An Adidas Ultra Boost six months later update

After religiously wearing the Adidas Ultra Boosts for half a year now I thought it was time to give a update since in my earlier blog post I praised them very highly.

Now while I do still love this shoe to death I cannot help notice specific issues which have occurred after wearing these shoes for while.

The main problem is the sole, it has worn down extremely fast, granted I do wear the shoe a lot however I cannot help but feel disappointed since this was a £130 pound shoes. Now that is not a cheap shoe by any means so a part of me expects better, I simply wanted them to last a little longer.

The problem does not lie with the lack of traction or grip on the shoe, the problem is that the sole has worn so thin that it has split completely. This is a major problem as it leaves the boost material exposed, boost is such a soft and fragile material that I hate to think what damage has been caused.

Now this does not apply to the newer models of the Ultra Boosts as Adidas has completely changed the material on the sole. They now use Continental rubber, Continental is a brand of car tires so as you can imagine this new stuff holds up pretty well.

Do not let this deter you from purchasing Ultra Boosts as they truly are my favourite shoe on the market the comfort and style is unbeaten in my opinion. However simply bare this in mind if you are looking at the older models they could wear down on you a lot faster than you expected. I do 100% advise you to opt for the newer model with the Continental sole.

I have included a photo of my damaged Ultra Boosts, however the damage does not translate into the picture to well, as they have been super glued together in an effort to try get as much life out of them as possible. Due to this the damage may not appear as severe however I can assure you the split in the shoe was shockingly deep.IMG_6482

Reselling in the community

James Marriott a popular fashion blogger lives by Dame Vivienne Westwood’s motto: “Buy less, choose well, and make it last”, when it comes to buying clothes. He looks for quality brands and tries not to fall prey to reselling.

A lot of brands popular in Streetwear sell out so quickly people have to resort to a secondary resale market and purchase products at inflated prices. Egalia3 is a reseller who has bought Adidas shoes for £150 and sold them 24 hours later for £450.

These price increases are extremely common, specific products such as Supreme Box Logo t-shirt will consistently sell for at least four times the retail price. Most resellers know which items will have value and which will not, they use this knowledge to effectively control the market.

Certain brands guarantee high resale, a supreme box logo t-shirt will retail for £35 however it will always sell out in seconds once it hits the online store. You can be assured that literally minutes later you will find them posted on eBay for at least four times the price.

Shoes usually produce a greater profit. Yeezys are a trainer Kanye West made in collaboration with Adidas, the retail price was £150 but you can now find them on eBay for as much as £1200. In Hypebeasts most expensive shoes of 2015 article it says: “The YEEZY Boost 750 “Triple Black” came out on top as eBay’s most expensive sneaker, averaging an extortionate $1,876 USD at resale”.

The resale market buys extremely limited items and then sells them at inflated prices, most people believe reselling to be a curse put on the community. However it is viewed as a double edged sword while people hate paying the inflated prices, they need resellers to acquire items they could not get when they originally released.

Fashion graduate and blogger Styles by Nico said that buying items just to sell them instantly for a quick profit is ruining the community:” I think it’s very unfortunate that people can buy things at retail then sell them two hours later and obtain a couple hundred dollars in profit”.

Fashion writer and blogger Riley Tenglar says reselling is acceptable he said: “because I personally have made a lot of money reselling shoes (specifically Yeezys) and it’s been relatively good to me”. A lot of people buy items just to make profit enabling them to purchase more products.

The majority of resellers use bots to purchase these extremely hard to get items. Bots are a computer program in which you put your payment and delivery details. Bots enable the user to checkout and purchase items faster than any human ever could.

A lot of the community view bots as an unfair advantage, they make it incredibly difficult for the average person to buy popular items. Style by Nico said they are an unfair to the average customer: “The problems with bots are that it gives users unfair advantages over everyone else”.

They are a common method, Mathew Pike editor of Bucket and Spade said bots should only be used for personal use: “if you’re planning to use the product, but if it’s just for resale purposes then it’s not cool at all”.

However realistically for reselling to be an effective way to make money, resellers need to be able to buy a large amount of stock. Since a lot of stores limit customers to only being able to purchase one of each item resellers have resorted to find what the community call plugs, these are back door dealers.

