Although they hit us with a pack only months previous, Bodega and Saucony are back at it again for another round of fantastic footwear. Like the last pack there are two colourways in total, neither of them showing the slightest sign of restraint. Both colourways are as crazy as each other and the mash up of colours and materials makes for a collaboration like no other. From leopard print ripstop to bright purple leather the shoe's many panels are taken to a new dimension, two sneakers that will be hard to forget. As with all Bodega collaborations, numbers stay low whilst demand is high and with this particular release only 12 pairs are available in each colourway. Put this against a total of less than 650 available worldwide and you'll get a vague idea of just how limited this release really is.
There was e-commerical carnage when the last pack dropped so with this in mind it's very much a case of fastest finger first when these drop on Saturday May 18 both online and in store. It's worth noting however, customers who plan to travel to the store may like to send us an email in advance.
Following on from the success of last months 'Japan Pack' we're pleased to say that adidas have blessed us with a second installment. Although only one model is to be released, it's good enough to warrant just the same hype that the previous three silhouettes garned at the end of last month. Hardened adidas fans will notice the colourway first of all but even the casual footwear consumer will be able to appreciate the shoe's classic profile.
It's a design that harks back to the golden days of EQT Support and if you're unwilling to pay the EQT's eBay prices its likely you'll welcome the mita sneakers collaboration with open arms. Like the aforementioned EQT Support, the ZX8000 comes equipped with the technologically advanced Torsion bar. Torsion was and still is, one of the best footwear advancements of our generation so its nice to see adidas keeping it alive in today's tech orientated market. The shoe first released in 1989 and although it's a storied silhouette we can't help think it's been a little slept on. Despite never really tapping into mass appeal it's become one of those connoisseurs choices and one that real footwear fans can appreciate.
After that little background check its time to take a look at the issue in question. In truth its a simplistic design but one that ensures it's easy to get on board with. It retains all of the shoe's classic features but is designed in such a way that it's still revelant today. Seasoned adidas buyers will love it's historical references and the more casual buyer will hopefully appreciate it's refined aesthetic. By using premium leather, suede and a light mesh the guys at mita sneakers have again succeeded in making an adidas classic just that little bit better and more importantly made a colourway worth buying. Like the previous 'Japan Pack' numbers are extremely limited and we don't anticipate having these in stock for very long. They're priced at £90 and they're shipping now. Click here to check them out.
For our international customers, free worldwide shipping is about as good as it gets. The joy of not having to add extra cost on to your basket is absolutely unrivalled and here at Triads, this is something we appreciate. With this in mind we're running this grand offer for the next 6 days now. It expires at midnight May 16 and will be automatically applied to all orders greater than £50. Our UK customers are also eligible but the same rules apply.
We know how these things work. It's often comparable to receiving a gift voucher at Christmas when there's hardly anything left but here at Triads, we're destroying everything you thought you knew. More times than not elsewhere on the internet a discount will pop up when there's nothing you fancy but this time we couldn't be more timely as we're inudated with new arrivals from some of the most respected brands in menswear. Click here to take a look at our wares and remember to stay tuned to our Facebook page for product previews as and when they arrive.
There's few brands with a richer history and modern relevance than Stussy so it was only right that the brand document this somehow. With digital content popping up then fading fast the Californian company have wisely chosen a foray into print, drawing up a concise little publication that will inevitably be delved into time and time again. It's printed on high grade paper not too far from the brand's base in Los Angeles so it's got that great homegrown organic feel to it in comparison to many brand's more commercial outputs.
The first issue of the BIANNUAL magazine sets the tone for things to come. We're excited by the suggestive title as it immediately gives us another one to look forward to this year, as if the debut wasn't thrilling enough. Volume One ties into the Spring 2013 collection which is handy as it's a collection with many talking points. As well as product shots and lookbooks portraying the items in all their glory, there is also a number of features which give us a great insight into the Stussy Tribe. They're a group with an incredibly interesting online presence so it's nice to see them translating their energy into print and getting the same vibe down on paper.
From vintage Thrasher ads to tours with LVRS, the magazine documents Stussy's lifestyle perfectly and and is candid view into the brand's goings on. One of the most intriguing features is Craig Fineman's photo essay on the pool skating phenomenon. Stussy is synonymous with skate, surf and beach culture so it's a very natural feature and a knowledgeabke one at that. In addition there's also a great piece of the Japanese pop artist Keiichi Tanaami which sheds a little light on the creative's crazy pieces.
All in all Stussy's BIANNUAL Vol 1. is an absorbing publication and one that definitely evokes excitement for the future. The brand has had a cracking couple of decades and if things continue as they are then we're looking forward to many more, all recorded within the pages of their new project. Like the number of stockists, the number of units is also agonisingly low but we have a small amount of both covers that are available both in store and online now priced at £8.
We love adidas and their trips to Japan, they're like our generous friends, never coming home empty handed. In the past we've seen the brand team up with companies like Beauty & Youth, mita Sneakers and The Soloist to name a few so we were excited when they announced the line-up for their latest offering. It's widely acknowledged that our Japanese friends get all the best stuff but adidas' collaborations regularly bridge the gap between Europe and Asia, bringing us the type of shoes we could previously only dream of getting our hands on.
As mentioned, this year's line up is arguably the finest ever. There's four companies involved (one of which comes later) each one refreshingly different to the last. From the design sensibilities of the upscale United Arrows brand to the edgy streetwear style of X-LARGE and ZOZOTOWN it's a pack with a lot of appeal, even though tastes will inevitably vary.
For those with a more reserved sense of swagger the UNITED ARROWS ZX500 will be the one to pluck for. It's a subtle affair that doesn't even feature any of the company's branding, only adidas branding can be found throughout! In today's climate this is a particularly unheard of move but one that's undoubtedly tasteful. The ZX500 is a silhouette most adidas fans will cherish and so as not to upset anyone UNITED ARROWS have selected quite a harmonious colour pallette in which soft grey suede sits alongside tough forest green leather. In addition to the reserved choices there is a subtle flash of illuminous green towards the rear of the shoe as well as to the bottom of the sole, an exciting little touch that rounds off a graceful make-up perfectly.
For the flashier footwear fanatic there's the ZOZOTOWN produced Campus 80s silhouette. As one of the biggest retailers in Japan, they're a company that can afford to go a little crazy as they've got a colossal following to sell to. Their rendition of the iconic Campus 80s silhouette is enviously creative and it's sure to be one of those shoes that every other brand wish they thought of first. Fusing animal hair and snakeskin it is a wild twist on what was previously a pretty tame silhouette.
Last and by no means least is the X-LARGE version of the legendary Superstar. Like ZOZOTOWN, the popular streetwear brand have opted for a spot of animal hair to create a giraffe theme that runs throughout. This is in combination with a rustic looking suede which creates a nice contrast between the two elements. One of the most renowned streetwear brands reworking one of the most urban models of all time, it was almost meant to be!
So there you have it, a nice little breakdown of the latest Japan Pack, a breakdown which we hope has answered that all important 'which one?' dilemma. All three silhouettes are now online in limited quantities and you can find them here.