F.O.T.B.: Saucony x BAIT Shadow Original “Cruel World 3 – Global Warming”


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 Photography By Angel Gonzalez/Vagrant Sneaker ©2014

I was lucky once again and received the email to purchase the latest BAIT collaboration. This time it’s part 3 from their dope Saucony Original “Cruel World” series and what a banger it is. For me, this is probably their best saucony collaboration. Not saying that the others weren’t good, because they were, but this one here has some of the nicest mix of materials of the 3. Perfect for the coming cold weather. Unfortunately, I’m really caught up in some photo work and I’m in the process of changing around my work station, so I took these really quick photos for you to see. I focused on the details so you can have a better look of the materials. Materials like the premium leather, supple wolverine silk suede, and tiger heather textile which is my favorite accent on the shoe. You can see it on the quarter, heel, ankle lining and the back of the tongue. There’s also a 3M Saucony logo and a clear blue outsole.. As of late, BAIT has been pushing out a lot of good color-ways and make-ups; looking very forward to the adidas collab. Currently this is my favorite Saucony collaboration for 2014. Right next to ENDs Saucony Burger. Enjoy the images…

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ASICS x Good Will Out Gel Lyte V “KOYO”


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About time someone jumped into the arena with a ‘Really GOOD’ ASICS collaboration in 2014. So far, in my humble opinion, it’s been a very disappointing ASICS x (insert brand here) collaboration year. Everything has been boring, and ugly; shoes that had me plenty of times saying, ‘What The Fuck Is That?”. Well, except for the re-launch of the Sneaker Freaker ‘Alvin Purple’ and a couple of the BAIT collabs. Anyway, The Good Will Out came through nicely with this make-up and story behind it’s color-way dubbed, Koyo (Colorful leaves are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to Spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries and today draws large numbers of travelers to famous koyo spots both in the mountains and in the cities)…

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Coming Soon: New Balance x JCrew 998 “Concrete Jungle”


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Here’s a look at the next New Balance and JCrew collaboration. It’s another made in the USA NB 998 model and this time they are taking in the colors of army camouflage. From the looks of it, it introduces that army green again we’ve seen them use on one of their prior releases. They mixed that up with grass green, tan, brown and orange accents through out the shoe to create this 998 “Concrete Jungle”. If you don’t get “Concrete Jungle”, well it’s simple. Camouflage on your feet for walking the streets. It’s definitely not as clean as their Independence or Inferno colorways though. It’s a bit busy, but I guess that’s taking cue from the camouflage pattern itself. Overall the story is executed well, but it could have been better without that grey mesh. I believe it throws off the shoe a bit….

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Customizer: New Balance 990 Custom


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  Photography By Angel Gonzalez/Vagrant Sneaker ©2014

I recently received my New Balance 990 custom and I’m in the process of taking photos for a review. For now, here’s a couple of shots just in case you haven’t seen them on my Instagram or Flickr. You can also read about some of the changes to the NB custom builder here. More photos very soon. BTW, that’s ‘Neptune Blue’ on the mesh.

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Release Reminder: Reebok x Hanon Classic Leather “3 Castles”


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Hanon is back with a second iteration of the Reebok Classic leather. Last year they released the “Leopards” colorway and this year they follow that up with their “3 Castles” CW.  The shoe retains the same color blocking as the previous pair, but in green, grey and red hues. Like all their shoes, the inspiration comes from their home base. It shares the same story as the ‘Leopards‘, but focuses on the castles and hills of the Crest. Therefore,  you have green and red pigskin suede at the toe and heel areas, while grey embodies the shoes inner upper representing grey bricks. The last accent to finish of the tale is the inclusion of a granite speckle to the ankle liner….

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