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Sneaker Politics X NPC UK ‘Storyville’

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With quilted maroon leather uppers and insoles mimicking a brothels’ velvet walls, these are possibly the most luxe-looking, and lush collaborations I’ve seen for a while. Sneaker Politics have been inspired by the infamous New Orleans’ Storyville Red Light District and treated the Newport Classic (NPC UK) like nothing else seen before.

Released May 20 at Sneaker Politics’s Lafayette and Baton Rouge locations, these should be online on May 21st. Click the jump for more images of this sassy-looking, luxe shoe. —BokOne  Read the rest of this entry

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NPC Vintage, nubuck

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The NPC or Newport Classic is a shoe I need to understand more: it qualifies as a true Retrobok shoe, hailing from Reeboks’ most succesful period in the 80’s, yet leaves me cold. Was it an Adidas or Puma imitation? Was it a Terrace Shoe? And which Newport – UK or US – inspired its name? These 3 Vintage releases are available now from UK based Oki-Ni. Would be interesting to hear your thoughts on the NPC. —BokOne

NPC Vintage


Well, it’s nice to think that Spring and Summer are on the way (doesn’t feel it here in the UK right now), but this very clean and classic makeup of the NPC (aka Newport Classic – the history of which I have little knowledge) certainly has its charms. However, I’ve always feared that this shoe may have been inspired by other brands  – the Adidas Stan Smith for example. As always, if you have knowledge about the NPC history please share it with me! These are available now at Hanon. ~BokOne