People like Riley Tenglar have these options at their disposal he said: “I’ve been lucky enough to figure out other ways of copping hyped items like backdoor links or knowing the right people”. The deeper you go into the Streetwear industry the more connections you make, your success as a reseller truly depends on the people you know.

Resellers are able to continuously sell these items at the hugely inflated prices because people often prefer to have an item that has a lot of hype around it, rather than something that actually is more fashionable or suits them better. It is this mentality that is cemented into the culture which has given reselling its fuel, a lot of people view it as showing off but there is a more to it.

People desire these items because they admire celebrities and want to own the same shoes or t-shirt as certain celebrities. When influential celebrities like Kanye West wears something people immediately want it, the product sells out and a resale market for that specific item or brand opens up.

The attraction for these types of items also comes from owning something that very few people have. For a lot of people it is not a bragging right that they have something others cannot afford rather they have something that others physically cannot get. Jain Deleon who is Complexes style deputy editor mentioned in the “Sold Out” documentary: “Resellers are a bi product of a culture fuelled by the need to sort of have one thing that not necessarily everybody else have”.

Currently there is not much you can do to combat reselling, if you want to get certain items you either have to be lucky or willing to buy them for the inflated prices. However as Riley Tenglar said: “it is not the end of the world if you miss out on an item, stunt with what you have and cherish your grails”.

Are designer brands worth the money?

Mathew Pike the editor of Buckets & Spades said: “If the quality is there I have no problems paying a higher price” he is always placing the quality of the garment above everything else. In society there is a negative stigma when it comes to spending a lot of money on basic pieces of clothing, is it truly worth paying £150 for a plain t-shirt?

Designer brands can cost anything from £60 to £250 for a plain black t-shirt. For this price you could buy 100 t-shirts from Primark. This poses the question are designer pieces worth the price? How can they justify such a price tag?

Is it the quality of the garment? Designers such as Rick Owens use cotton blends that have either silk or viscose woven in, while Fear of God use a Japanese cotton for a lot of their pieces. Lucas Lee Tyson a popular fashion blogger said that the noticeable quality difference justifies the price: “the quality is definitely noticeable to myself and those around me”.

The quality of these pieces help extend their life span as they will hold up for a lot more years even when worn and washed regularly. Harrison Gering a popular fashion blogger,  says it is this extended life time that justifies the investment. He said: “if I spend $15 on a shirt that loses its shape/color after a few washes I’ll have to buy another one in say 3 months”.

However it is not just the materials used that drive up the price. A lot of innovation is put into these articles of clothing designers put their own twists on the classic plain t-shirt, hoodie and shirt. This can take form in a boxy fitting t-shirt, a cut and sew flannel or an elongated hoodie. People buy into these designers because they become fans of the designers they appreciate the work put into the clothes that give  the clothes a subtle difference. It is these minor design features that appeal to people. James Marriot a popular fashion blogger said: “these simple pieces have features that make them stand out above and beyond the likes of HM, Uniqlo etc.”

Jerry Lorenzo, the creator of the brand Fear of God, said in a GQ interview: “We created an entirely new silhouette, which comes with a lot of costs”. It is this extended design process and the risk designers take that can inflate the price as the process is a lot more expensive and time consuming compared to releasing a regular plain t-shirt.

It is this innovative design these brands create, that cheaper brands such as H&M and Uniqlo mimic on their clothing to make them more current. You can find things such as slits in the side of tops, dropped shoulders and oversized fits all made popular by designers such as Haider Ackerman in your local H&M stores.

This again poses the question why are people spending so much when they can get similar designs for so much cheaper. People buying these designer clothes view them as an investment, popular Youtuber T Blake covers this in one of his videos when he discusses the brand John Elliot. He said: “a piece of clothing were you can wear it a couple times and still sell it afterwards”. These clothes retain their value, you can buy a John Elliot t-shirt for £150 wear it for two years then still be able to sell it for around £100.

Most designer brands retain a lot of their value some even rise in price as they stop being produced and become a rare collectors’ item. This is why people view buying a £150 t-shirt as an investment, you get a quality garment that if need be can be sold for most of its base value.

It all comes down to whether you have the funds available to spend this much money on basic pieces of clothing. The fashion community believes they justify the price tag, if you have the money you definitely will not regret buying high fashion pieces.

The Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol watch review

There comes a time in every man’s life were he has to say goodbye to his treasured casual beat up digital watch and upgrade it to something a little classier. A few moths ago I was able to take this step after receiving my first leather strap watch and after wearing it religiously for the last three months I think I am finally ready to give my thoughts.

