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Soleheaven Presents: Ladies Who Ball

 

This one is for the ladies! A dedication to the smaller feet & the smaller sizes available at Soleheaven right now. The ability to style a pair of kicks becomes exponentially easier the smaller the shoe size (this is a scientific fact, honestly*), and with our consistent release of the best styles in sizes to suit anyone in the family, we're always getting women's exclusive colourways and GS sizes in our Jordan Brand stock. And as always we think women are getting treated to the best colourways... So we thought we'd bring to you an editorial just for the ladies.

With recent releases like the Flyknit Air Jordan 1 'Royal' and 'Bred' classic colourways, Basketball high tops it has been a refreshing opportunity to break away from usual constructions and allow some legendary style a chance to innovate and re-engage with a completely new wearer. The flyknit adds a light, durable, visually striking upper on two of the most classic colourways Nike and Jordan have ever concocted. Perfect with any outfit, we personally think they look at their best when paired with skinny jeans, and a raw denim edge can add a little extra spark to any outfit, this season.

If it's the old school vibe you're after, we always get the best of the retro Air Jordan line on the shelves at Soleheaven, from the women's only Heiress line in the Jordan V to the recently release History of Flight series Jordan XIII and the classic Jordan amalgamation, the Spike Lee created the Spizike.

Whenever you see that fresh pair popping up on your feed you can be assured Soleheaven will be stocking them in a full size range from GS to Men's, so don't worry we'll keep all you ladies in the crispest of kicks.

With so much choice, what will you pick?

Beat conducted by Scottish Pretty.

*definitely not backed-up by real science.

 

 

 


Music For the Sole! New Release Round-up

It's Monday, we've had a few new releases in rotation so we thought we'd throw a spotlight on a few albums and tracks worth listening to.

Wu Tang Clan - The Saga Continues

This week we've been blessed with a surprise Wu Tang drop. Bringing the gang back together after the overdue and slightly maligned A Better Tomorrow, it's a sub heavy posse cut through and through with every MC getting a chance to shine across the release (no GZA or U-God though). If you're a Wu Gambino, you'll mess with this project regardless, and it's a treat to hear these guys go strong over live band cuts. Highlight track is Pearl Harbor with Ghostface, Meth, RZA and Sean Price.

Gucci Mane - Mr. Davis

It's Gucci, he's back with a new album. It's good. With another project after his brief incarceration, it's nice to see Gucci focusing on his music with a number projects and features all around the rap world. Feature plenty on this one, with Migos, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky and Nicki Minaj amongst a tonne of other strong featuring artists across the board.

King Krule - The Ooz

It's a sober affair for King Krule on his 3rd release. As track after track plays through, it becomes perfectly clear that absolutely no one in the world can possibly touch Krule on this shit. His ability to fine tune his musical arrangements and production style, paired with that unmistakable voice, have made him a commodity in the music sphere. Throw this album on during a rainy melancholic day, and you'll immerse yourself in to this indie beats cum punk jazz project like no other album from this year. 

 

Westside DOOM - 2Stings

This Alchemist produced second cut from the forthcoming collaboration piece via Westside Gunn and MF DOOM places DOOM in the driver's seat for an another moody and brooding track. DOOM displays his other worldly ability to create outrageous word play and connect with a beat like no other, Gunn pops in with his supporting verse, but DOOM comes out on top in round 2.

St. Vincent - Masseduction

St. Vincent's Annie Clark has come along way from her humble, mellow beginnings. New offering, Masseduction, brings a glam rock aesthetic to what resonates as a break up album, her high profile relationship with model Cara Delevingne bring most of the subject matter to life (Delevingne lends backing vocals to the album itself). It's really more of the same from St. Vincent with supplemental ideas and musical stylings brought by Kendrick Lamar producer Sounwave. Patented Good Pop with weird guitars.

 

 


Your Favourite Nike Silhouettes Have Received A Flax Makeover

The time has come, where the wheat tones and 'Flax' return to the sneaker game. They have landed on all your favourite styles; consisting of the Air Max 1, 95 Sneakerboot, Woven Boot, Footscape Woven & Air Force 1 High and Low.

Flax tones are the ideal choice for the season approaching, matched with a gum outsole that features a crisp break with a white midsole. A good majority of you reading this will absolutely love the aesthetic, but we all have different tastes, so it comes down to which silhouette is your preferred choice.

The personal choice for me is the Footscape Woven, I was a cynic about this model at first but when I tried them on it completely changed me, they give a great shape on the foot and this rendering, when I saw the Flax pair arriving in store, they made me feel some type of way. There are too many things for me to complement so I am stuck for words, just look for yourself and you will see why I'm crazy for these.

The Air Max 1 is dominated by a rich suede. They have a deconstructed aesthetic with a minimal panelling and stitching that all blends together for a sleek look. These are an ideal option for those of you out there who love to keep it simple.

The 95 takes a sneaker-boot form. Taking the original trail running silhouette and applying a neoprene sock liner to stretch the height above the ankle. Holding a water resistant rubberised fabric, sealing off any entries for the weather, these are the most practical out of the pack.

Of course, the Air Force needs a mention, they have been the pair that has been highly sought after across the years, they are the ultimate cop for all you Instagram folk out there. What's even better is that all of you or even your kids who have little feet can get in on the action as they are releasing a Low version in GS sizing.

The Air Max 90 features subtle touches of Med Brown that line the laces and sock liner. The construction is made from a durable quality leather that can survive the tougher weather, such a simple and effective shoe both functionally and aesthetically, making these a suitable choice as the colourway lasts all through the year.

