Kicks Fit For A Dogg-------
The gentlemen of hip hop have a famous taste for finery—and not just Kanye, either. (Take it from Cam’ron: “We Gucci, Louis, and Pucci men.”) For Spring ’11, designer Adam Kimmel returned the love, offering a sartorial collection inspired by “one of the most original artists of the last 30 years”—that is, Snoop (né Doggy) Dogg. Since the Dogg wouldn’t be caught dead without his kicks, Kimmel is debuting his first-ever sneaker with the Spring line.
“I’m making sneakers now because I finally found a great factory to produce them,” Kimmel told Style.com. “But more to the point, the sneakers are coming out in tandem with my spring Snoop collection, which was inspired by Snoop Dogg and his West Coast style. Certainly the sneaker was a big part of that aesthetic. For my purposes, I aimed for something more streamlined and simple than the usual tricked-out basketball shoe. I went for something a little more user-friendly and luxurious while still keeping the urban feel.” Four styles are available in perforated leather with a matching or contrasting ankle wrap, all made in Kimmel’s European factories. (He’s serious about those factories—this is a guy who used to make combat boots in workshops that were also turning out Hermès.) And because scuffing up your shoes is a serious O.G. no-no, the collection nods, too, at fine rides, with a car-wheel rim motif embroidered on polos and printed on ties and cravats.