PUMA return to their trademark Basket Classic silhouette for this suede “Allover Splatter” pack. Opting for a suede upper, the two sneaker styles have been treated with a paint splatter-effect, which is a print technique becoming increasingly popular with plenty of sneaker brands at the moment. The effect is available in either white on an all-black upper and white sole, or a multicolored version on an off-white upper and white sole.
Reebok terminated its deal with UFC fighter Jon "Bones" Jones on Wednesday morning, effectively immediately. The termination is connected to Jones' recent legal troubles. Jones turned himself in to police on Monday, following a felony hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, N.M. Jones has played a big part in the brand's Reebok ZPump Fusion campaign, and is also vital to Reebok's UFC contract. This isn't the first time that Jones has lost an endorsement contract from a big sneaker brand. In September of 2014, Jones and Nike parted ways after a brawl broke out between him and Daniel Cormier in Las Vegas.
Following their 2014 sustainability report, Supply Management reported that adidas shut down 13 suppliers in Asia in an effort that should improve worker’s conditions. In total, this caused a shutdown of 104 factories which accounts for about a 10% rejection rate based on their factory screening policy. “The remediation of factory issues is beneficial for workers; it raises the bar in terms of better and more timely pay, improved benefits, reduced hours and the legal protection of formal employment contracts, as well as significant improvements in basic health and safety within the workplace,” adidas stated in the report.
Italian footwear brand Diadora continues to regain its footing Stateside after a lengthy hiatus. Still very much a fixture on their nature soil and becoming such again in the US, statement releases like the Diadora Titan II “Ocean Depths” contend with the best runners around. Positioning itself squarely within the ranks of the elite, the shoe comes set against a grey mesh base married to oceanic blue tones and soft material implementation. Sidestriping is outlined in yellow in correspondence with the liner, while red strikes the midsole, tongue and heel. Finished with an Impact Control mid, the Diadora Titan II “Ocean Depths” is available now at Packer Shoes.
Jordan Brand introduces the latest “Hornets” rendition to the Air Jordan 5 Retro silhouette. Paying homage to Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets franchise, the latest rendition borrows the Charlotte Hornets colors as a vibrant purple-blue coating adorns the upper and laces. Adjacent grey accents along the side panel and tongue balance the aesthetic as hints of light blue decorate the “Jumpman” logo and the midsole. A translucent icy blue outsole finishes the silhouette. The Air Jordan 5 Retro “Hornets” will be available on May 2nd at select Jordan Brand retailers.
Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs reports a dip in sneaker sales at Foot Locker and Finish Line as a result of a slowdown in sneaker collecting. Data collected by Campless, a company that tracks the sales of collectible sneakers on eBay, showed that sales of high-priced shoes declined in January for the first time since 2012. Josh Luber, founder of Campless, attributed the recent slowdown in sneaker collecting to a number of factors, including market saturation, a dip in the number of people who collect sneakers, and a weak slate of Jordan releases at higher price points. Goldman Sachs analysts also noted a cyclical fashion shift away from high-priced performance athletic footwear to casual athletic footwear.
ASICS has released the third entry in its “Carnival Pack.” The Green/Yellow rendition of the ASICS Gel-Lyte III silhouette follows a similar color scheme as its “Rasta” GEL Saga and yellow/black GEL-Lyte V predecessors. A vibrant green appearance is enhanced by neoprene and suede materials, coupled with yellow accents and fiery red detailing. Sneaker Politics has stocked a full run of sizes for the retail price of $100 USD.
Consisting of three new silhouettes, including the Nike Vapor Untouchable, Nike CJ Elite TD, and Nike LunarBeast Elite TD, the pack highlights innovative design in order to enhance the performance of football athletes on the field. The Nike Vapor Untouchable boasts Flyknit technology throughout the upper construction in order to enhance the speed of the athlete, while the Nike CJ Elite TD’s Flyweave exterior and mid-top construction provides strength and durability in a lightweight form. An innovative NikeSkin upper adorns the Nike LunarBeast Elite TD as dynamic Flywire technology provides added support. The latest Nike cleats pack will be available at select retailers on April 28th.
Supreme returns to its in-house range to reveal an abbreviated collection of T-shirts for the current spring season. The four-part pack maintains the New York brand’s penchant for graphical prints and cult logos. The above tops will be available in-store in NY, LA, London and online starting April 30th, while Japan will begin retailing on May 2nd.
MLIV reports that the auction, which is being run by Repocast.com, has already earned a lot of attention because of the sneakers that are up for grabs. Police have seized about 250 pairs of recent sneakers in Flint, Mich. and now they're planning to flip them via a massive auction. The group includes releases from the past couple of years, mostly Nikes. The men's sizes of the sneakers are mostly 10 and 10.5 along with some youth 6.5s and 7s. There are definitely a lot of skippable shoes in the group, but there are also gems like the Kobe 9 "Beethoven," Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 Highs, the "Shooting Stars" Penny Pack, "Concord" Jordan 11s, and more.
The ASICS GEL-Lyte III is celebrating its quarter-of-a-century birthday this year, and with the help of Concepts there’s a special pair of GEL-Lytes to commemorate the anniversary. The Boston-based streetwear mainstay is paying homage to its hometown and taking inspiration from historical events such as the Boston Tea Party. Decked out in patriotic flair touting a red white and blue palette, the colors represent the Red Coats (British) and the Blue Coats (Patriots). Completing the rest of the shoe are shimmering hints of gold and silver in the branding stripes. The shoes will be available May 2nd at Concepts.
