Monday, 18 February 2019

First Look: PUMA x MITA CELL VENOM

PUMA and Tokyo-based MITA Sneakers collaborate for the latest edition of the CELL Venom inspired by stealth aircrafts.

The CELL Venom MITA draws influence from PUMA’s archive, the sneaker reflects a hidden legacy of an OG silhouette that effortlessly merges sports and fashion. With a combination of contemporary materials, embroidered details and colour fading, it attempts to hit a new context of a story ready to be discovered.

Originally a training shoe made for high mileage runs, CELL Venom was introduced in a new context to celebrate 20 years of its history and heritage. CELL Venom MITA is built with nubuck and mesh upper in Asphalt representing the body of a stealth aircraft while the Formstrip with reflective piping plays to its reflector shade and the fading effect on the mesh upper signifies its speed. A combination of heritage and modern design aesthetics, the sneaker stands out with a speckled midsole and CELL logo embroidered on the lateral side and heel. The latitude and longitude coordinate on the upper toe denotes the location of MITA sneakers in unique “Electroharmonix” font, which when flipped resembles Japanese text. Featuring PUMA CELL and MITA sneakers logo in the unique Chain Link Fence icon, the design is complete with the official “Tokyo-Kai” logo which denotes “TOKYO CUSTOM MADE".



The CELL Venom MITA, is available exclusively at Shelflife.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

First Look: adidas Yeezy Boost 700 'Salt'


Similar to the past adidas Yeezy 500 release, the new 700 colourway is titled “Salt”. The Yeezy team and adidas have interpreted this name into a faded white tone, with a hint of green in some areas, similar to the Yeezy Boost 350 V1’s “Moonrock” colourway.


The upper on this new Yeezy Boost 700 is dipped entirely in the subtle look and rests atop an all-white midsole. The outsole comes in black to provide some contrast to the shoe, along with a singular black hit on the heel of the sole.



The adidas Yeezy Boost 700 'Salt' drops 23 February at selected retailers.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

First Look: adidas Ultra Boost 2019 Active Red


The adidas Ultra Boost 5.0 aka the Ultra Boost 2019 has a complete redesign from the original Ultra Boost models, but features a similar package of Boost cushioning, Primeknit uppers, and a Continental rubber outsole.


Sporting an official colour scheme of Black, Orchid Tint, and Active Red, the model’s Primeknit upper is covered mostly in black and white with the contrasting red seen on the toe box and outlining of the translucent heel area. Finally, a white Boost midsole tops off the look.



The adidas Ultra Boost 2019 Active Red drops on the 21st of February at selected retailers.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

First Look: PUMA Cell Viper


PUMA is launching the all-new CELL Viper – a fresh take on the heritage running silhouette with a radical new look.

When PUMA CELL technology first launched in 1998, it was revolutionary.  Hexagonal cells in the midsole provided the optimal shape for stable and maximum cushioning that allowed runners to move faster and stronger with a more confident stride that aided their performance. Making a return to rule the streets, the CELL Viper is at once minimalist and bold, perfectly combining elements of sports and style.


Emerging from the ‘90s with a reimagined design, CELL Viper is a throwback to the vis-tech running wave introduced 20 years ago. With a completely new upper inspired by heritage CELL sneakers from the PUMA archive, the design language taps into the OG community of sneakerheads with a recognisable Formstrip placement and vintage colours. The first iteration in PUMA White – Ponderosa Pine sits atop a chunky midsole with CELL cushioning technology and a brand-new CELL branding on the lateral view.



The CELL Viper, retailing for R1499, will be available at PUMA and sportscene stores from 15 February 2019.

Monday, 11 February 2019

First Look: Converse x Brain Dead One Star


The sneaker features animal prints and polka dots for a design inspired by skate and street culture’s adoption of Converse products.


Using an asymmetrical yin and yang of black/white and white/black polka dot panels on the left and right sneaker, each shoe then also calls upon the aforementioned animal prints — zebra and cheetah — for even more wild detailing.



The Converse x Brain Dead One Star drops on Wednesday the 13th of February at selected retailers. 

Friday, 8 February 2019

First Look: PUMA x SANKUANZ Collection


Breaking streetstyle stereotypes, PUMA partners with contemporary Chinese label, SANKUANZ for a utilitarian-influenced Spring-Summer’ 19 collection. The emerging fashion label helmed by LVMH Prize Semi-Finalist Shangguan Zhe has been making waves in international fashion week circuits for his unique spin of uniform dressing.

Pairing fragments of contemporary art with vintage sportswear and sleek uniforms, Shangguan Zhe reinterprets streetwear with a rebellious voice. Going with the theme ‘Kill the Wall’, his designs are symbolically charged, conjuring up images which encapsulate subcultures. An eclectic mix of new and traditional patterns, the collection features un-conventional prints and bright logo typefaces to create a bold and neutral collection.

