Adrianne Ho and Dapper Lou create custom New Balance 998 designs

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.

Tokyobike x New Balance 2015 C-Series Collection

BEAUTY&YOUTH UNITED ARROWS (Japan) x New Balance CRT300

A First Look at the mita sneakers (Japan) x New Balance MRT580 “The Battle of Surfaces”

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New images have been released of the collaborative New Balance 580 sneaker between mita sneakers and New Balance titled, “The Battle of Surfaces.”

In an obvious nod to tennis, the shoe’s upper resembles that of a tennis ball, having been constructed from material that looks and feels like the felt you’d see on a ball. Playing off of the white lines of a physical tennis court comes the strong white accents throughout the body, coupled with the solid white bottom sole, creatively completing the tennis feel of the sneakers.

Pick up a pair exclusively from mita sneakers now.

Alexander Wang’s Womenswear 2015 Spring/Summer collection goes heavy on sneaker inspiration

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Last weekend, Alexander Wang presented his upcoming 2015 spring/summer womenswear collection. Your eyes were not deceiving you if you caught on to the physical similarities between the collection’s pieces, and iconic sneakers created by the likes of Nike, adidas and New Balance. Alexander Wang has turned to none other than footwear’s heavyweights for inspiration in producing his latest collection. Pieces such as the sleeved elephant print top, green collared stark white button-down shirt and interweaving, multicolored heels pays homage to the Air Jordan 3 Cement, adidas Stan Smith and Nike Air Woven respectively.

In some aspect, whether subtle or obvious, Wang’s latest effort remains heavily rooted in footwear. Let us know what you think of Wang’s high fashion interpretation of sneaker design and subsequent apparel in the comments below.

 

Image of Alexander Wang's Womenswear 2015 Spring/Summer Collection Goes Heavy on Sneaker Inspiration

Image of Alexander Wang's Womenswear 2015 Spring/Summer Collection Goes Heavy on Sneaker Inspiration

 Image of Alexander Wang's Womenswear 2015 Spring/Summer Collection Goes Heavy on Sneaker Inspiration

Image of Alexander Wang's Womenswear 2015 Spring/Summer Collection Goes Heavy on Sneaker Inspiration

Image of Alexander Wang's Womenswear 2015 Spring/Summer Collection Goes Heavy on Sneaker Inspiration

Image of Alexander Wang's Womenswear 2015 Spring/Summer Collection Goes Heavy on Sneaker Inspiration

Image of Alexander Wang's Womenswear 2015 Spring/Summer Collection Goes Heavy on Sneaker Inspiration

A look inside Hong Kong’s unique ​sports ​​fashion concept store J-01

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Hong Kong multi-brand fashion retailer D-mop has just revamped its latest J-01 sports fashion concept store.

First launched in 2001, J-01 (Just Only One) aims to bring the world’s finest exclusive collections and limited-edition items to Hong Kong for a discerning clientele looking for something original and experimental, something beyond mere trends or whims. No stranger to similar efforts in the past such as D-mop Denim Store and the “Military Theatre” themed D-mop zone, J-01 has gradually risen to prominence with its unique retail concepts.

J-01 has been a leading partner on many projects together with global sports brands including adidas by Rick Owens, adidas by Raf Simons, Nike, Asics, New Balance, Ewing, the Puma Disc series and the 20th Anniversary Reebok Certified Network Instapump Fury line, among many others.

Aesthetically presented as an urban showroom, J-01 features a minimalist white layout with soft yellow lighting and an exhibition platform acting as the main feature. In addition to serving as a purveyor of eminent apparel, runners, accessories and limited-edition items, J-01 has become a significant platform for creative projects and happenings, and has been actively involved in collaborating with different parties each season which include visual media installations showcasing their special-edition collections.

J-01
Basement Wellington Plaza
56-58 Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong

 

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New Balance 2014 Fall MRT580 “Japan” Pack

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Canada’s Livestock has teamed up with New Balance and its Japanese imprint to bring yet another collection of MRT580s to North America. Originally planned as an Asia-only release and a follow-up to this summer’s drop, the release features a trio of colorways that take cues from Japan’s terrain, focusing specifically on the country’s rocks, sand, and soil.

Crafted from suede, pigskin, and mesh with reflective 3M accents and paint-speckled midsoles, this fall’s MRT580s are now available at Livestock locations and online.

 

Image of New Balance 2014 Fall MRT580 "Japan" Pack

Image of New Balance 2014 Fall MRT580 "Japan" Pack

 

New Balance Japan 2014 Summer MH988

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A little more than a week after premiering the all-new MH988 and its Freshfoam upgrade in a navy and brown color combo, New Balance Japan drops a deep green rendition with subtle hints of “bubblegum.” Taking a number of design cues from classic styles and repackaging them into a new hybrid silhouette, this model’s newly-applied cushioning system supports a boot-inspired, premium suede upper for a unique, yet comfortable look.

Releasing soon in various parts of the world, it may be some time before we see this New Balance MH988 Freshfoam hit stateside.

 

BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS (Japan) Takes Us Inside New Balance

 

To coincide with the duo’s collaborative 25th anniversary footwearBEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS recently took an in-depth look at New Balance. Available here for your viewing pleasure, the piece delves into the history of the Boston-based footwear label–founder William J. Riley was inspired by the foot of a chicken when he established the brand back in 1906–and provides a look inside its Brighton neighborhood headquarters in Boston and factories in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Skowhegan, Maine.

Enjoy the video above and look for this fall’s BEAUTY & YOUTH UNITED ARROWS x New Balance collection–featuring the 1400 and a RevLite-equipped 996–to drop for both men and women come August 8.