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Photo of the Week 'Woody'

Anyone who has visited our store in the centre of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne will be familiar with this furry face. Woody is Soleheaven's mascot and has been with the store from the very start. His influence can be seen throughout the brand including the "Woody Power" logo which features an artistic take on his paw print. 

Woody has a laid back persona and can often be found taking a nap in the back of the store. It's not hard to win over the cockapoo, as the sniff of any bit of food will get him interested. The young pooch isn't fussy about what he eats and will finish off any scraps leftover from lunch, if the other lads haven't got to it first.

There's not much that seems to bother the mutt, though he's not too keen on the 'bleep' that emits from the postie's scanner in the morning.

It's great having a canine friend in the store who can lift spirits on a heavy day. If you're about town, pop in and give Woody a treat, he'll be super excited to see you.

 


Soleheaven Styling: Flyknit Magista's

It is the year of the Flyknit, the innovative material that holds perfect structure and allows for amazing silhouettes like the Magista's and Mercurials. So as a tribute to Nike and their industry changing creative technology, we have decided to create a styling guide to show how we rock our sneaks for an array of Flyknit models including the Magista, Talaria, Roshe, Mercurial, Air Max 1 & the Modern Essentials which are going to be released separately on the blog, so stay tuned to catch the whole guide.

Today we are going to show you one of our favourite looks for the Flyknit Magista, a shoe that was inspired by the Football boot but has been altered in a way that has seen them work their way into the lives of urban ninja's and commuters alike thanks to their easy slip-on, their sleek appeal and their undeniable comfort for all day usage which has seen them styled with Acronym and other utility brands across social media.

So we have styled it with what we think a streetwear commuter would wear with it. Featuring the layers & gloves to protect from the harsh weather whilst on the move, the easy access utility bag across the chest and pockets on the borg gilet creating easy access to your possessions and keeping them safe, while keeping your warm in style. Blended with the slim trousers and socks tucked in to create an easy going, 'On the go' aesthetic which all comes together to create a seamless outfit that holds both practicality and style. 

This sleek, utility inspired outfit reflects the nature of the Magista's which offers flexibility and style like no other. This look is about not compromising, never sacrifice style for function. The two can balance perfectly.

 

Tag @soleheaven or #Teamsoleheaven to show us how you style your Magista's as we would love to see how everyone else styles theirs, or maybe you could try and replicate this look with a few alterations, let us know if we inspired you.

Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit 816560-005

Soleheaven Stylist Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit available to buy at Soleheaven

Soleheaven Stylist Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit available to buy at Soleheaven


Sneaker Focus: Air Jordan 1 High All Star "Black Hornet"

All-Stars weekend is upon us so get the popcorn ready and some energy drinks with you as its going to be a late night, with the high flying Slam Dunk competition taking place, as well as the All-Stars game between East Vs West conference. 

With the recent release of the Air Jordan 6 'Black Hornet' it's no surprise that the Air Jordan 1's would make an appearance for the All-Star weekend which takes place in New Orleans this weekend. With Michael Jordan making 13 appearances for this event over the course of his career and earning three MVP's as well as winning the Slam Dunk event and obtaining his triumphant three-point throw dunk which shows that his Airness truly is the GOAT.

The 1's are arguably the best out of all the Jordan releases, with its versatile style and minimal structure allowing it to match with an array of outfits and its archive of colourways, both minimal and vibrant, making them without a doubt one of the most iconic sneakers to date.

This colourway finds a perfect blend of vibrant and minimal elements and merges the two aesthetics together without clashing as the sidewalls rock a clean white panelling with black accents on the swoosh and edging, with the vibrant iridescent toebox and heel bringing some eccentric vibes to the sneak. Finished off perfectly with a translucent sole that further reflects the eccentric colourful nature of these Jordans.

The iridescent colours may have been chosen as a throw towards both Jordan's North Carolina uniform with the light blue accents as well as reflecting the colours and the plastic-y sheen of Mardi Gras beads which is a highly celebrated festival in the heart of New Orleans which is where the All-Star weekend is taking place.

If you are an avid fan of Jordan's then you'll definitely appreciate how clean looking this colourway is and how much they stand out.

Releasing in-store tomorrow at 10:00 am GMT 18/2/17 with remaining pairs available to purchase online on Sunday 08:00 am GMT 19/2/17.


Sneaker Focus: Air Jordan 6 All-Star 'Black Hornet'

Air Jordan 6 Retro All Star 'Black Hornet' available to buy at Soleheaven

So it's that time of the year again where the best of the best from the NBA come together and compete in the All-Star game, East vs West! Which side are you on? 

It's only right that Nike has produced a special iteration of the Air Jordan 6 for the special game. The 6's are the perfect match for yet another momentous occasion in NBA history. They are the sneaks MJ wore for the season he won his first NBA title so you already know they have some kudos to their name. First released in 1991 the 6’s have been host to some iconic colourways such as the OG Infrareds & Carmine White and most recently the Black Cat's which release a month ago and we even created a special one-off print to celebrate the release.

