adidas Originals are honouring the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin wall and marking this history defining moment with the release of the ‘Fall of the Wall’ pack, reworking the classic 1989-released ZX8000 runner in three unique colourways.
1989 was a year that redefined the social landscape of Germany as a nation divided was brought back together after 37 years with the collapse of this infamous wall.
Constructed in Germany, the pack takes direct inspiration from the three American Allied checkpoints that were located around the East/West Germany border; ‘Alpha’, ‘Bravo’ and ‘Charlie’.
Located 160km from Berlin, Checkpoint Alpha was one of the most important German borders during the Cold War. Taking inspiration from the crossing’s dark building and large stretches of grey asphalt, the ‘Alpha’ features black leather uppers with tonal mesh panelling.
Inspired by the pastel hues of Checkpoint Bravo, this ZX 8000 is constructed from salmon pink nubuck with synthetic underlays, a bright yellow heel cage and light aqua accents running throughout.
The most famous of all the German border crossings, Checkpoint Charlie was located right in the heart of Berlin. ‘Charlie’ is decked out in premium white leather with tonal canvas underlays, finished with a black heel cage and a natural leather lining.
This highly exclusive release is launching on Saturday 8th November and will be available online here and in selected Offspring stores. Check your nearest one for availability.
Built around the idea that “more is more,” the Nike Air Max 90 defined an era of excess and bigger-than-life personalities.
In the past, dreadful weather confined the Air Max 90 to the wardrobe, but now the SneakerBoot version breaks that boundary.
The powerhouse Nike designer Tinker Hatfield created the original Nike Air Max 90 more than two decades ago, and the beloved shoe isn’t easy to adapt, explains designer Ben Yun about the SneakerBoot creation process:
“It was very intimidating. The shoe is so well recognized, I sometimes feel like changing it in any way is at some level destroying it”
Yun then ruminated on the core characteristics of Nike SneakerBoots: timeless Nike footwear styles, lightweight functionality and rugged resistance to the elements.
After honing the aesthetics of the Air Max 90 SneakerBoot, Yun then addressed functionality. The fully lined, gusseted, and waterproof upper combines with a reflective Swoosh logo, tongue, and quarter panels, as well as an aggressive outsole pattern to make the Air Max 90 SneakerBoot winter’s worst nightmare. Other details include oversized eyestays and heel-tabs, and the classic Air Max 90 midsole design that preserves the original DNA that makes the Air Max 90 SneakerBoot unmistakably Air Max.
Last week, the OFFSPRING buying team flew out to Tokyo to get style and trend inspiration and visit the insane sneaker stores that this amazing city has to offer.
With it being Tokyo Fashion Week, the guys were definitely in the right place at the right time, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Nick Wooster and Japanese Vogue Editor Anna Dello Russo.
Famous sneaker store, Styles Daikanyama showed them round their fantastic store and chatted about the product they are getting excited about for 2015, including our future collaborations.
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Modern styling meets retro technology in a special adidas Originals release, exclusive to Offspring.
This pack brings out two classic running models from the adidas archive and gives them a fresh makeover for 2014, courtesy of the Offspring creative team. Taking colour inspiration from vintage track tops and then updating the designs with premium materials,this release combines the best of retro design and modern construction in one special pack.
The adidas ZX420 was first released in 1988, when it was originally crafted for the serious long distance runner. Pre-dating the Torsion system by only a few months, this lightweight model features a comfortable three-piece EVA midsole and teams it up with a well-designed upper that has stood the test of time.
The adidas Torsion Response Lite premiered in 1992. This reworked version features clever and functional updates in the form of AdiPRENE cushioning in the sole unit, a revised inner sock and tongue area and special details, such as the spring-loaded lace locks. Flip the shoe upside-down and there’s the reassuring sight of the Torsion bar: one of the most-loved examples of functional design in sportswear history.
Both shoes get a full premium transformation here. The adidas Torsion Response Lite finds itself re imagined in luxurious two-tone pigskin on the toe box and side panels, with a vibrant green inner sock to hold the foot steady. Special elements, such as 3M detailing on the Stripes and heel tabs, the bright pink Torsion bar and colour-matched laces, complete the makeover. The adidas ZX420 steps out in full neon regalia: purple neoprene uppers offset the black suede overlays and pink 3M Stripes. An additional full-length 3M tongue panel is the perfect sign off on this unique and exciting twin-pack.
This UK exclusive pack launches Friday 3rd October and will be available online here and in all OFFSPRING stores.
