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Rick Owens Goes for the Goth

Rick Owens x Converse x DRKSHDW 7/27/21

On the search for some good Olympic content centering around clothes, kicks, and headphones, I ran into a collab I somehow missed coming our way. The shoes appeared in my IG Live feed late last night/this morning. Releasing all day today 7/27/21. They’re already sold out on line, have some in store in Amsterdam and Italy. And at some good pricing on Stock X as of 8pm Tonight. I’m thinking pricing on these will go down a bit in the beginning, but in about a year should double. Since they’re sold out on the Converse site and the Rick Owens EU site. They should increase in price, but may be a good deal for the next few weeks.

When it comes to Rick Owens Collabs, they are kinda pricey but not nearly as pricey as the Rick Owens main line. So re-sale should stay around retail plus $30 for a bit. Then over time, the price will increase. The RO x Doc Martins are still within $30-$50 of retail, but there are some very nice Replicants out there, so be careful when purchasing the Doc x RO collab.The shoe that pretty much kicked off the latest 10 years of Streetwear is the Iconic Rick Owens Ramones. It is basically an oversized Black + White Converse Shoe. Made with exquisite Italian Calf-Skin leather with a crisp cool stainless steel zipper. Yes, it looked a bit weird when it first hit. But, quickly became the go to staple of the high-end 2011-2015 streetwear scene. I took a picture wearing a pair in the Barneys store back in 2012. You can see it here. Or same pic is below:

Since the Ramone was a blatant take on the OG Black and White Converse All-Star, it’s kinda strange that this collab brings us full circle. Rick making Dough for Converse. Converse making cheddar for Rick Owens. A bit Bizarre. Yet it’s happened … Today.

And little did we know, these were the exact same shoes as seen in the Rick Owens Runway show that the streetzblog reviewed here Just 5 months ago. I’m thinking Rick’s been listening to some Good Goth or Industrial Dance lately. These are More Goth than the Air Jordan x CDG @ DSM Collab and those were pretty Goth/S&M/Bondage themed.

As the Streetzblog continues to find a story or two in this years Tokyo Olympics, let’s take a look at the Converse x Rick Owens TURBODRK Chuck 70’s. They come in Hi-Top BlK and Low’s in WHT. Both with stacked sole and oversized tongue.

What do you think of them? Do you want a pair? Or gonna’ take a pass and wait for the next RO collab..we know we will get it sooner than later. Pretty sure they are already working on another RO x Converse iteration. BTW: There used to be some really DOPE Adidas x Rick Owens kicks at the RO store in Soho, NY. I know I shoulda bought a pair, but were about $300 8 years ago and that was just a bit too high at the time.

Converse x Rick Owens TURBODRK Chuck 70s High-Tops:

Converse x Rick Owens Chuck 70’s Lows:

Pix courtesy of Converse.com and various IG accounts.

What do you think? Turbo DRIP? Turbo Dunk? Turbo DRK? or Turbo Dork? Let us know in the comments section and LMK if you see any cool threads or kicks in or around the Olympics.

See you on the Streetz!

A Gothic Paradise?

Balenciaga Haute Couture F/W 2021-22 July 7, 2021

Balenciaga at 10 Avenue Georges V

The Major hype surrounding this show was who attending it and what were they wearing! Especially what was Kanye up to? He had on that funky YZYGAP round puffer jacket in the color black-the same one that was on sale for a few hundred bucks in bright sky blue a few weeks ago. It looked a bit better in black, but still has no zipper or buttons to keep you warm. Then he had his entire face covered with a mask. And to top it off, he wore Adidas Yeezy’s (Foam RNNR’s) with NIKE socks, totally freaking out most snearkerheads. Also in attendance were: James Harden who is now on the board at Saks 5th Avenue. Lil Baby. And a few others listed below.

IN ATTENDANCE:

  • Kanye West
  • James Harden
  • Lil Baby
  • Anna Wintour
  • Bella Hadid
  • Lewis Hamilton-Formula One Driver

Here’s two vids of the celebs arriving. Giving you a feel of the hype surrounding this special Balenciaga Couture Runway Show. Kanye West made a very impressive entrance.

