Michael Lau x Puma Suede “SAMPLE SUEDE”

by Henrik Buzzi

The godfather of urban vinyl toys, Hong Kong artist Michael Lau, joins Puma to create a masterpiece to honor the Suede’s 50th anniversary. World-renowned for his collectible designer toy figures and graffiti-style illustrations, Lau takes his bold and brilliant technique to the Suede in a collaboration #ForAllTime.

The Puma x Michael Lau “SAMPLE SUEDE” takes its inspiration from the sample sneakers that brands produce as a model for production or to send to sports icons for final testing. Lau gives the iconic silhouette a protoypical feel by using work-in-progress details like the zig-zag finishing of the fabric sample along the Formstripe, lacing and tongue. To add to the sample concept, “50 Sample Suede Not For You Only For Me” is embossed on the heel of the shoe.

The Chinese character for “sample” is designed on a sample swatch for the tongue and sockliner. An ‘L’ is on the heel tab of the left kick, an ‘R’ on the right. These imaginative touches make the several shades of gray included in the Suede’s plush upper all the more intricate. The right shoe features lighter grays, the left darker. It’s a mix-matched magnum opus. And the white laces and thick, textured sole frame the work perfectly. The insole is taken from the form that the factory fills out when identifying a sample – with the style name, article number, colorway code and factory code. Releasing January 20 at selected retailers such as 24 Kilates.

LC23 x Diadora collection

by Henrik Buzzi

Passion for Made in Italy quality, edgy sense of refinement and keen attention to detail mark the partnership between LC23 and Diadora. The idea behind the collaboration pivots on capturing the most iconic elements of both brands in a single unique capsule where LC23’s sportscasual energy with sartorial flair meets the distinctive Diadora heritage. All to express the finest craftsmanship of clothes and shoes that are “Handmade (with love) in Italy”.

The LC23 x Diadora collection features total outfits that reflect the DNA and values of the two brands, translating the same into items that symbolize this duality also in the choice of patterns, fabrics and particulars. So, from the fusion of the two brands come three pieces of clothing – hoodie, shorts and polo – plus fresh takes on two of the most representative shoes in the Diadora archives: B.Elite Socks and N9000. The hoodie is a perfect nod to both brands, for one half is all about Diadora and the other is indicative of the LC23 style. The shorts too are split in two equal parts, whereas the colour-block polo presents an exclusive material mix referencing the brands’ exemplary fabrics all in one.

As for the shoes –  strictly Made in Italy – and inspired by the crests of the Italian provinces where the two brands are based, Bari (LC23) and Treviso (Diadora), the N9000 and a B.Elite Socks come dressed in blue denim and yellow suede. Also, embroidered on the back of the shoes are the initials of the two provinces (BA and TV) in the same type of letters that were on the country’s old license plates. Releasing January 19 at selected retailers such as hanon.

Nike EQUALITY BHM collection

by Henrik Buzzi

Using the power of sport to inspire and uplift, Nike’s EQUALITY products support inclusion for everyone by providing a platform for all athletes to celebrate and participate in this movement.

Additionally, select styles feature graphics derived from cymatics, the visualization of sound waves, drawn from a recording of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech (specifically, his “I have a dream” and “created equal” soundbites). This was accomplished by using a cymatic camera to capture photos of the sound waves as those sounds passed through water.

Another way Nike supports equality for all is with its annual Black History Month (BHM) collection that celebrates black heritage around the world by fueling community action to create positive change.

The colors used in the latest BHM collection, which is highlighted by three signature basketball offerings and includes running and Nike Sportswear footwear as well as Jordan Brand apparel and accessories, were inspired by the Pan-African flag (Pan-Africanism is a worldwide intellectual movement that aims to encourage and strengthen the bond of solidarity between all people of African descent). Select shoes in the BHM collection feature a specific date on which someone stood up for the values of equality, diversity and inclusion, changing the landscape to move the world forward.

Tyler, the Creator x Converse One Star “Golf le FLEUR”

by Henrik Buzzi

Several years ago, Tyler, the Creator had an exciting vision: to launch a collection of sneakers that would complement his respected golf brand, Golf le FLEUR.

A trio of new flavors sees the stars align; Converse and Tyler, the Creator, present their latest capsule of pastel-painted One Stars and apparel. Introducing “Bachelor Blue”, “Geranium Pink” and “Jade Green” to the simple and stylish One Star, playful flower detailing, ultra-soft cushioning and a printed outsole will trick you into thinking you’re walking on a bed of flowers.

