OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXIV

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Posted in ALOHA SERVED DAILY on November 13th, 2013 by JJ Parkz

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Aloha all,

Getting more and more excited for the DXC this weekend! I hope to see all of you fellow sneaker lovers out there!

As for this weeks interview, I’d like to introduce a humbly quiet, yet deadly Instagram personality, @dk_nmdc! Please be sure to read his views and thoughts below! Have a great rest of your week!

 

Nike Zoom MW Posite “Safari”

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This new and futuristic silhouette continues to interest me… I’m never one for “trail type” boot sneakers, but I really appreciate the direction and evolution that Nike is taking with these.

 

Nike Air Huarache LE – Black – Laser Orange – Fuchsia

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The design of all Huaraches have always been such an amazement to me… They look so different from everything else.; surely ahead of their time when they first released!

 

Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Spiderman”

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…NO. Why?!

 

Air Jordan 11 – Black – Gamma Blue – Varsity Maize

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I still don’t know how I feel about the hit of Varsity Maize on the tongue label and heel… I’ll probably scoop and black it out… haha

 

Air Jordan VI – White – Infrared – Black

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Is it me, or does the Infrared look really bright this time around???

 

Stash x Reebok Question

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I wonder why he chose the Questions… Interesting, but not for me. Questions will always have a special place in my heart, but only in White with the Ice Blue bottoms…

 

Reebok Workout Plus “Gore-Tex”

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Gore-Tex is always tight… Color placement is good on these too.

 

Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals “Holiday Bears”

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Am I the only one that thinks Jeremy Scott is way too over the top?!

 

Isolda x Converse “Brazilian Print” Collection

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Hats off to this project! Finally, ill all-over prints that aren’t labeled aloha wear!!!

 

Deluxe x Vans Era 10th Anniversary

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Nappy suede! Also loving the simplicity of the shoe, despite its attention to detail… The texture on the front of the sole and the touch of color on the heel are both wins.

 

J.Crew x New Balance 1400 “Dark Royal”

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J.Crew always seems to do a good job at offering great colorways… Gotta admit I was ridiculously close to ‘impulse-buying’ their  latest 998 NB collab a few days ago…

 

Burn Rubber x New Balance 557 “Joe Louis”

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Tough. Clean. Classy. Something about black and brown combos that always adds a ‘richness’ to the feel for me.

 

 

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: Derek Okumura | SB King

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Name:

Derek Okumura

Nickname / AKA:

DK NOMADDIC

Shoe size:

8.5 – 9

My hustle:

Production Manager (9-5, pays the bills), Nomaddic (www.nomaddic.com)

How many years I’ve been in an affair with sneakers:

Just about 10 years

 

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How many pairs I own:

approx 200 +/-

My Holy Grail:

Always wanted FLOM’s (Nike SB x Futura). Aside from the sheer rarity of the shoe, the concept and design of it is what takes the cake. If anyone has an 8.5 or 9 any condition, hit me up!

 

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My most despised footwear and why:

All the fakes/B-grades floating around that flood the market. They’re getting so good that it is damn near impossible to know for sure unless you buy from an authorized dealer. It really takes the fun out of collecting.

 

 

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Currently hunting for:

Too many to list, but at the top of my list are: FLOM (8.5 or 9), Supas, Mulders, and Lodens. Size 9!

If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:

I ask myself this question almost every day and I can never come up with an answer. It would most likely be a pair of dunk lows. They look good beat and will never crumble. (sorry Jordan heads)

 

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Amazing sneaker-related story:

I was actually waiting in line overnight in LA (pre-raffle/RSVP/list era) for the YOTR Air Jordan 7 with my boy @sol3society. An hour before the mall opens, a caravan of about 13 cars swings into the parking lot. A mob of dudes walk up to the line and claim, “We were actually first in line. We were waiting in our cars across the freeway.” They apparently knew the security guards because they were all admitted into the mall before it was opened. Of course it upset everyone in line, phone calls were made, and gang references were exchanged. At that point, we looked at each other and simultaneously walked to the car to bounce.

 

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Changes or surprises I’m hoping for in the sneaker world:

I would definitely like to see some more releases with premium materials/collabs/stories. I am sure this is what 99% of the community is feeling as well.

 

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A tip for my favorite footwear brand:

Nike SB, HIRE ME!

Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:

Shout out to all the good people I have met thus far via sneakers on IG, facebook, etc etc etc. You know who you are; there are too many people to list. I look forward to meeting more! Also, my homie Rolo AKA @dunksrnice collaborated with me on a dope collection photoshoot. These are now outdated photos because I was able to acquire much more after the shoot, but they are still sick shots! These were used for a special project with Fully Laced SF and printed on canvases. Check him out! www.dunksrnice.net

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Contact:

IG: dk_nmdc, WEBSITE: www.nomaddic.com, E-MAIL: dkokumura@gmail.com

A question for Parkz:

DK NOMADDIC: Thanks so much Jared for the opportunity and hospitality, I love what you and your crew at Fitted are doing. No questions here :)

Parkz: Much appreciated, Sir!

 

Interview by: JJ Parkz
jared@fittedhawaii.com

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