The guide to Sneaker Terminology

The Sneaker Exchange – Johannesburg event is just a day away from the biggest gathering of sneakerheads from all over Mzansi. I have decided to do something abit different this time around, which is both suited for the beginner and the OG level sneakerheads.

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So do you really know the meaning and the terminology which is most likely to be used at the event, whether you speak to anyone and everyone, it would more or less consist of the terms listed below. Whether you are a beginner in the sneaker game, this would be a good place to start and get up to date but also if you an OG level in the game why not test your knowledge.

  1. Aglets: are the little things that are on the end of your shoelaces. They used to be made of simple plastic but now, they come in everything from carbon fiber to custom labeled versions to Jesus piece-matching gold on the Nike Air Yeezy II.

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  2. Beaters: are those kicks you always choose to wear, even after they’ve been worn over and over again. In fact, at a certain point, you start to love every bit of  its character that its shows in the form of creases, scuffs, stains, and that always lovely stench. Well, maybe not the stench. And without fail, even if you have 1,000 pairs of sneakers, you wind up with a pair of beaters. This is the one pair of sneaker that if it could talk, would tell a story of its own.
  3. Colorway: A sneaker’s colorway is the particular combination of colors applied to a sneaker. It’s also a vastly annoying term, but a necessary evil in this world of ours. Often times, a nickname is associated with the colorway that’s found on the box. For instance, the Oregon, the Black Cements and the True Blues are all different colorways of the Jordan III silhouette. Come on people, can’t we just memorize the color codes?The-Jordan-Colourway
  4. Deadstock: often shortened to just DS, is a term used to say that a pair of sneakers has never been worn. We’re not exactly sure how it went from “dead stock” to “deadstock,” but sometimes you just have to say, “It’s a sneakerhead thing.” Contrary to what eBay may lead you to believe, a sneaker that has been tried on, let alone “worn only inside” is NOT deadstock.
  5. Deubré: Nike is always on top of adding details to their sneakers. The iconic Air Force 1 features on of the most misnamed details in the sneaker world, the deubré (or dubray). Sure, “lacetag” works just as well to describe that little label at the base of the shoelaces, but deubré, the name just makes you sound so much cooler. We think it’s French for “whale’s vagina.”
  6. Grails: A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket. For sneakerheads, grails are the same, in the sense that they’re the shoes you have to have before you die. Most grails tend to be uber-rare and extremely limited sneakers but for some sneakerheads, it can be that colorway that you can wear everyday and for others it’s that old pair you had as a kid that you wish you would have held onto. Grails are the shoe that complete you… and your sneaker collection. (Not that your collection will ever be “complete” — stop lying to yourself already.)joe-haden-sneaker-collection-cleveland-browns-02
  7. High Top: not rooftops-high like Wiz Khalifa, more like thunderous slam dunks and roughing people up in the paint high like David Robinson, Moses Malone and Darryl Dawkins. High-tops back in the day were made to give additional ankle support. They were also actual high-tops, meaning the height of the sneaker was well above the top of the ankle. There are very few true high-tops made today, the Supra TK Society in fact, is the first one that comes to mind and it’s a skate shoe. Sigh. What passes for a “high” today would have been a low back in the day. Call us lame sneakerheads, but sometimes we miss those days.
  8. Lows: This one is pretty self explanatory, with the exception of, well, all sorts of things. Lows, or low-tops, are typically cut below the top of the ankle or lower. Or if it’s late in the day and you ain’t been on the court yet, call them a short set. Just like with high tops, back in the day lows were higher — the Charles Barkley worn Air Force 180 was actually the Air Force 180 Low, which it decidedly isn’t.adidas-originals-2013-spring-packk-1
  9. Mids: hated by most, loved by few, worn by all. When it comes to mids, silhouettes like the Dunk and Air Force 1 are an “acquired taste.” They were also latecomers to the party, created due to popular demand. However, trainers and many basketball shoes fall into the mid-cut category without the label, which somehow makes them better. Many high tops have been retroed AS mids, however, which is simply unacceptable.
  10. NIB (New in the Box) is short for new in box, or new in the box. Period. If a shoe has been taken out of the box, as long as you didn’t try them on and you put them back exactly as they were, they can still qualify. But they’re no longer deadstock, though. Sorry. (“NIB” is also a great Black Sabbath song that we’re pretty sure has nothing to do with sneakers.)
  11. OGsOriginals: Not a retro, not a re-release, but the first time a shoe released is the only time a sneaker is called OG. It’s like code, for original. Don’t get caught slippin’ and say a retro is an OG because the Twitter sneaker police will ridicule you, because, you know, they have nothing better to do.sneaker-pimps-2012-los-angeles-recap-14-620x413
  12. Player Edition: A player-edition sneaker is one that is designed for a specific player, and then made available at retail, often times as a quickstrike or limited release. The Ray Allen Air Jordan XIII is a great example of this, Boston Celtics colors, Sugar Ray’s signature on the tongue and released in limited quantities so that some fans get a chane to wear their hero’s shoes.
  13. Reseller: A reseller is someone who buys sneakers (usually in bulk) with the intent to sell them. Love them or hate them, they’re a part of this sneaker thing and they’re not going away. They make it hard  Some of them provide you with a chance to get OG releases that you won’t find anywhere else. Others, they walk out of the local mall carting a full size run of those retros you won’t be able to get, gloating and taking pics for Instagram along the way. Guess which type makes us bitter?
  14. Retro: A retro model is a sneaker that came out previously that is released again. Retro sneakers are simultaneously the best and worst thing about sneakers. On the one hand, a retro model (aka bring-back, throwback, re-release) gives most of us the chance to grab a pair of shoes we either couldn’t get before, or we wore so much we gotta have another pair. On the other hand, it’s retros that seem to be the highest in demand on the resale market, making them harder to come by because of the quick buck people think they can make off of them. But we’ll take any retros we can get, really.
  15. Hypebeast: You know that friend of yours that has to have every new limited release, even if it means selling the pair they just bought last week? The one that buys sneakers based on how many people on Twitter say it’s cool? Yep, we all have them. A Hypebeast consumes hype and reacts accordingly. Never forget, as PM Dawn once said: “Don’t believe the hype because if you do it might deceive you.” And you thought they were one-hit wonders. And, as someone else once said about hype, “as an equal can I get this through to you?”

