‘Sneakerpedia’ from Foot Locker

sneakerpedia ‘Sneakerpedia’ from Foot Locker

Finally, sneaker heads have a place to call home on the Internet thanks to the launch of Sneakerpedia from Foot Locker. The interactive site allow users to throw down some knowledge on the history and details of released kicks and upload their collection to show off to the world. It’s still new so the information will be lacking, but give it some time and it’ll become an extremely useful resource for sneakers.

Nike Toki x Twitch Japan Relief Sneaker

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Sneaker customizer ‘Twitch’ has taken a pair of Nike Toki sneakers and hand-painted a design inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave Off Kanagawa’. The shoes, which are most certainly one of a kind, are being auctioned off here on Ebay right now, with 100% of the proceeds going to relief for the earthquake-ravaged nation. If there was ever a time for sneakerheads to crack open their wallets and pay out, this would certainly be it.

The Converse Chuck Taylor Canvas Experiment

King of fresh kicks, Converse, has just catapulted itself into legendary levels of cool with their Converse Chuck Taylor Canvas Experiment. To celebrate their classic All Stars, Converse has engineered a giant 5 x 4 meter interactive wall displaying 480 red and black Chuck Taylors, which are motorized to rotate when triggered by motion sensors.

Upon inviting friends to experiment with with the installation, two musicians, Mitch the Drummer and a guitarist named Bjorn, hooked up their respective instruments to the Canvas Experiment and orchestrated their own Chuck Taylor Canvas Experiment performances. You can check out more videos of the experiment as they are added to the Converse Blog, or visit the exhibition yourself at the follow locations:

May 3rd-15th: Courir, 104., Avenue des Champs Elysees, 75008 Paris, France
May 3rd-15th: Converse Store, Münzstraße 18, 10178 Berlin, Germany
May 25 (by invitation only): The Canvas Experiment Exhibition, Paris

The EveryGuyed Network – Interns

Intern The EveryGuyed Network   Interns

The EveryGuyed Network – publishers of FormatMag, DefinitiveTouch, TheShoeBuff, Freshbump, Suitored, TheCarry, Framegeek, FinerCut, Assemblist, and HelloKisses – is in search of both marketing and editorial interns to join us in our downtown Toronto office for May – August 2011.

In addition to a $1000 stipend, interns at EveryGuyed can expect to be part of a young/dynamic team that is a leader in menswear media online.

Interns will receive firsthand online publishing experience and gain exposure to over 1,000,000 visitors per month across our network.

Despite our wide reach, EveryGuyed is a still a small company. Our interns don’t fetch coffee.

You can expect to write news directly published to our websites, conduct interviews, develop mini-marketing campaigns, learn about online PR, editorial direction, SEO, social media, creative direction, design, and more. These are invaluable skills in the new media market that employers are desperately seeking.

You…

  • Are interested in journalism and/or marketing.
  • Have great taste and crave the cutting edge of fashion, design, and style.
  • Have a laptop.
  • Can work in-office Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm with minimal at-home work on Fridays.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three relevant samples to jobs@everyguyed.com

The ‘Real’ Shoe Buff Live at Compass NYC: Day 2

IMG 4112 The ‘Real’ Shoe Buff Live at Compass NYC: Day 2

Day 2 of Compass – a premiere New York footwear show – is just beginning, and we’ll be live blogging from our ‘Real’ Shoe Buff installation all day, bringing you exclusive looks at footwear collections for Fall/Winter 2011, long before anyone else gets to see them. Yesterday was a huge success, and today is looking to be even better! The sun is shining, the coffee is hot, and the shoes are ready to be showcased.

For all those twitter-savvy readers out there, make sure to follow @theshoebuff, @EstonianaJones, and @EveryGuyedFemme for the latest updates!

Suitored – TheShoeBuff’s Big Brother Site for Men’s Business Casual and Formal Wear

suitored Suitored – TheShoeBuff’s Big Brother Site for Men’s Business Casual and Formal Wear

EveryGuyed is proud to announce the official launch of Suitored, a blog featuring daily updates on Men’s Suits, Ties, Formal Wear, Dress Shirts, Cufflinks, Sport Coats, Slacks, and Clothing Care.

