A Few of My Favourite Sneakers: Owen Phillips
While we were at Pick Me Up last week, we were lucky enough to have a very quick chat with illustrator Owen Phillips while he was busy rendering a pair of sneakers for the It's Nice That live drawing event. We asked Owen if we could show his work on this blog, but he came up with an even better idea; to draw his top ten sneakers especially for Art & Sole...
Reebok & Packer & Stash
This Thursday sees the release of the latest sneaker from renowned street artist Stash - in collaboration with Reebok and sneaker retailer Packer Shoes. The silhouette is a Reebok Pump Graphlite, and as well as featuring Stash's trademark blues and greys (made famous from his legendary Nike Blue Pack collaboration), the shoes utilise premium suedes, ballistic nylon, touches of 3M, and they have even been treated with a Reebok Play Dry membrane to make them water repellent. Additional detail includes Packer/Stash signature embroidery on the heels and a numbered tag inside each shoe.
Matthew Nicholson & Nobrow
We finally made it down to the Pick Me Up exhibition in London last night (thanks Gavin), and while we were there we spotted these oversized cardboard Nike Dunks by paper artist Matthew Nicholson. The shoes were produced to help launch the new book from independent publishing house Nobrow, entitled A Few of my Favorite Things.
Entitled Sneaker Speakers: The Symposium of the Training Shoe, the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery are about to host a day of talks with some of the most interesting figures and thinkers from UK sneaker culture.
Reebok & atmos & Jun Watanabe
Japanese art director Jun Watanabe has been very busy lately, with sneaker collaborations for the likes of UBIQ and Madfoot!. Now, in his most recent project, Watanabe has teamed up with Tokyo-based sneaker store atmos for this three-way collaboration with Reebok.
Sole Inspector & Comic Relief
Today is Red Nose Day and to help raise money for Comic Relief we've donated a stamped and signed artist's proof of our Sole Inspector print by James Jarvis.
Billie Jean & Nike
A favourite artist of ours, we've worked with Sam Piyasena (aka Billie Jean) on a number of different projects, and looking at his work again we thought we should write something about the London Town custom Nike Air Max LeBron Vll shoes he did.
Mono & wellgosh & Nike
UK streetwear store wellgosh recently teamed up with Leicester-based graffiti artist Mono to produce this Nike Air Max 1 mural. Part canvas, part wall art, the piece is illustrated in pen using just black, red and white - a colour scheme inspired by the OG Air Max 1 colourway.
Jon Lawrence & New Balance & SoleHeaven
Online sneaker store SoleHeaven recently commissioned Leeds-based ceramics artist Jon Lawrence to create these intricate New Balance 577 sneakers. Three pairs of the porcelain shoes were hand-crafted and glazed from authentic Cumbrian clay quarried close to NB’s Flimby factory - with two out of the three pairs going to New Balance, and the third being put up for grabs in a competition run by SoleHeaven.
Playarea & Pointer
London-based creative agency Playarea have just completed the identity for Pointer’s Spring/Summer 2011 campaign. With the simple aim of drawing attention to the footwear on display, the campaign features models obscured by three-dimensional shapes, leaving only their hands and feet visible.