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We're Setting The Tempo For All You Trendsetters Out There

We have some grails inbound for all you sneakerheads, three variations of the Uptempo are arriving into the store. The classic '94, '95 and the fabled '96, Nike are bringing back the legends in the cleanest way possible. This pack features the three sneakers in a summer ready 'triple white' rendering, featuring all leather uppers for that full premium effect. Crisp white renditions detract the sneaker of all its brash colours ridding and focuses on the form and functionality that has been through great consideration and processes that make each shoe individual.

The Nike Air More Uptempo is an insanely popular basketball sneaker that debuted originally in 1996. Over time they have developed a cult-like following and have become really big sellers. The main thing that sparked off the iconic creps was the bold “AIR” lettering on the flanks. It was designed by Wilson Smith who's aim for the sneaker was simple, “How can we just let the world know and express it as well as we can?” and he figured it out, by brandishing AIR from the heel to toe emphasising the air unit in the heel. He even drew inspiration from oversized objects such as graffiti and pop art which was the trend for the times, it doesn't follow the premise that less is more, not at all, because more is definitely more isn't it, the Nike Air More Uptempo took branding.

Their status was heightened further by Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen who rocked them predominantly throughout the 1995-1996 season and famously in the 1996 Olympic's where he wore a special colourway for the games that were last released in 2012.

Earlier this year they have been brought back to the attention in the public eye as they were hyped up across all social platforms when Nike announced that they were collaborating with one of the most iconic brands out there, Supreme New York. This release came with three strong colourways (Red/White, Triple Black, & Gold) it introduced a whole new wave of styles being created thanks to the diverse range of customers they have.

Now typically when you think of what to wear with Uptempo's its activewear, such as joggers or shorts, with bold all-over prints, they style swings towards heavy streetwear style. We want to go against the grain as you can go online and find generic photos of how to wear them like that, we want to take a minimal, more mature approach and treat them with respect.

Nike Air More Uptempo '96 921948-100 in White / White / White available at Soleheaven

Oliver has chosen to style the Air More Uptempo '96 with a fitted Oxford Shirt in Blue with rolled up dickies for a classic workwear style, the sneakers replace the typical boots that is worn with this aesthetic and does the job just as well and definitely provides more comfort.

Nike Air More Uptempo '96 921948-100 in White / White / White available at Soleheaven

Nike Air Max Uptempo '95 922935-100 in White / White / White available at Soleheaven

Callum has Styled the Air Max Uptempo '95, with some loose Navy chinos, matched with a classic marled grey sweatshirt to tone down the bright white of the sneakers and adding a more casual element to the fit, finished with a grey sports cap. A street ready, easy to wear look that almost anyone to re-create and match with any pair in your rotation.

Nike Air Max Uptempo '95 922935-100 in White / White / White available at Soleheaven

Nike Air Max 2 Uptempo '94 922934-100 in White / White / White

Callum has then paired the Air Max 2 Uptempo '94 withcrisp selvedge denim, rolled just above the ankle giving these a little more of a Summer look. Paired up with a classic grey crew neck t-shirt & an on trend power pink coaches jacket. A taste of mid 90s Summer that you just can’t ignore.

Nike Air Max 2 Uptempo '94 922934-100 in White / White / White available at Soleheaven

The minimal tones and lack of colour in the outfit provide a seamless look that doesn't overcrowd each other, the shoes themselves are loud in style but thanks to them being all white it detracts all the attention and creates a really clean look that doesn't grasp people's attention immediately, this style doesn't seek out attention, it earns it and is appreciated by all.

This pack is releasing at 08:00 am BST on (26/5/17) so make sure to keep yourself in the know so you don't miss copping some heat as these will be selling fast.

Nike Air Max 2 Uptempo '94 922934-100 in White / White / White

Nike Air Max Uptempo '95 922935-100 in White / White / White

Nike Air More Uptempo '96 921948-100 in White / White / White


Air Woven Release x Remi Rough

 

Later this month the Nike lifestyle silhouette, the Air Woven returns. The sneakers debut in the millennium year of 2000 marked a key point in the Nike design timeline. This sneaker silhouette was one of the specific designs that came together to form a futuristic and forward thinking shoe. This sneaker also moved away from the typical Nike sports shoe and made itself a unique footstep in the sneaker scene for artistic and contemporary style. 

The textured uppers are woven neatly with a combination of elastic and polyester webbing which creates the perfect sock-like fit. The shoe was first released in a number of different colourways ranging from double colour palettes and multi-colour palettes creating many eye-catching patterns. The midsole is sculpted with phylon for maximum comfort and durability with every step. 

In 2012 there was a Nike Air Woven release with colourways based upon the summer Euro cup. In six different limited edition colourways which helped the promotion of the sneaker itself. 

The Air Woven is a minimalistic silhouette however it still manages to pack in an exquisite amount of detail with the handwoven upper technique forming head turning patterns with vibrant ranges of colours. It is a perfect sneaker to fit with any minimal smart casual outfit for summer. The release this May will consist of six new colourways four of which we will be stocking. 

With our release of the Nike Air Woven we will be also giving away an exclusive piece of Remi Rough's digital artwork with each pair we sell. The artwork that you will receive with your pair of Air Woven's is a digital down sized version of the wall mural he created for us inspired by the Air Woven. All prints are signed copies from Remi himself. 

Let us know which pair you cop, what you think of Remi's artwork, and how you style them. Tag us @Soleheaven or #Teamsoleheaven. 

Remi Rough for Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven HTM 2002

Remi Rough for Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven HTM 2002

Remi Rough for Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven HTM 2002

Remi Rough for Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven HTM 2002

Remi Rough for Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven HTM 2002 


Music For the Sole! Now That's What I Call Soleheaven Vol.1

We've been taking a break from the reviews for the last few weeks to offer you guys a little insight in to the Soleheaven life. As we still feeling generous, we thought we'd gift you with something special.

