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Come thru and get that flavor you've been missing Aug 12-13. I miss whipping that work for the homies, you know?
I'm also happy to announce that this space will be the new semi-permanent location starting August 24th until we move into the permanent space... Which is located on the other side of the wall behind me!
412 NW Couch St. 97209
Only 1/2 block from the old pop-up inside Compound Gallery, on Couch St. between 4th and 5th.
I started my 9-year Nike career in 2006 at the Nike Employee Store in Beaverton, OR. I asked someone once "what's the most comfortable shoe we sell"? Fast forward three jobs later to 2013 I was a footwear developer in a category dedicated to the everyday athlete. At that time I decided to start a silly IG about the highest selling training shoe in Nike history, the Air Monarch IV.
It started as a way to pass time, but also to highlight the team I was proud to work on. It's blown up to have quite the cult following, especially after the Complex article. Anyway, I love Monarchs and I'm quite proud of these.
Again, #hypebarista. I whip lattes in the all black pair all day no joke.
Shouts to the homies at Index Portland for the pics.
A few weeks ago the Air Jordan Bred XIII Low dropped all over the nation, and I was determined to get my hands on some. I'm not in it for the hype though like most marks... my need was pure "performance" - flexing while I sling these lattes! The barista life is mainly spent behind the bar so it's really all mental / look good, feel good... but now you can look forward to coming from behind the machine to put out more 12oz lids. Here's the Hype Barista's Top 5.
5. Air Jordan XIII Low 'Bred'
The reason for this whole post. The XIII is one of the more iconic J's due to its paw-like outsole pods, dimpled quarter panel and of course, the cat eye. The low version though has swapped out the cat eye for a pretty dope golden Jumpman.
Pros: The shoe is about 90% black, with a majority of that being leather. You can spill almost anything on them, then wipe them off with a damp rag at the end of the day and you're fresh for tomorrow... I actually copped the 'Dirty Breds' for this very reason. The outsole is herringbone (the zig-zags) which is the best traction on all surfaces wet or dry, period, and them being a lowtop helps keep your ankles from combusting as well.
Cons: Since not much has changed since their creation in 1997 they're very overbuilt compared to shoes now. Protection was the performance key at the time resulting in bulky, stiff shoes. They get very hot very fast, especially when you're on your feet a while. The last (foot form) they're built on is quite wide which means most people's feet swim in the shoe. And for some reason XIII rubber gets dirty it never gets fully clean again.
4. Jordan XI Low "Bred"
The first time I saw the Bred Low was at the Shoezeum in like 2011. Jordy Geller was gifted a game-worn pair from someone affiliated with Michael back in the mid-90's. (This rating also includes the Infrared XI Low from last year and the possible Space Jam XI Low this fall)
Pros: Like the XIIIIs above they're like about 90% black which means you can spill almost anything on them. The patent rand and ballistic-like mesh is also mad easy to clean. Most importantly, the comfort is reasonable with the low-profile max air (like the AF1 and Air Monarch) and the low makes them not as hot.
Cons: With all the patent and tight-weave, triple-backed mesh these get hot really fast. And even though it's a retro, not much has changed since '96 so they're heavy and relatively uncomfortable and when standing still for a while.
4. Dunk SB Low 'De La Soul'
These might one of the freshest on the list. Back in 2005 Nike SB did a De La Soul-themed set of dunks for their album '3 Feet High and Rising". Ten years later they're back! Nike's skate division vowed never to retro anything, so they flipped the colorways; the low is brown-based and the high, white.
Pros: SB Dunks are built to take a beating. Double padded tongue and collar, top-loaded Zoom Air and herringbone traction. Anything spilled on these will pretty much enhance the the design if you ask me.
Cons: Most of the upper is nubuck which is one of the hardest materials to clean. The upper gets quite hot on these too and after a while the double-stuffed tongue can hinder circulation and cause discomfort on the top off the foot.
2. Adidas Cosmic Boost
These. Things. Slap. I wear them as much as I can without feeling like a loser for wearing the same shoes all the time. I wear them to everything. I still have a bit of disrespect for Adi for launching Primeknit the way they did, when they did (another story for another time) but my goodness this shoe is perfectly balanced like a fine pocket knife!
