Thursday, February 27, 2020

atmos x adidas ZX8000

atmos has played a large role in evolving sneaker culture, doing so even prior to the popularization of the internet. And despite still working on their ASICS project with Sean Wotherspoon, it looks like they also had their hands full with the adidas ZX8000, teasing imagery of its textured finish earlier today. Though just a small glimpse, the pair is very obviously loud in not only its coloring but also its choice of material, swapping out the base’s typical fixtures for one of an animalistic fur that’s dyed a vibrant orange. These, which arrive shrouded by much of the overlays, is then matched in energy by a neon green whose embedded pattern draws from the wild all the same. Elsewhere, black nubuck mingles with the side profile, dark green leathers dress the Three Stripes, and their namesake stamps along just one tip of the included laces.

Nike Blazer Mid "Coming To America"

As a result of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s immeasurable love for the film Coming To America, Nike was likely subjected to a marathon of viewings, possibly enabling the team to recite lines word for word. And with that came an interest in some of the universe’s most iconic references, with many taking the form of footwear by way of the aforementioned athlete’s line of signature silhouettes, whose last in the three-part series plays on the diegetic fast food chain McDowell’s. Now, quite a few days off its release, the Blazer Mid is dressing to the image of the “Employee of the Month,” covering its entire constructions in the recognizable plaid print. 

Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low

Few artists operate at the intersection of music and sneakers, but among those select notables, even fewer are as dominant as Travis Scott, the revered rapper whose collaborations have become instant classics upon release. Fresh off a wild, workwear-inspired take of the Air Force 1, La Flame is moving on to one of his favorite silhouettes, the Nike SB Dunk Low, bringing along a pattern work akin to that of the aforementioned though dialed up to a deafening volume. Raffled off with its special box this past weekend, the pair sent the sneaker world into a frenzy, with some people still hopeful of a winning email. Dropping once more later this week, the pair is undoubtedly going to be difficult to track down, but in case you’re unable to get your hands on a personal set, you can vicariously enjoy them by way of these images. 

Nike SNKRS Teases Upcoming Air Max 95 “De Lo Mio”

Back in 2018 the Nike team took a deep dive into their New York City market and came back with some interesting statistics related to cultural influence. Through extensive SNKRS app research, they gathered that the city’s Uptown region had possessed a noticeably high concentration of Dominican Republic natives. As a result, they wanted to find a method to somehow honor this community, and accomplished this through a specially designed Air Force 1 Low “De Lo Mio” which translates to “Close Friend” in English. As of today, we have just received word that the series will proceed thanks to a newly posted video that can currently be found on Nike SNKRS App which confirms that the tributes will continue this year through the Air Max 95. 

Sean Wotherspoon Teases His Plant-Based adidas SUPEREARTH Collaboration

Sean Wotherspoon is now preparing for the release of his very first adidas collaboration, one that is ambitious in terms of its recycled and Earth friendly construction. Teased by way of social media just earlier today, Wotherspoon shared a small but close-up glimpse of his aptly named SUPEREARTH silhouette with his caption confirming 100% recycled paper laces, cork insoles, composite padding, and much more all culminating in a 100% plant-based kit. In terms of its design, the upper seems to bear a playful overall ethos as its side profile sprawls with flowers of vibrant thread in an unrefined yet ostensibly hand-drawn fashion. Check out a quick look at these below and expect to see much more as we approach its inbound release.

Aime Leon Dore x New Balance 827 "Abzorb"

Aime Leon Dore has been crafting some of the best collaborations with the Boston-based label to date, digging through the archives to bring back the 990v2 while also tapping some oft-worn classics like the 997 and more. But despite the start of a new year, they’ve yet to grace us with another release, though as teased via their social media, it looks like we won’t have to be waiting much longer. Visualized in a fashion that has become their signature, one obviously in honor of vintage NB ads, the shoot lays out the 827 Abzorb as if witnessed in the everyday, using unconventional models to speak to that very narrative.

Reebok Celebrates International Women's Day With "It's A Man's World" SS20 Collection

For SS20, the sportswear imprint continues to release sneakers that challenge a male-dominated industry, this time around reworking classics including the DMX Series 2200 Zip, Aztrek Double, Court Double Mix, Club C, and Classic Leather. The collection has been created by women and plays on a 2001 advertisement dubbed “It’s A Woman’s World,” once again releasing sneakers that feature the minimalistic yet strong “It’s a Man’s World” message. The first three sneakers feature a white upper made from either suede or leather depending on the silhouette and incorporate an extended mesh webbing in their designs. They are subtle yet somewhat technical, leaving the campaign slogan to stand out in its black and red colorway. 

New Balance M1300CL

New Balance Japan is back with the latest reworkings of the classic M1300, M1300CL in four distinctive colorways. Each piece comes with retro details that were seen in the model’s original 1985 release, features that lead the launch of New Balance’s 1000 series. Coming in colors of gray, navy, black and green, the M1300CL sees a mix of materials like pigskin suede, ultra-fine mesh, and full-grain leather. Starting at the top of the silhouette is a woven label marked with “NB” and “Classic,” just above “1300.” Thick flat laces are looped through delicate suede panels at the sidewalls, lush fabrics that also appear at the heel counter and around toecap. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

adidas Unveils Next Batch Of Region Exclusive Yeezy 350s

adidas Yeezy is on to their next big release, or, rather, releases. Unveiled throughout the beginnings of this past month, Yeezy Boost 350 v2s such as the “Tail Light,” “Earth,” and “Flax” will be going around the world individually, confirmed to be hitting only a select set of regions per each colorway. The “Flax,” which objectively embodies its namesake, takes its light yellow hues and brings it over exclusively to the Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and India; nearby, the “Tail Light” is breaking checking the lucky few in Europe, Russia, and Ukraine; and lastly, the much darker “Earth” will be arriving in both North and Latin America. Each retailing for $220 USD, expect pairs to be hitting their respective locations on February 22nd at adidas.com, the adidas app, Yeezy Supply, and a select host of retailers.

Nike Air Foamposite One “Anthracite”

Long before the famed “Galaxy” from 2012’s All-Star Weekend came into play, this simple all-black rendition of the Air Foamposite One was setting new standards of Foamposite resell value. The Black/Anthracite release from August of 2007, at the absolute peak of Foamposite mania, fetched $1,000 or more on the aftermarket as the bulky, molded basketball shoe continued to be the apple of every sneaker-crazed eye. There’s no questioning that the peak of Foamposites came in 2012 with the release of the aforementioned “Galaxy” and the auction-only ParaNormans, but it’s been a decline, both steady and steep, since then. Perhaps the re-issue of an all-time classic might help boost the ratings a bit, and according to Sneaker Files, the exact pair from ’07 is set to make a return.