http://www.nicekicks.com/black-cab-bespoke-nike-air-force-one-high/Its been quite some time since I last put up a post. Last few months have been real busy. Traveling, working, shooting & of course sneaker hawking. For this past New Year’s, I had gone to England & Paris for vacation. Nike had just opened a new Bespoke Lab at the iconic 1948 in London., so I included that into my agenda. I would also be the first Yank to come to the London lab to do a Bespoke.
I’ve always been very fond of London. I wanted to make a Bespoke that was reflective of England. I thought of a few ideas, but when I thought about using the eye-catching London Black Cab as my inspiration.. I knew that was it.
Here is a quick article that Nice Kicks just did on my Bespoke “Black Cab”
The Gift. This was an exclusive Bespoke made by 21 Mercer in 2011. Only 12 pairs or so were made and 4 were given out via a twitter competition that poised some tricky questions. The shoe has some incredible details and its hard to translate them in pictures. Definitely a shoe that must be seen in person to give you the full effect.
The upper is draped with a dark denim with some nice contrast stitching. Cork backtab with a cork midsole sitting on top of a necessary gum outsole. Even some red pivots on the outsole. Suede swooshes and glove leather for the insole. The liner is constructed of an almost foil material that gives you a feel of wrapping paper. “Merry Christmas” is lasered all over the sock liner. There is a “gift” embroidered on the heal of both shoes and “the gift” again is symbolized on the deubre. The top eyelets have a gold color and it really ropes up the holiday themed shoe.
Safe to say, I am extremely pleased to have these in my collection. A true gift.
About 5 weeks back I had met up with a friend at 21 Mercer that was in town to make a Bespoke. My only plans were to go there to chill for a couple hours and see my friends design; so much for that. Not sure who I was kidding because by the time my friend was done with his render, I was already holding materials in my hand planning my next move.
So here is my end product.. a Bespoke fittingly named “Off the Cuff”. Grey canvas upper, sail midsole. Binary bottom eyelets, laces and outsole with infrared pivots. Blue vipera swoosh, backtab & heel strip. Leather deubre with gold tipped aglets. Cork insole and alce draping the liner and secondary swoosh.
So these are my 3rd Bespoke installment, called Kashmir’s. Fully grey cashmere upper, cork midsole, black outsole, estadio pivots on the outsole, swoosh, tongue & heal-tab. Black cashmere liner with a grey velvet footbed.
I am not one that typically likes loud or busy patterns. My personal choice is to typically go with earth tones… but when I walked into 21 Mercer and saw the various Liberty Prints, I knew I had to use one of them. This particular shoe pays ode to two of my favorite rap groups.. De La Soul & A Tribe Called Quest. Some folks loved this shoe, while others detailed their disdain. I’ll update later with proper details.
This was my first bespoke that I made at 21 Mercer in March 2013. I’ve always been into fashion/footwear, but it took me a long time to actually make the move to create something. From the time I walked into the lab, I knew I was hooked. Materials include: brown twisted croc upper, sail midsole, gum outsole, cork swoosh, backtab, tongue, tongue tab & insole. Estadio laces, top eyelets, leather sock liner and leather secondary swoosh. Liberty print dresses the interior as well.