Monday, November 30, 2009

Converse Dress code 1/2 Collection Jack Purcell S MDLN / PLAIN

Converse Japan will introduce an all-new collection of iconic classics under the guise of the Dress code 1/2 collection. While the use of their most well-known silhouettes won’t change, the anatomy of the shoes will undergo a few modifcations to reflect a “dressier” approach. The use of more streamline and cleaner profiles as well as traditional touches such as brogue punching are seen in the collection’s first two models which feature the Jack Purcell S MDLN and Jack Purcell S Plain. More information will be unveiled on January 15th, 2009 however the first two Jack Purcell models will be available in December.

Converse Pappalardo Pro

Transworld has a first look at Anthony Pappalardo’s pro model shoe on CONS. “It has a clean design and a classic look, kinda just like Pops if you think about it. We like to call the Pappalardo Pro a perfect fit.” The first colorway is a patriotic red, white and blue and will be available Spring 2010.

adidas Consortium City Series 3rd Drop | colette, Crooked Tongues, Livestock, VA

Today we present you the 3rd and last drop from the adidas Consortium City Series. Once again adidas worked with prominent retail partners to give the sneaker of each respective city a new look, usually heavily inspired by the original. In this release they worked with colette on the Paris, with Crooked Tongues on the London, with Livestock on the Toronto and with VA on the Tokyo.

mita sneakers x Oshmann’s x New Balance 1300

After presenting you the other day the Oshmann’s New Balance CM1001, we show you today another collaboration between the brand, mita sneakers and New Balance, this time on the 1300. The classic running shoe comes in a white/black colorway, with the upper made of suede and mesh. The sneaker will be released on December 12th at mita.

BlackScale x Android Homme Sneaker

The other day we presented to you some new footwear from the Android Homme Holiday 2009 Collection. Here you get a first look at their collaboration with San Francisco brand BlackScale. They worked on a black perforated patent leather high top with side zipper. So far no release date has been announced, but we will definitely keep you posted.

Nike Holiday 2009 Blazer AC High LE Pack

From the Nike Holiday 2009 Collection comes the Blazer AC High LE in two colorways. The high top sneaker features 5 velcro straps and comes in varsity red/black and medium grey/black, both featuring a mix of leather and patent leather on the upper.

Nike Dunk High Premium QK “DJ AM”

Right before his tragic death, news came out that DJ AM had been working with Nike on a Dunk sneaker collection. Today we can show you some detailed images of one of them. The Nike Dunk High Premium Quickstrike “DJ AM” comes in a black/red colorway with reflective 3M accents. The red comes in regular premium leather and the black comes in patent leather. The Swoosh is light grey. The heel features a perforation that can be removed to reveal reflective 3M. The tongue of the sneaker is decorated with a DJ AM logo tag. The sneaker is now available from Kasina.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Puma R698 “Alpine”

One of Puma’s more standard offerings from their lifestyle range of runners is the R698. Without the gimmicks of other Puma lifestyle runners, the R698 does share a chunky profile with a lot of the runners of the era. This particular “Alpine” version features a relatively balanced colorway which combines vibrant lime green with more subtle light blues, blacks and grays. A splatter-like motif marks the heel. Available at select Puma retailers.

Nike Air Force 1 Premium Sport Red

Making a tradition of releasing a series of red sneakers during the Holidays, Nike whips up a new Air Force 1 Premium, featuring a red leather upper with light bone accenting. Definitely one of the more classy looking Air Force 1’s in sometime, the kicks should be seeing a release soon through select Nike retail outlets.

Cyclope x Veja Footwear Shoe & Tee Collection

Parisian fixed gear shop Cyclope team up with footwear company Veja on set of sneakers, dedicated to fixed gear bike riders. Along with the sneakers, Cyclope created a set of four t-shirt designs to coincide with the release, all featuring black and white graphics synonymous with the shop’s name. The shoes will also be available through Starcow.

adidas Originals ZX 8000 OG

The original and arguably one of adidas’ most stunning running models the ZX 8000 is set for a return in OG fashion next year. In a shoe that was tributed in the aZX collection by the now defunct Footpatrol, the memorable blue, purple and yellow colorway marked a great bit of German engineering with a great deal of visible technology incorporated into the overall design including our favorite, the external heel counter. The shoe will release on a general run come Spring 2010 and will be available at Crooked Tongues.

