Chucks, Adidas, Etonics, Air Force One’s, Jordans, Reeboks, Limited Editions, Pro Keds, Vans, Dunks, Air Maxes, whatever your style is Sneakerpimps is an international sneaker showcase that displays some of the most individualistic footwear and styles that a sneakerfiend could dream of.
Pioneer sneaker conisseuers know that the whole idea of sneaker being more than just a sneaker started in the Bronx during the mid 70’s. Tennis shoes were primarily used for athletic purposes but when hip-hop got a hold of them they became more than just athletic apparel. Kicks became a form of identify and from one glimpse of the kicks you could identify that person’s origin and personality.
Sneakerpimps originated from a Sydney, Australia skater named Peter Fahey who realized there was a movement and underground culture that lived to have the shoe that no one else had.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a Sneakerpimps event in Baltimore, and for your viewing pleasure I picked out a few kicks that I felt brought back the feeling of raw originality that sometimes get lost in this quick to make a commodity based culture.
“The Bronx keep on makin it Brooklyn keep on takin it” KRS-One
The Reebok Classic one of the most basic shoes, has been tagged like it was a subway in New York. The shoe is a nice blend of orange and green but the graffiti work is crazy. It’s reminiscent of a shoe that would probably be worn to a party where the b-boy or b-girl is posted up. These, however, are not the type that you want to dance in simply because, although they are immersed in color, there is a hint of white and there is nothing worse than a pair of scuffed up fresh whites. Classic graffiti for a classic shoe.
You can’t discuss kicks unless you talk about Run DMC and the monumental creation of the sneaker phenomenon they initiated. On the one you have the traditional New York skyline in detail all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge. With a keen eye you can even notice that the artist paying homage by keeping the image of the Twin Towers, in addition to the late Jam Master Jay with his signature style and Godfather like brim. This pair belongs in the Smithsonian along with everything else that has become a staple in American culture.
Ok we’ve said our respects but I know everyone remembers getting Nintendo for Christmas and playing that first game and when you saw the princess after level 1 you thought you beat the game. The creator of this shoe was clearly thinking outside the box. How convenient would it be if someone could have an X-Box or the new Playstation planted somewhere inside their shoe so whenever it’s possible they can pull out a game and play some Madden right there on the spot. One things for sure, no one would step on anyone’s shoes.
Converse which skyrocketed in sales with the likes of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird who were arch rivals for a good 3-4 years, had everybody and their mother wearing them. The creator of these shoes clearly wanted to show his spiritual side. This is the true essence of walking in faith.
Wedding bells anyone? The perfect pair to wear at the reception while dancing to A Tribe Called Quest, or while on the skateboards kicking and pushing away to your honeymoon. These pair even coordinate like the traditional wedding couple should with the laces being replaced by buttons for the groom, and the bride with gold swoosh on the side that are subtle but keep the pair very uniform. The bride’s laces are laced with the groom vale. One would think the engineer of these pair had wedding plans on his/her mind, lets just hope one of these pairs didn’t get left at the alter.
The Air Max 95’s are my personal favorite but that’s just me. This particular Air Max 90 would make me contemplate that a little bit. With the old school arcade Centipede feel traveling through the bottom of this sneaker it gives you that limited edition feeling like these shoes almost came with the video game, and if you were smart you would put the sneakers on ice like you did the game. The laces and the colors of this shoe give it that Pac-man, Contra, Pole-Position feel as well.
To actually have some fruity loops on the shoe with actual fruity loops inside the shoe that are edible? The thought of eating cereal out of a shoe, I’m sure has crossed some people’s minds, but to see it is something different and as dope as it looks, I don’t think I would do it even if they were a fresh pair.
Not a real fan of the thick AF1 sole but I had to choose these because the colors were ridiculous anime feel and you kind of ignore the laces because the colors are that gravitating. In addition, the color of the sole kind of makes the sole appear to be smaller than the actual size. The number 7 represents the number of shoes that this creator has made this particular way, which is also different in the way it is printed on the shoe parallel to that of a soccer jersey.
For all of you who don’t know here is a little history lesson. Big Red was the name that was given to Malcolm Little after he left Omaha, Nebraska and became a hustler on the streets of Harlem, before he served time in prison and came out Malcolm X. So this hi-top Adidas shoe to me is crazy because for someone to have the creativity where with all too associate Big Red gum with Malcolm and transpire that to an image is genius.
I like to call these the chameleon huaraches because that’s what they are. I’ve never seen anyone with a huarache solely one color. I don’t know about ya’ll but the first time I got turned on to this shoe was by the Michigan Wolverines Fab 5 consisting of Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King and they were the hi-top version. These are original though because it’s very rare today that you see a shoe that is completely one color all the way down to the tongue.
Now when I think about the Bo Jackson’s, I think of a very masculine shoe, so to see it look like someone from the AKA Sorority can wear it, I look at it with a different eye. I think of Bo’s in blue and gray, black and gray literally anything and gray. For the tomboy in any woman these would be the perfect type of shoe with some cargos, fatigues or very earthy colors. This shoe would work but I doubt think that there would be no training of any kind when wearing this footwear.
Finally, I believe it was the Jordan 3 or 4 that had the snake skin on the side of the shoe. Well taking a page from that book I dare to ask where and how they obtained the snake skin for this shoe but it looks bananas. The shoe itself almost represents what a snake would look like. If you have any inkling of an imagination you can see that this was the theme of this shoe.
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