Back with a few more releases that you should be sticking on the office playlist this Monday.
Tame Impala - Currents B-Sides & Remixes
After teasing us with a potential special edition of their smash hit album, Currents, Kevin Parker and co have given us this 5 track taster of remixes and B-sides. You'd be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with these tracks though, as the originals are Kevin Parker at his grooviest and emotional. Remixes by Gum and Soulwax provide a nice change to the hits, with Soulwax's 'Let It Happen' Remix is a standout of the two, with its reinterpretation of the Disco Odyssey.
Burial - Pre Dawn / Indoors
Hot of the celebration of Untrue's 10th anniversary (read our retrospective from last week on the blog!) Burial treats us to his annual winter split. Pre Dawn and Indoors are a classic dance melding, taking the rhythm and sensibilities of the acid house rave scene that Burial grew up in, with an extra spice of that dark and atmospheric soundscape that Burial likes throwing into his tracks.
Hall & Oates - I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) - Pomo Remix
Dance extraordinaire Pomo throughs us a yacht rock throwback with a pounding disco rendition of Hall & Oates classic. It's a classy rendition all around, with Pomo bolstering an already dance floor proofed with the kind of finesse that's got his name on the lips of tastemakers the world around.
NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) - Suede (Uptwnmixx)
Releasing another track from their Yes Lawd! Remix album, the team of .Paak and Knxwledge have taken their standout single, Suede, and slowed the pacing down to a vintage RNB jam. A tasteful guitar solo unpins this mixture of sex and sass from .Paak's pitched up vocals.
First released in 1997, they looked futuristic back then and had doubters of the sneaker, and even to this date they still look lightyears ahead and have their doubters, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from them, you are a pioneer who truly appreciates a great sneaker, which is why you are reading this.
It's has been a while since the last Foamposite was released, meaning the demand is growing ever larger, meaning that you are going to want to act fast when they release, as they won't be around for long. The geniuses over at Nike have been cooking up something fierce as a special release for Black Friday, in the form of the latest 'Legion Green' colourway. Which holds an Iridescent glow on the iconic deep green Carbon shell that reflects the shimmer that the cult-like following of Foam fans adore.
The colour scheme seems to follow a similar aesthetic to the Nike x Undefeated collaborations that we have been seeing on social media, thanks to the groundbreaking combination of Legion Green and Black which has a very contemporary appeal. Black suede wraps around the lacing, which extends around the collar and heel, then to the midsole which contrasts with the vibrancy of the Iridescent Green to perfectly tone the sneaker down.
Releasing Wednesday 22/11/17 and are priced at £190, so keep yourself ready for this release as its going to be a good one!
Following the success of the Bordeaux Jordan 12, which was a great hit with fans across the board. Jordan is blessing your feet once again by releasing the new 'Dark Grey' colourway, following the premium aesthetic as the Bordeaux with a soft to the touch suede that encases the heel, extending through to the toebox. Contrasting textiles of the soft suede and the leather panelling makes for an eye-catching look.
"Quality inspired by the greatest player ever" is quoted on the heel and sums up the entirety of the sneaker, this Jordan is crafted to embody the spirit of Jordan and inspire whoever wears these, which is why the build is flawless.
The Dark Grey upper provides a deep tone that is perfect for a lifestyle aesthetic, allowing you to rock these with essentially any outfit that you deem fit. The contrasting Light Grey outsole/midsole. Marvelous touches of Metallic Gold lather the eyelets and atop of the heel pull tab which is a potential throw towards the Retro 'Taxi' colourway. 23 branding is planted on both of the midsoles at the rear in Black to stand out against the lighter Grey.
The design is said to be inspired by the Japanese 'Rising Sun' flag also know as 'Nisshōki', which is why the suede panelling features a subtle sunray style detailing along the flanks. The 12's were also the first of the Air Jordan series to include Zoom Air which shows the innovation and comfort they bring. Not only were they rocked by Jordan, other basketballers including Scottie Pippen replaced his old Max Air's and chose to wear the 12's instead, showing how they can have a great impact on and off the court.
Releasing tomorrow at 08:00 am BST (17/11/17) with limited availability, priced at £165.
The Air Force is undoubtedly one of the most recognised silhouettes that Nike has created so far. With an illustrious past, that started as a court sneaker. They were the first ever Nike sneaker to be made a retro release due to the public demanding that Nike redo them instead of releasing the Air Force 2, thankfully they decided to give the people what they wanted and released them year after year which has led to them still being ever popular 35 years down the line which is by no means an easy feat.
The Air Force has kept a contemporary appeal by re-adapting over the years, moving from their origins of a court sneaker, to lifestyle adaptations with premium and lux aesthetic to their most recent an outdoors & Special Field versions that can survive the harsh Winters. They have also been highly popular due to the many A-list celebrities who rock them including Dr. Dre who wears a brand new pair every time he steps foot in them.
Grandmaster Caz, one of the originators of Hip-hop knows the score when it comes to opening a new box of kicks, “when you open up the box you hear the angels singing”. That’s the feeling we are getting you to feel which is why we are going the extra mile, making this moment truly special for you.
The iconic all white colourway is an absolute paradise for artists to design on. With the perfect amount of space for them to craft on, artists all over the globe have customised them which has led to some simply stunning bespoke pairs. Recently they have been used by FreOfficial who have customised them using Louis Vuitton, Gucci & Goyard materials to create a high end aesthetic on a street born sneaker. They have been instant sell outs showing how popular the Air Force is, especially when they feature an artistic flair.
They have released many collaborative efforts with huge names including Off White, Acronym, Comme Des Garcons & Supreme, all of which are in completely different areas of the fashion world, which shows how adaptable and versatile the Air Force truly is.
Renowned Graffiti Artist Stash, has recently collaborated with Nike on a Spiridon, he has been heard quoting that the Air Force 1 is the ultimate canvas for any artist to work on, which you can hear at the end of our video.
We wanted to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Air Force by displaying them in all its glory, which is why we have produced a visually stunning video that portrays the AF1 in its natural habitat and reflect on the nature behind the sneaker and those who wear them. We have engrossed them for those who want to look fresh on the court, to the pioneers who want to take on the elements with style.
What has been your favourite Air Force to date? Or are you simply a fan of the OG colourway!
Everyone has that album that sums up a time, a period, a moment when everything was just right. With my discovery of Untrue, I wouldn't describe everything as perfect, or that the I was happy, but that I just felt at ease. A passive embrace of a stray moment, Untrue captivated my senses.
With late-night landscapes casting shadows on the inanimate beyond my windows, my sensations worked in tandem to take me to an unusual residence. I may not have been in dark, murky, midnight London where this album was birthed, but the feeling it gave me of sparsity and internal peace, of a kind of existentialism outside of the norm of youth, created my own interpretation of this foreign state.
For much of modern music past this millenium, muisc formulation has been dictated by an incredible amount of complex factors, and the way our consumption has changed so rapidly also influences how we discover music. Without the reach of the internet, I doubt I ever would have discovered Burial. But would I have wanted to otherwise?
Burial's music came at the apex of the digital world and music's intersection into madness. A lowkey Indie release on Legendary electronic artist Kode9's Hyperdub records, It wasn't until 2011, 4 years after it's initial release, that I found Untrue by pure chance on a random online music search. Having recently found an affinity to downtempo dance, Burial's music fed my need with a wealth of releases to catch up on. Though my listening to Burial has become an annual vinyl affair, like a moody advent calendar, the enjoyment of digital format over a random vinyl discovery during my first foray into a back catalogue has left me with an enhanced nostalgia. The ability to toil away in my room rather than the shared experience of a record player in a welcoming space infinitely changed my perception of this record.
