March 28, 2017

ICYMI: The Sneaker Week in Review – March 27

A lot can happen in the sneaker game in seven days, so much so that you could be forgiven for not being across the board on all of the news. And so we give you ICYMI, a curated recount of the need-to-know stories to keep you up to date. New releases, colourways and industry chatter – it’s all here… in case you missed it!

RELEASE DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR KAWS X AIR JORDAN 4

This is it – the release date for the KAWS x Air Jordan 4 has finally been announced! This eagerly anticipated collaboration will be released in Greater China on March 28, followed by a global release on March 31. Jordan Brand also hit us with one last official look at the colab, revealing an accompanying dual-branded apparel collection, including a t-shirt, hoodie, five-panel cap and black satin coach’s jacket.

Jordan Brand have yet to announce how limited the KAWS x Air Jordan 4 collection will be – nor where they will be sold – but expect these to sell out instantly on release. Get your camp chairs ready and work on those checkout skills if you want a chance to cop!

NIKE AIR MAX 97 ‘SILVER BULLET’ US RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED

Finally, after making the US watch on with FOMO as Europe got releases and restocks, Nike have announced a Stateside release date for the ‘Silver Bullet’ Air Max 97. Built and coloured like a Japanese bullet train, the shoe is also notoriously fast at flying off shelves. You can bet that this April release is going to go gangbusters, so start organising how you’ll board this hype train now – lest you get left behind.

The Nike Air Max 97 Silver Bullet will be releasing on April 15 at multiple US Nike accounts.

'OREO' NIKE AIR VAPORMAX TEASED

Air Max Day brought us the next great advancement in Air tech, with ‘Platinum’, NIKEiD and special designs of the VaporMax landing on the big day. Looking forward to the future, it seems we also glimpse of what’s to come via Instagram. This side shot of a VaporMax bearing an ‘Oreo’-esque knit pattern hints that the colourway is somewhere in the pipeline, but Nike haven’t weighed in to verify anything.

Though the Nike Air VaporMax Oreo doesn’t have a release date just yet, we’ll keep you in the loop when more info comes through.

HAVEN X ADIDAS CONSORTIUM 'TRIPLE BLACK' ULTRABOOST COLAB ANNOUNCED

Canada’s Haven have got an adidas UltraBOOST colab coming that’s perfect for winter. Based in a country known for its harsh temperatures and capricious weather, Haven is all too familiar with the troubles that can come along with wearing breathable, lightweight knits in the wet. So they’ve produced a technically-inclined UltraBOOST to solve these issues.

Coming in ‘Triple Black’ the sneakersock has been given weather-fighting utility via rubberised applications, which form a kind of guard around the shoe’s midsection. The extra support does away with the TPU Cage, and reflective strands through the laces mean dark skies won’t stop these sneaker from shining. The Haven x adidas Consortium UltraBOOST in Triple Black will be available on April 1 from Haven.

SEAN WOTHERSPOON WINS NIKE'S VOTE FORWARD CAMPAIGN

Nike’s Vote Forward 2017 program is done and dusted, the results are in and Sean Wotherspoon has won. The campaign called on the public to vote for designs from 12 ‘Revolutionairs’, with the promise that the winning sneaker would go into production the following year. All 12 turned out compelling sneaker mock-ups, but it was Wotherspoon’s Air Max 1/Air Max 97 hybrid that took it out.

The design sees the wavy panels of the AM97 built with corduroy, in a colourway inspired by 80s Nike running hats, which is then slammed on an AM1 midsole. The aesthetic draws from an affinity for vintage clothing that lead Wotherspoon to open his Round Two store in LA. Nike hasn’t given any release details for Wotherspoon’s hybrid just yet, but we’ll update you as soon as they do.

