Sneaker News

  1. Adidas Continues Collaboration With LEGO

    Sneaker enthusiasts can look forward to adding another collectable to their collection, however, this is a shoe that cannot be worn.

     

    Continuing a creative partnership between the two companies, LEGO is due to release a brick version of the Adidas Superstar sneaker, complete with shoelaces and a shoebox, reports High Snobriety.

     

    The Danish toy company’s designers have worked hard to remain faithful to the original Superstar shoe, recreating the iconic shell toe, trefoil logo, and the serrated Three Stripes mark of Adidas. There are even 17 extra parts, so collectors can build either a left- or right-foot sneaker.

     

    When built, the LEGO model shoe stands at 12 centimetres high, and 27 centimetres long, and comes with a display stand, firmly placing it in LEGO’s realm of collectable kits.

     

    Florian Müller, a senior designer at L

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  2. The Least Liked Air Jordans Ever

    Michael Jordan is one of the most beloved basketball players ever and his pioneering shoes have evolved and transformed over the past 35 years, creating some of the greatest and most desired rare Jordans for sale in history.

     

    However, when you release so many different sneakers, each with innovations, different colourways and style inspirations, they can’t all be winners. For every shoe as iconic as the Jordan III, Jordan VI and Jordan XII, you get some unbelievable airballs like the following shoes.

     

    Air Jordan VIII

     

    Most early era Jordans are timeless shoes that have seen an exceptional second or third life in retroing, but unfortunately after the exceptionally influential and popular Jordan VIIs (as marketed by Bugs Bunny), the follow up that coincided with the first three-peat left a lot to be desired.

     

    It was far heavier, to the point that it became known as the punisher, and had an exceptionally d

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  3. Trainers Take Centre Stage At Museum

    The ubiquity of trainers on the streets might make the average person take them for granted, but the question of how they came to dominate the footwear scene is one of the issues considered in a new museum exhibition.

    Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street is now running at the London Design Museum until October 24th. “Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired subcultures and shaken the world of fashion” is how the invite the museum gives to a curious public.

    The event has certainly gained plenty of attention from the press. The Guardian called it a “fun show” that offers plenty of answers about sneakers, including “how to get really fat laces”. The Evening Standard calls it “A technicolour medley of shapes and styles” and Vogue describes it as a post-lockdown must-see”.

    It may be surprising to see the

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  4. Adidas To Release Yoda-Themed Stan Smiths

    The global infatuation with Baby Yoda, or Grogu, to give him his official name, has been so strong that many people will have forgotten there was an adult Yoda! However, German footwear brand Adidas is here to remind us all of the OG little green Jedi with a pair of Stan Smith sneakers inspired by Yoda, which will go on sale soon for $120, or around £90.

     

    Live Kindly reports that the Yoda-themed sneakers are part of the Stan Smith Forever range, making use of its Primegreen fabrics, which Adidas says is made from 50 per cent recycled materials.

     

    The Yoda version is also green in another way. The back heels of the shoes have Yoda’s face embossed in green fabric, and the tongues of both shoes feature illustrations: on one, Yoda, and the other, Stan Smith himself.

     

    Adidas introduced Primegreen last year alongside Primeblue, which uses recycled Pa

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  5. What Were The First Ever Retroed Air Jordans?

    Air Jordans are for many people the centrepiece of sneaker collections, with some rare Jordans for sale reaching incredible prices.

     

    With an annual release schedule, particular Jordan designs are adored by fans, from the original “Banned” black and red Jordans to “The Last Shot” Jordan XIVs.

     

    However, the shoe that in many ways popularised a love of retro rereleases (or retroed shoes), was also a shoe that MJ himself never wanted and sold terribly on its first rerelease.

     

    At the same time, it also became Jordan’s favourite shoe, a star of the most controversial dunk contest to date and arguably popularise rare shoe collection.

     

    To explain all of this, we will need to go back to a time when Michael Jordan was about to do what today seems unthinkable.

     

    Taking To The Sky

    Nike in 1987 was in a whirlwind. Rob Strasser, vice president at Nike had suddenly left the company.

