New Balance CT300 x SNS, Firmament, hanon, and 24 Kilates

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Following on from the previous post, with the launch of the New Balance CT300 pack of collaborations launching this Friday, here are some detailed pictures of the shoes, and also, all the details of where some of the stores took their inspiration when designing the colourways.

New Balance CT300PHA x Hanon Shop ‘Phoenix’

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Hanon Shop’s collaboration history with New Balance, and in celebration, they take a step away from their usual running models to work on one of New Balance’s first tennis shoes.

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These will be available instore at Hanon Shop on the 27th of June from 10am, and available online at 2pm with a RRP of £105.

New Balance CT300 x 24 Kilates ‘Vamos A La Playa’

The well known 24 Kilates store is based in Barcelona, Spain, so it’s inevitable that some of their inspiration was taken from the stunning beach there, with elements such as the sand, the sea and the sun playing a part in the colourway.

The name ‘Vamos A La Playa’ is the Spainish translation for ‘Let’s go to the beach’.

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These shoes will release instore first at 24 Kilates on the 28th of June 2014.

New Balance CT300 x Firmament Berlin ‘Pine Sunset’

Berlin based store Firmament may not be a store that many are familiar with, but they have certainly held their own with their take on the New Balance CT300.

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Firmament will be hosting a special in-store launch event this coming Friday, June 27th from 18:00 – 21:00, and the collection will be available in-store at the launch event, and online that following Saturday, June 28th.

New Balance CT300 x SNS ‘1999’

Heavy hitters SNS have just recently opened a store in London, but that hasn’t slowed down their collaboration efforts. As you may or may not know, SNS have worked with New Balance many times over the years and have created some of the best collaborations to date. Here’s a little piece of text taken from the SNS website.

“Yes, we have worked together before, New Balance and Sneakersnstuff. In fact, New Balance was one of the first brands to give us the possibility to do a collaboration. And there has been a few over the years. But this time New Balance gave us a new challenge.

New Balance CT300 was first released in 1979, and the timing of bringing back a Made in UK tennis shoe could not have better. And if New Balance can bring up good things form their history, we figured that so can we.

Longtime supporters of Sneakersnstuff recognize these colors immidiatly. When Erik and Peter open up the store in 1999 we painted the walls grey. White would have been to bright, and we wanted a color that didn’t steal the attention from the products. The store was pretty small, so we painted the ceiling white to make the space feel bigger. Then we added a border of burgundy on the top of the walls because… well, because we liked it, and it was our store so we could do anything we wanted.

And as I said, we have worked with New Balance before, so we know that whatever product will come out of the Flimby factory, it will be on point. So we are very excited to present the Sneakersnstuff x New Balance CT300 ”1999”. It drops on June 27th and will be joined by version from our friends over at Hanon, 24 Kilates and Firmament.

Release date: June 27th
Sneakersnstuff Stockholm: 12.00 CET
Sneakersnstuff Malmö: 12.00 CET
Sneakersnstuff London: 10.30 WET
Online: 13.00 CET”

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All pictures taken from the respective stores websites.

Paris – June 2014

As we were in Paris for Solemart, it only made sense that following the event, we went for a little sightseeing, so below is a collection of shots taken on the day.

Just for reference, here’s a list of the trainers and those wearing them;

New Balance 577WIC x Hanon Shop – @thomaslindie

Le Coq Sportif Eclat x Foot Patrol ‘Macaron’ – @the_monsta

Asics GLIII Salmon Toes, Adidas ZX Flux F&F and Adidas Boost – @morprime12

The Louvre:

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Colette:

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Eiffel Tower:

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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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hanon shop x Diadora N.9000 ‘The Saturday Special’

Next Saturday, 31st of May, sees the release of the Diadora x Hanon Shop N.9000 dubbed ‘The Saturday Special’  – people from the UK will be familiar with the term and know it to be a public transport service which ran throughout the UK in the 80’s!  

Focussing on the impact of Italian sportswear and their exquisite use of material treatments on both football boots and tennis shoes, Hanon have put their take on this shoe. – hand crafted in Italy, kangaroo leather upper, silky pig and bovine suede and closed mesh which is reminiscent of the first edition of this shoe.

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!

As always, the guys at Hanon never fail to impress with their details. – old school multi print on the in sock and tongue backer, with dual branding embroidered on the heel and tongues  These shoes will come with three sets of laces and an additional dust bag.

Look for release on the 31st of May instore at Hanon Shop at 10am with 30 tees for the first 30 shoes. Online from 2pm.

Check out pictures below:

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Pics from Hanon shop.

WOMFT – New Balance 1500CHF x Hanon Shop

Towards the end of last year I managed to pick up a second pair of this shoe, and to be honest, I don’t own many doubles, but with this pair being one of my favourites, it really is necessary.

