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09 Apr '14

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XL

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Aloha all,
Today's OSNT features the last part of the "Hoopin' and Sneakers" video interview series... I know it was long, but I really wanted to emphasize that there's importance in knowing what you're wearing... Whether you like shoes for their technical aspects, history, etc., all self-titled 'sneaker enthusiasts' should have a basic knowledge of what they're enthused about, right?! haha. Anyhow, I've been noticing a plethora of new running sneaker consumers bandwagoning the market lately... Just a few words: As long as you grow genuine, I won't be upset at you making my chances harder at getting releases I want. lol. Besides all the good runners dropping, I feel JB is starting to mellow out a bit due to their willingness to over-saturate a ridiculously stretched market. Are we soon approaching the end of a full circle? SB love slowly reviving? ...We shall see!
P.S. - To the very few of you who repeatedly stumble upon these OSNT posts for a midweek kick, I'd love to hear all your ideas / criticism / thoughts, or even see cool photos pertaining to sneakers... OSNT has been a fun and interesting learning experience thus far and I will never shy away from growing its enjoyability for all of you... jared@fittedhawaii.com Cheers!
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: "Hoopin' & Sneakers" Part Three

Old Sole New Tricks // Balling and Kicks PT 3 from Kash Akamu on Vimeo.


 
Video featuring: @mralexkim | @ryanyamz | @bobbyfilipino | @mykexknows | @thewong1s
Video by: @y2kash
Music by: @jimhurdle | @prizzyprie
Interview by: JJ Parkz | jared@fittedhawaii.com
26 Mar '14

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXXVIII

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Aloha all,
First off, please excuse my absence last week as I was quite sick and didn't get the chance to compose a weekly post for all of you... I'm sure all of you sneaker lovers are aware that today marks the 27th Anniversary of the Air Max line, specifically the birth date of the Nike Air Max 1. Because of this, I thought I'd begin this OSNT with a few photos of my personal favorite Air Max 1's to ever surface. Following this list you'll find the beginning of a new OSNT three-part video, interview series: "Hooping and Sneakers," where I'll be reviewing a few basketball-specific sneakers with a group of my hoop savvy buddies. Enjoy!
 
Nike Air Max 1 iD Clot x Kanye West x Edison Chen
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Nike Air Max 1 x Blue Ribbon Sports
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Nike Air Max 1 "Amsterdam"
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Nike Air Max 1 x Patta "Corduroy"
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Nike Air Max 1 "Wings & Waffles"
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Nike Air Max 1 x Patta "Chlorophyl"
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Nike Air Max 1 x Atmos
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Nike Air Max 1 x Kid Robot Hyperstrike
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Nike Air Max 1 "Skulls Pack"
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Nike Air Max 1 x Parra Hyperstrike
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Nike Air Max 1 "Curry"
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OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: "Hoopin' & Sneakers" Part One

 
Video featuring: @mralexkim | @ryanyamz | @bobbyfilipino | @mykexknows | @thewong1s
Video by: @y2kash
Music by: @jimhurdle | @prizzyprie
Interview by: JJ Parkz | jared@fittedhawaii.com
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.
 
A Look At Unreleased Masks - FREEHANDPROFIT.com 1/1/2014
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.
 
Adidas Top Ten 2000 Mask by Freehand Profit
White Cement III Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
Air Jordan "Raptor 7s" Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
"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.
 
USMC Combat Book Gas Mask
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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
Galaxy Zoom Rookie Mask by Freehand Profit
 
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
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

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