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Jordan Brand Is Further Cementing Their Legacy

That's right I started this article off with a pun, don't judge. Today we are excited to announce that we are receiving the legendary Jordan 3 'Black Cement'. A sneaker that is renowned across the globe gaining a legendary status, they have been seen on the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z and countless other celebrities.

The Black Cement 3's made their debut back in 1998, their success with the public led to them re-releasing as a Retro in 1994, 2001, 2008 and 2011 and of course 2018. This time it's monumental, why you may ask, well its a celebration for their 30th anniversary, how insane is that?! They have held such a high interest for three decades and will most likely continue to do so for decades to come, not many other sneakers can boast that fact.

The branding has gone back to the classic look with 'Nike Air' adorning the heel instead of the recent Jumpman logo so for all you OG fans out there that should get your heart racing a little.

Constructed with a rich tumbled leather on the upper in Black, complemented with the show-stealing Elephant print on the mudguard and heel, whilst Cement Grey rests on the tongue, ankle collar & eye-stay, broken up with the crisp white midsole. The dark tones set up the Fiery Red to make their impact which proudly displays the Jumpman logo and wraps the sock-liner and eyelets. 

Available to purchase at 08:00 am GMT (17/02/18)


Nike Air Max 98 'Meridian Line' - Exclusive To The UK

If you keep up to date on popular social media channels you will have seen images of these Air Max 98's floating around, but that still doesn't stop them from making an impact when you see them, they hold distinct visual qualities that set them apart from your typical sneakers. 

20 years ago, Nike released the Air Max 98, following a similar shape to the beloved Air Max 97 predecessor with a sleek aesthetic and the full length air unit. Nike have kicked off the celebrations for this anniversary with a bang, releasing the Gundam & Tour Yellow colour-ways in January and now moving into this UK exclusive, which is lucky for us and those of you who live in the beautiful land of the United Kingdom, it may be cold & wet most days, but it's all worth it for moments like this when we get blessed with exclusive kicks.

1998 was famously the year that the International Space Station was launched into Earth's Orbit. So Nike have taken this momentous moment as inspiration behind the colour and design of the sneakers. With the Pearlescent Gold accents representing the mask's visor of the Astronauts spacesuit as well as the Golden solar panels that can be seen on the space station, where the White base is resembles the crisp suit. Additionally 2018 can be seen on the heel tab in a futuristic Sci-Fi font and '98 on the tongue as a celebration of the 20th anniversary. To further emphasise this futuristic flex the mesh panelling has a 3M underlay to give a vibrant and bright look in the day and night. Bold AirMax branding adorns the inner flanks for a distinct aesthetic that is sure to grab the attention of everyone in your vicinity. 

The 'Meridian Line' nickname stems from '0° 0°' that can be seen on the toe-box, symbolising the Longitude & Latitude of Greenwich (located in London) which birthed the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). As the United Kingdom grew into an advanced maritime nation, it became internationally adopted in the International Meridian Conference of 1884. Terence Sambo is the fashion editor for Pause Mag and was asked by Nike to tell the story of the Air Max 98 and he said "It's a city that never sleeps, so it’s only right that the basis of time “00:00:00” for the entire world has London at its centre.”

The Air Max is built for city life, with a robust nature that can survive the daily wear and tear of the urban jungle, whilst the air unit keeps you light on your toes making that daily, bustling commute that little bit easier, allowing you to adventure and explore all day long.

These are available to purchase at 08:00 am GMT on Friday (18/02/18), in very limited sizes and only available on the U.K site.


Did Soleheaven Just Get Some Bespoke Nike Air Max Nike?

Feast your eyes upon the latest pack from Nike, a stunning duo that features two iconic silhouettes from their extensive archive. The Air Max 90 & 95 have been crafted with a defined Python effect leather that wraps the mudguard, whilst a finer Rattlesnake adorns the upper panelling, the sneaker is covered in a muted Tan hue which provides the perfect natural balance for any outfit. The python style has been used before by Nike, but not with this decadent finish that gives these a really premium aesthetic.

When you see these in hand you will be genuinely be taken aback. The execution from Nike has been nailed looking like a bespoke sneaker that the maestro's at Clothsurgeon would produce. The Air Max 90 is dominated by the snakeskin effect for a more punchier look, whereas the 95 has a more subtle flair to them for those of you who like the style but prefer to keep it a little low key, the rest of the 95 is made up from a buttery suede and the usual canvas at the top for that durable edge.

If I personally had to pick between the two I would choose the Air Max 90, they have the punchier look with the bold comparison and definition. Creating a style that is unique and stands out, and what better way to walk into the Spring than with a pair of these.

The Air Max 90 will be priced at £115 where the Air Max 95 come in at £119. Both styles will be available to purchase at 08:00 am GMT Thursday (15/02/18), in limited sizes so make sure you get ahead of the crowd to avoid missing out.


