Many call Memorial Day Weekend the kickoff to summer. In New York, with the weather at a very solid mid-80′s range and the sun shining in the sky, I could agree. With such beautiful weather, Dylan and I made getting out of the house a must for this weekend. While out of the house, we went to three sneaker stores.
Saturday was a pretty nice day! To start, my dad, Dylan, and I got pizza in Port Washington at an old favorite pizzeria of ours, Carlo’s Pizza. We always use to go there before seeing movies when Dylan and I were younger. I don’t know why that had to change, as going to Carlo’s again made me remember how amazing their pizza is! After lunch, we decided to pay Sneakerology/Exit 36 a visit. Earlier that morning, I was emailing with Lori, their store manager, about the Air Jordan VI Infrared Pack. Furthermore, I was wearing an Exit 36 shirt that went perfectly with my “Larry Perkins” Dunk Lows. So, we figured, why not go there? Like the last time I reported on a visit to Exit 36, Jesse was there. This time, he had on a pair of “Space Jam Air Jordan XI’s. I also spotted a pair of “Raygun” Dunk Lows on a different employee’s feet. Exit 36 had all of the recent Jordan releases, with some more limited releases still in stock (like the “Silver Anniversary” Air Jordan IV Retro). They also had some Jordan apparel, like a pair of white and blue shorts that would go perfect with the “Powder Blue”/University Blue Air Jordan IX Retro that just released. The Nike shoes at Exit 36 were pretty good too. The one pair that absorbed any and all attention I had was not in the Exit 36 section of the store, but rather, in Sneakerology: The “Neon” Air Max 24/7. When I saw the shoe, I had to try it on! So, Jesse got me a pair from the back. With Max Air, the shoe is definitely comfortable. The waffle-like sole also really makes walking with the 24/7′s on a different experience. Finally, aesthetically, the shoe looks even better than the “Neon” Air Max 95, in my opinion. In the end, though, I did not get a pair. The one thing holding me back was the price for a pair: $160. That’s even more expensive than Air Jordan Retros! Perhaps if I wasn’t thinking about getting the Infrared Pack, I would get a pair. For now, I had to pass. Before we left Exit 36, Lori made sure to remind us that Exit 36 would be getting in around 50 pairs of the “Jones Beach” Air Force 1 for release this Saturday. After finishing talking to Lori, we said our goodbyes and left the store.
Now, fast forward to today, May 31st, known to many as Memorial Day. Today, the weather was probably one of the nicest I’ve experienced in a while! The sun wasn’t beating down too hard on us, and thus, both the temperature and scenery were perfect! First, we went to the Grand Lux Café in Roosevelt Field Mall for lunch. After, though, is when the fun really started. Right after lunch, we took a stop to a store that we’ve never been to before. Residing in Carle Place, NY, is Poets Skate Shop. Poets has been in the game for quite some time already. While they only opened up their current Carle Place location in August 2008, owners (and skaters themselves) Gino Ianucci and Matt Bell initially opened up Poets as a low key test project in 2001. Thus, they have had a Nike SB account since the brand started. It is located at 351 Westbury Ave. When you get around the area, Poets should be pretty noticeable, as it stands alone, and is pretty big, to boot. I didn’t really go into Poets expecting much of a change from the normal skate shop shoe selection, and my expectations were correct. Most notably, Poets had Adidas skate shoes, and of course, a fine selection of Nike SB’s. They had recent releases from the past few months of Dunk Lows, Dunk Highs, Blazers, Bruins, Janoski’s, Salazar’s, and so on. In addition, Poets had a wide collection of apparel from Nike SB, HUF, and other brands. From the get go, I could tell that Poets weren’t playing at all. Right when we came into the store, Matt came out from behind, welcomed us, and told us that if we needed anything, just come to the back and ask him. After browsing the mass of sneakers, one really stood out to me. That shoe was a Black/Solar Orange Dunk High that is part of the June 2010 Nike SB releases. When I first saw the shoe online, it looked horrid, to say the least. What limited the sneaker’s appeal were the laces put on it. The black laces used in all of the pictures available online really don’t do the shoe justice. However, in Poets, the shoe was on display with orange laces, which really made the shoe stand out. So, I tried on a pair, and honestly, I was impressed. Although, I figured that the shoe would eventually be priced lower, and therefore, passed on it, for now. Afterwards, I asked Matt about the “Eric Koston” Dunk Low. He told me that Gino (Ianucci, of course) never ordered the lowtop Dunk for some reason, but that the “Eric Koston” Dunk High would release at the store on June 12th. Matt then told me to keep up with the Poets blog for more information on their shoes. I then proceeded to tell Matt about Sole Camp, so hopefully he’ll see this. Another thing Matt told me was that Poets collaborated with Nike SB on a Blazer set to release in August. I guess I’ll keep all of you posted on that. Before we left, Matt introduced himself to Dylan and I, and we introduced ourselves. Then, we headed out.
