Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Release Date: PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro*~

Since images of Public School New York's latest collaboration with Jordan Brand first surfaced back in September, sneakerheads have been fiending for information on when they'd be able cop the coveted pair. Well, 'heads need only wait a few days longer as the PSNY x Air Jordan 12 is reportedly dropping really soon. According to _@PO2345 on Twitter, the collab hits select retailers beginning Thursday, December 17th. No mention of official pricing was given, but their have been rumblings that this collab could retail for $300. If the rumors regarding the price are true, sneakerheads certainly won't be happy. But we all know, that even at that price point, these will fly off shelves.
PO! on Twitter
PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro
Dark Grey/Dark Grey-Black

Crep Protect Introduces The Ultimate Sneaker Cleaning Kit*~

Crep Protect has just introduced the ultimate sneaker cleaning kit that aims to keep your creps (that’s London street slang for sneakers, FYI) protected against the elements. The brand’s “Cure-Ultimate” cleaning kit is suitable for use on leather, suede, nubuck, canvas and pretty much every other material that sneakers are made from. The contents include a 3.5 oz improved cleaning solution, premium hog-hair brush, microfibre cloth and a carry case. There’s enough cleaning solution in there for 50 washes, while the portable packaging means you’ll never have to wear dirty sneakers again.

Converse 1970 "Souvenir Jacket" Pack*~

Converse reaches back into Japan’s post-World War II Occupation period for the striking designs of its latest “Souvenir Jacket” pack. This particular time in Japanese history spawned the sukajan jacket, when American soldiers had their MA-1 bomber jackets embroidered with bold Japanese motifs in colorful threads as a wartime souvenir, hence the name of the sneaker pack. Here, the Converse Chuck Taylor 1970 features the same embroidery technique on uppers of black goat leather, with a crouching tiger design on one and a skull and snake motif on the other. Rounded out underneath with a thicker 1970 white midsole, the Converse 1970 “Souvenir Jacket” pack will release online in the near future for $150 USD each.

J.Crew x New Balance 998 "Royalty"*~

J.Crew and New Balance team up once again for a sneaker collaboration, just in time for the holiday season. Dubbed “Royalty,” the two brands revisit their favored 998 silhouette to render the iconic sneaker in a vibrant colorway that includes shades of blue, red, white, gray and a diverse palette of greens. Hallmark detailing is showcased on the shoe with a classic suede upper, thick rubber midsole, and reflective elements throughout the body. The “Royalty” retails for $180 USD and is available now at J.Crew online.

Concepts x Reebok Club C Collection*~

Reebok’s underutilized Club C silhouette returns for the holidays as Boston’s Concepts gets in on the action with its own takes on the design. Ditching the usual leather construction in favor of premium suede, the Concepts-design trio comes in three different colorways and features details like co-branded labels, cotton lacing, gum rubber outsoles and custom packaging. Retailing for $80 USD per pair, the Concepts x Reebok Club Cs are set to hit Concepts’ Cambridge and NYC locations as an exclusive in-store release this Friday, November 27th.

Fitteds To Match: KITH x New Era x New York Yankees "City Never Sleeps" Collection*~

KITH is revisiting its relationship with New Era and the New York Yankees to present a series of 59Fifty hats, continuing the upcoming “City Never Sleeps” collection. Placing a spin on the already legendary Yankees cap, each piece hosts the unforgettable New York Yankees logo on the front with a simple KITH logo on the hat’s rear. Additionally, each hat is game-authentic and complemented by wool fabric throughout. Three colorways will be available in the choices of a grey cap with a navy brim and white embroidery, a classic black cap with white embroidery, and a black cap with navy embroidery. The KITH x New Era x New York Yankees “City Never Sleeps” collection will release on November 27th at 6am EST at both KITH locations

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pendleton x Taka Hayashi x Vault by Vans 2015 Fall/Winter Capsule Collection*~

Renowned for his high-end approach to sneaker design and immaculate attention to detail, artist and designer Taka Hayashi links up with Vans’ premium Vault by Vans label for a special collaborative collection this season. A custom Pendleton Wool blanket is the centerpiece of the capsule, and holds colorful tones and Southwestern-styled motifs inspired by Hayashi’s earlier paintings. The Pendleton x Taka Hayashi x Vault by Vans capsule collection is set to drop November 28 with a price range of $120-285 USD at Vans retailers.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "Cyber Monday"*~

Jordan Brand may be bringing back the Air Jordan 8 “Aqua” for Black Friday, but that isn’t the only major release coming from the Nike imprint in the days ahead, coming Cyber Monday is a special black and white make-up for the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG. Decked out in black leather and built atop a stark white rubber outsole, the kicks come with all the OG design cues fans expect of the silhouette (a nylon tongue, “Nike Air” tongue branding and a Jumpman-free heel). Look for these to fly off shelves at spots on Monday, November 30th.

