Converse Jack Purcell x Denham

Amsterdam based jeans makers Denham have teamed up with Converse to produce 2 pairs of limited edition Jack Purcell’s. A historic trainer that dates back to the 1930’s, these cotton canvas classics started off on the badminton courts and slowly transcended to the city streets.

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The Converse Jack Purcell x Denham sneaker’s classic canvas upper is the perfect textural complement to thoughtfully crafted denim. The clean white midsole is offset by a solid black toe, while the outsole is enhanced by an embossed leather Jack Purcell logo, inspired by the leather patches sewn onto the waistband of a pair of jeans. A contrasting top eyelet brings to mind a pocket rivet; the kind of detailing that draws in a more discerning eye. Denham’s own nod to the famed Jack Purcell toecap is seen on the heel, where their illustrative scissor logo is reconfigured to make the cutting shears “smile.”

The limited Converse Jack Purcell x Denham pack launches on April 11th and will only be available at the Offspring Selfridges London store.

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OFFSPRING X SAUCONY ORIGINALS PARTY

In honour of the exciting launch of our Saucony Originals x Offspring Shadow 6000 trainers, we hosted an exclusive Saucony party at our Offspring Commercial Street store in East London.

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The store was rammed with photographers, magazine editors, bloggers and trainer fans to celebrate this exclusive launch and get a preview of our limited Shadow 6000.

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While we were enjoying some hip hop beats played by club kid Siobhan Bell and mingling with fellow sneakerheads we caught up with our very own Aman Tak from the buying team who designed the models with Saucony.

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Q&A with Aman (Buyer/Designer at Offspring

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What was the inspiration and thought process behind the collaboration?

The inspiration was drawn from combination of factors. Trekking through some of Saucony’s archive imagery it was evident, like most early ’80s running brands, neons, turquoises, pinks were prevalent on some aspect of footwear in that era. This formed the basis of the key focal points of this collab, the side spots, speckled sole and the box. Then we looked at more modern performance product and the use of 3M reflective hits for safety which spawned the idea of a full reflective tongue.

The slogan ‘running since..96’ was inspired by the ‘We Run’ motto found on Saucony’s performance boxes. This was a way of us paying homage to both the brand and to our original OFFSPRING store which opened its doors in 1996 on Covent Garden’s Neal Street. A store I subsequently worked at many moons ago. This also inspired the grey based colour way as Covent Garden, to me, evokes images of the cobbled streets and the large paving stones of the piazza so we tried to incorporated this too.

How do you feel Saucony fits with the Offspring brand?

 We have always prided ourselves on looking outside of the regular top 4/5 brands and are continually on the hunt to expand our brand portfolio with ‘alternative’ brands and I think Saucony fits perfectly in that mould. They offer our consumers an alternative to other brands, maintaining a high level of quality not to mention their deep rooted heritage in performance and lifestyle. They have an immense loyal following globally and with our key touch points around the country we have been able to connect with these guys with our inline offering and now with this collaboration.

 Saucony is synonymous with running and the Shadow 6000 is a brilliant example of their unique style. What made you decide on the Shadow 6000?

There have been some amazing collabs on this model from some top global partners in recent times so it was an opportunity to make our mark on this iconic shoe. Hopefully we have done the Saucony following proud

Without giving too much away, can we expect any more exciting collaborations?

 Without giving away too much we have a few locked in, some with sports brands and some outside of those. Keep your eyes peeled

What trainers are you getting excited about for the summer?

There’s a lot to choose from, but from Saucony specifically there are some great Luxe Packs using hi grade materials and the collaboration product from the likes of Bait, Premier & Bodega is pretty exciting. A promising year for the brand as a whole I think.

This exclusive collaboration will be available from all Offspring stores nationwide from 10am Saturday 5th of April, and on www.offspring.co.uk from Monday 7th April at 8am.

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Offspring x Saucony – COMING SOON

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Saucony Originals have teamed up with footwear giant Offspring to offer 2 fresh spins on the brand’s iconic Shadow 6000, taking their influence from classic colours from the Saucony archive and the streets of London’s Covent Garden.  For the first time ever Saucony Originals have produced a fully unisex collaboration, with both colourways being available in both Men’s and Women’s sizes.

Inspired by the ‘We Run’ slogan found on the boxes of Saucony’s performance running shoes, the name ‘Running Since.. 96’ pays homage to the year Offspring launched their first store on Neal Street in Covent Garden, just yards from where they now share a space with the Saucony ‘Story of Running’ pop-up store.