The 6’s feature some of the greatest technology with a reinforced toe box to prevent creasing and increase durability, even the position of the heel tab is done so it avoids your Achilles' tendon, making the Jordan 6 the first shoe to have any sort of moulded structure on the back. Combined with visible Air, the 6 was an instant hit on and off courts all around the world since '91.

This makeup is completely unique, with iridescent panelling throughout. The Iridescent upper has the same aesthetic of a insect's shell and wings, which is complimented by a honeycomb stitching around the Jumpman branding on the heel even the translucent outsole has a hint of. Giving it the nickname of the 'Black Hornet'.

3M reflective detailing creates a striking aesthetic in the night time when struck by the right light, iridescent lace tips and midsoles all while sitting on top of a iridescent translucent outsole. Hits of Black found on the laces, tongue, heel and midsole give this silhouette definition.

These are definitely an unusual colourway but here at Soleheaven we love unique styles, what do you think of these? We would love to know how you would style these. Tag @Soleheaven or #Teamsoleheaven to show us your look.

Releasing at 08:00am (GMT) Friday, 17/02/2017. 

Air Jordan 6 Retro All Star 'Black Hornet' in Black / Black / White

Air Jordan 6 Retro All Star 'Black Hornet' available to buy at Soleheaven

Air Jordan 6 Retro All Star 'Black Hornet' available to buy at Soleheaven

Air Jordan 6 Retro All Star 'Black Hornet' available to buy at Soleheaven 


Sneaker Focus: Vans

Vans Old Skool DX Woven VA38G3MUY in Multicolour/White available now to buy at Soleheaven

From the 17 customers shopping their first ever sneaker release in California 1966, Vans have become one of most highly recognised sneaker brands on the planet. Founder Paul Van Doren had ambition to create a shoe with a sole twice as thick as any other previous sneaker. Creating the shoe from Duck canvas, the strongest he could find with the aim being for his unique selling point of hard wearing shoes to be the talk of the skate park. After a few years with refusal to advertise the shoe made its first showcase at its first skate contest where professional skater Stacy Peralta was payed $300 to wear a pair of Vans during the competition. This was the beginning of them becoming the signature skate shoe.

In 1976 Vans released their second sneaker ‘The Era’ which is considered to be the first iconic skateboarding sneaker. This shoe was tailored with help from top skaters of that time adding features such as extra padded insoles and padded collar giving extra comfort to enhance skating performance. Following this in 1978 Vans introduced their new style shoe labelled as ‘Style 38’ now known as the Sk8-Hi. As this new style stepped onto the skate scene it brought a whole new look and catapulted the business forward. With the Sk8-Hi’s featuring a high collar shielding ankles it became the ideal silhouette to skate in. This high rise sneaker was also the first to debut the signature side-stripe. As the Vans evolved the waffle sole was altered making the traction of the shoe longer lasting.

Stretching their versatility in the nineties Vans left their footprint on the streetwear scene when they started collaborating with the most apparent streetwear brands like Supreme, Stussy and Comme Des Garçons. Vans are continuing to experiment and develop new collections with a range of different colourways, materials and patterns allowing them to feature in varied fashion genres. Not only have they collaborated with fashion brands but also created successful collaborations with the art and media industries, such as their recent playful collaboration with Pixar and the Toy Story range.

The latest rendition of the men's Sk8-Hi’s being the Reissue Zip available in a Black or Dress Blue colourway. The Black create a bold silhouette highlighted with a white outsole tied with black laces these are a perfect pair to characterise a monochrome outfit. The Dress blue sits alongside a burnt tan shaded side stripe, collar and heel patch complementing the zip component. Featuring the classic waffle sole and sporting a premium leather upper with dot detailing to the side panels and a horseshoe shaped stitching to the toe box and tongue logo these Sk8-Hi’s put a formal spin on the classic skate shoe.

Welcoming back the pastel colours with spring approaching the women’s Sk8-Hi Slim in Zephyr Blue. The colourway name has been inspired by the Zephyr Boy’s, the best known skaters of the sixties and sponsor partners of Vans as the brand started to become the most apparent on the skate scene. This colourway is commended with clean white laces and outsole with a smooth premium leather panelling featuring horseshoe shaped stitch detailing to the toe box. The thinner outsole creates a weightless feel also complimented by a smaller waffle print on bottom sole. Thinner laces neaten the tongue aesthetic, featuring the logo in complimentary tones. This sneaker adds a luxury component with a subtle pop of colour to any outfit. These also feature in a Wind Chime/Blanc colourway and if Sk8-Hi's aren't the Vans for you there are also two pairs of Old Skool Vans also available in these colourways. 

The new premium leather Old Skool move away from the classic coloured canvas and characterise a unique woven textured upper featuring a sketched black linear pattern against a crisp white backdrop creating a captivating monochrome colourway radiating an artistic vibe. Sitting upon a white outsole with white laces these are perfect for adding an element of imagination to any colour schemed outfit. A must have for any premium sneaker lover.

Vans Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip Leather VA33T9KVJ in Black

Vans Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip Leather VA33T9MU3 in Dress Blue 

Vans Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip Woven VA38GN6HV in Black

Vans Old Skool DX Woven VA38G3MUY in Multicolour/White

Vans Old Skool DX Square Perforated VA38G3MWQ in Black/Black

Vans Classic Slip-On Leather Perforated VA38F7MU3 in Dress Blue 

Vans Sk8-Hi Slim Zip Leather VA38GRMRI in Zephyr Blue 

Vans Sk8-Hi Slim Zip Leather VA38GRMWU in Wind Chime/Blanc

Vans Old Skool Zip Leather VA3493MWU in Wind Chime/Blanc

Vans Old Skool Zip Leather VA3493MRI in Zephyr Blue 

Vans Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip Leather VA33T9KVJ in Black available now to buy at Soleheaven

Vans Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip Leather VA33T9MU3 in Dress Blue available now to buy at Soleheaven

Vans Sk8-Hi Slim Zip Leather VA38GRMRI in Zephyr Blue available now to buy at Soleheaven

Vans Old Skool Zip Leather VA3493MWU in Wind Chime/Blanc available now to buy at Soleheaven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Music For the Sole! Run The Jewels - RTJ3

Run-The-Jewels

It's Monday. You want some new music. Let's get in to it.

It is crazy to think that after 3 years of solid gold releases El-P and Killer Mike's career defining project-cum-rap leviathan Run the Jewels (RTJ) has thrust them in to a spotlight that transcends rap itself, especially when you consider both gentlemen had a solid 10+ year career as a figurehead of their respected Hip/Hop/Rap genre.

Atlanta's own Killer Mike worked heavily with OutKast on their early releases through features, winning a Grammy alongside Big Boi and Andre 3000 for his feature on 'The Whole World', and topping the charts with his second single A.D.I.D.A.S.

EL-P on the other hand has been New York's premier underground purveyor of Hip/Hop through his label, Definitive Juxtapostion (Featuring artists such as Aesop Rock,Cannibal Ox, Del the Funky Homosapien, Despot, Mr.Lif and RJD2), his production for nearly every one of the labels artist (Cannibal Ox's Cold Vein is one of the best produced records of all time) and his own solo releases.

2012 saw both El-P and Mike work on one another's solo releases, El-P producing all of R.A.P. Music for Mike, and Mike featuring on bunch of cuts from El-P's Cancer 4 Cure, so it was no surprise to see the unlikely duo partner up as Run The Jewels and release their eponymous debut at the end of 2013.

Their socially conscious and political releases have seen them championed as alternative music's front runners. Not many groups can consistently use a formula of hilarious one liners, politically driven cries and furious sub bass addled beats to force their agenda down the throats of their audience, but third album in and El and Mike are furious at stuff again.

Highlights from RTJ3 include the low bass rumbling on Call Ticketron, Mike going double time on his raps, the unlikely hook of 'Run the Jewels live at the Garden' coming straight from the Madison Square Garden's Ticketron line. 'Hey Kids(Bumaye)' finds RTJ and frequent collaborator Danny Brown trading bars over a heavy beat, Brown's verse at the end being typically perverse and nasal, but non the less a welcome switch up to Mike and El-P's straight delivery. 

The Masterpiece of RTJ 3 is the two part ender 'A Report to the Shareholders/Kill Your Masters', beginning with El-P's analysis of what he thought RTJ would be for him, and how that idea has completely changed. From an ego stroking critically acclaimed release, to (arguably) the greatest Rap Duo alive. The production has it's major and minor swooshes, as it finds itself in the final act, Kill Your Masters. RTJ have recapped what they've done, where they've been to get here and now what they want you to do. For them, there's been too much said and not enough done, and now they want people to rise up. Nothing typifys this  more than former Rage Against the Machine vocalist's raging final verse, the anger seething. The final verse Kill Your Masters rings out in unison. In this current political climate, it's hard not to think who or what they may be referring to.

 

 


Photo of the Week

This week we're taking a look behind the scenes of the New Balance Yard Pack shoot. The pack's bright colourway is influenced by the feathers of the rooster in celebration of Chinese New Year. We thought that since New Balance had put so much thought into transforming 5 of their best selling silhouettes, that we should do them the justice of photographing them in a worthy setting.

With the influences in mind, we had two paths to explore; Chinese New Year and farm yard. We chose the latter as to reach a wider audience. Despite Newcastle being a major city, you don't need to travel far to find a farm. Finding a farm that was going to be clean and well lit however, was going to be a different matter all together. We concluded that the best approach would be to recreate the look of a farm and build a scenario that we could control.

Since many small farm birds are kept in coops, we wanted to create something that resembled one. Recycled palettes from the morning's delivery were used for the foundation of the structure. Chicken wire stapled on top helped to add texture and form levels. Straw sourced from a local pet store brought the whole thing to life and it started to look like what we had in mind. For the finishing touches, we added a jute sack and bird feed which also provided extra textures and colours.

Considering that we set it up in a graffiti lined alleyway in the centre of the city, I'm really happy with the final result. The levels and textures gave us plenty of options for the five silhouettes and helped put the sneakers in context. Plus there was so much straw left over, that we were able to fill the shoe boxes and create an alternative pack shot (top). 