The capsule collection of footwear and apparel highlights custom editions of the Cali, Cell Endura and RS-X silhouettes. Characterised by neutral earthy tones with flashes of vibrant neon pops, these kicks sport over-exaggerated soles for a tougher look. The original retro-running silhouette from the 90s, the Cell Endura SANKUANZ comes with contrast blocky neon and reflective overlays. The bold chunky sole with striking translucent coloured pods features PUMA's innovative CELL cushioning technology. An evolution of the court sneaker, the Cali SANKUANZ is built with a smooth suede and tonal leather upper, contrast leather lining and a thick moulded rubber toe bumper. To achieve a chunkier look, the shoes are decked with a heavily textured rubber sole and exaggerated moulded rubber inserts on toe and heel. Debossed SANKUANZ script on the outer heel and an all-over graphic footbed completes the look. The RS-X SANKUANZ is an innovative and futuristic silhouette inspired by archive PUMS RS Styles. With contrast blocky neon and reflective overlays, it's fitted with a sculpted layered sole featuring PUMA's comfortable RS (Running System) cushioning technology and a translucent rubber heel counter.


Blending functionality with a modern flair, the apparel incorporates a combination of football jacquards mixed with techno-inspired logo fonts. Playing with retro futurism, a clash of green and purple colours underline a combination of vintage and tech materials. The PUMA x SANKUANZ track top in double knit fabric is designed with a two-way full zip closure and welt pockets. While the PUMA x SANKUANZ pants has an oval graphic patch and is informed with SANKUANZ x PUMA knitted tape running down the side seams. The range also includes crews, tees and accessories with chunky trims for a modern look.


The PUMA x SANKUANZ collection drop today and will be available at PUMA SELECT and selected retailers.



Thursday, 7 February 2019

First Look: Nike Air Force 1 Mid Utility Black Blue


One of the latest models to boast that highly technical design ethos is the Air Force 1 Mid Utility, a silhouette that’s now set to release in a new combination of black and icy blue. Although the shoe’s shape is instantly recognizable as an AF1 Mid, there’s a plentiful helping of differences too, from a neoprene collar to a crossing strap system in place of standard laces.


While the upper opts for a simple combo of black tumbled leather and the aforementioned neoprene, the midsole/outsole offer a more classic style, calling upon an icy blue translucent look to blend the past, present, and future of Force.



The Nike Air Force 1 Mid Utility Black Blue will drop on Friday the 8th of February at selected retailers.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

First Look: Nike Air Jordan 6 'Black Infrared'


The Air Jordan 6 Black Infrared, which was worn by Michael Jordan during his first NBA championship, will be returning with original branding in 2019.

This marks the first time since 2000 that the “Black Infrared” colourway of the Air Jordan 6 will return with OG-style Nike Air branding. Both the 2010 “Infrared Pack” and the 2014 Retro didn’t include Nike Air detailing.


The popular colourway is covered in black nubuck for its upper with infrared detailing on the midsole, heel, and the lace locks. Finally, the clean style is topped off with an icy translucent outsole.



The Air Jordan 6 "Black Infrared" drops on Saturday the 16th of February at selected retailers.


Monday, 4 February 2019

PUMA Drops Two New Valentine’s Day Themed Sneakers


PUMA spoils you for choice this Valentine’s Day with the new Basket Crush and Basket Crush Emboss sneakers.

The Basket Crush, retailing for R1 399, will be available at PUMA stores from 8 February 2019. Aptly rendered in a bold Hibiscus colourway, the unique asymmetrical lacing system creates a perfect top-down view of the shape of a heart. One of the brand’s most iconic silhouettes, the latest iteration is designed with beautiful fashion-forward detailing inspired by on point street style. Featuring PUMA branding on the heel with a tonal formstripe on the lateral and medial side, these stylish sneakers will be a hit all year-round.



The Basket Crush Emboss, retailing for R1 399 is available at PUMA stores and selected retailers. This iteration of the iconic sneaker is accentuated with a metallic foil deboss line, while the unique asymmetrical lacing system creates a perfect top-down view of the shape of a heart. With metallic PUMA branding on the heel, the sneakers in PUMA White – PUMA Silver feature a tonal formstrip on the lateral and medial side.




Thursday, 31 January 2019

First Look: AR Trainer and S.C. Premiere



adidas Originals takes inspiration from classic and contemporary contexts, presenting two distinctive silhouettes, the A.R. Trainer and SC Premiere models.


First up, the A.R. Trainer silhouette presents a refined take on an original ‘80s training shoe. Reimagining the ASC Trainer model from 1988, the shoe’s paneled construction and fluid lines offer a slightly updated expression of the era’s unique tennis aesthetic. Constructed from premium leather throughout, the shoe is finished off with an 80’s style multi-purpose training sole unit and trefoil logo branding throughout.

In contrast, the SC Premiere silhouette takes inspiration from similar roots to create a more fluid, modernized take on 40 years of the adidas court archive aesthetic. The shoe’s premium leather upper is countered by a rubber midsole with a contrast off-white outsole, while a contrast heel-tab and trefoil logo window on the lateral side completes the picture.