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  6. Nike Sues Art Collective Over ‘Satan Shoes’

    Eighteen months ago, Brooklyn-based art collective MSCHF released a series of modified Nike Air Max sneakers dubbed ‘Jesus Shoes’ that had holy water from the River Jordan injected into the soles.

     

    Now MSCHF has released a new limited edition of Nike Air Maxes in collaboration with rapper and singer Lil Nas X called ‘Satan Shoes’, which this time have drops of human blood in the soles and a bronze pentagram adorning the laces, and now Nike is issuing a lawsuit against them, according to NBC News.

     

    The sneakers were released to coincide with the release of the music video for Lil Nas X’s new song, ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’, which shows a wildly lascivious journey through hell in which the rapper gives a lap dance to the devil.

     

    Priced at $1,018 a pair, and limited to 666 editions, of course, th

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  7. What Are The World’s Most Collectable Sneakers?

    The sneaker resale market is booming as collectors seek out rare and expensive editions. It seems that these days, they are not just a fashion item or piece of sportswear kit, but a form of wearable art. The global market is estimated to be worth $7bn (£5.5bn) a year, with fans prepared to pay over £1000 for a pair of trainers, or ‘sneakers’ as the Americans have it.

     

    So what is that special quality that makes some sneakers so desirable? The most overriding factor, it seems, is the rarity value. Limited edition collections produced by mainstream sports brands in collaboration with hip stars such as Pharrell Williams are the most sought after, with demand outstripping supply.

     

    Sometimes the brand will extend its celebrity partnerships beyond sports shoes, and bring out clothing lines, including hoodies, t-shirts and baseball caps. The customer base is predominately males in their teens and t

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  8. Adidas Launches Retro Samba Cycling Shoe

    The German sportwear giant Adidas has launched a new cycling shoe which combines modern technology with old-school styling, according to a report on the News 24 website. The new Velosamba shoe is in the classic Adidas model, but also features innovative clipless pedal functionality.

     

    The new cycling shoe is not a rival to Adidas’s range of high-performance shoes, but is aimed at the commuting cyclist who wants a fashionable shoe that will work with an outfit for the rest of the day. It saves the hassle of storing or carrying an extra pair of trainers for the style-conscious urban traveller.

     

    On the sole, the Velosamba has a full-length reinforced plate with a two-bolt cleat, allowing it to clip onto bike pedals. The hybrid rubber outsole has a reinforced heel, and is also designed for comfort when walking. Based on the iconic Samba football s

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  9. The Story Of Nike’s Vaporfly: The Shoe That Was Too Fast

    Can a shoe be so good that it creates an unfair advantage that forces it to be banned?

    Typically, when a shoe is banned from a sport, it is for sponsorship reasons or because the shoe was caught up in an arbitary rule, rather than for competition reasons.

    One of the most expensive pairs of rare Jordans for sale, the infamous “Banned” Jordan 1s, was caught up in the NBA’s infamous “51 per cent rule” and other shoes have fallen foul of similar restrictions as well.

    However, only last year, Nike made a shoe that is so good, wearing them has been described as “a form of mechanical doping” which has shaken the athletic world.

    Here is the story of the Nike Vaporfly: a shoe that was so fast it changed how we view running forever and led to a rules change at the highest levels of the sport.

    Taking Vaporflight

    Nike have constantly innovated when it comes to sports shoes and sneakers righ

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  10. Hands-Free Sneaker: The GO FlyEase

    One thing that all shoe manufacturers have in common is that their products, no matter the brand,
    shape, style, size or colour, all need your hands to put them on.

    It might seem an intrinsic feature of shoes, but thanks to a letter from a sneakerhead with cerebral
    palsy, Nike has developed and about to launch a completely hands-free sneaker, according to
    Hypebeast.

    In 2012, 16-year-old Matthew Walzser, who was born with cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects
    some of his motor skills, was looking for independence when he went to college.

    “My dream is to go to the college of my choice without having to worry about someone coming to
    tie my shoes every day,” he wrote in a letter to Nike. "I've worn Nike basketball shoes all my life. I
    can only wear this type of shoe because I need ankle support to walk.”

    He added that while he is completely able to dress himself, her still needed assistance to tie his
    shoelaces.

    “As a teenage

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