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Oliver Cabell Phoenix Shoes Are 3D Printed from Recycled Bottles

There’s no doubt in our minds that Oliver Cabell is the best new sneaker brand of the past few years, but their recently released Phoenix sneaker seals the deal. It’s a stylish, airy shoe with…

Adidas Pulseboost HD

If you’re into running quite a bit, you’ve probably heard of the Pulseboost already, Nike’s line of excellent running shoes. The shoes have received enormous praise for their high level of comfort. And they’re also pretty responsive, what with the sock-like Adapt Knit upper and Adaptive Traxion outsole.

Suffice it to say they’re the perfect pair for both those who just decided to get into running or have run aplenty and seek good, reliable kicks. The Adidas Pulseboost HD provide plenty of support and grip, ensuring optimum movement and speed, regardless of what surface you chose to grind them on.

Thankfully, Adidas has just made the kicks a little bit better. The Pulseboost HD shoes come with a brand-new midsole that adds another layer of stability to the already impressively spec’d kicks. HD, here, means “high density. The Pulseboost tech this time hovers closer the the ground, ensuring a refined mix of balance and springiness. In effect, that gives you not only increased efficiency, but also comfort and ergonomics.

You can buy the Adidas Pulseboost HD right now; they became available back in July 13. Like the original Pulseboost, though, it’s going to cost you a bit. The kicks are $140, which is a tad bit on the pricey side but is not surprising of Adidas. Other colorways just became available now. Perhaps if the price didn’t sway you then, these new paints will. Hit the link below to see the listing on Adidas’ website.

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New Balance 996 Collabs

New Balance enlisted the help of several Japanese labels and together they came up with some pretty rad designs. Most notable of all for us is this New Balance 996 kicks from nonnative. For its 996 Collaboration Project, nonnative took a simple approach, reducing the kicks to their bare essentials.

The focus is on materials, not so much the branding. Which is why the shoes swap out the large “N” logo typically found on the 996 in favor of a smaller, subtler “NB” logo. This is a radical choice, but a sublime and very calculated one. The change seems small, sure, but it takes a lot away, including the cruft endemic to New Balance shoes.

There’s also a hairy suede, something you don’t see everyday from a pair of New Balance kicks. The brand added a yellowed sole on top of the suede to make it look like a used sneaker from the ‘80s. We’re not entirely we’re too pleased with this design choice, but it’s something. This variant also has a thicker tongue plus elastic straps, which means you can wear it comfortably even without lacing up.

Other brands New Balance collaborated with for this project include United Arrows, N.Hoolywood, Beams+, atmos, and mita. They’re an oddball bunch — some drew inspiration from minimalist design choices while others took more risks. Still, any person will surely find something from this collection to like. But for us, nonnative’s simple, nondescript look reigns supreme. Hit the link below for more information.

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Nike Air Max 1 Sketch To Shelf

The Nike Air Max  1 Sketch to Shelf comes out this July 20 for $269. That’s a hefty purchase, but for good reason. If you’re a sneakerhead, chances are you know who Tinker Hatfield is. The designer has created some of the most iconic Nike sneakers of all time. However, it’s the Air Max 1, in its original University Red colorway, that’s perhaps the most iconic of all.

This variant started the entire Air Max 1 line, which to this day remains one of Nike’s most popular series. Nike is honoring Hatfield and the Air Max 1’s origins by releasing an iteration. One that’s literary taken from sketch then brought to life.

The sneaker arrives in this University Red colorway as an homage to the original Air Max 1. However, it comes scribbled in this raw sketch design gimmick that makes the pair look like a sample unit. You can look at this in two ways. Firstly, it looks rather rudimentary and unfinished. However, this sensibility gives it a homespun feeling. The “unfinished” splashes of red and grey on the uppers lend to a look of sublime in its rawest form. Add to that handwritten details highlighting each component and you got yourself a pair of barebones-chic kicks.