Music For The Sole! Top 5 Greatest Hip / Hop Soundtracks In Film

With the imminent arrival of Black Panther, the company have displayed a true blockbuster, and that's just the soundtrack! With the anticipation of the brand new Marvel superhero release at fever pitch, TDE and co have dropped an absolute scorcher of an album. Is this the greatest Rap Soundtrack album ever? It got us talking in the office and we've decided to present our top 5 greatest Hip / Hop soundtracks in film. Apologies in advance!

 

5. Django Unchained 

Known for his meticulous use of music and soundtracking to his pop culture odes, Quentin Tarantino, a known Hip / Hop enthusiast and Wu-Wear wearer, managed to execute on a melting pot of genre's into his ode to the spaghetti western. The soundtrack sways from masterful pieces from western genre masters like Ennio Morricone to the outlandish of raps Teflon don Rick Ross, and even a mash-up of James Brown & Tupac on the titular track, unchained, using the tracks The Payback/Untouchable from each respective artist. The reason it's marked so low? Well, there was a track from a little-known artist named Frank Ocean that didn't make the cut because it was 'too good' in Tarantino's words, and by god, it's some of the most heartfelt music from RnB's current king.

4. Street Fighter

Remember this dumpster fire from the 90s? Nah, don't blame you mate. This outstanding piece of nostalgia gave us another timeless Jean Claude Van Damme as Guile (with glorious the flat top), and one of the only handful of movie performances from pop superstar Kylie Minogue. What we'd like you to remember is the suprisingly rap dominant soundtrack. Straight off the bat, we've got the title track being delivered by Ice Cube with the usual ferocity displayed by a man who starred in Are We There Yet? (and it's film sequel... and it's tv series) with the title track Street Fighter. It doesn't stop there either, as we've got rap royalty across the soundtrack! Nas in his ILLMATIC form, The Pharcyde, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and MC Hammer's duet with American Football superstar Deion Sanders... though maybe we could forget about that. All around, a surprisingly top job for a bad, bad, not good movie.

3. Black Panther

A slightly premature evaluation, but let's be honest, no other big-budget franchise Hollywood movie has gone all in on a Hip / Hop soundtrack and allowed an Artist / Record label to have full creative control over their vision for the project. Without even a sniff of the movie premise, we're willing to put this over some classic movies. It's our blog, go make your own. Kendrick and the TDE family have pulled through with an eclectic mix of rap, hip/hop, electronic and RnB to mesh with the high octane ( we presume) pacing of the film. Every single song is a pleasure to listen to, with the album running like a companion piece to DAMN (similar to Untitled / unmastered - TPAB) with the biggest artist on the planet collaborating with the best of best in Raps world. Front to back this is a JAM.

2. Man With The Iron Fists

Throwing this curveball in, but what a pedigree this film has. Iron Fists began it's life as a RZA (of Wu-Tang Clan / Wu Wear / Coffee with Bill Murray fame) passion project, channelling his Shaolin interests into a big budget (development hell) martial arts extravaganza starring Russel Crowe (of Gladiator fame), Lucy Liu (of Kill Bill / Charlie Angels fame) and Dave Batista (of Batista Bomb fame), plus your boy RZA (writing, directing, producing and starring). How could anything top that? Well let me introduce you to the soundtrack:  several members of the Wu-Tang Clan such as Ghostface Killah, U-God, Method Man, Raekwon, RZA and their affiliates such as Kool G Rap featured on the album plus Kanye West, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Freddie Gibbs, Corinne Bailey Rae, Flatbush Zombies, Freddie Gibbs, Joell Ortiz, Wiz Khalifa and The Black Keys. Production is provided by RZA, Frank Dukes, BADBADNOTGOOD, Yeezy and S1. Almost the GOAT, but unfortunately there can only be one...

1. Training Day

Slight cheat on this as we're including songs licensed for the movie and not just the soundtrack, but even still, could there be anything else? Dr. Dre, P Diddy, Gang Starr, Xzhibit, Clipse, M.O.P. and Cypress Hill headline a jam-packed exhibition of 90s hip/hop, even throughing a spotlight to upstarts (at the time) Nelly, Krubsnatcha, and Pharoahe Monch, with an unexpected David Bowie and the Bad Bad Family jam over the track American Dream featuring in there. For us though, there's one scene, one song, one quote, one moment and that's all that matters 

Today's a training day, Officer Hoyt...

 


Gifts For Him & Her This Valentine's Day: Spread The Love

Celebrate Valentines Day with Soleheaven

Love is in the air here at Soleheaven, we want to share that love with all of you and spread the good vibes. We hope you all have someone to share it with and spoil your partner for putting up with you for the duration of your relationship (because let's face it, we can all be a handful). If you don't have that special someone in your life then never fear, your time will come, but for now you can focus on you and treat yourself to some fresh kicks. As who else loves yourself more than you? Apart from your Mum maybe.

