en-US Stadium Goods Stadium Goods Sun, 25 Oct 2020 13:13:44 +0000 http://fishpig.co.uk/magento/wordpress-integration/?v=4.6.0.18 https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/ Up Close with the Air Jordan 1 "Dark Mocha" Air Jordan 1 High OG Dark Mocha

A new Air Jordan 1 featuring leather and suede detailing in a color block that aligns with fall’s earth tone vibes is releasing at the end of the month. And it looks awfully similar to one of the most popular sneaker collaborations in recent memory. Did that capture your attention? The “Dark Mocha” colorway is the consolation prize of all sneaker consolation prizes if you missed out on Travis Scott’s Jordan 1s from 2019. Or if you just happen to want a clean-looking and versatile, wear-with-just-about-anything new pair of sneakers, the Air Jordan 1 “Dark Mocha” is a pretty great option in that regard, as well.

Air Jordan 1 Dark Mocha

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It’s simple: We cannot advocate enough for the appeal of a Jordan 1 that looks as great fresh out of the box as it does slightly worn in. And while Jordan Brand will be officially releasing the Air Jordan 1 “Dark Mocha” on October 31, 2020, the shoe is available at Stadium Goods right now, so you don’t even have to wait until then to begin enjoying it.

If for some reason we didn’t do a good enough job of convincing you the “Dark Mocha” is one of the year’s cleanest Jordans, here are a few detailed shots courtesy of the Stadium Goods photo team.

Jordan 1 Dark Mocha

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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:56:17 +0000 https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/air-jordan-1-dark-mocha-detailed-look/ https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/air-jordan-1-dark-mocha-detailed-look/ matthew.d@stadiumgoods.com (Matt DeSciora) Matt DeSciora
This is the Remix: The Most Remodeled Air Jordans Ever Union Air Jordan 4 Guava Ice

Jordans aren’t what they used to be. But that’s not a bad thing.

Artists, designers, and clothing brands are reimagining iconic models by adding one-of-a-kind design elements to Air Jordans, turning the series of classic hoops silhouettes into contemporary lifestyle looks. No longer can a fresh colorway alone really catch the attention of the sneaker community. It seems that now you have to add some extra bells and whistles to truly stand out.

In today’s climate, originality is in. And bending the proportions of design determines how well-received your Jordan collaboration will be. It’s almost as if some collaborators are seeing just how far Jordan Brand will let them run wild with the original, revered Air Jordan designs.

Collaborators are simply no longer afraid of alienating Air Jordan purists with their creativity. Since Jordan Brand is still committed to remastering the core classics for those who prefer the traditional designs, there's an opportunity for everyone else to try something new. In a way, we all benefit.

With all that said, now let us share with you the kinds of new-age Jordans we’re talking about. Below you’ll find a collection of some of the most Remodeled Air Jordans in history.

Union Air Jordan 4 Off Noir

Union x Air Jordan 4

Union’s “Sophomore Album” collection with Jordan Brand explores a throwback aesthetic on both the “Guava Ice” and “Off Noir” colorways of the Air Jordan 4. The construction features a few tweaks including a reconstructed mesh toe box and “solid” design for the top clear plastic lace wings. The most controversial modification is the stitched down tongue per Union owner Chris Gibbs’ specifications. If the new style isn’t your thing, the stitches can be removed to retain the Jordan 4’s original tall tongue.

 

Off-White Air Jordan 1 Chicago

Off-White x Air Jordan 1

Has there been a more polarizing collaboration? Off-White’s deconstructed take on the Air Jordan 1 is a complete overhaul in design in almost every way possible. The exposed foam padding on the collar, unstitched leather panels, and oversized leather Swoosh (not to mention the red zip-tie and “Air” branding on the midsole) are as groundbreaking to look at today as they were when the shoe dropped in 2017.

 

Off-White Air Jordan 1 Sail

Off-White x Women’s Air Jordan 4 “Sail”

Once a display piece for Virgil Abloh’s “Figures of Speech” exhibit, the Off-White x Women’s Air Jordan 4 “Sail” has become one of the year’s most desirable collaborations after it was given an official release by Jordan Brand. The monochromatic “Sail” colorway features several firsts for the Jordan 4 including translucent netting on the throat and mid-panel, and translucent detailing on the heel cup and wings clips on the collar. Abloh’s signature “quotations” design also appears on the shoe, a first in that regard, as well.

 

Off-White Air Jordan 5

Off-White x Air Jordan 5

Leather, and in some cases, suede, have been part of the Air Jordan 5’s design DNA for years. So when Off-White came along with this collaborative Jordan 5 in a light grey synthetic, semi-translucent material, it was a completely different look for the model. The most radical remix of Abloh's design was the circular cut-outs found on either side of the upper and tongue.

 

Travis Scott Air Jordan 1 High

Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1

Travis Scott’s Air Jordan 1 collaboration features the one thing we’d never thought we’d see on a Jordan 1: a backwards Swoosh. The large inverted black tumbled leather Swoosh on the high-top, and white tumbled leather Swoosh on the alternate low-top silhouette immediately draw attention because we’ve only ever seen the Swoosh going in one direction. What’s more, Scott’s miniature “face” logo is embossed on the heel. This definitely isn’t your older brother’s Jordan 1.

 

Travis Scott Air Jordan 4

Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6

Here’s a hot take: The “bubble” on the collar of the original Air Jordan 6 is aesthetically pleasing, but doesn’t really serve a purpose beyond looks. The stash pocket on the side of the Travis Scott x Jordan 6, however, is fully functional, because it allows you to store everything from loose change to your AirPods inside.

 

CDG Air Jordan 1 White

Comme des Garcons x Air Jordan 1

Renowned fashion house Comme des Garçons has its own set of rules when it comes to the design and styling of its seasonal apparel collections. And the same holds true for its collaborations with Nike and Jordan Brand. In 2019, CDG gave the Air Jordan 1 a punk and goth inspired makeover that took Michael Jordan’s first signature hoops shoe about as far from its origins as possible. Clasps, rivets, and a buckle-adjusted ankle strap are all present on the wild design, which released in all-white and all-black colorways. It’s original, it’s modern, and it’s about what fashionistas have come to know and love about CDG.

 

Supreme Air Jordan 14 Black

Supreme x Air Jordan 14

Supreme’s glam version of the Air Jordan 14 is wholly rooted in the punk aesthetics pushed by the streetwear giant season after season. Aside from the rounded metal studs, everything else on both the black and white leather based colorways is on-par with the original styling of the performance shoe.

 

Melody Ehsani Air Jordan 1 Mid

Melody Ehsani x Women’s Air Jordan 1 Mid “Fearless”

It feels like time-telling sneakers are in the not so distant future. Before that happens, let’s salute the design that got the ball rolling—Melody Ehsani’s Women’s Air Jordan 1 Mid “Fearless.” While not operational, the jewelry designer’s collaboration features gold accented watch faces in the shoelaces of each shoe, a bold move that reeks of originality.

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Fri, 16 Oct 2020 14:46:04 +0000 https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/remodeled-air-jordans/ https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/remodeled-air-jordans/ matthew.d@stadiumgoods.com (Matt DeSciora) Matt DeSciora
Block by Block: Chicago - Grocery Run Club Founders Jorge Saldarriaga and Lucy Angel Are Helping Feed Chicago Grocery Run Club

Everybody needs to eat. And in Chicago, Grocery Run Club is helping to make sure nobody ever goes without a meal.