We're treating you lovely lot to a little playlist of the music we're jamming to in Soleheaven HQ. Check out the first edition of many to come with our link below.


A Personal Insight To Remi Rough

Remi Rough at Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven

With the release of the new Nike Air Woven coming this May we are ready to give you more of an insight into our collaborated Air Woven project with London based artist Remi Rough on a personal level. Here's just a small take away from the vast convocation when had with Remi while he was producing both our limited edition print and one of a kind mural here in Newcastle, for us to grasp a stronger understanding on how his work has formed his career and inspirations he uses and has used along the way. 

 

How do you think growing up in South East London influenced your art style?

"Growing up in South East London gave me a good understanding of how to navigate city life. London was a pretty rough place in the 80’s so it made you stronger and much more able to traverse the problems and hurdles that life in urban space throws at you sometimes. The constantly changing architectural landscape was a constant flow of inspiration for me… I live in walking distance of the Shard and the city, so I have numerous."

 

What are the inspirations behind your work?

"Initial the shift from graffiti writing and letters to the abstraction was fuelled by the more forward thinking artists of my genre but as I grew up both mentally and physically I re-educated myself in the history of art and discovered the constructivists, suprematism and the De Stijl movement. These movements changed the face of modern art in so many ways and I feel there’s still so much more to do."

 

Do you take inspiration from any other artists in particular?

"De Stijl, The Vorticists, Mondrian, Franz Kline, Kasimir Malevich, Futura, Dondi, Van Doesburg, Zaha Hadid, Joker Transcend, Steve More, Chrome Angels, London Giants, Frank Gehry, Frank Stella, Bill Blast, John Fekner, Lokiss, Skki, Jay One and Juice 126."

 

Which musical artist are you enjoying listening to momentarily?

"Sweet Shop Boys, an amazing band featuring Riz Ahmed and Heems. It’s my absolute go to album at the moment. I’ve also been loving the Kelly Lee Owens album, it’s beautiful music."

 

Does music influence your work in any way?

"Always… I listen to music whilst I work all the time. It changes depending on the mood of course, sometimes it’s beats, sometimes jazz or occasionally some marginally heavy rock like Soundgarden or Black Keys. I remember listening constantly to Thom Yorke’s Eraser album in my studio last year… It all depends on how the days looking to me as to what I listen to."

 

If you could choose any building in the world to do a piece or artwork on what would it be?

"The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. Or the Shard maybe, just one side! Maybe the side that faces Guy’s hospital as thats where I was born."

 

How do you see the future of street art evolving?

"I’m no psychic but I imagine the digital world is going to start playing bigger and better parts in the world of public and street art. I think the more forward thinking artists are going to start using more interesting ways of disseminating their work, kind of like Saber did when he used planes to leave smoke messages in the sky or the way Some artists paint animated gifs so the digital world can instantly connect and get it. I think there’s so much opportunity and scope in that world, it just needs to be tapped into."

Remi Rough at Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven

Remi Rough at Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven

Remi Rough at Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven

Remi Rough at Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven


The United States Of Pure Money - Part II

Looks like you are wanting to extend your stay in the land of Pure Money, so let's recap what happened last week.

We released the Air Jordan IV "Pure Money" but with some special additions that were exclusive to our amazing customers out there.

This special collab saw us featured on Hypebeast & Sneaker Freaker as they covered the details of this exclusive addition on their website which you can check by clicking the links on their name.

This time around we have the iconic Jordan XIII Low entering the United States of Pure Money. The Lows typically release around Summer and it is easy to see why thanks to their aesthetic. The crisp white on white rendering sees a seasonal staple enter the game that can be donned for a lot of occasions.

With mixes of smooth leather & tumbled leather in white that has been matched with subtle panels of soft suede in Pure Platinum that caress the flanks and extends down to the mudguard that creates a sumptuous all round feel. Jordan branding is embellished on to the ankle with a metal Jumpman as well as the legendary hologram on the outsole.

To further celebrate the release of the iconic Air Jordan 13 ‘Pure Money’, we have teamed up again with Sneakertoons @Piantoni7 & @Prez_One to release a special collection of limited edition handmade enamel pins. Designed by @Piantoni who is better known as Sneakertoons & crafted by @Prez_One. Every badge comes with a collectable bank note from ‘The Bank Of Pure Money’ in a perspex display case.

They are also available in Grade School sizes which means you can start the kids young and get them some straight heat into their collection early and start the beautiful game of sneaker collecting.

Releasing tomorrow at 08:00 am BST on 20/5/17 online in very limited numbers.

Priced at £150 in sizes UK 6 - 11 and £85 for the GS in sizes UK 4 - 5.5 

Each order of the adult sizes comes with a free special edition 'Pure Money XIII Pin & a Dollar Bill Pack' that is exclusive to us.

Also to accompany this release there is a whole new model from Nike the Jordan Fly '89 which is releasing in the Pure Money colour with an all white upper with hints of Chrome.


What could be better than Silver Bullets?.... Oh yeah, Gold Medals!

Recently we received in the iconic Silver Bullets into our store and I think it is safe to say that they were extremely popular with the instant release and the restock selling out within hours. We also received a quick strike Air Max Zero release that follows signature cues of the Silver Bullets as they featured a Metallic Silver upper with hits of Varsity Red.

Now we know that the Silver Bullets are going to be a hard act to follow, but we think that the Gold Medals are the successor that will comfortably take the first spot.

97's are definitely a talking point for sneakerheads this year as it is their 20th Anniversary since the futuristic teched out sneaker was first released. However, the 'Gold Medal' was released in '99 but it is still an insanely sought after colourway. 

Following the concept 'Less is More' the minimal aesthetic holds a beautiful sleek shape, that sits sublimely on the foot and creates a unique look that no other sneaker can compare to. The tongue branding features an oval badge made of Nubuck in black that matches the gold tones where the Varsity Red swoosh boldly contrasts and adds a hint of colour. The gold panelling has a matte texture to it which despite having a bold look doesn't have that shimmer which means it easier for men to rock these. 3M adorns some of the side panels allowing for that 24/7 flex, even in the night people will be checking your creps. The full air unit on the sole allows for a lightweight bounce with great responsiveness keeping you comfortable no matter how much city treading you do.

