Takashi Murakami on ‘Juxtapoz’ Magazine’s 2015 July issue cover

SHOES MASTER Vol. 23 (Japan)

Japanese footwear magazine SHOES MASTER is set to release its latest issue, Volume 23, which features the latest topics in sneakers for the 2015 spring/summer season. Inside you can expect to find news covering the latest in sneaker collaborations as well as catalogs of the likes of adidas, New Balance, Reebok, ASICS Tiger and PUMA.

What stood out in particular this past season were the Supreme x Nike collaboration, the adidas Ultra Boost Collective, and the Nike Air Max Zero prototype. Updates on some of the top sneaker shops are also provided, including mita sneakers, BEAMS and UNITED ARROWS. One story announces the upcoming opening of a brand new sneaker boutique at the Isetan Shinjuku Men’s Building in Tokyo. SHOES MASTER launched in spring 2014 and is released biannually at the end of March and the end of September, and it continues to establish itself as one of the world’s leading publications in footwear and sneaker culture.

Watch out for SHOES MASTER Vol. 23 to be released March 30 for approximately $6 USD.

Ala CHAMP Magazine (Tokyo) Issue 9

ibought (Japan) Vol. 07

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Japanese lifestyle magazine ibought submits its seventh volume at the cusp of the fall/winter season. In a refreshing turn of topic, the magazine places Japanese actress and model Riko Narumi on the cover, dressed ornately in pieces from UNDERCOVER’s Fall/Winter 2014 outing.ibought following up its sixth issue with features on Eastern stalwarts such as N.HOOLYWOOD, UNITED ARROWS and TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloIst., while elsewhere profiling adventurous lesser-known brands in shops now.

An essential addition to any collector’s inventory, pick up the latest issue of ibought from retailers such as HAVEN now.

Michelle Wie on the cover of Golf Digest

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Michelle Wie is the first LPGA player to appear on the cover of Golf Digest since Lorena Ochoa in August 2008.
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Wie has two wins in 2014, including her first major title, the U.S. Women’s Open.
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Once considered a can’t-miss prospect, Wie is two years removed from finishing a career-low 64th on the LPGA money list. “I’m still trying to come to grips with the long road it took to get here,” she said.
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“What I’ve learned from my turnaround can be summed up in a quote from Winston Churchill: ‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.'”

SHOES MASTER (Japan) Vol. 22 featuring Supreme x Nike

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SHOES MASTER, the self-described “World’s Greatest Shoe Magazine” is set to release its 2014 fall/winter issue on September 30. Covering global sneaker culture from a Japanese perspective since 2004, SHOES MASTER reverts our attention back to its homebase in Vol. 22 for its “Tokyo Sneaker Guide.”

Here they explore the many outlets from which sneaker culture permeates in Tokyo, from official brand stores and select shops, to your neighborhood vintage shop. In addition, this issue will touch upon the latest news concerning the big upcoming collaborations in the sneaker business, such as Supreme x Nike, and NEIGHBORHOOD x adidas, as well as featuring a report on Saucony and its role in the retro running shoe trend.

Also included is a complete catalog of all the new sneaker releases of the 2014 fall/winter season. Pick up a copy for yourself beginning September 30 from Amazon.

EAST TOUCH (Hong Kong) x Birkenstock #1000th Issue Zurich Collaboration

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Hong Kong-based lifestyle magazine EAST TOUCH has produced another strong collaborative release, this time teaming up with footwear label Birkenstock. The #1000th Issue Zurich collaboration sees the classic Birkenstock silhouette feature a black suede wraparound with metal buckles and a brown leather and cork footbed. Rounding out the sandal is a pure white sole with an embossed, groove pattern.

Available in either black or olive, the EAST TOUCH x Birkenstock #1000th Issue Zurich Collaboration can now be purchased EAST TOUCH’s online