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.


Reigning Champ x Asics Gel Kayano 5 OG "Kyoto Edition"

by Henrik Buzzi


Introducing the latest collaboration between Reigning Champ and ASICS that combines decades of manufacturing experience with the latest in running technology to achieve a new, global standard in modern athletic wear. Spanning multiple continents, the collaborative project fuses run and travel, drawing inspiration from Kyoto, Vancouver, Paris and, finally, Tokyo in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games.

The Reigning Champ x ASICS Kyoto Edition is the first of four releases and offers a considered collection designed with purpose and built without compromise. Steeped in tradition and craftsmanship, the culture-rich city of Kyoto, Japan provides the backdrop for tried-and-true performance products alongside a collection of everyday athletic wear. The design cues from this inaugural release have been informed by textile patterns and the weathered, wooden patina found throughout Kyoto. Releasing June 15 at selected retailers.


HANON x SONRA Proto “Wildcats”

by Henrik Buzzi


In a year of firsts and domestically ‘made-in’ partnerships, HANON are proud to present a brand new collaboration with German footwear brand SONRA and debut our HANON Proto ‘Wildcats’. SONRA is the brainchild of legendary sneaker enthusiast Hikmet Sugoer. Founded in 2016, the brand’s focus is handcrafted footwear which is domestically produced in Germany by skilled artisans. Launching with the Proto - a classic running silhouette, each release is manufactured to a strict limited edition and hand numbered utilising the most luxurious and locally sourced materials.

The HANON edition of the SONRA Proto takes cues from Hikmet’s legacy of recreating numerous colourways from over the last 10+ years and in honour of this approach we hark back to 2011 and one of our most cherished collaborations - the Wildcats! Originally drawing inspiration from a local grass roots running club and some old school colour mixing we utilise premium materials and handcrafted German production to block out the upper in mustard yellow with burgundy heel and toe overlays.

Additional details include 3M reflective hits on the toe and heel giving the shoe some added pop, as well as a perforated toebox, and a full veg tan leather lining. As SONRA and ourselves are both known for branding our footwear, this ‘Wildcats’ make-up features four embossed logo placements across the upper; SONRA text logo on both heel wraps, HANON Flame on both heels, SONRA logo on both tongues, and finally, a HANON logo lock-up on the veg tan leather insoles.

Rounding off the collab, the full upper is sat atop a specially designed clean white EVA midsole which is made in Italy, and we are treated to an updated black rubber outsole that features SONRA branding as the tread. Limited to only 200 pairs globally, each pair is individually numbered on the underside of the tongue as well as on a special suede hangtag, and comes packaged in the traditional SONRA shoe box. The RAFFLE is now live!


Vans Era ‘Warped Check’ – size? Exclusive

by Henrik Buzzi


Teaming up with the Californian skate experts over at Vans, Size? joined forces once more to create a psychedelic-inspired ‘Warped’ iteration of the Era. Channeling the colorful artistic vibes present at the time of Vans’ inception – and their off-limits design choices from ’66 right throughout the ‘70s – we’ve taken the brand’s 1976 Era and applied a psychedelic checked patterning throughout the pair’s multi-colored canvas uppers.

Think Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Beatles and Stones – the vibrant energy of their music flows heavily throughout the Era, whose striking palettes contrast vary shoe to shoe. The left uses a predominantly pink base, with accents of light blue making up the checks, while the right switches things up with blue as the base and pink for the checks. Both of the two boasts a monochrome warped check footbed, with a similar print working its way around the midsole. What’s more, we’ve painted the iconic waffle rubber outsole in a bright yellow hue for added hits of color. The Vans Era ‘Warped Check’ – size? Exclusive will be available via the size? previews app and in size? On June 7.


Top 10 sneakers of 2019 so far

by Henrik Buzzi


2019 has been a slow sneaker year so far. Yes, we have seen some incredible releases, but for most sneakerheads it cannot compare to previous years. Here are our top 10 releases of 2019 so far, in random order.

Sacai x Nike LDV Waffle Daybreak

Sacai x Nike LDV Waffle Daybreak

Overkill x adidas Consortium ZX 10.000 C

Aime Leon Dore x New Balance 997

Slam Jam x Nike Blazer Mid

Bodega x New Balance 997S

Nike Air Max 97 Shanghai Kaleidoscope

SONRA Proto TPO

Travis Scott x Jordan 1

Nike Air Fear of God 1


Nike React Runner ISPA

by Henrik Buzzi


ISPA, which sits within Nike Sportswear’s special projects, adds to its philosophy of utility and performance for the built environment with a seasonal update in the Nike React Runner ISPA. The key difference is in the upper construction: Perforated mesh replaces a deconstructed water-resistant bootie for the summer months. The Nike React Runner ISPA releases June 6 at selected retailers worldwide.


