Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bobbito Garcia : State of the Culture' Discussion

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.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Zeevy Customs (aka Zac Vine) Shoe artist extraordinaire

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.

(Video Courtesy: Sneakerphiles Youtube Channel)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson : Sneakers podcast

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.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What is adidas Boost?...

adidas Solar Boost: Recycled ocean plastic fantastic

The adidas Solar Boost, was inspired, at least in part, by NASA engineering and is one of the new lightweight running shoes (295 grams - 10.4 ounces in a men’s 8.5 UK). According to adidas, the shoe uses data-driven Tailored Fibre Placement that implements Parley material (recycled ocean plastic) within its fibres at the midfoot for support. The shoe is precisely stitched and constructed using data from the Aramis system motion capture system, and the shoes are available in a wider fit with a counter designed to allow free motion of the Achilles tendon.

By comparison, according to the manufacturer, tests conducted by independents, showed the adidas Solar Boost gave higher energy return with each stride than the Nike Epic React Flyknit, which was attributed to the cushioned Boost midsole, supported by the Stretchweb outsole, used for extra traction. The shoe has a new mesh upper, made of Parley yarns, and connected to the sole via the brand’s patented Solar Rail. This plastic-like layer runs along the sole and gives support for your foot, and works in partnership with the Torsion Bar stretching from heel to forefoot.

(Video Courtesy: Seth Fowler Youtube Channel)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Wearable Technology: AC/DC Shoes

The ability to harness energy by integrating micro-technology into the soles of shoes has great protentional (absolutely no pun intended), however, applications to date have been very limited. Electrical energy generated from biomechanical movement e.g. walking, can only produce fluctuating amplitude and variable frequencies. The output is alternating current (AC), which can only power applications such as LED lighting. To energise mobile devices etc., the high voltage and low current needs to be converted to low voltage and higher current (DC), and this requires a (heavy) transformer.

A step forward came when the researchers at the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institue of Technology used a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) based shoe insole to produce a maximum output voltage and current density up to 220 V and 40 mA, respectively when the wearer was walking.

(Video Courtesy: Wisconsin Mrsec Youtube Channel)

The two phase procedure involved a small capacitor which captured the alternating current generated by walking. In the second phase, the electricity was feed into a battery which supplied DC current at voltages appropriate for powering wearable and mobile devices. By matching the impedance of the storage device to triboelectric generators, energy efficiency was increased up to 60 percent. The triboelectric effect takes advantage of the fact that certain materials become electrically charged after they come into moving contact with a surface made from a different material. According to the researchers, the power management system converted the fluctuating power amplitudes and variable frequencies to a continuous direct current, which could drive just about any device. Although further research and development is ongoing the future for high tech footwear is looking good.

(Video Courtesy: ABC News Youtube Channel)