Thursday, September 17, 2020

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Nike has called in Berlin-based artist Ruohan Wang for expressive renditions of the Blazer Mid ‘77, Air Max 90 and Air Force 1. Each pair is emblazoned with a painterly collage of multi-colored illustrations that enliven the classic silhouettes.

The Blazer Mid ‘77 comes with mismatching tongue tags, etched with bold “Nike” branding and a quirky motif of two legs walking, mirroring the graphics that appear along the heel counters. Contrasting its vivid uppers, the shoe sports a crisp white Swoosh and a midsole that’s been marked with the artist’s signature. The Air Max 90 comes with a bevy of brightly colored panels, like a purple heel counter with a bright yellow rubber patch logo, a light blue Swoosh and toebox, and a light green rubber Air sole unit, while tiny illustrations at the mudguards round off the shoe’s bold design. Lastly, the Air Force 1 boasts the most striking color scheme of all three iterations, leaving no panel on the shoe unmarked. A colorful medley of psychedelic graphics like globes, pink clouds, lightning bolts, flowers and faces are but a few prints that detail the silhouette. All of these features rest over a clean white midsole, lightly accented with green “AIR” branding.

Nike and Ruohan Wang’s Blazer Mid ‘77, Air Max 90 and Air Force 1 will be available on September 24 on Nike’s website, ranging from $100 – $130 USD.


 
















Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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The red and black offerings from the South Korean imprint see a familiar design in the form of a Paisley pattern across both the colorways’ uppers in contrasting white. If you look close you’ll find that the Paisley pattern has been made using Case Study‘s ampersand logo.

The uppers are made from a textured Jacquard fabric while a premium leather Jazz Stripe rides across the sneaker. Those looking for a more understated colorway can look for the black colorway with its tonal matching of the uppers and black rubber outsole and laces. The red pair mixes it up a bit with both a white Jazz, outsole and lining. The collaborative offering is finished with a co-branded insole and side logo stamping. Take a scroll at the images above for a Closer Look at the new Vans collab. 

 








 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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Vans has teamed up with the Museum of Modern Art for a series of special edition products this fall. The artful range of footwear, apparel and accessories feature art represented in the museum’s collection, chosen by Vans in collaboration with MoMA. The artists spotlighted in the new collaboration reflect the diversity of MoMA’s collection, with artworks by Salvador Dalí, Vasily Kandinsky, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Jackson Pollock, Lybov Popova and Faith Ringgold.

Kicking off the collection this month is the Dalí-inspired Vans Old Skool Twist. One of the seminal painter’s best-known paintings, The Persistence of Memory (1931), covers the medial and lateral panels of the shoe, turning the classic style into a surrealist piece of art. For a more abstract design, Kandinsky’s Orange (1923) lithograph — which the artist made while teaching at the German Bauhaus school of art and design — has been interpreted on the Classic Slip-On. A Vans long sleeve and pullover boast the same geometric design.

 

The range wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the Impressionist movement. Monet’s Water Lilies (1914-1926) wrap around the Vans Authentic, while a hat, fleece and backpack feature the same serene scene of the timeless motif. Along with the artwork-inspired items, the initial release also includes a 10-piece assortment of MoMA branded footwear, apparel and accessories. A colorful interpretation of Vans’ iconic checkerboard takes over ComfyCush Old Skool and Era silhouettes, as well as a selection of apparel.

Beginning September 30, the first release will go live on Vans’ and MoMA Design Store’s websites, as well as at both of their in-store locations. A second artist release will launch in November.

 










Saturday, September 12, 2020

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Instant Skateboards is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new Nike SB Dunk Low collaboration. Although the style has been teased for months, this set of official Nike images marks our first fully authentic, thorough look at it. 

 On the forefoot, tan mudugards and metallic silver toeboxes provide a look that’s half industrial and half earthy. In an interesting twist the toe cap features an extra layer of material with a small blue Swoosh, enhancing both durability and detail.

Moving back to the midfoot, you can see a wide swath of sky blue leather, a simple-yet-effective material choice. This is contrasted by a black Swoosh with yellow stitching. Tongues and laces are both done up in black, and the former presents a multi-colored, co-branded tag.

Heels serve up the shoe’s signature detail: a brown and grey dog, placed in front of crossbones-style skate trucks. Insoles get in on the action as well with multiple prints, while tan midsoles and black outsoles round off the style.

The Instant Skateboards x Nike SB Dunk Low is tentatively scheduled for a September 19 release date, though this has yet to be officially confirmed by Nike.
 

 








Friday, September 11, 2020

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21,21,21. 

 In this episode of Vegans Only Eat Carrots: I reach into the back of my freezer and see what I can find. This is the most MERICA thing I can bring myself to make. Joking, this is not the most but I just felt like dissing. 


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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Nike‘s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon is surrounded by sprawling hills and lush forests that — though gorgeous year round — are exceptionally beautiful in the fall, so Nike Sportswear has tapped those hues for a new Air Max 90 “Starfish.” Covered in autumnal camouflage patterns, this new take on the Tinker Hatfield-designed classic is a sporty homage to the terrain and flora of the Pacific Northwest.

Brushstroke-style camo patterns on the ripstop base layer blend two different orange tones with stark black for a striking look. This bold base is bolstered with black nubuck mudguards and midfoot overlays, while a duo of orange shades on the Swooshes, eyestays and rubberized heel badges adds further contrast. Ridged “window” graphics and fabric tongue badges round off the top half. On the lower end, white EVA foam midsoles house an orange Air Max unit, itself surrounded by orange foam. Two-tone black and gum outsoles finalize the look.


The seasonally appropriate Nike Air Max 90 “Starfish/Orange Camo” is available now via the Nike China webstore, and will likely release at US stockists in the coming weeks. The MSRP is set at ¥899 CNY (approximately $132 USD).








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