Brought to you by E 'Brocky' McKnight of Whiskey & Kicks
Whiskey & Kicks was established in 2017 in Washington, DC…over a glass of brown water. Whiskey & Kicks is a Show about Booze and Shoes! CEO, E 'Brocky' McKnight sets out into the DMV to speak with some of the top bartenders, mixologists, distillers and bar owners as well as sneaker boutique owners and big time shoe collectors. They have Real Talk About Booze and Shoes!
Brocky believes that everyone has a shoe story! Whether you wear sneakers, cowboy boots or sandals, every time you leave the house your shoes are carrying you through another chapter of your story. And it's that idea that inspired VIP Alexandria Magazine to partner up with Whiskey & Kicks to bring you our first Man Cave feature: the 'Let's Kick It' Shoe Guide.
Take it from a man who knows his shoes... These are his Top 5 Shoes of All Time!
5. Jordan 1
Designed by Peter Moore, the Jordan 1 originally released from 1985 to 1986. Quite a few colorways of the model were produced, as well as a few different variations. Following its initial run in the 80s, the Jordan 1 jump started the retro era in 1994, following Jordan's retirement from basketball.
4. Jordan 3 Black Cement
The Air Jordan 3 was the first of many for Michael Jordan and Tinker Hatfield. It was the first time they would work together on the signature shoe, it was the first time the elephant print made an appearance on a shoe, and it was the first time the “Jumpman” logo adorned the tongue with the classic “NIKE AIR” stamped on the heel. The Black/Cement Air Jordan 3 Retro OG comes back in its original form. Featuring black tumbled and smooth leather uppers and all the distinct details we remember thirty years later.
3. Prada America's Cup
Perennial provocateur Miuccia Prada started the trend for high-end designer sneakers. Originally intended as a yachting shoe (it was designed for the Luna Rossa sailing team to wear in the America's Cup), the streamlined Prada PS0906 openly prioritized aesthetics over athletics. It shows a move away from a shoe designed for elite athletic purpose or even playground purpose, and was shifting the sneaker design toward an expression of style.
2. NIKE DUNK
The silhouette was first introduced in 1985 alongside the Air Jordan 1. Since then, it has shifted from college basketball to skate culture and now solidified itself as a streetwear staple. Over 30 years on, a younger generation has arrived to embrace history. The Nike Dunk is officially back on the map in 2020.
1. Adidas Superstar Pure Shoes
The Adidas Superstar shoes have stood, run and danced, in many places and for many things. One of the most undeniable principles these shoes have celebrated is, simply, be yourself. That's been made clear on stages and in stadiums by those who have worn them, leaving their mark on our cultural landscape through their self-expression. And now it's your turn to lace into the iconic rubber shell-toe sneakers and do the same.