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All of this week's best announcements, releases, collabs, and more
01. Nike Air Max 95 Pull-Tabs
It might have played second fiddle to other Nike silhouettes this year (i.e. Vapormax and 97), but this latest release reaffirms the 95 as the chunky sneaker we know and love. Coming out in three clean new colourways this latest addition to the 95 lineage features the inclusion of a unique pull tab design. Heavy patriotic undertones are on display with the three colourways in either white, red, or navy each with a contrasting swoosh accompanying. The white and red pull tab also looks to have staggered black and blue ‘N’ running up and down the length of it. The exact inspiration and release date of this latest iteration is yet to be confirmed.
02. Patta x Vans Sk8 Hi
Much beloved Amsterdam-based streetwear label and retailer Patta look to once again join forces with Vans. The two labels will take on the classic Vans Sk8 Hi reimagining it in two new colourways: hydro/black and langoustine/black. A suede toe box and premium ripstop materials come together to marinate atop a midsole with the Patta script strewn across. Leather “Jazz” striping and lining as well as “Team Patta” laces finish of what is another unique addition to the longstanding partnership. The price is yet to be officially announced but you can expect the release on December 2 instore, and December 4 from Patta online.
03. Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III
Ronnie Fieg’s love affair with the Gel Lyte III is no secret. He took to social media to announce the news of a fresh new winter inspired iteration. Featuring a rich navy suede upper with red and white detailing on the laces and toe box, but the real highlight of this sneaker is within. The interior is completely sherpa lined giving not only a new look but an undoubtedly toasty feel ready for the winter months. The Kith x Moncler exclusive logo is emblazoned on the insole and split tongue of the sneaker. Whilst possibly not the best idea for the impending tarmac-melting Australian heat this summer, its definitely one worth holding onto for the colder months. There is no word on price tag or possible release date but stay tuned for further developments possibly during the aforementioned Kith x Moncler collaboration release this weekend.
04. Nike Air Force 1 Year of the Dog
The crowd favourite Air Force 1 receives a Chinese Zodiac treatment in what is set to be one of 2018’s most coveted releases. Building upon the foundations of the original “Year of the Dog” Air Force 1 back in 2006 this latest rendition opts for a subtler aesthetic. Featuring the Chinese character representing the Tibetan Mastiff and pony hair on the heel the two elements combine to highlight the imposing canine. The complicated nature of this design is further shown by traditional temple artwork graphics on the toe mudguard, coupled with a Tibetan good fortune pattern called “Tangta”. It is safe to say this is truly a one of a kind AF1 iteration made all the better by its cultural relevance and homage to its flamboyant predecessor. Expect these to release sometime early in 2018.
05. Converse x Slam Jam
Converse looks to team up with cult Italian streetwear label Slam Jam to bring a range of utilitarian inspired staples, titled “Urban Utility”. Featuring both footwear and apparel the collection further exemplifies the brands transcendent appeal over the many facets of fashion. The collaboration brings a new look Converse Chuck ‘70 hiker and Jump Boot with the added bonus of Gore-Tex Technology. Visual artist Cali Thornhill Dewitt in conjunction with Slam Jam construes the “Urban Utility” range through a provocation from the artist herself: “Your Silence Gets You Nothing”. The capsule which marks the descent down a more contemporary streetwear path for Converse will be available via select retailers and online from December 5.