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Kanye West & Nike Release The Yeezy 2

Aaaaaaaand Kanye’s at it again. Word on the steets is that his new Yeezy 2 Nike kicks are creating quite the stir, boasting $90,000 eBay bids and causing fans of the rapper’s Yeezy line of shoes to flip their lids.

Nike stores apparently got smart after the release of the first Yeezy shoe created mass chaos in 1990. They’ve implemented their Twitter RSVP Raffle in an effort to avoid bodily injury, the need to camp out for a week to get a pair, and to remind us that even as adults who apparently have a few hundred extra buckaroos to blow on sneakers we will never wear, we still present the need for extra special control measures via the Twitterverse.

Other stores that will carry the Yeezy 2 have followed suit, and implemented raffles of their own, as only a mere dozen or so pairs of shoes will be alotted to each store. Only about 5,000 pairs total are set to be released.

While pre-sale auctions are under way offering the shoe for anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000, the Yeezy 2 will go on sale this Saturday for a retail price of $245.

Kanye West Nike Air Yeezy 2

Kanye West Nike Air Yeezy 2

What do you think? Father’s Day gift of the century?

Hey now – don’t be jealous, ladies. Kanye’s got something for us too. Pearlicious pumps from he and famed shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti are displayed for your viewing pleasure here.

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Nike Stores Launch Twitter RSVP

Ever gone in for a pair of fresh new Nikes and come out with a fresh pair of black eyes?

Nike

Nike

Nike

We feel your pain.

Mobs of anxious Nike enthusiasts waiting in line for days to get their feet into the newest release from the athletic shoe gurus aren’t going to play nice when those doors open up and that burst of fresh leather and plastic hits their faces. Oh no, they won’t play nice at all.

In an effort to make the experience of landing your fresh pair of sneaks a more enjoyable one, Nike has made it possible for you to reserve a pair via Twitter. Yes, Twitter.

Nike has set up designated “RSVP Dates” on which they will Tweet a hashtagged term relating to the shoe that is being released. Nike’s followers then have one hour to direct message the store with the hashtag, last four digits of their State/Passport/Military/School ID number, and shoe size. A successful Nike shoe reservation will be confirmed by a direct message from Nike to the follower. All that’s left is to snag your sneaks from the store. Done and done.

Check out more info on Nike’s Twitter RSVP here.

What do you guys think? Good idea, or is Nike just getting sneaky (Ha! Because they sell sneakers…get it?) about building their Twitter following?

Would you use Nike’s Twitter RSVP?

“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?

Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Nike High Heel Dunks

Sometimes, the universe collapses on itself and churns out all sorts of chaos. Here it is: Nike High Heel Dunks. They are not officially sanctioned by Nike. But they are real, or at least, real enough to be sold on Addoway by some brave shoe designers.

What do you think? Would you wear high-heeled Nikes?

Nike High Heel Jordan Fusion Shoes

Nike High Heel Dunks

Nike High Heel Dunks

Nike High Heel Dunks 2

Nike High Heel Dunks 3

Nike High Heel Dunks 3

Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Nike Back To School Shoes

And to piggyback onto last week’s Back To School theme, we should revisit Nike’s Back To School series of shoes. Nike originally released these shoes in 2007. As you can see, each of these shoes are modeled after an iconic school item: Mead marble notebooks, Crayola crayons, and Elmer’s Glue.

Photo: GDK is the new black

Photo: GDK is the new black

Photo: Sneaker Obsession

Photo: Sneaker Obsession

Photo: Sneakers First

Photo: Sneakers First

A couple years ago, Nike added their Scantron-inspired Nike Blazers to the mix. Check them out below and I hope your kids have a good semester! Continue Reading…

Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Nike Footstickers

For those of you who love the barefoot experience, check out these Nike Footstickers. These are a concept design created by Dutch designer Friek Severs for Nike. The idea is to provide all the freedom of the barefoot experience while minimizing the risk of injury. Stepping on a bed of nails is still probably out of the question. But the added traction can prevent you from slipping or twisting an ankle.

Photo: Behance Network

Photo: Behance Network

Each of these is sets of footstickers are designed for a specific activity. The above footstickers are supposed to be used for yoga. Below, you can see footstickers for cardio training and then dance. Thanks to Behance Network for the pics/info.

Photo: Behance Network

Photo: Behance Network

Photo: Behance Network

Photo: Behance Network

Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Sneakers as Ceramic Art by Kang S. Lee

Kang S. Lee, a Korean artist based in Mexico City, has created a collection of sculptures paying tribute to the iconic Nike Dunk shoes. He’s very enthralled by sneaker culture, calling it “one of the most exciting and fast-changing phenomena in youth culture today.”

Photo: Design Milk

Photo: Kang S. Lee

Photo:Design Milk

Photo: Kang S. Lee

Photo: Design Milk

Photo: Kang S. Lee

You can check out more pics of ceramic shoes and the artist’s philosophy behind the concept at Lee’s Flickr page dedicated to the art project.

Weird Shoe Wednesday: Nike Shoes as Hip-Hop Instruments

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:

Weird Shoe Wednesday: Computer Nerd Shoes

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.

Photo: Funky Downtown

Photo: Funky Downtown

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.

Photo: Funky Downtown

Photo: Funky Downtown

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

Shoe Metro Employee Spotlight: Vince

One of the original reasons we started this blog was because we know that shopping online can be a highly impersonal experience. Even though you’re shopping with us, you never see our faces and often never hear our voices. You don’t get a sense that someone is there to help you. And that might discourage you from asking for help in the first place if you need it.

We want to let you know that yes, there are real people behind your computer screen waiting to serve you and fulfill your shopping needs. Our new Employee Spotlight series not only highlights some of our most hard-working employees. It also gives you a glimpse into who we are.

Vince, Shoe Metro's sneaker fiend

Vince, Shoe Metro's sneaker fiend. Photo by Chris.

We’ll kick it off today with Vince. Vince has been working with us for the past two years in our Listing Department. In his short time, he’s worked his way up to become the top Lister and the department’s Training Supervisor. However, when he’s not at Shoe Metro, Vince is an avid sneaker collector. We asked Vince some questions about his sneaker obsession:

So how many shoes do you have in your collection?
I stopped counting a few years ago. But I’d guess about 150 pairs now.

When did you start collecting sneakers?
I’ve always been into shoes since middle school but I never had the money to afford them. So I didn’t seriously get into collecting until high school when I got my first job—a “Sandwich Artist” at Togo’s. And that was actually one of the main reasons I got a job in the first place.

That’s awesome. But why sneakers? Why not rocks or stamps or something?
It’s just like any other hobby, but shoes have a sense of style. Some people get tattoos, some people get piercings, weird haircuts, and whatnot. Shoes are just my way of doing it. They don’t just sit in my room like a shrine. I wear them too. I sometimes buy two pairs of shoes: one to keep [in my collection], one to wear. I never buy anything that doesn’t look good, that I wouldn’t wear myself. Continue Reading…

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