AIR JORDAN 1 ‘WINGS’ HAVE BEEN REVEALED

Sneaker leakers have taken to Instagram to reveal that an Air Jordan 1 ‘Wings’ release appears to be in the pipeline. Just like 2016’s Wings AJ12, the shoe has a hardy finish over the upper that (hopefully) will wear away to show a feathery motif beneath. From other angles, we can see that the shoe has metal badges with the silhouette of Michael Jordan’s outstretched arms on the heel – a logo that is also embossed on the leather tongue. Underfoot, the translucent outsole shows the colourway name writ large on each shoe.

The Air Jordan 1 Wings release hasn’t been confirmed by Jordan Brand just yet, but we’ll keep you in the loop with further developments.

BAIT DROP BREAKING BAD X CLARKS WALLABEE COLAB

Pop culture-related sneakers have started to become more commonplace in recent years, but never have they made more sense than this official Breaking Bad collaboration from Clarks and West Coast retailer BAIT.

Worn throughout the series, from the very first episode, right through to the series’ final shot, Clarks Wallabees remained Walt’s footwear of choice. In tribute, BAIT have delivered two different make-ups of the Wallabee. The first, dubbed ‘Blue Sky’ and limited to 400 pairs, features a light blue suede upper with dark blue sole and is themed after the series’ signature ‘Blue’ – aka Walt’s distinctive blue crystal meth. The second colourway, named ‘Felina’ and limited to just 250 pairs, features a deep red upper and gum sole. The said to be a tribute to the bloody showdown in the series’ finale of the same name. Both shoes features full-grain leather hang tags with tri-branding from the collaborators. Both pairs promptly sold out upon release.

WWE X FOOT LOCKER X PUMA CLYDE COLLECTION ANNOUNCED

Launching ahead of Wrestlemania 33, PUMA, in partnership with Foot Locker, are bringing us a collection of Clydes themed after six of the WWE’s biggest past and present superstars. The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Macho Man Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair and Andre the Giant all receive their own special edition make-up of the Clyde, each sharing a white leather base with black Formstripe. Each pair is differentiated by custom insoles and laces dedicated to their respective wrestler. An all-black edition of The Undertaker’s Clyde will be release in special casket-style packaging. Limited to just 23 pairs, these will set you back USD$499.

The WWE x Foot Locker x PUMA Clyde collection will release in limited numbers on April 1, exclusively in the US through 33 select Puma Lab Powered by Foot Locker. The limited edition Undertaker pairs will be sold only in Orlando.

ADIDAS REVEALS EXCLUSIVE PE FOOTWEAR FOR THE 2017 MCDONALD’S ALL-AMERICAN GAME

Being a top player in the NBA is a gateway to an almost endless supply of sneakers – not to mention a plethora of custom PE make-ups. While the best high school players still have a while to go before they can start signing multi-million dollar endorsement deals and landing their own signature silhouettes, at least some of them will be snagging themselves one of two money-can’t-buy sneakers ahead of the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game next week. With adidas the official sportswear sponsor for the event, the players will be lacing up in special PE make-ups of the Three Stripes’ latest and greatest on-court models.

Those that prefer a low-cut on court will be gifted a red, white and gold rendition of the Harden Vol. 1 that features a quintet of laser-etched stars at the toe. For those after a high-cut, there’s the Crazy Explosive Primeknit, which features a predominantly red make-up, gold Three Stripes branding and white BOOST peeking out through the midsole. Both feature McDonald’s All-American branding on the tongue.

FILLING PIECES REVEAL THEIR INNER CIRCLE COLLECTION

If you’re looking for an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the athletic footwear market, Filling Pieces have you covered. The Amsterdam label have come with a fresh offering of lifestyle silhouettes in this new Inner Circle collection that includes a range of mid-cuts – all laced, buckled and strapped in off-kilter styles the brand is known for. Soft palates abound throughout the collection, with shades of white or bone showing somewhere on the make-up. Although, a couple do go balls-to-the-wall will rich blue or burgundy, or deep black.

The Filling Pieces Inner Circle Collection is available now from Filling Pieces online.