-Ant

 

Shop the New Balance Yard Pack


Sneaker Focus: Nike Air Max Modern Flyknit Pack

Flyknit was inspired by runners who desired a snug fit whilst on the move so Nike spent the next four years creating a material that could hold its structure whilst having that ‘sock-like’ aesthetic and retaining the breathable qualities and a lightweight running flex.

Nikes innovation has been pushing boundaries over the years and forever will be at the forefront of creativity, their recent endeavours have seen iconic shapes and models reimagined with a Flyknit upper including the Air Max 1, Air Max 90’s so it was no surprise that the Modern would be next to receive this treatment. The Modern Essential already rocked a minimal aesthetic with a deconstructed approach so the Flyknit further reduces the profile for a slick look to cut through the streets and turn some heads thanks to the unique and highly distinct colourways.

The Modern Flyknit doesn’t disappoint the Flyknit name as it still retains the breathable/lightweight material even with a denser Flyknit upper, the internal elastic strap on the midfoot provides a locked-down fit keeping that structure and hold intact allowing for a comfy ride. Nikes special IU midsole doubles as an outsole and delivers that bounce as well as a durable for that reliable daily wear. The visible air unit is renowned for Nike so Is a much welcomed visual cue for the sneaks, whilst offering further lightweight cushioning.  

These Modern Flyknits boast a really distinct flecked pattern which completely makes these sneakers pop for me personally, especially on the College Navy iteration, the way the white flecks break them up is sublime and adds a whole new level of creative design.

Nike Air Max Modern Flyknit 876066-400 in College Navy / White / Wolf Grey

Nike Air Max Modern Flyknit 876066-401 in Photo Blue / Black / Bright Crimson / White

 


Release Reminder: Saucony GRID SD 'Ether'

Saucony GRID SD 'Ether' in Rose Gold is available to Buy at Soleheaven

Take a deep breath of the 'Ether' and prepare for something special.

The latest limited edition pair to grace the shelves of Soleheaven, from heritage champions Saucony is known as the 'Ether'. Taking the form of, the 90's favourite, the GRID SD. Known as the silhouette chosen by Sneaker Freaker to launch the 'Kushwhacker', following up the iconic 'Bushwhacker' GRID 9000. Both of which have grown to become two of the most lusted after releases from the brand. In late 2017 we saw the GRID SD transformed for a seasonal release, the 'Pumpkin Spiced'. And now for the latest special release.

The Ether, a name which may confuse many, takes inspiration from the home of Saucony in the state of Massachusetts. Once internationally regarded as being one of the most medically advanced places in the whole world. Thanks to the groundbreaking research carried out in the operating theatre of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Build to serve as an operating theatre, but also as a traditional theatre in a sense, allowing scholars and the general public to watch of surgeons at work. Notably the first ever public demonstration of inhaled ether’s anaesthetic properties, changing the medical world forever. All of which taking place under the iconic rose gold dome which sits atop the theatre allowing the space to be filled with natural light during the display of these medical marvels.

It is the dome itself which Saucony have based the design of this GRID SD, built on a base of soft-touch leathers in striking tones of rose gold, this really is a pair which will have you standing out from the crowd. The marriage of both polished and matt metallics gives the silhouette it's recognisable panelling. Broken up with flashes of off white creams across the midsole, natural string laces & smooth suede tongue. Finished with a rose gold coin on the tongue showing a majestic Saucony 'S'.

Releasing at 00:01 (GMT) Saturday, 11/02/2017.
Available in sizes UK5 - UK11
Priced at £110

Saucony Grid SD 'Ether' in Rose Gold (Link will be active at time of release)

Saucony GRID SD 'Ether' in Rose Gold is available to Buy at Soleheaven

Saucony GRID SD 'Ether' in Rose Gold is available to Buy at Soleheaven

Saucony GRID SD 'Ether' in Rose Gold is available to Buy at Soleheaven


Sneaker Focus: Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Force Leather

The Ultra Force model is very much welcomed update with the hollowed outsole reducing the weight of the sneaker tenfold and basically feels like you are picking up (Ironically) air. With a premium finesse all round with clean stitching. Soft leathers and even debossed Nike branding on the heel which follows the minimal construction of this sneaker, this tonal upper style is very much on trend at the moment so is a contemporary approach which can bring your wardrobe up to scratch with the times. Perhaps inspired by last years NikeLab release which seen a special Vachetta Tan introduced in very limited numbers, this model sees a much more accessible price point coming in at a low £80.

The Air Force 1 has seen itself becoming one of the most iconic sneakers of all time with a devoted 'cult-like' following behind them. Rocked by celebrities like A$AP Rocky, Kevin Hart, Drake & 50 Cent and many other worldwide names showing that they have a renowned status. The classic Air Force 1 mid top has been The first sneaker to ever receive a retro edition which shows just how long it has been around and that is has been a classic over decades

Receiving high-end quality Collabs with the likes of Ricardo Tisci, Acronym and most recently VLONE, these names are some of the highest regarding names in fashion and they have chosen this silhouette because they know its timeless design is perfect to Collab with.

