Skepta x Nike SK SHOX

by Henrik Buzzi

Each of Skepta’s Nike SK trainers share an element of his personal story, from travel to Morocco to building a fan base in Paris — and the SK SHOX is no exception. It does, however, extend a more transcendental tone than the three prior Air Max-based releases.

The SK SHOX is about finding belief in boundless opportunity. In 2018, Skepta was bestowed a chieftainship in his parents' home state of Ogun in Nigeria. Nigerian chieftainships are given in recognition of a positive contribution to community wellbeing.

The shoe’s design extends this thought in the abstract. It incorporates elements of Skepta’s Nigerian heritage to share his familial respect. That energy is also one that Skepta is keen to harness in this provocative shoe, to let everyone feel their dreams are within reach. The shoe becomes a conduit to share his point of view that the future is limitless.

Skepta's choice of the SHOX silhouette is rooted in a specific memory. “When I used to go to Manchester, all the kids were rocking SHOX. It was a real street shoe there. I liked their swag — the windbreakers and the SHOX," he remembers. "I thought ‘Yeah, let’s definitely do that,’ because I always remember those trips up north." The Nike SK SHOX drop September 12 at selected retailers worldwide.

Budapester x DHL x SONRA Proto "DHL1"

by Henrik Buzzi

This collaboration is one of a kind. In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of DHL Express, Mybudapester is set to drop the most exclusive luxury sneaker of the year. Based on the successful silhouette of Hikmet Sugoer’s Sonra Proto, the DHL 1 Sneaker impresses us with certain details and highlights.

Nowadays the packaging of a hot sneaker release is just as important as the sneaker itself and what would be more complementing than a shoe box in DHL design. Together with the dustbag, which, like the toe box, is also made out of a DHL Red Bag, the product becomes a masterpiece. The DHL 1 Sneaker by mybudapester x DHL will be available exclusively at mybudapester on September 20.

AFEW x Diadora N9000 “Master Formula”

by Henrik Buzzi

2017 AFEW teamed up with Diadora for the “Highly Addictive” Project and created a huge buzz. After two years the continuation is here.

After Dr.Wefa won the fight against the worldwide sneakeraddiction, he decided to retire and start a settled life. But peace didn’t last long. The sneakeraddiction broke out again. The rapid appearing symptoms and the wild mutating community forces Dr. Wefa back to work – a new formula needs to be developed, again! Dr. Wefa researched for about two years far away from any sneakerhead. He did this to keep his results in secret, but also to protect himself from the sneakeraddiction.

After numerous sleepless nights and failed tests, he finally achieved the long-awaited breakthrough. The key to the “Master Formula” is the community! The approach to research the “Master Formula” on his own seemed to be a good idea, but you can’t make the antidote without the poison. That’s why Dr. Wefa reached out to the worldwide operating #afewaddicted community for their help. Together they figured out the needed ingredients for the “Master Formula”. These ingredients are: Passion, Love, Diversity and Friendship. The “Master Formula” is the most powerful product for the sneaker community. Releasing September 14 at AFEW.

AFEW X Diadora N.9000 "Highly Addictive NYC“

by Henrik Buzzi

2017 AFEW had located the epicenter of sneakeaddiction in Tokyo. They were able to handle all the infected people in Japan’s capital, but surprisingly the amount of sneakeraddicted people in New York City grew exponential. Luckily Dr. Wefa reacted quick enough and developed a sneaker against the addiction to prevent a huge sneaker epidemic. This sneaker is made of the remaining materials of the “Highly Addictive” and the rough and unique concrete from NYC. In the laboratory Dr. Wefa mixed these materials and the result is the AFEW X Diadora N.9000“Highly Addictive NYC”. This sneaker is dedicated to the sneaker community in NYC.

The AFEW X Diadora N.9000„Highly Addictive NYC“ will be available in exclusively at Sneakersnstuff – NYC Store on the 7th September. In addition, SNS will have a limited quantity of the AFEW X Diadora N.9002 “Master Formula” and the Diadora Tracksuit. With this combo you have the best preparation against the sneakeraddiction. Disclaimer: Despite of wearing the sneaker and the tracksuit, in some cases the wearer will not be immune against sneakeradiction.