NIKE RELEASES AIR MAX-INSPIRED FOOTBALL BOOT COLLECTION

March was unrelenting in its must-cop Air Max drops, but here’s one release that came completely unexpected. In honour of the month of Max, Nike’s football division overhauled three of their most acclaimed performance boots with visual nods to three of the most iconic Air Max models.

Winding back to 1987, the low-cut Tiempo Legend VI cops some inspiration from the Air Max grandadddy – the Air Max 1. It features a simple white and blue colour combo in tribute to one of the OG AM1 colourways. Shifting into the mid-cut realm, the Mercurial Superfly V tackles what is undoubtedly the most iconic Air Max model – the Air Max 90 ‘Infrared‘. The Flyknit upper features a combination of greys, which is decorated with a large white Swoosh and hits of the titular fluro pigment at the heel and sole. Lastly, the Magista Obra II tackles the Air Max 97Silver Bullet‘ in all its glory, with wavy lines of reflective 3M decorating the upper. All three Air Max-inspired silhouettes are available now at select stockists worldwide.

NOEL GALLAGHER COLLABORATES WITH ADIDAS SPEZIAL

The Garwen is a recent addition to the adidas SPEZIAL range, with a little help from one of Britpop’s most outspoken figure, Noel Gallagher. The design is based on a 70s casual style from adidas called the Brisbane, which was sourced from the extensive collection of Three Stripe obscurities owned by the Oasis front man. After its initial release in a simple brown colourway, Gallagher’s special edition indigo Garwen is landing, complete with his likeness stamped on the tongue.

No release date has been announced for the Noel Gallagher x adidas SPEZIAL Garwen as yet, but expect these to be available in the near future from select stockists, including Hanon.

CONVERSE UNVEIL 'LOONEY TUNES' CHUCK TAYLOR COLLECTION

Converse have collaborated with Looney Tunes’ eclectic menagerie of cartoon critters to create a collection of Chuck Taylor All Stars! Celebrating the retro cartoon, the collection contains four styles in both high and low versions that feature graphics depicting the beloved characters of the series.  Tweety, Tassie Devil and Bugs Bunny each get their own All Star in distinct colourways, with the classic ‘That’s all, folks!’ tagline embroidered under their tongues. If you’re struggling to pick a favourite character, the fourth shoe could be the solution – it features the entire cast of the show across its canvas upper.  The range will be released for children’s, men’s and women’s sizes – a reminder that cartoons aren’t just for kids.

The Looney Tunes x Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars collection is dropping internationally on the 30th of March, exclusively at Journeys stores and Converse online.

LIMITED EDT RELEASE ASICS GEL-LYTE VANDA PACK

Following their ‘Vanda’ GEL-Lyte III, Limited EDT have applied their eye for intricate floral designs to another ASICS pack. Named the ‘Vanda Pack’, this GEL-Lyte III and ‘Muraski’ GEL-Lyte V duo have motifs of the vanda orchid genus (Singapore’s national flower) etched across their uppers. The ‘Muraski’ V is bright with shades of purple and heavy hits of yellow, while the ‘Kuro’ III is bedecked with gold on the heel counter and covered in complementarily-coloured floral markings.

The Limited EDT x ASICS GEL-Lyte Vanda Pack is available now from Limited EDT.

DIADORA COLABS WITH AFEW & HANON ANNOUNCED

Both Hanon and Afew announced collaborations with Diadora this week. Hanon are picking up on their ongoing series of transport-themed collaborations with the Italian-made V7000 ‘Midnight Express’. As the name suggests, the shoe has been influenced by night-time travel, its dark colourway a nod to InterCity Sleeper that carries weary travellers across vast distances in Europe. The colab will be available in limited numbers from April 1 at Hanon.

For their collaboration, Afew also bring us an Italian-made V7000. Taking the notion of sneaker addiction to the extreme, their ‘Highly Addictive’ colab is themed around a pharmaceutical theme, complete with medical-inspired box and blister packaging. The shoe is set to drop April 22 through online raffle. Head to Afew’s website for the full details.

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