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.


Naked x Nike P-6000

by Henrik Buzzi


Borrowing design codes from the 00s, the P-6000 is a unique fusion of Nike’s Pegasus 2006 and Pegasus 25 models. This sneaker comes with an eye-catching reflective leather and mesh upper, with distinct vertical neon-yellow overlays and a patent Swoosh. A Cushion midsole and waffle outsole complete this vibrant, vintage-flavored model.

This striking Naked-exclusive colorway was inspired by the underground techno scene which exists in our native hometown, Copenhagen. To commemorate the launch of the P-6000, we have partnered with Nike to present a high- octane campaign shot in a futuristic wasteland. Equipped with just a motorbike between them, an effervescent couple find themselves scrapping amongst chalk precipices and translucent pools. The shoe will be available exclusively at naked April 27.


Y-3 RUNNER 4D II

by Henrik Buzzi


This spring, Y-3 advances the iconic Y-3 RUNNER 4D, presenting the shoe’s new bone-white midsole, which is crafted with the latest evolution of ADIDAS 4D technology. Inspired by the ALPHAEDGE 4D midsole, it evolves the breakthrough properties of ADIDAS 4D and features a wider foot bed and a thicker, higher midsole for greater multi-directional stability; higher energy return in specific areas for more powerful bursts of movement; and a new Continental rubber outsole for improved grip on any surface. This evolution cements the daringly futuristic Y-3 RUNNER 4D II as the vanguard of contemporary sneaker design.

Leveraging adidas’ extensive archive of computational athletic data, ADIDAS 4D is a high-performance midsole crafted with light and oxygen using Digital Light Synthesis™ printing technology. The Y-3 RUNNER 4D II features uppers comprised of a white double-layer knit, which further increases stability in the lower part of the shoe. The inner layer is woven with the adidas 3-stripe motif and bears the Yohji Yamamoto logo at its center. In a clever design feat, both layers are connected by a lightweight, ultra-strength cording made of high tensile. A synthesis of form and function, this distinct cording defines the new aesthetic language of the Y-3 RUNNER 4D II and simultaneously provides the shoe’s lacing system. This yields a confident new expression of the ADIDAS 4D vision. A limited quantity of the Y-3 RUNNER 4D II will launch on May 2 on www.y-3.com and in a selection of Y-3 flagship stores and retailers worldwide.


AMBUSH® x Nike Air Max 180

by Henrik Buzzi


Mytheresa will launch one of the highly anticipated co-branded creations of sportswear brand Nike, with talented Japanese designer Yoon Ambush. The collaboration introduces a remastered version of the Nike Air Max 180 sneaker, known for its cult status and sleek aesthetic, with the signature low-slung neoprene upper and large tongue. The new style has a high-top upper made of synthetic material, features a black zipper in place of the laces, and comes in two classic colorways; black and white. The AMBUSH x Nike collection will be available globally on Mytheresa from April 26th


Nike x AMBUSH® Air Max 180

by Henrik Buzzi


Starting from 2018 Holiday season, AMBUSH®’s designer YOON and Nike launched the Nike x AMBUSH® Collection with products that suit new modern lifestyle. The Nike x AMBUSH® Air Max 180 drops on April 27 at selected retailers worldwide.


Nike Blazer Mid '77 VTNG WE

by Henrik Buzzi


Nike’s first basketball shoe was worn by some of the greatest players on the court during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Since then, the Nike Blazer has been updated with various colorways and materials and this latest iteration refreshes the classic silhouette with a canvas upper for modern style. Available now at selected retailers such as Sneaker Politics.


Nike Air Force 1 07' Premium 3 "Pale Ivory"

by Henrik Buzzi


Nike presents a premium rendition of their iconic Air Force 1, featuring an all over floral design. This new take on a classic kicks off with a jacquard upper that features exterior stitching and tonal patterning, that features Nike's signature Swoosh scattered throughout the floral design. Within the signature bulky midsole is a Nike Air Unit providing optimum comfort and support. Additional features include embroidered logos on the tongue and heel along with the traditional "Air" branding by the heel. Available now at selected retailers such as Feature.