Polo and sneakers have always been a strong combination, and few people personify this look better than DJ and producer Just Blaze, who's on his second Ralph Lauren-inspired footwear collaboration with Saucony and New Jersey sneaker store Packer Shoes.
The first project revolved around a pair of Grid 9000s modeled after the "Snow Beach" jacket, infamously worn by Raekwon in Wu-Tang's "Can It Be All So Simple" music video. The second design is on the Grid SD, but the colorblocking comes from a less obvious place. Just Blaze and Packer took cues from the "Casino" shirt, a garment associated with '90s Polo enthusiasts, which has a roulette wheel on the back.
We got the chance to speak to Just Blaze and Mike Packer, the owner of Packer Shoes, and they broke down this sneaker release.
The shoes will come out this Friday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at a special pop-up space on 118 Orchard St., NYC. The sneakers will be sold in bundles with limited-edition tote bags, T-shirts, Bicycle playing cards, and cee-lo dice only available at the space. There will also be a bucket hat sold separately. The pop-up release will be followed by an online release at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, at Packer's webstore.
In the meantime, get everything you need to know about this collaboration from the people who made it happen.