Friday, October 31, 2014

Nike Gets Out of Snowboarding, Will Focus More on Skateboarding*~

Nike will soon be dropping their snowboarding category, according to a report from the Oregonian. The move doesn't come as much of a surprise to industry experts, who note a downward trend in snowboarding. In fact, Nike's action sports division only generates about $738 million annually, while they had $4.6 billion in running sales and $3.1 billion in basketball sales in its last fiscal year. Dropping snowboarding allows Nike to shift more resources to skateboarding, generally perceived as a strong category for the company. The 2014 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship, an elite skateboarding competition, will make its debut on FOX this Sunday.

New Balance MRT572 “Halloween” Pack*~

New Balance is back with the limited edition MRT572 “Halloween” pack. Offered in grey/yellow and grey/green colorways, the classic silhouettes feature premium suede uppers with leather accents alongside contrasting details and speckled midsoles. With a festive palette and eerie finish, the New Balance MRT572 in the Halloween colorways of grey/yellow and grey/green is now available for $130 USD and $160 USD respectively.

Native Shoes Expands the Apollo Collection with Hand-Dyed Shoes*~

Vancouver’s Native Shoes recently previewed some new goods, continuing to find its center with modern footwear. The brand re-tooled its Apollo collection with some premium hand-dyed fabrics and a new Apollo Chukka silhouette to compliment the well-recieved Apollo Moc. Both the Chukka and Moc iterations feature a perforated microfiber upper, which calls back attention to Native’s #keepitlite slogan, which has been used by the brand since its early days. The collection incorporates fabrics are hand-dyed, taking cues from the ancient Japanese Shibori tie-dying method.

Palace x adidas Skateboarding Skate Video*~

Saucony Shadow 5000 Black/Grey-Neon*~

The Saucony retro department has been on a roll lately with clean and modern looks for the brand’s vintage runners, and it doesn’t stop here with this latest look for the Shadow 5000. The shoe features a mostly all-black synthetic suede and mesh upper, wrapped with a grey mudguard and bright pops of neon yellow for the accents. The super stylish color block is finished with a contrasting white midsole. Look for your pair of the Saucony Shadow 5000 Black/Grey-Neon now from your favorite local Saucony Originals retailer.

Active Ride Shop x Vans Sk8-Hi Pro 25th Anniversary*~

To observe the occasion, the California-based skateboarding institution Active Ride Shop tapped none other than Vans to create a special version of the classic Sk8-Hi silhouette. The shoe makes use of premium pig suede and ballistic nylon in the upper, meant to express the richness and strength of the Active Brand, while elsewhere using heather grey fleece at the collar and heel to represent the retailer’s inaugural product offering: sweatshirts. Limited to just 400 pairs worldwide, pick up this special collaboration beginning November 1st in-store and online.

Nike Zoom Talaria 2014 Anthracite/Orange/Pink*~

The Nike Zoom Talaria returns in 2014, featuring a twist on the vibrant color scheme that is indicative of its era, while maintaining the original silhouette from the ’90s. The upper features a black synthetic suede material and tonal mesh on the vamp. Bright fusion of colors are seen amidst the gradient midsole, as well as the large orange heel panel. Additional details include a teal embroidered Swoosh and a tonal 3M support cage. Even though the new model consist of a dark anthracite base with the slightest hits of fluorescent colors.

Power 105.1 - The Sitdown w/ @sneakersensei x @thedondrew & @djtrase Live at Powerhouse NYC*~

Pendleton x NIKEiD Collection Introduces 8 New Silhouettes*~

Pendleton Woolen Mills has teamed up with Nike to customize 8 silhouettes utilizing NIKEiD technology. Delving into Nike’s replete archive for this project, Pendleton takes to the Roshe, SB Janoski, Air Force 1 and Air Max 1 in an option of high, mid and low cuts in its design efforts. The uppers are modernized with Pendleton’s signature woolen plaid and tartan prints, otherwise seen across the brand’s shirts and blankets. Leather Swoosh and metal eyelets offer refined touches, while an array of rawhide and printed laces further accentuate the silhouettes with riffs of charisma. Priced between $130 – $145 USD, the Pendleton x NIKEiD collection will be available on November 3rd from Nike.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Maison Martin Margiela Calf Hair Replica Sneakers*~

Maison Martin Margiela‘s Replica has given a look at an all-new deep navy calf hair upper for the fall/winter season. Finished with a lambskin lining, rubber sole and contrasting laces, it’s just the latest in Margiela’s long line of outrageous sneakers. Which have included glow in the dark, paint-splattered and furry editions as well. Look at more detailed photos below.

Diemme x Vans Vault Holiday 2014 Collection*~

Luxury Italian footwear maker Diemme joins up with Vans Vault for their fourth collaborative effort this holiday season. One of the most pretigious collaborators with Vans in recent years, Diemme presents handcrafted editions of the Era and Sk8-Hi as the Montebelluna Era LX and Montebelluna Hi LX. With two colorways for each model, the silhouettes are crafted in premium leather from the Horween leather company of Chicago, Illinois. Available at select Vans Vault retailers this November, the Era Montebelluna LX will retail for $300 USD and be available in Bone and Red/Navy colorways, while the $350 USD Montebelluna Hi LX is presented in Brown/Natural and Navy/Off-White colorways.