HANON x FILA Mindblower "Gold Rush"

by Henrik Buzzi


Originally released in 1995, the FILA Mindblower is a standout silhouette due to its distinctive FILA logo which spans across the sole unit and serves as the main design element of this classic 90s shoe. 23 years on from it’s inauguration, in 2018, FILA delved into its archives to revive the classic Mindblower silhouette and released an ambitious collaborative project which saw almost 50 releases across two iterations.

Following on from last years wealth of releases, this summer, HANON and FILA come together for the first time to unveil our Mindblower collaboration which has been dubbed - ‘Gold Rush’. The upper is executed in a mix of lush golden brown suede underlays and is contrasted by off white tumbled leather overlays. A pop of vibrant cherry tomato red appears on the heel section, and the full upper sits atop a clean white midsole and gum outsole.

Dual branding appears in the form of an embossed patch logo on the tongue, and also a printed logo lock-up on the insole, with our Flame branding appearing embossed on the heel. Limited to only 50 pairs globally, each pair comes complete with a bespoke box, and also a complimentary double pack of HANON Mindblower branded sports socks which mimic the ‘Gold Rush’ colorway. Enter the raffle HERE.


Sneaker Freaker x Asics Gel-Lyte III "Tiger Snake"

by Henrik Buzzi


Christened the Gel-Tiger Snake, this venomous varmint is a nod to Sneaker Freaker’s native antipodean fauna and Asics’ historical origins as the Onitsuka Tiger company. Aggressive, deadly and badass to the bone, the tiger snake has a fearsome reputation as a predator. With its luxurious sandy belly and stripey black upper, the snake’s natural camouflage is perfect for hiding in plain sight.

Buttery beige cowhide is next-level opulence, while micro-perf toe panels and suede stripes add subtle sprinkles of texture. On the medial side, poppin’ pink reflective 3M adds a dazzling counterpoint to a blacked-out midsole laced with neuro-toxic splatter. Solid gold text across the nubuck heel is a touch of class among the mayhem. This GEL-Tiger Snake has serious fangs! To mark the occasion, Sneaker Freaker produced a heavily customised GEL-Tiger Snake box complete with psyched-out illustrations from Alexander Heir. Screen-printed by hand using fluoro ink infused with actual tiger snake venom, the packaging is just as deadly as the GEL-Tiger Snake.


Nike Shox R4 Neymar JR

by Henrik Buzzi


When the Nike Shox R4 debuted in 2000, its sci-fi aesthetic and aggressive stance created an instant visceral response. "They were like a shoe of the future," recalls Brasilian football star Neymar JR. For him, the Shox R4 became an instant object of desire. Fittingly, the silhouette is the conduit for a duo of themed colorways baring the forward's name. The first follows on the metallic detailing and reflective elements of the launch colorway. By mirroring the hues of a watermelon, the second connects directly to the buzzing markets around São Paulo that were a constant in Neymar JR's childhood. “The crazy color combination,” he says of the shoe. “I like it!" Releasing May 30.


Patta x Air Jordan VII collection

by Henrik Buzzi


Patta has worked on a capsule collection with Jordan Brand, launching May 18th 2019. The collection, consisting of the Air Jordan VII “Patta,” a track suit, shorts, T-shirt and boonie hat, marks the first time Jordan Brand has partnered with a European brand.

For Patta’s Guillaume Schmidt and Vincent van de Waal, the Jordan VII was the only logical starting point for working with Jordan Brand. Launched in ’92, and subsequently eternally tied to that summer’s USA Basketball team, it arrived at a transformative point in both men’s youth and their respective interest in the culture they live and work in.

“It was a golden era for hip-hop and a big year for me, a lot of very important albums that I still carry with me came out between '92 and '96. And aesthetically, those years had such colorful imagery and strong connections to black empowerment. The VII and its geometric patterns also have a reference to Africa,” says Schmidt, a native of Suriname who grew up an hour from Amsterdam in basketball-crazed 's Hertogenbosch.”Van de Waal, Patta’s creative director, was drawn to the Jordan VII’s elegant shape and the minimal marking (it is the first Jordan without any Nike branding). Today, Van de Waal is effusive about the shoe stating, “It is my all-time favorite.”

