Friday, September 13, 2019

adidas Basketball Introduces James Harden’s New Harden Vol. 4

Unique. Versatile. Relentless. Those words can all be used to describe 2018 NBA MVP and five-time All-NBA First Teamer James Harden, and they also apply to his newest signature shoe, the adidas Harden Vol. 4. A stark departure from previous adidas Harden models, these new hoop shoes take The Beard’s line in a bold new direction, just as the Rockets are set to strike out on a new path on the court after sending Chris Paul to the Thunder and acquiring Harden’s good friend Russell Westbrook to take his place. With a low-cut yet sturdy upper, Harden’s latest adidas shoes present a look that mixes performance and style in equal measures. Gone is the standard Boost cushioning, replaced instead by adidas new Lightstrike system for a perfect mix of cushioning and responsiveness. The cut may be low, but the stability is high, thanks to a plush padded heel, midfoot band, and knit tongue for lockdown and support. 

Jordan NFL Athletes Receives Football-Inspired Air Jordan 12 PE Inside Mini Lockers

The NFL season is in full swing, and Jordan Brand has prepared some special footwear for their American football athletes, as players have started to receive a PE-edition Air Jordan 12 that’s inspired by the gridiron but designed for the streets. Packaged in a clever mini locker that’s adorned with special stickers/magnets, these AJ12s features a pebbled pigskin leather upper, accented by smooth white, bold black, and regal gold detailing. Michael Jordan’s signature graces the tongue, just like how NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s autograph appears on game balls, and the heel tag features a “Jordan Family” hit. Finishing touches of detail are then provided by an orange sock liner that nods to endzone pylons, and actual pieces of turf that are visible under the translucent outsole.

Kanye West’s YEEZY Foam Runner Is Releasing In 2020

This clog-like shoe was originally spotted on the feet of daughter North, but these photos revealed by The Face Magazine give us the best look yet at the molded foam shoe. Featuring no laces or any moving parts whatsoever, the Foam Runner makes use of a porous construction, drawing comparisons to every line-cooks go-to shoe, the Croc. Transparent and see-through uppers are still a bit of a trend in sneaks, so it’s not like the shoe isn’t wearable, we’d just advise against rocking them in any precipitous condition. The Yeezy Foam Runner is set to drop in 2020, but if you’ve got your sights set on something a little more closer to present day, read more about the Yeezy 350 Cloud White will officially release on September 21st.

Stratica International Fall/Winter 2019 Footwear Collection

Ibn Jasper’s Stratica International has unveiled its upcoming collection of Fall/Winter 2019 footwear offerings. The collection sees reworks of the Broadway Ralley and Wilshire sneakers, as well as new silhouettes such as the clean, tennis-inspired Monaco, the Elysees Hi, and the chunky, multilayered Dakar Desert. The forward-thinking collection pays respect to classic sneaker shapes and interprets them with the use of luxury fabrics, premium details and meticulous levels of attention to detail in the construction process. The shoes feature outsoles that utilize a “layer by layer” approach, meaning each foxing tape needs to be cleaned, buffed and rid of glue stains in a 65-minute-per-pair process. Sneakers are inspired by brutalist architecture, auto racing, and skateboarding culture, seen most prominently in the Wilshire vulcanized shoe and the new Dakar Desert offering. 

Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 “Black/Vast Grey”

Jordan Brand has dropped a sleek new colorway, imbued with a slew of deconstructed panels. Encompassing a range of striking details like its exposed tongue and heel, translucent lace cage and textured overlays, the sneaker’s uppers see an assemblage of contrasting materials. The top of the tongue comes with tabs stamped with the Jumpman logo on the right foot and Russel Westbrook’s on the left. Black mesh textiles appear along the tongue and forefoot, complemented by tonal laces and a smooth leather rear quarter. Hits of teal appear at the center eyelet panels, followed by “0.2//SE” stamped underneath the hazy lace cage. 

adidas Blackburn SPZL "Nightsafe"

