If you've ever seen Entourage on HBO, you may recall the "What About Bob" episode (Season 3) where Turtle and Vince went to great lengths to secure a pair of extremely rare sneakers designed by graffiti artist Fukujama. The guy who played Fukujama is Jeff Staple, founder of a NYC based streetwear company. He has a new line of Airwalk sneakers now selling at Payless Shoe stores in the very reasonable $30-$50 price range.
I was personally asked to review these shoes, which makes a lot of sense, since I'm a video game critic. My wife got a pair also.
I had my choice of shoes. Originally I was looking for a flashy pair of sneakers that would help me relive my old Pimp of the Year glory days. My wife did not share this vision and made me select a more understated design.
REVIEW: I went with a high-top shoe that's really a double threat. Not only is it comfortable and stylish enough to wear while running around town, but it looks normal enough to wear on a casual work day. They look good whether you're wearing shorts, jeans, or khakis. I recently dined at the Lebanese Taverna in Baltimore, and my waiter noticed my shoes and asked me about them.
The shoes are well constructed and made of a soft leather that really makes your feet feel warm and cozy. Mine came with both black and red shoelaces, and I prefer the red ones because they really stand out. My only complaint is that these aren't the kind of shoes you can easily slip on and off. I have to wrestle with them a bit.
REVIEW: My wife's pair are a little more sporty, offering a cool gray and teal checkered design (teal is a color? Who knew?). According to her this is a very versatile shoe that you can wear whether you dress up or dress down. She describes the shoes as "cute" and has received many compliments from co-workers and friends. While wearing these shoes over the course of a weekend, my wife described them as "on par with a pair of Clarks". She says this shoe is a "must-have" for any fashion-conscious female.
Here are a few other designs you can find at your local Payless: