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This is Highsnobiety Podcasts, covering the best in sneakers, street culture, and men's fashion. Our flagship shows are The Dropcast, a weekly wrap-up of Highsnobiety's most notable headlines and new releases, and Conversations, intimate, off-the-cuff interviews with some of our world's leading creatives.

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The Dropcast 94: All Hail Nicole McLaughlin, Queen of the Mules

EEver since Nicole McLaughlin made her debut with a pair of custom L.L.Bean fleece slippers, the designer has cemented her identity through upcycled pieces imbued with a vintage flair. After leaving her position as a graphic designer at Reebok, Nicole refined her craft even further and turned it from a personal hobby into a business venture. The Mule Queen joins hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas on this week’s episode of The Dropcast to talk about life as a designer as well as her best style tricks and hacks. First, the quick hits take us through the collections and collaborations dropping during Fashion Week. Highsnobiety got backstage access at Wales Bonner’s London Fashion Week show which included a look at the brand’s FW20 adidas collaboration (2:37). Noah pledges allegiance to adidas for their classic models, and the whole cast gives appreciation for the sneaker-dress-shoe hybrid. Still, since Noah isn’t feeling the adidas Ultraboost silhouette even with the new Ivy Park x adidas collab, he best be careful of the Beyhive’s sting (4:25). Relevant Links: Wales Bonner Debuts Its Tasteful adidas Collection at London Fashion Week Here’s Your First Look at Beyoncé’s Ivy Park x adidas Ultra Boost Nike Could Be Dropping This Super-Clean “NBA Paris” Air Force 1 Here’s Your First Look at BAPE x The Weeknd’s New SS20 Collab Capsule Versace’s SS20 Runway Collection Is Now Available Exclusively on Highsnobiety Shop 2 Chainz’s New “Virgil Discount” Video Feels Like an Off-White Commercial Justin Bieber Reveals He’s Battling Lyme Disease: “It’s Been a Rough Couple Years” These Are the Products, Brands & Creative Directors That Defined the Last Decade Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45 MIN4 d ago
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The Dropcast 94: All Hail Nicole McLaughlin, Queen of the Mules

Why It's Cool #13: Dragon Ball Z

ENothing got hyperactive 90’s and 2000’s kids to settle on the couch better than the intergalactic battles, valiant heroics, and epic animations packed into every episode of Dragon Ball Z. Following the adventures of a good-natured alien named Goku, Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the original Dragon Ball story written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. Between the inspirational tales of Goku defending the Earth from extraterrestrial villains and an immersive world of additional physical and digital media inspired by the franchise, Dragon Ball Z has become regarded as of the most influential anime of all time. These days, you don’t even have to be a fan to at least know that spiky blondes mean business or have at least met one little kid who would clench their fists and try power up into “Super Saiyan” form. In 2019, we see Dragon Ball Z referenced in more places than anyone could have ever imagined. The thirty-year-old series is as influential as Star Wars and Marvel Comics. Its blazing battles, mind-blowing transformations, and distinct visual tone can be found beyond the anime and now within contemporary lifestyle realms like fashion, music, video games, and even sports. So *how exactly did this story about a monkey-tailed alien evolve into one of the most relevant and highest grossing media franchises of all time? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25 MIN6 d ago
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Why It's Cool #13: Dragon Ball Z

The Dropcast #93: Secrets of the Asian Glo-Up feat. Ronny Chieng

ERonny Chieng is a comedian, correspondent, and actor who has achieved acclaim through his sitcom “Ronny Chieng: International Student” and role as senior correspondent on The Daily Show. Now, the self-proclaimed modern day philosopher is back with a Netflix comedy special “Asian Comedian Destroys America” and looking forward to covering non-political topics on The Daily Show for the year ahead. On this episode of The Dropcast, Ronny brings his cool substitute teacher vibes, sets a distinction between envy and jealousy among fellow comedians and artists who participate in creative endeavors, and details his release of cool merch that he would want to buy for himself. Hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas find order in the madness that was the 2010s and ring in the new decade with the help of Ronny in the quick hits. A defining trend in the fashion industry has been the merging of streetwear with all forms of fashion, most notably the world of luxury — or as Ronny describes it: more expensive versions of comfort (4:48). Relevant Links: The 2010s Were the Decade Luxury & Streetwear Became One Op-Ed | Sorry, but NBA “Runway” Style Is Still Mostly Terrible “Sneakerhead Kingpins”: Police Bust Heroin Ring That Took Jordans as Payment eBay’s New Sneaker Resell Policy Could Change the Multibillion-Dollar Industry Donald Glover to Drop Fundraising Merch for Democratic Candidate Andrew Yang The Hidden Layer CLOT x Nike Air Jordan 1 Is Available at StockX Here’s How CLOT’s Silk Royale Air Force 1s Became So Collectible Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42 MIN1 w ago
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The Dropcast #93: Secrets of the Asian Glo-Up feat. Ronny Chieng

