Russian retailer FOTT has crafted a lookbook in celebration of Italian label ASPESI Spring/Summer 2013 apparel pairings for the new season. Men's staples are neatly outlined in this photo set, which sees clean shirt, jacket, and trouser combinations laid out. A focus on wearability, fabric, and streamlined silhouettes seems to be the theme throughout the collection, with highlights such as versatile sweaters, linen blazers, and lightweight military-inspired jackets all shining through. With a thoroughly impressive showing, ASPESI's line of casual essentials are now available in full from the FOTT online store.
Looking for a pair of sneakers to match your flashy game on court? Look no further than the artist edition of the sixth shoe in Chris Paul’s signature series from Jordan Brand. Given the name “Supernova” very bright colors are placed on the CP3 VI AE black upper. Not only that, but the left and right shoe feature a different color scheme. There is no word on a release date yet but if you are wanting to get these bold shoes then continue to check out Sneaker Files in order to find out more information.
The Shadow 500 never seizes to disappoint, especially since it has been a top choice for collaborators that work within Saucony. Remembering how much of a stir was caused when Saucony released the anticipated Bodega pack to the public, the “Cotton Candy Pack” will most likely create the same amount of hype as the other Shadow 5000 releases. This pack is actually a collaboration between Play Cloths, a praised street-wear label, and the renowned Saucony Shadow 5000. The two, releasing a trio of colors of elegant design.
The bubblegum pink, lemon twist yellow, and blueberry fluff color-ways sport star perforations around the toe. You read correctly, star perforations. Besides the eye-catching stars, the shoes are wrapped around in suede while sitting on top of a white/gum outsole. To finish up, Play Cloths emblem is marked up on the tip of the tongue to show collaboration between Saucony. These are scheduled to release in the coming weeks so stay tuned for the exact release date.
Oh did Ray Horecek and the PUMA innovation team aim for the stars with this new design. PUMA introduces the Mobium Elite, the pure nature of performance. While fiddling around with contraction and expansion, designer Ray Horecek and PUMA successfully developed a sole that spreads naturally to cushion any impact. There are three main parts of this shoe that makes it what it is, the mobium band, windless chassis, and expansion pods. We already understand that the mobium band is powered by the force applied which returns more of a spring whenever contacted. The windless chassis changes in length, height, and proportion along with your foot’s natural movement. And the expansion pods provide cushioning, protection, and flexibility where needed the most. All three are explained more in detail on PUMA‘s site. Many colorways are already available for purchase on the PUMA website as well.
Besides the one of a kind technology, the Mobium Elite is stylish from the tongue down. The open upper air mesh, lace closure, and synthetic overlay should be a very popular feature on the shoe. The Mobium Elite has defiantly just distinguished itself between other running athletic sneakers. What are your thoughts on the PUMA Mobium Elite model? Leave a comment after the jump.
Almost 10 years ago to the day, LeBron James signed a historic seven-year, $93 million contract with Nike before playing a single game in the NBA. In 2001, Allen Iverson signed a lifetime extension with Reebok, before his initial 10-year contract was completed. That exorbitant contract was said to have a payout of no less that $10 million per year. In 2012, Derrick Rose signed a “lifetime” contract with adidas, which is actually a confirmed 14-year, $260 million deal. Outside of Derrick Rose and Nike Basketball’s trifecta of James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant, finding another NBA stars with a popular signature sneakers is difficult. However, with a new influx of talent in the league, we discuss who is Next In Line to receive a signature sneaker.
Before detailing who we think will receive a lucrative shoe deal, and have the dream of their own sneaker materialized, we must first provide a framework. At the turn of the century, Nike Basketball boasted a robust nine signature models. As of today, Nike Basketball, and its Jordan Brand subsidiary, combine for five signature sneakers. During this time, we have seen the focus narrow to absolute superstars. Gone are the days of fringe stars receiving their own sneaker after one All-Star season. It seems brands would much rather create a PE (player exclusive) makeup for good players, than provide them with a sneaker baring their names. However, does that have the same effect as a specific player wearing his own shoe?
In the last three or four years, the sports fan has become extremely familiar with the term “market.” Whether it was Dwight Howard wanting to be in a larger market, or LeBron James wanting to escape a small market, we have learned more about the business side of sports than most of us would like to know. On the surface, it would be safe to assume that a larger market would equal more branding opportunities. Increased branding would surely increase sales and trump any “big fish in small pond” superstar, right? Not so fast. Of the three Nike Basketball athletes, two have played and flourished in small markets. That individual success has reflected success signature sneakers. LeBron spent seven years in Cleveland, and Durant plays for Oklahoma City. Both cities are considered small markets, and both players are considered transcendent superstars. More importantly, both have longstanding thriving signature shoes. Conversely, Carmelo Anthony’s signature Jordans, though admirably popular, cannot claim the same esteem among fans. New York is the largest of large markets, and Melo’s sneaker campaign easily equates to the others. That sparks the question, is it the market or is it the individual in the market that spells success?
Enter Kyrie Irving. The young, gregarious star has moved up the NBA ranks very quickly. He went to Duke University in 2010 as one of the most highly recruited and decorated players in his class, and left the number one draft pick, despite only playing in 11 games. Having the unenviable task of being “the man” after LeBron, Irving has navigated his way to the brink of superstardom. He easily cruised to the NBA Rookie of the Year in his first NBA season. Irving’s exploits were enough to make a struggling Cleveland Cavaliers team a must watch. That momentum led to the summer of 2012, where as a member of the Team USA Select squad, he torched the gold-medal winning team repeatedly. His dazzling talent opened the eyes of many, and vaulted him to one of if not the most popular young players in the League.
