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SNEAKERS : ARTIST DUMPS USED KICKS ON FLOOR, INSTANTLY CREATES CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED MASTERPIECE

Hey, you! Yes, YOU! You, the savvy reader of this blog. In case you did not know it, you are an artist!

Well, to clarify, if you aren’t, then you can be. Instantly! Yes, INSTANTLY! What if we were to say that you can be an artist within minutes, if not seconds?  

You don’t believe us. Well, let’s a try a little experimental exercise in art production. You have a pair of sneakers, yes? (If you don’t, that’s fine — for this exercise any type of footwear will suffice.) Ok, now grab those sneakers or loafers or mules or flips-flops or whatever, in fact grab a few pairs, as many as you can muster up really. Got ‘em? Great!

Now find some empty floor space, preferably bleached hardwood floor space and pick a spot near a wall, preferably a white wall. Place those pairs of shoes there, and by “place” we mean just dump the shoes on the floor and leave these as they lie when dropped.

And voila, you, savvy ready, have just created a work of art. In fact, it’s a conceptual artwork. It’s kind of like the artwork titled “Skin” by the awesome Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch pictured in this post. (It’s was recently on view as part of the wonderful and cheeky “Stories of Almost Everyone” exhibition of conceptual art at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.)

You see, you are an artist! (To be more precise, you are conceptual artist!) Great job!

The real artistry here is in the next step: Getting somebody to pay you for this artwork, or at least to devote exhibition space to it.  

Of course, you can always just call the space you dropped those shoes a “gallery” and you’re now an artist with a gallery show. Look at you! You’ve come so far in just a few short minutes.

 

STYLE: ALL THE OTHER KIDS WITH THE PUMPED-UP KICKS

It’s not news that a pair or two or three or 50 of fresh sneakers is an essential part of the contemporary wardrobe of the working creative-professional (WCP). These can run the gamut of old-school classic Adidas Gazelles or New Balance 574 running shoes ( that — God forbid — you’d actually go running in) to luxxy $700 Rick Owens / Givenchy / Gucci / Dior leather kicks to $50 checkerboard Van’s Slip-Ons to, as pictured here, Nike cross-training kicks (that — God forbid — you’d actually go cross-training in). These Nikes belong to colleague at an agency we work for. The pair are beautifully designed, and, aside from the red swoosh, understated at a glance. On closer scrutiny, there are few details that make these shoes sing: The red pull tabs, beige suede accents, and rounded laces.

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私たちの同僚の同僚がこの素晴らしいナイキスニーカーを手に入れました。スニーカーは、現代の「働くクリエイティブ・プロフェッショナル」(または「WCP」)の必須のワードローブアイテムです。 ;)


KICKS: GIANT FOOT STICKING OUT FROM ROOF OF HOLLYWOOD STORE “TOO INSTAGRAMMABLE”

Can something be too Instagrammable? That is the question, savvy reader. Our initial thought is, “Yes, yes something can be. ‘Too Instagrammablity’ (TI) is a thing.”

But then, upon further consideration, doubt creeps in, and we wonder further, “What does ‘too Instagrammable’ even mean?” It’s a binary, yes-or-no issue in terms of whether anything is Instagrammable at all. It either is or isn’t. And really, anything is Instagrammable by virtue of anybody taking a picture of something and posting it to Instagram. Continue reading

Skull of Converse

This decorative installation artwork at the Converse concept store in Santa Monica, in Los Angeles, is a spooky and clever visual conceit. At a distance and without the context of the store, the viewer would likely be unable to perceive that the artwork is comprised of hundreds of Converse sneakers in various monochromatic shades. Up close, the viewer might fail to perceive that the composition of the sneakers forms a creepy human skull-like image. It’s briliant, if a little dark, but edgy and totally “on brand” for the fashion shoe company.

Plain Minimalist All-White Leather Sneakers … Venice, Los Angeles

We recently popped into the Rag & Bone store on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, in Los Angeles, to try on this paired of white leather sneakers. These shoes are as plain and minimalist as can be. We love ’em.