We have even compared the most recent rendition with the OG release to show how they stuck to its key aesthetic and holds its timeless look.

(Old on the left, new on the right)

(New on the left, old on the right)

The Air Max Zero that is releasing at the same time also follows visual cues from the Gold Medals, with a Metallic Gold upper and subtle hits of Varsity red on the 'Air' branding on the flank as well as the tongue logo. The hyper fuse panelling makes for a slim and lightweight profile, the breathable mesh on the toe box keeps your feet feeling fresh whilst the nylon sock liner hugs your foot whilst keeping a secure fit.

Both pairs are releasing tomorrow at 08:00 am BST 18/5/17

Due to the limited stock available the Air Max 97 'Gold Medal' will be strictly limited to 1 pair per customer, any order that has multiple will be cancelled. 

 


Creating With Remi Rough

 

We’re back with a highly anticipated insight to our recent collaborated project with artist and friend of the store, Remi Rough. We previously gave you a little bit of background on Remi Rough and his previous work for those who weren’t familiar. Now to bring you more thrilling details about the project that he has been creating with us.

For this colourful and energetic project we have commissioned Remi to create for us a one off mural inspired by the silhouette of the Nike Air Woven - his favourite Nike sneaker ever. As well as a print design inspired by both the Air Woven and a classic Nike shoebox, which will be exclusively gifted with Air Woven purchases once they release this May.  

The Nike Air Woven characterised by its name, flaunts a neatly nylon woven upper in a range of colourways and patterns. Soft suede patches on the midfoot for security engraved with nike branding and a heel tab for easy slip on access. All of this sits upon a clean cut white cushioned midsole enhancing traction durability. The Air Woven is definitely one for the artistic and forward thinking.

After catching the morning train from London to Newcastle Remi was welcomed by the Soleheaven team. As we discussed preparation for the day's work Remi showed us one of his pair of Nike Air Woven 'HTM' from way back in 2002, which he used for the inspiration of art mural, something to keep an eye out for on the video!

Before the beginning of the piece Remi estimated that the piece was going to take around 2 hours which was a quick project for him as for his outdoor pieces Remi is used to working with multi story buildings. With the only visual inspiration needed being the Woven sneaker. Remi informed us that different projects take different types of planning over different time periods however his spray creations such as this one go off an initial idea and are freestyled from that point on.  After cleaning up the area space behind the Soleheaven warehouse Remi set to work his tape and spray paints in hand.

Starting by studying the sneaker he then taped off his area of work and began spraying in the two main backdrop starting shapes of the creation. Throughout the captivating creative process the colour and shape placement was improvised with Remi’s in the moment vision, mentioning that keeping it simple was the way to go about a snowballed creation such as this.

Watching the wall come to life was truly inspiring process. Even the used masking tape pile with the remnants of spray paint on looked like a abstract sculpture in itself. The finished piece mimics the futuristic essence of the Air Woven and reflects an almost 3D tunnel dimension. With strong blocks of bright lively colours and smaller hints and faded out details, Remi has created a captivating and engaging mural, that will withstand the elements and be around for years to come behind the busy Newcastle streets.

Don't worry thats not everything yet there's plenty more to come from our Air Woven collaboration with Remi Rough. We hope we've inspired you in a creative way let us know what you like about Remi's work and the Air Woven, Tag us @Soleheaven or #Teamsoleheaven. Stay tuned for our follow up interview with the man himself, and a little extra treat.

Remi Rough for Soleheaven x Nike Air Woven

Remi Rough for Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven

Remi Rough for Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven

Remi Rough for Soleheaven featuring Nike Air Woven


Music For the Sole! What We're Listening To

Since we've been showing #WHATWEWEAR recently, we thought we'd extend that to the our Monday music feature and let you know what we've been listening to.

 Dale Managing Director - Bonobo - Migration

"Having followed Bonobo since the days of 'Dial M for Monkey', I'm glad to see he hasn't missed a step with his most recent release, Migration. Big fan of this guy and anything he touches, perfect soundtrack to a melancholic day."

Andrew Assistant Photography - Kendrick Lamar - Damn

"For me this was album of the year before it even dropped. I've been so hyped on Kendrick to follow up his last two albums, that I knew Damn would be a masterpiece. The standout track for me has to be DNA, and it's accompanying video. Every time I watch it I notice something new. Incredible stuff."

Jacob Sales Specialist - Wale - Shine

"Wale dropped off a little bit for me, but Shine has been a surprising return to form for the guy. That track with Major Lazer is really dope, love hearing it in the club."

 

Ollie - Vince Staples Primmadonna

"I've slept on Vince for quite a while, but a good friend of mine basically harassed me in to listening to this mixtape and it's unbelievable. That 3 stacks feature for starters, and the beat selection on the tape, through to Staples lyrical ability across the track. Just wished it flowed better, but the skits are a nice edition.

Callum Merchadise Director - Mac Miller - The Divine Feminine 

"I've been getting a lot of re-listen out of this album recently, very enjoyable. The track with Anderson .PAAK  (Dang!) Is a banger. Really happy to see those two MCs on a track together, as they're both two of my favourites currently.

Tom Content Writer - Rich Chigga, Keith Ape and XXXTENTACION - Gospel

"How these three guys got on one track together I'll never know, but the fact that they did has made me so happy. Imagine going back 20 years and trying to explain these 3 artists to the common hip hop head, they would just laugh but I like their energy.

 Harry Warehouse Manager - J Hus - Common Sense

"I'm a self-confessed Grime geek, and I'm really big on what's going on in the underground scene. Seeing J murdering the competition on the way to getting a major label deal has been entertaining, as well as inspirational. Common Sense is a fantastic starting point for this guy.