New Balance has released its “Mecha” Pack. The collective offering consists of three pairs of New Balance silhouettes, the 580, 999 and 1600. Each shoe sports suede grey overlays, matched with white midsoles, and navy blue, red and yellow accents respectively. New Balance has set the price point for the blue 580 and red 999 sneakers at $120 USD, and the 1600 at $130 USD. All three shoes are now available for purchase from select NB retailers.
In less than a five-year span, Stance has not only become a leading cultural accessories brand, but they’ve almost single-handedly made socks fun to wear again. Considering the brand’s consistency and transcendent products, their reach extends even further as it was announced today that Stance is now the official on-court sock provider of the NBA. Beginning next season, the stance logo will appear on all on-court designs, a first for the NBA in its long tenured history.
This spring season, adidas will be offering a revamped version of its classic runner model. The adidas Boston Super CC black/royal sneaker features the combination of a black neoprene and mesh upper, underneath a striking royal piece that arches across the sneaker’s body, and along the shoe’s tongue and upper collar. A white midsole and off white inner lining completes the mid-top kicks. Grab your pair from Undefeated’s webstore for the retail price of $100 USD.
K-Swiss returns with the latest releases from its Spring/Summer 2015 range, including a selection of new, sartorially-minded silhouettes. This season, the sportswear specialist resumed its partnership with brand aficionado and former CFDA Designer of the Year Award winner, Billy Reid, resulting in some handsome renditions of classic court-inspired styles. Among them this time are models like the canvas and leather Belmont Slo NL slip-on, the refined leather Arlington NL and the similarly-sophisticated Arlington VT sneaker, all of which feature the use of premium materials, iconic five-stripe branding and vulcanized rubber sole units.
Vans releases a new set of staple Authentic sneakers just in time for summer. The iconic low top skate shoes don washed herringbone uppers in a trio of seasonally-appropriate colorways, offset against white stitching and a white skate-friendly sole unit. Head to select Vans retailers including Feature Sneaker Boutique now!!!
First championed by Andre Aggasi, the high-top silhouette arrives for this season in White/Lime and Black/Sunset Glow editions, both dominated by an easily discernible air of vintage sporstwear. A dotilistic gradient features on the lateral of each shoe, setting the shoes apart from past releases in the Air Tech Challenge category. To cop your pair, head over to Tokyo-based Kinetics, where availability will begin May 4th for a price of $117 USD.
The revamped take on the classic Converse silhouette notes construction from two-ply duck canvas, as each model is lightweight and breathable, making them great plays for the warm weather months. The signature toe cap is still present on each silhouette, as we note the Jack Purcell Signature coming in two colorway options for Spring 2015, and the Jack Purcell Signature Slip in three. The Signature boasts contrasting white laces that match the midsole, while the Slip also notes an offsetting white sole, but is of course laceless. Visit Converse carriers worldwide to shop the collection, each model retails for $95 USD.
Japanese sneaker institutions SHOES MASTER and KICKS LAB team up for a celebratory set of Jason Markk‘s premium sneaker cleaning kit. Packaged in a neat co-branded display box, the kit contains the usual sneaker-saving essentials that Jason Markk have won over so many sneakerhead’s hearts with. Head over to SHOES MASTER‘s website for purchase info.
Berlin menswear boutique SOTO gears up for summer with an editorial highlighting their selection of sunglasses. The likes of SUPER, Sun Buddies and Han Kjobenhavn are spotlighted with the help of some trippy visuals, continuing the store’s commitment to witty editorials, see their previous shoot for luxury Italian label SANSOVINO 6 for further proof.
Here's a look at the all-new Nikelab Dunk Lux High Pack. Taking the classic Dunk silhouette an updating it for the high-end retailer, the two outfit the silhouette with innovative materials and design features. Included is a waterproof upper constructed of a ventile fabric atop a Lunarlon sole and a contrasting snap-closure heel tab. Waxed laces complete the performative aspects of the collaboration, while branding comes in the form of DSM’s titular logo on the tongue and insole.
For the first time since its 2002 debut, the "Chrome" Air Jordan 6 Low is being re-released. Seen here in detail is the 2015 release, which retains most of the original's qualities. The most noticeable difference is probably the blue-tinted translucent outsole, common on recent Jordan retros. Priced at $170, the release is currently set for Saturday, Aug. 22th.
Air Jordan 6 Retro Low
Yesterday, the autographed Nike high-tops Michael Jordan handed to Khalid Ali, who was one of the Lakers’ ball boys during MJ’s rookie season, fetched a cool $71,553 USD through SCP Auctions. The sneakers are certainly a dream antique for fans of Jordan and sneakerheads alike. However, let us know if you believe $71,000 USD is a reasonable final bid for the shoes, which experts initially valued at $50,000.
Earlier this month, Sneakers Addict played around with the idea of a BAPE x adidas Yeezy 750 Boost collaboration. Little did they know that counterfeiters were watching, eager to turn their concept into the real deal...sort of. Above is an image of a factory variant BAPE Yeezy Boost styled after the April Fool's mock. Sadly, it's not that far off, meaning unsuspecting buyers are bound to get burnt. Don't be that person.