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Sole Exploration – Roshe One Knit Jacquard & Internationalist Fleece

After finally clearing out my esoteric sneaker collection in the last couple of months, it was time to delve into some new kicks after a couple of years of self-restraint. In my early twenties I had a great predisposition for crazy colorways. The more neon, patterned & contrasty the better. My bright orange AF1s purchased in NYC was testament to this youthful folly. Luckily (or unluckily depending on how you view it) I’ve grown up. I’m all about boring Scandinavian lumberjack  neutrals, natural fibers & leathers now. Oh how disgustingly hipster of me.

But as I try and attempt more walking in my everyday life (don’t worry no fixie bike yet), I needed some low comfy sneakers to replace my ravaged daily pair of Nike Free Powerlines, and potentially in styles which will match my much more minimalist approach to sneakers.

Nike Roshe One Knit Jacquard

Nike Sportswear Roshe One

Really, these are minimalist you say? You’re either lying or blind. But hear me out the tiger like stripes are actually quite muted in real life. They dish a dose of cool urban camo.

Colorway – Bronze/Black/Sail

The GOOD – This is my first pair in the Roshe line, which Nike launched in 2012 as a budget runner next to the Frees, which I’m a huge fan of. Honestly I wasn’t expecting much but I was sort of blown away how comfy these are. The sole is pillowy and cloud like, softer than the Frees but not as unwieldy as I find some Lunar Airs to be. The fit is great and no abrasive bits if you decide to go sockless. Also incredibly good grip on wet ground, on par with Frees. Also I got caught in a rainstorm the first time I wore these and they dried super quick!  I’m definitely a convert to the Roshe line!

The BAD – The Flynit upper is pretty thin and not as supportive as the Nike Free range. You certainly wouldn’t want to  prove your agility laterally in these. Basic walking forward on pavement is what these are made for.
Nike Sportswear Roshe One
Nike Sportswear Roshe One

Nike Internationalist Fleece

Nike Sportswear Internationalist Fleece

I’m usually a stickler for Nike ranges I know and trust. I know how dunks, AF1s, Frees etc fit and look on me so usually I’m wary of venturing deeper into the Nike Narnia… but dude… you had me at fleece.

Colorway – TUMBLED GREY / BLACK / WHITE

The GOOD – FLEECE, grey neutral, super soft and super cool in a classic retro silhouette.  Unfortunately that’s about it…

The BAD – I have so many niggling issues with this pair. They’re not comfort out of the box like the Roshe one’s up top. They have plastic bits which cut through the fleece and give you blisters if you go sockless. And if you have low socks on, the back rides up high and angles and chafs into the back of the ankle. The sole is also slippery in the wet. I have no idea why some Nike soles are like this and others are fine. Why not make them all non-slip? Anyway, I may like them better once they’re fully broken in.

Nike Sportswear Internationalist Fleece

Nike Sportswear Internationalist Fleece

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Sole Exploration #4 – Nike Free Flyknit +

It took me a long time to come around to the Nike Free line. I’ve always admired the sleek running silhouette, but I thought wearing runners casually, especially with jeans was a fashion statement best left in the 1990s. But late last year I had a foot injury and ended up taking a punt on the free line, and ended up loving it.

The sole is what gets me. Although its minimal compared to the classic running shoe, the Free 5.0 sole still provides enough cushioning, even on the harsh pavements. Coupled with Nike’s latest flyknit technology, it makes for a seriously cool pair of kicks.

Nike Free Flyknit+

Nike Free Flyknit+

 #4 – Nike Free Flyknit + – Game Royal/White-Blue Glow/Atomic Green

WherePro Direct Select

When – November 2013

Did You Know? – Nike Free was a line introduced in 2004 at the cusp of the barefoot running trend. Flyknit debuted in 2012 in essence to provide a formative knit sock like fit shoes.

The Good – Comfort, comfort, comfort. These puppies are like socks with soles. The waffle free sole is non-slip even on wet lino. The upper hugs the foot giving it adequate support even when moving laterally. It’s light and it flies!

The Bad – The material can pinch at first, and of course it offers no real protection against the elements, but as long as you stay away from construction sites and things to stub your toes on, you’ll be sweet.

Photographic Mood – Urban Ninja

Nike Free Flyknit+

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Sole Exploration #3 – Vans Chukka Slim

I didn’t grow up with many pairs of hip canvas soles, preferring the craziness of 90s chunky sneakers instead. Perhaps it was my mum’s influence; she would always refer to plimsolls as peasant shoes because they reminded her of the shoes that her entire generation in China wore as kids because they were the cheapest shoes available. Now much older, I have fallen in love with the dress down look of plimsolls (and let’s not forget the hip surfie/skate iconography) but sadly my feet really don’t agree. I could never comfortably wear Chuck Taylors because of how narrow they are and most plimsoll soles are too flat and provide less than adequate cushioning. In fact after a brief hipster period late last year, I threw away all my plimsolls after a solid month of recovering from metatarsal inflammation (ouch right?). But I guess I couldn’t stay away for long, and soon found myself in possession of a pair of Vans, my first in fact.

Vans Chukka Slim

#3 Vans Chukka Slim – Marl Grey

Where – Ebay

When – November 2013

The Good – The upper is beautiful knitted grey marl which makes it surprisingly cosy. It also cuts a slimmer silhouette than most vans which is awesome for us chicks because most Vans cut such a masculine profile. The mid-cut goes well with skinny jeans or even shorts/dresses/skirts. They’re hip without being overly trashy and the grey goes with everything.

The Bad – Plimsoll soles. Man the zero heel cushioning means if you’re a heavy heel striker like me, prolonged bouts of walking will hurt.

Photographic Mood – Late 70s Beach Deck

Vans Chukka Slim Grey Marl

Vans Chukka Slim Grey Marl

Vans Chukka Slim Grey Marl

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Sole Exploration #2 – Nike Vapor 8 Tour

Welcome to another edition of Sole Exploration, today we delve into my extensive tennis shoe collection. I like <3 tennis… I play a lot of tennis, and I’ve purchased a lot of tennis shoes. Probably more than I’ll ever need, but I guess it’s handy to be able to chart my tennis development through my sneakers? (Okay who am I kidding, they’re really my way of esoterically charting Roger Federer’s career)

Nike Vapor 8 Tour

#2 – Nike Vapor 8 Tour – White/Yellow

WhereTennis Warehouse Europe

When – January 2011

Did You Know? – These are the kicks that Roger Federer sported during the spring season of 2011 in particular at the 2011 Australian Open. They are also the only Nike Vapors I own which sport the RF monogram. It was unusual for a pair of Vapors to be mass sold with an RF logo, usually they’re kept for special Nike Stores at say the US Open.

The Good – Slightly more stable with a wider heel base than the Vapor 7s and more flexible than the plasticky Vapor 6s. Plus the yellow is totally FETCH.

The Bad – Unfortunately I didn’t really get a chance to wear these puppies very much. I almost broke my ankle going for a routine inside out forehand one Saturday and I became wary of these shoes ever since. And once the uber comfy Vapor 9s came out, these were ditched to be backyard shoes, which made me super sad because I had the most awesome yellow, anthracite & white kit to go with it.

Photographic Mood – London Drizzle

Nike Vapor 8 Tour

Nike Vapor 8 Tour

Nike Vapor 8 Tour