adidas Consortium Gardening Club collection

by Henrik Buzzi


The adidas Consortium Workshop is a place for exploring the pure story of adidas Originals. Designed ‘without affiliation or association’ by the brand’s in-house team, the apparel and footwear showcases their pioneering outside-the-box creative and technical thinking. The resulting collections are an ode to both the functional considerations and cultural touchstones at the heart of adidas Originals.

 For FW19, the adidas Consortium Workshop have carefully tended to their latest creation: the adidas Gardening Club. The good-humoured, gardening-inspired capsule collection is a clarion call to all the like minded ‘avant-gardeners’ out there. It is for those who lovingly nurture lawns and meticulously scatter seeds.  But the range of apparel, accessories and footwear also offers a fresh take on modern, outdoors and hiking trends, resulting in ‘horti-couture’ that can move effortlessly from the lawn to the streets.

 Three footwear styles take center-stage, presented in a color palette that blends floral bursts of bright blues, purples and orange with a well-grounded array of earthy tones. Like every piece in the collection, their names will resonate with true gardening aficionados. The specially created Response Hoverturf is a shoe ready for almost any terrain and available in two iterations: a more understated grey version for everyday gardening tasks and a sleekly blacked-out version with lace cover panel for more covert, night-time pruning operations. Rounding out the footwear offering is the Novaturbo, another brand-new style which introduces open elements for the ease of slipping on and off, inspired by some of the most innovative mid-2000s designs from the adidas archive.

 Even the most green-fingered wearer will be satisfied with the amount of ripstop nylon at hand and will find plenty of pockets for tools and fuel.  That airy feel continues into the apparel offering, with each piece built for breathability: from the asymmetric mesh panels of the Sonicdrive vest to the above-knee zip that enables the Sonicdrive pants to transform into, well, Sonicdrive shorts.  The adidas Gardening Club collection drops on October 12.  


Norse Projects x adidas Consortium Torsion TRDC

by Henrik Buzzi


This year, adidas Consortium is focusing – both collaboratively and in-house – on a range of releases that celebrate the 30th anniversary of Torsion System technology. First appearing in the iconic ZX running range, it has since become an enduring, revered part of the adidas mythos, bringing high degrees of stability to countless footwear styles over the years. By using a TPU arch to bridge the heel and forefoot, Torsion allows the front and rear of the foot to operate and adapt to surfaces independently.

 One of the adidas Consortium partners to join in these celebrations is the Danish fashion brand Norse Projects, who also operate an equally pioneering apparel and sneaker store under the name of Norse Store. Founded in 2004 by Anton Juul, Mikkel Grønnebæk and Tobia Sloth, it has since been recognized numerous times and by numerous publications as one of the most revered and distinctive Scandinavian brands of all time. Norse Projects are old friends of adidas, and in 2017 brought their refined approach to the outdoors-oriented adidas Terrex range, with a highly sought-after version of the Agravic trail running shoe.

 Norse Projects turns their attention to one of the more rugged runners from the adidas stable, in the form of the Torsion TRDC—an updated take on the Trediac model which first appeared towards the turn of the millennium. The original Trediac was tooled up to offer optimum performance for winter workouts and the new TRDC is a painstakingly faithful update of the silhouette, materials and technologies that made the original such a lost gem of the adidas back catalogue. The EVA midsole features an ADIPRENE heel component and sits, of course, above the Torsion System. The uppers are constructed from a blend of mesh and synthetic materials with an overall result that feels firmly rooted in the future-facing design approach of the late 90s. For their take on the Torsion TRDC, Norse Projects let these defining functional features take center-stage, with a stripped back color palette that speaks to engineering excellence and a Scandinavian sensibility in equal measure. Releasing October 26.


size? Exclusive Asics GEL-Citrek "Base Camp" & GEL-Venture 7 "Mission"

by Henrik Buzzi


Joining forces with Japanese innovators ASICS, size? turned their attention to one of the most treacherous trails on the planet. Taking you on a journey to Peru, our latest size? Exclusive ‘Base Camp & Mission’ collection sees ASICS’ hiking-ready GEL-Citrek and GEL-Venture 7 retooled in stand-out palettes.