Footpatrol x Adidas Consortium ZX Torsion

by Henrik Buzzi

For this summer Footpatrol have teamed up with adidas Consortium as part of the 30 years of Torsion celebrations. Debuting exactly 30 years ago, the Torsion System has been one of adidas’ biggest breakthroughs has become an iconic mainstay within adidas. By using a TPU arch to bridge the heel and forefoot, Torsion allows the front and rear of the foot to operate and adapt to surfaces independently.

With this celebration towards Torsion, FP have worked with adidas on creating a unique take on the ZX Torsion, a shoe that brings together two of adidas’ most ground-breaking technologies. Combining the Torsion System with the latest in BOOST cushioning makes for a modern, contemporary feel whilst keeping in touch with what made the ZX range so unique and iconic.

For their Communitas project, the focus was on the London key city moment of Notting Hill Carnival. The Adidas Consortium x Footpatrol ZX Torsion features a mixture of overlays on the upper with a mixture of stark whites, subtle greys with bursts of neon yellows lifting the shoe. The Torsion bar itself is coated in a vibrant marble effect of colour, bringing a sense of spirit that carnivals are known for. Footpatrol branding appears in an lenticular effect on the tongue alongside W1/W11 postcodes representing both Footpatrol and Notting Hill. 

As part of this special release, we have partnered up with DAZED to curate a three-part documentary which delves into the history of steelpan drumming focussing the attention of one of the most well-known steelpan bands, Ebony Steel Band. Bringing the sounds of steelpan drumming since 1969, the short documentary takes a look at the generations and personalities of the Caribbean and British people that make up the group as they prepare to enter their 50thanniversary.

Reebok "Ree-cut Running Club" – size? Exclusive

by Henrik Buzzi

The words ‘running shoes’ are thrown around too lightly nowadays. Fair enough many of the silhouettes were originally built for better performance on the track or field, but now they’re more about looking your best instead of doing your best, so let us introduce you to Size? reworked version of the classic Reebok Bolton, coined the Ree-cut Running Club – an ode to the running shoes that never make it past walking speed.

Keeping in tune with the fashions that were around at the time of the model’s ’90s release, they built this iteration of the Reebok Bolton with ‘Madras’ plaid underlays. The distinctively patterned cotton originates from the city of Chennai in India and was a staple in summer clothing throughout the ‘90s. It still pops up throughout stores across the UK today and paints this pair’s insole. Supportive suede panels work their way around the toe, heel and eyestays, while leather builds the classic Reebok Vector sidewall branding.

Although they might never get put through their paces, the shoe still packs some pretty comfy tech underfoot. They boast Reebok’s ‘Hexalite’ cushioning technology within their lightweight EVA midsole. Built from hexagonal pods, this honeycomb-inspired tech softens upon impact to deliver superb shock-absorption with every step you take. The Reebok Ree-cut Running Club – size? Exclusive drops August 24.

CPFM x Nike Blazer Sponge By You

by Henrik Buzzi

The Nike Blazer Cactus Plant Flea Market Sponge By You begins with Nike's iconic 1972 basketball shoe. The project filters the shoe through its contemporary skate heritage with deconstructed edges, an ode to the DIY customization of skate footwear and a patchwork of fabrics: loose knit, quilted, fleece and synthetic suede. The general vibe channels the type of patchwork or crocheted blankets one might find at a flea market. Other elements of the Nike Blazer CPFM Sponge By You are, naturally, up to you.

On the multi-textured tan base color, selections for the eye-stay, lace and Swoosh can be made independently on the right and left shoes. This means one could stay the course and keep both the same, or identify a different personality for each. Either way, CPFM's unique upper articulation grants a subtle asymmetry. The Nike Blazer CPFM Sponge By You launches on the Nike by You builder August 27.