 

 

Phuza Thursday: ”Robin Would B2B Kyle Russouw” mix

Its that time of the week again, when we are one day closer to the weekend and we get to listen to that good good in our Phuza Thursday mix.

I am a avid music lover, more of the deep house or just house music being my genre of choice. And in that i love finding the coolest, dopest and deepest mixes on the web. This time around it is no different at all. I have been away from Cape Town for almost 2 years now and there have been many new kids on the block which is pushing and pumping the deep hard.

This week Phuza Thursday mix is from ”Robin Would” and ”Kyle Russouw” with a 2 hour set which was recorded at the Private Life event hosted at ERA Main Room.

How do you enjoy your Phuza Thursday to be mixed?

”Gorejous Man” Fashion Collection

I have always seen and noticed so many gorejous ladies been dressed by ”Tracy Gore”. Who i soon got to know as a fashion owner and a designer for the brand ”Gorejous”. The brand was started out by Tracy who after losing her job in the film industry had to go and seek alternative employee, which in her case ended up in a business and fashion brand.

Gorejous-Man-Cover-Banner”Being a fashion designer has always been a dream of mine so after getting retrenched from the film industry, unable to find a job, i decided to create one and finally take the step of building my dream job. I taught myself to sew and through hard work and determination Gorejous was born. 

I’ve dressed some of the most Gorejous women in South Africa as well as being featured in Elle and Cosmopolitan magazine.

For the past 5 years I have been asked countless times by guys when I was going to cater for the Gorejous men in South Africa but I have always been a little afraid.Finally this year I decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone and launch Gorejous Man If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough… springs to mind 

The line is full of prints which I’m known for but also a subtle way for men to introduce colour into their wardrobes, slowly allowing guys to be a little more daring and have some fun with basics tees and sweatshirts.”

Check out the complete ”Gorejous Man” summer collection. If you want to place an order, you can place orders which can be delivered all over Mzansi on her website.

Adidas Original ”Yeezy 350” Boost Black

The next big thing and one of the most anticipated sneakers to be released following the success of the ”Kanye West x Adidas Original” collaboration.  The sneaker which will be released on the 22nd of August 2015 at selected stores throughout Mzansi.

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”A black Primeknit upper with hints of grey throughout, the latest low-top Yeezys boast thick rope lacing and see a canvas heel pull tab with selvedge-esque stitching, a black rubber outsole, and full-length Boost cushioning. Capped off with co-branded footbeds and “YZY” embossing on the medial sides’ suede arch panels.”