Josh Dispatch Assistant - Mellowhype - Numbers

"Both Hodgy and Left Brain were two of my favourite guys out of OF. Been getting nostalgic listening to this. 64 is my jam!"

Luke Photography Manager - XXYYXX - Self Titled

"I've been throwing back to this recently for a bit of change up. The album is huge front to back, and I think XXYYXX has one of the most refreshing takes to sampling I've heard in a long time. Really hoping for a new full length sometime soon"


Take A Flight With Us Back To '95

NikeLab Zoom Flight 95 available to buy at Soleheaven

Before the current king of the triple double Russell Westbrook was smashing records, and way before Lebron had entered the league, there was a scrappy young point guard by the way of California bringing his brand of basketball domination to the league. Jason Kidd, a man who revolutionised the idea of stat sheet stuffing before it was even cool, began his career rocking the Zoom Flight 95s (before they were even cool), so we're happy to bring you the latest iteration in flight brought you by the geniuses at NikeLab.

NikeLab has crafted two premium renderings of the Flight 95's using their favourite tones of this season with a sleek monochrome colourway and a tonal 'tan' edition. They used a blend of exquisite materials including insanely soft Nubuck and rich full grain leathers, the perforated Nubuck replaces the original carbon fibre and brings a much more premium feel to the release. Swoosh branding sits on the flanks and toebox in opposing white and black with matching leather piping that cleanly breaks up the sneaker.

They have been dubbed by many as the best basketball sneaker that has ever produced by Nike and it is easy to see why. They were the first basketball sneaker to officially be labelled with Zoom Air technology, they hold a whole host of unique features and style especially with its alien-like bug-eyed bubbles that have been backed by carbon fibre detailing that adorn the midsole.

The innovative design from Eric Avar still looks futuristic even after twenty-two years showing how creative and unique the design is, taking similar aesthetic cues to the Foamposites with its silhouette that have a cult-like following.

They were designed to aid the high octane speed of Kidd, and after exploring geometric shapes and motion they crafted the perfect sneaker for this, which became quickly popularised achieving legendary status amongst basketball fans and sneakerheads as they were worn by Nike's most revered basketballers in the Golden era that was the 90's.

Releasing on Monday 08:00 am BST (15/05/17) in limited sizes for £125 so make sure to be quick when purchasing as you may miss out.

NikeLab Zoom Flight 95 in Black / Mushroom / Sail

NikeLab Zoom Flight 95 in Black / Sail

NikeLab Zoom Flight 95 in Black / Mushroom / Sail available to buy at Soleheaven NikeLab Zoom Flight 95 in Black / Sail available to buy at Soleheaven

NikeLab Zoom Flight 95 in Black / Mushroom / Sail available to buy at Soleheaven 

NikeLab Zoom Flight 95 in Black / Sail available to buy at Soleheaven


Welcome To The United States Of Pure Money

We have a very special release arriving tomorrow, so sneakerheads get your shopping cart ready as there is new Jordan's inbound.

When we receive sneakers in we don't just put them on the shelves and that's it finished with, we take a lot of time and care to make sure every pair of kicks that comes through our doors a special purchase for you as what is a grail for one person may differ from the next person. 

For this drop, we have gone a little further afield and crossed the Atlantic Ocean and into The Great White North that is Canada as we collaborated with 'PrezOne' a renowned expert at creating amazing pins of coveted sneaker releases. Exclusively for us and for you, of course, he has crafted Pure Money pins that are built and coloured using enamel for a strong, clean finish. 

They are numbered and limited to 20 pairs and come with each purchase of the Jordan's, *they do not come with purchases of the Grade School sizes*. They also come in a special display case that is paired with a custom dollar bill that has been collaborated on by ourselves, SneakerToons & PrezOne, it throws hints to our store, graphics of the Jordan's and 'The United States of Pure Money' and even Michael Jordan's signature as a little fun addition.

The Pure Money has been released previously in 2005 & a similar rendition in 2010 dubbed the 'Silver Anniversary', making it 7 long years since they were last on a shop floor, meaning you avid sneakerheads out there can get yourself some pure heat. Featuring a sumptuous full leather upper in a clean crisp white colourway with some extravagant features including 'Pure $' stitched onto the inside of the heel tab and Metallic Silver 'chrome' accents adorning the lace eyelets and the Jumpman logo. The grade school rendition has charcoal grey replace the chrome branding. The all white colour scheme makes for a bold stand-out aesthetic but in a minimal manner. You will definitely be turning some heads in these.

These are releasing at 08:00 am BST (13/5/17) in very limited numbers so if you want to have a chance at purchasing then make sure you are up and ready as the early bird gets the worm. 

Air Jordan IV Retro 'Pure Money' in White / Metallic Silver / Pure Platinum - Priced at £160

Air Jordan IV Retro GS 'Pure Money' 408452-100 - Priced at £95

 


What Are We Rocking This Summer?

It's a question we get asked quite frequently, especially with us all working within the sneaker industry and it is a question that we are happy to answer for you, to give you both an insight into our life and hopefully some inspiration on what to wear this season.

Also as an extra helping hand, all our sneaker picks have 25% off for a limited time only with 25% off when you use the discount code 'WHATWEWEAR' at the checkout.

So let's just jump right into it, starting with Dale, our Managing Director aka the man behind the brand, his first choice was the Spiridon Ultra from Nike. He had this to say on them "The Spiridon for me is up there with any Air Max silhouette, It's got that on tech style that has been built upon over 20 brilliant years of heritage, and I'm a sucker for a mini swoosh!" I always rock either Selvedge or Pants and these go perfectly with both.

Next up is Callum our Merchandise Director, he has gone with a crisp white pair of Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Essential "I always feel the need to have at least one Air Max 90 in my rotation so this was a straightforward choice with it crisp white upper and sleek design, they are great for summer reppin', especially with some shorts".

