For this weeks OSNT Interview, I'd like to proudly present a beard who needs no introduction, the god, the myth, the legend, Mr. Erick Reichard! I've known this good sir for many many years as he was kind enough to keep a young, lost sneakerhead (myself) company in line at Niketown Honolulu back, back in the day... Your'e not gonna want to miss this interview (bottom)! Have a great rest of your week!
 
Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ - Team Orange - Laser Orange - Sail
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Two-tones are alright, but multis are where it's at! More multis please!!!
 
Nike Air Max 1 FB "Quilted Leopard"
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...whoa.
 
Nike Air Max 1 Premium - Gamma Blue - Brave Blue - Atomic Pink
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Loving this color way... Nice balance and the added speckle on the front midsole is just enough detail to bump this pair up a few notches...
 
Size? x Nike Roshe Run "Elephant Print" Teaser
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Another Size? collab?! These guys are non stop! Anyhow, I was a little on the fence about the last Roshe collab they did, but when I saw them in person, I knew I made a mistake by sleeping on em... These are looking cool, but nothing really excites me enough to exhaust my efforts by reaching to UK for a pair. We shall see if I'm wrong again...
 
Nike Air Trainer I "Infrared" and Nike Air Trainer II "Persian Violet"
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Boy oh boy do I love my Trainers! ...Especially in good color ways such as these! Crisp.
 
Nike Air Huarache - Team Red / Volt
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Take away the pattern and you've got yourself a deal...
 
Nike Air Force 1 Low CMFT "Penny Hardaway"
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...And Nike continues to push limits with the all-time classic Air Force 1. Not for me, but these are better than a lot of others I've seen...
 
Nike Air Trainer Max '94 - Multi Color Safari
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Funky! ...I dig! I usually like things that are different... I appreciate the riskiness of it.
 
Nike Air Raid "Peace" Retro
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I've always wanted a pair of Raids, but never actually got a chance to scoop one I cared for... These are pretty cool.
 
Hanon x Onitsuka Tiger Teaser
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Uh oh...
 
Head Porter Plus x Reebok Classic Leather
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You can tell by my rotation of wallets that Head Porter is on my favorites list as I truly believe their craftsmanship and design in relation to cost is pretty close to bar none. Not sure if I particularly care for these Reeboks, but it definitely showcases a Japanese flare... Hoping to see more sneaker collaborations pop up with these guys!
 
atmos x Jouetie x Reebok Insta Pump Fury
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Damn... I remember getting a few interesting looks when I used to rock Insta Pump Fury's back in the day... I think those days are over for me, but nevertheless, glad to see them popping up more often!
 
Oshman's x New Balance 1600
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I love how the 1600's look so technical, yet still maintain the utmost level of cleanliness. The design of New Balances lend themselves nicely to almost any decent color palette... amazing.
 
Vans Sk8-Hi Pro "Outdoor"
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The detail on these are phenomenal...
 
adidas Y-3 Qasa Racer
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As usual, I'd love to own a few Y-3 Qasa's, but cant convince myself to embrace the tag price...
 
Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte V "Volcano"
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I.CANT.WAIT.
 
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: Erick Reichard | Famous Beard, DJ, Drink Peddler, 'Nike Air' Hoarder
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Name:
Erick Reichard
Nickname / AKA:
The Beard
Shoe size:
11-12
My hustle:
Slangin Dranks N Droppin Beats
 
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How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
What year is it??? Shit I been hooked ever since 1990, The Air Jordan V was the pair that started it all for me.. That makes it a long 23 year affair...
 
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How many pairs I own:
Maybe 70??? & honestly only about 40 different pairs lol... I sold a lot recently, just trying to keep shit I will wear... & doubles for when i wanna wear them again!! haha... N most shit will retro in 10 years anyways So Wear Ur Fkn KICKS PEOPLE!!!!
 
