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A Closer Look at the Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Virgil Abloh is one of the most copied men in fashion and sneakers. The latter, of course, stems from his collaborative collection with Nike, “The Ten,” which sent shock waves through the community in 2017. The final sneaker from that offering to release, Abloh’s Off White x Converse Chuck Taylor, take on an entire life of its own outside of the Nike releases. That trend continues with its successor.

Teased first by Complex and subsequently today by @pyrates, leaked product images showcase the classic Chuck 70 design joined by Abloh’s signature factory-esque branding with imposing black and white midsole stripes. An orange zip-tie matches the shoe’s gleaming outsole, giving way to a potential Halloween theme matching that of the Chicago native’s impending Nike Blazer collaboration.

Off White x Converse Chuck 70
Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Although widely thought to release on Monday, October 8, neither party has confirmed details for the Off White x Converse Chuck 70. Stay tuned for additional info.

Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Off White x Converse Chuck 70
Off White x Converse Chuck 70


Dragon Ball Z x adidas Yung 1 // Closer Look

It has been quite some time since we first heard about the collaboration between adidas Originals and Dragon Ball Z. Being one of the biggest collaboration for adidas this year, this collection will feature several Three Stripe sneakers. The newly released but old school-inspired adidas Yung 1 is one of them.

Recently, Py_Rates on Twitter shared a group of official images of the Dragon Ball Z x adidas Yung 1.

Let us know what you think on social and keep it locked for official release details.


Bodega x adidas Consortium Collection // Closer Look

Bodega and adidas are set to revamp some classics in their collection that is set to release later this month. The collection pays homage to the terrace scene along with adidas’ undeniable influence in fútbol across the Atlantic Ocean.

The collection in collaboration with Boston-based Bodega brings some swagger to both the adidas Kamanda and the adidas Sobakov. The lifestyle shoes are adidas’ newest push in bringing some nostalgic flavor to the streets.

Take a look at the official Bodega x adidas Consortium video below highlighting the beautiful sport of football through the Kamandas and Sobakovs.

Bodega x Adidas Consortium 2018 from Bodega on Vimeo.


UNDERCOVER x Nike Element React 87 // Closer Look

photos // Rob Mata

After taking the two spot in our 25 Best Releases of the Year So Far List, the UNDERCOVER x Nike Element React 87 sees the upcoming collaborative debut of the React model on the rise.

Shown in white, this rendition relies on the same translucent tooling as the inline pairs with the energy return foam finding footing in the midsole. White laces peppered with 3m hits add flash, while a taupe Swoosh and red piping offer an aesthetic that’s as mature and rustic as it is sporty.

Check out a preview of this pair currently housed by @lacenpace in the photos below.


PUMA RS-0 “Play” Pack // Closer Look

With the reboot of its vintage running shoe, PUMA releases the latest iteration of its RS-0 line with the “Play” pack — a continuation of its exploration into cultural genres.

Inspired by the video game culture of the ’80s, the German footwear imprint, for styling versatility, utilizes translucent padded inserts and a tri-color outsole, while creating contrast with a subtly painted upper — coming in black, grey, pink and white. These motifs serve a referential purpose, as they connect to the fanfare and joy created by the retro consoles, controllers and notable characters that enchanted many enthusiasts. Final touches, like an embossed Formstrip and RS-logo on the tongue and outsole complete the offering.

Retailing at $ 100 USD, shop the collection at select retailers and PUMA’s website.


Nike Air Max 98 AOP “Tiger Camo” // Closer Look

Nike’s Air Max technology will forever be remembered as an iconic innovative breakthrough in the world of sneakers. As Nike continues to build and expand upon its empire, the Swoosh brand continues to shine a light on one of its original Air Max silhouettes.

The Nike Air Max 98 AOP “Tiger Camo” is an eye-catching sneaker, to say the least. With the contrast of the Swoosh colors, this sneaker is definitely worth having a closer look at.

Feast your eyes on the beast below retailing at $ 160 USD and be sure to get yours at Overkill.

Nike “Tiger Camo” Air Max 98 AOP

Nike “Tiger Camo” Air Max 98 AOP

Nike “Tiger Camo” Air Max 98 AOP


A Closer Look at the Off-White x Converse Chuck 70

words by @mrsteriyaki images by @mymategym

In a short time following the Off-White x Converse Chuck 70 releasing, images of another all-white colourway surfaced online.

