Heat on the Street!
Nike Lab teams up with Balmain’s designer of the Celebs; Olivier Rousteing. This collection brings you High End Black and Gold Jackets and Pants for Men and Women. Along with 4 pairs of Football kicks. Including my favorite pair shown above. I like the Simplicity of the Style and the Gold Metallic Back Zip the best!
The whole collection is Black and Gold, Olivier’s favorite colors and the perfect Color-Way for an Olympic year!
I find it pretty amusing that most websites and bloggers are calling the shoes Football inspired. Which, YES, they are in most of the world. But even the U.S sites don’t mention that they are what people in the U.S call Soccer Kicks. I know I got in trouble 1x on YouTube for siting a movie as a Soccer movie. Almost incited an internet riot. So, they’re probably better off calling them Football compared to Soccer. And The Whole Black and Gold ensemble is entitled the “NikeLab x Olivier Rousteing: Football Nouveau” collection. I just figure, I can take the Heat on the word Soccer. I think some are gonna’ be a little confused.
But in reality, this collection will most likely be worn more at the Club then on the Pitch/Field.
This is some pretty Styling Gear. Even though the hype is only 10 days. I suspect it will fly off the net and out of the NikeLab locations.
On June 2, 2016 you can try your best to cop the Kicks and Gear Here. For now, check out the Vid starring OR himself…Hey-Where’s his A-List posse of beautiful people? Playing Football? Maybe Soccer? Probably taking a nap, getting ready for the next party. Wherever they are, it’s good to see OR in action working and the collection is Pure Fire. 🙂
All Sold Out on the PUMA Site, You might Want to Head to the Store NOW if You want these!
Rihanna teamed up with PUMA for the Men’s and Women’s Punk influenced Creeper. Various colorways continue to release. But you’ll want to check back frequently to the PUMA site or sign up for the newsletter. As I last checked (11/22/15) The Black x Oatmeal colorway was Sold-Out for both Men and Women.
Check out the Rihanna x Travi$ Scott Creeper video below to see some Cool shots of the shoes and Hot shots of the two stars. Rumor has it they were crushing on each other during the vid shoot. I can’t really tell, Whatcha’ think of the possbible romance? And thoughts on the Punk influenced soles of the PUMA x Rihanna Creeeper Sneakers?
*BTW: The Daily Mail has the two hitting the 40/40 Club in NYC together on 11/20/15. They do look like a couple, however Rihanna is wearing some Pointy toed black Lace stiletto’s and Travi$ has some blacked out J’s on his feet. In my opinion, they should be rocking their new Creeper Sneakers! I can give Rihanna a pass, since her Stiletto’s matched her outfit, but TraviS was wearing the competition’s gear. #whatsupwiththat
And The even BIGGER story at this moment in time (11/22/15) is: Justin and Selena-Are they really back together?
The Missing Black and White Shoes were found on the Red Carpet and at SSENSE.
The Public School Website is running very low on most of their black and white Kicks. We found out where you can get your own pair of the flashy patent black and white sneakers/black tie affair shoes. They are available at SSENSE. There are also a few of the Pebble-Grain sneaks at the PSNY website and Derby’s on SSENSE in the same sweet colors available Today/May 7, 2015. (A Streetzblog Wish-List for sure. But, could sell-out before I save up for them. Cost of any of the 3 is $440-$490). The Pair I like best is seen below and they are $480. Enjoy the pix of the Kicks:
A couple weeks ago, a few of us were wondering what ever happened to the Chemical Brothers. And low and behold, they are back with a brand new video entitled: GO! See and Hear what you think?
From Couch Potato to Kicks Creator-Vittel’s French Bottled Water Sofa Sneakers
Getting rid of your couch? Wait a second and grab some of the material so that Vittel Brand Water can turn your favorite couch into a pair of fresh, stylish (depends on your couch) newish kicks. The Vittel Couch Converter service is a marketing campaign to help deter the amount of time Europeans spend kickin’ it on their couch instead of kickin’ it on the courts.
