Nike continues its foray into its own existing arsenal, with the return of the highly sought after Air Force 1 “Hong Kong”. Back from 2001, this limited Tier Zero premium leather version keeps the Deep Green leather upper with white outlined swoosh with El Dorado colored laces, lining, “Nike Air” logo on the heel and a crisp white outsole. Initially releasing as part of the brand’s AF1 B series, the return of this co.jp selection will likely be one of the more sought after Force returns this year. Releasing February 22 at selected retailer such as Sneaker Politics.
This spring, Vault by Vans partners with Nickelodeon’s incurably optimistic, pineapple-living, jellyfish-loving SpongeBob SquarePants, celebrating his infectious happiness through the premium Vault by Vans label to present a robust collection of footwear, apparel and skate decks featuring kitschy renditions of the characters we know and love.
“SpongeBob SquarePants is loved by trendsetters around the world, but this limited edition collaboration elevates his style even further, offering something new and unique for his audience” said Jose Castro, SVP of Nickelodeon Soft Lines Licensing and Global Fashion Collaborations. “Vault by Vans has combined our iconic SpongeBob characters with its iconic aesthetic and we think fans of all ages are going to love the result.”
For SpongeBob SquarePants’ grand Vault by Vans debut, the limited-edition partnership introduces six footwear styles on Vans classic silhouettes – the Sk8-Hi, Authentic and Slip-On, available in both adult, youth and toddler sizing. Each style showcases vibrant under-the-sea scenes including original illustrations of SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick, and the squashed antagonist Plankton, on Vans signature rubber waffle outsoles.
In addition to the footwear, Vault by Vans will offer a bright assortment of apparel, complete with a Vans x SpongeBob track pant, which features a bold checkerboard pattern with graphic detailing. The apparel styles include two classic short-sleeve tees and a long-sleeve tee featuring an array of designs ranging from an embroidered SpongeBob character to a graphic of Patrick holding his skateboard. To round out the collection, Vault by Vans will showcase a limited-run of three skate decks, highlighting corresponding prints and patterns from the overall design theme. The Vans Vault x Spongebob Collection will launch on February 24 at selected retailers such as hanon.
Saucony is a brand that is steeped in rich history and is a company that has had an immeasurable amount of influence on the lives of young people all over the world. With the brands originality and quality maintaining a key focus within the Saucony shoe range; upholding the brands ethos of individuality and quality.
Up There prides itself on keeping shelves stocked with the finest products from the best makers across the globe. Therefore the ‘Sashiko’ rendition of the Saucony Grid 8000 is something that incorporates only the finest materials from the leather and sashiko stitched upper to the debossed tongue tags, supple leather inner soles right through to the silver tipped waxed cotton laces. This shoe is the definition of a well made article that is steeped in rich history and tradition. It is this history and tradition that lends itself to the overall theme behind the collaboration...Sashiko.
With the Japanese having a habit of making things that last a lifetime, Sashiko is one of the many ways a products lifespan can be expanded exponentially. Sashiko (literally "little stabs") is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery)from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair tears with patches, this running stitch techniques often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance. What better way to bring together two companies that believe in the production of articles that are made to endure, than to incorporate an ancient technique that itself has stood the test of time and whose purpose is to reinforce and repair. The collaboration will be releasing at selected retailers worldwide on February 23.
Essentially the anti-Cone colorway of the classic runner, the Nike Air Max 98 is ready for your spring rotation in a cleanly-executed "Triple White" colorway. The description suggests subtle hits of platinum, black and silver, but appearance-wise, it's a straightforward white-on-white effort from the Sportswear camp. Tooling, including the full-length Max Air unit, carries forth the aesthetic. Releasing February 28 at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.
Our latest collaborative project with Asics Tiger see’s us head back out east to Japan to create a traditionally themed rendition of the Gel-Lyte OG. The ’36 Views’ themed runner features colorways focused around the paintings of celebrated Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai, with the palette picking hues from his legendary block-printed series of artworks that captured Mount Fuji from varying viewpoints around Japan.