Air Jordan IV "Cool Grey"

by Henrik Buzzi

The “Cool Grey” colorway was initially released in 2001 on the Air Jordan XI and set a tone of new iterations of the model, respectively. In 2004, the “Cool Grey” color palette was introduced to the Air Jordan IV, adding a unique spin on the original silhouette.

15 years later and for the first time, Jordan Brand have brought back the eluded color in time for its 30th anniversary. Dressed in a monochrome upper made up of nubuck, ‘Dark Charcoal’ hits were featured on the wing tips, lining and tongue tab. “Knowing that materials and textures can create dimension (on the same color), I thought it would be cool to do a shades-of-grey shoe”, says the Footwear Product Director at the time, Gentry Humphrey, revealing the inspiration behind the colorway’s creation.

The white midsole added contrast along with yellow detailing on the tongue label, behind the tongue, outsole and airbag. A chrome Jumpman on the heel finished off the subtle silhouette. Releasing August 1 at selected retailers such as Footpatrol.

The Next Door x adidas Consortium

by Henrik Buzzi

The Next Door  brings the distinctive vibe of their French hometown to two court-ready styles from the adidas sneaker stable: the classic SC Premiere  and the future-classic A.R. Trainer . The two shoes pay homage to festival d’Avignon by drawing on the age-old theatrical archetypes of Comedie et Tragedie, two forms that at first thought seem oppositional but actually share an underlying harmony – much like the two shoes that make up the pack. The A.R. Trainer celebrates Comedie, taking inspiration from classic harlequin costumes seen throughout history on the stage of the Comedia De L’Arte theatre. It features subtle nods to the colors of those costumes with shades of peachy-pink across the three stripes and a soft mint-green sole on the underside.

The SC Premiere  takes inspiration from ‘Tragedie’, utilizing a minimalist white palette punctuated by sections of stark, cardinal red – “the color of drapes on a stage, the final curtain…” as Nicolas explains. Its understated appearance belies a host of premium fabrications, including full-grain leather uppers and nubuck eyestays. Both shoes feature The Next Door  branding, as well as the iconic laughing/crying masks on each respective Comedie/Tragedie pair. Together, they form a celebratory homage to both the fashion-forward and the theatrical: two key characteristics of The Next Door’s Avignon home. Releasing August 24 at The Next Door.

Concepts x New Balance 997S Fusion “ESRUC”

by Henrik Buzzi

Concepts has teamed up with New Balance once again, this time putting our twist on the 997S Fusion, a revamped version of the classic Made In USA 997 model.

The inspiration behind the “ESRUC” lies in the highly speculated tale behind what many attribute Boston’s infamous 86 year title drought to - an ill fated trade to their New York rivals and the questionable motives behind said trade.

The original 997 upper, featuring high grade pig suede offset by silver reflective details sits atop the elevated and retooled midsole featuring New Balance’s “Encap Reveal” technology. Other features include Concepts-branded insoles, a special Concepts box and extra lace sets. The Concepts x New Balance 997S Fusion “ESRUC” releases 05. July at Cncpts.

AFEW x 24 Kilates x Rafik x Le Coq Sportif R800 "Crane Network"

by Henrik Buzzi

The “Crane Network” enters the next round. After the legendary party back in 2017 in Barcelona with DJ Rafik and the 24 Kilates Crew and the release of AFEW collab T-shirts, it is about time to take the next step. As a sneaker store it is obvious what comes next – a sneaker for sure! Therefore, AFEW have teamed up with the French sportswear brand Le Coq Sportif, which gave them the opportunity to put on their crane on their premium Made in France version of the R800.

Nike ZoomX Vista Grind

by Henrik Buzzi

With its bold features, the Nike ZoomX Vista Grind blends traditional running DNA with an exaggerated lifestyle platform. The shoe was designed for "running" around the city, with a goal of combining distinct style and radical comfort. That style comes through the silhouette's shape and aesthetic sensibility, taking cues from the intersection of streetwear and high fashion. To create a comfortable new platform, production scraps from ZoomX running shoes were recycled and fused into the Vista Grind's midsole to give an ultralight, bouncy feel and an energetic step. Releasing today at selected retailers.