We didn’t end the day there, though. To finish the sneaker explorations of the weekend, we went to Extra Butter. When we got there, Dylan and I were greeted by Roose, and by Jason shortly after. Throughout the whole weekend, Extra Butter was having a Memorial Day Weekend sale, which they called “2-Fer’s”. Some of their products had a certain percentage off, but a majority of the apparel and shoes were two or three for X price. They had deals of 2-for-$100, 2-for-$150, and 2-for-$200. While the last deal may sound ridiculous, if you were in store to see what was on sale, you would understand, and definitely appreciate. They had Spizikes on the 2-for-$200 shelf. Spizikes normally retail for $175! They also had the “Blackout” Air Jordan 2010 on the same shelf (a $170 retailer)! For someone looking to make quick cash, or someone just looking for certain shoes for lower prices, Extra Butter’s sale was perfect. In addition to the higher-priced deals, Extra Butter had a rack of Nike and Jordan Brand apparel with a sign reading “3-for-$23″. Apparel from said brands usually retails for $30 at least! With not much of an inclination to buy any of the shoes on sale, Dylan and I decided to take up Extra Butter’s “3-Fer” on apparel. We got an Air Jordan 1 shirt (to go with Dylan’s AJKO’s) and two pairs of shorts (one being a pair of the “Aqua” shorts, made to match the “Aqua” Air Jordan Fusion 8, but that could go well with my “Aqua” Air Jordan VIII Retros, too). Aside from the stuff on sale, Extra Butter had some pretty exclusive sneakers in stock. They had one pair of the “Silver” Anniversary” Air Jordan XI left, in a size 9. Like I mentioned on Friday, Extra Butter got in the “Future Sole” Jordan Melo M6, which they said has been doing well, sales-wise. In addition to that, it’s a pretty nice shoe in person. The blue and yellow combination on the strap really pops off when contrasting against the black. While the Melo model was doing well, another shoe that Extra Butter only had two left of really blew it out of the water. When Extra Butter got the shoe, on the first day it was available, they sold around thirty pairs! What drove that many people to buy the shoe? Well, what else could besides for the ever-lovable Mickey Mouse. Yes, the shoe I am talking about is the Mickey Mouse adidas Originals sneaker, designed by none other than Jeremy Scott, the designer behind the adidas Wings shoes. The shoe is designed with red, white, and gold all around, but the real icing on the cake is the Mickey Mouse tongue. In person, while the shoe looks bigger than I expected, it is pretty awesome! Definitely a must-have for any Disney fan who is into sneakers! Jason made sure to get us on Extra Butter’s blog on Sneaker News before we left. For those who don’t know, Sneaker News has several subsidiary blogs on their website. On one blog, Extra Butter posts the shoes that they and friends wear. Now, we are on the blog. As you can see, Jason (Cinematic) was wearing a sneaker made by Vans in collaboration with Supreme. In addition, during the visit, we updated Jason on how we’ve been and what we’re doing for the summer. I have to say, the crew at Extra Butter is just an overall nice group of people who do their thing first and foremost to support the sneaker game, so please, do not sleep on their store! In addition, Jason told us that they had something special planned for the very near future. Stay tuned to Extra Butter’s actual blog for that. After we paid for the apparel, Dylan and I said our goodbyes to the cool-as-ever Extra Butter crew and left.
Overall, I would have to say I had a pretty cool Memorial Day Weekend. I went to some sneaker spots and enjoyed the beautiful weather, which is good on my part! Until the next post, I will bid my adieu to you all!