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What Went Down at Footpatrol’s Virgil Abloh x Nike “The Ten” Release

To celebrate its release of the Virgil Abloh x Nike "The Ten" collection, sneaker retailer Footpatrol transformed its London location into a study of the shoes' deconstructed designs.

The London retailer took aesthetic cues from the reworked icons to create an exhibition space to celebrate the limited release of the highly sought-after shoes. Sneakerheads who braved the cold weather for a pair of "The Ten" were treated to an interactive display highlighting the "GHOSTING" and "REVEALING" concepts that informed the reimagined icons. Check out the photos above and video below to see how London's Footpatrol celebrated the release of "The Ten" collection.

For another chance to get your hands on "The Ten," make sure to check out the official Nike SNKRS release schedule for the collection.

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Nike’s Air Vapormax Plus Appears in Metallic White and Silver Colorways

Nike fans are treated to two new colorways for the highly-anticipated Nike Air Vapormax Plus. The new model, which arrives in pearlescent white and silver options, is a hybrid mashup of the Air Max Plus and the popular Vapormax.

The silhouette features a neoprene upper, TPU caging and Nike's instantly recognizable Vapormax sole. Both renditions will feature the "Vm" logo on the heel panel with respect to the Air Max Plus Tuned Air logo. The all-white colorway is a simple and clean look while the silver colorway boasts a slightly more futuristic aesthetic.

These two Nike Air Vapormax Plus colorways are expected to hit stores early in 2018, but official release details are yet to be announced. Keep it locked to HYPEBEAST for further information and let us know what you think about the two colorways in the comments below.

Keeping with Nike, the Air Footscape Mid Utility received an outdoor-enhancing reboot.

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Official Virgil Abloh x Nike “The Ten” SNKRS Release Schedule

Following a botched initial online draw release, Nike recently revealed the official SNKRS release schedule for its upcoming Virgil Abloh x Nike "The Ten" collection drop.

Nike's original release plan faced technical issues caused by overwhelming demand for “The Ten” collection, thus forcing the company to cancel its online draw for the shoes. In an effort to maintain fairness in its release, Nike has opted to release the Virgil Abloh x Nike "The Ten" collection via SNKRS with a staggered time release schedule.

Take a look at Nike's official release time schedule for the entire Virgil Abloh x Nike "The Ten" collection below and head over to SNKRS for your chance to get your hands on the shoes.

For more Nike news, the sneaker giant recently launched its new NikePlus Unlocks membership which offers exclusive access to upcoming releases.

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adidas EQT Cushion ADV Undergoes “Black and Royal” Makeover

The adidas EQT Cushion ADV, one of the brand's latest models, has received a slew of colorways this year and it's now getting another one -- "Black and Royal." This model follows the recent "North America"-inspired silhouette and draws inspiration from the Air Jordan 4's alternate "Motorsport" colorway.

This "Black and Royal" pair's mesh upper and heel support are swathed in black, while signature Three Stripes branding in white provides some clean contrast. This high-contrast theme is extended with a white midsole and black outsole combo, while blue accents on the heel and lace dubrae provide the stand-out feature to the design.

You can pick up a pair of the adidas Originals EQT Cushion ADV "Black and Royal" today for 140$ USD at select adidas retailers such as Oneness.

In other adidas news, the NMD R1 Primeknit "Core Black and Sesame" receives release date.

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Nike Air Footscape Mid Utility Receives Outdoor-Enhancing Reboot

The Nike Air Footscape is getting a serious revamp with a rugged reconstruction that leaves it in prime outdoors condition. The updated silhouette will be arriving in two trail-ready colorways of "Green" and "Mushroom."

Nike's reworked Air Footscape Mid Utility edition retains the original's asymmetrical lacing system but updates the drawstring mechanism for easier slip-on access. The lacing system also migrates to the heel of the shoe, allowing the ankle collar to adjust to the wearer's preference and to prevent entry of any water. Another notable addition is the signature waffle outsole, taken from other Nike iterations, used to enhance traction and add a more robust edge for outdoor excursions. Lastly, a reinforced toe panel means that the upper is protected while maintaining a stylish look.

The "Green" colorway sees a mixed brown, grey, and green upper that rests atop a white midsole and black outsole. The "Mushroom" version's upper arrives in a more understated pale pink tone and sits on an off-white sole unit. Both colorways are now available for $175 USD at select Nike retailers and on the Swoosh's web store.

In other footwear news, have a read of THE SNEAKER LAB by Andy Chiu: Exploring the adidas Futurecraft 4D.

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UPDATE: Air Jordan 6 “Gatorade” in Green Suede Gets a New Release Date

UPDATE: The Air Jordan 6 "Gatorade" in green suede is releasing on December 30 for a retail price of $225 USD.

Celebrating the days when everyone wanted to "Be Like Mike," Jordan Brand is set to release an Air Jordan 6 inspired by Michael Jordan’s memorable Gatorade commercial. The Air Jordan 6 "Gatorade" is a shout out to the Miami-inspired logo of Gatorade and comes dressed up in a synthetic green suede upper. A hit of orange on the midsole and heel-stripe combined with a white outsole finishes off the color scheme of Gatorade's logo.