For those of you who aren’t clued up on your global trails, the four-day trek is regarded as one of the toughest out there. Weaving its way through the Andean jungle and mountain-scapes, explorers can expect to battle the elements, altitude sickness and wild terrain, but the risk is definitely worth the reward. After following the same path the Incans would have followed back in the 1400s, and rising 7,970 feet above sea level, you’ll find yourself at Machu Picchu – one of the New Seven Wonders Of The World. While the majority of you out there won’t ever get a chance to witness the beauty of the ancient South-American site, it’s good to know there’s a duo of robust silhouettes out there to make storming the 45km trek a breeze. So without further ado let us introduce you to the GEL-Venture 7 and GEL-Citrek.

Don’t be mistaken, while the GEL-Citrek ‘Basecamp’ may be built for those easy-going days resting before your final push to the summit it still packs a serious punch. Built using synthetic suede and breathable mesh, rubber overlays to the toe box bolster the stone-coloured pair. Hits of neon green feature throughout, while ASICS’ revered GEL cushioning features in the heel to provide bouncy comfort with every step. Finishing the pair, a hardwearing rubber outsole prevents any slipping mishaps.

Next up, our GEL-Venture 7 is teeming with tech to face the toughest of excursions. Painted in a deep red hue, the robust runner sports a combination of breathable mesh and synthetic leather across its uppers, with yellow accents keeping you visible wherever you’re hiking. Below, an EVA midsole is strategically positioned with GEL tech in the heel: this cushioning innovation is built from a soft, supportive material that absorbs the impact of your every step to soften the blows of running. Just like the Citrek, this pair’s sockliner moulds to the contours of your feet to make each wear even more comfortable as the last, and the runners are complete with a rugged rubber outsole to keep you gripped on any terrain. The size? Exclusive ASICS GEL-Citrek ‘Base Camp’ GEL-Venture 7 ‘Mission’ will Release October 18 at size?


Packer x adidas Consortium ZX Torsion “Mega Violet”

by Henrik Buzzi


For the second phase of Packer's collaborative ZX capsule with adidas Consortium, the focus remains on our surrounding environment, and, more specifically, how it can affect us. The ZX 9000 “Meadow Violet”, released earlier this week, paid tribute to New Jersey’s state flower and its tremendous ability to thrive amongst all the madness. Part 2 of the story explores the extremes of what can happen when those conditions finally push things too far.

The Packer x adidas Consortium ZX Torsion “Mega Violet” tells the story of the meadow violet’s transformation from a proud symbol of nature's beauty to a corrupted byproduct of its environment. While the gradient purple stripes remain the same from the first shoe to the second, the color palette surrounding them becomes polluted with dark, muddy tones that effectively mutate its identity from something pure and natural to something twisted and aggressive.

The “Mega Violet" comes to life through a rich combination of premium pigskin and hairy suede contrasted by black nubuck and a plum-colored mesh underlay. Outfitted with translucent outsole panels, nubuck lace dubraes and a modified heel pull-tab, the newly introduced Boost-equipped model gets some additional personalized touches by way of co-branded tongue loops and graphic-adorned insoles.The Packer x adidas Consortium ZX Torsion “Mega Violet” releases October 12 at Packer.


AMBUSH x Converse Chuck 70 & Pro Leather

by Henrik Buzzi


Much like its moniker, Ambush, founder Yoon Ahn’s first collaboration with Converse capitalizes on the element of surprise with new takes on two classic sport styles: the Converse Chuck 70 and Pro Leather. Both are reconceived with inspiration from the Extreme Cold Weather Boot, a rubber military boot produced by Converse in the 1950s, to bring Ambush’s signature exaggerated styling to the traditionally canvas and leather silhouettes.

