Oct. 31, 2019: Hoka One One has joined forces with Opening Ceremony on minimalist black or white sneakers with futuristic detailing and a premium leather upper. The collab sees an update to the Bondi 5, a heritage Hoka style that features technical details to make for a smooth run, including cushioning and a heel bevel. The OC x Hoka Bondi will be available beginning Nov. 1, with a $185 price tag. Consumers can nab the shoe at Openingceremony.com and at OC stores in New York, Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Oct. 31, 2019: Boat shoe brand Sperry and clothing label Noah have teamed up on what they refer to as “a thinking person’s dress shoe.” The style is meant to strike the sweet spot between comfortable, casual and classy. It boasts a croc-embossed leather upper, with a leather footbed, a Vibram sole and rawhide laces. The Noah x Sperry Faux-Croc Embossed Captain’s Oxford can be purchased at Noahny.com and in-store, beginning today, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. ET; it retails for $298.
Oct. 31, 2019: Mason Garments and Playboy have unveiled their second collaboration — and it will have you saying bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. The brands teamed up on a Cinderella-inspired sneaker in the “Midnight Euphoria” colorway. The silhouette is a black version of Mason Garments’ Torino, with a calf leather upper, velvet cap heel and engraved outsole. “Midnight Euphoria” is handmade in Italy; only 100 pairs are available. The shoes can be purchased now on Masongarments.com.
Oct. 31, 2019: Cole Haan and Rodarte unveiled the latest fruits of their ongoing collaboration. The new collection features Rodarte designs on Cole Haan booties, lace-up sneakers, bucket bags and circle bags. The product features romantic hearts on leather and comes in the colorways “Misty Rose” and “Optic White.” Shoes retail for $190 to $240; handbags, for $248 to $398. Peruse the full range on Cole Haan’s website.
Oct. 29, 2019: Dear Giana is only 10 years-old, but she already has a high-profile sock collaboration. The artist and budding designer has partnered with Stance on socks featuring her playful illustrations and designs. Dear Giana has combined punky motifs with girly elements, such as ruffles and Lurex shine. The collab is available to shop at Stance.com starting today. Prices range from $12 to $25, with styles available in women, kids’ and toddler/baby sizing.
Oct. 24, 2019: Consumers can get their game on with the release of a collection of NBA-inspired looks from Timberland. The brand took its classic 6-inch yellow work boot silhouette and teamed up with the National Basketball Association and its social responsibility platform, NBA Cares, for a series of four limited-edition boots sporting the colors and logos of the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors. A fifth boot featuring an all-over “East vs. West” conference logo rounds out the series. The boots, retailing for $210, are available online, Timberland stores worldwide and select retail partners.
Oct. 22, 2019: Timberland’s new global creative director Christopher Raeburn has released a capsule collection of apparel, accessories and footwear, his first for the brand since their partnership. Raeburn’s sustainability approach to design complements Timberland’s commitment to making products responsibly. The line retails for $45 to $350, with a single sneaker-inspired boot retailing for $160 to $170. All items are available on Timberland.com and at select retailers in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
Oct. 22, 2019: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey has teamed up with Dallas-based street artist Kyle Steed and manufacturer Tangible Creative on producing 3D-printed sneakers. The shoes took more than 200 hours to develop and were produced by a machine running for 12 straight days. The upper features a colorful, graphic print design. Bulleit will unveil the shoes on Thursday, Oct. 24, at a Dallas launch party, which will include a 3D-printed bar with cocktails, music from DJ Blake Ward and live art from Steed. The kicks will drop in limited quantity on Sneakerpolitics.com on Friday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. ET.
Oct. 18, 2019: Concepts has delivered atypical takes on NBA star Kyrie Irving’s signature Nike shoes before, and the retailer is set to release another take. For the Concepts x Nike Kyrie 5 “Orion’s Belt,” the boutique retailer used Irving’s fascination with ancient Egyptian culture, pyramids and their connection to the solar system to inform the collab’s aesthetics. The Concepts x Nike Kyrie 5 “Orion’s Belt” drops Saturday, Oct. 26 via the retailer’s New York door and Cncpts.com at 11 a.m. ET for $140.
