Today I paid a visit to the new location of Bespoke Cut & Sew in Artesia, CA. Bespoke Cut & Sew is a small, but growing, hat customization company based out of Southern California. What started as a group of friends customizing hats in a garage has now grown into a booming business with four locations around Southern California. For the Artesia location, they joined the good folks of Footage by TheCoolShoeShine and Rooted to provide a one stop shop for all your sneaker, hat/headwear, and street wear needs. Check out the pictures I took below and be sure to stop on by if you’re in the area.
Well, it’s that time of the year again. The end of one year and the anticipation of starting another one. The time where we take a look back at the year that is soon to past and reflect on all that has happened. While there was many personal things I went through this year and many goals I have in mind for this upcoming year, I’m going to keep this light and simply share my Top Ten favorite sneakers that came out in 2013.
While there were quite a few sneakers that released this year that could easily be in the Top Ten of anyone’s lists, I decided to limit it to sneakers I actually personally picked up. Not only that, I decided to keep my list to sneakers that made it to the end of the year. In other words, sneakers that are still currently in my closet and weren’t sold or traded for something else. So with that, let the countdown begin.
No. 10: Air Jordan IV Retro “Toro”
If you don’t already know, the Jordan IV is not only my favorite Jordan model but also the sneaker that first started my love affair with sneakers back in 1989. Although this is not an original colorway and I am not the biggest fan of majority red sneakers, I thought this was actually a nice retro. I’ve been pretty disappointed with recent Jordan retro’s as far as materials go, but I was actually quite impressed with these. The nubuck was a lot nicer than I thought it would be. Plus the sneaker has more of a sentimental value for me now since my brother picked it up for me while he was in New York for vacation. It’s not often that my brother picks up sneakers for me but he came through for me when I struck out over here and online. I actually took them to Footage to consign and sell them but ended up taking them back thinking of the effort my brother did to pick these up for me. I don’t think I could ever sell them now. Thanks brother for the assist!
No. 9: Saucony x Bait Shadow Original “Cruel World”
The good folks at Bait have been only opened for a little over a year but they have made great strides within this year in the field of “sneaker collaborations”. This Shadow Original, dubbed “Cruel World”, is a Vegan friendly sneaker that was built “devoid of animal-based products and by-products” and was Bait’s second go-around with Saucony. Although I am not a Vegan myself, I found the use of vegan friendly materials quite interesting and it actually came out really nice. The shape isn’t the greatest but it’s not bad either. Not only was this a sneaker that was built to benefit animals, but Bait donated a portion of all sales from these sneakers to benefit A Placed Called Home, a South Central based youth center. Bait was able to raise $15,628 for the youth center. If there’s anything I love more than a beautiful pair of sneakers, is a beautiful pair of sneakers with a good cause behind them.
No. 8: Nike Kobe 8 “Easter”
The Kobe 8 Easter is the only pair I own from the Kobe 8 line. Not that I don’t like the shoe itself, but I just don’t wear basketball shoes casually often and I don’t play basketball in Kobe’s either. I couldn’t pass up this colorway though. In my opinion, it best represents “Easter” from the Easter pack. The shoe is actually quite comfortable as well with the use of Lunarlon. It’s no wonder the Kobe 8 was a favorite of many this year.
A couple of weeks ago, Team NB, in collaboration with New Balance, had an Instagram contest in which each of their members would design a pair of New Balance 574 Customs and the followers of the Team NB Instagram account could vote which they thought was the best. The winning designer would receive a free pair of his/her 574s that they designed. Along with the winning designer, one follower of the Team NB account who voted would also be chosen to receive that same design for free as well. Lo and behold, I happened to be fortunate enough to be picked as the winner! I was pretty stoked because I never win any social media contests (I never even win in Nike raffles to purchase a shoe!). The winning custom was designed by Jake (@BlackForestCo). I’m actually a fan of many of Jake’s previous 574 Customs, a few of which I actually contemplated making myself. What I liked about Jake’s design was that it was actually quite similar to one I was already planning to make as well. There was probably only one thing I might have changed from Jake’s design but even so, it came out killer and I’m quite happy with the result. I can’t wait to get these on feet.
I received the shoes some time last week and I decided to go out and get some pictures of it for the blog. I’ve been itching to shot something for a while now so I figured this was a perfect opportunity to get out and get some practice in. It also gave me a chance to put the Sigma 35mm 1.4 I picked up earlier in the year to some use. For the past few months I’ve been mostly shooting with my Canon 50mm 1.4 (mostly for my WDYWT shots) so it took a bit of getting use to shooting with a 35mm again. I definitely need to get more practice in but I’m pretty happy with this lens.
And now, without further adieu, here are the pictures I took. Keep in mind, I am not a professional and I do this for fun so please be kind. If you have any constructive criticism, please leave it in the comments. It’s more than welcomed. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the pictures. I just wanted to thank the guys from Team NB again for picking me. I’m very appreciative of this and love the shoes. Congratulations again Jake on your winning design!