We have it all here, gifts for your man, gifts for your woman, no matter their taste or style we know we have the perfect gift for them here, thanks to our vast selection on offer. Not only that you can get 25% off everything using the discount code 'LOVE' to spoil you or your other half, just pretend you paid full price and don't worry, we won't tell them. You can thanks us later.

Because we are cheesy romantics we have a fixation with Red at the moment, the romantic colour of love. So not only have we picked out the ideal gifts, we have also chosen colours to match the mood.

Now priced at £74.25 with discount code 'LOVE'

Now priced at £75 with discount code 'LOVE'

Now priced at £59.25 with discount code 'LOVE'

Now priced at £74.25 with discount code 'LOVE'

Now priced at £46.50 with discount code 'LOVE'


Flix Fix E.P. 2

This week we're keeping the Flix Fix theme going rather than giving you low down on what we're listening to in store this week, or what we think of the latest releases, we're having a look at what we've spent the weekend watching. 
We know everyone else loves a good streaming binge just as much as we do, but if you're anything like us you're never sure what to watch next. So to avoid hours of mind-numbing scrolling we're hitting you with a few must watches for the week ahead. 

1. McMafia

McMafia is a Sopranos / Snatch gangster series with a touch of continental stylings to make this into one of the most stylish TV series going at the moment. Although visually stunning, this a morbid undercutting to this series, with a grizzly sinister side that rears its head through each episode. Definitely un-missable stuff

2. Bright

Late to the game on this one, but Netflix's first straight to stream (rolls of the tongue well that one) big-budget blockbuster has recently had a green light for a potential franchise built on its fairytale break down of current race relations. If you grew up on Will Smith's turn as Hancock, or action blockbusters like iRobot and I Am Legend, then this is right up your street!

3. Inside No.9 (Season 4)

A new season of this oddball black mirror esque episodical adventure from the duo behind The League of Gentlemen. Season 4 sees a new collection of mad happenings underpinned by the exceptional comedy writing of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. No starting point needed on this as it's a collection of stories with a cohesive theme (literally being inside No.9). Not much comes close when this duo is on form.

4. Breaking Bad (10 year anniversary)

Although not a new stream... It was recently the 10 year anniversary of arguably the greatest TV show of all time, and also the show that helped usher in this generation of streaming and binge-watching known as the Golden Age Of Tv, so we had to show it some love on the blog. No other TV series gets close to it's attention to detail, it's writing, it's cinematography and it's perfectly assembled cast. If you haven't indulged in this legendary programme, right that wrong now and jump in at episode 1. You won't regret it.

 


A Welcomed Resurgence Of The Classic Air Span II

Nike have been delving into their vast archive already for 2018, with a huge resurgence in classic silhouettes, such as the Air Max 180, 93 & the 98 and it's only the start of February! They have picked out yet another old school piece, this time we see the Air Span II silhouette make its appearance. 

Initially released in the late 80's the Air Span II followed in 1990 and then hasn't seen much action since then. Which in fairness, makes this throwback a much more exclusive and exciting release, why? Because it has been a while since they have been seen on the public radar, so all the older sneakerheads will remember them releasing or still have a beater pair in the loft somewhere and the younger generations will see why Nike has been a titan force for decades.

The initial colour way will be a throw to the OG colour which sees a stunning blended mix of neutral base colours, featuring white, grey and black across the upper. Then striking Blue accents adorn the Swoosh, tongue tag and outsole for a refreshing retro vibe. Air Span II branding has been stamped on the heel flanks, for an overt flexing.

The secondary colourway is for the ladies who love a subtle retro style. With flourishing Spring-ready pastel pink tones radiating across the sneaker. Constructed using a durable leather, with a nylon blend for a breathable and lightweight running function, whilst retaining the stylistic elements.

If I had to pick a pair I would definitely go for the Women's colourway, I think the OG colourway is amazing and definitely holds its own, but for the Spring I could really see myself with a simple outfit on with the subtle touches of Pink on the Span making the statement for me. But obviously everyone likes different things.


These OGs From The Vault Will Leave You Visibly Shaken

Visible air, an oxymoron of sorts. For most regular folk the idea of visible air is a redundant concept...but for us sneakerheads? conquered in 1987. Not one to settle with their initial 'scientific revolution', their visible air series hit an apex in the early 90s with the timeless Air Max 180 and Air Max 93, both displaying unparalleled performances of visible air on a sneaker. 

The Air Max 180 brought a perspective change on the Air Max. It's understated upper contrasting its unique 180 degrees exposed air unit created an exceptional juxtaposition of athletic's understated stylings of the early 90s. Mixing a rugged suede and a nylon mesh on its luxurious panelling, Nike saw the present and the future in their creation, offering the best in athletic performance of the decade, and an enduring design that stands up to the best of the Air Max series to this day. It's Ultramarine OG colourway still remains ubiquitous to the OG silhouette, tantalising sneakerheads the world over.