These are personally one of my favourite shoes because I love a minimal construction and colourway so these would match perfectly with a majority of my outfits.

Shop the Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Force Leather 845052-200 in Linen / White 

 


Sneaker Focus: Converse Chuck Taylor 70's Hi

Converse Chuck Taylor '70s Hi 151227C in Natural / Clematis Blue available to buy now at Soleheaven

Born from a passion for rubber and sports, Converse quickly found themselves staking a claim as the go-to sneakers for basketball & baseball performance, they quickly excelled to become the #1 sports brand in America long before the likes of Nike or New Balance. In 1917, the Converse All-Star was born, featuring balanced construction, minimum weight, and maximum traction. The All-Star remained as the go-to shoe for the next 50 years, In the words of Converse, "In the early 70's, if you weren't moving or changing, you became obsolete", which spoke of the brand's ability to adapt and progress, while staying true to their brand ethos and image.

In 1921, American basketball star Chuck Taylor was sponsored by Converse thanks to his unparalleled skills on the court, together with Converse, they toured the USA, running basketball sessions in schools to introduce people to the sport and brand. Together, Converse and Chuck were ambassadors for the sport until 1969, when Chuck Taylor passed and was subsequently inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. It was in the era that followed which Converse sponsored the likes of Larry Bird & the one and only Magic Johnson, who both sported the Weapon in classic team colourways, throughout their long-running rivalry. And many forget that Converse was, in fact, the go-to sneaker of the G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan in his North Carolina days, long before this Nike signature sneaker in his rookie year with the Bulls.

Since its first inception, the design of the original All-Star has changed little to the unobservant. It becomes obvious just how much the silhouette has changed when the modern All-Star is held in comparison the in now illustrious 70's Chuck Taylor. The '70's Chuck' consist of a stitched dual layer cotton canvas upper portion, a smaller rubberised toe cap and a simplistic sole which is also manufactured from classic Converse rubber. One of the first things noticed by most people is the slightly higher foxing around the iconic vulcanised sole, giving the wearer greater durability and stability with every step. It is this sole unit that now houses a padded insole offering a much more comfortable ride that the standard All-Star. Even the smallest details have moved back the that of the original, such as the 'licence plate' appearing on the rear of the sole is now matching its original either blacked or whited out. It's the little details that make the 'Chuck '70' the only choice for anyone that knows anything about kicks.

Converse Chuck Taylor '70s Hi 151227C in Natural / Clematis Blue

Converse Chuck Taylor '70s Hi 151227C in Natural / Clematis Blue available to buy now at Soleheaven

Converse Chuck Taylor '70s Hi 151227C in Natural / Clematis Blue available to buy now at Soleheaven

Converse Chuck Taylor '70s Hi 151227C in Natural / Clematis Blue available to buy now at Soleheaven

 


Sneaker Focus: Nike Footscape Family

Nike Air Footscape NM 852629-003 in Wolf Grey / Summit White available to Buy now at Soleheaven

1995 was a pretty great year all round. The year started and ended on a Sunday, Jordan came back to the NBA after his Baseball sabbatical, Mobb Deep released The Infamous, Toy Story smashed the Box Office, Windows 95 changed home computers forever and Nike had a big year with a consistently stellar and forward thinking releases, typified by the inception of the Footscape.

In the Footscape Nike showed that premium quality and forward thinking wasn't just reserved to shoes with a bubble throughout the 90's. Designed with a similar story to the Air Max of the same year, the Footscape was an asymmetrically designed runner with natural shape of the foot in mind (Sneakerheads with wide feet rejoice!). Side lacing may be a norm nower days, but back in 95 the idea of side lacing was an alien notion. The idea of side lacing came from the medial veins running in the foot, as over tightening of the laces can cut circulation from the foot, lateral laces avert pressure from the area, and you've got to admit it looks great too.

As is the case with most ground breaking designs, more forward thinking ideas were added in following years, in some cases even with a nod to the past. The Footscape Woven NM typifies this with it's Natural Motion sole unit updating the original Footscape sole by incorporating woven leathers and textiles in to soft suede panelling. A latice weave is the focal point of the upper of the silhouette, a nod to traditional footwear known as Warachi (or Huarache), an Azteca/South American traditional style of footwear woven with the leather of the locals reared cattle. Imagine what could have been if the Footscape had taken its name from this historic footwear from South America, things could have been very different.

Further versions of the model included fully woven uppers, completely re-designed sole units, collaborations with designers and artists from the fields of Tattoo artistry, and illustration, what always stays fundamentally at the core of Footscapes is comfort.

The most recent iteration of the Footscape is the Footscape Magista  Flyknit. Based on the football boot of the same name, the Footscape Magista Flyknit wraps the minimal upper of the cleat in the footscape sole, and unsheathes the upper of it's hardened football upper, allowing a incredibly breathable waffle print sock to mold to the shape of the foot. As football and style being to blend seamlessly, pushing to the forefront of fashion, it was only inevitable that Nike combine their most imaginative sole unit, with arguably their most minimal and lightweight upper.

