February 27, 2013 BY Sneaker News
A few months ago, the Sneaker News team decided to get in on the Sneakerpedia fun and give our readers a look into some of the sparks that have kept our inner shoe flame burning throughout the years. Of course, sneaker collections are an ever-changing entity, with new additions being added on a consistent basis, so for this latest update into the Sneaker News Sneakerpedia crate, we’ve decided to share some of our latest conquests. Below, you’ll find five recent sneaker pick-ups from each member of the Sneaker News staff, and like any new pair we welcome into our personal vaults, there’s usually a story behind them. Take a look below to see what recent releases had Team Sneaker News cracking their wallets open, and be sure to check out Sneakerpedia to get your own personal crate up to date.
AARON KR’S PICK-UPS
It’s come to the point that I’ve completely run out of room to put more sneaker boxes in my house without my wife setting fire to all of them. Now, every new acquisition requires carefully calculated and often physics-defying Tetris-style rearranging, so I’ve been very disciplined about keeping my sneaker purchases strictly to the essentials. As a result, I’ve barely bought any shoes in the last few months and two of the five shown here actually date back to last year. Every pair required me to put in tedious work just to find them a spot in my house, so that’s my new gauge for how bad I need a shoe.
New Balance 576 25th Anniversary
In a word, these shoes right here are superb. Materials, color scheme, comfort – triple check plus. Everything about them feels plush and luxurious, and although the 576 isn’t that high up on my personal NB pecking order, there was simply no way these could be ignored. I’m usually not that fond of vintage treatments, but this might be one of the best applications I’ve ever seen. The discolored heel cap really brings these to life and goes even a step further towards helping this grey pair to resemble the 1300JP edition of the classic “Steel Blue” colorway. NY/NJ weather has been a little sloppy lately, so I’m yet to give these a proper test run, but they’ll be making a debut any day now and are likely to quickly become a mainstay of the rotation.
Air Jordan III Retro ’88
As you know, a few weeks back Jordan Brand sent shockwaves through the sneaker world with the special edition 25th anniversary release of a set of $40 “NIKE AIR” heel tabs packaged along with a matching pair of White/Cement Air Jordan III’s. Needless to say, the whole world had to have them and Team Sneaker News was right there ready to add to cart when the afternoon online drop went live. Out of the four of us in the office that day, two got lucky and two got depressed. I was one of the unfortunates, and while I wasn’t happy about missing out, I quickly started convincing myself that my white III’s with the Jumpman were just fine with me.
I stuck with that mindset for a few days, but in the back of mind, I knew I was in denial. Then one night, while trying not to think about it, I figured, let me just see what they’re going for on eBay. Prices will be absurd and it will give me the needed closure to just let them go. To my surprise, there were some floating around for only $100-150 above retail, which actually seemed like a bargain considering they’ll probably go for twice that in a few months. I pounced on a pair with the quickness, all the while feeling ridiculous that I need to have Nike Air on the back of my Jordan III’s that bad. But I’m sick and I did need it that bad, and now I have $165 heel tabs to show for it.
Solebox x adidas Torsion Allegra
This recent Solebox x adidas team-up is further evidence that the whole collab thing works. In most cases, sneaker companies don’t really rely on collaborations to make money. They’re primarily used more to create buzz around the brand and the model and are usually produced in small quantities, so we should be glad that they exist at all. When they’re done right, they’ve resulted in some of the best sneaker designs ever produced and can sometimes draw your attention to a model you would have otherwise overlooked. I saw a few inline colorways of the Torsion Allegra a few months before they released and they looked pretty nice, but it wasn’t until I gazed upon the Solebox version that it became a must have. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more Allegra colorways in the future and it’s all thanks to this collaboration. The system works.
Nike Air Trainer 1 “Revis Island”
I’m a New York Giants fan, but not the kind that hates the Jets – although I am glad I chose the right side on that one as a kid (the Mets keep me just miserable enough). Among the things I don’t hate about the Jets is Darrelle Revis, who is easily one of my favorite NFL players to watch. I’ve been a fan since he came into the league and have been loving the Revis footwear offerings from Nike over the last few years. I think the Zoom Revis is one of the best new Nike performance models in a while, and although I’m all for new technology and innovation, the Air Trainer 1 will always be the pinnacle of the category for me. It was nice to see a bunch of AT1s release last year, but aside from the Chlorophylls, there weren’t too many that got me excited. This “Revis Island” edition snuck in before the end of 2012 and turned out to be the best of the bunch in my opinion. Simple color scheme, a healthy amount of 3M, crazy vibrant Bright Crimson accents that photos do no justice to, and last but not least, the best leather I’ve felt on a Nike shoe in quite some time.
Nike Air Max 1 EM “London”
These shoes made a hypocrite out of me this past weekend. While I can appreciate the benefits and aesthetic appeal of “Engineered Mesh” on performance models like the Kobe 8, it’s not really something I was looking for on an Air Max 1. I admittedly didn’t have too many nice things to say about the recent set of OG Air Max models re-introduced in EM form and will leave it at that. Photos of the “London” Air Max 1 EM from the recent City Pack were kinda intriguing, but definitely not something I had any thoughts of buying. Then, last Saturday when I saw these on a store shelf, it all changed. I’m a sucker for a burgundy/grey color scheme and an even bigger sucker for a grey “cement” speckled midsole, so the trap was already set. I reluctantly tried them on, wanting not to want them, but they looked and felt amazing and before I even knew what happened, I was handing over my money just like so many times before.
I still want nothing to do with the OG colorways, but I’ve definitely changed my tune on the Air Max 1 EM in general, which brings me to this – as much as we try to present our readers with the best possible photos of the shoes we cover, it still pays to get out to your local shops and actually see them for yourself in the flesh. Sometimes it can make a world of difference to have the shoe in your hands and put it on your feet. You never know when you might fall in love with a shoe you never knew you wanted.
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