Dance with the devil

#tbt one of the reasons why I love #maisonmartinmargiela is because of a similar design of the #nike boot from the first #batman movie. The unfathomable love for the Belgian designer’s aesthetic was almost like love at first sight.. I have no idea this was the inspiration but it only sufficed to think it was!!

High Fashion Sneakers for Adidas.. Yay or Nay???


Raf Simons + Adidas

It has appears Adidas has been adding more designers into their roster. The shoe and clothing brand has been known for their collaborations with SLVR, Opening Ceremony and Yohji Yamamoto with Y-3. Now, Rick Owens and Raf Simons has gone aboard to design for them as well. One thing I would like to say is everything designer doesn’t mean its going to be dope, no shade. For example, I have absolutely have no comprehension besides the fashion hypebeasts to be purchase some sneakers which look like orthopedic shoes with horse hoofs.

Rick Owens for Adidas

                                                    Rick Owens for Adidas

These very same designers I truly admire and have captivating collections who inspire creative individuals to understand fashion beyond the garments themselves. Honestly, these designers we discussing don’t even find inspiration from garments themselves. Instead, it’s the architectural, visual art and furniture designs. Often times, their visions can easily be backfired. If anyone has been paying attention to the recent collections, Raf Simons included the footwear for Adidas into his collection. There are some unique design approaches such as the “shoe-in-shoe” concept, while unveiling new styles for greater variance and depth. The colorful sneakers are unisex in numerous colorways and various styles. Despite this is an Adidas sneaker, you can still see its aesthetic and breaking border shapes for definitely Raf Simons.


Raf Simons + Adidas

Out of the sneakers from Raf Simons, I am feeling only a couple of sneakers from the collection. Clearly, this is not like a sneaker for any or everyone when it come  to design. I skeptical to see how well these will sell. When it comes to the avant-garde, I am all for it. At the end of the day, I am not fully sure if the world is truly ready for these next generation sneakers (at least in American pop culture).

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Nike Free 5.0 TR Jon “Bones” Jones Edition


Nike has released a special edition of its Free 5.0 TR for current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, who just signed with the sports brand last summer. Designed to give the wearer greater freedom of movement thanks to its ultra flexible build, it was only natural that these two parties would find a match with the Free 5.0 TR. The shoes feature a predominantly tonal black upper marked by an interwoven pattern and contrasting Gym Red accents on the outsole, and “Bones” and “Jones” printed on the tongues. A subtle but integral element is the pink that lines the edges of the woven bands, allowing them to pop out from the body of the shoe. Priced at $105 USD, the shoes and an accompanying T-shirt can be found at select Nike outlets as well on .

Despite the great design, I don’t see how this is considered as “functional”. Are going to see more martial arts (or mixed martial artists) with sneaker launches. Are there going to be used inside of the pentagon? Afterall, the sneaker is made for Jon Jones and he is a fighter! I love the fact Nike has taken the step to curate sleek footwear, which I would hope they would be able to design apparel for other sport martial arts styles (i.e. sport karate, Tae Kwon Do,  wrestling, etc.).

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Straight Flexin: Maison Martin Margiela Sneakers

margielaI copped my first maison martin margiela line 22 sneakers last year. The feeling as they touch your feet is like resting your feet in a luxury car surrounded by pure leather. These retro classic sneakers inspired from the 1970s original model with suede and lambskin leather and gum bottom sole. It was like love at first sight. Recently, I bought a couple more pair of the sneakers. Feels like you are wearing Salvatore Ferragamo loafers. 🙂

Ibn Jasper x Diamond Supply Co. 2012 Fall/Winter “Miami” Capsule Collection for UNKNWN


On the heels of a successful launch of the premier collection in October, Diamond Supply Co. presents its newest addition to its ongoing collaboration with Ibn Jasper – a special Miami capsule for LeBron James‘s UNKNWN store – as well as the surrounding festivities for Art Basel. The Jasper Shoe is a sleek moccasin-inspired sneaker with a focus on luxury, recreated in premium white snake suede and highlighted by diamond blue accents on the sole and tongue and Miami orange on the inside. Complimenting the footwear are two pieces of apparel – a pocket T-shirt and a longsleeve T-shirt with sophisticated “DMND” branding and graphic hits reminiscent of the shoe’s new colorway. While the original Jasper collection was limited to 100 pairs, the new Miami-inspired colorway will be even more exclusive and limited to just 75 pairs – with 50 pairs available online on December 8 at noon PST and the remaining 25 pairs available in-store only at UNKNWN Miami on the same day at 2 p.m. EST.