Where do you stand on the Footscape? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Let us know below. And show us your own sneaker shots of the Nike Footscape with the hashtag #TEAMSOLEHEAVEN on Instagram.

Nike Air Footscape NM 852629-003 in Wolf Grey / Summit White 

Nike Air Footscape Woven NM 875797-700 in Desert Ochre / Desert Ochre / Gold Dart 

Nike Air Footscape Woven NM 875797-002 in Smokey Blue / University Blue / White

Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit 816560-005 in Wolf Grey / Cool Grey

Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit 816560-003 in Black / Black / Dark Grey / Volt

Nike Air Footscape NM 852629-003 in Wolf Grey / Summit White available to Buy now at Soleheaven

Nike Air Footscape Woven NM 875797-700 in Desert Ochre / Desert Ochre / Gold Dart available to Buy now at Soleheaven

Nike Air Footscape Woven NM 875797-002 in Smokey Blue / University Blue / White available to Buy now at Soleheaven

Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit 816560-005 in Wolf Grey / Cool Grey available to Buy now at Soleheaven

Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit 816560-003 in Black / Black / Dark Grey / Volt available to Buy now at Soleheaven


Music for the Sole! Sampha - Process

It's Monday, and the Monday Blues are kicking in, so get some new music in your ears to start the week off right.

After years of being a muse to artists like Beyonce, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Jessie Ware and SBTRKT , we're finally being treat to a full length album from Sampha.

Having only previously released a handful of tracks under his namesake Sampha (a single and 2 E.P.s), the majority of Sampha's work has found it's way to us through features and collaborations, so I'm happy to report that this Debut is an early album of the year contender.

From beginning to end, Process bares it all. Sampha's sole on the line unheard in previous iterations of his piano ballads. '(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano' is an incredibly profound moment in the run of the album. The pounding and frantic drums of 'Blood on Me' and 'Kora Sings' halted by this beautiful dedication to his childhood instrument. Although titled as such, the song is a tribute to Sampha's late mother. Using the piano solo to combat the disparity of loss.

As the album plays out, It becomes a sort of apology, or confession of the mistakes he's made, third from last track 'Timmy's Prayer' explores the aftermath of a relationship that fell by the wayside. Sampha knows he's done wrong and is trying his best to get back to 'Heaven' (life with his formerly significant other).

'What shouldn't I be?', the album's closing track stands as Sampha's final apology. His selfish behaviour has affected those around him, and he's finally willing to atone. To see his family, to be with the people he loves. It took an untimely passing to see the value, and now he wants to make amends.

All in all, Process is a true delight and should sit with you for some time after listening. Hopefully, we won't have to wait long till the follow-up.

 

 


Photo of the Week

It's been another busy week here at Soleheaven having received new styles from Nike, New Balance, Vans and Saucony. Lightroom is telling me that I've taken almost 2000 since Monday, so there's a lot of photos to choose from.

I've decided to select this on-the-foot (OTF) shot of the Vans Old Skool being modelled by Tom for this week's focus. It was captured on a fire escape in the city which had these hand rails surrounding it. I had Tom sit on some whilst resting his legs agains the railings opposite. I feel like the pose is very fitting for the brand and the sneaker, suggesting that the wearer has a carefree attitude and is prepared to be a little 'Off the Wall'. 

The minimal colour palette allows the lines created by the railings to help guide the eyes towards the sneakers. Shooting on a set of stairs allowed me to have a lower perspective which again is something a little different.

Even though I've taken thousands of sneaker photos within a radius of just a couple of miles, it's a great feeling when we find something fresh from an old location.

- Ant

Shop the Vans Old Skool Veggie Tan Frost Grey VNA38G1MN6

 


Sneaker Focus: Zoom Spiridon Pack

Buy the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Ultra at Soleheaven

Retro sneaker heads and new-school fans alike can rejoice for this one. Nike has resurrected the 90's born Spiridon from the vaults, just in time for the resurgence of retro runners. Earlier in 2017 we saw the OG's drop in women's size curves, and now we have the sought after men's line dropping at Soleheaven.com, word to the wise, though... these won't last long so act fast. 

This pack consists of two colourways, firstly the OG colourway that collectors have come to love thanks to its futuristic metallic appeal with 3M accents and its distinguished Desert Red swoosh. Designed in the same year as the Air Max 97 'Silver Bullets' which has been another favourite of the sneakerhead community. Complimented perfectly with this Black / Bright Crimson addition to the Spiridon family.

This modern update to the heritage runner, the Spiridon 'ULTRA' features all the specifications a fan of the Spiridon can expect, and more, giving a super lightweight feel to this contemporary update to a street icon thanks to the updated hyperfuse panelling as opposed to the traditional stitching on the mudguard. In the midsole, each pair offers an anatomically placed Zoom Unit, providing uncompromising comfort for the wearer's feet in almost any situation. The Spiridon sports mesh uppers for breathability and aesthetic purposes, while the Swoosh provides a reflective element, giving a unique edge to each pair, which comes above a traction-enhanced outsole. 

Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Ultra 876267-001 in Metallic Silver / Desert Red / Black / White

Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Ultra 876267-002 in Black / Black / Bright Crimson

Buy the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Ultra at Soleheaven

Buy the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Ultra at Soleheaven


Sneaker Focus: Nike Air Jordan 4 'Royalty'

Over the years Nike has realised how much Jordan’s have become not only iconic on the court but have become a fashion statement and a lifestyle sneak. Which is why there have been many premium iterations over the year which incorporates the court sneaker into a hybrid street ready pair of kicks. This Royalty iteration pays homage to the prominent dominance that the four exudes.

The fours have had amazing colourways drop in the past and have been used successfully in collaborations, specifically with Undefeated which seen 72 pairs go up for sale and eventually led to them being sold for up to $24,500!! Even 2-Chainz said they were too expensive for him. The Slim Shady’s J4’s – which sported Carhartt canvas uppers and custom sold for around $20,000 which is absolutely mental, but it shows that the 4’s are an icon to have such big resell prices and to receive such hype. Don't worry though these aren't as expensive coming in at £160!

Featuring a stealthy all black Suede upper that is a lot softer and richer than the typical Nubuck that features on the 4's, accompanied with sumptuous metallic gold accents hitting the wing inspired eyelets and branding, giving off that premium vibe that the Royalty deserves. Featuring the classic mesh panelling on the flanks. Finished off with a leather heel tab which reflects the lavish name.

Releasing on 04/02/17 at 08:00 am GMT in a full family size run so the whole squad can cop these.

Click here to purchase the Nike Air Jordan 4 'Royalty' at the time of the drop

 


Sneaker Focus: New Balance 'Yard' Pack

We are proud to announce the latest release from New Balance. The Made in the U.K ‘Yard’ Pack, consisting of 5 different models of the EPIC TR, M991.5, M576 and the fan favourite M1500 & M577 which are cased within an assortment of unique colourways which reflect that of a Roosters feathers. in celebration of the Chinese year of the Rooster and also hinting at the heritage of New Balance’s humble beginnings where the founder William J. Riley started the New Balance Arch Support company and placed bizarrely placed a chicken foot on his desk to show that the shape held a perfect balance.

All models have been manufactured in the U.K at the renowned Flimby factory in Cumbria. So you know that every single sneaker sets the standard for the pinnacle of Quality with rich, plush suedes and leather panels featuring throughout the set with perfect finishing on the stitching for that flawless look.

As we love our followers and customers we have gone through a lot of effort to put the ‘Yard’ pack in its natural habitat by replicating the heritage of the sneaks by creating our own chicken coop/barnyard space, which is quite difficult to achieve when you live in the concrete jungle that is Newcastle.

Our personal favourites from this release are the M1500YP’s, purely for how well the colour scheme has combined together on this model, plus the M1500YP's provides an amazing profile on foot which is perfect for any Sneakerhead who knows that profile is important.

Click here to shop the Yard pack collection

New Balance 'Yard Pack' M1500YP in Blue / Navy

New Balance 'Yard Pack' M577YP in Navy / Blue

New Balance 'Yard Pack' M9915YP in Navy / Blue

New Balance 'Yard Pack' M576YP in Navy / Orange

New Balance EPIC TR YP 'Yard Pack' in Navy / Blue


The Nike Air Max 95: Street-ready, Style-ready.

Originally designed by esteemed Nike designer, Sergio Lozano, the Air Max 95 has played a simultaneous and crucial role in urban cultures and sneaker cultures alike since its release back in 1995, growing deep roots in specific, niche cultures that have taken the model under their wing, and continuously supported it from generation to generation.

In the UK, the sneaker has progressed with connotations from street culture and youth culture that have put the model on a legendary pedestal, which have made it THE sneaker for young types around the UK from city to city. This came from the high-quality build of the shoe, it's ready for anything, and the eye-catching price tag, which lets your friends know you have cash to splash. The model's popularity escalated quickly, and when you fast forward to 2017, the model is still king.

The original vault designs for the Air Max 95 used the human anatomy as a source of inspiration for the form of the sneaker. The 'flowing' panelling represents human muscle, while the rear of the sneaker forms like the spine, with the flowing 'muscles' coming from the rear. The Air Max 95 was also the first Nike sneaker to incorporate two Air cushioning pads into the midsole, providing unrivalled support and comfort to the wearer, this gave the 95 a unique feel when worn, a feel that fans of the model would return to again, again and again.

At Soleheaven, we understand the passion fans of the AM95 have for the sneaker, with each iteration bringing something new to the table, allowing the wearer to continuously freshen up their feet, while still staying true to their most favoured template. Not a day goes by in store where we don't have a local popping in to see the latest variations of the model, which, for the latest season, has arrived in numerous colours, ideal for the upcoming spring season, including Palm Green, Oxford Pink, and Smokey Blue. But be warned, these plush looking iterations of the street staple will not be around for long, so act fast to avoid missing out on your size.

