Nouveau chez / New at: “Fing,” “Redgrave” & “Studio Sidhe” + “Aoharu,” “Kalrau,” “Madesigns”….

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Following the review we did on the new Athlete Sneakers from Redgrave (read below the cut), Viola Leigh, the designer, decided to make several improvements to her great latest creation: A resize script will be added in the shoes for an easier fitting, the basic size will be smaller, fitting most common avatar size, and last but not least, a version without the upper laces will be added in the pack, to allow a better look when the sneakers are worn with long untucked pants. Residents who already bought the “Athlete Sneakers” can ask Viola Leigh the new version. Just send her a notecard showing your transaction history for the original purchase, title it like that: “Athlete Sneakers update - Your_Name” . Thank you so much Viola for being so customer conscious! :-)

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

Review and Credits after the jump!

Redgrave new Athlete Sneakers — Viola Leigh just released new sneakers for “Redgrave.” Sculpty prims are probably the best building choice for sneakers and casual shoes (I still consider classic prims unsurpassed for dress shoes, though!). The new model I’m showing today is new evidence of the benefit of nicely worked sculpties. They show a cool shape and a nice realistic texture. Their high cut makes them more suitable to wear with short pants or wiith pants tucked in them.

These sneakers come in six colors and you can mod them to fit your avatar. I like modify shoes, since I sometimes want to be able to tint them to perfectly match an outfit. On the other hand, manual size adjusting without these amazing menu-driven scripts that you can now find in many shoes can be a bit tedious. You will have to shrink these new sneakers since their original size is pretty big. Remember you have to set your feet to zero when you wear shoes, and adjust their size harmoniously with your avatar size. First of all, copy and paste both freshly out of the box shoes, rename the copies adding “TEMPLATE” to their name, and keep them to create new copies in case of a problem during adjustment. Use these backup copies for nothing else! The question I get asked regularly about manual shoe fitting is: “How can I make them easily the same size?” Sure your eyes are not enough, especially on SL where distortions due to your camera angle are so huge. This is how I do it: Wear the shoe, select one of them and choose “Edit” on the pie menu. Then click the “more” button if it is not selected already; click the “stretch” radio button in the upper part of the edition window. With the white handles, resize the first shoe following your needs. Click the “Object” tab; look up the x, y and z numbers in the “size” area and write them down. When you’re done, you may want move the shoe to adjust it perfectly. Same for the second shoe. Try to stretch or shrink it until the numbers in the “size” area match exactly those you wrote down. It’s a bit tedious, thank you Linden Lab, because you don’t see these numbers while you are moving the handles.

Second trap, you can’t simply type the numbers you wrote down in the fields. For some linked prims reasons, it would ruin your shoe by modifying only the size of the root prim, not the others. Remember that stretching or shrinking your attachment can move them out of their original axis. You will have to adjust their position. When modifying these new “Athlete Sneakers,” I advise you to adjust their vertical position like this: Push them to the top until you can see the feet showing under the invisiprim placed under the sole of the sneakers. Then push them back down to the bottom slowly, just to the point where you can’t see the feet at all. I know, it’s not a piece of cake, especially when you’re not used to it, but are you buying new shoes to look good or not? So you need them finely adjusted and have to spend a bit of time on this! Remember you won’t have to waste your time polishing or cleaning your shoes in SL, so you can invest some time once to get your shoes fitted, and you will have them perfect forever!

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 4/5 - Price: 4/5 - Value for money: 4/5

Also showing: new jewelry for men by “Fing,” with a nice set of bracelets and necklace available in three beads options sold at a lovely price (necklace shown, plus an older but still interesting wallet chain), and “Studio Sidhe” with deliciously detailed root style bracelets and necklaces (bracelet is shown), available in two colors, one more of the very nice hair styles from “Madesigns,” a cool, fun and cheap T-Shirt from “Aoharu,” socks from “Detour,” and a realistic pair of capris from “Kalrau.”


• Tee-Shirt / T-Shirt:
AOHARU_BT_SpyderT-Shirt_White (70 Lindens/color, 340 Lindens/pack of 7, Perms: C/NM/NT),
@ Aoharu [Designer & Address]

• Pantalon / Pants:
KR Capri Black (250 Lindens, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Kalrau [Designer & Address]

• Chaussettes / Socks:
[Detour] Sporty Socks - White - Short (200 Lindens/pack of 5 colors in long and short version, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Detour [Designer & Address]

• Souliers / Shoes:
[*RG*] Athlete Sneakers -Black/Grey- (290 Lindens/color, 690 Lindens/pack of 3, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Redgrave [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bracelet:
:+:SS:+: Bone & Silver Engraved Bracelet - Black (150 Lindens, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Studio Siddhe [Designer & Address]

• Chaine de portefeuille, Collier / Wallet Chain, Necklace:
Wallet Chain-Razor Blade (150 Lindens, Perms: C/M/NT),
Beaded Necklace-Coconut (150 Lindens/pack including necklace and two bracelets, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Fing [Designer & Address]

• Coiffure / Hair:
MADesigns Hair - Jin in Shiny Black 1 (300 Lindens/pack of 3 close colors, 1800 Lindens/12 packs of 3 close colors, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Madesigns Hair [Designer & Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT, recolor scripted hat),
@ Shapes by Zada [Designer & Address]

• Skin:
Neo Normal skin Stubble (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer & Address]

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  1. nice hair and nice socks! men often forget about those
    good choice of hair from our range with this outfit. looks nice on you Ben

    Comment by — 21 January 2009 @ 4:42

  2. Mr Vanguard looks simply yummy in this outfitt <3 <3

    Comment by Dominic Palisades — 21 January 2009 @ 10:12

  3. i love the overall look here - the hair really fits well with this - the sneakers are unbelievably realistic well done Ben great pics

    Comment by swaffette Firefly — 21 January 2009 @ 13:58

  4. Love the tee. Gettin that. Great choice of hair. That’s def my fave at the moment :D

    Comment by Takeshi Kiama — 23 January 2009 @ 5:12

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