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Martine Rose for CAT Footwear Autumn 2011


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We’re loving these new boots from Martine Rose for CAT Footwear’s Autumn 2011 collection. A great take on the ubiquitous workwear tend, these boots deftly combine leather, canvas, and wool in a way that’s as masculine as it is elegant.

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Interview // Designer Kim Jones Discusses New NikeLab “Packable Sport Style” Footwear & Apparel Collection

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For designer Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton’s current Artistic Director of Men’s Ready-To-Wear fashion, the opportunity to partner with Nike and layer in his lens atop several new silhouettes made to be worn on the move, has simply been “a real honor.” The designer boasts a sneaker collection of more than 500 pairs, and can often be seen wearing everything from classic Air Jordan 1s to iconic running silhouettes like the Air Max 1 and Air Huarache.

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Designer Kim Jones

While Jones himself is London-born, his nomadic childhood was spent living all throughout Africa and the Caribbean, helping to inform his sense of style and design at an early age.

It’s that collection of global insights from around the world, coupled with a degree from the esteemed Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and his tenure in the fashion world that has helped to frame his creative approach to designing some of the industry’s most leading footwear and apparel collections. He’s often credited with bringing street style to the runway, blending more athletic and streetwear looks with high fashion.

NikeLab recently sat down with Jones to dive into the intent and inspirations behind each piece from his new “Packable Sport Style” collection, featuring boldly blocked windrunner jackets and a new take on the Air Zoom LWP running shoe.

Originally released in 1995 some two decades ago, the initial Air Zoom LWP silhouette (seen below) helped to usher in an era of Zoom Air. It introduced the responsive cushioning to the running world, while the Air Go LWP debuted Zoom in basketball. Then publicly dubbed the much less sexy “Tensile Air,” the tech was re-branded a year later (thankfully) to the sharper and swifter Zoom Air moniker.

The new NikeLab take on the Air Zoom LWP features a fused and modernized upper, with a precision sculpted midsole and visible cutaways through the outsole to showcase the Zoom Air unit housed within.

Read ahead for a full look at the upcoming men’s and women’s NikeLab x Kim Jones Packable Sport Style collection, along with several insights into the worldly view and travels that have helped to shape Jones’ outlook.

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The original Air Zoom LWP, released in 1995

What are your earliest memories of Nike?
Kim Jones: Being obsessed with having to have a pair of Nikes when I was about 13, or maybe even 12, and just nagging my parents to buy them for me. I saw them and immediately wanted them.

Do you remember the early styles that you were into?
Silver Nike Vandals.

Did your original interest in sneakers come from a street-cultural standpoint or a sport standpoint?
I was cycling a lot when I was a kid so that was a lot of it. I had them for sports and they looked cool as well. Also I was a straight-edger for a while and we were all obsessed with Jordans. Everyone would go to buy their Jordan Vs. We were super excited about it and would fight over every color, because we didn’t want to have the same ones. It was typical teenage guys being obsessed. I had a group of friends who I used to hang out with all the time and we all had the same size feet, which was quite useful, so we’d all just swap stuff over.

Do you have any of them in your archives now?
I have about 500 or 600 pairs of sneakers in my archives, probably. I’ve got them in my house in London and just lots and lots of cupboards in Paris. I’ve got lots of Jordans and tons of pairs of Huaraches. When they first came out, I bought them in bulk because I loved them so much.

What is it about sneakers in particular that interests you?
Now I’m interested in them because of the technology that goes into them and how they are developing so quickly and becoming really proper, serious product design. The technology side of it is the thing I really, really like — how it leads the fashion side and that becomes a lifestyle.

What else is interesting you right now?
Well, I always look at culture (more than fashion) as a reference — and travel, which is the key thing. I love going to South Africa. I really enjoy the energy down there — also in Tokyo, New York and LA, but I like to look in different places, too. Last summer I went to Southeast Asia, which was really interesting.