Only two years later, Nike treats us to another advancement in air technology with the 'bigger is better' scheme of the Nike Air Max 93, a humble design with a wacky concept and the biggest Air Max pedigree of the series at the time. Transforming the upper of 1991's Huarache into a mid-top construction with a nylon bootie woven into its premium leather and mesh construction, the intention was to create the ultimate running shoe across all facets of field and trail running.  With inspiration from an unlikely source (the contours of a milk jug) and advancements in their blow-moulding techniques, the 270-degree air unit was born as the biggest visible air unit of its time. This distinctive Menthol OG still gives us that fresh feeling to this day. 

As we're told from a young age, you have to respect your elders, and that statement holds true on this essential re-release. Don't sleep on this!

RELEASING 2/2/2018

Nike Air Max 93 OG 'Menthol' 306551-107 - £110

Nike Air Max 180 OG 'Ultramarine' 615287-100 -£105

 

 


Sneaker Obsessed - The Komyuter, built for the best

The Komyuter may not resonate with the everyday consumer, due to their unique and distinct appearance and shape. But for all of you who are in the know, understand the true visual appeal, which stems from the Komyuter following similar conventions of labels such as Acronym and ACG, which hold a devout fan base that is revered amongst the fashionable elites. 

So what is so great about these kicks? Well, not only do they look the part, but they also hold practicality, whether it is the magnetic clasp for a secure lockdown, that won't come undone or maybe the adjustable sheath that allows for easy slip-on/off access, giving you an ideal and simple wear for you 'Urban-ninjas' out there who are constantly on the move.

We have curated a small video that we think embodies the personality and style of a typical Komyuter wearer. A sophisticated individual, with a refined taste and a large interest in the sneaker culture, with a style that looks effortless and holds a functional purpose.

Available to buy at Soleheaven, in seven alternative colourways, providing a rich palette that is fit for every occasion and season. And for a short while as we want to help you make the most of this silhouette and to get these on your feet as soon as possible, six colourways are down to £69, reduced from £120, so make a most of this amazing offer whilst they remain in stock.


Pushing The Envelope From A Different Angle

As we all know, Nike's heralded Air Max day comes in late March with a plethora of high quality limited edition releases. Not ones to save themselves for the day, every week during the start of 2018 has felt like an Air Max day build up with the quality of releases, and that doesn't stop this week as we launch the brand new Air Max 270, a revolution in Nike's pursuit of the most versatile Air Max model.

The Air Max 270 finishes what the timeless Air Safari started with a full lifestyle design incorporating a sizable air unit, the biggest ever in fact at a sizeable 32mm, dwarfing the already sizable Vapormax unit. 

The 270 takes its inspiration from two of the OG classics in the Air Max lineage, the Air Max 180 & 93' respectively (both of which are imminent to receive their reissue, more news to follow!), taking a lot of cues with the air bubble's height (the 93'), and circumference (the 180), but in true Nike fashion pushing the boundaries of each of it's predecessors to bring a truly unique finish. 

Even the upper boasts some impressive specs, using some bound and seamless panelling to create an almost sock-like execution across the upper, a sewn in 'Tuned' tongue, and a new branded Air heel tab in neoprene, attached to the mesh upper. The toe box shaping makes a huge nod to the 93 with its contouring and binding, giving an instantly distinctive style that can be seen from the classic Air Huarache, and even models such as the newer Terra Sertig. A 95-esque cross lacing system tops off this Nike nostalgia piece and furthering of the Air Max legacy.

The release of the 'Hot Punch' and 'Total Orange' variations of the 270 shows off OG Air Max colourways that debuted with the initial runs of Air Max 180, with a modern-day monochrome styling, draping the upper in a black detail, allowing the impressive heel air unit to display a huge pop of colour. 

Air Max 270 'Hot Punch' AH8050-010 Releases 1/02/2018, priced at £115

Air Max 270 'Total Orange' AH8050-008  Releases 1/02/2018, priced at £115

 

 


Music For The Sole! Sylvan LaCue - Apologies In Advance

After some time away, we're happy to bring you a brand new record unearthed from the underground!

Sylvan LaCue is a native Florida lyricist and beat maker that brings an honest and refreshing take to the rap world with his new release 'Apologies in Advance'. Fresh off a name change, a label change and attitude change, LaCue drops his most cathartic release of his young career, channelling a lot of inner analysis into the project, with the track arrangement style like a 12 step AA programme. 

On the face of things, the early Kendrick comparisons ring through, especially with a similar rhyming palette and references to K.dot himself (LaCue even shed his previous moniker, QuESt post first mixtape release, just like King Kenny), but whereas the king of Compton looks extrinsically for influence, it's the intrinsic influence that LaCue used, and needed, to make this soul-baring project. 

Songs like 'Best Me', 'Love & Sacrifice' and Jay-Z tribute '5:55' are LaCue at his best, using tricky rhyme schemes and inner dreams to paint a picture of a man battling his inner depression, seeing his contemporaries and peers pass him by, and using his heroes to realise everyone is the same, we all go through ups and downs, but it's the way we overcome adversity to be the measurement of character. 

