The Adidas Stan Smith endorsement is one of the most successful brand sponsorships in history, if not the most enduring and deserves our Respekt. More surprising is that the greatest crossover shoe, possibly ever, doesn’t originate from the streets and b-ball courts of Brooklyn, but from the courts of Flushing Meadows!
Most of us think of art as being the preserve of rich, eccentric auteurs who collect hundreds of year old oil on canvas creations gifted to the world by the so called ‘Masters’. But, these days ‘art’ is much more diverse and eclectic and accessible than that; at long last street artists and graffiti are being spoken of with the same reverence and Respekt as renaissance painters.
In grade 9 Ralph Lee Sampson Junior was already 7-feet tall. If you were a 7-foot tall African American teenager in 1970’s and you wanted a little Respekt, you played basketball. It was that simple. So, that’s what Ralph Sampson did. And, as they say, the rest is history.
RS-X Colour Theory takes old school style to art school with geometric shapes and complementary colours. PUMA’s Running System cushioning tech serves up support and comfort, while the bulky, disruptive silhouette is designed for an eye-catching look in the streets. Respekt.
According to rumours, the collaboration between Nike and Virgil Abloh and his brand Off White should actually be over after “The Ten”, but that’s not how it’s going to be. After the Zoom Terra Kiger 5, new colorways of the Nike Dunk Low are expected to release by the end of this year. The first one could already be ready this month. It’s all about the colorway “Pine Green”, which might be on most sneakerheads wish list.
For the Nike Air Jordan, the road to sneaker glory wasn’t always a foregone conclusion. In fact, at one point, basketball bureaucracy threatened to rob us all of a piece of history. But then, enter our own modern day sneaker Robin Hood – MJ himself; this man demanded Respekt – and he got it.
There are few sneaker drops in history that have influenced popular culture as widely as Nike’s now iconic Air Force One; the story behind it is one that deserves our Respekt.
Others don’t even dare to dream about what he does with his bike in real life. Danny MacAskill has revolutionised trial biking and became a star almost overnight with a YouTube video. As an out-and-out sneaker fan, he has now brought out his first individual bike-shoe collection. We present the superstar from Scotland.