Fashion in Song – Air Force Ones (2002)

Air Force Ones was written and performed by American rap artist Nelly, and was released on his Nellyville album, November 7, 2002. It peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard top 100 chart. The song became popular with sneaker heads (sneaker collectors) who consider white Adidas Air Force Ones a ‘must have’ sneaker for the serious collector’s wardrobe.

Big boy – Big boy – Big boy

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

I like the all-white high-top strap with the gum bottom

(Big boy) there’s something ‘bout them that’s dirty why I got ’em

(Big boy) I leave um strapped and laced and come up out um

(Big Boy) the last person that touched ’em I been shot ’em (big boy)

Now if you looked, and seen lime green forces and kiwi

(Big boy) you couldn’t get this color if you had a personal genie

(Big boy) you now I keep it hip-hop, my niggas flip flop

(Big boy) yea my force ones and tip top

(Me) now form a flip flop, (big boy)

I like the limited edition to khaki and army green

(Big boy) patent leather pin stripe you should see how I do the strings

(Big boy) sistompinge twelve with the strap, red and white with a cardinal cap

(Big boy) all flavors well it just depends

On when and (don’t get me) where I am at (Big boy)

Don’t get me, don’t get me wrong man

And Murphy lee ain’t dumb man

(Big boy) ’cause if the shoe is on the shelf you should have some man

(Big boy) you cannot sit up and tell me that you have none man

(Big boy) you may not have three or four but you got one man (big boy)

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

We up in Footlocker I’m looking like I need those

(Big boy) ten in a half and if you got ’em give me two of those

(Big boy) I can tell she never seen Murphy Lee before

(Big boy) ’cause she’s just standing there as if I’m shooting free throws

(Big boy) I said excuse me miss I only wanna buy shoes

(Big boy) she said I love you Murph especially in the white in blue

(Big boy) I said the white in blue sound nice make it twice

(Big boy) and I signed an autograph “thanks for the advice” (big boy)

I keep it real dirty, dirty you know how I do

(Big boy) purple in gold with the Lakers the broncos the orange in blue

(Big boy) I like em floppy with ankle socks

Lows mids and high tops (Big boy) With the clear sole,

But this Tims and fat laces with it is cold

(Big boy) but when the winter goes and the hot summer flows

(Big boy) then it’s back to the all purpose with em and dots in the toe

(Big boy) then I’m stopping this dough that I’m spending fa sure

(Big boy) on them Nike Air Force “N” “E” behind the “O” (big boy)

Ok li, I treat my shoe like my ride

(Big boy) chrome on the fat laces at what wood on the inside

(Big boy) spray candy on the swoosh

With the electric poofs

(Big boy) since I put a kit on the sole now I got a wider shoe

(Big boy) you see that low misk with the purple coop I’m driving them

(Big boy), (Kyjuan, where you getting them colors, are you dying them)

(Big boy) ten is my sistompinge in them

No point in tiein’ them

(Big boy) ain’t no point in trying these on

You know I’m buying them (big boy)

Now don’t nothing get the hype on first site like, white on whites

(Big boy) them three quarters them lows they all tight

(Big boy) the only problem they only good for one night

(Big boy) ’cause once you scuff um you f*cked up your whole night

(Big boy) what’s my basis? The look up sto on his faces

(Big boy) this kids outrageous he buying them by the cases

(Big boy) ’cause once I cop um gut um and switch the laces

(Big boy) they all purpose ya heard me kinda like my Dayton’s (big boy)

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones (big boys)

I wore spurs at first now there’s tape on them

(Big Boy) damn, when those come out so I write the date on them

(Big Boy) these Louis Vuitton ones, you gotta wait on them

(Big boy) I had to get em early so I spent more cake on them (big boy)

Look I’m trying to keep it up like a one-minute man

(Big boy) while Ali on the Kawasaki two head bands

(Big boy) jewellery and all, fish bowl in the mall

(Big Boy), (I got some fifteens) security buying shoes and all (big boy)

