JW Anderson x Converse Run Star Hike and Chuck 70

by Henrik Buzzi

Debuted on a London runway last fall and first released in February, the Converse x JW Anderson Run Hike has enjoyed instant interest due to its sleek combination of past and present aesthetics. The mash-up silhouette is now realized in black.

The  Converse x JW Anderson Grid — a staple since the beginning of this partnership —returns with a split application of the archival American Flag print. Introduced in 1991, this graphic appears again on a Chuck 70 canvas. This time it is enhanced by a JWA brand monogram grid base. Releasing at selected retailers worldwide on April 18.

Todd Snyder x New Balance 990 v3 "Dark Ale"

by Henrik Buzzi

The new, summer blend that embodies both Todd Snyder’s New York sensibility and his Mid-Western dedication to quality craftsmanship. Inspired by the caramel-colored 990 Pale Ale and dark complexion of the brew itself, this season's spirit is just as smooth -- a fresh, new drop of our crowd-pleaser.

Made in the USA and crafted with vegetable tanned leather, these running shoes age well. The chemical-free tanning process produces a natural patina that deepens with natural hues as time passes. Crafted with buttery beige suede and micro-mesh fabric, this running shoe is a perfect union of modern innovation and the traditions of classic cobbling. Lightweight and practical, the design also incorporates a carbon fiber spring plate and innovative Encap technology for unrivaled bounce, support, and cushion. The Todd Snyder x New Balance 990v3 is now avaialble at Todd Snyder.

AFEW x Fortuna x Mizuno Sky Medal "Heimat"

by Henrik Buzzi

Düsseldorf – Home of more than 600000 people, home of all cultures, home of the AFEW STORE. The city offers a multi-faceted population, a multicultural population, a cosmopolitan population. The big theme of this collaboration is “HEIMAT” Eng. Home.

AFEW are honored to take part in this project. Especially in current times, they want to show and represent a city and a family where every culture is welcome, where everyone lives together peacefully. And the best way to represent your hometown is to show it through your local sports club.

Therefore, AFEW teamed up with the Bundesliga football club Fortuna Düsseldorf and the Japanese sportswear brand Mizuno to design a sneaker, a football boot, a t-shirt and a fan scarf. All of these items have of course the colorway of the football club. To represent a multicultural Düsseldorf and its inhabitants properly, they create a graphic, where “HEIMAT” is written down in more than 30 different languages.

This “international Heimat” graphic is found on each collaboration item. In addition, they combine the AFEW and the Fortuna Düsseldorf Logo. The result is the AF95EW lettering. The F95 is Fortuna’s very own logo, which refers to their foundation in 1895. They also designed a graphic made of a “95” and a “12”. In football, the number “12” is meant for the supporters and fans. Releasing April 20 at AFEW. 

Jordan Retro 4 SE

by Henrik Buzzi

MJ's iconic shoe from 1989 is reinvented for modern wear! The women's Jordan Retro 4 is crafted out of a rich split-grain leather and nubuck upper with mesh quarter panels for added breathability. TPU eye stays help increase lockdown, and a heel pull-tab enables easy entry. Available now at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.

Fear of God x Nike Raid

by Henrik Buzzi

Jerry Lorenzo saw the Nike Air Raid for the first time as a high school sophomore when a fellow student came into class with it on. The shoe itself was an immediate object of desire. Lorenzo loved the gray and black color scheme, he said, and the nuances of the geometric patterns and the impact of the crossed straps. He noted there was a positive, pro-Black feeling about it. It was the first Nike shoe outside of Jordan he had an emotional connection to.

As the lead element of the second Nike Air Fear of God release, the Nike Air Fear of God Raid, extends the notion of spirit from the court to the larger cultural milieu around the game. It reminds that the aural and the visual are equally important in defining the tenor of time.

Because of that the Nike Air Raid is a perfect conduit for Lorenzo's design construct. Giving it new shape and new life doesn't recreate the past, it gives the present time an object of its own to with which to shepard the tone of this time. The second drop of Nike Air Fear of God follows Lorenzo's desire to honor Nike's historically strong design language through modern shape and proportion. The Nike Air Fear of God Raid releases April 27.