It’s time to Man Up. Recent college grads, employees looking for a promotion, men looking for women, anyone looking for style: Suitored is for you.

Visit Suitored today.

Feature: Darin Hager of Heyday Footwear

about Feature: Darin Hager of Heyday Footwear

Darin Hager, creator of Heyday footwear, strives to reinvent the styles and silhouettes of the sneakers he and his team create every season. You see something new and creative every season; whether it be their Summer release of the successful Nooka collaboration, or if it their boots for the Holiday season. Either way, its hard to compete with fresh footwear like that of Heyday. Recently, I caught up with Darin and talked in-depth about he and his successful brand; Heyday.

Mike B: Heyday has been out since 2006, and each year the footwear becomes more creative; what inspires you to create new footwear styles?

Darin: My inspiration is very selfish; what I want to wear is just not being done by other brands. As a professional designer, I’m not looking to only create a new color way or use a new material; I look to reinvent the footwear silhouette with every design.

Mike B: It seems as if Heyday has been large in the footwear world for a while now; are there any companies you want to/or are collaborating with in the future?

Darin: We’ve been out for 3 years now and 2009 has been tremendous for us in terms of sales, design, and market visibility. We had our first collaboration hit retail in July 2009 with Nooka. Their watches are very progessive, not only in their design but how they actually tell time. Their design ethos fit in very well with ours and the Super Deb Nooka in Black sold out quickly at SF2 in Houston (Nooka’s String Theory pattern from their Zenh collection was screen printed onto our patent leather). For Spring 2010 we are bringing back the black patent Super Deb and adding a white patent version to the mix.

We have 4 very high profile “Collaborative Effort” projects for July 2010. We’ve partnered with incredible brands like Sugar Cane Denim Co. from Tokyo on a 3 boot collection utilizing their selvedge denim and designs in all new ways. This is a truly innovative collaboration that will make selvedge denim/ workwear aficionado’s drool. We also have a truly innovative 2 shoe collection with Wrath Arcane, my favorite contemporary apparel brand. Wrath Arcane will launch the collection at New York Fashion Week with a spread in Women’s Wear Daily. We have a great waxed canvas version of our Super Smooth Boot with Homeroom Clothing out of San Francisco. Finally, Miss Wax a super street jewelry and accessory brand out of LA collaborated with us on 2 exclusive Super Shifts for our new Women’s Collection that drops this Summer. We’ll be debuting all of these Collaborative Efforts at The Project Show in Las Vegas February 16th-18th.

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Mike B: What can you say is your favorite shoe that you have created?

Darin: Tough question! I love them all but 3 stand out for me right now. The Super Shift we did with Wrath Arcane is incredible. It seamlessly combines the design aesthetic of both brands.
The Johnny K boot with Sugar Cane is really, really cool and will appeal to the guy into selvedge denim/workwear, and the Ruby Python Super Shift Premiums stop people in their tracks. No joke.

Mike B: Lately, high-tops and straps have been the new fad and trend in footwear; what do you see as a possible new, influential trend in the future?

Darin: We will continue to innovate in the sneaker world with and without hi-tops and straps but we’re keeping true to the original inspiration for the brand, workwear. We have a large collection of boots, chukkas, and lows that play in the casual category for BTS 2010, all with that unmistakable Heyday DNA.

Mike B: Other than Heyday, what footwear companies or designers do you see really making a push in 2010?

Darin: I don’t really pay alot of attention to other footwear brands, but I like some of what Android Homme is doing, feel a certain kinship towards Kris Van Assche’s solo line and look forward to getting my hands on some Wrath Arcane apparel.

Mike B: Do you converse or speak with any other footwear creators; if so, can you give us a few name drops?

Darin: I’m not sure that it qualifies as name dropping, but a few of my good friends in the biz over the past 13 years are Mark Eggert, design director at Fila, John Kraljevich design director at Steve Madden Men (both of whom have Heyday’s named after them), and Richard Kuchinsky (former design director at Hummel).

Mike B: On your Heyday website, you give a definition and explain what the Heyday name means; how did you come to naming the company “Heyday”?