The one that hasn't been mentioned much but deserves a shout is the Air Woven Boot, they hold such a sleek shape and fit the foot like a dream. The colour is entwined on the flanks and creates a standout aura that radiates out the Flax vibes into your outfit. The minimal style means they can be a part of your weekly rotation without any hassle.

 


The Vans MTE Collection Is Back And Better Than Ever

Vans are great at adapting sneaker lines for seasonal purposes, they make the transition from summer styles to winter-ready kicks seem effortless. The fact they can make the Sk8-Hi and Old Skool (which are essential summer kicks) look so right with a winter construction is beyond me, not a lot of brands pull this off quite so seamlessly. But Vans have seemed to hit the nail on the head.

Last year we received in four premium versions of the Sk8-Hi which was introduced as the MTE, it's that time of the year again where the MTE has entered the scene once more to brace your feet for the colder days. This time they have come back stronger and in greater numbers, with a collection boasting seven different styles; consisting of six Sk8-Hi's and one Old Skool.

They can prepare you for all types of terrains and conditions thanks to the water-resistant Scotchguard upper, tooled up with a lugged outsole for that increased traction and robustness. Rocking the aesthetics of a hiking boot with the rope lacing and flannel lining on some of the pairs. It even features a gusseted tongue to offer even more insulating and weather resisting qualities.

On offer is a whole host of colour schemes which there will certainly be a pair to fit your tastes. Whether that be the All black Sk8-Hi's which takes a much more toned down and subtle approach, or moving to the other end of the spectrum where the Glazed Ginger spices up your sneaker game and has a livelier essence to them.

The Old Skool definitely stands out from the bunch, despite it having a tonal Grape Leaf colour, the impacting features is the materialisation, which is built from a rich leather that is complemented by touches of sumptuous Suede. When you take a look at these you can just see they are made to the finest quality of standard, which is why these would be my go-to choice.

As always the Women have the opportunity to wear the best colourway, with a clean Micro Chip upper which has been matched with my favourite Gum midsole. For some reason, that I can't quite put my finger on, but they just look amazing.

Have a look through the entire collection and let us know which one is your favourite.

Click here to shop the entire MTE collection


Music For the Sole! Now That's What I Call Soleheaven Vol.3

We're back with the third iteration of everyone's favourite sneaker store playlist featuring tracks we're enjoying at the moment in store from a wide range of places. Peep the playlist below!

Have you enjoyed the series so far? Want to see some specific tracks featured? Let us know. 

 


Air Jordan 1 High Retro Flyknit 'Royal'

The return king is returning, the legendary 'Royal'! Arguably the most heralded colourway in the iconic Air Jordan 1 Retro High is back with an incredible new Flyknit look. The combination of such an illustrious silhouette, ground-breaking Flyknit technology & an outstanding colourway, does it really get any better?

When Nike first released the Air Jordan 1 in Michael's rookie year they broke the mould, changing the way the world looked at basketball sneakers and altering the direction of street fashion all with one silhouette. This progression has continued through the years, not only with numbered signature models but through re-engineering & redesigning classics and bringing them back into the limelight. Some of these slight twists on the originals are desired most highly of all. The Air Jordan 1 series has continued in the same vain, now moving in to 2017 with the most innovative 1 to date. 

This edition is all about fabrication and just how far technology can be pushed while staying true to the roots of a model, because that's exactly why we've loved this model for as long as we have. Intricately woven Flyknit panels make up the entirety of the upper, blending tones of Game Royal and Black to create a modern classic. Shaving off every milligram of additional weight along the way, giving you unparalleled comfort and a lighter feel than ever before.

The finishing touches are always what pushes the next release beyond the last, and the latest sure doesn't disappoint. With gold branded internal leather branding telling the story of the Air Jordan 1 and it's progression into the Flyknit family, with dates and a golden spool of thread.

These are simply unmissable, no mater if you're the most hardcore of Jordan collectors, a fan of the game or you're only just getting into sneakers, you need a pair!

Launching at 08:00BST on 07/10/2017 priced at £139.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High Flyknit 'Royal'


Vans X Peanuts Latest Collection

It's an exciting time of the year, why you may ask...Halloween? Christmas edging ever closer? I'm A Celebrity is starting soon? All great choices but no, it's exciting because Vans are releasing yet another Collaboration with everyone's favourite childhood Comic book 'Peanuts' which featured iconic characters including Charlie Brown, Snoopy & Woodstock and so many others. 

Including 8 sneaker options that have staggering and unique designs, brandishing the best Vans silhouettes including the Old Skool, Slip-On, Sk8-Hi & lastly the Authentics. Not only that there are several pairs of socks that also feature the Peanuts designs for when you want your sock game to be on point.

Each style brings its own distinct look which I will take you through, the Sk8-Hi 'Embossed Snoopy' is one of the more minimal approaches, with a clean Black leather upper that has a contrasting white midsole, the distinct appearance comes from the embossed Snoopy that brandishes the outside flanks. The next Sk8-Hi takes us to the other end of the spectrum and features a much more maximal approach with a vibrant Yellow upper which represents Charlie Browns attire.

Moving onto the Old Skool selection, the 'Snoopy' pair features an all-over print of arguably the best character from the Peanuts bunch (I think the clue is in the name), the colourway isn't the most distinct but the pattern definitely is, especially as it extends from the upper all the way through to the midsole. Next up is potentially my favourite from the collection, combining two classics in the form of the checkerboard Old Skool and Peanuts legends for a perfect look. I think these are my favourite as the base colour is so clean and minimal and then the Peanuts characters bring an opposing splash of colour that adds another distinct appeal to these Vans.

