New Balance Museum – Sneakerness Warsaw

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As many of you know, Sneakerness travels all across Europe from city to city to put on events, and they never fail to have something special on show. Amidst all the trainers for sale, and brand showcases, the team at New Balance Poland and Suede&Mesh put together a one of a kind New Balance Museum.

The New Balance Museum showcased the history of New Balance, with more than 80 vintage pairs on show, starting with the first ever official New Balance running shoe – The Trackster.

With pairs donated from the Suede&Mesh crews own collection, along with those of renowned collectors Tiago Escada Ramos and Mike Sekinger, the vintage selection on show was nothing short of incredible, and they ranged from 1967 all the way through to 1999, pieces of history indeed.

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The picture above shows the very first New Balance models from 1967 on the left hand side with the famous New Balance Trackster.

Along with the stunning selection of vintage pairs, the current UK Made and USA Made collection was on show, and displayed in furniture which was created especially for the Museum.

Some of the recent favourites, such as the New Balance 997PR, 998MD, and of course the upcoming Flimby 1500 Gentleman’s Choice Pack were displayed.

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It is unheard of to have such a vast collection of vintage pieces all on display in the one place, so this was an extremely rare exhibition, and quite possibly the first in history. Let’s hope we see more of this sort of stuff in years to come.

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Furthermore, Flimby in the UK pride themselves on craftmanship, and all their pairs are hand made in that historic factory in Cumbria. This year was the anniversary of one of Flimby’s most popular models, the 577, and the Museum featured a wall which detailed the stages of creating the 577ANN, from all the pieces of panelling, right up to the complete production shoe.

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The whole exhibition was finished off with a special Flimby movie presented on the wall, a truly excellent exhibition and something that everyone should be able to check out.

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All pics via Sneakerness Warsaw/Piotr Ciezkowski.

Be sure to check out the video below too:

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Sneakersnstuff London – Opening Party

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Following the family & friends party the week prior, newcomers to London, Sneakersnstuff were to host another party, and this time it was open to all who were quick enough to get themselves on the guest list.

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Pic from @sneakersnstuff_ldn

Since 1999, Peter and Erik have been continually pushing forward and with the huge success of both their Swedish stores in Stockholm and Malmo, it’s really no surprise why they’re extremely well known across the ‘sneaker world’ and often dubbed as the ‘king of collabs’.

Some may have been a little apprehensive with the opening of another store inside London, as there’s already plenty of competition, but if the turnout for their opening weekend is anything to go by, then they’ll fit just right in.

The SNS London store is based at 107-108 Shoreditch High Street, a great location, and the store itself is an extremely nice space.

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The 6th of June is the National Day of Sweden, and the perfect day for SNS London to host their Opening Party. The event was to be held at Oval Space in East London, which turned out to be an breathtaking venue, and big shout to a number of names (@anumberofnames) for setting up the event.

The event wouldn’t of been as huge as success as it was if it wasn’t for the great people who turned up, and also the incredible line up of artists performing… oh, and not forgetting the free bar!

In order of play on the night; Siobhan Bell [Work It], DJ Khalil [Livin’ Proof], Wookie [Manchu Recordings], DJ Semtex and of course, the brilliant Pusha T for his massively anticipated set.

Here’s to many more SNS events and to great success in London!

 

Adidas ZX Flux Pop-Up

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In conjunction with the Crepe City 10 event, the good folks over at Adidas Originals set-up a really unique exhibition just around the corner from Truman Brewery on Dray’s Walk. If you didn’t swing by and check it out then you really did miss out, but luckily, I swung by and took some shots for you all to check out.

Adidas are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ZX8000 which was first introduced in 1989 and featured continually throughout the 90’s, but they’ve switched things up this year and created the ZX Flux.

However, before we get into the ZX Flux, why not take a look at the evolution of the Adidas ZX range?

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If you were lucky enough to be one of the few invited to the ZX Flux event on the Thursday night prior to Crepe City 10, then you’d of been lucky enough to hear the man of all things three stripes, Robert Brooks, talking you through the evolution.

There truly were some absolutely amazing pairs of Adidas ZX on show and if you like your Adidas then I’m sure you will agree. It was a privilege to be able to view these in person so big shout to Brooksy for bringing them along!

The epitome was the Adidas ZX series was the last on show and sat side-by-side with it’s revolutionary new ZX Flux version limited to only 100 pairs, which really is a tremendous sight.