Size? x New Balance 990v5 Worldwide Exclusive

by Henrik Buzzi

Following the success of the OG Grey release earlier in the year, we’re pleased to present the New Balance 990v5 size? Worldwide Exclusive. At the heart of every small British community lies the local corner shop, a convenient place to stock up on your weekly necessities.

Throughout the 1980s, vibrant packaging and signage lined the shelves and plastered the windows of shops across the nation, all offering the latest bargains to be found inside. Brand names were splashed across products in bold, brash typefaces.The size? Exclusive New Balance 990v5 draws inspiration from the colors found in these corner shops, selecting a palette of blue, yellow and pink and applying them to the latest rendition of the celebrated runner.

The upper of the 990v5 is comprised of the traditional combination of high-quality suede and strong, yet fully breathable mesh. Royal blue suede panels cover the outer layer of materials, while yellow mesh and pink perforated nubuck sit underneath. Reflective hits can be found on the toe, heel counter and bold ‘N’ side branding. Limited to 500 pairs only, releasing June 28 at Size?

Kith x adidas Originals SC Premier

by Henrik Buzzi

Kith joins forces with adidas Originals to bring forth the SC Premier model executed in classic White / Navy and White / Green makeups. These models feature a leather upper accented with a suede toe box and suede accents on the eyelets. The eyestays take on a padded leather execution while the tongue takes on a semi-translucent mesh execution with a suede tongue tab. The leather liner is accented with leather insoles - other elements include the stitch details, leather heels, cotton laces, the debossed adidas and Trefoil logo on the side panels, and lastly, a rubber sole unit accented with a herringbone outsole. Releasing today at KITH.

Nike N. 354, THE10TH and D/MS/X

by Henrik Buzzi

With N. 354, THE10TH and D/MS/X, Nike Sportswear celebrates Nike’s legacy in experimentation, utilitarian problem-solving and vanguard style, respectively. Each of these three new footwear lines is grounded by a defining design vernacular, and their resulting collections, which include a mix of classic and fresh silhouettes, carry an aesthetic continuity.

With N. 354, THE10TH and D/MS/X, Nike Sportswear celebrates Nike’s legacy in experimentation, utilitarian problem-solving and vanguard style, respectively. Each of these three new footwear lines is grounded by a defining design vernacular, and their resulting collections, which include a mix of classic and fresh silhouettes, carry an aesthetic continuity.

Sneaker Freaker x ASICS Gel-Lyte III F&F “Neurotoxic”

by Henrik Buzzi

Following the global release of the Sneaker Freaker x ASICS GEL-Tiger “Snake” last month, this “Neurotoxic” F&F update ramps up the psyched-out vibes to the max. Same same but different... and once again the killer box is only available today at SF webstore.

Buttery beige cowhide delivers next-level opulence, while micro-perf toe panels and suede stripes add subtle sprinkles of texture. On the medial side, reflective 3M adds a dazzling counterpoint to murdered-out midsoles laced with ‘neurotoxic’ splatter. Solid gold logos on the heel add a touch of class among the mayhem. Custom packaging with illustrations from Alexander Heir (Death Traitors) also house the updated Neurotoxic edition. Screen-printed by hand using “slime green” ink infused with tiger snake venom, the bugged-out box is just as deadly as the GEL-Tiger Snake.

Stanger Things x Nike Collection

by Henrik Buzzi

Set in the summer of 1985, this season of "Stranger Things" finds small-town Hawkins, Indiana, in the midst of change (no surprise). The show's core protagonist group is on the cusp of high school, grappling with themes of love and friendship, and tackling a looming danger.

As in the prior two seasons, 1980s nostalgia informs the Hawkins scene. This extends to the costuming, where classic Nike footwear and brand marks are common. Off-screen, this nostalgia is the impetus for the Nike Stranger Things collection, highlighting the Cortez, Blazer and Tailwind.

