The vast, barren terrain of the Sahara Desert provides inspiration for END.’s AW16 adidas Consortium collaboration, dubbed “Sahara”. Both the execution and the materials draw their aesthetic from the 3.5 million square miles of undulating sand dunes which sprawl across much of the African continent. The ZX 700 Boat, a more traditional silhouette, arrives in various shades of desert-camouflage beige, while the material-mix – smooth, natural-shade leather and rough suede – mimics the diverse surfaces found in arid landscapes. The NMD’s deep-green color, gum sole and geometric, honeycombed upper are references to cacti, one of the few plants capable of growing and thriving in such environments. Dropping at END. on November 5.
Transcending foot coverage since 1982, this once hoops shoe was coined after Air Force One—the aircraft that carries the President of the United States. It was the first basketball shoe to house Nike Air, revolutionizing the game for players like Moses Malone and Charles Barkley while rapidly gaining traction around the world, from the hardwood to the blacktop to the core of hip-hop culture. Today the Air Force 1 stays true to its roots with soft, springy cushioning and a massive midsole, but the Air technology takes a backseat to the shoe’s status as an icon. Available now at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.
Based off Boston’s public parks, the Saucony Grid SD “Public Gardens” Pack is landing now for autumn. The chunky retro runner relies on smooth leather and buttery suede to pass all quality inspections with a diverse array of shades. Available now at selected retailers such as 24 Kilates.
Adidas continues to expand this season's collection with a new rendition to their popular Tubular X silhouette. This time, the high top gets treated to a "night cargo" design featuring a full Primeknit upper. Additional details include a semi-translucent sole unit, matching laces, and the silhouette’s supportive namesake X-shaped overlay. Subtle Adidas branding on the tongue, and embossed on the side panel gives the sneaker its finished look. Available now at selected retailers such as Feature.
Le Coq Sportif is unveiling a brand new partnership with French music label Partyfine. The LCS R800 has been updated for the occasion in an elegant monochrome version. Both the label and brand wanted to create a sneaker along the lines of Partyfine’s minimalist visual style with all the beauty of the shoe showcased in its refined details. Only smooth and perforated nubuck are combined to create subtle contrast in silver gray, the colour of the music label’s compilation to be released this autumn. The letters Fine are embossed in 3M white on the back of this elegant model. The laces are printed at each end with the label’s slogan “We are fine”. Continuing in discrete style, the inner and outer soles are matching in the color Gum, offering a subtle and delicate contrast to this monochrome shoe. The inner sole is made of high-quality leather, embossed with the Partyfine and le coq sportif logos. Beyond the desire to design a pair of shoes that can be worn by the label’s artists and fans, le coq sportif’s French spirit also appealed to Partyfine. This preference is asserted by the music label, both in the origin of most of its groups and by Yuksek’s sense of belonging to the movement of a second French touch. The collaboration would not have been complete without a mix from the label to accompany this release…Each pair of LCS R800 will come with a hang tag for downloading an exclusive mix of Partyfine’s three latest compilations. Dropping October 29 at selected retailers such as Hanon.
SneakerBoots season is almost here. Looking to combat the conditions all Autumn and Winter long, the latest collection from Nike features an unstoppable mix of updated classics and modern favourites crafted to offer men and women seasonal style that are fit for any weather condition. This year’s collection includes the new Air Presto Mid Utility, the innovative Lunar Force 1 Flyknit Workboot and the modern Lupinek Flyknit. Making a statement in SneakerBoots for the first time, water resistant Nike Flyknit technology allows wearers to stay warm and dry without adding extra bulk or sacrificing breathability. Coming soon at selected retailers such as END.
1996 is infamous with the legendary European Football Tournament in which the country declared “Football’s Coming Home”. Delving into the Puma archive the #OFFSPRING20 celebrations continue with the exclusive re-launch of the infamous Madrid silhouette in two new colorways. The collaboration pays homage to the unforgettable England v Germany semi-final at the Wembley tournament, where both teams battled it out to a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. The classic Madrid silhouette takes direct influence from the team’s flag colors, featuring premium fabrics and unique detailing. The exclusive sneaker features bold color updates, flag accents along the lace tip and heel, gold logo foiling and finished with Offspring’s 20th anniversary label. Available now at Offspring.
KICKS LAB, located in Harajuku Tokyo, the center of Japanese street fashion, who keep developing the Japanese sneaker culture to the world and Puma, the global sport brand which has more than 70 years of history and has been provided the most advanced sporting products to the athletes, are going to drop the special model "PUMA × KICKS LAB. DISC BLAZE "DESERT TROOPER" onOctober 22.
