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.
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.
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.
From the second part of our exclusive collaboration with adidas, the Retro vs. Marble pack, we can exclusively reveal the next focus model, the ZX5000.
The first exclusive colourway is a retro classic in light aqua, infra red and sun yellow, a nod to the colours we saw back in the day.
The second features panels of our unique marble effect amongst a dark indigo blue and pop pink colour palette. Both styles have a classic ZX5000 make up of suede and engineered mesh with 3M reflective details and a neoprene sock.
First released in 1989, the adidas ZX 5000 represented running shoe perfection. It was sold as a simpler model that focused on superior cushioning for middle to long distance runners. The incorporated TORSION bar allowed the foot flexibility and provided support and stability.
Throughout the ZX Series’ history, few shoes pushed forward to the future like the ZX 5000. Following the groundwork laid by models before it, this iconic shoe blends crucial elements of the ZX Series into a brand new design, culminating into a true symbol of performance footwear. A lightweight runner with a focus on comfort the adidas Torsion system allows free independent movement of the forefoot and heel.
Available in all Offspring stores and online here from Friday the 28th of February
From adidas’ premium Originals Blue label come the S-M-L (small-medium-large), a unique concept shoe, designed to address the needs of style-oriented frequent travellers. Originally seen briefly within adidas‘ Y-3 and SLVR collections, this technically brilliant shoe offers blissful comfort.
The primary goal with the S-M-L was to engineer a no fuss shoe that delivered a level of cushioning and support during light activity, flexibility, stretch and something ultimately light in weight. Coming in just 3 sizes, the shoe is designed to stretch across a size range, Small (3.5-5.5 UK), Medium (6-7.5 UK) and Large (8-9.5 UK), offering a snug and almost barefoot like experience.
Combining a 80´s running inspired upper with the modern S-M-L tooling , S-M-L original´s creates a unique new look that offers ultimate style and comfort. The “cage-like” outer layer features a stretchy synthetic leather and mesh upper in vibrant neon colours to provides support to the foot and the under layer is crafted from 4-way stretch mesh for a sock like fit allowing the shoe to stretch accordingly. To finish the outsole is engineered using EVA in two seperate high contact areas for traction and durability, allowing the shoe to expand and contract according to the wearer.
The iconic basketball style that transcends age and time, this version of the famous All Star Hi has been re-crafted to the specifications of Chuck Taylor All Star from the ‘70s.
The 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star collection features slight differences that, at first, may only be recognizable to collectors and astute fans but this vintage style pair has 10 differences to the classic we know and love.
1 – Nickel, brushed metal hardware
2 – Smaller toe box
3 – Player tongue label on the inside
4 – Cushioned sock liner
5 – Woven canvas heel for reinforcement
6 – Premium cotton laces
7 – Heavy grade canvas uppers
8 – Sidewall stitching detail
9 – Higher foxing around midsole
10 – Off white midsole
Available now at all Offspring stores and online here.
Offspring have once again teamed up with adidas to produce a pack of six exclusive colourways on three new and iconic models.
Working under the design theme of retro vs. marble, we can exclusively reveal the first pack that focuses on the ZX 710 to coincide with the re-release of the much anticipated OG colourway.
The retro classic colourway draws inspiration from the classic adidas Race Walk whereas the marble option mixes grey suede, neon pops and marble patent to give this model a more contemporary feel.
First pack launches Saturday 8th February in all Offspring stores and online at www.offspring.co.uk.
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To celebrate the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse, a couple of our favourite sportswear giants have some new limited releases in honour of the Chinese New Year.
First up is Nike’s women’s pack, featuring some staple trainer styles that you ladies love. The newly popular Dunk Sky Hi with its hidden wedge and two classics, the Air Max 1 and Air Force 1 High.
Symbolic design notes reflect the Chinese calendar, showcasing an aged grey leather base with metallic gold accents and a red equine emblem embroidered on the tongue and heel. In Chinese tradition gold represents elegance, luxury and good fortune and the red is there to give good luck, so make sure you snap up a pair of these lucky limited editions.
