When The Man decides to bring back a classic, it too often results in a bastardized, sickly unrecognizable form -- like the Planet of the Apes remake, or when some Beethoven guy stodgily de-pimped that bumpin' Walter Murphy dance track. Now a lone sneaker cries out, "Let's keep it real!": the original British Knights have returned
After a decade-plus absence, BK's just resurrected itself with four totally vintage models, thereby restoring to the throne the company responsible for at least six of former pitchman M.C. Hammer's pools. Made with circa 1989 molds and patterns, the kicks're stitch-for-stitch-identical to the BKs every kid was issued as they stepped onto the Double Dare soundstage (while Marc Summers stood in the corner, practicing his pretending-not-to-be- deathly-afraid-of-people face). The initial line's made up of the black n' white Leader hi-top, the superfluously Velcro-strapped Ultra, the tennis-y Kings SL Lo, and the Letters Lo, whose pebbled BK logo dominates half a side of each shoe -- by 80s standards, a great leap forward in "tasteful understatement"
Despite the line's mostly flawless re-execution, even BK couldn't resist the siren song of collaboration with its Supreme Hi Strap: a funky-graphic'd number from designer Pro Wolf Master, it's also known as the Purple Wizard Moccasin -- apparently BK believes that if you're gonna tweak a classic, there's no point in holding back on the purple. Or the wizard.