Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Air Jordan 4 "Florida Gators" PE

The Oklahoma Sooners aren't the only college football team with their own suede Air Jordan 4 PEs. Joining the elite ranks are the Florida Gators, who received exclusive Jordan 4s over the holidays ahead of their Peace Bowl win against fellow Jordan Brand torchbearers, the Michigan Wolverines. Now, resell shop Margaux is offering the best look yet at the sneakers. Said to be just one of 140 pairs worldwide, the Florida Gators Jordan 4 PE include a royal blue suede upper, Gators logos in place of the Jumpman on the tongue, clear outsoles and wings, and a paint splatter treatment on the wings and midsole. Although this pair was an exclusive to Gators players, Margaux has obtained a size 14 in the sneakers which is available now for $7,500.

Nike's Auto-Lacing Basketball Sneaker Is Here

After announcing a self-lacing basketball sneaker during its Q2 earnings call and dropping a teaser earlier this month, Nike has finally revealed the next chapter of Adapt. Picking up where the HyperAdapt 1.0 left off, the Adapt BB takes the Swoosh's power-lacing concept to the basketball court with updated technology and a retail price that's less than half of its predecessor. More than just a cool, futuristic feature, the Adapt BB's self-lacing capability was designed to be practical for players, whose feet might swell up to a half-size more than normal during the course of a game, according to Nike.

adidas Rivalry Hi

The Rivalry Hi, built with leather materials and a thicker sole with exposed stitching, will look to compete with others the category by re-issuing two famed original colorways – the “Knicks” edition worn by Patrick Ewing, and the sportier Black/White model. The adidas Rivalry relaunch commenced with a collaboration with Eric Emanuel in late 2018, but purists will certainly point to these OGs as the true start if the 2019 chapter. Of course this isn’t the first time this high-top hoops shoe was re-released, but the brand is looking to re-tell the story of this model as trends shift back to the “vintage” aesthetic of thicker, leather-built footwear.

New Balance 997H

With a legacy of silhouettes behind them, the 99X line-up hailed from New Balance’s many efforts have surely reveled in the limelight for decades now, pushing its timeless design through years of changing trends. While new models seldom release from the Boston-based label, it seems that 2019 will be a turning point as they are now set to update one of their most revered icons with the 997H. Tackling its previously high barrier to entry, the newest iteration is a much more affordable alternative that sits at an accessible $90 USD price point. With almost no cut corners, the newest iteration features a heap of innovations with the GCEVA construction and modified outsole pushing the familiar design into a more modern realm. Synthetic leathers, suede, mesh, and various accents hold true to the ideals of the brand while its assortment of bright hues call back to previous colorways.

Converse Perks x Mini PAM Chuck Taylor 70

In partnership with Misha Hollenbach’s and Shauna Toohey’s Perks and Mini imprint, the impactful collaborative duo have begun a series of mutations, taking the humble Chuck 70 and revising it with an outer shroud. Constructed in a PrimaLoft fabrication, a highly technical thermal material that features a quilted texture throughout, the second layer to the upper can be unzipped to reveal a more contemporary canvas model, hitting the profile with notes of typography. Usual branding found along the heel and tongue come flipped in asymmetric fashion, highlighting the cobranded affair while completing this deconstructive ensemble with a meticulous attention to detail.

Off-White™, Cactus Plant & More Team-Up With A$AP Mob for Yam's Day Merch

This year’s Yams Day is coming back to New York, Brooklyn to be specific, with a new batch of merch options in partnership with some of today’s buzziest brands. Ahead of this week’s festivities, a new preview shows a span of apparel releases led by a Champion hoodie and sweatpants by Virgil Abloh’s Off-White™. Next up is a selection from Cactus Plant Flea Market, A$AP Illz’s Disco Inferno line and A$AP Twelvyy’s LYBB. Amongst the items, you’ll find Pro Club-designed airbrushed pieces dedicated to A$AP Yams along with a t-shirt in memory of Fredo Santana. Proceeds from Fredo Santana’s merchandise will go to his family with proceeds from remaining items going to the A$AP Foundation which was founded by A$AP Yams’ mom, Tatiana Paulino. Yam’s Day officially happens on January 17th.

Maison Margiela Iridescent GAT Replica Sneaker

The 1970s-inspired sneakers are based on the German Army Trainers, also known as GAT, which have become quite an iconic silhouette after brothers Adi and Rudolf Dassler, respective founders of adidas and PUMA, designed the sneakers for military use. The Parisian fashion house took note of the design and began employing their own premium twist to the sneaker in the early 2000s. Following a string of recently-released iridescent-laced footwear, such as last year’s Retro Fit Low Sneaker, the brand has now made an updated rendition of the Replica trainers. Donning a black outsole, the iridescent patent-leather uppers are met with a black leather insole and matching laces.

Monday, January 14, 2019

New Balance 1500 "Brown/Black/White"

New Balance’s special made-in-the-UK models are known for two things: their impeccable quality and keen attention to detail. They’re sneakers seemingly constructed with the touch of a lifelong cobbler, truly luxurious creations that harken back to a different time in footwear. They’re also an important part of NB’s lifestyle offerings season after season, and now the latest pair to arrive to market is a New Balance 1500, done up in a refined combo of black and brown. Smooth black suede meets buttery brown leather on the upper, while light brown mesh underlays provide exemplary contrast. Grey accents, on both the leather tongue and the two-tone midsole, round off the detailing, and New Balance’s patent ENCAP technology ensure that this 1500 feels as good as it looks.

Nike Basketball Teases A Game-Changing New Shoe Officially Unveiling On January 15th

When it comes to their on-court basketball footwear, Nike has always pushed the limits of what’s possible in the world of performance. From Zoom Air to React foam, Flywire to Flyknit, the Swoosh Brand has a laundry list of technological innovations under their bulging belt. Now, they’re set to introduce yet another one: an Adapt basketball shoe, complete with power lacing. Although the silhouette itself has not yet been revealed, Nike recently posted a short teaser video that showed some of basketball’s brightest young stars like Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma, and De’Aaron Fox trying the shoes on, and their delighted disbelief when the self-lacing system’s motor begins to whir is exactly what you’d expect. The video also hints at the shoe’s ability to connect with the wearer’s phone, potentially so they can customize the fit or cushioning level. Check the teaser video out for yourself below.

Skate Legend Tony Hawk Discusses Air Jordan 1s, Supreme, And More

Tony Hawk is to skateboarding what Michael Jordan is to basketball. A figure who managed to transcend his sport via his exceptional skill on a board just as much as his marketability off of it, the Birdhouse Skateboards head is a truly beloved figure worldwide. As the latest guest on Complex’s long-running Sneaker Shopping series with Joe La Puma, Hawk both shared old-school skate stories and gave his unfiltered takes on footwear, both then and now. He nods to the genesis of the Air Jordan 1 as a skate sneaker, stating “I don’t know how I came upon them, but they were like, “Here’s these Nikes.” We didn’t know they were going to be iconic, we were just skate rats. We were just looking to get free gear.” He also speaks highly of Vans, stating his belief that the California brand “Was the original skate shoe. When I was young, I wanted Vans. Vans Off the Wall, Vans Off the Wall.”