Monday, August 31, 2015

Nike Air Huarache Utility*~

This holiday season will see Nike Sportswear dropping a rugged update to one of its most popular silhouettes of the moment: the Tinker Hatfield-designed Air Huarache. Dubbed the Air Huarache Utility, the new take on the retro runner retains the low-top look of old, as well as its signature neoprene and mesh construction, but now pairs the look with a modified traction outsole, overlaying reinforcements, Dynamic Flywire support and a D-ring lacing grommet that works in conjunction with the TPU heel support wrap, via a nylon attachment, so as to provide an improved lockdown fit when fully laced.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Diadora Titan II "Black Sea"*~

Diadora drops the Titan II silhouette with a striking “Black Sea” colorway, in an appropriate undertaking for the Italian footwear brand to bring the often-neglected Titan II into the spotlight. Featuring a mesh and suede upper, with a black tongue, black laces, and black sole, the sneaker is dressed in bold blacks and blues with turquoise overlays and embroidered “diadora” branding on the tongue patch and heel. The Diadora Titan IIs in “Black Sea” retail for $95 USD.

PUMA R698 "Soft" Pack*~

PUMA continues to revive its R698 silhouette in a slew of new colorways ahead of the fall/winter season. The “Soft” pack sees the retro runner done up in 4 fresh iterations, opting for a more soothing color palette of pastel pink, teal, black and grey. Featuring the German brand’s classic hexagonal Trinomic sole for maximum comfort and subtle perforations along the rich suede upper, the stripped back design is rounded off with tonal lacing and embossed branding at the heel. Look to purchase your favorite colorway at select retailers in the coming weeks.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Foot Locker Refuses To Ship Yeezy Boosts To Resellers*~

The Yeezy Boost 350 sneaker release cycle goes like this: photo leaks, hype increases, shoes release, resellers make bank. It’s just the sad state of affairs in today’s world of big-ticket shoe drops and no matter how hard the brands try, it will never be avoided. Foot Locker Europe, however, is taking matters into their own hands by refusing to ship orders to resellers. The logistics of this is a huge liability because how would the huge retail chain even determine which processed order is from a known sneaker reseller? We’ll see what the fallout is from this, so stay tuned for updates on Foot Locker’s vigilante approach to preventing the sneaker reselling game.
Foot Locker EU on Twitter
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Nice Kicks: A "Sneak Peek" Inside JD Beltran's Sneaker Closet*~

Filling Pieces Gave a Sneaker Convention Its Own Collaboration*~

In preparation for its second Paris convention, Sneakerness decided to link up with creators from France and the Netherlands on a special collaboration. French artist Tyrsa and Dutch shoe company Filling Pieces came together and crafted the brand's Low Top sneaker, which was inspired by Paris' Moulin Rouge, the original home of can-can dance. Dressed in premium red tanned Italian leather, this sneaker features Moulin Rouge-inspired branding for both companies throughout. Additionally, it sits on a bordeaux vulcanised rubber sole. This pair might look like a must-cop, but it won't be easy with only 50 pairs set to release. The release will take place on September 6 at Sneakerness Paris, and one the following day on Filling Pieces' website.

PUMA Highlights the Trinomic R698 in New Influencer Campaign*~

For Fall/Winter 2015 German sportswear imprint PUMA celebrates the Trinomic R698, giving carte blanche to photographers and creators behind the new digital sneaker culture, having them showcase the sneaker in their own way. The silhouette debuted in 1991, and since then has gained significant traction as a go-to style for contemporary sneakerheads. This season’s range features everything from neoprene and technical fabrics to prints, arriving in a vast range of colourways. Check out the images and enjoy a short behind-the-scenes flick below.

Kanye West Debuts All-White adidas Yeezy 350 Boost*~

There's an all-white adidas Yeezy 350 Boost, and it looks like Kanye West himself is the only one with a pair. The sneakers were spotted on-feet for Kanye West last night at James Harden's birthday party, an all-white affair hosted on a yacht. Harden himself is a recent convert to adidas, so his birthday seems like a fine place for the debut of such an exclusive. There's no word yet on whether the white Yeezy Boosts 350 will be releasing or if this is a Yeezy exclusive.

