Jordan Brand is back with another Air Jordan 1 Mid Nouveau, this time in a slick combo of Wolf Grey and white. Starting things off is the shoe's grey leather upper, which features perforated accents across the toe box and sides, and contrast stitching across the panels. Below is a crisp white midsole finished with an icy blue outsole. The Air Jordan 1 Mid Nouveau Wolf Grey/White is now available from Sneaker Politics for $135 USD.
Adding to its list of collaborations and exclusive releases for the year, British retailer size? has linked up with Reebok for this "Purple Oasis" pack featuring two of the footwear company's most iconic models: the Classic and Workout Plus. Both models of the pack feature pastel purple uppers in a mix of rich perforated nubuck and buttery suede. White midsoles and translucent outsoles, along with minimal branding, keep the focus purely on the design and unique color story for each shoe. Produced in a limited run of 500 pairs each, both models will be available in-store and online exclusively at size? for £75 GBP (approximately $125 USD) each.
PUMA gears up for the outdoors with the release of this "Rugged" pack that features both the Trinomic XS850 Plus and Trinomic Disc models. The Trinomic XS850 comes in two colorways, one featuring a slate grey leather upper, the other with a black and tan upper along with camouflage accents. As for the Trinomic Disc, the sneaker sports a tonal black leather with hits of orange found on the pull tab and branding. The XS850s from this pack will be available on August 1, while the Disc will release on August 16 at PUMA stockists.
Leading up to the release of Diplo's forthcoming album Random White Dude Be Everywhere, the Mad Decent bossman has made the 12-track album available for streaming. An electronic blend of the producer's influences from hip-hop, EDM, trap and bass, the project consist of cuts and exclusives from the likes of Steve Aoki, Travis Porter, Waka Flocka Flame, THUGLI, and more. A collection of his most popular anthems from recent times, look for hits like the meme-inspired NOLA bounce tune "Express Yourself" and Missy Elliot-sampled moombahton anthem "Boy Oh Boy." Random White Dude Be Everywhere is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Keep up with more music news over at HYPETRAK.
One of the first New Balance models that utilized synthetic materials -- a novelty at the time-- the New Balance 530 instantaneously became iconic upon release. Back for 2014, the shoe returns with a predominantly grey mesh upper complemented by navy and orange accents. Underneath is a comfortably ENCAP-cushioned midsole in a mix of grey, black and white. The New Balance 530 "Running Grey" is now available from Wish for $100 USD.
Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, better known by his production alias Kygo has released his remix of The Weeknd's latest hit "Often." Keeping to the track's downtempo composition, the Norwegian producer puts an ethereal touch to the already poignant number, adding tropical samples over a bed of dynamic keys. Followinghis summer touring the festival circuit, Kygo has announced his "Endless Summer North American Tour" this fall with support from Amtrac and Thomas Jack. Enjoy his remix to "Often" here and keep up with the latest music at HYPETRAK.
The beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is brought back to life with this collaboration with FILA in honor of the upcoming movie. For the special occasion, FILA reached back into its rich archives to bring forth the M-Squad model, which was an iconic sneaker in the '90s streetball scene.
Sticking with the franchise's motifs, the upper is clad in a green tumbled leather with a perforated tongue. Moving down, we then find camouflage on the back of the tongue, collar, midsole and foot bed. Finishing details include vibrant orange accents on the overlays, laces and the classic "M" logo. The package will come in a limited-edition box with the film's logo and unique, brick-patterned tissue paper.
No word on a release date yet but expect to see these soon at select FILA accounts.
Happy Socks has debuted its lookbook for Fall/Winter 2014 with a cheeky new photoset. The lookbook highlights the Swedish brand's latest patterns on foot coverings, as well as its foray into underwear. As such: wild paisley, colorful polka dots, geometric triangles and fruit-themed pieces all take center stage, sure to add a detailed twist to any getup. Enjoy this look through Happy Socks' newest pieces, then head over to the brand's website to purchase pieces from the Fall/Winter collection.
Japanese artist Hiro Sugiyama has joined forces with French retailer colette for a quaint little candle. Dubbed "Divin Mimosa," the candle incorporates top notes of bergamot and mandarin, along with a base of sandalwood and musk. The candle also forms part of Sugiyama's exhibition with the boutique, which is currently on display until August 30. Priced at $40 USD, the Hiro Sugiyama x Colette "Divin Mimosa" candle can now be purchased at colette.
