Japanese designer Ato Matsomuto made a stir a few years back with his strap-tacular Ato Cow Hide Boots… even Kanye was watching and taking notes, using Ato’s boot as the inspiration for the infamous Yeezy. For those with a leather biker fetish, the Cow Hide returns in classic black or white, adorned with a smattering of punky square studs and round metal dimples. They may not be to everyone’s taste (or budget), but the Cow Hide Boot remains a guaranteed head turner.
This week The Hundreds unveil their Summer 2010 Footware collection, including all new fabrications in three new colours apiece. The original Footware model - the Johnson Mid, is back with suede uppers, contrasting laces and splatter-printed midsoles. Its little brother, the Johnson Low, features two-tone canvas uppers and a matching pinstripe around the midsoles and the Valenzuela Low is all grown-up, with smart-looking faux-leather uppers, and contrasting red pinstripes on the midsoles. The entire collection features The Hundreds signature Jags motif on the soles, light foam padding at the tongues and collar openings for comfort, as well as soft EVA insoles with a half-length latex insoles for cushioning. Available this Thursday at THLA and THSF.
With the 2010 NBA Post Season set for April 17, Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James is once again looking to lace up his signature Nikes in an attempt to take down all-comers who stand between him and his dream: an NBA championship. This time around, the King will be armed with a flashy new weapon, his Nike Air Max LeBron VII Post Seasons. Available in a stylish Black/Red/Gold colourway, this updated version of the LeBron Vii includes a brand new sole (reminiscent of the frosty outsole from the Air Jordan XI), leaving the fully visible Air Max unit behind. Also included in the mini make-over is a mean red-eyed lion that's featured on medial side of the heel.
The ever popular Nike All Court is set to return later this month with this new four-way feast. The supple suede mustard and lime models are slated for a Quickstrike release, while the swooshless navy and red canvas pairing are by All Court aficionado Hirsohi Fujiwara’s uber exclusive fragment design label.
Supra bring it home with their 'Suprawood' Vaider glitzing out the glamour ala Hollywood. From the sick star perforations on the upper to the Tuf material panels, it's the gold pops and accents that bring this shining bad boy to life. Limited to 1000 pairs you can cop yours April 24th from all good Supra retailers.
Stussy, UNDFTD, Mad Hectic and New Balance have been doing a four-way dance over in Japan for many years, with the beefy MT580 being their colab canvas of choice. Things are getting a shake-up this season though, with another fave Japanese model, the CM576 Trail Buster, taking center stage. Trail Buster releases nowadays tend to adopt all sorts of crazy rainbow colourways, so these simple, almost Jordan-esque red and blue on black arrangements are something out of the ordinary. Look out for them on Thursday April 29th at Hectic outlets.
Nike SB get their zany-on with this 'Blue Zebra' Blazer, bringing back those flamboyant days of shredding in bold banging colourways. Featuring a lush suede toe that is bound to get beat to smithereens, it's the hypnotic blue pattern that draws you in and takes your cash! Available from all good SB stockists.
There's never a need to hype a Jordan Brand release, anticipation is always soaring like the Jumpman himself. The latest thoroughbred from the Jordan stable, the Flight 45, will drop in a variety of colourways during April and May. This latest five shoe set includes a plush looking all-white pair with a gum bottom as well as the finely styled Medium Grey and Marina Blue pairs. Each pair also feature a full-length polyurethane midsole combined with Air units in the heel and forefoot. No doubt you'll be hassling your favourite spot for these superfly joints!
Jordan Flight 45 - White/Khaki Brown-Gum
Jordan Flight 45 - Medium Grey/Marina Blue-Light Brown
Jordan Flight 45- White/Varsity Purple-Black
Jordan Flight 45 - "True Blue"
Jordan Flight 45 - Dark Obsidian/Cerulean-Monsoon Blue.
It's SNKRFND SATURDAY if you didn't know. Here some future releases for this week.
Air Jordan Accolades
Way back in early January, images of the Air Jordan Accolades leaked (and like everything Jordan Brand, word quickly turned to wildfire as fan interest grew). Earlier this month, the Jumpman unleashed the first of the Jordan Accolades to retail in the form of the aptly titled Premier (Black / Varsity Red). Jordan Brand have since announced the White / Black-Cement Grey (featuring their famous elephant print) and the Black / Varsity Red-White editions. Both have received mix reviews from various outlets in the blog-o-sphere but that chatter has ceased now that the triangle has become a square with the inclusion of the White / Gold-Red version - which recently landed online. This mid-cut Accolade, complete with white leather and two varsity red Jumpman logos, features gold laser-etchings (based on Michael Jordan’s greatest hardwood accomplishments) which have been lifted from the Air Jordan XX. Combined with the Air Jordan X’s midsole / outsole, the Accolade is now the hybrid that we hoped it would be – and you’ve gotta love the intentional 2010 reference.