Next up is the Classic Slip-On 'Checkerboard, which at a first glance just looks like a normal pair, but come on, it's a Peanut's Collab, so obviously Snoopy is going to make an appearance on them, he sits on every white checker piece and makes the classic look have a distinct look up close. The 'Best Friend' takes Bro-mance to a whole new level, with Snoopy, Woodstock & Charlie Brown all hugging on the sneakers, but the ultimate detail is the debossed 'Best Friends' that features on the midsole, which is unlike anythign that has been seen on Vans.

You ready to boogie on down at the Dance Party? The rest of the gang are waiting for you, the colour base comes in a soft pastel pink which allows you to have a distinct look on the streets, all you need to do now is put on your dancing shoes and you're good to go. Last but not least the 'Comics' pair features iconic clips from the actual Peanut comics, your favourite childhood comic strip on your favourite model from Vans, what more could you ask for?

On the kid's side of the new drop, it's colours and style aplenty across the range. The common theme with this drop is all over prints. From monochromatic checker boards seen on the Snoopy Slip-ons, Combining one of Van's staple colourways and shoes with the colour scheme of the iconic Snoopy. As well as the Checkerboard slip-on, the Old Skool comes equipped with a lateral Checkerboard design and blacked out suede upper.

To complement these, we have the all over print designs of the 'Dance Party' and 'Comic Book' colourway. The monochromatic colourways displayed elsewhere are knocked back for loud references to the OG comics. 

Colours and characters aplenty, if you're not sure which cast member you'd want to rep on a pair of vans, then why not just pick all of them! Repping the Sk8-Hi for the kids in this drop, we have the 'Mummies' hi-top with blacked out upper and all over printed 'Mummies' design (Halloween Snoopy), Elasticated laces and zip up back mean any junior can into to these high tops. 

Finally, we have the best homage to Snoopy of the collection, with the Slip-On 'Snoopy', a fake fur recreation of the cartoon critter. This Slip-On comes kitted with a tale and a stitched face of the man himself on the front of the shoe. All in all, something for every Junior in the collaboration, each pair guaranteed to make them stand out!

All shoes in Kids and Infants sizes other than 'Mummies' & 'Snoopy' (exclusively infants)

All stock releasing at 00:00 am (06/10/17) so be sure to keep an eye on our social media page @soleheaven for further updates.


Music For the Sole! WESTSIDE DOOM - Gorilla Monsoon

It's been an odd week for DOOM fans. On one hand, Everyone's favourite mature cartoon TV Network, Adult Swim, announced a cancellation of their hidden notebook series of releases of DOOM rarities with little to no publicity. In this midst of this chatter, a collaboration with up and coming MC Westside Gunn found it's way in to the world the day of the cancellation. Doom giveth and he taketh for eternity. At this point if you've stuck with metal face, you just accept what you're given. It does help when the offering is great as well.

Gorilla Monsoon is a typically moody affair for Gunn, with his regular producer Daringer providing a horror sample laden beat to compliment his slow and nasal delivery. Gunn's ability to name drop fashion brands in his raps have gotten him some major recognition, and there's no let up here as he's able to drop 'Anti Social Social Club' and 'Vetements' amongst others in to play.  It's a typically stoic affair for DOOM as of late, a crooned verse with his typically unusual rhyming ability slowed down to a snail pace. Sporadic starts and stops of each bar a plenty.

If this didn't fill your palette enough, well according to Gunn there's more where that came from. Confirming in an interview with Hypebeast that there would be more tracks to come alongside this initial effort. "With this WESTSIDEDOOM shit, I honestly feel from what I did and what he did on those two songs with Alchemist and Daringer, nigg*s is in trouble and the whole world is about to understand what I’m saying."

So we ended up having the first DOOM project in years cancelled, to then be replaced by another DOOM project the same day. Supervillian toys with us again.

 

 

 

 


Nike Is Nailing The Transition To Winter Kicks...

We have an amazing duo in stock for you today! Bless your feet with the finest selection on offer thanks to Nike constructing the Air Max 90 & 97 which I think we can all agree are the best silhouettes on offer.

The Woolpack has been fabricated specifically to match the colder season, with a woollen Cool Grey base covering the pack keeping your feet warm and toasty on the colder days. These have the perfect approach with a clean and simple layout making them a wearable option whilst retaining the iconic style that each Air Max model holds. I'm not suggesting you wear these in the snow or the rain as the Wool material isn't exactly the most water resistant, but they are definitely going to be your first choice when you look outside in the morning and see frost appearing.

Nike has gone all out on the quality of these models and has placed a premium overlay of leather in a toned down Deep Pewter with hits of Vachetta Tan lining parts for that contemporary feel. The premium leather overlays consist of autumnal Mushroom tones which effortlessly blend in with Fall.

I think my personal favourite in the pack is the '97, I may be a little biased as it is my favourite model, but the style they hold is spectacular. The reason they clinch it for me is the subtle Vachetta Tan piping that runs through the sneaker, it adds great depth to the upper.

Releasing on Sunday at 08:00 am BST (1/10/17) so make sure to be alert and ready to pounce on these or you'll be having cold feet this Winter. 


Nike Invite us to the Presidential suite with Special Edition Air Force 1s

How do you keep one of the quintessential Nike Silhouettes fresh after all these years? Stick a gum sole on a plush suede upper and make it monochrome! After a particularly experimental year with the Air Force 1, with a military spec option in the SF AF1 and its variations, the reintroduction of the Duckboot and Lunarforce models, as well as a literary of brand collaborations on the classic silhouette (shop the collection here), it's nice to see Nike bring things back to basics, making some slight tweaks.