With its heightened platform midsole, the Chuck 70 is clad with embellished rubber layering. The shoe’s coconut-milk colored rubberized upper features matte detailing, a gusseted tongue for stability and insulation and matching laces for a monochromatic expression.

The collection sees Ahn become one of the first designers to completely rework the Pro Leather. She transforms the classic basketball shoe by employing a black rubberized upper with tonal 3D Converse Star Chevron logo, gusseted tongue and monochromatic black laces. The look is sharpened by cyber yellow instructional Ambush branding on the elevated heel. Converse x Ambush is available October 19 at converse.com and select retailers.


Toma Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.0 kids

by Henrik Buzzi


Nike and artist Tom Sachs re-launched the NikeCraft Mars Yard 2.0 to be light years beyond any other kids' shoe on the planet—the only shoe you'd want to learn to walk in while on Mars. It is designed for only the most serious young astronauts, and feels like two space stations on your feet. The Maple and Sport Red upper brings the style, while the VELCRO® strap keeps the whole system adjusted and intact. The entire unit is equipped for space travel or for just orbiting the living room. Releasing 09. October at selected retailers.


Packer x adidas Consortium ZX 9000 "Meadow Violet"

by Henrik Buzzi


After nearly a century in Yonkers, Packer planted its roots in New Jersey in 2003, and what has since grown from those seeds has exceeded our wildest expectations. Our latest collaborative project with adidas Consortium gives a nod to our surroundings with a celebration of the Garden State.

The negative stigmas of a drive down the turnpike can quickly be reversed once you venture inwards and come to find that the nation’s most densely populated state is also blossoming with natural beauty everywhere you look. Like the rose that grew from concrete, all throughout New Jersey's eclectic chaos, nature is fighting its way through the madness to coexist in harmony.

The Packer x adidas ZX 9000 “Meadow Violet” draws its inspiration from the New Jersey state flower, and the awe-inspiring resilience it demonstrates by thriving in an environment that’s constantly trying to stand in its way. Dressed in a premium combination of suede, nubuck and mesh, the shoe uses subtle hits of color to tell the story of the meadow violet’s perseverance even in the harshest of conditions.

Once the pinnacle model of the heralded ZX series, the 9000 holds a special place for adidas diehards. For Packer, it's a true honor to have had a chance to create something that is hopefully deemed worthy of adding to that storied legacy. Releasing today at Packer.


24Kilates x Saucony GRID SD "La Victoria"

by Henrik Buzzi


Inspired by the first ship to circumnavigate the world. The 85 tone carrack was built on the Basque Country and was commanded by the explorer Ferdinand Magellan leaving Seville in 1519, and after his death returned by Juan Sebastián Elcano to Sanlúcar de Barrameda on 1522.

Working on the Grid SD silhouette, an exercise to build a sneaker with shoe finishings, 24Kilates only used premium materials on “La Victoria”, a burnished light brown leather with contrasted dark brown pieces, both with a custom cross perforated pattern in some parts. The interior is lined with a red soft thin leather, even the insole. A white ripstop builds the tongue exterior as a reference to the ship sail.

A focused work on details such as extra zig-zag reinforcement stitching, brass grommets on side logo or a brass lace hook added to the lace system. 24Kilates crown logo is applied on an extra woven heel puller with the ship’s flag, and on the embroidered tongue label. A golden “La Victoria” logo is embossed on the heel piece. The pair comes in a special edition white box with red and gold embossed applications and a four-color lace pack. The release will be next October 11th on 24 Kilates, only 500 pairs worldwide.


Slam Jam x New Balance 990v3

by Henrik Buzzi


Slam Jam and New Balance team up on a limited run of the iconic 990v3. Customized through the special NB1 program, its upper is made to look unfinished. Sporting classic Slam Jam colors, the shoes feature a custom silver insole and will come with a special set of reflective, Slam Jam branded laces. It will be available at the Slam Jam stores in a run of 89 pieces only, the number which reflects the Italian powerhouse’s founding year and marks their 30th anniversary.The Slam Jam x New Balance 990v3 is set to launch via raffle on slamjam.com on October 9, while a hard launch is set for October 12.


