Blends and Vault by Vans have a rich collaborative history of working together on footwear, and this season the two entities are reuniting for a brand new collection. This oft-seen SoCal link-up is gearing up for expansion with a trio of OG Style 36 LX colorways, all of which have been named under the Blends x Vault by Vans OG Style 36 LX “Magic Tape” Pack. The “Magic Tape” nickname is has an element of duality to it as it nods to the streetwear retailer’s Japanese heritage and how Velcro is often called “magic tape” in Japan.After initially unveiling the “Black” colorway, Blends has given HYPEBEAST the first detailed look at the entire assemblage. Dropping alongside the “Black” iteration are “Marshmallow” and “Green” installments and is each arrives with a customizable component. Overlays that are present atop the base layers of each variation have been materialized with velcro and that is so you can mix and match the various velco-backed bone stripes that come packaged with the sneakers. This capsule marks the first time that the duo has included this design feature.The collection will roll out via BLENDS’ online store and retail locations from late May to early July, with the “Black” pair dropping on May 28, the “Marshmallow” pair releasing on June 17 and the green pair hitting the shelves on July 2.In other news, NOAH and Vans recently dropped a beach-ready Slip-On collection.
2015 was a pivotal year for adidas as it was the first year that Kanye West started releasing collaborative products with the brand and culture-shifting silhouettes such as the UltraBOOST debuted to the market. The latter became an icon in its own right as it had co-signs from West, Jerry Lorenzo and more, and was released in an abundance of colorways both collaborative and GR. One of the iterations that won the hearts of many sneakerheads across the globe was the adidas UltraBOOST 1.0 “Cream,” and it looks like it will be getting another restock.This pair was last seen on the market back in 2018 when it reissued alongside other OG UltraBOOST installments. All of its original design cues are being brought back including the uppers which are built with PrimeKnit that is covered in “Chalk White” while “Clear Granite” accents through the mid-foot cages and branded heel cups. Creamy applications are found atop the laces and stripes and the tongues are graced with the adidas Running logo. BOOST cushioning is stuffed into the midsole while Continental rubber makes up the treading.Retailers like Overkill have these scheduled for a June 1 release. The price is set at €219 (approx. $235 USD).Elsewhere in kicks, first images of the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Dark Beluga” have surfaced.
Production numbers of New Balance’s sneaker offerings are expected to ramp up extensively this season, and one silhouette that will be part of this is the 2002R. While the silhouette is primarily known as a lifestyle-focused offering, the brand has elected to add protective elements to it that make it more appropriate for hiking trails.Across the front of the kicks, the Boston entity has added Toe Protect overlays which provide wearers with more durability and shielding against rougher terrains. Other hiker-inspired elements include the metal eyelets that are tacked on near the ankles as well as the laces which has been modified to rope form. A signature trail palette is applied to this particular colorway as dusty hue lines the suede overlays while rosy pink hits drop off on the laces, collars and heel windows. Beige hues are injected into the lower heel paneling and a lilac tone tints the side’s N logos.Interested in picking up a pair? These are available right now through New Balance Korea, but a stateside drop is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.Elsewhere in the world of footwear, peep a closer look at the New Balance 2002R “Hiking Pack” in “Black.”