It’s that time of the month again, and no it’s not your girlfriends period. It’s where SneakerFeature drops its latest edition on what to cop this late August. A month where Kanye drops his new Yeezys and a month where we slowly say a big fuck you to winter and embrace spring weather. If you are hyped as I am for the warmer weather, read this article to see what to cop this spring before every private school kid with dad’s credit card does.
1. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Pirate Black”
Price: $210 AUD
Purchase from: For now Ebay and select Facebook sneaker groups are your best bet.
With one of the most anticipated sneaker releases of this year, Kanye ‘Gay Fish’ West has dropped his second instalment of the Yeezys. When it comes to liking Kanye I’m torn. On one hand the man is a lyrical genius, and on the other he is a complete knob. Not to mention his wife, who has had her inside worn more times than I have my old pair of air max 95 beaters back from year 7. Putting this all aside I’ll be the first to admit I want this sneaker, but for all the wrong reasons.
With the growing interest in Adidas’ Ultra Boost collection, it has set a precedent for these monumental kicks to drop. In the build up to this sneaker dropping I entered numerous competitions hoping to score a pair. I never wanted to own these sneakers, I was just in it capitalise on the ridiculous resell value. When the first Yeezy’s dropped I saw people willing to pay over $2,000 for a pair of shoes that retailed for a fraction of that price. Although the people willing to pay this amount of money for a pair of kicks are not all there, they still have a higher IQ that of all the Kardashians combined.
Usurpingly I didn’t win any of the competitions. I then looked to lining up to cop a pair. After finding out people in Melbourne had been camping out since that Monday my confidence was cut, much like Caitlin Jenner’s penis. I quickly reassessed my options and turned my attention to copping the online release. Now, I would say my overall computer skills are quite sound. I have narrowly avoided many awkward occasions and closing of tabs just before mum has walked in. With a confidence the size of North West’s forehead, I quickly logged in at 12 am to a multitude of website where I had previously entered all my details. As you can probably guess I didn’t make it pass checkout until I was redirected to the homepage due to too much traffic. Fuck you Kanye, fuck you.
Moving forward to the shoe. For some, figuring out why this shoe is relatively expensive let alone desirable is a struggle. From appearance it looks quite basic with simple stitching, a black midsole finished off with minimal grey laces. It is in fact the methods and material used to construct this symbolic shoe that earn it its price tag. This sneaker is handcrafted in Italy using the finest materials and equipment. The leather used throughout this sneaker is that you would expect to find on the seat of a Ferrari Enzo. The technical fabrics used to shape this sneaker combine a powerful colour way that is seen throughout the fashion industry. It is the minimalist approach that has earned these sneakers the colour way of ‘pirate black’.
For me this colour way is a lot cleaner than the original ‘Turtledove’, which admittedly I first read and ‘Turtlelove’. For those wanting to cop a pair of adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Pirate Black” I suggest you turn your attention to sneaker Facebook groups, where genuinely good people/ idiots are flogging them out for retail price. Although, by the time you are reading this you are more likely looking at a minimum of double the retail price. For the lucky few who copped a pair, give me yours, and for those who missed out don’t despair because undoubtedly there will be a restock in the future.
2. Nike Free Inneva Woven II SP “White/Black”
Price: $215 AUD
Purchase from: Select Nike and NikeLab stores
Coming straight out of NikeLab, the Nike Free Inneva Woven II SP is here! Moving away from the recent bright colour ways, Nike has decided to return back to the effortless triple white or black look. For a lot of people the ‘woven’ look is not for them. Initially, I felt similar thinking that it almost looked tacky. It was only until I purchased my first pair of Nike Mayfly QS that I began to appreciate the technicality of the woven design. The woven design not only allows for the sneaker to breathe but it caters for more movement within the shoe. For those who have ever worn a stiff fitting shoe you will understand the lack of ability to move your foot around, which can become frustrating.
This sneaker features a lightweight woven nylon upper and flex grooves that allow for more natural movement. Coupled with a glove-like fit that adapts to a variety of foot arches, it ensures nothing but comfort when rocking these sneakers. These shoes also feature a carbon rubber outsole for enhanced durability and are finished off with a rubber waffle (Nike Free 5.0) outsole for traction.
With the warm weather around the corner, these sneakers are ideal for roaming around spring. Make sure you check out select Nike and NikeLab stores to score yourself a pair of game changers.
3. PREMIER x NEW BALANCE 998 “PRMR”
Date: 22/08/2015 and 05/09/2015
Price: $304 AUD
Purchase from: Premier Boutique
New Balance has partnered with Michigan based street boutique store Premier to produce this limited edition 988 sneaker. These 998’s tick all the right boxes when it comes to style, elegance and fine detail. These kicks are inspired and designed to pay homage to early twentieth century automobile manufacturing in Michigan and throughout the US. Early automobiles such as Ford’s Model T have inspired this shoe to come about. The 998 ‘PRMR’ aims to represent the high level of quality that is seen on the American manufacturing assembly line by incorporating local based materials.
The sneakers upper comprises of a tan and black suede which aims to replicate a brass front panel and black chassis. It also features a fierce black midsole, contrasting a clean white durable sole. These 998’s display a premium leather tongue and a quilted-seat Premier-branded insole. Finally, every pair comes with a hangtag set featuring a New Balance key and Premier license plate.
After owning both 574’s and M1300GD’s I am definitely keen to rock a pair of these and they look unreal. For those wishing to score this limited edition release your best chance is on the Premier Boutique website. Premier will be holding a limited online release at around midday (Michigan time) for those interested. If unsuccessful you will have to wait until 5th of September for the worldwide release.
4. Foot Patrol x ASICS Tiger Gel Lyte III “Squad”
Price: $260 AUD
Purchase from: Foot Patrol
Dropping another release for Asics 25th anniversary comes the Foot Patrol x ASICS Tiger Gel Lyte III “Squad” collaboration. If reading that first sentence does arouse you I don’t know what will. The words Foot Patrol and Asics are synonymous for bringing us some of the biggest and best looking sneaker collaborations. It can only be speculated that if they were in fact humans they would produce the most stunning baby of all time.
Foot Patrol has obviously been putting in work with this being its eighth commemorative collaboration of the year. In last edition of SneakerFeature looked at the ATMOS x Asics Gel-Lyte III White/White “Birthday Dinner” and they very tight. This why I am super psyched to break down this upcoming sneaker as it is essential for your rotation.
These Gel Lyte III’s are based upon an Foot Patrol’s iconic gas mask logo. Featuring an olive green suede colour way it will not doubly remind you of Asics Gel Kayano that were released back in October of 2014. It has been stated that this colour way is “looks fit for a post-apocalyptic military”. The suede exterior also features perforated sections throughout the shoe to enable the sneaker to comfortably breathe. Along the medial side features alternating side panel branding with black accents making up in the Tiger Stripes and outsole. The back panel of the sneaker features Foot Patrol logo, which has been designed to match the sock liner with a delicate, hit of gold. Following the war theme this shoe has been titled “Squad” in an attempt to bring people together in times of war whilst putting their differences aside.
In a media release from Foot Patrol they said “we took elements from the O.G. gasmask logo which formed the base for the colour palette of our GEL-LYTE III. Rounding off the theme of our co-lab is the ‘FP SQUAD’ embroidered logo that carries the message ’11 Members, 1 Squad Leader’ on the inside of the split-tongue.”
Similar to other 25th anniversary Gel-Lyte IIIs, they will be held to a limited release. For the “Squad” there will only be a limited 1,990 pairs worldwide. Make sure you get in early to secure yourself a pair of these kicks!