Adrianne Ho and Dapper Lou create custom New Balance 998 designs

Afew x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Koi” Pack

While sneaker culture is indeed now well-ingrained in the overarching pop canon, its the rare releases, the meticulously-thought projects, that truly define sneakerheads in 2015. The “Koi” pack is perhaps one of those signifiers, returning again courtest of German retailer Afew and ASICS.

Commemorating the inaugural launch in 2012, here the two parties return to outfit a pair of the GEL-Lyte III, a publicly available version of the sneaker released three years ago. The colorway itself references Koi fish in observance of Japanese culture, and is delivered in a nifty “Bento Box” that includes branded chopsticks, ‘Wasabi’ and ‘Soy Sauce’ laces, a dustbag and a special commemorative booklet. Dropping alongside this release is a range of T-shirts designed by longtime collaborator and friend Kwills.

Look for the Afew x ASICS ”Koi” pack to arrive in-store on May 30, with an online release pending surplus from the in-store drop.

25 Chinese Sneakerheads take a sneak peek of the new upcoming Nike Air Force 1

Originally released in 1982, the Nike Air Force 1 has since become an instantly recognizable and iconic silhouette, and for many, its incorporation of Nike Air technology heralded the beginning of an age in which basketball sneakers would tread the line between performance and cultural relevance.

Even more so, the Air Force 1 holds special significance in China, where its arrival following Nike‘s entry into the Chinese market in 1980 symbolized the first tendrils of basketball and hip-hop culture taking root into the minds of the youth. With each successive rendition of the Air Force 1 targeted at the Chinese consumer, Nike’s foothold in the Chinese imagination grew until “Nai Ke,” the brand name’s Chinese transliteration, evoked memories of the court, the street, and school.

For 2015, the original ’80s silhouette of the Air Force 1 has been reworked for Chinese consumers, featuring all-over white premium leather, a white sole, and red suede Swoosh, finished off with Nike’s Chinese name embroidered in red on the heel. We brought the new model to 25 sneakerheads across China for their thoughts on the heritage of the silhouette in the country, listening to each individual’s personal connection to the Air Force 1 and their memories associated with the shoe.

Along with a special Nike “Nai Ke” tank, crew and cap, the Nike Air Force 1 Hi “Nai Ke” will be available a tNike and select Chinese retailers on the mid of January.