Simon our Store Manager went with a much more elegant look this Summer, with this neutral colourway of the 996 from New Balance. "These are a modern take on a classic from New Balance, the neutral colour scheme gives these a really refined mature aesthetic that allows for easy wear on any day of the week". 

Next up is me aka Tom the Content Writer it feels weird saying my name in the third person but I will continue none the less for those of you who are reading, I went with the Nike Air Presto Essential as I am always taken aback when I wear Presto's as I forget how comfy they are, and you can't go wrong with a monochrome colourway so this was a simple choice for me, if you are after easy wear with no hassle then these are a great choice.

Our latest Photographer Luke has gone with a classic choice with the latest 'tonal' colourway from Vans. "I am usually rocking Old Skools to work thanks to their classic look, plus the leather on these is really soft giving these a premium finishing on a clean colourway".

Who do you think made the best choice?

This is just a small insight to some of the crew's footwear choice, keep an eye on social media and the blog for more choices to be revealed, however, you can shop everyone's choices by clicking here.


Music For the Sole! LCD Soundsytem - Call the Police / American Dream

LCD Soundsystem are back. James Murphy and co with a swift 1-2 combo of double A sides have calmed the naysayers on  'Call the Police / American Dream' bringing about a fresh writing perspective unheard on their previous efforts.

Straight off the bat with the first track 'Call the Police' we treat to the familiar sounds of LCD. Murphy sings cryptically about how 'This is nothing' a potential comment on the humble introduction  of LCD back in to limelight, but as the track plays out we're treat to more politically charged intentions. Calls to 'Eat the Rich' and cries of 'There’s a full-blown rebellion' start to indicate a broader subject matter, something Murphy has touched upon with songs like 'New York I Love You...' but never at the ambitious scale presented. Sonically, the band has never sounded better on both cuts. Their brand of Rock cum Post Punk / Electronica shinning through alongside a huge stadium rock presence that would be better suited to 1987 rather than 2017. The classic two chord progressions the band have used since the dawn of time still as refreshing as ever.

On 'American Dream' Murphy channels his self deprecating humour heavily throughout. Pulsating synth backing keeps the mood on edge, with Murphy recounting a potential real come down off the strong stuff. Talk of visual hallucinations, brutal self evaluation and outright Catharsis rarely seen in an LCD song. There's the ability to look at yourself and ask if you're going the right way past 30 (see All My Friends), but then there's the full on existential crisis Murphy is displaying on this track. Cryptic chants of 'American Dream' are slowly drowned out by warm synths accompanying the track. If either of these tracks are anything to go by, this forth coming record is going to be an unmissable release.


Struggling to find the perfect summer sneaker? We have you covered

Are you struggling to find THE perfect summer sneaker? Then you need not go any further my friend as we have all the answers you desire.

The Footscape provides a natural stepping motion thanks to its flexible grooves and wider surface, it offers a unique asymmetric design with the foot hugging qualities that has rendered them to a cult-like status since 96, when the first runner was released. The design came from extensive research, sampling and analysis of many athletes 

They have been re-imagined into several other stylish models such as the innovative Woven Chukka and the football inspired Magista which has been worn by the likes of Christiano Ronaldo.

We want you to spend your summer in comfort whilst keeping a stylish edge over your friends so as a helping hand from us we are reducing all Footscapes down to £69 for a limited time only.

For our first look, we have styled the Footscape Woven Chukka in Desert Ochre, this colourway was chosen because of its warm standout nature which really brings life into the outfit. The rich earthy tones are muted alongside a minimalist, block coloured outfit that the everyday person would rock, holiday or no holiday. 

Secondly, we have the Footscape NM displayed in it's muted grey glory. Make the colour pop with pink shorts and an icy blue chambray shirt. Ideal for those cooler summer nights after the sun's gone down when you want to kick back and relax with a cold one.

We have previously styled the Footscape Magista a few months ago and had a lot of fun doing so. Thanks to their sleek nature they sit comfortably on the foot whilst providing a great shape on the foot. The monochrome renditions make the styling a much easier task as the colour scheme is versatile so we chose to follow a similar format when choosing what to wear on the upper with a black hoodie and beige pants as to not draw any attention away from the kicks as they hold distinct aesthetics despite the lack of colour.


Calling All Minimalists; New Balance Have Got Your Sneaker Fix

I have to admit I am quite partial to a clean-cut court sneaker, with the likes of Common Projects and Club C's and even Janoski's being a staple for my sneaker rotation. Low-tops are a staple for any true style conscious person, with their easy wear, minimal style and classic shape.

Recently my attention has turned to New Balance who have absolutely nailed it with their latest release of low-top silhouettes including the Tempus, CRT300 and its lightweight 'Re-engineered' counterpart. I was more than ecstatic to see that they were arriving in our store and when we received them in-hand they exceeded expectations.

The 'Tempus' is such an easy-to-wear sneaker, subtly boasting a sleek & elegant upper and they are constructed from a durable canvas with a crisp tumbled leather on the tongue that extends onto the toebox and heel creating an effortless aesthetic the Navy rendition features a soft suede panelling as opposed to the leather but still holds the same great impact.

They are such a versatile sneaker that can be styled with a copious amount of outfits making these a must have for this Summer. My favourite look with these would be to keep it clean and minimal, with some cropped pants (preferably beige to keep a neutral look) matched with a plain long sleeve tee or shirt.

The CRT300 is the epitome of a court sneaker, with an all white colour scheme, with a vintage yellowed midsole, these are like a fine wine, they get better as they age, with the soft leather ageing beautifully and gaining character as they are worn more and more.

Also in the lineup is the lightweight CRT300 'Re-engineered which completely reinvents the court classic with a breathable engineered mesh upper, combining street style with performance and easy summer wear. The off-white midsole and branding breaks up the crisp white upper and adds a vintage tone, the hits of blue add a bright summer touch and makes for a season appropriate pair of kicks. The weight of these is crazy light and if you are constantly on the move then these are destined to be on your feet. The black pair keeps it clean and minimal with a monochrome makeup, if you aren't as daring or just plain love a simple look then these are the choice for you.

