2015 Highlights

First of all, a very Happy New Year to all who read my blog! I hope 2015 was a great year for you all, and I wish you and your families all the best for 2016!

Secondly, I haven’t had much of a chance to post regularly on my blog over the last couple of months, mainly due to the amount I’ve been working, but I wanted to do a post where I rounded up all of the highlights in 2015 for myself.

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hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III ‘Solstice’ – In-store Launch

With the end of 2015 fast approaching, and the 25th Anniversary of the Gel-Lyte III coming to an end with only two collaborations remaining, November 28th was to bring one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and probably hanon’s biggest release to date.

A long time in the making, and a long time waiting for the day to come around, the hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III ‘Solstice’ (full details here) in-store launch was sure to be a crazy one!

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hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III ‘Solstice’

It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for, right? Finally, November has came around and this means that it’s hanon’s turn to collaborate on the Asics Gel-Lyte III as part of the Gel-Lyte III’s 25th Anniversary.

For me personally, I haven’t paid a great deal of attention to Asics over the last little while as my sights have been firmly set on New Balance, but when it comes to a hanon collaboration, I’m always intrigued, and after the success of the ‘Wildcats’, this shoe was sure to be a banger.

This shoe would be extra special though, as it was the first project that I would be involved in while working for hanon and a few very cold mornings and nights were spent trying to nail the press release shots for this collaboration.

But first, let’s take a look at the story behind the shoe.

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WOMFT – Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 x hanon shop ‘Wildcats II’

The Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 is a bit of a weird one, personally, I’m a fan of this model, but it’s had a mixed reaction whenever a collaboration has been released, and the general release pairs never done too well either. I guess Asics/Onitsuka Tiger expected this collaboration to be a winner after the success of the GLIII ‘Wildcats’, but when you introduce different models, the hype crew get confused and start wondering whether these at going to bring them the Instagram likes they so desire. You can be sure though that if this was a GLIII, captions of ‘instant cop’ would be reoccurring on social media.

You hear a lot of the same shit, for example, when hanon shop collaborated on the Gel Epirus most recently, you get the whole, “well if this had been on a GLIII or a Saga or a GLV or blah blah blah I would have ‘copped’…” Cool. Well, If Asics had got that Gel Epirus closer to the original shape then that would have at least made it more appealing, but that’s a different story altogether.

Anyway, before I stray too far off the shoe at hand, the Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 ‘Wildcats II’ is as the name describes, a second version of the 2011 release GLIII ‘Wildcat’, and is also hanon’s second time working on a Colorado 85… The first time they worked on a remake of the GTII ‘Northern LIItes’. I’m almost certain that when their GLIII for the 25th Anniversary releases, a Colorado 85 in that colourway will follow close behind.

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WOMFT – Asics Gel Lyte III x hanon shop ‘Wildcats’

Back in 2011, hanon shop released the Asics Gel Lyte III ‘Wildcats’, a shoe which pays homage to a local grass roots running club called ‘The Wildcats’, and is one of my personal favourite shoes in my collection, despite the loud colour way clashing with all the grey, black and navy I wear (boring, tell me about it). The shoe features a mustard yellow and burgundy upper, of lush suede and nubuck, with 3M tiger stripes for good measure.

I don’t wear these much, and to be honest I sold most of my GLIII’s and other Asics when everyone was going mad for them, so this is only one of two GLIII’s that I have left, but these will never leave me. I still wish I had kept some of the other pairs of the Wildcats that I had, so I could wear these a bit more, but hindsight is a wonderful thing, eh?

Anyway, I remember the release for these, well, not the whole queuing outside on  Friday/Saturday release as I never went, but hanon had an event on the Thursday night prior to the release which involved good people, Japanese beer, and the chance to grab yourself a pair of the shoes before everyone else! I remember heading there with my friend Kev, it was quite quiet,  mostly older guys, friends of the store and that, but still good vibes. I imagine it would be massively different if hanon put on an event like that now, who knows, maybe they’ll do something in November when their take on the GLIII for its 25th Anniversary releases.

If there is, be sure to check back here for a full write up, there’ll definitely be a write up of the instore release anyway!

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Hanon Shop Charity Raffle at SoleBloc

Trainer events have taken the world by storm in recent years, and finally, August 2015 will see Scotland hosting it’s very first event – SoleBloc.

If you’re into trainers, chances are you’ll know about Hanon Shop, and on Saturday, August 1st 2015 they will be holding a lottery for three of their favourite collaborations at the SoleBloc trainer festival in Glasgow. They have announced that one pair from each of the following hanon collabs will be raffled with all proceeds being donated to CLAN Cancer Support in Aberdeen, Scotland:-

  • Asics x hanon Gel III ‘Wildcats’
  • New Balance x hanon 1500CHF ‘Chosen Few’
  • Adidas x hanon Centaur ‘Granite’

Each model is 100% deadstock from a small stash they kept aside from the initial launch. The winning pair from each collab will come with dust bag as per the original hanon store release.

The guidelines are as follows:-

  • Tickets can only be bought in person at the SOLEBLOC event
  • £1 (GBP) per ticket.
  • Each ticket will apply to 1 model of shoe only – A list of sizes will be available at the event
  • Unlimited tickets – Buy as many as you like!
  • Entrants must provide their shoe size, email address and social media account on each purchased ticket
  • Entrant must have a social media account
  • Buying tickets on behalf of someone else is okay. Details must be provided as above.
  • All proceeds will go to CLAN cancer support in Aberdeen
  • Winner will be emailed and tagged via their social media account after the event

This is a pretty special gesture from the Hanon Shop team, so be sure to head to SoleBloc on the 1st of August and buy some raffle tickets!

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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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