Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Hype Is Back: Nike Air Yeezy II To Be Unleashed Globally This June

I don't maintain a "top Nike sneakers to cop" list but if I do, Nike Air Yeezy II will be there on the top of the list...ok la, maybe next to my all time most wanted shoe but pretty much impossible to get - the Nike MAG. The peeps at Swoosh have finally revealed the official release of the much awaited kicks which will be on June 9th.

Designed with the help of Kanye West, here's what Nike got to say about it:

"A primal, tactile approach to technology runs throughout every element of the Nike Air Yeezy II. Armored animalistic forms imbue the upper. Hand skived anaconda textured leather quarter panels are embellished with a debossed Vac-Tech Nike Swoosh. The molded rear is sculpted with a reptilian inspired spike, while an engineered strap with scaled down spikes was developed to offer a greater sense of symmetry and lock down.

Bringing the inspiration forward from the late 1980's basketball foundation of the original Nike Air Yeezy, the II is built on the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis shoe outsole and celebrates iconic Nike Cross Training silhouettes with the addition of the molded forefoot strap.

There's absolute function at the Air Yeezy II's core. Unnecessary padding was eliminated, and the foot-hugging tongue and plush collar are both comfortable and breathable. Fit was essential to the design with the goal to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to Kanye West’s foot. The collar was also lowered to allow for greater movement.

An obsessive approach to materials results in a luxurious mix of leather, rugged ballistic nylon, and soft nubuck. Concealed but opulent details reference ancient civilizations, including a loop strap with hieroglyphics that spell out 'YZY.' Each screw on lace aglet is obelisk shaped, and the anaconda texture is echoed on the eyelets and leather lace toggle that carries the Roman numeral 'II.'"

Designer's sketch of Nike Air Yeezy II.

Judging from the Malaysian release of the original Nike Yezzy back in 2009, I predict that Sole What most probably will be given the responsibility once again to release the kicks to Malaysian sneakers crowd and I expect it to be released by ballot once again. No official price yet but I'm expecting it to be around the region of RM 800.

Well then, let's just hope my name got picked up when the time comes and I'll be a happy dude. YEEEEEEZZZZZZZZYYYYY!!! :D

There still more photos of Nike Air Yeezy II after the jump, so click on "THE STORY CONTINUES HERE" link below to check them out.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chap's Lumia Travelogue: Dancing Waitresses of Hooters Shanghai

Despite being a huge metropolitan, I found that it is hard to find a joint that used English as the communication medium in Shanghai, China. Hooters Shanghai is one of the exception and better still, it is located just next to the hotel where I was staying during my recent trip to HP Global Influencer Summit 2012.

That, in addition to the huge amount of eye candy around - which is what Hooters are well known of - made Hooters Shangai quite an enjoyable chill out place to me especially after a long conference day. In fact, I would say Hooters Shanghai felt better than Hooters Singapore. Heh. xD

Chap's Lumia Travelogue is a series of photos and videos that I captured with Nokia Lumia Windows Phone throughout my travels. The video above was recorded using Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone, courtesy of Nokia Malaysia.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chap's Lumia Travelogue: How It Is Like To Ride A Segway PT

Ever heard of Segway PT before? It is a single-rider two-wheeled electric vehicle that operates using a combination of computers, tilt sensors and gyroscopes to balance itself out when a user rides on it.

Prior to its original release in 2001, it managed to generate lots of hype to the extent that a renowned venture capitalist, John Doeer said that it would be more important than the Internet. Well, in the end, that proved to be a huge bull crap.

Nevertheless, the Segway PT is still a fun vehicle to ride. I actually got the opportunity to ride it during my recent trip to Austin, Texas last month. The video above showed how it feel when one's riding a Segway PT and this is just the first of many Chap's Lumia Travelogue coming your way very soon, so stay tuned! :D

Chap's Lumia Travelogue is a series of photos and videos that I captured with Nokia Lumia Windows Phone throughout my travels. The video above was recorded using Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone, courtesy of Nokia Malaysia.

Monday, May 21, 2012

ChapKixView: Sole What x Nike Cortez iD "Soles For Love"

Called "Sole For Love", this particular Nike Cortez iD is the result of a collabration between renowned local sneaker store Sole What and Nike in conjunction with the celebration of Nike Cortez's 40th anniversary. With only 26 pairs were made and available exclusively at the recent Cortez 40/40 KL event in Juice KL, all proceeds from the sale of the collab piece will be handed over to a local charity called Dignity For Children.

As shown above, I managed to check out the release personally at the Cortez 40/40 KL event. Personally, am not exactly a fan of the suade's top but I do like the clean combination of grey and yellow colorways together with the light blue finishing. I also prefer this version of Cortez rather than the OG version as the OG has way thinner sole.

What made the release more attractive to me is the fact that it is a complete package: you have the shoe, a matching Sole What t-shirt and a display case. Not to forget the fact that it is created via Nike iD custom shoe service that is not available here in Malaysia and pretty much explained the extremely limited amount of available units. Also, with all the proceeds from the sale are going to charity, this Sole What x Nike Cortez iD "Soles For Love" is definitely a winner in my book.

I'm not sure of its status for the time being but just in case that you want it, get in touch with Sole What or Juice KL to find out if they actually have leftovers stock from the event.

Music Monday: Princes of The Universe by Queen

"Born to be kings, princes of the universe,
Fighting and free, got your world in my hand"

Last night, I spent 2 hours watching Queen: Days of Our Lives documentary that was made by BBC for the band's 40th anniversary last year. I got to say that the documentary was very well made, inspiring and ought to make a rock star out of somebody - the same feeling that I felt when I watched Foo Fighters' Back and Forth documentary not long ago.

Given that I only knew a handful of Queen's songs, I discovered a lot of other songs as well such as the one above. But then again, I was still a little kid when I saw Highlander on RTM back then.

Man, good stuff really...that's what you usually get from quality music documentary. Any other good music documentary out there? Let me know if you have one. :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Music Saturday: Ali In The Jungle by The Hours

"Everybody gets knock quick are you gonna get up?"

Specially dedicated to a good friend. Keep calm, soldier on and always remember...I'm here, whenever you need me. *waves* :)

Friday, May 18, 2012

My Time Is Now: Nike Football's Next Advert Is Coming!

Just in time for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2012, it is obvious major football/sporting company throughout the globe will definitely come out with something for the occasion including the peeps at the Swoosh. That usually include a new advert.

Judging from the teaser that Nike Football posted yesterday (shown above) which featured the Dutch maestro Wesly Sniejder, the new advert should be along the same line as per their hugely popular 2008's Take It To The Next Level and 2010's Write The Future. I guess we going to know it soon once the advert receives its online premiere at around 10PM our time.

As refresher, I've included the Take It To The Next Level and Write The Future by Nike Football right after the jump. Click on the "THE STORY CONTINUES HERE >>" below!

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