Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jack Purcell - "Smile If You're a Player" - Hong Kong Event - #1

Repulse Bay Hotel, Hong Kong.
Very rough translation from the event:
Centuries-the Converse brand history, this season the trend of the three special invitation to take charge as Chief in Hong Kong Icon-Stephen Fung (Stephen), Zhuo Yunzhi (azhi) and Kwok Cheung Tsang (Derek) as classic series Jack Purcell product spokesman. Today, three-person, together with special guests beating Sam Lee (Sam) put on more by the designer of the image of retro badminton clothing distribution elaborately lining the latest Jack Purcell shoes, fake Repulse Bay Hotel lawn at the "Smile if You ' re a Player" new product release and reception.

有百年品牌歷史的Converse,今季特別邀得三位本港獨當一面的潮流Icon — 馮德倫 (Stephen)、卓韻芝 (阿芝) 及曾國祥 (Derek) 擔任經典系列Jack Purcell產品代言人。今日,三位型人聯同活動特別嘉賓李璨琛 (Sam) 更穿上由形象設計師精心打造的復古羽毛球服飾配襯最新Jack Purcell鞋款,假淺水灣酒店草地出席“Smile if You’re a Player”新產品發布會暨慶祝酒會。

Jack Purcell Hipster Pic

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jack Purcell - Black Leather Kids

Notice only five (5) shoelace holes. Dead giveaway...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jack Purcell Fabrics Pack Fall 2011

Images courtesy of High Snobiety

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Jack Purcell - Jeff's Jack Purcell Book

I know, I'm a goober. But a made a book of all of my Jack Purcells. What can I say?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Jack Purcell Advertising

I hate the "Silly Thing" thing but here's addy for it:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jack Purcell - Green - Blue Canvas - John Varvatos

These look to be John Varvatos but I'm not 100% sure. Usually, the giveaway is the reversed colored stitching (white stitches on blue canvas).  Also notice the special material on the inside, the patterned fabric on the inside ankle.  Yeah, I'm think Johnny V's...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jack Purcell Sneaker - Candid Closet

Found on the web. Not sure who's collection but if it's yours, let me know... And nice taste!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Jack Purcell Evo - Tennis Warehouse - Video

A video from Tennis Warehouse featuring the Jack Purcell. Be patient, it is the last product featured.

Interesting to note the Tennis Warehouse is offering a 6-month replacement guarantee if the outsole wears out or fails. Not sure if this is a sign of design issue but since this particular Jack Purcell is being marketed as a straight up performance shoe I suppose that is somewhat inevitable.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ugly Jack Purcell Award - June 2011

This is the Clot Converse Jack Purcell Hi-Top (Red) thingy.  Sure, it's all for a good cause but man, how ugly these things are.  Two words:  Moon Boots.  Two more words:  Marty McFly. 

Now, there's nothing wrong with the Back to the Future 2 Marty McFly Nike's.  Heck, you can even get those now.  But that was on purpose.  This atrocity was an accident.  My feet are getting all sweaty just looking at these things.  Yikes...

Marty McFly's iconic Nike's

Monday, June 6, 2011

Converse Jack Purcell® LP II Solid Pique Ox - Video

Not sure who the heck Jack "Parcell" is but the sentiment is in the right place...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Old School vs New School Jack Purcell - The Differences

I've been running into some old school Jack Purcell's recently and I wanted to provide some information that I've been able to ascertain about the differences between the old and the new. There was a clear dividing line between the old and new era of Jack Purcell. While the basic framework of the shoe 'look' has been consistent for decades (thus some of its appeal), upon close inspection there are clear design changes to the base sneaker.

The two basic changes are the 'top-down' shape profile and significant minor changes to the toe area.

First off, the toe. If you look at the picture above, you'll notice that the old school toe (the shoe to the rear on the right) is much shallower. The toe piece above the signature smiley face wraps back to form the toe. The old school Jack's barely lip over the top, forming a more utilitarian toe wrap. The new era Jack's lip over much deeper, forming a larger more distinctive toe.

The new era Jack's also take that bigger toe piece and wraps it around the side of the shoe almost 1/3 of the way down the length of the sneaker. On the old school Jacks, the toe piece ends right at the front of the shoe. The difference is that the old school Jacks have a more pointy toe (below right).

The smiley face on the old school Jacks (below left) is much thicker in the 'corners of the mouth meaning the the smiley face is much deeper.

Secondly, the downward viewing profile is much different. Look at the picture below. The new era Jacks (lower right) have a simple 'pill shape' profile. Round toe, straight sides, rounded heel.

The old school Jacks have a more tapered look. Notice the pointy toe (lower left) and how the shoe narrows as it gets closer to the heel. This design gives the sneaker a somewhat jarring profile as the 'ball of the foot' sticks out noticeably compared to the rest of the shoe.

The old school Jack has a taller sole which gives it a higher profile than the new eras.
Next time someone drags out an old box and claims they are twenty year old mint Jack Purcell's, look at the toe! Look at the profile!

Jack Purcell Hipster Pic

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jack Purcell - The Dude

For those of you not in the know, Jack Purcell was a real guy. He played badminton, he was Canadian, he kicked butt on the court. I've never seen a picture of him wearing Jack Purcell sneakers which would be a nice, nice pic. The problem with looking for pictures of Jack Purcell-the-dude on the internet, the only thing that comes up are sneakers.