Dragonball Z x adidas Originals

by Henrik Buzzi

adidas announce their latest collection celebrating the legendary global anime series Dragonball Z. With three of the most iconic battles re-imagined in sneaker form, the collaboration features seven silhouettes from the adidas Originals roster, carefully chosen to represent the characteristics of the heroes and villains to which they refer. First up is "Frieza" & "Son Goku" head to head. Deploying the latest adidas Yung 1 & ZX500 RM silhouettes. Each shoe is crafted to authentically pay homage to the character. Releasing September 28 at selected retailers such as hanon.

Packer x adidas Consortium EQT ’91

by Henrik Buzzi

When the adidas Equipment line first launched in 1991, its goal was to be “Everything that’s essential. Nothing that’s not,” and that included a very minimal approach to color. The initial EQT line-up is best remembered for its running silhouettes and their instantly recognizable white/green color scheme — a look that went against the grain by shifting the focus strictly to performance rather than relying on the bright color applications that dominated footwear trends at the time.

But the EQT line meant much more than running, as it covered the gamut of footwear categories and athletic needs. One of the true high-points of the early EQT output was the “Adventure Equipment” line, featuring a full range of rugged outdoor footwear options that not only demonstrated the versatility of the brand’s new direction, but also introduced a wider spectrum of colors and materials. The Packer x adidas EQT ’91 celebrates the classic EQT Adventure palettes by taking color cues from archive models to create an homage to this seminal era of adidas footwear. The shoe features a combination of premium suedes and leather complemented by heavy duty mesh and technical synthetics. Limited to only 250 pairs and available exclusively at Packer on September 22.

Footpatrol x adidas Consortium 4D

by Henrik Buzzi

CONSORTIUM4D is a concept shaped by light, liquid and oxygen. Combining the worlds of the natural and the technological to birth a shoe unlike any other. Featuring the world’s first high performance midsole crafted with light, liquid and oxygen. Its single component design is precisely tuned for controlled energy return, providing lasting cushioning and stability for any activity. Pioneered by carbon this breakthrough 3D printing process transforms liquids into solids.

The adidas Consortium 4D / Footpatrol shoe draws inspiration from the theory of colour harmony. Using the colour wheel as a guide during the design process, FP selected an array of tertiary and secondary shades of green that blends harmoniously in a knit construction. The three-stripe Adidas branding features on both the medial and lateral panels of the shoe, screen printed in White on the medial and Black on the opposing lateral. Embroidered thread is stitch in a block form overlapping the knitted upper and synthetic suede heel counter. The Footpatrol Gasmark logo is situated on the embroidered Consortium label loop and heel of the footbed. The shoe is completed using a Continental rubber outsole for added traction. Releasing September 21 at Footpatrol.

Livestock x adidas Consortium

by Henrik Buzzi

Livestock’s collaborative history with adidas stretches back to September of 2008, when they released the adidas Consortium x Livestock ZX 450. The relationship has continued as the years pass, coming together to design the Livestock Pureboost ZG, and the Samba in 2016. Marking ten years since that first Consortium collaboration, the upcoming adidas Consortium x Livestock Ultra Tech GTX and Terrex Skychaser are crafted to reflect their lifestyle and surrounding. More information about this release coming soon.  

Overkill x Reebok Classic Club C 85 “Berlin 1985“

by Henrik Buzzi

Introduced in 1985 of the legendary Reebok Club C 85 is the source of inspiration for the first collaboration work between Reebok Classic x OVERKILL. Referring to their team members memories of East Berlin in the 80s OVERKILL put a lot of love into details.

Starting with different inlays which are strongly influenced by the colorful pattern mix trending at that time. Inspired by the characteristic designs of wallpapers tablecloths or floor patterns all together they recreate a typical living room atmosphere. The processing of a butter-soft upper leather with its ivory shades is as on fleek with color trends of mid-80s, as the green corduroy from which the tongue is made. “Berlin 1985” in the heel area, or the embossed co-branding on the upper and the woven tongue label OVERKILL is restaging the vibe of former East Berlin. Based on the well known sector signs that lined the streets during Berlin’s division, the labels on the insoles indicate when you are leaving or entering the “Sector Overkill“.

On the tonal lace-keepers made out of soft rubber you can read the pun „Bückware“. In the former GDR Bückware stood for strictly limited and barely accessible “hot goods“ which were often traded only beneath the counter. To revive that feeling OVERKILL is hosting their first extern and global exclusive release combined with a GDR theme party at Klub der Republik, an old-established club in East Berlin. Not only the use of contemporary materials and associations from East Berlin underline the authenticity of the project. Especially the special GDR boxing is: A tawny flap box in which the silhouette is wrapped in a then classic, loose-knit shopping bag. Releasing exclusively at OVERKILL on September 23.