1200 Nike_Apparel_FA16_LOOK_7_0439Since your graduate collection [at Saint Martins], your aesthetic has most often been described as infusing street style into high fashion. Do you agree with this assessment? Is there anything you would add?
I think that is the way everything is moving forward; I was just one of the first people to do it. There was an article written today looking back on my first collection and it made me think about how far I’ve come from — it’s kind of scary. It’s been 15 years and it has gone so quickly and I’ve done so many things in that time. I refine what I do more and more.

Why are streetwear and sportswear important these days?
Because they are real. They’re in everyone’s life and filtered into everything.

You already work in the sportswear space a lot. How is the collaboration with Nike different?
I’ve always wanted to work with Nike and when they approached me it was the perfect time. I wanted to use Nike technology so we found something old and made it into something that was very new. I didn’t want the collection to look retro. I wanted it to be modern and to speak to youth today.

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Speaking of youth, the color palette of the collection is a mix of club-kid neons and neutrals. How did you arrive at that combination?
All the colorways come from old Air Maxes — there’s an Air Max 95 colorway and one from a classic, original Air Max, then we added another color palette that was looking at the future. It was about taking the DNA of what Nike stuff is all about and mixing it together, taking elements of all the different things I liked and putting it together.

A number of the garments in the collection are transformative, meaning the wearer can use them in multiple scenarios. Was this a design focus?
It’s about a utilitarian approach to design and function to give the customer something they can use in different ways. That’s what I was thinking about — how to make it useful to the wearer.

550 kim-jones-nike-zoom-lwp-02_o981ocWhat are some details that contributed to this design approach?
It was looking at making things out of the least amount of seams so they could be lighter and smaller — really looking at the authenticity of what Nike does the best and taking the key elements and using the technology to create these products. The Windrunner is [made from] just one piece of fabric, so looking at how that would be cut and how that would be graded were the most challenging details.

How did the jacquard print on the knit tops come about?
It was actually about looking at the form of the body and Flyknit [upper] patterns when they are flat, which are really beautiful. Then, making them big and seeing how it looks in a garment. It was a great way to do a t-shirt.

The NikeLab Air Zoom LWP x Kim Jones marries inspiration from an original Zoom 95 upper with Air Max 1 last. Why did you select these particular silhouettes?
I like the fact that it has come from an old shoe but has become a completely new shoe. It took quite a few go-s to get it right. At first it was too chunky and then it was too skinny. I was thinking about a shoe that I would really like to wear and be proud of. To have a Nike sneaker is an amazing thing. It’s a real honor.

British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the NikeLab x Kim Jones Packable Windrunner

British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the NikeLab x Kim Jones Packable Windrunner

Are there any other sneakers from the Nike archives that you’d like to reimagine?
There are a few, actually… a Footscape would be interesting to work with, or just taking a few of my favorites and doing that mix-and-match and cut-and-paste to get to something new. So you are taking something that was at the forefront at its time, then bringing it back in a different way so it’s at the forefront of now, because the technology has changed so much and everything is so light and comfortable.

People wear sneakers all the time now, so comfort and practicality are the key things. That thing of “time is luxury” is also important to think about. If products can make things easier for you and more simple, that’s important in life — as well as aesthetics, obviously.

That brings us back to the overarching theme of the collection “packables,” and your love of travel. Why is travel valuable to you?
I love to find new things, do new stuff, see new places… I want to see the whole world before I die. Nature is a big part of my interests. You have to go a long way to find things now, but if you don’t go there you don’t know what you’re going to see.

It’s fine to look on the Internet or in a book, but I like to see, touch, look at things and be inspired by culture, wildlife, people… I’m quite sensory in that way. I do a bit of initial research on the Internet to see where I want to go, but you don’t know what you’re going to find on the corner when you get there. That’s the most exciting thing.

So what are the top five places you’ve visited?
Easter Island, Mongolia, tons of different countries in Africa — maybe Ethiopia, the Maldives, because it’s amazing. I love Siem Reap in Cambodia. I love India — Rajasthan, particularly… London, because it’s my hometown, tons of South America — the Galapagos Islands… Patagonia is amazing. Bhutan was really incredible.

