Friday 23 December 2016

The Latest PUMA x mita Clyde Collaboration Will Make You Want To Drop Dollar Bills

PUMA partnered again with mita sneakers, one of the top sneaker boutiques in Tokyo that’s become a mecca for collectors worldwide. Shigeyuki Kunii, the creative director of mita sneakers, selected the classic PUMA Clyde silhouette once again as a follow up to the well-received PUMA Clyde mita ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ released in 2007.

The PUMA Clyde has been established as a sneaker icon since the 70’s. Today the shoe shows no signs of slowing down in popularity constantly refreshed with new colourways and textures. The new iteration is covered in a digital print of dollar bills with Walt Frazier’s portrait. The dollar bill print covers the outside part of the sneakers while the Formstrip is decked out in shiny rhinestones symbolizing the flamboyant lifestyle that the legendary basketball player is also known for. Walt Frazier’s champion New York city team colors are applied to the shoe laces and Formstrip on the inside of the sneaker, blue on the right and orange on the left. The asymmetric design reflects the fame and recognition he has gained throughout his carrier. The insoles are also decorated with the dollar print with a chain link fence motif, a distinct trademark by mita sneakers, along with a customized logo. The tongue is marked with co-op branding that features the mita and PUMA logos.

The PUMA Clyde x mita sneakers drop on Friday, 23 December 2016, and will be exclusively available at PUMA SELECT Bree Street, Cape Town and Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Thursday 22 December 2016

First Look: adidas Consortium x KITH ASPEN Pack

Throughout 2016, adidas has worked closely with Ronnie Fieg to put together the Aspen Pack.

The first model in the KITH Aspen pack is completely new – it is the first ever UltraBOOST Mid. Fieg's execution extends the original lower silhouette with a snug, sock-like enclosure at the ankle. The upper is cageless with a subtle taped panelling, a nod to the original adidas 3-Stripes branding. Rather than the conventional Primeknit, Fieg's new UltraBOOST Mid is constructed using a thicker space dyed yarn suitable for the winter months. It arrives in a festive multicolor pattern with laces to seamlessly match the upper.

The second model is a more conventional outdoor model. The Response Trail BOOST is fundamentally a trail shoe with a reputation for being tough and functional. Here it gets a lifestyle makeover. Still high on tech it comes equipped with a neoprene collar and a speed lacing system. The sole is a hybrid of exposed BOOST™ and hard-wearing, grippier rubber. Outdoor footwear is currently enjoying a big moment in the cities among sneaker enthusiasts looking for a shoe robust enough withstand the cold, while still providing them with the level of comfort they are accustomed to.

The adidas Consortium x KITH ASPEN Pack will drop on Saturday, 31 December 2016.

Wednesday 21 December 2016

First Look: The New Clyde ‘Dressed’ Pack by PUMA

PUMA adds another slick number to your sneaker rotation with a new iteration of the Clyde Dressed pack. With the classic sneaker’s comeback after five years, the Clyde has been given a stylish update inspired by the legendary sports icon and sultan of swag, Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

The PUMA Clyde has been established as a sneaker icon since the 70’s. Today the shoe sees no signs of slowing down in popularity constantly refreshed with new colourways and textures. Influencing this latest drop is Walt Frazier’s impeccable sartorial style.

Basketball legend Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier was the league’s original fashion icon and first player to make the fashion magazines with his distinct classy style. He was known for his feathered fedoras, blinged out walking sticks and a plethora of custom pieces from suits to alligator briefcases. Not to mention his PUMAs.

PUMA pays homage to the famous star who brought the PUMA Clyde into the limelight with the second Clyde Dressed pack release. PUMA pulled out all the stops when it came to the attention to detail. The celebratory sneaker is decked in a premium quilted leather upper reminiscent of the flamboyant basketball star’s extravagant leather cases that he brought to the games.  It’s finished off with gold Clyde lettering etched on the lace tips. The Dressed Pack comes in Black and White colour ways.

The sneakers are available in-store now for R2 299 at PUMA SELECT Bree Street, Cape Town and Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Monday 19 December 2016

Nomzamo Mbata and B-boy Vouks Gear Up For The Festive Season In PUMA Suede Style

Since it’s debut in 1968, the PUMA Suede has become a benchmark for footwear design. Made famous by athletic greats -  60’s trackstar Tommie Smith and 70’s basketball legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier, the Suede hit new levels of fame during the '80s dawn of b-boys and hip hop beats, taking over New York City blocks.

Actress & model, Nomzamo Mbata and b-boy Vouks hit local streets in the PUMA classics, which are now available at PUMA SELECT stores and local retailers for R1 299.

Thursday 15 December 2016

First Look: adidas Consortium x Highs and Lows EQT Running Support 93

Highs & Lows of Australia reworked the adidas EQT Support 93 and gave it a jaw-dropping upgrade inspired by the ‘Interceptor’, the beefed-up muscle car featured in the Mad Max franchise. This EQT is based on the muscle cars that rose to cinematic and cultural significance during the 1970s and 1980s. An era where cars were gutted, hybridized and pushed to their performance limits.

