Saturday, 14 July 2007
Hell 4 Lethva!
Straight outta JD sport
My Adidas RUN DMC 1982 Def Jam
In celebration of my new “kicks” this week I’ve brought you a slab of old skool from RUN DMC. I know, I know but they didn’t write a track called “My Reebok”. I’m afraid I never moved on from this sort of hip hop, it still sounds great. The more recent stuff like Kanye West etc leaves me a bit cold. Run and the Boyz however kick harder than a mule!
As I said, I got some new trainers this week, without being too much of a bloke they are the same as the last pair I had (This is all a bit Gilbert and George is it) and they are also the same as the one before that! They are Reebok classics (in black). I like them for various reasons chief among them is they are simple and not flashy, don’t have complicated soles but aren’t painfully “old skool” either. The fetish of the trainer is a sad recent phenomenon, the same magazines and TV shows that coo over some tiresome “B-boys” 60 pairs of box fresh Nike, would no doubt sneer at a homely thimble collection. The difference between the 2 groups obsessions is minimal particularly as some trainer collectors (they probably call themselves “Sole Bruvas”) never wear their prizes.
Sadly the V&A and the BBC condones this addiction!. Whilst I’m in Grumpy old man mode googling “pump collection” gets you to lots of lovely steam engines hurrah!
I’ve always steered away from being a la mode, in fact I was only very briefly fashionable in this respect when the Face’s “must haves of June ‘97” was the same pair of New Balance I’d bought, I even got them from their proscribed shop in Neal st the shame. I think on the whole you should always base decisions in life in this and most other areas on the maxim “what would Westwood do?” and do the opposite!
The other pleasing thing about Reebok Classics is that they are in the top 3 favourite trainers of criminals. Along with Nike, Reeboks are the Trainer that Scene of Crime Officers have to print after burglaries the most. I don’t think sadly they have any advantages for “breaking and entering” other than being well made with good grip. One thing the survey didn’t look at was, were these shoes the most stolen trainers as well, I think they probably are.