We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service - Review
It's easy to go into a 'comeback' album review with a certain level of skepticism. More often than not, these project will result in disappointment and negative hype as artists fail to jump the bar they have set for themselves. (You can listen to Dr Dre's 'Compton' for further proof of this issue.)
However, A Tribe Called Quest have obtained themselves a certain level of leeway when it comes to this 'comeback' project. The pioneering group have declared this album there last, so expectations were understandably inquisitive towards if the group would supply the goods or not. But low and behold, ATCQ have indeed gone out with a pleasant bang. We Got It From Here plays out as an excellent conclusion to the careers of a group that will forever stand tall as one of the greatest to ever do it. For those expecting something brand new, you will not find that here, WGIFH rolls out playing on the groups already established strengths, including lyricism, flow and of course, style, all points that fans of the group have already developed over their careers.
We Got It From Here plays out as an excellent conclusion to the careers of a group that will forever stand tall as one of the greatest to ever do it. For those expecting something brand new, you will not find that here, WGIFH rolls out playing on the groups already established strengths, including lyricism, flow and of course, style, all points that fans of the group already know they developed over their careers. ATCQ play on the high levels of nostalgia the Tribe have obtained from their old hit records, and WGIFH develops this nostalgia further, while simultaneously reminding listeners that this is, in fact, a conclusion of the group's work.
One stand out/surprise part of this LP is the track 'Conrad Tokyo' which includes an exceptional vocal performance from Kendrick Lamar, showing the Tribes ability to combine old and new, and to think forward without fear. Overall we rate this project, and hope to catch the group on their last ever world tour.
It's Sunday and time for photograph of the week, where we shine the spotlight onto a highlight image taken by our in-house photographer during the working week. This week's image is a strong on the foot shot of the latest Air Force 1 high rendition to arrive at Soleheaven HQ in Midnight Turquoise and Rio Teal, which comes with premium leather uppers, radiating plush vibes from top to bottom. The sneaker is highlighted by a robust gum midsole which Ant has linked up to the light stone of the location this one is shot at. Exceptional stuff.
Nike first dropped the Air Pegasus all the way back in 1983, making the runner an OG, and a silhouette that defines time testing. From then, Nike continued to innovate as the sneaker amassed some serious popularity on both the tracks and streets. Skip to 1989 and the Pegasus was one of Nike's strongest sneakers, and Nike released the '89 issue, updating the midsole with famous 'Air Technology', providing even more adaptability to the wearer.
Through the decades to date, the Pegasus '89 has become a cult classic. The model has maintained its heritage-inspired form throughout the test of time. For 2016, Nike have remixed the OG runner and reissued the model for all weather conditions with water repellent uppers provided by durable synthetics and an overlying toe tip to ensure your feet remain dry and warm throughout anything.
Looney Tunes are dropping in the Toon!
Sneakerheads will want to pay close attention to this release. Nike are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the cult classic film Space Jam. They are doing this in an amazing fashion by releasing the iconic Air Jordan 9 “Space Jam” iteration which first featured in the film. Did you ever watch Space Jam? If you are a 90’s kid, then you probably did. But, for those of you who haven’t, its essentially a classic film where Michael Jordan plays basketball with Bugs Bunny & other Looney Tunes characters forming the "Toon Squad" to go up against the ruthless “Monstars” who are wanting to take over the Looney Tunes world.
The Jordan's were featured in the film several times, firstly in Michael Jordan’s trophy room when Bugs Bunny goes to collect the sneaks from his crib and also when MJ is practicing for the final game against the Monstars.
The iconic colour-way features a clean white tumbled leather upper which provides both strength and durability, the white colour-way extends onto the tongue and outsole. Which is segmented by a black midsole & a glistening mudguard which extends to the collar of the sneaker and around the back of the heel. Red accents are featured throughout the sneakers on the branding of the heel, tongue and Jumpman on the midsole, this iteration balances out perfectly, from the materials used, to the inscriptions on the soles, creating a beautiful sneaker that has a timeless style.
But thats not all folks! This is just the first drop from the anniversary celebrations as the Jordan XI "Space Jam" are to be released later this month, so make sure to stay "tuned" to Soleheaven's social media and blog for updates.
Available 08:00am GMT 03/12/16
Releasing in very limited numbers in a size run from UK 7-11.