Using forged neoprene, waxed sailcloth, aged cowhide and nubuck, Highs and Lows toughens the iconic runner that would fit the rugged desert wasteland battlefield where most of the Mad Max franchise takes place. Flecks of sandy gold are speckled on the midsole, while the gradient effect on the three stripes represents the iconic zoomie exhaust pipes seen on the upgraded Ford Falcon XB Coupe.

The adidas Consortium x Highs and Lows EQT Running Support 93 ‘Interceptor’ will drop on Saturday, 17 December 2016.

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Sneakers Dropping This Weekend: KANYE WEST + adidas Originals YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 Core Black / Core White

* In September this year, Kanye West and adidas Originals first introduced the YEEZYBOOST 350 V2. The world’s most influential and sought-after shoe debuted with a flash of color, followed by the release of three color-ways at the same time in November. The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 returns again this month, in black with subtle core white accents.

Redesigned yet true to its roots, the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 is crafted with beautiful, premium materials that infuse adidas’ technology with Kanye West’s unmistakable aesthetic. The black Primeknit upper is ornamented with a core white streak bearing the mark ‘SPLY-350’. A semi-translucent rubber outsole and TPU sidewalls create a striking effect while providing superior traction.

The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 midsole utilizes adidas’ innovative BOOST™ technology to create a durable, shock-resistant, responsive sole. At the same time, the breakthrough Primeknit material leverages adidas’ most advanced digital knitting techniques to fit like a second skin. Featuring the distinct center stitching on its upper as well as the signature ribbed outsoles, the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 pays homage to its predecessor.

The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 drops on Saturday, 17 December 2016, through adidas online store, Shelflife in Cape Town and Shelflife Johannesburg.

Tuesday 13 December 2016

Not Your Average Skate Sneaker! The PUMA x Diamond Supply Co. ‘Classic Suede’ Drops Soon!

PUMA and Diamond Supply Co. released their first-ever collaboration, the PUMA x Diamond Supply ‘Classic Suede’, which is inspired by 90s skate culture.

Since its debut in 1968, the PUMA Suede has become a benchmark for footwear design, and enjoyed an amazing run as a cultural artifact from one of the most progressive and historically significant eras of the twentieth century. Made famous by athletic greats - 60s trackstar Tommie Smith and 70s basketball legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier - the Suede hit new levels of fame during the 80s dawn of b-boys and hip hop beats, taking over New York City blocks. Eventually, the sneaker found its way into sticky mosh pits headlined by punk acts and then on to skaters pulling tricks on a half-pipe.

PUMA and Diamond Supply have updated the iconic sneaker with features required for a skateboarding shoe. The trifecta pack looks sleek and clean in tone-on-tone colouring, but is action packed with comfort and durable materials for a smooth ride. The standard PUMA Suede tongue construction is tweaked with elastic straps on the side, while the vamp area features 5 perforated holes. The collar lining is reinforced with a tough mesh material and more padding is introduced to the lining. Finishing off the design is a molded removable sockliner.

The PUMA x Diamond Supply “Classic Suede” pack comes in White, Black and Aruba Blue colourways. The sneaker drops on Saturday, 17 December 2016. 

Monday 12 December 2016

First Look: adidas Consortium x Sneakersnstuff D Rose 7 PK

Footwear specialists Sneakersnstuff have reworked the D Rose 7 PK, a contemporary basketball model in a patriotic colourway.

The D Rose 7 PK, is the signature model of Chicago-raised, New York-based point guard Derrick Rose. A gymnastic scorer, perceptive passer and creative playmaker that works closely with adidas to develop a model that delivers on the court. When it comes to basketball footwear adidas pulls out all the stops, the Primeknit upper and BOOST sole provide strength and support, flexibility and cushioning while additional grip on the sole allows the D Rose 7 PK to be super responsive.

The SNS D Rose 7 PK arrives in soft grey, with yellow and blue detailing. The two accents, the colours of the Swedish flag, are a nod to Sneakersnstuff's adidas Stockholm they designed a few years back and a reference to Derrick Rose's high school team.

The adidas Consortium x Sneakersnstuff D Rose 7 PK is available at selected retailers.

Friday 9 December 2016

First Look: Nike Air Jordan 11 GS Red Velvet

The Air Jordan 11 GS Red Velvet is part of Jordan Brand’s ‘Heiress’ collection.

This Air Jordan 11 features a full Night Maroon upper that combines a premium nubuck leather and velvet for an eye-catching appearance. Metallic Gold branding has then been placed on the ‘23’ on the heel, the Jumpman by the ankle, and the branding on the tongue. A white midsole and translucent maroon outsole wrap things up.

The Nike Air Jordan 11 GS Red Velvet will drop on Saturday, 17 December 2016 at selected retailers.

Thursday 8 December 2016

Sneakers Dropping This Weekend: Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Space Jam

Air Jordan 11 Retro Space Jam is one of the highly anticipated sneaker releases of 2016, which drops this weekend!

Distinguishing itself from all other past releases, this version of the Space Jam 11s mimics the pair worn by Michael Jordan when he came out of retirement back in the mid 90’s. A full black upper with a higher patent leather cut and a Concord Jumpman highlight this release. Nike Air branding has also been added on the insoles with a white midsole and icy blue outsole wrapping things up.

