Reebok Classics announces a new colorway in the brand’s most popular silhouette as of late, the Kamikaze. Helmed by the endorsement of Swizz Beatz, the design has picked up steam since its initial drop earlier in the year. A bit more simple and definitely less colorful that previous drops, this new “Triple Black” pair sees a full leather upper in black, complimented with tonal nubuck and mesh paneling, along with Reebok’s signature 3-pod Hexalite system. A release is slated for July 8, retailing for $100 USD, with availability through select retailers across the country.
Ronnie Fieg presents yet another collaboration with ASICS on his personal favorite, GEL-LYTE III. The over-arching theme through most of his releases as of late has been the use of bold tonal colors in relatively unseen colors. No word yet on a release date.
As fresh and exciting as some of Reebok’s newer styles may be, nothing ever really compares to the classic look of their older models. Returning to its roots, the brand has just unveiled this brand new special edition Classic Vintage pack for Fall/Winter 2011. Inspired by four of the legendary fitness silhouettes from the ’80s, the pack contains the Freestyle Hi, Workout Low Plus, Ex-O-Fit Hi and Classic Leather styles (the latter two are pictured above). Stay tuned as the styles are expected to be available soon through select Reebok stockists worldwide.
The Star Tech from Converse First String is a heritage-inspired silhouette with an innovative lightweight sole. Implementing a classic cupsole, the design utilizes a Lunarlon foam drop-in, while a rubber-wrapped midsole maintains Converse’s telltale vulcanized look. The outsole pattern evolves what began on the Star Tech sneaker’s predecessor the Straight Shooter, a ’70s sneaker that borrowed from All-Star DNA. The iconic-made-modern vibe continues on the Star Tech’s retro-tech nylon upper which features sharp triangular accents and suede detailing on the toe box, heel and medial overlays. Finished with the Star Chevron logo and a cotton terry lining, the kicks borrow some advanced technology from big brother while still retaining the classic Converse look. These are now available through finer Converse First String accounts.
Celebrating etnies’ 25th anniversary, owner Pierre-Andre Senizergues is dropping his original pro model shoe, the Senix, as part of a celebratory round of global releases. The collection, entitled “etnies PAS: NEXT 25,” pays tribute to four major cities that Pierre-Andre has skated and, consequently, established strong roots for the etnies brand in Paris, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Using unexpected materials – laser-etching and an eco-friendly, carbon-offset production method – the collection will exclusively be available at four retailers corresponding with Senizergues’s favorite urban locales: colette (Paris), double-park (Hong Kong), Livestock (Vancouver) and Blends (LA). Here we offer a first look at the PAS: NEXT 25 collection’s “Hong Kong” Senix model, which draws inspiration from the city’s futuristic design, penchant for sculptural shapes, and urge to preserve the simplicity of ancient Chinese art forms. Crafted from premium full-grain leather, this dressier low-top features laser-etched lines mimicking the subtle shape of the Senix side panels as well as a clean white sole and tonal black leather laces.
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In a new release from adidas Originals, this 4-Bit model features an all-white leather upper with tonal stitching and a Velcro strap fastening. The mid-top profile also has a quilted detailing around the ankle, black accents and an off-white outsole. Priced at €100 (approximately $140 USD), the sneaker is currently available for purchase through No74.
Many would say that Nike Sportswear holds the title for footwear hybridization with their early adaptation of mixing and matching toolings and uppers. A new concept takes that concept a step further by offering a pure lifestyle offering with their Air Royal Mid SO. The high-top takes on a casual suede upper mixed with a crepe outsole. The Air Royal Mid’s design shows flashes of the Dunk albeit in a slimmer and more streamline profile. The colors include curry/dark brown, black/blue and gray/green. Available through select Nike Sportswear stockists.
Denim and fleece are two materials that fall into the slightly unorthodox arena when it comes to footwear materials. But having said that, the look of that all too familiar gray fleece makes its way onto one of adidas Originals’ all-time favorites and best-selling models, the Stan Smith. A full fleece upper is devoid of virtually any adidas branding except for the contrasting Trefoil seen on the blue heel. Available now at Styles.
adidas Originals release a ultra clean version of its retro performance runner, the ZX 8000. Clad in virtually all black, the sneaker’s specialty is the careful pairing of materials and textures with perforated leathers, suede and smooth leather all finding its proper place on the upper. The leather goes as far as encapsulating the external heel counter for a clean and uniform finish. Available now at No74.
Skateboarding pioneer Mark Gonzales, aka “The Gonz,” has worked with adidas Skateboarding for awhile now producing his model in a variety of colorways. Also a well known-visual artist, Gonzales has been known to be involved in the design process of his signature sneaker, not merely allocating the work to an adidas design team. Newest from the adidas Skateboarding collection comes the Gonz adi Ease in a clean, tonal blue canvas. Complete with white stitching outlining the trademark adidas tri-stripe, and a vulcanized gum sole with blue piping and the “Gonzales” logo printed in gold, these all-purpose skate kicks are available now at select retailers.