Category Archives: Sneakers

The Jordans Obama Got Before Anyone Else…

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Remember a few weeks back when President Obama visited the Nike campus to talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership that has caused quite the stir since? Well, as another part of the trip, the leader of the free world also received some custom sneakers. No, these aren’t your struggle NikeiD Huaraches or some shit because, again, this is the Commander-in-chief we’re talking about. Obama got laced with two new renditions of the Jordan I and Jordan XXIX and T Magazine got the exclusive look at the pairs that OB Obama might very well cross up his chief of staff in on the White House court. Though, like, you gotta let him win regardless. You can’t be out here posterizing the dude with the power to send you straight to Guantanamo. OG Nike design legends Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker, plus the Jumpman himself, Michael Jordan, teamed up to create the two pair “MTM” pack Nike is releasing in June in celebration of 30 years of the Air Jordan brand. Obviously, when you’re the goddamn president, you’re firmly team early. I mean, nobody is a bigger #influencer than the big homie.

The Jordan Is get a slick FlyWeave construction in black and grey, while the XXIXs come in smooth black leather. The sneakers will be dropping in a crazy limited two-pair pack on June 13th at NikeLab Paris and later on June 26th at Jordan Brand’s website and select Jordan outlets for a rumoured hefty £460

Palace x Adidas Palace Pro Collection

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adidas Originals have finally unveiled their latest offering with Palace Skateboards, a brand new silhouette dubbed the PALACE Pro Trainer. Constructed from both Primeknit and perforated suede in this debut collection, the PALACE Pro incorporates parts of the Gazelle with modern styling cues such as the heel cage and Primeknit upper, with the black colourway sporting that beautiful gum sole our readers from across the pond seem to love. The ongoing relationship with Palace and adidas Originals have been striving to create classic European casual wear with a contemporary aesthetic, and the PALACE Pro is a testament to all the amazing possibilities this partnership could lead to. Arriving at select adidas Originals stockists on the 16th of May.

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COMME des GARCONS PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star’ 70

comme-des-garcons-play-converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70-1-960x640Continuing their successful collaboration, PLAY COMME des GARCONS and Converse will release the Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 this month. Both high top and low top versions of the sneaker will be offered in black and off-white. The heart logo of the brand is now much bigger on the new footwear range, and cut off by the midsole. The COMME des GARCONS PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star’ 70 will be launched exclusively at Dover Street Market LondonDover Street Market New York and COMME des GARCONS New York on May 14. On May 15 the sneakers will launch at all other COMME des GARCONS stores.comme-des-garcons-play-converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70-3-960x640 comme-des-garcons-play-converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70-4-960x640 comme-des-garcons-play-converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70-5-960x640 comme-des-garcons-play-converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70-6-960x640 comme-des-garcons-play-converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70-7-960x640 comme-des-garcons-play-converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70-9-960x640 comme-des-garcons-play-converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-70-11-960x640

Nike Lab Sock Dart SP Grey

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Unveiled earlier today, NikeLab is bringing back its Sock Dart silhouette that was born in 2004. The Sock Dart is the first shoe to feature computerized knitting technology, and this gray iteration features a one-color upper with silicone straps in place of laces for utmost comfort. With a miniature Swoosh adorning its sides and set atop a white midsole and black and gray outsole, there is no set release date yet, but will be coming soon to Nike Lab stockists and locations soon.

Filling Pieces Low Top ‘Splash’

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Taking cues from one of the world’s most expensive paintings – No.5 1948 by American expressionist artist Jackson Pollock – Dutch label Filling Pieces present a limited edition iteration of their ever-popular Low Top model. Dubbed “Splash,” the shoe recreates Pollock’s opus, with paint splatters adorning the entirety of the sneaker’s premium full grain leather construction.
Retailing at around £175, the graphic kicks are currently available via select retailers, including END.

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Saucony Originals G9 “Scoops Pack – Pt.1

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Saucony is gearing up for the release of its upcoming “Scoops Pack,” having released the first teaser image. Set to consist of two silhouettes — the G9 Shadow 5 and G9 Shadow 6 — find pictured above the Mint Chocolate Chip G9 Shadow 6. The sneaker flaunts a mint-tinted suede upper, which features black suede streaks. A sky blue midsole complements the tint body, and rests over a gum bottom sole. Looking forward to the other colourways. Available May 1, which is my birthday so if my girlfriend is read….hint hint!

Nike Air Max 90 Premium iD

nike air max 90 premium leopard | the style raconteur Starting on April 6, American enthusiasts will be able to customize the classic Air Max 90 Premium silhouette to an unprecedented degree. Four animal prints — spotted, leopard, zebra and cheetah — will be available in a variety of materials that include pony hair, while the choice of sole now encompasses the natural-motion, the Lunarlon foam midsole and the classic Nike Air cushioning. Finally, Chinese characters are now available for inscriptions at the heel. Fingers crossed thta this will be available on our fair shores

Keep your eye on NIKEiD for your own custom pair of Air Max 90

Mason Garments Spring Summer 2015

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The name “Mason” is deterred in different forms all over the world. . The name is a reference to masonic ideology, meaning being in a circle rich with productive individuals, who may not be in the same field, but all strive to achieve success. A small circle of friends forming a creative collective. Not all of you would know of Mason Garments as the brand has been rising under the radar since being formed in 2011, which for me is a good thing in the world of over hyped products where we live today. Mason Garments wanted to take the “High-price” out of luxury products and go back to making remarkable and stylish design products by using elegant fabrics that are chic and affordable.  The spring summer collection is retailing mostly under £300 which in todays over priced sneaker market is very good for the quality and finishes Mason Garment uses. All styles are produced in limited quantities to be quick. Check out the Spring Summer collection Here!

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Supreme x Nike SB GTS

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As shown in the latest installment of Japanese footwear magazine SHOES MASTER Vol. 23, Supreme offers an exclusive look at their upcoming collaboration with Nike SB as they reveal their iteration on the dated GTS model. Popular amongst skateboarders in the early 90s and having been originally released as a tennis shoe under the Nike Sportswear division, the vulcanized low-tops come equipped with herringbone uppers in black, white, yellow and red with a denim option available in a mid-blue chambray. The shoes bear a calligraphic Supreme logo embroidered across their heel-counters with Nike branding being reserved to the leather heel-tab, tongue and miniaturized swoosh which has become a familiar detail to the GTS model.

The collaboration is expected to release late May of this year  and will be available directly from Supreme.

Valentino Garavani’s Rock Be Camoulflage High-Top Sneaker

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Nike Air Force 1 has solidified itself as one of the greatest sneakers all time. Well, even without its imitators, the AF1 is already considered among the greats which is why it comes as no surprise that another company this time, Valentino appears to have used it as a foundation for its newest release.  The silhouette is very similar with strap and sole details mirroring its Nike counterpart.

What sets this apart from the AF1 is the premium materials. The shoe is made in Italy with an upper comprised of a calk-skin leather and fabric insets to mimic a camo pattern. Rubber stud details can also be seen on the shoe’s back heel as well as the forefoot of the shoe’s outsole. All in all this is a premium sneaker for those people who want to take it to that next level. Dont get me wrong this is a beautifully crafted sneaker but I personally will be sticking to the trusted Nike version…If you on the other hand can part with £600+ shop here