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Oakley Factory Team and Brain Dead Deliver Chop Saw Mule Collection

After dropping off a range of collaborative Chop Saw silhouettes in April, the Oakley Factory Team has reunited with Brain Dead for a selection of Chop Saw Mules. The exclusive capsule, designed and conceptualized by Brain Dead, feeds off “the rich kinetic energy of change,” spotlighting the evolution of the signature footwear’s shape and composition.The new slate of Chop Saw mules includes four colorways — “Maroon/Espresso,” “Black,” “White” and “Gray” — made from a variety of textiles and materials. The “Maroon/Espresso” model is composed of honeycomb jacquard on its upper, drawing inspiration from Oakley’s first Kevlar shoe, while the “Black” iteration enlists ostrich leather for a unique 3D texture atop of a wavy urethane sole. The “White” option, meanwhile, offers a blank canvas construction, and the “Gray” design uses high-quality leather with a stylish jacquard upper.”Displaying fierce visual traits from its original form, the Chop Saw Mule is a symbol of chiseling ease amidst total molecular transformation,” said the Oakley Factory Team. “Its unique padded neoprene collar allows for a non-isometric stretch that bends with the lush materials. All of its eye-catching details make for a manifestation of non-conformism.”The full Oakley Factory Team Chop Saw Mule collection will be available to shop on June 6 at 10 a.m. PT on Brain Dead and Oakley’s webstores. Take a closer look at the collection in the gallery above.In more footwear news, Jordan Brand spotlights the story of Howard “H” White in new short film.

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Lee Hwi-Min and the AMBUSH x Nike Air Force 1 for Hypebeast’s Sole Mates

Lee Hwi-Min is one of the most well-known South Korean hip-hop producers, responsible for bringing the genre’s sounds to a global audience thanks to his work with Jay Park, Sik-K and pH-1. He’s racked up awards — from “Producer of the Year” at the Korean Hip-Hop Awards to Best Hip-Hop Maker Award at the Soribada Best K-Music Awards — and is even leading a new wave of sound with Lil Moshpit, the solo performance act he debuted in 2022.Away from the studio, Hwi-Min has been recognized for his unique street style, which is why Hypebeast tapped him to be the latest guest on our Sole Mates series. Growing up, he’d often turn to hip-hop artists for fashion inspiration, and one silhouette that always stood out to him was the Nike Air Force 1. Its timeless design, wealth of collaborations and versatility have always resonated with him, and one iteration that he feels best expresses his personal taste and life journey is AMBUSH’s Nike Air Force 1 Low in “Pine Green.”We caught up with the musical maven to discuss why Yoon Ahn is a big inspiration to him, what his favorite details of the Air Force 1 are and why G-Dragon’s Nike Kwondo 1 team-up was such a huge moment for Korean pop culture.Who or what got you into sneakers?Hip-hop culture had a huge influence on me becoming interested in sneakers because it was such a huge part of rappers’ looks. From Korean artists like Crown J to global icons like Pharrell and Lil Wayne, these people taught me what it meant to have your own individual style, and they made sure footwear was on the frontlines of that style.How has that influence shown up in your own personal style?It’s influenced me to pay attention to things like proportions and color-blocking. I lean more towards wide leg pants and matching suits, so I’m always cognizant of what sneakers will look best with these components of my outfit. It’s an old school thing, but I still really love making sure my clothes and kicks match-up color-wise.Can you remember what brands sparked your interest growing up?I had to admire a lot of brands from afar since I didn’t grow up having a lot of money. BAPE was always really dope to me because of its playful patterns and plethora of fire sneaker colorways. I was captivated by brands like Billionaire Boys Club and DC Shoes as well.When did the Nike Air Force 1 first come into the picture for you?I was in the 2nd or 3rd year of middle school when I got my first pair. I remember picking up an all-white pair from the Shinsegae Department Store in Guwol-dong. It was and is such a staple in hip-hop culture, and I also thought that they paired perfectly with my school uniform’s straight fit pants.”Yoon just continues to prove her worth as a designer time and time again. I truly believe that her work will only continue to get better and be valued even higher 50 years from now.”What are your favorite elements of the Nike Air Force 1?I love its shape and sleek construction. It’s such a timeless design that you can pair with any outfit in your closet. The fact that other brands have built silhouettes based on it is a testament to that. We’ve seen brands like BAPE, MSCHF and Starwalk put together their own variations of the model and found success, so it just goes to show the power of its aesthetic.Why did you choose to highlight the AMBUSH x Nike Air Force 1s for your Sole Mates installment?The shoes are an amalgamation of the first silhouette that I ever fell in love with mixed with one of my biggest design heroes in Yoon Ahn. I felt that the collaboration was one that best captured my personal journey, my interests and my style.Why is Yoon Ahn an inspiration to you?Yoon just continues to prove her worth as a designer time and time again. I truly believe that her work will only continue to get better and be valued even higher 50 years from now. During the last AMBUSH runway show at Milan Fashion Week, she gave me the best advice about running with my creativity and I’ll always cherish that moment.Music artists are just as big, if not bigger than some athletes when it comes to sneaker collaborations. Have any stood out to you?G-Dragon’s PEACEMINUSONE x Nike Kwondo 1 has always been striking for me. They were such a big moment for sneaker culture, but even more so for Korean music because Nike allowed one of our artists to create their own signature silhouette. Everything from the tiny floral details on the heel to the wing-tipped uppers to the sleek shape was perfect. I also really loved how his Air Force 1s took tear-away uppers to the next level as they revealed a multi-colored, paint-like underlay. That was a genius way to generate excitement around him before he debuted the Kwondo.Is it a dream of yours to have your own sneaker collaboration one day?I’ve actually been offered my own sneaker collaboration on several occasions but I’ve turned them all down. While I realize that this is a dream for a lot of artists, I just don’t feel ready to design at my highest level. With the right timing and alignment, I hope to make it happen down the road.Why are sneakers and their stories important to you?/I love that you can tell so much about a person just by looking down at what sneaker they’ve got on. Sneakers can express someone’s style, what they’re into and even how they’re feeling that day. They’re such a key piece for me when it comes to completing my outfits, and are one of my favorite canvases to show off my individuality.This issue of Sole Mates was originally posted on HYPEBEAST KR and has been adapted accordingly.

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BEAMS Brings Back the Birkenstock Zurich in “Taupe”

Birkenstock and BEAMS are coming together once again to re-release their collaborative Zurich sandals in “Taupe.”Selling out instantly during the SS19 release, the pairs arrive once again as a clean and convenient summertime option, able to be worn both barefoot or with socks. The upcoming monochrome pairs feature suede uppers with silver metallic buckles, a molded cork footbed, and EVA midsoles. Birkenstock’s logo is embossed on the medial side and no visible co-branding is displayed.The BEAMS x Birkenstock Zurich is scheduled to release on June 24. Pre-orders are now open via BEAMS and lookbook shots can be found below.View this post on Instagram A post shared by BEAMS Men’s Casual Official (@beams_mens_casual)Elsewhere in footwear, RIFARE and Sweet Villianst team up for exotic succulent-inspired footwear.

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