A Forgotten Harlem Hustlers Shoe Gets An Update

August 4, 2017

Sole Collector reports that while the Diadora B. Elite was originally intended for tennis, the model migrated from its home of sport in the 1980s, and was adopted at a street level.

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Maybe the most infamous of its fans was the late Harlem drug czar Rich Porter, who can be seen sporting the shoes in a number of vintage photos.

That history of the model informs this new collaboration duo, a set designed by retail chain Social Status. The store’s owner, James Whitner, recalls the d-boys of his youth obsessing over court models like this, so his update stems partly from nostalgia.

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The Social Status x Diadora B. Elite “X Pic” takes the model in a new direction, dressing up two colorways with nappy suede, moccasin details, and bold stitching.

The “X Pic” Diadoras will release at all Social Status locations on August 5, 2017.

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