The birth of rapping, turntablism, breaking, graffiti….New York in the late 70s / early 80s was the creative melting pot that spawned the four elements of Hip Hop. There was another side though, one of poverty and violence…..the daily struggle of those living in the big apple during these time was not an easy one for many….this documentary looks like a stark reminder of the struggle that was daily life for New Yorkers in 1981, A Most Violent Year.
The pick of the pack so far for me. I have resigned myself to the fact that there are many things in life I will never have the chance to own, one such item is the original 35th Anniversary Superstar Vintage Footpatrols. The series dropped when I was still living in Manchester and without the means to be able to source a pair, this fact hurts every time I see someone wearing a pair. I have thought about spending a pretty penny on an eBay purchase, but would be too scared of getting stung with a fake pair…..there are many out there and by all accounts are pretty hard to spot.
This release, however was pretty easy to pick up (and still is looking at certain sites)….The superstar 80’s is my favourite shelltoe guise and burnt orange is such a good colour, with these facts in mind, it was a pretty easy decision to take the plunge and pull the trigger (with a little help from a good friend). Did someone say ‘doubleup’?
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Took a couple of quick shots in between Autumn rain showers….stupidly passed on them when they launched, something I think a lot of people did. The understated nature of the colorway is something of a rarity in this day and age…especially when it comes to collaborations. Designers of the world need to take note of the fact that lessening the shock factor with dramatic colourways isn’t necessarily a bad thing…if anything, it just means that the design will maintain it’s appeal way beyond the initial hype train.
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It’s a bit of lie to call these new, as I bought them well over a year ago….it’s not often that I buy a shoe and then sit on them for this long, but I have to be careful with these, I reckon they are going to be dirt magnets, and I don’t want to mess em up. The suede is buttery and the attention to detail is properly on point.
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One of my biggest footwear regrets is letting go of my original Alvin Purples bought from Laced at the launch event. It’s cost me an arm and a leg, but I’ve put this regret to bed by doubling up on the re-releases….not quite the same as the re-releases are missing the R rating logo from the heal, but I can live with this small difference, just to be able to rock theses beauties again.
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I bought the Saucony Shadow 6000 Kit Kats on a bit of whim, but didn’t wear them for ages as they just didn’t sit right with me. One day I was going through some boxes and took a long hard look at them, trying to decide whether to sell them on or not…..it dawned on me that they would look a lot better if some of the brown accents were changed to black, so, with nothing to lose I grabbed a sharpie and went to work.
I feel a bit of a fake calling these a custom, having seen the quality and skill of people like Benji Blunt and Ghettrocentricity….hence the reason I call them more of a tweak.
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Yesterday was Crepe City in London, and was bigger than ever. I managed to shift a few pairs I don’t wear any more, so treated myself to a few pairs, one example of which was these Slam Jam Gel Lyte IIIs. MORE PICS AFTER THE JUMP