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rick owens adidas springblade 1 Adidas x Rick Owens SS15 Springblade Sneakers

Adidas and Rick enter into their third season of collaborations with this new entry for the Spring/Summer 2015 season. Similar in nature and materials to last year’s tech runner, the shoe switches to a striking Springblade sole. The sneakers are a bit sleeker and lower than the former tech runners. Part of me wishes the upper on these was chunkier but the all black colorway definitely grew on me and stand out as the best model of the three.

All three versions of the sneakers are available now at Oki-Ni.

rick owens adidas springblade 2 Adidas x Rick Owens SS15 Springblade Sneakers

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ovo toronto store 1 OVO Toronto Store

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Drake’s label OVO (October’s Very Own) quietly opened up a Toronto flagship shop at the end of last year. The store located in downtown Toronto at 899 Dundas Street West.  The minimal shop features a full range of items from the OVO clothing and accessories including exclusives such as the below 6 God hoodie.

If you’re not in the 6, luckily you can still grab select items online via the OVO webstore.

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cavempt ss 15 collection C.E SS15 1st Release

Tokyo based streetwear label C.E had a big 2014. The brand grew it’s audience and distribution outside Japan and it continued to be a favorite of shop buyers and celebrities including Rihanna. The brand just made available it’s first pieces from it’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Amongst the collection is a small selection of a couple tees, a few sweats and two statement accessories (gloves and the neck scarf). You can also get a glimpse of what’s to come by checking out the video up on the site which was shot at the Tate London C.E presentation.

Shop the items directly via the C.E website.

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fragment design air jordan 1 retro high og 1 Fragment Design x Jordan 1 High OG Release

The team at Fragment design collaborates with Jordan Brand to launch the first sneaker in the new remastered Jordan line. The sneaker is a take on the Black Toe black red Jordans but with premium leather and the fragment design insignia on the heel. These are highly sought after and a very limited release so expect them to go extremely quickly

Look for them to launch at online Nike Lab at 8AM Saturday, December 27 and also at a few other select retailers.

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third looks best 2014 sneakers 1 Best Sneakers of 2014

2014 was a huge year for sneakers with countless memorable releases having come and gone. The sneaker industry is witnessing massive change and one can see the growing popularity of sneakers in the fashion community running parallel to the continued innovation within the sports/performance sector.

One of the key themes with sneaker design this year has been the development of more lifestyle releases that result from collaborations with varied parties from the streetwear and fashion worlds. In particular Adidas has continued to apply pressure to Nike through it’s established relationships with the likes of Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens , Kanye West and Pharrell. The later part of the year saw Nike continue to develop its SP (Special Projects) division with more limited and quickstrike releases that combine higher quality materials along with outside design influence from the likes of Errolson Hugh and Jun Takahashi.

As part of this commitment to the fashion industry, we see prices of certain more ‘luxe’ releases such as the Tisci x Nike Air Force 1 nearly reaching the pricepoint of high fashion designer sneakers. I think this is a good development in the long run as the sneaker giants are able to develop more innovative designs compared to largely apparel designers needing to figure out their own production and technology. It’ll be interesting to see if these trends perpetuate in the near year but in the meantime here is my personal list of the best sneaker releaes of 2014.

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nike sock dart 1 Fragment Design Nike Sock Dart Release

One of the best sneaker releases of the year with one of the worst product names drops today at 1PM at Nike Lab. This is the first in a series of four colorways that are the result of a collaboration with fragment design. Originally created in 1994, the Sock Dart was way ahead of it’s time. The sneaker is knit from a single piece upper varying in density and texture. Admittedly it took me a bit to come around to this sneaker, particularly with the strange flexible transparent strap in the place of laces. This is definitely one that heads are gonna regret sleeping on as it’s already been selling out quickly everywhere it’s dropped so far.

Look for the dark loden colorway of the sneaker to drop at 1PM on Nike Lab

Also available via END and DSM.

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neighborhood 20th anniversary collection 1 NEIGHBORHOOD 20th Anniversary Collection

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Japanese streetwear stalwarts Neighborhood celebrate 20 years this year. To mark their anniversary a capsule collection of essential NBHD items is being released which includes their trademark denim, riders jackets, a MA-1 and kung-fu jackets. I’m a bit excited to see more detailed photos of that nylon Kung Fu jacket as well as the black MA-1. Look for the items to start releasing at select Neighborhood retailers or possibly through their webshop.

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nike air force 1 mid cmft nikelab 2 Nike Lab Air Force 1 CMFT SP

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I had been waiting for some time to get a pair of Air Forces in premium leather and was really excited to see this Nike Lab release. While they may not look too different from standard Forces, a closer look reveals a few key differences. The leather on these feels way better than the regular sneakers. In addition the back tab is now left unbranded and have been given the reflective 3M treatment. These are also improved in terms of comfort, with added Phylon cushioning.  I just wish they would drop a Air Force Hi model of these as well.

Get the Mids and lows over at Nike Lab.

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The Soloist FW14 4 The Soloist FW14 Arrivals

 

I’ve loved much of what The Soloist has put out since the brand first began 10 seasons ago. It’s clear now that the brand’s DNA is a significant evolution from Takahiro’s previous brand Number (N)ine. Unfortunately it’s always been a challenge to find the really great pieces from the collection outside of Japan. The retailers that do carry it in North America have a tendency to play it safe and avoid the really interesting pieces which are the core of what makes The Soloist one of the most original labels out. I’m glad to see HAVEN really did their thing this time around with this Fall/Winter buy.

The item that stands out to me the most is the above Rough Out Work Military Jacket which is basically an ill sheepskin version of the M-65.  This stands out to me as one of the best outerwear pieces of the season and a definite grail despite the almost $4000 pricetag. The rest of the buy strikes a nice balance too between statement pieces and core staples. The below waffle hoody has a great texture and color and should work nicely with alot of brands. The MA-1 is another twist on the bomber which the brand has executed in the past.

Browse the entire collection over at HAVEN.

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adidas tubular release Adidas Tubular Release & Stockists

Anticipation for the release of the Adidas Tubular runner has steadily climbed and now that day is here (at for those of you in Europe). Hype first started building through blurry leaked photos of the sneaker allegedly linking the design to the forthcoming Kanye West ‘Yeezi’ collection. Since then we’ve seen a steady flood of news and photos from sneaker and streetwear websites, basically billing the shoe as a brokeboy version of the Adidas Y-3 Qasa. Seeing that the retail price of $110 is less than 1/3 the price of the Qasa, it’s no wonder that there’s so many people excited to rock these sneakers. The sneaker itself is an amalgamation of popular Adidas models; borrowing the sole unit from the aforementioned Y-3 Qasa and the back support from the ZX Flux.  The sneaker is an attempt to update the Adidas classics line with a more minimal high-tech feel and in that goal it’s successful. My only criticism of the sneaker is that the  branded front leather tab feels out of place and takes away from the other clean lines.

adidas tubular release 2 Adidas Tubular Release & Stockists

If you’re looking for these sneakers, they’re available at quite a few stockists worldwide. If you’re looking to cop online,  I hope the below links help , note that not all the links will be live just yet. Expect them to sell out quickly but rest assured that more colorways of the sneaker are on their way and there should be more stock arriving at stores soon.

North America

Adidas

Footlocker (8AM Release)

Footaction (Midnight Release)

Finish Line

Extra Butter

Eastbay

Karmaloop (Pre-Order)

Europe

Karmaloop UK

Stuarts London

Sole Supplier

Caliroots (Pre-Order)

End Clothing

Drome

Hanon Shop

Worldwide

Adidas

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