Shelflife x adidas Consortium ZX 4000

by Henrik Buzzi

Since it first came into being, adidas Consortium has been committed to bringing together partners, retailers and collectives who exemplify a unique, fearless approach to collaboration. Each new partnership offers up a creative new take on the iconic styles that adidas has developed over the decades. In doing so they shine an entirely new light on the sportswear brand’s high-performance technologies and commitment to craftsmanship.

Dating back to 2006 when there was little to no sneaker culture in South Africa, and a hard time to find anything in the market, Shelflife was born. Gradually over the years building up a scene and pioneering the way in South Africa. Shelflife launched and celebrated even the most basic of silhouettes starting at ground level, and working our way up. Side by side the entire journey with local artists, musicians and graffiti artists, telling the brands story, making us locally relevant and educating the customer. This formed a strong platform to grow.

Applying this very concept: a strong base, a strong heritage, using everything local that inspires us from textiles, diversity, fabrics and materials, we have built up in many layers the Shelflife ZX4000, not only to be our own, but taking something monumentally strong, and telling our story to be locally and globally relevant.

Taking on the formidable heritage of the adidas ZX running shoe series, we bring their own eye-catching approach to a new iteration of the ZX4000 model.  Viewed straight-on from the outside, the Shelflife version is defined by its understated use of luxurious greyscale nubuck and woven fabric underlays that evoke the historic craftsmanship of the retailers’ home country. On foot and in action however, the medial side of the shoe is revealed, showcasing a colorful, jacquard-printed panel. The adidas Consortium x Shelflife ZX 4000 drops April 13 at Shelflife.

Footpatrol x Converse ‘Jack Purcell & CT 70 Hi’

by Henrik Buzzi

This Spring, Footpatrol partnered with Converse to present a vintage take on collegiate sportswear, referencing iconic American sports for two interpretations of Converse’s most celebrated silhouettes – the Chuck 70 and Jack Purcell. 

As two sneakers that enjoy a history in sport and have since been adopted across cultures. They each feature a multi-panel construction, and are crafted in colors and textures emblematic of an authentic collegiate aesthetic. The collection draws direct inspiration from off-court basketball and sportswear apparel worn by coaches and players. The aim is to underscore what it means to be a team player in many aspects of life.

The Chuck 70, a modern ode to the Chuck Taylor All-Star, is constructed with an asymmetrical loopback fleece and satin paneled upper that resembles warm up apparel. As a silhouette with deliberate nuances and acute attention to detail, it hosts hidden discovery elements, such as its contrast silver eyelets, which nod to the popper fastenings found on coach jackets, and a transparent graphic basketball outsole, which pays homage to the shoe’s sport history.

Similarly, the Jack Purcell, originally released as a badminton shoe in 1933, features an asymmetrical upper with loopback and wool materials. The build is reminiscent of the construction of a varsity jacket with leather hints and pops of color and hosts the ever-recognizable ‘smile’ on the toecap, a quintessential feature of the silhouette. Releasing April 6 at Footpatrol.

adidas Trimm Trab

by Henrik Buzzi

It's by no means a stretch to say that the City of Liverpool and the adidas Trimm Trab are intrinsically linked. There's no shortage of accounts and local tales as to why there's such a bond between the two. Here's a brief insight into why the Trimm Trab is such a hit with the Merseyside faithful as well as a look at adidas's latest creation paying homage to the city of Liverpool.

Genesis, 1975, the Reds have clinched their first trophy under manager Bob Paisley; the first division title. Queen release Bohemian Rhapsody and the adidas Trimm Trab rolls off factory lines and onto the feet of keen European joggers. Originally launched as a multi-purpose training shoe it wasn't long before the emerging 'casual' movement caught onto the style whilst abroad following their clubs in Europe. Perhaps the most iconic story surrounding the Trimm Trab and Liverpool is that of legendary local sports store owner Robert Wade Smith. Who ventured to the continent to buy up as many Trimm Trabs as he could get his hands on to supply the ever-increasing demand back home on Merseyside.

The Trabs quickly became a scene staple and cemented itself as a classic in the adidas line up. Its appeal spread from the North West of England, appearing on the feet of discerning dressers on the terraces the length and breadth of the country. Perhaps the biggest testament to the Trimm Trab's impact on local culture and a sign of its enduring charm is the fact these Trabs have transcended their humble training shoe roots to become part of the Liverpudlian lexicon.

