Watch this space…

Just a quick note to apologise for the recent inacivity. This will unfortunately continue over the next month until my exams are done however there are some Big things coming which will bring about the involvement of all of you. Until then feel free to check up on my LPU’s as i’m always picking up. Additionally if you want some trainer fame then send me some of your pictures and I can feature them in our gallery including links to your insta pages.

nick@kicks-culture.com
peace!

Taking the BAIT

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This week saw the release of the fairly hyped BAIT x Asics ‘splash city’ Gel lyte V’s. The shoes were reflective of BAIT’s newest store location in the San Francisco area and were to only be available from that location. They, like any collaboration utilise premium materials such as Nubuck. They have the 3M Asics logo which features on most GLV’s and BAIT illustrated insoles. A nice shoe overall but thats as far as it goes in my opinion.

We are talking about BAIT tho- one of the biggest collaborating names and in my opinion, one of the best media masters and advertising admirals. They definitely know how to generate hype. It started with the perfectly edited teaser images along with the ‘limited’ numbers and individual location drop which set the hype bomb off. There were people begging for proxy weeks before the release and even plans of a trip to the bay for some. Good job BAIT.

What we are seeing now, similar to the last few releases from BAIT is the raffle system where if you apply- ‘you May have a chance to buy a pair’ yet another brilliant hype tool, However, not so ‘limited’ when everyone who applied gets the chance. I never applied at the time but before publishing the article I did. A little experiment to exercise and test my opinion- to which I prevailed as I now am one of the lucky few…

In no way am I slating BAIT. I like most of their collabs and have/had a pair myself. I am merely sharing that their ‘limited’ releases aren’t so limited and that we don’t need to stress about getting a pair if we really want
a pair. Just hang about Klekt and wait for a discount reseller to realise he made a mistake or wait for the next installment (the red pair).

New Balance x Concepts- 998

'Tannery'
I got these about a two weeks ago and have only really gotten round to sharing them with you due to my pure infatuated state along with exam prep taking over. Getting a real top end shoe is such a fine feeling but you really can tell the difference when its a grail. When it’s a trainer you have been after longer than any other, when everytime you see them in someone else’s pictures you’re filled with a mixture of jealousy and awe. This is that pair for me and that fine feeling is more of a meritorious one. I really only have two grails in my collection- my atmos safari’s and now these. I did, unfortunately have to pay an arm and a leg in obtaining them but the list of justifiable reasons is endless and it has put me out of the buyers game, at least until the exams are over (maybe).

Due to the recent string of sterling weather I have already been able to un-DS them and what a day that was! If passer-byers had time to stop and have a closer look im sure they would have complimented on the exceptional use of materials or if they weren’t a trainer enthusiast (which in glasgow they probably weren’t) then they might rave about the unusual and subtly perfect shade of green they are. Or maybe they wouldn’t say anything at all and i’m just a lonely man in love… Whatever the case, i’m a happy man.

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Nike- Air Max 90

'King of the Mountain'
I finally managed to grab a pair of these 08′ air max 90 premiums! thats right, these were just a premium release. We are lucky these days to see this much detail go into a collaboration. apparently less is more…
As I have been on the hunt for quite the period of time for these at the right price I would have happily settled for a used condition pair but it seems my luck was in as I managed to score a brand new pair with OG box and all for an even luckier price.
This pair were influenced by the notorious mowabb colourway which we, over the years have seen a number of re-enactments. Not many of those as well adapted as these (although my biased airmax views may be clouding things). The quality of the different leathers is reflective of the premium label circa 2008 and the little additions are what make this shoe such a high scorer in my books, namely the translucent imaged sole or the ‘king of the mountain’ stitching on the heel. Pink isn’t everyones cup of tea however and these won’t be easy to maintain. I look forward to un-DS’ing them this summer.
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Nike- Air Max 1

'Nike ID'
Along with the blessing of actually being able to observe celestial mechanics at work today I received my first Nike ID’s since I was a young boy. Quite the comparison, I know.
We have all been known to sit on NikeID for hours chopping and changing our favourite silhouettes to then exit the site and forget all about them. Most of the time if we actually went through with it we would be over the moon- or rather behind it…
There are a number of scare stories about ID options where materials or colours don’t quite match up to what we had seen before. That along with the relatively high price and the potential six week wait I guess is enough to put most off.

This time I really did spend hours making sure that these were infact the one’s for me. I asked for a few opinions despite ordering the opposite of that they said. The most important opinion agreed with me that day anyway so I was happy. I had an almost expired Nike voucher too so it would have been rude not to and my final push was an assumption no one would really be making ID’s and my waiting period wouldn’t be long (I can’t actually recall why I thought this). A fairly simple assumption most would think but they were with me in three weeks. From the last click to first flick.

