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mita sneakers x adidas Superstar 80′s “Python”

August 6th, 2013 by | No comments

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One of Tokyo’s most active collaborators, mita sneakers has been all but silent since their 30th anniversary Reebok Classic Leather was last seen in May.  This new mita sneakers x adidas Originals Superstar 80s ‘Python’ takes on the snake theme we’ve seen with some regularity from rival shop atmos.  mita’s Python Shelltoes add red loops to an otherwise tonal black design with white sole.  Have a closer look at the nubuck and snakeskin colorway in more photos below and stick with Sneaker News to see if the Saturday, August 10th release is followed by wider distribution worldwide.

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Comme des Garçons PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low

August 5th, 2013 by | 4 comments

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After their famous heart logo made an impact on the summer via the Pro Leather four-pack, Comme des Garcons PLAY switches to a subtler approach for this new Converse collab.  The CDG PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lows use just one of the Filip Pagowski-penned icon per shoe, applying it to the ankle area on black or white canvas lowtops with pristine white soles.  Click through to see both so you can decide which looks better, then grab a pair from top Converse retailers like Feature.

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WTAPS x Vans Vault OG Classics Collection

August 5th, 2013 by | No comments

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Japanese clothing label WTAPS has collaborated with Vans several times, most often under the umbrella of the Syndicate line.  Here’s their first Vans Vault collaboration on the heels of the Off the Wall premium tier’s 10th anniversary, as WTAPS Creative Director Tetsu Nishiyama selects some of his favorite classic models for the ‘OG Classics Collection’.  Included are the WTAPS x Vans Vault OG Classic Slip-On LX, OG Classic Chukka LX and OG Classic Sk8-Hi LX are each included in two colorways, inspired by 1980s BMX, WTAPS’ own military style and N-1 naval deck jackets, respectively.  Check out the whole set after the jump and get ready for the first WTAPS x Vans Vault collaboration in stores this Thursday, August 8th.

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White Mountaineering x Saucony Hangtime

July 28th, 2013 by | No comments

white mountaineering saucony White Mountaineering x Saucony Hangtime

It’s been nearly three years since Saucony resurrected 1987′s Spot-Bilt Hangtime. They’ve had such great success with collaborations on the classic running catalog, it’s only natural to see this vintage basketball hightop get the deluxe guest star treatment as well. Here we see Japanese label White Mountaineering apply their elegant touch to the Hangtime across three colorways, each of which emphasizes the now logo-free ankle area with pronounced piping and contrasting suede within. Have a look at all three pairs after the jump, then get with your overseas connects because this is one of those collabs that’s unlikely to reach US retailers.

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United Arrows x Vans Slip-On

July 24th, 2013 by | 2 comments

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United Arrows continues to assert itself in the collaborative sneaker arena, this time hooking up with history’s most successful skateboarding brand. These United Arrows x Vans Slip-Ons are just as elegant as you’d expect from the Japanese fashion brand while keeping their California cool essence, using a black canvas upper with leather insoles for that premium touch. These are available now in Japan but might not make it to US retailers, so take a closer look and let us know if you’ll try to import a pair.

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adidas Y-3 Tokio Trainer

July 24th, 2013 by | 2 comments

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Yohji Yamamoto nailed his Y-3 reinterpretation on Three Stripes’ classic LA Trainer, applying an floral print to the underlay that reflects the label’s premium lean with its intricate graphics.  That release debuted the name adidas Y-3 Tokyo Trainer, a confusing moniker considering the silhouette is indeed the LA but the name Tokio is traditionally connected with a much older adidas shoe.  Call it what you will, the Y-3 Tokio Trainer looks dope in grey, black and white with neon pink and green accents, and you’ll find them available at top-tier retailers like Kith.

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adidas Y-3 Qasa Low

July 23rd, 2013 by | 2 comments

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What would happen if you combined the gracefully aged adidas ZX 8000 and a relatively new world-beater in the Nike Roshe Run?  Yohji Yamamoto has a good idea of what that might be like, his adidas Y-3 Qasa Low looking the part with its sleek, sock-like upper, and pillowy sole.  The eyestay and heel counter on these are drawn from the iconic ZX 8000, but it’s hard not to notice the overall shape and especially that sole, and not add it to the list of Roshe successes.  This one will run you quite a bit more and is accordingly more limited, so if you’re looking to up the ante on your minimalist sneaker game, grab these new Qasa Lows from retailers like Kith.

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