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Pharrell Debuts New adidas Crazy BYW X Colorway in China

While in China to debut exclusive iterations of his NMD Hu collection, Pharrell Williams did us one better: he offered a first look at an all-new Crazy BYW X that might be even more intriguing that anything dropping exclusively in the Greater China area.

Although the gold trimmed NMD Hu collection was certainly nothing to throw shade at, Williams’ global message and avant-garde aesthetic is much better felt through this newly vindicated adidas Crazy BYW X. Exploring a barrage of hues that best express Pharrell’s vibrant personality, the words Gratitude and Equality are written across each shoe while Boost You Wear pods uphold that righteous silhouette.

Release details for this budding Pharrell x adidas collaboration are currently unknown. Stay tuned for more.

Pharrell x adidas Crazy BYW X
Pharrell x adidas Crazy BYW X

Pharrell x adidas Crazy BYW X

Pharrell x adidas Crazy BYW X
Pharrell x adidas Crazy BYW X

Source: upscale hype

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The Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” Highlights Drake’s Signature at the Tongue

Although release details for the Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” remain somewhat of a mystery, what does appear to be clear is that this northern-inspired iteration of the 1989 produced silhouette is indeed affiliated with Drake.

By now everyone is painfully aware of the rumors surrounding his impending move to adidas. Drake continues to  add fuel to the fire by wearing adidas almost exclusively over the last few months. But before anything official takes place (or doesn’t), there’s still Jordan Brand business at hand. The “Raptors” 4’s represent said business. Sort of.

In lieu of traditional Flight script below the Jumpman logo, Drizzy’s signature is prominently placed on the tongue acting as conclusive evidence that this release was intended for the Toronto son. Yet given the uncertainly of his future with the company, it’s likely the rollout for this shoe will be pretty quiet from a Jordan Brand standpoint. So, in whatever capacity he’s affiliated with this release, it appears to be his final Jordan Brand release.

Stay tuned for more details on the Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” and peep OVO’s Clark Wallabee collaboration here.

Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”

Colorway: Black/University Red/Court Purple
Style #: AQ3816-056
Price: $ 190

Air Jordan 4 "Raptors"
Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”
Air Jordan 4 "Raptors"
Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”
Air Jordan 4 "Raptors"
Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”
Air Jordan 4 "Raptors"
Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”
Air Jordan 4 "Raptors"
Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”
Air Jordan 4 "Raptors"
Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”
Air Jordan 4 "Raptors"
Air Jordan 4 “Raptors”

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Highsnobiety x Mizuno Wave Rider Phoenix Drops Soon

Rebirthed, no “Hot Revolver,” the Highsnobiety x Mizuno Wave Rider Phoenix celebrates the 20th-anniversary runner that saved the Japanese brand in the said category.

First seen in 1998, the performance model is revived in modern fashion thanks to military nylon mesh, nubuck, suede, and full grain leather. The model’s Wave technology will propel your movement while the HS styling will propel your waviness.

Look for pairs to drop on April 28th at the Highsnobiety online store as well as in-store at mita sneakers and Beams. On May 12th, select shops with also release this collab.

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Bodega x New Balance NB1 998 “Mass Transit” Lands This Weekend

Bodega and New Balance are back at their old tricks with a budding NB1 998 collaboration set to release this weekend.

Centered around the mass transit system in Boston, the rainbow-hued silhouette takes color inspiration from the shades that represent the train lines that operate the city beneath its surface. Largely produced in suede, lush blue, red, orange and green all surround a balancing white midsection. Cushioning is at its peak thanks to Abzorb tooling with a grey outer below.

The Bodega x New Balance NB1 998″ Mass Transit” will release exclusively at Bodega Boston and LA on April 27. Remaining pairs will drop online on May 2.

Bodega x New Balance NB1 998 "Mass Transit"
Bodega x New Balance NB1 998 “Mass Transit”
Bodega x New Balance NB1 998 "Mass Transit"
Bodega x New Balance NB1 998 “Mass Transit”
Bodega x New Balance NB1 998 "Mass Transit"
Bodega x New Balance NB1 998 “Mass Transit”

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Palace & adidas Pop Up at the Pool

Palace and adidas have linked up once again for their annual spring basics, consisting of slides, towels, shorts and an assortment of tees.

These particular slides appear in three iterations, featuring grey, white, and black offerings. Each style features a trio-tonal stripe design, while a tonal all-over Palace logo colors the rest of the upper strap. Now the hardest part is figuring which pair matches your poolside essentials.

The Palace x adidas Originals Collection is expected to release April 27 at Palace locations and online.

Palace x adidas Originals Collection

Release Date: April 27, 2018

Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection
Palace x adidas Originals Collection

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Vans Custom Culture Returns with Big Prize

Supporting the youth, Vans Custom Culture is back and they’ve just announced their list of semi-finalists.

50 schools in all, the winner will take home $ 75,000 for their school’s art program. Voting is live now until May 4th with your chance to vote here.

Created in an effort to fight against budget cuts across the country pulling cash from the arts, this contest that has been running for years sees one school scoring the top prize while four runner-ups bring in $ 10,000 each.

Check out some of the applicants below.

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Nike Air Max 90/1 “University Red” Releasing Soon

Hybrid sneakers aren’t exactly a science. Sometimes they work and other times they don’t. Nike, for the better part of the last two years, has grown extremely proficient at melding iconic styles together to evoke newness. They’ve come to understand what sneakers to join and how exactly to pair them together.