The sporting world in 1985 was also undergoing a radical change — energy was reverberating from the summer games in Los Angeles and pro basketball was swinging firmly into its showtime era. At Nike, 1985 was the year visible Air began to take shape (realized two years later in the Air Max I) and when the iconic Dunk emerged on collegiate basketball courts. Meanwhile, the Cortez, Blazer and Tailwind remained sport and style staples, granting a timely authenticity to the Stranger Things collection.

The first drop of the collaborative capsule incorporates Hawkins High's green and orange color scheme and Tiger mascot into a spirited mix. The collection launch June 27. A second drop of shoes arrive July 1. Dubbed the "OG Pack," each shoe carries a red, white and blue color scheme and celebrates 1985 Independence Day with a year marker on the heel and special firework display sock liner.

OVERKILL x New Balance “Berlin – City of Values” Pack

by Henrik Buzzi

Berlin is quite a lot! It’s impossible to put into words the unique, special character of the city. Its cultural life is rich and diverse like none other. What comes to mind first, is obviously the club culture. Some say that Berlin has two faces when it comes to clubbing- on one hand there are thousands of people visiting world-famous techno clubs. In pitch black outfits. On the other hand Berlin is known for its colorful and pulsating vibe within its traditional crazy raves like love parade or gay pride.

The energy of the techno parties, some of which last for days, meet the creative playfulness of the legendary open air raves of Berlin. Nihilistic clarity meets attention to detail. A night in Berlin is multifaceted, playful and you never know exactly what to expect at the beginning. Matching “Pride Month” and other diverse highlights of the never sleeping Berlin cultural landscape, this pack is an homage to the lively and above all multi-layered Berlin electro culture. Equality, Unity & Diversity.

In accordance with this lifestyle a shoe collaboration package was created consisting of the M1530. – a new and modern take on the M1500 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The design incorporates the DNA from NB’s UK heritage mixed with modern lightweight technology using monochromatic materials such as reflective 3M, smooth perforated leather and nubuck

The M1500, representing the classic retro component of the collaboration package, is a colorful pastel makeover using high quality materials. Heavy suede in grey and blue shades, white broad mesh and reflective panels. The famous „N“ logo on the side of the shoes is reflective on each style. Other NB logos are stitched on the leathered tongue label: using black on black (M1530) or different pastel colors (M1500). The flying NB logo on the front side panels is applied on both styles. The insoles are theme printed each. The M1500 comes along with a lot of possibilities for individualization as there are three pairs of laces and three pairs of colorful lace tags provided. The pack will be released as a worldwide exclusive at OVERKILL store in Berlin on June 22

Atmos x Nike Air Max2 Light "Black"

by Henrik Buzzi

The masterpiece Air Max 2 Light, born in 1994, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and has achieved long-awaited reprints in a form that almost faithfully reproduces the original version. It is a model that first installed two types of pressure system commonly known as multi-chamber air in one Air unit, and later adopted in AIR MAX 95.

The design concept of this model adopts creative pop coloring from the time background where various cultures of the 90's intersected. The original experience of the designer who had cut and pasted magazines, advertisement flyers, posters, etc. is reflected, and the multi-color featuring the previous flashy color way is completely changed, and this time the color is black while using the fluorescent logo. Releasing June 15 at Atmos.

Todd Snyder x New Balance 997 "LOVE"

by Henrik Buzzi

To continue the celebration of Pride Month and honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Todd Snyder collaborated with The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps to launch the LOVE 997. The Big Apple Corp band has participated in the NYC Pride March for over four decades. Marching to the sound of love and joy, the Big Apple Corps embodies the values that the Pride March is all about, making them the ideal partners to launch the LOVE 997.

The LOVE 997 is the newest iteration of the beloved, classic silhouette. The shoe has a summer color palette featuring what we call white peach, cedar quartz, and copper rose. The design marries the plush softness of suede coupled with a breathable perforated leather to guarantee lightness and breathability for warmer days and dynamic activity. The muted but bold colors also feature New Balance and Made In USA in rainbow embroidery as a nod to the loving culture for which it stands. A reflective strip and cushioning Encap technology bring a dose of practical innovation to this sleek aesthetic. Available now at Todd Snyder.