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Tinker Surprise!

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the very first air max trainer. Perfectly and brilliantly conjured by Tinker Hatfield. We have Tinker to thank for such silhouettes as the: Air max 1, Air max 90, Huarache and  Jordans- 3,4,5,6,11 and 12. So quite a few and some might say the best. Anything he gets involved in these days seems to easily obtain a holy status. Understandibly tho he has earned his stigma.

Last year we seen the OG ‘3.26’ volt sole air max 1’s for the anniversary and this year, despite 28 years being nothing particularly special it seems like we are going to be flooded with anniversary packs, limited drops and even a new silhouette from Tinker himself! I guess it goes back to what I’ve said previously about corporations capitalising on the current popularity of ‘the game’.
I’m not going to lie tho, I was very excited when I seen this video and the sketch looks very tantalising. If you haven’t already seen it then definitely check it out below!

Just a couple of days after the video dropped though we were graced with a follow up picture of the ‘Air max Zero’ and yes, it did look like the sketch however the use of proposed materials looks very disappointing. Too many plasticy synthetics and too many materials in general in my opinion. It would seem that they have tried to take a collection of previous trainers and throw them all together in the hope of creating something that all the previous enthusiasts of each will adore. In no way am I writing the ‘Zero’s’ off but I am nervous to see them in the flesh and the initial colourways.

 

Nike- Air Max 1

'Patch Pack/ Steel green'
I some how managed to get these on release day despite sleeping in. Luckily my girl remembered how much I had been going on about them and woke me up. I actually seen some leaked pictures at the end of the last year and had always said I was a big fan of the beige ones. As the release date drew nearer tho I ended up deciding I would get both the green and the beige ones. Unfortunately with such a popular release tho I was only able to get the green ones.

The shape of the shoe is fantastic and the no-sew mud-guard is very hyperfuse-esk. There was even chat that these would be the new independence days. Turns out they’re just american military inspired hence the insole flag.

I have yet to try on any of the patches and doubt I will if i’m being honest. The shoe, in my opinion looks best as is and the velcro on the patches doesn’t even seem strong.

I am very pleased with the trainers although this has to be my most hated release so far. I know a large number of people who genuinely wanted them but didn’t get the chance due to the mass amount of resellers. My anger was further escalated when I went on Klekt. Every size… Every colour… Double the price. Disgusting.

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Nike- Air Max 1

'Wash Pack'
Here is the 2004 ‘wash pack’ Asia exclusives. There isn’t a whole load of hype that surround these and I didn’t actually know too much about them until I spied some amazing pictures taken in a laundrette. Anyway, that was enough to get them on my radar although this was probably well over a year ago and I had never in all my time involved seen a pair of these up for grabs. This, fortunately for me was another steal and although the outersole needs a little glue loving I managed to get them posted for well under £100.

The washed out leather is a unique look that we don’t actually see too often. It also means I wont be afraid to give them a good wear. Despite their age they are in a fantastic condition. The rest of the leather is great along with OG laces and arch supports. My favourite detail has to be the corduroy (could be a substitute although I don’t think it is) very patta corduroy-esk and I can’t wait to rock them with my corduroy trousers. Blast from the past!
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Adidas- Hamburg

'Cargo Coral'

This first pair of Hamburgs for me see’s my Adidas collection continue to rise. The colourway really caught my eye whenever I seen them in some random high-street shop and after a couple of days of deliberating the worthiness of a general release I decided I would infact get them. No where that sold them done half sizes tho which was disappointing however luckily the Adidas website did and even luckier I had another email address to sign up to Adidas with and got 15% off with free delivery.
Simple, effective and as always- nice to get a new pair that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

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Asics x Size?- GLIII

'Tsavorite'
Here we have the Size? 25th anniversary Gel lyte III’s which dropped last week. Interestingly there wasn’t a large amount of hype around the release of these. Obviously being the 25th anniversary of such a largely iconic silhouette there are going to be about 20 released throughout the year and to impress and gather a large amount of hype will need something special. To achieve such, collaborators need to properly advertise and get momentum going. I feel that there wasn’t an adequate amount of that from size? this time. Lack of advertisement along with a number of 3M haters meant that even now, a week later there are still a number of sizes left online and instore.

Even I was skeptical upon ordering them. The delivery period was a tense time But, i’m all about giving things a chance.
When they arrived my already good day was made. The quality of materials, in particular the super soft suede are fantastic. The 3M is flawless and perfectly placed- when not illuminated the trainer looks like two harmonistic greys atop of each other. The two additional sets of rope laces is a nice touch too.
Regardless of my biased opinion I have actually spoken to a few others who made took the chance with these and a general underestimated opinion was common.
It’s safe to say anyone who didn’t sleep on these is a happy customer.
It’s not too late for you either…

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