The Nike Air Max 90/1 is about as subtle a hybrid as you’ll see. Not nearly as overt as, say, the Air VaporMax Plus, this matrimony pits an Air Max 1 upper above Air Max 90 tooling with relative ease. There’s very little that feels contrived here; someone partial to either shoe could still appreciate this one as they feel right at home in traditional mesh and suede fabrication alongside OG blocking.

Initial reports pinned the Nike Air Max 90/1 “University Red” for a fall 2018 release. However, it appears the shoe may drop before climate returns to a chill. Stay tuned for more on this impending release.

Nike Air Max 90/1

Colorway: White/University Red/Neutral Grey-Black

Nike Air Max 90/1 "University Red"
Nike Air Max 90/1 “University Red”
Nike Air Max 90/1 "University Red"
Nike Air Max 90/1 “University Red”
Nike Air Max 90/1 "University Red"
Nike Air Max 90/1 “University Red”
Nike Air Max 90/1 "University Red"
Nike Air Max 90/1 “University Red”
Nike Air Max 90/1 "University Red"
Nike Air Max 90/1 “University Red”

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Comparing The Adidas KB8 3’s Influence On Kanye’s Yeezy 500

words & images // Nick DePaula:

When most people think back to Kobe Bryant’s early era with Adidas, it’s the original KB8 — since re-dubbed the “Crazy 8” — and The Kobe — often dubbed the “Toasters” — that quickly come to mind.

As the brand has re-released several of the earliest sneakers that he wore with The Three Stripes, one more obscure model that’s always been oft forgotten since it first released during the 1999-2000 series was his third KB8 model.

Launched just as the Lakers were switching up their classic jersey style for a modernized take fit for a new millennium, as the story goes, Kobe was also looking for a design shift from his footwear.

He was over the podular flow of the Feet You Wear line, and looking for a more sleekened and streamlined aesthetic for his series. He only wore the KB8 3 in a trio of colorways, before soon switching to the Forum 2000, a simplified update to the brand’s 80s classic.

To appease Bryant, Adidas soon tapped Audi and co-designed a short-lived line of auto-inspired The Kobe silhouettes to kick off the 2000s, before he abruptly left the brand just after the 2002 season.

While the KB8 3 — often also referred to as the EQT Responsive — has barely even registered a mention in recent time, that all changed this year. As Kanye West’s namesake line looked to launch a new batch of bulky and heavily paneled pairs, the new Yeezy 500 silhouette actually draws some of its most defining parts directly from the Bryant shoe.

Since I’ve long loved the Feet You Wear era and its funky design language, it was a welcome surprise to see the always-frenzied Yeezy series celebrate some of the line’s best quirks. I actually still have pretty much every sneaker from my high school and college days, and was able to uncover my original pair of the KB8 3. They were worn during my sophomore year of High School for JV hoops, and have been aging ever since.

Apparent below in a detailed side-by-side comparison, the Yeezy’s midsole design is only slightly altered in certain zones, with thicker rounded edges through the forefoot pods, a rubber midfoot arch shank in place of the KB8’s full-length support plate, and an added rubberized panel just above the pods.

The most noticeable difference can be found when looking down at each shoe, as the Yeezy’s pods are more pronounced in general, none more than the inner heel pod that now houses an Adidas logo in place of the Feet You Wear “Freddy” icon. It goes without saying, but the upper designs are entirely unrelated, with the Yeezy 500 opting for a more busy overlay-driven look that combines mesh, nappy suede and leather insets, while the KB8 3 offered up a simple court-block driven design.

Check out an original size 14 pair of the Adidas KB8 3 alongside a current size 13 pair of the Adidas Yeezy 500, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter. If you’re after even more knowledge and history from Adidas’ much loved Feet You Wear era, you simply must check out our comprehensive FYW overview.

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Newly Tooled adidas Yeezy 700 in “Utility Black” Has Emerged

Less than 24 hours after Kanye West revealed new iterations of the Yeezy Boost 350 v2, Yeezy 500 and the upcoming Yeezy basketball shoe, the often unseen, newly re-tooled Yeezy 700 appears in a “Utility Black” colorway.

With a varying midsole that tracks wider than the original, the sloped upper of this 700 is slightly more slanted as opposed to the retail debut. A combination of suede and leather fabrication adorn the modern-day “dad shoe” which comes retro-fitted in a weathered aesthetic.

Kanye West has been on a tear lately and it’s poised to be another huge year for brand Yeezy. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming adidas Yeezy 700 “Utility Black” release.

adidas Yeezy 700 "Utility Black"
adidas Yeezy 700 “Utility Black”
adidas Yeezy 700 "Utility Black"
adidas Yeezy 700 “Utility Black”
adidas Yeezy 700 "Utility Black"
adidas Yeezy 700 “Utility Black”

Source: Yeezy Supply

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Air Jordan 1 “Yellow Orche” Honors MJ’s Five MVP Awards

The fourth and final Air Jordan 1 that helps encapsulate the “Best Hand in the Game” pack is the Air Jordan 1 “Yellow Orche” edition. This colorway is representative of Jordan’s five MVP seasons.

Combining supple yellow suede with Air Jordan 1 Black Toe blocking, white paneling and toe construction close the look of this stellar May 5 release. Grab a closer look at the “Yellow Orche” below and stay tuned for further release details.

Air Jordan 1 “Yellow Orche”

Release Date” May 5, 2018

Air Jordan 1 "Yellow Orche"
Air Jordan 1 “Yellow Orche”
Air Jordan 1 "Yellow Orche"
Air Jordan 1 “Yellow Orche”
Air Jordan 1 "Yellow Orche"
Air Jordan 1 “Yellow Orche”
Air Jordan 1 "Yellow Orche"
Air Jordan 1 “Yellow Orche”

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