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12 Kicks Pt4: Puma Suede

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The archetypal Puma model that has withstood the test of time, the Puma suede is a basic design with clean styling but contrasted in a wide variety of bright colours. Released in 1968, the Puma Suede has a revival in the 1980s with the arrival of hip hop and was worn with tube socks, tracksuits and puffa jackets. Now with the need for retro classics, the Puma Suede still embodies hip hop culture but remains versatile with new colourways and limited editions to make sure it isn’t forgotten.

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12 Kicks Pt3: Converse All Star Hi

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The best selling sports shoe of all time and the ultimate classic, the Converse All Star Hi was first released in 1917 and adopted its Chuck Taylor name in 1923 after the world renowned basketball player. A style that transcends seasons and is worn by all ages, the Converse All Star Hi continues to evolve in a variety of colourways and fabrics and remains a true classic.

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This style is available at all Offspring stores and online here.

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12 Kicks Pt2: Gourmet 35 Lite ‘Stingray’

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Gourmet’s distinctive 35 Lite LX silhouette has reached new depths with its ‘Stingray’ colourways in grey and black. Featuring premium Italian imported suede, engineered mesh and reflective panelling, the trainers are detailed with a dotted stingray effect pattern.

Both colourways are available at all Offspring stores and online here.

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12 Kicks Pt1: Nike Air Trainer SC II ‘Megatron’

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A Quickstrike release, this Nike Air Trainer SC II is inspired by American football player Calvin Johnson Jr, whose un-guardable force has earned him the powerful nickname ‘Megatron’. Taking his title from the famous Hasbro toy, the Transformers Decepticon leader, Johnson’s superhuman skills push the limits of his position and his game.

Featuring a black nubuck upper with circuit board etchings, a black Swoosh, purple and red accents and the Decepticons logo emblazoned on the heel. Unfortunately these trainers do not transform into robots but they will definitely transform your trainer collection. These powerful kicks are available at all Offspring stores and online here.

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adidas x Tom Dixon

The infamous German sportswear giant adidas has a keen eye for exciting collaborations with avant-garde designers such as Rick Owens and Yoji Yamamoto, and now with British product designer Tom Dixon. Known for his interiors, furniture and lighting, it is a unique choice of collaborator who has never experimented with footwear and apparel.

Combining an architectural view of form the footwear has a bare essence of functionality with its detailing stripped back. Sports footwear and apparel is naturally highly functional and Tom Dixon’s explorer style keeps it durable but also with intention to transcend the seasons.

The blue, grey and black shoes combine rough suede and nylons and give a military/camping style with a heavy tred sole unit. With raw edges and simple lacing the styles are utilitarian and designed to fit in the perfect ‘capsule’ wardrobe.

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This unexpected collaboration from adidas shows us how sportswear is not only using fashion to create new and exciting ideas but branching out to the world of product design and architecture to help evolve the nature of sportswear.

The adidas x Tom Dixon footwear is only available in Offspring Selfridges London, Poste and Poste Harvey Nichols London.

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Jordan 5 ‘Oreo’

With the Jordan 5 model celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, it seemed the perfect time to drop a new colourway.

This latest release features the well known black and white ‘Oreo’ colourway. Draped in black nubuck with an anthracite tongue and matching laces. The midsole is a mix of black and white with a flash of classic speckle print, an icy blue outsole and the iconic ‘23’ embroidery on the outside heel.

This limited release will drop in all Offspring stores on Friday 29th November, also known as Black Friday, when Christmas shopping gets into full swing and online at www.offspring.co.uk from the 2nd December, so make sure you snatch up a pair before the Christmas shoppers descend.

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Y-3; The History of

“..with adidas we created something that did not exist before and completely projected the future. My desire was and is to make sportswear elegant and chic. adidas is very personal inspiration to me…it enriches my creative life”

Yoji Yamamoto, 2011

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It has been 13 years since sports giant adidas started its largest alliance with avant-garde fashion designer Yoji Yamamoto. Their aim was to create the perfect combination of sports and fashion, pushing the boundaries with innovative designs and expert craftsmanship. The logo Y-3 symbolizes this collaboration, with the ‘Y’ standing for Yoji Yamamoto, the ‘3’ represent adidas’ infamous 3 stripes and the ‘-‘symbolizing the bond between the two.

Fashion and sportswear have often found themselves using the same thought process, how to dress the body for its daily endurances. With Yamamoto’s designs exploring structure, silhouettes and perceptions of body’s moving inside of clothes, Y-3 introduced adidas to a more elite segment of the fashion market.