Shop our full Nike collection here;

Nike Air Max 95 Ultra SE Premium 858965-001 in Black / Black

Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Essential 857910-600 in Gym Red / White

Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Essential 857910-006 in Black / White / White

Nike Air Max 95 Premium WMNS 807443-005 in Midnight Fog / Matte Silver

Nike Air Max 95 Premium WMNS 807443-006 in Smokey Blue / Mica Blue

Nike Air Max 95 Premium WMNS 807443-600 in Oxford Pink / Bright Melon

Nike Air Max 95 Premium WMNS 807443-700 in Desert Ochre / Gold Dart

Nike Air Max 95 WMNS 307960-104 in White / White / Pure Platinum

Nike Air Max 95 WMNS 307960-005 in Matte Silver / Matte Silver / Sail / Black

Nike Air Max 95 Premium WMNS 807443-004 in Black / Black


Soleheaven Stylist: How To Style Your Saucony Jazz Original

The Saucony Jazz Original. Established in 1981. The iconic trainer that put Saucony on the map and is undoubtedly their most coveted sneak to date. Voted best quality running trainer in the 80’s, it is designed in a way that focuses on reducing weight and achieving greater balance whilst on the move. Its simple design has allowed it to become so wearable and versatile for everyday outfits which have made this heritage runner so popular over the decades. The branding on the lateral parts of the sneaker is a signature part of the Jazz and can usually be displayed in bold and bright colourways. The blend of premium suede panels mixed with a breathable mesh toe box and a nylon upper allow for a durable running trainer that maintains ergonomics as well as its street appeal.

For this retro colourway, I have tried to accentuate the vibrant red from the branding, so I have styled them with a bright red coat which is a subtle yet bold look as it doesn't reflect the main colour of the shoe which is blue, instead it focuses on the branding which is a subliminal approach and makes the outfit and trainers pop as it instantly draws your eyes to the colour.

Saucony Jazz Original S70321-5 in Navy / Red

Saucony over the years has gained a reputation that is built on heritage and their roots and speak to a mature audience that doesn't focus too much on what is popular. So I took a much more casual approach when styling these sneaks.which is why the outfit doesn't feature any heavy branding.

When styling these try and accentuate the bold colours by piecing parts of your outfit that either matches the colour or contrast them completely which will further draw attention to the sneaks. Try stick to non-heavy branding, for example, Saucony sneaks with a full Bape tracksuit doesn't really work, so keep it minimal and effortless. Instead try styling them with pieces from Carhartt, Patagonia and other workwear style brands that have a rich heritage behind them.

 

The next colourway is definitely a lot more minimal than the last iteration we just looked at, which is good as it means I can show you how to style the vibrant colours as well as the minimal sneaks that Saucony has to offer.

First of all, I chose to wear white socks as these are the classic runners and to stick to the OG vibes they were typically worn with a white tube sock with maybe some stripe detailing. So I have taken a contemporary approach by wearing them with cropped pants but retaining the retro vibes from the white socks. To keep the look clean I styled them with Navy pants and a plain long sleeve white tee which makes the whole outfit minimal and fresh.

Saucony Jazz Original S70321-9 in Grey / White


Music For the Sole! Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone

Anyone who frequents our Monday music features will know that we're all in on the Loyle Carner hype train.

As described in previous features, Loyle is refreshingly out of touch with the current wave of grime artists that dominate the British urban music culture, taking influence from early 00's hip-hop heads Braintax, Skinnyman and Jehst (who features on the album cut No Worries alongside Rebel Kleff).

Yesterday's Gone plays out as a very strong debut. Singles 'Ain't Nothing Changed', 'The Isle of Arran' sit well in the run of the album, feeling as refreshing and new as the day we first heard them.

The feature of the album that makes Loyle stand out the most is his lyricism and his silky smooth delivery. The subject matter he delves in to, Love, loss and family amongst others, aren't things alien to the genre of Hip/Hop, but being delivered so eloquently over smooth jazz beats, the album shows it's true meanings.

From the cover to the song titles and features, It's not hard to see Loyle is a family man with the track's being humbly dedicated to those around him, most notably lyrics dedicated to his parents, his step father and his untimely passing, his biological father absent for most of Loyle's life.

As a project, Yesterday's Gone is beautiful. Another example of Hip/Hop pushing boundaries, and a brilliant entry in the still growing British Rap pantheon.

Currently touring around the U.K., You'd be insane not to go see this guy before he blows up.

Yesterday's Gone is available on music platforms.

 


Photo of the Week

We think that sneakers look best when they're being worn on foot, that's why we photograph all the products that come through our doors being worn by our models. 

This week, Tom and I took the Nike Air Force 1 '07 LV8 out to a stairwell with a striking black, white and yellow colour palette. Following some of the standard shots that we're used to capturing, Tom suggested that we do some hanging shots over the hand rail. The photo of the week had me standing above Tom with my camera outstretched over the sneakers. It was a pretty risky click but I think the resulting image was worth it. 

If you've taken on-the-foot shots that you think will give us sweaty palms, tag them with #teamsoleheaven

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