It’s a hectic weekend at Casa di Kuisma. I’m packed with research work for my PhD but the few minutes I spent off the journals and writing, I came across some new heat from our good friends at KIKS TYO. The guys just released the latest KIKS Girl designs featuring Yuki Mamiya, Mai Nishida and Fumina Suzuki. The originators of the sneaker & girl designs are definitely not leaving anyone cold this spring. No matter how cold it might be out there (krhm Finland).
Fumina Suzuki delivers in her new “Dusk” Tee featuring Nike Air design by the same name.
It’s been a while since I posted up anything on the sneaker front. Time to change that. A friend of mine (shout out to Aleksi) brought this particular pair to my attention. A pair of sneakers any Marvel fan, especially fans of Tony Stark aka the Iron Man would pay attention to. A pair that is definitely inspired by the red and gold clad armored avenger. Though the design is rather flashy, I would not mind owning a pair. If I ever happen to find a pair in my size.
I love my sneakers as much as the next guy (maybe even more) and I have had my fair share of Air Force 1s which happen to be among my favorite Nikes. Now Nike has been pushing the boundaries of sneaker culture for decades and their latest innovation touches upon that particular design that I like, the Air Force 1. The Lunar Force 1 is what some might refer to as evolution or even revolution of sneaker-wear. As Hypebeast aptly put it, it is “an innovative remake that stays true to the unique heritage of the Air Force 1, yet catapults it into a new era of relevance, the shoe was redesigned from the inside out and from the ground up.” Something that some could refer to as sacriligious changes include the change of misdole’s heel Air unit with Lunarlon foam and heel Zoom Air unit. The shoes has become lighter, not just by its looks but actually lighter. Perhaps it’s just the way Nike pushes these sneakers but this particular shoe has gotten my attention.
While enjoying your morning cereal or whatever your choice of breakfast may be, here’s some quality entertainment to go along with that breakfast. Stephen Jackson gives Nice Kicks a sneak peek to his sneaker closet, just when you thought your 12 sneaker pairs was a collection, here’s another a collection on another level.
So, the world went crazy over the Nike Air Yeezy II sneakers released yesterday. I could argue that the release matches if not tops the Nike Mag (Back to the Future Marty McFly) release from last year. The shoe was released in selected stores worldwide as well as few online outlets offering a raffle for one’s chance to win a pair. A raffle was pretty much the only way for the stores to keep control over the insane masses queuing, and camping in front of Nike retailers for up to weeks. Yes, plural. I personally wished to land a pair of the kicks but as the shoes were seemingly not released at my neck of the woods an online raffle was an only choice, but nnah… not with my luck. Nike did make the shoes available through NikeStore, and as a result their servers, site and pretty much everythign else was jammed for hours with everyone reloading the site every other second to make sure they are there when the shoe becomes available online. The online purchase was made available for US citizens only but that does not stop international buyers from checking the site out. People were pretty vocal about their frustration, anticipation and Nike’s website issues resulting in few rather humorous Twitter updates.
We are just days away from the launch of coveted Air Yeezy sneakers. While I am still trying to figure out where to get a pair since neither Malaysia or Finland are on the list of countries stocking the shoe, Freshness Mag have put up a list of global retailers selling the shoe from 9th of June onwards. Due to the massive demand and naturally limited stock, some stores are limiting the availability to a game of chance. No point of queuing, you go to the store, get a raffles ticket and if you win, you can buy the shoes. That’s how on-demand the shoes are. Well done Kanye, you’ve created quite a hype. So folks, who could help me get a pair?
Yesterday Nike officiated the release of the anticipated Air Yeezy II sneakers and made the sneaker world go a bit more crazy than during your average shoe release. The shoe is stated to hit the stores on June 9th and is taking design inspiration from the 80′s, combines this with Nike Air Tech Challenge II technology and throws luxury fabrication to the mix to make the shoe not just functional but exceptional. The shoe is going to be available in two color ways Black/Solar-Red and Platinum. The pricing of the shoe remains to be confirmed but it would seem the shoe will be priced between 200-300 euros. Even with the slightly higher price point, the shoe will most likely sell out in a matter of day(s). Well done Kanye.
What’s the #KobeSystem and what can it do to you? I guess it’s not just what can the system do for you but where do you go once you’ve already reached “the beyond” As Nike put it, “Where do you go from the top? You go over the top. The #KobeSystem: Success for the Successful is Kobe’s winning, results-oriented philosophy on how to adapt to succeed. You’re Welcome.”
Our friends at KIKS TYO have put together a little video teasing us of what’s to come from the brand in the Spring and Summer 2012 season. New Sneaker & Girl tees are not the only thing coming up, the good folks at KIKS TYO have also put together a KIKS GIRL DVD which will be available through KIKS TYO next spring (2012). The photography is by KIKS TYO’s founder HOBBY:TECH and just to add to the teasers, the style is slightly different from the last few seasons from KIKS TYO. For now we have a little teaser video and plenty more to come. All I can say is that the S&S 2012 collection is looking hot.
The last day of Nike Mag 2011 auction. You still have a chance to cop a pair of these instant classics. The prices have settled a bit since the first day of auction and you can now get yours for a mere sum of 3000 USD (or even less). Even celebrities like Kanye West and MLB pitcher Brian Wilson (of the San Francisco Giants) have been spotted rocking the shoes. But these people can easily afford the 10k USD shoes. I read that Wilson actually bought two pairs of which one is in use where as other remains in ice.