New Balance ML22NW 'Tempus'

New Balance ML22BN 'Tempus'

New Balance CRT300RD

New Balance CRT300RE

New Balance CRT300CL


Music For The Sole: Jamiroquai 'Automaton'

For the uninitiated, Jamiroquai were the most unusual chart topping group in their 90's heyday. Hits like 'Virtual Insanity', and 'Little L' amongst others propelled the group to an untouchable level of pop funk infammy. Who doesn't love big hats, dance routines and infectious grooves? We certainly can't complain with the formula, and seemingly neither can the band themselves, as Jay Kay and the boys are back with their brand new album, Autmaton.

As a group, Jamiroquai have always been pushing for that futuristic sound and their most recent attempt still follows that pattern with a throw to a dystopian future, with synth-driven sounds echoing throughout the tracklist as well as Tron movie scores and Bond-style strings creating a disco funk blend. It has a Daft-Punk 'Random Access Memories' sound to it which could have been a potential inspiration for both visual and audio cues with the track 'Automaton' featuring Jamiroquai in a futuristic LED headdress.

Fear not though die hard Jamiroquai fans, the funk is well and truly manifesting in the group still, it's just being recreated on multiple, multiple synths. The aforementioned Automaton is a completely digitally recorded track, a depature from the usually heavy instrumental styling, though similar in principle to 2005's Dynamite (mostly stand out album opener ' Feels Just Like It Should').

Tracks like 'We Can Do It' have a relaxed summer groove to it. I can definitely imagine myself driving around with the windows down blasting this out.

It has a Daft-Punk 'Random Access Memories' sound to it which could have been a potential inspiration for both visual and audio cues with the track 'Automaton' featuring Jamiroquai in a futuristic LED headdress, also elements from Foals comes to mind when listening to this album.

If you are a huge fan of Jamiroquai then it's easy to see why he likes to break conventions and introduce new elements into the industry which has seen he has become a huge success over the years with 8 great albums to date.

With 20 years plus in the game, and able to reinvent themselves with each single and album, it's no wonder they're such a heavily respected odd ball name. Like the tried and tested Air Max (Which you can find here) They are coming up with the goods, every release.

Excuse us while we go full Napoleon over Canned Heat.

 


And Hey Presto, Just Like That The Safari Has Appeared For The Summer

Nike return adding some Safari desert heat to the sneaker game with a fresh vibrant Air Presto Safari, as part of the Nike QuickStrike Safari Pack.

The Air Presto silhouette is an ideal sneaker for summer now even more so in four vibrant, stand out colourways. The presto sports a smooth neoprene upper with a mesh breathable panelling across the tongue and heel to hug the ankle. Caged safari patterned overlays surround the tongue, heel and tip of the toe box. The shoe is complete with a phylon outsole with flexibility grooves formed to the shape of the human foot for maximum comfort and reactivity.

The upcoming Presto Safari pack consists of four outgoing colourways. The first colourway featuring White, University Red and Pure Platinum. An all White clean upper with speckled silver and black overlays with Red highlighting the lining and Nike branding.

For the second colourway, an all Gym Red upper is commended against Racer Blue and white printed overlays underlined with a clean cut midsole and highlighted with gold Nike branding. Creating a royal luxury aesthetic. 

The Turbo Green and Court Purple colourway could take the crown for the most outgoing of the colourway collection. Adding an essence of cool into summer these are the perfect pair to feel the summer breeze with flaunting an all over Turquoise upper with Purple branding, outsole and lacing, completed with Silver and Black printed overlays.

Our favourite pick out of the range is the 'Safari Gold' colourway. Characterising a University Gold with Black and White detailing on the overlays. The golden tone on the mesh creates a honeycomb aesthetic outlined with black stitching, branding and lacing. Giving off an overall energetic and eye-catching style. 

The Nike Air Presto Safari Pack will be releasing online at 08:00am GMT on the 01/05/17 in sizes ranging from UK 7-11. 

Nike Air Presto QS in White / University Red / Pure Platinum / Black

Nike Air Presto QS in Gym Red / Racer Blue / White

Nike Air Presto QS in Turbo Green / Court Purple / Pure Platinum

Nike Air Presto QS in University Gold / Black / White

Let us know your favourite colourway or which pair you manage to cop, we’d love to see how you style your pair! Tag us @Soleheaven or #Teamsoleheaven.

Nike Air Presto QS in Gym Red / Racer Blue / White available to buy at Soleheaven

Nike Air Presto QS in Turbo Green / Court Purple / Pure Platinum available to buy at Soleheaven

 


OG Safari Vibes Are Spreading To The Sock Darts

Nike Sock Dart QS in Turbo Green / Black / White available to buy at Soleheaven

Introducing the Nike QuickStrike Safari Pack, releasing in the futuristic form of the Nike Sock Dart. Throwing together an Iconic Nike design and a forward-thinking silhouette makes for one intriguing combinational style. 

Nike are known for their renowned safari designs which began catching eyes after their first release in 1987 thanks to Tinker Hatfield. As usual Tinker Hatfield gained his inspiration for his first safari print design from something peculiar which in this case was an Ostrich leather couch that he spotted in a prestige furniture shop in New York. This give him the inspiration to bring luxury styles and materials into sports wear creating that fashionable sport hybrid which also debuted a rerelease in 2012 of the original air safari design to celebrate the silver anniversary of the sneaker. Since this point the Safari print has became one of the most iconic and globally recognised creations from Nike. 

In 2006 Atmos Japan released a Nike Air Max Safari Animal Pack which consisted of an Air Max 1 and 95. The uppers were layered with panels of many animal prints such as zebra, horse, tiger, pig and leopard. Creating an overall very daring and head turner of a sneaker. The most famous safari print that nike have created to this day has to be the Air Max 1 Atmos Elephant print without hesitation. 

