OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXX NEW YEARS EDITION

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Posted in Aloha Served Daily on December 31st, 2013 by JJ Parkz

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WOW, what a year it’s been, huh?! …A lot of amazing releases and exciting drops! I’m sure all of you have quite the handful of new stories and fond memories that followed your ‘sneaker hunting’ this year. I couldn’t possibly comprise a numbered list of my favorite 2013 drops, so I’m going to do this list a bit differently… I thought it’d be fun to categorize my personal favorite pick-ups this year and put it all together. By the way, it’s okay if you don’t agree… After all, this is my blog, right?! (:

I hope everyone has had as good and growthful year as I have… 2014 is looking upful! Enjoy life my friends!

-@jjparkz

 

TOP 3 OG COLOR WAY AIR JORDANS OF 2013:

Air Jordan Retro I ‘Breds’

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Awwwwwman! These right here are my ultimate joints! I see myself in these when I’m 80… If there’s any shoe that I could permanently attach to my feet, it’d be these without question. If anyone has extra size 9′s for a decent price, I’ll take em… all.

 

Air Jordan Retro I ‘Royals’

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Who the hell doesn’t like Royals?! …Need I say more? Would’ve scooped 10+ if these weren’t so damn limited!

 

Air Jordan Retro XI ‘Breds’

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The feeling of rocking a fresh pair of Bred 11′s is quite amazing… The only gripe I have with 11′s in general is that they require a tad bit more care than other sneakers. When these dropped this year, I definitely did not hesitate to pick up as many as I could. Glad I was able to lace up the family, including young Banks Boogie who rocks em harder than most! …Hopefully someone will invent a ridiculously good sealant for taking out the annoying swirly scratches in patent leather; game changer.

 

TOP 3 NON OG COLOR WAY AIR JORDANS OF 2013:

Air Jordan Retro IV ‘Toro’

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I’m in love with these… The crispiness of the red synthetic nubuck is life changing (Don’t mind my extremeness… lol). Such a solid color way for a non-original. Color looks amazing, they fit well, and surprisingly, I’m not too mad at the quality! Now I just gotta keep the creases out the toe box and I’m straight… Toro IV’s for the win.

 

Air Jordan Retro V ‘Black Grapes’

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Grape V’s are my all time favorite V’s so it’s natural for me to adore the black version. White version is clean, black version is hard; Gotta have both. Back in ’06, the highlight of my year was opening the box to a full case of Grape Retros. I was lucky enough to have gotten through ordering 10 pairs off Eastbay (it was allowed back then) over the phone, then was even more lucky to get 2 more from a local retailer… Shoe hunting was definitely a lot different back then. Needless to say, I still have a few crispy ’06′s tucked away for a rainy day…

 

Air Jordan Retro V ‘Fear Pack’

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I’ll start by saying the materials used on these is amazing. The cracked leather adds so much to the shoe without overdoing it. Olive and red always compliment each other… The gradient fade on the midsole was bugging me at first, but I think I’m slowly growing to like it. Speckles, dope; Black netting, dope. Best of the 3 Fears for me. Maybe a clear bottom next time instead of the ice blue though??

 

TOP 3 NIKE FLYKNITS OF 2013:

Nike Flyknit Chukka ‘Wolf Grey’

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Definitely my favorite color way of the general release Flyknit Chukka line… One of my favorite color combos is grey, red, and white, so you can obviously see why these appeal to me. Although flyknit are quite busy, these couldn’t be cleaner. Not to mention, the comfort, weight, and shape of this shoe is perfect.

 

Nike Flyknit Trainer Multi

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Bright but beautiful, these bad boys can accent the most boring of outfits perfectly. I do love the colors of the flyknit weave, however, I could’ve done without the blue stripe. The design of the overall shoe is amazing and the screen printed Swoosh is an interesting touch.

 

Nike Free Flyknit Multi

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Such an interestingly different shoe, these intrigued me at first leak… Trying one on for the first time is quite different from slipping your foot in any other sneaker. Comfort while surprisingly sturdy, these definitely feel like a natural part of your body when wearing.

