Feb 26th 2014: Converse First String 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star

The Chuck Taylor All Star is undoubtedly one of the distinct sneakers we've ever known. Often imitated but never duplicated it has come a long way from the court to become a staple on the streets. It's helped along by some of our generation's most influential rebels and is the shoe of choice for the free spirited and forward thinking. To celebrate the shoe's legacy Converse have liberated a remake of how the shoe appeared throughout the 1970s. Last year the First String Chuck Taylor caused quite a stir so just as you'd hope, the best few colourways are to be available again this season.

To celebrate the shoe's legacy Converse have liberated a remake of how the shoe appeared throughout the 1970s. Last year the First String Chuck Taylor caused quite a stir so just as you'd hope, the best few colourways are to be available again this season. The 70s All Star is a deceptive design. On first glance you'd be forgiven for thinking it was your average Chuck but closer inspection reveals there's a wealth of details proving that they really don't make them like they used to. From the toughened canvas to the reinforced footbed, there's plenty of archive inspired tweaks that improve everything about how the shoe fits and feels. Back on the outside a few aesthetic changes have also been made as the regular branding is swapped for black and the toe area is slimmed for a sleeker profile. The colourways spread across both the Ox and the High profiles and from Black to Sunflower Yellow there's a make-up for everyone.

Stay tuned to the website at 00:01GMT on 27/2 when these release in limited numbers.

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Feb 13th 2014: Carhartt WIP Spring & Summer '14

The ever dependable Carhartt is back again with it's Work In Progress collection this season and just as we've come to expect, they've covered all the bases. Work In Progress in essence is a trendier, much more contemporary version of the brand we know and love and although we know what to expect there's always a few suprises in the mix for good measure.

One thing that Carhartt excels with is layering. From lightweight chore jackets to t-shirts and shirting, each piece fits seamlessly with the next creating a wholesome collection. Their camo pieces are consistently amazing but this season the brand have developed an attractive 'Blue Camo' that's all new for spring '14. Add this to some of their staple silhouettes like the Michigan Coat and the Kickflip Backpack and the result is a great one.

Another highlight and a returning favourite is the 'College' branding. This season we've ushered in a number of College prints with the bold varsity lettering spanning everything from tees to hoodies. Going above and beyond the American inspired branding we're used to, Carhartt have actually dabbled with a reflective print breathing new life into their staples and bring them into a techy new dimension.

Take a look at the shots to see how it all fits together and stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram links as Carhartt's spring & summer '14 collection arrives online shortly. In the meantime though you can find the range in store at our Albert Road location.

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Feb 10th 2014: DOOM x Clarks Originals Spring & Summer '14

Tapping into the creativity of one of hip hop's most talked about figures, Clarks Originals liberate a new version of their iconic Wallabee. A permanent fixture in New York's hip hop scene, DOOM in one guise or another is responsible for a lot of great music. The metal-faced mystery began in the early 90s but by staying true to his craft is still an inimitable force in 2014.

When asked which of the Clarks Originals was his favourite, DOOM was quick to select the famous Wallabee. It's a shoe already entrenched in hip hop culture and with the help of the Wu-Tang clan it's been a shoe of choice for nearly twenty years. Working on a shoe with such history is of course a gargantuan task and DOOM hasn't approached it lightly. Considering every element of the silhouette's distinct design DOOM has created something unique to him as a personality and an entertainer. 

One of the main features is of course the mask printing decorating the Wallabee's lining. The mask is an instantly recognisable sign of DOOM as well as being a pretty cool print for a leather lining. The mask is also present on the heel in the form of an embossed detail and to finish metallic stitching runs throughout. The whole affair also comes packaged in a customised box making this an absolute must for fans of the legendary DOOM. The Clarks Originals x DOOM Wallabee will be available in limited numbers both online and in-store come February 14th.

 

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Feb 04th 2014: adidas Originals ZX Flux Pack

Not only for adidas fans but for the history of athletic shoes, the ZX series was a pivotal point. It was a collection designed to comprehensively cover the needs of the athlete and since it's inception it's fair to say it has done what it set out to. Although the ZX family has changed the face of footwear the innovation shows no signs of slowing down as the designers persist into 2014.

The Flux collection and the 'Black Elements' release strays over into the dark side of street style with black used heavily throughout. Stripping the models right back and equipping them with only what they need, adidas have minimised waste and optimized comfort and aesthetic. The only details the shoes are blessed with are the distinct parts, the Torsion bar, the heel-cage and the futuristic uppers.

There's three silhouettes in total with the lead being the Triple Black. Simple in it's nature the Triple Black's distinction is obviously it's minimalism, equipped with a breathable upper and tonal details throughout. Secondly is the Weave and as the name suggests this one boasts an intricate woven upper that supports the foot working in unison with the ZX8000's existing features. Last but not least is the Lightning make-up. Arguably the most interesting this design makes use of an unfathomable printing process leaving it with a rich colour and a depth never before seen on footwear.

All three reworkings of the ZX8000 are now available in limitd numbers both online and in store.

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Jan 28th 2014: adidas Originals Hamburg | Pre Order

There were two shoes that stood out last year when the adidas rumour mill started churning, but as the Stan Smith was liberated two weeks ago the spotlight is back on the eagerly awaited Hamburg. The Hamburg was always one of the more coveted sneakers from the brand's city series and since it's inception it's inception the silhouette has been painfully hard to acquire.

March 2014 marks the long overdue OG reissue but there's also a Stockholm guise in there for good measure. Both colourways utilise a premium pig skin and thankfully the iconic gum sole is in attendance too. The original colourway and the Stockholm inspired make-up will both be available on pre order from February the 1st. Stay tuned for a closer look as the release date edges closer.

 

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