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Close look at the recent Nike Air Huarache range

The Nike Air Huarache was first released in 1991 and enjoyed huge success due to its stylish and futuristic looks.  The sneaker was also made popular for its high comfort levels thanks to the use of a revolutionary neoprene sock lining. Nike ran with the now famous advertising slogan “Have you hugged your foot today?” the shoe was also in TV commercials featuring running star Michael Johnson. The last few years saw a massive comeback for the Huarache with the general public once again embracing the unique style. The now retro look is more popular than ever and Nike set work on re-releaseing some of the original colourways as well as many brand new designs. Here’s a closer look at a few of the recent stand out releases. If you love the retro style checkout this impressive range of Nike Huarache. Enjoy.

nike-sneakers-1 Nike Air Huarache – White / Sport Turquoise / University Gold

We had to include this new release as it’s actually not a new release at all. This recent re-release is one of the original colourways which was first released in 1991. The colours and style look just as great today as they did back then and it definitely has that retro feel. The white body is complimented perfectly with the original turquoise and gold inserts and is finished off nicely with the iconic heel cage.


Nike Air Huarache – Wolf Grey / Pool Blue

This addition is one of the brand new colourways which was released in June 2015. The cool grey tones and light blue inserts result in a futuristic look which manages to be both neutral and cool. We love the use of contrasting grey tones and close knit mesh toe vamp which helps further add contrast to the design. The white laces and dark grey heel cage really pop against the wolf grey body and Nike have even used a clear transparent outsole which looks fantastic.


Nike Air Huarache – Navy / Rattan

This navy and rattan addition was also released in June 2015 and adds a perfect toned down casual sneaker to the range. The design uses a really nice dark navy which is complimented with a neutral cream, featured around the heel and outsole. The pair comes with matching dark navy laces and heel cage which blend into the body well. To add contrast Nike has used a slightly lighter and brighter blue around the toe vamp. The result is a very well balanced classic new design which has been super popular.


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How Adidas Made Its Permanent Mark On High End Footwear

Innovations in high-end fashion have always consisted of new trends and new styles being brought out on the runway by designers. These styles and trends are then used by other designers in following seasons. While lots of innovations have emerged on to the runway the past two years (resurgency of the 70s, more androgyny, looser and more flowing silhouettes), little changes have come from designers alone in the world of high end footwear. Derbies, boots, high top sneakers, and trainers were all exhibited, but without much experimentation or new ideas. This was understandable, as the goal of a runway show is to present the direction a house or designer plans to head in for a season and generally the focus is on the garments being worn, with shoes as an afterthought. Who would have expected that one of the largest facilitators for innovation in high end footwear would be Adidas?

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Rick Owens

Adidas, Nike’s biggest competitor in sportswear, has had collaborations with multiple designers starting roughly two years ago. Nike has had none, save for a single collab with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, and as a result of this, Adidas’ popularity in the fashion world and internet fashion forums has risen significantly. Of all the designers the sportswear giant worked with, the Raf Simons and Rick Owens collaborations were unsurprisingly the most talked about, as both designers were and still are extremely popular within the fashion community.

In the latest Rick Owens x Adidas collection, the creative use of the Superstar silhouette, turning the traditional shelltoes into ankle and full-length boots, as well as the use of springblade technology in well crafted sneakers showed the integration of sportswear ideas into fashion-forward pieces of footwear. Angular sneakers were created that appeared to have come straight from a mainline Rick collection. The idea that pieces bearing Adidas branding (albeit small branding) could be worn cohesively in outfits with mainline Rick Owens pieces was completely unheard of. The Rick Owens x Adidas line was a true successful integration of sportswear and fashion, and it upholds that with each collection.

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Rick Owens x Adidas Springblade high top sneakers in metallic silver

On the other hand, Raf Simons took an entirely different approach when crafting each Raf Simons x Adidas collection. A large divide was created between lovers and haters of the Raf x Adidas line for two reasons.

The first source of controversy was the intentionally over-designed silhouettes such as the Ozweego 2 and the Response Trail, which were the forefront of the collection. These were an extremely unconventional deviation from the normal idea that designer shoes had to be sleek and luxurious, and as a result many did and still do call the Ozweegos “Sketchers” or “dad shoes”. Still, many loved the borderline irony of the shoes and loved the bursts of excitement and color they brought to an outfit.

