Friday, June 24, 2011



 Today's topic, Self Destruction (yes, that's on the radio as I am writing this)
Lets try that again....Today's Topic, Nike Air Jordan 1

The Air Jordan 1 is basically what started  my obsession for sneakers. Back in 1985 when the Air Jordan 1 was released, I was a young buck in Anne Frank Elementary School in Northeast Philly. As we all know, MICHAEL JORDAN is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time!!! Michael changed the game forever. Not only because of his amazing ability on the court, but also for his endorsement deal with Nike. The deal that brought us AIR JORDAN. Back then, an endorsement for that amount of money was unheard of, especially for a rookie. For myself and countless others, the Air Jordan 1 was a vital part of how my life long love of sneakers originated. Don't get me wrong, Hip Hop, Adidas, Puma's, Lottos, Le Coq Sportif, Fila, New Yorker Laces among many other influences were a significant reason for my love of kicks and the culture as well. However, the Nike Air Jordan 1 is what really took it to another level. For myself and my friends, the Air Jordan 1 was like nothing we had ever saw before. Words can not express the feeling I had the first time I saw the Nike Air Jordan 1. From that day on I always loved sneakers. Don't get me wrong, I couldn't afford them and my parents sure as hell weren't spending $100 on a pair of sneakers. Therefore, I was forced to wait until I had my own money to start collecting. And as they say the rest is history...hundreds of pairs later! 

I currently have a lot of different pairs, some pairs I like more than I like the Air Jordan 1 but I will never forget where it all started....with the Nike Air Jordan 1!!!

Air Jordan 1 Banned
( For those of you who have been living on Mars, back on October 18, 1985 the Nike Air Jordan 1 sneaker was dismissed from the game. At that time the NBA and its commissioner, David Stern banned the Air Jordan 1 because they said the sneaker was to colorful. So every time Michael Jordan would wear the sneakers the NBA would fine him thousands of dollars. At that time, Nike decided to pay the NBA fines for each and every game for the remainder of the season. The fine the NBA set and the controversy it created ended up being great publicity for Nike and the Air Jordan 1 sneaker.
    Now lets talk about the amazing release of the latest Air Jordan 1, the AJ 1 Banned. All I have to say is the release alone speaks volumes. The fact that Nike and Jordan Brand only released them at select Nike Outlets made the sneaker what it is, a fucking classic among all Jordans. I can't begin to tell you how much I love this. The fact that the original Air Jordan 1 was banned by the NBA and David Stern, then to release this sneaker at outlets only and "ban" them from regular stores is fucking genius!!!! Really, whoever came up with the idea is brilliant. Seriously, it makes the shoe. Think about it, this same sneaker was released a hell of a lot of times. But because of the way Jordan Brand released the AJ 1 Banned, it totally caused chaos among sneaker lovers. This is why Nike and Jordan Brand have such a hold on the sneaker community....Because of amazing marketing like we saw with the AJ 1 Banned....and let's face it, they also make the freshest kicks in the world!!!

Okay my friends, I'm out....Remember to send all comments to my email at


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What's up with Jordan Brand???

-What's up people? Its your boy E...Sorry I haven't hit you with any posts lately but I have been super busy as of late. I do want to thank all of you who have been sending me countless emails! I promise to get back to each and every one of you!

   What's up with Jordan Brand???
First and foremost I want to send a big shot out to Jordan Brand for the recent release of the Air Jordan 1 Banned...(PLEASE CHECK MY NEXT POST...ITS ALL ABOUT THE AIR JORDAN 1)

   Today I want to discuss something that has really been bothering me for a while now. As we all know, Nike Air Jordan sneakers are not made with the same quality materials they once were. As bad as that is and as mad as that gets me, it is not what my gripe is about. It's about Air Jordan swapping out the original materials with the Nubuck they're now using, specifically on the Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro. What's up with that? Come on Jordan Brand, this is bullshit!!! Don't get me wrong, on some kicks the nubuck is fly, but not on every shoe. Especially the Air Jordan 3 Retro Black Cement's which are scheduled for a 2011 release. This is totally a violation on Jordan Brand's part. This isn't just another release. We are talking about the NIKE AIR JORDAN 3 BLACK CEMENT, THE GREATEST SNEAKER OF ALL TIME! How dare they compromise this piece of history? Wasn't replacing the Nike Air for the Jumpman symbol bad enough??? How much further can they disrespect the work of art that is the Nike Air Jordan 3??? 

