Thursday, July 19, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The tongue + chic exhibition will bring together an exciting selection of one-of-a-kind sneakers featuring collaborations with Trevor "Trouble" Andrew, KAWS, Daniel Arsham, Stash, Daniel "Mache" Gamache, theheyyman and Shantell Martin, among others. Curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, in collaboration with Arnold Lehman, tongue + chic celebrates these utilitarian objects which have become highly coveted works that straddle the divide between fashion and art.
The exhibition is at PHILLIPS 450 Park Avenue, New York from 16 July – 31 August with viewing Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Bad boy, defender, Jérôme Boateng (Bayern Munich, and Germany) may have been given an early bath for a second yellow card in the game against Sweden but it seems he can console himself with his 650 pairs of shoes in his personal collection.
DJ Bobbito Garcia is the critically acclaimed author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987. As an award-winning filmmaker, Garcia has directed DOIN' IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC, STRETCH AND BOBBITO: RADIO THAT CHANGED LIVES, and his autobiographical documentary ROCK RUBBER 45s. Currently, "Kool Bob Love" produces his b-ball tournament Full Court 21™ in four continents, and co-hosts NPR's "What's Good With Stretch And Bobbito" podcast.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Zac Vine was working with inner city youth in Toronto. and noticed how imported kicks were to his class after a fight nearly ensued when one kid damaged another kid’s shoes. Intrigued, he began researching shoe and sneaker culture. At first, he showed his classes how they could repair their favourite trainers and make them look brand new. One of the class members asked him to customise his trainers and they were so impressed with the end result they suggest Vine post his artwork on Instagram.
The images soon caught the attention of Aroldis Chapman (then Cincinnati Reds), who arranged a meet. Chapman’s interest sparked an invitation from Nike and they invited Vine to their headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., where he was given an inside look at their design process and some of the materials they work with. He was also offered work with their sponsored athletes.
For professional reasons, Zac works under the tag Zeevy Customs and the shoe artists strips each sneaker removing any of the manufacturer’s finish, before re-dying and refashioning the sneakers by hand. He then customises the shoe to the client’s request using paintbrushes. He likes to avoid airbrushes or stencils preferring to work freestyle.
The artist painstakingly recreates images of family members or pets submitted by clients, and popular scenes such as José Bautista ’s infamous bat-flip for a pair of Jays-themed sneakers. He regularly accepts celebrity commission from people like, The Weeknd , Drake and Logic . According to the artist, it takes about 40 hours to complete one pair, or a week's work. He charges about $30 an hour to customize a shoe and sells his one-off sneakers from prices ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.
Despite his resounding success the Canadian shoe artist missed helping kids, so he started teaching again as a substitute at Journey Middle School. After going full time, he combined the two interests and created the Fresh SOLES program, where students are able to paint their own sneakers.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
From an actual jail in England to a pretend jail in Nike advertisements, sneakers have always made a statement without saying a word. In this episode, Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson looks into how they fit into the sport and fashion landscape – both on and off the field of play.