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Raf Simons x Adidas Ozweegos in cream colors

The second source of controversy was the Raf Simons x Stan Smiths. Raf Simons put his own touch to the classic Adidas Stan Smith silhouette in a very subtle way. Instead of three perforated dotted lines along the sides of the shoes, he put a dotted R. Also, the Stans were presented in a number of Raf Simons x Adidas exclusive colorways. These colors included red, grey, baby, blue, and even pink for their first season. The only way to obtain these specific colors on the Stan Smith silhouette was to buy the Raf Simons x Stan Smiths. The controversy for these shoes came in on the price tag. For exclusive colors and a designer name, a higher price on than the normal $75 Stans was of course expected. However, many were shocked when the Raf Simons x Stan Smiths retailed for around $450. The material was the same, or had no difference anyone was able to make out. Still, like the Ozweegos, for each hater there was someone who loved the colors and exclusivity enough to pay the hefty price tag.

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Raf Simons x Adidas Stan Smith in baby blue

With these two unique and unconventional collaborations making their mark over the past couple of years, other designers have been quick to collaborate with Adidas and other sportswear brands have looked for designer collaborations of their own. Adidas worked with Japanese designer Juun J and smaller sportswear brand Puma has collaborated with label Alexander McQueen. With the success that has come from Adidas’ collaborations, hopefully more sportswear brands and designers are inspired to come together and innovate even further with the combination of two unlikely styles.

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Win 2 pairs of PUMA Trainers!!

JD Sports, known for carrying a massive amount of awesome Puma men’s trainers and other fine sneakers, is giving away two pairs of PUMA Trinomic XT1s for a lucky gent (or two?).


All you need to do to enter is:


Basically, it’s a treasure hunt. “We’ve placed an empty branded trainer display box somewhere in the streets of the chosen cities, the lucky person to find it will win two pairs of the Puma XT1 trainers as well as the branded display box. Clues will be given via the @JDsportsfashion twitter account to help narrow down the search.”

Sounds like fun on top of free! Read up on the full terms and conditions. And good luck!

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Nike Free Trainer Sneakers

Did your New Year’s resolution include more exercise?  Then, you need the right shoe in order to get the job done.  At the online retailer Millet Sports, they have the newest version of the Nike Free Trainer men’s running shoes, which are perfect for a man on the run (so to speak).

It is a shoe that provides a light weight, but supportive black mesh upper, that also has a water resistant finish to keep your foot protected from some of the elements that you will encounter on your run. This shoe is built to offer a decent amount of cushioning, while keeping the profile of the sole low and the heel-toe construction promotes the most effective stride. I say decent amount because I did experience some slight aching after running a serious distance, but the light use of padding definitely resulted in next to no sweating inside.  A fair trade-off!


Also, as an added plus, the reflective upper will offer some safety for running in times of low light. Just keep in mind: A shoe that is too heavy will tire your feet more easily as you travel though your day and a heavier-weight construction will have a tendency to overheat your feet over time.


Now, from a fashion point of view, the color options for Nike Free Trainer men’s sneakers allows for a variety of cool combinations.  With my pair, the black color of the mesh upper and the bi-color sole is done in a groovy black and white and green combo that will blend easily into your casual outfits, as compared to the stark white or all-over brightly colored athletic shoes.  You could easily get away with wearing these Nike running shoes with a pair of jeans, as you could with running shorts or sweats.

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7 Pairs of Shoes Every Girl Needs

Necessary and shoes are not usually two words that come together in a woman’s vocabulary. Although we may think that having a closet just for shoes is totally worth it, you may not actually need as many pairs of shoes as you thought. There are seven essentials when it comes to a fashionable woman on the go; pumps, wedges, flats, sneakers, sandals, boots, and boat shoes.


If you choose the right pair of each, there is no stopping how many combinations you can create to make every outfit work in any weather condition while still staying current in the ever changing fashion world. Buying shoes can be expensive, not to mention they take up a lot of space, so follow these tips to a thriftier you and more spacious closet.

Black Pumps with a Red Sole

There are two types of material that are recommended for black pumps, either leather or suede. Both are easy to clean; the dark color will hide most scuffs and won’t clash with any other material you are wearing.

If you are in for the long run, buying the well-known red sole heels, aka Louboutin’s, are going to be not only luxurious but durable. If your budget is a little slimmer, splurge out on an excellent pair from Steve Madden’s collection that will still last at a discount.

Nude Wedges to Match Everything

Some days full on pumps just aren’t an option, so dress it down a little and give your feet a break with a pair of nude wedges. Great for going out to the club, summer wedding, or even a first date matched up with a pair of denim jeans.