The watch I got was the classic 40mm Daniel Wellington watch with a dark brown Bristol leather strap and rose gold detailing.To start with the watch comes really nicely presented in a leather box with Daniel Wellington engraved on it. Once you open the box you are greeted by the watch secured in a cream leather holder. Which underneath has the guarantee, basic instructions, strap pin and and a little history behind the watch.

 

Now originally when I pictured a leather watch in my head the frame was always silver this to me was just the norm for these type of watches. However as soon as I pulled this one out of the box I instantly fell in love with the rose gold. This really is a beautiful watch, my initial thoughts were of how the brown and gold complement each other so well. I honestly could ramble on about the way this watch looks and why I love it for hours but to try prevent that I will sum up the details of the watch.

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Firstly the watch face is timeless it has just a plain white face with a little Daniel Wellington branding in black. A hour and minute hand in rose gold, the hours are marked by rose gold lines and the casing is also rose gold. On the back you will find the battery in a silver casing with some more branding on it. The time so far has been very accurate it is still a new watch but its showing no signs of lagging. As for durability it is holding up stupendously there is no sign of the gold rubbing off and the glass has remained scratch free. Honestly I am impressed I have caught the watch on things numerous times but it still looks new out the box.

 

Now for the strap, the deep dark brown really is a superb colour it looks fantastic on the wrist and complements most outfits. The strap has also aged nicely the creases give the leather its own character. The buckles are also done in rose gold and again have Daniel Wellington branding on them which is a nice touch. The only thing I would say about the leather strap is that it was unexpectedly stiff, it took at lot longer then I thought to break in but now that I have it is perfect.

 

One of the great things about Daniel Wellington watches is that the straps are easily removed and on their website you can buy a whole range of different straps. This means you only have to buy one watch face but you can have a multitude of different watches. They offer all the different leather and canvas straps essentially meaning you can have a whole load of watches just by interchanging the straps. You can have a smart brown leather strap watch for an evening meal and then the very next day switch it out for a colourful canvas strap perfect for a day out.It is just incredibly satisfying to be given such and easy and useful feature that can prolong the life of a watch for years.

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Overall I think it is a must have watch, the quality is really nice the style is timeless and you have the option to customise your watch. After owning one I can safely say they are worth every penny you can purchase them here, I highly recommend you pick one up before time runs out.

Kanye West: The Life of Pablo first thoughts

Kanye is relentlessly pushing to be the musical equivalent of Pablo Picasso with his seventh studio album finally releasing. After the long wait does it live up to expectations, oh my Yeezus yes this album is truly an artistic master piece. It is an 18 track album and not one disappoints.

Kanye has taken us on such a journey through his albums we have been at his highs and at his lows. Each album represents a different point of his life and TLOP feels like Kanye is finally reaching an artistic peace in life, I mean the man has a wife and kids now it was about time for him to settle down.

That being said the music is not calm and presented, with the beats, sounds and vocals he has used making one of his maddest productions to date. The album includes a whole lot of features including Chance The Rapper, Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean and Rihanna just to name a few.

The album has a wide variety of songs from Ultra Light Beams having the gospel backing vocals, Famous firing shots and pissing people off and Wolves straight up sounds like I am inside Kanye’s mind. There really is not a dull moment when you listen to the album. I would compare the album to a roller coaster that just goes up because this album takes me so high.

Overall I think this album is a must, I personally have not enjoyed listening to an album like this in quite some time. It really is in a league of its own and will go down as a classic.

The all white Adidas Stan Smith

I recently picked up the Adidas Stan Smith in all white, it is definitely true what people say about this shoe being a staple in any wardrobe. They look great with everything and they can be easily thrown on with any outfit. The shoe just has such a clean and simple silhouette and with it being an all white shoe you do not have to worry about it clashing with anything making it so versatile.

The shoe itself comes packaged in the standard Adidas Original blue box. Inside they are wrapped up in a paper that has the Adidas Original logo printed all across it.