Why It's Cool #12: Rayban Wayfarers

EWhen did the Space Age begin? In terms of astronomy, you can nail it down to 1957, when the Russians hurled a 183-pound polished sphere about the size of a beach ball away from Earth and into its orbit. Sputnik 1, the earth’s first artificial satellite, sparked a race to the cosmos between the United States and its Cold War adversary. NASA was established a year later, and in 1969 the US secured the crowning achievement by putting the first man on the moon. This period was a boon for technology and pushing the limits of humanity. But if you look at design, you’ll see America’s obsession with space predates these remarkable achievements. Established in 1936, Ray-Ban had made its name by designing sunglasses specifically for the Army. In 1952, designer Raymond Stegeman shifted the companies eyes to the future with the Wayfarer. They were the first sunglasses to be made of plastic, and its lines were a reference to the iconic Cadillac tailfins. Another point of reference was the Eam...

10 MIN1 w ago
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Why It's Cool #12: Rayban Wayfarers

The Dropcast #92: Uncut Memes feat. New York Nico & Naomi Otsu

EOn this week's episode of The Dropcast, hosts Noah Thomas and Jian DeLeon welcome the new decade with Nicolas Heller, better known as NYC anthropologistNew York Nico, and illustratorNaomi Otsu. Though they've both accomplished impressive creative careers in their own respective ways, they're also low-key relationship goals in the fact that they've gotten the chance to work on some really cool projects together, whether it's campaigns around Opening Ceremony's gigantic tote bags, or one of the most deadass memes of the decade: a Baby Yoda that only a New Yorker could love. Listen to how the meme came together at (16:58). Relevant Links: This Genius Agency Just Spent $10,000 on Blank Ad Space to Give Our Brains a Break Take a Look at Ninja’s First adidas Sneaker, Dropping This Month The North Face x DSM Just Upgraded Your Outdoor Flex With Matching Tent & Fit We’re Not Sold on Manchester United’s Crazy Chinese New Year Kit Pharrell Williams Finally Puts His Spin on an adidas 4D Sneaker How Margiela’s Tabi Boot Became a Status Symbol for Fashion’s Elite Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37 MIN2 w ago
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The Dropcast #92: Uncut Memes feat. New York Nico & Naomi Otsu

Why It's Cool #11: Levi's 501s

EIn his 2003 novel, Pattern Recognition, William Gibson creates the coolest character ever to grace the pages of a book. Cayce Pollard is the world’s best coolhunter, and her highly astute ability to judge brands is largely due to the fact that she’s literally allergic to corporate logos and mascots. She wears a series of uniforms referred to as “Cayce Pollard Units,” or CPUs. Gibson describes these as “things that could have been worn, to a general lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000.” Her go-to items include shrunken Fruit of the Loom T-shirts, a Buzz Rickson MA-1 bomber jacket, and black Levi’s 501s with the arcuates on the back picked out and the branding on the buttons filed off. It’s just one of many testaments to the humble jean’s ability to transcend trends. Its straight leg, regular waist, and enduring appeal will truly never go out of style. Of course, the main leg up Levi’s has on its competitors is a big differentiation point: They literally invented the modern jean. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