Founded by two born-and-raised Chicago residents Jorge Saldarriaga and Lucy Angel who proudly rep their city and Latin heritage every chance they get, Grocery Run Club is an amazing organization that supplies food and other essentials free of charge to underprivileged and underserved neighborhoods. Using a subscription-based donation system that is sure to soon be utilized by community outreach and philanthropic groups everywhere, Jorge and Lucy are definitely innovators when it comes to selflessly helping others.

We're proud to have Lucy and Jorge share with us all the great work Grocery Run Club is doing for Chicago in the interview below, where you can learn what they do, why they do it, and how you can get involved to make the future a little brighter in the Windy City.

First, please introduce yourselves, and share anything you think everyone should know about you.

Jorge: What up world! My name is Jorge Saldarriaga, a born and raised Chicago kid from the North Side of the city. I grew up in Ravenswood and Portage Park and I’m a Colombian-American. I love all things culture and have always gravitated to food, drink, and streetwear as avenues that allowed myself to learn more about the world. Back in the day you could catch me at a couple of different restaurants and bars making and slingin’ drinks and food. More recently I’ve dove into the marketing world and am now the Cultural Market Manager for Diageo Brands in Chicago. I partner with event organizers throughout the city, predominantly from marginalized communities, and sponsor culturally relevant and impactful events. If I’m not on my work tip, I’m at Grocery Run Club working on partnerships and logistics on how we can feed and impact our underserved communities in our city.

Lucy: Hi all. My name is Lucy and I’m one half of Grocery Run Club. First and foremost, I’m a Chicago kid through and through. I LOVE telling people and reminding them I’m from Chicago (laughs). I’m a proud first generation Mexican-American woman and the founder of Luce Ends, a cultural programming and event production agency in Chicago. I love bringing people together to foster & build community. Prior to that, my life was in the hospitality industry. I worked closely with Chicago chefs Stephanie Izard and Paul Kahan, both who really helped me lean into the importance of food and how it tells parts of our story. During normal times, you could usually catch me snacking and drinking a cocktail on a patio, rocking one of my one million vintage Bulls tees. These days you can catch Jorge and I driving around the south and west sides bringing essentials to our communities through Grocery Run Club.

What is Grocery Run Club? How exactly does it work?

Both: Grocery Run Club is a community driven initiative that partners with organizations to supply fresh produce and everyday necessities to underserved neighborhoods in Chicago. We believe that when basic human needs are met, it's easier to overcome the inequities of everyday life. GRC was created to organize, mobilize, and partner with folks that are able to donate their time, money and knowledge for the greater good of our city. It specifically works similarly to a monthly membership plan ie. Hulu, Apple Music etc. The club member chooses an amount they feel comfortable contributing per month. GRC then takes that monthly allowance and every dollar goes into purchasing fresh produce and everyday necessities. These items are distributed to our community partners and those they serve on a weekly basis.

It’s really important for us to partner with organizations who are already on the ground serving their communities. Even though we’re from Chicago, we don’t know the exact needs and struggles of all 77 neighborhoods in the city. Finding partners who already know that of their communities and can turn to us to let us know what they need, makes it easy for all parties.

What was your inspiration for founding it?

Jorge: We wanted to do something for our city. As born and raised Chicago kids we had this natural instinct to jump to answer all these different calls to action, but we wanted to do it our way. We wanted to focus on how we could package intentional, culturally affirming, community work, in a way that resonated with individuals throughout the city and made them want to help one another out as well.

Lucy: I second what Jorge said and more specifically, we were trying to find our lane on how to help our city through the crazy times we are experiencing. COVID-19 and the civil unrest really exposed all of the inequities that have BEEN taking place on the south and west sides of the city, which are predominantly black and brown communities. When we started to volunteer with different organizations in June, we saw first hand just how much support was needed to help vulnerable folks that were experiencing food insecurity and in general were having a hard time getting everyday needs. We felt like we could gather up a group of our friends, raise funds and take action into our own hands. The idea grew into Grocery Run Club two weeks after that.

What neighborhoods do you primarily service?

Both: On a weekly basis we currently serve North Lawndale, Little Village, Austin, Englewood, Bronzeville, Kenwood, Archer Heights, and Gage Park.

I understand that Grocery Run Club was just founded this year. Were you both doing anything like this previously? 

Jorge: We definitely were bringing people together and building community through both of our jobs and were volunteering at different organizations from time to time before we founded Grocery Run Club, but we weren’t doing anything like this previously. One of the organizations we loved volunteering for, and that we now have partnered with, is Pilot Light Chefs. Pilot Light’s mission is to support students through food education: bridging the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods on their lunch trays, at home, and in their communities. We had some experience volunteering and helping but we never thought we were going to take it this far!

Lucy: GRC was founded in July of this year! Even though we weren’t doing anything exactly like this before, all of our work has always been about building community and showing up for our city in whatever way she needs us to show up. Because we’ve always been about that mentality and folks from all parts of our lives have lent a hand/time/money/resources, it feels like GRC is just an extension of what we’ve been doing for years.

Are you still expanding your outreach into new communities in Chicago as you go, or do you think you’re already in a pretty good place?

Both: Yes! We want to make sure we can support as many organizations and neighborhoods as possible with the funds we receive. The more donations both monetary & product-wise we receive, the more organizations we’re able to take on. We also have a lot of flexibility in supporting one time pop-up distributions in new neighborhoods.

Does Grocery Run Club have plans to expand beyond Chicago? 

Both: Yes, although not right now! We really believe the model we have going is something that can be replicated in any city as long as you have folks that are willing to come together and show up for those in need. Right now, we’re concentrating on fine-tuning our logistics and systems so we can impact more communities and residents in Chicago.

Are there any similar organizations in Chicago that you’ve either worked with or just respect and support in general that you’d like to shout out?

Both: The organizations below are just some that we’ve worked with through Grocery Run Club. We’ve partnered with them because we believe in their mission and the incredible work they do in the neighborhoods they are in.

Dion’s Chicago Dream

Gage Park Latinx Council

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BEET North Lawndale Chicago Community Garden

Pilot Light Chefs 

The Link Up Chi

Bronzeville-Kenwood Mutual Aid 

The Love Fridge Chicago 

Social Works Chicago

Save Money Save Life 

What can somebody interested in your cause do to help?

Both: There are so many ways to help! If your pockets allow, you can start off by heading to our Instagram or website and clicking the donate button. If you want to volunteer, send us a note for current opportunities. If you’re a brand that wants to support with a product donation or larger way, we love that too! Most importantly though, just be a good human and figure out what you can do to help your neighbors during these difficult times. Listen, be conscious, and communicate with one another.

 

Visit GroceryRunClub.com and follow on Instagram @groceryrunclub

Portrait of Jorge and Lucy by Anna Jung-Hwa Heyward. All photos courtesy of Grocery Run Club.

