adidas Originals introduces Deerupt

by Henrik Buzzi

adidas Originals introduces its newest sneaker, Deerupt — a contemporary take on adidas heritage realized in a radically new look. At once minimalist and bold, the silhouette looks to the archive for its grid design inspiration, while debuting a new profile that remains undeniably adidas.

Inspired equally by urban planning, architecture, and natural phenomena, Deerupt holds the grid as its central design principle. Initially featured in adidas running silhouettes in the 80s - once a key feature on the New York runner and Marathon Training shoe – today the grid design is stretched to envelope the entire shoe. When warped to exaggerated proportions and injected with electric color, the grid is transformed into a bold visual motif for today.

Constantly playing with the grid itself through textures, layers and different perspectives, the collapsible, runner-inspired design features an ultra-lightweight construction with knit uppers covered in stretchable netting. Inside, zoned foam pockets molded along the shoe’s interior lining ensure the highest degree of fit by locking the foot into the shoe to create a supportive compression. The result is a product with a truly unique benefit: a shoe that conforms to its wearer ensuring ultimate comfort.

Deerupt launches in the hero colorway Solar Bird, a meld of two iconic adidas tones: Solar Red and Bluebird. Designed with a strong visual identity - simple authenticity provides maximum impact. The Deerupt silhouette drops worldwide on March.

Clear Weather Cloud Stryk “Vintage Blue Jay”

by Henrik Buzzi

Californian footwear label, Clear Weather returns this season with a new take to the Cloud Stryk model. The latest delivery showcases a vintage white colored upper with suede and perforated neoprene sock bootie that stays true to the silhouettes futuristic aesthetic. An off-white molded STRYKTEC midsole adds a hint of contrast, offering light weight support and cushioning.  Additional details include Vintage Blue Jay accents at the toecap, heel panel and tongue branding. Available now at selected retailers such as Feature.

Nike Air Safari QS “Jungle Flashback”

by Henrik Buzzi

Originally released as part of the 1987 Air Pack alongside the Air Max and Air Trainer, the Air Safari set the groundwork for a colorway that has become a Nike staple. As a tastemaker, the Air Safari has influenced silhouettes from Jordan to Air Max to Mercurial with its ostrich skin-inspired print. This release recreates the original colorway that started it all. Releasing today at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.

JUICE x adidas Consortium Gazelle

by Henrik Buzzi

adidas Originals teams up with the multinational street wear boutique JUICE this month, bringing their unique interpretation of the iconic adidas Gazelle.

The legendary Gazelle gets an upgrade with an all-new material developed specifically for this JUICE Consortium shoe. This new woven like upper material is flexible and adaptive as the much loved adidas Primeknit but with greater support for the user while still giving it a snug, sock-like feel. The JUICE consortium Gazelle also features the toecap, stripes and heel in smooth pigskin nubuck rounding out the clean mature design. Serrated 3-Stripes keep it rooted in adidas heritage. The feature that most stands out though on this JUICE Gazelle, is the oversized crepe sole, giving the shoe a distinct silhouette and providing one of the most comfortable rubber soles on the market. JUICE x adidas Consortium Gazelle will be available on March 17 from the JUICE store and CLOT.

Behind the Design: atmos Animal Pack

by Henrik Buzzi

Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, what some call the global epicenter of sneaker collecting, atmos has had a long standing relationship with Nike. Working on their first collaboration back in 2001, one of atmos’ most revered collaborations was the Animal Pack released in 2006. More than a decade later, the Air Max 1 and 95 are being brought back for the first time to celebrate Air Max Day, 2018.

Alphabounce Beyond Extra Butter exclusive

by Henrik Buzzi

adidas unveils the Alphabounce Beyond Extra Butter colorway exclusive, a white and aero blue silhouette inspired by VO2 Max training. The shoe is exclusively available at the New York sneaker and streetwear boutique pop-up shop at 101 Stanton Street starting March 16.