Vittel will transform your old Couch/Sofa/Covered Furniture into a pair of personalized running shoes. Here’s the plan of attack: Customers upload a photo of their couch to Vittel’s website, then send in a slice of the fabric and a team of designers use said fabric to create a one of a kind pair of sneakers. Kicks are sent within a few weeks and you can see some of what they’ve already created on their website.
From what I can tell, the shoes are free, but seem limited to the first 10 people per month through August 15, 2015. Most of the Vittel information is in French, German or Japanese, so it’s a little hard to decipher all the details of this fun couch for kicks campaign.
The pictures I’ve noticed on the French Vittel website look pretty fresh, but so do the couches that were provided. Almost too nice to be real. Before you slice and dice your sofa, you might want to read some of the fine print of this promotion.
And whether it’s 60 pairs or 600 pairs of kicks, this will be a fun promotion to watch as the months go along. I think I may check out Goodwill and see what kinds of materials I can find there, then send them some and see what happens.
Since I’m such a big Sneakerhead, I love this promotion. FreeCustom Kicks!! And hopefully it will get some people more active ad healthy. I know that just drinking water each day helps your digestion, hydration, skin, and general health. Throw in a new pair of kicks and you should be good to go. Although, some of these kicks look too good to run in. So far, the kicks I’ve seen, look better to wear to a friends dinner party or a Sneaker Convention.
Check out the video for more of the deets: See you on the Streetz:
I spot Some nice Patent on This video
Last year, I was very close to getting a pair of Jimmy Choo’s. They were Black patent leather. They just didn’t have my size and it was 8:55 p.m-Not the greatest time to shop. I can’t quite tell what color these patent leather kicks are, but if they look as good in person as they do in this video, I just may need to re-visit my Jimmy Choo dealer. You may not even notice them, they flash across the screen so fast!
Also, it’s pretty sweet how this video uses 2 of the top 8 visual trends of 2015 in their video. Monochromatic Color and Sensory Immersion. These top 8 trends were announced earlier today (1/20/15) on an iStock Webinar. I’ll go over the top 8 iStock Top Visual Design trends in 2015 in-depth a little later this week. For those, who can’t wait, I’ve listed the trends below the video.
iStock Top Visual Design Trends For 2015:
- Point of View/POV
- Letterbox Look
- Busy with Boxes
- Monochromatic Color
- Sensory Immersion
- Super Still Life
- All Kinds of People
- Dynamic Women
See you on the Streetz on Oahu this week.
New Louboutin’s for October 2014
Check out these styling new Louboutin’s for Men. So many Studs, Such fun colors. I suspect, also pretty pricey. But I’m afraid to look. If you want to see more of the new collection and dare to check the pricing, see these and others on Louboutin’s French Website here.
I would probably get the black one’s first, just because I like to stay a bit ghost with my style. But the pair above have a really nice shade of medium blue that doesn’t always come out, these might be the best bet for the money. The plaid pair would go nice with a dark brown suit. And Wow! Check out the candy colored studs. They look good enough to eat, like a retro candy necklace or sharper versions of the little dots of colored candies on the thin strips of paper. If you really want to meet some new people at a party, this is the pair to purchase. Some very tasty treats!
See the trailer below for the Focus movie. It has a bit of an independant vibe, yet stars Will Smith! Looks very exciting, suspenseful and a must see movie.
Stay Styling when it Rains in Cons rubber Kicks
Rain and J’s just don’t go together at all. Next time it pours get your Cons on. Converse is getting ready to debut their rubber versions of the long-standing, iconic street and court Chuck Taylor All-Star High-Top. The perfect cop for your rain gear wardrobe. These kicks have a Wellington style upper that provides awesome protection from water situations. They also have a nice soft fleece lining, brass eyelets and a gusseted tongue. The Rubber Kicks go on sale on September 15, 2014 in the USA. In-store and keep an eye out for them on-line. Adults ($65) Kids ($45)
Looks like a great shoe to wear in the slush in New York City, to a big muddy music fest or on a hike on a rainy day. I’m kinda digging the Purple or Yellow pair or maybe the white and I’ll trick them out with some colorful sharpies. There is possibly a blue pair out there somewhere? Just hard to find the picture. Below are 5 of the colors. According to Converse there are 7 total color-ways. Some websites say 6 and funny thing is there are pictures on the web of of just 5 (9/7/14). Looks like Cons is keeping us on alert. Maybe a flourescent pink for October or I bet they come out with a hunter green or even a camo down the line.