For starters, Nike has blessed us with a plush Particle Pink pair of premium classics. Taking an eye-catching muted pink suede upper and jelling it with a gum sole, it's a no-doubt winner in our eyes. The specs Include a memory foam insole for heightened comfort below the eye line, a tonal leather swoosh joins statement branding on the tongue and heel, plus a pink statement Deubré located on the base of the laces rounding out the exquisite upper.  Having seen previous pink iterations in Nike Lab Jewels and AF1 ultras sell out in record time, we're giving you fair warning for this one!  

Also arriving to add a staple silhouette to your rotation is a classic black and gum iteration of the AF1. Perfect for any dress down look, and versatile enough to work into nearly any outfit, it's no wonder this drop will be high in demand. Featuring a nigh on identical specification breakdown to the Particle Pink colourway, the difference is in the colours. Want to be bold and brash? A statement pink pair should catch some glances in any occasion. Want to be subdued and classy? It's Black and Gum to subtly rule over the crowd.

Releasing tomorrow at 08:00 am BST (29/09/17) so make sure to be ready for this one! 

 


Soleheaven's Top 30 Sneaker Influencers & Why You Need To Check Them Out!

Sneaker influencers are a crucial cog in the industry, especially in this era, thanks to the influx of social media users. Meaning influencers hold a lot of the power in how trends shift and can push towards what will be the next best thing.

With this being said we will take you through a list of our favourite influencers and why you should know who these people are. No matter how many followers they have fetched up, they all hold unique talents and skills and have impacted the industry in some way, shape or form.

@coryjking - 47.1k followers

Hailing from Los Angeles California, he is living the life in the best way possible. If you can think of a hyped pair of kicks, you can guarantee he has them! It's not only sneakers that he is into, his clothing game is just as strong with a heavy appearance from Gucci & Fear Of God! Even his house aesthetics is on point, if you want some true inspiration then you need to peep his Instagram.

@sean_wotherspoon - 201k followers 

Winner of the Nike Forward competition with his Revolution'AIR'y Air Max 97/1 hybrid concept. He is also Co-owner of the world-famous Round Two store, so it would come to no surprise that Sean makes this list, he will have one of the rarest sneaker collections going. Also earlier this year he created a pop-up store to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Nike Cortez, this man is making waves in the industry, so go peep him.

@Careaux - 62k followers

Currently residing in Sydney, Caroll Lynn works as a Women's footwear designer for Filling Pieces, she has previously collaborated with Puma using beautiful floral patterns to decorate her line. Her illustration work is something to behold and you can even purchase her work online, so if you want your home to feature the best sneaker prints, check her out! 

@ryustyler - 17.6k followers

He doesn't have the most followers but he still gets his name about and it is easy to see why... his work is not exactly conventional, which is why it stands out so boldly and makes for some eye-catching shots. Not everyone can be a licensed sneaker butcher like him, Michael has a truly unique talent and his Instagram is heaven for clean aesthetics. If you want to get your creative juices flowing, you know what to do.

@Jeffstaple - 125k Instagram followers

Jeff Staple is one of the most iconic names that reverberates around the world of sneaker lovers. Creating one of the most sought-after sneakers the Nike Dunk Low Pro SB "Pigeon", which even led to a riot outside their store when they released, selling for $7000 on FlightClub, he has worked with so many brands as he has been in the game over 20 years now and so has definitely made his mark.

@needlehorse - 39.1k followers

If you want to see just how to take the perfect sneaker photos then you need to have a peek at Claude Renard's work, the aesthetics are so crisp and well thought out. What is great is that it isn't just the same old pictures of Yeezy's, you can see the finest kicks thanks to the eclectic mix on offer so you can finally enjoy a refreshing and exciting Instagram feed.

 @Virgilabloh - 904k followers

Gaining notoriety through being Kanye Wests stylist, Virgil has been one of the hottest names in the industry the last two years, building his empire from Pyrex Vision to Off-White, which every single company wants to collaborate with, including Umbro, Moncler & most recently Nike, where he produced a collection of 10 pieces which have been undoubtedly the biggest releases of the year, this man is a genius and is one that you need to be keeping an eye on as he is only moving one way, and that is up.

@ldn2hk - 106k followers

Landy has been a hot topic on Instagram for some time now, travelling the world and showcasing his unique style that comes so naturally to him, with a sneaker collection that makes even the most devout sneakerhead jealous and a clothing collection to match, the thing is Instagram isn't even his main role, he has recently picked up an amazing job in his dream location, Tokyo, congrats!

@Prestology - 25.9k followers

Hailing from Australia. This legend lives and breathes Nike, specifically Presto's, so you know he is breathing in the finest air quality possible. He has been a sneakerhead from an early age and is true sneaker lover, not this 'latest hype' sort of person. If you want to check out his archive and learn some new things then just give him a follow and keep your sneaker knowledge at an A grade.

@kishkash1 - 21.3k followers

Working as a brand consultant and a DJ, Kish is someone that we work with quite closely here, he lives and breathes the sneaker life, owning a staggering amount of kicks collating over 2000 pairs. He has been collecting since an early age so he truly is an OG. He keeps his ears to the street and has a vast knowledge of the industry and has made a great network for himself. If you are looking for someone with a great insight and knowledge of the latest kicks then you need to go check him out. Not only that he literally gives me food envy every day, this man eats well! 

@JuiceGee - 28.1k followers

Jess Gavigan is one of the waviest people we follow. Founder of the first-ever ladies-only online sneaker store Small Feet Big Kicks. Not only does she hold a great sneaker collection, she has the style to match, with a very distinct look and aesthetic to her, she has made a big name for herself and is taking the world by storm. She is the queen of rocking tracksuits and I'm pretty jealous in all honesty, I want to be that cosy whilst looking that fresh. If you want to '#StayCosy' like Jess then give her a follow and learn just how to do it.

