The Air Jordan I

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Sneaker Sunday! Welcome to the new Sneaker section on the blog, where I will talk about sneakers old, new and upcoming and try to drop from kick knowledge on all of you who wish to know about these beautiful things that adorn our extremities. So to start with I’ve picked one of the most special shoes to be worn by any human being (If Jordan is human, that is) ever- The Air Jordan I.

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In 1984, Nike signed Michael Jordan, who was an unproven NBA rookie fresh out of college and had the $65 Jordan I designed for him by Peter Moore, in a black/red colorway to match his Chicago Bulls uniform. That was a big risk for Nike to take, which paid off beautifully and formed what is now a legacy. Michael’s rookie campaign resulted in an All-Star appearance, a Rookie of the Year award and he led the Bulls to the playoffs after a four-year drought. And these shoes were the first to come in what has become the biggest basketball brand in the world.

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The first Air Jordan shoe, unlike its successors, was based on the then popular Nike shoes like the Dunks, the Air Force I and the Terminator. The Air Jordan I features a Nike Air unit for heel cushioning, padded foam ankle collars for additional protection, a perforated toe and a toe overlay for added lockdown which was very important for fast moving players like Jordan. The AJ I retro re-issues featured here have the Jumpman logo on the tongue but OG shoes come with the Nike Air logo.

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Though the AJ I lacked any significant or game changing tech, the colors, in a world of white basketball sneakers, and its cultural significance made it a classic that is widely coveted by sneakerheads everywhere to this day. It is also the only shoe to feature the ball and wings Air Jordan logo, which was also sketched by Peter Moore. Some original retro AJ1s can fetch up to a thousand dollars in online auctions today, and rare shoes like the Black/Metallic Gold AJ1, of which only 12 were made can fetch up to 25,000 dollars. That also happens to be my favorite colorway, and I will never own a pair. Why would anyone in their right minds pay so much for some simple pieces of leather stitched together? History and beautiful design, that’s why. Take 10 popular sneakers today and tell me you don’t find design cues from the AJ I in there. You can’t.

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And that’s a wrap from Sneaker Sundays for this week. Coming next is something new, polarizingly new.

The Air Jordan 1 is available on Myntra.com.

Pictures by Uday Shanker.

Big props to Nandith for letting me shoot this shoe and being a patient model.

 

Tokyo Drifter

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I love Japan and Japanese culture. So when I found this Koi fish printed button-down shirt in a bargain bin, I just had to have it. Can’t have enough light cotton in the summer. And that’s me trying not to smile and channel some real Yakuza vibes.

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Statement pieces such as this do take some effort to pull off. If you feel you can’t do it, start with smaller prints such as polka dots and move on to full blown allover prints such as this eventually.

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Here’s a detail shot of the slim button down collar and the print. Took me a while but I decided not to go with a tie for this shirt. With printed shirts, ties are really hit or miss, so be careful. 27-3Koi-5

I went with a pair of maroon chinos in order to match the colors of the fish. Blue or black could also work but why not add some color when you can, eh?27-3Koi-4

Finishing it off with some bottle green socks, that are also in line with the colors of the print.

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Topping it off with a mandarin collar jacket in light wool made perfect sense.

Mandarin collar jacket from Mast & Harbour

(http://www.myntra.com/mast-and-harbour)

Printed Shirt from Pull & Bear (http://www.pullandbear.com)

Chinos from Wills Lifestyle (http://www.willslifestyle.com/)

Socks from Forever 21 (http://www.forever21.com/IN)

Brogues from Clarks (http://www.clarks.in/)

PS: If you’ve noticed, I’m naming my blog posts after movies that I love, so if you haven’t seen them, do check them out!

Camo Love.

It has been a while since I have posted here, in spite of promising myself I would actively pursue this. But I guess later is better than never so here goes with my first outfit post.

PS: Until I manage to set up my tripod at home and find good camera angles, the pictures will be ones taken on my phone. I do not have a photographer. I happen to be one however.

So getting on with it. This year seems to be one for modern patterns and i think every fashion house has done numerous takes on florals and camoflage patterns. Florals are not a trend and have been around for a while now whether it be on Aloha shirts or Guayaberas, or on shoes and blazer. But camo shoes and blazers are new, as far as I know. If this is untrue, please educate me.

Helped along by Nick Wooster (I love whatever this man wears!) my love for camo printed apparel has grown quite a bit and i got myself a few things to satiate this hunger.

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So that’s a chambray camo printed tie i picked up from www.asos.com. I was skeptical about a tie made of chambray at first, about whether creating a knot would be easy but with a little work, you can do a good job of it. Not that I do great knots on ties really.

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So here it is paired with a white oxford shirt and a black cardigan. I live in the south of India and the weather isn’t great for layering so that’s about all i can manage.

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Those are the Cole Haan Lunargrand Wingtips in Camo and after seeing those my search for a pair of camo shoes began in earnest. I did manage to find a pair by UCB and copped them the same day. Here they are.

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Nowhere as good as the Lunargrands (duh!) but they are good to walk in (canvas=light) and have some little brogue detailing here and there. I am quite satisfied with them.

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Last but not the least. Socks. I love socks. And i love Happy Socks (www.happysocks.com). They make socks in widest variety of patterns I have ever seen, offer great quality and aren’t super expensive either. So naturally I finished up my camo cravings with socks.

Widely associated with the military and cargo pants, camo has gone casual big time and I love it. What I would like to see, is whether this trend will continue into next year or not because I plan on finding me one of those camo blazers arrgh.

That was a long post, thank you for reading 🙂