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Care to get your hoop on? Kicks Deals has you covered. Signatures from The Answer, the Black Mamba, and King James are all on sale at the moment. Find out what, how much, and where by clicking here.
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After answering a multitude of questions in his rookie season, Allen Iverson‘s signature shoe had to revamp its name. The Reebok Answer I was a tribute to Iverson’s cutting edge style, and progressive play. Like Iverson, the Answer I was unlike any basketball shoe before. Before they release again on Friday, May 24, Nice Kicks gives you an on-foot look, and discusses the elements that made the Reebok Answer I an iconic sneaker in the latest installment of Live Look.
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Iconic silhouettes are overpowered by natural beauty on the Nike Air Max EM “Sunset” Pack. Orange-to-yellow gradient shines on Engineered Mesh takes of the Air Max 1, Air Max 90, Air 180, Air Max 95, and Air Max 97. Perforations play to each model’s original paneling, making for a flexible and breezy fit. Look for the Nike Air Max “Sunset” Pack to launch this June at select Nike Sportswear accounts.
Nike Air Max “Sunset” Pack
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Diemme puts a premium spin on the current camo craze by dipping three silhouettes in the popular motif. The Diemme Bonito chukka, Garda slip-on and Marostica Low all receive camo upgrades, with the Garda sharing space with white leather. The Bonita sits atop a Vibram Christy sole, but both the Garda and Marostica are finished with white rubber soles. The Diemme “Camouflage” pack is available now at select retailers.
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Releasing on June 1, 2013 is the Stella McCartney x adidas Barricade. The adidas Barricade is a tennis performance sneaker that fuses technical superiority with standout style. The sneaker features optimum support, and an all-mesh upper for breathability. Caroline Wozniacki will debut the Barricade at the French Open, and it will be worn by multiple adidas ambassadors at Wimbledon. The adidas by Stella McCartney Barricade will be available for $125 at select adidas Tennis retailers on June 1, 2013.
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Earlier this year, the top high school basketball players in the nation were invited to compete in the Jordan Brand Classic. Thanks to Jordan Brand, we were able to get our hands on a pair of the Air Jordan XX8 “Jordan Brand Classic” West PE. The sneaker features a decorative red and black upper complimented by gold-colored accents and branding. This colorway was worn by players on the West JBC squad. Should more XX8s with patterned uppers be released? Let us know in the comment section.
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Solebox has been doing many collaborations this year and now visuals have been revealed of their latest project with Saucony on the Shadow 5000 model. “The Lucanid” showcases the sneaker with an all black upper with neon accent of orange and green on each respective pair. Be on the lookout for these sneakers to drop, both colorways will be made available on June 15.
Award-winning Italian shoemaker Giuseppe Zanotti builds upon his young men’s line with the release of the Maxi Fringe Sneakers. A juxtaposition of influences, Zanotti blends the colors of Africa - as he describes it - with some simple street elegance and exotic flare. The calf skin suede upper features a fully-functional zipper system on both sides and at the heel of each sneaker while round leather laces, a black rubber sole unit, and maxi fringes complete the package. This item is currently available online for €595 EUR (approximately $462 USD) in either brown or black.
Every good super hero has a sidekick and for Batman, it is Robin the boy wonder. Your Batman collection isn’t complete without Bruce Wayne’s ward. Display this DC Comics Robin 4-Inch Mini-Statue proudly, right next to the Caped Crusader. This statue features Robin having just dropped in from a high distance atop a circular base. [...]
Gear Patrol is a website almost purely focused on a romanticized idea of adventure for the modern man. It makes sense that its editor-in-chief, Eric Yang, would be a similarly classic gent. Ultimately vintage in soul, Yang seems shaped by a taste for things handmade and sturdy. His tools reveal a deep understanding of quality across generations, as well as a preference for tactility; a handmade letter opener, weighty vinyl discs, and a mini-flashlight all indicate a hands-on approach to life. This distinctly American quality from the Tennessee native is accentuated by the keys to a Land Rover, as well as Steinbeck's Travels with Charley: In Search of America. Amongst other gems, Yang's prized camera collection highlights a preparedness, a confidence in the present unseen in many men. For these reasons and more, Eric Yang is the latest subject of Hypebeast Essentials.
This Captain America Face 14 oz. Mug puts Steve Roger’s mug on a…mug. Imagine you and Captain America face to face as you sip your morning coffee. This Captian America Face 14 oz. Mug is Captain America blue and can hold up to 14 ounces of liquid. Isn’t it time that you had some face [...]
Lifestyle brand COMUNE presents a lookbook presenting their collection of Summer 2013 apparel. The video lookbook was shot in and around Detroit, MI, giving a striking, unique framework for COMUNE's line of graphic T-shirts, plaid casual shirts, shorts, and denim. From the cobwebbed stairwells of an abandoned building to a silent beach cove on the lake, COMUNE's versatile collection meshes gothic and motor culture influences with contemporary sensibilities, perfectly contextualized by the setting. This impressive, smart video was shot and cut by Kevin Castanheira. Look for COMUNE's Summer 2013 collection on the brand's web shop.