May 29, 2017

ICYMI: The Sneaker Week in Review – May 29

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!

NIKE SF AIR FORCE 1 MID REVEALED

Sometimes a shoe can leak months before its release, leaving a hefty amount of pining and speculation before you can get it on foot. Luckily, that’s not the case with Nike’s SF Air Force 1 Mid. Following the leak of a low-quality photo of the model at the start of the week, eight colourways were officially confirmed just a few days later. Whites, blacks, creams and even searing reds are included – some with gum soles and others with white. The model features dual zips, like the ACRONYM Presto and does away with the survivalist collar strap of the original SF AF-1 High.

The Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid in ‘Black’ will be available June 8 through NDC and select Nike stockists. Release dates for the additional colourways are yet to be announced, but should follow shortly after.

ADIDAS TO RE-RELEASE THE YEEZY POWERPHASE

Following an uber-limited release through the Yeezy Supply online store, the adidas Yeezy Powerphase is finally set to see a wider release on June 4. Yeezy Mafia are reporting that those in New York and Los Angeles will be able to reserve pairs on adidas Confirmed as soon as May 31. The Twitter account has enjoyed a lengthy run of leaking accurate Yeezy information – so, while nothing is official as yet, it’s best to play it safe and stay alert in the days to come.

The adidas Yeezy Powerphase will release on June 4. Stay with us and we’ll fill you in with updates as they come.

AN ADIDAS NMD CITY SOCK GORE-TEX SAMPLE LEAKED

The Three Stripes and Gore-Tex have built a strong rapport by working together on models like the Stan Smith, Hamburg and ZX 8000 – and it looks like they’re extending that catalogue to include the NMD City Sock. The news comes by way of an IG user who managed to get their hands on an unreleased sample bearing Gore-Tex’s logo on the instep and heel. If the sneaker is like its predecessors, inclement conditions will be stopped from assaulting your feet by a liner equipped to wick away any moisture.

As it is a sample, the NMD City Sock Gore-Tex isn’t guaranteed to release. We’ll keep you in the loop with updates as they come.

CLOT X NIKE AIR VAPORMAX REVEALED

The collaborative powerhouse that is CLOT has joined the elite group of brands lucky enough to have their own Nike Air VaporMax. Predictably, the shoe has been completely immersed in the brand’s signature red, save for the black Flywire support peeping out along the side. A small phonetic spelling of the word ‘vapour’ sits on the red airbag, while various CLOT branding appears on the tongue, heel and outsole. There’s no doubt that these blazing hot shoes will be in high demand, so it might be time to start drawing up a battle plan.

At this point the CLOT x Nike Air VaporMax doesn’t have a set release date but we’ll keep you posted.

NIKE REVEAL 2017 'BE TRUE' COLLECTION

Nike continue to show their support for the LGBT community with a fresh collection of ‘Be True’ kicks for 2017. Having already caught sight of a ‘Be True’ Flyknit Racer earlier in the month, we can now confirm that not only will that release be hitting stores, but that it will also be joined by colourful renditions of the Cortez and the Air Zoom Pegasus 34.

The Nike ‘Be True’ 2017 Collection will go on sale June 1 through NDC and select Nike stockists.

LEAK HINTS AT A UNITED ARROWS X ADIDAS NMD_R2 COLAB

Instagram leakers continue to keep adidas on their toes, this time by sharing a preview of what looks to be a United Arrows NMD_R2. Apparently constructed with cosy grey marl material, the nomad has a two-tone outsole and grey shanks that protrude from its hefty BOOST sole unit. Given that this is a leak, everything about this shoe is speculative – but United Arrows’ ampersand logo does appear to be stitched onto one of the tongue tags.

There’s no guarantee that this NMD_R1 will hit stores, though we’ll let you know if a release date is announced.

