Why I Took Off 6 Months from Sneakers

Any of you who follow me know how much I love sneakers. The past 6 month’s though have really been a time where I kind of stepped back from it all and just looked at the things that bother me about this hobby of mine. Thankfully Sole Collector gave me the opportunity to vent on these thoughts so hit the link and let me know what you think!



New Balance Is Ready To Bring In The New Year

As the Holidays are currently consuming us all and 2015 is just about here, New Balance is letting us know they are fully ready to embrace the New Year with a complete lineup of shoes releasing in January. The team over at New Balance sent out some looks at what is in store and I have to say there are definitely some prospects for me on the list as well as all different types of styles for sneakerheads everywhere.


I’m finding myself really feeling the WEEKENDER BAG COLLECTION because I absolutely love New Balances higher end styles when they incorporate premium materials. Also turning my head in the batch of previews are the WOMEN’S ELITE EDITION TOMBOY COLLECTION. I have to say I’m a little jealous of the ladies this time around as these Elite Edition 580’s look fantastic and I may have to just cop a larger size of the Black and Grey’s for me despite them being a women’s shoe.


So which of the collection are you really feeling? Check out all of the shoes in the gallery below and let me know what your thinking of picking up when these hit stores this January.

Wings+ Horns x New Balance 580 10th Anniversary Collection


New Balance has been on their “A game” when it comes to premium collaborations as of late and they are at it again with the Wings + Horns New Balance 580. The shoe, which celebrates the Vancouver menswear retailer’s 10th anniversary is a stunning premium version of the popular 580 silhouette. Set in all black premium leather and suede, that features a pig skin lining and an option of waxed or solid rubber laces, the shoe is a perfect companion for the upcoming winter months.

The Wings + Horns New Balance 580 will release this Saturday December 13th at the Vancouver shop for $179.95 and December 20th at New Balance retailers worldwide. www.fahimkassam.com

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New Balance Adds Overnight Delivery To Its Customization Program


For those of you who love shoe customization or were looking for a really personalized and unique gift this holiday season New Balance has something special for you. The company is throwing down the gauntlet with customizing for the holidays this year by adding overnight delivery to its customization program to guarantee Christmas delivery of customized shoes. This is a pretty cool option as normally customized sneakers of any sort take at least 4 weeks to arrive.

The details are as follows:

If you order custom NB’s by 11PM EST on 12/21, you will have them by Christmas Eve.

Now you can order custom shoes and have them on your feet in two days – if you order by 4PM EST and select UPS Express shipping.

You can check out all of the customization options right here on NB’s website.


New Balance Launches All New Holiday Lineup

New Balance is gearing up for the winter season with an entire new lineup that is hitting shelves right now! There is plenty to get excited about and a little something for everyone on your list.

You can check some of the new looks below and pick them up now from your local New Balance retailer.


Men’s Made In USA Connoisseur American Painters Collection

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Men’s 574 90’s Outdoor Collection

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Women’s 574 90’s Outdoor Collection



Men’s 574 Stealth Collection

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Women’s 574 Precious Metals Collection

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Awesome Black Friday Deal From New Balance

Black Friday can be overwhelming so hopefully I can shine a light on some great deals you will be able to find over the next week. One in particular is from the good folks over at New Balance.

The always popular NEW BALANCE US574 will be back in a limited edition Black Friday style. This special version will feature the US574 upper done in military green suede with a white reflective ‘N’ logo.

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Not only is the shoe a perfect style and color for those cold winter days but it is also coming as part of a special “Mobilize Your Winter” package that includes:

  • Black Friday limited-edition US574
  • Titan water bottle
  • Varsity socks
  • Custom messenger bag

This special Black Friday package will retail for $175 (a $230 value) and be available 9:00 a.m. EST Friday, November 28 at New Balance New York and New Balance Boston. You can follow along with any updates on social media by using the hashtag #MobilizeYourWinter 

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New Balance Hooked Up With 3 Of The Hottest Sneakerheads For The Women’s Elite Edition Heritage 580 Collection


New Balance announced today that they will be releasing a Women’s Elite Edition Heritage 580 collection. The collection will be available in three different colorways and will feature pig suede and mesh uppers.

To celebrate the collection, New Balance hooked up with three of the hottest female sneakerheads on Instagram, Ericka Gilbert (@DamnnEricka), Ivelisse Cassas (@Soledevida) and Brittany Sklar (@Britta_Ruth920) to showcase the new shoes.

You can check out the collection below and pick up a pair for $99.95 when they release on July 1st.

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Interview with Theophilus London

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At the New Balance “Made in USA” Event on Wednesday, I had a chance to speak with Theophilus London. Always someone who is unique in his fashion styles with a fresh pair of kicks on his feet, Theophilus took a few minutes to share some thoughts with us and discuss his style, his love of sneakers and even his work with Kanye West on his new album.

LG: Thanks for taking some time to talk with us.

TL: What’s up man?

LG: Obviously you have a really unique style. How important is that Individualism to you? Has that been something you’ve always focused on, even from when you were a kid?

TL: Yeah, it’s something I focus on a lot. Even since my early years, I mean I don’t want to say childhood because I wasn’t really concerned with fashion as a child to be honest, but you know, early teenager life, I knew it would be important, because there’s a lot of people in the world and you know for me and what I’m doing you know, I wanted to be unique about it, but wanted to mostly be myself. I don’t care about being different, I knew what I was doing was going to be different regardless, so I didn’t have to worry about being different. I just had to worry about being myself and it takes a long time to find out your identity. You know you gotta make mistakes, you gotta take yourself out on dates, you gotta go shopping with yourself until you figure it out and once you figure it out, don’t change it.

LG: Now you just mentioned doing things by yourself and I recall reading something from Style that you wrote where you talked about going to the movies by yourself and having places to vibe out and relax on your own. Is that something you try to make sure you always get to do?

TL: Yeah man that’s super, super important. I actually just went to the movies today.

LG: What did you see? How was it?

TL: I saw Ida. It was cool. It was kinda this Polish movie about the old days so I was kind of like shaken up.

LG: Now with your own style in sneakers, I know you’ve said in the past you always loved Jordan’s especially when you were younger.

TL: Yeah, yeah.

LG: Was there any particular shoe that really got you started?

TL: Well definitely New Balance. That was definitely something I knew at a young age was something that made me feel “cozy” per se. That’s the word they use now right? I used to see a lot of my uncles and the elderly crowd adapting to New Balance and I always wanted to be older as a young kid. I was like “I don’t wanna be young, I wanna be old”, so I thought that was important.

LG: Now you just dropped your EP around Valentine’s Day, what’s next? What are you going to be doing now?

TL: Ohh yeah, yeah. Damn I’ve been working on this album for like 9 months, nah actually more than 9 months. I’ve been working on my new album “Vibes”. I’m really happy about it. It’s insane. It’s executive produced by Kanye, creative produced by Leon Ware. So basically I got to work with everyone I wanted to, like there’s some people on the project that I never thought I would get to work with that I wanted to. It’s just a very unique piece of work. The US version is actually only 8 songs sadly but I kinda hid 3 songs inside those 8 songs, so it’s really 11 songs. I’m really looking forward to it. The first single is coming out this summer featuring Kanye.

LG: Any timeframe we can expect the whole album to drop?

TL: Yeah, definitely like the end of August or the beginning of September. I definitely don’t want to hold it up anymore. I’ve been holding it up for mixing purposes to make sure it’s really mixed the right way and stuff like that.

LG: Well I appreciate speaking with you and best of luck with everything.

TL: Thank you man.