16 MIN2 w ago
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Why It's Cool #11: Levi's 501s

The Dropcast #91: Upscale Vandal

EConsultant, producer, and all-around Instagram flex god Upscale Vandal stops by this episode of The Dropcast just in time to spread some post-Christmas cheer. If you're not up on on his Instagram account yet, consider this your opportunity to soak up some game.The conversation gets spicy when they begin to talk about Jordans and the state of sneaker culture. Vandal thinks the Dior x Jordans were a missed opportunity to elevate some of the Jumpman's lesser known silhouettes. (8:05) Relevant Links: Sneakersnstuff Celebrates the Past, Present & Future With Exclusive Jordan Pack Takashi Murakami & Drake Are Releasing a New OVO Collab Collection Tomorrow Virgil Abloh Says Streetwear Is “Definitely Going to Die” Soon & Predicts What’s Coming Next Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39 MIN3 w ago
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The Dropcast #91: Upscale Vandal

Why It's Cool #10: adidas Stan Smith

ETimeless is a word so overused nowadays that its meaning has almost become redundant, but the Stan Smith is one of the few products that’s design has really stood the test of time, transcending trends, music genres, and subcultural movements. So many other brands have tried to copy its minimal aesthetic and adidas itself has dropped countless versions and collaborations, but almost 50 years since it first hit the court and it hasn’t lost any of its character. In the fickle world of fashion, the Stan Smith opened up the floodgates for a new generation of female sneakerheads. You can pinpoint the moment when the stereotype of the so-called “fashion girl” went from Jimmy Choo heels to comfortable sneakers. It was those ten seconds when Phoebe Philo walked onto the catwalk to take her bow for Celine’s Fall/Winter 2012 runway show wearing an olive green turtleneck, straight cut black pants, and a pair of Stan Smiths. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

24 MIN3 w ago
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Why It's Cool #10: adidas Stan Smith

The Dropcast #90: Facetime Fit Battles & Flexing the adidas ZX with Tyler Busher - The Dropcast LIVE at adidas

EEarlier this week, Highsnobiety recorded its first live show of The Dropcast at adidas Originals’ store in Soho, New York City. Guests sipped on ZX cocktails as they formed an audience in the presence of hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas who discussed the past and future of the revolutionary ZX series with adidas’ NYC culture ambassador Tyler Busher. The ZX launched in 1984 as a series of progressive running shoes for performance athletes, and continues to reinvent itself with innovative technology after more than 30 years. While Tyler makes up half of The Binary Group, a synthesis company that seeks to bridge the gap between fashion, music, and design, he brings social and environmental awareness to footwear through projects like the fully recyclable adidas Futurecraft.Loop sneaker. The adidas-head gives a breakdown on the ZX series’ history and influence on sports and subcultures, his alkaline diet, and Ferrari Testarossa dreams. But before that, the episode kicks off with a quick foot check (3:22). Relevant link: https://www.adidas.com/us/zx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41 MIN2019 DEC 20
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The Dropcast #90: Facetime Fit Battles & Flexing the adidas ZX with Tyler Busher - The Dropcast LIVE at adidas

Why It's Cool #9: Margiela Tabi Boots

EThe Margiela Tabi Boot celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Along the way, it's become a membership card among fashion's most elite dressers. How Margiela's Tabi Boot Became a Status Symbol for Fashion's EliteThe “uncanny valley” is a robotics term dating back to Japanese professor Masahiro Mori in 1970. It hypothesizes that as a robot takes on more human characteristics — eyes, a face, five fingers, weird Terminator-esque skin — there’s a certain threshold where your response to the automaton turns from empathetic to strong revulsion. In other words, there’s a line between barely human and fully human that tends to gross people out. And one particularly polarizing Japanese-inspired shoe from designer Martin Margiela may prove that fashion has an uncanny valley too. Let’s go back to Paris in 1988. A time before the Internet and Instagram turned fashion into an integral part of pop culture. Back then, the industry was still a closely-guarded secret, only accessible to a privileged few. But even then, fashion had its iconoclasts, and Belgian designer Martin Margiela’s debut show marked a paradigm shift. Margiela’s tabi boot, largely based on the affordable Japanese “jika-tabi” shoes still worn by Japanese construction workers, features a circular heel, metal clasps known as “kohase” at the rear closure, and a signature split toe at the front. The big toe goes on one side, with the remaining four housed in the other. They’re essentially upscale ninja shoes that give the foot a cloven hoof appearance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14 MIN2019 DEC 18
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Why It's Cool #9: Margiela Tabi Boots

