Category: Celebrity

Shoe Dog, a memoir worth reading

Every once in awhile there is something that comes along and educates you about a particular thing that you may not think much about. I see Nike shoes everywhere, and always expected it was a brand that had been around for many years like Coca Cola or Ford Cars. However, the story of Nike is one that is very inspiring.

I’ll be completely direct. When a billionaire is writing a book, it better be a good book. Even Phil Knight said that he had about four editors working with him very closely to write the book. Regardless, this book is nothing short of a masterpiece. He takes you step by step through the story of what Nike was before it was… well, Nike. It goes until the point of Nike’s IPO in 1980 and maybe a little bit there after. It is missing a really exciting piece of Nike’s history, but maybe that will come later. Think of this as more of an origin story.

This book makes me really excited about Nike shoes. Phil Knight talks about how he saw Converse as a competitor in the early days, although he was focusing more on Track shoes back then. The start of the book primarily goes into detail about Onitsuka Tigers, known as Asics today, which Knight started selling before the company tried to buy him out.

Throughout the book you hear about the different design iterations that Knight and his team create in Nike, along with the people meet along the way.

What is a Shoe Dog?

Knight simply refers to a Shoe Dog as an industry term for someone that is deeply in the business of shows, whether it is manufacturing or otherwise.

Check out the book on either Audible (my favorite is audiobooks) or Amazon by clicking the image below.

Let Your Chuck Taylor All-Stars Be Your Hero

Comic books are fun. They’re filled with exciting, death-defying heroes who risk it all to save the innocent.

Chuck Taylor All-Stars are fun. They’re comfy, and they give us all a sense of whimsy and childhood freedom.

And now, those two fun things are combined in the DC Comics line of Converse shoes—and no, they’re not just for the kiddies.

Converse recently released a line of comic-inspired shoes that are dying to make their way to your feet. Batman and Superman make an appearance, as do other favorite comic book characters such as Batwoman and the Riddler. My favorite? The customizable version, which allows you to choose between fun Joker, Riddler, and Batman prints or all-over color—with a few comic book touches here and there.

Check out the collection for yourself over at Converse’s website, and then let us know—which DC Comics pair of Chuck Taylors is your favorite?


Chuck Taylor, All Star Book

The Canvas Experiment by Mitch the Drummer

Approximately 20 shoes wide and 24 shoes wide, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas experiment puts on quite a show. The video brought home a Silver Design Lion, a Silver Promo Lion, and a Bronze Cyber Lion at Cannes Inernational Fesitval of Creativity 2011. The Canvas Experiment was created by Perfect Fools in Europe.


For a detailed posting describing the Converse Canvas Experiment, visit The Inspiration Room.