hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics “Glover Pack” – In-store Release

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The last Saturday of September saw the instore launch of the hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics “Glover Pack”, a joint collaboration which pays homage to Japanese and Scottish pivotal figure, Thomas Glover.

Both the Colorado 85, and Gel Epirus weren’t very well received, despite hanon’s continual excellent work on each and every collaboration they do, but the problem was more so with the models, rather than the colourways. It seems like every person wants to see the same silhouettes (GLIII, GLV) being used for EVERY collaboration, which I’m sure you can agree, it would get very boring if this was the case, so I welcome the working on other models.

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Surprisingly, the turn out wasn’t as large as the recent Reebok release, but as always, the locals were still out in force to support their local independent store, and many punters left with both the Onitsuka Tiger and the Asics.

The Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 is decked out in a black and golden yellow colourway in lux perforated suede, nubuck and synthetic overlays. The speckled lace-stay and screened in-sock, along with the embossed moustache on the back representing Thomas Glover’s iconic moustache are all great touches.

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The Asics Gel Epirus isn’t the strongest model from Asics’ arsenal but it looks great with the plush mix of mint green suede, with purple nubuck overlays, closed mesh vamp, red quilted collar lining and a superb screened tartan in-sock. Like the Colorado 85, the Epirus also has some embossing on the heel, but this comes in the form of a thistle, the inspiration of this colourway.

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It certainly felt like the general consensus was that both shoes were much more appealing once you got a feel of them in the flesh, and tried them on to see how they look. The standout for the Gel Epirus being the lush tropical green and purple colourway, with the gum sole, and the Colorado 85’s matching speckle laces to compliment the speckles on the upper.

Below are a few quick on-foot shots of both the Colorado 85, and the Gel Epirus; thanks to Adeel for being my brief instore on-foot model while he tried both pairs on.

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Check out some shots below from some of those who were queuing on Saturday morning.

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Adidas ZX Flux 8000 Weave OG

 

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The whole ‘Flux’ technology from Adidas has been the talk of the town for a good while now, and it definitely doesn’t seem like it’s going to die down anytime soon, especially with all the excellent upcoming make ups. It’s been pretty ground breaking, much like the hyperfuse from Nike, but Adidas seem to be going that one step further, and it’s paying off big time.

Now don’t get me wrong, the ZX 8000 itself is one of the best Adidas models out there, but for me, it had almost felt a little bulky on-foot, but now that it has been given the flux treatment, I can’t use that as an excuse.

The ZX Flux 8000 Weave is an identical representation of the original much loved ZX 8000 model that launched back in ’89. That distinctive turquoise blue upper with yellow accents, duped the ‘Aqua’, is a favourite colourway for many Adidas collectors, and trainer aficionados alike. We see this shoe get the Flux treatment, and all the panelling is now woven in using a jacquard technique, which creates a stunning minimalist silhouette, one that we really cannot fault!

If you’re yet to pick up a pair of the ZX Flux Weave, then you really are missing out. There’s plenty of great colourways out currently, and even more on the horizon, and all for a fair price in comparison to other shoes out there, so don’t miss out.

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New Balance 577 – 25th Anniversary

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It’s been a long time coming, but I finally got my hands on both pairs of the New Balance 577, which were created for the 25th Anniversary of this model. The 577 is widely regarded as one of the most treasured New Balance silhouettes, and a staple piece of the Flimby Factory in the UK, where it has been made for the last 25 years. Apparently the 577 has appeared in 132 different make ups since it was first released, and this number in actual fact probably seems fair because if you even begin to name some of the collaborations, limited editions and general release colourways, then it tallies up pretty quickly.

Anyway, for the 25th Anniversary, New Balance have revisited two OG colourways, in theory, they are the NG and GNA, but for the purpose of the anniversary, these specific pairs are ANN and ANG, respectively.

The New Balance 577ANN has a navy upper, and the 577ANG has a grey upper, both of which are made from supple suede and some shiny breathable mesh, along with a navy N, contrast 3M, and all sat on top of an Encap midsole with some vintage yellowing.

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So, moving on from the first appearances to the stuff that people want to know, and some of the nice touches that you wouldn’t get on a normal pair of 577NG or GNA.

Each pair comes with a special anniversary box, which is decked out in white, along with a white dustbag, and a spare navy lace set. The shoe also has a plush leather lining, that we’ve come to grow fond of on the more premium pairs, and it looks and feels great on these two as well.

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Add in the fact that New Balance, and more so Flimby seem to be heading back on track with regards to the shape of the 577, then we’re on to a winner – although, there is still room for improvement, not just on the toe box, but the panelling also.

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One thing that may seem a little strange to some is the Encap piece on the upper. Most people probably remember seeing this feature on older US Made 577’s, but it did also feature on older UK Made pairs, however, they are much rarer to come across these days. Nevertheless, it looks good!

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Check out some more pictures below, and I’ll update the post and/or create a new one when I get some more on-foot shots.

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hanon shop x Diadora N.9000 ‘Saturday Special’ – In-store Release

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Saturday 31st of May, saw the anticipated release of the Diadora x Hanon Shop N.9000 ‘Saturday Special’, so I headed down to check out the instore release.

