Published: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:01
Kicks, dunks, tires, sneaks, j's, trainers, forces, chucks. If you haven't heard at least two of these terms before now, then you need to get out more, kid. I'm talking footwear - specifically sneakers. But trust me, these aren't your mother's gym shoes. The idea of the "statement piece" has shifted gears, as streetwear has arguably evolved into the paramount aspect of contemporary style. It's less contrived than high fashion. It's real, organic, and most importantly, being endorsed by guys and girls alike.
As unique as the people who rock them, the shoes I'm referring to range anywhere from beige to neon pink, with every pattern in between. The materials from which they are made vary too, including patent leather, canvas, rubber, or faux zebra hide. If you can imagine it, you can find it. And if you can't find it, well then you can probably have it custom made.
Want something fresh for your feet but don't know where to go? Well, it's no New York City selection, but Boston does have its fair share of sneaker stores. Check out Laced, The Tannery, Concepts, Karmaloop, or the renowned and clandestine Bodega (hidden beneath the façade of a convenience store). Don't want to venture beyond Boston College? You can order a pair online from sites such as skiptomyshoe.com, flightclub.com, or bnyconline.com. Karmaloop also has its own Web site; Hypebeast.com serves as an online magazine promoting fashion, sneakers, and culture. Multiple personal blogs feature sneaker heads exchanging information about the highly anticipated release of select models. Will Thompson, A&S '11, says, "Right now, I'm into limited-edition sneakers. Ones that only come out during a certain time or in certain countries - in limited colors and styles."
Some individuals are making their own profit off the foot frenzy. Nick Kodama, A&S '10, explains, "I know a guy I can buy vintage Nikes from for about $200, and then I sell them for two grand online." Whether for business or pleasure, it's becoming increasingly apparent that sneakers aren't strictly for gym class anymore. Whatever your taste, keep in mind that originality is key. Don't be afraid to step it up a notch.