Uninterrupted x Air Force 1 “More Than__”

by Henrik Buzzi


A partnership with athlete empowerment brand Uninterrupted, the Air Force 1 More Than__ invites wearers to share their voice.

Below the "More Than"-emblazoned heel counter, the shoe features space for immediate customization. Two Sharpies, one blue and one black, are included to encourage athletes to share their stories. This creative license harnesses the power of individual communication to unite communities in shedding labels and preconceptions, and takes sneaker culture's most democratic silhouette and transforms it into a billboard for empowerment. Additional details include the words "I Am Uninterrupted" on the rand, a double Swoosh and a reflective heel that provides a unique spark to the shoe at night. Releases October 10 in full-family sizing.


The Basement x Nike Air Max 90 "City series"

by Henrik Buzzi


The history of the Air Max 90 follows a now familiar trajectory from performance product to streetwear staple. Designed by Tinker Hatfield and originally released as the Air Max 3 in 1990, the shoe became a cult classic following its reintroduction (and subsequent renaming) in the early 2000s.

In the ensuing decades, the Air Max 90 has taken many iterations along the path to footwear immortality, including coveted collaborations and clean, essential makeups. Part of the heritage is owed to an embrace in Europe, where the Air Max 90 has become synonymous with creative community across the continent and within Great Britain. The Nike BSMNT Air Max 90 City Pack is all about channeling that historic energy.

Three styles representing three cities — Glasgow, Manchester and London — have been informed by the Basement, a contemporary London-based collective connecting the city’s young creatives through inclusive online and offline platforms. Each distills its namesake's essential character and environment.

Glasgow

Paying tribute to this rebellious, joyous, forward-thinking community, continuously evolving and defying expectations, this Air Max 90 has a base of water-resistant, deep gray materials and heavyweight ripstop. The plush leather safety orange tongue and retro-reflective Swoosh and heel tab are inspired by the iconic traffic cone placed upon the head of the Duke Of Wellington statue in Glasgow's city center. The shoe releases October 5.

Manchester

The second BSMNT Air Max 90 release drops on October 12 and captures Manchester’s fearlessness. The shoe is wrapped in two densities of hard-wearing and water-resistant Cordura. The jewel Swoosh is the first of its kind on an Air Max 90. The webbing and pull-tab system add a level of technical functionality. The quarter panel running around the shoe is made up of black 3M, which increases visibility while maintaining the shoe’s stealthy aesthetic.

London

The final iteration BSMNT Air Max 90 launches on October 19. The shoe takes inspiration from the ever-evolving city of London and its restless, creative power. Five tones of gray in an array of premium materials create a harmonious balance that simultaneously reflects the human and architectural diversity of the city. The raw, natural midsole is finished with a clear outsole. A transparent, velcro-edged Swoosh can be augmented by a choice of four detachable Swooshes — Yellow 3M, Dark Gray Corduroy, White Patent or Pearlescent.


PUMA x HELLY HANSEN "From the sea to the street"

by Henrik Buzzi


PUMA X HELLY HANSEN join forces with their first collection full of 1990’s vibes. The collection is the perfect combination between PUMA’s sports heritage and casual DNA combined with the highly technical knowledge and outdoor expertise of HELLY HANSEN.

Founded in Norway more than 140 years ago with the creation of waterproof clothing for sailors, HELLY HANSEN is a leader in sailing and performance ski apparel, as well as premium workwear. Through bold designs, HELLY HANSEN technical and protective outerwear left its mark on 1990’s hip-hop subculture and streetwear. The PUMA X HELLY HANSEN collab takes inspiration from the vibrant 90s era, infusing it in this multifaceted new collection. While the collection pays tribute to the heritage of PUMA and HELLY HANSEN, it also incorporates a modern twist by adding outdoor-inspired details and elements. Coming dressed in Puma Black, the PUMA X HELLY HANSEN Nitefox kick features a transparent heat cut TPU formstrip, zig zag stitching, round laces and bungee cord. Adorned with a polyester webbing tape and nubuck details on quarter, PUMA X HELLY HANSEN Trailfox MTS arrives with a heritage nylon and suede upper as well as a mesh tongue with jacquard taping HELLY HANSEN logo. The sneaker pack is reinforced with PUMA X HELLY HANSEN LQD Cell Omega featuring heat cut PUMA logo on the heel plus PUMA and HH branding on the tongue. Releasing September 26 at selected retailers worldwide.


