Category: Shoes Just Because

“Black and Tan” Shoe Leaves Nike Black and Blue?

We’re all painfully aware of the politically correct day and age in which we live (or are we…?). We don’t have mailmen, we have letter carriers. We must use the polite pronunciations of Uranus and harass (it’s Ur-uh-nuss and hare-as, duh) unless we want to raise eyebrows. Unfortunately, Nike might not be so in tune with these social stigmas.

While Nike obviously had their bottom line in mind, their attempt to capitalize on the follies and casual drinking of St. Patrick’s Day may have their revenue reeling. The release of a shoe donned the “Black and Tan” has the Irish community up in arms, as the history of that term is less than flattering.

Nike Black and Tan

Nike Black and Tan

As far as the alchemy of alcohol in the U.S. is concerned, a Black and Tan is simply a dark beer (such as Guinness) poured over pale ale (such as Bass), thus creating a layered effect in your pint glass – black on top, tan on the bottom. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a beverage commonly consumed in Ireland.

In Ireland, Black and Tans won’t have you feeling warm and fuzzy after you have a few. The Black and Tans were a paramilitary group that became infamous for atrocities committed against Irish civilians during the Irish War of Independence. The term “Black and Tan” is still an irreverent term in Ireland, and is not likely to lose its negative connotation any time soon.

Are we pushing the limits of political correctness to the point that we’re making mountains out of mole hills, or is there a real problem here?

What do you think? Should Nike apologize? Possibly rename the shoe?

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So Adele swept the 2012 Grammys – anyone surprised?  Her sultry voice and style to match make the singer irresistible to both our eyes and our ears.  The singer looked every bit the Vogue cover girl that she is, channeling the best of the 60′s with her red lips and cat eyes.  Elegance became her as she donned a shimmering Giorgio Armani gown and Louboutin heels to match.  Think Marilyn Monroe meets Dorothy in the Emerald City.  We think her sparkle-tastic shoes were a total hit.

Adele At The 2012 Grammys

Sparkle-tastic At The 2012 Grammys

Since we can’t run out and snag a pair of Christian Louboutin heels, here are a few affordable options we have in our line-up. Hopefully they’ll have you clicking your heels together three times and saying, “There’s no place like Shoe Metro, there’s no place like Shoe Metro, there’s no place like Shoe Metro.”

Enjoy!

REPORT SIGNATURE Parker 3

REPORT SIGNATURE Parker 3

Jessica Simpson Nolita

Jessica Simpson Nolita

Style & Co Endora

Style & Co Endora

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

Kelsi Dagger Linzy

Manolo Blahnik x Timberland Boots at New York Fashion Week

More news on odd collaborations. Yesterday, we saw Hello Kitty Dr. Marten’s boots and shoes. Today, I’ve spotted these high-heeled Timberland boots, a collaboration between Manolo Blahnik and Timberland. It seems that rugged-chic will be a huge trend in the Fall season.

These Manolo Blahnik Timberland boots are extremely limited. They’re available only at the Manolo Blahnik store in New York and only during New York Fashion Week (or until they’re all gone). And they are going for a whopping $1,050.

If you had $1,050 lying around and you lived in New York, would you sport these?

Reebok ‘Year of the Tiger’ Sneakers

New Year’s Day has passed but the Lunar New Year is still ahead (this year, it just happens to land on February 14 …… feisty lovers are sure to be on the prowl). The Lunar New Year in 2010 will mark the Year of the Tiger and Reebok is celebrating by releasing these tiger-inspired sneakers.

The first is the black Pump Omni Lite with sleek, glossy black over matte black tiger stripes and gold liner and embroidery for extra pop. The second is the Pump Fury with glossy red stripes against black matte textile material. Both look really fierce and while the Pump Fury actually resembles a tiger much more, I’d much rather wear the ninja-like Pump Omni Lites because …… well, who wouldn’t rather be a ninja than a tiger?

Check out some close-ups and different angles after the jump, courtesy of NiceKicks.com.

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Moschino ‘Poinsettia’ Heels for the Holidays

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was pretty hectic as I scrambled to wrap gifts with all the grace of a rhinoceros. But isn’t that what the holidays are all about: scrambling around like a fool for the sake of your loved ones?

Anyway, feast your holiday eyes on these heels from Moschino. It’s got a real cute two-tiered petal-shaped ankle strap that drapes over your foot a little bit. It definitely reminded me of beautiful red poinsettias, which should be out in full force for the holiday season. The heels also have a back zipper closure, leather lining, and smooth leather outsole. If you can find a pair, they’d be great for all your holiday parties.

Photo: Shoeblogs.com

Photo: Shoeblogs.com

Photo: Wallpaper Collection Blog

Photo: Wallpaper Collection Blog

Reebok Pump Omni Lite – Winter 2009 Releases

You guys will just have to put up with my sneaker obsession a little bit more. Reebok is releasing another set of colorways for their popular Pump Omni Lite kicks. There are four new colorways. The green/brown shoes have kind of a boot-like feel with the metal d-rings and the earthy tones. The standout is the lumberjack-inspired shoe, green with red and black plaid (this must be Reebok’s way of going green). There are also two grey colorways which are more low-key.

Check out a slew of close-ups after the jump (via Sneaker Obsession).

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PHANTACi x Nike Air Max 1 Grand Piano

Boooooo. I came down with a cold. Now I need some cool kicks in my life to get my spirits back up and trek through the day.

A store named PHANTACi will be releasing 400 pairs of these really nice “Grand Piano” Nike Air Max 1 sneakers. Designed by artist Jay Chou, the Grand Piano’s feature shiny leathers that create a high contrast look, giving off the impression of a clean, pristine grand piano. It also features gold detailing and pink velvet lining (the signature color of the store). The Grand Piano’s will be released this Saturday, but only in Taiwan. Collectors should definitely be on the lookout. More pics after the jump.

Photo: Sneaker Me Stupid

Photo: Sneaker Me Stupid

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Topshop ‘Sherbert’ Bow Heels

These ‘Sherbert’ Bow heels from Topshop remind me of the Harajuku Lovers ‘Dobson’ bow-tie booties that I saw last week (check them after the jump). But they look much more sensible, very elegant, very attractive. The upper is made of two-toned leather with two bow decorations, one at the vamp, one at the toe. The heel stands 4 inches high. I like them. They pop without being too flashy like the ‘Dobsons’. A nice, calm way to end an otherwise hectic Friday at the office. Alright, enjoy your weekends everybody!

Photo: Shoewawa

Photo: Shoewawa

These ‘Sherbert’ Bow heels from Topshop remind me of the Harajuku Lovers ‘Dobson’ bow-tie booties that I saw last week (check them after the jump). But they look much more sensible, very elegant, very attractive. The upper is made of two-toned leather with two bow decorations, one at the vamp, one at the toe. The heel stands 4 inches high. I like them. They pop without being too flashy like the ‘Dobsons’. A nice, calm way to end an otherwise hectic Friday at the office. Alright, enjoy your weekends everybody!

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