Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Vivienne Westwood x ASICS Gel Saga Collaboration

Vivienne Westwood and ASICS Tiger are set to release their latest Gel Saga collaboration taking inspiration from Renaissance art. Highlighted by its colorful image of a baby angel with wings on its heels. The rest of the upper is done in Powder Blue mesh with Grey suede overlays. Royal Blue adds bold contrast on the Tiger Stripes, along with Orange hints on the tongue, heel and upper eyelets. Its insole and outsole continues with the mythological inspiration atop a clean White midsole. Look for the Vivienne Westwood x ASICS Gel Saga collaboration to release in the coming months.

A Ma Maniere x adidas Crazy BYW Low

Atlanta-based boutique A Ma Maniere has unveiled its upcoming Adidas Consortium collaboration on the Crazy BYW Low. The modern basketball silhouette is given a premium feel, thanks to its luxurious purple, burgundy, and tan color palette. A burgundy neoprene bootie is covered by a matching perforated suede overlay. Purple highlights the eyelets and elastic ankle collar. A tan tumbled leather mudguard, black suede heel pull tab, and black plastic overlay on each lateral side panel complete the upper. Special branding hits include an "A" debossed into each heel tab, "A Ma Maniere" written on the lateral ankle collar and co-branded insoles. The pair sits atop a popular Boost midsole inspired by the Feet You Wear technology introduced in the '90s. Look for the A Ma Maniere x Adidas Crazy BYW Low to release exclusively at A Ma Maniere flagships and a-ma-maniere.com on Saturday, April 20th for $220 USD.

Air Jordan 1 High OG 85 Releasing On Black Friday

The unforgettable tale of the NBA banning the black and red colorway in 1985 has served as the backbone to Jordan Brand’s entire approach to storytelling behind footwear. Over the years, we’ve seen the infamous color combo make its return in various forms, with the most recent occurrence going down In 2016 when the brand made its most impactful push with the largest-scale re-issue it's ever seen. This Black Friday, it is being reported that Jordan Brand is releasing the shoe one more time with a focus on all the original details, including the higher ankle, the leather materials, and accurate dimensions. It’s also shedding the Retro High OG designation for a High OG 85, suggesting that this trim is a true one-to-one re-creation. Currently, a release on November 29th (Black Friday) is expected with an MSRP of $160.

Steve Harrington x Nike Air Force 1 "Earth Day"

Nike is ushering in their colorful Earth Day celebrations, upgrading three of its icons, the Air Force 1, Blazer Low, and Cortez, in total Flyleather constructions with colorful artworks by Steve Harrington pushing its green initiatives that much further. Simplistic in their execution, each silhouette dons a base white tone with the various vibrant modifications by the LA-based artist covering up usual iconography while also breaking up any hits of one-noted monotony. Motifs play on the Earth in variation, designing various mosaics with the bulky classic portraying a toon-like character holding the planet a la Atlas the titan; the Cortez features the same humanoid hugging the orbital body in protective paranoia. Taking things in a slightly different direction, the Blazer Low personifies the globe as it walks gleefully with its swinging arms and legs.

adidas Ozweego “Nose Candy Mandy”

Pusha T delivered one of the best day-time main stage performances at this past weekend’s Coachella, performing atop a snow-capped mountain clad in a snowy all-white setting. Matching his angelic garb was a never-before-seen pair of shoes by adidas – a 1-of-1 colorway of the upcoming Ozweego re-issue made just for the headliner at the music festival. Dubbed the “Nose Candy Mandy”, these specialties once again refer to his past as a neighborhood pusher, much like his previous collaborative endeavors with the trefoil label such as the EQT Guidance and Ultra Boost iterations. This lifestyle-driven revival of the late-1990s model will certainly be a larger plot-line for Originals as the year continues, so stay tuned for more on the 2019 edition of the classic Ozweego.

Todd Snyder x New Balance 990v3 “Dark Ale”

The 990v3 “Dark Ale” is the darker-hued sibling to last years exclusive sneaker, crafted in the USA once again from premium vegetable tanned leather. The menswear designer’s favorite brew, pale ale, is used as the sneakers reference point for its full-bodied colorway. Sporting a mixture of premium leather, suede, and micro-mesh, the 990v3 “Dark Ale” is designed to get better with age thanks to a chemical-free tanning process. Wearing the sneaker will encourage it to develop a natural patina, a nod to Snyder’s appreciation for traditional Mid-Western quality craftsmanship. The “Dark Ale” iteration sits atop a white and cream colored ENCAP sole unit featuring a carbon fibre spring plate for added support and comfort. 3M heel tabs round off the collaborative pair. Priced at $199 USD, head to toddsnyder.com to pick up your pair of the exclusive Todd Snyder x New Balance 990v3 “Dark Ale.”

Blueface Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex

On the latest episode of Sneaker Shopping, Joe La Puma is joined by LA’s Blueface. The 22-year old rapper reflects on his high school football career highlights and his favorite sneaker silhouette: Nike’s Huarache. Despite his youth, Blueface has already experienced major success with his single “Thotiana,” which recently peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. With the G-Eazy, YG & ALLBLACK collaboration, “West Coast,” under his belt, Blueface took a victory lap at Flight Club to pick up some new shoes. Check out the video clip above.

New Balance 997S "Moroccan Tile"

Balanced out with clean white leather overlays, the rich shades in the new “Moroccan Tile” colorway provide a vivid color scheme throughout the classic style. This edition of the 997S features dark blue mesh and white leather paneling on the upper. The deep purple magenta hue coats several elements of the shoe, including the back heel, subtle details on the tongue logo and the reflective “N” patch at the quarter. Navy returns as a color-blocked element on the outsole, contrasting against the black base. New Balance’s signature ENCAP technology in its traditional beige shade is equipped at the midsole to finish off the sneaker. Priced at $147 USD, the New Balance 997S “Moroccan Tile” is available at select retailers.

Nike SB Dunk High “Walk the Dog”

The upcoming kicks are laden with animal prints and other canine references, including textured fabrications and specific colors that mimic a true stroll in the dog park. Along the upper, several layered compartments evoke the puppy narrative, including a spotted Dalmatian pattern at the quarter, a back heel coated with pony hair for furry aesthetic and green suede overlays that are meant to resemble grass. Nike has also revamped its Swoosh to simulate a dog leash by utilizing a coarser material, splashing the check with bright red for a bold contrast. The brand added a hint of brown on the outsole to symbolize “stepping on poop,” while a unique graphic featuring a picture of dogs (owned by Nike employees) has been emblazoned on the insole. Simple white laces, which can be swapped for brown, finish everything off. The SB Dunk High “Walk the Dog” edition is priced at $110 USD. Expect the style to hit Nike’s webstore beginning on April 20th.

Reebok Pump Fury OG "Millennium"

Reebok keeps digging through its own archives as the sportswear label celebrates the Instapump’s 25th anniversary. The latest retro silhouette to hit retailers is the Pump Fury Millennium, last seen in 2001. An appropriate shoe for the Y2K era, the Pump Fury Millennium is anything but subtle, with glossy gold metallics playing across the upper with stark black outlines for contrast. Open panels at the midfoot grant the sneaker extra summertime breathability, while the namesake pump button at the tongue allows for a customizable, comfortable fit. Reebok’s grippy DMX technology informs the road-ready outsole, with more sporty accents coming by way of the stylized “FURY” branding at the toe and heel, adding a little extra glitz to the futuristic design.