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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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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