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My Holy Grail:
OG ROYAL 1'S
My most despised footwear and why:
None, Barefooted Ratchets... lol
Currently hunting for:
OG Nike Air Jordan 1 Wht/Red/Met sz 12 :)
 
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If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
I would have to go with the Nike Air Jordan Banned 1, Quality n Comfort like no other Jordan 1..
 
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Amazing sneaker-related story:
I'd say 2001 maybe 2002, I was on lunch break from work and decided to stop in Razor Sports Pearlridge (or whatever it was called) I see a 1994 Air Jordan 1 retro box on the shelf behind cash register, its says $20 on it. I think, cool I would maybe buy that box for $20. I ask the cashier to see the box, she hands me the box and it has a DS pair of 1994 Air Jordan 1 Blk/Red in it!!! She then tells me she has 3 more in the back O_O She bring them out and its a DS 1994 Chicago 1 another DS Blk/Red 1 & A 1994 Air Jordan 2 Chicago colorway!!!! Needless to say I could not pay her fast enough....
 
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Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
This BOT thing is crazzzy, No legit shot at copping anything online anymore... I hope they fix that soon... How u get 3 pairs of everything doe JJ????? LOL
 
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A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
Please keep making stupid ass colors so I can save $$$$$ Thanks JB! :)
Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
Thanks to JJ for having me & getting me them Blk/Red 1's in December! Shout out to the HSS,HSH,SGHI $FU FAM! Shout out to Truest for doin it BIG! Keep Stackin 808!!
 
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Contact:
IG = @Beard_xi
 
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A question for Parkz:
The Beard: Seriously tho, how many damn shoes u got???????
Parkz: Ayeeeeee... Don't ask me such personal questions, Erick! haha! I personally don't care to share these kind of things with others as I think it sometimes ruins the mysteriousness of the situation, BUT, since you've answered this same Q for this interview, I guess it's fair that I give you ballpark figures... Back in '06 (ish), we actually met during what I consider my "quantity prime" when I believe the height of my collection may have reached somewhere around 6... That included the easily obtainable cases of every Jordan Retro, as well as random Nikes, Nike SB's, Reeboks, Asics, adidas Originals, New Balance, Vans, Clarks, Pumas, and other various brands. All sizes; Mens, Womens, and Kids. At some point in '07/'08 I began to realize that my love for sneakers had grown uncontrollable and unnecessary. Getting constant reminders to get rid of stuff from my mother was becoming annoying and I could barely support such a lifestyle. Basically, I sold and gave away A LOT of pairs and I'm currently at a few hundo... Most of which I appreciate and wear. There's seldom a storage day that you'd be able to find a deadstock pair in my collection, unless they're doubles, triples, etc... Thanks for the question! ...Now you owe me a sandwich. HAHA!
 
Interview by: JJ Parkz
jared@fittedhawaii.com
16 Oct '13

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XX

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Aloha all,
 
Today features another special interview of a good friend who now resides somewhere in the Great West. Some of you may recognize him as a big part of the once great, but short-lived, Niketown Waikiki (R.I.P.) dominion... The way I see it, there's really only two types of people in this world: (1) people who are friends with Wells P, and (2) people who recognize Wells P! Haha joking! ...but seriously. lol! If you don't happen to make it through my boring commentary on the new releases, please be sure to take interest in the OSNT Interview below!
On another note, students, how's everyones midterms going?! Semester is halfway done; keep pushing!
PS - 10.26.13. Yeezy taught me.
 
The Good Will Out x New Balance 577 "Autobahn Pack"
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I dig. Both colorways have a little twing... I especially like the mis-colored heels on the dark pair... Go: The Good will Out
 
 
BAIT by Akomplice x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 "6,200 Ft."
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Limited to 504 pairs, individually numbered on each 'lift ticket’ hangtag. Will release on BAIT store’s one year anniversary, October 19th.
 
Asics "Christmas Pack"

Ooohh... Them khaki's look nice...
 