Kanye West Arrives at the Balanciaga Runway show 7/7/21
James Harden and Lil Baby arrive at the Balenciaga Runway show 7/7/21

Lil Baby and James Harden had a bit of a run-in with the Paris police a bit later in the night after the show. Something about some funky smells in and around their town car. They seem to be doing alright now.

This was the first Balenciaga Haute Couture Show since 1967. Talk about pressure for the former co-founder of Vetements – Demna Gvasalia. Who took the helm of Creative Director in 2015 succeeding Alexander Wang.

I’m not sure how the show could reach expectations set at such a high level, 50+ years since the last couture show of an amazing brand with such a high pedigree of excellence. Luckily the the success of the Balenciaga sock runner and Triple S sneakers, along with many of the NBA rocking the Balenciaga brand across their chest, made this show right in time with the times. A perfect storm moment to bring back Couture at Balanciaga.

As you’ll notice, some of it is quite wearable and some mostly for the show and art of the day. Especially those domed mushroom hats. They are quite extravagant, but unless you’re going to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, very unwearable.

There is NO music in the Runway show, an ode to the 1950’s + 60’s when Cristobal Balanciaga wanted the clothes to do the talking, walking and rocking. In 2021 it gave us an eerie/scary vibe, some coughs and weird crunching of the clothing. I would have MUCH preferred a Techno + Lounge + a bit of Industrial dance soundtrack. Maybe next time? One could hope!

The clothes featured giant, exaggerated tailoring. Oversized Suits and Bathrobes. Extra Wide shoulders. Faux Fur. Precise and obscure cuts of clothing. Along with a multitude of slicked hair, Coolio cornrows, Tom Cruise eye masks and a sleek black mushroom shaped chapeau pour votre tete.

Could have had more black outfits. But Demna likes his bright yellows, pinks and greens. There’s a bit of underground Vetements humor in the collection, but a bit more classic Balanciaga. Although the long + elongated black suits are probable a bit more Vetements. They are cut nice, but wearing one of those suits to a dinner event would make it hard to eat without getting sauce on your clothes. And some cuts too large and obtruce, they reminded me a bit of a child wearing their moms or dads shoes or clothes.

Having the Kanye hype helped and all in all quite: Fierce and French. A Gothic Paradise, not quite, maybe a Haute Couture version of a Goth in Paris? It was quite an endeavor to take on and do as well as was done. A grande tribute to the past and present it was. Enjoy with a couple bottles of Veuve Clicquot and some macarons and you’ll be good to go!

Demna Gvasalia summed up the day with this quote:

We cannot only look into the future. We have to look into the past to see where we’re going,” he said. “Clothes have a psychological impact on me. I realized they make me happy—and I realized that’s the purpose of fashion. It’s not about the frenzy and buzz—and the white noise, I call it, of the digital mayhem we’re living through. The essence of it is my passion and the tools. I realized that couture is the best way to manifest it. And this is what really turns me on.”

Demna Gvasalia

See Rotersand’s OG Gothic Paradise video prepared by Sniper Wells below:

See you on the Streetz…blog!

Mail Call

Photo by Matthew T Rader on Pexels.com

2021 is the year of the Jordan 1 and any kind of Dunk you can obtain. Cutting through the clutter of everything else are these. The USPS Priority Mail shipping box themed Air Force 1’s. I see this shoe floating in and out of my various social and web feeds and still dont know if it’s a real drop or not. But, it’s a Friday. So on Fun Time Friday for April 9, 2021. Lets have a look-see at these interesting kicks.

I do like the boxes that they are influenced by. You can stuff as much things as you like for one low price.The shoes like the boxes are white red and blue. The back of the show is probably the most interesting, which includes an area to sharpie up the “From” section. I suspect you could put your own name, Jordan would look dope or something even more expletive could get you some compliments or condemnations.

