"Wet Floor" Dunk Hi SB Sample

You obviously know Ian Williams (aka E-Weezie or The Bawse), but you probably didn't know that these Dunk SB's were HIS shoes...

You see, this Dunk SB color design represented an integral part of Ian's journey. He started out at Nike World Headquarters as a janitor/custodian, and he worked his way up into becoming one of the most well known Footwear Developers around town. That isn't your usual career map, but that's what makes the story so inspiring. Hard work and determination play key roles in experiencing critical milestones in life, and Ian is living proof.

This "Wet Floor" colorway was inspired by the infamous yellow "Caution: Wet Floor" signs that most custodians use. The yellow upper is obviously reminiscent of the actual sign color, and the black/red hits were inspired by the sign text and graphics. The patent leather toe and Swoosh represented squeaky-clean floors, but this Sample pair has a regular leather panel (see the last photo for comparison).

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I guess that makes these the "Floor-That-Needs-To-Be-Mopped" Dunk...

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PENSOLE x AirJordan II Sample

As great as they are, footwear collaborations are becoming somewhat commonplace in today's market. It almost seems like there are new projects popping up on a daily basis with every major brand. But, when's the last time you saw one that made you <insert emoji with huge eyes popping out>...?

This is an Air Jordan II Sample that was mocked up by D'Wayne Edwards and the team over at Pensole Footwear Design Academy. If you haven't heard of the Pensole, then you've probably been living under a rock. Use a quick Google search, and you'll quickly realize that the academy is a pioneering design school that drives a lot of creativity and imagination out of aspiring footwear designers from all over the world.

What was the inspiration? The initial creative driving force of many Pensole Academy students (including the founder D'Wayne Edwards himself)... A regular No. 2 pencil. Every single detail was meticulously thought out and executed to the highest standard, from the pink rubberized lace aglets (a nod to the pink eraser head), to the metallic detailing shown above (inspired by the "ferrule" of a pencil, or the metal piece that holds the eraser in place).

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As of now, there are no plans of a future release. Let's hope that changes, as I would definitely love to snag a pair or two. These are currently on display at Deadstock Coffee, but only for a limited time. Stop by to check them out while you still can!

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Nike Hyperfuse 2010 John Wall PE

"With the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, John Wall selects... Reebok?"

Photo courtesy of: Forces_Whitaker

Photo courtesy of: Forces_Whitaker

Big name sneaker contracts can get interesting. Whenever an electrifying athlete enters the professional level, all the major shoe brands work with the agents to talk about potential contract negotiations. If all goes well, the particular athlete would end up signing with the brand.

John Wall was a highly regarded target coming out of Kentucky, but he eventually chose to sign with Reebok. It's safe to assume that Nike showed some interest towards Wall's camp, and this Nike Hyperfuse 2010 PE might be some soft evidence.

Photo courtesy of: Forces_Whitaker

Photo courtesy of: Forces_Whitaker

Photo courtesy of: Forces_Whitaker

Photo courtesy of: Forces_Whitaker

Photo courtesy of: Forces_Whitaker

Photo courtesy of: Forces_Whitaker

I'm not sure if this PE was used in any sort of Nike sales pitch, but it definitely looks convincing to me. If the Kentucky Blue colorway doesn't catch your attention, the personalized logo might do the trick. This minimal "JW11" can be spotted on the ankle collar, which is obviously made up of his JW initials and his UK jersey number.

Photo courtesy of: USA Today Sports

Photo courtesy of: USA Today Sports

John Wall recently signed with agent Rich Paul, and is probably leaving adidas once his contract expires. He's been spotted in a few different Nikes as of late... Will we finally see a Nike John Wall signature shoe?

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