adidas Originals by wings+horns Dropping Today!

Today is the drop day of the adidas Originals by wings+horns Fall/Winter 2017 collection. Through premium materials and innovative production techniques from Canada and Japan, wings+horns brings its unique aesthetic to classic adidas styles. This collection features both footwear and apparel. Most notably, the two have teamed up to create a spectacular NMD C2. The shoe features a chukka boot style, marbled brown Primeknit wool upper, and a clean boost outsole, creating a minimal but sharply tailored look. Additionally, there are two leather shoes being released this time. An all black waterproof Superstar Pro High and a heather grey leather Campus. And let me say, both look amazing.

If you missed the last wings+horns collection, you definitely don’t want to miss this one. Click here to shop! Also be sure to check out my review of the Summer/Spring 17 adidas x wings+horns NMD R2.

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adidas x wings+horns NMD C2. Photo: Adidas
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adidas x wings+horns Superstar Pro High. Photo: Adidas
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adidas x wings+horns Campus. Photo: Adidas

General Assembly x Reebok Giveaway!

Reebok recently announced that it is teaming up with General Assembly, and giving away a free trip to Thailand. Included in the grand prize is a Reebok gym bag and $500 of swag. I can only hope that Reebok chooses to include their amazing new Floatride in the giveaway pack, as I was blown away with the comfort and support of these shoes. Definitely, a great pair of running and travel shoes!

Participants have until Sunday, November 19th to enter, and the winner will be notified by December 1st. You can gain additional entries by sharing the giveaway on Facebook, referring friends to the giveaway, following Acanela Expeditions on their social media channels, and subscribing to General Assembly’s YouTube channel. Click here to enter and learn more about this sweet giveaway!

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Reebok Floatride. Photo: Reebok

Nike Air VaporMax Cookies & Cream Pack

On October 26th, Nike is set to release a candy inspired colorway of its new Air VaporMax style. Dubbed “Cookies & Cream,” the upper of the shoe features a black and white blend of Flyknit. Opposites definitely attract in this colorway, and the blend of the two opposing colors creates a clean, monochromatic look. This look is definitely on trend, especially considering the host of black/white “blended” sneakers that are being released (Adidas UltraBoost All Terrain).

Nike released the Air VaporMax as the next evolution of its Air Max technology, and it has taken the sneaker world by storm. You don’t want to miss this release. Visit the SNKRS app to reserve your pair now!

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Men’s Air VaporMax in “Cookies & Cream.” Photo Credit: Nike
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Women’s Nike Air VaporMax in “Cookies & Cream.” Photo Credit: Nike

adidas x wings+horns NMD R2 Leather

What happens when you cross an amazing lifestyle brand with the hottest sneaker on the market….a masterpiece. And that’s exactly what happened with the adidas x wings+horns NMD R2. High quality hand-stitched leather combined with an ultra-comfortable boost outsole. Need I say more…

Highlights

  • wings+horns brings it’s unique aesthetic with a solid leather upper, contrasting hand-stitching, and an embossed adidas logo.
  • Upgrades from the NMD R1 make the NMD R2 a more comfortable and sleeker sneaker.
  • Exclusive collaboration with latest launch set for October 26th, 2017.

Keep reading for more insights.

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Construction

Japanese craftsmanship was a key inspiration for the adidas x wings+horns shoe collaboration and it is apparent in the design. Sporting a clean minimalist look, the shoes pair well with joggers and skinny jeans alike. The contrasting hand-stitching around on the tongue, mid foot, and collar of the shoe demonstrate the thought and care that was put into designing the shoe. Not to mention that the upper is all a single piece of leather. The embossing of the famous trefoil adidas logo on the tongue is a sophisticated, subtle touch. Vancouver’s wings+horns is know for their quality and they definitely let it shine. The attention to details in the adidas x wings+horns NMD R2 is simply astounding.

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In shoe collaborations, it’s the little things that make the difference and set the shoe apart from the standard models. Adidas and wings+horns did just that with their NMD R2 sneaker.

Fit/Performance

The NMD R2 is the follow up to the ever popular adidas NMD R1, and adidas has a couple of tweaks in the sequel. With the NMD R2, adidas has done away with the two EVA plugs on the outsole of shoe, and replaced them with a series of stripes in the boost sole. This creates a much sleeker look and feel to the shoe, which is a solid improvement. Another difference I noticed between the NMD R2 and NMD R1 was the boost sole itself. On the R1, the boost felt a little stiff to me. On the R2, the boost is more akin to the UltraBoost, which is definitely a plus when wearing the shoe for longer periods of time.

The shoes fit true to size and I would not size up or down in these shoes. As I mentioned, the leather that adidas and wings+horns used is very high quality and it has a good effect on the fit of the shoes. It’s both very pliable and conforms to your foot, but at the same time keeps it’s shape over time. The only trouble I’ve had with the shoes is getting them on. Because of the hand stitching around the tongue, it can be a bit tricky the open the shoe wide enough to slip your foot in. Fortunately this is an easy fix, as you can just loosen the laces a bit more when putting them on.

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Conclusion

At $190, the adidas x wings+horns NMD R2 is a bit more money than a traditional NMD R2. However, you are getting both amazing craftsmanship and high quality materials in this shoe. So, you could definitely compare these shoes to a Common Projects or Magnanni sneaker, both of which retail for over double that price. I would argue that the NMD R2 is going to be more comfortable than any other leather sneaker you will find, with its boost outsole. In that context, you are definitely getting your money’s worth if you pick up a pair of adidas x wings+horns NMDs.