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Thu, 15 Oct 2020 21:03:19 +0000 https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/block-by-block-chicago-grocery-run-club-founders-jorge-saldarriaga-and-lucy-angel-are-helping-feed-chicago/ https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/block-by-block-chicago-grocery-run-club-founders-jorge-saldarriaga-and-lucy-angel-are-helping-feed-chicago/ zschlemmer@gmail.com (Zack Schlemmer) Zack Schlemmer
Block by Block: Chicago - Highlighting Chicago's Footwork Dancing with Open the Circle

Above: On set with Open the Circle, The Era Footwork Crew and The Empiire Dance Institute in Chicago

If you're not from Chicago, chances are you may have never heard of Footwork, a style of dance and electronic music native to the Windy City. And if you have heard of it but aren't from the area, you may not know just how important it is to the city, and specifically for Black youth in Chicago.

Today we're here to learn about Footwork from the two co-founders of Open the Circle, an organization that focuses on empowering the communities of Chicago and fighting for racial justice through the art of dance. Open the Circle, or simply “OTC” for short, was started by Chicago natives Jamal “Litebulb” Oliver, a lifelong Footwork dancer, activist, and founder of the prominent group, The Era Footwork Crew; and Wills Glasspiegel, a filmmaker, visual artist, and scholar. We'll let them introduce themselves in more detail in just a second, but rest assured that you won't be able to learn the history, power, and significance of Footwork from a more ideal source.

Above: DJ Spinn and Jamal “Litebulb” Oliver

Please start by introducing yourselves, what should we all know about each of you?

Jamal “Litebulb” Oliver: I’m a footwork dancer, artist, community organizer, and dance activist from Chicago, born and raised on the South Side. I’ve been at it for about 15 years. I made a name for myself in the dance community with well known groups like 3rd Dimension, now called Empiire, and from battling throughout Chicago with the group, Terra Squad. In 2009, I was invited by Footwork’s musical pioneers DJ Rashad, and DJ Spinn to travel and perform on international stages, including New York’s PS-1, the Barbican in London, venues throughout Japan, and more. In 2014, I co-founded The Era Footwork Crew (theerafootworkcrew.com) with some of my closest friends in Chicago, and then co-founded the community-based nonprofit Open the Circle (otcprojects.org) in 2017.

Wills Glasspiegel: I’m a filmmaker, visual artist and radio producer from Chicago. I’ve been working with Footwork dancers and DJs for the last eleven years. I got involved with Footwork because I fell in love with the music and produced a story about it for NPR’s All Things Considered. I’m also a scholar getting a PhD in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale. I’m part of The Era Footwork Crew and helped creative direct The Era’s touring performance called IN THE WURKZ. In 2017, I co-founded Open the Circle with Litebulb and other partners throughout the Chicago dance world.

Above: Wills (right) and RP Boo, originator of Footwork music

What exactly is Open the Circle, and what do each of you do for the organization?

Wills: Open the Circle is a community-based nonprofit on the South Side of Chicago, devoted to channeling resources into grassroots creative projects in the arts and education, especially in communities under threat from racism and divestment. Our focus is on the long-running dance and music known as Chicago Footwork. We started with three major projects: creating a Footwork summer camp on the South Side of Chicago, launching a touring Footwork dance performance, and creating a feature-length Footwork documentary. While doing these projects, we accomplished many other things, like distributing thousands of free COVID masks to Black businesses and organizations, and providing performance opportunities for Black Chicago youth to perform on stages across the city like Millennium Park and Navy Pier.

For those readers that may not know, can you describe Footwork dancing?

Jamal: To some people who have no clue, Footwork looks like people moving fast as hell to some crazy music, but it actually has a culture and logic behind it. Footwork dancing is focused on moving your feet, but it’s also about the entire body. Our style incorporates foundational core basics such as Erk ‘n Jerks, Skates, and Ghosts, which join together to make combinations. These combinations are accompanied by spins, hand motions or “Big Moves” that help make up full dance rounds. The key factor about this culture is that all of these frenetic movements are done alongside the music which is usually produced around 160 beats per minute, a real adrenaline rush.

Wills: Footwork is a fast-paced dance that started to the sounds of House Music in the 1980s on the west side of Chicago. The dancing later inspired its own version of house music, also known as Footwork, pioneered by artists and friends like RP Boo and DJ Rashad.

 

The Era Footwork Crew

Did Footwork music or dance come first? Or did they evolve together?

Jamal: Footwork dancing was around first, but was done to house music. Footwork as a music was born through the work of DJs like RP Boo, DJ Clent, Traxman, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, who decided to make music that mirrored their dancing. They sped up house music while adding samples from popular hip hop music and other songs they liked. The music and dance evolved together from that point forward, creating a foundation that helped propel the culture throughout the ‘90s until the 2000s. We must understand that Chicago Footwork has had many stages of evolution over the past 30 years since its inception.

 

OTC at Chicago's iconic Bean

Why do you think Chicago is the city that birthed this dance style?

Jamal: One answer to the question is that Chicago is a fast-paced moving city, so we adopted that same way of living through our music and way of living, including the dance itself. I know I’ve been moving fast since before I can remember. Another answer would be that just like Detroit Jitting, or Krumping in LA, most major cities have their own native cultures and styles of Black dance that respond to racism and social adversity. When facing these challenges, we end up creating music or using movements to express our feelings, creating culture and communities in the process.

Wills: In some ways, Chicago has a long history of footwork that starts way before the 1980s. You can see some incredible footwork in the roller skate dances that started in Chicago, in Chicago’s tradition of Stepping, even in the history of Tap. There are similar Black dance styles to footwork in many places, not just Chicago. In Chicago, what helped make things different is the rich history of house music. I think footwork is also a response to ghettoization. It's a positive outlet and a way to create new paths and mobilities for those most marginalized and targeted by American racism.

Jamal, can you also tell us about The Era Footwork Crew? And how did you originally link up with Wills to run OTC?

Jamal: We’re an artist collective that started as a group of high school friends with a vision to take our culture to the next level. Back then, we were called Nu Era and we also didn't really know what we were doing, but we were ready to try all of our unfathomable dreams for Footwork (laughs). Over the years, the vision dwindled because life happened and we got jobs of course, and even went to college to support ourselves but we still battled weekly at events. Steelo, another group member, and I worked at “Food 4 Less” while I was still traveling back and forth to perform at world-renowned music festivals with DJ Rashad and Spinn.

In the mid 2010s, I started working with Wills because he was doing a short documentary for VICE about Chicago Footwork that included me called “Making Tracks.” That short film turned out so well that it helped forge a bond between us that grew and continues to grow today almost seven years later. In 2014, I also appeared in an Al Pacino movie called "Manglehorn" with P-Top, a fellow footworker and rival from another group. After that experience, I found out that P-Top and I had some of the same visions for propelling Chicago Footwork. Once back in Chicago, I called a group meeting with everyone at my apartment including Wills and P-Top. From there, we began redesigning “Nu Era” which eventually changed to “The Era Footwork Crew.”

I think the idea of the group comes from me getting bookings overseas and wanting to share those opportunities with my friends and collaborators in Chicago. Fast forward six years later, now we’re all helping to bring equal opportunities to our group and other dancers, artists and youth across the city and world. As Wills and I continued to work together, we realized that we could help win grants for Footwork projects and dancers. This led to us to create Open the Circle, an organization to help bring resources into Footwork and into the divested communities in Chicago that birthed our style. Footwork has never been about just making money, so a community-driven approach of a nonprofit matched what we had always been doing with Footwork.