New Balance FuelCell Echo “TripleCell”

by Henrik Buzzi


Following on from this summer’s New Balance 990S Triplecell, New Balance are back with a new iteration, the FuelCell Echo. New Balance are back with a new addition to the Triple Cell range. New Balance have continued to develop the product to create a more breathable and sporty aesthetic to the range. Featuring a mix of mesh and knitted uppers, New Balance have created a new silhouette to the brands already strong arsenal.

Compared to its predecessor the FuelCell Echo’s placement of their Rebound Resin is now on the forefoot, with a foam sole heel piece creating a new feel for the wearer. The FuelCell Echo also takes a different approach on stability – with a inclusion of a visible plastic heel counter, mesh tongue stitched into the inside of the shoe creating a sock like feel and also accented grey embroidery and slightly thicker mesh around the toe to make the knit more sturdy and reduce the movement of your foot. Coming soon to selected retailers such as Footpatrol.


BED j.w. FORD x adidas Originals collection

by Henrik Buzzi


Founded in 2010 by Shinpei Yamagishi, BED j.w. FORD has evolved into one of the leading lights of Japan’s energetic crop of young fashion brands. Designer Shinpei Yamagishi is completely self-taught, channelling his admiration both for renowned designers from his home country – Y-3’s Yohji Yamamoto amongst them – and from further afield. You can see traces of the European avant-garde in the brand’s DNA, though the striking silhouettes and bold color palettes remain utterly distinct. For this new collaboration with adidas, Shinpei Yamagishi and his team have crafted a cut and paste-style capsule collection of panelled apparel pieces, accompanied by three eye-catching new sneaker styles.

For the three footwear styles, BED j.w. FORD worked with a jet black, monochrome palette, allowing the distinctive constructions and silhouettes of each to take centre-stage. First up is a new take on the adidas Kamanda, a football-inspired modern terrace classic that is here presented in a mid-top, sock-style mix of premium nubuck leather and PK fabric. The next pair moves the reference points from the field to the court, with a multi-panelled iteration of the Crazy BYW basketball shoe. The final footwear style is a distinctly forward-facing take on a perhaps lesser-known model from the adidas archives: the adidas Korsika. The deck-style moccasin is here updated with the playful insertion of the sock liner that appears across all three pairs, while retaining the traditional premium feel of the originals across the remainder of the uppers. Prominent adidas branding and reflective detailing bring the shoe in line with the rest of the BED j.w. FORD capsule collection – a subtle but assertive coming together of the brand’s progressive fashion design language and respect for adidas’ iconic sportswear heritage. Dropping at selected retailers September 20.


Social Status x adidas Consortium POD-S3.1

by Henrik Buzzi


Social Status is partnering up with adidas Originals Sound Labs through the Consortium Communitas program, presenting beSOCIAL Atlanta. The idea behind the program is to facilitate the shared goal of youth empowerment in the creative industries.

The students based in Atlanta helped to create concepts for the latest PODSystem silhouettes. The two colorways feature a broad spectrum of colors that highlights the essence of youthful creativity. The black pair will release at selected Consortium retailers worldwide on September 20 with the white pair being a Social Status boutique exclusive releasing on October 5th.


