Los Angeles has no shortage of inspirational athletes. Skate legend Eric Koston and Justin Williams of L39ION of Los Angeles recently worked on this video for Specialized in Silverlake while talking bikes and sneakers…
Sneakers and bikes go way back. Way, way back. See more at size?
If you scroll to the bottom of the newly-launched Levi’s Commuter website, you’ll find these “Commuter” sneakers. With a low profile, these shoes feature cycling-friendly details such as water repellency, a foam footbed for comfort, a flexible, yet rigid sole, a moisture wicking neoprene liner and 3M reflectivity.
This project has been in the works for some time now. We’ve already seen New Balance reach out to frame builders in the Boston area, so this shouldn’t be a huge surprise and while many would say the urban cycling “sneaker” has jumped the shark, it’s still exciting to see a brand like New Balance take its approach to a staple in any cyclists’ wardrobe: comfortable sneakers to ride a bike in.
Check out the full press-release below, including models, availability and pricing.
Back in WWII, eastern European countries began making military boots by using a process known as forged rubber. For the most part, this process has been forgotten, largely because of how essential it is to be close to the source of rubber.
Fast forward 70 years and Chrome introduces their new Forged Rubber sneakers. Made in Thailand, at a facility literally adjacent to rubber farms, that houses unique Slovakian machines used in WWII work boots production.
Each of these shoes are made by hand at these facilities, where the sole is fused to the uppers, resulting in a truly unique sneaker. The video above outlines this process.
I love camo, especially when it’s from Poler. Check out and scoop up the latest collaboration with Nike SB here before they’re all gone!
Also, check out the latest adventure from the Poler skate team in Iceland.
This one came way out of left field but it looks great! Outlier and Vans collaborated on the Submarine Bedford sneaker:
“One of the dirty little secrets behind Outlier is just how committed we are to delivering value to our customers. We love working with the best materials (which are often very expensive) so it’s not always obvious, but we’re always pushing to deliver incredible quality at the best possible price. So when we got an opportunity to work with Vans on a shoe… well damn, not only did a lot of us grow up wearing Vans, but it was also a chance to make a great shoe at a really accessible price, so we didn’t hesitate.
Outlier meets Vans, the Supermarine Bedford. Water resistant Supermarine Cotton®, stainless steel hardware, pigskin cupped insoles, and of course a Vans OTW vulcanized waffle sole. $90. Available now.
The DVS X CA DNC line always delivers and the newest model, the Fantom looks great. Pick up either black or white, while stock lasts, at Cadence.
Today, Chrome launched the 415 Urban Work Boot and the STORM 415 Urban Work Boot. These aren’t your normal sneakers. Think of them as mobility work boots: all the stability of a boot with the comfort of a sneaker. The STORM 415 is made from waterproof cordura (pictured) and the 415 Urban is fabric. I like the look of these boots and there’s more information below, including the official PR from Chrome.
For the past few months, I’ve been wearing Vans because my DVS x CA DNC Rico’s had finally worn out. And it wasn’t until I put on the new models that I forgot how much I missed these sneakers. They’re comfortable, simple and man, those soles make a world of difference on a track pedal. The overall construction of this year’s release has improved a lot and I’m glad to have them back in my normal rotation. Swoop some here, at Cadence.
Chrome has four new shoe models hitting the shelves of your local bike shop this summer. The Kursk, The Southside and two colorways of the new women’s sneaker, the Dolores. Check out more information below.
Is this the answer everyone’s been looking for? Could be. Retrofitz makes these SPD kits, allowing you to cut up your sneakers of choice and add a cleat-mount. While they don’t sell the part kit outside of Santa Cruz, you can buy some ready-to-go conversions at their site. So is this the answer? Maybe, if that’s what you were looking for. But I din’t think the solution is as simple as this. Not unless you add a high-density nylon flank to the insole. But it’s a start.
I really, truly miss my NYC family but it’s great to see various brands continue to grow each time I’m back in town. While I was in the Outlier offices last week, I shot some photos of their new The Outlier Feit Supermarines 2012 Edition. These sneakers may not be for everyone, or everyone’s budget but as history proves, they’ll sell out faster than your RSS reader will pick up on this post. They presale now for $290. Check out a gallery and a press release below.
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DZR Shoes paved the way for SPD, fashion-forward sneakers. After their initial collaboration with Mission Workshop, other brands hopped on board to give it a go. This video shows how a sneaker is made from the first cut to the final lacing.