Nike SB Dunk Low "Candy Cane"*~

It looks like the Nike SB Dunk Low will be celebrating Christmas with a look associated with one of the holiday's most popular treats. The pair here has a clear "Candy Cane" theme, with pinstripes covering its upper in red and white. Christmas releases for the Nike SB Dunk series are of course nothing new, Concepts made a big mark on the holiday back in 2013 with its "Ugly Christmas Sweater" duo. There is no sneaker release date yet for this pair of "Candy Cane" SB Dunk Lows.

Don C x ASICS Sneaker Coming in 2016*~

While we await Don C’s forthcoming Air Jordan release, the rumor mill is stating the Chicago native will soon pair up with ASICS to drop a collaborative sneaker sometime in 2016. The news comes from DJ Folk, and isn’t a total surprise as Don C is known for his wide-range of collaborations. It’s also relevant to note, Don C was recently cooling with Ronnie Fieg, a man who is known for his own line of ASICS drops at the Snarkitecture-revamped KITH Brooklyn.
DJ Folk on Twitter

Vibram Unveils a Furoshiki-Inspired Shoe That Wraps Around Your Foot*~

Furoshiki cloth has been used to wrap just about everything in Japan since the Edo period, but never for any footwear uses. Vibram has taken this traditional concept and applied it to an innovative sole design, resulting in a bespoke fit that easily adapts to any surface. The unique Furoshiki shoes utilize the Italian shoe maker’s 75 years of experience to guarantee unmatched comfort and durability through an anatomic sole construction and a stretchy upper material.Available in 5 different colorways, purchase this innovative piece of footwear at select retailers for $140 USD. Head over to the company’s website for more information.

Nike to Drop a "He Got Game" Pack This Holiday Season*~

Spike Lee and Nike are at it again as the Swoosh is set to pay homage to Lee’s iconic He Got Game this holiday season with a limited edition “Make Up Class of ’97″ pack. A nod to Ray Allen’s Jesus Shuttlesworth, the two-pack is set to feature two pairs of 1997 releases that Shuttlesworth laced up in the flick: the Air Foamposite Pro “Pearl” and the black and blue colorway of the rarely seen Zoom Hawk Flight. Likely to be accompanied by commemorative packaging, the He Got Game release is due out December 18th for $385 USD at select NSW retailers.

Extra Butter x adidas Originals "Vanguard" Teaser*~

New York-based imprint Extra Butter is back with its latest pack of cinema-centric kicks: a “Vanguard” pack alongside adidas Originals. Teased above, the range looks to include the likes of the ZX TR Mid and ZX Flux while the pack may pay homage to The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Stay tuned for an in-depth look at the collaborative “Vanguard” drop, complete with custom cues like cheetah print, glow-in-the-dark heel counters, custom embroidered patches and whistle hangtags, as well as concrete release info for the shoes.

ASICS 2015 Fall "Winter Trail" Pack*~

ASICS looks toward the cool season by equipping some of its hallmark favorites with enduring materials for Fall 2015. The iconic running brand here presents the “Winter Trail” pack, outfitting three silhouettes, namely: the GEL-Lyte III, GEL-Lyte V and GEL SAGA, with ballistic mesh and supple proportions of olive-hued suede. The rest of the color palette is differentiated by earthy tones of brown, orange and beige, but each silhouette rests atop a white speckled midsole. Tied together by your choice of matching orange, green or black rope laces, pick up your favorite from the “Winter Trail” pack beginning September 18th.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Release Reminder: fragment design x Nike Air Trainer 1 Mid Pack*~

Continuing their longstanding relationship birthed by a union between Nike and Hiroshi Fujiwara, the fragment design x NikeLab Air Trainer 1 Pack is slated to land at select global retailers. Utilizing the foundational Nike Air Trainer 1 for monotone and color blocked renditions, this collaborative collection sees a wide assortment of options both subtle and boisterous. With six colorways in all, look for the fragment design x NikeLab Air Trainer 1 Mid Pack tomorrow 08/27/15.