For April 2019, adidas are inspired by the relationship between Liverpool and the Trimm Trab and were treated to two colourways in bright shades, each a doff of the cap to your favourite Merseyside sporting institution. Nubuck covers the upper with adidas signature gold foil lettering proudly calling out the Trimm Trab name. White leather overlays on the Stripes and heel tab provide a sharp contrast while the coordinates 53⁰ 26’ 07.5”N 2⁰ 57’39.1”W are embossed in collar lining of each shoe leading to the centre of Stanley Park, Liverpool. Releasing April 13 at selected retailers such as Hanon.

Saucony Azura “Neo Tokyo”

by Henrik Buzzi

Originally released in 1988, the Saucony Azura is back just in time to celebrate its 30th anniversary. A lightweight, fast runner, the Saucony Azura returns in its original colorway that features an upper made of 100% organic, synthetic micro-suede, with the original torsional rigidity bar in place as well. Available now at selected retialers such as Sneaker Politics.

OVERKILL x adidas Consortium ZX 10.000 C “Game Overkill”

by Henrik Buzzi

The adidas Consortium ZX 10.000 C “GAME OVERKILL” is a tribute to the 90s – the decade that has shaped OVERKILL’s team the most. The influences for this model are definitely from our childhood, because the game consoles of the 90s have attained cult status and OVERKILL wanted to take up this theme in order to awaken memories that everyone carries within them from this time. When the first consoles came onto the market, we sat in front of them for hours and every long drive on holiday became a pure pleasure. While the 90’s were very fashionable for us, electronic music also played a big role, which is reflected in many beats of various games and all these influences are symbolic for our childhood.

Thematically inspired by a well-known handheld console, which was as important then as it is today, the OVERKILL team have oriented themselves to its design elements. Because Team Overkill is a huge fan of the pocket console, the design idea for the “GAME OVERKILL” was born. Unlike their first ZX 10.000 C model, the “I CAN IF I WANT”, this time they didn’t focus on the retro running look of the running shoes that were popular in the 90s. Releasing April 6 at OVERKILL.

Air Jordan I x Nike SB

by Henrik Buzzi

When it released in 1985, the Air Jordan I challenged all prior signature shoe conventions. The colors (some not-so-rules friendly), the swagger, the athlete — it all contributed to a seismic shift for Nike and for the athletic footwear industry at large. In the years following its debut, the Air Jordan I also took on an unintended legacy, that of iconic skateboard shoe.

The silhouette’s high collar and Air cushioning were well-suited for the era's Vert skaters. Its color range also attracted a group of skateboarders who were helping to define street skating. A cameo video appearance on the feet of Lance Mountain in 1987 more or less solidified the Air Jordan I as a skate classic. And from then, even when it wasn’t the shoe being worn, it was often the shoe that inspired what was being made.

This season, Jordan Brand celebrates this history in skateboarding culture with a range of Air Jordan I lows and highs. The collection is highlighted by a collaborative effort with Nike SB on two Air Jordan I highs that pay homage to important locales in the respective histories of Jordan Brand and skateboarding — Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Both of the Air Jordan I x Nike SB colorways are designed to age beautifully and reveal a gorgeous underlay with consistent use. The Air Jordan I Lows will be available starting April 1 and the Air Jordan I High x Nike SB colorways release May 25.

END. x adidas Consortium Terrex Agravic XT

by Henrik Buzzi

Colliding the outdoors movement with innovative technologies, END. joins adidas on its first journey into heat-reactivity with their collaborative take on the Terrex Agravic XT. Dubbed ‘Thermochromic’ the trail-ready runner delivers on both form and function for a pioneering expression of contemporary athletic ideals.

Tooled up with an EVA midsole for cushioning, sock-like support, and a Continental Rubber outsole for all-conditions grip, the sneaker delivers the custom specification of the Terrex Agravic XT silhouette, for the first time applying Thermochromic color-changing technology, designed to let the wearer know when they’re performing at their best. With uppers crafted in a tech-focused material palette of neoprene and mesh, the sneaker is finished with reflective stripe accents and TPU overlays for structure and support.

Shifting from a stealth black base to the red-hot glow of embers when the wearer gets warmed up, the sneaker’s heat reactive panelling combines contemporary trail DNA with premium curb-appeal. Built in a primarily black palette, with pops of color across the upper and Continental outsole, the sneaker is trail-ready design with a street state of mind.

