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for fall: new balance crt300

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summer is winding down (or at least i hope it is.  it’s way too damn hot outside).  i’m ready for the fall.  i like everything about the fall i.e. football, european football, baseball playoffs, cooler weather, whiskey, tailgates, jackets (i was a fat kid growing up), more football.  you get the picture.  one thing you’re going to need for all this fall goodness is a pair of transition kicks.  enter the new balance crt300.  it’s a suede and mesh retro looking tennis shoe featuring new balance’s revlite soul technology (it means they’re super light, ya dingus).  i’m a big fan of this weird looking blue, but if you’re not digging it, more colorways are available at newbalance.com.

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vans for j. crew sk8-hi reissue sneakers

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oh no.  not another j. crew shoe post.  i’m tired of these too, but i can’t help it.  they keep coming with heat.  on this collaboration with vans, they went through the archives and pulled a design straight from the dogtown days.  i’d say they nailed it.  these look pretty f’ing dope.  they also come in “boardwalk” blue.  you can pre-order them on j.crew.com.  i believe i will do just that (unless j. crew wants to send me a test pair).

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they’re baaaaaaack

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i don’t know how it happened.  i don’t know why it happened, but it happened.  birkenstocks are back.  they crept their way onto the runway 2 years ago and i laughed in the face of fashion designers all over the world (not true – more like i laughed at my computer screen in the face of no one).  (please note: i do not follow fashion designers or runway shows; however, i do occasionally follow some trends.)

i don’t like sandals.  feet gross me out.  i will wear flip-flops at the beach, but that’s out of necessity.  from the looks of those around me, i believe i am in the minority.  flip-flops are a staple in the everyman warm weather wardrobe.  i’ve learned to accept it.  i just don’t look down when the temperature is above 65.

a couple of months ago, esquire tweeted a link to an article called “four steps to getting birkenstocks right.”  i had a small panic attack.  is this really happening?  i thought for sure the trend would remain on runways like skirts for men.  and now here i am 3 months later considering buying a pair of birkenstocks (not the sandal kind).

i had a pair of bostons like the ones you see above.  i bought them in high school, wore them in college, and then retired them to the same place i put my old phish bootlegs (hint: the trash).  if – and that’s a big if – i were actually going to purchase a pair of birkenstocks and wear them in public, i would make sure they were the boston model.  i would also tell everyone i bought them for comfort and didn’t care how they looked (total lie).  and if you’re considering buying a pair, you can get them at unionmade which is where i stole this picture (thanks, guys!).

air jordan 1 retro high “barons”

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much to the chagrin of (some) friends and family and various readers of to take the train, i am a big fan of air jordans.  the 1’s and the 3’s are my favorites.  i bought a pair of air jordan 3 retro “infrareds” a couple of months back and took some pretty harsh criticism from those around me.  i ended up returning them (frowny face).

i get it.  they’re not necessarily “me” or my particular style – which is one reason i like them so much.  the other reason i’m into air jordans is because they remind me of my childhood.  i remember wearing the 1’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s.  i skipped the 2’s.  i still don’t care for them.

after jabari parker was drafted by the bucks last week, he threw out the first pitch at a milwaukee brewers game and was wearing a pair of air jordan 1 retro high “barons.”  the color motif is a nod to jordan’s minor league baseball days with the birmingham barons.  right now these are at the top of my “to cop” list.  i’m a sucker for grey sneakers.  i was in las vegas when they dropped and slept through my phone alarm (damn it!).  the next time i have an extra $200 lying around i know where it’s going.  in the meantime, i can admire these through various pictures on the internet.  oh, and i wish jabari parker a long and successful career in the nba (not that he reads this blog, but i figured i might as well throw that in there.  i liked watching him at duke).

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j. crew x new balance “independence day” 998

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j. crew and new balance need to stop this madness.  i can’t take it anymore.  i missed out on the 998 inferno.  i will not miss out on their new limited edition collaboration: the “independence day” 998.  they were released exclusively at 3 stores this morning (ny, la and hong kong???) and will be available online on june 18.  if you were lucky enough to be one of the first 20 to cop earlier today, then you received a free ebbets field flannel 1776 hat (see below).  dear j. crew, hurry up and put a men’s store or liquor store or whatever in nashville, so we can get some sweet exclusives.  haven’t you heard that nashville is the “it” city?  everyone else is moving here.  you should too.

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summer kicks 2014

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it’s technically not summer yet (that’s june 21st, fools), but that’s no reason not to go ahead and upgrade your shoe game.  the past few summers i’ve rocked a couple of pairs of vans (slip ons and authentics), tretorns, and some chuck taylors (i’m not big on boat shoes or espadrilles).  this year i’m going with the three beauties you see above.  from top to bottom: adidas stan smith in navy, vans slip ons in black and gray, and nike killshots.  i shouldn’t have to tell you that slip on vans should be an essential part of your summer wardrobe.  more summer staples to come this week.  get excited.

new balance 891 high-top sneaks

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my girlfriend may kill me if i don’t quit buying shoes (should be the other way around, right?).  there are so many good kicks on the market e.g. stan smiths, jordan iii infrareds, air max anniversary.  i could name 10 more, but i’m not going to.  at this moment, i have my eyes on these high-tops from new balance.  i love the navy / orange contrast, and since they’re made by new balance, you know they’re going to be comfortable as hell (that makes little sense but you get the point).  they need to be on my feet as soon as possible.  you can buy them here.

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