To honor adidas upcoming British Textile Biennial exhibition, curator, brand consultant, and adidas SPEZIAL designer Gary Aspden has unveiled a special edition Blackburn SPZL silhouette. The latest model is the lead colorway for adidas iconic City Series Fall/Winter 2019 season. Dressed in green and red, the color palette is inspired by the Red Rose of Lancashire and is named after the town where Gary Aspden grew up. Additionally “Blackburn” has been embossed in gold detailing on the lateral sides of the sneakers, while Three Stripes and Nightsafe co-branding can be found on the insole. Interested sneakerheads will be able to get their hands on a pair of the adidas Blackburn SPZL “Nightsafe” edition exclusively from the exhibition. Only 200 pairs will be available and all proceeds will go towards the local youth charity Nightsafe, which aims to support homeless and vulnerably housed young people in the Blackburn with Darwen area. A regular retail version will also release at select adidas retailers and online. The sneakers will be priced at $124 USD.

Reebok x Nicole McLaughlin Upcycled/Vintage Capsule Collection

Fans of upcycling guru Nicole McLaughlin will have a chance to get their hands on her one-of-a-kind creations, as the designer will be launching an exclusive capsule with Reebok tonight in New York. McLaughlin, who previously worked with the sportswear company as a graphic designer, has created 17 pieces from upcycled and vintage Reebok gear that showcases her unique penchant for deconstruction. Styles to be offered in the assortment include footwear, apparel, and bags that have been reworked with abstract shapes and features. One of the shoes in the mix features a bright blue upper with mesh detailing and a drawstring closure, seemingly changed from a sack to a pair of a nifty slip-on. The totes are mashed together from several leather elements and various product parts, including Reebok’s trademark “Pump” mechanism. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Reebok Classic Fall 19 “Trail” Collection

Reebok Classic has readied a bold fall ’19 “Trail” collection that re-works some of their most classic models for the great outdoors. Offering two new takes on the Reebok Aztrek, a Double Mix Trail and a ’96 Adventure, a beefed-up Reebok Daytona DMX II, and an elevated Reebok Classic Leather Ripple Trail, the eye-catching capsule boasts a retro look that’s inspired by the trail but designed for the urban streets. Each shoe calls upon a bold retro color palette of browns, purples, and greens, one that’s interpreted in a veritable multitude of different styles and accented by alternate hues throughout the capsule’s extensive offerings. Meanwhile, this forceful footwear effort is accompanied by matching apparel that ranges from a jacket and pants set to t-shirts and leggings. The entire slate of kicks and gear will be made available in the US on Reebok.com come September 12th, so get a first look at select offerings below.

Social Status x adidas P.O.D

The Social Status is taking a surprise job transfer to the Three Stripes, bringing to a life a range of PODs in an effort to bring the model back into the spotlight. In a departure from the original, however, the Consortium edition leans more on its lifestyle legs, coming to life from the designs of talented Atlanta youths. Finalists, whose work lends to the aesthetics of the overall campaign, encapsulate this digital chaos quite perfectly, following in the ethos of the two pair’s wild colors. The first, which is mostly black-dressed at its upper, pairs luxe mesh with velvety suedes on top and allows the various segments of the sole to swap in and out between vibrant color. The white, however, is slightly more toned down with its grayed overlays coming surrounded by deep oranges, reds, and purples. Check out a detailed look at both right here below and find them rolling out to select retailers and possibly adidas.com on September 21st.

Cactus Plant Flea Market x Nike Air Force 1 Low Collaboration

Cactus Plant Flea Market has emerged as the most prolific collaborator in the pool of creative partners with Nike. Their gaudy takes on the Vapormax 2019 and multi-material Blazer concoction on Nike By You has Cynthia Lu’s label atop the class, bringing levels of composed audacity that few can replicate. Adding to their impressive portfolio is the Nike Air Force 1 Low, seen here with a traditional white-on-white base with giant lettering in Air More Uptempo styling placed atop the shoe. On the right shoe is the familiar “AIR”, while the left shoe showcases “FLEA”. This is hardly the first time we’ve seen the obnoxious font get reworked; prominent names such as Supreme and Odell Beckham Jr. have had their way with the detail, while Nike nodded to NYC, ATL, and CHI with city-specific takes. Revealed by VLONE founder ASAP Bari aka @younglord, the CPFM x Nike Air Force 1 Low is set to release sometime this Fall.