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.
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.
Nemen is undoubtedly one of our most exciting brands in recent times and one we're excited to introduce to our roster. Hailing from Italy, a nation renowned for it's manufacturing prowess, Nemen wear the Made In Italy badge with pride. It's exactly this history that Nemen take forward with them but going above and beyond that they seek to innovate too. Nemen is a concept rather than a brand but supporting their back-story is their unparalleled techniques.
Nemen actually source a lot of their fabrics from the same Italian suppliers as brands like CP Company and Stone Island. Although it's an entirely separate imprint we can certainly see links in terms of quality and craftsmanship. As well as the fabrics being of exceptional composition, it's the treatments and finishes that give the outerwear such distinction.
This season we're one of only a handful of UK stockists and you can find a selection of Nemen outerwear available for pre order now. Head over to the store to see each jacket in more detail as we await it's arrival in late January.
Combining the rich histories of two American icons we're eager to present to you this limited edition capsule collections. Jim Phillips, an inimitable graphic artist and Levi's, a true fashion legend have teamed up this season for a distinct collaboration. Spanning three simple pieces the collection pays homage to Jim Phillips recognisable illustrations whilst bringing staple pieces to life.
Born in sunny California Jim Phillips went on to become one of the most celebrated graphic artists of the 60s and 70s. After publications in numerous magazines Phillips landed a job as the creative director for Santa Cruz skateboards, a role in which he created thousands of unique products and cemented the brand as one of the era's best. One of his most famous designs is arguably the 'Screaming Hand' a design that is thankfully immortalised in this offering.
Both t-shirts in the collection have been lovingly designed by hand in San Francisco and each piece stays true to both parties heritage. From the rebellious sleeveless trucker to the applique decorated trucker jacket, as well as being bold thankfully its all wearable. An authentic representation of 70s California presented in a collection with attitude.
The full collection is now available online and in-store.
Nike never stop innovating but 2014 is shaping up to be a phenomneal year even by their standards. This year the brand is on a quest for 'Air Superiority' and following on from the Lunar 90 and the Jacquard 90 we're treated to their ICE design. Nike's Ice effect soles are not exactly new but they are a rarity. Usually only reserved for the likes of Air Jordans and their classic basketball silhouettes, it's never before seen on an Air Max 90.
Presenting three colours each with a different translucent midsole, Nike have offered up a striking reinvention of a shoe we thought we knew. The see-through hits allow the Air Max 90 to be seen in all it's glory, going above and beyond the little bubble we're accustomed to seeing. True to the Ice suffix in the shoe's name the upper is accented with jarring shapes in complimentary tones throughout. This is overlaid by slightly less translucent panelling giving the shoe a multi dimensional aesethetic.
The 'Ice Pack' completes Nike's January onslaught but you can be sure that the creativity won't stop here. More colourways are set for the Jacquard, Ice & the Lunar and we'll be sure to keep you posted with information as and when we receiv ie it. For now though why not head over to our Facebook & Instagram pages for more Nike QS sooner than you think.
All three colourways will be available online priced at £110 by the end of today.