Originally released in 2004 the Sock Dart has been a success since its debut and revamped release in 2015. This unique silhouette has been the outcome of the on-going development for the sock-like feature within the Nike sneaker design since the 70’s. Inspiration has been taken from silhouettes such as the Sock Racer in 1985 consisting of a sock formed upper underlined with a futuristic sole. as well as the Air Presto itself which has become a stapled Nike classic. 

The Sock Dart’s iteration of the Safari Print is a more minimalistic contemporary design which featured in four different colourways. The Sock Dart has been at the top of the summer must have a list for a few years running now as it is the perfect seasonal rendition with its breathable uppers. Disregarding places this Sock Dart sports a translucent mid strap to lock down the foot. The footprint fitted sole with flex grooves allow maximum comfort for durable traction. 

The four colourways available are Turbo Green, White, Gym Red & University Gold which all feature the same leopard like spotted upper. They all feature white midsoles, black outsoles and Nike branding. While the first two colourways use White highlights on the toe cap and heel, the University Gold and Gym Red differ with Black accents.

The Nike Sock Dart Safari Pack will be releasing online at 08:00 am GMT on the 01/05/17 in sizes ranging from UK 7-11. 

Nike Sock Dart QS in Turbo Green / Black / White

Nike Sock Dart QS in White / Black

Nike Sock Dart QS in Gym Red / Black / White

Nike Sock Dart QS in University Gold / Black / White

Let us know your favourite colourway or which pair you manage to cop, we’d love to see how you style your pair! Tag us @Soleheaven or #Teamsoleheaven.

Nike Sock Dart QS in White / Black available to buy at Soleheaven

Nike Sock Dart QS in Gym Red / Black / White available to buy at Soleheaven

Nike Sock Dart QS in University Gold / Black / White available to buy at Soleheaven

 


Keeping Yourself Looking Fly With The Latest Sock Racers From Nike

We are kicking it back to the good old days with the latest release of four new colourways of the Nike Sock Racer FlyknitThe Air Sock Racer was designed as a marathon sneaker was back in 1986 and finally, after 31 years The OG Nike road racer gets reimagined with a whole new breathable, lightweight fly-knit upper. This newest take provides all-day, everyday comfort with the same sleek look that's been great since day one. These are contemporary minimalism at its finest whilst retaining a whole host of all the technological perks.

We have four fresh and exciting colours entering the store, a seasonal Olive Flak, a mouth-watering Bright Melon, a minimal monochrome white and a vibrant yellow strike all of which boast distinct qualities and fit different personalities. We are certain one of these will be a standout choice for you.

Nike Sock Racer in Olive Flak available to buy at Soleheaven

Nike Sock Racer Flyknit in Pale Grey available to buy at Soleheaven

Nike Sock Racer in Yellow Strike available to buy at Soleheaven

There are two adjustable straps that stretch across the upper which replace standard lacing to provide lockdown keeping your feet secure on the move whilst giving a unique style that is very current with the likes of A-Cold-Wall, Acronym and Off White bringing back the industrial belt/Strapping which has multi-functions as well as serving a great styling aesthetic.

The stretchy fly-knit upper gives a foot hugging sock-like feel whilst the lightweight foam midsole keeps you comfy for all day usage. Another great update is the sole which comes with a Nike Free pattern on the flanks of the midsole, as it is an ultra the cored out construction makes for an insanely lightweight sneaker that won't leave your feet feeling heavy after a long day. 

These sneakers are a little ahead of the trend so don't be scared to rock these on the streets, be brave and dare to try something new as these are the next big thing to hit the market. The style they provide is effortless and the weightless feel is perfect for that daily commute or city breaks.

Releasing at 8:00am Thursday, 27/04/2017

Nike Sock Racer Flyknit in Bright Mango

Nike Sock Racer Flyknit in Olive Flak

Nike Sock Racer Flyknit in Pale Grey

Nike Sock Racer Flyknit in Yellow Strike

 

How To Wear The Sock Racer

We have styled them with cropped pants as we would avoid jeans to make them look sleek where the cropped pants provide a seamless look that doesn't clash against each other. They need to be dressed one of two ways (Sporty or Smart), a mix doesn't quite give the desired effect. Check them out here in Pale Grey styled in a smart casual look, combining a cropped charcoal trouser with a dark washed denim shirt, perfect for the summer months ahead. Take it to the next level with a coloured tote and even add a cap or some sun glasses if that's your thing.

The Bright Melon have been styled with a crewneck jumper off a similar shade to further emphasise the colourway and finishes off the outfit with a warm summer vibe, the cropped pants suit the Sock Racers due to the sleek nature. And we know everyone loves to get their ankles out over the Summer, we don't get many chances to enjoy the sun up in Newcastle so we always need to make the most of it.

The Olive Flak have been styled with a long beige over coat to give a smarter street look which also fits the seasonal colour scheme and provides enriched earthy tones to the outfit. A sleek slimmer trouser choice blends perfectly with this stylist smart street look.

 

The Yellow Strike have taken a sporty approach so they have been styled with tech fleece joggers and a lightweight puffer jacket, the all black outfit draws the eye straight to the sneakers which bring an eccentric burst of energy to the look.


Music For the Sole! BADBADNOTGOOD

As regular readers will know, Monday's Music For the Sole! Is usually an album/track review of a new release, or older throwback review. As we're still reeling from the lyrical bombs dropped by a certain high profile artist last week, we thought we'd use this week's piece to start a feature on a few of our favourite producers / artists involved in the creation of some of our favourite beats.

As a genre, Jazz is arguably the most maligned and easiest to label as 'LAME' The people who say this were probably exposed to a bit too much Kenny G by their New Balance wearing parents (fresh new styles available here for your norm core fix).