Why do you think it’s so important to expose the youth of Chicago and elsewhere to the art of dancing? What do you think it is about dancing that differs from other social art forms or activities like music or organized sports?

Jamal: Dance has always been a vessel for expression. Dance is also important to youth because it shows them another outlet for expression and a successful career instead of the usual rapper, singer, and sports lanes. These more familiar careers are always viewed as better bets, but dance also opens up a whole range of opportunities and pathways. It helps build self-confidence, community, and can take you away from the negativity we face daily in Chicago. The competition of dance battles also inspires excellence, similar to other sports and art forms.

Wills: Footwork is a sport, an artform, even an intellectual practice. If you look at it as just one thing, you’ll miss the big picture. You’ll miss the possibilities and the power of Footwork. If this dance and music get appropriated, if it “goes global” but doesn’t serve Black youth under threat in Chicago, what’s the point? Black children and teenagers in Chicago invented this culture. They remain its most important pillars.

Jamal, can you describe yourself as a Dance Activist? How do you incorporate activism into dancing?

Jamal: My vision started from working to reconfigure what being a dancer actually means, and changing the perspective of what dance is and how we value it in our society. Overtime, my vision evolved into looking at what Chicago Footwork needed as a community, and then centering my work around those issues. As we know, dancers of any genre are cast to the wayside by the larger industries or artists surrounding them, which in turn puts a cap on what they can actually achieve in my eyes. Background dancers are great, but I’m a dance activist so that we aren’t just put in the background. I also use my activism to change the way the media talks about our city, trying to help people see beyond the clichés. We are much more than background dancers and bodies. I’m committed to showing how dance artists can also excel in multiple lanes, including, music, art, filmmaking, education, and fashion.

Has OTC and/or The Era Crew done any projects in the last few months that are a direct response to the activism against police brutality and racial injustice that are currently center stage in America?

Jamal: Over the summer, we created a short film “The Testament” for the Pivot Arts Festival in Chicago. Once the world turned upside down, the opportunity presented itself to create a visual that reflected what was around us and what we were experiencing. Throughout the short film, you can see us using dance as a force to release our frustration, but you can also hear our lyrics that mention the victims of police brutality and what we as dancers feel and think in the face of racial and social injustice, not just how we move.

How has OTC changed its strategy in the months since the COVID-19 quarantining started? Have things slowed down at all or are you just switching to alternate methods of presentation like live streaming or socially-distanced performances?

Jamal: Things really didn’t slow down for us, we just had to switch to alternate methods which ended up being more of an online approach. We couldn't host our summer camp, so our focus moved to our other projects while forming partnerships with organizations like Chance the Rapper’s Social Works and Masks4Chi to help facilitate online workshops/learning, panels and even helping to distribute over 4,000 masks throughout the city during the pandemic, ultimately doing what we can to help out our city in need.

Wills: We’re also using the time and space to regroup and to work on completing our project in a documentary film, a movie called Body of the City that I’m co-directing with footwork dancer and filmmaker Brandon K. Calhoun.

The Era with DJ Spinn and Queen Crystal

What have been some of the most rewarding experiences or projects for both of you while working with OTC, and dancing in general?

Jamal: I concentrate on being a positive figure the kids can identify and relate to as someone in the communities they live in, especially myself having grown up in the more challenging areas in the city. Our Dance Downs, which are dance-driven community events that serve thousands of kids and their families, allow people to see Chicago Footwork in its original context. Bringing the dance world in Chicago together with the Chicago Footwork world has been a real reward.

Wills: I think the most rewarding part of this work so far has been to see Footwork become popular again among Black youth in Chicago. At our Dance Downs and public events, you can see the improvement in the dancers, and the community building at pace with their developments. “Doing it for the kids” has been one of the most rewarding parts of this work, especially when you think about the adversity these kids are up against every day in Chicago. They need something like Footwork, and it’s a joy to be able to help create spaces for them to learn, to feel supported and to be happy.

The Era Footwork Crew at the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago

Sneakers obviously play an important role in Footwork culture. What are some of your favorite sneakers personally? What shoe styles are best for dancing?

Jamal: I used to always rock some low top Supras when battling or doing anything, but when I got some sense, my favorite shoe to date became the Jordan 1. My colorway is definitely the Chicago OG, hands down. Jordan 1’s are literally the only shoe in my closet, unless I got some gifts from brands I’ve worked with or something like that. I love dancing in shoes where you can feel your entire foot, but that still has some sturdiness to them. Believe it or not, some people danced in Timberland boots as a way to train your feet to be lighter in certain situations. So I feel any light weight shoe would be good to dance in, but historically, Jordans (retro numbers only) have always been the shoe of choice alongside Air Force Ones. If you’re dancing, you gotta be flee, too. That’s just how it goes.

I understand that the Era crew currently has a residency at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Is this your first residency? What’s it feel like to be recognized at the level of having a private university grant you a residency?

Jamal: This is our second or third residency. At first, we weren’t big on residencies, because we wanted to keep working in our own contexts. We had to find a real reason to go off to a residency and feel accomplished, instead of just going to a remote place to work. Also, most of the ones being offered were without pay, and we just didn't have the time with everything we had going on. It had to be right. The residency with Wesleyan has been awesome. To have an institution like Wesleyan recognize us and our work means a lot. They actually came to Chicago to see our show, and attended one of our workshops on the Lower East Side at Abrons Arts. They’re really invested in the long-term and the relationship, and they’re putting resources on the table. I think there’s a lot that we can keep doing with schools and educational institutions, and this university work goes hand-in-hand with our work with younger kids in Chicago Public Schools.

Can you let our readers know about any upcoming OTC or Era events that they may be able to tune in to?

Jamal: The Era is in the middle of our digital residency at Wesleyan University. We are doing a panel discussion this Thursday (October 15, 2020) to focus on the work of Open the Circle, and our nonprofit focus on Chicago Footwork. That panel will feature me and Wills along with Shkunna Stewart, who is the founder of Bringing Out Talent Dance group and a fourth-generation dance group leader in Chicago.

You can join us by using this link or following us on social media:

www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/events/the-era-footwork-crew-events-2020.html

OTC Instagram

The Era Crew Instagram

@bulbtheera

@glasspiegel

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Wed, 14 Oct 2020 17:52:49 +0000 https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/block-by-block-chicago-highlighting-chicagos-footwork-dancing-with-open-the-circle/ https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/block-by-block-chicago-highlighting-chicagos-footwork-dancing-with-open-the-circle/ zschlemmer@gmail.com (Zack Schlemmer) Zack Schlemmer
Dignified Air: The Best "Royal" Jordans Air Jordan 3 Blue Cement

As we can all agree, black and red Jordans are timeless. But let’s not short change the run “Royal” colorways have been having since… forever. An original option on the Air Jordan 1 in 1985, the “Royal” colorway in black and blue is as stately as its nickname. From that initial “Royal” look, a plethora of other blue-tinted Air Jordans have released and been celebrated by collectors throughout the years.

