Following on from the unprecedented success of the previous installment, we're now gearing up for the launch of round two. Fusing Converse's footwear expertise with Cabourn's military wear ingenuity both parties have again succeeded in creating something you don't want to miss. The first coming sold out within a matter of days so if you're even debating securing yourself a pair from the final chapter it's probably best to act promptly. They were depicted in the same lookbook a few months back so it's been an agonising wait that's brought us up to this point.
Although slightly different from the previously released All Star Bosey Hi, the 'Specialty Plimsoles' kind of pick up where they left off. Much of the inspiration has been retained as the shoe channels Nigel Cabourn's 'Army Gym' aesthetics becoming an accurate representation of a 1940s British PE sneaker. Where the Bosey Hi was lightweight the sequels are decidedly heavier, made from a tough Italian denim with longevity in mind. Although the sneaker is tough and designed to withstand the test of time it is simplistic and uncomplicated in terms of design. There's nothing on it that doesn't need to be there and from the durable upper to the ridged rubber sole, everything is just as you hope it would be.
As mentioned this is a highly coveted release and our number reflect this. All three colourways are to be available both online and in store from 21st June priced at £65.
It started when a small package landed through our door. Upon opening it, it revealed a special miniature adidas shoe box with an invite inside stating "48hrs in herzogenaurach". Intrigued we set about investigating what this all meant. Its then that adidas hit us with it - they were flying two members of our staff, all expenses paid, to the birthplace of their iconic sportswear company.
Based in the sleepy Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach, Germany, the adidas story is stuff of legend, from Adolf "Adi" Dassler producing sports footwear in his mothers kitchen post-World War 1, to the falling out with older brother Rudolf from which the elder was to form the company Ruda, which we now know today as Puma. After this acrimonious split, Rudolf took his Puma company to the opposite side of the Aurach River which splits the town in two, were this brand rivalry is still in existence to this very day.
After dropping their bags into the beautiful Le Meridien Hotel in the nearby city of Nuremberg, the journey began. The first stop was the highly impressive and equally gigantic "World of Sport", the home of the adidas group. adidas employ well in excess of 46000 people worldwide with over 3200 of them based in the vast campus-like complex which houses everything from outdoor football pitches, basketball and tennis courts, gym, beach volleyball court to the award winning "Stripes" staff restaurant.
One of the main features of the World of Sport complex is the stunning adidas Brand Centre, a highly impressive conference facility which is home to high quality exhibition and presentation spaces alongside the iconic "Wall of Fame" which is used to highlight past milestones and the biggest successes of adidas and also features the largest projection wall in the world. Unfortunately due to the sensitive nature of some of the items on display (including Adi's original work desk) picture opportunities were limited though our staff in attendance informed us it was quite an amazing experience.
They also informed us that this was far from the end of the offering from the World of Sport. There was the new super structure, lovingly called "Laces" which houses some 1700 employees and gets its name from the architecture which provides connecting catwalks which like the LACES of a sports shoe, connects the entire building allowing quick access to its various sections.
Also housed within this incredible complex is the Adi Dassler Sportplatz, a stadium capable of holding a capacity of 2100 spectators and used for amongst other things, official events, football tournaments and product testing. The stadium as also played host to some of footballs biggest national sides, including Germany, Argentina, South Africa and Mexico.
Unable to fully take in just how big the World of Sport is, next stop was an emotional visit to Adi Dassler Platz which is said to be the "historical centre of the company". Still used to this day by adidas employees, the site was home to both the old production building and the Villa which was lived in by Adi Dassler and his family.
One of the most eagerly awaited brands in recent times has to be the unmistakable Post Overalls. In the past their collections have threw up Polar Fleece work jackets so every year since we've watched with eager anticipation. For spring and summer '13 the far east meets mid west brand have gone down a decidedly seasonal route utilising some of the most exciting fabrics we've ever seen. Post Overalls, otherwise known as Post O' Alls is the brainchild of the esteemed designer Takeshi Ohfuchi. Fusing thoroughly American manufacturing processes with an attention to detail only found in the Japanese, it is a unique line we've enjoyed watching mature since 1993.
Takeshi's goal is pretty simple and on inspection becomes visibly obvious. Through the use of nonconformist materials the designer seeks to create 'new work clothes' and clothing that's respectful of it's vintage inspiration. As well as the pieces boasting a flawless aesthetic, the idea is that they are as functional as the work-wear pieces they take after. Rather than throwaway pieces the whole collection transcends trends to become timeless and functional, utilitarian and unique.
Our collection is comprehensive and curated so that each piece is ready to gel well with the next. Whether you choose a full shirt and shorts rig out or opt for clashing florals there is plenty of scope for personal style despite the garments being inspired by working uniform. All pieces are now online with free UK delivery or in store to peruse at your leisure.
With payday looming and a much welcome Bank Holiday pencilled in for May 27 we're pleased to announce a 20% OFF EVERYTHING* bonanza. It's the last British Bank Holiday for a good few months and we're only running it until midnight on the Monday so with this in mind you'd better limit your time at the beach or the boozer. Simply enter the code BANKHOLIDAY20 when you reach the checkout stage and you will be instantly granted the beautiful sight of saving money. The discount extends across the fule site too, even the sale section besides the few exclusions we've mentioned below. Click here to be escorted to our new arrivals page, a great place to start if we do say so ourselves.
We don't like to exclude but there are a few brand's rules that we can't breach so you can find the small list of exclusions situated just below the image.
*vivienne westwood, stone island, cp company & adidas Primeknits are excluded
The Nike Roshe Run is nothing short of a revelation. Although it's a minimal and uncomplicated silhouette it has undoubted mass appeal for it's simple aesthetic. It's this straightforward design that makes it opportune for re-workings and his year we've already been blessed with a Woven version so we're very lucky to have another amazing edition so soon after. It's been said that modifying the shoe's looks kind of overshadows it's original intentions. The very first editions were made of a light breathable mesh which seemed to contrast nicely on the chunky comfort designed sole. However, as time has passed the Roshe Run has come into it's own becoming one of the go-to lifestyle models every season since it's inception. This Flywire fitted release however, adds a slightly more technical dimension to what was previously the essence of simplicity.
Flywire is one of Nike's most triumphant technologies, a subtle invention that gently supports the foot at it's most important points whilst in no way restricting it. As the thin threads are made of either Vectran or Nylon whichever shoe it's applied to remains lightweight and comfortable to wear. This optimizes performance and more times than not adds a sense of visual intrigue to the shoe's design. It's a very minimalist idea and one that compliments the Roshe's goals perfectly. The cynics among you will be pleased to see that without the Flywire, the model is essentially the same as the very first editions. A light breathable mesh on top of a soft Phylon sole. All in all a great release that holds it's own in today's techy arena. Both colourways are now online, shipping now.