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Vans’ “Hot Lips” Collection Is for Your Inner Rockstar

Anaheim is a byword for Vans with exceedingly good quality and plenty of original design elements, and its latest “Hot Lips” pack proves exactly this.Comprising Vans’ Old Skool 36 DX, Slip-On 98 DX and SK8-Hi 38 DX, as well as a small capsule of clothing items, the “Hot Lips” collection taps into the So Cal imprint’s skateboarding roots and sub-cultural adoptions. The look is rock, grunge, subverted and punk, but of course works in a variety of other scenarios, for example as a late Valentine’s Day present.Each sneaker builds upon Vans’ Anaheim tooling, meaning the pairs come with the first style number, the original drill lining weight, higher glossed foxing tape, high-quality materials, and an overall more perfected finish. Finished in black with red lips printed all over the heavyweight canvas uppers, the pairs are contrasted by their white midsoles and archetype waffle outsoles, rounded out with the license plate on the rear.In addition to the sneakers, Vans is offering two T-shirts, a short sleeve “Hot Lips” printed shirt, a chore shirt-jacket with lip embroidery on the collar and contrast white stitching, as well as a hoodie and a pair of skater pants. Take a closer look at the Vans “Hot Lips” collection in the gallery above, and shop the entire collection on size?’s website now.Elsewhere in the footwear world, Mihara Yasuhiro has dropped two pairs of technical sandals.

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Mihara Yasuhiro Injects Nylon Sandals With Sportswear Vibes

After recently showcasing his forthcoming Fall/Winter 2021 collection, Japanese designer Mihara Yasuhiro now releases two iterations of his sportswear-inspired velcro-strap nylon sandals.Yasuhiro has been renowned for his innovative and modern designs since his graduation from Tokyo’s Tama Art University in 1994, and has continued in the same vein since. Utilising wide nylon and knitted wraps on each of the sandals this tie around, each shoe is then fastened with a matching velcro strap.Highlighting his love for sportswear, the upper is set on a clear and chunky rubber sole and a sleek cushioned leather insole. Arriving in either black or gray, Mihara Yasuhiro once again delivers footwear that’s adaptable and can be worn all year round.Mihara Yasuhiro Velcro-Strap Nylon Sandals are available to buy now from MATCHESFASHION, retailing at £340 (approximately $475 USD).In other news, check out CMF Outdoor Garment’s new Fullseam Stain Coat.

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Angel Chen Gives adidas Originals’ Superstar 80s and SL7600 Teeth

Rising Chinese designer and star of Netflix’s Next In Fashion Angel Chen has teamed up with adidas Originals once again, following on from her inaugural collection of calligraphy and martial arts-themed sneakers with a trio of reinterpreted classics.Kicking things off is Chen’s take on the Superstar 80s. Served in either “Core Black” or “Icey Pink,” the pairs combine a full suede upper with leather detailing the Three Stripes, eyestay placket, heel tab, and interior lining. The sneaker’s quintessential rubber shell toe seamlessly blends into the sole unit, which is where the biggest change to the Superstar 80s can be found.On the sole unit, Chen has tapped into her own classic-futuristic hybrid style, where the midsole now features teeth-like details all around, serving as an exclusive design motif of this collaboration and making them stand out in adidas’ roster of Superstars. Rounding out the Superstar is the adidas Trefoil branding on the heel tab and the embossed license plate on the heel, both appearing in the respective tonal colors.For her SL7600, Chen uses a palette of “Dark Blue/Off White/Cloud White” alongside touches of neon green and icey blue, as well as a big splash of red, to create a bold and very retro pair of sneakers. Arguably the star of the show, the SL7600 is comprised of a knitted base that’s supported with leather and suede overlays, constructing areas such as the eyestay placket and toe box, to the sidewalls and on the heel.This pair is minimally branded, but it’s Chen’s signature toothed detailing that makes this pair undeniably one of hers. It’s rounded off with a BOOST midsole (which can be seen at the rear of the shoe), a nylon tongue, and D-lock lacing.The Angel Chen x adidas Originals Superstar 80s retails for £140 GBP (approx. $195 USD), while the SL7600 costs £220 GBP (approx. $306 USD). All three pairs are due to drop on adidas’ website on February 24. Take a closer look at the pairs above.In case you missed it, check out what happened in the latest issue of Sole Mates.

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