Le Coq Sportif have served up a very striking pair of creps which is no surprise as they very rarely get it wrong on their collaborations…
This year we’ve had our fair share of runner collaborations, such as the Footpatrol and Asics ‘Squad’, Concepts and New Balance “M-80” as well as The Offspring and Saucony ‘Stealth”. Well French brand Le Coq Sportif are the latest to get in on the action and with Swiss sneaker boutique Titolo for their latest offering the “Glacial Melt”. On this excursion the beloved R1000 model plays host to a very intriguing concept. Boasting its lightweight feel, Dynactif cushioning for extra comfort and its elegant details, the 90’s runner gets drenched in hues taken from the Swiss Alps landscape, from the grey for the rocks and gravel which is contrasted with a turquoise toe box which represents its vibrant glacial lakes.
Sadly with this drop there’s no frills as far as the box is concerned. You only get your standard white box with black outlines featuring the Le Coq Sportif branding on the lid, with the sizing label on the side which is a shame as its this simplicity that belies what’s actually inside the box. It has to be said the addition of some custom packaging would complete the entire presentation of this release.
For those who aren’t familiar with the brand, one thing I can attest to is when Le Coq Sportif get it right, they get it very right. The colour blocking on this R1000 is definitely on point and while I’m not as blown away with this as I was with their Mita or KICKS LAB collaborations, the “Glacial Melt” still holds its own. Throughout the trainer the craftsmanship is superb and the quality of finish is high, on our pair we found no glue marks, over threading which is a testament to their quality control.
The uppers on this have been crafted out of grey pigskin suede, while the toe box gets a Turquoise hue. If this wasn’t enough the toe box gets a perforated iteration of the same suede, while the tongue label is crafted out of suede. The sock liner gets blessed with that gorgeous turquoise hue, while the inner soles feature a picturesque image of the Swiss mountain scape from which this trainer draws its inspiration. To finish off the package nicely you also get a choice of two extra rope laces in grey and turquoise.
Le Coq Sportif have served up a very striking pair of creps which is no surprise as they very rarely get it wrong on their collaborations and these are value for money as well as being quiet comfortable to wear. In all honesty this release can rank amongst the brands other collaborations that we’ve recently seen,such as the Mita, Jazmin Berakha and KICKS LAB drops. I would however, strongly advise you using a trainer protection spray when wearing these as the grey suede will definitely be a dirt magnet.
My heat rating for these are is a strong 4 out of 5. Why, I hear you ask? Well while the leather is by no means sub par, I was left a little underwhelmed with the quality of the suede, I do understand that the premise of the R1000 is its supposed to be a lightweight runner, however after seeing the quality of suede on recent drops, such as the aforementioned Saucony x Offspring ‘Stealth’ and Footpatrol x Asics “Squad,” I had hoped that Le Coq Sportiff would have upped the ante in this area. However where those ones excelled in quality materials I’m issuing this rating merely for the fact that they’ve made the R1000 a strong contender to its counterparts in 2015. Other then that it’s a dope drop and while at the time of writing this they are sold out if a pair does cross your path don’t sleep on them. What do you guys think hit that vote button!
PUMA RS-0 LAUNCH BERLIN
The HO Project Space located in Berlin was the destination for hundreds of guests this past Thursday. Movers and shakers from around Europe came to the RS-0 launch to celebrate the reboot of the PUMA Running System.
The RS-0 is the front-runner in this reboot boasting a classic silhouette with modern highlights and materials. The model will feature in three collaborations that will celebrate key movements in culture by influential brands, in the world of gaming, music, and photography.
Dropping alongside the RS-0 is the RS-100 that originally dropped in 1986 the model is served up textile and leather upper, padded collar, PUMA R-System technology for cushioning, and an icy green rubber outsole.
The third installment in this family will be the once Japanese exclusive RS-350 that dropped 1987. The RS-350 is a numerical step-style to the RS-1 and RS-100. The shoe is an example of streamlined ‘80s running design. Offering support in the midsole as well as rubber details on the heel, this shoe is an elevated version of all the styles in the RS family.
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NIKE DESIGNER SEAN MCDOWELL INSPIRATION BEHIND THE AIR MAX PLUS
Amongst Nike’s pantheon of designers, Sean McDowell is a name that doesn’t get enough credit. The creative brain behind the much loved Air Max TN recently sat down with Nike News to discuss the process of creating the Nike Air Max Plus, which gained its inspiration from a few little-known sources. In his interview, McDowell explains that the inspiration for the creps distinct wavy upper and gradient colourways came from watching palm at sunset at a beach in Florida, while the shank on the midfoot was inspired by a whale’s tail breaching water.
Another little-known fact is that the outsole belonged to footlocker while the upper belonged to Nike. In addition to this creative process, the silhouette went numerous many phases before a final model was approved and was originally dubbed Sky Air.
To read more of this insightful story hit the link and head over to Nike News.
AJ TRACEY ON THE AIR FORCE 1’S LONDON LEGACY
While many young Crepjunkie’s may be coping their first pair of Nike’s Air Force 1’s this year, the silhouette has remained a firm fixture in both street fashion and Hip Hop culture since its 1982 inception. Shifting its basketball function to a streetwear standout. Handed down through generations, the look of the model always seems to remain timeless.
Stories of New York’s unwavering support for the shoe are countless, and other cities’ relationships and cultural connections to the Air Force 1 are no exception. During the late ’90s, London maintained a strict underground following of the Air Force 1 prior to its embrace of fashion, music, and celebrity. During this period, the shoe appeal was wholly organic, being adopted and definitively styled by the streets.
JD Sports played a pivotal role in the growing success of the Air Force 1 in London during the early 2000s, through their release of exclusive colourways that gained a cult following, with U.S stores and consumers importing styles from the UK. Over time, the shoe’s status continued to grow, with the AF1 Carnival acting as a true reflection of London culture. Most recently, however, was Samuel Ross’ A Cold Wall* take on the shoe that paid homage to the architecture of the city.
To celebrate the models 35th anniversary Nike looked to four contemporary Londoners to share their individual perspectives on the Air Force 1 and its legacy in London, with AJ Tracey commenting on how highly the city regards the shoe: “You could be going somewhere nice — to the club, for example — and wear a nice shirt, smart trousers and then instead of formal shoes, you would wear a pair of fresh pair of Air Force 1.”
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