Make no mistake — this is a collector’s item. It’s hard to imagine masses flocking for this variant given its highly unusual design. If you want it, the online raggle is now open on END Launches until July 20. The price, as mentioned, is set at $269. Check out the link below for more information.

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Nike Aircraft Collection

Have you ever experienced this scenario — you see something so incredibly pretty that you want to purchase it. Only when you’re throwing your cash at the screen, you realize suddenly that it’s not even real?

Dang you, concept cars. This time around, it’s not a car but a series of sneakers. By Ukraine-based designer Danya Shulipa, the Nike Aircraft Collection draws inspiration from aviation legends like Air Force 1 Utility.

Shulipa took three of Nike’s most iconic silhouettes, which comprise his made-up collection. The aforementioned Air Force 1 Utility references the Discovery (OV-103), an iconic NASA transport spacecraft. It’s got a black and white color scheme, “Discovery” branding, and a small NASA patch on the shoe’s wing.

The SF Air Force 1, meanwhile, draws from the famous Boeing B-17G, a four-engine bomber that helped carry out missions during the Second World War. It features a khaki upper, Air Force branding, and a pull tag that reads, “Remove Before Flight.”

The last pair in Shulipa’s collection gets its look from the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, which boasts a shadowy silhouette. The design is a faithful homage to the sleekness of the supersonic reconnaissance aircraft, complete with a zippered tongue that’s lifted from the Air Max 720.

The Behance page in which the project’s on isn’t in English, but you can try your luck with Google Translate. But even if you can’t understand the language, though, design is universal. And in this case, it’s excellent design, one that crosses language barriers.

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Photos courtesy of Danya Shulipa

BAIT X Reebok Toy Story Instapump Fury

It’s amazing to think that Pixar’s first box office hit would turn into a major franchise for the company. What followed were a steady flow of amazing movies that are now beloved classics by both young and old. Moreover, the studio continues to pay homage to the title that put them on the map. Already in its fourth installment, the film’s dynamic duo are inspiring a fresh set of iconic kicks with a unique feature in tow. The BAIT X Reebok Toy Story Instapump Fury is a mismatched pair of pure awesome from all angles.

We’re thinking that the non-matching aesthetics is marketing these shoes as highly-collectible. This unorthodox configuration is technically quite rare but not unheard of, which is why we want it so badly. Let’s start off with the right shoe, which features an upper mostly in blue denim. Meanwhile, the overlays are a mix of yellow and white/black cow print, with red pull tabs on the tongue and heel portion. Obviously, this side represents our cowboy friend Woody.

Meanwhile, the left half of the pair dons a more intergalactic colorway akin to the space ranger’s suit. There are splashes of white, purple, and green with a small hint of yellow and red as well. The BAIT X Reebok Toy Story Instapump Fury is one fun collaboration that commemorates the premiere of Toy Story 4. Good luck hunting for these because it seems there won’t be a public release. Fans of the franchise will be shelling out big bucks once resellers get their hands on a few.

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Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Plus

When it comes to technical releases, Adidas is killing it. Its latest, the Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Plus, is no exception. Combining sharp aesthetics with topnotch utilitarian sensibilities, this new pair of kicks proves Adidas is hell-bent on innovating its technical prowess even further.

The shoes feature all-day versatility, which is to say they’re perfect as your spring or summer fair. That’s really no surprise given this is Adidas we’re talking about — the brand, after all, is synonymous with quality. Although summer’s almost ending, there’s still plenty to gush about here.

Take the street-to-trail profile of the kicks, for example. Not only do you get a shock-absorbing EVA midsole, which makes them ideal for gallivanting around the city, the kicks also have abrasion-resistant upper reinforcements. In other words, Adidas combined durability and comfort and gave it to us in one neat package.

The rubber outsole gets a tough tread, which is a nice touch on top of impressive flourishes found here. That means these are great for hiking trips, too. Though we’d err on the side of actual hiking footwear if you’re planning any backcountry endeavor.

