Macklemore is the "Celebrity Sneaker Stalker" guest editor for "Nice Kicks."
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Macklemore has made it inarguably clear that he. loves. thrift-shopping. He's made appearance after appearance doling out his thrifting tips and tricks for those of less-than-expert status on the Goodwill grind. Slightly less talked about, though, is Macklemore's deep-seated love of sneakers (he might say, to a fault, as he raps on "Wing$"). Well, that's changing now as Mack has assumed the title of guest editor for sneaker blog Nice Kicks's Celebrity Sneaker Stalker (or CSS for short) franchise for the month of January.
Pardon us while we freak out for a second: Aslkdjasdsakd. OK, whew, sorry we just had to get that out of our system after finding out that Kanye West's very own, personally-worn-by-his-size-10.5-feet Air Yeezy 2 sneakers will be put up for auction starting January 24. In case you forgot, the madness surrounding the release of this Nike x Kanye West collab was absolutely BONKERS (see: people got robbed while waiting in line/paid more than $80,000 for a pair on eBay), so, basically, even if you could get your hands on these bad boys, we highly suggest storing them in a very, VERY secure place a.k.a not on your feet. (Sorry!) The sneakers are part of RE/CREATE New York's Hurricane Sandy auction, which will donate all the proceeds to New York Cares for the ongoing rebuilding and relief efforts. They have tons of "personal, one-of-a-kind items donated by prominent members of their creative community," which include everyone from Selena Gomez to Marc Jacobs to Emma Roberts.
Lupe Fiasco in October and his new Vans sneakers.
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If there's one thing we love here at MTV Style, it's when musicians and fashion come together in the most epic of ways. The latest collaboration that we're spazzing over combines our fave rapper/singer Lupe Fiasco and Vans OTW. The result is a balls-out, killer sneaker that we're totally going to swipe up this holiday season. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let's peep all the deets on these bad boys, shall we? The mostly-black leather Stovepipes, which Lupe called "Native Tongues," feature a throwback Aztec pattern down the center of the shoe with a contrasting yellow-orange outsole. In Lupe's design notes about the sneaks, he said, "It references immediately a '90s hip-hop aesthetic by appropriating the name of the retro-afro, conscious music collective and emulating some style cues they exhibited specifically in the use of traditional African patterns and color schemes in their mode of dress."
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When Azealia Banks stepped out in her jelly sandals this summer, she singlehandedly convinced us that you don't need to be Kelly Kapowski wannabe in order to get in on the '90s staple. The trend is officially back, and there's no shortage of available options online- Tory Burch, Loeffler Randall, and Valentino currently have 'em up for grabs- but Melissa Shoes has built its entire BRAND upon the fantastic plastic footwear. In other words, this Brazilian label (whose motto is "Plastic Dreams," BTW) knows what it's doing as far as the resurrected childhood trend is concerned...and now it's nabbed Karl Lagerfeld to design FOUR new collections. Between rocking out with Frank Ocean and, you know, creating his own brands, The Kaiser has somehow found time to craft some jelly kicks for Spring 2013.
Alicia Keys wears the Double Bubble in Cargo.
Photo: Reebok Classics
Alright, Alicia Keys, we're singing your own song about you now. GIRL IS ON FIRE. The R&B queen has been performing non-stop to promote her upcoming album (did you catch her super hot set at the European Music Awards last weekend?), globe-trotting with her whole team - and documenting all the goods on her Instagram for us. But somehow, she's still found the time to gift us with two brand new killer collections for Reebok Classics. Just in time for Christmas? Uh, sorry Santa, but we want Alicia to bring us our pressies this year. Check out these sweet shoes, and we have a feeling you'll want her coming down your chimney, too.
Vans x Iron Maiden sneakers.
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We couldn't think of a better music and fashion collab if we tried—Vans and Iron Maiden (yes, as in the heavy metal band) have teamed up once again to create some badass sneakers based off their The Number of the Beast album from 1982. Whoaaa. This is the fifth collab between Iron Maiden and Vans—the other projects included the albums Killers in 2007, Piece of Mind in 2007, Powerslave in 2008, and Trooper in 2008. The kicks, which come in the classic Vans slip-on style and Sk8-Hi (seen above), are totally decked out in art straight from the album cover. The iconic Iron Maiden mascot (Eddie) is depicted using satan like puppet along the side of the sneaks. On the sole, you can see the name of the album etched into the side in red ink, and there's also an embroidered Iron Maiden logo on the heel. AWESOME.
Would you wear these toothy Apex Predator Shoes?
Photo: Courtesy of Fantich & Young
Since it is Halloween, after all, we bring you this Wednesday a fashion tale of weird. Take a good long peek at these toothy oxfords by Fantich & Young. Dubbed their "Apex Predator Shoes," the strange kicks are part of one of the British art duo's installments which shows alongside their "Apex Predator Suit." Being works of art and not entirely wearable, it's a bit of a useless question to ask, "Would you wear this?" HOWEVER, if you're reading this now, you're already half-way through a post about shoes that have what look like HUMAN TEETH growing from the bottoms, soooo chances are you've developed your own answer regardless.
Vans Sk8-Hi Platform shoes.
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Welp, we can officially die now. Vans took their skate sneakers to the next level (literally) by creating platform versions of their traditional high-top shoes. Basically, this means there's three extra inches of awesome here, people. *high-fives entire world* Finally, us ladies have a step-up (heh) on the male skater competition with these bad boys, which are available to purchase on shop.vans.com right this second! First up, one of the most iconic designs from Vans' classics collection—the ol' black and white side stripe—has been transformed into a bold, three-inch creeper-meets-sporty sneaker platform that we just love. We could wear these with literally anything in wardrobe (think: printed jeans or floral dresses) and for just $80, these are kind of a steal! Cha-ching.
Justin Bieber knows his sneakers. Whether he's wearing studded Supras, gold Skytop IIs or swanky suede YSL, he has enough sneaker swag to convince even the MOST high heel-obsessed girls that they need a pair of identical kicks. Let's face it: the Bieber effect is in overdrive, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. So in a totally genius move, Justin's just signed on with the adidas NEO brand as its newest "Global Style Icon." This means that the singer will rep the sneaker and lifestyle brand starting in 2013, including fronting ad campaigns, making personal appearances, AND a top-secret project that Biebs hints at below. What do you think it is?!
TOMS wants you to Vote 2012.
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Election time is officially upon us, and you know that means— get ready to get your vote on! After you've registered (nudge, nudge), the next practical step is obviously to go shopping. We already talked about how Urban Outfitters has got you covered if you're still not sure who you're voting for. But if you want to rep your favorite political party (or just feel like showing some patriotism), check out the latest from TOMS. The do-good brand has just debuted its new Vote 2012 collection of comfy handmade slipons, and they're cute, comfy, and each pair is custom-screened by L.A. design company Hit & Run. At just $58 each, you can bet these kicks will carry us WAY past Election Day.