ARTICLE BY Sneaker Freaker
Chris Aylen 4 1
Chris Aylen 2 1
Chris Aylen 12 1
Chris Aylen 3 1
Chris Aylen 56 1
,Chris Aylen 5 1
Chris Aylen 6 Th 1
Chris Aylen 51 1
Chris Aylen 7 1
Chris Aylen 13 1
Chris Aylen 8 1
Chris Aylen 50 1
Chris Aylen 9 1
Chris Aylen 44 1
Chris Aylen 10 1
Chris Aylen 46 1
Chris Aylen 26 1
Chris Aylen 27 1
Chris Aylen 29 1
Chris Aylen 52 1
Chris Aylen 35 1
Chris Aylen 18 1
Chris Aylen 19 1
Chris Aylen 23 1
Chris Aylen 24 1
Chris Aylen 36 1
Chris Aylen 28 1
Chris Aylen 37 1
,Chris Aylen 30 1
Chris Aylen 15 1
Chris Aylen 33 1
Chris Aylen 34 1
Chris Aylen 38 1
Chris Aylen 55 1
Chris Aylen 39 1
Chris Aylen 40 1
Chris Aylen 41 1
Chris Aylen 42 1
Chris Aylen 43 1
Chris Aylen 47 1
Chris Aylen 48 1
Chris Aylen 49 1
Chris Aylen 53 1
Chris Aylen 54 1
Chris Aylen 31 1
Chris Aylen 6 1
Chris Aylen 32 1
Chris Aylen 1 1
Chris Aylen 14 1
Chris Aylen 16 1
Chris Aylen 17 1
,Chris Aylen 21 1
Chris Aylen 22 1
Chris Aylen 20 1
Chris Aylen 45 1
Chris Aylen 11 1
Chris Aylen 25 1

Digging In The Crates With Chris Aylen

If you have a hankering for all things vintage then Chris Aylen is your man. You may remember him from our killer vintage sneaker feature in Issue 12 or online here, where he got us sympin' for some Seismic Nikes and Air Max Plus'. Well, a lot has changed over the last few years, so we thought we should check up on the UK roller to see just what happened with that crazy collection and cop his thoughts on the current state of the sneaker game. Get your bibs ready, this guy's got the goods that'll make you drool!

Since the last time we caught up, I've been developing my own creative agency and working on other projects in my spare time. It's been difficult to juggle paid client work with my self-initiated things, but everything is slowly falling into place. The client work allows me the luxury to develop the internal projects, which are now starting to pay for themselves. Through my Diggers With Gratitude music project, we've pressed previously unreleased music onto vinyl from iconic artists such as Tragedy, Marley Marl, Main Source, TDS Mob and a number of others. My Trashfilter magazine project has allowed me to work with brands such as adidas, Visvim, Porter and Sole Technology, which has been great. There are a couple of other things on the boil, but more on those later...

Sneaker-wise, I have sold a few things (mainly my still-boxed Hyperstrikes and promo pieces I'd accumulated) but picked up a few new things along the way. I have really liked the things that adidas have done with the ObyO project and also their skate range. I spent a week with the adidas guys in Portland in May, which was great. I interviewed Danny Kinley at adidas for Trashfilter and got to find out a bit more about the creative process behind the skate models, which was really interesting, and got to meet some of the other guys out there which was really cool. Scott, Brian, Jess, Mo, Joe Arrow, Peter Stolz and the rest of the Portland crew definitely keep things rolling!

At the time of writing, I'm particularly interested in the footwear that C-Law - Chris and the team at Addict - have just released. There are nods to a few other brands in there, but there's enough originality and clever styling to make the range stand out. I'm really looking forward to seeing them in the flesh. I've also really liked some of the recent Nike releases - the Climbers pack had some great colours and materials (the Footscape Motions were a definite purchase for me) and I thought that the SB Dunk that Eric at Chrome Ball put together was one of the best collaborative releases in the past few years. Utilising the Airwalk Enigma colourway and the subtle graphic reference to the era of cutting down your high tops didn't obscure the fact that this was simply a great looking shoe. The Sole Technology family has released some great stuff too - the Atiba project was very nicely done. I'm looking forward to watching what the Podium family (DVS, Lakai) bring out over the next few months as well.

One thing that did stand out recently was the work that Kelly Kikuta and the Gravis guys did on the Dylan Reider shoe release. Whether you loved or hated the shoe, I really thought it was a brave and interesting thing to do: letting a skater have free reign to do what he genuinely wanted is amazing. And the accompanying promo film by Greg Hunt... well... just watch that for yourselves. Amazing.

It's easy to sit back and moan about 'the state of the scene', but I think things are still interesting enough to keep going. Trends do go in cycles, but I do think that instead of a being a passing fad, 'sneaker culture' has become properly ingrained in everyday life. I guess to many of us, it always was.

Images by Errol Photography

Now ReadingDigging In The Crates With Chris Aylen
    • ,

Subscribe to our Newsletter