To celebrate the launch, Extra Butter will offer complementary services for runners throughout the month including livestreamed VO2 Max testingby custom performance on a Woodway treadmillandRecovery by NormaTec.VO2 Max is the measurement of the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilizeduring intense exercise. A recovery space will be available where customers are provided with 20 minute NormaTec leg compression sessions.In addition, Extra Butter and adidas will host a series of free runs and yoga sessions.

The Alphabounce Beyond is the first major franchise update for the running shoe designed for athletes who use running as a tool to dominate their sport. The Beyond, one of the only training shoes built for running with heel to toe cushioning, is updated for more versatile multidirectional movement including a wider midsole and forged zones for stability and quick cuts and a Continental Rubber outsole for more traction on all surfaces.

Nike Free x Metcon

by Henrik Buzzi

For the first time, Nike Free’s flexibility and Nike Metcon’s durability collide in a new men’s training shoe, the Nike Free x Metcon. The TPU-faced open mesh through the vamp is similar to chain mesh, so it’s light and breathable but also durable. The toe clip offers protection on the medial side during burpees, while the heel clip helps minimize drag during wall exercises such as handstand pushups. The triangle mid-foot rubber wrap and provides stability.

Laser-siped flex grooves in the forefoot maximize natural motion and forefoot flexibility for running and jumping, while minimal siping in the heel creates a stable platform for lifting. The black core that pops out through the tri-stars at the bottom is a softer-density foam that provides cushion underfoot, while the outer shell is a firmer-density foam that doesn't compromise stability during lateral moves. Small laser dots on the outsole provide grip. The Nike Free x Metcon training shoe will be available in men’s sizes on April 1 globally.

Asics Tiger "Orange/Navy" pack

by Henrik Buzzi

Asics kicks off the season with two new renditions to the Gel-Lyte V and Gel-Lyte III runners. Both classic models are seen sporting a mesh and suede upper in a White/Orange/Navy color scheme for the latest delivery. Neoprene accents are seen on the Gel-Lyte V, accompanied by leather trims across the signature Asics stripes on both silhouettes. The collection is completed with black detailing at the heel, and a blacked out outsole for a finished look. Available now at selected retailers such as Feature.

Karhu Fusion 2.0 "Linnut" pack

by Henrik Buzzi

Karhu looks upward to the sky for inspiration on the latest LEGEND release. The “Linnut” Pack takes flight, paying homage to the thriving Finnish bird watching tradition. Local experts guide bird-loving tourists in search of exotic arctic species like the red-flanked blue tail, hawk owls, Siberian jays and white-tailed eagles. To the unfamiliar observer, spotting a rare bird in the wild, is similar to finding an exclusive pair of sneakers.

The Linnut (Finnish for Birds) Pack’s color palette is reminiscent of the rare collection of species found in Finnish nature. The release features the Fusion 2.0 in three different color ways. The material selection predominantly consists of soft suede and soft nylon mesh. The rope lacing adds an outdoor feel and connection to adventure in nature. The color ways vary from feather like blues, natural greens and light tans to soft greys and light rust. The Fusion 2.0 remains a salute to the original Fusion model from 1996 when it was the most technical running shoe in the collection. Releasing March 10 at selected retailers such as Hanon.

adidas Originals by Hender Scheme

by Henrik Buzzi

adidas Originals by Hender Scheme was born out of the exploration between the relationship of performance and lifestyle footwear. Hender Scheme takes iconic adidas Originals silhouettes from their past and present and through attention to detail and meticulous design, creates a collection which unites them - transcending eras and celebrating artisanal practice in footwear design and execution. Releasing March 16.

END. x Asics Gel-Lyte III “Wasabi”

by Henrik Buzzi

A fashion-food collaboration packed with flavour, END. and ASICS launch the GEL-LYTE III ‘Wasabi’. A fresh take on a future icon, the new split tongue model packs some serious heat. Drawing on the flavour of the native Japanese herb wasabi, the GEL-LYTE III 'Wasabi' is designed to whet the appetite of sushi enthusiasts around the world.