Latest Episodes

The Dropcast 94: All Hail Nicole McLaughlin, Queen of the Mules

EEver since Nicole McLaughlin made her debut with a pair of custom L.L.Bean fleece slippers, the designer has cemented her identity through upcycled pieces imbued with a vintage flair. After leaving her position as a graphic designer at Reebok, Nicole refined her craft even further and turned it from a personal hobby into a business venture. The Mule Queen joins hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas on this week’s episode of The Dropcast to talk about life as a designer as well as her best style tricks and hacks. First, the quick hits take us through the collections and collaborations dropping during Fashion Week. Highsnobiety got backstage access at Wales Bonner’s London Fashion Week show which included a look at the brand’s FW20 adidas collaboration (2:37). Noah pledges allegiance to adidas for their classic models, and the whole cast gives appreciation for the sneaker-dress-shoe hybrid. Still, since Noah isn’t feeling the adidas Ultraboost silhouette even with the new Ivy Park x adidas collab, he best be careful of the Beyhive’s sting (4:25). Relevant Links: Wales Bonner Debuts Its Tasteful adidas Collection at London Fashion Week Here’s Your First Look at Beyoncé’s Ivy Park x adidas Ultra Boost Nike Could Be Dropping This Super-Clean “NBA Paris” Air Force 1 Here’s Your First Look at BAPE x The Weeknd’s New SS20 Collab Capsule Versace’s SS20 Runway Collection Is Now Available Exclusively on Highsnobiety Shop 2 Chainz’s New “Virgil Discount” Video Feels Like an Off-White Commercial Justin Bieber Reveals He’s Battling Lyme Disease: “It’s Been a Rough Couple Years” These Are the Products, Brands & Creative Directors That Defined the Last Decade Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45 MIN4 d ago
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The Dropcast 94: All Hail Nicole McLaughlin, Queen of the Mules

Why It's Cool #13: Dragon Ball Z

ENothing got hyperactive 90’s and 2000’s kids to settle on the couch better than the intergalactic battles, valiant heroics, and epic animations packed into every episode of Dragon Ball Z. Following the adventures of a good-natured alien named Goku, Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the original Dragon Ball story written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. Between the inspirational tales of Goku defending the Earth from extraterrestrial villains and an immersive world of additional physical and digital media inspired by the franchise, Dragon Ball Z has become regarded as of the most influential anime of all time. These days, you don’t even have to be a fan to at least know that spiky blondes mean business or have at least met one little kid who would clench their fists and try power up into “Super Saiyan” form. In 2019, we see Dragon Ball Z referenced in more places than anyone could have ever imagined. The thirty-year-old series is as influential as Star Wars and Marvel Comics. Its blazing battles, mind-blowing transformations, and distinct visual tone can be found beyond the anime and now within contemporary lifestyle realms like fashion, music, video games, and even sports. So *how exactly did this story about a monkey-tailed alien evolve into one of the most relevant and highest grossing media franchises of all time? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25 MIN6 d ago
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Why It's Cool #13: Dragon Ball Z

The Dropcast #93: Secrets of the Asian Glo-Up feat. Ronny Chieng

ERonny Chieng is a comedian, correspondent, and actor who has achieved acclaim through his sitcom “Ronny Chieng: International Student” and role as senior correspondent on The Daily Show. Now, the self-proclaimed modern day philosopher is back with a Netflix comedy special “Asian Comedian Destroys America” and looking forward to covering non-political topics on The Daily Show for the year ahead. On this episode of The Dropcast, Ronny brings his cool substitute teacher vibes, sets a distinction between envy and jealousy among fellow comedians and artists who participate in creative endeavors, and details his release of cool merch that he would want to buy for himself. Hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas find order in the madness that was the 2010s and ring in the new decade with the help of Ronny in the quick hits. A defining trend in the fashion industry has been the merging of streetwear with all forms of fashion, most notably the world of luxury — or as Ronny describes it: more expensive versions of comfort (4:48). Relevant Links: The 2010s Were the Decade Luxury & Streetwear Became One Op-Ed | Sorry, but NBA “Runway” Style Is Still Mostly Terrible “Sneakerhead Kingpins”: Police Bust Heroin Ring That Took Jordans as Payment eBay’s New Sneaker Resell Policy Could Change the Multibillion-Dollar Industry Donald Glover to Drop Fundraising Merch for Democratic Candidate Andrew Yang The Hidden Layer CLOT x Nike Air Jordan 1 Is Available at StockX Here’s How CLOT’s Silk Royale Air Force 1s Became So Collectible Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42 MIN1 w ago
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The Dropcast #93: Secrets of the Asian Glo-Up feat. Ronny Chieng

