Its not the first time we have seen the brogue treatment on a sneaker but to my memory its the first time we have seen it on a New Balance. Adding another shop to the mix of endless New Balance collaborators, Northridge’s INVINCIBLE gives it a go on the 1400 model that has been having a rebirth with J.Crew collabs of late. The shoe features a touch of a formal look with brogue detailing on the toe and heel cup punched into ultra premium navy suede. The premium materials continue with tonal leather laces and a white leather lining. All of this is sitting atop a white mid and outsole that gives the pair a clean look that’s sure to look great year round. The J.Crew 1400s I have are one of the most comfortable shoes I own so these are sure to have you riding on clouds while still snappin necks. These are set to DROP at INVINCIBLE May 18th with more shops to follow in late May and into June. The brogue look was a huge hit on Nike SBs Janoski Mid and I imagine the same will hold true with this nice makeup. Will you be classing up your New Balance collection with these 1400s? Take a look at a few more pics after the jump and let me know in the comments below.

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BOSTON PRIDE

Posted: April 18, 2013 in Blog

Mega shoutout to Packer Shoes for doing what they can in a time of tragedy. (DropDSM)

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Boston, MA — There is not a company in our industry that does not have some connection to this great city.  From the retailers and creative minds who push the envelope of creativity daily and the companies and agencies that are in the surrounding towns and communities, the collection of talent up the i-95 corridor is one with vast history, integrity and embodies the true American spirit.  Through the years we have been in business we have been fortunate enough to have relationships with great partners who have not only been wonderful to work with on the business and creative side but relationships that over time have turned into genuine friendships built from mutual respect and admiration.

What happened Monday afternoon in the midst of what should have been a celebration of this incredible spirit is something that will never be forgotten and unfortunately has left an indelible mark on…

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Ronnie Fieg is arguably the most famous name in sneaker designs that isn’t an athlete. There is a good reason for that. His designs with brands like Asics have brought them into the spot light with popping colors and premium materials. He has been hinting his next project for weeks with the hashtag #ECP or East Coast Project. The full details haven’t been released but it appears to be focused on the opening of his popular Kith retail concept in Miami. There are said to be 30 products dropping in the collection with the most hyped being the above pair of Asics GL3s with pretty obvious inspiration. The first of the duo is a Dolphins color make up of similar blue to the Mint Leafs but with those famous orange highlights. The second is a plush suede royal and orange colorway that seems to be a Knicks inspiration. Being the hypemaster he is Ronnie has also posted a picture of some no show, Kith branded, Stance socks that pair up with the Dolphins colorway. One can assume there will also be a pair to match the Knicks colorway. A Just Us beach towel is also in the mix adding to that beach theme. If I were guessing I would say a line of crews, tshirts, hats, and jackets will release alongside each shoe. I could also see the Miami iterations being a Miami exclusive but again no official word is known. Are you excited for this collection? Take a look at a few more pics after the jump and comment below!

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I love these more every time I wear them. When combined with a pair of Stance socks the comfort level is just unmatchable. The premium suede cranberry color always turns heads too. I can honestly say I am a fan of nearly every New Balance in the J.Crew line. Let me know what you think and grab your own pair HERE.

If you follow sneakers at all you know that Nike’s Roshe Run was the surprise hit of 2012 with tons of colors and styles selling out worldwide. Continuing on that model of low price point and extreme comfort Nike is pumping out the Solarsoft line at record pace this year. So far we have seen the standard moccasin and woven moccasin in a variety of colors and materials and that doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. Featuring the super comfortable solarsoft outsole these are a perfect summer shoe for whatever you may get yourself into. The uppers are of varying material as the standard has a light weight mesh upper while the wovens feature suede or leather uppers giving a more refined look. I have a few pairs and have noticed that the insole is almost identical to the Roshe Run but is sewn in vs easily removable like in the Roshe. Either way the no sock gang can rest easy as these are perfect for letting your feet breathe. I personally like the woven look the best and have picked up the navy suede colorway as well as the limited Year of the Snake makeup. Given that the shoe was designed by the same designer as the Yeezy 2 its no surprise these are a hit with sneaker fans of all shapes and sizes. Plenty of sizes & styles are available from Nike right HERE. Do you plan to pick up a few pairs? Check out some other examples after the jump and let us know in the comments below!

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Its worlds colliding for this writer. The Hundreds and The Grateful Dead collaborating on a collection together? I mean am I dreaming? I have loved the jam music scene for years and spent many of them traveling around seeing bands like Phish and STS9. I was never fortunate enough to see the Grateful Dead with Jerry but have seen iterations of them over the years. Now add to that one of my favorite labels in streetwear? Seriously grate stuff! This is a collection that kind of came out of nowhere as not many people would put streetwear and The Grateful Dead in the same discussion but Bobby Hundreds did a great job describing it on their blog so I will let his words speak for themselves:

A timeless American brand, rife with legacy and cultural history, amassing a devout niche following by encouraging grassroots awareness and community. We could be talking about The Hundreds, but we could also be referencing the Grateful Dead.

In 1965, the Northern California rock band set off on a long, strange trip, infusing psychadelia, space rock, jazz, and blues into a hypnotic concoction of music that converted followers around the world. A large part of this cult fandom was by way of the Grateful Dead’s mailing list, by which the band maintained direct communication with their base, disseminating tour information, band happenings, and release dates (not unlike how The Hundreds utilizes the web to speak to our customer); the Grateful Dead were social networkers before the technology or ideology was even imaginable.

Furthermore, the band not only embraced, but supported the live taping of their shows, prompting a subculture to foment around the procurement and trade of this underground music network––Just as, you may think, The Hundreds fans value the brand’s exclusive offerings. The Hundreds partners up with the Grateful Dead in a perhaps unexpected and unpredictable collaboration range of apparel this Spring, but it’s also not hard to see how similarly both creative projects are composed. As with the Grateful Dead, The Hundreds puts the people before the product, drawing our own lines, and pioneering our own subcultural marketplace beyond the traditional path.

Sounds good to me Bobby! This collection has a little something for everyone with both loud tie dye items and more toned down colors with the focus on graphics like the Hundreds has become known for over the years. Some of my personal favorites from the preview are the black dancing bears T with a TH twist (reminiscent of their take on Disney’s The Lost Boys) and the Steal Your Face/Adam Bomb tanks. Take a look at the preview of the items below and look for these to release in the Hundreds retail locations on 4/20 and their online store 4/22. Will you be grabbing anything from the collection? Let me know in the comments below.

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Le Coq Sportif is a French brand that IMO doesn’t get enough love here in the states. Other than sponsoring the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah you just don’t see much from them in the US yet their popularity soars in countries like Japan and Korea as well as their native France. Taking advantage of the surge in popularity of 90s retro runners the brand is bringing back their Flash model which is sure to please fans worldwide. These shoes haven’t released to market in nearly 25 years and is returning this  month. The model reemerges in strong fashion with a pair of colorways perfect for warmer weather. The first is a silver/grey/purple/black makeup featuring synthetic suede for most of the upper and a shiny smooth mesh on the toe box and quarter overlay. Its a primarily basic tone with the purple used as highlights on the midsole, logo, and base of the lace section. The second pair uses an identical makeup only swapping out the purple hits with royal blue. Its a perfect throwback to the 90s and sure to please. These will release at several European retailers this month including Hanon. Will you be adding these to your collection? Let me know in the comments below!

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