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What’s the Deal with Fancy Sneakers?

  • Kempt Staff
What’s the Deal with Fancy Sneakers?

The fancying-up of the humble sneaker has been happening for some time now. First it was haute fashion brands putting studs and wings on them. And then a few loving homages. But now it seems brands aren’t even trying to disguise the fact that they’re making the same shoes, nearly stitch-for-stitch, as the non-fancy ones we’ve been wearing since childhood.

It’s getting pretty blatant, and we’re here to take a stand...

Sponsored Post: adidas Golf

  • Najib Benouar

Golf, it has been said, is 90% mental. The other 10%: choosing your shirt wisely...

Enter adidas Golf and their new FASHION PERFORMANCE gear, a handsome selection of polo shirts, shoes and pants that are so dapper, you’ll already be dressed for the 20th hole (the 19th hole is so 2011).

The good news, beyond sharp looks: these threads are still designed with the game-enhancing technology you’ve come to expect from adidas. For a good idea of what the stuff looks like in action, check out PGA Tour pro Jason Day.

Consider us your sartorial caddie.

Sponsored Post: adidas FASHION PERFORMANCE

Just in time for golf season, adidas Golf is ushering in a new kind of golf gear with FASHION PERFORMANCE. They’re rolling out big-time polos with the wizardry you need on the course and a sharp-enough look to hold their own even after you’ve left the clubhouse.

And in the amazing-golfers-who-decided-this-was-the-best-gear-around department, there’s PGA Tour professional Jason Day, currently birdieing his way through the Tour wearing FASHION PERFORMANCE this year. Check out the goods here, just in time for your birdieing season.

The Olympic Sneaker

The Olympics are just four months off, and we’re already starting to see a trickle of special-edition gear themed for London’s 2012 Games. Britain’s official uniforms leaked out this morning, but our favorite so far is this 5 Plug sneaker from Adidas, available on Oki-ni now. It’s modeled after the 1984 British handball team’s sneakers, complete with a Union Jack on the back and the latest in Thatcher-era sneaker innovation—five plugs that can be pushed in and out to alter the stiffness of the sole. Sadly, the handball in question is the weird European kind, but it should work just as well for the New York version.

Elisabeth Moss Is Both Good Cop and Bad Cop

The Long Goodbye: On the 15th anniversary of Biggie’s death, Complex tracks down an LAPD detective to explain how it happened. The takeaway: they know who did it, but could never prosecute. [Complex]

Opening Someone Else’s Mail: Drew Magary opens Glenn O’Brien’s mail and has a somewhat different response to the sartorial queries. [Deadspin]

Fuel Troubles: A full-spectrum review of the latest workout gadget, the Nike+ FuelBand. [The Verge]

The Sneaker Beat: And just to keep things balanced, here’s Adidas’s latest kicks. [Hypenotice]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Russell Simmons

Despite every indication to the contrary, a Halloween costume doesn’t have to be over-the-top to be brilliant.

Caught outside Heidi Klum’s Halloween bash at Lavo, Russell Simmons costume doesn’t look that different from something he might wear on the street (give or take a few decades) but style is style. If you’re an old-school hip-hop legend, Adidas and chains are always going to look pretty good on you. And we’d guess he didn’t have to do too much digging to find the right ones.

As for a blow-by-blow of each item…we’d start here.

Could the Jabulani Ruin the World Cup?

  • Shawn Donnelly


This is the latest installment of The World Cup According to Kempt™, our series on the stuff that really matters at this summer’s tournament in South Africa (kicks off June 11).

A couple of months ago, we got our hands (and our feet) on the official 2010 World Cup ball from Adidas, the Jabulani (it means “to celebrate” in Zulu). Playing with it in a modest 5v5 scrimmage, the ball felt surprisingly cheap and plastic-y. It slipped off our feet. In short, we thought it sucked. We couldn’t believe it was the ball they were going to be using in the World Cup. As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones with this opinion.

What the players are saying»

Loose Fur


Adidas’ Rod Laver has seen a lot of different variations over the year, but the latest version is enough to catch our eye. It seems like furriness is having quite a renaissance in the sneaker world. If you count these Vans, that makes for just one shy of a trend. We’re guessing Spike Jonze has something to do with it…