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That's too bad because those look fucking awesome.  I would snap them up in a heartbeat.

7 months ago on Li-Ning Way of Wade 2 “YOTH”

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Nike must be feeling the heat from Adidas to team up like this.  Can't be a coincidence with all the Kanye Drama going on.

7 months, 1 week ago on Nike and Givenchy Designer Riccardo Tisci Announce Upcoming Collaboration

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Probably the best air Jordan in terms of overall design and execution.  It's just too bad the releases were so limited overall.  A real send off to the Jordan brand.  I honestly wish they would retro the 23s.  I don't really buy Jordans or Nikes unless I happen upon the outlet store because they're just not worth the money unlike other brands, but I'd wait outside of a store for a pair of dope 23s.

7 months, 1 week ago on Air Jordan XX3 “Titanium” vs. “Finale”

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Yeah, the only difference is that real art is 1 of 1, or is made in a series, like prints, where each is slightly different.  A baseball signed by a player is, again, a one of one.  Shoes?  A commodity Nike can fix up a pair of any time they please.

7 months, 1 week ago on SELECT Collections: Ken W.

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Just sounds like a way of hiking up costs across the board.

7 months, 1 week ago on How 3D Printing Can Change The Future Of Nike Footwear

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Can't wait for my Air Jimmy's.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Drake Joins Jordan Brand

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@JoeSoCavalierJames That kind of makes you a tool lol.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Kanye West Signs with adidas

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@richierich88 What's laughable is all the people acting like they would go out and buy LV because Kanye told them not to.  They're just as laughable as anyone who wouldn't buy it because Kanye told them not to.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Kanye West Signs with adidas

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How did the twitter RSVP system fix anything?  It just made the camp out even easier because people could just run a program or scripts.  Games just lame these days and Nike's part of the problem.

9 months ago on Nike Air Foamposite One “Safari” – Beauty Shots

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Why didn't Rodman get his bro Kim Jong-Un in on this deal?

9 months ago on Foot Locker #WeekOfGreatness 2013 With Kyrie Irving, Dennis Rodman, Brett Favre, Mike Tyson, & More

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"Consumers are getting the shoes they covet and the sneaker companies and retailers are reaping the benefits. Good news for everybody right? Sure, but for the sake of argument..." Fucking puppets.  Nike's got their hands so far up your ass I'm not even sure you speak for yourselves anymore.

See, I don't see this as anything more than an argument by whiskey in this article.  Shit's whack.

Fact is, the problem with the foam brand is that it's overpopulated.  Nothing wrong with a pasted on pattern; it's actually a dope concept that really worked with the Galaxies.  Not to mention that you guys seem to underestimate all the different retros of the ones and pros in the past.  Shows you what can be done with just simple color combos.  And the galaxies shows you what can happen if you really take an idea to heart.  Not too flashy, but brave.  Every other graphic foam, imo, were simply not inspired.

And this leads into the problem with the ridiculous amount of colorways for practically ever new sneaker Nike releases.  Most of the colorways are just plain lazy.  Everything is about essentially co-opting a cultural icon, then lazily pasting it onto a shoe.  And then when you do have an actual good colorway, Nike makes sure to limit it.

And that's the real reason they come out with so many colorways.  If you limit releases, but make more releases, more and more people will want a sneaker, not because they want the newest release, but because they simply couldn't get the last release and wish to compromise on something not as good, but acceptable.  This just feeds into a vicious cycle where any Nike or JB shoe not released for the whole year/season at your regular sneaker stores is considered a hot release that everyone "must have".  It's pretty obvious that Nike is releasing far fewer shoes than is still economically viable, or else they wouldn't keep having all these weird, random restocks.  Plus, what does it say about a company whose products are being sold after the fact for at least twice, if not much more at times, on the resale market?  True, the sneakers in circulation after the release would be fewer, but with how much of a "business" reselling has become, we see lots of spikes in sales, but with people stacked with kicks they thought would sell like gangbusters for 10 times the MSRP.

Then you have the fact that Nike is, more than anything else these days, an image brand.  Sure, people are buying Lebrons, Kobes, KDs, Jays, etc and acknowledge the name, but at the end of the day, it's the image the brand purports that people want and buy into.  It's true this exists for any company, but think about all the little sneaker trading forums and groups.  Think of all the people who buy what is a GR shoe and wait for that "perfect time" to rock them.  Think of all the people who buy a shoe to simply be seen in them, or, God, to simply rock them on instagram, to play the role of their rap, hip-hop, or celebrity idols, only to sell them after their first or second wear.  Remember when you went to a store and you bought a shoe and actually wore them out the store?  Yeah, don't see that happening anymore.


There's also the counter-crease culture.  It's not just because people want their shit fresh, or to protect their investment; it's because people understand that certain shoes will never come out again.  OR at least not in a while.

Nike, though, is essentially a show of what's wrong with the streetwear/urban fashion world at the moment.  You have generally good ideas, but people get greedy, and people simply want something because of a name, and don't seem to take into account actual quality.  I'm sorry, but $90+ for a button down?  $225 for a pair of V's?  $200 for a pair of jeans or $120 for a pair of shorts.  There's nothing wrong with paying this much for such items, if the quality was there.  It's not.  It's basically all cheap cotton, plasticized leather, fake suede, and cheap jean material.  Sure, I get paying good cash on a pair of Selvedge leather jeans, they could last you a life time.  But what people are buying today is, for the most part, absolute trash considering the price.  Essentially Wal-mart shit for luxury prices.

The politics of this sphere of fashion (I limit it in this way simply because I'm less familiar with others) is in utter shambles right now.  "Critics" of my thoughts may say I expect too much, or wax nostalgic, or I'm plain being salty or unrealistic.  But when you look at people who are doing shit right, like Vans with their fabulous Vault line, you start to realize how much of people's expectations for Nike, Supreme, basically all the hypebeast shit, is downright piss poor.

Soon, as with everything, it will bust.  It's quite obvious that the current socioeconomic-cultural model of the US is going to change eventually.  This too will change with it.

1 year ago on SELECT Discussion: Too Much of a Good Thing

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I don't trust Nike's claims on premium quality materials.  Unless it's sourced from a trusted source, like Horween (not saying they're the best), shit's not going to be what I consider quality, as in something that you can properly clean with leather cleaning supplies, or isn't an abominable amalgam of leather and plastic.

Only way to get any quality is to buy OG shit tbh.  But now I'm just preaching to the choir.

1 year ago on Air Jordan 3Lab5 – Retail Price

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@Cop em and Rock em It'd be corny as fuck, but I'd love an actual elephant jumpman lmfao.

1 year ago on Air Jordan 3Lab5 – Retail Price

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@thereitizz I would doubt it given it's one of the more special releases.

1 year ago on Air Jordan 3Lab5 – Retail Price

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@CC221 Fuckin' Church man.

1 year ago on Air Jordan 3Lab5 – Retail Price

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@EvilRamen Real talk.  It's just a standard slip on with a small leather patch on the insole.  Now if it had calf leather lining, or something along those lines, that would make it seem luxurious.  Instead, this just comes off as typical shit fashion houses sell for double or triple, just because of the name.  It's like those bape trucker hats that are likely made in the same factory as trucker hats made to be sold at Wal-Mart.

1 year ago on United Arrows x Vans Slip-On

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A more simplified aesthetic would be better imo, but using the glow in the dark af1 as a base is awesome as hell and despite not loving the design, the custom in and of itself is really really good.  Lines are crisp and colors are clean.  Good job.

1 year ago on Nike Air Force 1 “Evangelion” Customs by Sekure D

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These shits look like they're having an identity crisis...

1 year ago on “People’s Champ” Nike KD 6 NSW

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Stop it with this stuff Nike.  It's awful.

1 year ago on Nike KD VI NSW “Birthday” – Release Date

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250 dollars for an ugly pair of all-elephant shoes.  Ugh.  The only thing that should have elephant print all over it is an elephant.  Next we'll have a pair of all-over cement shoes because of the 3's, and an all over black patent shoe because of the 11s.  Maybe if we're lucky we'll get an all over shark teeth pair as well to represent the 5s.

1 year, 1 month ago on Air Jordan 3Lab5 Packaging

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@fly li @EvilRamen Ooh internet tough guy over here.  Lemme guess, are you trained in gorilla warfare?  Shit's so cash.

1 year, 1 month ago on Air Jordan 3Lab5 Packaging

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I just hope Nike's bubble bursts and they go back to quality shit.  Because right now, they're just an image company shitting out low quality products.

