This week rapper Wiz Khalifa released his fifth studio album Blacc Hollywood while Converse unveiled his new Fall 2014 sneaker collection featuring the all new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL. Available in two colors, the new silhouette is inspired by the artist’s rebellious individuality and fashion-forward style. This marks Wiz Khalifa’s second sneaker collaboration with Converse following the successful launch of his Fall 2013 collection. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL by Wiz Khalifa incorporates several distinct accents including the Wiz Khalifa branded logo tab and eyelet, while staying true to the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette. The sneakers also feature a leather upper with an oversized Chuck Taylor logo on the medial side. Available in black and white, the black style features a translucent outsole with gold fleck detailing. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL collection by Wiz Khalifa will be available at Foot Locker, Footaction and Eastbay beginning Friday, August 22 for $70.
This year the 25th anniversary of Streetmachine celebrates being voted best European skate shop by the bright European skateboard awards. Inspired by Adidas and the cultural hub shares combined passion for skateboarding and football the collection contains a retro football jersey and a pair of Adi Ease both customized by Streetmachine to represent their home of Copenhagen.
The Reebok Pump Omni Lite secured its place in history back in 1991 when it showed up on-feet for a legendary slam dunk performance. Over two decades later, the sneakers have persevered and become a fan favorite, thanks to both their rich history on the court and an overall sleek silhouette. The Reebok Pump Omni Lite returns this year in sizes tailored for the ladies, with one colorway mixing purple and yellow for a classic West Coast look and the other echoing an original flavor with a black/white/red mix. Find more photos of the Reebok Classics Women’s Pump Omni Lite “OG Pack” after the jump and look for this new collection at global Reebok accounts and Reebok.com now for $114.99.
As rumors swirl about Kevin Durant’s possible departure from Nike Basketball for rival brand Under Armour, one of Durantula’s final colorways currently known to the public in the KD7 is about to drop, and it’s aptly named, the ‘Calm Before The Storm’. Continuing to play off Kevin’s childhood aspirations to become a weatherman, Nike uses a grey and pink color to suggest a tranquil horizon before an impending storm. The KD7 Calm Before the Storm launches in limited quantities on Saturday, Aug. 16 at select retail locations and nike.com for $149.99. Matching Nike Elite Basketball Crew Socks sold separately.
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As the world of sneakers and high fashion continue to collide, Reebok Classic proceeds with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of their Instapump Fury. The latest release is a simple yet modern rendition by American fashion designer Steven Alan. “I had a pretty jazzy pair I used to wear and loved in high school. I wanted to tone it down to reinvent it for my life today.” The result is a unique black sneaker that explores various shades of the color and juxtaposes contrasting leather and neoprene textures. This elevates the designer’s vision of a great everyday sneaker and updates the model with the style and ease that is signature of Steven’s designs. Look for the Reebok Classic Instapump Fury by Steven Alan to launch globally on Saturday, August 16th at select retailers for €180/ $179.99.
Drawing inspiration from the earth tones and natural expanse of their home state of Colorado, the Akomplice crew delivers a clean, inventive collection for Fall ’14. Akomplice displays marked maturation and a continual refinement of their craft, which is evidenced by the intricacies of the fall drop. Joggers and fleece pullovers have been dyed to perfection, while hoodies, tees, and sweat-shorts bear the patterns and colors of Colorado landscapes. Akomplice has applied their cut & sew methods to the entire collection, the most sophisticated of which comes in the form of the Crisp Jacket. Sporting a warm flannel lining, branded buttons, leather toggles and a distinguished color blocked exterior suited for layering with the rest of the fall offering. The Crisp Jacket exemplifies the direction Akomplice is headed. Peruse the pictures of the complete cut & sew collection and look for it to drop at Akomplice retailers Worldwide and on the brand’s Webstore on August 17th at 1700 hours EST.
To honor this year’s World Basketball Festival, Nike has updated the iconic Air Force 1 with Lunarlon cushioning to reflect the game’s continual progression. To pay futher homage a basketball-textured leather covers this Lunar Force 1’s traditional upper, which rests above the white Lunarlon midsole and translucent outsole. Blue mesh lining, signature Swoosh branding, and WBF logos tie the design story together with subtly rich detailing. You don’t have to play to play your part. Celebrate the game you love with the sneaker you swear by. The WBF-inspired Lunar Force 1 drops Thursday, August 14 at select Nike Sportswear retailers worldwide for $125.
Vans may have been the very first footwear company to allow fans to create their own custom kicks from their very own imagination. While clean white uppers instantly acted as an artist’s canvas, Vans was also known for allowing fans to mail in their own fabrics to create unique personal sneakers with a three week turnaround. Decades later Vans Customs has grown into an online platform where fans can now use two of their favorite skate ready silhouettes, the Sk8-Hi and Chukka Low, who recently joined the Authentic, Authentic Lo Pro, Classic Slip-On, Era, Old Skool and 106 Vulcanized as a customizable palette. In conjunction with the footwear expansion, the Customs material options have also been updated with several new print, color, lace and eyelet options. New prints available include the Digi Lightning, Tribal Leaders, Chevron and Geometric graphics. Solid colors have been updated as well with Cyber Yellow, Blue Bell, Beetle and Rosebloom hues. Lace and eyelet options have grown with an upgraded selection of add-ons. Take a look at some of the possible creations after the jump and then head on over to vans.com/customs to create your own pair!
Nike Sportswear turned heads when they dropped the iridescent Super Bowl Air Trainer 1 Premium in February. Now almost half a year later they’re giving the ladies a chance to shine with the Nike Sportswear Women’s Nike Blazer Mid. Introduced a decade before the iconic Air Force 1, the Nike Blazer was also one of the first models to receive a women’s specific version. Look for the new Nike Sportswear Women’s Nike Blazer Mid to drop Saturday, August 16th complete with a white/ice outsole and metallic laces.
The latest offering from Vans takes an old school approach to their classic Authentic and Old Skool skate shoes for a six-piece footwear collection. Dubbed the Vintage pack, the range highlights two of Vans’ most iconic silhouettes in subtle tones and soft materials. Evergreen and Quarry hues color both the Authentic and Old Skool, with an additional set of Grape Wine and Shitake colorways dedicated to Vans’ original Sidestriped design. Suede uppers cover each pair as additional swatch detailing can be seen on the canvas tongue and leather Sidestripe overlays on the Old Skool. Antiqued midsoles finish the Vintage aesthetic as the classic Vans waffle outsoles tie the pack back to Vans’ heritage. The Vintage color-ups of the Authentic and Old Skool are available now at select Vans Classics retailers starting at $50.