As an electronic record, Untrue is like no other. It's off-kilter and galloping drums, it's use of tasteful dubstep sub-bass and it's unconventional sampling methods, this record set a standard amongst its peers that stay retains to this day. Listen to anything by XXYYXX, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Thom Yorke's solo work and his later day work in Radiohead, even friend and collaborator Four Tet. All have allowed themselves to be influenced by the unique makeup of Burial's music.
From samples of the existentialists game of choice, Metal Gear Solid, to Rnb Icons of the mind noughties like Ray J, Ashanti, Beyonce and Usher (amongst much more) and even random Youtube clips in a variety of different sound qualities, Burial uses these unlikely sources to channel his Garage influences as pitched vocals and rhythmic samples. His utilisation of Youtube as a sample source predates many of his peers, with his penchant for the weird and wonderful locating themselves all across his records.
If you've never experienced Burial, I implore you to take some time alone to experience this record. Allow yourself to escape for an hour uninterrupted. Just let your mind be a blank canvas and celebrate this masterpiece's 10 years in existence.
Jordan Brand is taking us back to a simpler time, time of Soft Rock, Hair Spray, Spandex, Moustaches and Michael Jordan's entrance to Basketball through his time at the University of North Carolina.
Inspired by Jordan’s collegiate based superstition, the Win like 82 pack is based on the alt UNC colourway that Jordan claims to have worn under his team shorts for the majority of his career. The upper is a predominantly white construction with a Midnight Navy patent leather section across the mudguard, and accents of University Blue on the branding.
Part of the holiday release season ‘17, it’s a statement of what is upcoming from the brand with a ton of classic colourways and new styles coming (and possibly another 11...)
Available from 8 AM GMT 11/11/17
All you urbanites out there, this latest pack of Nike is going to be calling your name. Thanks to the latest re-adaptations of everyone's favourite Air Force and Lunar Force, but with a teched out Special Field aesthetic.
If you have been keeping up with our latest blog content you will know the Air Force is celebrating its 35th anniversary, which is a huge milestone for any sneaker. It shows they have stood the test of time and over the decades have become one of the most (if not the most) iconic styles in Nike's archives.
They have been readapted in many ways over the years, but the most recent has been possibly the notable. Inspired by the military, following the format of typical military boots with the specifications being stamped on the upper. The adjustable straps and dual-zip on the heel make for a unique closing system. The extended rope lacing further emphasises the militaristic style. A ballistic Nylon construction dominates whilst premium touches of leather offer a premium edge that keeps you dry, warm and secure whilst out in the treacherous streets.
The crisp Ibex White upper is perfect for the Winter for that iced out aesthetic. Hiding a subtle 3M White Camo detailing along the flanks which completely transforms the sneakers in the nighttime.
The seasonal changes are usually frowned upon by some people, but if you are prepared with the finest creps and gear then you can turn that frown upside down and enjoy the Winter. Nike consistently provides winter-ready options year in, year out. The Lunar Force 1 Duckboot is one of the best options available out there. With a much needed Watershield upper, matched with a warm lining offering a snug feeling, the outsole keeps you upright in slippery conditions with the increased traction with an emphasised lug pattern.
What model is more suited to you the High, Mid or Duckboot? The choice is yours.
Taking an ACG legend in the Nike Air Humara and re-birthing it for the 20th anniversary was never going to be an easy task. The Humara, a heralded trailing running design debuted by first time designer Peter Fogg, has found a cult following amongst sneaker heads with brands like Supreme rewarding the fandom with Quickstrike editions recently. With its intrinsically 90s aesthetics, it was only a matter of time before the re-update for 2017 came, and Nike have delivered with the Nike Air Zoom Grade.
Taking the Humara's original trail running specs, the Zoom Grade adapts the jagged, contoured sole unit of the original and adds a rigid heel unit that helps the foot sit in place during activity. The mixture of foam and Air Zoom in the midsole promises a responsiveness and comfort for any scenario.