Bodega x Reebok Classic Leather "U.S.B.D.G.A."
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Cool concept but the yellow toe box is a tad bit much for me... Too bad it probably won't come with the dynamite box. Visit: Bodega Store
 
Nike Kobe 8 "What the Kobe"
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It's obvious that Nike doesn't have plans to stop the "What the" Program... Although Kobe's aren't my thing, I think these are nice compared to other "What the" models... I'm sure these will create quite the buzz as every "What the" has in the past...
 
Nike Air Foamposite One - Silver - Volt
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It's been a while since a Foamposite been on here... Nike still trying to push the print I see. At least this time it's a bit more cooled down with a tonal look.
 
Nike Air Jordan I Retro High OG "Bred"
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...Patiently waiting. 12/28!
 
Nike Air Jordan Retro Summer 14 Preview
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A few good 'ol mature pairs of J's on deck... I was starting to feel like I was permanently looking through a kaleidoscope! ...Thank you JB!
 
Nike Air Max 1 Jacquard
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Really feeling the use of jacquard here... Very clean, yet just enough flare to excite the eyes.
 
Nike WMNS Air Max 1 "Liquid Gold"
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Gold all in my... shoes?! Bougie, Classy, Ratchy all in one! haha
 
Nike Flyknit Lunar One V2
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I'm digging how they added more of a two-toned look... Can't wait to see the upcoming color ways. I still think they could've exercised the first model a lot more, but oh well...
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: Wells P | Ex-Niketown Waikiki Employee, Boss, 'That Guy'
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Name:
Wellington Phillips III
Nickname / AKA:
Wells P
Shoe size:
9
My hustle:
Marketing.
How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
20 Years. Since 1993.
How many pairs I own:
Last count... 625 (620 Nike)
 
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My Holy Grail and why:
With so many choices it's hard to narrow down to 1! Ok I have 2. First would be : Nike Dunk Hi- Sole Collector Finals. Only released in Vegas for the finals, I have # 38 out of 300. One of the first shoes to use multi-panel 3m to tell a story. Second would def be a pair of Melo PE Jordan 11 Lows. 1 of 2 pairs made.
My most despised footwear and why:
I absolutely despise of those toe shoes. And also CROCS. D E S P I S E... They look like they harbor germs. Uggs. Self Explanatory.
Currently hunting for:
Nike Air Max 1 ATMOS. Been looking for those for YEARS. Anyone with a size 8.5-9 holla at me!
 
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If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
Tie. Nike Air Miler and Nike Air Max 95 in Neon. If I could only take 1.... AM95
Amazing sneaker-related story:
Got 2. One was walking into the Portland Factory Store to grab keys to a friends apt, And being there as they got these Jordan 1's that kinda fell out of the sky.. happened to be the Banned 1's. Picked up 3 pairs and bounced. 2nd Story is having Michael Jordan himself compliment me on my OG Jordan 12s. White and Red. We then had a short convo about sneakers and his fave pair (White Cement 3's).
 
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Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
Bots becoming obsolete. Give everyone a fair shot. I've been blessed to not go through the issues people go thru on a weekly basis, but I hear about it all. I also thought about a program where people can buy memberships at stores that guarantees 50% of the public reserved shoe and size. Raffle style. Like a yearly membership for say $500 that reserves your spot. 20% of each membership would then be donated to homeless shelters to provide shoes for those less fortunate. Give Back. The sneaker game has made people so much money off of a cheap product.
A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
Keep things fresh. Don't ever get comfy and put out crap that allows your competitor to capitalize on your shortcomings.
 
