Crepe Talk is our weekly feature in which we approach people going about their daily lives across the UK, take a picture of their kicks and ask them to share the story behind them and pretty much anything else relevant to the culture of trainers. This week we speak with the founder and owner of Rope Laces, Alex Ropes as he joined Fresh Laces for their recent Harvey Nichols launch, rocking his New Balance 580 ‘Wings & Horns’.
CJ: What’s your name?
CJ: What’s your occupation?
Alex Ropes: “I own Ropes Laces.”
CJ: What made you wear these trainers today?
Alex Ropes: “I knew that today I would be coming to fresh laces event so I thought that it would be good to breakout something fresh out of the box and dark coloured in keeping with the winter colours. Therefore it had to be a black trainer, the New Balance 580 ‘Wings & Horns’ that came out the end of last year, they were one of my top drops so I thought it was appropriate to wear it.”
CJ: How much were they?
Alex Ropes: “They retail for £110 I got them for £140 shipped but they’re going for around £220 now.”
CJ: Where did you purchase these?
Alex Ropes: “I was meant to meet up with some friends and to go down to the in store release Saturday morning to get them, but I wound up going out the night before and I was left in no fit state to get them. So I missed the drop, missed the online release as well and wound up biting the bullet to pay resale, which I don’t do often but if it’s the right price and not a mad rip off then I’ll take the plunge. I ended up getting them from a guy in Italy who let me have them for a very reasonable price.”
CJ: How long have you been collecting trainers?
Alex Ropes: “I’ve been collecting properly for five or six years, but the love affair started when I was in primary school with the Air Max 98, the OG ones and the Air Max 96 as well. There used to be a shop in Stretham called Sports & Things and I used to walk past and see them for sale at £110 and back then that was far too much money. So I would just dream about them, but since then I’ve always been in love with trainers from TN’s, Air Max’s. Since those days I’ve been lucky enough to make those dreams come true and I’ve even been able to source the OG 98’s and Air Max’s from 96 that I’ve always wanted.”
CJ: Would you call yourself a Sneaker-head or a collector?
Alex Ropes: “That’s a hard question. The term Sneaker-head has got some negative connotations to it. I don’t WANT to call myself a Sneaker-head, but I guess I am but I also consider myself a collector as well, if anything I would rather call myself a sneaker connoisseur.”
CJ: How many pairs do you have in your collection?
Alex Ropes: “My collection has slimmed down a bit, but I would say around 60 pairs.”
You can check out Rope Laces here at ROPELACES.COM
PUMA RS-0 LAUNCH BERLIN
The HO Project Space located in Berlin was the destination for hundreds of guests this past Thursday. Movers and shakers from around Europe came to the RS-0 launch to celebrate the reboot of the PUMA Running System.
The RS-0 is the front-runner in this reboot boasting a classic silhouette with modern highlights and materials. The model will feature in three collaborations that will celebrate key movements in culture by influential brands, in the world of gaming, music, and photography.
Dropping alongside the RS-0 is the RS-100 that originally dropped in 1986 the model is served up textile and leather upper, padded collar, PUMA R-System technology for cushioning, and an icy green rubber outsole.
The third installment in this family will be the once Japanese exclusive RS-350 that dropped 1987. The RS-350 is a numerical step-style to the RS-1 and RS-100. The shoe is an example of streamlined ‘80s running design. Offering support in the midsole as well as rubber details on the heel, this shoe is an elevated version of all the styles in the RS family.
Scroll down to see a photo recap of the event.
NIKE DESIGNER SEAN MCDOWELL INSPIRATION BEHIND THE AIR MAX PLUS
Amongst Nike’s pantheon of designers, Sean McDowell is a name that doesn’t get enough credit. The creative brain behind the much loved Air Max TN recently sat down with Nike News to discuss the process of creating the Nike Air Max Plus, which gained its inspiration from a few little-known sources. In his interview, McDowell explains that the inspiration for the creps distinct wavy upper and gradient colourways came from watching palm at sunset at a beach in Florida, while the shank on the midfoot was inspired by a whale’s tail breaching water.
Another little-known fact is that the outsole belonged to footlocker while the upper belonged to Nike. In addition to this creative process, the silhouette went numerous many phases before a final model was approved and was originally dubbed Sky Air.
To read more of this insightful story hit the link and head over to Nike News.
AJ TRACEY ON THE AIR FORCE 1’S LONDON LEGACY
While many young Crepjunkie’s may be coping their first pair of Nike’s Air Force 1’s this year, the silhouette has remained a firm fixture in both street fashion and Hip Hop culture since its 1982 inception. Shifting its basketball function to a streetwear standout. Handed down through generations, the look of the model always seems to remain timeless.
Stories of New York’s unwavering support for the shoe are countless, and other cities’ relationships and cultural connections to the Air Force 1 are no exception. During the late ’90s, London maintained a strict underground following of the Air Force 1 prior to its embrace of fashion, music, and celebrity. During this period, the shoe appeal was wholly organic, being adopted and definitively styled by the streets.
JD Sports played a pivotal role in the growing success of the Air Force 1 in London during the early 2000s, through their release of exclusive colourways that gained a cult following, with U.S stores and consumers importing styles from the UK. Over time, the shoe’s status continued to grow, with the AF1 Carnival acting as a true reflection of London culture. Most recently, however, was Samuel Ross’ A Cold Wall* take on the shoe that paid homage to the architecture of the city.
To celebrate the models 35th anniversary Nike looked to four contemporary Londoners to share their individual perspectives on the Air Force 1 and its legacy in London, with AJ Tracey commenting on how highly the city regards the shoe: “You could be going somewhere nice — to the club, for example — and wear a nice shirt, smart trousers and then instead of formal shoes, you would wear a pair of fresh pair of Air Force 1.”
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