Typically found growing alongside stream beds in the mountain river valleys of Japan, authentic forms of this Far Eastern delicacy are typically served as an accompaniment to traditional Japanese sushi dishes such as sashimi. The GEL-LYTE III’s ‘Wasabi’ pigskin nubuck uppers mimic the seafoam green color of wasabi, paired with ASICS' stripes in an atmospheric gunmetal grey to depict the rocky regions in which the herb originates. Tropical peach tone accents sit in complement to the green to reflect the classic combination of sashimi, wasabi and pink pickled ginger.

Pushing the boundaries with its sole, GEL cushioning, and signature split tongue, the END. x ASICS GEL-LYTE III 'Wasabi' is finished with an END. Japanese character patch on the tongue, dual-branded leather footbed and heel patch. Repackaging the sushi experience for the global sneaker enthusiast, the sneaker is packaged in a custom END. x ASICS bento box, complete with END. branded wasabi bowl and chopsticks; elevating the collaboration to deliver an immersive food-fashion experience grounded in traditional Japanese cuisine and custom. The END. x asics GEL-LYTE III 'Wasabi' is now available for registration on END. Launches.

Concepts x New Balance 574 "Iconic Collaboration"

by Henrik Buzzi

New Balance has reached back into its archives and will soon drop four distinct 574 styles, which will form to create the New Balance “Iconic Collaboration” pack. Much like the name suggests, the release draws creative influence from a handful of noteworthy collaborations alongside some of the industry’s most renowned select shops.

The pack consists of the reinterpreted Concepts x New Balance 997 “Rosé,” which released in 2014 and features a premium pig suede upper with croc-embossed accents. The Sneaker Freaker x New Balance 998 “Tassie Devil” made its debut in 2012 and is characterized by its purple-hued mesh/suede composition and speckled midsole. Introduced in 2007 we have the SNS x New Balance 577 “Erik” — combining suede, nubuck, and leather in deep shades of brown and green. And lastly, the mita sneakers x WHIZ LIMITED x New Balance 1700 spotlights a red, white, and blue color scheme with star-shaped perforations hitting the toe and collar. The New Balance 574 “Iconic Collaboration” pack releases March 1 at Cncpts.

Feature x Vans Vault “Sinner’s Club” Pack.

by Henrik Buzzi

Inspired by Las Vegas' sleepless nights and blurred yet unforgettable memories, we bring to you our latest collaboration. Officially titled the "Sinner's Club" Pack, this project includes two of Vans' most iconic silhouettes, the Classic Slip-On and Old Skool, as well as apparel from Mitchell & Ness offering two sets of warmup suits, velour basketball shorts, a tee and a hat - which will be available exclusively at Feature.

Crafted with a luxurious finish in mind, the sneakers feature a premium suede and velvet construction on the upper in shades of black, plum, and red. A metallic patent leather finish covers Vans' signature Side Stripe on the Old Skool, which is further accented by contrasting pink stitching throughout. Green hits on the tongue trim and on both of the sneaker's foxing stripe symbolize the money spent in the city. An embroidered cabaret silhouette is seen at the forefoot of the Classic Slip-On and the heel of the Old Skool to further exemplify Las Vegas' Gentlemen's Club motif. Further details include an all-over money graphic on the dual-branded insoles, semi-translucent waffle outsoles, and black and green “Off The Wall” heel license plates. Metallic silver trim along the Classic Slip-On's upper and the Old Skool’s pink faux fur tongue lining give the pack a finished look. The collection will come with two extra sets of laces, as well as a custom velour dust bag and packaging. Heritage brand, Mitchell and Ness, rounds up the collaborative effort with a Sinner's Club branded capsule collection. Releasing March 3 at Feature.

Air Jordan III “Seoul”

by Henrik Buzzi

Created by Tinker Hatfield and Dan Sunwoo as a special project in Nike’s Innovation Kitchen, the Air Jordan III Seoul commemorates the 30-year anniversary of the city’s hosting of summer games and the moment Michael Jordan won the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest.

