...of life & style, athletics and creativity, featuring:
The Nike Zoom All Out
Lifestyle (often referred to as "life & style" in my lexicon) will almost always meet athleticism, aesthetics and creativity at an intersection crucial to the core of who I am personally. My athletic culture and the principals of strength, form, function and the efficiency of motion are really the impetus for most everything I do—from being a former world class athlete, to my Masters training, coaching and even in my profession as a creative consultant & designer.
It's well known that Adidas and the Ultra boost line are the staple of my training bag and the most versatile of my style kit, but when I got a glimpse of the Nike Zoom All Out, the design struck a chord. During my collegiate track & field career, Zoom Air was just being introduced and it was a notable alternative to the balloon'ish Max Air cushioning. Zoom was highly active in energy return and didn't require the weighty compression that Max Air seemed to need to show any benefit. The cross reference of nostalgia and innovation piqued my interest. But of course, "Murphy's Law of Kicks" rang true; the one you want is always gone. The ever popular "Lab" designation had a version of this model and it sold out nearly immediately. Damn. But being a creative, I had already formed a plan before the alternative color shipped. It was an instant ideation; I'll "Lab" my own. Why? hadn't I already alluded to the act that I like my function with a legit side of fashion?
Of course, I've put the one Nike I'll most likely ever wear for performance to work on the track and in the gym and it's performed above expectation and just about on par with my prized Adidas Ultra Boost(s). However, I needed them to transition easily into a head-turner on the concrete as well. So a couple of very simple modifications (ghosted the Swoosh and color-matched the laces with the FlyWire) and I had my own "RDQLab" pair. Of course I've amassed a full set of Zoom All Out(s) by now, but my customs are my favorites. My customizations are not meant to be major gallery pieces or braggadocios one-offs. They are more subtle because I want them to creep up on you and make you think "wait a second… why/how are his different?" Well, that's easy: I'm just that RDQLUS.