Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DGK x adidas Skateboarding Locator Pack*~

After highlighting their special edition Superstars and apparel with a little help from mutual team rider Rodrigo TX, the two have unveiled another addition to the range: the Locator. Appearing in both mid- and low-top form, the old school basketball kicks are perhaps the best illustration of the collab’s streetwear-meets-sport vibe and come in off-white suede and black leather executions, each with metallic gold DGK branding. Like the rest of the range, the DGK x adidas Skateboarding duo drops February 1st at select retailers worldwide.

Publish Brand x Reebok Classics - Dark Desert Project*~

Reebok Classic and Publish Brand have come together to produce the “Dark Desert Project.” Using a dramatic volcanic eruption as inspiration, the two brands rework the footwear models to reflect the “before” and “after” effects of the catastrophe. Rendered with a striking black and white palette, the classic sneakers are reimagined with the same sleek, minimalist style that is hallmark to Publish Brand’s aesthetic. The Furylite is constructed with a luxe white leather upper, accented with segments of cream. In contrast, the boot-like Furylite Chukka showcases a dark obsidian leather body, detailed with a white fragment on the heel counter. Rounding off the looks on both iterations is the Publish insignia, subtly embroidered on the tongue. The “Dark Desert Project” will drop on February 4th at select Reebok Classic retailers.

Accessories To Match: André x Happy Socks Underwear and Socks Collection*~

Happy Socks has collaborated with graphic artist André on a collection of socks and underwear bearing the latter’s recognizable characters. With a color palette of light blue, pink and white, the light and fun designs are sure to bring a pop to your outfit. Sets are also available and are packaged in specially designed boxes. The range of underwear options include boxers and boxer briefs, in addition to women’s underwear. Head over to Happy Socks’ website now to purchase.

Nike Air Force 1 "Pantone"*~

Two colors were given the title of "Color of the Year" by Pantone for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity. Reimagining the Nike Air Force 1 in the two pastel-hued colorations, graphic artist Zkay Yong has created stunning iterations of the iconic basketball shoe, packaging and all. Included in the images are models rendered in an allover tonal colorway for each palette, as well as complementing variations that feature a gradient of both colors along the upper and midsole. Although it’s unlikely that Nike will actually produce the Pantone reworks, these mock-ups certainly have us dreaming. You can check out the complete set of images below.

adidas Unveils Two New NMD Colorways*~

The adidas NMD has been a hot new silhouette for the Three Stripes, with novel colorways popping up left and right. Here are two more rather neutral palettes, one in a traditional black and one in navy. The black colorway is set atop a white sole with black and blue panels, while the navy iteration sees peach/salmon accents. Look for these two online on January 30th.

Le Coq Sportif Arthur Ashe 2016 Spring "Valentine's Day" Pack*~

Valentine’s Day releases are slowing ramping up, and Le Coq Sportif has unveiled a pair of shoes perfect for you and your significant other. A pack aptly dubbed “Valentine’s Day,” the classic Arthur Ashe silhouette is covered in a print that pays homage to the historical French textile industries. Constructed of a supple leather, the shoe is available in both blue and red. Head over to Le Coq Sportif site on February 7th to purchase.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Restock Alert: - Air Jordan Restock*~

While Nike restocks aren't as rare or newsworthy as they used to be, the Swoosh just released a number of highly sought after and sold out sneakers on This could be your chance to cop the Air Jordan XI "72-10," IV "11Lab4," 1 "30th Anniversary," and many more. Check it out now.
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BAIT x Saucony Shadow 5500 "Cruel World 6: Giant Leaps"*~

The Cruel World campaign is an inspiring project done in conjunction with select sneaker brands in an effort to raise awareness and funds for certain charitable causes, and the official announcement today benefits Follow Your Dreams, a UK-based cause that helps children with disabilities pursue their goals and dreams.Serving as the platform for Cruel World 6 is an eye-catching hybrid of the Saucony Shadow 5000 and 6000, the Saucony Shadow 5500; the design theme is inspired by “Giant Leaps” and Neil Armstrong’s historic feat of walk on the moon. As usual, securing a pair requires signing up through BAIT’s raffle link, so head there to submit your ticket and look out for a release at all seven BAIT chapter stores and online on January 30th.
BAIT x Saucony Shadow 5500 "Cruel World 6: Giant Leaps"
January 30th, 2016
$120 USD

Nike Dunk CMFT PRM - Swoosh Social Club "Duck Hunt"*~

It turns out the Swoosh Sporting Club is more than a one sneaker affair, as these Nike Dunk styles were just inducted into the group. Both feature the same corduroy details, duck embroidery and insoles pointing at their theme as the Air Force 1 that introduced the fictional hunting club. This time around, one of the Dunks is goes all-in on the theme with an olive/orange palette matching the gamey feel. These Nike Dunk CMFT styles are starting to arrive at sneaker boutiques now.
Nike Dunk CMFT PRM "Swoosh Social Club"
Medium Olive/Black-Gum Light Brown-Total Orange
$120 USD

Nike Dunk CMFT PRM "Swoosh Social Club"
Anthracite/Bamboo-Cool Grey-Summit White
$120 USD

Air Jordan 14 Retro "Oregon Ducks"*~

It's only right that Nike design legend and University of Oregon alum Tinker Hatfield had a hand in the "Oregon" Jordan 14, the latest in a long line of Oregon-exclusive Air Jordans. In a note sent out to people who were seeded pairs, Hatfield says that he was going for a "classy, Ducky look." In the note, he thanks developer Adam Welliver for his work on the shoes, suggesting that the look here isn't all Hatfield's doing. The note gives rare insight into how many pairs are produced when it comes to Oregon Jordans, pegging the limited run at 330. Most of those went to Oregon football players, coaches and support personnel. Others were seeded to friends, family and influencers.
Always an honor to receive a gift from Tinker!

