Before you freak out, we know cutting off the back of your shoes seems crazy because, well, it totally is. Basically, this all started when a meme-y photo of all-white Nike Air Force Ones that got hacked into very (very) DIY slippers took over our Twitter feed. Even though most people publicly shamed this slashed set of sneaks, one person mentioned that it could actually be pretty cool—if only it were executed better. So, since it's summer, and we're feelin' free, we decided to do just that: cut up a pair of Nikes in hopes we could make it look less insane and, heck, maybe even wearable. Check out how it all went down (in GIFs!) below.
STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
Congrats! You've decided to cut up a great pair of shoes for the sake of fashion. To start, you're gonna need some sneakers (duh). We swiped up a pair of pre-worn Nike BRS Classics ($40) at Crossroads, but, hey, if you want to splice up a pair of brand new sneaks, we won't judge. You'll also need a pencil with an eraser, a multi-purpose utility knife ($6), and super glue ($6).
The Bootiful Air Max 90
Photo: MTV Style
Today is Nike's inaugural Air Max Day, according to me! Just kidding, it's according to Nike. The company released their original Air Max sneaker on this day in 1987, see. And they've become such a mainstay, such a lamppost, such an icon, such a celebrated piece of air, such a timeless beaut', see, that the time for official celebration is NOW. And forevermore.
On a more personal note, the Air Max 90 changed EVERYTHING for me.
Somewhere in the cobwebbed corners of my parents' basement exists a VHS tape with evidence of my fifth grade dance recital thingy. I'm dancing with the cutest chap in school to Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," wearing my beloved Air Max 90s with pink accents. I hand-picked those sweet babes in big city Halifax thanks to a $100 gift certificate I won for drawing a picture. (The picture was of a Bart Simpson-looking dude dancing to music notes floating from his boom box, dressed in high tops, ripped jean shorts and a tank top. He has one hand on his crotch and the other behind his head.) Point is, I loved those sneakers, and they made me feel infinitely cool, so I wore those f*****s until they went to pieces. Like, I specifically remember examining the air bubble in its purest form, dangling from the sole. The Air Max 90s were the shoe that made my sneaker obsession become REAL.
Karlie Kloss wearing slides for 'Interview' and a pair of Adilettes
Photos: Interview Magazine/Adidas
Look at this foot. It's been over a year since the slow immersion of the athletic slide and its brethren into the annals of high fashion, and it hasn't exhausted itself yet: For one, this season in New York, rising label Houghton revisited Celine's furry Spring 2013 slippers, with similar versions in shearling and mohair for Autumn 2014. For two: A year on, designers are still pushing them in a direction you might not have imagined, or wished for—normcore, as it were, with the foot being the locus of all of normcore's attendant politics. Marni's Spring 2014 line, for instance, features flip-flops on a platform that align with the '30s spectator theme of the collection but also recall some of the more awkward moments of our late-'90s adolescence. (Damn, Marni, at least it's a platform—the further our feet are from the gross New York sidewalk, the better.)
A still from the 'i-D' video for Angel Haze's 'A Tribe Called Red.'
Since she came onto the scene two years ago, Angel Haze has been one of fashion’s favorite rappers. She’s had the high honors of posing for Karl Lagerfeld, playing for Donatella Versace, and, more recently, walking the runway for DKNY. So it makes total sense that, for her new “A Tribe Called Red” video for i-D, Angel went full-on high fashion, wearing looks straight off the spring runway.
A still from the 'i-D' video for Angel Haze's 'A Tribe Called Red.'
Saint Laurent provides Angel Haze’s first look in the video: a leather suit, which she styles with a BLK DNM mesh tank, a Versace Medusa medallion, and boots from Dr. Martens. While leather-on-leather can be a lot of look, and a stiff one at that, Haze keeps it fresh by unbuttoning her blazer and rolling up her sleeves.
How bout them apples? By apples we mean sneakers.
Photo: Nike Blog
EXCUSE ME. HOT FIRE COMING THROUGH.
See those cute babes up there? Those foxy li'l shoesies? Artist Yuko Kanatani collaborated with Nike to create a Roshe Run unlike anything else in their collection. For real though—according to Nike Blog, the artist hand-stitched beads, ribbons, and CANDY WRAPPERS on fabric to create a unique design. The result was photographed, combined with hand drawings and then printed on purple textile. YES. Would wear the F out of these.