PUMA R698 x Blaze of Glory "Black Friday" Pack*~

PUMA is joining the Black Friday fun by revisiting some of its most memorable footwear silhouettes. Using the R698 and Blaze of Glory models, each edition has been covered in all black while sitting on top of color-blocked midsoles for a look of luxury mixed with streetwear. The pack’s Blaze of Glory pays homage to NYC and its deep roots in basketball; sitting on top of a Trinomic sole, mesh has been added to its athletic-based upper. Additionally, the R698 silhouette within the “Black Friday” pack also sits on top of a Trinomic sole and incorporates a leather-embossed PUMA logo on the tongue for a more luxurious feel. You can expect the PUMA “Black Friday” pack to release on November 27th at select retailers.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pink Dolphin x FILA Vintage Cage "Round Two" & Apparel Pack*~

LA-based Pink Dolphin gives the classic streetball FILA silhouette, The Cage, its own spin with an accompanying apparel pack. Following a previous iteration released in August, the Pink Dolphin x FILA Vintage Cage “Round Two” sports a black tumbled leather upper and back cage with a tricolor mix of Aruba Blue, Fiery Coral and Electric Blue on the sole. Finished off with a custom Pink Dolphin tongue tag, the aesthetic of the sneaker is echoed in the apparel pack, which applies the same palette across the Wave Tech Visor, Wave Tech Jersey, Wave Tech Windbreaker, Raglan, Tech Track pants, and a Vintage Tee. The limited edition Pink Dolphin x FILA Vintage Cage “Round Two” will be available exclusively at Pink Dolphin outlets from November 27th onwards.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Side By Side Comparison: Air Jordan 4 Retro "White Cement" OG*~

All-Star Weekend typically holds court as one of the best sneaker release weekends of the year. 2016 is no different as Jordan Brand returns the Air Jordan 4 “White Cement” with Nike Air branding. Having retroed back in 2012, today we take a look at the upcoming version side-by-side with its aforementioned predecessor. Aside from the obvious distinction at the heel branding, the differences are rather subtle on the surface. Yet, remastered Air Jordan's have proven worth the price hike, and this Air Jordan 4 looks to register high on the quality radar. Moreover, the grey hue is much lighter, which is closer to the scheme on the OG. Give the two a look below and calendar February 13th for this Jordan Release Date.
Air Jordan 4 “White Cement” OG
White/Fire Red/Tech Grey-Black
$220 USD

Jimmy Jazz x Timberland Collaborate On Helcor Boot*~

Retailer Jimmy Jazz has teamed up with outdoor brand Timberland for the launch of the 6-inch Helcor boot, exclusive to the retailer. To launch the boot, the retailer and the brand created a video campaign featuring four of New York City’s top battle rappers and will host a rap battle for a chance to win $3,000. The boot will drop Nov. 20th and will be available in men’s and grade school sizes. The men’s sizes will retail for $190 USD and the grade school sizes will retail for $130 USD. The boots will be sold at select Jimmy Jazz locations and through the brand’s website.

Jourdan Dunn Stars In Buscemi’s Holiday 2015 Campaign*~

Who doesn’t LOVE unwrapping a new pair of sneakers?

Images from Buscemi’s holiday-themed campaign have been released, which features model Jourdan Dunn lounging around in the brand’s high-end sneakers. The campaign was shot by photographer Adam Secore, and features Dunn wearing various Buscemi sneaker styles, from fringed leather to colored suedes.

adidas Originals SPEZIAL Teases "Carlos" New York With Vintage Ad*~

The latest footwear release from the adidas Originals SPEZIAL collection has been teased in the form of this vintage-effect advert. The iteration of adidas’s classic New York silhouette, renamed to celebrate Argentinian store owner and adidas fan Carlos, comes in a sky blue colorway and is endowed with SPEZIAL’s usual keen attention-to-detail and faithfulness to the German brand’s leisure and athletic roots. Details of the limited release will be announced on November 23rd.