 

TOP 3 NIKE AIR MAX OF 2013:

Atmos x Nike Air Max 90 ‘Camo Pack’ Duck Camo / Infrared

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With Air Max 90 Infrareds as my all time favorite 90, how can I not appreciate these in some way?! They are a bit flashy, but the black suede and Duck Camo additions accent this fine pair of runners quite nicely… I wish I stocked big on these!

 

Beams x Nike Air Max 1 PRM

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What can I say…? Milans are cool… These are better. The color of the premium suede is a perfect tan, while the tonal upper lends itself to the cleanest look possible. The orange outer sole, tongue hit, and lace tips are lightly added to offer some excitement. I haven’t laced up my pair yet, but you can bet these will feel good when I do!

 

Nike Air Max 1 Tiger Camo / Snake

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In case you were wondering, these were fairly easy to pick up at Atmos in Tokyo… As my friend who sent these to me explained, these sat for a tiny bit once their opening line died down. Why? …I don’t know. I feel like all the Atmos colabs took a huge turn towards the hype as soon as these caught everyones attention… Anyhow, scooped doubles and wore one a few times. Thanks to my brother out there in JP for holding me down! They’re a tad stiff due to the snake fabric, but they seem catch a lot of attention…

 

TOP 3 NIKE CASUAL OF 2013:

Cole Haan Lunargrand Chukka with Nike Lunar Technology

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Since the Lunargrand, Cole Haan’s have been my go-to’s for any slightly formal attire. The comfort of these are amazing and the contrasting colors are always a nice addition to your outfit. They’re a tad more costly than your regular sneakers/shoes, but well worth the price… Premium quality, premium look.

 

Nike Mayfly Woven

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Such a simple shoe, but so many good things to say… First off, I love the comfortability of these. The soft and loose feel of the suede plus the cushiony sole always allow my feet to have a struggle-free day. The weight of these is crazy; They quite possibly weigh less than your favorite pair of beach slippers. When I’m in a rush to start my day, or I just can’t decide what sneakers to wear, you can bet I’m walking out the door with these bad boys…

 

Nike Solarsoft Mocassin Floral

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Funny thing about these is that I actually despised the use of floral on them upon first judgement. For some odd reason I decided to give them a go because I’ve never owned a Solarsoft Moc before… As tacky as the print is, I’ve realized it matched the silhouette quite nicely and is weirdly interesting enough to set off a casual outfit. “Boogie Boots,” I call em…

 

TOP 3 NIKE EXCLUSIVES OF 2013:

Stussy x Nike ACG Trainerendor ‘Black’

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I am thoroughly impressed at the strength of the 3M Reflective on these. I’m so glad these kinda just creeped into the lineup without much hype. Huge thank you to my lady who picked one up for me as part of my X-mas gift, and also my good homie who helped her out with that (you know who you are)! If these didn’t make it into my closet, I’d definitely lose sleep over em… If I’m being honest though, I wished Nike matched the Swoosh color to the lining a bit better. Stussy was on point to hit a colab with these early!

 

Nike N7 Free Forward Mocassin

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Such an interesting sneaker… How they pulled this off, I don’t know. Slept on by so many people, and I can’t figure out why… Sure they’re funky, but wouldn’t you agree that it’s in a good way?! To be honest though, I dug the cream colored WMNS version a lot better than these… Maybe I should’ve chanced the skinnier fit of the WMNS one too… Meh.

 

Supreme x Nike SB Dunk Low

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How was Supreme able to make me interested in SB’s again?! Oh yeah, these… I had a deep, deep love for SB’s once so when these released, it felt good to reminisce on that. Good quality, nice color way, respected brand colab; check. Thanks to my dude out in JP for helping me with these… Lifesaver.

 

TOP 3 ASICS OF 2013:

Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel-Lyte III ‘Volcanos’

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Man oh man oh man oh man I love these! I was stressin’ hard when I couldn’t scoop upon original release! Although I know a few people who disagree, to me, these have all the right colors in all the right places… Gotta love the salmon, neon orange, and navy hits on the ever-classy deep red! …Not to mention the comfortability of the GLV! Thank you brother John over at Truest for one of my top favorites of 2013!