The colorway is red and black, which some people will love and some will hate. That’s fine. This is no emblem of streetwear fashion, after all. That’s not to say, however, that they aren’t stylish. They are. But in a way that prioritizes slickness over style. If you’re not that patient about finding the perfect sneakers and just want a pair that’ll last for a good long while, get this. The Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Plus is one of the most reliable pairs of kicks you’ll ever purchase.

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Parley X Adidas Alphaedge 4D

If you’re thinking that the eco-friendly movement is just for carmakers, then you’re clearly missing out. Widen your search parameters a little bit and you’ll see that there’s more to it than emission-free rides. Doing everything we can to save the environment for future generations has our full support. That’s why we are featuring items that show our readers that sustainability is doable and can be cool at the same time. How, you ask? Well, take a look at the upcoming Parley X Adidas Alphaedge 4D and you’ll understand what we mean.

The German sportswear company is embracing new and futuristic manufacturing processes to create unique kicks. Earlier this month, Adidas unveiled the Futurecraft Loop, a high-performance footwear designed for running and made from fully recyclable materials. Every part of this shoe uses TPU that goes through special processes to make it soft, hard, and even flexible. On the other hand, the collaboration with Parley for the Oceans applies a different approach. Save for the ADIDAS 4D midsole, the upper is crafted from collected marine plastic debris.

Adidas is calling the material Ocean Plastic and credits Alexander Taylor for its application. Other than the sustainable upper, the Parley X Adidas Alphaedge 4D is all about the one-of-a-kind midsole. The company is 3D-printing these using Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology. The process involves digital light projection, programmable liquid resins, and oxygen-permeable optics. You end up with a durable and flexible latticework that offers superior cushioning and stability for casual and athletic usage. We’re hoping that its success will lead to more colorways other than the Aero Green it comes with.

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Lebron Icon QS In Triple Black

Nike is collaborating with john Elliott again to produce a new colorway for the Lebron Icon QS. The mid-top silhouette is getting the Triple Black palette this time around. The new iterations comes in Nike’s Quickstrike iteration and emphasizes textures. And also detailing that’s focused on comfort.

Of course, not everybody likes black, more so Triple Black. And this is no match for the Volt variant coming soon. Still, it’s got its own charm to it. Fans might love the more understated look it provides.

The kicks feature black leather and mesh on the upper, with matching laces. Below, you’ll find a translucent green outsole, which is the only splash of color in these sleek kicks. The toe’s got the signature Swoosh branding, but you won’t find Elliott’s decals until you look at the insole. Surprise, surprise: it comes in a dark shade.

“The Icon has become part of my uniform,” says Elliott. “It’s deeply ingrained in the brand, from the way we style our lookbooks, to how we live in Los Angeles.” He adds that this Lebron Icon QS Triple Black version is versatile because the upper makes for a layered look. In layman’s terms, this means it’ll go great with almost any style of socks.

The kicks will hit Elliott’s flagship store in Los Angeles on May 22, 23, and 24 via limited units. They might sell some tie-dyed socks there, too. Then these will drop online on May 25 at Elliott’s website. Check out some more pictures below.

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Nike X Undercover Daybreak

Undercover’s Jun Takahashi is one of the most thrilling designers you should all watch out for. That is if he hasn’t already impressed you with his collaborations with Nike for the past decade. This year’s Undercover collab, pulled from last year, enters 2019 with a more vibrant coat of paint.

Takahashi has retouched the Nike Undercover Daybreak kicks with a touch of modern but still uniquely carrying his signature quirks. You get what appears to be a revised approach to Nike’s 1979 Tailwind sneakers. Key to the modernity is a tiny addition — a speckled, plastic heel piece that gives it ample futurism.

The rest of the sneaker retains its signature traditional nylon upper with suede overlays. Undercover branding slithers along the lateral midsole and tongue tag. Nike and Takahashi always manage to steal the spotlight wherever they hitch up and do something together. Don’t consider this one an exception.

