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.


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.