Recent drops such as the Jordan Shine, and RF x Puma XT-2 have changed the standard for quality of sneakers. Keeping with the trend, the New Balance M996 got a pretty lush makeover. Scrapping the traditional suede and mesh upper, these feature beige pig skin. The trim in navy blue bison leather. A contrasting red outsole and two-tone laces tie this silhouette together nicely. These are part of the “Distinct Collection” which is inspired by the Wild West, and is available through select NB retailers such as HAVEN
The Nike Air Tech Challenge Hybrid returns in another original colorway except this time, they won’t have any aging or chipping but a clean look. The colorway brings us back to the very beginnings of the Agassi line as vibrant colors don the uppers and outsole. Be ahead of the game and Buy yourself a pair now.
Nike Air Tech Challenge Hybrid
The day you can finally put your stupid face across a sneaker is finally here, and no, you’re not signing a million dollar deal, adidas is launching their “mi adidas” app. The app will allow you to, from your phone, upload a picture of whatever you wish (we eagerly await the pending list of off-limit items) to be printed across your very own ZX Flux. This event pictured features a few people who got the opportunity to test it out, and if you look closely you can see the possibilities. We cannot wait for this, the possibility for hilarity/coolness is palpable. As always stay tuned to MN for the latest.
The Saucony Grid 9000 is receiving yet another makeover, this time in grey, neon and tonal blues. Suede, mesh and leather are represented here in intricate pairings that give them a subtle yet eye catching aesthetic, something we’ve come to expect from Saucony. The Grid 9000 is a classic, if you’re looking for something to kick around in you should look no further, cop these now.
July 4th might’ve been a few weeks ago, but Nike Sportswear continues to roll out patriotic colorways for the remainder of the Summer on an unexpected silhouette. The Nike Barkley Posite Max hasn’t been seen in a new colorway for quite sometime, so no wonder NSW whipped these Hybrids in a special colorway. Look out for these to release on August 1st, 2014 at a retail price of 235
Nike Barkley Posite Max
Color: White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy
Style Code: 588527-100
Release Date: 08/01/14
Like Nike Flyknit, Nike Flywire, and Nike Air technologies, the Nike Huarache platform was born in performance running and swiftly applied to other sport categories. Designed under the lens of reduction, the Huarache platform was one of Nike’s earliest attempts to give athletes exactly what they need to perform and nothing more. Twenty-three years after the debut of the Air Huarache, Nike Sportswear reintroduces shoes that combine the functionality of South American sandals and the fit of neoprene waterski boots – the Air Flight Huarache and Air Huarache Trainer.
In 1992, Tinker Hatfield and a young Eric Avar put their heads together to repurpose radical innovation to fit the needs of hoopers everywhere. The Air Flight Huarache, the fruit of their brain merger, delivered a superior fit thanks to a neoprene innersleeve and leather exoskeleton that worked in tandem to offer players a responsive and comfortable fit. Among a select few sneakers to not bear a Swoosh, the Air Flight Huarache is a testament to the “less is more” philosophy.
Having successfully created a basketball rendition of the Huarache, Hatfield and Avar set out to create a cross-training shoe as well. The upper utilized a similar exoskeleton-innersleeve combination — with one addition. Recognizing the need for superior lockdown during resistance training and aerobic activities, a mesh strap was added, giving birth to boundary-smashing performance footwear.
The minimalist design of the Huarache dramatically reduced weight and inspired a new generation of Nike footwear designers to create footwear stripped to only the necessary components for elite performance.
The Nike Sportswear Air Flight Huarache will be available on nike.com and at select retailers beginning Aug. 8. The Air Trainer Huarache will be available on nike.com and at select retailers beginning Sept. 26.
Puma continues their classic Suede silhouette with an amped up look coming at you in a striking “Scarlet Red”. From head to toe these bad boys bleed red, delivered via a very Puma suede upper, translucent red sole, tonal leather lining and gold accents. These may not be Red Octobers, but they also don’t have a $3k pricetag or year wait, so head over and cop yours now.
Concepts has lent their refined palette to yet another sneaker, this time tapping Asics go create a fresh look for the venerable Gel Lyte V. The colorway features a predominantly grey upper in suede that gets accents of 3m throughout, giving a tonal look that keep things interesting. Red accents via the tongue and side panels add contrast while a speckled outsole grounds things out. Four lace options are included, and lucky for you the wait isn’t too severe, cop yours August 2nd.
If you’ve been lamenting the lack of purple sneaker options out there, today is your day. Reebok and size?, who happen to share a country of origin, have come together to create this “Purple Oasis” pack that sees the Classic and the Workout Plus drenched in purple suede and perforated nubuck. The tonal uppers add a simple contrast while stark white midsoles and “icey” outsoles drive the look home. These will be limited to 500 pairs each and will be available August 8th.
What defines heat and hype? In the sneaker community today that question is debatable. Heat to some might be considered hype to another, and vice versa. When really, a solid collection should just be well rounded. It should have diversity, rare pairs, and should represent the individual style of the owner. Enter: Julien Darnell… He’s been collecting sneakers for over ten years now. When asked what initiated his love for them Julien claims he just fell into it after conning his way into a job at Paragon. Well, he now has a dope collection which is constantly growing due in part to his job at Kith. Julien is the perfect example of “Wear What You Like”, and his photos taken by Kith’s resident photographer Tyler Mansour speak for themselves. Julien is a role model to the younger generation coming up in the community, but more importantly he’s the right kind of role model because he’s original. Below is just a glimpse of his collection which ranges from Saucony to Puma, to Nike to Asics. Feel free to peep his Instagram for more kicks and creative shots, or pop into kith to see what’s up and on foot.