The adidas Originals ZX 500 2.0 for women is the classic retro runner redux, featuring a sleek one-piece neoprene upper with suede and textured leather overlays. The latter is finished in a glossy snakeskin-like print, adding a distinctive design element to the minimalist build. Mounted on a clean white EVA midsole, the shoe features the signature three-stripes in cut-out form, with a white trefoil-embossed heel tab completes the simple duo-tone look. The adidas ZX 500 2.0 “Black Snake” is available now through adidas retailers.
British sneaker brand Reebok has hooked up with retail spot size? on an exclusive pastel pack for summer. The “Purple Oasis” pack features two of Reebok’s most iconic styles, the Classic and the Workout Plus. Both styles have been given an allover pastel purple and display their bold and distinctive features without any distractions. The upper on each style is crafted from a brushed micro-perforated nubuck on the base, while the outer paneling exhibits a soft, buttery suede, both complemented by a white midsole and an iced gum sole unit. The pack launches worldwide on August 8 via direct links on their Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as in store. Be warned the styles are limited to 500 pairs worldwide so move fast
The innovative Nike Flyknit Racer is now being offered in three new colourways ideal for summer. Getting its structure and support from the sportswear giant’s Flyknit technology, the runner is incredibly lightweight, with a precision fit that feels like a second skin. A forefoot Nike Zoom unit, full-length Phylon midsole, and a waffleskin rubber outsole with racing-specific diamond pattern further emphasize the silhouette’s design language. Arriving in Pink Flash/Hyper Crimson/Black, Game Royal/Pink Flash/Black, and Black/White/Photo Blue.
Known for his quirky and conceptual standpoint in fashion, Thom Browne has released a contemporary rendition of the timeless bomber jacket. What was once used as a pilot’s jacket for military purposes, Browne reinterprets this by extending his signature slick and luxurious touches. Crafted in the U.S.A., the luxe jacket boasts a cashmere body, ribbed trims and contrasting full-grain leather sleeves. The Thom Browne Leather-Sleeved Cashmere Bomber Jacket can now be purchase at select stockists worldwide
Blood Brother’s AW14 collection is its most luxurious so far – the signature butter soft leather pieces are combined to suede details, offering striking contrasts of matt and shiny. The seamless long lined bomber stands out as the ultimate sports luxe must-have with its beautiful finish. Soft alpaca jumpers are available in the collection’s dominant tons of black and red, while the selvedge denim is made from 13oz Japanese Kuroki. The injection of Kevlar gives the designs an innovative techy feel, which contrasts with other organic materials – the pony hair jacket is one of this season’s hero pieces.
These grown up designs and materials are then combined with details inspired by collectibles and sports – panini football stickers, trophies, scars – giving the collection a fun, playful twist. Building on the brand’s reputation for graphics, the key repeated eyes and roses prints are available on shirts and tops. Subtle sport themed embossments can be found on tops, offering an alternative to the brighter printed pieces. Available soon at Concept by Cruise & Van Mildert.
After getting an early preview of the Y-3 Yohji Boost, we’ve now got a better look at the shoe in an eye-catching black and white graphic colorway. A design that eschews superfluous details and unnecessary bulk, the shoe features a minimal and super breathable mesh upper with a black and white stripe pattern running across almost the entirety of the shoe. A black semi-rigid suede heel and tongue provide a bit of added support without taking away from the sleek design, and underneath is a supremely comfortable Boost sole. Look for these soon at Cruise & Van Mildert
Luxury fashion house Balmain have added this motorcycle-inspired cotton hoodie to their seasonal offerings. Crafted from cotton jersey and finished with motocross style quilting and metal zippers, the piece is a lightweight way of adopting the biker aesthetic without resorting to heavy leathers. Balmain’s recent forays into biker style has added an element of toughness to the normally delicate and precious world of high fashion.
London’s own Footpatrol has teamed up with Nike to create an Air Huarache Light inspired by the grey winter days of London and how it seems to magnify the abundance of grey building facades in the bustling capital. Taking the inspiration quite literally, this Huarache Light features an all-grey upper composed of rich suede and lightweight mesh, all of which is tied together by the semi-translucent grey molded eyestays. 3M accents, embroidered tonal Swooshes, speckled laces, a light grey, speckled sole, and perforated white leather lining round out the details for these special kicks. Limited to just 500 pairs worldwide, the Air Huarache Light “Concrete” will be available in-store and online exclusively at Footpatrol starting at 9:00 a.m. local time on Friday, July 18
Saucony‘s “Cavity” pack, which consists of the Shadow 5000 and Shadow Original, is gearing up for its official launch in the coming days. Offering up two new colorways, the “Minty Fresh” rendition features a suede and mesh mint green upper with hits of red at the collar, tongue and eyelets. The “Black Razz,” on the other hand, sees a suede, leather and mesh upper executed in black and pink as a nod to its raspberry and licorice-inspired design. Both iterations rest atop a contrasting white midsole and black rubber outsole. The Saucony “Cavity” Pack will be available at select retailers on Tuesday.
The days of quickstrikes in the kicks world has been lost for a while now. The proliferation of information out and the number of people willing to leak the info makes keeping a release secret. However, Nike and UK retailer size? have managed to pull off one of the better surprises in years with the Nike Air Huarache Light ‘Atomic Mango.’
The shoe is a beautiful progression piece that combines seldom used elements from the Huarache lineage to generate a new look. The colour scheme comes from the long forgotten Huarache Racer OG from ’94 and an unreleased version of the Huarache Burst made in 2005 but never seeing the light of day. The 2014 version uses the Huarache Light design, included the sole and not the Free version seen on the last Huarache Light-lookalikes. I’m sure some purists will find a way to down-talk them as not having minute details related to the original Lights but I like em plus expect more colourways from Nike over the next couple of seasons. Available now.