First linking up in July 2002, the collection shows in Paris during Fashion Week, showcasing the fusion of Japanese prints and paintings with bold sportswear and not forgetting the iconic 3 stripes within the designs. Stating his vision behind the collaboration, Yamamoto says, “People started calling me The Master, but I doubted that ordinary people were wearing my clothes”.

The trainers in particular remain as popular as ever with the new wave of ‘sneaker heads’ and other sports/designer collaborations allowing the everyday man or woman to own a little piece of designer footwear, keeping it limited and luxurious. Yamamoto wanted to go back to “the street”, saying he was “inspired by people walking and wearing trainers”.

Some of the iconic trainers include the Honja Low, Tokio Trainer and Kazuhiri Mid. Using adidas classic silhouettes and taking them one step further with luxe detailing and simplified design. Using rich, soft leathers, sleek lacing and occasional flashes of contemporary print, the Y-3 trainers result in a futuristic vision but keep the essence of the classic heritage sportswear giant, adidas.

Y-3 trainers are available at all OFFSPRING stores and online at www.offspring.co.uk.

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OFFSPRING Bromley Artist Series; Nikill

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OFFSPRING artist series continues this month with a visit from Nikill. He popped into OFFSPRING Bromley to customise the back wall of the store. Using the classic OFFSPRING logo with a mixture and take of his own makings he created a mural representative of OFFSPRING.

Pop in and see it for yourself in OFFSPRING Bromley.

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New Balance Blue Tab Collection

The latest release from New Balance is a lifestyle capsule collection of lightweight performance shoes that have been inspired by New Balance’s rich heritage in running. These innovative styles, the M890v, MR1400 and MRC1600 were all designed for runners and gain enhanced performance from a REVlite midsole foam. The burgundy and navy blue pack are colours that are synonymous with New Balance archives, giving a fresh twist to a performance shoe and all three styles include the unique New Balance Blue Tab sign off and additional pair of colour pop blue laces.

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The M890v is from the 890 series that debuted the REVlite cushioning and proved that New Balance is a driving force behind the development and innovation of running footwear. This third generation model is built to meet the demands of world class runners and features an ABZORB crash pad for a lightweight, comfortable run.

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The MR1400 is a race day, road flat and was designed to achieve an ultra slim racer that features a REVlite midsole and welded seam to reduce weight and create a lightweight speed running shoe.

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The MRC1600 is one of the lightest marathon trainers and its REVlite RC midsole features a higher density foam for superior responsiveness while its high traction, featherweight Dynaride outsole delivers superior performance.

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This collection bridges the gap between lifestyle and performance, bringing the aesthetics of a fashion pack against the technology of performance running trainers for the ultimate in style and innovation.

The New Balance Blue Tab Collection will be available at OFFSPRING Selfridges London from the Friday the 11th of October.

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Nike Air Max 1

The trainer that has had a huge impact in the last few years and become an absolute must for every sneaker head. The Nike Air Max 1 was lying dormant for many years as people favoured the simpler, subtle designs, but with the sudden demand for retro and statement trainers, the Air Max 1 slotted in perfectly.

First released in 1987, when many of its current wearers were born, the Air Max 1 updated a classic running silhouette, with the Nike Air cushioning unit on full display with its unique transparent window which proved to be a huge hit with trainer fans everywhere.

Since 1987 the Air Max 1 has been produced in a variety of colourways and fabric combinations and the ‘90s saw slight design changes in design to form the Air Max 1 we see today. With collaborative designs from Liberty of London, APC, Kid Robot and illustrator Ben Drury to name a few, the Air Max 1 has become an iconic design that can be easily transformed with multiple panels, unique textures and an endless combination of colours.

In the last two years the demand for this retro classic has seen Nike producing a wide variety of packs, Quickstrikes and collaborations utilizing the latest in their ever evolving technology.The latest offering from Nike is from their Quickstrike ‘Tape’ Pack, giving the seamless tape treatment to the most popular white, grey and red OG colourway. This futuristic version of its original colourway features engineered mesh, suede and Hyperfuse tape uppers.

With the OG release and new colours dropping monthly, the Air Max 1 keeps us interested and we at Offspring are looking forward to watching this iconic model evolve.

The Nike Air Max 1 ‘Tape’ white, grey and red model is available now in all Offspring stores and online at www.offspring.co.uk.

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