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Here in Southern California, it’s been something like 100 degrees the past couple days. so it’s probably a good idea to break out a pair of shorts and low-tops. One of our favorite sneakers to wear when it’s hot are Jordan XI low tops. The XI’s are a modern renovation of the classic Jordan silhouette, and as a low top? These things are fire.

The OG colorway, released in ‘95 as  hi-top was dubbed the Concord. They were basically a (Concord) White with Black colorway. Next came the “Bred” colorway. Picture this, Jordan wore them throughout the ‘95-96 season, as the Bulls were on their way to beating the Supersonics for the Championship. People lost their minds over this thing!


After the original, high-top XI’s came out, Jordan Brand dropped the XI Low in ‘96. And the colorway was, you guess it, a black, white, and red coloration. Fast forward many years and models and you get an instant sell-out whenever a pair, Low or Hi, is dropped.

So it goes to say, that these are an extremely popular pair of sneakers for customization and restoration projects. Check out these one of a kind “Dirty Bred” J. XI’s by Angelus Direct sponsored artist Zadeh. (Source:

They’re a take on that OG Bred colorway with a little bit of swag thrown in with the touch of snakeskin. Check out for more “Angelus Direct approved” custom work made with paint and products provided by yours truly! So you know the work is going to last. Plus, look at these things! They’re next level.

With the Low XI’s you can’t go wrong over the summer with a lighter colorway, or white-base silhouette with color accents along the patent leather mid-sole. The XI’s were also the first Jordan’s to use patent leather. So when if you’re customizing a pair of these for the first time, be sure to take a peek at the super handy “How To” section on our FAQ’s page for extra tips and tricks.

Either way, anything you do to a pair of Jordan XI’s is going to be an instant classic. These shoes were built for the GOAT during one of his greatest seasons, so you’re sure to kill it with a custom project. THese are Low’s that don’t feel too flimsy, and also give you plenty of space to spread your creativity on your canvas. So if you’re going to create something unique on a pair of Jordan XI Lows, good luck!

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25 Years of... Gel Lyte III's

This week marks the 25th anniversary of one of the unsung heros in the sneaker game—the Asics Gel Lyte III. These dropped back in 1991 as a beefy running shoe and have since gone through various tweaks and modifications. The modern versions of the Gel Lyte don’t really look like the colorful 90’s running shoe they once were, but either way, these shoes would be a great custom project.


If you need inspiration, check out these custom Gel III’s that our homie (and Angelus Direct sponsored artist) Jake of Dank & Co back in January. 


Classic Black and Red colorway Jordan 1 colorway? Clean. Check out his site at for other insane customs. This dude is a master for sure.

Back to this 25th anniversary drop. Asics are the Japanese footwear giants and they teamed up with Tokyo-based shop atmos, the super OG streetwear and footwear purveyors for this collaboration release. You might think that putting Japan’s oldest sneaker company and one of their finest streetwear shops together for an anniversary release would be dope, right? Well that’s questionable.


Admittedly, The 25th anniversary Gel Lyte III is pretty boring. It’s basically white-on-white-one white. If you wanted an a snowed out Gel Lyte, you could basically customize a regular, run of the mill pair with our Angelus White Paint and some White Laces from our sister company Lace Lab. Not that there’s anything wrong with all white shoes, put on all-white collob might be missing the point? Did each team come back with “all-white,” and they just went for it?

But on the flip side, if you wanted to do something creative you could buy these and paint them. They’re already white, so that’s basically a blank canvas. You could throw it ALL the way back to 1990 with some wild 90’s colorations.

Of course, these Gel Lyte’s are made with a high quality perforated leather, so that’s definitely an update. Unfortunately, you just can’t see that from far away.

The sneakers won’t be out until next week, and that’s only in Japan. So if you were planning on picking some up, you have some time to consider what you would do with them. In the meanwhile, let’s celebrate 25 years of an underdog in the sneaker game, the Gel Lyte III.


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What's The Agenda?

This past Wednesday and Thursday, we rolled out out to the always beautiful Long Beach, California for one of the biggest tradeshows around. We’re talking about the one and only Agenda Show.


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If you missed Long Beach, and aren’t trying to fly out to New York, the show rolls into Sin City next. We’re pretty excited about that one because we may or may not have a booth, but Angelus Direct will be in the building, so keep your eyes peeled for us either way!

It’s always good to get out and see what’s new, what’s up and coming, and of course, what the competition is up (only joking, chill). More so, one of the reel draws at any Agenda, Long Beach especially, is what people break out of the box.

And of course we mean sneakers. Agenda is always a what’s what of the newest, rarest, and wildest shoes in the game. We’re talking about just a bunch of Yeezy’s, although we did see a few here and there, people brought even crazier footwear.

One of the hot shoes out on the floor was the Jordan 1. People still go hard for the classic colors: red, black, and white.





We even saw a couple ultra clean all-whites.

 Some other heavy hitters came through, like the Supreme x Nike Star Dunk Hi’s. We even saw the Ray Gun SB’s from the classic, “Pink Box” era of Nike SB.

We know what you’re thinking, but it’s not like everyone there is wandering around staring at each other’s shoes. There was your quintessential “fashion blogger” snapping pictures of peoples shoes, but hey, that’s why people come out.