Would be kinda cool if they gave away some of these to Postal workers. Their standard show seems to be the All black New Balance Bland.

Have a Nice Weekend and See you on the Streetz…blog!

Does this make Scents?

Really? or Really!

Authentiqute by eBay brings us a candle made to smell like brand new Kicks. Is this a really! or a really? Depends on who you are. Sounds like a 1994 Radio stunt done with candles. But they are serious and have really made this candle to smell like some brand new sneakers. And are selling it.

This is Really! or Really? what they have done! Here is what Authentique mentions their candle smells like:

  • Warm Pebbled Leather
  • Glue
  • EVA Foam
  • Cotton Blossom

And just like the Hottest sneakers, the candle if of course very limited. Unlike the newest J’s, it’s pretty inexpensive at $25. But probably already re-selling for $100+ What do you think of this? A must purchase or a Did they really do this? I guess if you were doing a Hypebeast themed party, it would be a fun scent to burn. A new car or new pair of kicks do smell good. But a room filled with glue and foam..Hmmmm I’m 50/50 on this one. And will just do Nag Champa for now. I could use the $25 for some food.

I suspect they are all sold out, but if you want to see the site where they are or were for sale, here is the link And below is the promo video:

After reading and writing about this, I’m headed to the basketball court to donate another pair of kicks for those in need. Will be dropping off a pair of triple carbon worn once Adidas Boosts. Crawford Park 2/15/21 2:00pm.

What else could we make a candle smell like:

  • A new car-Obvious and a choice similar to this scent
  • Fresh Snow or Rain-Rain I’ve seen. Snow could be a fun one. Or maybe Mountain Climbing.
  • Bloomingdale’s-Ahh to bring back the air-conditioned air of crisp, clean clothes and shopping IRL
  • Nag Champa-but you can just get some incense to do this
  • The Bodega-Salami, Pastrami, Chopped Cheese with a touch of coffee, infused with essence of the carrot juice
  • The Big Black Magic Markers of the 1970’s. Good way to get everyone high at your next party. Those markers were Potent!
  • Chanel Nail Polish-similar to the Big Black Magic marker, but more luxurious
  • Little Italy NYC-Pizza, Pasta, and the sweet scent of the Cannoli filling with a touch of powdered sugar

For some the scent of a crisp, clean pair of kicks is a wondrous moment for others more of a WTF instance. Either way, I bet this candle is Sold-Out by the time you read this blog post.

Promotional Idea: Have your readers/listeners/follower give you 5 of their favorite ingredients they would like to see in a fragrant candle. Then choose the most delicious or most creative. And have 100 of them made. Give the winner a couple and sell the rest on your website in the Limited Edition 1-100. Makes for a fun promo and a couple extra bucks in your pocket.

What do you think of the Sneaker candle? What Scent would you like to see made into a candle? Let us know in the comments section below.

See you on the Streetz…blog!

Air DiorDan

Dior Miami Fashion Show Men’s Pre-Fall 2020

Just going give you the link to the Neo-Mint Green Trend Spotting by us.  Click here  As written on the Streetzblog on May 10, 2019

And this Fashion show is where the Dior x Jordan 1 sneaker is seen IRL.  I’ve seen pricing on my IG from $2,000 – $25,000 a pair.  We shall see what people will pay for them soon.

Have a nice week.  See you on the Streetz of Hawaii this week, NY and Chicago soon (Dec 2019)

CDG x AJ1

COMME Des Goth It

Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garcons label, Homme Plus bring us the Comme des Garcons Homme Plus x Nike Air Jordan 1.  Two colorways:  Black or White.  Goth Athleisure best describes these bondage inspired Kicks. Complete with silver studs, silver circles ankle strap, premium leather and extended tongue.

We had a teaser of them at the Fall/Winter 2019 Runway Show:

And here they are in the 2 colorways. As you can tell, we’re a bit more of a fan of the Black version.  (Pix Courtesy of DSMNY).  The CDG Homme Plus x AIR Jordan 1 High.