So I thought, for the folks that missed out on getting the first pair in hand and are waiting for the next to drop, let’s take a closer look at “The Ten” latecomer.

I’d had it in my mind to rock these with shorts and high white socks; shout out LA, so I wasted no time between purchasing and getting these on foot. The sun doesn’t come around too often this side of the pond.

The lateral and medial sides of the shoe are 80% transparent, meaning your socks set the vibe and tell most of the story when you wear them. Those panels are made from a very thin, completely breathable, plastic netting I want to say. It’s the same material used on some of the other models from “The Ten” but without any of the reinforcement of the foam. It’s actually quite an impressive component of the shoe, as I know some people were concerned about condensation forming due to all the rubber and plastic.

In true Converse style, this iteration by Virgil is quite rigid and comfort is not its strong point. But that being said, it’s frozen-like state is an aspect that I really enjoy – it keeps the outline clean and doesn’t lose its high top shape. To me, the One Star brand has always built shoes we can enjoy by wearing them into the ground, and I’m not approaching this one any different.

It’s rumoured that the delay of this release from the original “Ten” was due to manufacturing issues and questions around the durability of the plastic netting material discussed earlier. Whether any of that is true or not, I think the Converse Chuck 70 deserved its own separate release from “The Ten” we saw late last year. Although acquired by the Swoosh 15 years ago, I think the Converse works well outside its predecessor’s collection. It definitely acts as an effective catalyst for the future of Off-White x Nike releases.

To illustrate my intentions and the shoe’s capabilities, I had a slightly wild idea for a video review. Enjoy below and please leave a thought or two in the comments.



John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon // Closer Look

Calling an audible but perhaps not unexpected, King James is elevating and revamping his retro line before it truly takes form via the John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon.

Donning DNA from the LeBron 8, said to be Elliot’s favorite LeBron model, a closer look at the White/Black colorway sheds new light on the construction.

Top to bottom, the shoe features a leather tongue with inverted branding. From there, a myriad of overlays make the model more interesting but perhaps cause confusion — not necessarily in a bad way, though. A fused upper results in a rounded but still sharp shape, set off the most by sewn overlays on the heel and toe box. Lastly, a full-length Air Max unit and translucent outsole cap off the kicks.

See them on the feet of Nike Basketball’s Tim Day below. To see how LeBron rocked his new shoe, click here. To see how John Elliott wore them, click here.


A Closer Look at the Under Armour HOVR™ Phantom

An animated closer look — by Maxim Zhestkov – at the HOVR™ Phantom delves into the build of the dynamic runner. Conceptualizing the sneaker as a nexus of functionality and technology, Under Armour touts it’s the “perfect combination of cushioning, energy return and longevity.”

Within the sole, which is built from durable rubber with optimized traction and flex, lies the key features of the footwear. The wearer’s stride is aided by Under Armour’s proprietary HOVR™ system built from a soft durometer foam and wrapped in an energy web — providing responsiveness and increased kinetic return. An embedded sensor completes the tech setup to provide connectivity to the MapMyRun app. Contrasting the utility of its lower-half, the upper features a blend of materials that serve to secure and support the foot. Knit — on the toe and ankle collar — and the perforated chamois secure the foot while Speedform 2.0 promotes medial and lateral comfort.

Watch the featurette on the sneaker’s latest black colorway below and head over to UA’s website to purchase the latest HOVR Phantom on March 16.


Xbox One X x Under Armour Curry 4 “More Power” VIP Kit // Closer Look

Working together, Under Armour and Microsoft have teamed up to uniquely celebrate the release of the Curry 4 and Xbox One X, which are both dropping on the same date. By combining forces, the two companies have created the Xbox One X x Under Armour Curry 4 “More Power” VIP Kit, which includes a matte black version of the gaming system and the Warriors superstar’s signature shoe.

This VIP iteration of the Curry 4 was customized by noted sneaker artist Mache Custom Kicks and features a matte black colorway that is accented by a metallic green circuitry design. UA and Curry branding as well as Xbox’s logo is prominently featured on the side. A complimentary colored white outsole completes the look of this special edition of Curry’s signature shoe.

Besides for the Curry 4, the VIP kit includes a similar themed Xbox One X console, a Xbox-themed suitcase and a host of other accessories like Xbox Staance socks. And while this all sounds amazing, the VIP kit was only given out to a small number of select recipients and unfortunately won’t be sold to the public.


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