Darin: I was looking to create a brand name that combined elements of my name, was available to trademark, had an available domain name and whose definition resonated with people who are at the top of their game whatever it may be. It was very challenging to get all of those requirements together. What I like about the name is that it’s definition is very positive, and transcends styles or categories.

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Mike B: Let’s go back to your adolescent years; what was your favorite shoe company and favorite shoe when you were younger?

Darin: I was always into fashion but not really into shoes or sneakers when I was younger. I’m proud to say I’m 38 and 20-25 years ago, there was no Internet or sneaker head culture like today. I used to hand paint my Chuck Taylors in high school and loved my Nike Air Revolutions in 1987. Other than that I don’t really have alot of lasting shoe memories.

Mike B: Do you ever see yourself designing clothing or accessories; or is it strictly footwear?

Darin: The design aesthetic I created for Heyday is easily translated to apparel and accessories and we may look at adding those into the mix down the line.

Mike B: Some companies have been using creative fabrics like pony hair, or epi leather; has Heyday been experimenting with any special fabrics?

Darin: We’re known for using some incredible leathers including our (faux) python that is more beautiful and complex than the real thing. Premium leathers (I mean truly premium), original designs + constructions, and comfort features are the backbone of the Heyday brand…You’ll see more of the same in 2010 and beyond.

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Mike B: Are there any Heyday team members you would like to give a shout out to?

Darin: Big shout out to my right hand man Clint Miller who is my National Sales Manager, sounding board, design critic, enforcer and therapist rolled in one. My Taiwanese development manager David Lee is fantastic and a great development resource. I have a great partnership with my boutique factory in China and their willingness to help me push the design envelope is priceless.

We just entered into a long term agreement with a UK distributor called Refuel who will carry Heyday all throughout Europe beginning in March 2010. Peter Lee, the founder of Refuel is the former COO of New Era Europe and has extensive experience as a product marketer in the EU. We are very excited about entering the European market with Peter and his team.

There are also a growing number of retailers who have supported the brand and are a vital part of its continued success. Teresa Walden from SF2 in Houston, Tarik Hassan from The Tannery in Boston and Michael Mentie and Brent Legaspi at Revolveclothing.com have really helped to push Heyday into new directions.

Mike B: Lastly, what is your new year’s resolution?

Darin: I haven’t made one yet…too busy running Heyday!

I’d really like to thank Darin for this interview, Heyday is one of the brands revolutionizing sneaker silhouette’s and it will never stop. Make sure you stay tuned for follow up interviews and shoe reviews on Heyday, they’ll be coming very soon. Head over to Heyday’s website and you can purchase your pair right there.

-Mike Bagnato

Feature: Mikhayel Tesfaye of Passport Collective Footwear

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Many brands of footwear we follow are based on some sort of lifestyle, whether it be the rich, the “sneakerhead”, or whatever else you can think of. Passport Collective footwear really has a lifestyle all its own. Created by Mikhayel Tesfaye, the Passport name is based off of his life travels (Mikhayel’s family immigrated from Ethiopia), and the travels will not stop anytime soon.

Passport has made a huge push into the footwear limelight over the past year or so, and expect to see the Passport name many times more in 2010. The products you’ll see from Passport are (as of right now) high-tops in leather, suede, patent leather, with tremendous stitching. Plus, there is some apparel and eyewear coming soon. Read on into this interview with Passport’s creator; Mikhayel Tesfaye.

Mike B: Passport has really popped up overnight, and the products look great; what is Passport going to do in 2010 that sets them apart from the other footwear companies?

Mikhayel: Actually I have been working on the brand about 18 months now, thanks man. In 2010 and beyond, Passport stands apart because it’s not just a shoe company; it’s a way of life. Each individual design tells a story, from the unique combination of fabrics to the blend of color the shoes have a character all their own. This year we will be expanding into several product categories including apparel, eyewear, and accessories.

Mike B: What is your inspiration to keep creating footwear?

Mikhayel: Honestly, I love the challenge of footwear, I come from an extensive apparel background but with shoes there are infinite fabric possibilities within one silhouette; it’s wild after time to see how many ways you can reinterpret a silhouette and even crazier to see people’s reactions.