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The sneaker will be released and available from Shelflife (Long Street, Cape Town) and the Adidas Area 3 (Smit Street, Johannesburg)

The sneakers are rumoured to be retailing at R2999.00 and mentioned that only 30 pairs are available at both stores.

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Phuza Thursday: ”Take it Back – DJ Hlezz” mix

This week, in part 2 of the Phuza Thursday mix brought to you by Mr Bahle Mncedisi aka ”DJ Hlezz. We decided to do things abit different this week and this includes his guest mix and also his interview.

So while you checking out his interview and getting to know more about this guy, why not take a listen and enjoy.

  1. Where were you born?

I was born in Bulawayo aka “The City of Kings” in Zimbabwe.

  1. Full names and surname

Mncedisi Bahle (Hlezz) Moyo

  1.      Where did you attend school?

Attended school at Newmansford Primary and Northlea High School (completed 2002).

  1. What has always been your passion?

My passion is and always will be music. The love of music came when l was very young with a background of being part of a choir and my mother who was and still is the head of church choir and having sisters who bugged me to sing along to boyz ll men songs lol . I became interested in music from a soulful side of things with my mom being the sole anchor for me to explore song writing and being a musical analyst.

  1. What do you do for a living?

I am actually a Décor Consultant for Coricraft Group SA and a Consumer Specialist for DHLA & SDR

  1. What made or influenced your career decision?

I have an interest in sales and décor world and music runs in my blood.

  1. Who are your role models?

Oh  this is interesting , my role models hmmmmmm, I have so many and they are in different aspects of life and people who surrounding me …….God ,wife, family , friends  and in the music business P Diddy, Black Coffee, and Harrison Crump.

  1. Why?

I get inspired by positivity, growth, love, passion, culture and business ……..the above have given me so much of everything in life.

  1. What is Deep House Love Affair?

DHLA is group on Facebook that provides a platform for artists, songwriters and producers to post their projects to the world. It was created initially to be a discussion board of what is new, fresh and what is hot in the house music scene. The group has grown amazingly world wide catering a lot to the underground world of deep house.

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  1. How did you meet him?

I presume you mean my ninja Becksr8d lol Becks and I met in high school.  I remember borrowing Fresh House Flavaz Vol 1 from him (which I still haven’t returned lol) that’s where it all began. We became such big suckers of house music we would gather any tracks or compilation we could find from cassette to cd’s.

  1. What challenges did you face when deep house was starting off?

At that time Facebook wasn’t as common as it is today and there were less underground artist developing. Now it’s a different ball game, the level of acceptance of deep house has grown as well as the different house aspects.

  1. What are your hobbies?

I would say biggest one is being a DJ and basketball

  1. Is there any more we can look out for?

We have a lot in store come summer time and the biggest will be a DHLA Party to be hosted in selected countries across the globe

  1. Who are the artist that u listen to?

I would right up probably the whole of traxsource, I would say I’m sucker for good deep house tunes (from soulful ,tech,jazzy,afro) ……….I’m a huge old skool fan especially compilations from TBose, Glen Lewis, Khabzela, MAW , DJS at WORK

  1. Name any underground DJ or artist you love?

Lately I have been overwhelmed by MafIsh his work is growing amazingly, his tracks Obsessions and Bundle of Joy are my personal favorites. Luke M, Bonobo, list is endless.

  1. Do you think that money makes the world go around and why?

I think the world has made money a power tool for bad use more than good use really which is unfortunate but hey money does make the world go round I guess.

 

 

”SneakerExchange” Johannesburg

SneakerExchange is the largest sneaker trading event in Africa.

”From its humble beginnings at a coffee shop in Woodstock Cape Town, the event has grown exponentially to individual cities throughout South Africa. With each event offering a different atmosphere, the original concept remains true to its root of BUY, TRADE, and SELLING sneakers”

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What do you get when you have the ”Sneaker Culture x Sick Line Up x Hottest Mzansi Acts x Dopest Venue” all in the heart of Braam, Johannesburg = Sneaker Exchange JHB. Its been doing the rounds all over the country and its back in the game for the JHB oakes.

This year event is promised to be bigger and better than before, not as if SXC has ever come short in anything in the past. With a venue set in the heart of the city overlooking the view of the CBD named the ”Bullion, Braamfontein” and with this being said i think it just gets on another level.

