Le Coq Sportif "Ceramique" pack

by Henrik Buzzi

To celebrate European Heritage Days, le Coq Sportif is paying tribute to one of the many art forms France does well: ceramics. From Sevres to Limoges, many French towns have cultivated expertise in ceramics, and they still export their work around the world. In blue and white, with motifs worthy of the most qualified ceramics workers, the Ashe Prestige and the LCS R1000 are the men’s and women’s models chosen by the brand for this tribute. Available now at selected retailers such as hanon. 

NikeLab x Kim Jones Air Zoom LWP '16

by Henrik Buzzi

Nike have brought in Louis Vuitton creative director Kim Jones to bring back the Nike Air Zoom LWP of which he stamped his own unique style on it. Being well known for his eye-catching stand out collections it was no surprise that the pair comes decked out in an all over Volt colorway alongside a clean white pair. The Air Zoom LWP comes crafted with mesh throughout much of the shoe which gives lightweight protection and breathability, sitting atop of a sole unit comprised of Nike Air Zoom technology. Kim Jones and Nike branding can be seen throughout the LWP with the classic Nike Mini Swoosh found on the heel whilst Kim Jones branding can be seen on the heel tab, foot bed and lace aglets. Now available at selected retailers such as Footpatrol. 

Fragment Design x Nike Air Max LD-Zero

by Henrik Buzzi

The renowned hybrid sneaker takes on Japanese sensibilities. Continuing their burgeoning collaboration with Hiroshi Fujiwara-lead Fragment Design, Nike see another hybrid sneaker get a dose of zen Japanese sensibilities. Presented in a tonal grey colorway for 2016, the LD-zero H fuses the LD-1000 and the Air Max 2014 – with same full size air bubble detailing we saw on the Air Max day release. Available now at selected retailers such as END.

Sneakerboy x Reebok Insta Pump Fury

by Henrik Buzzi

The classic Instapump Fury model sees itself revamped in a luxurious new update. Featuring the lavish usage of high-quality Italian calf hair, the luxurious material covers the entirety of the sneaker’s upper. Additional details include custom oversized rubberized Sneakerboy pull tabs on the heel and toe, dual-branded leather sockliner, supple leather lining, and tinted ice outsoles. Available now at selected retailers such as 24 Kilates. 

END. x Reebok NPC CNL UK "Abyss"

by Henrik Buzzi

For as long as man has walked the earth they have been fascinated by the ocean; the fascination of the unknown. Covering more than seventy percent of the planet’s surface, this indefinable force of nature regulates temperature, drives weather patterns and supports life itself for all living organisms.  This relatively unexplored, often treacherous terrain provides ample inspiration for the Reebok x END. NPC collaboration. With uppers created from crinkled lambskin leather in vivid Collegiate Royal, along with tonal blue finishing throughout, the Reebok x END. NPC recreates the deep, dark depths of the ocean floor. Metallic silver accents to the D-Ring lacing and Lace Lock reference this natural force’s lighter elements, glimmers of light on the surface. The Reebok x END. NPC CNL UK ‘Abyss’ launches September 24 at END.

Mastermind Japan x adidas Originals

by Henrik Buzzi

adidas Originals presents a brand new release with Mastermind Japan for Fall/Winter 2016, collaborating with the revered Japanese fashion label on two exclusive footwear silhouettes. Each shoe incorporates Mastermind’s distinctive monotone color palette and Skull & Crossbone motif into its design, creating a true symbiosis of two iconic brands.

The first silhouette, the MMJ_NMD_XR1, sees 2016’s most groundbreaking silhouette, the NMD, reimagining in Mastermind’s uncompromised design language. A pitch black colour palette is applied to the shoe’s knitted upper, structural overlays and EVA midsole plugs, countered by branding details on the insole, tongue and TPU cage atop a classic BOOST tooling and three sets of custom laces.

Accompanying the NMD, the MMJ_TUBULAR_INSTINCT translates the newest Tubular high-cut silhouette into the same monochromatic mode, featuring a blacked-out upper construction with essential Skull & Crossbone branding on the lateral heel. The shoe’s fluid split-layer midsole tooling receives a contrast white treatment on the heel, whilst a full zip closure down the heel transforms the progressive high-top model into a clean,high fashion context. Joint branding on the insole and tongue completes the picture, creating a truly elevated Tubular silhouette. Dropping September 20 at selected retailers such as hanon. 

adidas Originals NMD White Culture Kings Release

by Henrik Buzzi

One of the most hyped and sought after silhouettes in recent times, the NMD R1 from adidas Originals is set to release in a brand new, limited all-white colorway at Culture Kings. With the release date under wraps, stay tuned for more details and come release day, you might just be able to score your very own pair at Culture Kings. Online release will require Snapchat code (released on Culture Kings Snapchat - username “culturekings” - the morning of the release). 

Staple x Puma “Pigeon”

by Henrik Buzzi

Staple and Puma have partnered up once again snagging iconic sneaker silhouettes, the Puma Suede and Blaze of Glory, and turning them into exciting all-new iterations. This collaboration brings you fresh takes on not one, but two styles. The result is a pure street worthy capsule range and a true fusion of what the two brands stand for. The Staple Pigeon collection is dropping September 17 at selected retailers such as YME.