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The ZX Flux introduces a clean and simple silhouette, which is specifically made to focus on performance. The model pushes boundaries with it’s streamlined construction with form fitting one-piece upper and heel cage for support.

The full Spring/Summer 14 collection was on show at the pop-up store so be sure to check out the following images.

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There are already numerous colourways available of the ZX Flux and they’re nothing short of great, particularly the multicolour prism from the ZX Flux Photo Pack which has gotten everyone a little excited.

The image above shows just three of the colourways available already of the ZX Flux and gives you a taster of what sort of designs are possible on this shoe. We reckon Adidas should let their imaginations run wild!

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As well as the Photo Pack, Adidas are also offering up the ZX Flux Weave Pack and other colourways with this weave style upper. Some may think these are similar to a Roshe Run, which may be true, but we have to say, these are a cut above. The weave on the Flux is a lot thicker than the Roshe, but they’re still amazingly light.

If you’re unsure of the ZX Flux with the graphics, then be sure to try on a pair of the woven style and you might just go home with a pair.

There were two ZX Flux that we saw a lot of over the course of CC on Saturday, the F&F ‘never to be sold’ purple weave, and also the purple consortium pair. As you can see, there isn’t a great deal of difference between the two, but the consortium pair features an orange outsole, white heel cage and also a numbered lace lock.

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The super talented Josh Parkin was also on hand to do some illustrations, and if you haven’t already checked out his unique style of work, you’re missing out big.

You can find him over on instagram @joshparkyart, he’s also doing some commissions if you’re looking for a personal piece!

Be sure to grab a pair of ZX Flux and keep your eye out for the next drop as the first lot flew out the door FAST!

Thanks again to Adidas for supporting the Crepe City event and everyone who was involved in setting up the ZX Flux installation, it was superb.

Saucony Originals Pop-Up – Neal Street, London. 27/3

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There’s been an exciting new store pop-up quite literally in Neal Street, London, so if you get a chance, make sure you swing by and check out what Saucony Originals have to offer. The store is only around for a number of weeks so act fast to avoid disappointment as they have some stock from past collaborations and they’ll also be dropping some new stuff.

We were down in London last week for the 10th Crepe City event, but I was given the opportunity to swing by the store at 6pm and shoot their drop of the Bait ‘Cruel World’, Ubiq ‘Dirty Martini’ and the Anteater Clothing ‘Sea and Sand’. Massive thanks to Morgan and Oisin of the CC team, and Mark at Saucony Originals for the opportunity and also a very smooth release.

We arrived at the store about half an hour before the scheduled launch time and already the queue was around 20-30 deep and the list had already been made. With the chance to purchase all three pairs that were releasing, this was too good an opportunity to miss for many of the people queuing!

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As always, with any release, it’s good to see people wearing the specific brand and there were some great pairs on show, and maybe even a sneak peak at an exciting new release that many in the UK are praying are getting an International release.

It’s good to catch up with old and new faces and talk all things trainer related, but even more interesting to see the difference between a release in London and say that of one at Hanon in Aberdeen – a lot busier in that there London town for sure.

It seems that the most sought after release was the ‘Sea & Sand’ x Anteater Clothing and it’s no surprise really. The Saucony Jazz features a style of colour blocking that we have grown extremely familiar with and it also looks similar to one of the first Bodega releases, albeit with a different coloured toe box. This pair features a suede and mesh upper decked out in royal blue and sand, along with a stunning perf suede toe box and all sat on a gum sole.

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Next up was the Saucony Shadow Original x Bait ‘Cruel World’, which are constructed with vegan friendly and cruelty free materials, and this serves as an almost literal representation of the collab theme.

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The final shoe up for grabs was the Ubiq x Saucony Grid 9000 ‘Dirty Martini’, which features an olive and black suede upper with bright red hits, dark gum outsole and also that traditional chunky midsole for added comfort.

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The anticipation is growing for an International release of the Premier x Saucony Shadow 6000 ‘Life on Mars’, and we were lucky enough to see both pairs in the flesh on Thursday, and they look great!

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I was on the look out for some of the best pairs of Saucony to come through on Thursday so check them out below – a couple of my all time favourites being the Acht Amsterdam Shadow 6000, and also the Bodega Shadow 5000.

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