Sambas are excellent shoes for biking around the city. This can explain part of their popularity. They have very stiff soles that don’t flex on the pedals and are relatively flat on the bottom which helps your feet fit nicely on the pedals.
N0w we can move on to other important matters! Like why people wait in lines for hours outside sneaker shops for new Nike Flights even though they don’t play basketball. And why do people who aren’t Crips wear British Knights???
The three amigos of samba want to know. Seriously, they’re tired of Elite Sports on Mission always being out of size 12′s!
Our friend Heather found this notice posted up at SF General, where she works:
Do not wear while going to Dynamo Donuts, El Metate, or Humphrey Slocombe
Probably best not to risk looking like you have a reputable job when patronizing said establishments anyway, you might look like you can actually afford it here.
Last minute gift idea! Our pal Cleveland Motley recently launched his very own bag business, Motley Goods, based right here in the Mission. Everything’s handmade by Cleveland, and the star of the show seems to be the “Weekender”:
Our medium roll-top backpack.
The Weekender, trimmed in leather is a great do-it-all bag.
Designed to be small and refined enough to take to work, yet large enough to be your ticket out of town.
Its heavy-duty waterproof Cordura nylon exterior and separate waterproof vinyl liner combine with leather trim to become a modern design and rugged utilitarian tool.
18″ x 12″ x 6.5″ give the Weekender 23L of internal capacity.
Three large external pockets
Optional 17″ padded laptop sleeve
One 6-inch velcro closed internal pocket
Thick foam back pad
Leather straps, choice of leather or nylon trim
Cordura exterior fabric – available in six colors
Heavy vinyl liner
Secondary Velcro roll top closure
Boom. Our other pal Nattles wore it around for just a couple of days and got hammered with compliments the whole time, presumably because it looks both gorgeous and like serious business. The rolltop on top and a healthy amount of velcro throughout ensure everything stays nice and dry, and the leather straps and trim ensure you look dope.
See the official Weekender page (with more pics of the bag in more colors) here. Or check out the rest of the Motley catalog (which includes a huge backpack, a basket bag, a pannier/backpack, and a satchel) here.
Here it is in action:
Black pennant, orange ball, SF Giants, nothing more. This minimalist design by Ian Johnson really speaks to me.