Oct. 17, 2019: Sebago is joining forces with English apparel brand Universal Works, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The collaborators released a new take on two signature Sebago silhouettes: the Cayuga and the Seneca. Both styles were redesigned by Universal Works’ founder and designer David Keyte, who was inspired by the concept of the “factory mistake,” a mismatching of materials. The shoes also feature Universal Works’ distinctive color on the seams and labels. They are available in Universal Works stores and on the brand’s website.
Oct. 16, 2019: Spanish fashion-comfort brand Camper has once again teamed up with German designer Bernhard Willhelm to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Camper’s Himalayan shoe. This season’s collaboration features the signature zigzag outsole, minimalist uppers knitted from a cozy jacquard fabric inspired by Japanese textiles, in addition to an OrthoLite memory foam insole for enhanced comfort. The collection includes two unisex sneaker-inspired styles, a knee-high boot and ankle style. As part of the CamperLab Exclusives collection, the shoes will be featured alongside select garments and accessories by Willhelm. The line is currently available in CamperLab stores in Paris, London and New York, on Camper.com and select retailers worldwide.
Oct. 15: 2019: Outdoor footwear brand Merrell and Duluth Pack, an American heritage brand known for gear made in the U.S., have partnered on a limited-edition outdoor and work boot collection based on Merrell’s Moab style. The pair of waterproof men’s looks retail for $180 to $190. They include a composite-toe version for on-the-job comfort and protection, and a soft-toe style for outdoor enthusiasts. Each look features Duluth Pack’s signature olive drab canvas and is finished with a custom brown leather logo. The boots are available on Merrell.com. Additionally, Merrell and activewear brand Outdoor Voices launched a Moab shoe as part of the new OV Outdoors collection.
Oct. 15, 2019: Action sports brand Vans is showing its appreciation for the great outdoors this holiday season with the launch of Vault by Vans x VSSL, a collaboration of three classic Vans styles and matching custom VSSL outdoor survival and first-aid kits. VSSL is a Canadian brand known for its weather-resistant outdoor gear. The cold weather-ready Sk8-Hi MTE LX leads the collection, featuring a water-repellent upper. It is accompanied by VSSL’s MTE camp supplies survival kit outfitted in custom graphics matching the shoe. In addition, there is the Old Skool VLT LX and Era VLT LX, made with Italian leather uppers and paired with custom-designed VSSL skate and surf first-aid kits. The collection is available on Nov. 1 at select Vault dealers.
Oct. 10, 2019: Available today, Nordstrom has exclusively launched the Halogen x Atlantic Pacific fall ’19 collection. The Atlantic Pacific brand comes from blogger Blair Eadie, who currently has 1.4 million followers on Instagram. The line includes a range of tops, pants, skirts, dresses, shoes, socks, tights and soft accessories, priced from $12 to $250. As for footwear, styles include platform oxfords, Mary Jane pumps, sneakers, flats and boots, and they are available in sizes 6 through 12.
Oct. 10, 2019: For its 20th anniversary, renowned boutique Sneakersnstuff has teamed up with The North Face for a collection that features an aesthetically bold boot. The collection, according to SNS, is inspired by “the early days of The North Face and the environment it was built in” and is designed with tie-dye prints to merge “today’s zeitgeist with the spirit of the groundbreaking 1960s.” Included in the lineup is the Back-to-Berkeley Boot, a new interpretation of what a hiking boot built for city life should look and feel like; the insulated boot is built with waterproof construction, leather overlays and a grippy outsole. The Sneakersnstuff x The North Face collection drops Oct. 19. The Back-to-Berkeley Boot will retail for $160.
Oct. 10, 2019: Foot Locker is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month though its Greenhouse incubator program, joining forces with Adidas Speedfactory and three Latin American artists. The result of the collab, the first footwear release via Greenhouse, is three new-look shoes that commemorate “the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinx artists,” according to Foot Locker. The three-sneaker lineup — designed by M. Tony Peralta, Lucia Hierro and Bryan Avila — was “inspired by their diverse and eclectic backgrounds” and feature “colorways that are reminiscent of the artists’ vibrant heritage.” The sneakers drop at 10 a.m. ET today exclusively on the Greenhouse app.