The Nike ‘Year of the Horse’ pack will be available in selected Offspring stores and online at www.offspring.com. The Air Force 1 High will be released on Saturday 8th February, the Air Max 1 on the 15th February and the Dunk Sky High on the 1st March.
Vans celebration of the Chinese Year of the Horse comes in the form of a four piece capsule collection using a Vans classic style the Sk8-Hi. Vans worked with over 15 different Chinese creative personalities who worked around the ideas of following one path with unrestrained expression and freedom, character traits of the Horse according to the Chinese zodiac.
The Sk8-Hi pack takes on a lavish faux horse hair upper with suede overlays, in four dashing colours of chilli pepper red, cherry blossom pink, navy and a limited edition black. The trainer is peppered with some noteworthy details such as a tapered tan leather heel counter that extends to the top line, matching tan waxed laces and a special Year of the Horse label sewed onto the tongue and stamped on the insert. The handsome upper rests atop a clean and familiar white rubber outsole with a subtle touch of detail at the tip of the waffle some in the form of a horse shoe.
The Vans ‘Year of the Horse’ pack are available in selected Offspring stores and online at www.offspring.co.uk.
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One of the most popular Jordan models, the Air Jordan III is back with a fresh colourway for 2014. The ‘Powder Blue’ features a soft blue nubuck leather upper, accented with black and the iconic elephant print along the heel and toe cap. A classic silhouette that keeps coming back with an exciting mix of fresh and OG colourways, it’s understandable that it has become a Jordan lovers favourite.
Released on Saturday 18th January, the Air Jordan III ‘Powder Blue’ is available at all London Offspring stores and Offspring Selfridges in Birmingham and Manchester.
A global fashion icon will be reborn in Spring/Summer ’14 as the legendary Stan Smith returns from its sabbatical. Removed from the shelves for the past few seasons, the classic silhouette has been re-invigorated and updated for the modern day while still staying true to the look and shape of the original.
Since its debut as a tennis shoe, the Stan Smith has made its way from the tennis court to the street, becoming adidas’ best-selling shoe of all time, with over 40 million pairs sold. American tennis icon Stan Smith began wearing what was the world’s first ever leather tennis shoe in 1971, when he won the US Open on grass and the Davis Cup on clay with the American team. In 1972 he won Wimbledon wearing the classic adidas shoe.
Originally introduced and developed for the French tennis player Robert Haillet in the mid-1960s, the name of Stan Smith was added to the tennis shoe, alongside Haillet’s, at the start of the 70s, before it was designated as the signature sneaker of the American sporting icon in 1972.
One of the most culturally iconic and commercially successful tennis silhouettes of all time, the Stan Smith will re-affirm its place at the pinnacle of the market with the re-launch of the OG on Jan 15th 2014.
To celebrate the launch of Gourmet’s Spring/Summer collection they hosted a party at our new Offspring Shoreditch store, in the heart of London’s fashionable East End. Honouring their new ‘Stingray’ 35 Lite trainers, the party would not have been complete without live stingrays in a large Gourmet branded tank in the centre of the store. What kind of a launch party would it of been without dangerous sea creatures hanging out in the store.
Featuring a live set by DJ Semtex, dropping some chilled reggae beats and Gourmet’s trainers presented on plates for the crowd to devour. Offspring Shoreditch was heaving with the trainer elite, bloggers, collectors and hype guys filled the store, taking in all the Gourmet vibes and admiring our brand new store.
The new store was the perfect venue for this launch, offering the latest in limited and classic trainers as well as a selection of sports apparel, Gourmet is a welcome addition to the Offspring family and it certainly brought the crowds to our new stomping ground.
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To get us ready for the party celebrations as the year comes to a close is the Nike Dunk sky Hi from the NYE Party Pack. Featuring an all over ‘Glacier Blue’ colourway, it has a rich premium metallic silver leather with a lizard skin emboss. The Nike Dunk Sky Hi takes a legendary style to new heights with its basketball inspired silhouette and a concealed wedge for a unique feminine sneaker style. Also in the NYE Party Pack are the Air Max 1 and Blazer available here.