To marry your love of travel with your interest in street culture and sportswear: Where do you see strong street fashion these days?
Tokyo for one, and I like LA at the moment. I like Sao Paolo. I haven’t been to Australia for a while, but the last time I went I thought it was really interesting and New Zealand, because there are a lot of homegrown designers who are experimenting with things.

 

The Kim Jones “Packable Sport Style” collection of footwear and apparel for both Men and Women will be available at NikeLab.com and select NikeLab accounts on July 23rd. 

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NikeLab x Kim Jones Packable Windrunner assortment //

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Kanye West’s YEEZY Season 2 Spring/Summer 2016 Apparel Collection Delayed, Footwear Drops on Schedule in June

Yesterday, in an official statement from brand president, Pete Fox, is was announced that Kanye West’s YEEZY Season 2 would not release in line with traditional fashion calendars for spring/summer 2016.

According to Fox’s statement, which was sent to select YEEZY retailers, this move works in conjunction with a transition to a season-less model. Thus, YEEZY Season 2 will not be produced in its entirely. Instead, select capsules will release throughout the year. A calendar for those releases was not specified.

Aside from the non-traditional move towards a season-less stream of releases, the delay will apparently aid in better quality products and to the embrace of many, a reduction in retail cost.

Where YEEZY Season 2 footwear is concerned, though, Fox reports everything remains on schedule for a global release on June 6. Additionally, Season 3 is said to not be affected by any of the changes with the Season 2 rollout.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story with YEEZY Season 2.

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Huf Footwear Fall 2011


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HUF Footwear has finally released the first portion of it’s Fall 2011 footwear collection. This delivery includes the HUF Black Pack, consisting of the Hupper, Choice, and Genuine. Also included is the Morton, Southern, Milwaukee, Genuine, Huf 1, and Hufnagel Pro. Available now through HUF’s online shop.

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Fred Perry ‘The Great British Outdoors Rambling’ Footwear & Bags


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Fred Perry’s recent collections have been a blending of their classic prep influence with a more rugged, outdoorsy element. Their latest release, the ‘Great British Outdoors Rambling’ collection, features a series of 2 sneakers & 2 rucksacks. Personally, we prefer the olive plimsoll over the blue simply because of the laurel wreath brand location. As for the bags, both really are quite nicely done. All pieces are available now at Fred Perry Online.

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Henri Lloyd – Fall/Winter 2011 Footwear Collection


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Henri Lloyd is unveiling their Fall/Winter 2011 collection. These shoes are a step up from your everyday footwear, offering functionality and style for the upcoming winter months. Many of the models are handcrafted for a superior design while adding a rubber sole able to withstand wet and slipper conditions.

The theme for this lineup is a hybrid ensemble, for the customer that doesn’t want to give up their sense of fashion even in slushy conditions.

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Carhartt x Black Diamond 2012 Spring Footwear Collection


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Branching into new territory, Carhartt will be offering an extensive lineup of footwear in collaboration with Black Diamond. Providing a solid collection of styles while maintaining the brand’s signature philosophy. Featuring waterproof shoes with heel guards, OrthoLite technology and Carhartt direct welt construction. This warm, sturdy boot comes in multiple colourways with bold designs catering to every ones tastes.

Available next year at Carhartt retail accounts and online via Carhartt.com

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The Weeknd & Alexander Wang Have a Footwear Collab on the Way

Months ago, Alexander Wang made noise with a star studded campaign featuring the likes of Kanye West, A$ AP Rocky and many more. While all artists in the spread saw their shine, it appears only one will have the pleasure of collaborating with Wang on an official release.

Riding high off the success of his sophomore album and current tour with Travi$ Scott, The Weeknd is teaming up with the New York designer for a capsule collection of footwear. A previewed pair on the feet of Abel himself sees a black and white color palette that plays well with both creative’s aesthetic. High cut and slim in silo, this pair plays the middle ground between sneaker and boot, looking to leather and lace up construction.

While just how many styles and color codes will be launching is unknown at this moment, but get our first look at The Weeknd x Alexander Wang collabo in the photos below.

