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.]
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?
With some thanks to all who signed the petition for Dirk Nowitzki, the big German will be the his country’s official flag bearer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. On another note, what is up with that haircut? Of course we’d expect this type of dome artistry from someone like the “Tru Warier” Ron Artest, but the Olympic rings carved into Dirk’s head proves that you never really know what this guy is gonna do. To his benefit, about half of his teammates are currently looking just as silly with their head rings. Let’s see if this look makes it to the court. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. Congrats, Mr. Nowitzki.
Sneakerheads in the know will remember all the fuss caused by the Pigeon Dunks a few years back, whose worldwide run of 150 pairs nearly caused a riot in NYC when they were released on February 22, 2005. This naturally led to a number of fakes as people everywhere paid up to $3,000 for the chance to sport that sick grey and orange (pink?) colorway. Well now that same fresh aura, designed by original Pigeon craftsman Jeff Staple, has been transplanted onto the New Balance 575 and the results are admittedly head-turning. This release will be slightly easier to get your hands on (144 pairs per region, 800 global distribution). Sneaker Freaker exclusive. Check here for an interview with Jeff Staple about the Pigeon NB 575. More photos after the jump. [via Sneaker Freaker.]
Dallas and New York City-based artist Tony Bones will have a solo show beginning August 9, 2008 at Dallas’ The Public Trust gallery. Artists’ reception will begin that evening at 7 PM and the show will be running until September 6. Full details after the jump. Stay tuned to The N. Period for more juicy Tony Bones coverage in the coming days.
Announced last week, these fresh monsters are a collabo between Nike and the Roots, famed drummer ?uestlove. This KOTW selection is ?uest’s take on the iconinc Air Force 1 shoe. In a nightmare move for driving search engine traffic, the shoe will be called the the (h)Air ?uesto 1, according to his blog. Apparently they will be released in two colorways – the red seen here and another that has more gold detailing – on August 1. Details on the blog includes a mention of sealed shoes?!? For more details on that development (hopefully), as well as details aboout launch parties, DJ’ed by the man himself, stay tuned to ?uestlove’s blog. Cool kicks from one of the smoothest dudes in showbusiness. More images after the jump. [via Highsnobiety.]