Interesting read from Hypebeast about Hypetastic Air Yeezy 2…. Forging a new form of sport craftsmanship, the Nike Air Yeezy II blends classic Nike court breakthroughs with the performance and aesthetic demands of bringing hype to a crowd of thousands. A primal, tactile approach to technology runs throughout every element of the shoe. Armored animalistic forms imbue the upper. Hand skived anaconda textured leather quarter panels are embellished with a debossed Vac-Tech Nike Swoosh. The molded rear is sculpted with a reptilian-inspired spike, while an engineered strap with scaled down spikes was developed to offer a greater sense of symmetry and lock down. Bringing the inspiration forward from the late 1980′s basketball foundation of the original Nike Air Yeezy, the II is built on the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis shoe outsole and celebrates iconic Nike Cross Training silhouettes with the addition of the molded forefoot strap.
There’s absolute function at the Air Yeezy II’s core. Unnecessary padding was eliminated, and the foot-hugging tongue and plush collar are both comfortable and breathable. Fit was essential to the design with the goal to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to Kanye West’s foot. The collar was also lowered to allow for greater movement. An obsessive approach to materials results in a luxurious mix of leather, rugged ballistic nylon and soft nubuck. Concealed but opulent details reference ancient civilizations, including a loop strap with hieroglyphics that spell out ‘YZY.’ Each screw on lace aglet is obelisk shaped, and the anaconda texture is echoed on the eyelets and leather lace toggle that carries the Roman numeral ‘II.’
The Nike Air Yeezy II in both Platinum and Black editions will release June 9, in limited numbers, at select global retailers.
Earlier in the year, Nike brought back one of their more unique creations with the Mayfly running sneaker. The shoe was originally designed to last for 100 km of running, but since its return, its been released in more of a lifestyle sense. This latest iteration of the shoe, the Mayfly Woven, is a tier 0 release in both black and grey that sees the sneaker take on a serious woven element, foregoing the normal print design, on the upper part of the shoe. How do you guys feel about these new Woven version of the sneaker?
What started with a mis-pronunciation, ended up being an interesting little project for Jeff Gaudinet. Kate Moss became Skate Moss in a conversation with a friend and therefore he started to design skate decks, covered with picture material or the name of the iconic top model.
“This thing started by accident, mispronouncing “Skate Moss” (while talking about both skateboard and Kate Moss with my friend Oniram). So I decided to create this useless / pointless platform.”
Useless for sure, but like many other things online, definitely worth checking out. Have a look here.
These classic lace-up oxford flat shoes, or “Platers,” come updated by Christian Louboutin in a glamorously understated black python crystal leather. The pair is kept tastefully clean with matching black laces, subtle metal eyelets and sleek black outer soles. Signature Louboutin red completes the pair’s undersoles. A part of the Classique collection, these stunning loafers are now exclusively available at the Christian Louboutin online store.
Mark McNairy surprises us again with bold designed footwear, this time being the Apron Tassel Loafer from his own label. The shoe’s look and build are perfect for summer, it having a navy blue suede upper, apron tassels with 360 degree lace detail, stitched leather ridge and a strong yellow rubber Dainite sole. They’re pretty show stopping and will look in any outfit. These are available now
As part of their Summer 2012 Collection, Bape presents the new Work Type Bape Sta. Mixing typical elements of the popular workwear look of recent seasons, the Japanese brand presents their Bape Sta sneaker with denim uppers and leather accents. The sneakers are now in stock at Bape Stores.
This season Liberty is again working with Nike Sportswear on a range of silhouettes that include the Air Max 1. Following on an imperial purple colorway, Liberty has hooked up the Air Max 1 in a mix of sport red, white and black. Unlike the first release, these feature a suede overlay with the textile underlay is set in a flowery Liberty print. Find the sneaker now at NSW dealers like Sneakersnstuff. I know these are women’s but don’t let that put you off the size up to 9.5!