Packer x Reebok Question Mid “Curtain Call”

by Henrik Buzzi

The shoe is an homage to Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, his life in basketball and the lasting legacy of his impact on the sneaker world. Nods to the red and blue suede from the two original Question colorways can be found on the toe and ankle with a premium black pebbled Horween basketball leather upper referencing the game that AI has brought so much flavor to over the years.

Additional luxe touches come by way of full grain leather lace loops, accents and inner linings, as well as metal lace tips. The shoe also features the classic blue ice sole from the OG Questions, alternating Question and Vector logos on the lateral and medial sides, reflective 3M side panels, and the letters “A” and “I” replacing the standard number 3 graphics that have been historically found on the heels. The design is completed by tonal Packer branding on the tongue and tattoo-inspired “Bubba Chuck” graphics on the insoles as a call-out to Allen’s childhood nickname. The “Curtain Call” Question Mids are limited to 500 pairs worldwide and will be available exclusively at a special release event at Packer on September 16.

Foot Locker x Pensole x Asics Gel Lyte III

by Henrik Buzzi

"Fueling the Future of Footwear" is an intensive, hands-on footwear design master class and contest created to develop aspiring young designers. Foot Locker's partnership with the Pensole Footwear Design Academy is a testament to the passion, dedication, and commitment this requires.

In the summer of 2015, 18 students from around the globe participated in the three-week "learn by doing" footwear design program. After being briefed by Foot Locker and principle partner Asics, students formed six teams of three and were challenged to create a colorway of the Asics Gel-Lyte 3 and a new lifestyle model. A panel of key industry executives reviewed and evaluated each of the final pitches. The winning team won $12,000 and will see its GEL-Lyte 3 sold at select Foot Lockers globally on September 17. 

Celebrate the first launch from our Foot Locker x Pensole partnership! Limited to only 300 pairs, this Asics Gel-Lyte 3 was inspired by the theme of "Reflection". Designed by the winning team of students from our first "Fueling the Future of Footwear" design course, this colorway will be sold exclusively in New York, LA, Portland, London, Paris, Milan, Toronto, and on footlocker.com.

A closer look at the Afew x Kangaroos Omnicoil II “Jelly”

by Henrik Buzzi

If you get the chance, to create your own shoes, first would be the materials, but right after that, you’ll hit the shape. Precisely this was Afew’s intention around the Omnicoil II. Next to the premium materials on a higher level, the silhouette has to speak for its self, in their own way. Cause if you get the chance. You have to do it right. Afew started from the bottom with some ideas here and there. After the basic concept was done they headed to the material section, where you get unlimited possibilities. Only premium materials were chosen, to get the right mix between the material mix and silhouette.

The toebox out of Meriva leather, distinguished for the wedge-shaped silhouette. The second goal to the right shape, were to bring the end of the toebox as much as it gets to the front of the midsole. No need to push your toes anymore, they did a shape wit highly recognition. Also the “Made in Germany” production in Pirmasens, let us work as close as it gets on the “Jelly”. The details and everything around the shoes were works out in a minute without any detour. All the years of shoe production in Pirmasens were a great benefit, for an easy workout. As they also produced the “Peanut Butter” in Pirmasens, Afew had the experience for the next chapter. From Düsseldorf to Pirmasens and back our journey ends. The Afew x Kangaroos Omnicoil II “Jelly” will release on September 17 with special packaging, homemade marmalade plus booklet. Enter their raffle to get the chance to get a pair. 

Wolverine x Saucony Shadow Original

by Henrik Buzzi

Heritage is in our DNA at Saucony Originals, a quality Saucony shares with Wolverine 1000 Mile. To celebrate over 100 years of ingenuity and meticulous attention to detail, two legends have collided. Introducing the Wolverine X Saucony Premium Shadow Original. Featuring Horween leather and the quality craftsmanship of the 1000 Mile boot that Wolverine first introduced in 1914, applied to the Shadow Original silhouette, delivering Saucony's famous durability and comfort.

In 1914 Wolverine released the 1000 Mile boot, which revolutionized the history of shoe making. Utilizing a secret tanning method to create shell horsehide that was soft, flexible and durable. Raising the bar for quality, craftsmanship, durability and comfort in footwear, the 1000 Mile boot changed the standard forever.   

The durable upper is a two-toned combination of soft chocolate brown and camel leather, featuring a maroon leather trim. The subtle brown and white stitching evokes the hand craftsmanship of cobblers past and present. The addition of a white outsole and maroon sole are the perfect elements of contrast, sure to make these Shadow Originals stand out. The Saucony x Wolverine Shadow Original releases in limited quantities on September 16, available on Saucony.com and at select Saucony Originals retailers.

