When I can’t think of something interesting to put here, I always chuck up a shoe page from an old issue of The Source as a distraction. There’s a brace of yellow accented greats here that evoke an era and the Reebok Apogee DMX 2000 is the champ — you NEVER see that thing anywhere anymore despite its popularity back in early 1998. A lot of great design came out of that DMX era (which, coincidentally, corresponded with the veteran MC of the same name’s ascent), but there’s very little online that catalogues it. Maybe there is some Geocities mirror site from Japan out there, but it’s been bumped down the Google rankings by a slew of new jack crap.
I see a lot of photo shoots that feature scowling people in sportswear standing near housing estates. It’s the formula that superseded men dressed like 1940s train drivers in parks for look books, but I’ve never seen it done better post-millennium than with french photographer Patrick Cariou’s Marseillais Du Nord shoot for the winter 2002 issue of THE FADER. Continue reading MARSEILLE 2002
As a longtime fiend for sportswear in all its forms, I can’t help but suspect that we’re reaching the end of a cycle. A few shoes are still worshipped, while the majority — many of which were breaking the internet 18 months ago — are just gathering dust. Even resellers can’t be arsed with some releases. As a fan, I’m happy to see it — audience apathy forces brands to get interesting. Continue reading SINCE THE FACE GOT REVEALED, GAME GOT REAL