1 year, 1 month ago on Air Jordan Retro Prices To Increase in 2014

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Dallas Penn is part of what's wrong with the world.

1 year, 1 month ago on Complex’s 10 Sneaker Industry People Speak On How They Got Their Grails

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I'm never impressed with collections, because MOST of the shoes in a collection are simply the end result of spending money.  However, the guy gets props for speaking the truth on the foam game and his love for the 17s.

1 year, 1 month ago on SELECT Collections: Justin Amazing

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bite bite bite.

1 year, 1 month ago on adidas Y-3 Qasa High – Black – Neon

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Shoot, I hope he's just being 'ye and not trying to do that whole hobo chic thing.  That stuff is just ignorant.

1 year, 1 month ago on Kanye West in Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October”

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Lmao, such a classy pad and the guy puts a giant '23' on the outside.

1 year, 1 month ago on Michael Jordan’s $21 Million Mansion

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@obiz9 Well I doubt they're fake.  However, why should we be impressed by a collection from a kid who's parents may very likely have gained their wealth from crime?  That'd be like being impressed by Al Capone's kid's shit.

1 year, 1 month ago on Massive Air Jordan Collection by Evian Chow Featured in FRANK Chapter 52

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Lol that guy holding the orange shoe to his ear looks like he drew on his facial hair.  Why are they putting the shoes up to their ears anyways?  To hear the screams of agony as the Chinese who made their shoes had to hold their piss and shit in for 10 hours before they were able to take a bathroom break?  They're not shells for Christ's sake.

Honestly, as much as I don't get into the kind of thrift store fashion stuff, I will say I respect them.  Even if you like something someone has, you can't bite their ish no matter how much money you have.  With a lot of urban and streetwear fashion, you can bite people's shit easy.  Might not be legit articles of clothing, but when you're copying people from TV, Music, etc, does it really matter at that point?

1 year, 2 months ago on Reebok Classic VIP Suite at the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash

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Seriously?  You're getting paid that much and you're listening with Beats?  Damn dude, guy must have the ears of a tweenager.

1 year, 2 months ago on LeBron James in Air Yeezy 2 “Pure Platinum”

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@kutsum That's the whole point of Vans though dude, keep 'em clean and they age well.  They're like a nice pair of jeans and will do you well if you treat 'em right and actually wear them.  Most basketball sneakers are throwaways once they get too worn out, same with SBs.  

1 year, 2 months ago on Liberty x Vans

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Everything wrong with the "game" under one roof.

1 year, 2 months ago on Sneaker Con Atlanta June 2013 – Event Recap

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Shit KC is down to Earth with this, despite being part of the hype train.  Total cognitive dissonance with that guy.

1 year, 2 months ago on Darren Rovell and ABC Explore the World of Sneaker Trading

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Shit's sus as fuck

1 year, 2 months ago on Darren Rovell and ABC Explore the World of Sneaker Trading

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@newsouth912 @boodle81 I would think using colored rubber would probably stop that.  Nike doesn't care though as long as they get yo dollah :/

1 year, 3 months ago on Air Jordan III ’88 Retro – Restock Release Info

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@newsouth912 @_iandeleon_ My guess would be oxidation of the rubber or something, as I doubt sun damage is the likely cause

1 year, 3 months ago on Air Jordan III ’88 Retro – Restock Release Info

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Seriously, people need to quit with the pot socks.

1 year, 3 months ago on Lil Wayne x Spectre by Supra – Launch Event Recap

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This is what I've concluded based on Nike releases the past few years: Nike's design team is spotty, but their marketing team is on point.  Ask yourself, when's the last time you waited in line for a week for a pair of adidias, reebok, or other brand of shoes (i.e. you, not are there lines for them)?  Most likely never, but if you have, it's most definitely not a regular occurrence.  That's not to say the brands don't have hot ticket items, but Nike is basically just a marketing company nowadays.   Though their distribution just seems whack.  People are lining up at footlocker?  Forreal?  That's like lining up at McDonalds for the McRib.   And yet somehow the marketing peeps get you to do it.   I'll be honest, in terms of clothing, there is a certain level of "fast-food-ness" to the stuff Nike makes.  Most of it is made in China on an assembly line of poorly paid workers, just like your big mac is (literally, they call it the assembly line process).  They don't use high quality materials, just like McDonalds doesn't use high quality ingredients (I'm not claiming they use dog meat like some people, but it's definitely not some organic free range, freshly slaughtered meat).  And both companies seem to collect in poorer areas of the country as well.