Praised as one of 2017’s most significant collaborations, the triumphant collaborative relationship enters into the new year with a whole new range of products. Expect more floral tones from their tees and sweats; an effortless way to brighten up your seasonal wardrobe. The One Stars are now available for registration on END. Launches

Nike Air More Money Uptempo “Global Currency”

by Henrik Buzzi

In 1996, the Air Money and Air More Uptempo released be-witching the sneaker game with a new outlandish design and assorted use of Air pockets. Twenty-one years later, the Air More Money, an audacious combination of the two, features an updated shroud that can be removed for custom styling.

The Air More Money was first revealed by Desus and Mero of VICELAND, while a special Breast Cancer Awareness-themed version released exclusively at Sneakerroom. The Nike Air More Money, Each specific colourway will have a connection with an international currency and their associated countries. The U.S. dollar, British pound, French euro and Japanese yen all adorn the pairs in their own manner, special lettering is featured on the removable shroud. A unique Air sole unit runs the length of the foot for cushioned comfort completing the look. Available now at selected retailers such as Footpatrol.

Vans “Rose Embroidery” pack

by Henrik Buzzi

Vans The Rose Embroidery Old Skool DX and Slip-On DX, the Vans classic skate shoe and first to bare the iconic sidestripe, is a low top featuring deluxe leather uppers with rose embroidery, UltraCush sockliners for long lasting comfort, padded collars for support and flexibility, and signature rubber waffle outsoles. Available now at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.

Air Jordan 1 SOH

by Henrik Buzzi

The Season of Her collection combines luxurious satin fabrics, premium suede touches and unique color schemes to create a powerful look from day to night. Releasing January 25 at selected retailers. 

Concepts x New Balance 991.5 "Lake Havasu"

by Henrik Buzzi

Concepts and New Balance join forces once again for our latest collaboration on the Made in U.K. 991.5 "Lake Havasu." Celebrating the transatlantic partnership between Concepts and New Balance's Flimby, U.K. production facility, the project is inspired by the bizarre story of an American businessman relocating the London Bridge to Lake Havasu, Arizona, as a tourist attraction.

The Concepts x New Balance Made in U.K. 991.5 "Lake Havasu" features premium suede and nubuck uppers, reflective hits on the high-quality mesh tongue, heel tab, and "N" logo, white midsole with gold and tan panel highlights, gum outsole, three colors of shoelaces, special Concepts lace lock, and custom box. Manufactured in Flimby, England, this collaboration represents the final installation in a year-long partnership between Concepts and New Balance, spread across seven different releases, all with extensive back-stories. The Concepts x New Balance Made in U.K. 991.5 "Lake Havasu" will release January 19 on CNCPTS.com. (*online-only release)

Nike Air More Money QS

by Henrik Buzzi

In 1996, the Air Money and Air More Uptempo dropped, forever changing the sneaker game with their outlandish designs and liberal use of Air pockets. Twenty-one years later, the paper trail led us to here: the Air More Money, an audacious combination of the two. It features an updated shroud that can be removed for custom styling, as well as USA details like the flag and dollar sign on the back. Air Sole units run the length of your foot for cushioned comfort and a bouncy look. Freshly minted and prone to inflation, the Air More Money is an excuse to get greedy. Available now at selected retailers such as RockCityKicks.

BVG x adidas EQT Support 93/Berlin

by Henrik Buzzi

Berlin, a city full of contrasts, free thinkers and originality, will be the platform for a premiere: this month, adidas Originals will be presenting EQT Support 93 / Berlin in cooperation with the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG). The special feature of the shoe: The pattern of the BVG seat covers serves as a design element of the sneaker and makes it a collector's item. In addition, a BVG annual ticket is incorporated into the tongue of the limited edition model. If the EQT Support 93 / Berlin is worn on foot, it will be valid as a ticket for all BVG vehicles from 16 January to 31 December 2018 inclusive. The EQT Support 93 / Berlin is limited to 500 pairs and will release soon at selected retailers such as OVERKILL.

Puma Jamming

by Henrik Buzzi

Puma’s newest design features a transparent midsole that is filled with small “Jamming” pebbles to provide a never-before-seen cushion system. This latest iteration comes with a black evoKNIT upper with branded tongue and heel pull tabs. The upper sits atop a forest night midsole and NRGY pebbles in the outsole. The PUMA Jamming 'Black/Forest Night' is due to launch on January 11 at selected retailers such as Footpatrol.

New Balance 999 "Beige Tan"

by Henrik Buzzi

The 999 silhouette from New Balance makes an appearance in this season's lineup with a new pastel-colored rendition. The latest take on the classic runner features the signature shaggy suede and nubuck construction on the upper covered in light tan, blue and brown hues. Perforated details on the toe vamp and ankle guard add a subtle flare while a light blue heel panel and orange/green accents at the rear give the sneaker a complete look. Available now at selected retailers such as Feature.

Levi’s® x Air Jordan IV

by Henrik Buzzi

Jordan Brand and Levi’s® have come together again, combining the rich heritage of both brands for new takes on two globally celebrated icons: the Air Jordan IV and Levi Strauss & Co. denim Trucker Jacket.

Authentic denim material brings the Trucker Jacket, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, to life on the Air Jordan IV with a standard wash prominent on the upper and reverse denim material on the liner and insole. The instantly recognizable Levi’s® “Two Horses” paper patch has been remixed to include the Jumpman logo and is featured on the shoe’s tongue and hangtag. Finishing touches include gum details on the outsole, gold stitching, indigo-color laces and the standard Levi’s Red Tab. The Jordan x Levi’s® Air Jordan IV will release January 17.

Grenson x New Balance 576 "Phase two"

by Henrik Buzzi

After the phenomenal launch of the “One Shoe, Two Factories” collaboration between Grenson and New Balance two years ago, here comes Phase Two. This time a new colourway of the original men’s 576 sneaker has been created in a mix of classic Grenson full grain Italian calf leathers, including a burnished tan, dark brown and burnt Oak suede. In addition a women’s version has been created in Grenson Italian full grain tan calf, and winter white ruff-out suede. This shoe also features a “kiltie” as seen on traditional bench made shoes of the past. The real innovation, this time around is that the two companies have for the first ever time, made a Goodyear Welted, version of the 576, made entirely in the Grenson factory in Northamptonshire. Availablke now at Grenson.

Sneakersnstuff x Reebok Classic Leather ”Premium”

by Henrik Buzzi

Sneakersnstuff and Reebok Classic continue the campaign to treat the most iconic silhouettes from Reebok with great respect. For their second release in our campaign to get beyond the hype they are releasing a collaborative Reebok Classic Leather ”Premium”.

Using the same smooth elk leather, gold debossing, minimal branding and clean, simple lines found on our 2017 Club C 85 ”Premium”. SNS have aimed to create a shoe with no gimmicks, hype or magic tricks. A sneaker that can be worn with anything, any time. No lines or raffles, just premium sneaker goodness for everyone.The Sneakersnstuff x Reebok Classic Leather ”Premium” will be available exclusively January 13 at Sneakersnstuff.

Le Coq Sportif R1000 "Rois Mages"

by Henrik Buzzi

For epiphany, Le Coq Sportif is redesigning its LCS R 1000 by taking inspiration from the Three Kings. In fact, in the night of 6 January, Three Kings – Melchior, Balthazar and Gaspar – each offer a gift to the new- born child, of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Crafted with authentic materials, the model features three different shades of velvet, in reference to the majestic outfits of these three kings: cobalt blue, Phoenician purple and Rio red. The laces are the same color as the shoe, with golden flecks. The logo and tongues are also in gold to represent these sumptuous kings. The tongue features embroidery in golden thread of the different gifts; they are also printed on the insoles of the shoes. Releasing January 6 at selected retailers such as hanon.

New Balance "The 9 pack"

by Henrik Buzzi

With a new year just started, giant sneaker brand New Balance starts with the right foot. Taking the sole of the 990V3 and putting it underneath three of their most popular uppers: the NB770, the NB9901 and the NB 1500.

The  "9 Pack" brings together a mix of classic heritage with color block design and definitely, a new perspective for the brand. These sneakers, dressed in premium materials feature interesting color combinations. The  M15009SC ‘Made in England’ features a suede and mesh combination upper with gray, white, blue and pink color palette. Stitched ”N” logo on the sides panels and heel. ENCAP® midsole technology provides support and maximum durability. On the other side, the M991SCF’s upper presents a black green and red color combination, 3M complementing detailing on the “N” on the sides panels and heel. ENCAP® midsole technology provides support and maximum durability. Now available at selected retailers such as 24 Kilates.