The shoe itself consists of a leather upper the quality is well what you would expect for a £70 trainer, it is mediocre. If you wanted something that has the same aesthetic but has a  higher quality you have to branch out. Personally I would lean towards either Common Projects which will run you around £260 or the Adidas X Raf Simons Stan Smith which are around £220 and are almost exactly the same except for a few minor details and the level of quality. The leather on these feel somewhat rubbery and creases the minute you put them on however they do seem somewhat durable. Really for the price you could not ask for more a timeless shoe with a durable leather.IMG_4639

Now what really made me choose this shoe above all the other version like the original white and green or the white and navy is that it was all white. To me it just looks so much better and cleaner not having that added colour on the heel and tongue. When you look at the Stan Smith logo or the Adidas logo in white it just looks so simple and perfect.

Overall I think this shoe is incredible and it really is a must have. I can not fault it the price is great, the comfort is good and the style of the shoe is so classic and so timeless if you do not have a pair already I urge you to get a pair.FullSizeRender (1)

Recent clothing pick ups

Over the last month I have accumulated a decent amount of new clothing, I thought it would be a lot easier to do one big post rather than multiple little ones. To summarise I got a black Nike hoodie, Cheap Monday jeans, H&M sweatshirt, H&M twill joggers, Action Bronson t-shirt and a Ralph Lauren cap.IMG_4466

The first thing I got was a plain black Nike hoodie that has a small white swoosh on the chest. It is perfect for what I want, a simple hoodie with no design that is also warm it is great since I can easily throw it under a jacket as a layering piece. I bought it a few sizes up to give it a boxy and oversized fit.

 

I also got a pair of black stretch tight Cheap Monday jeans from Urban Outfitters which I am extremely happy with. I was worried at first as the last pair of stretch jeans I got from Cheap Monday felt like a pair of leggings, but these are a surprisingly good quality. The only thing is that I had to taper them as the leg opening was too big for my liking but now they are perfect for me and I would highly recommend them.

 

My third pick up was a H&M sweatshirt I got in beige unfortunately it is no longer available, it is essentially a H&M clone of the popular Haider Ackermann sweatshirt. It is more or less a copy of the the Haider Ackermann in style, it is just that the quality is a lot worse but that is to be expected with the major price difference. I am ecstatic with the purchase, the colour is dope and the fit is great as it fits oversized so if you want it to fit like a regular jumper you would have to size down.

 

My fourth pick up was a pair of H&M twill joggers unfortunately they are no longer available, these were more of an impulse buy but again I am super satisfied with them. The design again is a copy, this time the brand is Fear of God, they again share many similarities with one major difference being the quality. They have a lot of stretch in the material and have a skinny fit. The bottom of the pants are ribbed to make them stack. Recently H&M has been great for getting the look without dishing out major cash.

 

My fifth pick up was an Action Bronson t-shirt I got from Urban Outfitters unfortunately it is no longer available. I saw this t-shirt when browsing the sale, I knew instantly I needed to get it and I am so glad I did. It is an official t-shirt which was a nice surprise and the quality is superb, the text is embroidered which helps give it a sense of quality and the print is also on point. I bought it a size up to give it an oversized fit and it is perfect, the only fault is that the neck feels a little wide but that is only minuscule.

 

My last pick up was a black Ralph Lauren cap which I have been searching for a very long time. I originally saw it on Asos but I was hesitant and they stopped selling it, luckily I found it at House of Fraser. The cap itself is pretty nice the embroidery is well done and the materiel construction feels solid. The hat is also meant to age nicely with time. The colours are suppose to fade so I am excited for that to happen as I think the hat will look great with some character.

Walking on clouds, the Adidas Ultra Boost

I recently picked up the Adidas Ultra Boost in Core Black and I have to say they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. I absolutely love them, they are atheistically incredible the materials they have used feel premium. The best way to put it is that they feel sturdy when you hold them in your hand it all feels very well put together.

To start with they come nicely packaged in the standard Adidas Ultra Boost box which is a nice vibrant box. It has a range of colours and a funky design which is a nice touch. Also the paper used inside the box has Boost branding all over it which again its the small things that make the product feel special.

