Another seven days, another round of exclusive looks at upcoming (and some unreleased) footwear and the personalities who compose Detroit's tastemakers, courtesy of The Distinct Life's "Dirty 30 For 30." As always, the photo credits go to Jeremy Deputat and the words belong to Rick, who also makes an appearance in this week's recap.
Day 22: Amp Fiddler
Amp Fiddler presents us with the Converse Chuck Taylor High from the First String line. These shoes are slated to release later this month. We are honored to have Amp as a part of this project, Fiddler’s contributions to contemporary music is nothing short of amazing. Not only was Fiddler a contributing member of George Clinton’s legendary funk group Parliament but he is also credited as the guy who introduced J Dilla to the MPC drum machine.
Day 23: Guilty Simpson
Day 23 highlights one of the heavy weights of the Detroit Hip-Hop, Guilty Simpson. Guilty presents us with another one of New Balance’s made in the USA 1300s which is set to release some tome during the third quarter of 2012. In my opinion the 1300 is one of New Balance’s top models and this pair will not disappoint.
Day 24: Phat Kat
For day 24, we have Phat Kat aka Ronnie Euro representing with a pair of soon to release New Balance 574s. This sneaker was done using a denim color suede and canvas upper rounded out with the all important gum rubber bottom! These sneakers will be available in October 2012.
Day 25: Dusty McFly
Dusty McFly is next up! Poised to be the next big thing to come out of Detroit Dusty presents us with the Detroit Tiger colored Saucony Shadow 6000. These shoes are slated to release this fall and be on the look out for Dusty’s “I’m Out Here” remix along with a big announcement coming soon! Follow him here for more info.
Day 26: Shades
Detroit graffiti artist Shades presents us with the Puma Faas Terai Hiker Boot. This boot will be available this August at select Puma retailers. Check out some of Shades work here.
Day 27: Comedian CP
Detroit-based comedian, Comedian CP. CP is presenting the adidas Tech Street Mid which is slated to release this October. For more information on Comedian CP check him out here.
Day 28: Rick Williams
I know you didn’t think I was going to put together a whole month of Detroit tastemakers presenting sneakers and not include myself. I am the co-owner of the BEST sneaker shop in the Mid-West! Anyway, today I’m presenting a sample of a sneaker that we put together for Reebok that for now will never be produced.
This shoe takes its inspiration from the golden era of Hip-Hop. The wardrobe of this time period was filled with some of the most classic pieces. The materials used on this Reebok Nightstorm like the nubuck, gum rubber, rip-stop nylon, camo, and mesh, all come from pieces that we used to wear back in the day. Pieces like Polo or Nautica jackets (rip-stop nylon), Timberland Boots (Nubuck/Gum Rubber), and ACG hiking boots (Mesh and Laces) to name a few. I can’t forget the all too popular camouflage (the shoe lining), which is a trend that has made its way right back into popular culture.
Ultimately, we have decided to go with the more wearable grey color-way that Mike Posner presented earlier in the month. Check it out and let me know what you think.