It should come as a surprise to no one that we here at The N. Period are big fans of New Balance (now if we could only convince them to add a small punctuation mark to their logo), so without further adieu we introduce this clean grey-on-grey colorway that NB uses for the MT580 shoe — our current featured Kick of the Week. Originally released as a trail shoe by the Japanese company Mita in the 1990s, the 580 has seen many special editions in the Land of the Rising Sun due to its simple, elegant design and solid build. Special projects by Stussy, UNDFTD and realmad HECTIC are among the successful MT580 spin-offs released in Japan, but we remain partial to these grey beauts, which we will now dub either the “Elephants” or the “Rhinos.” Let us know which name you prefer. Oh yeah, and did we mention that these are ready for North American consumption? Well, they are, available at Zappo’s for a cool $90. More images after the jump. [via Nice Kicks.]
When adidas released the ZX 800 in the mid-1980s the running world was turned on its ear with what was at the time one of the most technically-advanced shoes around. Now, over 20 years later, the Brand with the Three Stripes proves that it has indeed created a timeless classic. Today’s KOTW entry (late I know, blame the bachelor party) showcases the ZX 800 Lea, out this Fall in a sharp turquoise and black colorway. More after the jump. [via HighSnobiety.]
What? Kanye Kanye Kanye. Big ups for the Olympics timeliness.
Tell me is this sounds familiar. You’re perusing your favorite shoe store, perhaps on the internet, and you find a shoe that seems like it was designed straight from the palette of your sugar plum-infested dreams. One problem, though. The fresh colorway that is so unbelievably cool is an exclusive women’s shoe of that model. Bummer. This happens to me all the time. At the N. Period, we definitely feel the jealousy bubbling in our veins more than once a month for the often better colorways available on footwear for the fairer sex. So this week’s KOTW submission is a special shout-out to the ladies.
As a long-time supporter of Nike’s Dunk line as well as the color blue, you can imagine my dismay when I saw this outstanding combination of azures and realized that they would probably never grace my masculine feet. But never fret, I’m hoping some fresh lady will read this and I’ll see her in the streets rocking one of my dream pairs of shoes. *sigh*
So without further ado we present the Cayman/Varsity Royal colorway of Nike’s women’s Dunk Low. Enjoy all you lucky lady sneakerheads.
Available at Caliroots. More pics after the jump.
Dallas and New York based artist Tony Bones has made about as many enemies as he had fans with his years of prominent graffiti. Many have entered the debate as to whether his work actually qualifies as art. Tony’s luck has caught up with him in his home town, though and now he is forced to face the ugly consequences of his illegal activities. Fortunately for the artist, enough of an audience exists that a transition to galleries has become his main focus. The N. Period had the chance to sit down with Tony Bones recently at The Public Trust in Deep Ellum, where he has an upcoming solo show.
N.: What was yr first experience with graphic art/design?
Tony Bones: I got started really I guess doing doodles. On school papers, on my school tests, like in the margins and stuff. Then it moved on to my desk, and then I started writing in the bathrooms at school — it just went everywhere from there. All city, all over the place. It was an evolution, then it consumed me, the whole graffiti thing.
N.: I know that you are from East Dallas, which is one of the most culturally diverse parts of the city. When you were growing up, did you know how great of a neighborhood that you were in?
TB: I didn’t really have anything to put it against, but I definitely had an appreciation for it. East Dallas has more of a neighborhood feel, kinda like an old flavor, more of a sense of community, I’ve always had a lot of love for the East side.
N.: Who were your influences once you got into graffiti?
The US men’s soccer team was far from impressive, echoing the performance of the women’s team the day before, but they managed to get the three points against Japan on the strength of a goal from Stuart Holden. What I found more interesting, though, was the fact that the team was missing the official team crest on the jerseys and shorts, another way that they mirrored the women’s showing. See how they normally look here. Still looking for a reason why, so any insight would be greatly appreciated.
It all happened so fast. Today in Beijing the Olympics quietly kicked off with the first round of women’s soccer matches. Sorely missing their star Abby Wambach, who suffered a broken leg last month, the US team gave up two goals in the first four minutes to Norway and struggled the entire time en route to losing the match. Let’s hope that they get their act together because they now sit in last place in Group G.
Something I found extremely interesting, though, was the fact that the United States team was playing without the US Soccer badge that is usually worn over the heart. Looks like the logo was also missing from the shorts (see official game shorts here). As a matter of fact, there was not a US crest to be found on the field of play today, not even by the goalie, which left the American team looking, ummm, naked. But not like this or this, which I’m sure all of you are upset about. Surely this omission had something to do with the team losing its mojo today.
Anybody have any clue why the team went crest-less today? Let me know in the comments.