 

The footwear itself plays only part of the story, as both Schmidt and Van de Waal recognized immediately the power of the full package surrounding the VII. “The VII apparel was out of this world. The products that we worked on come straight from a short Jordan clip from Barcelona that became super famous. It features a segment where Michael walks past a huge billboard of himself where he's got the shoes on, and that image has been forever etched in my memory,” says Gee. Reviving the patterns of those original garments, Patta is also able to tie in its branding subtly though incorporation of the script logo and “TEAM PATTA” word marks. “We see ourselves as a strong team where everyone has their place, so the concept of ‘TEAM PATTA’ has always been important to our history,” says Van de Waal. The Patta x Jordan Collection releases May 18th at Patta


END. x Diadora N9002 "Lido"

by Henrik Buzzi


Creating an even greater splash than END.’s previous collaboration, this time round, they take a dip in the luxurious open-air swimming pools of North Eastern Italy to bring you the Diadora x END. N9002 'Lido'. Presented in a custom aquatic themed box and complete with an accompanying branded towel, END. and Diadora invite you to embrace poolside luxury with the 'Lido'.

Handcrafted at Diadora's Caerano di San Marco factory, the 'Lido' brings aquatic aesthetics to the Cervo leather and pig skin nubuck uppers, while a clear blue sole underfoot unveils an inviting Baltic shade that has been embellished with subaqueous reflections. Tooled with an EVA midsole for premium comfort, the towelling sockliner delivers a soft step. Emblazoned with co-branded detailing throughout, the N90002 'Lido' swims laps around the competition. Raffle is now open at END. Launches.


Nike x sacai LDWaffle and Blazer Mid

by Henrik Buzzi


Fashion designer Chitose Abe of sacai approaches collaborations with a distinct clarity: She looks to find a genuine connection that allows her to create something new and unexpected. Her design itself balances two ideas: stability and betrayal. Abe's aim is to simultaneously give light to the familiar and the new.

She does this with the Nike x sacai LDWaffle and Blazer Mid, both of which debuted at sacai's SS19 runway show in Paris in June 2019. For example, Abe employs her signature ethos on the Nike x sacai LDWaffle by pulling two heritage Nike silhouettes into a single hybrid form. The "betrayal" elements of this exercise include doubled elements, like the Swoosh and tongue, as well as elongated midsoles. Abe delivers "stability" through the familiar retro color scheme. The Nike x sacai LDWaffle and Nike x sacai Blazer Mid release at selected retailers globally on May 16 and May 30.


HANON x Le Coq Sportif LCS R800 'The Good Agreement' MIF

by Henrik Buzzi


HANON and Le Coq Sportif join forces this summer and are proud to present a ‘Made in France’ sequel edition to our 2018 collaboration – The Good Agreement.

For this project HANON connect once again on the iconic LCS R800 running shoe and revisit ‘The Good Agreement’ theme as their source of inspiration. ‘Bon Accord’, the French translation for ‘good agreement’ is the official motto of our hometown Aberdeen and a slogan that dates back to the ancient alliance between France and Scotland during the middle ages.

This Made in France edition of the LCS R800 welcomes a ‘New Alliance’ and unites the best of France, Scotland and England by combining three companies each dating back more than 100 years. Manufactured exclusively in the old city of Angers on the West of France, the shoe is fused with a combination of suedes sourced in England and a technical cotton fabric produced in Scotland.

Executed in an understated color application, the shoe features on upper of plush suede by CF Stead’s legendary tannery in Leeds, England and a cotton performance fabric by Halley Stevensons of Dundee in Scotland. Established in 1904 and 1864 respectively, both Charles F. Stead and Halley Stevensons to this day continue to produce premium materials for the world’s most renowned luxury brands. Additional features include a microperfed pigskin – applied to the lining and collar of the shoe whilst a plush suede laminate insole is finished with a stitched leather overlay. Dual branded detail is added throughout - detailed on each heel and woven to both tongue loops, whilst a tricolor stitch symbolises the Made In France production of the shoe.

Presented in a sleek black box printed with both logos, as well as a hang tag and four lace sets, the HANON x le coq sportif LCS R800 ‘The Good Agreement’ MIF will be available from HANON on May 4.