HANON x New Balance 577 "Flimby Legend"

by Henrik Buzzi


Fifteen years on from HANON’s first collaboration with New Balance, this September they release their 19th collaboration together. Paying homage to their history with New Balance, here is the HANON x New Balance 577 ‘Flimby Legend’

Taking a similar approach to their M1500 ‘Chosen Few’, HANON wanted their latest collaboration to be quintessential Flimby. To have the look and feel of a back catalogue shoe. Something that they missed back then or a sample that didn’t quite make it. HANON wanted the shoe to have that classic New Balance DNA of grey and navy and to capture the spirit of a Flimby Made shoe.

The ‘Flimby Legend’ edition of the M577 features an upper which is executed in a mix of premium grey, marine, cobalt blue, and navy suede, and is offset with white leather around the collar and heel tab. Our M577 is finished off with a punch-perfed vamp, cobalt blue embroidered details on the tongue and heel tab, and the is sat atop a cream midsole and gum outsole.

Presented in a classic Made in England box combined with a dust bag, five-piece sticker set, certificate of authenticity, three lace sets, and an archive zine. The online raffle is now LIVE.  


Skepta x Nike SK SHOX

by Henrik Buzzi


Each of Skepta’s Nike SK trainers share an element of his personal story, from travel to Morocco to building a fan base in Paris — and the SK SHOX is no exception. It does, however, extend a more transcendental tone than the three prior Air Max-based releases.

The SK SHOX is about finding belief in boundless opportunity. In 2018, Skepta was bestowed a chieftainship in his parents' home state of Ogun in Nigeria. Nigerian chieftainships are given in recognition of a positive contribution to community wellbeing.

The shoe’s design extends this thought in the abstract. It incorporates elements of Skepta’s Nigerian heritage to share his familial respect. That energy is also one that Skepta is keen to harness in this provocative shoe, to let everyone feel their dreams are within reach. The shoe becomes a conduit to share his point of view that the future is limitless.

Skepta's choice of the SHOX silhouette is rooted in a specific memory. “When I used to go to Manchester, all the kids were rocking SHOX. It was a real street shoe there. I liked their swag — the windbreakers and the SHOX," he remembers. "I thought ‘Yeah, let’s definitely do that,’ because I always remember those trips up north." The Nike SK SHOX drop September 12 at selected retailers worldwide.


Budapester x DHL x SONRA Proto "DHL1"

by Henrik Buzzi


This collaboration is one of a kind. In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of DHL Express, Mybudapester is set to drop the most exclusive luxury sneaker of the year. Based on the successful silhouette of Hikmet Sugoer’s Sonra Proto, the DHL 1 Sneaker impresses us with certain details and highlights.

Nowadays the packaging of a hot sneaker release is just as important as the sneaker itself and what would be more complementing than a shoe box in DHL design. Together with the dustbag, which, like the toe box, is also made out of a DHL Red Bag, the product becomes a masterpiece. The DHL 1 Sneaker by mybudapester x DHL will be available exclusively at mybudapester on September 20.


AFEW x Diadora N9000 “Master Formula”

by Henrik Buzzi


2017 AFEW teamed up with Diadora for the “Highly Addictive” Project and created a huge buzz. After two years the continuation is here.

After Dr.Wefa won the fight against the worldwide sneakeraddiction, he decided to retire and start a settled life. But peace didn’t last long. The sneakeraddiction broke out again. The rapid appearing symptoms and the wild mutating community forces Dr. Wefa back to work – a new formula needs to be developed, again! Dr. Wefa researched for about two years far away from any sneakerhead. He did this to keep his results in secret, but also to protect himself from the sneakeraddiction.

After numerous sleepless nights and failed tests, he finally achieved the long-awaited breakthrough. The key to the “Master Formula” is the community! The approach to research the “Master Formula” on his own seemed to be a good idea, but you can’t make the antidote without the poison. That’s why Dr. Wefa reached out to the worldwide operating #afewaddicted community for their help. Together they figured out the needed ingredients for the “Master Formula”. These ingredients are: Passion, Love, Diversity and Friendship. The “Master Formula” is the most powerful product for the sneaker community. Releasing September 14 at AFEW.