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Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
At the end of the day IT'S JUST SHOES! Don't negate your Family, Friends, RENT, CAR NOTE, CELL BILL, and most importantly your JOB for sneakers. If you miss out it wasn't meant to be and your life will be the same. I've heard too many stories of people putting off rent for the new Jordans.. Disgusting.
S/O my OG Niketown Honolulu Ohana. We had something special there that will NEVER be duplicated. Can't close down the memories and history made there. It's like 95 of yall so I can't shout everyone out! haha.
S/O to you Parkz! We go back to Hawaiian Lit class way back Keep doing what your doing. Big Ups to my FITTED, KICKS/HI, In4Mation, The Firm , Noteworthy familia! Hawaii is in GREAT hands.
Contact:
Both Instagram and Twitter: @Wells_P
A question for Parkz:
Wells P: If you could have access to a Jet weekly, where would you fly to cop sneakers?
Parkz: Wow, tough question! I haven't actually given this much thought in the past, but I'd probably have to answer this with a lot of elasticity... If I'm looking for new sneakers, I'd probably say: (1) Vegas, if I'm in the States. Vegas not only has a beautiful Niketown, a House of Hoops, and other sneaker shops such as Champs (shouts to my buddy S1da), Finishline, etc., but it's also home to just enough premium accounts to hold me down... Not to mention, there are good outlet stores such as Cole Haan for steal deals on more formal stuff. Shouts to CRSVR where some of the more recognizably popular sneakers can be found (i.e. Yeezys and Jordans), and also Feature where I was recently able to pick up a few premium Asics. Being that Vegas is a transient town, there's hardly long, exhausting lines for sneaker releases, which also results in a few things sitting on the shelves for a little. (2) Japan, if I'm outta country. Japan gets everything, plus more! I mean, would you expect anything less from a city (Tokyo) which manages to linger around the forefront of fashion..?! Not to mention, being that I'm a size 9, there's usually a plethora of stock in my size. If you're in Harajuku, Tokyo, there's a ridiculous amount of small, hole-in-the-wall stores that are filled with hidden treasure. Tokyo is one of those very few places in the world where you can set out on a sneaker hunting for a specific shoe and end up coming home with 10 satisfying pairs that you never expected to see in your life. Add the factor that sometimes the Japanese locals have different taste than Americans (which makes certain sneakers really easy to find) and you have yourself the perfect place to sneaker hunt! Only drawbacks: Gotta keep an eye on that currency exchange rate and be sure to know how to spot fakes! (3) Paris, to experience something new. I've never been there but I could imagine it'd be quite reckless to my wallet...
As for hunting old gems, I can't quite name a specific place I'd fly to... I'd like to say that I find really good older stuff in Tokyo as well, but I wouldn't be able to compare it to other possible places I haven't been to yet... Bottom line, if I had access to a Jet weekly, I'd definitely not limit myself to one place... This question was fun! Thanks Brother Wells!
 
Interview by: JJ Parkz
jared@fittedhawaii.com
17 Jul '13

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: VII

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Aloha all!
 
First of all, I'll get the terrible news out of the way... Retro Jordan's set to rise in price by $10 in Spring 14, bringing their base price to $170... How much farther can Nike push our buttons?!?!?! It seems safe to say that the sneaker culture has grown to attach an extremely unstoppable plethora of (self-implied) appreciators, which is why I feel JB keeps rising prices... I honestly have mixed feelings of not being able to go about a day without running into someone making a silly comment or half attempt at a compliment on what's on my feet, while shunning any elitist attributes within me. I just want to appreciate sneakers as I've always done, but the game is tainted. Doesn't anyone miss the days of wearing some shit that nobody else can pinpoint what it exactly is? True heads, stay loyal to the foundation! With that being said, I'm excited to announce that this post will be introducing the first "OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW" (below). It is my pleasure to share my genuine, sneaker-loving friends and acquaintances, whom I feel may have an interesting story to tell. All these individuals are the glue for the true sneaker community... Enjoy.
 
Nike SB Dunk Low X Brooklyn Projects "Walk of Fame"

Dope video... Not their best SB project in my eyes though.
 
Adidas Originals Oregon Ultra Tech OG
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The same great quality in a beautiful color way on a classic shoe. Approve.
 
Nike Zoom Revis X DJ Clark Kent "112"
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Awww shiii.... I've always loved the Volt, 3M, and Elephant Print combo of the 112 pack! Maybe it's time to hunt for the few I need to complete the set...
 
Shawn Yue X New Balance MRL996 Revlite Collection
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A high model in the New Balance line equals amazing comfort. Add ill color ways and you're set... Very clean job Shawn Yue.
 