With the upper, the Zoom Grade moves away from the original Humara design, bringing a sock like upper in to play with a mixture of water resistant materials layered upon one another. A finely woven mesh takes prevalence on the upper, with rubberised binding across welded seams. An additional patterned rubber drapes the upper third of the silhouette, keeping the ankles unaffected from any splashes.
Finally, the last piece to the design comes in the lacing system, a toggle based rope system that borrows cues from the Humara, and more recent contemporary designs like the Air Max More and the City Loop. A mixture of 3M eyelets and canvas lace holders give the Zoom Grade it's iconic look, all topped off by 3M tick on the base of the toe box, and mid sized clip art branding on a sewn strip of the tongue.
As a winterised active based tech shoe, it's sleek design will be ideal for cold morning trips to the gym, or quick dashes to the shops pre-Christmas.
Shop the range below!
Nike Air Zoom Grade Available at Soleheaven.com priced at £100
We're back, with a little round up of some tracks peeking our attention this past week.
Young Fathers - Lord
'Young Fathers have finished a new album. We hope you hear it sometime in the future, for now here is a new song, a song called LORD. You can't dance to it.' That's the only info we're going to get from the reclusive award winning trio of Scottish hip/hop. New album promises to be a strong follow up.
Flying Lotus - Post Requisite
New drop from the L.A. Beat Machine. This latest cut comes as a teaser single from a forth coming album, as well as a official release for one of the tracks used in his severely avant-garde film, Kuso. It's a typical compostion from FlyLo, fans of previous work will not be disappointed.
The Pegasus A/T was a refreshing sight for me to see, and to speak about when they entered our store. It has been a while since we have had the Pegasus model grace our shelves. The A/T "All Terrain" is built specifically for the winter and general outdoor conditions. The Ripstop Nylon your feet will stay dry thanks to its water-resistant qualities, which in England is an absolute pinnacle trait for a pair of sneakers to have.
With great features such as a quick toggle lacing system allows for easy and quick access meaning you won't have to worry about them coming undone at any time. So no soggy laces to contend with.
They even feature a subtle 3M detailing meaning you can stand out vibrantly in the night. The silhouette follows that of the classic Air Pegasus '83 model, but this time with a tech'd out ACG aesthetic. The well-built tread on the rubber outsole provides impeccable traction which stops you from losing your footing when in slippery weather.
Available in four completely unique colourways which all hold distinct qualities and can suffice everyone's tastes. The most standout colourway for me is the Midnight Fog / Cobblestone / Ridgerock, it is such a wearable colourway, with a muted base tone that has been accented with a rich colour on the heel and even the toggle fasten, it just works and I think most of you will happily agree that the colourway.
If you are after a pair that requires very little effort and hassle for everyday use, especially in the colder times then the A/T should be the next pickup for you, keeping you warm, dry and looking your best. What colour are you leaning towards?
All these colourways are available now priced at £100
Are you the kind of Gal or Guy that likes to be prepared for anything that comes their way? Well, Nike has only gone and made the perfect shoe for you folks and it was under your noses the whole time!
The Air Force 1, the 1982 classic that arguably can be attributed to the beginning of the sneakerhead craze, has seen itself be reappropriated into a variety of different uses. Its original Basketball usage being replaced by slimmed down flyknit styles of latter use (and AF1 pioneer Rasheed Wallace's retirement from the NBA). With fashion's infatuation with slimming down and advancement in technology and in fashion design execution and use, it was only a matter of time before Nike brought the silhouette into the modern day with a number of revolutionary takes on the shoe!
Acronym founder and designer Errolson Hugh said it best about his upcoming AF1 anniversary collaboration; "... In the end, we decided to approach it just like we approach the apparel, which means: Look at a problem, or look at an aspect of the functionality, and see if there’s a way we can improve it.”