The Air Jordan 6 "Gatorade" is set to hit select Jordan Brand retailers on October 28 for a price of $190 USD.

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THE SNEAKER LAB by Andy Chiu: Exploring the adidas Futurecraft 4D

Athletic footwear has never been bigger from a business and cultural perspective. The fine line between fashion and streetwear as we all know and witnessed has become one huge and fluid world. Each side is continually dipping in and referencing from each other. When things get too big, too popular, this old head generally loses interest. But on the positive side, we’re pushing boundaries on the technical and performance front like never before.

I did a piece a few months ago on the Futurecraft 3D by adidas. In just a few short months, the wheels of innovation have continued to turn with hand-over-fist changes that have gone far beyond simple branding, material, or color updates. We’re now moving far beyond the days of simply rehashing old classics and really entering a new era.

The Futurecraft 3D was an easy shoe to wear every day and it was a consistent part of my rotation. There really wasn’t a lot to nitpick about, and the comfort levels rivaled that of BOOST. The fit and durability were my biggest concerns but were unfounded. Pricing was perhaps the sticking point, and it could have been more aggressive. But having said that, consumers are much less price sensitive these days, and people are more than willing to drop a few bills for a unique experience or have some fire on their feet for Instagram. I could definitely see a market for a USD 700+ 3D Futurecraft.

All that talk about the Futucraft 3D is to set the stage for the Futurecraft 4D. But you can’t talk about the present or future without recognizing the past.

AESTHETICS / DESIGN

If you hold the 4D next to a 3D, the newer 4D feels not just like an update but an exponential one. The level of refinement is much greater than a simple iterative update. The Ultraboost upper has always been well-received by consumers, and the cageless 4D version features a different weave and tensile strength in the yarn.

A complaint of older un-caged UltraBOOST models was the lack of upper support, but the 4D effectively hugs your foot. There are different methods of tightening the fit either through a smaller upper last than the tooling/outsole or through the yarn itself. I’m not 100% certain on this weave relative to some of adidas’ football (soccer) offerings with the laceless upper, but it’s for sure a tighter weave.

When it comes to the midsole, you see a lot of updates from the 3D to the 4D. The 3D’s midsole was a bit flat while the 4D features more volume and dimensions in the midsole which provides a progressive and futuristic look.

Every piece of the midsole structure is perfectly shaped, and you won’t see any bubbles or unfinished edges. The grid structure is also meant to align with the biomechanics of the foot which means a tighter structure in the forefoot with greater width expansion, but also thicker structure in the heel as is the case with most traditional running shoes.

Some of these details were present in the 3D, but the 4D has perfected everything.

FUNCTIONALITY / CONSTRUCTION

The 3D was already an impressive shoe, and it definitely stood up next to various BOOST offerings. But the 4D is decidedly a step-up. They’re more flexible, and the colors are already better overall. Based on my experiences this special material would take any CYMK color before it is processed. The midsole coloration is different from most EVA cushioned running shoes. There’s a more integrated color injection which results in a more vivid product. There may be potential difficulties in the future with two or more colors in the midsole (i.e., two-toned forefoot and midfoot colors). Perhaps there’s a solution in the future to put different printed pieces together.

If you take a closer look at the midsole, the stiffness is not only based on the materials but also the way the grid structure is laid out. Depending on the dimensions and spacing, you could potentially control the amount of stiffness. Which means you can get softer cushioning or more responsive cushioning.

SUMMARY

What a game-changing shoe. I wrote that sentence a couple months and wasn’t expecting to use it again. There is no doubt this technology will change the entire supply of footwear. Again, instead of molding sizes in Asia, you can produce by demand in the location where your consumers are.

Looking into the details mentioned above there are additional ways to customize it to the needs of every individual based on features, such as foot size, cushioning, and foot shape. I guess that is the fourth dimension. For adidas as a footwear brand, to the end consumer, it’s truly win-win.

Maybe pricing and lead time will be the only challenging factor this minute, but that will be solved in along the process like any other invention in any other industry.

With such ground-breaking innovations (including the 3D), I’m interested to see how everything will be managed amongst markets and consumers.

The drops thus far have included:
the white 3D version with 100 units
then the 3D black version with 300 units
to the 4D version with another 300 units

Not many consumers have experienced or even seen the 3D in person, so it seems a bit hasty to jump into 4D territory. From a brand perspective, I know it was important to claim the space before any other brand with similar innovations.

But now it really comes down to the lifecycle management of each innovation itself and how this can be commercialized and stretched. Its rumoured there will be another 5,000 pairs of the 4D by the end of the year - I thought why don’t you penetrate the market with the 3D first with the branding, material, and color game as mentioned at the very beginning of my article. That is at least four seasons of healthy sales before looking what can be done with the 4D starting in the second or third season of the 3D.

Not knowing all the production details but in the ideal world both innovations should last couple years and increase not only the brand’s perception but also the commercial contribution. So down the line it’s about stretching the full potential of the silhouette and innovation to the fullest.

