Nike is awesome, and we talk about them a lot. They’ve collaborated with artists and designers to produce everything from apparel to architecture installations (their global director of design actually majored in architecture). That’s just the tip of the iceberg though. Last year, the company out-awesomed itself when it came out in support of gay and lesbian athletes in a major way, releasing sick-looking, geo-specific shoes and hosting a summit to abolish homophobia in sports that coincided with pride month. And even though that was just last year, so much has changed.
Sci-fi and the future; I think about these all the time. The science fiction tales of the last 100 years has inspired so many of the objects we now have in our day to day lives. One of the fields sci-fi has absolutely had an effect on is in fashion design, as evidenced by these futuristic pair of Nike’s, the WMNS Roshe Run “Metric”.
I came across this pair of sneakers the other day and for whatever reason they seem perfect to me. I currently wear boots most of the time so seeing these mid-tops, created by Taka Hayashi for Vans Vault, are something so different than what I’m used to but would certainly brighten up my wardrobe. There are a few key things that I think really make this shoe work. First there’s the balance of polished and natural materials, specifically the leathers used. I love on the toe there’s a suede that gives it that natural vibe, but then you get a bit of the Horween leather that elevates it a bit. Then there’s that black and white printed band at the top of the shoe. I think this graphic element is so interesting, it helps to break up the more straightforward nature of the shoe.
Now the hard part… tracking a pair of these down.
Found through Hypebeast
My obsession with camo seems to be unwavering. I recently came across these shoes from Clae, a model called Newman, which comes in two pretty rad colorways – tan and black camouflage. The patterns are rather subtle, especially on the black version, each looking like they could be a part of a carefully considered car interior. I mean that in a really good way.The pattern lines up with weave of the fabric in just the right way. I’m not sure though which I think is better, the tan or the black camo, they both certainly have their merits.
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The idea of camouflage can be traced back to the notes of Charles Darwin who recognized the patterns of animals and insects served as a survival mechanism.
When we see leaf-eating insects green, and bark-feeders mottled-grey; the alpine ptarmigan white in winter, the red-grouse the colour of heather, and the black-grouse that of peaty earth, we must believe that these tints are of service to these birds and insects in preserving them from danger.
My first passionate encounter came in the form of a pair of camo trainers that were made by XLarge. I think I purchased them in 2002 in a strip mall in Downtown Sacramento. They still sit in a box underneath my bed and they’re one of my prized possessions. But before that I had no affinity to camo. If anything I had grown an aversion thanks to years of high school classmates in baggy camo cargo pants. Over time though I’ve certainly grown quite an affection for camo, which was certainly fueled by Hardy Blechman’s immense compendium DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material. In it he covers not only the history and variety of camouflage patterns but also their occurrences in pop culture. It’s the holy grail of camo.
So I thought I’d put together a collection of camo objects that I’ve been gathering over the last few weeks. Hopefully you find some that you like. Just remember to dress sparingly with your camo. Too much camo and you might end up looking like a crazy war vet.