Thursday, March 21, 2019

adidas Yung-96 "Navy/Red"

Clearly pushing forward with the Yung-96 as one of its premier Originals silhouettes, adidas continues to refresh the chunky model with a myriad of new and exciting color schemes. Drawing inspiration from its Yung-1 predecessor, the 96 equips an over-layered upper with a slue of color blocking capabilities including this sporty combination of Navy and Red featured here. Black, white, and grey are mixed in as well to provide the offering with a neutral base, and a quick hit of head-turning volt takes shape on the bottom of its sole unit and on its Trefoil brand heel stamp as a clear focal point. Avid Three Stripes enthusiasts looking for another Yung-96 to lace up this Spring will be able to do so upon their arrival on adidas.com and at other retailers soon.

Balenciaga Triple S "Neon Green"

Demna Gvasalia’s Balenciaga has done the adventurous over and over again with each release becoming more outlandish than the rest. While they plastered dress shirts with basic crewneck tees and excessively layered winter coats, their iconic Triple S stays headstrong in its ever-expanding assortment of colorways. Taking from sneaker culture almost blatantly, the newest to brace the market is a bold neon green ensemble with the characteristically imposing sole resembling Air Max in its full translucence. Check out the all-new Triple S Neon Green below.

Air Jordan 4 Retro GS "Monsoon Blue"

Celebrating 30 fruitful years of the Air Jordan 4 silhouette, we have seen the Jumpman put together a number of intriguing new colorways of the time-tested creation including a slue of pairs just for girls. Highlighted by the previously released “For The Love Of The Game” variety, Jordan is set to welcome a brand new “Monsoon Blue” version to the family next month. Hinging on an iridescent glow, this AJ4’s color scheme combines flashes of its namesake together with Armory Blue and Melon Tint as well, while its midsole and reinforced lace stays equip a much-needed contrasting white note. Releasing in sizing for girls, little kids, and toddlers grab a first look at the newest Jordan 4 ahead and stay tuned for release updates in advance of its April 4th drop.

New Store Alert: KITH Announces New London Store

KITH has announced plans for its first international store, partnering with Selfridges to take the brand to London. The new space, KITH’s eighth in total, will be housed in a custom-build designed with Snarkitecture, offering the New York-based label’s signature aesthetic and shopping experience. It will also feature a number of classic KITH design features, including 100 Jordan 8 casts, illuminated marble herringbone and glass fin fixtures. The Selfridges space is also set to include a KITH Treats location, marking the cereal bar’s second international outpost and its first in Europe. KITH’s London store will stock all men’s releases and will be the only location to stock the brand’s entire Russell collaboration under one roof. The store is set to open on April 5th.

New Balance x 43einhalb's 1500 "The Trip"

New Balance and 43einhalb’s M150043EH “THE TRIP” collaboration utilizes colors that emulate the various unique looks of the most striking natural British landscapes; the cliffs of Dover, the deep teal tones of the English channel and the region’s grey drystone walls were all looked to for inspiration. The design of New Balance and 43einhalb’s joint offering was created during a trip that the latter brand’s operators took to New Balance’s Made In England factory for the 1500’s 30th anniversary. During that visit, New Balance gave 43einhalb’s designers the opportunity to make their own 1500, and this multi-toned shoe became the end result.

Louis Vuitton LV 408 Trainer Collection

Serving as Virgil Abloh‘s first sneaker for Louis Vuitton, the LV 408 Trainer has stood out as a notable piece in the designer’s inaugural collection for the fashion house. Looking to highlight the shoe, LV recently launched a campaign which takes the sneaker to the hardwood, investigating its unique basketball inspiration. Made in Italy, each shoe reportedly takes six hours of stitching and is made of 106 components, 20 pieces just to make the sole itself. Undeniably marked with quality, LV408 Trainer exudes an aesthetic associated with retro sportswear and informed by the luxury of LV. Check out the campaign and head over to louisvuitton.com to pick up a pair now.

Zion Williamson's Infamous Nike PG 2.5 Receives an Autopsy

Anyone with an internet connection has probably heard of Zion Williamson‘s infamous PG 2.5 blowout in February by now. Discussing the protocol for the company when a malfunction like Williamson’s one occurs, Hatfield said that incidents like these are taken very seriously by Nike. They actually perform a full autopsy on the broken shoe to investigate and discover the root of the problem: ”We basically go through what’s called an ‘autopsy’ of the shoe. Any shoe that has issues or potential issues, we just have to go and find out,” the designer commented. ”Was there a manufacturing issue, design issue or any of that kind of stuff? It’s just a matter of going through the whole shoe and finding out what the issues are and then we go solve them again. It’s really no different than how we’ve been doing it all along.”

"The Walking Dead" x PUMA GV Special

In advance of The Walking Dead‘s season nine finale, the AMC show has unveiled a special-edition collaboration with PUMA. Taking on the GV Special silhouette, the collaboration has been designed by sneaker customizer Alexander-John and is inspired by the Whisperers from The Walking Dead‘s current season. The stand-out feature of the shoe is its hand-painted pre-distressed aesthetic. The Whisperers are also referenced with Alpha’s face appearing on the inside of the collaboration’s packaging. Other details include the all-over printed footbed and a cross motif on the sneaker’s heel. Take a look at The Walking Dead‘s collaboration with PUMA in the gallery below, and expect the GV Special to release exclusively at Foot Locker on March 25th.

Ex-Nike Executive Files Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

A former Nike executive is suing the Beaverton brand for racial discrimination. In the lawsuit, which was reported by Portland Business Journal, former senior director in data analytics Amer Inam is accusing Nike of overlooking him in favor of a less-experienced white employee. According to Inam’s suit, he initially received praise for his work, before being passed up for promotion. The lawsuit goes on to claim that Inam, who was born in India, received a salary $75,000 USD below a white co-worker with similar background and experience. Read the entire article below.

Dunkin' x Saucony Kinvara 10

Saucony and Dunkin’, formerly known as Dunkin Donuts, are back with another fashion-meets-food partnership, recently releasing the Kinvara 10 sneaker for their second collaboration in honor of the Boston Marathon. The limited-edition shoe is emblazoned with the coffee company’s colors and symbols, down to the custom donuts-inspired box and sprinkle-garnished marketing. This edition follows up to Dunkin’ and Saucony’s Kinvara 9 sneaker, which released around the same time last year and employed similar festive design elements. Just like the Dunkin’ brand, the footwear is saturated with bright orange and pink details while a white base makes up the upper. Direct food references come into play on the laces, which feature a strawberry-frosted donut medallion, as well as the coffee cup-printed tongue.