SOTR — Sneakers (Sneaker Sunday) : A Cold Wall Nike — Air Force 1 and Vomero +5 SP

Spring of The Rookie, We go again

The a cold wall range is not heavily merchandisable in my eyes which is why I see the Nike’s as a fun experiment.

A cold wall is an ethos which means it lives through mediums rather than being a medium.

Taking in that I see the experiment with the classical cross society sneakers by Nike, and at the experimental feel.

Air Force 1

I see Air Force 1 as a test to see if you can make it art, it’s already a staple but can you make it a staple to a subset. The patent leather framework was broken down and reappropriated as a piece of work that’s is used to sell and resell as part of the sneaker stock market.

Usually Air Force 1’s are edited and curated but these are kept, much like the Yeezys and Off Whites making them dirty and changing them in anyway causes disruption to the price.

Or should it? Using the ACW* AF1 might very well be part of the score, having them used and recycled shared much like a house or the stone used to make it. Makes sense to me, but the deeper understanding of ACW* might not be part of the Zeitgeist or heartbeat of the subsection of the culture it speaks to.

Apart from that the play on texture on the back panel and the imprint of the swoosh is

Nike Vomero +5

From review sources I have been told they are very light and comfortable trainer. The block is very light and superficial

The OG Vomero SP are Just as a running shoe should be, The pattern harkens back to an age of sneakers pre dad shoe even. When sport was the goal. The true sport Trainer.

What Samuel Ross done for it was make the silhouette something distinguishable from the SP a not so subtle thing that adds and says look at me a quite ornate thing to do in design especially when the AF1 was a take away process, take away the laces, take away from the texture. I see it as a detail of interior 90’s design when they would paint the wall add a roughcast texture to a wall for no reason. To be frank I enjoy the meme where someone charges their phone with the Vomero or is it the Puma?

When you look at the detailing I see about 3 or 4 subtle colour notes on the black 3 different blacks 2 greys and 5 different types of polymers. In the white the same but white the red is more mute in it than the SP more like a burgundy


I like Samuel Ross approach to *life. He’s built up a community of his own and does things for an ethos of a cross section of people that doesn’t speak to race but ethics and politics

Whatever Moves Your Dial

Damilare. Not Your Typical

For The Collection of Spring Of The Rookie 

My Rookies

YOON Verbal Ambush: Minimalist Renegade || Sneakers Air Max 180 & Converse

Samuel Ross: 50 Shades of Concrete  ||Sneakers Air Force 1 & Vomero +5

JW Anderson: Ravers in Daytime || Sneakers & Converse

Spring of the Rookie: Samuel Ross and A-Cold-Wall* 50 Shades of Concrete

Spring of The Rookie We go again,

Samuel Ross is a name you’ll hear in circles that are in circles that are in circles with a guy that is about his business.

As the premier black fashion designer in London who actually designs, which I gave not to in my Techwear intro blog.

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What he’s gave black art is yet to be of high note but as I said his audience is niche, they’re direct, he communicates with us and happy to see him do what he’s doing.

He’s worked with the likes of Kanye and for Virgil I believe and had his start with A Cold Wall* in 2014 to not get my dates confused. How I heard of him was a really odd way, don’t feel to write about it (that’s how odd it was) alas.

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He’s on my radar working and that show in 2018 For SS19 the imagery was striking and I couldn’t look away and immediately said he’s more creative than most.

When I hear of his background I wonder why his merchandising volume isn’t larger he does however have 3 pairs of Nike’s under his belt all carrying the same aesthetic.

This is where he and I collide, I love finding that thing that can attract me to the person and finding they’re more than just a money maker, he communicates using a philosophy.

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As many may understand it’s not easy to do because you have to live that way also and make it an ethos.

He uses artistic sense and a history knowledge of brutalist art and architecture mashing that with how he see the world and creates clothes using textures that are uncommon but perpetuate the feel of the philosophy activating the senses and allowing one to be engulfed by said philosophy

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Brutalism polymers roughcast, concrete, sandbox, philosophy, London, subculture. It is in these things that make A Cold Wall what it is.

Whatever Moves Your Dial

Damilare. Not Your Typical

For The Collection of Spring Of The Rookie 

My Rookies

YOON Verbal Ambush: Minimalist Renegade || Sneakers Air Max 180 & Converse

Samuel Ross: 50 Shades of Concrete  ||Sneakers Air Force 1 & Vomero +5

JW Anderson: Ravers in Daytime || Sneakers & Converse