Now for the actual shoe itself they consist of a Primeknit upper which is the Adidas alternative to Nikes Flyknit. It is such a soft material that really just shapes itself around your foot which really adds to the comfort factor. But this also makes the shoe fit rather snug so for me personally since I have a wide foot I had to size up on these. I have also heard that if you put a shoe trees in them you run the risk of ripping the Primeknit.IMG_4344.JPGThe sole consists of boost which is really what sold the shoe to me apart for the fact it looks great, having boost makes them unbelievably comfortable. What boost does is it gives energy return, the sole is made entirely of energy pellets which is why it looks like polystyrene. Do not quote me on this but I believe there are over 3000 pellets in them which so far is the most in any Adidas shoe. There is also a stretch web on the out sole which gives them that extra durability and Torsion technology for that added support.IMG_4346 - Copy.JPGIMG_4369.JPG

The Ultra Boosts also feature a plastic cage on the side which gives them the three stripes and is actually where the laces are threaded. The laces are threaded though the cage so that the shoe can be one whole piece with no breaks essentially making it a sock.IMG_4346

The Ultra Boosts also features a few nice additions for example metal lace tips, a 3m reflective Adidas tag on the tongue and hits of silver on the side of the shoe and on the inside.

Overall this is a really great shoe that I would recommend to anyone, you get a amazingly practical shoe. Along side a very stylish shoe that has been in the public eye a lot recently thanks to Kanye West. The quality is there, the comfort is there and the style is there what is not to love.IMG_4362.JPG

A generic Star Wars: The Force Awakens first thoughts

This post may contain minor spoilers.

I am extremely late to the party but after finally watching the film yesterday I could not help but share my thoughts. I will try to not make this a review seeing as though there is already an ungodly amount of them, but I cannot promise anything.

So to start with I really enjoyed it, I honestly had a great time watching it and with no doubt I will be watching it again in the near future. I think the film has laid the ground work for an epic story. The film is also great for people who have never seen the series as it is relatively easy to follow, you may not get all the references but you can still definitely enjoy the film.

To begin with the film started slow but it did build up throughout, the last third of the film is considerably more memorable. The film also gave me a few laughs as I quite enjoyed the humour it had at times. Visually I was very impressed some of the scenes I could not help but sit there with my mouth open.article-P-27fad81f-a1c0-45f4-9851-e838a1431fc2-4kRf9CdBWKd4c598a565a3097b28-634_634x356.jpg

The protagonists we were given, to me were a lot more enjoyable than the villains. They had a chemistry that made them truly enjoyable to watch. Honestly they are the reason why I am going to come back to the future films. I need to see where the story will take them.

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A nice addition was seeing some familiar faces in the return of past characters. I understand that it was primarily fan service to have some of them feature in the film. And the way Han and Chewie were introduced did not make a whole load of sense. Nonetheless they were a welcomed addition just to make the child in me jump with excitement every time I recognised a face.star-wars-force-awakens-han-solo-chewbacca

Now throughout the film they pulled a few twists to try catch us off guard but in reality you could see most of them coming a mile away. Especially as a lot of the plot points seem to come from the past films which at times makes it seem like a remake and not a sequel. My biggest gripe with the film was Kylo Ren the villain with the freaking awesome Lightsaber. While I enjoyed him he did come across a lot of the time as a spoiled teenager having a tantrum.maxresdefault.jpg

Honestly does the film have flaws, yes. Does the film lack in some aspects, yes. Should you watch this film, yes yes yes. Do not go into it expecting it to blow you away and be the second coming of Star Wars Jesus. But what you can expect is a fun action packed film that is building the story for some really awesome films to follow.

Yeezus tour t-shirt

This Yeezus tour t-shirt is a t-shirt I have had my eye on for an extremely long time. As a huge Kanye West fan this t-shirt immediately caught my attention. Ever since I saw that first pictures of it I knew this was something I needed in my wardrobe. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw Urban Outfitters were stocking them.

This holiday I decided to treat myself and I finally pulled the plug and bought it. And I have to say I am ecstatic with this purchase it is truly everything I thought it would be. The materials are on point, the print quality is great it is just a fantastic t-shirt.

The t-shirt is black (duh) with an awesome print on the front and back. On the Front you have the Yeezus logo with a praying skeleton and the text God wants you. And on the back you have all the cities the tour visited and the year of the tour which was 2013. I am absolutely in love with the design it gives of this great grungy edgy look that is hard to find done well. As often when brands try to make these edgy t-shirts and they end up just looking tacky.

The only gripe I have is that I would like it to fit slightly bigger  to give the boxy oversized look. But truth be told the t-shirt is not at fault, Urban Outfitters just did not have any bigger sizes available. That being said I will still defiantly be picking up the white version even if the bigger sizes are unavailable.