Priced at £160
In 1987, the Nike Air Max 1 debuted its revolutionary visible air technology, and people were instantly blown away. The sneakers design takes inspiration from the Le Centres George Pompidou in Paris, which has the layout of a building reversed, it's completely inside-out. Tinker wanted to create a sneaker following a similar design, thus originated the visible air unit. This sent people crazy as you got more than just the feel of the Air-Sole comfort. All of a sudden they could see the technology. From that moment the Air Max 1 has been a huge hit. Becoming one of Nikes staple silhouettes attracting athletes and collectors alike, thanks to its groundbreaking technology and a wide range of collectible releases and unusual colourways
So here we have the newest iteration of the Air Max 1 Ultra Essential sporting a Light Bone & Bluecap colour-way. The ultra essential Air Max are made up from a lightweight, canvas uppers as opposed to the typical mesh. No-sew skins provide a much more premium fit giving the wearer a breathable, comfortable fitting shoe. The phylon midsole gives the sneakers extra durability and lasting wear. Of course they are boasting the visible Air-Sole unit in resting inside the heel which provides lightweight cushioning for all day comfort.
Personally, I love this Air Max 1's aesthetic. Small grooves in the the mudguard, imitate the sands of a Zen garden, which replicate ripples in water, which could explain the light blue mudguard. The insole has a tasteful floral print using a mix of pastel colours. Even the accents of Canyon Gold on the heel and sock-liner break up the shoe cleanly with a contrasting pop of colour. These are the subtle additions that make this release stand out from the rest and make them that much more desirable.
We love watching Complex Sneaker Shopping. To anyone not sure about the web series, it features culture dons 'COMPLEX' taking various celebrities to the best sneaker stores in the states to find out what brands and models they're feeling at the moment, and what their thoughts on
To anyone not sure about the web series, it features culture dons 'COMPLEX' taking various celebrities to the best sneaker stores in the States to find out what brands and models they're feeling at the moment, and what their thoughts on sneaker history and culture are.
For our blog, we thought we would pull together some highlight episodes our team have enjoyed. If you've never seen an episode before, this mini list could be the perfect introduction to the series, enjoy!
During a late night web browse, our buying director Callum found this 'Definitive Guide' to cuffing, rolling and stacking your denim. At Soleheaven HQ our team understands the importance of how your pants meet your sneakers, and this guide summarizes everything perfectly for the budding style guru or anyone looking to step their game up and improve their look.
In the guide, you can find advice on all the different ways to roll dependent on your style, and the sneakers you have on, and, in the authors own words; "Solving one of menswears most confusing dilemmas for good."
The Trailbuster has been long praised by New Balance fans as an essential sneaker concept. The ideas behind the Trailbuster stem from New Balance as a brand, and their suburban inspired heritage as a company. The Trailbuster does what its states. The sneaker comes prepared for any terrain and an array of situations with tooled up synthetic uppers, boot laces, and a robust, comfort ensuring foam midsole.
Aside from the benefits the specifications can bring to the wearer, the sneakers look great too. With multicoloured pull tags on the heel and special rope laces forming the final touches.
Following closely behind his hugely successful album from earlier this year titled 'STILL BRAZY', YG has just dropped 'Red Friday', a compact release of 7 full tracks featiring the likes of 21 Savage and longtime collaborator, DJ Mustard.
Before we get into this record, you should know we loved Still Brazy, YG's first commercial release since he was shot 6 times in a gangland attack. Still Brazy was so strong because it turned back the clock, combining old school Westcoast flare with contemporary elements and styles. The production across his last release was exceptional and inspired, and this has continued across to 'Red Friday', at a more steady pace.
This new mixtape doesn't leap out the block as rigorously as Still Brazy, it takes a more low-key and toned down approach to things, late night listening if you will. Tracks like I Be On, roll out steadily, with a beat complimented by slow burning but hard hitting vocals.
In our opinion, RED FRIDAY defines YG's state of mind. After surviving a hit on his life, the rapper has become fearless, and this is evident through his attitude and music. His passion comes through from track to track, and after watching his recent 'VICE/NOISEY' episode, it's easy to see why YG should be an artists you have to keep your eyes on.
Welcome back to photograph of the week!
We're gonna keep things straight to the point in this issue. The winning image comes from the latest season New Balance, specifically the fully suede EPIC pack, which Ant has laid out beautifully for a well orchastrated shot, allowing the colours to contrast and make the other stand out.
AIR MAX SPECIAL EDITION/PREMIUM COLLECTION.
Nike have updated four signature silhouettes with triple black 'Special Edition' uppers, subbing the traditional panels with synthetically fused materialization, using indenting and debossing to keep the iconic templates alive.
