Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Blazers, 20-5-5's And The Passing Of A Hip Hop Legend

Let me start today by mentioning the passing of a true legend in hip-hop even though the man never rapped on a single track. Nate Dogg passed away early Wednesday at the age of 41 due to health complications. Nate Dogg was the go to hook man during the G-Funk era and was one of the original Death Row inmates. He sang on The Chronic and Doggystyle before truly exploding on the scene with his duet with Warren G "Regulate" from the Above The Rim soundtrack. This track was a monster and still bangs to this day (try to find the "Jammin Remix" if you can, it has Michael McDonald's vocals from "I Keep Forgettin'" which is the track the sample comes from). For those of you who want something to listen to while remembering Nate this weekend or who need a lesson on his greatness checkout this mix from 2008, DJ Steve1der Nate Dogg Greatest Hits Mix.

Tuesday: Nike Zoom 20-5-5 (Lebron's)
Colorway: Black / Black / Varsity Red
Cost: $110.00 / Paid: $110.00
Purchased From: Foot Locker (Dutch Square Mall)
Pulled these out of the stacks while I was transferring this weekends shoes upstairs and figured I might as well throw them on. These came out in 2005 and were the first Lebron released that weren't a part of his signature collection. The 20-5-5 name is in reference to his average at the time, 20 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds. They released a second version of this shoe the following year and that was it. Surprised Nike hasn't done a model every season named for his average the last season as a way to continue the line. I remember these selling pretty well and I prefer them to Soldier line they have now.

Wednesday: Nike Blazer High
Colorway: White / White / White
Price: $78.00 / Paid $20.00
Purchased From: Footaction Outlet (Columbia SC)
Was in a rush today so just threw on these White Blazers so I wouldn't have to worry about the shirt I was wearing plus I knew I wouldn't be doing a whole lot today and didn't want to waste a good pair of shoes on a lounge day. I know I have railed on people who wear all white AF1's so some might think I'm being hypocritical but these were a leftover pair from when I closed up shop plus the elephant print is hot. Not to mention the fact that I love Blazers and they were dirt cheap.

For the record, my fan loyalty is with Kentucky but just not sure they have the experience to win the whole thing, Thinking Kansas but not sure on them either, this field is wide open. All I know for sure is that Thursday is the start of the best four days of the year and I can't wait. Just going to load up on snacks and food and spend the next four days overdosing on college basketball. Till Friday, Cheapsoles

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Rules, New Format, New Days or I Actually Have Things To Do Now

To borrow a phrase from Bill Maher, Welcome to New Rules. I actually have quite a few things going on these days so from now on I will be putting up a new post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from now on. Plus there will be some changes to the format to make it a little easier for everybody. So with all that done let's get started.

Friday: Nike Blazer Premium SB
Colorway: Green Spark / Green Spark / Pimento
Cost: $80.00 / Paid: $35.00
Purchased from: Nike Outlet (Myrtle Beach SC)
Scooped up these SB Blazers about a year ago on a purchasing trip to Myrtle Beach SC for merchandise to sell when I had my shoe business. I picked up two pairs of these in sizes 12.5 and 13 with plans to resell them for $45.00 but I also knew they might not move because of the colorway so I made sure to get them in my size. Already had a Ecko shirt I was selling that matched the shoes perfectly but didn't sell either pair so I kept the 12.5 for myself and let my boy at DTLR get the 13 at cost. Nice shoe I wear on semi-regular basis since I have a nice shirt to match it with.

Saturday: Nike Blazer SB CS
Colorway: Black / White
Cost: $75.00 / Paid: $75.00
Purchased from: Bluetile Skateshop (Columbia SC)
So this shoe is a pretty new cut from Nike on their Blazer SB Model that is basically a mid cut. They are a pretty basic shoe, it is a Blazer after all, and so far have only been released in basic colorways. The only reason I picked them up was because of the new cut. Just thought they looked funky and I knew most of my friends didn't know about them and had never seen this kind of Blazer. Just a simple black and white colorway with a gum bottom sole which was the reason I went with this colorway. Gum bottoms always make any shoe better.

Sunday: Nike Zoom Soldier III (Lebron)
Colorway: Black / White / Baltic Blue
Cost: $110.00 / Paid: $40.00
Purchased from: Footaction Outlet (Columbia SC)
Went with these Zoom Soldier III's on Sunday mainly to get them out of the way so I can take them upstairs and bring down a pair from up there. These shoes are actually Lebrons and even though the box has a huge LBJ on the top, and the shoes have the lion head logo and Lebron's name on them Nike doesn't use his name in the shoe title. These are marketed as Lebron's street ball shoe and are a pretty good seller for Nike. I just grabbed these because of the price for me at the Footaction Outlet and the Baltic Blue color just caught my eye. Only worn them a few times since I got them and in hindsight I probably let my buying zeal take over that day. I bought about 6 pair that day and probably should have left these on the table. Oh well, they're mine now.

Non-Nike Monday: New Balance 574
Colorway: Pink / Black / Grey
Cost: ? / Paid: $9.99
Purchased from: Footlocker Dutch Square Mall (Columbia SC)
I know I did away with Nike SB Friday's but I am still going with Non-Nike Mondays and today I went with these New Balance 574. Picked these shoes up a few years ago while my boy was working at Footlocker and they had these on clearance for $9.99. I know some people would be scared to rock them because of the pink in them but that is what made me get them, well that and the fact that they were $9.99. I'm not turning down any shoe if they are $9.99. Just a funky shoe I throw on every so often to see what kind of looks, stares, and comments I get during the day. I have to go to Home Depot later today and I'm pretty sure at least one or two people will do a double take. Always happens. Till Wednesday, Cheapsoles