The very first shoe I made, The Status, was a giveaway item and I only made 50 pair. It was heavily influenced by the Air Jordan 3 Retro and by the K1X Chiefglider. I wanted something that was familiar and performance, but it was so closely related to the Retro 3 I ended up letting it die and moving on very quickly when I realized that I couldn’t let my attraction to certain silhouettes influence the brand so early on. While a ton of other companies don’t care about showing their influence and paying homage, I just didn’t want to try to get into the market that way. The shoe even had a similar bottom to the Retro 2.
The Status by ARCH
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