Known in the modern day as the epicentre of forward thinking design, Japan also has an incredibly strong cultural background all of its own. There are still many of the traditional practices carried out today that have existed and been handed down to the next generations for hundreds of years. The art of Ukiyo-e has been around since the 17th Century and given birth to several notable artists, each with their own interpretation of the craft.
The Asics Tiger GEL-Lyte OG ’36 Views’ features innovative details throughout, including a water resistant suede upper, ripstop toebox, and featured for the very first time on this silhouette, branded pull tabs on both the tongue and heel. The water-resistant suede and ripstop upper draws reference to the bodies of water featured within several of the paintings from the series of Hokusai works, in particular the infamous ‘Great Wave’ featured in painting number one. The pink tone found throughout is pulled from the seasonal Cherry Blossoms that sprout from the branches of trees around Japan at only a very specific time of the year. Limited to only 500 pairs, the size? x Asics Gel-Lyte OG ’36 Views’ will be available exclusively through the size?previews app
Star-studded documentary from newcomer, Los York Entertainment & Writer-Director Dexton Deboree features Michael B Jordan, Spike Lee, DJ Khaled, Lena Waithe, Anthony Anderson and more telling the story how the iconic shoe sparked a social and cultural revolution.
Extra Butter releases its “Dear Downtown” capsule collection, featuring a collaborative Workout Plus with Reebok Classics. A love letter to New York City, the Lower East Side boutique honors the various music and art movements during the 80’s that made Downtown Manhattan the epicenter of clashing subcultures that would spark international craze and cement once up and coming artists into legendary icons. From Punk to Hip Hop, Graffiti to Pop Art. These are the very origins that would one day spark streetwear and heavily influence what makes Extra Butter today.
The Workout Plus is composed of distressed black denim and full grain leather, smoke translucent soles, contrast yellow stitching and co-branded heel embroidery. The shoes will come with a set of various photographic insoles and lace options to allow the wearer to mix and match for true DIY self expression. Releasing at Extra Butter on February 24.
HAVEN aligns with Asics Tiger for a custom rendition of the Gel Lye MT. Inspired by Canada’s west coast, where a bustling urban metropolis meets lush woodlands and the imposing Coastal Mountain’s, the shoe features an understated black and olive drab design.
The Asics Gel Lyte MT model provides the ultimate defense against brisk conditions with a technical sockliner, heel pull-tab, and rugged tread outsole. Sticking with the classic split-tongue while adding a heel pull-tab, this aesthetic also mimics a boot design – resulting in greater support while trekking through the elements.
A unification of premium textiles and meticulous details, the HAVEN x Asics Gel lyte MT model is crafted from coated suede, nubuck, and premium leather to offer elevated comfort and durability in the harsh and variable Canadian climate. A ballistic nylon split tongue, speckled cushion midsole, tread outsole and both black and olive drab woven laces complete the shoe’s utilitarian aesthetic while a debossed HAVEN logo at the heel commemorates the collaboration. Releasing at HAVEN on February 17.
In 1982, the Air Force 1 arrived on the scene as one of the most innovative basketball shoes ever. The Bruce Kilgore design quickly transcended its original purpose and became a lifestyle favorite across the globe. This Air Force 1 comes with six Swoosh design options in bold colors that pop. They connect to the shoe with a hook and loop fastener, and wrap all the way around the heel for a streamlined look and feel. Switch your Swoosh out daily to hook up with your look. Releasing February 15 at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.
adidas Originals teams up with Nice Kicks on a new collaborative release, presenting premium takes on the brand’s modern-retro Crazy 1 ADV and Crazy 8 ADV. Channeling Venice Beach Courts as an inspiration source highlights a distinctive color palette of classic ‘90s sportswear, the collaboration is distinguished by flashes of pink, purple and aqua against a clean backdrop of whites, bringing the nostalgia of Adidas’ groundbreaking Crazy series to the forefront of each shoe’s modern design.
First up, the Adidas Crazy 1 ADV steps out in a strictly high-end form, featuring a mesh construction with premium suede overlays and elastic webbing around the collar. The crisp white mesh is contrasted with an off-white midsole tooling, emphasizing the shoe’s nostalgic feel, finished with a leather insert on the midsole, Nice Kicks’ branding on the lateral side and premium joint-branded details on the tongue.
