Kanye is at it again. Kanye West, an iconic figure in both the rap world, as well as the fashion world, released his own brand of Nike shoes known as Yeezys. The first set of Yeezys dropped back in 2009, coming in three different colorways: Zen, Tans, and Blinks. His brand shoe exploded, and the price of his shoe, which retailed at 200 dollars on release day, skyrocketed to around 1000-1500 dollars per pair after they had sold out in stores. Last year, Kanye dropped his second edition of the Yeezys, Yeezy IIs. The Yeezy IIs, unlike the Yeezy I’s came in only two colorways, solars and platinums. The Yeezy IIs had an even more smashing success than its predecessors. People camped out for up to weeks before the drop in front of stores waiting for the shoes to drop. On launch day, after the stored had sold out, the shoes priced as high as 2,500 dollars per pair, and after a few months after the release, now hover for around 1,500 dollars.
Last week, Kanye announced he is adding another colorway to the Yeezy IIs. Rumored as being called “Redouts” the new shoe features a completely red colorway. The shoe is completely mesh, compared to the mesh and snake print style of its predecessors. Is Yeezy trying to create his own version of the highly coveted all red Louis Vuitton Dons? This blogger thinks so. Rumors also spread that Kanye might drop an all black colorway as well, although it has not been confirmed.
The shoe is announced to be released later this year, although there has not been a confirmed release date. Many avid shoe lovers will wait eagerly in lines and on their computers to try and buy their own pair of the “Redouts” for retail price on launch day, before the price will skyrocket to close to 3,000 dollars.
The Roshe Run shoe, created by Dylan Raasch, was created in 2010 and released on the market in 2011. This unique and comfortable shoe caught the attention of sneaker heads instantly. According to Dylan, his goal was to design a shoe at a $70 price point while also Making the shoe stylish which became a challenge at first but when looking to the success of the shoe now, the hard work has definatley paid off.
The major concept around the Roshe run shoe that is so attractive is how comfortable and cheap it is, and that is no mistake. Dylan, in an interview with Arron Phillips, stated that he based the shoe off “zen.” He said that zen and meditation is a big part of his everyday life and is something very important to him. In fact the name of the shoe, roshe run, was inspired by a zen master named Roshi. Dylan thought thier was no better name to give the shoe than to name it after a zen master who captures the essence of peace and simplicity. Another interesting factor about the shoe is that the bottom is designed to look like stepping stones to a zen garden contributig even more to the comfortable look of the shoe.
If you havent already looked into to picking up your own pair of nike Roshe Run sneakers you should do so right away. Thier unique new colorways make them stylish, comfortable, and most of all, cheap! A combination one can rarely find.
– Henry Russell
To many people who love shoes, who are commonly known as “shoe heads,” or “sneaker heads,” the shoe game is a constantly changing environment. To many veteran lovers of shoes, they believe that the shoe game is on a painstakingly slow path to destruction. As many of the popular shoe brands such as Air Jordan, Nike, Asics, and New Balance continue to expand their market and products, many veteran lovers of shoes now struggle to get the new releases of many shoes due to the immense amount of new shoe lovers in the game, as well as resellers. Many people these days buy shoes that have recently released for retail price, and after the shoe goes out of stock, sell them for a higher price for a profit. In some cases resellers will sell the released shoe for over double the price, and with enough shoe resellers, many marketplaces other than retail stores are flooded with the prices charged by the resellers, forcing many shoe lovers to pay the gargantuan prices made by the resellers.
Although to many veteran shoe lovers the shoe game is on its last legs due to the increasing amount of resellers, to many new shoe lovers, each release is making the shoe game better than it has ever been. The increase in shoe releases has ushered in a new wave of shoe lovers, and is slowly forcing some of the older shoe lovers out of the game, who have been in for years and have grown to love the classic “kicks” compared to the newly released ones.
It is a sad sight to see so many veteran shoe heads forced out of the game, but the new wave of sneaker heads has brought upon a new age of the shoe game. This blogger is excited to see where the shoe game will go. Will resellers ultimately take over the marketplace, or will there be a resurgence of the old shoe lovers, reclaiming to them was the once glorious days when shoes were not impossible to get in stores when they release?
With less than a week before the release of their fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, Daft Punk has been the topic of conversation for music lovers of all genres. 3 years since their last studio album, the soundtrack to the movie Tron: Legacy, Daft Punk has remained unseen on the radar until their announcement of their latest album. Known as the trendsetters of music, Daft Punk has influenced and shaped many artists such as Skrillex, Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, and many other upcoming house and electronic artists. Daft Punk in a recent interview announced that its upcoming album will be nothing like the others, and that they are “stepping outside of their comfort zone.” Another album that will pave the way for many new types of artists? I think so.
Random Access Memories is going to be one of the most influential and biggest albums of the year. One of the most impressive things about Daft Punk’s upcoming album is how well they have been able to keep it under wraps. Next to the one single they released, Get Lucky, no information about the upcoming album has been released. With a set release date of May 21 many dedicated listeners are clearing their schedules to prepare themselves for Daft Punk’s new album. This blogger sure is ready for another revolution in music, and Daft Punk will surely not disappoint.
The LA local skate shop Supreme made its big debut back in 2006 when many skaters and iconic figures of the skating culture such as Tyler the Creator started to wear many of their items. Since it’s birth the Supreme clothing line has entered into a Renaissance Age that has not stopped. In the last 5 years, Supreme went from being a local skate shop located on Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, to being a global iconic clothing store. With Supreme’s fame skyrocketing, so did many of its prices. Shirts that used to cost 30 dollars a piece back in the days of its inception, now sell for hundreds of dollars retail price. Dedicated fans of the Supreme clothing line are now often disappointed with the company and are quickly losing faith due to the ever increasing hype of the clothing. People now spend days on the lines outside many of the Supreme stores in Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo, waiting for next season’s collection to drop. At this rate the company will face a large problem with whether it will allow its items to keep skyrocketing and lose many of its faithful original followers, or allow the hype of the company to whisk it away, and succumb itself to the masses of “hyped” and “popular” companies that overcharge for their clothing items. This blogger hopes to see the famed company return to its humble roots.
Ronnie Fieg is at it again with another collaboration with Asics. The new collaboration features two shoes, “New York City” and “Miami Beach.” The new Gel Lyte III’s were possibly the biggest drop of the year. Dropping only in select stores such as Kith NY and Kith BK people lined up waiting hours, and for some even days, for the drop. For those patient people waiting at the Kith store in Brooklyn for days at the front of the line, Kith BK rewarded them a limited edition Kith x NYC windbreaker that followed the color scheme of the Ronnie Fieg x Asics Miami Beach. The New York City Gel Lyte III features the New York Knicks iconic blue and orange with a white base, while the Miami Beach Gel Lyte III features the classic turquoise and orange with a white base as well, the classic colors of many Miami teams, such as the Miami dolphins. To this blogger, the recent Ronnie Fieg x Asics collaboration was the hottest drop of the year, and will become a grail among shoe collectors. I know I will be securing a pair before it’s too late.
The Barkley Posite’s, inspired by Charles Barkley, have become an increasingly more popular shoe over the past few years. Their retro look along with their awesome new color ways creates a comfortable and eye catching shoe.The new purple and orange color way references the time period when Charles Barkley played for the Phoenix suns. Similar to his last shoe, the “76’ers,” that commemorate his time on the Philadelphia 76’ers, this new color way carries meaning and style that, when released this weekend,attracted the love and money of sneaker lovers word wide.
– Henry Russell
Nike Barkley Posite Max “Phoenix Suns”