Solebox & Saucony

Hikmet from Berlin’s Solebox empire goes back a long, long way with us at Crooked and he puts out a lot of collaborations. A lot of those dual-label projects are very, very good. In the time it took for you to read that opening, he has formulated another five projects. With Saucony, there’s been a Jazz, Solebox Shadow 90, a few homages to the “dipped” colour of Solebox NB collabs from close to a decade ago (we’re feeling old right now) and the ‘Three Brothers’…Continue Reading “Solebox & Saucony unites Berlin & Boston”


People have very strong opinions on this Nike shoe because it’s a true classic. In the UK, this model was a quintessential pinroll rudeboy icon and that legacy remains to the present day. If you watched this week’s onslaught of #crookedtongues Instagram and Twitter shots, you’ll be aware that a lot of people have got some serious stashes of this model. The Nike Air Huarache was a shoe that came from nowhere in those pre-blog days when you got what you were given and didn’t…Continue Reading “The Nike Air Huarache is back again”

Cork LeBron Hype

he Nike Sportswear LeBron X EXT has got computers ‘putin and beasts hyping. Sometimes we can’t fathom the level of mania a shoe can incite — after last week’s Area 72 madness, the Nike Sportswear approach to basketball is back to cause mass hysteria. What’s doubly baffling is how long these shoes have taken to materialize — we first clocked them in October last year and now they’re here. When you buy a performance shoe, there’s some serious wear testing to prevent them crumbling on…Continue Reading “Cork Nike LeBron hype is officially here”

Lab Retrograde Resistance

Now we’ve finally stopped crying at being snubbed on the promo adidas Boosts, we can cease the sulk and feature some quality adidas Originals in this section. Kazuki Kuraishi is that dude when it comes to collaborating with adidas. There’s a lot of collaborations at the moment, but we can smell it when a partner isn’t feeling the brand they’re working with. There’s often a look in a musician or artist’s eyes that screams, “I’d rather be wearing Jordans”, betraying the apparel they’re sporting, but…Continue Reading “adidas Originals & Kazuki’s 84-Lab Retrograde Resistance”


The adidas Campus is one of those shoes that should unify all walks of life. King Ad Rock wore them. So did Eazy-E. We couldn’t care less what your brand allegiances are — if you don’t mess with this model, your opinion is null. You know nothing. Anybody can pull off this classic and it has b-boy and skate credentials for eons. It is a shoe that, like the Chuck, Bruin, Suede or the Authentic, is innately cool. You can’t be trusted if you don’t…Continue Reading “Non-suede adidas Campus 80s are still pretty good”


These are strange days. We put up a picture of these Le Coq Sportifs on our Instagram and somebody commented that they were “ugly.” Then we looked at their feed and there was a shot of them gloating with some Barkley Posites, followed by a load of #hashtags. Cue the ‘Different Strokes’ theme song. We like the Le Coq Sportif Eclat a great deal – we’ve seen people call them out for looking like adi ZX models for some baffling reason, despite the different shape…Continue Reading “The Eclat: a French running classic in Technicolour”


The adidas Consortium line has become more of a freeform concept in the last year or so, with a concept led pack here, a faithful reissue there and a scattering of collaborations along the way too. We’re glad that’s the case too, because a reliance on partner pieces helps no one and the Consortium design team having their own set of skills and product knowledge that’s showcased on shoes like this. Remember back in 2007 when this line launched a load of poker themed shoes…Continue Reading “adidas Consortium gets wild with the Water Colours”


In 2013, if you see a queue outside a shop and someone says that it’s for an ASICS, you don’t fall back in surprise. In fact you almost expect it. In this era where Patta, Ronnie Fieg and a whole host of other collaborators are partnering to give late 1980s and early 1990s technical running a push like never before, we recently wandered into a store to pick up some Jordans and were told that sizes were still available because kids went straight to the…Continue Reading “ASICS Gel Saga IIs with extra neon for spring 2013”

Air Max

It’s all Nike Air Max everything right now. To tell you the truth, we’re not huge fans of Engineered Mesh versions of our favourite shoes and when they’re in the original colours, it draws unfavourable comparisons and reminds us that hardbody footwear of that calibre isn’t dropping like it used to do. We felt the same with most of the Hyperfuse remixes too. There’s no way to make an Air Max 95 better (bar making the air unit PSI again), so any tweak, be it…Continue Reading “The Nike Sportswear Air Max EM line goes all city”

Air Max

Nothing screams US Track and Field like remixed Nike Air Maxes. Alright, it doesn’t, but the whole Nike USATF project has been one of the best Nike Sportswear apparel lines to date. We liked that stuff before blogs went all wild for the sweatshirt because Kanye wore it, but the new apparel is equally powerful. Track and field isn’t generally something we associate with strong, punchy looks or style — in fact, the first things that come to mind are urine tests and Carl Lewis’…Continue Reading “USATF Nike Sportswear makes the Air Max go military”