April 29th, 2014 by Brendan Dunne
Special edition sneakers are increasingly showing up with elaborate back stories and themes attached to helped build their mystique. This has been going on for years now of course, but in 2014 it seems to be at an all time high – nearly every stray Nike Basketball colorway or random pair of Dunks eventually is given a nickname (Either by the brand themselves or by sneaker enthusiasts across the internet). So what trends emerge in this process of associating shoes with objects and places relating to a player’s life, a partnering store’s history, or a lost bit of trivia regarding the model in question?
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November 4th, 2013 by Aaron Hope
Dave’s Quality Meat is a longtime partner with Vans; the two even have two shared retail locations called The General. The respect for tradition reflected in that name also comes out in their latest collaboration, which utilizes Off the Wall’s oldest silhouette and a classic material. But it’s the application of the namesake stuff in the DQM x Vans ‘Herringbone Twill’ Authentic Pack that sets them apart. These three use the HBT uniform material introduced in World War II, dividing its appearance into jungle, desert and ocean looks. Check out the whole set in more photos below, then get ready when DQM’s HBT Authentics drop on Friday, November 15th.
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April 8th, 2013 by Brendan Dunne
New York’s own DQM has whipped up a Big Apple tribute with their latest Vans capsule, one that puts on a print inspired by Milton Glaser’s iconic “I Love NY” logo. That instantly recognizable bit of iconography hits all over on a couple of white-base versions of the Vans Authentic and the Vans Sk8-Hi. Continue reading to see both pairs from this upcoming DQM collection and keep in mind that the Vans collab pack is set to release next Friday, April 19th exclusively at DQM’s various spots.
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November 26th, 2012 by Aaron Hope
Teamed up with Vans on New York’s The General, Dave’s Quality Meat has offered some fairly muted Off the Wall collaborations of late. The latest is no exception but also paradoxically a standout release, as the DQM x Vans Sk8-Hi ‘Woven’ joins a similarly styled Era to push into uncharted territory for California’s skate kings. Featuring a hand-woven black diamond pattern contrasted by caramel overlays, these have a luxurious feel and a price to match, so even though they’re a bit more costly than your average Sk8s or Eras, they’ll be gone soon after the at Thursday release at DQM.
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August 8th, 2012 by John Kim
NIKE BLAZER WEEK
Day Three of Classics Revisited: Nike Blazer focuses on a sublime trifecta of Blazers designed by a Kyle Demers, Chris Keeffe, and Dave Ortiz – the trio of figureheads that make up the bulk of DQM’s front lines. In 2008, Nike teamed up with the Lower East Side skate shop for the Blazer (a shoe that DQM never got to play around with), and the two sides immediately went to work; a visit to the Nike Design Library at the World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR resulted in a quick identification of materials – safari print of the late 80′s and premium suede. For the final designs, DQM split into two teams – one with Demers and NSW’s Jesse Leyva and the other with Ortiz and Keefe, working with Al Baik – and out came three sick colorways of Grey Violet, Black, and Medium Grey (they could not settle on just one, but who’s complaining). All three colorways were released in consecutive months, beginning with May 3rd for the Violet, June 7th for Black, and July 12th for the third and final Grey. In addition, DQM also designed and released matching t-shirts and safari-print skatedecks to match the trio of Blazers. Do any of the three Blazers sit in your sneaker closet right now? If they do, break ‘em out now that we’ve refreshed your memory, and stay tuned for another classic Nike Blazer feature tomorrow.
DQM x Nike Blazer Mid
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June 21st, 2012 by John Kim
NIKE AIR MAX 90 WEEK
Bacon makes everything better, doesn’t it? In 2005, Nike teamed up with Dave Ortiz of Dave’s Quality Meats to design a pair of the uber-comfortable Nike Air Max 90. If you’ve ever been inside DQM in downtown Manhattan, you’ll notice that the store’s got a butcher’s shop theme running from wall to wall, with apparel hanging from meathooks and other items stored inside refrigerator cases – although none of the items for sale can actually be grilled and consumed. It’s this distinct store layout and concept that made DQM such a major standout in the lower-Manhattan sneaker boutique community that by 2005 started to become just a tad crowded, but even today DQM maintain’s its title as one of the go-to spots for sneakerheads and skaters and even recently teamed up with Vans to open up the DQM x Vans General Store in SoHo.
The use of ‘bacon’ is how Ortiz arrived at the carnal colorway of fatty beige and tender red, and Ortiz noted that it took just a day to complete (the guy just really loves bacon)! A limited-edition Hyperstrike version, which features the Dave’s Quality Meats tongue label, a chicken bone inside the heel of the sock bed, and even scuff marks on the toe box to mark dry spots usually found on strips of the cured pork belly, was released in-store (another version with a regular Nike tongue label and box was also released in wider distribution). The DQM x Air Max 90 is indeed a playful take on the store’s lighthearted ‘theme-park’ nature, but the colorway is strictly considered to be one of the greatest of all-time and has served as the inspiration for other Air Max releases like the Air Max 95/360 of the One Time Only Pack and the Air Max 90 Current Huarache. In addition, like the three previous Air Max 90s featured prior to tonight, the Bacon 90s are considered to be one of the most memorable sneaker collaborations of all-time and is quite often near the top of ‘best-of’ lists for those who reveled in collaboration-driven sneakerhead era, and continues to be a coveted item for sneaker collectors today and hence an easy choice for a spot in Classics Revisited.
DQM x Nike Air Max 90 ‘Bacon’
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April 26th, 2012 by Brendan Dunne
Behind us are the days when Dave’s Quality Meat would get together to do up Swoosh styled classics, with the New York skate shop reorienting their output more towards the core skate crowd over the past couple of seasons. Key in that process has been their ongoing partnership with Vans, one that has resulted so far in the opening of the Vans DQM General store and plenty of great lowkey collabos. Next in line is the colorful DQM x Vans Harrington Lo Madero pack shown here, a trio of slim silhouettes bearing some bright spring colors along with the DQM x Vans General Store logos down into the plaid insoles. Hit the jump to take a look at the promo video along with shots of the whole collection and pick them up this Friday, April 27th at the DQM x Vans brick and mortar spot or in their webshop.
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