@Qiasomar - 538k subscribers 

He is arguably the most popular Sneaker web star in the world, his YouTube videos have been a huge hit and have blown up his status in the recent years. His funny antics and videos have drawn a lot of new sneakerheads into the industry which has led to more exposure and hype being created around releases. If you want to see what Sneakerheads are truly like on a day to day basis and how trades go down, then go subscribe to his channel!

@runnerwally - 71k followers

Working as a Freelance photographer Michael is an avid sneaker collector, has a very clear and defined aesthetic for his photography and it's beautiful, you'll recognise a lot of his shots as he works as a photographer for the renowned sneaker store Overkill! you can see why he has amassed a large following. Anything he shoots he makes it look superb, especially his architecture photos. He has a very eclectic taste so if you want something new to refresh your senses, you know what to do.

 @solelove1 - 38.6k followers

You can't make a sneaker influencer list without including Mr Air Max 1 himself, Stevey is what a sneakerhead should be, he has a staggering collection of kicks, especially of the Air Max 1 (hence his nickname). His Instagram feed is well thought through with banks of three to create a clean aesthetic. No matter how rare something is you can bet that he will be posting a picture of it as there's nothing he can't get his hands on, go check him out and prepare yourself for the heat!

@bambambaklava - 1.2 million followers

You know if Action Bronson likes something then it's good, he has a taste for the finer things in life and doesn't settle for anything less. Hosting a show called 'Fuck That's Delicious' where he talks about food and unleashes his inner chef. His latest album release 'Blue Chips 7000' was an amazing listen, anything he does he has a talent for and has a great personality which is why people like him so much, apart from Michael Jordan. Bronson is a self-confessed sneakerhead and can be seen on Complex's Sneaker Shopping show, he has a resounding love for New Balance and doesn't shy away from admitting it so you know New Balance truly have perfected the finer sneaker options. If you want the best kicks then just check see what he is wearing.

@glackster - 33.6k followers

From taking sneaker pictures in his spare time, to working with some of the biggest brands on the market including Nike using his iconic Microdudes styling which has made for some truly inventive ways to display sneakers. His name has been seen a lot on social media and its mainly for the way he takes his photo game to a whole new level which makes him stand out from the rest. It's hard to describe just how good his Microdudes pictures are, they have been well thought out and crafted and are definitely worth checking out.

@morprime - 25.6k followers

If you are from the U.K and follow the sneaker game religiously then you will know Morgan, running arguably the largest sneaker event in the U.K, Crepe City. So you know why he has made this list, bringing all sneakerheads together and allowing the industry to network and bounce off eachother. He holds an imperative role for it all and to top it off his Instagram feed is lit, if you are a fan of older cars then this is basically sneaker & car porn with the camera he is using.

@girlonkicks - 34.9k followers

Founder of the ever popular 'Girl On Kicks' website, which features a wave of editorials and blog posts that show the best styling and aesthetic tips. She is undoubtedly a creative person and she seeks new ways to innovate and push her boundaries. She wants to show that Women have made their impact and she definitely does that, not only does she focus on sneakers and style but she infuses lifestyle and travel elements into her work, she isn't afraid to have an opinion and voices what she feels which is brilliant to see especially with her friendly and inviting writing style, she is definitely one to keep an eye on.

@0callmepeach0 - 31.2k followers

A prominent figure for females on Instagram, she hails from my favourite country in the world, France. Call Me Peach is a true fashion guru, if you want to look pretty in pink then you need to take some styling tips from her. She is another woman that is taking over the industry as she gains more and more followers. Rocking great kicks throughout with some absolute grails on her feet. Getting some real sneaker and holiday envy going through her feed.

@selmaksebbagh - 19.4k followers

You know when you feature on Highsnobiety for your style that you are doing something right, currently working as an interior design student and most notably been working Chanel in their showroom which is amazing for someone who is still a student. She has a great love for sneakers and fashion with radiates from her unique style shoots. She is definitely on the up and up and is worth keeping your eye on as she'll be making a huge name for herself soon!

 @chicagodonc - 235k followers

Don Crawley is just a naturally gifted individual, anything he touches turns to gold. His networking skills mean he can access any area and at any level. He holds a great influence over a vast amount of people and even at Nike where he transformed the Jordan 2 into a highly sought after sneaker. He is another prime figure who rocked up on Sneaker Shopping and flexed on everyone, proving once again why he should be on this list.

@rogerfederer - 3.8 million followers

Roger is a bit of a curveball to throw in this list, but I want to give him his due diligence, when a professional starts warming up in some unreleased pair of Jordan x Off White with "Air Federer" written by the man Virgil himself, you know he has some influence in the sneaker community, if you go through his Instagram feed you will see him in pairs like the Nike x Stussy 95's, showing that the man has taste. Give the GOAT some credit and check him out, you may be surprised. 

@hikmetsugoer - 72.8k followers

Previous owner and founder of the great German sneaker store Solebox, Hikmet is another OG sneaker legend to add to the list, owning a surreal collection of kicks, including a pair that was signed by Tinker Hatfield in 2006 for himself, he is a lively character. He has ventured into creating his own sneaker line 'SONRA' which has been instant sellouts every time there is a release, showing he knows what makes a great release, which is why he makes the list. 