Check out the record below and let us know what you think!

 


Introducing The VaporMax Plus...

These need no introduction to all you devout sneaker-heads out there as these have received a lot of hype in recent weeks, featuring on the likes of Hypebeast and many other outlets.

But for all of those who haven't been keeping up to date with the latest kicks. Nike have combined two absolute iconic styles from their archive which makes for yet another revolutionary result. We at Soleheaven are proud to announce that we are stocking the first colourways of the VaporMax Plus.

Nike have fused parts of the Air Max Plus onto the sleek VaporMax silhouette, mixing the future of Air with their heritage styles. The Air Max Plus was a huge success back in 1998 when they first released thanks to their futuristic design and unique flair. In 2017 the VaporMax was also received well by the public thanks to their distinct air capsules and are still making the headlines, with limited edition colourways and highly sought after collabs.

The VaporMax air unit offers superior comfort that is going to make this hybrid release a potential for sneaker of the year.

The result has led to a sleek sneaker that holds versatile features. The moulded neoprene upper provides a sock-like fit that hugs your feet, whilst the exterior caging offers support and structure for the lacing system, keeping a rugged street-ready vibe. The sheen of the caging contrasts the muted neoprene. An addition that will be appreciated by all is the TN air inspired branding on the heel and insole that says 'VMair'. 3M details feature on the upper for a stark reflective addition.

Two colourways have entered the scene, a stealthy Triple Black rendition and a tonal Cargo Khaki. Both are spectacular creps that match with a plethora of styles, so whether you are a Roadman wanting to stunt in your all black pair with that tracksuit, or maybe you're a fashion student who wants to flex your pair with some cropped pants, both will work as they are such a versatile pair.

Priced at £170 and are available in limited sizes, so no time to sleep on it as they are no doubt going to be selling fast, especially with how much coverage they have had online, making these a highly anticipated release.

 


Its 2018 That Can Only Mean One Thing...

Nike Air Max 98 'Gundam' available at Soleheaven

That's right folks! It is the 20th anniversary of the beloved Air Max 98, a silhouette that doesn't see much air time (Pardon the pun). The only time we have seen the 98 in recent times was the sought after collaboration pack Nike did with Supreme in 2016, which seen four colourways make an appearance. But, the fact that they are very rarely released makes them an exclusive and sought after style.

The resurface is a much welcomed one by by all Air Max fans, especially when the initial colourways were announced, which are arguably the most iconic and sought after OG options, the 'Gundam' & 'Tour Yellow', what a way to kick of the celebrations. The 98 is a robust version of the 97 with a similar shape and the exact same full length air unit, but with a slightly bulkier panelling which allows for a more durable wear.

Let's start with the Gundam's. Taking inspiration from the highly popular Japanese Anime series 'Gundam Wing' which birthed in 95, it was a huge part of my childhood as I spent countless hours playing Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs. Zeon on the Playstation 2, which I wish I could get my hands on now. But more specifically the colour inspiration is taken from the mobile suit RX-78-2 Gundam, with rich hits of Obsidian & University Red featuring on the 98's.

The next colourway is just as appealing if not more, the striking 'Tour Yellow' features a white base with hits of Midnight Navy lining the midsole, sock-liner and various other accents, whilst the Tour Yellow adorns the mini swoosh on the flank and inside the air unit, for a subtle yet bold appeal.

Both styles are priced at £145 and are available in limited sizes. With them being highly sought after OG colourways these will not be around for long, so make sure to be fast when they release at 08:00 am GMT (26/01/2018).

Nike Air Max 98 'Gundam'

Nike Air Max 98 'Gundam' WMNS

Nike Air Max 98 'Tour Yellow'

Nike Air Max 98 'Gundam' available at Soleheaven

Nike Air Max 98 'Tour Yellow' available at Soleheaven

Nike Air Max 98 'Tour Yellow' available at Soleheaven


'Flix Fix Ep.1

This week we're making a little change to our usual schedule and rather than giving you low down on what we're listening to in store this week, or what we think of the latest releases, we're having a look at what we've spent the weekend watching.
We know everyone else loves a good Netflix binge just as much as we do, but if you're anything like us you're never sure what to watch next. So to avoid hours of mind-numbing scrolling we're hitting you with 3 of our much watch series for the week ahead.
If you'd like to see more about TV & films just let us know and we'll make it happen?

1. 'The End Of The F***ing World'

First up 'The End Of The F***ing World', following the journey of a young couple. James is a self-diagnosed psychopath desperate to kill his first person. And Alyssa is the girl he never thought he'd fall for. What sounds pretty mundane has become one our favourite series in recent months. Without giving too much away the plot is a pretty simple one, boy meets girl. But... both turn out to be complete nutters! Be prepared for witty one-liners, sarcasm in abundance and a good splash of violence.
Set aside an afternoon and you can easily blast through the series, there are only 8 episodes and they're all under half an hour. So if you don't like too big of a commitment this is the choice for you!