Arriving in a bespoke collector’s box with END. exclusive trail-runner laces, the sneaker features co-branded details throughout. Raffle is now open at END.Launches

Packer x Reebok Aztrek

by Henrik Buzzi

The Reebok Aztrek by Packer is an exercise in subtle simplicity — applying the shoe with a greyscale wash that allows the lines and shapes of the design to come to life through tones and textures.

Originally introduced in 1993 as an all-purpose, all-surface runner, the Aztrek has aged like fine wine. Conceptualized by renowned footwear designer, Christian Tresser, the contours of the shoe maintain a bold balance between aggressive and elegant — a feat we sought to amplify with Packer’s collaborative take on the silhouette. Contrasting shades of grey premium suede and pigskin come together with OG mesh underlays and reflective 3M accents to present the Aztrek through an alternate aesthetic lens that completely reimagines what the shoe can be. Releasing at packer Shoes om March 15.

Missing Link x Nike Air Max Susan

by Henrik Buzzi

Mr. Link, the protagonist of LAIKA's new film, "Missing Link," is the inspiration behind the latest collaboration between Nike and the animation studio. In the story, Mr. Link, a lovable creature, supports Sir Lionel Frost, the world's greatest monster chaser, on a globetrotting adventure to find a remnant of Mr. Link’s primitive ancestry. The Missing Link x Nike Air Max Susan, designed by Nike VP of Advanced Concepts, Tinker Hatfield, and former animator Michael Berger, translates the materials and textures of Mr. Link's plaid suit, created by LAIKA costume designer Deborah Cook, to a Nike Air Max 1.

Production of the Missing Link x Nike Air Max Susan and its unique elements benefit from a blend of LAIKA's specialty in 3D printing (the company was awarded a Scientific and Engineering Oscar® plaque for its innovation in 3D printing in 2016) and Nike's rapid prototyping. The team also used LAIKA's Stratasys PolyJet-based 3D printing solutions to create an exclusive pair of the Missing Link x Nike Air Max Susan for Mr. Link. The Missing Link x Nike Air Max Susan releases April 9 at selected retailers worldwide.

New Balance 1500 30th Anniversary

by Henrik Buzzi

Few silhouettes are as iconic as the New Balance 1500. The understated runner provides the perfect blend of aesthetic and function, and has become synonymous with the New Balance brand.

First introduced in 1989 as part of the now widely known ‘Made in England’ range which (as the name would suggest) is produced and manufactured entirely in Flimby, England. Despite 30 years worth of technical advances the approach to creating the NB1500 hasn’t changed. Each pair is still handmade by a team of over 200 dedicated and expert staff at the New Balance factory, just off the coast of Cumbria.

Combine this human touch, and the attention to detail that comes with it, with the clean and timeless look of the shoe itself and it’s easy to see why it’s had such longevity. The 1500 has transcended the running subculture and has been adopted by everyone, from hardcore sneakerheads to indie kids, drawn to the shoe’s retro aesthetic.

To celebrate the shoe’s 30th anniversary New Balance have reissued the classic navy blue color-way of the 1500 and introduced a brand new silhouette, the 1530. Featuring the same basic aesthetic as the 1500 combine with elevated technology and a subtle redesign, the 1530 is the perfect modern homage to a classic. The 1530 comes dressed in the inverse color-way of the OG 1500, making the parallels between the two all the more apparent. Available now at selected retaielrs such as Footpatrol.

Karhu “Catch of the day” pack

by Henrik Buzzi

Following on from last month’s aptly named ‘monthless’ pack Karhu are back with their latest assortment of archive runners, drawing inspiration from Karhu’s early days selling fishing tackle to keen Finnish anglers.

Consisting of two Synchron Classics, two Fusion 2.0’s & a solo Aria the pack takes its color palette from vintage Karhu fishing waders & vintage fishing rods with color pops inspired by bright and bold fishing lures. Each shoe in the ‘Catch of the day’ pack features a mix of soft pigskin suede that’s boldly color blocked across the three upper patterns, with portions of Karhu’s signature nylon mesh offering a contrasting texture and color. Signing off the Angling themed pack is a special edition footbed with a Karhu fishing tackle all over print. The Karhu ‘Catch of the day’ pack drops 07.03 at selected retailers such as hanon.

Vans Highland ‘Yukiko’ – size? Exclusive

by Henrik Buzzi

Referencing Japanese anime, Size? teamed up with Californian skatewear icons Vans to deliver a colorful collaboration. This time they’ve put their creative spin on the brand’s classic Highland silhouette, delivering the ‘Yukiko’.