Now, where can you find these kicks? These shoes originally launched as part of adidas x wings+horns Spring/Summer 17 collection, so they could be a bit difficult to find. Therefore, I would suggest looking at verified and trusted shoe resellers such as Fight Club, Stadium Goods, or Rif LA. In fact, while writing this post, I was able to find these shoe for only $125 at Fight Club. Additionally, don’t be discouraged if you can’t find your size, adidas just announced they are doing a Fall/Winter collaboration that thankfully features another NMD R2! This new collection will launch on October 26, 2017 on adidas.com and select retailers worldwide. In the end, if you want a stylish, well-made, and comfortable sneaker, look no further than the adidas x wings+horns NMD R2.

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NOBULL Orange Heather Trainers

On October 24th, NOBULL is releasing an Autumn inspired color way of their ever popular trainers. NOBULL was founded on the simple premise that your equipment doesn’t make you better, only your hard work does. In that regard, while their shoes look simple they are definitely workhorses. Especially considering NOBULL’s SuperFabric® that is not only breathable, but glass, knife, and barbed wire resistant. So, it’s no surprise that NOBULL is beloved by CrossFit® fanatics worldwide (I certainly love my Olive Heather Trainers). Click here to check out the Orange Heather Trainer and enter to win a free pair!

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NOBULL Orange Heather Trainers launching October 24th. Photo credit: NOBULL

 

NMD R1 Primeknit ‘A.I. Camo’ Pack

Adidas is releasing 900 pairs each of the NMD R1 Primeknit ‘A.I. Camo’ Pack. Signups for the NMD are live now, and will be released on October 20. In the US, we will be seeing the “Sahara” and “Olive” color-ways. In Europe, we will be seeing the red and grey color-ways. Go to Adidas Confirmed for a chance to score these sweet kicks. Follow me for more news like this!

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CUSTOM NIKEID METCON 3

What’s the best way to get kicks that you know that nobody else will have or make you feel like a sponsored athlete…create customize ones! Nowadays lots of shoe brands will let you customize various styles of their shoes, but Nike has been doing it longest with the introduction of NikeID in 1999. I’ve always been attracted to the idea of NikeID, but it’s always been daunting especially with the amount of options Nike gives you. How do you know that you’re selecting the best color combinations, choosing a design that is uniquely you, or picking a shoe worth customizing? I recently went through the process of using NikeID and was blown away with the final product. Below I’ve outlined the process and my top tips for creating your own custom pair of Nikes.

THE PROCESS

Nike’s process of creating a NikeID shoe is pretty seamless. First off, you can simply choose the “Customize” ribbon at the top of Nike.com and you can see all the styles available for NikeID. From here just choose your style and launch the NikeID customizer. Each shoe style is a little different, but in general you can edit color of the shoe’s upper, the laces, the swoosh, the sole (outsole and sometimes midsole), the heel, and even make custom text to the shoe! Overall, I found the process to fairly straightforward and as seen in the side-by-side comparisons below, Nike’s rendering of the shoe is very accurate. Definitely a plus considering the premium you pay for NikeID.

The only complaint that I have about the process is how long delivery takes. Nike’s original estimate was delivered 3 weeks from the order date, however, in reality it was more like 4 weeks. Now, I don’t know if this is UPS’s fault or Nike’s, but forewarned that it can take sometime for your NikeID’s to arrive.

TOP TIPS

I’m a firm believer that shoes should be worn, not put on a shelf, and this is especially true for custom shoes. You put in the work and paid the money, so wear them! With that in mind, what should be in your mind making your NikeID shoe?

  • Spice up a style you already love. You wouldn’t wear bright pink if pink wasn’t your favorite color, right? Same applies here. Choose a style that you know will be timeless to you. I picked a Nike Metcon because I’m a CrossFitter and having a unique color way to your shoe is a part of the CrossFit culture. Two things that I knew would keep me wearing the shoe. Bottomline, be you when you pick the shoe.
  • Get colorful. Knowing the right color combination can be overwhelming, especially given all the choices Nike gives you. In this case, knowing some basic “color theory” helps. Complementary colors (blue & orange, yellow & purple, red & green) are generally going to look good together. Additionally, going with a contrasting look (think white versus black) will definitely make your shoes pop. Monochrome isn’t a bad way to go either, as seen below, and can look very trendy.
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All white Nike Metcon 3
  •  Have your shoes tell a story. By this I mean to pick a theme. A personal theme is best, something about the shoe needs embody your identity. It is called NikeID after all. For me, this was picking my college colors – purple and gold (GO DAWGS!!). This is a place where making use of the text customization option is great. A favorite saying, personal motto, or nickname can go a long way to make your theme and tie the shoe together. Nike Metcon 3, retcon 3, NikeID Metcon 3, NikeID, custom Nike, University of Washington, UW, Dawg Pack, purple and gold, purple, gold, nike training, Nike Training

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, I was very impressed by my NikeID experience. It was very easy to design the shoes and they came out looking exactly as I expected. The performance and construction is very comparable to my other Metcons, so there are no quality issues to worry about. In the end, 1) know your style, 2) know your colors, and 3) know your theme. With these 3 things in mind, you are sure to come out with an awesome pair of NikeIDs. Happy designing!!

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