Year of the Horse

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.

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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.

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The Vans ‘Year of the Horse’ pack are available in selected Offspring stores and online at www.offspring.co.uk.

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Air Jordan III ‘Powder Blue’

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.

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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.

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adidas Stan Smith reborn

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.

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OFFSPRING Store Opening. Sponsored by Gourmet

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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12 Kicks PT12: Nike Dunk Sky Hi ‘NYE Party Pack’

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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.

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12 Kicks PT10: Nike Stefan Janoski

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From Nike’s ‘SB’ skate collection are the Stefan Janoski’s. Launched in 2009, it was the signature shoe of the famous skateboarder. With Nike representing a huge range of sports professions, the skate styles are unique and understated. The low profile style comes in a variety of suede, leather and canvas and a broad range of colourways.

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12 Kicks PT11: Nike SC Trainer Hi ‘Ohio State’

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Another Quickstrike release to honour the spirit of the Ohio State football team. The trainer features a letterman style chenille ‘O’ on the tongue and a branded ‘’ on the outsole, split between two shoes. The university colours of red, black and silver feature on the mostly white perforated leather upper and sits atop a red speckled midsole. To finish the insole features Ohio State’s buckeye leaf in an all over print, completing this limited premium team edition.

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12 Kicks PT9: Adidas Superstar

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Introduced in 1969, the adidas Superstar was a low top version of the Pro Model and was the first low top basketball shoe to be made. Immediately identifiable by its rubber toe box, it became known to millions as ‘the shell toe’. A revival in the late 1980’s saw the Superstar getting snapped up by the hip hop scene and the shoe reached iconic status when famous rap group Run DMC made it part of their look. A main contender in the trainer hall of fame, it is a style that every sneakerhead needs to own.

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12 Kicks PT 8: Air Jordan 11 ‘Gamma’

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The holiday seasons most anticipated release, the Air Jordan 11 ‘Gamma Blue’ are sure to be on every sneakerhead’s Christmas list. A new colourway for the Air Jordan 11 model, it features a black upper with gamma blue and yellow accents and a blue translucent sole. A hype favourite, the Air Jordan 11 is sure to fly just like the Jumpman himself.

Released on the 21st December, they will be available at all Offspring stores and online here.

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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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