Monday, December 9, 2019

Nike Dunk Low “Viotech”

If it weren’t for the sudden spike in interest for the silhouette, it’d be difficult to imagine any of the most revered Nike Dunks coming back for a second time. And while there are still much more eagerly awaited, the “Viotech” Dunk will surely tide over many fans both new and old alike. First inciting hunts after they first dropped years ago and spawning newcomers by way of Virgil Abloh’s droves of followers, it’s no question that the release will be one to look out for. Boasting the same accents as the original in a shape that seems almost too good to be true, the pair is a near-perfect translation made modern with hues from deep red, burnt orange, sultry purple, and more seeing to an eventful close to the decade. Check out a good look at these below.

Nike Air Ship x Air Jordan 1 Package

Jordan Brand is having itself a day. After revealing its collaboration with French luxury brand Dior, it looks to long-time creative partner Hiroshi Fujiwara to offer the world a first look at the next two-pair pack of retros consisting of an Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG and the mythical Nike Air Ship. The former needs no introduction, although it does come dressed in a brand new red/white colorway with the OG-style hangtag, the latter is a dive into the GOAT’s earliest days in the league that doesn’t get quite the attention it deserves. Prior to the Air Jordan 1 being released, Michael would frequently wear the high-top basketball shoe, and it was actually this particular model that got “banned” by the NBA (it was the colorway, not the model that the league brass wasn’t seeing eye to eye with). 

Reebok InstaPump Fury

An InstaPump Fury resembling the unicorn-of-a-sneaker has recently popped up online. The Steven Smith-designed silhouette sports a muted color palette across the upper of this forthcoming iteration but has swapped materials and colors. For starters, the newer release dons a pure white mesh on its tongue, heel, and toebox, whereas the luxury take opted for an off-white suede on these parts. Furthermore, the side panels on the upcoming sneaker have light-grey side overlays; the high-fashion-version reveled in drab grey. No interlocking-C Chanel logos will be found on the shoe’s heel, but fans of the original are likely to rejoice at the grey and black midsoles that really drive the point home that these are nods to the fabled collaboration. No official release date has been given, but Japanese fashion destination ZOZO anticipates a late December 2019 drop for the price of ¥ 19,800.

adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN “Phosphor”

With the new decade just around the corner, it’s likely we’ll be seeing widespread transformations across each and every reigning brand ten-fold as distinct as any yearly resolution might accomplish. Rather than exclusively offer up brand new colorways or bring a return to some long-time favorites, adidas Yeezy is going the extra mile, releasing not only the 380 but also the Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN, the high numerical’s estranged sibling who more so prefers motocross and high-octane sports than high fashion. Its uppers, reminiscent of a performance ethos, have all been dressed in durable nylon material, then colored in with vibrant neons, this “Phosphor” scheme a neon yellow, for a full statement. The rest of the upper’s overlays, as well as its tongues, are done minimally in full black plus reflective strips while sole units dial down the exposure to a full stealth outfit.

New Balance 998 "Purple/Black"

The 998 model, first released in 1993, deviates from its iconic gray color scheme to close the decade out with an almost “galaxy” edition, sporting different shades of purple across its mostly-suede upper. Or perhaps this is New Balance’s attempt to capitalize on this year’s “Joker” hype? Either way, the 998’s newest look offers a breath-of-fresh-air to the shoe many loathed their dads for wearing, but are now rocking because of its comfortable ABZORB sole. Check out a closer look below and find them available now at select retailers listed below.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Air Jordan 11 Retro "Bred"

Shattering sales records year after year, the December release of the Air Jordan 11 Retro has risen to be Jordan Brand’s most significant shoe release of the four seasons. That said, the bar is set rather high for the upcoming drop of the famed “Bred” Jordan 11s as this original colorway from 1996 is scheduled to hit stores on December 14th in adult, big kids, little kids, pre-school, and toddler size offerings. While each and ever OG colorway of the patent leather shoes have their own esteem, many consider the Jordan 11 “Bred” as the pinnacle exemplar of luxury and sport as Jordan rode this colorway all the way through the unthinkable 72-10 season and ensuing NBA championship.

G-Dragon PEACEMINUSONE x Nike Air Force 1 "Para-Noise"

The G-Dragon-designed PEACEMINUSONE x Nike “Para-Noise” Air Force 1. For the set of images, we can now see that both the Swoosh and tongue have been constructed in white pebbled leather while other parts of the uppers arrive in premium leather. Black paint can be found on the bottom of the outsole, heel, and sides of the sneaker, appearing as if they have been haphazardly applied by hand. The entire black upper of the shoes have also been treated to a special lacquer coating that will rub off over time, revealing G-Dragon’s hidden artwork. Branding arrives in the form of PEACEMINUSONE‘s “daisy” logo embroidered at the tongue, a crossed-out PEACEMINUSONE logo on the inside of the collar, and Nike Air logos on the midsole, heel tab, and outsole. 

Mayor Says His $1.8 Million Sneaker Collection is the World's Best

Full-Size Run is Sole Collector's weekly sneaker talk and debate show featuring co-hosts Brendan Dunne, Matt Welty, and Trinidad James, and this week they're joined by sneaker collector Mayor to talk about his collection that's worth over a million dollars, why it's the best in the world, his thoughts of people buying their way into sneaker culture, and Nike ripping off his sneaker designs. Check out the full episode above.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

French Montana Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex

French Montana goes Sneaker Shopping with Complex's Joe La Puma at Stadium Goods in New York City and talks about Kanye West giving him one of one Yeezys, Drake's line about 350s in "No Stylist," and his favorite sneakers growing up.

Lauren Halsey x Nike Air Force 1 High “Summaeverythang”

Nike’s latest modification to the Air Force 1 High lies largely reserved on the surface yet loud just underneath with its finger on the pulse of Lauren Halsey’s thought-provoking messages. Her artwork deals with class and the systematic oppression of both the LGBTQ and African American communities alike, speaking out with pieces such as “What If We Owned?” or with the sprawling mosaics of “gotta get over the hump?” and continuing headstrong to a wider audience with the help of the now removable swooshes of the Beaverton staple.