While I don’t consider myself to be a sneaker head at all, I do take time every once in a while to appreciate amazing sneaker design. See, I share the same story that a lot people where I’m come from have in common, which is… Parents are not being able to afford nice kicks. As an adult we have two options, get the things we never had or just live the way our folks raised us. For me, I take the route at buying more affordable and simple kicks, like Puma Suede and Stan Smiths. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want the Lebrons, KD’s and Jays, I just save those for the wife and kids.
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In the mist of searching for colorways for our upcoming 2014 Fall sports themed collection we bumped into the Nike Air Zoom Turf. The shoe represents the University of Oregon “Oregon Ducks” and features a black leather upper with suede and carbon fiber-effect accents with a lockdown midfoot strap with green Swoosh. We love this colorway and will definitely throw this in the bucket of decisions. Here’s a sneak peek…
Our sports collection will surround the activities that we’re active in or passionate about such as Track and Field, Cycling, Soccer, Football and Basketball all coming in a vintage/varsity look and feel. From sweatsuits, tees, to windbreakers our Collection Development will be coming at you this fall harder than ever. Stay tuned!
Back to the shoe, below it is a speckled midsole with more of the carbon fiber look going on and a rugged turf-ready outsole. Completing the look are green University of Oregon ‘O’ logos. Look for these now at select Nike stockists including Sneaker Politics.
It would be a number of years before I had another shot at obtaining these beauties. Without dragging you through my various failed attempts at getting the 3’s I’ll just fast forward to 2010 when I FINALLY got my first pair of retro Jordan 3’s (black cement color way to be specific).
They’re fashionable, comfortable & durable. My oldest pair I’ve had about 2 years but they’ve been through it all with me. Anytime they retro I try to get a couple pair at least at retail price, but my latest pair I paid a pretty penny for (Thanks to Flight Club). My closet holds over 100 pair of sneakers, but none compare to my beloved Jordan 3’s.
As if this shoe couldn’t get any better, Nike Basketball introduced a version of the Kobe 9 paying homage to the springtime holiday. EM sports an engineered mesh upper fortified with dynamic Flywire for natural motion, with no compromise to strength and durability. The pastel coloring, featuring varying shades of blue and green, is inspired by the Easter tradition of dyeing eggs. No Easter egg hunt needed to procure the shoes — they dropped April 18th through select Nike Basketball retailers and Nike.com.
In the same year I purchased these kicks, we (Tritonic – A Creative Agency) won another ADCNJ Award and I participated in a fashion blog called Hello Mr. Daily specifically as Mr. Friday.
At this point in my career, it was important for me to remain excited and fulfilled in everything I did. So I matched my hard work with hard play, by exploring the world, because I’m aware that staying fresh on what’s new is important to staying creative. I also felt the need to try working on something new, something to balance myself. Having Tritonic was fun and surrounded me with people I enjoyed. But I needed another outlet, and I found that in digging and spinning music. Throughout it all, I kept traveling to places like Boston, Montreal and even London.
Since I’ve had these sneakers, I’ve closed up one creative agency, joined another agency as a joint venture, left and started one all over again. In 4 years, I’ve put thousands of miles on these sneakers. I’ve been blessed to have traveled all over North America, South America, the Caribbean, even hit the UK with them. They’ve been with me during hard times but also at my feet for moments I’ll cherish the rest of my life.
So you all know that I think I’m signed to NIKE right? Well, I just got news from NIKE Inc. that they made me some Pro Combat Recovery Hyper Tight’s to help me recover from my 5 mile runs and workouts. This way my wife won’t have to prepare ice baths for me afterwards. The only issue I have is, why didn’t they call me for the photo shoot? Maybe I was too busy doing a Happy Hour or Urban Exploring, I’ll have to talk to my manager about this! HMPH!
But with all jokes aside, NIKE has always been the front running in their industry when it comes to innovation. But as consumers we all focus on the sexiness of their products and enjoy sporting the these items to make us feel good. Well NIKE works hard on really making the athletic feel good for real…
Research has shown that recovery for athletes is as important as training and preparation and that the recovery process has a major impact on athletic performance. The human body’s ability to bounce back from the many rigors sport throws its way is a fascinating science.
Now NIKE is introducing its first product specifically designed to assist the recovery process, the Nike Pro Combat Recovery Hypertight. The tight was developed based on insight from athletes, scientists, physiologists and coaches, and from data from the Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL).
The Nike Pro Combat Recovery Hypertight is designed to be worn away from competition, during ‘active recovery’ – while the body is moving, but not competing or engaged in intense exercise. The graduated compression provided by its advanced design targets specific zones of the leg, aiding recovery.
DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
Designer Eddy Harber worked with a core team on the testing and development of the Nike Recovery Hypertight for more than 18 months. After identifying the challenge of helping athletes to recover faster, the team searched for a solution.
The team followed the insight that compression helps reduce swelling, which can aid muscle recovery. After many different prototypes and comprehensive testing, the Nike design team had just what they were after: a comfortable, graduated compression fit that reduces muscle swelling by putting pressure exactly where it’s needed.
The amount of compression provided by the power grid pattern creates a smooth transition down the leg, with compression firmest at the ankle, where swelling can be most severe.
The Nike Pro Combat Recovery Hypertight will be available globally on Nike.com and select retail locations beginning February 3.
Stay tuned for photos of me in my Nike Pro Combat Recovery Tights, I just got the call from NIKE saying that they were saving me for an exclusive. lol. Thanks for reading!
Everywhere I went I wore these sneakers. It didn’t matter what I was doing or where I was going. These were the only shoes I wanted to wear. Even in wet and cold weather, I wore those sneakers like they were the only pair of shoes I had. I also got a lot of compliments about these sneakers from my peers and people I met.[/one_half_last]
My band mate and longtime friend had been touring and writing as Dan Abraham for a few years at this point and it inspired me to start seriously exploring my own creativity as an artist. I always admired his voice and songwriting capabilities ever since we met back in 2001. Now hearing him create a sound that was truly his own, experimenting with guitar sounds, creating vocal effects, sampling, using drum machines, ambience, and synthesizers; it all really moved me.
Both feet control two metal pedals on a drumset, a kick drum pedal and a hi-hat pedal, and both pedals have a greasy chain attached to them that your shoes will rub against while you play. I play a lot. So much that the front of the sneakers started to get black and greasy. Once I started seeing these dope sneakers get dirty, it made me realize I need to own a second pair! Either way, I didn’t care, and just kept wearing them and doing my thing.
From there, Iquan helped design my logo and launch my Laytonic brand, all while wearing the Air Trainer 1’s. I booked more events, played more shows, wrote more music, developed my sound as a producer, started a new project called Man Made West, and got recruited to play drums and record with singer/songwriter Jessi Robertson.