Sneakersnstuff x adidas NMD_R1 PK “Datamosh 2.0”

by Henrik Buzzi

Sneakersnstuff are proud to announce the follow up release of the 2017 critically acclaimed Datamosh Pack with adidas Originals. The second rendition of the pack, Datamosh 2.0, is inspired by the technology known as datamoshing - a process of data corrupting and manipulating where moving images are being moshed together to achieve visual effects. Releasing September 22 at Sneakersnstuff.

UNDERCOVER x Nike React Element 87

by Henrik Buzzi

Tokyo native and seasoned Nike partner and collaborator Jun Takahashi has long been revered as one of fashion’s most influential designers; his eponymous clothing label UNDERCOVER has been a staple of cool-kid closets since he founded the brand in 1990. Takahashi first partnered with Nike in 2010, and since then the fashion icon has added his touch to several Nike staples, including his renowned Nike Running partnership, Gyakusou. For his latest collaboration, Takahashi brings his unique UNDERCOVER irreverence to the Nike React Element 87.

Debuted on the UNDERCOVER runway at Paris Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2018, the Nike React Element 87 x UNDERCOVER takes inspiration from heritage running shoes like the Nike Internationalist, adds reflective and transparent details and places it all on Nike React foam. Signature UNDERCOVER branding and a whimsical dose of color bring fresh dimension to a bold design. The Nike React Element 87 x Undercover is available September 13.

Air Jordan 18 Retro Premium

by Henrik Buzzi

Originally released in 2003, the Air Jordan XVIII was designed to encapsulate nearly every theme that had inspired the signature line, including sports cars, Italian craftsmanship and all-around luxury. Now it returns in a rich suede build, sporting embroidery on the shroud that touts its internal Nike color code. Releasing 15. September at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.

Mark McNairy x Diadora Camaro Camo

by Henrik Buzzi

Italian brand Diadora Heritage partners for the first time with Marc McNairy, the American fashion designer known for his complete devotion to craftsmanship. McNairy’s iconic combination of fresh Californian style and bold military mood meets Diadora Heritage classics and the brand’s exquisite savoir-faire for a collaboration that pivots on capturing the strongest elements of both.

The Camaro, a retro-running sneaker first created in 1985, has been reinterpreted by Mark McNairy using Cordura nylon on both quarter and vamp, in McNairy’s original camo print pattern. The reinforcement is in premium suede. Prior to assembly with an original Vibram molded EVA sole, the upper undergoes a stone washing treatment. Utmost attention to detail is represented by the number 19 on the backtab of the left shoe; as for the number 85 on the right shoe, it’s a nod to the year the shoe first appeared in the Diadora catalog. Lastly, the logos of both brands are shown on the leather insole and on the tongue, along with the “Veni Vidi Vici” payoff. Releasing September 13 at selected retailers such as hanon. 

Afew x KangaROOS Coil R1 “Mighty Forest”

by Henrik Buzzi

The KangaROOS Coil R1 “Mighty Forest” is a handcrafted sneaker Made in Germany. The upper is made of premium calf suede and calf leather. The lining contains a mix of materials, namely mesh and leather.And with the anti-bacterial, breathable and lightweight leather insole, your feet will stay air-cooled and fresh. The premium materials in combination with the NASA tested Dynacoil cushioning system make this sneaker a true premium product. And because it is made by KangaROOS, it features, of course, the famous pocket in the tongue. It comes in a Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) certificate wooden box. Limited to just 300 pairs . For each sold shoe, Afew will plant 10 Trees together with Plant-for-the-Planet. Releasing September 15 at Afew.

ACRONYM® x Nike Air Presto Mid

by Henrik Buzzi

First released in 2016, the Acronym x Nike Air Presto Mid echos designer Errolson Hugh's utility-focused ethos. The zippered collar allows for easy on-off functionality, while the classic mesh upper and midfoot overlays evolve the support structure of the original 2000 Presto.

For the second trio of Acronym x Nike Air Presto Mid releases, Hugh pulls a bold tech-inspired color and graphic scheme. This gives the silhouette a new twist, and one connected to the current "visual projects" Hugh is undertaking by twisting his brand's signature "A" into a camouflage pattern (similar to what was employed on the recent VaporMax Moc 2 x ACRONYM®). Releasing at selected retailers on September 20.

Footpatrol x Highs and Lows for Reebok Classics “Common Youth”

by Henrik Buzzi

London based footwear store Footpatrol travel down under to begin a partnership with Perth based retailer Highs and Lows. This is the first partnership between the two brands who together touch on the common differences between the U.K and Australia between the late 80s to the early 90s.

