It’s been about a year and a half since I bought my first pair of Yeezy Boost 700’s, which I managed to buy in Sydney Australia (just before they re-released…). Since then there has been an abundance of further Yeezy releases with no less than 7 new 700 colourways.
For me the 700 is the grown up version of the Yeezy 350’s, a more mature looking sneaker and more versatile with outfits. The ‘Static’ was the first of the 700 range to showcase the version 2 design on the upper which looks quite different from the OG and the ‘Geode’ is the second release.
The Yeezy Boost 700 ‘Geode’ is subtle in design and probably one of the most easy to blend into normal looking shoes. I’d go as far to say the Geode is the poshest looking Yeezy Boost on the market to date.
As you’d expect with all Yeezy’s the comfort is on point, worth noting is they are slightly different fit to the V1 700’s; there’s slightly more room, so true to fit is just about right for the sizing or if you like it snug go a half size down.
The Adidas 4D technology is starting to reach the wider masses – hurrah! It was last year when I first managed to get my hands on the AlphaEdge 4D and absolutely loved the look, comfort and technology behind it. Fast forward to 2019 and there’s a lot more Adidas sneakers with 4D technology being released, which is great news.
I managed to cop the adidas ZX4000, which for me is the best looking 4D sneaker to date. It has a vibrant combination of different colours and materials on the upper which brilliantly matches with the light green 4D sole. There are very comfortable, probably more so than the AlphaEdge, the inside shape is different and has a bit more padding.
While they are comfy I did find the sizing to be a bit tight, if I had the option again I would go for a .5 size above.
There’s a darker version (named “Carbon”) coming out on the 6th of April, so keep an eye out for those too.
It’s official (well, kind of), the Nike x Off White collaboration has come to an end, the party is over. It seems fitting then, that their final sneaker together was the air max 90 which coincidentally was my first purchase of the range a year and a half ago.
Rewind to the penultimate release of the Air Force 1 Low which came in two colourway, black and volt. I managed to cop (yes actually pay retail) a pair of the volts from the Sneakrs app much to my delight.
Obviously the colour might not be for everyone but luminous yellow has certainly increased in popularity over the lat year, started with the frozen yellow Yeezy 350 release. The detail and quality is what you would expect with any Nike x Off White colab – looking half unfinished or a concept shoe but made with best materials. Being honest these are not the comfiest shoes I’ve owned, in fact I found them quite tight around the ankle but sometimes you have to suffer to look good!
The sizing is normal, I always go a half size down and the fit is ok. Given the prospect of no more from this collaboration it’s a good investment, even at resell to get your hands on a pair of these (or any). Let me know what you think, would love to know your thought.
When the Balenciaga Triple S came out a few years ago it would mark the start of the dad / ugly sneaker trend. Fast forward to 2019 and the sneaker trend has accelerated faster than anyone could have imagined, while some say the pace and popularity is starting to die down there are still some amazing sneakers out there.
The Balenciaga Track is the follow up to the Triple S and while it’s not reached the popularity of its predecessor it’s still something quite special. They are still an oversized sneaker; much larger than anything I’ve owned in the past but they’re not overly heavy, which you might expect. The look of the upper is mental. I say mental because I’ve seen nothing like it. It’s almost like 2 shoes positioned over each other, the soft sneaker covered by a hard shell, even featuring 2 pairs of laces!
There are lots of colourways available right now but I think the white and orange is one of the best, which is what I went for. I was expecting these to be a little heavy and uncomfortable but to my surprise these are actually one of the most comfy I own, lots of padding to keep your foot snug. The sizing is true to fit too so no need to worry about that.
Overall an incredible sneaker, although not the cheapest on the market (between £550-£600, I bought mine at Farfetch) they are still worth investing in. I’ll be looking to buy my second pair soon.
It may sound odd but buying shoe boxes for your sneaker collection is now a thing. I don’t mean the free cardboard boxes you get when you buy a new pair but the type that keep your kicks clean, dust free and look great.
Until fairly recently these must-haves for hypebeasts or sneaker collectors had been hard to come by, especially in the UK. In comes Krate & Co.