Here’s a look at 5 of the bold, buttery, eye-catching, monochromatic, rain resistant colors:
What do you think of the new kicks? See you on the streetz of Honolulu.This Sunday I’ll be at Inspiration Furniture, the Hawaii Woman Expo and the BIA Hawaii Remodel it Green Remodel it Right show. Then Hopefully home for some food and rest. Have a nice Sunday. Ciao and Aloha. SM on SB.
Public School x Jordan Brand/Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
I’ll tell you right out of the blocks, don’t get too excited about this pair of kicks. They will be very hard to find. They are limited to 50 pairs which are going to the friends and family of the Public School brand. The Good news is a similar pair will be produced and available at the Flight 23 shops in New York City, depending on where you find your research on the web, this version could be out by end of Summer or in 2015. There’s some conflicting information about the release of the NY23 version of these kicks. The pictured version is entitled the PSNY.
I know, a little confusing. I do like the PS on the back of the pair pictured. That’s pretty cool. The Icey Translucent outsole is sick. And all black is a great color to sneak into work with or rock with a suit, maybe with a black or white T and a purple or blue pocket square.
See you on the Diner En Blanc Streetz this weekend! A very hard party to dress for, no black allowed, everything is suppose to be WHITE including the pants! Yikes! Maybe I’ll do a post on it, maybe I won’t. As you know, white’s not one of my fav colors to be rockin’.
Jordan XX9 Preview
Here is a preview of the new Jordan XX9. I was wondering where the 29’s were when the February 2014 All-Star Game happened. Nike typically releases their newest Jordan in conjunction with the NBA ASG. I don’t know when these come out, but it’s now April, February was a bit back. I doubt we have to wait until Feb 2015?
I do really like the fact that the Jordan brand went back to naming the shoes with numbers. When they screwed up and made up a new name instead of number for the shoe, I just boycotted and didn’t buy them. I’m so glad they have gone back to 28 then 29. Next one will be 30 which undoubtedly will be a BIG release.
The huge highlights of the 29’s is they have the design woven directly into the shoe and boast a special plate on the sole that should help you explode into the air, easier and with more propulsion. Hearing Tinker Hatfield tell us this, isn’t quite as awesome as seeing Michael Jordan actually doing it. But maybe, these will really help you jump like an NBA Baller? I know when I wore my V’s back in the day I could jump higher because the Ad campaign told me I could. Now maybe, the shoe will actually help everyone jump higher. For me the placebo effect of knowing I could Be Like Mike worked perfectly well.
Because back in the 80’s It was the Shoes that made me jump so high! I believed it and I seriously came one quarter of an inch from hitting the rim in the Jordan 5’s. Most of the time I hit the middle of net, but that one summer I did come very close to a real D-U-N-K!
With the XX9’s, we’ll just need to wait and see and give them a try when they do come out. I like the Black, Big Orange Jumpman and Ice Blue sole colorway. The other, ahh not so much, looks like a retro 3 mixed with a Gen release. Wonder how they hold up in the rain? Will they finally come out with some wider widths? Will these help you jump higher? Will you cop em? LMK. See you on the Streetz, maybe the court and this weekend for sure at the Beach. Happy Easter!