Wedges make seem durable but with their wide angled platform and usually flimsy strap material they are susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. This means finding a good leather face or thickly woven rope strap style of wedge is necessary for support and longevity. Try to stay away from cork and string backed platforms as they are most likely to break after a few nights out.

Simple Flats for an Interview

Since we have already advised on getting a good pair of black and nude shoes, a pop of color in your flats can be very stylish. Just remember to match your wardrobe appropriately and stay away from overly flashy prints or embellishments as these should be your go to shoe for business casual.

Again suede and leather are a preferred material especially as cheaper brands make a lot of plastic styles and can rub your feet the wrong way.

Sneakers to Hit the Gym

Not just for the gym, sneakers can be good for any high movement activity, volunteering, gardening, ect. Even if they do get dirty you can conveniently but carefully throw them right in the washer! During these time periods your body is at its most vulnerable, one little slip and your ankle could be in serious trouble.

That means choosing the right kind of sneaker for your activity should be a top priority. Nike is always good for runners but doesn’t rule out the other brands. Adidas, Puma, Lacoste and Reebok form a great variety of products to suit your needs and unique style.

Comfy Sandals with a Touch of Bling

Your feet give off much heat and during the summer keeping them cooped up in closed toe shoes may not be ideal. Sandals are very casual but if you keep it classy and choose a pair with just a touch of bling/metallic they can work for a walk in the park or a nice dinner party.

We recommend earthy tones but light pastels are a summer favorite and match most of the colors you’ll be wearing in the summer and spring.

Fur lined Boots for Chilly Winters

We’ve covered all the bases for warm weather but what about for the colder weather at night or when winter rolls in you may ask? Obviously a boot is necessary, but specifically a fur lined one. The fur will give you the look of big spending without sacrificing your warmth or comfort.

Uggs are very popular and for a reason! If you buy them on sale during the summer, they can be extremely affordable for the quality even though other brands such as Bearpaw will surely do the trick.

Boat Shoes for Long Walks  

If you are not a fan of the classic boat shoes such as Sperry’s, there are a multitude of closed toe options that you can choose from. Sneakers are great for high volume activity but for long periods of walking your feet need support without the workout spandex to match.

Keds and Toms are another alternative and come in over a hundred different materials and prints for every look.

Just remember, shoes take a lot of abuse from our feet, but the repairs are worth it when you invest in a good solid set of seven pairs. So go big or go home on these few and know that your budget and your closet will eventually thank you!

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Men’s Fashion Advice – Father’s Day Gifts for the Sporty Dad

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day, it can be a difficult search. Finding the gift of fashion can be easier if you take your dad’s interests into account. Here are a few suggestions on Father’s Day gifts for the sporty dad.

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For Spring/Summer 2014, Americana is hot in the fashion world. For a great fitting top, take a look at the Esquire 20 Nike Jersey that comes in a bold red, white, and blue striping with the Nike insignia and the US soccer decal. The fabric is lightweight, the theme is patriotic, and the colors will compliment any summer outfit. You can shop for this and shirts like this at www.macys.com and www.nike.com.


Next, what father doesn’t love a great watch? This is a Michael Kors Dylan sports watch with a navy face, bright white number markers, chronograph styling, and a durable silicone rubber band. It is the kind of watch that can take dad from coaching at the Little League field to the beach. This particular style can be found at www.michaelkors.com and www.nordstroms.com.

under armour mirage 8 mens sports shorts

If your dad is the kind of guy who likes simple, pull-on style shorts for his athletic activities or leisure time, then check out the Under Armour Mirage 8 Men’s Sport Shorts that have a reinforced waistband, a mid-thigh length, stretchy fabric for comfort, and comes in a host of basic and bright colors. These shorts can be found for dad at Lord & Taylor and also at www.underarmour.com.

puma cabana mesh sport retro sneaker

For the gift of a summer sneaker for your dad, Puma has the Cabana Mesh Sport Retro Sneaker that brings back a little of the vintage sneaker look in its styling. The leather and mesh will keep them breathable and the colors will mix well in any wardrobe. You can find these at www.dsw.com.


Lastly, if dad has a favorite sports team, why not get him a baseball cap for Father’s Day that will keep his head protected on a hot summer day? At www.lids.com, they have a huge selection of team hats that dad would be proud to wear and you would be happy to give to him.

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