For what is sure to please the fans of Charles Barkley, Nike has released a new colorway of the Barkley Posite Max, which was originally released in 2013. The shoe features a white leather and foamposite upper, along with subtle hits of navy blue. A translucent sole is then utilized with a speckled air bubble to serve as support. Finishing touches include the subtle stars dotting the upper and the American flag insole. The Nike Barkley Posite Max will release at Nike's online store and select stockists on August 1 for $235 USD.
The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Jon Buscemi to discuss his eponymous sneaker company, which has quickly garnered a following for its luxurious high-top sneakers. Certainly no stranger to the footwear industry, Mr. Buscemi first made major waves with Gourmet before moving on to found Greats and Buscemi. With Buscemi, he's been able to corner the market for high-end sneakers by using only the finest materials and keeping his production in Italy. In the WSJ piece, he discusses how he was able to get stocked at the finest boutiques and the inspiration behind his sneakers. Check out an excerpt below and head here to read the piece in full.
The brand’s co-founder and creative director, Jon Buscemi, who started his career as a stockbroker, said he was able to snag prized shelf space in ritzy stores for his unknown shoe line by taking the sneaker industry’s limited-edition strategy to the extreme. Instead of issuing a series of limited-run models, he decided to invent a whole brand that would be known for its
He said he was inspired by the Hermès Birkin bag—an expensive, sought-after handbag that the French company doesn’t advertise and offers only to selected customers.
Mr. Buscemi and his partners said they wanted to create a sneaker-world equivalent. “I can’t just walk around with a purse,” said Buscemi’s vice president of marketing, Rob Heppler, a streetwear blogger who was working at an ad agency when he helped hatch the plan with Mr. Buscemi, his friend.
As part of its 2014 summer dispatch, ASICS present another bold rework of its GT Quick silhouette. Here, the '90s runner features complementing colors, with a grey suede upper offset by a light blue tongue patch, lining and heel counter. Blue hits at the white midsole alongside a grey heel counter continue the sneaker's bold look, while a black outsole and laces round out this colorway. The ASICS GT Quick Grey/Blue is now available from Titolo for €132 EUR (approximately $175 USD).
Peter Jackson brings forth the latest trailer for his upcoming film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies -- the third in the trilogy of films adapted from the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film will serve as the conclusion to the installments as we finish the story of Bilbo Baggins and his team of Dwarves in their adventures. A story of friendship, loyalty and courage, we should be in for a treat with the breathtaking scenery showcased in the previous films as well as the action that ensues. Check out the trailer above and keep an eye out for the film when it reaches theaters on December 17.
Sport Blue releases from Jordan Brand will hit in a big way starting in August. One pair we have yet to see till now is the Air Jordan 1 Mid that also takes the soon to be popular color.
The uppers on this Air Jordan 1 Mid uses wolf grey and also appears to use some metallic silver. Sport blue makes its way onto the various branding and sole with white on the midsole.
Although we do not have a specific release date yet, Premier has them now for $105.
USA Basketball is almost underway and Nike has and will continue to roll out the releases. Today we get official images of the Nike Barkley Posite Max known as 'USA'.
Charles Barkley inspired 'Barkley Posite Max' comes back with a white base with embossed stars on the uppers and around the heel. Blue tinted translucent sole, speckled air unit and black around the midsole finishes this pair off.
Hitting retailers Friday, August 1st 2014 for $235.
Before there was a "home’"screen button on the phone in every pocket and a digital clock in the corner of every computer monitor, the principle means of checking the time was a casual flick of the wrist. But the closer we move to embracing complete connectivity in a digital world, the more beloved the analog tools of yesteryear become. Case in point: the wristwatch, once an essential for punctual sartorialists and hard-working tradesmen alike, now enjoying a massive resurgence in necessity through expression of style.
Selecting a watch that speaks to one’s character can be an intimidating experience. For some, a watch is the means to an end, and little else. But for others, it’s an expression of character or a rite of passage. What Hypebeast will be exploring in the coming series, is how the wristwatch is best served as a medium of expression. And that expression — be it style, practicality or commemoration, comes in many shapes and forms, and doesn’t have to be the cheapest, or conversely the most expensive. We’ll be focusing on what to look for in a quality timepiece, and just how to present the right message while on a budget of USD $2,000. Get the most out of your money, tell the right story, and click here to start the journey.The Inner Workings: Quartz vs. Mechanical
In 2012, the Swiss watch industry produced over 29 million timepieces, accounting for more than USD $23 billion in exports. While not meteoric in its year-on-year growth, the watch industry is still enjoying something of a quiet renaissance, and is growing to meet increased demand. Naturally, this also comes with rising prices in both the luxury and casual markets. But demand also spurs the growth of choice — widening the range of amazing wallet-friendly options that would not only appease collectors and aficionados, but also the style-conscious looking for the perfect statement piece: regardless of the nature or volume of said statement.