@_mayor_ - 148k followers

His name is quite fitting, he is the mayor of sneaker town. With a collection that is worth over $750,000 with 3500+ pairs and counting, you have to make the list with that many pairs, the extent he goes through sometimes to get a rare pair of kicks is crazy, so he has definitely earned his way onto the list. Hardly anyone, no matter how rich or famous, will have a collection as big as this. He doesn't do it to look cool he does it for the love of the game, he beats the hell out of his sneakers especially the Undefeated Jordan's that sell for up to $25,000.

@ronniefieg - 587.1k followers

You can't be dubbed the king of sneakers in 2016 by GQ and not make this list the next year. Ronnie Fieg is a name that excites everyone when you see there is a collab happening. Owner of the world recognised KITH store, he creates absolutely stunning sneaker releases on a consistent basis. The man just oozes style and creativity, the fact he collaborated with Nike and Adidas in the same year shows the influence he has, which is the main reason why he is made this list, it's an impressive feat by any means. 

@francky.b - 16k followers

Sticking to the KITH gang, Francky B has run Sneakerness Paris since 2014. He is a Parisian whose name rings around the industry (Of course, otherwise he wouldn't make the list). He even ran the Kith x Puma “COA” pop-up store in Paris, so he definitely has his fingers in a lot of pies (a quote that he likes). He loves this community and prefers to class his connections as friends, he has a very likeable, bubbly personality, so you should go follow him, like right now. 

 

@asaprocky - 6.7 million followers

Lord pretty Flacko had to make the cut, he is one of the most stylish celebrities out there, with an effortless look that most people would kill to have. He doesn't necessarily have the biggest or grandest collection, but its the influence he holds other such a vast amount of people, he can be frequently seen rocking Old Skool Vans and you can guarantee 1000's would want to replicate that and thus went and bought a pair. He truly is the GOAT of fashion in my eyes, which is why he made the cut.

@michael_lamjc - 37.5k followers

The writer of the holy grail for streetwear lovers 'All Gone'. Featuring the best of the best of all things sneaker-related which has been carefully curated and selected. The magazine is highly sought after and is hard for people to get there hands on, they have become a collectors item that people need to have to know whats hot and whats not, that shows how much on an influence Michael has and is why he has reached this list. 

@bisso97120 - 21k followers

Bisso is the go-to person for any news on latest releases, store openings and anything to do with sneakers and fashion! He has a great eye for photography and styling the photos with a stunning aesthetic throughout, if you want a perspective from the French sneaker scene then you need to give him a follow. He is even the founder of @asics_addict and manages @diadoradaily & @trocsneakers so he gets about and loves to provide everyone with great sneaker content, for this reason, he makes the list.

@sneakersjeansts - 42.6k followers

Coming from all the way down under, Tom is a professional photographer who ranges from architecture to sneaker shots. His work is exquisite and is not to be missed, especially with the fact that there isn't the standard hype you see on everyone's feed, you can get your daily fix of Asics or New Balance on his feed. What is also refreshing to see is his 'Behind the scenes' style photos, its a great insight into what goes into all the shots and allows you to engage and connect with him more, you know when some of your photos hit 5000 likes you are taking a great shot, so he is definitely nailing the Instagram scene.

There are a lot of people who deserve to be on this list and it was a close one, but everyone on this list has definitely earned there place for making a positive impact on the sneaker community, do you agree or disagree? let us know! 


Music For the Sole! XXYYXX - I Don't

 

After an extensive time off since his explosive self titled debut (bar one off single 'Red'), elusive producer XXYYXX brings a dark and moody production to life in new single 'I Don't'

Released with little to know fore warning, or tie in to a forth coming album, it's a typically shady affair from the pensive producer. With a certainly more 'mature sound' on offer 5 years after his debut, it's a tantalising taste of what XX can do with experience behind his belt. It's a seriously trap influenced affair, sub bass and 16th laid on thick and heavy, with XX's token pitch up vocal samples reigning strong throughout, and even a hint of guitar to flesh out the mix. 

With only a winter tour on the horizon (with fellow producer Chrome Sparks), is there a new XX project on the horizon? we'll just have to wait and see.

 

 


Unleashing Our Rebellious Side With The 'Rebel Skulls' Pack

The Rebels Skulls pack has been well received into Soleheaven, every member of staff has been drawn to one particular sneaker from the pack, for me, it was the Air Max 1, but a lot of them love the Air Max 90. So as a majority prefer them, we decided to focus on them, the colourway is just amazing for everyone, whether you are a minimalist or no, the monochrome scheme is so easy to throw on and kick about in with no issues.

The inspiration behind the collection was revered Nike athlete Steve Prefontaine who was a bit of an unconventional character, he wasn't afraid to say what he wanted to and oozed confidence and had a great spirit to him, in his early years he attended college at Marshfield High and their team were nicknamed 'The Pirates', hence the skull & crossbones detailing. We wanted to follow the inspiration and go against the typical conventions and do our own thing, so sit back, relax & enjoy.

We wanted to follow the inspiration and go against the typical conventions and do our own thing, so we took them out to the streets of Newcastle and unleashed our rebellious side to get fully into the spirit of the release.

Now it's your turn, are you going to unleash yours?

Nike Air Max 90 Premium 'Rebel Skull'

Nike Air Max 95 Premium 'Rebel Skull'

 Nike Air Max 90 Premium 'Rebel Skull' available to buy at Soleheaven

Nike Air Max 90 Premium 'Rebel Skull' available to buy at Soleheaven

Nike Air Max 90 Premium 'Rebel Skull' available to buy at Soleheaven


Get Yourself Ready For Campus Life With The Latest From Vans...

For some of you its the start of the most exciting part of your life, whether you are getting messy in your first year, or you're almost finishing your degree in the final year. One thing is for sure though, you are going to need a pair of vans to make it through. They are a staple of university life, they embody the student spirit, versatile & durable and can take on everyday life head first.