Bape Holiday 2009 Footwear | Road Sta Check and Bapesta Foil

Two new sneaker packs of the Bape Holiday 2009 Collection have been released. The Bapesta comes in a series of metallic foil colorways and the Road Sta comes with check patterns, a theme that has been widely used through out the entire Holiday collection.

Nike Blazer High V Lux TZ

Another Blazer High comes as part of the Nike Tier Zero program, this time the Blazer High V Lux. The sneaker comes with an all premium black leather upper and 5 velcro straps. This version of the classic sneaker has more of a fashion styling and thus might not be something for the purists among you. It will be available soon at Limited Edition Vault.

Reebok Holiday 2009 Pump Omni Lite Plaid

In time for the cold days of the year Reebok introduces a new plaid colorway of the Pump Omni Lite. The mid top sneaker comes in a brown colorway with red/black plaid details. It is now available at Flauge.

Friday, November 20, 2009

adidas Originals x Star Wars Spring/Summer 2010 Collection

Today we bring you an exclusive first look at the adidas Originals Star Wars collection for the Spring/Summer 2010 season. The products in the season’s first drop take inspiration from legendary Star Wars characters and scenes and fuse them with iconic adidas Originals silhouettes. In this first look we present details of the upcoming Skywalker and Yoda sneakers, as well as a Star Wars tee and Stormtrooper hoodie. The pieces will begin to hit all adidas Originals stores and other select retailers in January.

XLarge x Reebok Pump Omni Lite

XLarge Japan worked with Reebok on the Pump Omni Lite. The sneaker comes in a white/grey/black colorway with some fading effects on the upper, as well as a rather subtle dark blue XLarge logo placement. Compared to many other Reebok collaborations in Japan, this one came out classic and simple, something one should appreciate. The sneaker will be released on December 4th.

Vans Holiday 2009 Chukka Low

Back by popular demand are the Vans Chukka Low. No nonsense skate kicks in four new solid suede and canvas blend color ups. Grab ‘em now from HUF or any other retailer where fine Vans are sold.

Nike Holiday 2009 Quickstrikes | Terminator Hi Perf PRM QS and Terminator Hi Belt PRM QS

Two solid new womens Quickstrike sneakers have been released – the Terminator Hi Perf PRM QS and the Terminator Hi Belt PRM QS. One of them comes with a clean premium leather upper and fur lining, the other one in nubuck leather and a nice studded belt detail on the ankle strap. Both are now available at Nike Harajuku.

Converse PRODUCT(RED) Chuck Taylor All Star “Leopard”

The Converse PRODUCT(RED) collection has largely focused on its colalborative artist series. However not to be over-looked are some of Converse’s own offerings which are also part of the contributions towards the (RED) initiative. The PRODUCT(RED) Chuck Taylor All Star Low seen here features a tonal suede upper in gray with little indication to its relevance to (RED) aside from the trademark red eyelet and tongue logo. On the interior is a leopard lining. Available now at select retailers including Kinetics

Converse Japan Jack Purcell “Glen Check”

In an upcoming release out of Converse, the Jack Purcell classic enjoys a nice choice of materials over two models with this “Glen Check” collection. The age-old pattern comes in either gray or brown versions with a release date anticipated for next month.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Starks x Timberland 3-Eye Handsewn Classic Shoes

Starks Laces, the company known for their collection of premium grade shoe laces has taken on a collaboration involving Timberland and the 3-Eye Handsewn Classic shoe. The shoe is constructed with genuine leather on the upper and trim with a Timberland tag and Starks Laces tag sewn onto the side of the inner lining. Timberland for Starks is seen debossed on the leather insoles and a pair of Starks Laces with metal lace tips ensure a tight fit.