Jordan 3 Blue Cement

Air Jordan 3 "Blue Cement"

A new member was just added to the "Royal" collection: the Jordan 3 “Blue Cement” featuring a heavy dose of Varsity Royal leather. It’s a pleasing colorway to look at, one we could have seen Michael Jordan wearing while putting in work with the Washington Wizards. (After all, he did lace up the “True Blue” Jordan 3 a few times as a Wizard.)

To celebrate the debut of the latest beautiful blue Air Jordan colorway, let’s take a look at some of the best Jordans available in “Royal” at Stadium Goods.

Air Jordan 1 “Royal”

Of course there's only one place to start on any "Royal" Air Jordan conversation. Fresh since ‘85, the Air Jordan 1 “Royal” is part of the sweeping collection of original colorways of Michael Jordan’s first signature shoe. We’re quite positive that this design will never, ever go out of style.

 

Air Jordan 1 Royal Toe

Air Jordan 1 “Royal Toe”

Air Jordan 1 Low “Royal Toe”

We had seen the Jordan 1 in the “Black Toe” and “Bred Toe” color block, so giving it a “Royal Toe” design made perfect sense. This is another one of those “could have been an original” Jordan 1 colorways new to the collection this year.

 

Air Jordan 1 Game Royal

Air Jordan 1 “Game Royal”

All Jordan Brand had to do for this colorway was replace the iconic “Chicago” colorway's red leather with royal blue. Case in point that you don't always have to reinvent the wheel.

 

Air Jordan 10 Orlando

Air Jordan 10 “Orlando”

Enough doesn’t get said about the heat Nick Anderson wore on court in the ‘90s. The sharpshooting Orlando Magic swingman was an original member of Team Jordan and boasted a sneaker rotation full of envious player exclusives like this shoe here. In 2019, Jordan Brand finally brought back the Air Jordan 10 “Orlando” for the first time since it was part of the “City Series” of colorways from the mid-90s.

 

Air Jordan 12 Royal

Air Jordan 12 “Royal”

The Air Jordan 12 has had its fair share of iconic colorways, most of which are associated with the Chicago Bulls. This “Royal” look isn’t, but it’s still just as sharp looking as any of the ones Michael wore with the Bulls. We wouldn’t be surprised if a new generation of sneaker collectors were put onto the classic silhouette because of this colorway right here.

 

Air Jordan 13 Royal

Air Jordan 13 “Hyper Royal”

Undoubtedly, “The Last Dance” helped bring attention to the Air Jordan 13, because it was a shoe that Jordan wore often throughout his final season with the Bulls. Fans who went back to do their homework on the silhouette may have stumbled on pictures of Quentin Richardson’s old player exclusive colorway from his days with the Orlando Magic. Jordan Brand capitalized on the opportunity by releasing the “Hyper Royal” colorway based on that very shoe. Only the retail release doesn’t feature “QR” or “5” branding like Q-Rich’s pair did.

 

Air Jordan 18 Black Royal

Air Jordan 18 “Black/Sport Royal”

Speculation over which shoes Michael Jordan would wear in his final NBA game was the topic of conversation across sneaker message boards in the pre-social media days of 2003. Would it be a classic like the Jordan 1? A totally new silhouette? Or would it be the signature shoe he had been wearing up until that point, the Air Jordan 18? It would ultimately be the latter, and truthfully, we can’t blame Jordan for doing so. The sleek and sporty Jordan 18 was the best performance shoe on the market then, and holds up pretty well today, too.

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Fri, 09 Oct 2020 14:58:57 +0000 https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/best-royal-air-jordans/ https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/best-royal-air-jordans/ matthew.d@stadiumgoods.com (Matt DeSciora) Matt DeSciora
Family Matters: The Best Jordans in Full Family Sizing Travis Scott Air Jordan 1 Family Sizing

Collecting sneakers is a hobby that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Some people associate memories based on which kicks they were wearing at the time. Others enjoy the scavenger hunt for rare colorways. There’s even a dedicated group who never actually wears their favorite sneakers—they’d rather display them in museum-like fashion in their home.

Point being: There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to the hobby of sneaker collecting.

And thanks to Jordan Brand, everyone is allowed to participate. Because all of the best Air Jordans come in full family sizing.

Below you’ll find some of the best examples of the Air Jordans available in a full size run. And while toddlers and children will get more functional use out of these shoes right now, it’s never too early to nudge them toward a lifelong obsession of sneakers.

Air Jordan 1 High "UNC to Chicago"

The adult sizing of the Air Jordan 1 “UNC to Chicago” is fitted in women’s sizing by default. But there’s options for both preschoolers and toddlers, too. As for the colorway itself, it was years in the making. Longtime collectors have always wanted an Air Jordan that featured the uniform colors of the two teams most closely associated with Michael Jordan.

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Women's Air Jordan 1 High "UNC to Chicago"
Air Jordan 1 High PS "UNC to Chicago"
Air Jordan 1 High TD "UNC to Chicago"

Air Jordan 4 “Bred”

Before black and red Air Jordans became the standard for Michael’s playoff sneakers, the Air Jordan 4 “Bred” was rolled out by Nike as a “road” colorway. It appeared on Jordan’s feet during “The Shot,” which catapulted the Bulls over the Cavaliers during the 1989 NBA Playoffs. Jordan and the Bulls would wear black-based kicks during the playoffs from there on out.

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Air Jordan 4 Men's "Bred"
Air Jordan 4 GS "Bred"
Air Jordan 4 PS "Bred"
Air Jordan 4 TD "Bred"

Air Jordan 3 “Red Cement”

The Air Jordan 3 “Red Cement” was crafted in the lineage of the beloved “White Cement” colorway of the same silhouette. It was released during 2020’s NBA All-Star Weekend, which took place in Chicago. The same location, as a matter of fact, where the NBA held the All-Star Game in 1988—which happened to be when the “White Cement” debuted.

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Air Jordan 3 Men's "Red Cement"
Air Jordan 3 GS "Red Cement"
Air Jordan 3 PS "Red Cement"
Air Jordan 3 TD "Red Cement"

 

Air Jordan 5 "Fire Red - Silver Tongue"

Before this year, classic “Nike Air” branding hadn’t been seen on the back of the Air Jordan 5 “Fire Red - Silver Tongue” since its first retro in 2000. Fast forward 20 years, and Jordan Brand finally brought back the look on this 30th Anniversary edition of the model, and it did so on all sizing options.

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Air Jordan 5 Men's "Fire Red - Silver Tongue"
Air Jordan 5 GS "Fire Red - Silver Tongue"
Air Jordan 5 PS "Fire Red - Silver Tongue"

Air Jordan 3 “Laser Orange”

We could have easily seen Kobe Bryant wearing the Women’s Air Jordan 3 “Laser Orange” during his sneaker free agency tour back in the day. Though more orange in hue than the Lakers’ “Forum Gold,” it looks the part of a proper Lakers player exclusive design.

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Women's Air Jordan 3 "Laser Orange"
Air Jordan 3 PS "Laser Orange"
Air Jordan 3 TD "Laser Orange"

Travis Scott Air Jordan 1 Family Sizing

Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6

You may not want your kids to recite the lyrics to “Mamacita,” but they can still rock with Travis Scott in a different way: by wearing his sneakers. Scott’s Air Jordan 6 collaboration is available in adult, youth, preschool, and even toddler sizing. Think of all the Animal Crackers that can fit inside of the side stash pocket…

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Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6 Men's
Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6 GS
Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6 PS
Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6 TD

Air Jordan 5 “Alternate Bel-Air”

If going viral was a thing in the ‘90s, then Will Smith certainly would have done so when he wore the Air Jordan 5 “Grape” sans shoe laces on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Images and video clips of Smith’s sneaker choices have been shared a million times over. And they still inspire Air Jordans to this day: The “Alternate Bel-Air” is an ode to his funky fresh attire from the shoe.

