hanon shop x Reebok GL6000 ‘3 Castles’ – In-store Release

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The collaborations have been coming thick and fast all year, and with the year coming to a close, they don’t seem to be slowing down at all. A month on from hanon shop in Aberdeen’s last collaboration comes the second instalment of the ‘3 Castles’, and their third collaboration with Reebok.

I posted all the information surrounding the shoe itself on a previous post when the release was first announced, but in case you missed it, check it out below:

“If you’re not familiar with Aberdeen’s coat of arms by now, then both the leopards and castles depicted go back to the times of Robert The Bruce, and are commonly associated with the city, featuring on plaques, historic buildings, statues and railings or adorned to lamp posts and gates. To illustrate the castle and hills they were once situated on, the ‘3 Castles’ edition of the GL6000 is a simple execution of rich pig suede in shades of mole grey with tonal rugged suede overlays. An old-school sun burst perf is called out on the vamp whilst a granite grey leopard print collar lining completes the shoe. Attention to detail and a nod to the official colours of Aberdeen is represented on the red woven tongue label and heel counter.

Additionally the hanon shop flame logo appears embossed on the left heel whilst the Reebok Certified logo appears on the right. Each pair will come complete with three lace sets – one tonal, one white and one red.”

There’s little worse than queuing for hours upon end, thrown in the month of December and the city of Aberdeen, and we have ourselves a bit of a hellish morning. As expected, not even a bit of cold and rain can deter all those who turned out for the release with jackets, jumpers, gloves and hats a plenty, braving the near zero temperatures.

The GL6000 was extremely well received, apart from the biggest talking point of the day which just happened to be the sizing, with the majority of punters going at least a full size down, if not more. I bottled the ideal of a full size down since my feet are already small enough, wearing a UK 6 risked some unpleasant comments from my better half!

Along with the Reebok, there was also the highly anticipated Adidas EQT collaborations with both Highs and Lows of Australia, and Solebox of Berlin, which flew out the door. Two extremely well executed shoes and some of the best make-ups that the Adidas EQT range has had to offer all year.

Anyway, be sure to check out some shots below, with most of them being taken by the good sir Adeel Mian, and let’s hope that’s one of the last queues for the year, but at least the snow stayed away… for now!

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hanon shop x Diadora N.9000 ‘Transit II’ – In-store Release

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The most anticipated hanon shop release of the year was finally upon us after pictures of a sample surfaced back in March, and it was sure to be an extremely busy morning.

Arriving at 6:30am, the queue already stemmed past down the restaurant next door with around 20 people there; some even travelling from south of the border to make sure they got their hands on a pair of the Transit II. As to be expected with a hanon shop collaboration, each shoe came with a dustbag, spare lace sets, and the first 30 lucky customers were to receive a Made in Italy Diadora ‘Continua a Bruciare’ t-shirt complimentary with the shoes, so everyone was eager to make sure they were within the limit to complete the great instore release package.

Following on from the first release, you may be familiar with the term ‘Saturday Special’ and know it to be a public transport service which ran throughout the UK in the 80’s, and the ‘Transit II’ also draws it’s inspiration from a similar transport service. 

As has been the case with the Diadora N.9000 releases this year, each and every pair has been hand crafted in Italy, and the Transit II features a premium pig suede upper, kangaroo leather on the tongue overlay, logo side stripe, vamp and heel tab, then nubuck toe and heel wraps, and finally, OG closed mesh. 

The colour palette of the shoe is based more on the old British Rail trains, and that’s where the marine green and yellow on the upper comes from. Add to that some clean white mesh, red accents, and then you have an extremely well executed colourway.

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.

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As was expected, the turn out for the release was great, with old and new faces there, and multiple pairs being bought by each customer. It’s a testament to hanon shop themselves, that they can continually put out great collaborations.

A big shout out to the hanon shop team for a smooth release on the day!

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Check out some shots below from the release, and a special thanks to Adeel for taking the reigns on this one and photographing the on-foots and some of the queue.

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hanon shop x Reebok Classic Leather ‘3 Castles’ – In-store Release

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Following on from the Reebok Classic Leather ‘Leopards’ edition from Summer 2013, Saturday 6th September 2014 saw the release of the next instalment; the Reebok Classic Leather ‘3 Castles’.

The Reebok Certified Network programme has been making some big moves recently, with some huge releases over the past year, and although it was initially very well received, it has been increasing even more in popularity since the first drop. Around 30+ people queuing on another early morning outside hanon shop, with punters waiting for either the Reebok ‘3 Castles’ or the Le Coq Sportif LCS R1000 x HAL ‘Swan Pack’, which happened to coincide with the hanon collaboration release, and some even looking to bag both.

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The ‘3 Castles’ design draws inspiration from the coat of arms of Aberdeen, the same famous coat of arms that the leopards appear in, a crest which dates back to the times of Robert The Bruce. The shoe is decked out in plush grey pig suede, with lawn green overlays, and a red woven tongue label and heel tab. When the images of the shoe released, some used the well known phrase “red and green should never be seen”, and even a couple said that it reminded them of a Christmas tree, maybe a little, but these colours work when done correctly, and this shoe looks great!

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To complement the clean colourway, we see some perforation on the suede toe box, and a granite speckled collar lining, giving a nod to Aberdeen’s nickname, the ‘Granite City’. As always, hanon kill it with the branding, and their fire logo appears embossed on the left heel, whilst the Reebok Certified logo appears on the right heel. Unfortunately, no dust bag or t-shirt this time around, just two sets of laces – one tonal, one white.

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As always, it’s great to spend some time chatting with friends and regulars, and props to the hanon shop team once again for a clean collaboration and a smooth release day!

Be sure to check out some on-foot shots below of those in the queue on Saturday morning.

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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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