Appreciating the story and complementary style that the right watch pairing can bring is always important, but of equal importance is in the guts of the watch itself. Do you like the simple, economical and worry-free reliability of a ticking quartz movement? Or do you prefer the complexity and romance in the self-winding whir of a mechanical movement, characterized by its elegant sweeping seconds hand? Cachet aside, practicality must be considered. For example, a decent Swiss-made Ronda quartz powered watch is usually accurate to within about 15 seconds a month, compared to a mechanical watch which could err anywhere between 5 and 25 seconds a day (depending on whether or not the movement has been regulated for improved accuracy and certififed by COSC, which traditionally drives up the value of the watch). Furthermore, quartz movements are also significantly less prone to be affected by physical shock or magnetization, making them arguably more reliable and worry-free than a typical mechanical watch.
Because of the low cost, reliability and accuracy of quartz movements, it’s no surprise that of the 29 million watches that Switzerland produced in 2012, only 3 million were powered by mechanical movements — that’s just one mechanical watch for every 10 quartz watches. Granted, mechanical watches have always been more expensive than their quartz counterparts, but that’s not just for the cost of entry. Mechanical watches typically require a mandatory servicing (re-lubrication, calibration, etc.) every five or so years to maintain their accuracy — a procedure that requires a greater time and monetary investment than the simple changing of a quartz watch battery. So ultimately, while mechanical watches might carry a bit more cachet than their quartz brethren, the required service intervals will likely always keep them in the minority for both demand and production.How Much Should You Spend?
If you’re leaning towards the practicality of a quartz-powered watch, note that because the self-contained, battery-powered movement itself can be had for around USD $10, there’s little reason for even a Swiss-made Ronda quartz-powered watch to cost more than $500. There are of course exceptions to this rule, but those examples are a far cry from the reliable quality of a Victorinox or Timex.
As we move away from the lower-priced thresholds of quartz movements, you’ll notice that you can quickly make a sartorial statement with $1000, or $10,000. Granted, they’re different statements of style, but statements just the same. The challenge with finding the right watch, is being able to make that statement without taking out a second mortgage or selling your kidneys.
In the coming series, we’ll be examining a wealth of context-specific watch styles with great heritage or technical aptitude for well under USD $2,000, along with what justifies their prices. Ultimately, knowing how much you’d like to spend, and what you need the watch for, will best help you narrow down your search. So as you find your next watch, remember that what’s on the dial is just as important as what’s beneath it.
Derrick Rose is ready for next season and watching some of his videos during Team USA practice, his knees look good. In Las Vegas, Rose and Robbie Fuller introduced his next signature shoe, the adidas D Rose 5 Boost.
The adidas D Rose 5 will be the first signature shoe to utilize the Boost cushioning, technology that is responsive and delivers the best energy return. Boost has been tested for a year through NCAA and NBA players.
Derrick Rose has said the following:
"Having the Boost cushioning in my new signature shoe makes it the most favorite of mine that we've ever done," said Rose. "I've played in them for a couple months, but every time I put them on it feels like a new shoe and it's the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn. Now, I can't imagine playing without Boost in my shoes."
"Boost is a groundbreaking development, not just for adidas Basketball but for athletes across all sports," said Fuller. "The Crazylight Boost and D Rose 5 Boost shoes combine to bring our most innovative basketball footwear to the court to truly transform the way the game is played."
So far, the adidas D Rose 5 Boost will release 'Home' and 'Away' colorways along with 'Alternate' and 'Brenda' models. Launching to retailers October 23rd 2014 for $160.
Expect the LeBron 12 to start releasing right before the NBA Season and another pair to add to the list is known as Lion Heart.
The Lion Heart Nike LeBron 12 features a simple red and white colorway, with red being placed on the mesh uppers and white making its way on the posite material. Small hints of crimson outlines the Swoosh and is also seen next to the LBJ logo.
Rumor has it the Lion Heart LeBron 12 will release on October 31st 2012 with a retail price of $200.
The latest edition of 1-2-1 w/ jeffstaple resurrects a long-dormant creative collaboration between two greats, with jeffstaple interviewing the one and only Common. With his Nobody's Smiling LP fresh on the shelves, the Chicago native sits down with the designer for a stroll down memory lane. Common fondly recalls his surprise at the success of his breakthrough single "I Used to Love H.E.R.," then giving firsthand accounts of his thought process in select highlights of his extensive discography. Enjoy the latest episode of 1-2-1 above.