You're a smart person, so you already know of and perhaps adore the Nike Roshe Run. They're supes cool, obscenely comfortable and available in colorways aplenty. This Midnight Craftwork edition is a bonus dose of goodness on top of an already bountiful supply; an on-the-house cookie at your favorite cafe when you were already excited about the coffee. Or whatever metaphor you prefer.
Last night's Teen Wolf was, once again, packed with action, including mass electrocution, Stiles wreaking havoc and not remembering why, and Allison and Lydia's consortium with Peter Hale. The most shocking thing to me, TBH, was just how coordinated the Beacon Hills High students are during gym. I mean, is BHH sponsored by Nike?
Scott and the twins on 'Teen Wolf.'
I first noticed the mass coordination among three werewolves, so I chalked their monochromatic uniform up to their desire to be in a pack (it's not the first time), but also wanting to look stylish while growing fangs and sprouting lots of body hair. The twins have matching crew-neck sweatshirts (WITH ARM POCKETS FOR YOUR PHONE) while Scott wears a long-sleeve T-shirt with sewn-in thumb holes. The Alpha always gets the better shirt, I thought. Oh, I was wrong.
Yeezy's all on ya sofa, dese da Red Octobers
SOOOOOO-PRISE! While you were chugging mimosas, Nike shock-dropped the Air Yeezy 2 "Red Octobers" at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday (February 9). With no warning, those rapscallions announced the release via Twitter. To which the world said, "SHUT UP AND TAKE OUR MONEY."
The shoes reportedly sold out in 11 minutes. (That's how long it took for the "it's ova" tweet to appear.) Any turkeys lucky enough to be paying attention were able to yoink pairs for a sensible $245 bucks each. Sneakerheads who were caught off guard could now pay upwards of $5,000, judging by the current "buy it now" prices on eBay. But buyer beware: Fake Red Octobers have been floating around for months!
Last night in the motherland of Nike, otherwise known as Portland, Oregon, Drake took a concert breather to let the crowd know he drove 28 hours through a snowstorm to stand there before them. He praised the city's roaring populace of bicyclists and single women. And then he announced his induction into the Team Jordan family, claiming it was the best day of his life. Not long after, he posted some teaser pics to his Instagram account.
Last week, Kanye West said "OK BAHYE" to Nike after a five-year partnership and signed a reported $10 million deal with Adidas. Three Stripes publicly confirmed their alliance yesterday.
COINCIDENCE? Prooooooooobably not.
Kanye West outside of Hot 97 studios.
Photo: Getty Images
Forget the Kanye West shoe collaboration you knew/loved/couldn't afford: Ye is leaving Nike for adidas. (How much are the existing Air Yeezys gonna go for now? Like, 10 billion dollars?) Kanye nonchalantly announced his new partnership during an interview with Hot 97 yesterday and while royalties seem to be the driving force behind the swap, adidas also offers more (dare we say it?) clothing design opportunities for Ye.
The Nike x Kanye partnership made total sense: Kanye loves Nikes and, as he mentioned in the Hot 97 interview, Yeezys made people excited for shoes in a way they hadn't been since the first release of Air Jordans. Kanye was the first and at the time for first inking the deal, only non-athlete working with Nike, which made him special, which, as we all know, is Kanye West's #1 fave thing. However, when Nike teamed up with Eminiem, the company was suddenly "not doing [him] any favors." And so, it seems if Kanye isn't going to be special anymore, he'd rather get royalties, which Nike wasn't offering to him.
Nike's 2013 SneakerBoot Collection
Winter's coming! Hide your kids (sneakers), hide your wives (other sneakers). Shackle the shutters, gather your loved ones and light a fire! (Not with sneakers. #RIPLeftEye)
All right, calm down. Just because snow will soon dust the ground doesn't mean that you absolutely must say good-bye to sneaks for several gloomy months. In fact, there's hope for us all, sneaker lovers. We have options. Good ones! So take a deep breath, find acceptance in your mind grapes for the upcoming season, and let's discuss ways to keep sneakers in regular winter rotation without sacrificing them to slush, salt, snow and doom. No shade to boots, though. Boots are great. We love boots. All hail boots! But back to sneakers.