The A.R. Trainer and SC Premiere is available at selected adidas Originals stores and online.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

First Look: PUMA x Bradley Theodore Collection


PUMA and renowned visual artist, Bradley Theodore, reunite to create a strikingly vibrant collection for 2019. Featuring Bradley’s signature colour-laden graphics with strong brushwork technique, this street art inspired lifestyle collection drops in January 2019.

A mix of classic and progressive PUMA styles, the collection highlights the artists hand-painted all over graphics, strokes and colour blocking with ‘CREATIVITY IS CULTURE’ printed under the tongue and a rubberised patch of his signature skull-icon featuring across the collection. A progressive fashion-forward running silhouette, the PUMA Thunder Bradley Theodore is designed with a soft leather upper and contrast mesh lining, while the chunky sole is decked with neon colour-blocked TPU inserts. The PUMA Capri Bradley Theodore is a classic vulcanized silhouette built with a soft leather upper featuring hand-drawn effects of tonal glossy graphics on quarter panels with the famed 'NEW YORK' script. For the classic court silhouette PUMA Clyde Bradley Theodore the artist works with his colourful hand-drawn graphics on quarter panels and a debossed 'BRADLEY THEODORE' signature on the medial side.


With apparel and accessories to complete the look, the collection features the PUMA x Bradley Theodore Reversible Bomber adorned with rubber print graphics of a skull on the left chest, paint stripes on the upper left sleeve with crossed bone artwork. Nail the streetstyle look with the PUMA x Bradley Theodore CREW that features Bradley Theodore’s signature embroidery, PUMA wordmark graphic rubber and the skull graphic print. In addition to a range of tees and track pants from the collection, the artist completes the look with the PUMA x Bradley Theodore Hip Bag featuring allover print and a curved cap with snapback adjuster.

The full PUMA x Bradley Theodore collection is available at PUMA SELECT stores and selected retailers nationwide. 

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

First Look: Nike Air Max 720 'Northern Lights'


The Nike Air Max 720 boasts a visible Air unit 6mm taller than any before it. With more Air directly underfoot, the 720 offers unimaginable all-day comfort and brings to life a totally new aesthetic for Nike Air. Making use of the chunkiest Air unit design yet, which is fashioned from over 70% of recycled manufactured waste, the Air Max 720 Northern Lights is painted in an all-over purple colour scheme with black accents throughout for a pop of subtle contrast.


A perforated engineered mesh upper provides the ultimate breathing experience, and down below, the newly dubbed Airbag offers wearers a nimble and buoyant feeling. 



The Nike Air Max 720 'Northern Lights' drops on the 1st of February at selected retailers.


Friday, 25 January 2019

First Look: PUMA RS-X Trophies


PUMA is keeping the momentum strong with their RS chronicles - with the launch of the RS-X Trophies, this latest iteration of the RS-X sneaker celebrates the extreme reinvention of fame in the era of social media and reality television.

As worn by South African rapper, songwriter and record producer Nasty C who scooped major awards including Best New Artist at the Metro FM Music Awards, making him the perfect fit for the RS-X Trophies. 


Built with RS technology on the midsole, the bulky silhouette with mesh and textile upper is stylishly decked with leather overlays. Elevating the look with gold accents along the quarter panels, the sneakers in PUMA Black – PUMA Team Gold colourway are embossed with a textile heel piece and moulded sockliner with specific RS branding. Completing the look with tonal laces, the sneakers are placed atop rubber outsole with a light weight midsole. 


The sneakers of the season come in two additional colourways – PUMA White-Bronze and Steel-Grey Dark Shadow. 

The RS-X Trophies drops on 1 February 2019 for R1 999 at PUMA stores and selected retailers.


Thursday, 24 January 2019

First Look: Nike WMNS Air Max Dia SE

Decorated in a minimalist Pale Ivory, combined with contrasting black details. A striking Air unit appears in infrared, encircling the heel for contrast and additional support. You can expect an amazingly comfortable fit with this new silhouette.


Mini Swooshes are dotted around the Air Max Dia’s TPE upper in matching black and white, showcasing Nike’s signature look. A futuristically designed Air logo also appears on the tongue. Each profound Air Max unit is also housed within a thick white midsole which supports a TPE upper, similar to the React Element 87.

The Nike WMNS Air Max Dia SE - Pale Ivory/Black drops 25 January at selected retailers.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

First Look: Pharrell Williams x adidas 'Chinese New Year' Pack




Pharrell and adidas partner to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Releasing this weekend, the pack contains both the adidas BYW and Solar HU Glide models. 

Pharrell is celebrating his fascination with China, decorating the Solar Hu Glide in a Chinese New Year themed colour scheme. 



Next is his adidas BYW. Like all of this team’s projects, peace and positivity take center stage, with “AMBITION” boldly printed on this iteration’s forefoot. For an extra special CNY-friendly touch, this BYW’s upper sees a dragon scale-like pattern embroidered into its Primeknit upper, while a stark white BOOST-laden heel piece adds a touch of needed contrast in an effort to neutralize the flashy design. 


The Pharrell x adidas 'Chinese New Year' Pack drops, Saturday, 26 January at selected stores.