Puma rolls out a Japanese exclusive with the Puma First Round Denim to essentially to tease the world outside of the island nation. With sharp lines and classic denim styling, the Puma First Round Denim features a tan leather tongue tag, copper lace eyelets and contrast stitching, just like a fresh pair of jeans. Choices matter so the Puma Denim First Round pack offers both a mid and low version of the sneakers, in either deep indigo or black premium denim. That’s if you can manage to grab a pair. Spotted @ Styles
Inspired by runner feedback, the Nike Flyknit running shoe is almost unnoticeable on your foot. Comprised of knitted yarn and other fabrics, the Flyknit snugly surrounds your feet, giving the running shoes a sock like feel. Built for speed, the new Nike Flyknit technology significantly reduces the weight of the running shoe, while simultaneously providing you with stability and support. The Nike HTM Flyknit Collection showcases the new sneaker through the collaborative efforts between Hiroshi Fujiwara, famed Nike designer Tinker Hatfield and Nike CEO Mark Parker. Variations of the Nike running shoe are the HTM Racer and the HTM Trainer+ $TBA
Frequent collaborators UNDFTD and Puma combine their skills once again to add more pages to the sneaker history books. A refresh of the Puma Clyde, the Puma x UNDFTD Collection Snakeskin Pack includes three colorways of the iconic sneaker. Each shoe in the pack is made from premium leather with the timeless Puma markings comprised of snakeskin. Available in navy, red or white, the Clyde sneaker in snakeskin is a showcase of what subtle enhancements can do refine a classic sneaker and keep it fresh. Undefeated | Puma
The classic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker gets a seasonal refresh, with the “Moto Leather Jacket”. Taking styling cues from the original and iconic Schott black leather jacket, this release fine tunes the workings of a successful, limited edition shoe previously crafted by the leather jacket makers, Schott NYC themselves. The sneaker features a genuine leather upper, metal zipper detail around the eyelets and palatable, geometric stitching to accent the leather jacket inspiration. You can get these Converse All Stars now as either a high-top or as a low. However, brown leather gets only the low option, while the black leather gets both. Order them at the Converse online store.
Spring means new things; new trees, new loves and of most importance to some, new kicks. Vans OTW will be releasing an updated Ludlow in the spring which captures the classic silhouette that Vans Ludlow is famous for, yet subtly refines the sneaker through the combination and use of premium materials. The Vans OTW Ludlow will be available to you in a black premium waxed canvas or a pairing of canvas and full grain leather. Spring also marks the Vans OTW debut of the Ludlow Decon, a variation of the Vans sneaker with minimalist construction.
New Year, new shoes, we often post kicks for looks and not function, but today we take a different approach and highlight some shoes purely from the perspective of function. In the end however, by using these kicks as intended you will look good when you wear them and when you take them off.
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First up and fresh is the New Balance 860. The 860 is an update of a previously successful New Balance stability trainer of the same name. Premium padding, mesh upper, support and advanced heel cushioning technology along with added features for shock absorption should serve well for overall use on the varied amount of terrain you come across while getting your run on.
Reebok has jumped into the real running, barefoot running movement with a competitor to the popular Nike Free Run, their own Reebok RealFlex. Taking an approach different from Nike when it comes to “barefoot running”, Reebok emphasizes foot strike and protection. With a low-profile construction and 76 individual pads on the sole of the sneaker to provide protection and a more accurate response, Reebok claims to have perfected natural movement. Reebok RealFlex
With more than half of the past decade dedicated to bringing this shoe to your feet, 7 years to be exact, the Mizuno Wave Prophecy hopes to establish a new standard in running shoes. Utilizing an updated version of the Mizuno Infinity Wave Plate, a midsole replacement that responds to pronation while running, the Wave Prophecy is bucking in the face of Nike silhouettes and shoes with lower profiles. You should expect this latest Mizuno runner to appear on the heels your chasing May 7th, a day after its release.
The Nike Free Run + 2 running silhouette is the technologically advanced follow up to the wildly popular, Nike Free Run+. The innovative sneaker expands on existing Nike Free technology and carefully mimics the intricate structure of your foot, giving you the support you need, while at the same time providing you with a wide range of movement so your foot can move more naturally while in motion.
Pictured is a Nike Free Run+ 2 silhouette in a sick Green Apple colorway. You can find Nike Free Runs in more colors over @ nicekicks. However, if you want to personalize a pair, make your own over at NikeID.
While the Spring/Summer Adidas SLVR Collection of 2011 looks to deliver a fresh twist on New England prep classics, the Adidas S-M-L Concept bolts in the opposite direction, showcasing everything but what we consider New England prep style. With a futuristic, yet-tribal looking profile, the Adidas S-M-L has a 4-way stretch mesh upper that fits comfortably around the natural lines of your foot. Minimalist in approach, but extraordinary in design, the Adidas SLVR S-M-L Concept almost eliminates the need to ask for different size shoes to try on when shopping in store and should reduce the amount of kicks you return when you buy online. Consider the Adidas S-M-L Concept Future Prep.