Sneakers76 x adidas Consortium EQT Guidance 93 “The Bridge of two Seas”

by Henrik Buzzi

The City of Taranto was built by the Spartans on the coast of Southern Italy. Together, adidas Consortium and Taranto-natives Sneakers76 present a stunning EQT Running Guidance 93 in a colorway inspired by the sea surrounding the city. Greek myth has it that Taras, son of Poseidon, was shipwrecked off the coast before being rescued by a dolphin, and went on to first found the city.

The aquatic green on the perforated toe represents Taranto's natural harbor - known to locals as the Small Sea, while the EQTs mid-foot section represents the swing bridge, Ponte Girevole, which crosses the edge of the harbor. The grey is a similar tone to the modern bridge while the golden brown is a nod to the wooden structure which formerly stood in its place. This theme of new and old is continued on the heel where the adidas Equipment logo is stitched in silver on the left shoe and gold on the right. The seafoam green on the rear of the shoe represents the Big Sea - the open ocean which Taranto overlooks. Sneakers76 are history obsessives. The retailer takes a classic runner from the adidas archive and reworks it to honor its own, south Italian, heritage. This EQT Running Guidance 93 comes packaged in a box styled on a volume of a bound encyclopedia. Since its relaunch, the EQT Running Guidance has enjoyed a series of makeovers, contemporized with Primeknit and other modern manufacturing techniques. This time it gets upholstered in luxurious soft suede. The sea-theme ensures this sneaker looks fresh as ever. Releasing September 17 at Sneakers76.

Afew x KangaROOS Omnicoil II "Jelly"

by Henrik Buzzi

The Afew x KangaROOS Omnicoil II "Jelly" follows the "Peanut Butter" as Part II. Premium Material were used and handcrafted in Pirmasens / Germany. The choice of leather were given to "Buttero & Merivo" leather which are from Italy. The unadulterated Leather extends from toe to heel, and get the lining a finishing touch for the right comfort.

In front a Oxidized brass lace lock with Afew’s Logo font. The kangaroo pocket on the inside of the tongue, opens and closes via Velcro. “Made in Germany” lettering, are burned in, into the leather.  On the outside you got the Afew Logo embossed. The Insoles come with an allover “Jelly” print. Both heels has a burned in slogan, „Delicious Jelly” & “Made in Germany”, to represent the handmade shoes and the home cooked jam. The three main colors are a Jelly red, burgundy color found on the midfoot and the peanut butter, which can be found on the heel, lining and at last, the gum sole to get the completion. Inside the classic white midsole, you’ll find the dynacoil technology, which is responsible for shock absorbing and a perfect wearing comfort. To complete the set, afew did a special box and our Homemade - Made in Germany Marmalade. The strictly limited Afew x Kangaroos Omnicoil II Jelly “Made in Germany“ will be available on September 17 at Afew. 

Size? x Dave White x Nike Air Max 95 DW

by Henrik Buzzi

Re-kindling their relationship for a third time, Size? once again collaborated with Dave White on the iconic Air Max 95. The pack takes inspiration from Dave’s ‘Albion’ Collection, which sees Britain’s native species re-imagined in White’s signature style. Focusing on the fox and the rabbit, the artwork adorns the no-sew panelling of the silhouette, drawing upon the many layers and elements from the paintings themselves. A rough hairy suede sits alongside a soft canvas on the upper whilst contrasting hits of pink and blue add an additional depth and coat to the story. Each pair pays homage to their respective artwork by featuring the image on both the footbed and the box. The Nike Air Max 95 DW Pack launches exclusively at Size? on September 16. 

Nike Air Huarache Run Premium “Campfire”

by Henrik Buzzi

Nike present the “Campfire” pack and here we see the Air Huarache Run iteration which features a mix of leather, ripstop nylon, neoprene, flannel with a woodgrain effect on the overlays. Finished with a speckled heel cage and the trademark air cushioned midsole. The colorway is inspired by a formative camping trip where the HTM team went to find themselves in the woods and were inspired by the sights they saw. Available now at selected retailers such as hanon. 

Par5 Milano x Dal Negra x hummel Marathona "ACE"

by Henrik Buzzi

Par5 Milano, Sneaker store established in 2003, and hummel, the historic Danish sportswear brand, join toghther in a unique partnership rich in history and passion to pay tribute to a true and authentic Italy, one which dates back to a time where clubs and associations gathered together to make memories over a game of cards.This project revolves around the protagonist of all playing cards, the “ACE”. Once representing the lowest value of the deck, the ACE has developed into a symbol of power and strength, currently assuming the highest value of the traditional 52 cards.

This exclusive partnership between Par5 Milano and hummel embodies the old-fashioned Italian “way of life” which gave birth to this traditional game. Par5 Milano has recreated the historical Marathona model with premium materials, utilizing suede in shades of beige and green, with a gum sole and double straps. The packaging was produced in a limited series of 300 pieces which includes a traditional deck of playing cards inside of a custom box, that, when opened, doubles as an actual game table. In addition to the “ACE” sneakers, inside of the box you’ll also find a deck of ‘Poker San Siro’ cards, created and produced by the leading Italian brand of playing cards, Dal Negro. The official product launch will take place on September 8 at Par5 Milano.