The Rock x Under Armour Collaboration*~

Under Armour officially announced its endorsement deal with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, promising footwear, apparel and accessories to come from the collaboration. There's no imagery or details yet on what to expect from the forthcoming The Rock sneakers, but one of the photos accompanying the press release has what appears to be the co-branded Rock x UA duffel bag that the brand says is launching in the coming weeks. There's also a Rock x UA backpack on the way. In addition to apparel and footwear, this partnership will play out via Under Armour's fitness apps.
Welcome to Our House, @TheRock. It's time to work. #IWILL

ASICS Gel-Lyte III - January 2016*~

The ASICS Gel-Lyte III proves how potent it can be without the help of outside forces on these two new general release pairs. There's a vibrant tonal red colorway that could be misconstrued as a Ronnie Fieg release of old and a deep blue one that's equal in its intensity. Each upgrades the normal lacing, with rope laces for the blue and patterned laces for the red. Both of these ASICS Gel-Lyte III styles are available now from select retailers.

adidas Y3 Autumn Winter 2016*~

Yohji Yamamoto's bold adidas creations continue with these footwear offerings spotted on the runway at the most recent adidas Y-3 show. The group is divided into four stories, each with its own aesthetic: Rebuild, 60 Feet Tall, Industrial Sports and Future Sport. While the shoes are futuristic, they aren't strictly forward thinking. Subtle design cues lifted from adidas sneakers of old appear in some of the shoes. There are Qasa recreations and there's even an EQT nod in one of the dystopian designs. Look for these adidas Y-3 sneakers to arrive in stores for Autumn/Winter 2016.

Air Jordan 5 Low "All-Star" GG*~

Images of an unexpected Air Jordan 5 Low arrived today, painting a better picture of the special sneaker releases Jordan Brand has planned for All-Star weekend. The colorway uses a glittery upper in wolf grey and cool grey similar to the one found on this Jordan 1, another All-Star release. The Jordans here will come in girls/grade school sizing, men's sizes won't be available. The Jordan release date for the "All-Star" Jordan 5 Low is Feb. 13th.
Air Jordan 5 Low "All-Star" GG
Cool Grey/Wolf Grey-White-Black

PUMA Brings Ignite to the R698*~

After introducing the Ignite Sock earlier this month, PUMA is back with yet another Ignite-cushioned silhouette: the R698 Ignite. Giving the beloved R698 a makeover, the new design boasts a streamlined upper of mesh and and seamless overlays while the German sportswear giant’s flagship Ignite cushioning handles the midsole tooling below. Debuting in both black and “Glacier Grey,” the R698 Ignite is available now via Tokyo’s atmos.

Nike Officially Introduces the Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit*~

34 years and some 2,000 iterations later, the iconic Air Force 1 is finally getting the makeover it deserves with the Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit. Marrying the original silhouette with Nike’s breathable and lightweight Flyknit, the Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit was born out of the Nike Sportswear designers’ 12-hour summertime inspiration strolls through Paris, which ultimately convinced them that they could make the AF1 lighter and more flexible while enhancing its fit and cutting down on the dreaded creasing that ends up bisecting the toe of each and every pair over time. The Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit is already available via Nike’s interactive and shoppable lookbook,, and will hit additional retailers worldwide this Thursday, January 28th.

Hender Scheme Unveils All-Black "Air Jordan IV"*~

Following the success of its 2014 tan release, Ryo Kashiwazaki’s Hender Scheme brand releases a premium, all-black reimagining of the iconic Air Jordan IV silhouette. Titled the Manual Industrial Products 10, the blacked-out iteration was revealed on the UNITED ARROWS & SONS Instagram earlier this week. There are, as yet, no details on release or pricing.
【New Arrival】 MIP 10 #henderscheme #unitedarrows #unitedarrowsandsons staff MH

Gucci 2016 S/S "Tian" Collection*~

In the midst of Gucci’s revival under Alessandro Michele, the fashion house has released a range of footwear and accessories that have been emblazoned with motifs of hummingbirds and peonies that hark back to the exoticism of the Orient of a century ago, and the aesthetic of chinoiserie that was all the rage during the Belle Epoque. The motifs have been printed atop the iconic Gucci monogram and jazzed up with hits of rich red in the laces of the sneakers, and leather paneling on the bags. Ranging from $280 – $1,850 USD, the Gucci 2016 Spring/Summer “Tian” footwear and accessories collection is now available online here.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Ne.Sense x PUMA Blaze of Glory Swift*~

Taiwanese retailer Ne.Sense taps German sportswear staple PUMA for SS16 to bring us a new take on the Blaze of Glory Swift. The upper is dressed in a combination of soft neoprene, premium nubuck and washed-out suede, all imagined in desert hues to uphold Ne.Sense’s philosophy of riffing on organic themes found in nature. Thoughtful details are included in the form of a specially designed graphic on the sockliner, as well as the branded lace tips. The collaborative sneaker will be exclusively dropping through Ne.Sense stores in Taipei on January 22nd, followed by a global release on January 29th.