All these pairs are made to last, which is why you can quickly throw these on in the morning, head out to uni and know that you're in good hands with renowned durability and style to match it's hard to say no, it's the only way to start the new semester in style.

What sort of pair can you see yourself in? Some subtle deconstructed authentics? The Sk8-Hi's or the Old Skools. All pairs hold great resilience and can brave through the toughest nights out.

Check out our video to see them all in action and watch them in motion.

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Vans Old Skool VA38G1OVS

Vans 'Made For This' Tote Bag VA2XA7SHE


The Jordan 8 Has Received An 'Alternate Bred' Makeover

The Jordan 8 has always been a model that has resonated through the hearts of Jordan fanatics since they first released back in '93, with an eccentric style and a construction that offers a premium luxe it is easy to see why.

This Jordan 8 features the same colour scheme as the iconic 'Bred' colourway that is one of the most renowned and recognised styles. Sporting a stealthy Black upper with contrasting hits of Gym Red that cover the Jumpman logo and the outsole, subtle touches of Wolf Grey as opposed to the usual white accents that are seen on OG Bred colourways, An Arctic Camo style touches the bottom panel adding a quirky style which made the 8's a favourite. The colourway is a direct throw at Jordan's third championship with the Chicago Bulls, with further details to back this up including the '1998' that adorns the heel tabs. 

The build comprises of a plush suede that dominates most of the upper, the rest sees a soft leather wrap around the heel and flanks, with 'Air Jordan' embossed on the straps. The #23 is debossed onto the suede panelling that intersects across the lacing. The inner huarache sleeve provides you with the utmost comfort and allows you to have that secure fit with added lockdown from the strapping system.

Releasing tomorrow at 08:00 am BST (16/09/17) in limited numbers so act fast if you want to secure a pair!.

Priced at £170


Music For the Sole! Mos Def - The Ecstatic

 

Mos Def, Yasiin Bey, Flaco or one half of Black Star. However you know him one thing is for sure, you know the guy and what he's done for rap music since his birth on to the scene over 20 years ago. Recently, Bey has decided to announce his 'retirement' from music. A sad announcement from one of hip/hop's most unique figures. With this news, it felt only fitting to want to talk about one of favourite rap albums of all time, and an album that sits underrated in the pantheon of conscious rap.

Released in 2009, The Ecstatic marked a return to form for Mos Def. His debut, Black on Both Sides was a statement piece, the perfect melding of classic, old school boom bap hip/hop, and the new school poetics. Further releases never caught the same appeal, The New Danger too ambitious, True Magic too lazy and made to fulfil requirements. Acting, Philanthropy and Fashion took precedent, and it looked like Def would never rekindle the ability shown pre millennium. Cue the release of the Ecstatic.

The run from track number 1, Supermagic, to Twilight Speedball, and Auditorium is a frantic beat switcher. From the funk/rock world music production of OH NO on Supermagic, Def rhyming razor sharp barbs over the fast paced accompaniment , to the Neptunes produced second track, it's surrealist lyrical content reflected in an odd trumpet lead beat. The daddy of the 3 tracks is the Slick Rick featuring Auditorium, another world music feel provided by beats supremo Madlib, underlying a story of politics in the middle east. Slick Rick, a man not known for his guest verses kicks an unbelievable sixteen about being a solider in the middle of Iraq. 

From here on it's a soulful record, with strong ties to Def's religion and beliefs. Nearly ten years on the bounce it's release, and no other record comes close to Def's ability on the mic, and his relevance in the subject matter.

With his impending retirement, will we ever see another MC like him? Will he ever comeback to follow up on this album? I guess we can only hope so.

 

 

 

 


Nike Air More Uptempo '96 'The Dunk'

Named 'The DUNK' after the iconic moment that will reside in Ewing's nightmares to this day. It was a monumental moment when Scottie Pippen recreated black friday sales with that iconic dunk, literally walking all over him. 

Nike has decided to capture this moment in time and display all its glory on the Uptempo '96 and in a spectacular fashion may I add. The kicks have great references contained within them which makes them even more of a collector's piece. For example, the insole features a print of Pippen dunking on Ewing in a satirical style, resembling the Jumpman logo.

The colour scheme is a straight up 'Knicks' with white paneling brandishing the Deep Royal Blue 'Air' typeface. Subtle accents of Orange adorn the Swoosh on the heel, outsole and the #33 on the heel. 

The #33 appliqué that is embellished on the heel is most likely aimed at Pippen, but also a subtle, maybe not so subtle nod to Patrick himself & Pippen, both donning the #33 jersey and creating a PE for a player that never made it to the NIKE roster, a great touch with a Royal Blue piping around the numbers creating a really stand out look.

Make sure to check our video that we have created to show that the Uptempo can go great with an everyday outfit, as well as to showcase the moment that led to these sneakers being crafted.

Releasing on Tuesday the 19/09/17 at 08:00 am BST so make sure to be quick off the mark or you may miss your chance.

 

 


Music For the Sole! New Release Radar - What We're Listening To

At Soleheaven, we'd like to think we've got our finger on the pulse of new music, so we thought we'd extend and ear bud out to you guys to have a go at what we're listening to!

 

Oliver- Sales Specialist


Lcd Soundsystem - American Dream


These guys are one of my favourite all time bands, very happy to see them back and making great music. Got tickets to see them next week too. This album lives up to every expectation I had.

Callum - Merchandise Director

A$AP Mob - Cozy Tapes Vol 2: Too Cozy

Big fan of this mix front to back, great features from a plethora of artists. Most of all it's got me ready for that new Rocky album! Cant be long to wait now, surely.

