Friday, August 17th, 2012
About six weeks ago I did the British 10K with my beloved Run Dem Crew. Other Nike running crews flew in from all across the globe to take part in what we dubbed ‘Bridge the Gap‘ – an exercise in bringing together different worldwide crews to share their love of running and good times. To commemorate this, Nike gave a few of us the chance to iD a pair of sneakers and these bad boys are mine. Never Nike iD’d before? Check out the process below.
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
As most of you know by now, I’ve gotten kinda into the running thing. I’ve assembled a team of fly ladies to run the Paris Half Marathon with me (Team Bangs on the Run) and while yes, I am of course concerned about the training and how I’ll run 13 miles, I am still Bangs and a Bun, so naturally, how I’ll look and what I’ll wear for the occasion are paramount in my mind.
Enter Nike iD. One of my Twitter followers, the delightful @missmei messaged me a few weeks back, letting me know that she works for Nike iD and would love to hook me up with a pair of custom trainers. Well, how could I turn an offer like that down?!
Last week I went to Nike Town in London where Miss Mei and crew gave me the VIP treatment and helped me create my very own Bangs and a Bun trainer. And I gotta tell ya, I’m just A LITTLE BIT EXCITED ABOUT IT!!
First, they do a gait analysis on you, which is where they put you in a pair of trainers and make you run on a treadmill for about 20 seconds while they film your running technique to assess what type of shoe will be best for you. (Side note: new runners, it is essential that you get this done to make sure you’re running in something that will support you properly). After that, they take you through to the Nike iD Cube, where you can select the style of trainer you want. I opted for the Nike Lunar Glide+ 2, which really feel great to run in.
Next, I was taken upstairs to the exclusive Nike iD lounge, where Miss Mei and I sat at a big Mac computer, with some fabric swatches and carefully selected the colour for each part of my trainers. I’m telling you now, if you want to get this done, set aside some time! My GAD! The choice is overwhelming. And you need to pick a colour for everything; front, back, sole, tongue, laces, fly wire – you can say exactly which colour you want where. By the end of it, it seemed like I’d recruited half the Nike staff to help me with my decisions. Coins were tossed, show of hands were done, I even went with the old school ‘eenie meenie, miny, mo’ at one point.
But the creme de la creme is, of course, that you can put some lettering on the tongue of the shoe. And you know I had to represent – so yes, on the right tongue, it says ‘Bangs’, on the left tongue it says ‘Bun.’ Check out the supa flyness:
The shoes take four weeks to make and I’m already excited like a kid at Christmas. I can’t wait to be flying through the streets of Paris in these. Expect another blog post with me modelling them from every angle when I finally get them.
For more information about Nike iD, check it out here.