Pros: About 75% of this upper is Primeknit, the rest is mesh making it super lightweight and breathable. Even the heel is on point with collar molded away from the achilles preventing irritation. But the best part of it all is the tooling. Boost foam alone is too soft and unstable causing fatigue throughout the day. The back half on the Cosmic Boost has been swapped out for something like Phylon. This provides stability in the heel when at the register, and comfort in the forefoot while pulling shots and mixing drinks behind the machine.
Cons: With the whole upper being mesh there is little to no protection. If you drop your portafilter or knock over that freshly poured drink, that's your a... foot. But if you do happen to spill they will dry up quite quickly. They also only make one black colorway to date and I think it's ugly. So I'm just waiting for my pair to get dirty.
1. Nike Huarache Run
Hands down the best in the list. Of course this list is biased and completely based on my opinion and only based on what has recently dropped. But once you try all these out for a bit you will hopefully see why I say what I say. This might be old technology (it's just plain ol' injected foam) but Tinker knew what was up when he drew these up back in '91.
Pros: It's a low top, minimal offset, flexible runner. Knobby rubber underfoot keeps you from slipping and the booty construction allows you to keep them laced loosely (no lace pressure). The all black upper is easy to clean and the neoprene in the forefoot and collar can absorb a lot if stuff splashes on them. They're retroing like crazy right now so there's plenty of colors to chose from. Don't like what's available, iD some!
Cons: The mesh/neoprene packages that are most commonly releasing now are just asking to pass a steaming pitcher of milk right though to your toes. There are full leather options out there though for all you lames who don't like second degree burns.
Nike Free Run - Mad comfortable but could cause fatigue in the arch; Very slippery when wet
Jordan III - Easily could have replaced a few at the top but hasn't released lately
Reebok Question - Too bulky; Haven't released any lately that are dark-based (or that aren't nubuck or suede)
Nike Pegasus 31 - Too tall, too much open mesh and not hypy enough... but damn are they comfortable
Converse Chuck II - Just dropped so I don't know yet, but it seems very promising! That Lunar drop-in is on point!
Again, this is all my opinion, right? What are YOU wearing?! Comment below or tag us in your pics and tweets using #hypebarista.
When I first had the idea to do this combined coffee shop/sneaker gallery, this is what I hoped for. Anytime I wanted to give up, this is what I saw. Thank you to everybody who came out for our first of MANY courses over the next forever. Thanks Mes and Palette Studios for instructing. Thanks Herbert and Compound for giving me a platform to do this. Thanks E. Scott (crazy fool on the right) for coming to inspire the group. Thanks everybody in the seats for bringing your passion to the room. Stay tuned to a full picture recap from the homie Jermaine.
- Ian aka Young Weezie
Earlier this week, the NBA and Nike announced a new 8-year, $1 billion contract to outfit all teams beginning in 2017. Nike will take over from Adidas, who did not plan on renewing their 11-year, $400 million contract.
This isn't the first time Nike has outfitted teams in the NBA. In 1997, Nike made uniforms for 10 teams – the Bulls, Celtics, Heat, Lakers, Mavs, Pistons, Raptors, Spurs, Blazers and Wizards. Champion and Starter outfitted the other 19 teams at the time, with Puma taking over Starter’s teams in 1999.
For the ’04-’05 season, Reebok became the official outfitter for all teams with a 10-year deal, but was bought out by Adidas in ’06. Adidas then signed an 11-year deal with the NBA, with hopes to put a dent in the US Nike market. That has not panned out for Adidas, as they slipped to third in US retail sales behind Nike and Under Armour.
The question now is, did Nike overpay for this contract? Probably, but it will be worth it. Under Armour is growing quickly and has become the primary threat to Nike in America. Having already secured Warriors star Steph Curry, they almost stole Kevin Durant away from Nike a few months back. If UA got the NBA contract, it could have turned the tide for stars to start seriously considering UA over Nike for sneaker deals.
Nike currently has contracts with most of the NBA’s biggest stars besides Curry – LeBron, Kobe, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie, CP3, Blake Griffin, and ‘Melo to name a few. Now with the opportunity to put the Swoosh logo on NBA game jerseys for the next 8 years, Nike is in the driver’s seat for the long term.