Oct. 10, 2019: Ancient Greek Sandals has teamed up with fellow Greek designer Mary Katrantzou. The collaboration was unveiled at the latter’s spring ’20 runway show. It took place last week south of Athens at Sounio in the marble remains of the 2,400-year-old Temple of Poseidon, built on a dramatic promontory overlooking the Aegean Sea. The label, handmade in Greece using centuries-old techniques, went all out for the show, creating 40 one-of-kind sandals, one to complement each look in Katrantzou’s collection. Classic gladiator styles, all of which were inspired by ancient Greek frescoes, sculptures and architecture, were selected from the AGS archives. Because color plays such a key role in the Katrantzou aesthetic, each style came in a different color of suede, nubuck, metallic leather or exotic skins, some embellished with glitter.
“I have always wanted to work with Mary, so when she approached us to design the sandals for her show, it was a dream come true. I loved the challenge of sourcing leathers to match her immense color palette. Hopefully [the ancient Greek god] Poseidon liked it, too,’’ enthused AGS co-founder and designer Christina Martini.
“I have admired Ancient Greek Sandals and the work of Christina Martini for many years, so when I started to plan this show at the Temple of Poseidon, they were my first choice for the footwear,” said Mary Katrantzou. Look also for a limited-edition capsule, inspired by Mary Katrantzou resort ’20 map prints, which will drop later this year.
Oct. 9, 2019: Switfish has collaborated with the Star Wars franchise on a series of shoes inspired by “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” “The Mandalorian” and “Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.” The footwear will be available exclusively online and in stores at iconic retailer Sportie LA. Prices are around $180 and only six styles will be available in limited supply, featuring Darth Vader, Poe Dameron, Storm Trooper, BB8, C3PO and R2D2. “The excitement surrounding the Star Wars franchise can’t even be put into words,” said Sportie LA co-founder Isack Fadlon. “As a retailer, I can say that producing a collection of this caliber is no mean feat. Switfish brings great value and experience to the table, and for them to give us this opportunity is a real honor.”
Oct. 7, 2019: Gigi Hadid and Reebok are back for a second act. The model and sportswear brand will release a new collection of sneakers and companion apparel due Oct. 24 on Reebok.com. The capsule, inspired by Hadid’s love of the outdoors, includes a refresh of the shoemaker’s ’90s heritage styles, including a new DMX 2k Zip sneaker, along with coordinating tracksuits, convertible vests and one-shoulder bras. Hadid’s first line with Reebok debuted last December.
Oct. 4, 2019: Clarks Originals is continuing its partnership with Stussy, known for its surf and skateboard-inspired looks, with today’s launch of a pair of Wallabees available in bovine leather, offered in sage and rust. Both are detailed with bohemian paisley collars and a classic crepe sole. The shoes will retail for $160 and are being sold through Stussy and ClarksUSA.com.
Oct. 3: Let it snow. Ruthie Davis and Disney are teaming up again, this time on shoes inspired by “Frozen II.” Davis has in the past designed footwear paying homage to Snow White, Mulan and Aladdin. The new range features six styles that take inspiration from “Frozen” characters, including crystal-adorned stilettos, glittery ankle boots, PVC sandals and platform sneakers. The shoes are priced between $598 and $898. Items will be available on Ruthiedavis.com beginning Nov. 10.
Oct. 3: To celebrate the anniversary of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Aldo has partnered with Disney to create a collection commemorating the iconic characters. The range, which launches in stores and at Aldo.com today, features the characters’ likeness on footwear and accessories from heels to handbags and sneakers. Both men’s and women’s items are included in the collection.
Oct. 3: American heritage brands Sebago and Pendleton have teamed up on moccasins inspired by Native American patterns, colors and traditions. The collaboration includes reinterpretations of five Sebago styles: the Campside, Arcadia, Tatanka Para Wool, Seneca Mid Wool and Keuka Mid. The styles are available to shop beginning Oct. 1 at a select number of stores in Italy, U.K., France and Belgium, as well as online at Sebago.com. Sebago and Pendleton will also host a party to celebrate the collaboration in Milan at the end of October.
Oct. 1: In celebration of the Museum Modern of Art expansion, MoMa’s design store has partnered with Vans and Happy Socks. MoMa and Vans have established an extended partnership, and they’re getting things kick-started with a Vans Era sneaker that features boldly colored patches in canvas and suede. The shoes cost $80 a pair and are available in unisex sizes 3.5–13. The Happy Socks for MoMa styles come in a box set with three pairs for $45; the socks feature color-blocked designs. MoMa has also partnered with Issey Miyake, Uniqlo and Izipizi. Items can be shopped at Store.moma.org or in person at one of the museum’s stores.
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