Why It's Cool #12: Rayban Wayfarers

EWhen did the Space Age begin? In terms of astronomy, you can nail it down to 1957, when the Russians hurled a 183-pound polished sphere about the size of a beach ball away from Earth and into its orbit. Sputnik 1, the earth’s first artificial satellite, sparked a race to the cosmos between the United States and its Cold War adversary. NASA was established a year later, and in 1969 the US secured the crowning achievement by putting the first man on the moon. This period was a boon for technology and pushing the limits of humanity. But if you look at design, you’ll see America’s obsession with space predates these remarkable achievements. Established in 1936, Ray-Ban had made its name by designing sunglasses specifically for the Army. In 1952, designer Raymond Stegeman shifted the companies eyes to the future with the Wayfarer. They were the first sunglasses to be made of plastic, and its lines were a reference to the iconic Cadillac tailfins. Another point of reference was the Eam...

10 MIN1 w ago
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Why It's Cool #12: Rayban Wayfarers

The Dropcast #92: Uncut Memes feat. New York Nico & Naomi Otsu

EOn this week's episode of The Dropcast, hosts Noah Thomas and Jian DeLeon welcome the new decade with Nicolas Heller, better known as NYC anthropologistNew York Nico, and illustratorNaomi Otsu. Though they've both accomplished impressive creative careers in their own respective ways, they're also low-key relationship goals in the fact that they've gotten the chance to work on some really cool projects together, whether it's campaigns around Opening Ceremony's gigantic tote bags, or one of the most deadass memes of the decade: a Baby Yoda that only a New Yorker could love. Listen to how the meme came together at (16:58). Relevant Links: This Genius Agency Just Spent $10,000 on Blank Ad Space to Give Our Brains a Break Take a Look at Ninja’s First adidas Sneaker, Dropping This Month The North Face x DSM Just Upgraded Your Outdoor Flex With Matching Tent & Fit We’re Not Sold on Manchester United’s Crazy Chinese New Year Kit Pharrell Williams Finally Puts His Spin on an adidas 4D Sneaker How Margiela’s Tabi Boot Became a Status Symbol for Fashion’s Elite Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37 MIN2 w ago
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The Dropcast #92: Uncut Memes feat. New York Nico & Naomi Otsu

Why It's Cool #11: Levi's 501s

EIn his 2003 novel, Pattern Recognition, William Gibson creates the coolest character ever to grace the pages of a book. Cayce Pollard is the world’s best coolhunter, and her highly astute ability to judge brands is largely due to the fact that she’s literally allergic to corporate logos and mascots. She wears a series of uniforms referred to as “Cayce Pollard Units,” or CPUs. Gibson describes these as “things that could have been worn, to a general lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000.” Her go-to items include shrunken Fruit of the Loom T-shirts, a Buzz Rickson MA-1 bomber jacket, and black Levi’s 501s with the arcuates on the back picked out and the branding on the buttons filed off. It’s just one of many testaments to the humble jean’s ability to transcend trends. Its straight leg, regular waist, and enduring appeal will truly never go out of style. Of course, the main leg up Levi’s has on its competitors is a big differentiation point: They literally invented the modern jean. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