"Disc Blaze" was introduced to the world as the very first running sneaker that tightens the upper without shoe laces in early 90's. It was the time that all the sneaker brands competed in developing high-technology sneakers. They were widely appreciated as a master piece of the snekaers to the world for its slip-on like comfort and unique and functional "DISC system" to tightens up the built-in wire inside the upper. Sneaker freaks all over the world loved them because they are not only functional but also very stylish. Thus, it was natural for them to be the base model for many collaborations of sneaker boutiques. The design concept of this model is a "Desert Trooper". KICKS LAB took the ideas from the colors of the special forces in desert battle all around the world. For the main material, we selected suede in ivory cream color. The surface of the suede is roughed out reminding the desert. Black is used on the DISC systems, side form stripes and mesh on the upper while white the sole unit is in white color which is equipped with PUMA's superb cushioning technology "TRINOMIC". Excellent contrast and chic color combinations made them clearly different from an ordinary millitary concept sneakers but modern and stylish one.
Ronnie Fieg continues his strong partnership with New Balance, and becomes the first person to collaborate on the Made in USA 997.5. Fieg presents two models as part of the Mykonos 997.5 collection - the Cyclades and the Archipelago. The Cyclades was inspired by a trip Fieg took to the beautiful Nammos resort in Mykonos, Greece. The tri-color design reflects the tones most prevalent at this beach-side haven, depicted in this photograph taken by Fieg, which can also be seen on the custom-printed insoles. The orange forefoot represents the umbrellas, the beige midfoot resembles the soft sand, while the seafoam green found on the heel mirrors the waters of the Aegean Sea. The upper is fully pigskin suede with subtle 3M panels, and sits atop a white 998 ABZORB midsole unit.
The Archipelago model continues the theme and features a fully blue color scheme, another nod to the swirling shades of the Aegean Sea. The pigskin suede upper is primarily deep-ocean blue, while the N logos are asymmetrical. Staring at the shoes from the right, both N logos are a tropical seafoam, but from the left side both logos are a rich aquatic blue. This model also sits atop a white 998 ABZORB midsole unit, and features tonal 3M paneling. The Cyclades and Archipelago are both accompanied by custom packaging, 5 sets of laces, and a pair of Kith x Stance Mykonos Fusion Ankle Socks. The Ronnie Fieg x New Balance Mykonos 997.5 Collection releases on October 14 at KithNYC.com. The Cyclades will also be released online on KithNYC.com at 11AM EST. The Archipelago was released digitally as a Friends & Family Loyalty Program exclusive and will not have a wider online release. Also, both models are globally exclusive to Kith and will not be stocked at any other locations.
Sportswear giant PUMA gets you in the mood for trick-or-treatin’ with the Blaze of Glory Halloween installment. The Trinomic silhouette receives a fright night treatment that’s perfect not only for Hallow’s eve but all days of the year. The color theme takes inspiration from Halloween’s main guy, the elusive vampire. The B.O.G OG features a black and red color blocking taken from his villainous cape. The sneaker has been constructed in soft nubuck, combined with premium tumbled leather for a sleek finish. Decked with reflective metallic overlays and speckled sole mimicking blood marks, PUMA hasn’t missed a trick when it comes to the finer details. Dropping October 14 at selected retailers such as END.
Saint Alfred proudly partners with adidas Consortium on their first collaborative effort. Saint Alfred chose to reinterpret the adidas Gazelle for its classic aesthetic and design. Inspired by fall in Chicago, Saint Alfred references the season's natural color palette and considered weather-resistant material make-up. The Gazelle's off-white upper, including the lateral and medial adidas three-stripes, is constructed with a natural premium suede that has been treated with a water-repellent finish. The interior collar lining, heel mustache, and tongue are crafted with a smooth leather. The soft leather tongue features a gusset to keep the interior dry. The entire inner lining is reinforced with a GORE-TEX membrane. The Gazelle, known for having one of the best silhouettes in footwear, is minimally reworked and upgraded with considered materials for fall. Dropping October 22 at Saint Alfred and selected retailers worldwide on October 29.
Introducing the "Pumpkin Spice" Grid SD, featuring rich, smoky & bold hues of color notoriously associated with Autumn. This Saucony Select release is bound to satisfy your cravings and heat up your Fall rotation. Making its first introduction in 1991, the Saucony Originals Grid SD was one of the GOAT performance trainers and introduced our iconic G.R.I.D. cushioning system (Ground Reaction Inertia Device). Combining innovative technology with premium cushioning and cutting edge style, it became a must-have for all types of runners.