The Air Jordan 11 Space Jam will drop on Saturday, 10 December 2016 at selected retailers.

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Nike Air Jordan 31 ‘Space Jam’

The Air Jordan 31 joins the ‘Space Jam’ celebration! They Air Jordan 11 & 31 pay homage to the classic film, Space Jam, by inheriting the signature theme.

Decked out in a signature palette of black, concord, anthracite and white, the basketball sneaker essentially mimics the Air Jordan 11 with a black-based upper and patent leather detailing that is more focalized on the heel and collar section. The enlarged Jumpman logo is coloured in concord, as it all rests atop a crisp white midsole unit and icy translucent outsole.

The Air Jordan 31 ‘Space Jam’ is available at selected retailers.

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Restock Alert: PUMA by Rihanna Creeper Hits Stores in Original Colourways This Week

The last two original colourways of the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Creepers Anniversary Pack will drop in-store on Thursday, 8 December 2016. Retailing for R3499, colours include the black-white and oatmeal in both women’s and men’s sizing. 

The sneakers will drop at PUMA SELECT Cape Town, Bree street and Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Shelflife and X-Trend stores.

Monday 5 December 2016

An Inside Look Into a Rare Photo Project in Celebration of the Forthcoming ‘KING PUSH’ EQT Grayscale

adidas Originals paired famed photographer Ari Marcopoulos with international rap star Pusha T to create a rare photo project in celebration of the forthcoming ‘KING PUSH’ EQT grayscale.

As part of an on-going collaboration with adidas Originals, Pusha T is profiled in a minimalistic photoshoot personifying a refreshed EQT silhouette with a pared-down design language. Famed photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulous mixes vintage and modern film development techniques to capture Pusha T in a raw aesthetic using a coveted 8×10 analog format.

Clean, authentic and thought-provoking, Pusha T is featured in the black and white analog shoot wearing a simple white t-shirt, black denim pants and the King Push EQT shoe. The familiar photographic styling of Ari Marcopoulos is evident in the creative direction of photoshoot, noting a signature aesthetic often identified through his unique ability to capture the underbelly of American street culture through an honest lens.

A foreshadowing into the upcoming design of the limited-edition ‘King Push’ EQT grayscale, Pusha T defines essentialism in personal style highlighting a simplified wardrobe that is uniquely his own. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming King Push EQT.

Friday 2 December 2016

Introducing the Duplex OG and the Duplex Evo by PUMA x DANIEL TING CHONG

PUMA has collaborated with South African designer Daniel Ting Chong to create two new sneaker iterations; a vintage Duplex OG and a modernized version of it, the Duplex Evo. The Cape Town based illustrator and designer has created two distinctly African sneakers, by drawing on traditional indigenous Zulu and Xhosa beliefs.

Chong’s design of the earthy hued Duplex OG (R2 899) was inspired by Unkulunkulu, the Supreme Creator in traditional Zulu culture. The perforated upper consists of a premium nubuck suede completed by a debossed artwork of Unkulunkulu on the tongue.

The heelcap embraces a custom typographic PUMA logo, which has been specifically created for this release. Notably, it is rare for PUMA to release a sneaker without their iconic typographic logo. Reference to Unkulunkulu continues in the design of the unique footbeds, with a chameleon on the left and a lizard on the right.

The second sneaker in the collection is the Duplex Evo (R1 699), with the various hues of green on the sneaker referencing Mamlambo, the Goddess of Rivers in traditional Xhosa culture. Described as a giant snake-like creature, Mamlambo resides in the Mzintlava River.

The Duplex Evo has a lightweight, snake-like mesh upper along the toe box and tongue offset by a premium nubuck suede on the heelcap and edging of the toe box. The custom typographic PUMA logo appears on the heelcap and tongue. The tongue of the sneaker also carries a visual moniker of Mamlambo, while the footbed has custom symbols that serve as a visual spell to resist the urge of being lured into the river.

The PUMA x Daniel Ting Chong Duplex OG and Duplex Evo drops on Saturday, 10 December 2016 at PUMA SELECT in Bree Street, Cape Town and Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Shelflife and Cop Capital.  Exclusive to the first hundred pairs purchased is a custom made pair of Daniel Ting Chong socks, two metal pin badges containing the symbols of Unkulunkulu & Mamlambo, a customized pencil and tote bag.

Thursday 1 December 2016

First Look: Nike Air Jordan 9 ‘Space Jam’

This weekend we see another OG Air Jordan make a comeback with the Air Jordan 9 ‘Space Jam. The Air Jordan 9 was originally released back in 1993, followed by a pair of retro releases in 2002 and 2010.

The Air Jordan 9 ‘Space Jam’ is dressed in a classic white, black and true red colour scheme. The sneaker features a white leather upper with black detailing and true Red contrasted accents. The shoe is finished with detailed stitching throughout the upper and completed with ‘Nike Air’ branding on the insoles.

The Air Jordan 9 ‘Space Jam’ drops on Saturday, 3 December 2016.