The project titled ‘Common Youth’ comes from the childhood experiences of Matt Thomas (founder & creative director of sneaker boutique HAL). As a teenager Matt travelled from Australia to England visiting family members whilst noticing the similarities between Australian and British youth culture. Looking back to this era we’ve worked together on two iconic silhouettes the Reebok Classic Leather Clip – a rendition of the Classic Leather originally released in the 1980s, and the Phase One Pro, introduced into the market in the mid 80’s.

Both silhouettes feature White premium vintage leather uppers to resonate that of the era. The Burgundy and Navy accents seen throughout both models reference the colours of the British & Australian passport, with the additional Metallic Gold details completing the look. Dual branded logos feature throughout with a unique tongue label featuring a custom designed Lion & Kangaroo Commonwealth crest around the Reebok Classic logo.

The Reebok Classic features a full premium leather upper combined with navy vector stripes and cream overlays. Signature crest logo on the Burgundy tongue tab as well as Gold lace eyelets. Further details include dual branded logos on the Navy leather footbed and a Silver heel counter. A mixture of Navy and Burgundy on the outsole completes the shoe. Additional two sets of flat laces (White with Navy aglets / Cream with Burgundy aglets) are included.

The Reebok Phase One Pro upper is dressed in a mixture of premium vintage leather along with Cream nubuck overlays. Reebok’s signature crest logo on the tongue tab done in Navy and Gold. Detailing includes a Gold dual branded logo lock up on the heel, heel counter in Silver as well as a repeat logo pull tab throughout the tongue. Additional two sets of flat laces (White with Navy aglets / Cream with Burgundy aglets) are included. The Footpatrol / HAL ‘Common Youth’ collection releases August 24. at Footpatrol and HAL. 

adidas Originals ‘Acid House’ Pack – size? Exclusive

by Henrik Buzzi

The Smiley Face’s position within Acid House culture is largely down to DJ Danny Rampling, who adopted the emblem after a chance encounter with a fashion designer on a night out, covered in pin badges with the vibrant grin printed on them. Featuring on flyers and membership cards for his night ‘Shoom’, it would soon go on to become THE signifying logo of an era.

A reconfigured version of the original Falcon Dorf training shoe from 1997, the updated Yung-1 is strikingly accurate in appearance as far as retro-releases go, albeit with a few branding tweaks that take the shoe away from the performance category and bring it into the Originals family. The new Falcon takes the DNA from the family of the same name, and updates it again for 2018 with alterations to the shapes and lines on the upper. Both shoes sit on the same classic Torsion midsole unit as seen on the original model back in the 90’s.

Consisting of a Yung-1 and Falcon, the themed colorway of the pack centres around the ‘Smiley Face’, a central representation of the Acid House culture through a simple two-color icon. Adding a small but significant brand detail to the release, the smiley face printed on the insole of each pair is that of ‘Trimmy’, a character used by the German Sports Confederation for a fitness initiative throughout the 1970’s, designed to encourage the country to get moving.

The uppers on each pair feature similar material selections throughout, with the Yung-1 featuring soft flat suede, nubuck and soft mesh, and the Falcon utilising nubuck, mesh, and a touch of black leather on the heel panel. The same three key colors are interpreted differently over the pack; A bright, bold yellow accented by hits of black and white covers the Yung-1, and the Falcon takes on a more toned down approach to the palette, with the majority color being white, with yellow and black featuring minimally throughout. The size? Exclusive adidas Originals ‘Acid House’ Pack releases August 24 at Size?

PSNY x Nike Air Force 1

by Henrik Buzzi

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne are no strangers to fusing seemingly disparate elements of street and high fashion. Their brand, the award-winning Public School, is predicated on the energy of their hometown, New York City, and its style diversity. Born from this environment, the duo's interpretation of fashion includes recognizing a few tried-and true-standards, like Nike's 1982 classic, the Air Force One.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the AF1 last year, Chow and Osborne created an all-new high version of the shoe by deconstructing low, mid and high models and using the unaltered pattern parts to reconstruct their own vision of the icon. That shoe, the PSNY AF1, will launch in three colorways (black, white and grey) at PSNY's pop-up space on 3 Howard Street, New York, on September 4. A global release follows on September 5.

Air Jordan I Hi OG NRG

by Henrik Buzzi

The Air Jordan I Hi OG NRG colorway takes inspiration from professional BMX rider and Nike, Inc. family member, Nigel Sylvester. Serving as his go-to riding shoe, Nigel’s AJ1s are often seen with heavy distress marks created during the trial and error part of mastering tricks.