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Founded in 1976, German brand MCM (Modern Creation München) is famous for its luxury leather goods, often emblazoned with its iconic logo.
A long time favourite of celebrities, MCM is known for its traditional craftsmanship and stylish functionality and now the creative director Michael Michalsky has fused his own lifestyle brand MICHALSKY and MCM to create a range of luxury sneakers.
This German born fashion designer has previously worked with adidas and was the man responsible for their infamous collaborations with Stella McCartney and Yohji Yamamoto.
His collaborative collection features some classic, basketball style, high top trainer silhouettes. The uppers are crafted from premium leather and stamped with the instantly recognisable MCM logo. These ultimate sports luxe styles are the perfect fusion of hip-hop style streetwear and timeless heritage artisanship.
SHOP MICHALSKY X MCM
Ransom is a Canadian lifestyle company that draws inspiration from the great outdoors to develop it’s unique and expertly crafted designs.
The new AW14 expedition series takes inspiration from the mountainous Yosemite National Park and the city dwelling’s of the brands hometown in Toronto, Canada. The contrast of city vs. natural is the perfect balance, using simple silhouettes with premium fabrics and construction.
Here are three of OFFSPRING‘s favourites from the collection
The Alta Mid is a contemporary classic with the comfort of a traditional moccasin but with the performance of a technical runner. The soft, suede upper and featherweight EVA outsole creates a causal and slimline appearance.
The Field Lite is perfect for all terrain from mountainous trails to metropolitan streets, offered in a feather marled knit and ventilated air mesh upper with a smooth EVA rubber outsole.
The Path Lite is a technical, lightweight runner constructed with the weather resistant materials. The upper consists of lightweight nylon and 3D no sew panels and sits on an EVA, rubber traction outsole.
On Thursday 28th August the Commercial Street store in Shoreditch, London hosted the launch party for one of OFFSPRING‘s most anticipated collaborations.
Inspired by the colours of the desert at dawn and dusk, this Onitsuka Tiger x asics and OFFSPRING pack of two was designed by one of our very own, sports buyer Aman Tak.
The party was full to the brim with artists, bloggers and trainer fanatics, all there to enjoy these exclusive and limited edition designs.
It definitely went off with a bang with great music from DJ Alex Sessions and the endless buzz of sneaker chat.
The Gel Lyte V has now officially sold out but you can still get the limited Shaw Runner here.
The pack was definitely a crowd pleaser and the guys at Dropdate thought so too, check out their review here.
Video footage courtesy of The Dropdate
We can now exclusively reveal the exciting limited edition collaboration between Onitsuka Tiger x asics x OFFSPRING.
To reveal these exclusives trainers, there are a few small steps to take before they will appear in 3D before your eyes.
1. First you will need an iPhone, iPad or iTouch and need to download the Sayduck app for free from the App Store.
2. Click on ‘Tap here to scan a marker page’ and hold your phone up to the screen so it can scan the image above.
3. Once the scan is complete you will see the exclusive reveal of our brand new Onitsuka Tiger x asics x OFFSPRING models.
The colours of the desert at dusk and night are the inspiration behind Desert Pack, a collaboration between Onitsuka Tiger, ASICS and sneaker boutique Offspring.
Two silhouettes bring together the best of sister brands Onitsuka Tiger and ASICS.
Onitsuka Tiger’s SHAW RUNNER is the cold and atmospheric night version of the Desert duo with its navy, white and tropical-green colour combination, and blue speckles on the white sole.
The Desert colourway of the ever-fresh GEL LYTE V tells the story of a sandy wilderness at dusk. Pink, beige and camel echo a post-sunset sky that reflects dark, mysterious shadows swallowed by the deep blue of twilight.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Fred Perry’s inaugural Wimbledon Men’s Singles victory, Offspring have teamed up with Fred Perry to launch the Hopman 1934 Tennis shoe with a limited edition Offspring toy.
The Hopman shoe is available to buy in Brighton, Camden, Offspring Selfridges London, Birmingham and Trafford stores only, however the toy is available with any Fred Perry purchase online and in-store.
Fred Perry’s peerless tennis heritage informs the styling of this limited edition model. The lawn green terry towelling cuff and understated tonal laces offset the rich leather upper while gold embellishments make this shoe stand out from the rest.
To commemorate the launch of the Hopman 1934 Tennis Shoe, customers will also receive a 1934 embroidered tote bag and an 80 Year signature heritage booklet.
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