The Kicks release This Saturday 9/14/19 at DSMNY/Dover Street Market New York or on the DSMNY E-Shop

Check out the Runway show here:

See you on the Streetz!

Nuts for Kicks

The Crunch Force 1

Like some Kicks to go with your nuts?  Planters has you covered. Check out the Limited Edition Crunch Force 1’s available on June 21st here. They are made with Royal Blue and Yellow Tumbled cowhide with Black Suede. The back features the word PLANTERS, the soles are peanut color and the inside’s are actually pretty nice with some Peanut graphics.

Crunch Force 1

Here’s a nice look at the inner Soles:

Crunch Force 1

(Pictures courtesy of Planters)

If you like your Nuts with your Kicks, better hurry on over to their pop-up website to secure your pair.  Retail at $170 and look like they are almost all Sold Out!

What do you think of the Sneaks?  I suspect you would wanna pair if you are a P1/Super Fan of the Peanut brand.  Or maybe they will re-sell for some $$.  Me, I think I’ll pass on them. Not quite my favorite color-way.  Although, I do like the inner soles.

See you on the Streetz…Blog!

53045-SHOES

 

Like Walking on Pillows-David Tourniaire-Beauciel

The designer of the oh so famous Balenciaga Triple S kicks is the mastermind behind these New Funky, Chunky, Post Space-Age Kicks-53045. They feature a pretty cushy looking bouncy sole and come in eye popping colors including Popsicle Blue (Ice), Bright Orange Blast (Flame), Blacked out Black (Black) and White (White). With a Highlighter Yellow (Acid) color coming soon as mentioned on their IG.

Bump'Air-Streetzblog

French Designer, David Tourniaire-Beauciel has lots of good things to say about the kicks. They are Like slippers, and similar to walking on pillows. They do look pretty comfy from the computer. Would like to try a pair on to see how they feel. So far, you can get them on-line at SHOES53045. If you have a chance to wear them, let us know how they look/feel in the comments section. See  you on the Streetz!

Reebok scares up some new Kicks

Kinda Scary?

Reebok-Storm the Court

I’ll click on any video or ad showing street basketball and usually they hoop it up. This Reebok ad doesn’t have any Dazzling Dunks, Fancy Dribbles or Behind the back Passes.  It’s actually…a little Scary.  Would have been a good ad to save for late October.

It promotes the 90’s inspired Aztrek Double kicks. But beware before watching the ad, it might bring back memories of the Ring-(See video below the Reebok Vid). Or maybe some 90’s horror themed Anime?

Take a look at the video. Let us know what you think of the ad or the shoes in the comment section.  What I came to see is it’s the first time, I’ve had Reebok on the Streetzblog. So Maybe, the ad did its job, got us talking about them.  Hasn’t been since Iverson that I’ve worn Reebok.  BTW:  They recently released some glow in the dark Iverson’s classic kicks, saw them on twitter.  Maybe it’s time for a Reebok-Come back in 2019?
Super Scary Scene from the Ring

See you on the Streetz!

NYC AF1-100% Pure Fya!

Empire State of Kicks

Extra Butter released some sweet kicks earlier today (2/9/18) Nike Air Force 1 High & Low “NYC”.  Nice Dark Blue Obsidian with Brilliant Orange swoosh and soles. With reflective velcro on the High Tops, matching the vibe of the City workers and Street Fashionista’s World-Wide.

AF1 NYC - Extra Butter 1

The Back has a nice Firehouse inspired logo and you can’t miss the NYC on the front top. They come in High and Low tops. I for sure, prefer the High-Tops with the Reflective Orange and Silver Accents. AF1-Extra Butter 5
Here’s an up close look at the Fire House inspired logo on the back of the Kicks:
AF1-Extra Butter 3
The sole has a bit of the Famed Pigeon Dunk flavor. My favorite 2 colors, the NYC Branding & the Reflective tape. Hope to get an email to get a pair. Fingers and Toes both crossed!
AF1 NYC - Extra Butter 2

What to you think?  Street or Take a Seat, let us know in the comments section. See you on the Streetz!

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