Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Vickybaby's Feiyue Gallery

A big shout out to Vickybaby who has published an excellent album of Feiyue sneakers photos here at Thanks Vickybaby! Here's two examples of her good work:

More Vintage Adidas Boxing Boots on Flickr

Another great pair from the collection of aucwd on Flickr. I'm still not sure what this model are called. Anybody know?

Monday, 27 July 2009

Vintage Adidas Boxing Boots on Flickr!

Oh my goodness me. Awesome! Flickr continues to be a great place to find some brilliant boot pics!

Friday, 24 July 2009

The End of an Era

The Hendon Mat Room is, at last, no more! Demolished a few weeks back, I hear. This is the end of an era for many a wrestler and, for old time's sake, here I am bridging on those now mythical mats!

It's not a shoe, it's a mania!

I happened to see a pair of these in town today and they certainly caught my eye. One side says "It's not a shoe" while the other says "It's a mania". At first I thought I was seeing a unique customisation but Google told me otherwise. That's a pity. It was much more appealing to think they might have been a one-off design, entirely personal to their wearer. Even so, I certainly agree with the sentiment!

Today I am mostly wearing

...vintage Yellow USA-made Converse All Stars. I love these shoes!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Today I am mostly wearing toecap plimsolls.

Objects of desire

These fantastic classic-style adidas boxing boots are on German eBay right now. Item number is 230358958531 if you are interested ;-)

Chucks in Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Kicking back in some great navy blue hitops.

From the Back of my Sneaker Cupboard #14

The truly awesome Adidas Box Champ Speed boxing boot, in the now-rare white with red and blue detailing. I remember Chris Eubank fighting in a pair of these bad boys.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Asics Split Second VI

asica split second
Originally uploaded by wrestlingstufff
Who'da thought a green wrestling shoe could look this good!

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Poll: best wrestling shoes

Here's a new feature I'm trying out. I need to know who you think make the best wrestling shoes!

From the Back of my Sneaker Cupboard #13

The Adidas Pretereo. Once available in several colours (black, blue, red and - for a very short time I think - white)but now rather hard to come by. Here is the red version.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Converse - superb in black and white

Originally uploaded by Brittany Johnson
Superb black and white image...of black and white chucks!

Wrestling catch-up

Not enough wrestling on here lately. So here's a great photo to start putting that right.

They're here!

This week I received two pairs of white slip-on plimsolls, one of the few plimsoll types not yet in my collection. More soon.

Not everyone's cup of tea, even among the plimsolling fraternity. But I like them.

Today I am mostly wearing

...Awesome vintage unbleached white Chucks - USA-made, of course.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Chucks That Suck #6

I'm resurrecting this occasional post because they are doing it again! This time, the "100 Cany Peepz" model. Even the name sucks.

No, no, no, no, no. These are bad.

Jeremy Scott Adidas Boxing Boots

So, another designer has taken a stab at redesiging the classic adidas boxing boot. This time, it's a leopard-skin retread of the the classic Box Champ Speed model, with a Tygun II style sole. What do you think?

It's nice to see that this classic boxing boot is still a source of inspiration but why do they have to come up with designs that only a woman would wear? And aren't there plenty of superb adidas boxing boots in their back catalogue that deserve a re-issue instead?

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Plimsolls portraits

As I'm seriously into my white plimsolls right now, here's three black and white portraits of a pile of white hitop plimsolls, formerly sold at River Island (where only the lowtop version is now available, sadly) but now on sale at the ludicrously-named Mr Shoes chain, for the ludicrous price of £19.99.

Monday, 6 July 2009

More new plimsolls!

More white plimsolls to add to my growing pile, this time some Gardiner white hitops plimsolls purchased from An all black pair too (photos to follow soon). I love them, especially those etched toecaps.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Thursday, 2 July 2009

The Return of Rucanor

Rucanor is a sports brand name I remember well from my youth, so it's interesting to see them making a return. Visit their homepage at These screengrabs show some of their re-issued/revamped sneaker line and some of the canvas plimsoll/baseball-style hitops are really taking me a long way back. These are shoes I really coveted when I was a lad.

The only downside - they don't yet appear to be available in the UK. Sort it out, Rucanor!

Today I am mostly wearing

...white Feiyue lowtops.

This second shot shows the contrasting colour and texture of the rubber toecap, sidewall and sole.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Wrestling in Tyguns

Originally uploaded by britishgrappling
Freestyle wrestling in Adidas Tygun boxing boots? Bold. I like it!

Bridging in red

Originally uploaded by britishgrappling
Nice bridge there but I don't think it's going to save him.

Nice to see those vintage adidas shoes still in action - especially those great red Adidas Pins.

Xhi black chucks!

chucks 08
Originally uploaded by tat2jnky1
If I saw these in a shop....I'd get 'em!