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Utilising pig skin suede, with a 3m reflective tongue the colours used in designing the two colourways take inspiration from the prevalent colours in Saucony’s rich archives – neon pink highlights the Saucony three dots logos and across the tongue detail whilst turquoise runs throughout both shoes, with the shoes’ grey base colour taking inspiration directly from the cobbled streets of Covent Garden which surround Neal Street.

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Since 1991, the Shadow 6000 has been a favourite of the high-mileage runner who needs a running shoe with stability in the heel and extra flexibility and cushion in the forefoot.  It has been such a success it still features in the Saucony 2014 performance line up.

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The collaboration will be available from all Offspring stores nationwide from 10am on Saturday 5th of April, and Offspring.co.uk from 10am on Monday the 7th of April, 10am uk time

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Nike Air Max 1 “Air Max Day”

March 26, 1987 saw the release of one of Nike’s most iconic trainers, the Air Max 1. This revolutionary shoe featured the first visible Air cushioning in the sole and changed how Nike developed running trainers. With suede and nylon mesh uppers and the iconic Swoosh at the side, the Air Max 1 held on to the classic Nike aesthetic but took a huge contemporary step with its visible technology.


27 years have passed and we have seen the Air Max incorporated in many Nike styles, mixing with a variety of colourways, materials and newer Nike technology, such as Hyperfuse and Lunar. In celebration of nearly 3 decades of Air soles, Nike are declaring March 26th “Air Max Day”, encouraging Nike fans to wear their favourite Air Max trainers and share with the world via social media.

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To coincide with the marking of “Air Max Day”, Nike are launching a limited edition Air Max 1 that features the OG ‘University Red’ colourway with a bright Volt yellow sole, fusing the past and the present. The trainer is finally topped off with ‘3.26’ detail on the tongue to mark this Swoosh sanctioned holiday.

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The Quickstrike Air Max 1 “Air Max Day” is currently sold out on our website but still available in Offspring stores, check your local store for availability.

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Here are a handful of favourite Air Max’s from some of the team at Offspring HQ, so make sure that like us you wear your favourite Air Max’s and post them on Facebook, Twitter (@offspringshoes) or Instagram and use the hashtag #OFFSPRINGAMDay so we can all join in with the celebration of one of the best Nike trainers of all time.

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Air Jordan 10 “Venom Green”

With Air Jordan’s “Venom Green” series appearing this Spring, the collection’s big launch is the Air Jordan 10.

The fourth release of the  Air Jordan 10 model to launch this year, it features an all black upper in tumbled leather with soft nubuck panels and elastic loop lace system. The “Venom Green” is highlighted in a chequered print lining and in striped accents along the translucent blue sole. The final hidden detail that makes the Jordan 10 unique is the list of Michael Jordan’s achievements listed on the base of the sole.

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The Air Jordan 10 “Venom Green” is released on Saturday 22nd March and will be available in all Offspring stores and online here.

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adidas Retro vs. Marble part 3

From our exclusive collaboration with adidas we can now reveal the third and final instalment from our Retro vs. Marble pack, focusing on the ZX8000.

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The adidas Originals ZX 8000 launched in 1989 and promptly set a world record at the Rotterdam Marathon. Fast-forward to today, and this classic runner remains one of the most iconic and revered ZX models. These shoes feature the revolutionary TORSION® midfoot support that put the ZX family in a class of its own. The lightweight mesh upper is supported by suede overlays, a pairing inspired by the adidas archive and includes lightweight EVA cushioning, a heel stabiliser and a slip-resistant rubber outsole.

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The first exclusive ZX8000 from this pack showcases a ‘90s style retro classic in a mid grey, metallic silver and purple colourway.

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The second ZX8000 features a black, pink and emerald colourway with our exclusive marble effect on the side panels, highlighted by adidas’ classic 3 stripes in metallic silver.

This limited edition adidas x Offspring ‘Retro vs. Marble’ pack is available in all Offspring stores and online here.

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adidas Originals x Topshop

With the ‘90s fashion revival well and truly taking hold, it seemed the ideal moment for adidas Originals to team up with the womenswear mecca that is Topshop.

Sportswear has resurfaced as a key element in our Spring wardrobe and this feminine collaboration has a simple, luxe aesthetic that encompasses adidas’ classic styling with Topshop’s rebellious flair.