Tom - Content Writer

XXXTentacion - Jocelyn Flores
People tend to not take him seriously due to his age and the way memes are created from most of his songs, but this album and this song in particular shows a different side to him and I love the change of tempo from the heavy distortion and shouting.

 

Luke - Photography Manager

Ross From Friends- In An Emergency
Its a refreshing listen, Ross has this original flair to his beats and when I seen them play live it was surreal compared to normal DJ sets as they were essentially like a band! And come on the name is great, so you need to give these a listen.

 

And an old one from our boss!

Dale - Managing Director

Utah Jazz- Comfort Zone

Been revisiting my old days of Jungle over the weekend, Utah Jazz manages to take me back to a care free time. Burnt Out is also an old school jam!


The Footscape Camper Pack Has Arrived In Four Distinguished Colourways

The Footscape has always been held in high regards when it's to comes to the comfort they offer, the Natural Motion sole has flex grooves that bend to your every step to provide a natural flow with every movement you make. They also bring a shape that removes itself from the natural conventions of sneakers, so they are an instantly recognisable pair of kicks, which makes them even more appealing.

The Nike Camper series has been expanded onto the Air Footscape, combining a range of premium materials to create 4 of the best Footscapes we’ve seen in recent times. Rich colour Suede's and textural materials make up the uppers, with all 4 sitting above the comfort of the Natural Motion outsole.

The pack comprises of four different colourways that all have their own vibrant distinctions, a fiery Dragon Red, a contrasting Team Orange and Obsidian, a refined Wolf Grey and Mineral Gold and finally Iced Jade mixed with Night Purple.

We always strive to deliver you the highest quality, in depth look at our trainers, usually, we do this by taking the highest quality images, we are taking things even further by producing videos to show you exactly how the motion flows on the Footscapes so you can witness the sneaker and its functionality. So check out the video to see which colourway is your favourite, how they look on the foot and of course how the NM sole works.

Nike Air Footscape NM ‘Camper’ 852629-600 - Dark Team Red / Rush Red / Dragon Red

Nike Air Footscape NM ‘Camper’ 852629-401 - Obsidian / Team Orange / Anthracite 

Nike Air Footscape ‘Camper’ NM 852629-301 - Sequoia / Mineral Gold / Khaki / Wolf Grey

Nike Air Footscape ‘Camper’ NM 852629-302 - Iced Jade / Night Purple / Cobblestone

 


The Jordan 1 Flyknit Has Finally Arrived!

It has been a highly anticipated release that has been flowing through the heart of social media for around 2 months now with small teases and glimpses wetting our appetite for an amazing update on one of the most iconic sneakers in the world.

In 1985, the Air Jordan 1 was constructed from the most forward thinking and pinnacle materials at the time. To keep up with the times and evolve, Nike has built the 1 with the freshest and best materials of this time period, which happens to be the intricate Flyknit weave that we see today.

What makes this release even more sought after is the fact that they are opening this new chapter with the renowned 'Banned/Bred' colourway that is engrained in the sneaker culture and has seen any other sneaker that follows a similar colour to be dubbed 'Bred' showing how much of an impact these have had over the decades.

It still follows the conventions of the Air Jordan 1 but with a new sleeker Flyknit design. Featuring a premium leather Swoosh and tongue, along with Nike Air branding on the tongue and sock-liner. There are subtle details that take this release to a new level of awesomeness, on the inner collar Nike pays homage to the original Jordan 1 release year and retrospectively the year of this release with "19852017" printed in Gold. The heel contains a Zoom Air unit that adds extra comfort whilst retaining the same look as the original pair. Another unique touch is on the inside of the tongue with more Gold embellishments, this time 1985 is attached to a spool which is a reference to the Flyknit production.

What makes this release even better is the fact that if you have children you can get matching pairs making the whole family #SquadGoals, thanks to them also being available in GS sizes.

Releasing at 08:00 am BST (09/09/2017) in extremely limited numbers so make sure you are ready or you will miss out! These are releasing by the way of raffle to make this as fair as possible for everyone. To enter click this link and follow the instructions given.

These are going to be a highly sought-after pair of kicks thanks to the exclusiveness and its the first ever time the Jordan 1 has received a Flyknit upgrade so they are the next piece of history to enter the archive.

Priced at £140


The Mountain Edition Sk8-Hi's Keep You Equipped For Every Terrain

It has been a great season for Vans, with an eclectic mix of styles and colourways that are fresh to the scene for 2017. The Sk8-Hi is fully prepared for the Fall/Winter ahead of us. Typically walking shoes don't have the most charisma and charm to them and usually just serve a functional purpose. Not anymore! Now you can survive the harsh rain and cold and still retain that style thanks to the latest Mountain Edition pack from Vans.

The Sk8-Hi Mountain Edition is built to last, with a durable weatherized Scotchguard, from 3M so you already know that the rain isn't going to be an issue anymore. The lug outsole provides maximum traction thanks to the unique tread that holds a good grip on most surfaces, so you can wear these for walking in the great outdoors.

Comprising of two colours; Monochrome & Glazed Ginger, both suited to completely different people but both holding their own unique qualities that make them stand out. For example, the Monochrome colour scheme allows these to be worn on a regular basis without any styling issues whereas the Glazed Ginger colour brings a little spice to your fit but what is great about these is the fact they match the tones of the outdoors. The waxed lacing and flannel inner lining add the finishing touches to the Mountain inspired style.

The personal choice for me is the Glazed Ginger as I love tonal styles like this, what style would you lean towards?

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Vans Sk8-Hi 46 MTE DX VA3DQ5OGT