These $800 Nike Sneakers Ended Up on a Marshalls Clearance Rack*~

It was a bold move for Nike to take Roger Federer's signature sneaker, the Zoom Vapor, and make it look like a pair of Air Jordans for last year's U.S. Open. The sneakers were met with criticism, but ultimately the hype on them won out and the current resale value on the sneakers is between $400-$800, depending on size. They're long gone from retail shelves, or are they? A pair recently surfaced at a Marshalls location. The pair found was the "White Cement" version of these sneakers, and they were listed at $130, well below the going rate on the secondary-market.

LeBron James Is Wearing a Never-Before-Seen Sneaker at Nike HQ*~

A crazy Nike LeBron 12 Low "Air Max 95" has been spotted on the feet of LeBron James. The sightings come from Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. It's safe to say that taking photos of LeBron's footwear on-campus when he's wearing something unreleased like this isn't exactly encouraged, which explains the poor photos here. Not only does the sneaker feature an Air Max 95 gradient, it's even got the proper toebox to bring it closer to Sergio Lozano's classic.

Nike Roshe Run NM "Fleece Pack"*~

The combination of strong Nike sneaker silhouettes with its very own tech fleece fabric makes complete sense and we are happy to finally see it happening for Fall 2015. After just recently having launched the Prime Fleece Collection on NIKEiD, the Tech Fleece fabric now also makes it into the new seasonal collection on the popular Nike Roshe Run NM. Most of the upper features the fleece material, while the heel has been reinforced with suede and the toe box got a Hyperfuse treatment. All that in a classic black/white colorway, makes this latest Nike release an easy one to pull off. You can pick up the sneaker from tomorrow at Footpatrol in London.

New Balance’s 1400 Gets Fully Treated in Horween Leather*~

New Balance once again looks to their fellow countrymen at Chicago’s Horween Leather Company for a new 1400 execution. One of the more luxurious New Balance makeups we’ve seen in recent memory but not the priciest, the Horween x New Balance 998 earns that title, the 1400’s upper is crafted entirely from a rich, deep Burgundy leather, complete with a white midsole, brown heel counter and patriotic debossing on each heel reading “USA”.

Wu-Tang Clan x Nike Air Foamposite Coming 2016*~

According to @baltsneakershow, a Wu-Tang Clan x Nike collab is in the works, for a special edition Nike Air Foamposite set to drop sometime spring 2016. The last time Wu-Tang partnered with Nike was in 1999, when they released the rare “Be True” Dunk High.

adidas Originals EQT Running Guidance "Storm Haze"*~

adidas Originals delivers another stunning colorway for its Equipment Running Guidance silhouette. The new palette is named “Stormy Haze,” and is a complementary array of premium light gray suede accented by light blue mesh. Salmon-gold-colored Three Stripes and tongue/heel tab detailing complete the shoe. Finishing it off is a crisp white midsole. Head over to Feature Sneaker Boutique to cop a pair now for $130 USD.

Cruyff Classics Unveils the "Performance" Sneaker*~

Longstanding sportswear brand Cruyff Classics unveils its latest luxe sneaker, aptly named the Performance. A hybrid of technical running innovations and high-end design aesthetics, this lightweight, easy to slip-on sneaker features a tightly woven upper to form a water-resistant and durable construction. Available in a tonal black colorway, you can purchased a pair at select retailers, including for 126 USD.

BUSCEMI 100mm "CLIP"*~

BUSCEMI quickly became a household name in the sneaker world through its luxurious, somewhat over-the-top designs that divided the opinions of sneakerheads across the globe. Its most iconic silhouette to-date, the 100mm, was the first model that really got widespread attention with its Hermes Birkin bag-inspired design that included an opulent mechanical closure and padlock. After rendering it in host of colorways, Mr. Buscemi unveils a slight update to the original design with the “CLIP” model. The high-top sneaker debuts a new buckle closure system at the front, which wraps around to the heel where the signature packlock is now located