Local Artist Creates DNC-Inspired Sneakers You’ll Actually Want to Buy (No, Seriously)

Image via RunDNC

Image via RunDNC

DNC merchandise can run the gamut from strange to LOL-worthy, but hardly any are truly display-worthy (a plush Trump doll? No). Enter menswear shop Lapstone and Hammer, local ad agency Tierney, and local artist Elom Bowman (also known as Ecentrik Artestry). The trio have joined forces to produce 11 one-of-a-kind kicks in honor of this week’s Democratic National Convention. These DNC-inspired sneakers are currently for sale at Lapstone and Hammer (though many pairs have already sold out!), and all proceeds benefit Back On My Feet, a national organization that combats homelessness through running.

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Wildwoods to Host Its First-Ever Sneaker Convention


The first-ever Jus Nice Sneaker Convention is coming to the Wildwoods Convention Center at the end of August. The one-day-only event promises sneakerheads the chance “to buy, sell and trade some of the most unique and high-in-demand sneakers available.”

Organizer and sneaker re-seller Justin “Jus Nice” Roper says he put together the event after attending sneaker conventions in other cities and realizing his town should have something similar. “I know there are a lot of kids around here who want to collect sneakers, but they never had an opportunity to have something like this here,” he says. “Before now, we’ve had to travel three, four hours to get to one.”

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Mo’ne Davis to Sell, Sign Shoes Tonight to Benefit Nepal Earthquake Victims


Mo’ne Davis in her sneakers.

It’s official — Mo’ne Davis is the new James Brown. In addition to (deep breath) pitching for the Taney Dragons, playing high school basketball, schooling Kevin Hart at the NBA All-Star Game, writing a book and pardoning the Bloomsburg University baseball player who talked trash about her on Twitter, the hardest working 13-year-old on the planet is both a sneaker mogul and a humanitarian. Read more »

Mo’ne Davis Has Designed a Sneaker Collection, Which You Can Pre-Order Now


Superstar Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis is taking a turn as a designer. The 13-year-old Taney Dragons pitcher, known for her 70mph fastball, has dipped her toe into the fashion world once before (see: that Teen Vogue shot). But now, her fashion footing is even more secure, thanks to a just-released sneaker collection she designed in collaboration with M4D3.  Read more »

Philly Sole: Top 5 Women’s Jordans in Saturday’s Chestnut Street Villa Restock

Hot sneakers are hard to get. They’re hot, after all, and companies release them in limited qualities to create demand and hype. But sneaker stores are here to help. Well, to help and make money.

This weekend, Villa — the Philadelphia-based sneaker retailer with a whopping 82 locations in the Northeast and Midwest — is doing a restock at its new Chestnut Street location (1416, next to the Prince Music Theater and the “Allow Me” statue). The store did its mens’ footwear relaunch today and, as such, drew a big crowd.

But you know what? This is just the men’s restock. Saturday at 9am, Villa’s releasing its women’s restock. Most sneaker articles tend to focus on men, so let’s do this: a countdown of my five favorite women’s Jordans restocking at Villa on Saturday.

See ’em here.

Philly Sole: Your First Look at UBIQ’s Latest Collaboration Sneaker

Photo courtesy of Ubiq

Photo courtesy of UBIQ.

Another weekend, another insanely hyped UBIQ collaboration sneaker release.

Okay, the Philadelphia lifestyle and sneaker boutique UBIQ—with locations on Walnut Street and in the Gallery—isn’t quite pumping out the collaboration releases weekly. But in the last year or so they’ve become more of a major player in the sneaker collaboration world.

“The first eight years of UBIQ being open was relatively slow, we did maybe one a year,” UBIQ product manager Kelton Bumgarner says. “Within the past year and a half to two years we’ve really sped up.”

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Philly Sole: A Short Primer on Getting into Sneakers


The sneakers I’m wearing right now.

I get it. You read Emily Goulet’s fantastic column about ditching heels for sneakers last month and you’ve realized you want in. It’s not the 1990s or the 2000s: Heels are out. Sneakers are now a a legit fashion statement.

Are you ready to complement a ridiculous collection of shoes with a ridiculous collection of sneakers? I thought so. Here’s a short primer to get you started. Keep in mind that this is based on my own tastes and prejudices, and may not match yours.

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Everyone Rejoice: Shoppist Says Sneakers Are Chic



We have a web meeting every morning here at Philly Mag HQ, during which the editors of our eight (awesome, amazing) blogs get together to go over our lineups for the day ahead. So imagine my glee when Shoppist editor Emily Goulet told the group that she was doing a post on how sneakers are the new stilettos because tennis shoes, of all things, are suddenly the hot new accessory in fashion. I think I audibly WAHOOOOED at the news.

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Why Sneakers Are the New Heels — And 10 Ways to Style Them


My (calf-hair) kicks.

I’m five-feet-three-inches tall. Most people—even sometimes my very own husband—don’t realize this, because I spend approximately 93 percent of my life in very high heels.

I’ve been wearing them since I can remember, and as I’ve gotten older, my heels have gotten taller. It’s like taking off the training wheels, over and over again. You ditch the stubby square heels for kitten heels, then you swap these for taller but still walkable heels, and then you’re off on pin-thin stilettos, racing towards osteoarthritis and a life of Dr. Scholls.

But is the age-old equation—high style = higher heels—fading away? And if it is, where does that leave me and my shelves of stilettos, platforms and wedges? Can you really be stylish … in sneakers?

Keep reading for v. important musings.

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