On this week’s episode of ‘The Dropcast,’ Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas talk the latest drops on Highsnobiety’s radar including No Vacancy Inn’s New Balance collab, the 700 percent markup on Air Jordan 1 Chicagos, and the shoes you’ll most likely catch on the feet of drug dealers. In the second half of the show, the hosts give their takes on the style lineup: a courtroom sketch artist’s illustrations of outfits for the Met Gala that never happened and Supreme x Barbour’s Harvard-meets-Oxford collab.
This week in pop culture saw Nicolas Cage set to play Joe Exotic in an upcoming scripted series about Tiger King, the documentary miniseries that started it all (1:34). The good news is, Cage and Exotic are one and the same, so no acting will be needed on his part.
No Vacancy Inn’s New Balance 650s are kicking off this episode’s lineup of sneaker drops with their 400 pairs exclusive release on StockX — 399, if you don’t count Jian’s pair (2:50). He shares a little background on the shoe, including the influence of the late designer and craftsman George Nakashima. (4:18). The hosts also dig into the inspiration behind the new print on Nike’s latest Air Foamposite One, which features the timely appearance of a silver dragon for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (4:48).
Following the premiere of The Last Dance, certain sneakers have gone through a surge in popularity. The latest has been the Air Jordan 1 Chicago, with its resale price skyrocketing after the latest episode of the docuseries (6:03). Noah’s on the hunt for some Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen shoes, specifically the Air Pippen 2, which have been difficult to come by. Meanwhile, Jian’s planning to try his luck on getting a pair of the Royal Toe Jordan 1s dropping this weekend (7:24). Make sure to check out the Air Jordan ‘Why It’s Cool’ episode to learn about the shoe’s legacy through the words of designer Peter Moore and other industry figures.
The Nike Air Deschutz sandal has Noah and Jian divided, but the duo does agree on one thing about the shoe: you can bet on catching some street pharmacists wearing a pair, along with the Purple Metallic Nike Air Jordan 4s dropping later this month (8:58).
Palace’s SS20 teaser opens up this week’s style news, showcasing a clean shirt with floral embroidery that seems very promising for Noah (11:26). While it’s difficult to envision the future beyond the current pandemic, this wasn’t the case for the courtroom sketch artist who Highsnobiety commissioned to draw fits for the 2020 Met Gala that never happened (13:05). Jian feels like there was a missed opportunity to dress up and sketch out Grimes and Elon Musk’s newborn baby arriving on the red carpet (14:30). He brings things back to Earth with Supreme x Barbour’s latest collection, which is great in theory, but goes awry when you think about the people you can see wearing it (15:25).
Wrap up your week with ‘Vibe Check’ where Jian checks in with Murda Beatz who’s part of a new network he dubs the “MTV of gaming” as well as Team Epiphany’s Coltrane Curtis and Lisa Chu who speak on running their business and influencer marketing. Be sure to check in too by calling the Dropcast hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) to say what’s up.