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The day will be kept in line by the Host and MC of the day: ”Shelton Forbes and Sandile GQ Ntshingila

The line up of Deejays and even the live performing acts this year has just gone from 0 – Turn up real quick.

The list of DJ’s which are on deck duty for the day:

And than to top that all off with the hottest and dopest Mzansi acts right about now and with many more to come:

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Event Details:

Date: 29 August 2015

Venue: The Bullion. Braamfontein 

Time: 11:00 – 18:00

Damage: R60 in bucks

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Cassper Nyovest – ”Mama I made It”

The award winning Mzansi rapper ”Cassper Nyovest” just dropped his first single off his brand new album. The album which is set to release and drop on the 31 October 2015.

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The single is titled ”Mama I made It”, which i think speaks alot for the rapper from where he has been and what he has been achieving in the rap game. The album title which he has been building a massive hype, will go by the title ”Refiloe”.

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Cassper is planning to drop his album the same day which he plans to ”Fill Up The Dome” with his never-before-attempted to host a sold out one man concert in Johannesburg.

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If you have not gotten your hands on tickets yet, you better get it sooner than latter.

Tickets are on sale from TicketPro: #FillUpTheDome

Price range from R200 for General Access and R350 for the VIP access.

 

 

PHUZA THURSDAY: ”ROOM TEMPERATURE – DJ HLEZZ ” MIX

Its been a short working week, but than again its that time of the week again. Yes it is time for this weeks ”Phuza Thursday” mix, in which i feature a special mix just to prepare you for the weekend and ease your way to the end of the week.

This week mix comes from a good friend, Mr Bahle Mncedisi or in the DJ world is known as ”Hlezz”, when i approach him to feature his new mix, he made sure he sent a proper mix dubbed ”Room Temperature”. This will be the first mix for this week and will feature another mix next week as part of a 2 week feature.

As a very humble but busy guy, as he is a deep house lover since the early days in which he found his love for music. His little bio which goes as follows: ”Deep House Love Affair Co- Founder DJ, House Music Analyst, Marketing and Distribution, House Music Addict”

Check out the link below to this weeks feature of the ”Phuza Thursday’‘ mix:

Puma – ”Trinomic Tuesday”

Its funny when you talk to the guys who label themselves as ”Sneakerheads’‘ and you ask them ”So what sneakers do you own?” and the only thing they say are ”Nike Air Jordans”, which according to wikipedia is the correct answer if we were still living in the year 1985.

The perks of my job as a footwear buyer, I engage and meet the people who basically put on the shoes of the thousands of feet in Mzansi. I have never been a PUMA kind-of-guy when it came to any of their sneakers, as it reminded me of that little speedcat either next to a BMW or Ferrari badge. Which when you speak to any oak on the street, will mention that it was worn by a very specific market and was dressed up with bootleg jeans.

I then i got a chance a cop my first pair of ”Puma R698 Splatter pack” sneaker, which if you were following the blog would have seen made quite a few appearances on social media channels. And after copping this pair and than dedicating it to #TrinomicTuesdays which i been wearing ever since only on a Tuesday. I needed to get my hands or rather my feet in a few more of these little sneakers.

Check out the little bucket-list of the Puma ”Trinomic” Range:

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Puma, Trinomic, Sneakers, Fashion, R698, SA Kicks

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 – Review

Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced the global launch of the Galaxy Tab S2, the most immersive Samsung tablet to-date. Samsung’s newest Galaxy tablet continuously delivers a stunning Super AMOLED display perfectly optimised for reading and viewing any type of digital content. The Galaxy Tab S2 is stylishly designed with the thinnest and lightest metal frame on the market and packs powerful performance features to offer enhanced usability, empowering users with new and improved choices in productivity and multitasking.

“The Galaxy Tab S2 is not only our thinnest and lightest tablet ever, it also gives consumers quick, easy access to a wealth of superior viewing and productivity features,” said Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “We believe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 sets the bar for tablet devices and offers consumers the ultimate Tablet that’s designed for ultimate portability.” 

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Newly Optimized Super AMOLED Display for the Best Content Viewability

At just 5.6mm thin and only 389g (9.7 inch) and 265g (8.0 inch) weight*, the Galaxy Tab S2 is perfectly designed for reading and consuming content due to its stunning Super AMOLED Display. By recreating the same viewing experience of browsing through traditional print media, the Galaxy Tab S2 makes it comfortable to read digital content, including e-books, magazines, webpages and newsfeeds. This reading-optimised ratio allows the user to enjoy a seamless reading experience without unnecessary scrolling.

