Stranger Things Season 3 (July 4) is nearly upon us, so it only makes sense for Nike to release themed sneakers and clothing based on the hit show. This new Hawkins-inspired collection features the Cortez, the Tailwind, and the Blazer Nike Classics sneakers, set for a first drop on June 27th. On the apparel and accessories front, you’ll find hoodies, tees, as well as t-shirts emblazoned with the Hawkins High School crest. “In the summer of 1985, several transport vehicles departed from Nike HQ in Beaverton, Oregon, carrying special product shipments headed to multiple locations across the US,” said Nike. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Meta Threads, a clothing company which hosts top styles from influencers and esports teams, has partnered with Microsoft for their second generation of Xbox apparel, launching June 11th during E3 2019. The pieces found in this line highlight both athletic and technological influences, all the while maintaining an urban stylish tone to create functional modern clothing for gamers everywhere. “Working with a team as talented as Xbox has made the creative development process an incredible experience. Gaming remains a dominant force in pop culture and our goal is to capture the lifestyle beyond just the screen, bringing it into our fan’s every day lives. We are excited to announce our second collection with Xbox at E3 and are looking forward to future projects,” said Steve Nabi Co-Founder and President of Meta Threads. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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We have seen the future of fashion, and it’s digital. The Fabricant, Dapper Labs and artist Johanna Jaskowska teamed up to create a digital dress, called Iridescence, that recently sold for $9,500 on the blockchain. Unlike in-game costumes and other video game items, this digital couture will be custom tailored based on a photo you submit, and since it’s a blockchain asset, its value may actually increase, like cryptocurrency. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Adidas is releasing several sneakers based on the Pokemon series, just in time for the Detective Pikachu movie release. The one you see above features a large embroidered Pikachu character, and of course a hidden Pokeball inside the tongue. So far, there’s no official confirmation on what characters other than Pikachu and Squirtle will be released, but we’re assuming that if the demand is there, they’ll be releasing dozens of characters possibly. Read more for additional pictures and information.
To commemorate the release of the original Alien (1979) movie, Rebook Classic has unveiled the new 40th Anniversary Alien Stomper sneakers, which draws inspiration from the film. Featuring premium-aged leather construction, which enhances the sneaker’s tactile experience while also giving it a vintage look, a cream-white colorway with contrasting blood-red and anthracite detailing, as well as several Easter eggs, including a deviant version of the logo used by the Alien franchise’s infamous “Weyland-Yutani” corporation. Read more for additional pictures and information.
For those who don’t know the PUMA Fi self-lacing training sneakers are a direct descendant of AutoDisc, a wirelessly-connected adaptive-fit shoe Puma announced way back in 2016. Unlike Nike’s Adapt BB, which automatically tightens, these shoes have a swipe-activated motor on the tongue that tightens the hidden laces. Wearers simply swipe up to tighten, swipe down to “untie” and / or control them using the Fit Intelligence app over Bluetooth. The motor is powered by a battery concealed within the shoe’s insole, and when it runs low, you can recharge it by placing the sneakers on a wireless charging plate. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information, including a link to the sign-up page.
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PUMA isn’t synonymous with photography, but this collaboration, with Polaroid, just might change things. The RS-0 and RS-100 sneakers are inspired by the classic OneStep camera as well as instant photography. The RS-0 (above) boasts premium white leather on its upper and reflective laces, with nods to Polaroid including its Color Spectrum graphic on the tongue, along with red insoles that resemble a camera’s shutter button. Read more to see the RS-100 style and for additional information.
The Nike Adapt platform creates a truly custom fit by combining an advanced power-lacing system, an app as well as continually updated firmware, and it’s featured in the all-new Nike Adapt BB sneakers. How does it work? When you step into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing pulls 32 pounds of force to secure the foot throughout a range of movement. “We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes. During a normal basketball game the athlete’s foot changes and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete’s experience,” said Eric Avar, Nike VP Creative Director of Innovation. Read more for a video review, hands-on pictures and additional information.
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First, there were these Super Soaker sneakers, and now, Recon Beat Lab has unveiled a pair of Russell Westbook Game Boy-themed Jordans. These Why Not Zer0.2s sneakers, Westbrook’s signature shoe, sports a Game Boy-inspired color scheme, complete with a Game Boy cartridge hang-tag and even a Game Boy box that looks like a giant version of the classic portable game console. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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During the early 1980s, a NASA scientist named Lonnie Johnson created a heat pump system, and was testing it in his bathroom. However, a powerful stream shot from his prototype made him realize that this could make a great water gun, thus the legendary water gun was born. The idea was then sold to Larami Toys, and they released the Power Drencher. This name wasn’t very popular at first, but popularity grew significantly when they renamed it the Super Soaker 50. Nike decided to pay tribute to the Super Soaker 50 with these Russell Westbrook sneakers modeled after the classic water gun in its iconic packaging with the original tagline of “The most powerful watergun ever!” replaced with “The most powerful point guard ever!”. Read more for additional pictures and information.