Nike, in their infinite wisdom, have deemed it necessary to turn some of their Nike Free running shoes into instruments of hip-hop music. They enlisted a crew of hip-hop DJ’s and sound technicians in Japan and came up with what you see below. Maybe someday, we’ll be able to make our own music as we run and thus ween ourselves off our iPod addictions:
By: Quan | April 28th, 2010 | No Comments
By: Quan | April 21st, 2010 | 1 Comment
For impulse shoe shoppers who sometimes can’t wait for the shipping times from online shopping and sometimes can’t take the trouble to go out to their favorite shoe boutique, there is now a solution: shoes vending machines.
Okay, well, ONE shoes vending machine. There is a vending machine in London, on famed Carnaby Street, that sells running shoes. The machine holds 24 pairs of running shoes in six different sizes. It’s in a prime location for tourists to peruse, which is great for active tourists who may need to switch up their shoes after so much walking about. I’m not certain but from looking at the picture, I’d guess the shoes are all either Asics or the Onitsuka Tiger sneakers line from Asics.
What do you think: do you want Shoe Metro to expand into the shoes vending machines business?
By: Quan | April 16th, 2010 | 1,166 Comments
Help Shoe Metro reach 1000 followers on Twitter and have a chance to win a new iPod! We’re giving away a Silver 8GB iPod Nano (5th Generation) to one lucky winner. Just help us gather 1000 followers for our Twitter account and you could win.
- Follow Shoe Metro on Twitter! Come to our Twitter page by clicking here.
- ReTweet This: “Win an iPod from @shoemetro! Click here: http://ow.ly/1zp4R” ReTweet this once per day and be entered for every Tweet you post!
- Leave a comment on this blog post linking to your ReTweet! If you ReTweet this multiple times, please leave a separate comment for each Tweet.
If you have a blog or website, you can get a Bonus Entry:
- Put Shoe Metro in your blogroll or links list to get 1 bonus entry. Link back to Shoe Metro’s store in your Blogroll and get another entry in this giveaway. Be sure to leave a comment on this post linking back to your blog or website.
- Mention Shoe Metro in a blog post and link back to our store. Tell us what you think about us and get 1 bonus entry. Again, be sure to leave a comment here linking to your blog post.
Giveaway ends on
6/31/2010 6/30/2010 (just realized there are only 30 days in June, hah) at 11:59 PST OR when we reach 1000 followers on Twitter so go get the word out!
- For U.S. residents only.
- Any comments that do not follow the rules will be deleted and disqualified.
- Any entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified.
- The winner will be announced within 7 days on this blog post, on Twitter, and on Facebook.
- Once selected, the winner has 48 hours to respond. Otherwise, a new winner will be chosen.
Remember: just follow @shoemetro on Twitter, Tweet “Win an iPod from @shoemetro! Click here: http://ow.ly/1zp4R”, and leave a comment on this blog post linking to your Tweet to win!
By: Quan | April 14th, 2010 | 1 Comment
You’d be amazed at how much shoe designers seem to love video games. Or maybe it’s video game addicts who also love shoes? Who knows?
Hit the jump for more! Continue Reading…
By: Quan | April 7th, 2010 | No Comments
My dentist told me to eat less sweets but I’m sure that indulging in them through my eyes would be just peachy. It is Weird Shoe Wednesday, after all.
Belma Arnautović, a design student from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia, designed this collection as her graduation work. Titled Lolice, the collection of shoes is inspired by candies and cakes, featuring ankle boots, heels, and even some towering platforms. And the shoes are actually wearable. Check out more pictures after the jump. Continue Reading…
By: Quan | April 1st, 2010 | No Comments
TOMS Shoes wants you to go barefoot for a day on April 8th so you can step into the shoes (so to speak) of the thousands of impoverished children around the world who can’t afford shoes. Check out the video below, consider participating on April 8th, and maybe just go get yourself some TOMS shoes (which would then donate another pair to a child in need).
By: Quan | March 31st, 2010 | 2 Comments
Welcome back to Weird Shoe Wednesday. It should be no secret that I’m a pretty big computer nerd. Between all the time at work at my desk and my extracurricular blogging and media scavenging at home, I’d estimate that I spend close to 14 hours a day on a computer. So imagine my elation when I discovered these pairs of shoes made from computer boards.
First, we have a pair of women’s heels made by artist Steven Rodrig. The shoes are part of a larger collection of sculptures made out of PCB (printed computer board) materials. He also crafted a cactus, a variety of bugs, flowers, and books. Check out the rest of the neat sculptures by clicking on the photo above.
Next, we have a pair of sneakers that our resident sneaker expert believes is modeled after Nike Blazers (see for yourself by clicking here). Neither the heels or the Nikes can actually be worn but if my computer ever crashes, I might just have to look into getting one of these as a replacement. =D
By: Quan | March 30th, 2010 | No Comments
These photos of a very handsome homeless man/beggar in China have been circulating for awhile now. The man looks good, with the disheveled hair, intense eyes, and vagabond/traveling samurai look straight out of the movies.
And yet, I can’t help feeling at least a little guilty. Here’s this guy, living dirt poor, probably homeless, likely struggling to scrounge up enough money to survive day-to-day. And here I am, halfway around the world, admiring his street-chic look through the comfort of my computer desk, a “look” that’s not street-chic, not a style choice at all but just the reality of his situation. It feels exploitative, no?
What do you think? Does he look good? And do we even have a right to be looking and judging?
By: Quan | March 27th, 2010 | No Comments
There’s this great blog called People’s District that collects stories from locals all over Washington, D.C., the sort of locals who you’d usually only know about if you were born and raised in D.C. Just looking at the stories posted in March, there are interviews with people like the head of the D.C. Metro Area Ghost Watchers, a dominatrix, national sportscaster James Brown on D.C. sports history, and also, this interview with Dr. Shoe, a shoe shine street vendor. He discusses his Ph.D in Shoeology. Here’s a grab:
“After 5:30 p.m., I go by the Palm Restaurant and then head out by the bars until midnight. I get most of my shoe shines at night because, after happy hour, everyone is happy and wants to get a shoe shine. I put that glow on their toe. They call me Dr. Shoe because I have my Ph.D. in shoeology. See, I went to Shoe U. to make those shoes look new. My motto is that if you don’t like your shine, you don’t pay a dime. I want to make everyone look shiny and bright because, when I finish, everything’s going to be alright.”
Check out the rest of the interview here. And while you’re at it, you should read some of the other interviews too.
By: Quan | March 26th, 2010 | No Comments
We have a special Friday edition of Weird Shoes today because I just found out about these and they’re kinda crazy like that. I couldn’t send you off into the weekend without checking out these shoes first.
This was an art project called “Level” by Berlin-based artist Hans Hemmert dating back to 1997. Basically, he threw a party wherein anyone entering the room had to wear blue foam “shoe extenders”–like attachable platforms for your shoes. Guests chose the correct size shoe extenders that would bring them to a height of around 2 meters (about 6’9″). The idea is to bring everyone to the same eye level and help eliminate awkward talking positions at parties.
On the one hand, this seems like a really dangerous idea in that it seems to take away from people’s individuality. On the other, I’m short myself and I can feel sometimes how my short stature affects the way that people talk to me or even approach me. At the very least, I’d be interested to see how differently it would be to talk to someone at the same eye level.
What do you think? Is this yet another way to conform the masses or is this an experiment in empowerment for the short people of the world? Don’t be afraid to leave a comment!