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The collection is inspired by the London landscape, which is reflected in the bespoke prints that adorn the 3 classic adidas footwear silhouettes, the Superstar ‘80s, Tech Super and Mattitude High Top.

The 3 adidas Originals x Topshop styles are currently available in store at Offspring Selfridges and Offspring Topshop London.

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Nike Crescent City Collection

Another innovative pack from sporting heavyweights Nike, showcasing a collection that takes inspiration from Louisiana, also known as Crescent City. Year after year, the US basketball league’s best come together to compete for bragging rights in a showcase of premier talent and this year’s festivities are held in the heart of New Orleans.

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As the NOLA Gumbo League Collection pays homage to what happens on the hardwood, the Nike Sportswear Crescent City Collection showcases the characteristics that make New Orleans different from anywhere else: the food, culture and distinctive wildlife. These three qualities take centre stage on Nike’s Flystepper 2K3, Air Up ’14, and Air Force 1 Low Comfort, designs as unique as the city that inspired them.

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In New Orleans, alligators are king of the land and remembrance of another king’s first pair of Nike’s, the Flystepper 2K3 combines an elevated silhouette and adds the signature perforated quarter panels of the Zoom 2K3. Featuring black faux-alligator strap enclosures, the real tribute to the tough skin of Alligator Mississippi  takes form in a raised synthetic mesh covering the toe.

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 As the best of the best come together in the Big Easy, the Nike Air Force 1 Low Comfort pays tribute in kind. Like Louisiana’s favourite dish, gumbo, the latest Air Force 1 is a collage of the most memorable Nike Sportswear upper materials,such as foamposite and cork and prints including elephant, alligator, pony hair, and safari.

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Crawfish are a NOLA staple and any New Orleanian will tell you they are best when boiled. A crave-worthy take on the Nike Air Up mimics fresh-out-of-the-pot crawfish. The Air Up 2014 gets the job done with no seasoning required, featuring a crustacean-red upper complete with water droplets and a steamy graphic.

Get your hands on the Quickstrike styles from this limited and unique pack online here and in selected Offspring stores. Check your local Offspring store for availability.

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Reebok InstaPump Fury x BAU

In celebration of Reebok’s 20th anniversary of the iconic InstaPump Fury comes an exciting new collaboration with Frank the Butcher, using one of the sneaker world’s most renowned design experts to rework one of Reebok’s most innovative silhouettes.

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Frank’s development from sneaker fan to a respected designer reflects in his designs, showing genuine passion and individualist design that make up his signature aesthetic. Also known as the ‘Father/Daughter’ pack these limited edition InstaPump Fury’s were inspired by the creative talent of Frank’s daughter, resulting in two colourways that could be worn by both men and women.

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The collaboration falls under Frank The Butcher’s Business As Usual (BAU) collection and have the signature slogan “All Is Fair” embroidered over the toe box. They feature a woven jacquard splatter design across the upper in either nude or candy pink, colour block leather accents at the toe and heel, a white Hexalite sole unit and of course the iconic Pump mechanism.

The 2 colours of the limited InstaPump Fury x BAU are only available in store in Offspring Selfridges London.

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Sneakers : The complete limited editions guide

Since the release of The Complete Collectors Guide in 2005 there has been a revolution in the sneaker industry, with trainers moving back to the forefront of popular culture and becoming the hot topic once again.

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With so much hype over launch products, re-releases and retro styles, this much anticipated sequel book gives a refined breakdown of the best limited releases across some of our best loved sports brands. Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide not only celebrates a collection of inspiring trainers but also some of the great sneaker boutiques that have emerged in recent years, of course one of those being Offspring.

Two of our very own collaborations feature in this trainer bible, showcasing our Converse Clean Crafted pack that took the timeless basketball silhouette and reworked using premium full grain leather uppers and finished with an embossed Offspring man on the inside tongue. The second collaboration was with running royalty New Balance, as after becoming one of the first accounts to sell their Made in the UK product it only seemed fitting to release something together. The pack featured the 576, 577 and 860 models in a mix of premium leather, nubuck and mesh and each trainer had the 4 original Offspring store numbers embroidered into the heel.

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With the second wave of sneaker collecting, boutiques have collaborated with the sportswear giants to create unique and limited trainers. Using artists, designers, musicians and cultural icons to influence the build and make up of a trainer shows how recognised sports footwear has become amongst a fashion conscious and individualist culture.

An essential purchase for the sneakerhead and avid collector, this exciting new book release is now available online here.