To kick off my contribution to Big Eyes, I’ma throw down a selection of my favourite kicks from my collection. Believe me when I say this was a hard task, as like any good mother, I love all my children equally; however I’ve managed to pick out a selection of six for your viewing pleasure.
Alife x Reebok Ventilator
These beauties dropped in Summer ’08, and formed part of a sweet collab between NYC street wear giants Alife and Reebok, which also featured Freestyle High and Pro Legacy Mid models in black and grey colourways respectively. The contrast between the pure white of the uppers and the black speckles of the laces and midsole really set these off for me and they feature a mesh panel in the side which make these a perfect light and airy summer shoe.
My favourite aspect of these were the free speckled laces they came with, perfect for refreshing the colourway when I get bored of plain white!
New Balance H574 Urban Outdoor Collection Limited Edition
Also dropping in ’08, this mid model of the H574 have to be one of my personal favourite cops. The uppers are a mixture of black nubuck leather and suede, with panels of fake horsehair, and if that wasn’t enough they also feature a sick speckled midsole. As you’re about to find out below, I definitely have a penchant for speckles on kicks!
Here’s a closeup of the horse hair, definitely super unique and the best part of these beasts for me.
Jordan VI Retro ‘Oreo’
This black and white colourway of the classic Jordan VI silhouette first dropped in 1999, however these retros came from the Spring 2010 release and tie for my favourite pair of Jordan’s I own. These VI’s are super fresh and clean looking featuring a white textured leather and black nubuck upper brought together perfectly by the speckled midsole.
Even the lace locks have speckles on!
Jordan Spizike (GS) Miami Vice
These babies were released in Spring 2010 and were made solely for those with little feet. Comprising of a mashup of the Jordan 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 9s, and 20s that Spike Lee promoted, Spizikes were originally nicknamed the “retro Frakenstein”; however I think they’re one of the strongest and boldest Jordan models. This colourway in particular is mad dope, the cool grey base with turquoise and pink highlights is complimented with elephant print panels on the toe and heel and best of all a speckled midsole. With so much going on colour and texture wise this shoe could really have flopped, but the end result is incredible. It’s no wonder that these badboys were and still are a highly desirable and sought after release and one of my personal favourites!
NikeiDs of the Original Parra Amsterdam Air Max 1 Hyperstrike
In 2005, Dutch graphic designer and illustrator Parra designed an Air Max silhouette to represent Amsterdam and settled for a design inspired by the Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn. Unfortunately shortly after the first production run, the supermarket changed it’s logo thus making the design redundant. The original design was eventually released as a hyperstrike and distributed to Parra’s friends and family. The colourway was so sick that naturally I had to have these iDs which recreate the magic.
These are the originals:
Nike Air Max 90 Infrared 2010
Last but not least, are my AM90 Infrareds! Universally acknowledged as pretty much the best AM90 colourway of all-time, these are as good as it gets. In my eyes this colourway is perfection, and I had to pick up 2 pairs of these when they dropped in 2010.
So there we have it, hope you enjoyed a little insight into the mind and collection of this sneaker freakette…