As always, Hanon Shop ALWAYS deliver when it comes to a collaboration no matter what brand it is, and this 1500 was no different. Since 2010, in my humble opinion, Made in UK NB have been dealing with shape woes when it comes to their models, and the GR’s were gradually going downhill and starting to have a horrific banana shape teamed with a bulbous toe box, so when news leaked of Hanon collaborating with Flimby, we were all wondering the same thing….

Will Flimby sort it out??

The answer was yes, well, for this release anyway.

The guys at Hanon were well aware of the shape issues and pushed for it to be corrected for this release. The CHF used a different mesh to a normal 1500, a softer type which can be found on the 576NGA, and they also pushed and pushed for Flimby to use a different toe puff (the piece of material we hate). NB state that the toe puff creates structure and shape to the shoe, which yes, is correct, however, it gives the shoe this hideous bulbous appearance due to the size of said toe puff. Therefore, Hanon requested that a different and smaller toe puff be used.

It goes without saying that if the 1500CHF had been produced with the same shape of GR’s at their time then they wouldn’t be as much as a loved and sought after shoe as they currently are.

The 1500CHF was released back in 2012 and pays homage to 30 years of Flimby, with colourway and material ideas taken from iconic colourways on the 577 and 576 model. You really can’t go wrong with suede and mesh and navy/blues/greys when it comes to New Balance.

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Top 5 Adidas Releases of the Year (2013)

There was a lot of talk about this subject on Instagram and the likes with there being a specific account setup for a number of Adidas Collectors or merely just people with Adidas in their collection, to submit their top 5, and then for the votes to be collated, etc, etc, etc, with a final top 5 being named sometime in December.

Personally, I can’t say I picked up many Adidas releases this year in comparison to previous years or other brands, but I’m still going to provide my top 5. I’d also be inclined to say that this is in no particular order, and I’m also fully aware that it only features classic runners…. different strokes for different folks and all that jazz.

Number 1;

Adidas Consortium CNTR x Hanon Shop (no bias)

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Picture taken from Hanon Shop.

One of the very first Adidas releases of the year, Hanon Shop teamed up with Adidas to bring out a reworked archive running shoe which has been in the Adidas vault since 1984. They reworked the CNTR to pay homage to Hanon’s hometown of Aberdeen, which holds the nickname of the Granite City. One of my personal favourite features of this shoe is the use of 3M, particularly on the three stripes to depict the Granite rock, and also the 3M lace set. In my opinion, his pair from the Consortium range was 1000x better than the three other pairs of CNTR released in boring block colourways.

Number Two;

Adidas ZX 8000 x Mita

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Picture taken from Hypebeast.

The pick of all the Adidas Japan packs released this year, and to many this pair looked very similar to a previous Consortium EQT which released in 2010. Anyway, as the EQT range is already considered one of the best Adidas series, it was inevitable that this pair would also be a hit, especially with the popular grey, white, green and black colourway teamed with a flawless suede, mesh and leather upper, Mita nailed this, and made plenty of people happy who are unlucky enough not to own the Consortium EQT.

Number Three;

Adidas ZX 5000 x UNDFTD x BAPE

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Picture taken from Freshness Mag.

A massively anticipated release, especially following a delay and some pairs being sold when they weren’t meant to be, the Adidas ZX 5000 x UNDFTD and BAPE was a big favourite from this year, however, the change of the toe box materials from suede to nubuck wasn’t great. I personally hate toe box creasing, and after wearing this pair for half an hour, the creasing is relatively visible.. anyway, that’s only a small gripe! Part of a pack of three, Adidas teamed up with two heavyweights for another Consortium release and reworked this classic silhouette with a stunning camo upper, finished off with everyone’s favourite gum outsole.

Number Four;

Adidas ZX 500 Cardinal Red

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Image taken from Kicks On Fire.

One of my personal favourite ZX models is the 500, and this classic Cardinal Red colourway suits it perfectly. Although it’s no big Consortium release or a collaboration with a store, it warrants a place in my top 5 of this year, not just because I bought it, but because it proves that simple colourways teamed with suede in mesh on a running model are always the best releases.

Number Five;

Adidas Torsion Integral S Retro – OG Colourway

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This year also saw the release of a long awaited classic 90’s running silhouette; the Adidas Torsion Integral S retro in the OG colour way along with two other new colourways. For me, and like many others, the OG colourway was the pick of the bunch and a must have for anyone not lucky enough to own the original from almost 20 years ago. Although the toe box is a lot more ‘boxy’ than the OG, it’s still a great shoe and definitely one of the best pairs released by Adidas this year.

December will also see the release of Sneakerfreakers take on the Torsion Integral S and I’m almost certain that the mint pair from that pack will feature in many top 5’s.

It’s been a strong year for Adidas, in every department, and this is only going to continue as we approach 2014, I’m particularly looking forward to the rest of the running models to drop in the new year.