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Air Jordan 5 Men's "Alternate Bel-Air"
Air Jordan 5 GS "Alternate Bel-Air"
Air Jordan 5 PS "Alternate Bel-Air"

Air Jordan 12 “University Gold”

Black and yellow sneakers hit differently. Think the “Wu-Tang” Nike Dunk from ‘99, or the Air Jordan 4 “Thunder” from 2006. Gary Payton’s former player exclusive colorway of the Air Jordan 12 from his days with the Lakers is a certified banger, as well. This “University Gold” colorway is as close to the design as we’ve gotten. And it comes in a full size run, too, so you can explain to your child just how sticky “The Glove’s” defense was in his prime.

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Air Jordan 12 Men's "University Gold"
Air Jordan 12 GS "University Gold
Air Jordan 12 PS "University Gold"

 

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Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:45:19 +0000 https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/best-jordans-full-family-sizing/ https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/best-jordans-full-family-sizing/ matthew.d@stadiumgoods.com (Matt DeSciora) Matt DeSciora
Block by Block: Chicago - Interview With A.Z. Nega of Fat Tiger Workshop

When it comes to streetwear, art, and all things that are generally cool in Chicago, there's no bigger name associated with the scene right now than Fat Tiger Workshop. This Black-led, proud-Chicagoan collective of creatives and brands that includes Joe Freshgoods, Rello, and We All We Got is hotter than hot in the Windy City right now, and a perfect representation of what the Stadium Goods Block by Block initiative is all about: creating and doing great things for your own community.

So what exactly is Fat Tiger Workshop? Who all is in it? What do they do? To find out everything you need to know about Fat Tiger, we asked A.Z. Nega, the group's Project Manager that's in charge of making everything run smoothly. The glue that holds Fat Tiger together, if you will.

First, please introduce yourself. What should everyone know about A.Z. Nega?

Hey world, my name is Asmiet Nega but everyone calls me A.Z. I’m the tall Eritrean goddess over at Fat Tiger Workshop. I’ve been in the game for some time now and I was blessed with opportunities to work with some really cool people. The few things to know about me is... I love love love food, it is the way to my heart. I don’t like mixing my liquor, just give me some ice and I’m cool. The last thing would be that I’m a grown-ass kid. When it’s time to work and get shit done I can be very serious and focused, but when the work is done, I’m usually somewhere being silly or trying new things. This summer I got hooked on riding my bike, rollerblading and doing puzzles. Now I’m creating my list for things I want to do during the cold months in Chicago.

In your own words, what is Fat Tiger Workshop?

Fat Tiger is not only a fashion staple in Chicago, but we are also a creative hub. When people look at us, they see a clothing store, but we are so much more. I look at Fat Tiger like a fashion house/agency. Each of the brand owners have to come up with ideas and designs for each drop, but it doesn’t stop there. As a team we have to come up with ways to bring those designs to life and that can mean anything from photo shoots, visual merchandising, planning an event or going to different cities and creating a pop-up experience. Fat Tiger is this big umbrella that has no limits on what it can cover, from fashion, music, art, education, we’ve dabbled in it all and continue to find ways to be better and bigger.

What exactly do you do at Fat Tiger?

My job title is the Project/E-commerce Manager but depending on what is going on, that can change. Fat Tiger has a total of 7 brands which run totally different. It is my job to make sure each brand's vision is executed properly and that can be a simple drop or a full-blown event. Every day is different, so I come prepared to wear different hats. I do a lot of planning, organizing, executing and managing.

How many members are there in Fat Tiger Workshop? Is it a concrete team of people or do some float in and out over time?

We are about 12 deep when it comes to actual members. But there are more people that are a part of the Fat Tiger family. We are a concrete team for the most part, but we will hire people here and there depending on the project and what needs to be done and that’s usually because nobody on the team is experienced enough in that field. We are truly blessed, though, because we have a lot of talented people in our group, so a lot of the time we figure everything out in-house.

What art forms or mediums do you work in personally?

It just depends on what projects I’m working on, but my superpowers are bringing things to life. I am a creator, I love building things, creating experiences, bringing visions alive and organizing. I always have my laptop, notebook or sticky notes on me to plan and organize things out. But when it is go-time you will find me in full-blown grind mode. Some days you will find me painting statutes and preparing for an art show and other days I’m on Illustrator or Photoshop creating signage or creating a layout for a pop-up. I don’t limit myself and I like that all my days and weeks are different.

Are you originally from Chicago? How do you think the city has shaped you as a person and creative?

No, I was born in Sudan because of the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, but I grew up in Arlington, VA. Shout out to the DMV area! I’ve been in Chicago for 8 years now and I’ve learned a lot from this city. Especially for me to be so used to the east coast. I’ve lived in Philly, New York and traveled all up and down the coast. So, moving to Chicago was totally different for me. From the weather, people, and even dealing with how the city is segregated. It was so different from what I was used to.

I’ve always been a hustler, but Chicago taught me a different way of hustling and it definitely took me out of my comfort zone. I was blessed to have met the Tigers before I moved here, so I’ve always had a great support system. But as a black woman in Chicago, I definitely had to learn how to hold my own and come from under the shadows. I’ve always liked being behind the scenes, but Chicago forces you to show your worth because there are a lot of people fighting for your spot. Being the first woman to hold an upper management position at Fat Tiger was a big deal. There were guys who didn’t understand why they didn’t get hired over me and also other women who felt like they deserved it more. At first, I took it to heart but then I just let my work speak for itself and now we are here 3 years later. We’ve added 3 more women to the staff (Shout out to the lady Tigers!) and went from a team of 7 to a team of 12. The East coast raised me, but Chicago definitely plays a huge part in who I am today.

What do you think is distinctly “Chicago” about the ethos and aesthetic of Fat Tiger Workshop?

Everything about Fat Tiger is Chicago, from the different brands and what they stand for to the way everyone represents when we go to different cities for events and pop ups. Most of the designs that are created for each brand is influenced by Chicago whether it is past or present. I’ve always admired how the guys represented Chicago. The Southside usually gets a lot of the shine and Des and Vic are great ambassadors. But Rello and Joe always do a great job at representing the Westside.

What is your favorite project that Fat Tiger has done?

Damn, that’s hard. I love each project differently. They hold a special place in my heart, but if I have to pick my Top 3 in no particular order, it would be…

Complexcon Chicago: It was our first time having a booth at Complexcon and we decided to have 5 different ones. I think I died twice that week (laughs). Going through that experience taught us a lot and made it easier for us to execute and run the two booths we had at Complexcon Long Beach.

NBA All Star Chicago: We had so much going on that week and we really shut the city down. Rello, Des and Vic had their adidas collab at Fat Tiger and Joe had his New Balance collab at a pop-up location. We had to organize and execute everything properly, so everything ran smoothly. It was great to see Chicago get that shine, especially since COVID hit right after that. We totally entered a new level after All-Star.