On the Street … Hot Pink Converse Sneakers l

We went gallery hopping in New York City on the weekend, which meant we did a lot of walking around the Lower East Side. This gave a member of our crew, Kay Dot, to break in some brand new Converse sneakers. Her Chuck’s-styled kicks are in a shade of hot pink that is practically unmissable from 50 meters away.

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Street Art … Homage to Classic Nike Air Jordan Sneakers, New York

This fresh wheatie street art piece by UnCuttArt (the artist a.k.a., “UnCasso”) went up on a wall on Ludlow Street last night. It’s inspired by Nike’s classic Air Jordan high-top basketball sneaker and rendered across color bars in UnCasso’s typical illustration style. The artist has in recent months been bombing much of lower Manhattan and Williamsburg, Brooklyn with images of Steve Jobs and a young Michael Jackson.

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“The Mystery of the Flying Kicks” … A Short Film About Those Hanging Sneakers You See on Telephone Wires

From Closer Productions, writer-director Matthew Bate’s amusing short film “The Mystery of the Flying Kicks” explores the various origin stories, myths, and interpretations of the curious global phenomenom of people throwing pairs of sneakers onto telephone wires.

The Mystery of Flying Kicks from Closer Productions on Vimeo.

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On the Scene … “H-Edge” by Cecil Balmond at the Ferragamo Museum

“H-Edge” is a super cool stainless steel sculpture by British-based designer Cecil Balmond installed a few days ago in the piazza in front of the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and flagship store in Florence (Firenze), Italy. The artwork is part of an exhibition with the Ferragamo, and its installation coincides with a number of art events and the Pitti Uomo mens fashion trade show in Firenze the same week.

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On the Scene … At the Toms Roasting Co. Cafe Concept Store, Los Angeles

The innovative, popular and charitable shoe-making company Toms has recently opened a coffee roaster and cafe in an airy bungalow that doubles as a concept store in the fashionable Abbott-Kinney neighborhood of Venice, in Los Angeles.

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On the Scene … Collection of Converse Sneakers in L.A.

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Cool collection of (fake-distressed?) vintage-classic Converse sneakers at the Fred Segal shop in Santa Monica, in Los Angeles.

Style … Vanilla Van’s

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We replaced our favorite pair of salmony-red Van’s lace-up sneakers after the canvas got torn on the edge of a bike pedal on a ride last week. We couldn’t find the exact same salmony-red model so we decided to change things up and bought this classic pair of vanilla Van’s instead. We’ve only had these a few days and already we love ’em. So much so we took a photo and wanted to share. Our inspiration for the photo was the cover of the band Sleigh Bells’ 2012 album “Reign of Terror.” It’s one of our favorite album covers of recent years.

In NYC … Line is Around Block at Supreme

There was a massive, crazy-ass long line at the original Lafayette Street branch of Supreme early Thursday morning in SoHo, in New York City. The line ran around two blocks and is among the longest we’ve seen at the legendary downtown skateboard shop. A line this long can only mean that a shipment of an exclusive new model of sneakers just dropped and/or the new Fall/Winter 2013 collection is rolling out at the store.

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Design … COMME des GARÇONS x Vans x Supreme

The choice of footwear says a lot about our stylistic sensibilities. This week we ventured in James Jebbia’s collaborative universe in search for the new COMME des GARÇONS x Vans x Supreme sneakers. Supreme thrives on marketing exclusivity to the streetwear crowd, and collaborations are a smart way to succeed with this strategy. We really like the combination of contrasts in this shoe: The digital camouflage polka-dot print juxtaposed against a classic navy pattern. As the pix below show, our journey was successful. – RB

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Our Skull & Bones Denim Espadrilles

Now that we’re finally getting some real summer weather here in New York City, we’ve busted out a pair of denim espadrilles with an awesome skull-and-bones sewn into each shoe. The skulls are wearing hats, though — look closely — and you’ll notice that the hats are different for the left and right shoes: the left-foot shoe’s skull has a bowler hat, the right has a top hat. We bought these a few weeks ago at a super awesome select shop in Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood called Tenue De Nimes.

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