  What are your thoughts on this? Am I the only one who feels this way? Maybe I am...Maybe its me trying to hold on to my youth? I don't know, what do you think???

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Air Force 1, DJ Clark Kent 112 Pack!

I love the entire 112 pack!!!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011


If your like me and live in a four season climate, the warm weather means its time to break out the summer gear complete with a pair of HOT KICKS!!!!  To celebrate the warm weather,  we at LYRICSANDLACES will be posting daily photos of the kicks we are rocking....

**If you would like to post a picture of the kicks your rocking, just send us an email at 
*You can send videos as well...

Be sure to stay tuned for some 



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ERIK SENDERS Nike Air Force 1 BESPOKES...4th Pair

The Erik Senders aka eDUB #4 Nike Air Force 1 BESPOKE...
The Nike Air Force 1 Bespoke takes the NikeID experience to the max. It allows the creator total creative design with the guidance of a Nike Consultant.

The Players...
The Creator- Myself, eDUB 
Nike Consultant- IZ

The Story behind the creation....

   Way back in March of 2008 Nike Air Jordan dropped the Levis pack and of course I copped it right away. The first thing I did when I bought  the pack was go through it. I checked the kicks first then moved on to the tshirt and finally the jeans. The first thing that caught my eye when I saw the jeans was the inside was all elephant print. I immediately had a smile from ear to ear. Elephant print is my favorite pattern of all time! So I did what I always do and put the pack back together and put it away in the closet. 
   Fast Forward to Dec. 2010. I had a friend who was selling a bunch of kicks from his collection.After searching about 50 or 60 pairs I came across the Levis Pack.  I knew right there that pack was mine. Luckily, he was more than fair with the price...So I grabbed my 2nd Levis Pack. Since it was so cold out I put the pack in my closet to break out when the weather was better. 
   Fast Forward to March 2010. I knew Sneakercon was coming up so I decided to go to NYC for a sneaker weekend. I would hit sneakercon as well as some other sneaker spots. I also decided to do another pair of Bespokes, my 4th pair. So I hit up IZ at 21 Mercer and made the appointment. The Thursday before the trip I started going through my kicks to decide what I would be taking with me. After going through my closet I saw one of the Levis Packs and ding!!! The idea popped in my head like a light bulb in a cartoon! I wanted to use the elephant print from the inside of the jeans on my new Bespokes. I immediately called IZ, told him my idea which he was more than happy to go along with.Saturday arrived and I attended an awesome sneakercon event and then hit some of my NYC sneaker spots, FCNY, DQM and Supreme. On Sunday it was time to do the Bespokes. And above is what came out of it. The basis of the creation was the Air Jordan 3, one of my favorite sneakers of all time and the first to introduce elephant print to the sneaker world by the sneaker master, Mr. Tinker Hatfield. So here's a quick description of my 4th Bespoke....First and foremost, I used the Levis elephant print on the the back logo tag and the inside of the sneaker. On the toe box, eyestay, swoosh and the foxing I used a smooth maroon leather. I also used a brass lace hole on the 3 lower lace holes just like the brass buttons on the Jordan\Levi's Jeans. And lastly on the back tag and the tongue lace holder I utilized the inside cuff on the bottom of the jeans(Thanks to IZ for that awesome idea). To top off the sneaker I rocked the stone sole with a gum outer sole! Damn I love a gum sole!!!! 

There you have it, my 4th Bespoke Installment. I hope you all appreciate the sneaker and enjoyed the storybehind the shoe....

Until next time... 

And by the way, that weekend I grabbed a pair of Air Jordan 11 Space Jams from my man Windy City Sole at Sneakercon, a pair of the Air Force 1 Chamber of Fear, Self Doubt (Cleveland) and lastly a pair of Air Moc's from 21 Mercer. So needless to say it was a sneaker lovers dream weekend!!! And the best part of the weekend had nothing to do with sneakers. It was spending the whole weekend with my family and our best friends. Our highlight was dinner at Sammy's Romanian Steakhouse on the Lower East Side!!! It just doesn't get any better than that!!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Philly Graffiti I know and Love!!!!!

So with the new blog I am taking it back to what I know and love, Hip Hop, kicks and graffiti!!!!
I found this AWESOME article about what makes Philly Artists, Philly Artists....WICKEDS, WIKEDS, WIKEDS.....If your a writer in Philly you have to come with some wikeds, triangle style and of course robotech!!!!!! My personal stuff will be posted later on today!!!!!!!!!!! 

In the meantime check this link out!!!!!!!!!!!!