In similar form, the Adidas Crazy 8 ADV assumes the same mesh construction with premium suede overlays at the heel and elastic at the collar with distinctive midsole windows serving as a point of contrast. The left and right shoe’s windows are rendered in Shock Pink and Energy Aqua respectively, while collaborative branding details on each toe feature similar contrast details. This is then placed atop a two-tone midsole with concealed Boost™ technology and metal details in the shoe’s lacing system, creating a truly elevated take on one of Adidas’ most daring silhouettes. Releasing on February 15 at Nice Kicks and at selected retailers later I February.
BAIT and Reebok give 3 iconic, classics an international vintage treatment. The Exofit Lo, Workout, and Club C present a clean white upper with classic leather on top a vintage treated sole. The left shoe carries a prominent BAIT branding alongside the US flag inside the logo window, tongue label, and insole. The right shoe features the classic Reebok branding that carries the flag of Britain. Branding on the heel is also differentiated by color, bringing together the west and the east just in time for the All-Star Weekend. The BAIT x Reebok Classics Exofit Lo, Workout, and Club C “West East” Pack releases at the BAIT x Reebok Pop up Shop today.
Ancient Greek religion had a goddess called Nike who personified victory. Fast-forward eight thousand years, and Nike is still here. However, she is not a goddess anymore, and is well-known on a much broader territory then Greece – we’re talking worldwide. Today, Nike is the most successful athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories brand in the world. Although in a different setting, Nike still represents victory and remains the object of ultimate desire!
There is a quote by Richard Brault which says “The road to success is not a path you find but a trail you blaze”. Without a hint of hesitation, we can say that Nike’s path to success epitomizes this aphorism. In order for us to bring Nike’s world closer to you, 16Best.net present you with a bunch of mind-blowing facts which are outlined in the infographic below. Head on over to 16Best.net for the whole infographic.
Kith is proud to announce that this Friday, February 16, the brand will officially open doors to its first Los Angeles flagship space. This 3,500 sq ft space is designed in partnership with Snarkitecture and brings Kith’s trademark aesthetic to the West Coast. The Kith Los Angeles flagship will offer a bevy of product to consumers, including men’s and women’s apparel and footwear, along with a Kith Treats cereal bar. Product exclusive to this flagship will be available on opening day.
Coinciding with this momentous occasion, Kith has partnered with Nike to release Chapter 2 of their collaborative Long Live the King program with LeBron James during All Star Weekend. Chapter 2 features a royal theme throughout, as a pattern inspired by kings’ cloaks is embroidered across the product range. Applying the embroidery is an intricate process that requires hand-stitching each pair individually. The quantities for this release will be very limited and only available at Kith.
This round expands on the duo’s first release by utilizing Ronnie Fieg’s Performance and Lifestyle twists on the Jason Petrie-designed LeBron XV silhouette and offering four total models. The Performance XV is presented in two colorways – King’s Cloak and Suit of Armor. The King’s Cloak model features a white Battleknit upper with multi-colored embroidery and a gold Riri zipper. The Suit of Armor model opts for a triple black palette as the embroidery goes tonal and is accented with a gunmetal Riri zipper. The Lifestyle XV is also presented in two colorways – King’s Crown and City of Angels. The King’s Crown features a black Flyknit upper with multi-colored embroidery and a gold medial side zipper closure. While the City of Angels nods to Kith’s arrival in Los Angeles by applying a triple white colorway with tonal embroidery and silver medial zipper. The City of Angels model will be a Kith.com exclusive. Each Lifestyle XV is accompanied by two full-length straps and one half-length strap for customization. Kith x Nike Long Live the King, Chapter 2 releases first on February 16 instore at KITH.
Celebrating the 2018 NBA All-Star Games, BAIT and Reebok dig into the archives to bring back the “Snake” Question Mid in an updated premium iteration. The “Snake 2.0” features black patent leather that wraps around the toe, quarter, and heel. The staple snakeskin material highlights the upper, balanced by a solid black premium suede tongue. Branding is applied by embroidery on the heel and a die-cut quarter panel. Leather lining and piping detail the design for a premium upgrade. Patent leather eyelets hold 2 lace options: black athletic rope laces and black waxed rope laces. A clean white midsole encapsulates the silver metallic Hexa-lite technology, while a smoked translucent outsole runs along the entire bottom. Sign up for the RAFFLE now to get the chance to cop these.