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In The Field // Footwear at Fun Fun Fun Fest

This past weekend, Austin’s own Fun Fun Fun Fest celebrated its tenth anniversary with a three-day rager than included performances by the likes of Rae Sremmurd, ScHoolboy Q and Ms. Lauryn Hill. As those that pay attention to clothes know, a music festival is a better place to catch a homemade headdress than Flight Club fodder on the feet. Nonetheless, some good surprises and some noticeable trends were apparent.

Most Seen Shoe // Vans Sk8-Hi

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If Fun Fun Fun Fest had an official shoe it’d be the Vans Sk8-Hi. With the festival having deep roots in punk, metal and skate, the shoe captures the aesthetic and sound of much of the scene. Add in the fact that they’re accessible and look good with just about anything (specifically skinny black jeans) and you have more than a trend but rather a staple. Whether it be guys or gals, the Sk8-Hi was everywhere, rain or shine.

Most Practical Heat // Air Jordan 1 High

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Arguably the hoops to hip hop equivalent of the Sk8-Hi, the Air Jordan 1 High was seen but in much lesser numbers. The shoe has been the toast of fashion circles for the last four years or so, but definitely gets more traction on the street or runway than that of festival fields. Still, a classic look and leather build make the black-based colorway a safe but standout wear at a music festival. Cushioning is a bit of lost cause on these kicks (might be worth throwing in an extra insole if you’re gonna be on your feet all day), but all things considered these look good beat up and clean relatively easy.

Surprise Gem // Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Gym Green”

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The outdoor elements mixed with big crowds make music festivals an unlikely spot to break out or wear sneaker heat. Fortunately at Fun Fun Fun Fest, a sunny Sunday made for some surprise heat. The gem of gems was ironically the “Gym Green” Nike Air Foamposite Pro. Foams are actually a fairly safe play for festivals, especially the ones with cooler weather. They’re just about indestructible, close to waterproof and pack Zoom Air for light cushioning. I actually broke out my Silver/Black Pros from ’05 for a drizzly Friday and was comfortable and dry all evening. Aside from a pair of “Blackout” Penny 4s we didn’t capture on camera, the other surprise heat was a pair of ’01 “True Blue” Air Jordan 3s.

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Highest Risk-Reward Trend // Retro Runners

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If you’re going to be on your feet all day, it doesn’t make much more sense than a pair of runners. Light, comfy and low profile, they’re the smart wear. Unless you’re on the athleisure movement though, it’s typically unlikely to catch a pair of modern Air Maxes or adidas Boosts out and about. Thus, retro runners get traction.

We were pleased to see our Nice Kicks x New Balance 1500 collaboration get the call and also spotted some sick all-pink Air Max 90s. While retro runners balance the fashion and function conundrum rather well, they’re a bit of a risk regarding the elements. Standard use of nubuck, suede, mesh and heavy contrast stitching is a tough clean on both a rainy or dusty day. Nevertheless, retro runners were out in some abundance and we weren’t mad at that.

Crossover Classic // Nike Alpha Shark Cleats

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Last but not least, one of the most profound but practical sneakers spotted wasn’t even a sneaker, but rather a pair of cleats. For an event like Fun Fun Fun Festival that defies genres and merges a variety of artists and interests, it was fitting for a crossover play to steal the show. Built for the field, these were a surprise that made a lot of sense.

Check back Thursday to see what the performers wore on stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest in the latest Celebrity Sneaker Stalker.

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The Hundreds Spring 2012 Footwear Lookbook


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Touching base on what most of us will be doing for the coming warmer months, The Hundreds has honed in on camping as the backdrop to present their Spring 2012 Footwear collection. Featuring a variety of cuts that should appeal to a very large number of shoe enthusiasts, The Johnson Low, Johnson Mid, Valenzuela Low, Riley High and Scully feature new colorways with comfort and style in mind. The sole of the shoes were created with vulcanized construction and high quality performance molded PU insoles with the new TH footwear logo on the heel. These kicks are wow available for purchase through The Hundreds stores, online shop and stockists.

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