Similarly, the creative spark of anime was set alight across the US during the ‘60s. Hailing from Japan, the iconic Astro Boy cartoon made its debut on 1st January 1963 and introduced the colorful, otherworldly genre to a whole new continent of fans. Highly-influential, the animated series would go on to inspire many of the well-known anime series we know and love today, be it Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, or Yu-Gi-Oh! So how better to honour the decade than creating an anime-inspired Vans silhouette, fusing the two creative forces into one colorful design.

Size? limited edition ‘Yukiko’ (or ゆきこ in Japanese) Highland shoe takes its title from the popular Japanese girl’s name. Loosely translating into “Happy Child” in English, the vibrant pair draws influence from the colorful hues found at cosplay events around the globe. For those who don’t know, the practice of cosplay is where anime and manga fans dress up as their beloved Japanese characters, sporting highly detailed decorative costumes. Infusing the Highland with this imaginative flair, the pair’s low profile uppers are cut from blue suede, offset by pops of patent pink leather to the midfoot side stripe. Further pink bursts paint the pairs padded lining, granting enhancing protection to your ankles when on the board. A slight deviation from the pairs usual detailing, this luxury version is tooled up with a cushioned exposed foam tongue for a deconstructed aesthetic, while white stitching is used throughout for stark contrast from the tonal background.

Other key features include Vans vintage ‘Off The Wall’ cotton labelling to the tongue, a new flexible cupsole, and an UltraCush drop-in sockliner to grant elevated support and comfort. Finally, detailed perforations feature across the uppers to keep your feet cool when on the move. The size? exclusive Vans Highland ‘Yukiko’ will release March 8.

Nite Jogger Sneakersnstuff Exclusive

by Henrik Buzzi

The adidas Originals Nite Jogger dates back to the late ’70s. Debuting as a running sneaker designed for runners that ran during dawn and dusk, which explains the Nite Jogger moniker. For 2019, adidas Originals is rebooting the silhouette with a more modern look. SNS takes this thinking and positions the model in the heart of New York City club (night) life. Linking with legendary NYC club curator, Oscar 1992 to piece together fits to compliment the Nite Jogger's bold colorway. The silhouette consist of an upper constructed using a nylon ripstop with reflective detailing on the lacing, 3-stripes, heel patch and highlight overlays. Outside of the bold colors, the mesh panelling, suede overlays and a full-length Boost sole complete the style. The adidas Originals Nite Jogger exclusive to Sneakersnstuff releases March 9. The RAFFLE is now open.

Emotionally Unavailable x Nike Air Force 1

by Henrik Buzzi

Emotionally Unavailable was a lighthearted partnership founded by Edison Chen and KB Lee in 2014. Teaming up with Nike og the AF1. The silhouette and material (canvas to nod to the Nike Vandal, which Lee recalls first thinking was an AF1) represent the designers' roots and relationship with Nike. "Growing up in Korea, the canvas Air Force One is a universal shoe. Hip-hop heads wore it. Skaters wore it. It covered multiple subcultures," says Lee. "It also just looks cool because it wears down so well." The shoe is intended to be well-loved — which will become evident through a beautiful patina. The zippered gusset makes it easy to take on and off and also helps form Emotionally Unavailable's recognizable heart logo. Releasing March 14 at selected retailers.

Nike Air Zoom Alpha OG

by Henrik Buzzi

Originally released in 1996, the Nike Zoom Alpha was the first shoe to use Zoom Air technology. With a Zoom Air unit that runs from the heel to the forefoot, it delivers the same aesthetic and feel as the original. The inception of Zoom Air, the slim Air bag that utilized tensile fibers, allowed Nike to experiment with creating a zonal platform of cushioning that would be applied in relation to the specific needs of a sport.

For the first-ever running shoe powered by this new innovation, Nike chose to create tactically arranged pods of Zoom in four anatomically urgent zones, creating a unique support system that would later inform the future iterations of Air technology.  The silhouette is making its first-ever return in its original navy and orange colorway, you may recognize the midsole due to the proliferation of Zoom Spiridon models that have appeared over the last year and a half, but it is indeed the Alpha that is the original of the two of this design. Releasing February 28 at selected retailers such as Footpatrol.