Ronnie Fieg x Dr. Martens 2012 Fall/Winter Capsule Collection Part 2

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Footwear designer Ronnie Fieg has teamed up with Dr. Martens for the second and final installment of a 2012 fall/winter capsule collection. The collection takes two of Dr. Martens’ iconic models, the Rivington Brogue and the Bowery Boot. Each shoe was given an extra creative twist. The Bowery boot features an oxblood leather upper adorned with camo suede, while the Rivington shoe features a full black and camo suede upper. Both shoes are detailed with full brogue, recalling Dr. Martens’ roots in the United Kingdom. This capsule collection will launches Today at Kith New York locations, as well as Ronnie Fieg‘s website.



D Wade matches up with Alejandro Ingelmo


The NBA All-Star, and, debate-inducing pink pants aside, all around dapper gent is bringing one of GQ‘s favorite sneaker designers into the fold of his athletic lifestyle collection WADE. Announced today, Alejandro Ingelmo will act as Creative Consultant for Special Projects for the brand, offering up his sharp sci-fi meets sports eye on the brand’s footwear. Ingelmo’s first project will be translating WADE’s on-court athletic shoe into one made for everyday wear that we’ll first lay eyes on during February’s NYFW. We won’t speculate on what the street and performance mash-up could possibly look like but considering Ingelmo’s current appreciation of reflective, 3M fabric, we’ll bet good money you’ll be able to easily spot the kicks come next spring.

Missoni for Converse 2012 Auckland Racer Sneaker


Converse announces the launch of its Holiday 2012 Missoni for Converse Auckland Racer. Originally designed as a running shoe in the 1970s, the Auckland Racer carries a lineage associated with early pioneers of the jogging movement. The shoe is constructed with black Missoni space-dyed wool and highlighted with pops of metallic copper lamé thread, the result is a three-dimensional texture that is reminiscent of Missoni’s iconic knits. The canvas lining and rubber sole maintain the classic style’s sporty heritage while the 100% wool upper is decidedly modern. A release is set for October 31, 2012 in limited quantities at Missoni boutiques and select Converse First String retailers globally. Retail will be $200 USD

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Dries Van Noten Structure Rust Derby Shoe

Designer of the Antwerp 6, Dries Van Noten, presented a new colorway for this shoe.  Rust-colored, structured full-leather upper resembling a crocodile upper. Sitting atop a leather and rubber sole, these shoes also boast a leather-lined interior as well as waxed laces. This is not a Derby Shoe you will see at Johnson and Murphy or Macys! Made in Italy, these shoes don’t come cheap but you can expect excellent construction which should last for a long time! Clearly an investment piece on a staple with an exotic twist! cop them here!

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Del Toro Special Margom Sole Collection

One of the most appealing aspects of footwear is when designers take a step out of the conservative box with a slight colorful twist. Fashion innovators such as Raf Simons done a bit of “sole searching” with the derby shoes while other brands such as Cole Haan and others caught on to the trend. Recently, Del Toro has released their Margom Sole Collection, which features the brand’s Alto Chukka model on multicolored margom soles. Available in either suede or leather with an unlimited colorway, cop them here

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D&G sneakers

There was no way for me to stand in a line for some sneakers. Even if you are the biggest fan to the most talked about hip hop artist in the world. This past weekend, Kanye West launched his sneakers a day after his birthday. Due to the extreme hype and savage activities to obtain these highly anticipated sneakers, i took an alternative.

The sneakers i recently purchased was there hi-top techno fabric blue sneakers from D&G. The shoe consists of three adjustable straps. The several designer sneakers can very comfortable, but these are my favorite. I do not have a problem with weight of the sneaker.  Seriously would not be “too trendy” by rocking a suit. You can still have your rock star or skater boy swag by using your own mix into it. It does have a color pop, which makes a statement to your ensemble. Contrasting colors would work as well.

Sometimes substitution can suffice in this economy. Speaking of the economy, I think I should not parade about fashionable purchases. Fortunately, fashion is a gateway to express myself visually. It also an outlet for one to escape the harness of reality. Everything worn should not only express yourself, but also according how you feel on a given day.

luckily, I got these babies on sale. With the price of a road trip, probability of a sneaker due to time and money, I think I made a wiser choice.


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Enter the Dragon – Nike Air Force One

I was quite bummed I was not able to purchase the highly anticipate Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneakers last weekend. Once I received an email about these sneakers, they gave me some slight ease. This will be the 30th anniversary of the Nike Air Force 1 as they will enter the dragon on these joints! Taken inspiration from dragon boats and traditional Chinese dragon iconography, the texture of upper is red suede which imitates dragon scales while the bright blue leather accents and outsole represents water. Lower top include a gold Nike swoosh, a knitted tongue and an extra set of red shoe laces. Being a Chinese martial arts practitioner, its a hella dope sneaker to actually wear to show off that “martial fashion aesthetic”

Honestly, I the last pair of Air Force One’s I bought were the PlayStation sneakers in 2007. Judging from this colorway and design, I will be impatiently waiting for their June 23rd launch date!


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