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summer shoes

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vans are probably my all time favorite shoes.  there’s no telling how many pairs i’ve owned over the years.  every spring / summer i buy a new pair.  it’s usually authentics or slip-ons, but this year i decided to change it up and go with the sk8-hi.  there’s really not much to them – they’re canvas and suede with the vans vulcanized signature waffle outsole.  it’s been a long time since i skated, but that doesn’t mean i can’t relive my not-so-glory days every once in a while.

the year of the superstar

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last year we had the stan smith.  this year it’s the superstar.  they’re popping up everywhere and i’ll be honest, i like them.  i’ve owned a couple of pairs over the years, but not since 2007 i believe (i think my ex-wife threw them out or at least recommended i do so).

the superstar was the first low-top leather basketball shoe to be made.  it’s easily identifiable by its rubber toe box which people called the “shell shoe.”  after they’re introduction, they were quickly adopted by the hip-hop community and immortalized in the run-dmc song “my adidas.”

it’s nice to see adidas making such a triumphant comeback.  if they could just go back to making the rod laver without the added weight of the new gum sole, i would be a happy man.

and for those wondering how you wear them, this is how you do it:

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(apologies for not giving photo credit.  i grabbed it off of tumblr.  if it’s your photo, let me know and i’ll add it.)

the ugliest shoes you’ll see all season

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this page in men’s health starts with “here’s one way to guarantee that every man will want to walk a mile in your shoes.”  excuse me.  what?  are we talking about the shoes listed under that copy.  if we are in fact talking about those shoes, then maybe it’s time to check yourself.  these are the ugliest shoes i’ve seen in a long time.  look it’s not my thing to get on here and crap all over someone’s design or product (i’m not qualified to do so), but these do not pass the eye test.  purple + back + gray camo = something bebop and rocksteady would wear on tmnt.  they’re also listed as “the mh must-have.”  really?  we, the readers of men’s health magazine, must have these shoes.  c’mon man.  you can do better than that, men’s health.  (please note the brand is not named to protect the guilty party.)

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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