Monday, January 31, 2011

Pumped Up Kicks….

There is this new song out by Foster the People called Pumped up Kicks. It comes on pretty frequently on Alt Nation on Sirius Satellite. I personally love the song. I can’t get enough of it and it stays in my head all the time. Well obviously it has inspired this week’s entry.

Here is what the song has done for me, Im back in the 1990’s and Im rolling down the high school hall and there is Mike Bitner kicking it in a pair of the Reebok Pump High Tops.

I never had a pair of the hightops but I did have a pair of the running shoes.

They were some of the best shoes ever.  Why, you might ask?  First of all you never had to deal with a shoe lace. Just a few pumps on the inflation mechanism and it was the perfect fit.

 Secondly, they were aesthetically super cool and Third they were way ahead of their time.

I personally still think there is a place for these shoes in the market today, especially for athletics.  They make perfect sense with the whole pump action.  Maybe people will come back around and Reebok will once again be a hit.  Forget the ZigZag's and the Toning shoes and make the pumps!

Either way check out the song, enjoy it and try to remember where you were in the 90's....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cardigans and Flavor!

I’m not really sure what’s going on with the style in the Afro American Culture, but I like it! Its no longer thug and bones it’s now sophisticated and stylish. It’s a clash of multiple cultures and brings a true hip vibe to the scene. It’s quite smart and has room to continue to grow. It keeps some of its roots while it continues to evolve. Not every homeboy is sporting Airforce 1’s any more. But now you are starting to see some new things hit the streets. Again from Billionaire Boys Club some of the sweetest kicks that take a classic like the Converse Chuck All Star and update it with their own flair.

Pick a sweet caridgan, not a Mr. Rogers old man creepy pediphile sweater.

Thank You B.O.B and Kanye for what you have done. Please continue to evolve us brothers! Peace.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My New Vans

Just picked up a pair of new Vans last week from my local retailer K5 in Encinitnas.  First of all this retailer keeps the beat with a well merchandised store and continues to change as the environment changes.  check em out at

So Im always on the look out for something simple.  As my last blog points out that is kind of my style right now and I think my new vans fit right in.  This time Vans has updated the chukka with super soft suede and replaced the canvas sidewall with really meatty denier nylon.  Classic taping and a gum outsole makes this shoe a new favorite.  One word is RaD.

Also, Vans has updated their footbed with a comfortable thick sockliner.  Im not sure what type of rubber it is made out of but its 1000 x's better than the old foam sock liner that the shoe had.  No longer will your feet be screaming after wearing them.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year New Posts.

What have I been into lately?   This seems to be the on going question.  Casualy footwear is finally coming back to a place where I actually like to participate.  Typically you can find me in a pair of Vans Grey/ Black Suede.  Simple clean and timeless.  I think that is how I like to define my on style.  Timeless.  I have 6 pairs of the same Levi's, 31x32 Slim Straight 514's.  I wear a V neck every single day and I often wear a simple shirt over top.  Im not sure I landed to this simple style, but I do know in highschool back in the early 90's Tommy Hilfiger, just came out with his brand and he decided that every thing he made had to be logo'd like crazy with either his name or his brand flag. Well style then followed and it might have been the worest thing for men, in my history.  Everything goes around, so clean simple is back and Im happy, I now have shopping options and can find pieces that I like and wear for the next 10 years.  Which is not the goal but if things go full circle I will be prepared. 

Here are some kicks that I like right now.  I would suggest you go buy some today!

JLew Out!