The third one is a tie between The Eat the Rich project and the Community Goods drive-thru fundraiser. 2020 has been a rough year, but we are blessed to still be here. So being able to work on projects that give back to those in need always makes me happy. Eat the Rich gave back to those having a hard time paying for groceries and bills during the COVID lockdown. The drive by fundraiser was to support CPS students in need of virtual learning school supplies.

Over the last few months, the fight against racial injustice and police brutality is now amplified on the national scale more than ever. Has Fat Tiger had any projects that are a direct response?

We are black in America. Our whole experience as humans has been to fight the fight for black peace and empowerment. Naturally that comes out in our art, but this is much bigger than fashion and clothes. We live the Black experience every day, while a lot of people view the Black experience from their windows.

I’ve been with Fat Tiger for 3 years but have been friends with all the guys for about 9 years. They have always been for the people and their community. One of the reasons why I love where I work is because I know there is meaning behind the projects we do. It isn’t always about just selling a product, we find ways to give back and plant seeds. Fat Tiger was created and is owned by black men, our upper management is run by minority women and our staff is a melting pot. We have to deal with this everyday no matter if it’s a trend or not, so our mission has always been to give back and play our part to create a better future for the youth. From raising money, give-aways, having free workshops and going to different schools to talk to the youth. As a team we try to play our part no matter what the trend is. Our goal isn’t to profit off of a cause but to continue showing people like us that a group of black people and people of color can get together and create something special.

What advice do you have for young People of Color trying to find their place and excel in the art and/or fashion worlds? If a kid wants to create their own version of a collective like Fat Tiger Workshop someday, how do they do it?

Create your own lane, don’t try to be like anyone else besides yourself. Team up with people who have the same vision as you and are willing to grind towards that goal. Don’t rely on anyone to give you the answers, research, study and experiment. The last thing is to be kind, the world has enough jerks.

You can follow A.Z. on Instagram here.

 

All photos courtesy of A.Z.

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Mon, 05 Oct 2020 16:32:26 +0000 https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/block-by-block-chicago-interview-a-z-nega-fat-tiger-workshop/ https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/block-by-block-chicago-interview-a-z-nega-fat-tiger-workshop/ zschlemmer@gmail.com (Zack Schlemmer) Zack Schlemmer
How "Bred" Became the Most Popular Sneaker Colorway Air Jordan 1 Bred

When Nike inked Michael Jordan to a signature shoe deal, “bread” was more closely related to sandwiches than sneakers. Before the word “Bred” became ingrained into popular culture vernacular, it was the first colorway of Michael’s first signature shoe, the Air Jordan 1.

But the black and red color combination had a bit of an auspicious beginning. In 1984, players weren’t allowed to wear sneakers that didn’t contain at least 51% white in their design. Players were also expected to wear sneakers in colors that matched their teammates’ sneakers, too. The black and red Nike Air Ship that Jordan wore as a placeholder until his Air Jordan 1 was ready for production did neither. Hardly amused, the NBA levied a stiff $5,000 fine every time Michael wore either the Nike Air Ship or Air Jordan 1 “Bred” in a game.

Both were viewed as “outlaw” sneakers. At least that’s how the NBA portrayed things. Impressionable basketball fans who were enamored with the league’s most gifted new athlete saw it differently. As did Nike, who picked up on the perceived “coolness” of a shoe that wasn’t allowed to be worn because of its bold color block, and built an entire “Banned” ad campaign around the Air Jordan 1 “Bred.” Despite Nike’s revisionist history for the sake of marketing, Jordan never actually wore the Air Jordan 1 “Bred” in a game—he wore the “Chicago” and “Black Toe” colorways once the shoe was ready for him near the end of 1984 on. But he did wear the “Banned” or “Bred” colorway during the 1985 Slam Dunk contest, which further helped it become the hottest attraction in footwear.

It wouldn’t be the last time that a “Bred” Air Jordan would hold that title, either.

With the Air Jordan 4—and Air Jordan 11 and so on—Nike adhered to the NBA’s strict uniform policy and incorporated more white into the black and red colorway. The Air Jordan 4 “Bred” and Air Jordan 11 “Bred” were no less desirable as a result. In fact, many longtime sneaker collectors tell a similar story of how the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” quickly disappeared from sneaker store shelves after its release in 1996. You could say that it was the first Air Jordan model to “sell out” before the term became en vogue.

While the Air Jordan 4 and Air Jordan 11 both garnered the official “Bred” nickname, pretty much every single Air Jordan since the Jordan 3 has had some interpretation of a black-and-red, Bulls-centric color scheme that served as the “road” edition of the signature model. (The Air Jordan 2 actually only originally released in white-based colorways.) For example, the Air Jordan 6 “Black/Infrared” and Air Jordan 7 “Raptor” are the “Bred” colorways for those respective models.

Air Jordan 6 Black Infrared

If you go back through the Air Jordan lineage, the black-based-with-red-accents colorway is consistently one of the most beloved of every model. The simple fact is, many of us prefer black sneakers over white ones. They hide dirt, they look sleeker. These original black-and-red Air Jordans became insanely popular and iconic by default.

More recently, tributes to the “Bred” colorway have popped up. The Nike Air Max 1 “Bred,” Nike SB Dunk High “Bred,” and Nike Dunk Low “J-Pack - Bred” are all a continuation of the black and red combination on different silhouettes. In 2015, Supreme coaxed Jordan Brand into giving us the first official Air Jordan 5 “Bred” as part of the streetwear brand’s debut collaboration with Michael’s signature series.

Supreme Air Jordan 5 Bred

A reveal into just how powerful the “Bred” colorway had become occurred in 2017. The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Bred,” created by another dynamic Chicago personality in Kanye West, became one of the most sought after Yeezys that year. And it’s still one of the most valuable colorways of the 350 V2 today. This proved that a black-and-red sneaker didn’t have to be from Jordan or Nike to still be hot.

adidas Yeezy 350 Bred

Looking back, the more scoring titles, slam dunks, and championships that Michael racked up, the more his Air Jordans were viewed in the public eye. Then and now, people associate black and red shoes with Air Jordans because that’s what the Bulls’ team uniforms dictated. “Bred” was the default color scheme of Air Jordans. And as we’ve seen, it would become the de-facto color block of desirable shoes across the entire sneaker community.

Of course, this all raises an interesting question: What if the Bulls didn’t draft Michael Jordan? Would we all love green and yellow sneakers today if MJ played for the Seattle Sonics? Blue and orange if he played for the Knicks? It seems like a fortunate twist of fate that he went to Chicago and the ultimately versatile and always attractive “Bred” look became the most popular sneaker colorway of all time.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2020 18:20:42 +0000 https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/why-bred-is-most-popular-sneaker-colorway/ https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/why-bred-is-most-popular-sneaker-colorway/ matthew.d@stadiumgoods.com (Matt DeSciora) Matt DeSciora
A Look Inside the New Stadium Goods Chicago Store Stadium Goods Chicago

Today, October 1, 2020, we are excited to announce that the new Stadium Goods Chicago store is now open for business. Our second retail location, Stadium Goods Chicago opens almost exactly five years after our flagship store in New York City opened in October 2015. SG Chicago features a two-story, 6,000 sq. ft. design, and is located in the Magnificent Mile of the Gold Coast luxury shopping district.