The kicks are part of the Swoosh brand and Takahashi’s Spring/Summer 2019 Paris runway show, and they’ll finally hit stores this summer. Nike will offer them in three colorways, as well. Personally, we enjoy Takahashi’s riff on the utilitarian stereotype, deconstructing it so as to surface the rambunctious over the tried and tested. That explains the traditional styling that slowly evolves into an aggressive heel element. Truly, it will not to everyone’s liking. But it’s an attempt with sheer conviction, and what better to demand from art than that?

The Nike Undercover Daybreak kicks start selling all over the globe June 7.

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New Balance Refreshes the Original Dad Shoe

What dads have known & loved forever is all still here in the iconic 990 from New Balance. The 990 V.5 is just the latest variation of the tried-and-true dad classic, featuring the same gray and white colorway with low-key reflective hits. For a “nice Sunday morning jog”, “a quick trip to the hardware store” or “throwing the ol’ pigskin around in the backyard,” no other shoe quite compares.

LA’s No.One Sneaker Brand Drops Most Intricate Shoe Yet

Meticulously handcrafted in Los Angeles by bespoke footwear brand No.One, the Delta Elk sneaker features an upper made of wild Scandinavian elk hide from U.K. tannery C.F. Stead & utilizes both the rough & soft side of the hide for texture. The shoe also features hand whip stitching, UV printed branding, and waxed laces in white or grey cotton.

Adidas Originals Has You Laced with Two New Nite Joggers

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Blending retro styling and classic materials with their modern Boost technology midsole, Adidas Originals now has two new colorways of its Nite Jogger shoe up for grabs. The mixed material upper features suede and mesh while the Boost midsole is mated with a multicolored rubber outsole. Available in white/gray & core black/carbon.

Nike React Runner WR ISPA Sneakers

Nike just dropped the details for their latest sneaker release, and honestly, we couldn’t be happier with this release. ISPA sneakers–aka Improvise. Scavenge. Protect. Adapt.– combine standard features with a number of unique attributes that…

Nike Gyakusou 2019 Collection

The Nike Gyakusou collection for Spring 2019 is finally here. Three colorways make up this season’s new batch, all coming out February 28.

Nike and Jun Takahashi have been working ten years strong to bring us these off-kilter sneakers, so you’ll find some of the usual elements are still here.

As such, much like the previous iterations, the new lineup fuses high-performance wear with the urban landscape. The colorways feature predominantly earthy colors, and that’s care of Takahashi.

“I intentionally include earthy colors. It is important to bring together my aesthetics with Nike’s functionality,” said the Japanese fashion designer.

It’s all about fluid functionality for this new lineup. Nike and Takahashi continue to pair their expertise to produce new apparel advances. These include packable garments and pieces formed through body-map engineering and the sneakers themselves.

There’s a jacket, for instance, called the Transform JKT, that unzips from the front and stuffs the top part into a pocket. The Gyakusou version features a lightweight woven outer that protects runners from wind and rain. The soft Dri-Fit version, on the other hand, wicks sweat. There’s also the Lightweight JKT, which integrates skin temperature maps to ensure properly placed laser cut holes for maximum breathability.

The collection also includes new men’s tights and women’s shorts, which are made of a new material. Nike and Takahashi used scientifically-informed knit that not only reduces seams but also brings targeted compression to more vulnerable areas. All these, along with the sneakers, come out February 28.

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Nike Drops a Swoosh-Free Cortez Premium

Nike’s latest iteration of the classic Cortez runner is another Cortez Premium but unlike the iconic original & the logo-laden variant that dropped last fall, this one has no swoosh on the visible side, making it a bit more low-key, especially in its understated black leather color way. Available now at Nike.com.

