Luxury design house Givenchy has made some serious headway with their offerings of decidedly luxurious sneakers favored by rappers and the wealthy alike. For this Velro-strap mid-top sneaker, Givenchy’s signature star branding is forgone in favor of a more subdued embossed logo. An angle-cut collar gives the shoe a decidedly fashion-forward feel, but on the whole the sneaker is classic streetwear; with a simple paneled design and a perforated toebox. High-fashion footwear like these Givenchy kicks will set you back though, you can pick a pair up now at Ssense for $560.
The Jordan XX8 sneaker has been hailed as a welcome evolution in the storied Jordan line of basketball shoes, featuring an unmissable zippered exterior sock that sets the shoe apart from anything else on the market. The latest version of the Jordan XX8 is a “Carbon Fiber” edition, designed by the duo of Tinker Hatfield and Josh Heard. The sneaker features a zippered sock done in an all-over carbon fiber print, accented with Bright Crimson on the midsole, laces, and mesh liner. Set to hit stores this Saturday, April 13 at Jordan Brand stockists, you can pick up a pair for $250 USD.
A product of legendary designers Tinker Hatfeild and Bruce Kilgore joining forces to experiment with the potential of Nike’s visible air technology, the Air Max 180 has become one of the AM family’s most prized silhouettes. Featuring an air cushion that was 50% larger than anything that had came before it, with the 180 degrees of visibility that gave this shoe its name. Given the full vintage treatment, this OG edition retains everything that made it an all time classic.
Taking their classic Chuck Taylor All-Star silhouette, Converse presents an updated ‘Specialty Camouflage Pack’ for Spring 2013. Details include a nuanced camouflage pattern, an upper crafted from ripstop nylon fabric and leather brand detailing. An Asia-only release, expect these to hit Converse retailers now.
Vault by Vans kicks off the third installment of OG Classics with the Aloha pack. Utilizing the same design specs as their first size runs, the OG Era LX and OG Sk8-Hi LX bring forth two new colorways that channel the spirit of the ‘80s skate scene. Available in Blue Aloha/Sea Pink and Maroon Aloha/Dusty Jade Green, each original silhouette sports an alternating upper aesthetic; outstep paneling displays Van Doren’s Aloha print while the instep quarter reveals one strong hit of color. Funky checkerboard sidewall graphics from the era finish each pair. The OG Classics Aloha pack arrives this March at the Vans DQM General and key Vault retailers.
Rejoice fellow drinkers, for on Friday, March 15, Converse will release the limited-edition Converse “St. Patrick’s Day” CTS sneaker, paying homage to the oldest Irish tavern in the famously known Irish town of Charleston, Massachusetts. Not your typical brash St. Patty’s Day offering, the combination of milk and kombu green mean the CTS is a more subtle nod to one of our rowdiest occasions. The Converse St. Patrick’s Day CTS is a Limited Edition shoe and will be sold at Concepts in Boston, Massachusetts, Slam City Skates in London, England and Flatspot in Ontario. Expect the Converse All Star St Patrick’s Day CTS to retail for around $80. Bottom’s up!
No doubt taking a cue from the Chinese ‘Year of the Snake’ is this Converse First String 1970′s Chuck Taylor snakeskin pack. Featuring both a HI and OX version of the shoe, the high-top features a snake-friendly faux python, while the low is constructed from a faux anaconda. Being a 1970′s edition, both sneakers feature details such as the asymmetrical toe bumper, vintage license plates and nickel eyelets. The Converse First String 1970s Chuck Taylor Snake Skin Pack will be available on February 22 at Surrender in Singapore, Darkside Initiative in San Francisco and other select Global First String Retailers.
Gourmet shoes gives us a look at their expansive offering for Spring/Summer 2013, a decidedly clean selection of sneakers to see you into the warmer months. Fairly heavy on low-top silhouettes, the collection emphasizes a minimalist aesthetic when it comes to silhouettes design, instead using patterns like various camouflages, embossed leathers, patterned cotton and crocodile skin to give the shoes their variety and lasting impression. Check out the full collection in the gallery below and expect these to hit Gourmet retailers worldwide in the coming weeks.
Founded in 1974 by Mauro Sani, who set out to make the best riding boots in the world, Buttero is still owned and run by the Sani family, and shoes like these Perforated Leather Low-Top Sneakers are still handmade in Tuscany. Each shoe is crafted in Italy from the finest 100% calf leather and features contrasting color-treated edging, reinforced metal eyelets and genuine leather laces. A series of precision-cut perforations running in parallel from the eyelets to the outsole make for an interesting look that doubles with functionality in warm summer months. You can pick up a pair now at LuisAviaRoma’s online shop for $395 USD. If leather isn’t your thing, they also offer two identically-styled suede versions.