Walking the streets of New York, it becomes readily apparent that wearing black is the color of choice for many urbanites. After all, the classic shade can be paired with just about any other color – a necessary trait in such a sartorially-conscious city. It makes sense then, that En Noir and Buscemi's highly anticipated new collaboration would take the form of Buscemi's 120mm footwear silhouette – executed in a distinct black and white colorway. The upper of the shoe is composed of premium leather, laser cut into a distinctive crocodile pattern. The round, streamlined shape of the forefoot gives the sneaker an athletic edge, while the oversized heel pull and geometric flaps at the heel make the sneaker unique enough for the streets. Subtle garnishes like the lock at the center and the collaborative branding truly distinguish this special sneaker, available exclusively at Barneys New York for $975 USD.
Having made his way onto HYPETRAK's Top 10 Albums of 2013 as a notable mention nevertheless, the "Trap Lordian" A$AP Ferg delivers a music video for his LP single "Hood Pope." Filmed on the streets of Harlem, NY, Young Fergistien becomes the hood's pope just as he proclaims, healing his disciples, feeding the famished children, and even rising to the heavens above. Download your digital copy of Trap Lord on iTunes.
Fresh off the debut of an all-new Wolf Grey/Electric Green makeup, Nike Sportswear's Lunar Flyknit Chukka debuts in a new combo of Bright Crimson, Total Orange, black and white. Once again fusing the look of a mid-top chukka with lightweight Flyknit construction, the silhouette comes atop a proprietary Lunarlon sole and sports black branding, a matching tongue and corresponding laces as Bright Crimson and Total Orange threads are knit together to create the upper. Available now via SOLEROOM, the latest Flyknit Chukka will likely turn up soon at additional NSW stockists across the globe.
Onitsuka Tiger looks to the formidable Bering Sea for inspiration in crafting the latest mid-top take on its Colorado Eighty-Five. Sporting an apropos deep blue upper of suede, leather and synthetics, the kicks sport their usual rugged rubber outsole as bright red accents adorn the lining, midsole and tongue branding. The sea-faring edition of the Colorado Eighty-Five MT is now available via Tokyo's atmos.
Nike Basketball continues its Black Mamba-centric weekly "Prelude" drops with the debut of the collection's take on the Nike Zoom Kobe V. Even lower and lighter than the groundbreaking Nike Zoom Kobe IV and originally laced up by the Lakers superstar in 2009, the V's "Prelude" edition celebrates Kobe's status in pop culture with a vibrant pop art-inspired upper while a gold-filled Swoosh and tongue logo pay homage to Bryant's 2009 NBA Finals MVP performance and that year's Lakers championship. The University Gold/Metallic Gold-Gamma Blue Nike Zoom Kobe V "Prelude" will be available on Saturday, January 4 for $200 USD.
New from the Swoosh camp comes a subtly fresh rendition of the Air Max Light Premium to round out the year. Shying away from a tendency to combine colors at the upper, here we find the Air Max Light Premium executed with subtly differential 'light iron' and grey at the forefoot panel and lace loops. Nike matched these features with a yellow and white midsole and black outsole. A versatile and necessary addition to any wardrobe in these grey months of the Northern Hemisphere, look for this version of the Air Max Light Premium at retailers such as Titolo for about $193 USD.
Fresh iterations of the street staple MRL996 from New Balance are set to be released in 2014. The runner silhouette has enjoyed a bit of exposure over the past year, having been considered by retailers such as Tomorrowland while also receiving special colorways in-house. For Spring/Summer 2014, here we find the MRL996 executed in four colorways: navy/burgundy, forest green, pewter, and orange. Each of these suede uppers are matched with an exceedingly comfortable RevLite sole and adorned with a neat full-grain leather trim. Enjoy a look at the 2014 MRL996 above, available at retailers like atmos for about $118 USD.
It's been a big year in the news for NIGO, with the legendary creative celebrating everything from a new position with global retailer Uniqlo to the 20th anniversary of his first brand. NIGO's HUMAN MADE label has also grown, seeking to develop over the course of the new year. NIGO reprises his role as model for the brand, this time sporting HUMAN MADE's 2014 Spring/Summer collection. The range creatively fuses vintage varsity motifs with military staples to create a unique aesthetic. Using collared track jackets and felt lettering on sweaters, combined with subtle tiger camouflage jackets and generously tailored denim and pants, the collection sets a more rugged aesthetic for HUMAN MADE moving into the new year. Enjoy a look here.
Following November's premiere of the modernized Reebok Pump Omni Lite CORDURA trainer in black, the athletic equipment brand returns with two new colorways. As for its build, the early '90s mainstay is constructed with a durable CORDURA fabric as well as synthetic and leather overlays. The limited edition range will include one model that blends grey, blue and orange color tones, and another that brings together two different hues of blue with red and white accents. The Reebok 2014 Pump Omni Lite CORDURA Pack is expected to hit select retailers sometime next month.
Back again with highlights from its winter-weather offering, New York-based Acapulco Gold has released a fresh apparel extension from its 2013 fall/winter collection. Featuring a selection of sweaters, button-downs, T-shirts and hats, highlights from the collection include the series of hoodies and the bold use of shirt "Pow Wow" graphics. Peep highlights above and head to the HYPEBEAST Store for more.
After a release of three colorways for its Lunar Flyknit Chukka ahead of the fall season, Nike has unveiled an all-new look for this mid-top in wolf grey/electric green. Featuring an upper with a similar two-toned concept as preceding colorways, the vibrant electric green stands out against the wolf grey and is accented with darker hits of grey at the Swoosh branding, laces and tongue. The one-piece weave is constructed atop a white speckled Lunarlon sole. Get yourself a pair from Nike now for $170 USD.
Set to launch early next year is the Burford, Onitsuka Tiger's take on an athletically inspired mid-top sneaker. The casual hybrid sneaker boasts a relatively pared back upper with the moc toe and elevated collar serving as the major design elements. The restrained design extends to the Onitsuka Tiger logo, which appears here as perforations. Offered in a variety of suede and nubuck colorways, the Burford looks like a great casual option for the coming months. In order for us to get better acquainted with the shoe, we took it apart to inspect its guts. In spite of its minimal looks, it certainly takes a lot to build the shoe, as all the individual pieces can attest to. Check it out above and stay tuned for a look at the full shoe soon.