Adidas And Game Of Thrones Collab

It’s not typical for Adidas to come out with sneakers that take on popular culture, especially if it’s television. So it’s a delight whenever it does play that game from time to time. And the latest example of that is a line of sneakers inspired by Game of Thrones, perhaps the biggest show on TV right now. A few months ago, the company gave us the first look at its upcoming Game of Thrones lineup, and now it’s back with the Adidas House Targaryen UltraBOOST sneakers.

The design boasts an upper of all-white primeknit that’s complemented by all-white side panels and outsoles. There’s a striking metallic silver three-stripe detailing on the side, which add a nice contrast to the overall neutral look. If you’re a Game of Thrones nerd, you’ll love the “Fire and Blood” text with insoles featuring an emblazoned Game of Thrones logo.

If you don’t consider yourself much of a Game of Thrones fan, these kicks are fire regardless. Just look at that clean and simple silhouette and textured sole. Seems it was made from dragon skin, almost. Game of Thrones fan or not, the design is very notable. Moreover, it’s one of the more understated looks Adidas has come out with recently. Needless to say they should go great with practically any streetwear combo.

Adidas has yet to provide release information at the time of writing. However, you can check out the images below to get a closer look at the new Adidas House Targaryen UltraBOOST sneakers. Make sure to check back with Men’s Gear as we learn more.

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Nike Air Tailwind 79 Comeback

Guess who’s making a comeback? Just the pair of sneakers that officially debuted Nike’s patented Air technology. That’s who’s making a comeback. So, no big deal. No big deal at all.

Yes, you read that right. The Swoosh brand has dug deep upon its historical backlog and picked up a legendary pair of Nike Air Tailwind 79, taking out the iconic kicks for a much-needed comeback.

Needless to say that it’s one of the most important pairs of shoes in Nike’s entire history. Plus, most notably, they came nearly a decade before Nike Air Max 1 designer Tinker Hatfield unleashed the Air bubble unto the world.

The Tailwind 79 was first spotted at the 1978 Honolulu Marathon and then commercially released a year later. For the running community, it was a game-changer. Nike’s unprecedented cushioning platform was deemed a huge upgrade from the lackluster prototypes that came before.

That in turn fundamentally changed the brand forever, and now the groundbreaking model is returning, with materials and colors that mimic the original pair as much as possible. Suffice it to say that the sneakerhead community will fawn over this gorgeous pair. Nike hasn’t exactly said just how many units it’ll put out, but we won’t be surprised if supplies will be limited.

The colorway you see above is called Vast Gray with Light Photo Blue, but the shoes will also come in Midnight Navy, White, and Black. These classic kicks will hit stores Oct. 17. We expect these things to go fast, so act fast if you want a pair.

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Converse And Carhartt WIP One Star

Did you know Converse is only one of the very few footwear brands to create shoes for the military during the Second World War?

The kicks you see above, called the Converse X Carhartt WIP One Star, best exemplifies Converse’s brief but very memorable stint making military gear, and it also serves as a symbol of the brand’s commitment to the men who suffered, perished, and survived the last world war.

One look and you’ll immediately notice the shoes’ military underpinnings. Converse and Carhartt took style cues from military gear in that tragic decade. So, no surprise that the One Star is potent with a kind of slick brutalism you can only find from the maelstrom that is the war. Although you wouldn’t see any soldier in uniform ever wear this pair, it really seems that the kicks are fit for one, and thankfully Converse and Carhartt didn’t make the design too on the nose; despite its Second World War basis, it looks quite temporary and a bit discreet, too.

The upper is made of premium quality Cordura fabric complete with a hangtag. The fabric used overall is very robust, and the result is a pair of highly utilitarian-style footwear that manages to blend finesse, style, and heavy-duty durability without much fuss. That’s courtesy of Converse and Carhartt, to be sure, because those companies have mastered the art of simple, understated aesthetics. In short, these shoes will look great on you. And they’ll last very long. They’re available now directly from Converse or Carhartt.

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