And the resellers, why is Nike not taking advantage of that?  I'll be honest, if someone has a valid argument for Nike not selling some of their shoes for much higher than they do, let me know.  If yeezys are a status item to many, then why not just increase the price to something like $500?  Maybe by keeping the prices low, they trick you into thinking you can get these status items, but hype the shit and limit it to just the right amount that they're still hard to attain.

Like I said, Marketing is on point.  Makes me wonder if Phil Knight sold his soul to the devil or something lol.

1 year, 3 months ago on Nike Air Foamposite One – Sport Royal – Game Royal – Wolf Grey

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People seriously need to stop painting another shoe onto another shoe.  Shit is just uninspired.

1 year, 3 months ago on This Week in Custom Sneakers: 4/27 – 5/3

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@NuttyKicks The people Nike's got hooked are the people claiming to "collect" sneakers.  Shit's just straight up hoarding lol

1 year, 3 months ago on Nike Air Foamposite One – Sport Royal – Game Royal – Wolf Grey

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Spike Lee's part of the reason why people are poor.

1 year, 3 months ago on Complex TV – Quickstrike: Episode 10 – Featuring Spike Lee

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It looks too perfect to be real ostrich leather.  I wonder if it's just normal leather made to look it, which kind of defeats the purpose of ostrich leather in the first place.

1 year, 3 months ago on Nike Air Force 1 iD – Ostrich Leather Options

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I always love shoes with interesting fabrics inside the shoe.

1 year, 3 months ago on Loopwheeler x Nike Air Vortex – Navy

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@Sneeky Yeah I'll be honest, cats saying they collect sneakers are sus as hell.  Buy the shoes you want to wear, and just enjoy them for that.  Calling them a collection makes them into something more than just shoes.  And that's what Nike wants.  I feel like a lot of the "collectors" are either making up for a lack in their childhood (think of all the sneaker "heads" you read about in interviews, claiming there was always that one sneaker they could never get.  That's OCD as hell), or some sort of lack in their lives.  If people weren't making these purchases irrationally, they wouldn't be causing such a raucous and companies like Nike wouldn't be able to get away with these kinds of prices.  Because here's the thing, all the people with money (celebrities, athletes, designers, etc) get a significant amount of their stuff either for free or on the cheap because of their media exposure.  So those $300 sneakers Jay-Z is rocking is money Nike most likely didn't get.  It's you who is essentially paying Nike to give away free stuff.  There are many interesting ways you can look at what your buying a sneaker means.

I've developed a habit of looking at sneakers from afar.  It's fun to look at them on the internet, but I'm more interested in buying only the shoes that I feel deserve a political purchase.  I want my shoe purchase to say that I want to help support higher quality leather, lower prices, and better working conditions for those who make them.  Nothing wrong with making shit in China, but with the suicide nets at Foxxcon and the fact that the places like Footlocker make more and more on a shoe makes it kind of disgusting to buy a $235 shoe knowing that the person making it is getting less than a $1 an hour, with no job security or insurance coverage whatsoever.  It's why I hate to see discs that are made in mexico.  It just reminds me of the Maquiladoras on the border in places like TJ.

1 year, 3 months ago on May 2013 Sneaker Releases

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Yo @Godfather24 @Sneakerhead42 @dsuaveallday @Da_Real_Big_Infinite @kennotstop_23, how does Kobe's scrotum feel against your chin?  I how Phil Knight gave you a reach around while you guys each got double timed.

1 year, 3 months ago on Nike Honors Kobe Bryant with “Now, Show Us Again” Ad

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Like it it was more of a reinterpretation of the cement colorway, this could be good.  But naw man...just naw.

1 year, 3 months ago on Vans Era “True Blue III” by JP Custom Kicks

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Good ass name lol.  They should come with a walkie talkie

1 year, 3 months ago on Nike Air Foamposite One “E.T. Foam Home” Customs by RBN

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Shoes are alright and raws are dope.  Win win.

1 year, 3 months ago on Air Jordan 1 “Raw” Customs by Sab-One

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@212TP Iono, the fact that "pigeons" is considered a cw, and not just a shoe makes me think it's well on its way to being played out like the yeezys.

1 year, 3 months ago on Nike Air Force III “Pigeon” Customs by KLR Whales

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