Currently, jazz is experiencing a renewed lease thanks to a number of trail blazing artists. The Low End Theory scene of Los Angeles headed by Flying Lotus, Thundercat and affiliates have brought a spectrum of ideas to the table, channeling free form styles of the Coltrane's and Davis' to the acid jazz-fusion craziness of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Rappers like Mick Jenkins, Tyler and Earl of Odd Future and Kendrick Lamar are only a small contingent of new artists adding a jazz tinge to their style. BADBADNOTGOOD, 4 jazz schooled maniacs from Canada, are the group really melding Hip/Hop instrumentation with Jazz sensibilities, like a live action Boom Bap era. We've picked out 5 of their tracks you should check out.

 BADBADNOTGOOD X Odd Future

 

 A true starting point for the at the time trio, who at the time were making a name for themselves through their covers, had Tyler, the Creator lending his vocal abilities to a rearranged version of this cut off his debut mixtape, 'Bastard'. The track serves a great starting point for the BBNG sound. Versions of 'Fish' and Gucci Mane's Orange Juice from this session go as hard as possible.

 BADBADNOTGOOD - UWM

 

 One of the original compositions found on their second mixtape, showing a push to keep a hold of their jazz stylings, whilst containing their typical pounding grooves that are prevalent on the majority of recordings. The accompanying video a true delight.

 JJ DOOM - 'GUV'NOR' BADBADNOTGOOD REMIX

 

 To my knowledge, this is the first forray in to production the band made back in 2012, before going to work on the soundtrack of RZA's 'Man With the Iron Fists'. In this track we get trap influenced bass growl, alongside moody, swirling synths. A benchmark change up in sound for the guys, who provided a very different look to an already abstract track off of DOOM and Jneiro Jarel's collab album.

 BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Ray Gun (ft. DOOM)

 

 A collaboration album with the Wu-Tang legend Tony Starks allowed them to follow through with RnB stylings touched on the aforementioned 'Man With the Iron Fists' Soundtrack. The Wallabee Champ reigns supreme with luscious instrumentals complimenting his unique style.

Kendrick Lamar - Lust (Produced by BADBADNOTGOOD, FRANK DUKES & SOUNWAVE)

I guess we can't go a week without at least mentioning K-Dot's name on the website (especially not at the moment) But the instrumental of this track with it's reversed drum patterns, syncopated bass grooves and sweeping melody provide an eary base for one of the hardest hitting tracks on the record. The fact that BBNG can kick it with top producers and instrumentalists like Alchemist, Mike Will Made It, Thundercat and U2, with executive producer Dr.Dre co signing on the track too. Who knows how far the group can keep going.

 


Balance a new pair of sneakers into your suitcase for Summer!

Bring a touch of Summer to your latest sneaker rotation with the latest 996 pack from New Balance. Combining textural suedes and soft canvas to create a premium base with flashes of vibrate colour around the heel and across the tongue.

A Summer essential 996 Pack has arrived for all the female New Balance enthusiasts. This sneaker pack has a beach allure about it and is the perfect pick for a getaway or festival sneaker with its bright and fun design. 

The upper combines textual suedes and soft tonal canvas creating a premium aesthetic upper. Distinguished beach ball striped patterns run across the heel panel and tongue adding a beach essence to the sneaker. Highly recognisable New Balance runs across the side panel and tongue of the shoe. A defined white midsole supports the uppers underlined with clean cut outsole flecks. 

The two colourways available in this seasonal sneaker is Sea Salt/White which features an off-white backdrop with light tan overlays, characterised with a pink toned with blue streaked beach ball patterned heel patch with white highlighted branding. The other sneaker is fully coated in a Light Porcelain Blue highlighted with white branding a blue heel cap and pink and blue striped beach ball patterned heel patch. 

These sneakers are easily matched with cropped jeans, summer skirts or dresses which make them a great all-rounder making saving you holiday packing space in your suitcase! 

We hope you like this Summer featured beach pack let us know which colourway is your favourite or show us how you style your pair by tagging us @Soleheaven or #TeamSoleheaven. 

 

 


Introducing Remi Rough

Soleheaven are bringing another lively and exhilarating project with London based artist Remi Rough. With this new project we have created a new abstract and imaginative collaboration with Remi and his favourite Nike Sneaker the Air Woven.

Remi Rough is a well known and highly appreciated street and gallery artist from South London who has produced large scale street art pieces on multi story buildings which developed into acrylic painted studio pieces and exhibitions. Throughout the 80’s he was a supporting role in the progression of the UK graffiti art scene and in the 90’s became a part of the Abstract Graffiti movement and his solo career increased from this point.

His work essences bold block colours formed with clean cut lines and sharp edged shapes over all producing loud and dimensional works of art. His work entails an experimental factor which is what makes the observatory of it so intriguing and helps the concept of art work moving forward. There is a futuristic element towards the principle of Remi’s creations such as the 3D sculpture he has recently constructed at an exhibition in Rome where he worked with folded forms of synthetic felt materials.

A famous eye catcher of one of Remi’s collaboration pieces has to be the project commissioned by the company that owns Karpo restaurant and the Megaro Hotel which is actually London’s largest mural to this day painted energetically on the Georgian building. From start to finish the mural took 2 weeks and in the process 150 litres of emulsion and 160 litres of spray paint were put to good use. It sits across the street from one of London's busiest locations - King’s Cross Station, so if you are ever visiting it’s definitely something to see and it’s certainly not hard to miss.

Remi takes full enthusiasm and fulfillment regardless of the aspect of the project. He believes that painting is one form of art where you can gain a narrative towards the artist doing it and from the work they produce you can grasp their emotion behind it.  From concrete to canvas and paper to wood Remi manages to push aesthetic ability to a whole new dimensional perspective.

We hope you are intrigued as there is lots more to be revealed, if you didn’t know much about Remi Rough we hope this helps and if you can’t wait to know more you can visit his website via the link below. Keep up to date with us as there’s a lot more on the way...

All images taken directly from Remi Rough's Website.

Remi Rough - Website link