Gavin Rossdale: Finally a Celeb w/ Taste in Footwear

I have always had a ton of respect for Gavin Rossdale.  I think he was very wrongly hated on for his huge and too-fast success and those strange accusations of ripping off Nirvana were just bizarre.   I actually met him once and he was so unnecessarily cool, I will always be a fan.    Not to mention, with the money he and his lady must have, coupled with his undeniable taste in footwear, he must have a beyond Cribs-worthy collection of kicks that not too many would notice.  While most celebs never seem to make it past Rodeo or Robertson, he clearly has chose his own lane.   Tens of millions of records sold, movies, a couple of solo hits, married to one of the most respected A-list female pop stars, nice footwear and the looks of someone 20 years younger than he really is.  It is hard not to think that this guy has sold his soul to the devil.

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Road Tested: Vans Akat LX x Taka Hayashi

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When I saw these first announced last January I called the shoe possibly perfect – one that seemingly combined the ingredients of two of my favorite sneaker brands: Vans and Visvim. These Vans have no distinguishable traits that were picked up from other Vans. Unlike most Vans x designer collaborations, they appear to have started completely from scratch with this one and of course, they killed it. The super thin white sole has almost no tread and is very low profile. Where it lacks in overall cushion on the outside, they make up for it with a nice soft heel pad on the inside. And needless to say, you probably need to keep these out of the rain.

Anyways… enough stating the obvious. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments.

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Rare Video with My Idol: Hiroki Nakamura of Visvim

First it was people like Ricky Henderson, Dwight Gooden and Ozzie Smith. Then the likes of Johnny Depp and Michael Hutchence, followed later by Mike Carroll and Rick Howard. All were my idols of my younger years. Hiroki Nakamura has been assigned that role for a while.

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Comments on the video:

  • Interviewer is clearly a total space cadet fashion-head
  • He is visibly bored with the interview
  • I want that shit: July 8th.

Road Tested: Visvim Logan Lattice


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Ya know, when these first came out, I was a bit disappointed with the resemblance to Vans SK8 Hi – which happen to be my least favorite Vans shoes. I thought, why would anyone drop that kind of dime on a pair of overpriced Vans? Then I saw these in person at Union NYC and then came to fully understand the difference. First, the resemblance to a pair of Vans in purely aesthetic. The quality of materials from top to bottom is pure Visvim and the details are NUTS. I never fully grasped the ‘lattice’ concept, but I suspect that it is inspired by traditional Japanese architecture or something. They literally sliced/scored every inch of the leather in this lattice pattern, which makes their already soft leather feel even softer in your hands. Unlike anything I have seen and of course, they are highly recommended. How could I not like something from this brand. Now if I could shed about 100 lbs, maybe I could squeeze into some of their apparel.

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