NIKELAB DEBUT THE ZOOM FLY SP

Nike are celebrating their efforts to break a two-hour marathon with a new runner – the Zoom Fly SP. The Swoosh tapped the tech maestros at NikeLAB to create the shoe, which serves as a more durable counterpart to the strictly performance-focussed VaporFly models. That said, everything needed to whip around a race track is still in play. A 10mm heel-to-toe offset assists propulsion, while a full-length, carbon-infused nylon plate has been slotted into the sole for increased stiffness.

Most striking aspect of the design is the replacement of knitted upper with a translucent stretch-woven upper. Reinforced with simple stitching, the material is adorned with motifs that commemorate the Breaking2 effort – replete with finish line checkers, a digital clock and a race track.

The NikeLAB Zoom Fly SP will be available on June 8 from select Nike accounts.

PATTA X VANS OLD SKOOL MEAN EYED CAT PACK

After first slinking out of Harajuku in 2015, Patta’s ‘Mean Eyed Cat’ has come back. Working this time without Beams, Patta and Vans are delivering us Vans Old Skool pack coloured in ‘Black Coffee’ and ‘True White’. The colab draws from a song by Johnny Cash, in which he laments driving away a woman and her mean-eyed cat. Cash never was reunited with his old flame – but, thanks to this drop, sneakerheads finally had a second chance.

The Mean Eyed Cat Patta x Vans Old Skools released through Patta over the weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for a release through additional retailers.

THE MINI SWOOSH HITS THE AIR FORCE 1

In our opinion, a shoe can never have enough of those big-belly Nike logos – so it suffices to say that we’re big fans of this Air Force 1 Low ‘Mini Swoosh’ release. Like the Air Max 1 and Zoom Air Spiridon before it, an additional Swoosh has been introduced to the toe box of the AF-1 for the stalwart silhouette’s 35th anniversary. Three colourways have been revelead, with each featuring premium grained leather. The tri-tone red, white and blue version also throws a slice of nylon into the mix.

The Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh pack hasn’t got a precise release date just yet, stay tuned and we’ll let you know.

THE 'WHITE CEMENT' AIR JORDAN SPIZ’IKE OG IS SET TO RETURN

One of the more divisive Jordan Brand models is set to return this year, ten years since its debut. The ‘White Cement’ Spiz’ike is a busy remix, containing recognisable parts donated by Jordans 3, 4, 5, 9 and 20. Though many have posited that the blended basketball shoe doesn’t live up to the sum of its parts, it certainly does present a unique spectacle. With its over-the-top lacing system, tall tongue and elephant print panels – we don’t doubt that even the naysayers will have a slight soft spot for the freaky Jay.

The Air Jordan Spiz’ike OG ‘White Cement’ will be landing at Jordan Brand stockists on June 20.

THE NIKE CORTEZ JEWEL MAKES A COMEBACK

Nike have dug down to the bedrock of the brand’s history to dust off the classic jewel Swooshand mount it on their historic Cortez model. The upcoming release is one of the cleanest back-to-basics iterations we’ve seen in a while – with nothing more than white leather and EVA contrasted by a sole wedge and a little Swoosh. It’s a fitting tribute to the grandaddy silhouette of Beaverton (the Cortez is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year) as well as a welcome addition to the current Jewel revival.

The Nike Cortez Basic Jewel will be available from June 3 at select stockists, as well as online from NDC.

ANTI SOCIAL SOCIAL CLUB DROP A VANS COLAB

An Anti Social Social Club x Vans colab dropped last week – and despite the mantra printed on the laces (‘expect the unexpected’) it is, more or less, what we’d anticipated from earlier sneak peeks. The colourway is very much on brand for Neek Lurk, the brand’s founder and designer, coupled with some classic Vans styling. The Pink soles sport a wavy ‘Get Weird’ logo beneath the heel, while – with the exception of pink stitching – the black Sk8-Hi and white Authentic have been largely left alone.

The Anti Social Social Club x Vans colab went on sale through DSM stores on May 26.

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