Thursday, August 2, 2012

Entry #67 - Tent Shoes

These always remind me of covered wagons when I look at them...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Entry #66 - Nike Lobsters

At least I think they're lobsters, aren't they?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Entry #65 - Zoom TR Guard

This is a sample of the Zoom TR Guard, which I'm not so sure was ever sold in the U.S. Only place I've ever seen them for sale is a couple shoestore sites in Europe...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Entry #64 - Do You Smell Something

Team Do You Smell Something finished 336th in the 2004 Hood To Coast Run.

Twenty spots behind Bunghole Liquors...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Entry #63 - Air Max 97 Samples

Samples are interesting to me because I like seeing ideas that were being toyed with, and design changes that were made before the shoe released. Kinda gives you tiny a glimpse into the design process.

On this pair of Air Max 97, it looks like the designers were thinking about putting the Swoosh behind the screen on the side of the shoe, rather than over it. Bottom pic shows the inside of a regular retail Air Max 97, for comparison purposes...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Entry #62 - Worm Hats

I'm aware that there's a green version out there too...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Entry #61 - Junya Watanabe Kukini

Back in 2001 Junya Watanabe, a designer at Comme des Garçons, collaborated with Nike to come up with a monotone series of Air Kukini.  Here's the silver version...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Entry #59 - Blue Kidds

The Air Zoom Kidd 2 in a plain blue sample colorway...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Entry #58 - Prime Sports

Before Fox Sports existed, there was a bunch of regional sports networks that did the local broadcasting on cable for local sports teams. There were networks like HSE, SportsChannel, PASS, and Prime Ticket.

Prime Ticket was the Los Angeles regional network, with it's marquee product the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings. Dr. Jerry Buss was a founding investor in Prime Ticket, and at the time of Prime Ticket's formation, Dr. Buss not only owned the Lakers, he was also majority owner of the Kings. In 1994 Dr. Buss and Dr. Bill Daniels (the other founding owner) sold Prime Ticket to Liberty Media, who lumped it into it's Prime Sports network. Two years later, Liberty sold its Prime Sports to News Corp, who were creating FSN-Fox Sports Network. Since then, Prime Ticket has been called Fox Sports West 2, FSN Prime Ticket, and today, back to Prime Ticket.

This jacket comes from a tiny slice of time-after News Corp acquired Prime Sports in 1996 (by the way, Star TV is also a News Corp company, and was based in Hong Kong, which is where this jacket was made) but hadn't yet changed the name to Fox Sports West 2, which happened in January of 1997.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Entry #57 - Ugly But Deadly

In the first Urban Jungle Gym entry I embedded a couple of the classic Nike Urban Jungle Gym commercials.

In this one, we're gonna get Ugly But Deadly.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Entry #56 - Michael Jordan Golf

In Entry #15 you may have read it and asked yourself, why were there Michael Jordan bowling balls? Because AMF bought Michael Jordan Golf. Huh?

Michael Jordan held a press conference in 1993 to announce the formation of Michael Jordan Golf, a company that was going to build upscale driving ranges, with their own pro shops, grill, miniature golf course, and country club feel. First one was opened in 1996 in the Chicago area, and before the second was finished in Charlotte, AMF purchased the company.

Then some strange things started happening with Michael Jordan and bowling, like Michael Jordan bowling balls, "The Michael Jordan Scholars," a sports scholarship program funded by an annual weekend Michael Jordan Bowl-A-Thon, and Michael Jordan Golf gear showing up in AMF Bowling Center Pro Shops.

Gear like the golf shirt pictured here.

Early in 2002 AMF found itself in Chapter 11, and an increase on the lease for the land in Chicago was looming, so that range was closed. The Charlotte range was doing better and it was sold, going on to become Leatherman Golf.

And that was the end of Michael Jordan Golf.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Entry #55 - Loafin

No story to go along with these. Just thought I'd post some pics of some Nikes you might not've seen before...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Entry #54 - Kilties

Shoes have a few parts that sound like they come from a different language. Things like vamps, welts, goring...

And today I learned that thing that covers the laces of a golf called a kiltie.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Entry #53 - Cape Suit/Windrunner

Geoff Hollister started selling Tigers for Phil Knight in 1967 (at $2 per shoe commission). When Blue Ribbon Sports started Nike he went on to become Nike's third employee. His jobs over the years seemed to be quite wide ranging-he operated clinics, conducted athlete relations, ran retail stores, produced documentaries, and even helped organize Athletics West. And of course he did some great design work.

He created possibly the most iconic running jacket of all time. Geoff was trying to keep runners dry in wet conditions, and was inspired by Pacific Northwest Native Americans who had made cedar capes to keep Northwest rain off them. The simple, color contrasting, 26 degree chevron yoke created a "caped" effect, and when worn with matched pants was called The Cape Suit.

Nike started selling the top without the matching pants, called it the Windrunner, and the rest is history.

R.I.P. Employee #3.