A truly great sneaker eventually transcends its original purpose. Think of the Adidas Stan Smith, or the Vans Sk8-Hi—the former designed for tennis, the latter for skateboarding, both now simply canonical sneakers. The first shoe to attain this status was the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star, a state-of-the-art basketball model around the turn of last century and now a go-to for people of every demographic, most who wouldn’t know Chuck Taylor from Chuck Berry. Michael Jordan’s memory is much fresher, but as we get further and further from the original Air Jordan’s basketball roots, the shoe itself has become the Chuck Taylor of a new generation. Continue reading How the Air Jordan 1 Became the New Chuck Taylor
We’re currently in the midst of Jordan Brand celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Air Jordan 1, and the Nike offshoot has big things planned past the end of this year. Announcing in a press release today, Jordan has many retro sneakers planned for Spring 2016, and they pay homage to critical junctures in Michael Jordan’s history.
The Kanye Westification of the sneaker game has been under way for quite some time, and it shows no signs of letting up — just look at adidas’ upcoming inline offerings. Nike, who hasn’t put out a Kanye West-designed sneaker since 2014, continues to use the colorways that were made famous by the Yeezy 1 and 2, specifically the combination of pink, black, and glow-in-the-dark green.
Data wizards Campless have once again teamed with High Snobiety and Kick Posters to deliver a break down of how ‘heads are spending their cash on sneakers in 2015, and some of the figures may surprise you.