Saucony’s “Pumpkin Spice” Grid SD features a mix of premium burnt orange leather and suede on the upper with metallic orange accents. The toe box is wrapped in perforated cream Wolverine Silkee Suede. The midsole features an orange rust, smoky brown and transitions into white with brown speckle towards the toe box. A pigskin sock liner ensures increased comfort with every wear, while suede adorns the tongue with cinnamon accent rope laces. The Saucony Originals “Pumpkin Spice” Grid SD will be a limited Saucony Select release on October 21 only on Saucony.com
Brandon is a 15 year old whose dream is a pair of fresh Air Jordans. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they're stolen by a local hood, causing Brandon and his two friends to go on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.
Adidas teams up with Eddie Huang for a "kitchen-ready" footwear collection. The pack includes an all-black Superstar design featuring a flame retardant suede upper along with a tonal steel shell-toe and non-slip outsole. Various pink accents are seen on the“Huang’s World” embroidered branding adorning the heel tab as well as on the neoprene bootie stitching. The second part of the pack showcases a cream-colored Adilette slipper wrapped in an old world map, representing the world’s culinary influence on Huang’s signature dishes. Now available at selected retailers such as Feature.
Saucony teams up with sneaker retailer BILLY’S for a pair of Japan-inspired colorways on the Grid 9000 silhouette. Titled the “Nippon” pack, the “Zen” colorway showcases a monochromatic design embodying the idea of focus and state of togetherness while the vibrant “Japanese Garden” colorway displays the hues often found in Japanese tea gardens. The runners sport a leather and suede combination on the upper and are finished with wool covered toeboxes for an added touch. Available now at selected retailers such as Feature.
Back in 2010, when the Saucony Elite concept was conceived, the original plan was for these luxurious reinterpretations of classic silhouettes to be released exclusively through high-level Japanese retailers. Boy, were people unhappy to hear that. While Saucony Elite shoes, ultimately, did not end up exclusive to Japan, they remained rather difficult to come by. We’re happy to say, even six years later, that the Bodega entry into the Saucony Elite series, the suede, color-blocked Shadow 5000 remains a coveted property. As part of our ongoing tenth anniversary celebrations, the cavernous Bodega vaults have been entered, a la Tomb Raiders or Indiana Jones, and combed through. Intrepid explorers have returned to the surface with the Saucony Elite Shadow 5000. The good news is, the shoes look as good as ever. The bad news is, they’re still a limited release. They’ll be going back into their version of King Tut’s tomb when this is all over, and who knows when the next time we’ll pull them out will be? No one particularly likes going down there; it smells weird. The Bodega x Saucony Elite Shadow 5000 will release on October 8 at Bodega.
Summer never ends in Las Vegas. Feature joins forces once again with Italian sportswear brand, Diadora, for the second installment to our "Gelato" Pack. Inspired by Italian ice cream, the N.9000 features a 'Strawberry' pink color story. The runner is made in Italy from tumbled and smooth leathers, accompanied by supple suede overlays, and perforated detailing. Gold accents adorn the top eyelets, speckled midsole, and custom dual-brand embroidery at the heel. A full ice cream graphic is placed on the insoles alongside intricate overstitches on the toe cap. The Feature x Diadora “Strawberry” N.9000 comes with a matching Feature keychain, as well as an extra set of laces in a sprinkle-inspired jar that further expands on the ice cream concept. Drops October 7 at Feature.
Another month, another killer Consortium model. This time UNDEFEATED steps up and reworks a 1990s staple from the adidas archive. UNDEFEATED has been repping the urban utilitarian aesthetic since 2002, and as camouflage and military-inspired style has blown up globally, so has the California-based retailer, who now operates ten stores from the US to Japan. The EQT Support ADV is a recent modernization of the original 1993 EQT Support. It takes the classic silhouette as a basis and brings it racing into late 2016 with contemporary materials. A sneaker designed for comfort made even more comfortable.
The sock-like upper is made of matte neoprene with subtle leather overlays providing a combination of stability and flexibility. While there is a super understated dark camouflage pattern on the translucent heel support, off-white serves as a more striking contrast on the other wise monochrome execution. The lighter details are found on the sides of the soles which extend up the sneakers’ body via its lacing system. There are the off-white chain stitch seams as well as co-branded tongue labels. The UNDEFEATED x Adidas Consortium EQT Support ADV drops October 15 at selected retailers such as hanon.
This month the Consortium Tour returns to Japan, this time it is the turn of Tokyo-based footwear retailer Mita Sneakers to rework the SEEULATER - an outdoor classic recently inducted to the Originals range.
Essentially built to withstand the colder season, while maintaining stylish appeal, the hybrid design is obviously a nod to the classic AF 1. Overall, the shoe inherits a water-resistant textured Team Red component on its toe box and collar section, while premium leather overlays in Team Red are applied along its eyelets, vamp, Swoosh branding, heel tab and portion of its tongue. Dropping October 1 at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.