In addition, the Galaxy Tab S2 continually offers its advanced screen technology to display bright and natural content for a more comfortable visual experience. Adaptive Display intelligently adjusts gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on the application, the colour temperature of the viewing environment and ambient lighting. Also, Reading Mode modifies the screen’s brightness level to allow users to read content for longer periods of time without straining their eyes.

The tablet also presents deeper contrast and more precise detail to provide a best-in-class reading experience with the Super AMOLED display delivering 94% of natural tones to show true-to-life colours. Users can now enjoy galleries of vividly detailed photos and effortlessly shop online while viewing the most accurate images on the Galaxy Tab S2.

Packaged within the world’s slimmest and lightest metal frame of its size, the Galaxy Tab S2 is portable enough to easily carry around all day and operate in one hand, offering the best mobility available. Also, the fashionable and stylish design is suitable for any purpose or setting, so users can enjoy the best viewing experience anywhere, anytime.

 Ultimate Productivity and Connectivity Features for Users On-The-Go

The Galaxy Tab S2 delivers unmatched mobility to cater to high-efficiency users seeking maximised productivity. It comes fully equipped and preloaded with Microsoft Office Solutions** for ultimate productivity on the road, such as creating and editing documents, while conveniently storing up to 100GB of files on the cloud via OneDrive for two years for free. Also, it’s compatible with the advanced Book Cover Keyboard that delivers the same convenience of a standard PC keyboard with a built-in trackpad for executing tasks on-the-go.***

For enhanced manageability, the Galaxy Tab S2 is built with a touch-enabled Fingerprint Scanner for hassle-free authentication. A built-in advanced security sensor now offers easy access to the personal device with a simple press against the home key. For the most streamlined device management options, the Galaxy Tab S2 features Smart Manager which displays the device’s settings automatically, including battery power levels, storage and RAM availability for users to efficiently manage their devices. It is also pre-installed with anti-malware for an extra layer of protection.

In addition, the Galaxy Tab S2 offers Multitasking, allowing users to view and run two apps simultaneously with Pop-Up Window, a new feature that lets users navigate easily between multiple apps at once. The Galaxy Tab S2 also provides an improved storage structure that makes locating files simpler than ever.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will come in a variety of connectivity, storage and size options: 9.7-inch and 8.0-inch versions with Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi and LTE, available in 32 or 64GB with MicroSD up to 128GB. It will be available in South Africa from August, 2015.

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Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch Product Specifications

 

Network

LTE : 700/ 800/ 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900/ 2100/ 2600

3G : 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100

2G : 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900

AP Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz, Octacore application processor
Display 9.7” 2048×1536(QXGA) Super AMOLED
OS Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Camera 8MP AF(rear), 2.1MP(front)
Video H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, VP8

Recording: QHD(2560×1440)@30fps

Playback: UHD(3840×2160)@30fps

Audio MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Google Mobile Service Chrome, Gmail, Google Search, Maps, YouTube, Hangouts, Play Story, Play Movies, Play Music, Drive, Photos
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4GHz/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth®4.1 BLE
GPS GPS, GLONASS
Sensor Accelerometer, Finger Scanner, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall Sensor, RGB Sensor
Memory 3GB(RAM) + 32/64GB internal memory

microSD up to 128GB

Dimension / Weight 169 x 237.3 x 5.6mm, 389g(Wifi)/392g(LTE)
Battery 5,870mAh

Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch Product Specifications

Network LTE : 700/ 800/ 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900/ 2100/ 2600

3G : 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100

2G : 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900

AP Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz, Octacore application processor
Display 8.0” 2048×1536(QXGA) Super AMOLED
OS Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Camera 8MP AF(rear), 2.1MP(front)
Video H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, VP8

Recording: QHD (2560×1440) @30 fps

Playback: UHD (3840×2160) @ 30fps

Audio MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Google Mobile Service Chrome, Gmail, Google Search, Maps, YouTube, Hangouts, Play Story, Play Movies, Play Music, Drive, Photos
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4GHz/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct,Bluetooth®4.1 BLE
GPS GPS, GLONASS
Sensor Accelerometer, Finger Scanner, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall Sensor, RGB Sensor
Memory 3GB (RAM) + 32/64GB internal memory

microSD up to 128GB

Dimension / Weight 134.8 x 198.6 x 5.6mm, 265g(Wifi)/ 272g(LTE)
Battery 4,000mAh

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.