ABOVE: Nike SF AF1 Hi - Black/Gum AA1128-001 (releasing 08:00GMT 02/11/17 priced at £160)
With the announcement earlier this year of the revolutionary update to the AF1 in the Special Field Air Force 1 and it's 'OG' colourway, the Desert Camo High, the fashion world took a renewed interest in the silhouette and allowed the coming seasons to be filled with interesting takes (namely pinnacle, jewel and mini swoosh adorned versions of the classic selling like hotcakes). Now that we're back in the colder season, it's time for the influx of Special Fields!
The Special Field mid brings leather, a water resistant, gusseted ripstop and zip lacing system to the mid top AF1. A tough, robust canvas to the ankle, with suede reinforcing the material behind the scenes. Each breathable panel of the AF1 is covered with a tough membrane, allowing the shoe to still breathe. Each pair is topped off with a tonal or starkly contrasting sole unit with maximum grip guaranteed.
ABOVE: Nike SF AF1 Hi - Rattan/Rattan AA1128-200 (releasing 08:00GMT 02/11/17 priced at £160)
The Special Field Air Force 1 Hi brings the typical leather and ripstop materialisation of the Special Field and completely does out with a lacing system, instead replacing it with a zip booty system tied down with 3M piped cording, creating a standout look though registering a similar aesthetic to classic boots of the 70s and 80s, with a modern-day touch.
With this amount of choice for winter, treat your feet to high fashion and practicality.
ABOVE: Nike SF AF1 Mid - Mushroom 917753-200 (releasing 08:00GMT 02/11/17 priced at £120)
The Flyknit Air Jordan 1 returns! After the hotly anticipated release of the classic 'Banned' and 'Game Royal' colourways, Nike and Jordan Brand have now blessed us with a follow up in this legendary Wolf Grey and seasonal Harvest Gum colourway.
Straight away the silhouette strikes with its minimalist approach on the upper. Where it's predecessors dominant colours mixed it with black and white to create the timeless look, this new edition bucks the trend with a monochromatic upper. The flyknit, as ever, sits dominantly on the upper, it's materialisation and grain allowed to flex as much as possible.
It’s a fantastically on-trend aesthetic utilising the best of Nike technology on the silhouette that started the sneaker game and with recent rumours of other timeless Jordan models making their conversion to the flyknit family, can you argue that Nike is doing a bad job with these remixed versions? For us, at Soleheaven we can't wait for more flyknits!
Launching here at 08:00GMT 01/11/2017
Once again we have another renowned 'Wool Pack' destined for the Soleheaven store. The last pack we had was received really well with both styles selling out quickly. This time around the pack consists of an unstoppable triple threat with the Air Max 90, 95 & 97 all making an appearance.
To recap, the Woolpack has been fabricated specifically to match the colder season, with a woollen base covering the pack keeping your feet warm and toasty on the colder days. Matched with accents of Sequoia & Velvet Brown leather for a fully regal flex. Light Carbon brings a pastel splash of colour to the kicks giving them that much-needed pop (as in all honesty you want to stand out, right?). These have the everyday style thanks to their clean and simple style making them a wearable option iconic style that each Air Max model holds.
As a friendly reminder don't wear these in the snow or the rain as the Wool material isn't exactly the most water resistant as you already know. But when its an icy day and you can see your own breath, go back inside, put these on and you're good to go.
Again the 97 takes my vote for the cleanest style, I am probably biased as it is my favourite signature silhouette out of the three on offer, but they possess a look that can't be imitated
All pairs are releasing 01/11/17 at 08:00 am GMT so what better way to start a fresh month than with a new pair of Air Max.
This collaboration has been a highly anticipated one and for good reason. German-based sneaker store Afew is celebrating a national icon, Wolfgang Johann Goethe, who is a notable poet in German culture as one of the most prominent writers in world literature, totalling over 50,000 pieces, Goethe's is such an exceptional figure that he has a museum is located in Düsseldorf and is the inspiration behind this release as it is located near their store.
