Friday, June 14, 2019

adidas Spezial SS19 Second Collection

Following on from the first installment of its Spring/Summer 2019 collection, adidas Spezial has returned with a second capsule for the season. For the second capsule from SS19, adidas Spezial continues to take inspiration from London-based adidas collector Robert Brooks, and reference styles in his extensive archive. The stand-out sneaker in the pack is the Silverbirch SPZL, which is based around the adidas Denver silhouette and is named after the area in London where Robert grew up. The shoe’s light blue and orange color palette is also reflected in an accompanying apparel range. Other silhouettes in the new drop include the Glxy SPZL, based on the Galaxy sneaker, and the Earlham, which is a new hybrid sneaker from Spezial and is based around court sneakers and the adidas Gaea 950 silhouette. Take a look at the campaign video for the capsule below, and expect the latest adidas Spezial SS19 collection to drop on June 21st.

Reebok Instapump Fury “All-Over Logo”

Reebok delivers another graphic take on the Instapump Fury with a duo of logo-heavy shoes exclusive to Japan, dropping as part of the shoe’s 25th-anniversary celebration. Offered in neutral tones, the shoes yield distinctive takes on the exaggerated branding, making the most of the layered logos. Two colorways are on hand: black/steel/white and gravel/black/white, each with a slightly tweaked rendition of the all-over logo print. The former sports stark monochrome hues, imparting stark contrast via the white “REEBOK” text and vector logos atop its black upper. Its counterpart boasts a muted print, sporting a slight reflective element to distinguish the pattern against the black base, while the branding atop the vamp and heel is executed in bold yellow for the maximum disparity. Both shoes feature white midsoles and black outsoles, a neutral counterpoint to the distinctive uppers. The all-over logo Instapump Fury sneakers hit Reebok Japan’s site on June 17th.

New Balance Drops Kawhi Leonard T-Shirts to Coincide With NBA Finals Victory

The Toronto Raptors has just won its first-ever NBA Finals, and Kawhi Leonard is at the front of it all as MVP. To celebrate New Balance has put together some celebratory merch centered around statements tied to Leonard. Coming in a slew of monochromatic T-shirts, various slogans are emblazoned across each piece. On top of the “Fun Guy.” T-shirts that New Balance has already put out, another popularized statement “Board Man Gets Paid.” is placed in a thin serif font above a small New Balance logo. The former four-word phrase is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the fun trash talk Leonard used to say with his college and high school opponents. New Balance’s Kawhi Leonard “Board Man Gets Paid.” and “Fun Guy.” T-shirts will be available for pre-order on June 14th, 11 a.m. EST at newbalance.com.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Kyle Kuzma Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex

The latest guest on Complex's hit series Sneaker Shopping is Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma. Throughout the interview, the young star discussed the sneakers he wore to play basketball growing up in Flint, Michigan, the Air Jordan 1 is his favorite shoe, impressing LeBron James with some of his sneaker choices, hooping in the infamous Dada Spinners as a child, his endorsement deal with GOAT, and more.

Bait x Reebok Instapump Fury "Toy Story 4"

BAIT and Reebok have teamed up to reveal two unique Toy Story-inspired takes on the ever-popular Instapump Fury. Both Buzz Lightyear and Woody are represented on designer Steven Smith’s cut-out 1994 classic, and each pair features details that will undoubtedly delight fans of the silhouette and the animated film series alike. Buzz Lightyear’s recognizable white, purple, and green space suit is superimposed perfectly onto the Instapump’s upper, with striped accents present on the midfoot/tongue, the latter of which also features a bold red Pump button for a clever nod to the hero’s signature laser beam. Meanwhile, the ever-lovable and loyal Woody receives a blue and yellow makeup, with cow-print midfoot overlays inspired by his vest, a patterned sock liner that draws from his Western shirt, and a gum outsole inspired by his boots. An official release date has not yet been announced, but both pairs will likely arrive sometime around the film’s release on June 20th.

