Half of the sneaker game is knowing what kicks are out when, and which shops have them. Our column, "Shelf Space" looks at what shops around the country are stocking in a given week and allows for a quick glimpse into the mind of the buyer/owner who put them there.
This week, since we're dreaming of summer weather, we figured we'd check in with Archie Carino, manager of the boutique Proper out in sunny Long Beach, CA. Hit the jump to see what Archie is currently stocking on his shelves and some words by the man himself about each of the shoes. If you're in the LBC this week, make sure to stop in at the Proper shop at 425 East First Street.
Air Jordan I KO
"An often overlooked Jordan classic retro'd for the first time with full vintage treatment, brilliant and long overdue."
adidas Consortium Non-Dyed
"Part of the Adidas Consortium Collection, the Non-Dyed returns in a full goat skin
upper with polished aluminum eyelets and waxed cotton laces."
Vans Vault Buffalo Boot
"Another classic from the Vans archive, the Buffalo Boot sports a mixed suede and tumbled leather upper, not to mention a newly engineered rugged outsole. Form and function."
Nike Aina Chukka
"A new lifestyle silhouette from Nike combining a simple moc-toe upper with woven suede detailing mated to a vulcanized outsole."
Air Max BW Gen II
"Following in the tradition of the Maxim, Nike introduces the Air Max BW Gen II, fusing classic Nike design with modern technology. The best of both worlds."
"Clae has become a favorite at the store both with the staff and our customers, and the Khan features classic cupsole styling in caramel boot leather with a removable strap."
New Balance+Hanon 576
"Scottish retailer Hanon teamed up with New Balance and Escher fabrics to produce a set of Bionic Project 576's available in both grey and white (pictured). Suede with leather, and of course Escher performance fabric."
Vans Sierra 106 LX
"The 106 has quickly become one of Vans' best selling styles. For Spring it has been updated as part of the Vault collection in heavy weight canvas with d-rings and hiking laces. Available in three colors black, charcoal, and khaki (pictured)."
Converse Chuck Taylor Spec OX
"Originally made for the military in the 60's, the Spec OX is exclusive to Converse's First String. This shoe features a monochromatic rubber outsole and a simple chambray upper with contrast stitching. A premium comfort system makes sure the shoe feels as good as it looks."
"Gourmet's 'duckboot runner' returns for Spring in dove colored leather, a standout from the fall.
The style divides people into love it or hate it camps, as good design should."
425 East First Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
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