Clae footwear

September 8, 2008

I’ve recently become enamored with the “athleisure” footwear company Clae. This romance started when I realized that I haven’t really branched out of specific brands (Nike) and styles (retro basketball, running shoes). I would describe Claes as skateshoes with an influence of Clarks design. Almost all Clae styles feature high grain leather, in a range of colors, and are finished with a midsole reminscent of old school Vans.

If you have the time, I suggest checking out their site at clae.com. Clae’s history is filled with inspiration from other footwear companies, mainly due to it’s founder Sung Choi. Prior to starting Clae in 2001, Sung Choi worked at DC Shoes and Lakai footwear. Supposedly, they even took a three year hiatus to work on revamping the styles and quality of shoes. I’ve heard these sneakers can be found at Reedspace in NYC, so I’ll be stopping by soon.

I’ve attached my personal favorites:

Black Romare Highs

Pavement McQueens

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Running

September 8, 2008

Aside from skateboarding and walking around the city, I engage in very little physically demanding activity. I don’t belong to a gym because frankly, they creep me out, and I could never afford to join one anyways. I ran quite a bit last summer, but then inertia and laziness zapped any desire to continue. Yet for some reason, perhaps prompted by near cardiac arrest during a skate up to Central Park last weekend, or a few recent late night Big Mac runs, I decided tonight to put one leg in front of the other in rapid succession.

Pretty glad I did. I suppose I’m lucky that we live so close to Battery Park, because it’s a beautiful run at night and there aren’t two million people competing for the same square inch. Looking out over the water really helps put you at ease, and for a moment you almost forget where you are. It’s almost like a mini-vacation, aside from the cramps and soreness. This is a trend I’m going to try to keep alive. For the hell of it, here are a couple sweet music videos that involve running. Flock of Seagulls are scary.

“Runnin” (original version was blocked)

“I Ran”