This pair mimics those marks with distressing done by hand on a discolored Sail, white, Varsity Red and Muslin colorway. For the medial Swoosh, a reflective material is employed to provide a flashing effect while night riding. Within the inner collar of the shoe is the designation "Jordan Biking Co., Est. 2017," which signifies the year the project was kicked off. Finally, the heel exhibits scuff marks reminiscent of the abrasions on Nigel’s old AJ1s.In addition to those elements, the shoe features a mini Swoosh on the lateral toe box and a deconstructed lateral Swoosh and Wings logos. The shoe releases late August.

HANON x hummel "Standing Only" Football Pack

by Henrik Buzzi

This August HANON is proud to join forces with Danish sportswear brand hummel to launch the ‘Standing Only’ footwear and apparel pack inspired by terrace culture. ‘Standing Only’ pays homage to the part-time and lower league football clubs in Scotland, shining a light on grassroots football, which plays a huge part of the cultural fabric of the UK.

Both brands draw inspiration for this pack from three teams within the Scottish Highland League; Huntly FC, Forres Mechanics FC and Rothes FC, all of which are situated in the North East of Scotland, where HANON is based.

Each shoe and jersey draws inspiration from the kit colors associated with the retrospective teams. Huntly FC’s away kit colors are reimagined on the hummel Super Trimm in a strong blue suede with a dark black sole unit. Rothes FC’s team colors are depicted on the hummel Marathona using full grain leather in black and white with light grey suede panels and bright orange pops. The final team, Forres Mechanics FC’s colors are reflected in the hummel HB Team, a golden yellow full grain leather and super soft pigskin suede upper, sat atop a dark gum sole unit. All three styles come with dual branded hummel x HANON detailing including a specially designed box to coincide with each team release. Three jerseys will also be available for each team to correspond with each sneaker release. For the first release, which is the HANON x hummel Super Trimm releases by raffle August 18. 

adidas Originals = Pharrell Williams Solar HU Collection

by Henrik Buzzi

adidas link up with long time collaborator Pharrell Williams once again for new takes on the NMD HU style.  The Pair draw inspiration from East Africa for the capsule collection consisting of three HU NMD's. All with East African inspired patterns and motifs throughout. The adidas originals Solar Hu Collection releases August 17 at selected retailers such as hanon.

Nike Air Swoopes II

by Henrik Buzzi

When Nike’s Air Swoopes dropped in 1995, Sheryl Swoopes became the first woman to get a signature Nike basketball shoe and the second athlete behind Michael Jordan to have an eponymous model. In the late ’90s, Swoopes and Nike also lead the charge in women’s sports advocacy. Through TV spots and print ads, Swoopes encouraged young girls to be proud of their strength and athleticism.

Even now, the iconic athlete gets emotional thinking back to what the Swoopes II meant to a nascent women’s sports movement. “It feels surreal to know that I had my own shoe,” says Swoopes. “I look at where the game is today, and how far we as female athletes, as women, have come — and how much work we still have to do just to be appreciated. I feel like now is such an important time for women and female athletes everywhere.” Today, as ’90s pop and basketball culture make a comeback, Nike will pay homage to the era with a new series of retro female footwear, and the Swoopes II will be the first silhouette rereleased. With it, new generations of women can connect to the sport through Sheryl Swoopes’ incredible story. Coming soon to a store near you.

Premier x Nike SB Dunk High "Win some/Lose some"

by Henrik Buzzi

The thing about odds is they are rarely in your favor, and under normal circumstances losers walk away with nothing. Premier teamed up with Nike SB to offer an alternate outcome: win or lose, you’ll still walk away with the shoes on your feet. The “Win Some / Lose Some” Dunk High features a rich vachetta tan and white leather upper, a gold flaked translucent under sole and flat laces with gold metal tips in addition to the standard SB round laces. Gold foil stamps appear on the co-branded leather tongue tag, leather insole and hidden beneath the lace flaps.

The real hidden detail lies beneath the swoosh itself. While the vast majority of the swooshes will wear away to reveal a gold security pattern, some select pairs worldwide will feature a limited edition alternate swoosh with a co-branded pattern.  There is no additional prize if you receive one of the alternate swooshes, however you will be the owner of a very limited pair of Dunk Highs.  Each pair comes packaged inside a sealed, co-branded rigid box containing a foiled sticker pack and a lucky gold coin in a velvet pouch. Releasing August 18 at Premier.

Nike React Element 87

by Henrik Buzzi

The Nike React didn't actually hit the ground running. In its first form—this form—it was designed for casual wear, pure and simple. The React Element 87 is the official debut of the original technology, the one that took comfort to the cutting edge. Its super-soft sole has been optimised for the urban commute—proof that innovation can walk before it runs.