For the 30th anniversary of Nike’s iconic ‘Air Force 1′ model, the storied athletic brand has taken a look to the future of the iconic silhouette. The flagship of this year’s celebration is the Lunar Force 1, a shoe that takes the classic silhouette and loads it with some of Nike’s most innovative technologies: Lunarlon cushioning and Hyperfuse construction. A redesign without using the appeal that made the original Air Force 1 so enduring, Nike replaced the midsole’s heel Air unit (from 1982) with spring-like Lunarlon foam and a Zoom Air unit in the heel, lightening the shoe while increasing comfort. New Hyperfuse uppers feature a unibody construction, fusing three layers for even lighter weight and minimal seams. Additional refinements like an inner sock liner, reflective swoosh and slimmed-down toebox complete the redesign. This Lunar Force 1 weighs in at a mere 11.7 ounces. The Nike Lunar Force 1 will release in limited quantities on December 12 at select Nike Sportswear retail locations globally. Get ready to stand in line, credit cards in hand.
Vans and Knoll, both iconic brands in their respective industries of sneaker production and textiles, have teamed up to create this holiday OTW capsule collection. Vans looked to Knoll for some fabrics to feature on the uppers of the OTW Alcon, Ludlow and Piercy silhouettes. The result is a fresh but classic take on familiar favorite of sneaker wearers.
The Knoll x Vans OTW Capsule Sneaker Collection will be available later this month at select OTW retailers.
Converse has teamed up with London’s own iconic ‘100 Club’ for limited edition pairs of their Chuck Taylor OX and HI models. Host to one of the first international Punk festivals during the 1970’s and have been in operation since 1942, the club has been host to the kind of hard-living bands that made the Chuck Taylor model so famous among music circles. Featuring black and white canvas uppers, the sneakers are adorned with the club’s logo all over and a special logo tag has also been placed on the tongue. These models are now available at Converse Online.
Footwear label Android Homme returns with a trio of new releases for Fall/Winter 2012. Featuring new takes on the Aurora, Propulsion Hi and Grid, the release sees the Aurora draped in black leather with matching pony hair applications for a camouflage-like effect while the rugged Propulsion Hi features a dark green leather upper with a matching padded suede heel, notched sole and double welt construction. Finally, the high-top Grid features a pony hair upper with a predominately green camouflage pattern and black accents throughout. Ranging in price from $360 USD to $400 USD, all three styles can be purchased now from Kith NYC both in-store and online.
Atlanta’s Wish has teamed up with Reebok for a beer pong-inspired “American Fun” version of the Pump Omni Lite. With an upper dominated by bright red nubuck and patent leather with grooves at the heel as a nod to that all-essential beer pong tool, the Solo cup, the kicks come with a graphic footbed mimicking suds and a lining like a cup of amber ale. Complete with special ping-pong balls and miniature paddle hangtags, the Wish x Reebok “American Fun” Pump Omni Lite will be available from Wish come October 13 for $150 USD before hitting additional spots one week later on October 20.
Maison Martin Margiela‘s latest sneakers have arrived just in time for fall and truly convey the spirit of the season. Featuring a combination of leather and wool flannel on the upper, these sneakers maintain that signature Margiela look while providing the kind of cold-weather protection that every sartorialist needs. Double front zippers provide fashion and function while getting the shoes on and off while the rubber toe cap and sole provide some protection from the elements. Available now from Mr. Porter.
Converse has long provided a fantastic canvas for collaborators to showcase their talents, and textile behemoth Missoni really shines with this Fall/Winter 2012 ‘Archive Project'; their sixth season collaborating together. Created underneath the Converse First String line, the limited edition collaboration collection features a series of 20 versions that are made up from deadstock Missoni textile patterns. The models selected for the collection are the Converse Auckland Racer and Pro Leather being used for the one-of-a-kind mock-ups.
The Missoni x Converse “Archive Project” is slated to release on Friday, September 28, through retailer colette in Paris. In addition to the release, the duo tapped London-based artist, Gary Card to curate a psychedelic installation at colette that accurately reflects the all-over-print motifs of the sneakers. Additionally, an accompanying hand-numbered, hardback book will be released in conjunction with the shoes in limited quantities.
Modernist/Minimalist watchmaker Nooka expands into the footwear market with sportwear giant FILA to create this ‘Mars Black’ sneaker. Exploring advanced technological concepts, the inaugural range incorporates sharp lines and premium materials to create a futuristic look. For the time being details on this project are few and far between other than the fact that it will likely be exclusive to the Chinese market. Stay tuned though, you never know what news might come out.
Gourmet introduces a look into its Camo Collection for Fall/Winter 2012. Offering up five of its silhouettes, each pair features an obvious military influence with various degrees of traditional camouflage covering different panels of the construction. Contrasted with white and off-white outsoles, the pair juxtaposes solid blacks, browns and tonal olive hues that delineate each shoe quite well.