 

Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel-Lyte III ‘Flamingos’

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Another ridiculously good color way here by Ronnie Fieg… When I look at these, I feel just the right amount of cleanliness with a hint of sturdiness. Then there’s the rope laces… gawd. I’m so glad to have these in my lineup!

 

Asics Gel-Lyte V ‘White / Purple’

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Such and underrated sneaker… why?! I swear I over-wore them when they first touched down on my doorstep! Yes, they are annoyingly hard to keep clean, but that’s the name of the game…

 

TOP 3 NEW BALANCES OF 2013:

CNCPTS x New Balance 998 ‘Mint’

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One of three I HAD to get this year… 998′s are amongst my all time favorite NB silhouettes so naturally I was excited when I first seen them. The concept is dope, color way is dope, materials are ill; How could I sleep?! I thank CNCPTS for blessing the world with these…

 

Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 1600 ‘Daytona’

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I honestly wasn’t too excited about these when they released the photos… Could’ve possibly been that I was caught up in a ridiculously busy time of the year. Anyhow, I was lucky enough to pick one of these up from my good homie @took_HNLA and they’ve consistently been a part of my daily outfits. The softness of this shoes interior is indescribable! Very impressed that these were constructed in Asia…

 

Ubiq x New Balance 1600 ‘The Benjamin’

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I love me some 1600′s… The beautiful brown leather accents really make this shoe for me. Overall clean color blocking utilizing primary colors… Kilt.

 

TOP 10 REGRETS I DIDN’T PURCHASE OF 2013:

Air Jordan Retro V ‘Doernbecher’

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Busy busy busy, but amazing… These definitely upped the level of capability and execution with Jordan Brand. Who the hell does a blacklight sneaker that comes with a blacklight flashlight?!

 

Sneaker Freaker x Puma Blaze of Glory ‘Sharkbait’

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I haven’t been able to see one in person, but the tumbled leather look amazing… The color was a bit played out this year, but these rock it well. The gold hits were a nice touch along with the stellar packaging. Too bad the hype killed my chances of owning one at retail price…

 

CNCPTS x New Balance 998 ‘C-Note’

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CNCPTS hit it on the nose with these… Anyone with a 8.5 or 9 for sale, please let me know! Like the new $100 C-Note, these have tremendously grown on me and should be sitting in my closet, right next to my Tannery Mints…

 

Nike HTM Flyknit Chukka ‘Blue Glow’

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Flyknit is such an amazing invention… The blueish grey mixture of these make me cry! HTM, PLEASE offer your talents to the general public!!! GAH.

 

Sneakersnstuff x Milkcrate x New Balance 577

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Top notch cleanliness. Tonal greys never seem to disappoint me… Funny thing is, I had no idea these even dropped! …Where was I?!

 

West NYC x New Balance 580 “Alpine Guide Edition’

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I hesitated because it was a 580… Big mistake. This color way is too crackin! Should’ve been a no-brainer for me… *shrug*

 

24Kilates Le Coq Sportif Flash

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Le Coq’s don’t get much appreciation out here in Hawaii and I think that should change… This color way right here is nasty. I have yet to pick up my first pair; these should’ve been it.

 

Bodega x New Balance 577 ‘Hyprcats’

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A bit colorful at first glance, but the colors work well… I really like that grey cotton mid upper with rainbow specks; nice touch. 577′s aren’t my favorite, but these go…

 

Saint Alfred x Asics Gel-Lyte III

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I just plain slept on these like a fool… GREAT color palette and very unique. Good job STA…

 

CNCPTS x Asics Gel-Lyte III ‘Three Lies’

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I should’ve grabbed them when I had the chance… What was I thinking debating these? However, just as I predicted, the pictures of these were a tad misleading. In person, the suede and toe box color wasn’t as vibrant, but I didn’t quite mind. The speckle overload is actually pretty cool too…

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