No exact release has been announced just yet but Starks has reported that the shoes will be dropping sometime in early December exclusively through the Starks online shop.

Onitsuka Tiger X-Caliber GT x Azita

The last time we saw the Onitsuka Tiger X-Caliber GT, it was in colorway created by by Copenhagen based Wood Wood. The latest release of the sneaker has been created by Azita in an upper with black and grey tones resting on a yellow midsole. The kicks are constructed in a mix of suede, leather and mesh. When you pick these up you will get a pair of long socks created with recording artist Azita.

The sneaker will be available in Stockholm at SNS on the 28th of November.

“Open The Box” Preview | Sneaker Culture in Germany Documentary

open the box from stv on Vimeo.

Here is a preview of "Open The Box". A documentary about sneaker culture in Germany that is said to be released online next year.

The movie covers sneaker heads stories and interviews and of course contains footage of some very decent collections.

Hopefully we will see english subtitles when the movie finally releases by next year!

Nike Air Hoop Structure “Aqua”

The next best thing to the Aqua Air Jordan VIII would be this colorway of the Air Hoop Structure. This version of the Air Hoop Structure is being called the “Aqua” Hoop Structure for obvious reasons. Images first hit the web back in June, and the feedback was positive. The wait is finally over, and the Aqua Air Hoop Structure is now available at select Nike accounts including Proper.

Reebok PUMP 20 Complete Collection

FINALLY, we have a look at all 20 of the Reebok shop collaboration Pumps. The Pumps are limited to 31 pairs each, and they will be available tomorrow, November 20th respectively at each shop. Check out exclusive shots of the Pump 20’s after the jump, and enjoy the imagery.
Thanks to Paul Litchfield for talking to us about the history of the Pump, and hinting at what’s to come from the Pump in the future. Congrats to Reebok for 20 years of the Pump. Happy Birthday!

Married to the MOB x Lacoste Hironia

November seems to be the month of Collaborations and NYC based company Married to the MOB is no exception. Here’s a look at their latest collaboration with Lacoste for the Hironia sneaker. These kicks were clearly made for the females out there, and boast materials like a lavender and black all over lace burn-out print that covers the entire upper. There is also some design inspiration from the famous and very pricey Christian Louboutin shoes sporting the solid “red bottoms”. These collabo kicks are strictly for the ladies and are sure to be a good look for the female sneaker enthusiast.

Nike Canarinho Collection – Holiday 2009

When you realize that these kicks are Brazilian exclusives, it seems totally natural that yes, those are canaries kicking a soccer ball on the Nike Dunk Low pictured above. Sharing its nickname with Brazil’s national soccer team, this pack of kicks and gear prominently features the tiny birds in all sorts of different forms. No surprise, then, that these are the second set from Nike Sportswear’s Canarinho Collection. The most exciting addition be the new Nike Blazer Low Metro. It’s an update to the retro basketball sneaker that has a slightly Free-like forefoot. These, the Dunks and Tennis Classics, along with some interesting tees will all drop soon and we’ll keep you posted.

Reebok Pump x ALIFE Rivington Club (ARC)

The ALIFE Rivington Club has finally unveiled their Reebok Pump20 collaboration. Similar in motif to their recent collaborations, the ARC x Reebok Pump features a clean and simple Off-White colored nubuck upper, White accents, and a Gum outsole. The emrbroidery, including the ARC Sports logo on the toe, is all done in Black.

The ALIFE Rivington Club x Reebok Pump is set to release on November 20th at ARC Sports (across the street from the ALIFE Rivington Club) in an amount of 31 pairs.

Nike Air Max 90 Current Huarache x DQM Hitting Retail

The Dave's Quality Meat's designed Air Max 90 Current Huarache is beginning to hit retail now. Inspired by their own Bacon Air Max 90, the DQM x Nike Air Max 90 Current Huarache features a combo upper of mesh and nubuck in Brown, Pink, Red, and White.

