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Converse Japan Jack Purcell HS 83Camo

November 30th, 2013 by | No comments

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XLarge’s collaborations aren’t the only camouflage kicks from Converse Japan releasing this month.  Here’s a new Converse Japan Jack Purcell HS 83Camo, a pair that is said to draw on a US military duck camouflage pattern with roots back in 1983.  The earthy print looks great on a canvas upper held together with white stitching that matches the pristine vulc sole, save that trademark ‘smile’ on the JP’s toe bumper.  Check them out with more photos below, and if you like what you see, you’ll need to get with someone within the Converse Japan shipping zone.

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XLarge x Converse Japan Weapon Hi “TG-Camo”

November 29th, 2013 by | No comments

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It turns out the XR991 isn’t the only Converse classic created in collaboration with XLarge for this holiday season.  The XLarge x Converse Japan Weapon Hi ‘TG-Camo’ joins in the camo party with a tiger camouflage pattern at the base of an otherwise olive green suede design.  Camo kicks are one of the biggest trends of the year so we’re more than used to seeing those but this pair reminds us that the Weapon is a formidable piece in the arsenal, should the One Star decide to start offering more retros.  Check out this pair by XLarge in more photos below and let us know if you’ll look to import these.

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Pendleton x Vans Japan Pack

November 19th, 2013 by | No comments

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Oregon’s Pendleton Woolen Mills has been busy in the sneaker world of late, first contributing to this year’s Nike N7 capsule and then going solo on a handful of NIKEiD options.  Here we see them link with another company who has created collabs to benefit Native American populations as releasing on the opposite part of the year on the other side of the world is a set of Pendleton x Vans Eras, Slip-Ons and Sk8-His from Vans Japan.  These three pairs use the same patterned material plus brown suede accents and leather inner lining, and you can see more details on each pair of this pack slated to hit Japanese retailers on Black Friday.

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mita sneakers x adidas Torsion Allegra

November 13th, 2013 by | 1 comment

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With the Torsion Integral rebooting this week, we’re reminded that the adidas Originals Torsion Allegra was given a similar treatment about eleven months ago.  In the interim, we’ve seen enough releases that it feels like a part of the regular Originals rotation, and now this new collaboration with mita sneakers will bookend a year opened by last December’s Solebox release.  These have a unique color palette but are very wearable because the golden yellow, grey, black, teal and white sections all have some neutrality and together, they add up to a pair you can place next to almost anything.  Check them out with more photos after the jump and stick with Sneaker News to see if these hit US retailers because they’re shipping now to Japanese customers straight from mita sneakers.

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adidas Y-3 Smooth – Black – White

November 6th, 2013 by | 2 comments

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What would happen if adidas was debuting the Superstar today instead of forty-five years ago?  So much has changed in how basketball shoes are made over that period that it’s almost impossible to imagine, but Yohji Yamamoto, who is known for his own futuristic design, has managed to give us some kind of idea.  Yamamoto’s adidas Y-3 Smooth takes a hightop Shelltoe silhouette and adds to it an externalized heel counter, an oversized take on the ones that appear on several of today’s performance hoop shoes.  The juxtaposition against grainy black leather perfectly expresses the era-bridging nature of this design, and you can see some more photos below before you pick up a pair from shops like Kith.

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adidas Y-3 Qasa High – Black – Neon – White

November 5th, 2013 by | 3 comments

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Yohji Yamamoto isn’t one to blend in with the crowd.  He’s a trendsetter who is often so far ahead of the competition it would take a time machine to level the playing field.  Yamamoto’s adidas Y-3 Qasa High, for example, has its closest comparison in the Nike Roshe Run, but is in its own class for several reasons.  Yes, the overall shape including that sole are similar, but the Qasa ditches a minimalist lean for something a bit more elaborate, and as we see in this new black/neon colorway, something capable of a variety of blocking templates.  This one highlights the almost ballet slipper construction and finishes off the palette with luxurious brown leather, a style you’ll find in stock now at top retailers like Kith.

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Converse One Star J Suede

October 29th, 2013 by | No comments

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The latest delivery from Converse Japan features a silhouette that might just be the brand’s most famous outside of the classic Chuck Taylor.  The Jack Purcell is popular, no doubt, but the Converse One Star is established at Target (All Star toe cap and all) and also has the high-end covered with three new colorways here today.  These three do not opt for the rubber toe protector, instead using about the same amount of material to wrap the entire silo in a wider than usual top band on the foxing.  Click through to see black/red, green/white and blue/white styles in more detail and let us know if you’ll try to import these One Star J Suede lowtops now that they’re out in Japan.

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