High Fashion Sneaker World getting Bigger and Bigger
Today we look at the Mens Luxe-Life Kicks Craze that is not just a trend as we’ve said before on Streetzblog, but a huge movement and source of income for many Hi-End Stores across the country. First we’ll look at some facts regarding this craze, then we will see some streetzblog.com picks of many of our favorites at the moment (Thursday March 27, 2014)
The Soaring luxe-life Kicks Craze facts:
- Saks Fifth Avenue opens SAKSNEAKS: In February 2014. Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC opened a special in store shop on the 7th floor of their flagship store exclusively devoted to Men’s sneakers. The Big name designers included in the area are: Givenchy, Dior, Prada, Lanvin, Versace, Valentineo, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Bally, Fendi, Pierre Hardy, the Adidas by Raf Simons and Y-3 collaborations. Mens Fashion Director of Saks Eric Jennings is quoted as saying in February 6, 2014’s edition of WWD: For the last three seasons the whole dress/designer sneaker business has skyrocketed, Men’s shoes are the fastest-growing portion of our men’s business. The Saksneaks boutique is located right next to the regular shoe department and has a special new logo, graphics and lighting to make a big splash within the store. Jennings also mentioned: It’s brought a whole new customer to the store, You go in and see guys buying shoes to wear that night or for the weekend. And it starts with the sneakers and then goes into denim and leather jackets. They’re both benefiting from the increased traffic. We at Streetzblog commend Saks and their vision that this is going to be a long-lasting trend as we see Men’s shoes morphing and becoming more if not just as important to Men as they have always been to women.
- Most retailers polled by WWD said they had double-digit growth in Men’s footwear in 2013. They are expecting similar numbers or better in 2014.
- Harrods in London is opening TWO new mens rooms just for shoes in July/August or September of 2014. Harrods already doubled their mens footwear area two years ago.
- Barney’s New York. When I was there in December 2012, I saw shoes and sneakers I’ve never seen before. In December 2013, There were two different areas on two distinct floors. One I would call Hi End Luxe, the other Medium Luxe, yet both very Luxe in my opinion. I think, Barney’s has lead the way in the Luxe-Life Kicks Craze. Actually, they do it with sneakers, boots and shoes in-store and on-line. Tom Kalenderian Exectutive Vice President and general merchandise manager of men’s wear said in WWD: We have and are continuing to invest capital to renovate our men’s footwear departments to maximize this great opportunity.
- Beymen’s in Istanbul has added two special sections for mens footwear. One for Designer/Classic and the other featuring Contemporary. WWD mentions that the sales of men’s shoes at Beymen’s rose 28 percent in 2013.
- In 2012, Selfridges on Oxford Street in London more than doubled their size of the mens shoe department. Right now, it’s at 15,000 square feet. They say it’s the largest in the world. I bet it gets even bigger in 2014 or 15.
- Mintel predicts that mens footwear will generate $20.3 Billion in the US in 2014, looking at it being 22.5 billion in 2016. Numbers way up from 2006 when sales were 15.3 billion.
- The NPD notes that purchases of footwear costing more than $150 went up 28 percent between 2012 and 2013.
- Emmanuelde Bayser owner of the Corner in Berlin says 90% of his accessories budget goes into shoes, 80% of that is for Sneakers! Looking for another trend on the way, de Bayser says that the thick, clunky, creeper sole will be hitting it big very shortly.
- Esquire, GQ, WWD, and Chic Men magazine have ALL showed men wearing designer suits with Luxe-Life Kicks. A trend I don’t see stopping or slowing anytime soon.
Here are some of my favorite Black and White Luxe-Life Kicks hitting in March 2014. I personally think that the Pricey Rick Owens leather Ramones Shoe from a couple of years back helped kick the black and white hi end craze into gear. Since then, Rick has put out a bit less pricey versions in mesh and coated canvas, along with releasing some newer even bigger versions of his Ramones Sneaker.
I’ve been really digging this oil slick colorway. There’s at least 4 different pairs of kicks with this colorway out there now. They have a nice patent sheen to them that changes colors in various hues of lighting. Here’s one of my favorites: The Acne Studios Hans Oile Iridescent Sneaker.
And Here are some other selections for this month’s HOT HI-End Luxe-Life Kicks Craze.
Here are your best bet for the Luxe-Life Kicks Craze Celebrity Style. The Simple yet very exquisite Black on top with white soled bottoms. Made famous by Justin Timberlake and a lot of other big time Celebs in 2013 and 2014. (Gianvito Rossi leather high top sneakers available at Mr Porter)
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the newest trailer from Spiderman 2. Which I would call Spiderman 2.2. Since there already was a Spiderman 1, 2 and 3. I know, kinda’ confusing eh?