Nike Air Max LeBron VII Black White Gold

After the [Phantom Nike Air Max LeBron VII releases in December], Nike is set to follow up with the Black/White/Gold Nike Air Max LeBron VII. The Black/White/Gold Nike Air Max LeBron VII features a combo upper of White patent leather and Black nubuck. The Flywire panel is done in Black with Gold Flywire and a White, Gold piped Swoosh. The upper sits on a blacked out Visible Air Unit.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nike Air Max LeBron VII (7) Phantom Final Retail Version | Detailed Look

The Phantom Nike Air Max LeBron VII is officially set to release a month from today. I posted detailed pics of Phantom VIIs earlier but the [VIIs pictured in that original post], were actually samples and not the final retail version. The final Phantom Nike Air Max LeBron VII features the same Black leather and Black nubuck combo but instead of the tonal accenting found on the sample, the finals feature Gold accenting at the upper eyelet, LeBron logos, lace plates, lace tips, and the circular logo on the outsole.

PUMA Rudolf Dassler Schuhfabrik Collection

PUMA gives us a new look at their Rudolf Dassler Schuhfabrik Collection, a more sophisticated look at the traditional kicks. This particular collection is influenced by cultural styles such as Cubism and Bauhaus, Dadaism and Jazz, Modernism and Avant-garde. Using an artistic approach mixed with minimalism, these are destined to be a hit amongst the mod crowd.

Converse Chuck Taylor 1HUND(RED) x Terence Koh

Chinese born Canadian artist Terence Koh has created this new Converse Chuck Taylor 1HUND(RED) x Terence Koh shoe to prove that minimalism can be interesting as well. The coolest part about these is that part of the profits will go towards fighting AIDS and HIV in Africa.

Nike Blazer High Velcro LUX TZ

THis isn’t the first time that we have seen the Blazer come in a strap version, though we aren’t quite tired of it yet. This is the new Nike Blazer High Velcro LUX TZ and it will come in an all black colorway with 5 straps across the front of the sneaker.

Nike Air Max 1 x Patta

Retailer, Patta teamed up with Nike for this outstanding Air Max 1 in Chlorophyll sense. The muted chlorophyll denim is the most prominent feature of this particular sneaker, coupled with Grey suede/canvas and White mesh. Patta logo together with Air Max branding prompt on the tongue while the Swoosh appears twice on the side panel.

Air Jordan 8 Fusion Coming Spring 2010

You got a little taste of the Air Jordan 8 Fusion love on Friday, but now we have high res images. Here we have two colorways of the Jordan 8 Fusion that is slated for a Spring 2010 release. To be exact, the white AJF8 drops in February, and the Aqua AJF8 hits stores in March 2010. If you’re feeling the AJF8, be prepared to pay $140. Like we said on Friday, don’t have a cow, man!

DJ AM Memorial Fund Auctions – Best of Week 1

Adam Goldstein’s loss was not only a shocker in the high-brow celebrity realm, but also hit close to home for many sneakerheads, as he was just as popular to us for his collection of 900+ pairs of serious heat. As you may know, Deckstar and UNDFTD has started an eBay auction event which will provide all of its winning proceeds to the DJ AM Memorial Fund.

Our initial teaser to you guys gave a small glimpse of what was to be auctioned off to some lucky bidders. With pairs being added every evening till the first week of December, a number of gems have already been revealed for open bidding. Take a look below to check out what’s already out, contending for the heaviest hitters. We think you would be quite surprised at which pair currently holds the highest bid.

Nike Auto Flight Hi – House of Hoops Exclusive – Safari – Black – Red

It looks like Nike’s new design trend has moved on from making fusions to simply applying an autoclaved soles to some past basketball faves for a flipped lifestyles look. But designs like this Auto Flight seen here even further separate itself from its original Air Flight Hi form, at least compared to some other colorway choices we’ve already seen. We couldn’t see Scottie rocking these alongside MJ’s sig designs, could we? The essential Bulls colorway is garnished with patent leather ad a safari print along some of the paneling, mostly towards the back. The solid red found on the Swoosh, lining trim and sole make a good balance to the atypical athletic design.