The distinct colourway is a homage to the colours that can be seen on the museum and the architecture with a sumptuous mix of Rose & Grey. To keep aligned with the status and decadence of the building the materials on the Shadow's had to match of course. A rich suede wraps the heel and extends through to the toe box, including touches of leather which feature one of Goethe's famous poems displayed in the style of feather writing, on the heel for a stunning effect that pays tribute in the perfect way. You can also see two other poems from Goethe on the insoles and the laces which are tasteful and subtle additions. Goethe can even be seen on a papercut patch on the tongue in an old-fashioned silhouette style.
All pairs come in a special box Rose box that features Goethe's profile, inside the sneakers are wrapped in a parchment style paper that features the Afew & Saucony and of course some literature from Goethe. Including three sets of laces to make each pair individual for the wearers so you can stand out in your own distinct way.
Priced at £120, releasing on the 28/10/17.
These are highly limited and are releasing by way of a raffle to make this fair for everyone. The raffle will be open today and will be ending on 17:00 BST (28/10/17)
*The raffle is a chance to buy, not a chance to win, you will be notified via email with an invoice for your purchase if you have been successful. All unclaimed pairs will be re-raffled later that day.*
Click here to enter the raffle.
Another week comes around and we're rounding up some new tracks of the last week we're really liking in the office!
BADBADNOTGOOD + Samuel T. Herring - I Don't Know
Combining for another soul-tinged number, it's the Future Island's second effort with the Canadian jazz maestros following on from a collab on BBNG's IV in 'Time Moves Slow' It's a similar effort in feel, with a distinctly Motown influenced being displayed in full, and a beautiful string section winding their way in to the mix.
NxWorries (Anderson .PAAK & Knxwledge) - Best One (Remix)
Recently announcing a remix album of their breakout collaboration album 'Yes Lawd' Paak and Knxwledge have treated us to the first taste in this remix of one of the standout tracks, 'Best One', bringing a much more sombre affair to the mix, with lush backing vocals adding a melancholic air to proceedings.
TOKiMONSTA - Lune Rouge
Recovering after a brain injury caused her to forget how to walk, how to comprehend languages, and most devastatingly music too. Luckily, the recovery for her was speedy, and she's blessed us with a brand new album of downtempo dance and hip-hop pop bangers.
Samiyam & Jonwayne - What Can I Do
Recovering after a brain injury caused her to forget how to walk, how to comprehend languages, and most devastatingly music too. Luckily, the recovery for her was speedy, and she's blessed us with a brand new album of downtempo dance and hip-hop pop bangers.
DRAM & Trippie Redd - ILL NANA
At Soleheaven we love DRAM (F.K.A D.R.A.M.) a breath of fresh air in the mumble rap takeover. The guy has the ability to combine humour, crooning, rnb and hard hitting rap tracks in a full project, and that's what we're expecting from his follow up to Big Baby D.R.A.M.
This one is for the ladies! A dedication to the smaller feet & the smaller sizes available at Soleheaven right now. The ability to style a pair of kicks becomes exponentially easier the smaller the shoe size (this is a scientific fact, honestly*), and with our consistent release of the best styles in sizes to suit anyone in the family, we're always getting women's exclusive colourways and GS sizes in our Jordan Brand stock. And as always we think women are getting treated to the best colourways... So we thought we'd bring to you an editorial just for the ladies.
With recent releases like the Flyknit Air Jordan 1 'Royal' and 'Bred' classic colourways, Basketball high tops it has been a refreshing opportunity to break away from usual constructions and allow some legendary style a chance to innovate and re-engage with a completely new wearer. The flyknit adds a light, durable, visually striking upper on two of the most classic colourways Nike and Jordan have ever concocted. Perfect with any outfit, we personally think they look at their best when paired with skinny jeans, and a raw denim edge can add a little extra spark to any outfit, this season.
If it's the old school vibe you're after, we always get the best of the retro Air Jordan line on the shelves at Soleheaven, from the women's only Heiress line in the Jordan V to the recently release History of Flight series Jordan XIII and the classic Jordan amalgamation, the Spike Lee created the Spizike.
