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Some more pics and copied text.. but worth mentioning the tongues can be stacked and the lining has the branding printed on it. ——- Last year I was asked by @rundmc to come up with some designs for a superstar. One of them had a gold rope chain stitch and interchangeable tongues and heel tabs. I was sure the features were possible so I was determined to make a prototype. Here it is! I took a black sole unit from an #adidasSuperstar and built the rest by hand. The Sole units are stitched with a Norwegian style chain stitch using wax golden thread. I’m not sure if a factory could recreate this as I work by hand and don’t use sole stitchers. Though I am pretty sure they don’t chain stitch. That could be simplified to a regular straight stitch in gold though. The Interchangeable tongue feature has already been a successful design addition to the superstar in the past. These leather tongues feature a rare French style badge and hopefully, marry the look of padded tongues and the old foam tongues. they have a thin layer of foam inside to give it that rigid look. The tongues and the heel tabs utilise a micro hook and loop system. The heel construction uses the velour loop as a base and the hooks are fixed to to the interchangeable heel tabs, which are constructed from ultra suede. The heel tabs took a lot of messing with to get functional. Prototype commissioned by @spiterokz51 fat laces by @bboylaces

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Crib 95s for baby Joe May @lacesoutfest 👶🏻

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Long read alert: A producer over @sneakercenter sent me an email saying ‘Can you make a shoe for Common? You’ve got 5 days!’ Well, it was something like that. Anyway, the original plan was to get some shoes shipped to me, custom them and send back in time for the interview with him. But getting the shoes to me was proving difficult. I said “I’ll pop into Manchester and get them..” Was easier said than done. The helpful staff @footlocker had only a few of the chosen silhouette left, none in the colour needed and no half sizes. They were super helpful though and I really appreciate their efforts. So, another option was to seek out a Blazer. Again the good retailers of Manchester came through with helpfulness. @noteshop found me a Blazer SB in the right size. Thanks to those mates who had to put up with me dashing about all day! The following days were spent deconstructing and making. A film crew also attended to interview me and you’ll get the opportunity to poke fun, once it’s ok to share the episode. Only available stateside until November. But for now I can share the pics. The shoe is based on the SB I deconstructed. Nothing crazy, except I used my kids basketball to make a toe piece. It was dirty and left just so. The colourway refrences @common’s book ‘Let Love Have The Last Word’ and the materials and graphics reference that, but also his late father’s time as a basketball player for the Detroit Rockets. It is a shoe born of love and I’m proud I got the opportunity. But…. but really the most important thanks go to my family, who allowed me to lock myself away in a room in the school holiday. And then the drama of the parcel to NYC that went astray in Stoke! That’s another story..

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