Available here: www.store-unclesam.com
Giant pandas Ri Ri and Shin Shin are the inspiration for a limited-edition collaboration between Japanese lifestyle brand Onitsuka Tiger and Tokyo‘s famed Mita Sneakers store. The bamboo-eating carnivores, whose names emphasis vitality and innocence, are national icons in Japan. Originating from China, giant pandas are symbols of peace revered for their spiritual qualities and ability to ward off evil spirits. Their black and white fur is believed to represent harmony between two opposing Yin and Yang forces.
Onitsuka Tiger was established in Japan in 1949 and has since created footwear and clothing inspired by Japanese values of craftsmanship and attention to detail. The shoe is made in a limited run and only available in some selected stores. Great concept to link an authentic brand to a national Japanese icon!
The Van Doren Rubber Company makes the best and first skateboard shoes since 1966. The shoes became very popular since the kids from the legendary Zephyr surf crew, later skate crew, showed up on a skateboard competition in the ’70′s with the Vans Authentic shoes, blue Levi’s Jeans and blue crew shirts. Still a classic outfit!
In 1975, the Vans “#95″, known today as the “Era”, was designed by Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta (both memebers of the Zephyr crew). With a padded collar and different color combinations, the Era became the shoe of choice for a generation of skateboarders due to the non-slip bottom being more conducive for a better grip. In my younger days I worn the Vans Era shoes always when I was on the streets with my skateboard. And still for the summer I am wearing the Era’s. Below some nice worn-out examples of this classic timeless design.
Last weekend Matthijs van Meurs (Red Wing Shoes Europe) and Red Wing Store Amsterdam organised a second RW Shoe Care day. During the day customers had the opportunity to drop their boots in the store for a special craftsman treatment. These great RW care days are really popular, so Matthijs worked all day very hard to make the well worn-in boots like new. As usually Michael van Hal was there to make pictures of this event. Thanks for sending these and next time I will bring one of my RW pairs too!
Pictures made by Michael van Hal:
The Red Wing moc toe is my personal all time favourite boot. Most of the people who knows me know that I am wearing these already for more than 10 years! As I have other RW too, this model is the most classic one for me. Yesterday I added the RW 8131 Oro-Russet to my RW family. Many thanks to Matthijs van Meurs (Red Wing Europe), this one is for you! See you soon!
Available here: www.van-afferden.com
Available here: www.thevintageshowroom.com
Available here; www.superdenim.co.uk