A single box will set you back £20.99 while if you buy in bulk, like I did, and go for a pack of 4 the price works out at about £19 each – not the cheapest purchase in the world. They arrived multi boxed and and with protective covers over each of them, plus foam covers on the corners so there were no scratches on any.
The quality of the boxes are what you would expect for the price, they feel heavy duty and durable, a purchase that will last a long time. The size of the boxes are standard and will be fine for most large sized sneakers but you can also buy a slightly bigger box for your hi-tops if needed. Since my original order I also bought another 8 boxes, keeping 12 of my favourite shoes dust free and on display.
The adidas Ultraboost has been my sneaker game “bread and butter” for the last 3 years, ever since Kanye wore the Ultraboost triple whites I’ve been obsessed. Saying that, I’ve not bought any in the last 12 months as the small colourway variations and styles haven’t really appealed to me.
Now the Ultraboost is back with the “Show your Stripes” range. So what’s the difference? Well, the upper knit is better looking than the V3’s for sure, the pattern looks more luxurious. Secondly and more importantly they’ve added colour to the plastic strips on the sides; this is something I’ve been wanting to see for ages and it looks awesome! The initial 2 colourways include the Cloud White (which is what I have) and the Core Black.
The fit is as to be expected, always go half a size up on what you normally have but as comfortable as ever. At £149 they’re not cheap but they are definitely worth the investment as you’ll use them as everyday wear.
This year is continuing it’s reputation as being well and truly the hottest/longest summer ever. It’s mid October in London and we’ve had temperatures of 23 degrees but this madness can’t continue forever and it’s time to start planning for winter.
For me this Superdry Everest parka jacket hits the mark, well insulated, plenty of pockets, detachable hood and a good length to keep those nasty cold wind gusts out. I decided to go for a bright red colour as the winter months can be quite dark and depressing and sometimes it’s nice to add a splash of colour.
I went for a medium and the fit was perfect and the style looks great, a worthy addition to my wardrobe and will be worn a lot in the coming months I’m sure. At a price of £129 it’s good value too, would certainly recommend if you’re looking for a new coat this winter.
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The Nike Air Force 1 is every sneaker heads staple. It’s iconic in design, there’s plenty of range to choose from and generally speaking relatively cheap (can pick up from £60). The joy of the AF1 is it’s range and contrasting styles, there’s a lot of choice!
For me the best are the simple colourways, I especially like the all-white versions, my last purchase was the Travis Scott collaboration. Enter the Nike Air Force 1 ’07 LV8 ‘JDI’. This particular version celebrates the 30th anniversary of the famous “Just Do It” which is featured in the swoosh on the sides.
Like all Nike the sizing is true to fit so no need to go for anything over or under your normal wear. The comfort is as you would expect, snug and padded and effortless to style with.
I love the look of this version, it complements every outfit and for under £100 it’s one of my most worn sneakers in 2018.
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The problem with being a sneakerhead is that it’s never easy to choose one pair for a weekend away. I take big suitcases for short trips and fill them with sneakers because, lets be honest, you never know what the weather is going to be like or where your mood will take you. The next problem you have is that your kicks will get squashed when squeezed next to the necessary laptop and toiletries – if you’re taking those rare deadstocks then this is less than ideal.
In comes Hex; the company that specialises in bags and luggage for those who like to have footwear choices when the travel. Such a simple concept, yet their Camo Duffle Sneaker Bag really hits the mark. There’s a tonne of compartments for travel needs, like iPads, phones and Laptops with two large sneaker compartments at either end. I put some quite chunky sneakers in to test the sizing and had no problems at all.
The design is stylish; I went for a digital/camo looking pattern which really stands out (ironically), especially with some nice yellow flashes around the zip details. The bag comes with a shoulder strap as well as the standard duffle handles making it easy to carry. Dimensions can be found on their website but the bag is fairly rigid and large, so be sure to check you’re ok before flying somewhere. If you’re in the market for something different like me then I’d recommend Hex for sure.