A Rare Selection of Basketball Memorabilia Will Be up for Auction*~

SCP Auctions has just unveiled the lot selection for its upcoming 2015 Fall Premier Auction. From rare basketball cards to player jerseys to signed basketballs, the offering presents an enticing range of items key to every collector’s set. Some standouts in the set include a mid-late 1980′s Chicago Bulls trio of Charles Oakley, Horace Grant and John Paxson signed pairs of game-worn shoes; a signed pair of Air Jordan 12 sneakers worn by the Jumpan himself during a 1996 Bulls vs. Suns game; and a pair of signed LeBron 9.5 shoes. With the auction ending in 16 days, you should definitely get a head start on bidding if you’re interested in securing an item as some sneakers are already reaching the $2,500 USD mark. You can check out the full selection here.

Alpha Industries x K1X Unveil the "O.D." Pack*~

Alpha Industries and basketball brand K1X are teaming up once again for the two-part “O.D. Pack.” Centered on Alpha Industries’ proprietary sage green nylon, we first get a glimpse of K1X’s hallmark Anti-Gravity silhouette with upgrades that include a flight jacket-like nylon upper, detachable offense/defense velcro patches, tonal brand elements, and an orange insole. Lastly, Alpha Industries’ iconic MA­1 jacket receives a subtle K1X-inspired makeover. Purchase the pack this Saturday, November 21st.

Nike KD 8 "PG County"*~

Kevin Durant's new entry features a multicolored sole along with a wolf grey upper and purple/blue accents. The colorful look on the shoe is a reference to the seal of his native Prince George's County, with the tongue looking most like that crest. Watch for the "PG County" KD 8s to release on Nov. 25th for $180 USD at Nike accounts.
Nike KD 8 "PG County"
Wolf Grey/Court Purple-Cool Grey-Blue Lagoon
$180 USD

Kids Foot Locker’s Week of Greatness 2015: Just Like The Pros feat. Steph Curry*~

Inside the Sneaker Vault of Kansas City Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie*~

Avid sneakerheads probably wouldn’t be adverse to the idea of their very own vault to house their prized possessions. Well, former Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has done just that, keeping his vast sneaker collection locked tight in a special chamber in his Salt Lake City home. GQ opens up the MLB star’s vault, as Guthrie speaks on the origins of his obsession, showcasing a couple of new Air Jordan purchases in the process. Check out the video below.

Nike Honors Lebron James’ NBA Journey With LeBron 13 “Akronite Philosophy”*~

LeBron James NBA journey, first as Akron’s basketball savior, then as its number one public enemy, has been materialized as the LeBron 13 “Akronite Philosophy.” Featuring star, lake, hill, field and beach motifs in bright, fluorescent colors, the shoes are an amalgamation of James’ most substantial sporting moments. The LeBron 13 “Akronite Philosophy” will be available on Saturday, November 21st through and select global retailers.

Reebok Classic Reissue the Instapump Fury in Three New Camo Colorways*~

Reebok Classic unveils a trio of new takes on its Instapump Fury sneaker. The highly divisive, love-it-or-hate-it sneaker has been reissued in three new camo-infused colorways, from heritage woodland and desert styles to a pretty out-there royal blue. The shoes sport all the usual accoutrements, pump-up sole, laceless closure, outrageous silhouette and will drop November 20th at select Reebok accounts.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

@Croatianstyle Opens #RETROspective Pop-Up Sneaker Gallery in L.A.*~

#RETROspective is a carefully curated pop-up event that will showcase more than 3,000 sneakers from @Croatianstyle's archives, including rare pairs from Nike, Jordan, adidas, New Balance, ASICS, and Vans. The collection spans over 16 years and emphasizes rare, hard to find product such as vintage O.G.s and samples. In total, there was an estimated $2M worth of kicks on display, but that's not even the best part. After the event finished, every single pair was made available for immediate purchase. #RETROspective runs throughout this weekend at Known Gallery located at 441 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles, CA.

First Look: Nike Air Force 1 High QS "Color of the Month"*~

The Nike "Color of the Month" Air Force 1 pack will continue next month with the arrival of the baby blue pair shown above. The sneaker is the first one in the set to break from the leather upper construction, and instead has a soft nubuck to it. Images of this colorway have been floating around since summer, but it wasn't until recently that it became apparent the shoe was part of a monthly program of OG releases.
Nike Air Force 1 High Retro QS "Color of the Month"
$140 USD