2. 'Dark'

Here's one we've just started, 'Dark'. Set in a quiet German town where not much happens, but now events are starting to repeat themselves with terrible consequences. The name says it all, this is seriously dark if you're a fan of something a little grim this will be a much watch. Shot with a distinctive style, with beautifully bleak scenery, you won't just be impressed with the storyline but the cinematics. Don't worry even though this one's dubbed it's been done surprisingly well. And I wouldn't say that if I didn't mean it, I really can't stand that whole out of sync sound issue. I'm still working my way through the series and I'm already gripped, and I'm sure you will be too.



3. 'Atypical'

To take a break from the darkness, we've chosen 'Atypical'. A different look at high school life, through the eyes of an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum. And his mission to find a girlfriend and the troubles he encounters. It's exactly what it says on the tin, an abstract look at a typical teenagers life. We all felt it was an outstanding move to create a series which help the public understand a little more about the lives of those on the autism spectrum but all so the effect it has on friends and family, but with a lighthearted feel and some good laughs along the way. We'll let you be the judge, but we're looking forward to series 2 later this year!


'Flix Fix Ep.1

This week we're making a little change to our usual schedule and rather than giving you low down on what we're listening to in store this week, or what we think of the latest releases, we're having a look at what we've spent the weekend watching.
We know everyone else loves a good Netflix binge just as much as we do, but if you're anything like us you're never sure what to watch next. So to avoid hours of mind-numbing scrolling we're hitting you with 3 of our much watch series for the week ahead.
If you'd like to see more about TV & films just let us know and we'll make it happen?

1. 'The End Of The F***ing World'

First up 'The End Of The F***ing World', following the journey of a young couple. James is a self-diagnosed psychopath desperate to kill his first person. And Alyssa is the girl he never thought he'd fall for. What sounds pretty mundane has become one our favourite series in recent months. Without giving too much away the plot is a pretty simple one, boy meets girl. But... both turn out to be complete nutters! Be prepared for witty one-liners, sarcasm in abundance and a good splash of violence.
Set aside an afternoon and you can easily blast through the series, there are only 8 episodes and they're all under half an hour. So if you don't like too big of a commitment this is the choice for you!



2. 'Dark'

Here's one we've just started, 'Dark'. Set in a quiet German town where not much happens, but now events are starting to repeat themselves with terrible consequences. The name says it all, this is seriously dark if you're a fan of something a little grim this will be a much watch. Shot with a distinctive style, with beautifully bleak scenery, you won't just be impressed with the storyline but the cinematics. Don't worry even though this one's dubbed it's been done surprisingly well. And I wouldn't say that if I didn't mean it, I really can't stand that whole out of sync sound issue. I'm still working my way through the series and I'm already gripped, and I'm sure you will be too.



3. 'Atypical'

To take a break from the darkness, we've chosen 'Atypical'. A different look at high school life, through the eyes of an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum. And his mission to find a girlfriend and the troubles he encounters. It's exactly what it says on the tin, an abstract look at a typical teenagers life. We all felt it was an outstanding move to create a series which help the public understand a little more about the lives of those on the autism spectrum but all so the effect it has on friends and family, but with a lighthearted feel and some good laughs along the way. We'll let you be the judge, but we're looking forward to series 2 later this year!


A Trio Of Air Max Have Arrived...

Three stunning colourways have landed into our stores. All pairs features a rubber 'Air Max' badge on the heel which is a big nod towards the Air Max 93 which is releasing later this year. Each colourway is completely different, whether that be the materials used or the colours on display, we are sure there is one to match your style.

One of them in particular has been making the rounds across pretty much everyones social media channel, the Navy & Vivid Sulfur, why you may ask.

Well, they hold a very distinct colour that highly resembles the 1992 Ralph Lauren 'Snow Beach' jacket, it is one of the rarest Polo jackets in existence and was notable thanks to Rae Kwon from the Wu-Tang Clan rocking it in their 'Can It All Be So Simple' music video. The jacket is that rare it is currently selling for £3500 on ASOS Marketplace which is one of the cheaper finds! GQ states that if you have this you'll become a style god. But as £3500 is slightly out of the average joes budget, these Air Max are the best way to show your love for the Snow Beach. With rich colour blocking of Navy, Gym Red & Vivid Sulfur they are simply stunning to look at. Built from a premium leather upper with a combination of Nylon.

Next up is one for all you lovers of Workwear, taking major inspiration from arguably one of the most iconic workwear brands Carhartt, built from a durable canvas, which is similar to Carhartt's distinct Workwear jackets and features in even the same colour. Even the branding on the tongue is very similar to the Carhartt badge colours. Subtle touches of leather wrap the ankle and other small sections providing a luscious contrast. Tones of mineral Yellow line the base with complementing accents of Elemental Gold land on the Swoosh and eyelets, finished off with touches of Black to complete the muted and toned down aesthetic.