“I grew up a sneakerhead in Seoul and I wanted to create a shoe that pays homage to the creative energy of the city. Now is the perfect time, building on the momentum of the winter games and the love Korean consumers have for Jordan Brand,” says Sunwoo.

The Taegukgi (Korean flag) inspires the shoe’s overall color scheme, with the “taeguk” symbol expressed through the lining and collar’s blue and red and the white upper representing peace and purity (as it does on the flag). 서울 (Seoul) is featured on the left inner tongue, while the 1988 summer games motto 화합과 전진 (Harmony and Progress) is featured on the right inner tongue. The heel reads “Nike Air” in a clear nod to the original Air Jordan III. The AJIII Seoul will go on sale March 10.

Asphaltgold x Asics Gel-DS Trainer OG “Jugendstil”

by Henrik Buzzi

Asphaltgold’s new collaboration pays homage to their city. Known as the center of Art Nouveau, Darmstadt offers numerous opportunities to indulge in the good life. With the Asics Tiger x asphaltgold Gel-DS Trainer OG “Jugendstil” they would like to reflect this vibe. Inspired by the artist colony of Mathildenhöhe, a shoe has been created that is based on this architectural masterpiece.

The Gel-DS Trainer impresses with its high-quality material mix. Butter soft suede in the color evening sand extends from the perforated toebox to the heel. The Asics Tiger logo and the heel tab form a contrast in hot pink. The asphaltgold branding can be found on the taping of the tongue, on the flag label in the back, as well as on the insole. The neoprene tongue features the Art Nouveau pattern we designed, which shines through the overlays. Exclusively at asphaltgold, the shoe will be presented in a specially designed metal box, which will round off the theme appropriately. In addition to the branded flatlaces, there are two more roundlaces in the colors Rose Taupe and Evening Sand. Releasing March 13 at Asphaltgold.

Nike LA Cortez

by Henrik Buzzi

No single connection between a shoe and a city is as strong as Los Angeles’ embrace of the Nike Cortez, originally released in 1972. That bond continues with the Nike LA Cortez, the latest Cortez collaboration between Nike and Nike athlete Maria Sharapova.

Combining her favorite sneaker with her favorite city — and the place she calls home — Sharapova, who has always had a strong eye for design and fashion, says she wanted to create a shoe that captured "LA’s high style." The color palette was inspired by LA’s laid-back vibes and the earthy hues of a West Coast sunrise. Playing off of Sharapova’s childhood interest in calligraphy, the shoe utilizes refined design lines for an off-court elegance. Thoughtful attention to craft and detail brings dimensional layering with premium suedes, leathers and soft gold accents.

"I love how it’s minimal and understated in certain ways, yet there’s so much attention to detail with the finishes, materials and even color," says Sharapova. "I was inspired by my morning walks along the coast on my way to practice, and I think we captured that peaceful essence in this shoe." The Nike LA Cortez will launch March 1 at Nordstrom x Nike Sneaker Boutiques and on, and March 2 on

NAKED x adidas Originals consortium Arkyn

by Henrik Buzzi

United by the concept that identity is ‘Never just one thing’, adidas Originals has come together with NAKED, one of the leading female-focused sneaker stores in the world. Presenting a new collection of both footwear and clothing for SS18 - a collaboration where the respect is mutual.

The adidas Originals by NAKED consortium collection is the first apparel line designed that is women’s specific. The edgy monochromatic collection is comprised of the Arkyn sneaker and 5-piece apparel, inspired by vintage and modern athleisure fits.

NAKED is first to introduce the Arkyn silhouette to the market, featuring a frayed knitted sock construction which has never been executed before. Cohesiveness remains throughout the collection; the hero of the apparel is the over-sized Denim Jacket that features a hood with both NAKED and 3-stripe branding. The collection is classic, practical and stylish, making it this season’s most essential addition to any wardrobe. Releasing March 10 at NAKED.