With plenty of people queuing from the early hours of the morning, and some even making the journey up from London the previous day, all were eager to get their hands on a pair or two. The first 30 lucky customers would also receive a free t-shirt along with the trainers, if you’re into rocking that matching tee and trainers thing.. always a nice touch nonetheless.

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The materials and construction of this shoe really are the talking points, with some of the finest materials, such as a kangaroo leather upper, silky pig and bovine suede, and closed mesh. Not to forget that the whole shoe is hand crafted in Italy!

The colour palette of the shoe is inspired by 80′s trains and buses, the upper features dark marine and burgundy, with red and sky blue accents. On topic of the colourway, I’d liked to have seen this pair release in A/W right enough, rather than S/S, as the maroon/burgundy tips it more into that season.

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As always, the guys at Hanon never fail to impress with the details and seeing the shoe in person provides a much more thorough look – old school multi print on the in sock and tongue backer, with dual branding embroidered on the heel and tongues

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All pairs released both online and instore will come with three sets of laces and an additional dust bag, and then the first 30 customers instore also received a free tee.

The release itself went smoothly, with a few guys from Diadora making the journey across from Italy, and it was good to catch up with old and new in some Aberdeen sun for a change.. Until next time!

Be sure to check out some of the pics below from the release.

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New Balance 577RRK + 577OOK

The New Balance 577 is a classic archive running shoe from the 80’s, and a must have in any collection, so the fact that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the model, it’s only right that we see some stunning colourways, and some other special releases.

We’ve been screaming out for some 577 goodness, especially because we’ve seen so many stunning pairs release in years gone by. However, in recent times, this model, much like most of the Flimby made product, has been let down by the shape. This seems to be an on-going issue but it looks like we are finally seeing some improvements, which is a massive plus for us!

The first two colourways of the 577 to drop this year were the 577RRK and the 577OOK, and we will take a closer look at both of them here. First off, both are Made in England at the famous Flimby factory and they both share extremely similar colourways. The 577OOK is decked out in an orange and black upper, and the 577RRK in a red and black upper, with both pairs using a combination of a premium suede upper and mesh underlays. We see an unusual style of colour blocking on these pairs, almost a tale of two halves if you must, with the front and middle portion of the shoes wielding either the red or orange, and the rear of the shoe has been blacked out except for the heel tab. Both pairs feature a two-piece N with black backer, traditional heel counter and the shoes are sat on the iconic 577 ENCAP sole unit.

As mentioned previously, one of the first things we look for is shape, and the improvements are very noticeable. We’ve seen a toe puff creep into all UK models in the past couple of years, and it creates structure and support, but it is a little too defined and leaves the toe box looking excessively bulky. However, in these two pairs, we don’t have a toe puff, merely just the upper material, but through the use of what looks and feels like a side shaper, this keeps the toe box stretched and therefore we have a much sharper shape.

These two New Balance 577’s are a great start to this iconic models anniversary year, and we are eagerly waiting to see what else New Balance release.

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New Balance 997GY

Well, I FINALLY have a pair in my hands! After weeks of holding off and then being let down, a fine gent over at Crooked Tongues helped me out massively to secure a pair so I’m forever in his debt!

Anyway, I wrote a heads-up post over at The Drop Date so I’m just going to include that in here with a little extra, and as I’ve not actually had the chance to shoot them in detail so I’ll use the shots from Crooked Tongues, and then my own on-foot shots.

For many of us, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the drop of the NEW BALANCE 997 reissue and now, we can finally welcome back this sheer classic! This follows on perfectly from last year when we were lucky enough to see the return of the 990, but that wasn’t the only model that New Balance connoisseurs had been calling out for. Over the years, there had been continuous talk of NB bringing back the 997, but unfortunately, ‘no’ seemed to be a common answer and all rumours were quickly played down.

Well, where to start with this shoe? We’ve seen versions of the 997 in recent years, such as the 997.5, a subtle hybrid that consists of a 997 upper on a 998 midsole, but we’ve never seen the 997 reissued in its truest form, until now. The model that was first introduced back in the 90’s looks ever so stunning, and we’re sure that this pair will pull on the heartstrings of all NB fanatics!

Now for the details, and there’s a good few to take note of. The 997 is US made as this stays true to the original, and this means that the shape is exquisite. It features a signature grey-on-grey upper consisting of pig-skin suede overlays, premium mesh underlays and sublime pebbled leather. This great use of pebbled leather is also featured on the tongue and the shoe is finished off with a clean leather inner lining, which certainly gives that premium feel. Also, last but not least, there is some 3M thrown in on the ‘N’ for good measure.

One of the most important components of the New Balance 997 is the striking midsole, which features a duo of densities; fused C-Cap within the Encap sole unit, and a refined heel support. As this shoe was all about comfort, aesthetics and technology, NB have upped the ante by including a triple density innersole and also added XAR-1000 rubber to the outsole for increased grip.

However, one thing that many have come to notice is the colour change to the rear of the midsole, a slightly darker colour than the OG but something that we can definitely put on the back burner to appreciate this stunning shoe.

I’m not going to say much else except link to an article from Matt Kyte (Twizm) for Sneakerfreaker and if you know Twizm, then you know that this is 10000% worth a read.

Here’s the link for anyone interested;

http://www.sneakerfreaker.com/articles/new-balance-welcome-back-the-classic-997/

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