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July 31 2014

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5 posts tagged "Sneakers"

EXCLUSIVE: A First Look at the Nike Mercurial Superfly HTM in Volt

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If you’ve been watching the World Cup carefully, you may recognize this sneaker as a version of the Nike Mercurial Superfly boot many players have been wearing on the pitch. Well, Nike’s A-list design brain trust composed of CEO Mark Parker, designer wizard and Air Jordan maestro Tinker Hatfield, and Japanese design superstar Hiroshi Fujiwara have made it street-safe by giving the boot’s Flyknit upper the Free sole treatment. The trio, also known as HTM, are known for creating some of the most innovative, coveted sneakers Nike makes. This one is no exception. “HTM is a creative outlet for me to continue to explore new concepts in design,” Parker told Style.com. The electric Volt colorway, debuting exclusively here, is the second iteration of this particular concept, which flips Nike’s top-level performance features into a fashion-forward context. Get ready for the release on Saturday if you want a pair, because they’ll be gone in a flash.

Nike’s Mercurial Superfly HTM in Volt goes on sale July 12 at global NikeLab retail locations and on nike.com/nikelab.

Photo: Courtesy of Nike

Editor Obsessions: Common Projects Achilles Sneakers

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cpsEvery day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

These are such a no-brainer, I hesitate to even put into words why they’re so necessary right now. Just like we need food and sleep and coffee to survive, we need crispy white Italian-made luxury sneakers or life is just not worth getting out of bed for. Look no further than Common Projects—there’s a reason why they’re the go-to for true menswear bosses around the world. You can literally wear them with anything (or nothing—summer!), so that cost-per-wear ratio undoubtedly works in your favor. The only problem is that CPs can quickly become an expensive habit, so good luck limiting yourself to just one pair.

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Common Projects Achilles sneakers, $410, Buy it now

Photo: Courtesy MrPorter.com

Is New Balance Really Suing Karl Lagerfeld?

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Karl Lagerfeld is being sued by New Balance over a pair of “confusing” kicks, according to TMZ. The sneaker giant claims that Lagerfeld’s black-and-white leather, suede, and mesh sneaker (complete with “K” block letters) is a blatant copy of a classic New Balance design. (Lagerfeld’s shoe is available for $360 at Net-a-Porter, if you’re interested.) It seems New Balance is being a bit sensitive here. Not only has Lagerfeld designed fashion sneakers for years (most notably for Chanel), but the man has built a career on taking an irreverent approach to luxury fashion. These shoes aren’t a copy—they’re simply an appropriation of a classic, decidedly unglamorous shoe. It’s an homage, not a knockoff. And really, who sues the Kaiser? The debacle brings to mind Jeremy Scott’s debut collection for Moschino, which featured a prominent McDonald’s motif. There was no legal squabble over Scott’s Happy Meal handbags, nor did Nickelodeon and Hershey lawyer-up about his SpongeBob sweaters and candy-wrapper gowns. With that, we rest our case.

Photo: Net-a-Porter.com, NewBalance.com

EXCLUSIVE: A First Look at the New Puma x Ronnie Fieg Collab for Dover Street Market

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Ronnie Fieg has made a name for himself as a guru of sneaker collaborations. His remixes of classic designs from brands like Asics and New Balance send streetwear kids into hype-fueled frenzies, regularly creating block-long lineups at his shop, Kith in New York, and instantly selling out online. Among his most coveted collaborators: Dover Street Market. His latest, releasing at DSM and Kith stores later this month, is the Puma XT-2 “Achromatic,” an aptly named retro runner that features no color and no branding, just a premium black-and-white Italian glove leather uppers with a supple calfskin lining and quilted detailing.

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“Removing all branding is daring and risky, but the opportunity to sell product based on quality alone is very rewarding,” Fieg told Style.com. “When the consumer purchases this product, they are not paying for the branding, they are paying for the most luxurious upper ever constructed on a trainer.” A bold claim, one we’ll have to wait with everyone else for release day to confirm.

los angeles sneaker company thinks small

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More designers than ever are expanding into childrenswear, and to our unending delight, the trend of shrinking the adult pieces to mini-me scale shows no signs of slowing. Our latest “aww!” moment came today at the Creative Recreation press appointment. The L.A.-based sneaker company—a top seller at Barneys—is now offering kid- and toddler-size replicas of everything from their main collection. The pair above won’t debut until the holiday season, but www.modernmunchkin.com has a selection of styles available now. Because it’s never too early to develop a sneaker fetish.