Saint Laurent Classic Court White/Black-Red*~

Maintaining its penchant for luxury releases, Saint Laurent presents its Classic Court silhouette in a White/Black-Red style code. Crafted with supple white, red, and black leather making up its upper, a pinch of tan suede adorns the top. Set atop an amber rubber sole, the Italian-crafted Saint Laurent Classic Court White/Black-Red is available now over at Barneys for $795 USD.

Air Jordan 1 Mid “Melo”*~

Melo cemented himself as the longest tenured athlete on Jordan Brand’s basketball roster last year, reaching double digits with his Jordan Melo M10 signature. It looks like Jordan Brand isn’t done commemorating the man either, as this Air Jordan 1 Mid “Melo” proves. The shoe features a premium metallic gold finish around the toebox and ankle collar while his logo arrives on the tongue. No word yet on a release date, but make sure to check out the photos below.

LeBron James x Nike: “Together” In Cleveland*~

Allen Iverson x VILLA x Reebok Question "A Day In Philly"*~

Yesterday, the former MVP Allen Iverson shared this photo of himself holding the 'A Day in Philly' Reebok Pump Question by Philadelphia-based retailer VILLA. The colorway is inspired by Iverson's old Bentley and his favorite eatery, TGI Fridays. You can buy the Question collab exclusively at VILLA on November 24th.
"A Day in Philly" Pump Question. Get it November 24th only at @RUVILLA ... #TheAnswer

Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals Campaign*~

Pharrell Williams and German sportswear leviathan adidas Originals present the visual campaign for their ongoing collaboration. Shot by photographer Ryan McGinley, art directed by Lloyd & Co. and styled by fashion editor Jay Massacret, the campaign much like the collection highlights the importance of equality and features millennials of all races, ethnicities and genders coming together to indicate a sense of unity. Debuting with imagery focusing on the collection’s second tennis-inspired range, the campaign sees two groups of people who together form an equal sign signifying acceptance, love and strength. Be sure to stay tuned for more regarding the Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals collection.

New Balance Distinct Authors ML966DGY "Dark Grey"*~

Proudly made in America, New Balance’s premium Distinct Authors line of 996 sneakers was inspired by classic American literature. Featuring a premium suede upper in a dark grey color, this particular silhouette also boasts premium black bison and Chicago-sourced Horween leathers throughout. Additional details include tonal laces, an engineer-striped felt detail, and perforations throughout the upper for enhanced breathability. The New Balance Distinct Authors ML966DGY “Dark Grey” is now available at retailers for $240 USD.

New Store Alert: SUPPAKIDS Children’s Sneaker Boutique*~

For those trying to track down some baby Air Jordans or New Balance 420s with the Velcro closure, look no further than Stuttgart’s SUPPAKIDS. The German retailer certainly must be a contender for dopest children’s boutique, with a brand list that includes sneaker staples like adidas, New Balance, PUMA, Reebok and Vans. The space is beautifully designed by architecture firm ROK with a playful perspective, utilizing simple wood panels with a geometric theme, punctuated by hits of color throughout. If the tiny footwear doesn’t have kids’ attention, the interactive shelving certainly will. For those looking to fast-track their child into the life of a sneakerhead, SUPPAKIDS should be your first stop. Check the full kids section at SUPPAKIDS online.

Release Date: Nike Air Foamposite One "Knicks"*~

Since Spike Lee debuted his pair of Knicks inspired Nike Air Foamposite One’s two years ago and there have been a plethora of fakes on the internet ever since. However, it is rumored that a new release date has been established for the Nike Air Foamposite One “Knicks.” Keep an eye out for November 26th as this will be one of the best Foamposite releases in a long while. After all, the Foamposite is a staple shoe of New York City.
Nike Air Foamposite One "Knicks"
Total Crimson/Total Crimson-Game Royal-Black

PUMA Suede “Flame Scarlet”*~

A fiery new edition of the iconic PUMA Suede arrives with this “Flame Scarlet” pair. The classic low-top receives a vibrant all-red colorway constructed in a full suede upper and solid red cupsole for one of the most eye-catching editions of the silhouette ever. Pairs are arriving now at select PUMA retailers.

A Blog Was Gifted a Special Roshe Run From the Sneaker's Designer*~

During these early days of Nike Roshe Run, a group of Roshe loyalists established TeamROSHE on the NikeTalk forums to help other sneakerheads learn more about the new model. They had developed a cult following that led to special TeamROSHE merchandise and even a sneaker blog dedicated entirely to this one sneaker. The creator of the Roshe Run, Dylan Raasch, and Nike themselves recognized the group's influence and invited several members to its World Headquarters in Oregon. During the visit, TeamROSHE was gifted with its own signature Roshe Run limited to only 15 pairs. Check out the detailed photos below and hit up to learn more about their visit.