Now some time I get em free some time I gotta pay

(Big boy) walk in the mall and they know what I’m ‘bout to say

(Big boy) gimme the black and platinum, and leather gray

(Big boy) ones in the back and the pair you got on display (check), (big boy)

Now were the boxes where I keep mine (keep mine)

You should beep mine (big boy), (keep mine)

Maybe once or twice but never three times

(Big boy) I’m just a sneaker pro

I love pumas and shell toes

(Big boy) but can’t nothing compare to a fresh crispy white pair (big boy)

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

I said give me two pairs

(‘Cause) I need two pairs

So I can get to STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

(Big boy) STOMPING in my Air Force Ones

Big boy – Big boy – Big boy – Big boy

Crime and Punishment and Sneakers

22 year old Brit Isaiah Hanson-Frost, is about to have his 55 pairs of designer sneakers, valued at about $30,000 Canadian, sold by the police. Last April, Hanson-Frost was sentenced to six years in jail after admitting to firing a gun at a car in November, 2017 during a gang feud over drugs.  

“We are keen to put a stop to anyone who is living a lavish lifestyle which has been funded through crime” said Detective Inspector Dave Shore-Nye of the Gloucestershire police.

Items seized after a criminal trial are often sold, especially if money raised from the sale can be used to help victims of those crimes. Proceeds from the sale of Hanson-Frost’s sneaker auction will go to the High Sheriff’s Fund, which encourages activities that divert minors from a life of crime.

Off The Rack – W.J. Voit Rubber Company, 1922 – 1983

The Voit Rubber company was founded in Los Angeles in 1922 by W. J. Voit. Starting as a rubber tire manufacturer, the company branched into sporting goods and claimed they invented the inflatable beach ball in the late 1930s.

In 1957, the company was sold to AMF and in 1963 operations were moved to Santa Ana, California. It was around this time, when the company was at the height of its production, that a line of sneakers were added to their yield. Over the next twenty years the rubber business dwindled in the U.S., eventually leading to the closure of Voit in 1983.

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Patent Fashions – Before the Reebok pump

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It was not Reebok but Fillmore Moore of Farmington Connecticut who built the first inflatable shoe. His 1893 patent describes the technology for a rubber bag midsole that “when the screw plug is turned … air can be blown into and out of the bag.” To Reebok’s credit, their patent cited Moore’s 1893 Pneumatic sole in their patent.

Why is this piece of rusty junk so important to fashion history?

nikewaffleironjpg-e73d3769cd58db34In 1971 Bill Bowerman was tinkering with the idea of how to make track or football shoes without spikes that could be worn on blacktop or artificial turf but work equally as well on grass or gravel. His eureka moment came one Sunday morning at his home in Oregon when he sat down to a plate of waffles. After breakfast he made a cast of the waffle plates to create soles with protruding nubs that provided traction like a tread on a tire.

At the 1972 Olympic trials in Oregon, Bowerman and his business partner Phil Knight persuaded some of the marathon runners to wear samples of his waffle-soled shoes. Convinced they had a winning style, the two founded their company ‘Nike’ while they refined the waffle sole. In 1974 they launched their track shoes with the ‘swoosh’ trademark onto the market, and by 1979 Nike held a 50% share of the American sneaker market.

The original waffle iron and experimental versions of his shoes were thought to have been thrown away, but in 2010 a rubbish pit was unearthed on Bowerman’s property that contained the original Art Deco 1930s waffle iron, and some of the early shoe prototypes. The original waffle plates that Bowerman had used to cast his sole mold are still missing. However, the unearthed collection was conserved and now resides at Nike headquarters.

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Fadshions – 1964 Beatles fashions

Men’s ankle boots with elastic gores and Cuban heels became known as Chelsea or Beatles boots in 1964, but that same year there were more than just boots inspired by the Beatles: