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Jan 30, 2018
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Foot Locker x PENSOLE x ASICS GEL-180 // Preview

ASICS is teaming up with the PENSOLE design academy and Foot Locker once again to put a unique spin on the GEL-180 silhouette.

With an assortment of student design specialties within the program, one team would stand out among the rest to put their design into production. After the three week program comes to an end, a board of key panel industry executives will unite to review and evaluate each design from the six teams. The winning team will be awarded a ,000 compensation and see their final product release at select Foot Locker locations.

The PENSOLE x ASICS Gel 180 will launch exclusively at select Foot Locker stores around the world on February 24th. Check out the first episode of the video below and stay tuned for coming episodes to see what the students concept as the final product release.

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Jan 30, 2018
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adidas Originals Updates the EQT Support ADV With a Mid-Cut Silhouette

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Image via: adidas

This season, adidas Originals is breathing new life to the EQT Support ADV with a reconfigured silhouette, one that sees the classic runner transformed into a mid-top. Otherwise, the new model is faithful to the original EQT Support blueprint of the early ’90s, including the structural webbing tape extending down to the integrated 3-stripe mark on the compression-molded midsole. Up top, the sock-like Primeknit upper features a disruptive knitted pattern across the forefoot and a contrast pattern on the heel. A woven heel loop and essential adidas EQT branding round out the details. The kicks launch February 8th at adidas.com and select adidas Originals retailers.

Release Date: 2/8/18

 

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Jan 30, 2018
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Converse One Star // Spring Preview

After becoming a staple for skateboarders and streetwear advocates in the 90s, the iconic Converse One Star silhouette has made its resurgence yet again.

Similar to the color offerings as the recent Golf le Fleur collaboration, these styles appear in four bright color palettes just in time for the springtime weather on the horizon. Each iteration features a hairy suede upper with lively contrasting accents throughout.

The Converse One Star collection for Spring 2018 is set to launch at select Converse retailers and online on February 1.

Converse One Star

Release Date: February 1, 2018

Converse One Star
Converse One Star
Converse One Star
Converse One Star
Converse One Star
Converse One Star
Converse One Star
Converse One Star
Converse One Star
Converse One Star

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Jan 30, 2018
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Nike Air Foamposite One “Elemental Rose” Drops This Spring

Now one year removed from the Nike Air Foamposite’s 20th anniversary, the former hoops model requires new progression to create memories beyond its two decade mark. Everything has retro’d, we’ve seen many great themes, but in the months and years to come, it’ll be newness and uniqueness that carries the Foamposite into the next 20 years.

Off to a stellar start this year with the “Abalone,” “Chinese New Year” and women’s centric “Chrome,” this forthcoming rose colorway upholds the torch with a striking spring shade matched with black contrasts and an icy translucent outer.

What are your thoughts on this fresh Nike Air Foamposite One “Elemental Rose” colorway? Share your thoughts below and expect the release on April 20.

Nike Air Foamposite One

Release Date: April 20, 2018
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DETAILED LOOK: 2018 Nike Air Foamposite One “Elemental Rose” ? April 20th, 2018 || 0 More of a Rose Gold-ish colorway. Wait until we see these in the sunlight.

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Jan 30, 2018
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G-Shock and SBTG Team Up on a Collection Spearheaded by the DW-5600 Watch

Imgage via: G-Shock

Imgage via: G-Shock

G-Shock is set to launch a capsule release in partnership with Mark Ong, better known as the one-man customization workshop dubbed SBTG. The Singapore native handpicked the G-Shock DW-5600 for the project, citing the model’s origins as a forerunner in the G-Shock family. The digital watch is finished in a matte military green, with SBTG’s signature leopard camo surrounding the LCD display. Additional details include “bull bar” wire frame protectors in a nod to old-school G-Shock, as well as SBTG’s signature on the display and case back. Finally, activating the backlight reveals SBTG’s tag line, “Destroy To Create.” In addition to the a matching military shirt, skate deck and cap, the SBTG x G-Shock DW-5600 launches this Saturday, February 3rd, at select retailers in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

Release Date: 2/3/18 (Saturday)

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Jan 30, 2018
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A Look at Knitted Footwear Technology Across Brands

Knitted footwear continues to reign supreme among sportswear brands. A couple examples of this are the current must-haves on the market like the Flyknit-sporting Nike Air VaporMax and the Primeknit-backed adidas Yeezy Boost 350.

By opting to use knitted fabrics over traditional leathers, the footwear industry has dramatically decreased its impact on the environment over the past decade. This is the biggest benefit of brands implementing knitted fabrics into manufacturing.

Considering the infinite variations of colorways, layering options for patterns and proven support of the foot’s anatomy, it’s a no brainer that brands have been pumping out and revamping their catalog to feature knitted construction.

But which brand is creating the best knitted footwear? We all have our favorites — let’s breakdown some of the similarities and differences!

Nike

Nike Flyknit Trainer "Cirrus Blue"
Nike Flyknit Trainer “Cirrus Blue”

Nike initially announced its signature knitted development, Flyknit, with the introduction of the Nike Flyknit Racer and Flyknit Trainer in February 2012. Since then, Nike has created renditions and new models featuring Flyknit, even retro classics like the Air Jordan 3. The goal of Flyknit is to reduce the weight of athletic footwear by creating a shoe that is so lightweight, it basically goes unnoticed. 

The real innovation of the Flyknit uppers lies in its simplicity and minimalist design. Flyknit uppers are single layered, whereas traditional running shoes relied on multiple layers of padding to provide support and comfort for the foot. By analyzing decades worth of performance data, designers collaborated with engineers to precisely place dense filaments, known as Flywire, within the uppers that attach to the outsole, in order to keep feet properly placed. Instead of building on top of the foot and adding bulk, Nike executed a new design technique that resulted in products that were form fitting and weighed mere ounces, creating a second-skin feel.

adidas


Adidas UltraBOOST Uncaged “Carbon”

As proprietary as Nike considered Flyknit to be, adidas was developing a similarly minimal footwear reconstruction of its own. adidas’ Primeknit shared the goal of being a knitted lightweight, single-layered construction. However, the key difference from Nike’s Flyknit technique is that Primeknit uses fused yarn. Applying heat and digitally fusing yarn in specific areas is how the Primeknit uppers give athletes foot support, versus Nike’s embedded Flywires.

adidas’ adiZero project was focused on creating more lightweight footwear, but a trip to Techtextil Fair in 2010 was the beginning of Primeknit. Employees from adidas saw a glove that was made of thermoplastic fused yarn. This kickstarted the development phase for prototypes, and adidas Primeknit was released in a limited run of 2,012 pairs in August 2012.

The similarities of the Nike Flyknit and adidas Primeknit are almost identical and sparked a long running legal battle. Nike filed a patent infringement claim against adidas in 2012. Full coverage of that lawsuit can be read here.

Puma

Puma Ignite evoKNIT Red
Puma Ignite evoKNIT

In recent years, Puma has been enjoying a major brand overhaul with the help of their celebrity partnerships including Rihanna, The Weeknd and Big Sean. Aligning itself with some of music’s most trendy artists, Puma is staying in stride with the knitted footwear trend as well.

Titled “evoKNIT,” Puma’s own knitted technology maintains the lightweight and durable characteristics of similar shoes from other brands. The use of evoKNIT was first previewed with the Puma Ignite evoKNIT in 2016 and has continued to be quite popular. The innovation of the evoKNIT tech is that the knitting featured throughout the uppers is tighter in areas that wear and tear is more likely, and looser fitting in areas that would need more breathability and ventilation — a similar concept to the Primeknit approach.

Reebok


Reebok FlexWeave

Reebok is known for their classic silhouettes that commonly arrive in suede or leather materials. But with entire footwear industry pushing for higher sustainability and innovation standards, the Boston-based brand is jumping on the knitted trend with its newly announced Flexweave initiative.

The Flexweave knitted uppers are made by utilizing an open figure-8 pattern that can be woven with as many or as little threading needed in certain areas of the foot. To make it more simple to understand, the more threading that is used the stronger the stability and support the material will provide. The Flexweave will make its debut with the Reebok Fast Flexweave on February 1, 2018.

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With the entire footwear industry making sustainability and waste minimization top priorities, the use of fibers and knitting will most likely continue to grow in popularity. The textile industry is reaping some of the benefits, with materials like cotton and wool recently hitting record highs due to low supply, but high demand from footwear manufacturers.

What is your favorite pair of knitted sneakers? Let us know on our social channels.

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Jan 30, 2018
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Another adidas BYW Basketball Sneaker is Revealed

While the wait for the adidas BYW Basketball sneaker soldiers on, previews of the model trickle about before any official release details do. A model that first previewed via Pharrell and his rhythmic Jamaican pair, this Boost You Wear model is now seen in a much simpler execution.

Where the aforementioned pair engulfs red, green and yellow hues, this muted style is comforted by a white Primeknit upper with a soft pink ankle collar. Further, black laces and a matching heel tab converge over Boost cushioning formulated by the Feet You Wear pod system from the ’90s.

What are your first thoughts on this adidas BYW Basketball model? Take a closer look below and share your thoughts.

adidas BYW Basketball
adidas BYW Basketball
adidas BYW Basketball
adidas BYW Basketball

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Jan 30, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Murder trial begins for cop who shot mentally ill Bronx woman


The sister of an emotionally disturbed Bronx woman testified Tuesday about sharing a congenial elevator ride with an NYPD sergeant just before he killed her sibling.


Jennifer Danner was called as the first witness in the murder trial of Sgt. Hugh Barry, who sat solemnly at the defense table on the first day of the Bronx trial.


Danner started her testimony by recounting the scene in her sister Deborah’s apartment on the evening of Oct. 18, 2016.


“All of a sudden all of the officers rushed into the apartment,” Jennifer recalled. “I did not hear (Deborah) any more. I was myself yelling, screaming — ‘What happened? Did you shoot my sister?’”

Deborah Danner’s sister says NYPD cop fabricated story: suit


The answer was yes, and the 66-year-old mortally injured woman was wheeled past Jennifer on a stretcher.


Under cross-examination, Jennifer Danner recounted riding in the elevator with Barry as they went up to her sister’s apartment.


“He didn’t seem to be agitated or anything?” asked defense attorney Andrew Quinn.


“No,” replied Danner.

No changes in NYPD training year after Deborah Danner’s death


“He seemed to be friendly?” the lawyer asked.


“Right,” she replied.


Jennifer Danner acknowledged that while police were often called to the home of her sister, Deborah had showed any previous inclination to assault a cop.


“She never threatened a police officer with a weapon before?” asked Quinn.

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“No,” replied Danner.


The white officer shot the black woman after responding to a call for help at Danner’s apartment. He was indicted in May 2017 on murder charges, the most severe count possible, by a Bronx grand jury.


Barry became the first NYPD member to face a top homicide count since 1999 for an on-duty shooting. Four cops were charged in the 41-shot fusillade that killed unarmed Amadou Diallo as he reached for his wallet.


Jennifer Danner appeared after the prosecution and defense delivered their opening statements to the Bronx jury.


Assistant District Attorney Newton Mendys charged the fatal shooting of Deborah Danner resulted directly from Barry’s botched handling of the situation.


“The evidence will prove that Sgt. Barry failed — he failed in his training … he failed to listen to Mrs. Danner … he failed to grasp the actions of a mentally ill woman,” said Mendys.


Quinn, in his first address to the jury, said the officer — then in his eighth year on the job — made a split-second decision to protect himself when the older woman grabbed a bat.


“Hugh Barry had eight-tenths of a second to make a decision,” said Quinn. “He is allowed to defend himself. As tragic as it is … Mrs. Danner was the aggressor and she was about to kill my client.”


Mendys told the jury that Barry knew better than to shoot the 5-foot-6 mentally ill woman twice in the chest because of his police training.


“(Barry) was taught how to handle people who are emotionally disturbed,” said Mendys. “He made a bad situation worse … It is disappointing, and tragic on many levels.”


Mendys claimed the case came down to one question for the jury to answer.


“Did Sgt. Barry honestly believe Deborah Danner (posed a threat), and was that belief reasonable?” the prosecutor told the panel.


“If Sgt. Barry is not justified, then he is guilty. We are going to ask you to hold Hugh Barry accountable.”


Defense attorney Quinn offered an alternative account of what happened in the victim’s bedroom.


“Deborah Danner died because she was swinging a lethal weapon, a bat, at Sgt. Barry’s head,” he argued. “He was trying to help this woman. He was trying to follow the mandates of the NYPD.”


The victim’s sister filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city earlier this month. 

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Jan 30, 2018
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BAPE and Stampd Are Dropping Their Collaborative Capsule This Weekend

Image via: Stampd

Image via: Stampd

L.A.-based menswear brand Stampd has partnered with BAPE on a capsule collection made up of apparel, footwear and accessories. The Japanese streetwear mainstay brings its familiar design elements and silhouettes to the proceedings, including a metallic silver Roadsta and the iconic Shark Head hoodie, updated with Stampd’s nylon strap detailing and a chenille “LAGM” patch, short for “Los Angeles Gone Mad.” Additional pieces include a dual branded logo tee, camo swim shorts and a cotton-blend strapback cap. Check out the individual pieces in the gallery below and expect the goods to launch this Saturday, February 3rd, at BAPE stores worldwide. Customers in the U.S. can shop the collection at stampd.com beginning at 11 am PST. 

Release Date: 2/3/18 (Saturday)

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Jan 30, 2018
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Reebok Kamikaze II “Vachetta Tan” // First Look

Initially released back in 1996 as a signature model of high flyer Shawn Kemp, the Reebok Kamikaze II is seen nowadays in modernized styles when by the likes of Future, among others. But remnants of the shoe’s origins remain, even if slightly altered or riddled in premium materials.

Updated to expose premium vegetable tanned leather construction throughout the mid-cut upper, Kemp’s Kamikaze II here adorns tonal tan hues offset by white accents at the liner and midsole tooling. Release details for this Reebok Kamikaze II British Tan/Chalk White have not yet been detailed. Stay tuned for more.

Reebok Kamikaze II "Vachetta Tan"
Reebok Kamikaze II “Vachetta Tan”
Reebok Kamikaze II "Vachetta Tan"
Reebok Kamikaze II “Vachetta Tan”
Reebok Kamikaze II "Vachetta Tan"
Reebok Kamikaze II “Vachetta Tan”
Reebok Kamikaze II "Vachetta Tan"
Reebok Kamikaze II “Vachetta Tan”

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Jan 30, 2018
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atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Beast Pack 2.0” // Another Look

Last year the atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Elephant” stood, for many, as one of the most coveted releases of the year. The time-honored collaboration was re-released in accordance with Nike’s Air Max Day holiday. This year, Nike’s partnership with the Japanese retailer bears further fruit with another classic set to retro in March.

Originally dubbed the “Animal Pack,” yet not vindicated with an atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Beast Pack 2.0” identifier, the Air Max 1 offering effortlessly juxtaposes tiger, cheetah and tiger prints. This Air Max 1 will also be joined by an Air Max 95, unfortunately that pair has not yet been revealed.

For now, grab a preview of the AM1s and stay tuned for more details.

atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Beast Pack 2.0"
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Beast Pack 2.0”
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Beast Pack 2.0"
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Beast Pack 2.0”
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Beast Pack 2.0"
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Beast Pack 2.0”

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Jan 30, 2018
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adidas Originals Unveils the EQT Basketball ADV

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Image via: adidas

This season finds adidas Originals adding to its legendary EQT lineup with a new silhouette that translates the series’ distinctive design language into a new high-top basketball context. The new model takes the form of the EQT Basketball ADV, featuring a sculpted look built with a combination of knitted mesh and structural suede, along with an inner-boot design borrowed from legacy basketball sneakers. Details include molded TPU panels around the heel and forefoot for extra support, and classic EQT elements like the integrated 3-stripe mark, 3-stripe midsole details and heel embroidery in essential EQT Green. Retailing for 0, the kicks will be available February 1st at adidas.com and select adidas Originals retailers.

Release Date: 2/1/18 (Thursday)

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