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Mike B: Passport is a footwear company based off of culture and lifestyle, do you see Passport doing any collaborations in art, design, or fashion soon?

Mikhayel: I love doing projects with other creative minds, but right now I’m focused on building the brand’s equity; but I have designed a small capsule collection for Adidas basketball scheduled for release this February; stay tuned for that! The collection turned out great and the shoes are actually branded Passport by Mikhayel Tesfaye. It was great working with Jack Gray and his team over there! Pics of the collection are coming soon.

Mike B: What pushed you to start creating footwear?

Mikhayel: I created apparel for so long, but was a fan of footwear since I was like 14-15 years old; so I feel like it’s just a natural evolution.

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Mike B: What makes Passport different than the other brands that are on the come up this year?

Mikhayel: For me this brand is a representation of my life story, my family immigrated here from Ethiopia and I have been immersed in different cultures since I was a kid; that mixed with a love of fashion and years of experience has now brought this brand to life. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this brand is a new extension of my career of over a decade now, so even though the brand is new, I don’t consider it a “start-up”.
It’s kind of crazy, through my community of artists, celebrities, and my social network base on-line community of influencing people and fans have watched this brand grow over the last year from ground up; that’s been a great experience as well.

Mike B: Besides Passport, what other footwear company do you see making a big push this year?

Mikhayel: I love what Clae, Creative Recreation, and Gourmet are doing; the creatives from all of these brands are all good friends as well as guys that I “came-up” in the business with. To me they are the front runners of the next decade of footwear, each of them have had pivotal growth in their brands in the last couple of years to insure a major global position in the future.

Mike B: What is one product from Passport that we all should look out for this year?

Mikhayel: The glasses, I premiered them in the Keri Hilson video “Knock You Down”; it’s funny, I just made them for myself and people just took a liking to them. I got an order from Kanye (West) himself that day on set.

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Mike B: Tell us all something that everybody should know about the Passport company, and the people at Passport?

Mikhayel: We are a dedicated team of young; but seasoned professionals. I assembled the team myself everyone has a unique strength in our respective fields, so the combined effort makes for a great squad!

Roll Call of the Passport Team:
Mikhayel Tesfaye/ CEO/ Creative Director
Kevin “The Coach” Baker/ President/ Sales Director
Matt Zimbric/ Partner/ Sales Manager
Lou Lombard/ Partner/ Production Manager

Mike B: Lastly, off topic, what was the best holiday present you ever received?

Mikhayel: Hmmm, tough one. It would have to be some vintage Cartier sunglasses that I got myself a couple years ago!

I’d really like to thank Mikhayel for this in-depth interview, and I need everyone to head over to Passport’s website and check out all their great footwear. Passport is also up for purchase at Pick Your Shoes.

-Mike Bagnato

Shoe Size Conversion Chart

When ordering shoes online, it is important to ensure that your shoe size is translated properly. The following shoe conversion chart allows you to convert your shoe size between different countries.

Please note

  • This is not a definitive guide, it is only our best guess.
  • Store and manufacturer practice widely varies.
  • The best practice is to measure your foot in inches, centimeters, or millimeters and request the same measurement from the retailer.
  • Measure to your longest toe (not nescessarily your big toe).

System Sizes
Europe 35½ 36 37 37½ 38 38½ 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46½ 48½
Mexico         4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 9 10 11 12.5
Japan 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27.5 28.5 29.5 30.5 31.5
U.K. 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13½
Australia 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13½
U.S. & Canada 4 5 6 7 8 9 10½ 11½ 12½ 14
Korea (mm.) 231 235 238 241 245 248 251 254 257 260 267 273 279 286 292
Inches 91/8 93/8 95/8 97/8 10 101/8 10¼ 10½ 10¾ 11 11¼ 11½
Centimeters 23.1 23.5 23.8 24.1 24.5 24.8 25.1 25.4 25.7 26 26.7 27.3 27.9 28.6 29.2
Mondopoint 231 235 238 241 245 248 251 254 257 260 267 273 279 286 292