The four iconic models Nike have selected are; the Air Max 90, the Air Max Tavas, the BW and the legendary 95 Ultra.
Each iteration uses the same combination of materials across the board with a combination of black multi-density foam and toughed up synthetics. Each sneaker comes with the same levels of superior comfort that thrust each model into the sneaker limelight, and these stealthy black iterations won't be around for long, so act now while they're still on our shelves!
‘For The People’ is a social design experiment conducted by New York boutique Extra Butter to give the masses an inside look and chance to participate in the creative process of designing a limited edition sneaker. Extra Butter took to social media to let you cast your votes. Along the way, followers made sneaker history by helping decide shoe model, concept, colourway, material, and even reviewed first-round samples via Periscope livestream.
Rounds of voting and feedback posted on social media gave the general public the power to ultimately decide this project’s theme and art direction, inspired by the American pastime of ‘A Night At The Drive-In’.
The iconic Shadow 5000 takes on the form of classic cars from 50’s Americana, giving this release a truly unique look. Built in full grain leather, Wolverine pigskin suede and patent leather, this Shadow 5000 not only looks but feels great too.
It’s always been noted in the sneaker world that Extra Butter always go the extra mile to ensure their collaborations standout from all the rest, notably with early Saucony projects such as the 3 way ‘Space Snacks’ pack, which took a space theme to another world. This offering is no different including printed insoles and special edition 50’s inspired box. And just in case getting to choose the collaboration direction from day one wasn’t enough make them feel like your own you’ll have the choice of 3 pairs of laces to finish them in your own way.
We love the Extra Butter tongue branding, using a pair of pink rear-view mirror dice to finish off the vintage automotive look.
Get your pair while you can, all sizes are very limited and won’t be around for long.
Releasing Online at 00:00, 26/11/2016.
Priced at £115.
*At the time of release.
A sneaker we're focusing on through Black Friday, and the Winter season, is the Nike Air Presto Utility because we understand, and want to share the benefits a pair could bring to your sneaker arsenal.
*Please note. During the Black Friday weekend, the Presto Utility Low is available for £75, and the Mid £82.50 with code 'BLACKFRIDAY16'
Whether you walk, cycle or commute, this comfort-enhancing sneaker comes easy to clean and wear, and we're putting the model through some rigorous testing to explore the durability, maintainability and materialization of the sneaker via trial by ICE. We've tested the sneaker against the most extreme conditions possible so you don't have to, challenging the utility concept. We've called it project 'Black Ice'
We submerged the forefront of each Presto Utility model into water, then completely froze each foot over a 12 hour period, putting the synthetics through one hell of an endurance test to see how they faired once the ice had thawed out.
With every change in season comes varying challenges for your footwear rotation, especially throughout the darker, icy months. This is what lead Nike to step up to the mark and update the street famous Air Presto. After thawing out, the interior lining of each sneaker remained dry, and the uppers themselves remained unscathed from this intense endurance test. Overall this makes the 'Utility' iterations unmissable for anybody still seeking the perfect pair for winter.
Be sure to keep your eyes on the Soleheaven social channels to ensure you don't miss out on any of our unrivaled offers, some of which are only available for limited 2 hour 'lightning deals', so you have to be on the ball to catch the best deals as soon as they go live, we don't want you missing out!
This is the season for savings, and here at Team Soleheaven, we're driven to make sure our customers get the best deals on the best sneaker models.
Get your pair now to see you through to the warmer seasons with ease.
The Presto utility is available with Soleheaven in both mid cut and low iterations in varying colours. You can shop the full collection here.
The track used in the video is Fumes by Submerse.
Every year, Skateboarding OG's THRASHER host 'King Of The Road', a no holds barred skateboarding scavenger hunt around the States, hosted by some Skate dons and featuring teams of professional and amateur skaters battling it out for points to win big. 2015's season is now streaming in the UK, and it's pretty good.
This year's teams include 'TOY MACHINE', 'BIRDHOUSE' and 'CHOCOLATE', and the series is 3 episodes in on VICELAND, and little 'webisodes' are available on the TRASHER youtube channel. Enjoy catching up, we know we did!
This week, each member of the Soleheaven team has selected a track they've been feeling at the moment! The tracks range from old to new, and we're certain you will dig them all, so without further ado, let's get into it; MUSIC FOR THE SOLE: STAFF PICKS.