Whenever you see that fresh pair popping up on your feed you can be assured Soleheaven will be stocking them in a full size range from GS to Men's, so don't worry we'll keep all you ladies in the crispest of kicks.
With so much choice, what will you pick?
Beat conducted by Scottish Pretty.
*definitely not backed-up by real science.
It's Monday, we've had a few new releases in rotation so we thought we'd throw a spotlight on a few albums and tracks worth listening to.
Wu Tang Clan - The Saga Continues
This week we've been blessed with a surprise Wu Tang drop. Bringing the gang back together after the overdue and slightly maligned A Better Tomorrow, it's a sub heavy posse cut through and through with every MC getting a chance to shine across the release (no GZA or U-God though). If you're a Wu Gambino, you'll mess with this project regardless, and it's a treat to hear these guys go strong over live band cuts. Highlight track is Pearl Harbor with Ghostface, Meth, RZA and Sean Price.
Gucci Mane - Mr. Davis
It's Gucci, he's back with a new album. It's good. With another project after his brief incarceration, it's nice to see Gucci focusing on his music with a number projects and features all around the rap world. Feature plenty on this one, with Migos, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky and Nicki Minaj amongst a tonne of other strong featuring artists across the board.
King Krule - The Ooz
It's a sober affair for King Krule on his 3rd release. As track after track plays through, it becomes perfectly clear that absolutely no one in the world can possibly touch Krule on this shit. His ability to fine tune his musical arrangements and production style, paired with that unmistakable voice, have made him a commodity in the music sphere. Throw this album on during a rainy melancholic day, and you'll immerse yourself in to this indie beats cum punk jazz project like no other album from this year.
Westside DOOM - 2Stings
This Alchemist produced second cut from the forthcoming collaboration piece via Westside Gunn and MF DOOM places DOOM in the driver's seat for an another moody and brooding track. DOOM displays his other worldly ability to create outrageous word play and connect with a beat like no other, Gunn pops in with his supporting verse, but DOOM comes out on top in round 2.
St. Vincent - Masseduction
St. Vincent's Annie Clark has come along way from her humble, mellow beginnings. New offering, Masseduction, brings a glam rock aesthetic to what resonates as a break up album, her high profile relationship with model Cara Delevingne bring most of the subject matter to life (Delevingne lends backing vocals to the album itself). It's really more of the same from St. Vincent with supplemental ideas and musical stylings brought by Kendrick Lamar producer Sounwave. Patented Good Pop with weird guitars.
The time has come, where the wheat tones and 'Flax' return to the sneaker game. They have landed on all your favourite styles; consisting of the Air Max 1, 95 Sneakerboot, Woven Boot, Footscape Woven & Air Force 1 High and Low.
Flax tones are the ideal choice for the season approaching, matched with a gum outsole that features a crisp break with a white midsole. A good majority of you reading this will absolutely love the aesthetic, but we all have different tastes, so it comes down to which silhouette is your preferred choice.
The personal choice for me is the Footscape Woven, I was a cynic about this model at first but when I tried them on it completely changed me, they give a great shape on the foot and this rendering, when I saw the Flax pair arriving in store, they made me feel some type of way. There are too many things for me to complement so I am stuck for words, just look for yourself and you will see why I'm crazy for these.
The Air Max 1 is dominated by a rich suede. They have a deconstructed aesthetic with a minimal panelling and stitching that all blends together for a sleek look. These are an ideal option for those of you out there who love to keep it simple.
The 95 takes a sneaker-boot form. Taking the original trail running silhouette and applying a neoprene sock liner to stretch the height above the ankle. Holding a water resistant rubberised fabric, sealing off any entries for the weather, these are the most practical out of the pack.
Of course, the Air Force needs a mention, they have been the pair that has been highly sought after across the years, they are the ultimate cop for all you Instagram folk out there. What's even better is that all of you or even your kids who have little feet can get in on the action as they are releasing a Low version in GS sizing.