There were some good customs out in the mix, including J’s, Dunks, and what looked like the holy grail of customs, the Nike Air Mag. To be honest, we did try to snap a pic of those, but you know, crowds and hoverboards.

That brings us to the question: if you were at Agenda, what were you wearing?

Better yet, if you’re going to New York (July 20-21), or Las Vegas (August 17-19), what are you going to unleash? Let us know if and what you bring out for the show in upcoming months. We would love to see the real individual creativity!

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Keep Your Kicks Dry (And Don't Spill BBQ Sauce on Them)

Alright, so the Fourth of July is coming up in a couple days and you have your outfit laid out and your shoe game locked in. You’re going to a BBQ or a pool party or something fun.

Now what’s worse than spilling steak sauce or an adult beverage all up on your shirt?

Spilling them on YOUR shoes. That’s a real nightmare right there.

Picture this: you broke out a pair of Jordan 11’s, and you hit them with the Orange Galaxy Kit beforehand so they pop.

But the shorty you're dancing on has a one of those blue margaritas in her hand and someone bumps her and next thing you know—you’ve got drink spalshed all on your coveted J’s.

This is terrible thing to think about, we know! But time out: we’ve got you covered over here at Angelus Direct. Not only do we have the best paint to individualize your shoes, but we have top of the line shoe cleaner and waterproofing products for ultimate shoe care.

If you’re going to break out a pair of all whites, or even mostly white sneakers you definitely want them to look crisp. This is where are our Easy Cleaner comes in handy.

The easy cleaner is one of the most affordable products of its kind out on the market, while still being a top selling product with years of satisfied customers to back it up.

You can clean up almost any shoe material, from suede to satin with the Easy Cleaner. So be sure to hit whatever you’re wearing to the Fourth of July function.

Now back to this possible bad situation. You’re out on the dance floor doing your thing and a drink gets spilled on you, what happens?

Well if you sprayed your J11’s down with our Water & Stain Repellent, you’re going to be covered. As you can see in our handy video, this stuff works wonders.

So after you shined everything down with the Easy Cleaner, you’re going to want to spray your shoes down with two light coats of the Water Repellent.

If you’re bringing out the vintage Jordan 11’s, you want to keep that patent leather fresh from heel to toe. This is especially true if your creative output went into making these a one of a kind sneaker.

So remember, you don’t want to be the dude with messed up sneakers at the Independence Day party. Not only that, you don’t want all that hard work you did messed up because you had a margarita spilled all up over your shoes.

We want your shoes treated right!

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Bringing Back the Old-School with the Roshe LD-1000

Last week, Nike Sportswear announced the release of the Roshe LD-1000 in Obsidian and White, and for the OG Cortez fans, Black and White.

This follows on the heels of last weeks release of NikeLab’s version of LD-1000 in “Forrest Gump” colorway, complete with white upper and bright red Swoosh. Imagine Forrest running through the desert with his parka and beard and these bad boys.

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For those of us who slept on it, the Obsidian and White colorway is more-or-less your chance to grab a “version” of the fragment design x NikeLab Roshe LD-1000 SP release last October. If you recall, this one-off release looked like the love child of the modern Nike Roshe Run (One) and the Nike Cortez.

You get the quintessential Swoosh with the recognizable Roshe sole unit, instant classic.

Fragments design’s release had a few specific features that the Roshe LD-1000 will not, including an understated logo along the sole. But nonetheless, these are still a great staple for your summer wardrobe.

The Nike Cortez is an important part of Nike history. Originally created as Nike’s first track shoe in 1972, right around the time of the Summer Olympics, the Cortez has since become one of the Nike’s all time sleeper hits.

While it’s hard to imagine the last time Nike Heads rushed the spot for a Cortez release, the shoe holds it’s own as other silhouettes have come and gone during its 43 year history. During the subsequent 43 years, the Cortez has gone from the track field to the streets, and many places in between.

Long before the Cortez was associated with people yelling “Run, Forrest, Run” at each other, it was heavy in the streets of Southern California with Death Row Records set. You’ve probably seen pictures of Eazy E and Ice Cube rocking a pair of the classic black and whites somewhere on the Internet.

Since the black and white Cortez’s made their way to hip hop,  they’ve since become synonymous with Compton. Rapper Kendrick Lamar is often seen wearing a pair of Cortez Classic’s, much like his mentor and NWA predecessor Dr. Dre.

But as it has done many times in the past, Nike breathes life into the Cortez. The original shoe was a slimmer silhouette, made specifically for running, that came in loud, primary colors (think yellow on red on green).

That moved into a bulky, simplified version with neutral, block colorways as seen on your Forest’s and Eazy’s. Then comes the LD-1000, which trades in the original raised wedge “sponge-sole” for the Roshe Run sole, and tightens up the upper silhouette with a clean, textured mesh. What remains is the giant, so big and clean you can’t miss it, Swoosh.

For the classic Cortez, the Swoosh has always been the defining feature of the model. The Swoosh is easily customizable, and in most cases, it comes in white. This is your blank slank. The Cortez has always been unique in its simplicity, and the Roshe LD-1000 reinvention adds a second life to the original lifestyle runner.

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