If you're not in Chicago to see the new store for yourself, don't worry, because we have a look inside at all of its special design details right here.

 

1st Floor

The layout of the 1st floor of the Chicago store is inspired by Stadium Goods’ flagship store in New York, featuring a monumental 60 ft. long and 16 ft. high shoe wall that holds over 800 sneakers, a gleaming glass showcase, and Stadium Goods’ signature neon sign above the cash wrap. Overall, the 1st floor showcases approximately 1,000 unique sneaker styles.

 

2nd Floor

Accessed by a steel and glass staircase, the second floor is designed to show off our extensive apparel offerings and provide a warm, welcoming space for customers to browse and enjoy. It features a modular merchandising system rendered in glass and brushed stainless steel, inspired by the legendary skyscraper architecture of Chicago.

A central seating area that snakes through the floor provides shoppers a place to sit.

The fixture design on the second floor of the Chicago store, includes a modular merchandising system in brushed stainless steel and glass display units inspired by the industrial and modern language of Chicago’s influential architecture. The modular system presents flexibility for a variety of product formations while the minimal display units house Stadium Goods’ premium product offerings.

The fixture shelving was designed by Stadium Goods in conjunction with NY-based independent design studio Chadha Ranch, engineered and fabricated by Chicago-based family-owned and -operated fixture manufacturer, Morgan Li.

Stadium Goods Chicago is located at 60 E. Walton St. Chicago, IL.

The Stadium Goods Chicago Market Center for consignment intake is located at 1719 N. Damen Ave.

Hours for both locations are 11am-7pm CST Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday.

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Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:27:53 +0000 https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/look-inside-new-stadium-goods-chicago-store/ https://www.stadiumgoods.com/journal/look-inside-new-stadium-goods-chicago-store/ zschlemmer@gmail.com (Zack Schlemmer) Zack Schlemmer
Chicago's Favorite Sneakers Air Jordan 3 Black Cement

In celebration of the new Stadium Goods Chicago retail store opening on October 1, 2020, we’re highlighting the city’s rich sneaker culture with a look at Chicago’s favorite footwear of all time.

Chicago is the biggest cultural hub of the Midwest. Everybody always gives love to New York City and Los Angeles, that’s a given. But roughly halfway between the two coasts is The Windy City, the place many would agree is the USA’s third most relevant destination when it comes to finding the best art, fashion, music, food, and of course, sneakers.

Like any other city, Chicago has its own styles, tastes, and favorites. Chicago Blues, deep dish pizza, and hot dogs covered with neon green relish are just a few of the things the city is known for. As for sneakers, Chicagoans love Air Jordans because, well, that’s obvious. But beyond the city’s love for Michael Jordan and his signature shoes, what other sneakers do the fine people of Chicago wear?

One shoe that comes to mind for me, personally, when I think of Chicago is the Air Jordan 3. And that may be the same for most of us that hail from outside the city. There’s just something about it that screams “Chicago” like the way an Air Force 1 screams “New York” or a pair of Nike Cortez screams “LA.”

But since I'm not from Chicago, I won't claim to be an expert on all the sneakers the city loves. To get the most accurate info on what the favorite sneakers of Chicago are—both all-time and currently—we went right to the source: staff members of the new Stadium Goods Chicago store. Below you’ll see some obvious picks, but also some that are more surprising. And yes, the Air Jordan 3 “Black/Cement” was indeed mentioned by the born-and-raised Chicago team, so I guess this outsider's guess was correct.

 

Air Force 1 Low White

Nike Air Force 1

Like in NYC, the Nike Air Force 1 is also a staple in Chicago.

“Air Force 1s, especially white on white. That is a summer time classic.”
- Zeus Ceniza, Consignment Supervisor

“White on white Air Forces are always huge here.”
- Luis Alcala, Consignment Supervisor

CDG Supreme Nike AIr Force 1 Low

Comme des Garcons x Supreme x Nike Air Force 1

“This CDG collaboration resonated with Chicago due to its high quality and Supreme collab co-sign.”
- Vedant Vasavda, Consignment Manager

 

adidas Yeezy Boost 700 "Waverunner"

Yeezys

Like Michael Jordan, Chicago has another superstar they can claim in none other than Kanye West. It’s no surprise that his adidas Yeezy line is huge in the city’s sneaker community.

“The Yeezy 700 “Wave Runner” has been seeing a boost, as well as the Yeezy 350 in any of the new colorways coming out.” - Zeus Ceniza

 

adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V2 Static

adidas Yeezy 700 V2 “Static”

“This colorway is undeniable and is my personal favorite silhouette from the adidas Yeezy line. The reflective material goes absolutely crazy. Too slept on.” - Vedant Vasavda

And Chicago didn't forget about Kanye’s first run of sneakers with Nike, which hold legendary status in the city.

nike air yeezy 2 red october

“The Air Yeezy 2—Such a time and a place! They don't make 'em like this anymore.” - Vedant Vasavda

 

Air Jordan 1 High OG Chicago

Air Jordans

As we said earlier, we all know Chicagoans love Air Jordans, but which models specifically? It’s actually pretty much all of them, but the Chicago team called out two in particular.

Air Jordan 11

“Retro 11s still have people going crazy.” - Luis Alcala

Air Jordan 4 Bred

Air Jordan 4 “Bred”

“The retro of this shoe last year proved its legacy status, as now it seems to be in the rotation of every sneakerhead in Chicago. The materials and colorway fit in so well with Chicago and Jordan Brand. It's a no-brainer.” - Vedant Vasavda

 

Chicago winters are especially brutal. The city combats the ice and snow with a Nike ACG icon.

Nike Air Max Goadome

Nike Air Max Goadome

“Since the cold weather is approaching soon, the Goadome is a staple.”
- Carlos Hernandez, Consignment Specialist

 

Nike Air Max Plus

Nike Air Max

Like pretty much everywhere else, Chicago also loves Nike Air Max. Two models in particular were called out, the Air Max Plus and its beefed-up relative, the VaporMax Plus.

 

St Alfred ASICS Gel Lyte III

Local Collaborations

The Chicago community shows local pride by supporting the city’s boutiques that have collaborated with sneaker brands throughout the years.

“The Uprise x Nike SB Dunk High, Notre x Vans Old Skool, and Saint Alfred x ASICS Gel Lyte III. Support your local!” - Vedant Vesavda

 

We’ll close with a couple of unexpected picks, which are both understated models that seem to show the city’s no-nonsense, utilitarian sensibilities: comfortable sneakers that still have plenty of style.

Nike Killshot 2

Nike Killshot 2

“Chicago is a bit more subdued than LA or NY. This style reached from Wicker Park to Lincoln Park and all the way back through the city. A basic option that can be appreciated by all is very on brand for Chicago.” - Vedant Vasavda

 

Nike Zoom Vomero 5

Nike Zoom Vomero 5

“A personal favorite of mine. The A-Cold-Wall collaboration put it on a lot of people's radars, but the comfort and sleek silhouette extended this style well beyond that initial launch. This was another style that seems to in everyone that is “in the know” here's rotation.” - Vedant Vasavda

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