Nike Air Zoom Flight '89 "The Glove"
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I'm sure all you old heads remember these... Seen a few new color ways pop up recently, but none as clean as this. Classic.
 
Nike Free Flyknit
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Flyknit! Flyknit! Flyknit! Keep innovating, Nike!
 
Air Max 1, Dunk Hi, & Dunk Low Elephant Print option on Nike iD
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Have fun.
 
Nike Air Jordan I - Black/Red
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Finally confirmed for release later this year! I NEED.
 
Nike WMNS Air Max Thea QS - Black/Sail
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Why can't they just make these in men's sizing already?! I've always thought these were such an ill silhouette! Lady luck.
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS Interview: Mayor Ron | Hawaii Sneakerheads
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Name:
Ronald Cabuhat
Nickname / AKA:
Mayor
Shoe size:
11
Occupation:
Super Dad
How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
Since I was 6 years old, I would re-up on Adidas Shell toes with a pair of Fat Laces, Black Puma Suede classics with fat laces, and Nike Cortez also with fat laces. Those sneakers were my favorite everyday beaters.
How many pairs I own:
Not as much as My homie JJ Parkz, thats for sure!
Amazing sneaker-related story:
In 1991, it took me very long to save up for my first pair of basketball shoes, Black "Dee Brown" Reebok Pumps. I was super happy! I remember when I first walked into kids foot locker Ala Moana and Gary (presently the store manager at Ala Moana House of Hoops) helped me get my pair. This was when Kids Foot Locker was located downstairs on the 1st floor by the old Slipper House.. Super OG times
Holy Grail and why:
2000 Space Jams because my homie JoJo Raquel of @808grails (creator of the grail box) hooked me up for $175 DS .. Everything was in such good condition; The box and tissue was still in place. I wanted them since i was a freshman in high school, but i couldnt afford em at the time. Im so glad I had another chance to get em brand new 13 years later.
Most despised footwear and why:
Lugz.. haha... Because it "Fugz" up my feet while I was in middle school.. My Momz wouldn't hook me up for another shoe until I beat em up to death... Imagine my pain.. LOL
Currently hunting for:
Nike Foamposite Pro "Dr. Doom" and Nike Air Yeezy 2 "Solar Red"
Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
I am hoping for a better system on how to purchase shoes, both online and in stores. I want our local stores to be more prepared with new releases. I feel sorry for people (including myself) who can't get any strong info on releases. People camp out for hours, or even days before the release date, only to find out there's only a few sizes available, a very few amount of pairs, the most common sizes are unavailable (go figure), or their shipment did not come in at all!!!! I hope for a better change for online and in store system. It will be a BIG surprise when I see exact availability of sizes and pairs posted on their websites and in stores. This will help people to not be frustrated and waste there time in line.
Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
S/O to my beautiful fiance @imheatheryo and my 2 kids for being my strength and doing my sneaker reviews for me LOL, Hawaii Sneakerheads admins @mykeesoull @werdupstu @fishaddict @took_hnla for always staying positive and helping other sneakerheads in the hawaii scene, @kxfxl808 always being straight up, my OG sneakerhead homie ViC, JoJo Raquel @808grails creator of grail box for showing quality and craftmanship, our fam @abouthegoods @akkkinup808 @tittahbyte, homie @jus_bone of "Got rice show" holdin it down in our local hiphop scene, the talented @spel_killz, "IN DA KUTS" HI, @audiblelabrats for the sneaker chasing music, @resneps7 for always helping out, @bkajiyama, @thelovelin of @wreckonclothing for helping me make our Hawaii Sneakerheads designs possible, my homie @jjparkz, @fitted for the opportunity, and to all of our Local Sneakerheads for all the support. Mahalo #hawaiigotheat
Contact:
IG: @Hawaiisneakerheads
Twitter:@HIsneakerheads
FB: http://facebook.com/hawaiisneakerheads
E-mail: hawaiisneakerheads@gmail.com