 Last but not least, we have a colourway that fuses Clay Green and Hyper Royal for a vivid mix that holds great seasonal tones with bright elements to bring a splash of colour to your wardrobe. It is an easy to wear sneaker thanks to the crisp breakup with the white midsole, making it a sublime choice to add to your rotation. This pair is built to last with an extremely robust upper, so you can rock these on a daily and give them a beating, and they'll still come out at the end of the day looking fresh.


Music For The Sole! Best Of 2018 (So Far)

A premature evaluation of the best single releases of 2018, take a peek at the selections below!

Rich Brian - See Me

Fresh off a name change, Soleheaven favourite Rich Brian releases new single 'See Me', a typically consistent affair for the Indonesian rapper, expect a big album release for 2018.


 

Kendrick Lamar, SZA - All The Stars 

Label mates Kendrick and SZA hook up for an all-star affair in aid of the forthcoming (and super hyped) soundtrack to Marvel's Black Panther movie. Both Kendrick and TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith will be curating the line up for the soundtrack, but till the release, we've got this pop banger to tide us over. A sweet 16 from Kendrick paired with the pop sensibilities of SZA, and it's a sure fire hit, leaving us waiting, adn hoping, this soundtrack lives up to the hype and doesn't bomb like previous attempts (see Suicide Squad...).

 

Khruangbin - Friday Morning

Another favourite of the Soleheaven HQ, Khruangbin are a Texan Trio that create a melting pot of Soul, RnB, Funk as well as a variety of different influenced sounds. With a new album on the cards, their second single taken from the forthcoming album is a lengthy love song, primarily an instrumental, with a plethora of beat changes and thin vocal lines dotted around. Get listening, as they are guaranteed to explode post album Release.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Music For The Sole! Ones to Watch 2018

We're thrown a spotlight to 3 guys we expect to do big things in 2018, A safe bet, a fairly well-known guy, and maybe a big curveball thrown in the mix. Take a look below, let us know what you think!

 

Dave 

2017 was a huge year for Dave, putting his name on the map. High profile collaborations with the likes of J Hus, AJ Tracey and Drake across smash singles, and 2 self-released E.P.s under his belt (and a Stone Island one at that) , it's only a matter of time before a major label chucks money at Dave to make a genre-smashing Rap / Hip Hop / Grime record.

Khalid

After a whirlwind 2017, seeing his debut released on RCA records off the back of a sell-out USA tour and seeing himself be nominated for multiple Grammys, plus being featured on many an end of year list, what does 2018 hold for Khalid? With a recent BBC sound of 2018 nomination behind him, don't sleep on a surprise second album, tour, smash hit single and multiple huge collaborations. It won't be long till we look at this guy in the same way as Frank Ocean and The Weeknd

Kojey Radical

A bit more of a leftfield choice, but Kojey has been grafting at a serious rate, putting his biblical infused Kendrick cum Joey Badass cum Roots Manuva poetry across a literary of the hardest beats for his last project, In God's Body. Expect a serious debut from Kojey in 2018, and a shot on the runway for a fashion house in a short space of time (Kojey would comfortably win the award of best-dressed rapper in a heartbeat)


Staff Selections 2018: Part 1

DALE - MANAGING DIRECTOR

NIKE AIR ZOOM SPIRIDON '16

"I’ve always been a sucker for how the Spridion looks on foot. So when I saw This ’Team Orange’ paying homage to the OG fabrication my heart was stolen!
Without a doubt, this is the January drop for me."

CALLUM - MERCHANDISE DIRECTOR

NIKE KOMYUTER

"I like the progressive route that Nike has decided to take with the Komyuter, breaking away from the conventional style of everyday sneakers and inventing their own distinct flair that holds its own on the streets."

SIMON - STORE & OPERATIONS MANAGER

NIKE BLAZER LOW PREMIUM

"I know these are very popular amongst all the staff. Just look at them! They are just a simple and easy to wear pair of kicks with clean lines and a vintage aesthetic that is right up my street. A very nice pair for anyone's rotation."

LUKE - PHOTOGRAPHY MANAGER

NIKE AIR MAX 95 ULTRA SE

"95's are such a gritty sneaker, and I love that, especially as I am constantly on the move between locations, so I need a pair that can take on the streets and the beatings I put them through, and still come out looking clean, these do exactly that and have a unique style thanks to the distinct print on them, I would highly recommend these."

OLIVER - SALES SPECIALIST

NIKE POCKETKNIFE DM

"I'm someone who likes to have a practicality in their fashion sense, so the Pocketknife is the perfect combination of style and practicality with a robust durable wear, that holds a staple and easy to wear colourway contained in a plush leather construction."