I want to be very transparent with my thoughts - looking at BOOST, every category that struggles with sales add BOOST to their products in the hope that will get the attention that BOOST provided in its prime. But shouldn't it be integrated and used in the best products at the highest price points? When I see golf shoes with BOOST components, I just scratch my head from both a functional and branding perspective.

From another angle at both intros - obviously, the company that communicates such innovation drive its value in the stock market with its future perspective.

It’s time to see how the competitors stack up, what innovations they bring to the table and ultimately, how consumers will benefit from the progression of the footwear industry.

This one is for you GARY!

Andy Chiu has been an avid sneaker collector since 1991. Making the trip from his native Germany to the ’92 Olympics, he was inspired by the U.S. Dream Team’s dominating performance in Barcelona — and of course the shoes on their feet. While Chiu’s initial experiences in the professional world took him to L’Oreal and Mercedes-Benz, this love for footwear saw Chiu return to his first love. Joining the industry though adidas Originals, he introduced adidas Originals’ Consortium range in Spring/Summer 2007 as well as other highly-influential projects, including a HYPEBEAST x adidas x Solebox project at the adidas Performance Division. Soon after, he joined PUMA, heading up their motorsports business.

Right after Chiu served as German beer brand Warsteiner’s brand & creative director, he became director of adidas Originals and Actionsports in Japan.

Every insight written and stated in this article are purely his personal point of view and does NOT reflect any opinion of any other party.

You can get more information on him through his Instagram account.

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Vans Checkerboard Authentic 44 DX and SK8-Hi

With Black Friday approaching, we revisit the Vans Anaheim Factory Authentic 44 DX and Sk8-Hi Reissue in black and white checkered print. The checkered Authentic 44 DX features signature laces and upgraded canvas composition finished with high gloss tape. The Sk8-Hi checkerboard style offers loud vintage energy balanced by black suede paneling in the front and back. The brand's signature sidestripe detail enhances the outsole in contrast to the laceless versions launched in June.

Both styles are currently available. The checkerboard Authentic 44 DX retails for $75 USD while the checkered Sk8-Hi Reissue is priced at $65 USD.

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Nike’s Air Max Plus TN “Big Logo” Release Date Revealed

With the holiday season just around the corner, Nike is revamping its classic '90s Air Max Plus TN with a "Big Logo." Wrapped in a familiar black colorway, this iteration is embellished with an extra large yellow TN logo on the medial side of the no-sew upper and is set against a clean white midsole. Air cushioning in the midsole provides added comfort and support.

The Nike Air Max Plus TN "Big Logo" edition is set to hit Nike Sportswear retailers and the Swoosh brand's website on November 25, the day after Black Friday, and will cost $175 USD. Check them out in the gallery above and let us know what you think.

In other Nike news, the Shoe Surgeon introduces the Nike Air Force 1 Low "What the Scrap" for Black Friday.

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ROA Presents New Hiking-Inspired Collection for Spring/Summer 2018

Italian hiking brand ROA follow up its recent fall footwear offering, with an all-new Spring/Summer 2018 lineup -- accompanied by a new lookbook editorial. The campaign imagery presents rugged boot and sneaker-style silhouettes, which are snapped in various outdoor scenarios -- effectively showcasing each item’s functional properties.

All models feature a kudu skin-constructed base -- known primarily for its durability, softness and water-resistant characteristics. The heel, on the other hand, make use of the same aradimic fiber found in most bulletproof vests -- once again alluding to the sturdy makeup of each model. Look for the full collection in the coming months at such retailers as Slam Jam.

In other footwear news, adidas' NMD R1 Primeknit "Core Black and Sesame" receives a release date.

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The Shoe Surgeon Introduces the Nike Air Force 1 Low “What the Scrap” for Black Friday

The Shoe Surgeon recently hit up Instagram to tease images of an all-new creation intended to hit the scene come Black Friday. The bespoke shoe artist chose the classic Nike Air Force 1 Low to apply a barrage of different styles, textiles and colors — creating something truly unique.

The shoe features a medley of both exotic and deadstock materials, which do well to highlight a contrasting clash of colors and textures. According to the designer’s social media post, no two pairs will be the same, as soles for each will be made in random color choices. Each pair will be made-to-order and will cost $800 USD. For more information regarding the Nike Air Force 1 Low “What the Scrap,” be sure to check out The Shoe Surgeon’s online site.

In other footwear news, check out the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra '17 SE Sports "Pure Platinum."

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adidas’ NMD R1 Primeknit “Core Black and Sesame” Receives Release Date

Following up on the coveted INVINCIBLE x NEIGHBORHOOD x adidas collaboration, the brand with the Three Stripes is back with another iteration of the NMD R1 Primeknit that you'll want to add to your winter rotation, the "Core Black and Sesame."

This latest colorway, a Foot Locker Europe exclusive, arrives with a "Core Black" Primeknit upper that features grey detailing, the familiar medial Three Stripes, a black BOOST midsole and rubber outsole. The NMD R1's distinctive heel panel is sesame-colored to provide an eye-catching contrast. This Foot Locker Europe exclusive "Core Black and Sesame" silhouette is set to release in-store on November 25.

In other adidas news, the UltraBOOST 4.0 "Navy Multicolor" has also been given a release date.

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