Patta’s Air Jordan 7 Releases Globally On June 15th

Patta‘s colorful motifs have long been a part of the Nike label, though in slight but still colorful departure, the Amsterdam-based imprint is moving on to its first collaboration with the Jumpman, choosing the Air Jordan 7 as the canvas for its modification. While a much smaller release took place back in May, we’re fortunate to see a second coming of the earth-toned model whose brown suedes add some smooth contrast to the underlays’ soft pink shade. Branded notes of “Patta” in elegant typography rests confidently right atop the midsole with muted red hits scattering across the outsole, back tab, and tongue. If you weren’t quite lucky enough to get your hands on a pair the first time, expect to see them hitting select retailers and Nike SNKRS on June 15th.

Craig Green x adidas Kamanda SS20 Collection

British designer Craig Green is one of the few to entirely bask in eccentricity with many of his apparel make-ups donning modifications by way of intersecting laces or even modular bodies. After a few murmurs of him heading over to Beaverton’s way, the eclectic is officially pursuing footwear under the flags of the Three Stripes with the Kamanda being the first silhouette to don his quite adventurous choice of textures. Revealed in two varieties, the first is one toned down upon first glance and then surprisingly unique upon the next as its choice of slightly translucent overlays and glossy under adds an almost plastic sheen whose reflections cough up a few iridescent refractions. In heavy departure, the next is a snake-like show piece crafted in what looks to be one singular piece as scales cascade from the toe to the rear in illusory perpetuity. Sole units match in their wave-like pattern while the coinciding pair opts for the look of the original.

Reigning Champ x ASICS “Kyoto Edition” Collaboration

Inspired by traditional textiles and weathered wooden patina, the “Kyoto Edition” collaboration blends Reigning Champ’s athleisure sensibilities with ASICS’ technical know-how, yielding an array of summer-ready garments and function-focused running shoes. A dip-dyed jacket and black tracksuit sport anatomical seams, accessible pockets and breathable panels, simultaneously allowing for maximum warm-weather comfort and fighting the elements. More dark-hued goods appear elsewhere, with running shorts, leggings and socks executed in monochrome hues, juxtaposed against earth-toned tees to reinforce the organic inspiration. The collaborative “Kyoto Edition” pack hits Reigning Champ’s website, ASICS.com and select retailers of each brand on June 15th. Expect the next four collaborative drops to follow in the coming months. In the meantime, watch the campaign video below.

John Geiger Delivers Exclusive "Grey/Lime" 002

John Geiger‘s eponymous sneaker imprint only just introduced a special model for the month of May, but already has its next special project ready to go. Geiger’s next move is delivering a special “Grey/Lime” colorway of his signature 002 sneakers to Anrosa, just in time for Paris Fashion Week. French boutique Anrosa offers a variety of goods from labels ranging from Off-White™ to Acne Studios, yielding an array of curated contemporary clothing that proves a natural fit for Geiger’s sleek sneaker. Offered with a minimalist grey upper, Geiger replaces his signature red stitches around the ankle with a lime-green finish, matching the pull-tab that tightens the ankle opening. Black pull tabs on either side of the shoe offer a slight contrast to the muted design, complementing the bi-color round laces that encircle the model. A stark white runner outsole reinforces the shoe’s sporty, running shoe inspiration and guarantees a clean finish for the tall model. The exclusive Grey/Lime 002 sneakers will exclusively launch via Anrosa’s website and a storefront on June 17th.

Givenchy Jaw Raised Sock Sneaker

Made in Italy, the sneakers are constructed with jersey-knit fabrication, with hits of red streaks subtly placed throughout its upper. The top collar comes ribbed with grey stripes, complete with a subtle ripstop pull tab. The laces come in grey, held by a branded rubber plaque. Leather panels appear at the lower sidewalls, underscored by black plastic guards. Rounding up the design of the sneaker, its white midsole comes with jagged treading and slight ridges that bear the shape of large teeth. The Givenchy Jaw Sock Sneaker is currently available at select retailers for $833 USD.