The Air Max 90 features subtle touches of Med Brown that line the laces and sock liner. The construction is made from a durable quality leather that can survive the tougher weather, such a simple and effective shoe both functionally and aesthetically, making these a suitable choice as the colourway lasts all through the year.
The one that hasn't been mentioned much but deserves a shout is the Air Woven Boot, they hold such a sleek shape and fit the foot like a dream. The colour is entwined on the flanks and creates a standout aura that radiates out the Flax vibes into your outfit. The minimal style means they can be a part of your weekly rotation without any hassle.
Vans are great at adapting sneaker lines for seasonal purposes, they make the transition from summer styles to winter-ready kicks seem effortless. The fact they can make the Sk8-Hi and Old Skool (which are essential summer kicks) look so right with a winter construction is beyond me, not a lot of brands pull this off quite so seamlessly. But Vans have seemed to hit the nail on the head.
Last year we received in four premium versions of the Sk8-Hi which was introduced as the MTE, it's that time of the year again where the MTE has entered the scene once more to brace your feet for the colder days. This time they have come back stronger and in greater numbers, with a collection boasting seven different styles; consisting of six Sk8-Hi's and one Old Skool.
They can prepare you for all types of terrains and conditions thanks to the water-resistant Scotchguard upper, tooled up with a lugged outsole for that increased traction and robustness. Rocking the aesthetics of a hiking boot with the rope lacing and flannel lining on some of the pairs. It even features a gusseted tongue to offer even more insulating and weather resisting qualities.
On offer is a whole host of colour schemes which there will certainly be a pair to fit your tastes. Whether that be the All black Sk8-Hi's which takes a much more toned down and subtle approach, or moving to the other end of the spectrum where the Glazed Ginger spices up your sneaker game and has a livelier essence to them.
The Old Skool definitely stands out from the bunch, despite it having a tonal Grape Leaf colour, the impacting features is the materialisation, which is built from a rich leather that is complemented by touches of sumptuous Suede. When you take a look at these you can just see they are made to the finest quality of standard, which is why these would be my go-to choice.
As always the Women have the opportunity to wear the best colourway, with a clean Micro Chip upper which has been matched with my favourite Gum midsole. For some reason, that I can't quite put my finger on, but they just look amazing.
Have a look through the entire collection and let us know which one is your favourite.
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The return king is returning, the legendary 'Royal'! Arguably the most heralded colourway in the iconic Air Jordan 1 Retro High is back with an incredible new Flyknit look. The combination of such an illustrious silhouette, ground-breaking Flyknit technology & an outstanding colourway, does it really get any better?
When Nike first released the Air Jordan 1 in Michael's rookie year they broke the mould, changing the way the world looked at basketball sneakers and altering the direction of street fashion all with one silhouette. This progression has continued through the years, not only with numbered signature models but through re-engineering & redesigning classics and bringing them back into the limelight. Some of these slight twists on the originals are desired most highly of all. The Air Jordan 1 series has continued in the same vain, now moving in to 2017 with the most innovative 1 to date.
This edition is all about fabrication and just how far technology can be pushed while staying true to the roots of a model, because that's exactly why we've loved this model for as long as we have. Intricately woven Flyknit panels make up the entirety of the upper, blending tones of Game Royal and Black to create a modern classic. Shaving off every milligram of additional weight along the way, giving you unparalleled comfort and a lighter feel than ever before.
The finishing touches are always what pushes the next release beyond the last, and the latest sure doesn't disappoint. With gold branded internal leather branding telling the story of the Air Jordan 1 and it's progression into the Flyknit family, with dates and a golden spool of thread.
These are simply unmissable, no mater if you're the most hardcore of Jordan collectors, a fan of the game or you're only just getting into sneakers, you need a pair!
Launching at 08:00BST on 07/10/2017 priced at £139.