Jordan brand is back with another minimalistic makeover to the iconic Air Jordan 1 Mid model. This time around, the sneaker is seen sporting all-white leather on the upper, with subtle Pure Platinum accents on the Swoosh and Wings logo. Jumpman branding on the tongue, and a Pure Platinum outsole give them a finished look. Available now at selected retailers such as Feature.
The Nike Air Max 95 HAL Men's Shoe updates the legendary silhouette that first introduced visible forefoot air. It's built with smooth leather, suede and textile, and includes a hook-and-loop tongue top that lets you accessorize with a set of branded badges. Available now at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.
Riccardo Tisci’s latest work with NikeLab aims to propel contemporary sports style into a new, more elegant era. The Italian fashion designer draws from the past, combining different generations of sportswear icons to form a dynamic collection of off-court styles and accessories for both men and women.
The Nike Air Force 1 is an undisputed favorite. It’s also Tisci’s go-to shoe. “I'm obsessed with the shoe," he says. "It's very clean and pure, but at the same time elaborate. It’s the shoe that best represents my style and my collaboration with Nike,” he says.
In Tisci’s eyes, basketball players don’t just provide style inspiration, they’re heroes. This latest Nike collaboration plays off this idea with another series of graphics: logos for a fictional team, the Victorious Minotaurs, which gives him the opportunity to envision the collection as part of a true off-court uniform. “In the 90s, basketball players became kind of like rock stars,” he says. “But now, they are more than rock stars. They’re superhuman — representative of historic mythology.” The new Nike x RT collection will be available February 16.
For Valentine’s Day, Le Coq Sportif is proposing a mixed pack of two of the season’s flagship models, Omicron and Jane. To celebrate this festival of love, this year the brand is redesigning these two models, decorating them in an entirely embroidered floral motif. The Omicron retains its sports characteristics specific to the model, notably the nylon and neoprene upper. The Jane continues to be discreet and modern, with simple details such as perforations in the shape of a triangle. The red roses, the symbol of passion, are the key element of this pack. They are embroidered like a bouquet in different shades of red and green, and are applied on the side of both models. The Le Coq Sportif “St. Valentin” Pack will release on February 10 at selected retailers such as hanon.
There are many decades worth of shoes that sit with Nike’s storied vault, and there’s no era more prolific at the moment in making a comeback than the 90’s. For this latest UK Exclusive ‘GMT’ Pack, Nike have called upon the Zoom Air Spiridon and Air Max 98 for a duo of colorways. The pack draws colour and material inspiration from the Meridian Line, the physical marker of the GMT timezone in the UK.
After receiving a warm welcome back last month with the re-issue of the OG ‘Gundam’ colourway, we’re starting to see a rollout of many more renditions of Nike’s Air Max 98, a shoe that celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year. The aesthetic of the technical runner means you’ve always got a lot of different options to play with in terms of color blocking and material application. This GMT variation adds an extra panel into the mix, branded up with the iconic ‘AIRMAX’ stamp (a logo combining both words which has confused a lot of people over the years!) on the instep. Gold wraps around the toeguard surround and also features on the mini-swoosh and strapping.
The Air Zoom Spiridon takes a similar approach in appearance, switching the gold out for a Ruby red that spans the length of the mudguard, iridescent swoosh and ghilly detailing. The Gold embroidered ’00:00′ insignia references the Longitude Zero, the Grenwich marker on the Meridian line. Releasing February 16 at selected retialers such as size?
BAIT get’s together with Marvel and Puma, bringing to life two designs for the much anticipated Black Panther movie release. The Tsugi BOG utilizes a combination of black pony hair, suede, and knitted upper. Branding is kept within subtle details of tonal hits across the shoes. Lace options come black rope and black 3m rope. The Mostro Mid takes on a triple black palette with a special elastic strap as a lacing system. Stretch textiale is used throughout the shoe for enhanced performance and comfort. Both designs feature a Marvel and Black Panther branded insole, numbered by their limited quantities. Raffle is now live.