16 MIN2 w ago
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Why It's Cool #11: Levi's 501s

The Dropcast #91: Upscale Vandal

EConsultant, producer, and all-around Instagram flex god Upscale Vandal stops by this episode of The Dropcast just in time to spread some post-Christmas cheer. If you're not up on on his Instagram account yet, consider this your opportunity to soak up some game.The conversation gets spicy when they begin to talk about Jordans and the state of sneaker culture. Vandal thinks the Dior x Jordans were a missed opportunity to elevate some of the Jumpman's lesser known silhouettes. (8:05) Relevant Links: Sneakersnstuff Celebrates the Past, Present & Future With Exclusive Jordan Pack Takashi Murakami & Drake Are Releasing a New OVO Collab Collection Tomorrow Virgil Abloh Says Streetwear Is “Definitely Going to Die” Soon & Predicts What’s Coming Next Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39 MIN3 w ago
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The Dropcast #91: Upscale Vandal

Why It's Cool #10: adidas Stan Smith

ETimeless is a word so overused nowadays that its meaning has almost become redundant, but the Stan Smith is one of the few products that’s design has really stood the test of time, transcending trends, music genres, and subcultural movements. So many other brands have tried to copy its minimal aesthetic and adidas itself has dropped countless versions and collaborations, but almost 50 years since it first hit the court and it hasn’t lost any of its character. In the fickle world of fashion, the Stan Smith opened up the floodgates for a new generation of female sneakerheads. You can pinpoint the moment when the stereotype of the so-called “fashion girl” went from Jimmy Choo heels to comfortable sneakers. It was those ten seconds when Phoebe Philo walked onto the catwalk to take her bow for Celine’s Fall/Winter 2012 runway show wearing an olive green turtleneck, straight cut black pants, and a pair of Stan Smiths. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

24 MIN3 w ago
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Why It's Cool #10: adidas Stan Smith

The Dropcast #90: Facetime Fit Battles & Flexing the adidas ZX with Tyler Busher - The Dropcast LIVE at adidas

EEarlier this week, Highsnobiety recorded its first live show of The Dropcast at adidas Originals’ store in Soho, New York City. Guests sipped on ZX cocktails as they formed an audience in the presence of hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas who discussed the past and future of the revolutionary ZX series with adidas’ NYC culture ambassador Tyler Busher. The ZX launched in 1984 as a series of progressive running shoes for performance athletes, and continues to reinvent itself with innovative technology after more than 30 years. While Tyler makes up half of The Binary Group, a synthesis company that seeks to bridge the gap between fashion, music, and design, he brings social and environmental awareness to footwear through projects like the fully recyclable adidas Futurecraft.Loop sneaker. The adidas-head gives a breakdown on the ZX series’ history and influence on sports and subcultures, his alkaline diet, and Ferrari Testarossa dreams. But before that, the episode kicks off with a quick foot check (3:22). Relevant link: https://www.adidas.com/us/zx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41 MIN2019 DEC 20
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The Dropcast #90: Facetime Fit Battles & Flexing the adidas ZX with Tyler Busher - The Dropcast LIVE at adidas

Why It's Cool #9: Margiela Tabi Boots

EThe Margiela Tabi Boot celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Along the way, it's become a membership card among fashion's most elite dressers. How Margiela's Tabi Boot Became a Status Symbol for Fashion's EliteThe “uncanny valley” is a robotics term dating back to Japanese professor Masahiro Mori in 1970. It hypothesizes that as a robot takes on more human characteristics — eyes, a face, five fingers, weird Terminator-esque skin — there’s a certain threshold where your response to the automaton turns from empathetic to strong revulsion. In other words, there’s a line between barely human and fully human that tends to gross people out. And one particularly polarizing Japanese-inspired shoe from designer Martin Margiela may prove that fashion has an uncanny valley too. Let’s go back to Paris in 1988. A time before the Internet and Instagram turned fashion into an integral part of pop culture. Back then, the industry was still a closely-guarded secret, only accessible to a privileged few. But even then, fashion had its iconoclasts, and Belgian designer Martin Margiela’s debut show marked a paradigm shift. Margiela’s tabi boot, largely based on the affordable Japanese “jika-tabi” shoes still worn by Japanese construction workers, features a circular heel, metal clasps known as “kohase” at the rear closure, and a signature split toe at the front. The big toe goes on one side, with the remaining four housed in the other. They’re essentially upscale ninja shoes that give the foot a cloven hoof appearance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14 MIN2019 DEC 18
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Why It's Cool #9: Margiela Tabi Boots
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