12 Kicks PT7: New Balance 576

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The ultimate in comfort and style, the New Balance 576 is a British made classic, produced in its factory in Flimby, Cumbria. Designed as an athletic walking shoe, the 576 features premium leather and suede uppers and is frequently released in a new variety of colourways. The Made In England branding makes it somewhat unique in the trainer community and is seen as collectable.

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12 KICKS PT6: Nike Air Max 1

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A trainer that fell under the radar for many years and returned with full force, becoming a firm favourite and the ultimate Nike classic. First released in 1987, the Nike Air Max 1 has become a retro favourite and continues to evolve with new colourways, fabrics and Nike’s latest technology. With such a variety available and releases dropping frequently the Nike Air Max 1 is definitely here to stay this time.

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12 Kicks Pt5: Vans Old Skool

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An iconic skate style that became a firm favourite among iconic skateboarders such as Stacy Peralta, Jay Adams and Tony Alva, of the infamous Dogtown skate crew. The Old Skool introduced the classic Vans side stripe that developed into a status symbol of tradition and skate stature. Built to last, the Old Skool is a reminder of a subculture that continues to influence sports styles and fashion.

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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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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”

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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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