Over the past few years, Vans’ presence in the BMX industry has grown and here on PiNP, I’ve done my best to bring you the recent collaborations. From Cult to Empire BMX and as a continuation of Van’s offerings, these new Shadow Conspiracy SK8-mids.
Unlike the previous releases, these shoes come as a pack and are celebrating a decade of Shadow Conspiracy. With a trucker, a t-shirt accompanying the box, alongside these SK8-mid, 106 vulc gum sole, denim and suede sneakers. There are so many solid details here, right down to the waxed laces. Ten years in the cycling industry is no easy task. So pick up a pair now, exclusively at Dans Comp. It’s a shame these aren’t available at local shops…
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I’ll take two. Seriously, how bad-ass are these shoes Giro made for Skratch Labs? Please, please put these into production.
Look, I’m going to be honest. Rapha gave me these shoes and sure, doing a write up was part of the “deal”. I’m a journalist in many ways and part of that is promoting products. But I’ll never pump up the hype on something I’m not into. Like nice cycling shoes, a nice bottle of bourbon needs no hype. While, going for a cheap bottle can result in a great night, you’re better off going for the good stuff if you’re into enjoying the evening. That doesn’t mean you can’t buy cheap bourbon and not have fun.
Hell, Fighting Cock is a great $15 bottle and Bookers or Basil Hayden’s is a good mid-range, coming in at $30-$40. Jim Beam is out of the picture, leave that shit to the sports bars. Makers is perfect for a bourbon and ginger, as is Buffalo Trace but Van Winkle Special Reserve, like the Rapha Grand Tour Shoes are just a step up from the rest. Giro‘s line of cycling shoes are like bourbon: there’s something for everyone. It just so happens that the Grand Tour shoes are the Van Winkle of the line. The bourbon’s good to go but how have the shoes been holding up?
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Vans has historically been tied to BMX and skateboarding, so it only makes sense that they would support one of the biggest companies in the industy. There’s no comp when it comes to Empire BMX. This is Texas after all. To commemorate general badassery, the guys designed the Empire BMX Ruark shoes to smoke bowls, dirt, street and parks alike.
Featuring a canvas upper, Vans BLC cupsole, Vanslite midsole for fewer bruised heels, the WaffleGrip outsole, and a vegan-friendly construction, the Ruarks are a large improvement from the standard, off-the-shelf Vans. I went up to see these in person yesterday and photographed them at the newly constructed Empire BMX bowl.
Pick these up at Empire BMX for $59.95
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For 2012, Fred Perry has continued their popular cycling line:
“Following on from the success of the ‘Fred Perry X Cycling Blank Canvas’ celebrating the link between sport and subculture Fred Perry brings you the second drop of cycling product this Spring / Summer ‘12. The classic cycling shirt has been standard Mod attire since the early 1960’s, today the cycling range resonates with Fred Perry aficionados and cycling enthusiasts alike.”
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When I was in Portland, before my tour, the guys at Rapha North America told me about this collaboration with Giro that they had been working on. Their idea was simple: make a cycling shoe that boasts the performance of a modern race shoe, influenced by the classic models from the 70′s. If anyone has nailed that ideology down, it’s Rapha. The Grand Tour Shoes embody the same stylistic approach as their apparel line and by style, I mean simplicity. These minimally-branded, perforated white leather shoes utilize the same technology as Giro’s professional racing shoes and look damn good.
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