Louis Vuitton Sunlight Sneaker Winter 2009

We all remember the hype surrounding Kanye West’s collaborations with Louis Vuitton for the LV Don and Jasper sneaker. Although these LV Sunlight sneakers from the Winter 2009 collection have no affiliation with the rapper/producer, they still have a clean design that should definitely appeal to those sneaker heads out there with an eye for the more luxurious side of things. These LV Sunlights feature two colorways, grey/royal blue and khaki/red. The upper is a combination of premium suede and leather with perforated suede side panels, a suede ankle strap and mesh tongue and liner.

Nike Dynasty Hi – Georgetown Hoyas – House of Hoops Exclusive

It’s almost certain that no matter how much time has elapsed or what direction the brand takes in the future, Nike will probably never let go of donning a few pairs every now and then with the Hoyas look. After all, it’s one of those things that helped Nike get where they are now. With the Dynasty Hi getting good feedback since its return, it’s no surprise that the slick profile gets the Georgetown treatment.

Obviously taking on the dark navy and grey look, the team scheme is updated with the current pattern found on the Hoyas jerseys, with further team identity found on the tongue. Athough the aesthetics are derived from athletic inspiration, the feel of these is definitely more formal and sophisticated.

Patta x Reebok Pump20 – Anniversary Capsule

The days are winding down til the 20 illustrious shops release their collaborative Reebok Pump20. We’ve seen quite a few now, all taking on such different forms. After seeing what Patta can do with a few AM1’s, we see how they proves the theory that even when given the same shoe, a completely unique look can arise.

Made of full grain leather and nubuck, the upper displays a light tan appearance with lava orange accents, possibly rendered with old basketball court floors in mind. This thought can only ferment even more with the sight of gum on the sole, a pivotal element of basketball culture. Or maybe these thoughts are summoned by immargery of a custom Reebok Pump20 basketball accompanying the previewed pair. It’s up to you to decide.

Patta x Nike Air Max 1 – Burgundy – Sneak Peek

At this point, Dutch sneaker heavyweights Patta are no strangers to Nike collaborations or the Air Max 1. They have recently revealed two different colorways of the Air Max 1, adding some fresh shades of green and purple canvas to the shoe’s classic color blocking for a new look. Now, thanks to the recent Patta interview feature on Complex, we get a brief, but enticing preview of another Air Max 1 collabo in the works between Patta and Nike. As you can see, this new version sports a solid burgundy suede upper with a white midsole, light blue accents and a multi-colored outsole. There isn’t much else known about this project at the moment, but stay tuned for more news as soon as it breaks.

Concepts x New Balance Freedom Trail Collection – Black Friday Release

After getting a small preview of the collaboration between Boston-based Concepts and New Balance, Concepts have given us full release information via their blog for us to consume. The CNCPTS x New Balance Freedom Trail Collection consists of one colorway for two New Balances: the NB 1500 and 875 Boot. Both shoes follow a chocolate brown/red/white colorway, using brown suede uppers, red laces, and white midsoles. These NBs are dedicated to Boston’s Freedom Trail, giving meaning to these sneakers. The New Balance 875 is making its first ever appearance through this collection, and combines runner comfort into a boot silhouette. These shoes are set to release at Concepts on Black Friday, which is November 27th.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Supra Skytop II Tour

The Supra Skytop II tour has officially been announced. Beginning in Paris at colette on November 27th, and ending in Atlanta at Wish on December 7th, the tour will hit 10 exclusive stops over a two-week period. Each store will receive 36 individually numbered pairs of the Skytop II Gradient colorway pictured above, for a total of 600 pairs.

Reebok Ex-O-Fit Plus Hi Trail Pack

Reebok will be releasing the Ex-O-Fit Plus Hi Trail Pack as part of their Holiday 2009 Collection. The high top sneaker with ankle strap come in brown and in black leather as part of the pack, featuring a hiking boot inspired lacing system, including the laces and eyelets. The uppers feature contrasting stitching, yet otherwise are kept very clean. The ripstop lining is a nice finishing touch. In our mind probably the nicest pack to come from Reebok this season.