Callum - Merchandise Director
SNOOP DOGG - THAT TREE (FT KID CUDI)
Ant - Photographic Content Manager
DEAD PREZ - HELL YEAH
Simon - Store Manager
SKEPTA - NASTY
Harry - Assistant Manager
JAY Z - FEELIN' IT
James - Content Writer
ISAIAH RASHAD - HEAVENLY FATHER
Jacob - Sales Assisstant
BIG SEAN - DESERVE IT
Ollie - Sales Assistant
ME AND YOUR MAMA - CHILDISH GAMBINO
The Pegasus is a great sneaker to photograph. The streamlined profile of the heritage runner has been an iconic Nike silhouette for decades now and is a sneaker favored by generations.
This hanging on the foot shot not only encapsulates the Pegasus's great form, but also catches the seasonal atmosphere in the background, making for a great photograph, and our photograph of the week!
Every now and then, Nike launch a sneaker that epitomizes the brands ability to think forward and continuously innovate contemporary footwear. This is exactly what Nike have done with the Footscape Chukka, combining unique panels with an intricate woven design for a head-turning aesthetic. The Footscape debuted in 1996, which again proves that Nike are one step ahead.
Below the soft touch uppers, Nike have built the sneaker with a super lightweight foam midsole, cut with deep flex grooves for adaptability in every step.
"Dickies® is committed to maintaining its position in the industry by producing hardwearing functional workwear that combines quality and value for money: the philosophy that has seen it become an instantly recognizable brand with a proven reputation."
Born in 1918 from industry workers, Dickies work wear was an instant hit for its performance, comfort, and durability. The brand established with an ethos to manufacture working attire that featured a host of work beneficial attributes for the working American. The companies roots lead back to Texas, the home of the 'all American', where the brand quickly gained enough of a reputation to be the number one overall manufacturer for the country, including producing the US Military uniforms for the second world war.
In 1950, Dickies expanded across the pond and into Europe with the intention to bring their iconic American clothes and footwear to a new audience who would instantly feel the benefits, and by the 90's, Dickies had established themselves globally, including the UK, where the brand was praised for its affordable, rugged, trusting wear.
Through the 1990's, Dickies became fashionable with various subcultures around the world, including skaters, b-boy dancers, and hip-hop fans, the brand quickly became a cult icon, and was often seen in movies, or worn on stage by musicians across the genre spectrum. Dickies described this themselves as 'Unexpected', however, their strength and versatility as a brand allowed them to continue, strength to strength and progress beyond workwear into a host of lifestyle options for almost anyone.
At Soleheaven, we've just received a whole host of Dickies boots, just in time for the turn of winter. Our new range contains a spectrum of adaptable dickies products, from the classics to some modern models, all ready for just about anything with traction enhanced soles, and the famous durability and toughness that brought the brand international fame.
Some music is undeniably good, regardless of taste or preference. Whilst it may not be your cup of tea, the passion and talent behind certain tracks cannot be denied. That is how we feel about Coops. No matter what kind of music you are into, Coops could be the ideal introduction to UK Rap thanks to his melody selection, moving lyrics, and unique swagger that makes a Coops track a Coops track.
That is how we feel about Coops. No matter what kind of music you are into, Coops style, lyrics, and flow could be the ideal introduction to UK Rap for almost anyone, a scene which is often slept on compared to UK Grime, which often misrepresents the UK scene as a whole. Since the intro track to his debut mixtape 'Lost Soul' we've been huge fans of the North London based rapper. His honesty is prevalent through his work. His transparent lyrics give you a glimpse into the life and mindset of Coops, as he battles demons through each track, discussing a range of intelligent, dynamic topics, similar to that of Akala, but a lot more toned down and with a whole lot more cool. From 'Lost Soul' to his second project 'God Complex',
From 'Lost Soul' to his second project 'God Complex', Coops maintained his steady and effective pattern of releasing well produced, well thought out music, inspired by an array of influences from around the world, portrayed through the voice and mind of a London based, humbled MC.
We hope to hear and see as much as possible from Coops through 2017.
Don't miss this one! For a limited time only you can get the BEST prices on all basketball sneakers, only with Team Soleheaven. Across our court collection, we've knocked down prices on the likes of the Hypershift, Bruin, AiR Jordan Horizon, and many, many more, which could be the ideal gift for the budding b-ball player in your life this Christmas, or maybe you just want to treat yourself to something new for the streets.
Don't wait though... this offer is exclusively for ONE WEEK ONLY, meaning you only have a limited time to cop something from this offer. Sizes won't be around forever so act fast and remember to use #TEAMSOLEHEAVEN to share your new crepes!
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