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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Rome Revisited, Last Stop – Italy Adventures

I was going to just add this on to the original Rome post, when we started our travels in Italy, but Emma suggested that I make a new post, and well, she knows best, right? So here it is, a completely new post on our last day spent in Rome before our flight the following day!

I’m really glad we decided to head back to Rome the day before our flight, rather than getting the train back from Florence in the morning. It probably would have resulted in a lot of running about no doubt, but this way we were able to pack the night before, and then hop on the Leonardo Express from Rome’s Termini station which was only 5 minutes from our hotel.

For this visit back to Rome, we stayed in the Augusta Lucilla Palace, a hotel which is literally a 5-10 minute walk from Termini Station, ideal if you’re looking to catch the train to the airport, or wanting to make use of the metro system. The hotel itself was lovely, and they upgraded our room to this HUGE suite, with a bed that vibrates (massages, apparently)!

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Florence – Italy Adventures

Utilising the Italian Train service once again, we hopped on a train and made our way to Florence from Pisa, a relatively short journey, gave me some time to try and edit pics too which is always good. Tried to take a chunk out of the inevitably large amount of images I’d have to go through when I got home.

Arriving in Florence in the middle of the day probably wasn’t the best idea though, as it was roasting, much hotter than it had been in both Rome and Pisa. With our screenshots of Apple Maps in hand, we made our way to the hotel, and had to wing it a little as I may have taken us up the wrong street, even with directions.

Anyway, we eventually made it to Hotel Pendini, which is where we would be staying for the next 4 nights. A lovely hotel sitting right on the Piazza della Repubblica, and next door to the Hard Rock Cafe, with Louis Vuitton across the road too if you fancied a spot of shopping.

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Pisa – Italy Adventures

Following our trip to Pompeii via Naples, we headed back to Rome late in the evening, and had an “early night”, if you can call midnight early? Ultimately we were heading to Florence, or Firenze (I’m down with the Italian language now), but we knew Pisa was relatively close, so we decided to catch a train to Pisa first, and stay there for a night.

The train system in Italy, Trenitalia, is pretty great – super efficient, quick, reasonably priced, and easy to get tickets. The UK need to take a leaf out these guys book. So if you’re looking to travel within Italy, I definitely recommend using them, we never experienced any bad journeys or issues with them.

We had made sure we’d screens hotted directions from the train station to our hotel this time around, so arriving in Pisa, we headed to the Grand Hotel Duomo, definitely one of the nicest hotels we stayed in, probably due to the fact that the rooftop bar had an amazing view of the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistry.

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Rome – Italy Adventures

July and August have been very busy months with a lot of footwear related stuff towards the end of July and beginning of August, and then with going on holiday so shortly after, I never had much time to get through all of the footwear things.

So I apologise for the lack of content on here recently, but I’ve been posting quite a lot on Instagram since I’ve been away, and after I’ve got through all the content from my holiday, I’ll jump back to the footwear and will post my SoleBloc Round-Up, along with an interview that was conducted at the NB Real Ale Event.

Anyway, enough of the formalities, myself and Emma had never been to Italy before, so a few months back we booked some return flights to Rome, and then had 10 days to fill in so got down to the planning. First off, since we were flying into Rome, we decided to spend 4 nights here as this would be one of the main places we wanted to spend some time. If I’m honest, we could probably have just spent the full 10 nights here, Rome is such an amazing place with so much to do, and just generally a pretty great vibe in the city.

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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 Diadora N.9000 ‘Transit II’

Here’s all the details you need to know about the second collaboration between hanon shop and Diadora, another reworking of the N.9000 which has been named ‘Transit II’.

The 1st of November 2014 sees the release of the Diadora x Hanon Shop N.9000 dubbed ‘Transit II’ and it is the counterpart to ‘The Saturday Special’, the return journey if you must. Some 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. 

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. Each and every pair is hand crafted in Italy with 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.

There will also be three sets of laces and a dust bag with every pair, and the first 30 lucky customers instore will receive a specially made ‘Continua a bruciare’ Diadora tee.

Look for release on the 1st of November instore at hanon shop at 10am, and any remaining pairs will be online at 2pm.

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