HARRY - WAREHOUSE MANAGER

NIKE AIR MAX 90 WMNS

"The colourway really stood out to me when they arrived in store, it's the perfect hue of Pink in all the right places, the balance of colour has found a perfect composition that allows for an easy wear, I wear quite a lot of jumpers that follow a similar tone to these so they are the finishing touch I have been waiting for."

TOM - CONTENT WRITER

NIKE CLASSIC CORTEZ LEATHER

"The Cortez are up there with some of the greatest when it comes to iconic timeless sneakers, and its so easy to see why, the sleek profile they give you is next level, when the colourways is this clean it would have been a mistake to not pick these, plus they put me on some serious Wolf Of Wall Street vibe."


Soleheaven Presents: Sneaker Predictions 2018

Prediction of a shoe to come in 2018 (no insider tips), some hot takes, some lofty shouts, some safe bets, but all in all a look into the weird landscape of fashion and footwear to come in 2018!
Dale - Managing Director
"OG Airmax will continue their reign. Expect a big collab re-issue for Air Max Day, but I personally think the market will respond in a massive way to the Air Max 98."
Callum - Merchandise Director
"I think there's going to be a big trend of remixes. Uppers and sole units being mixed around, progressive tech related fabrications on unusual silhouettes, and in general a concept that will alter existing styles to a different level. We've already seen a window into it through Nike x Off White, as well as Acronym and their ACG work, so look for other brands to hop on the hype!"
Ollie - Sales Specialist
"I think the irreparable damage created by your Balenciagas, Guccis and Mcqueens etc will force the hand of normally reputable sneaker brands into creating ridiculously overpriced bad shoes, or tarnishing an established silhouette with a horrific remake (Nike, please leave the Footscape alone, it's already class). We'll definitely see a notorious Adi Kobe come back, and we're not gonna like it. In stark contrast, I think Converse will have a strong year with a minimalist approach, and I'm really excited for the off-white converse. 
Simon - Store Manager 
"It'll be the 25th anniversary of the AM93, following Nike tradition there will likely be a relaunch. Expected OG colourways and a variety of new ones to play with."
Tom - Content Writer
"Something with Frank Ocean (air force or converse or vans), though he's known to rep Jordan Brand hard, so don't leave that out of the equation."
Jacob - Sales Specialist
"Nike will push hard with Vapormax technology, appropriate it on to any silhouette they can and launch a 2.0 version. Personally, most excited for the Vapormax Plus"
Luke - Photography Manager 
"Another Garbstore Reebok collab, been a big fan of everyone so far, so I expect the same consistency."
Josh - Sales Specialist 
"A continuation of the Tyler, the Creator Converse line, maybe even a rebirth of OFWGKTA Converse merch, and, the biggest reach, an Earl Converse signature which could possibly the most offensive slogan shoe of all time (I hope)."


Soleheaven Presents: TV shows of the Year 2017

We're living in a golden age of tv! A time of unrivalled passion projects, big budget franchises and instantly streamable universes, all happening on the small screen. As we love a binge watch as much as the next guy or gal, we put together some of our favourites of the year. 

Dale - Managing Director 

"Narcos - Having watched all three seasons twice this year, I can attest to the high octane intensity of this programme, such a gripping subject matter seems rare nower days. It's got a really genuine 80s/90s feel to it with it's costumes, it's settings and it's investment in Pablo Escobar's drug culture"

Callum - Merchandise Director

"Master Of None (Season 2) - The show is really well written and directed, makes what could be seen as a boring subject matter very entertaining to watch. Its laid out in a similar format to a sitcom without cheap laughs or canned laughter. Makes for easy watching but still makes you want to keep watching to see what happens next."

Jacob - Sales Assistant 

"Empire - Big fan of this show. The issues that arise in the show have a realness to them. The dynamics are present in every family household from illness, to the struggle that wealth brings, to homosexuality to obesity and style. The music is amazing. You don't have to love rap or hip-hop to appreciate the musical talent behind the scenes of this show."

Luke - Photographic Content Manager
"Ozark - For me watching Ozark I was hooked from the beginning, with a very disruptive & unexpected first episode I couldn't stop watching and its safe to say I got through this series very quickly. I felt like this series flowed more like a movie which was another aspect that kept me interested and coming back for more."
Tom - Content Writer
"Peaky Blinders - This was amazing to watch, the whole aesthetic of the show, the style, the hair, the soundtrack, its so good, the storyline had so many ups and downs and a huge reveal on the last episode I was genuinely jumping off the couch when it happened, it'll keep you on the edge of your seat, definitely worth watching." 
Ollie - Sales Specialist
"Mindhunter - I'm a huge David Fincher fanboy, so when this crept out on Netflix I compulsively watched this series till it's ending. Never has a TV show with such morbid subject matter captivated in the way this did, and there's no real murder mystery or graphic scenes to it, it's just a genuinely well-crafted plot with all the characters fantastically cast. Can't wait for a season 2, or even Fincher's rumoured adaptation of Channel 4's Utopia to come next year."


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