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Lululemon Is Moving to Spain

Lululemon Is Moving to Spain

Lululemon is moving to Spain. On Tuesday, the Canadian athletic apparel, accessories and retailer revealed plans to open two stores in Spain this fall, as well as a Spanish e-commerce site this summer. The move marks the company’s first European expansion since pre-pandemic times in 2019. 

Lululemon expanded its assortment to include a hike collection in June.
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​​“As a brand [that] supports wellbeing, Lululemon has a strong synergy with the active, balanced lifestyle enjoyed in Spain,” said André Maestrini, executive vice president, international. “We’re looking forward to connecting with Spanish guests through our website and at our first retail stores opening in Madrid and Barcelona. The strength of our model across product innovation, guest experience, community and culture provides a unique advantage as we introduce Lululemon to our newest market.”

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The e-commerce site lululemon.es will launch later this month, followed by two stores — one in Madrid and one in Barcelona — in September. Lululemon has nearly 40 stores across eight countries in Europe: France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K. Internationally, the retailer has 579 stores. 

Lululemon unveiled its first collection of sneakers in March.
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Meanwhile, Lululemon continues to grow, improving on top and bottom lines in the most recent quarter, despite industrywide headwinds. In April, the retailer set its sights on a $12.5 billion revenue target by 2026. At the time, company executives said it also had plans to open new stores in Thailand and Italy within the next 12 months. In addition, a second experiential store will open in Houston later this year. 
The firm is also deep in product expansion mode, releasing women’s sneakers; workout hijabs; hiking, golf and tennis apparel; bags made from mushrooms; resale, and at-home fitness, all during the pandemic. Lululemon is also the official outfitter of Team Canada (a role it will retain through 2028).
“We’re in the early innings of growth,” Calvin McDonald, Lululemon’s chief executive officer, told analysts in April.

Porsche and Sneaker Designer Sean Wotherspoon Teamed up on a Technicolor Taycan

Porsche and Sneaker Designer Sean Wotherspoon Teamed up on a Technicolor Taycan

Sean Wotherspoon has given Porsche’s electric sport wagon a kaleidoscopic makeover.

The sneaker designer recently teamed up with the marque to create a custom Taycan 4 Cross Turismo that showcases darn near every color of the rainbow. The art car actually debuted at South by Southwest in Austin last March, but now the folks at Stuttgart are giving us a closer look.

The technicolor EV reflects Wotherspoon’s distinctive aesthetic. The designer is known for using a vivid palette and unconventional materials within his streetwear. Indeed, the Nike Air Max 97/1, which catapulted him to sneakerhead fame in 2018, sports a number of different hues and corduroy as the upper material. The Porsche continues this trend.

The exterior color blocking continues in the cabin. 

Porsche

The exterior is finished in a variety of shades selected by Wotherspoon himself. (He actually sent the Pantone reference codes to Porsche, before assessing the paints in person.) It also features circular elements inspired by the number roundels on historic racing cars. The 32-year-old apparently got the idea after a visit to the Porsche Museum.
The color blocking continues inside with a collection of hues named after Wotherspoon’s family members, including Nash Blue, Sean Peach, Loretta Purple and Ashley Green. The staunch vegan opted for a leather-free interior: The dashboard, steering wheel and center console were painstakingly crafted from cork, while the roof lining, seat centers and sun visors have been upholstered in beige corduroy. These two materials are not only favored by Wotherspoon but also by Porsche. In fact, corduroy appeared in the seat centers of the 356 as early as 1952.

The leather-free interior sports a mix of cork and corduroy. 

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“Striving for innovation drives me and I was fascinated from the start by the unusual materials that the Porsche designers in Weissach work with,” Wotherspoon said in a statement. “We inspired each other again and again throughout the project and ultimately created a completely new type of vehicle design.”
Although you can’t have a Taycan in this exact exterior color scheme, Porsche plans to offer four shades to customers through its Paint to Sample Plus program. A Loretta Purple Porsche certainly has a nice ring to it.
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Nike Unveils Off-White Blazer Low Sneaker

Nike Unveils Off-White Blazer Low Sneaker

Nike is continuing Virgil Abloh’s legacy with its next release with Off-White.
The sports giant revealed Wednesday it will be releasing the Nike x Off-White Blazer Low sneaker style on April 8, the first style released in collaboration with Abloh’s fashion brand since his passing in November.
“Prior to his passing, Abloh was characteristically prolific,” reads a statement from Nike. “In his planning with Nike, Abloh and his creative trust had developed fully realized product collaborations and uniquely Abloh marketing and storytelling vehicles for seasons to come.”
The Nike x Off-White Blazer Low’s release is “in accordance with Abloh’s wishes” and “in partnership with his wife, Shannon Abloh,” according to Nike.

Nike x Off-White Blazer Low
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The sneaker comes in two colorways: black/green and white/university red. It is inspired by basketball, skateboarding and running silhouettes, like the Nike Air Terra Humara. The sneaker has an exposed foam tongue, an accented over lace Swoosh tab, punched-out holes and is emblazoned with the text, “Off-White for Nike/ ‘Nike Blazer Low’/ Beaverton, Oregon USA/ c. 1977.”
The Nike x Off-White Blazer Low retails for $140 and will be available at Nike and Off-White stores.
The collaboration comes after Abloh revealed a Nike Air Force 1 sneaker collaboration in his Louis Vuitton spring 2022 men’s collection a few months prior to his death.
Abloh passed away on Nov. 28 at the age of 41 after a private two-year battle with cancer.
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Nike Air Max Day 2022 Is Here — Here’s Everything You Need to Know.

Nike Air Max Day 2022 Is Here — Here’s Everything You Need to Know.

Since 2014, Nike has celebrated Air Max Day to commemorate the innovation behind and lasting cultural impact of its iconic Air Max sneakers. Lucky for fans, the annual event is here once again — bringing with it, per tradition, a host of highly anticipated releases.
This year’s holiday marks the 35th anniversary of the Air Max One, aka the cult-classic style responsible for putting Nike’s revolutionary Air cushioning technology on the map. As such, The Swoosh has released three new versions of the OG silhouette: the “Blueprint,” a North America-exclusive drop featuring a mesh-based upper with blue suede overlays; “Lumière,” a women’s-only style exclusively releasing in Europe and featuring dangling charms that name the annual date for Air Max Day; and “Wabisabi,” launching only in Latin America and Asia Pacific. This latter shoe has a mesh upper offset by earth-toned suede panels as well as “cracked” design in the midsole and outsole that pays homage to the Japanese tradition of appreciating imperfections.

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Also debuting is the Air Max Motif, a modern update made with recycled materials and a larger Air window, and an emerald-colored version of the Air Max 97 SE for men to honor the Air Max milestone.
While Air Max Day drops tend to sell out fast, there are a range of other amazing Air Max styles that are regularly available on Nike.com and currently yours for the taking. From the old-school Air Max 90 to the recently released Air Max Dawn, there’s an option fitting for every need and aesthetic. Keep scrolling to shop some of our favorites from the collection.
Nike Air Max 90
Looking for a cool street sneaker to amp up your style game? Look no further than the Air Max 90. The legendary performance-turned-lifestyle shoe has signature Max cushioning for bounce with every step, plus an iconic Waffle sole to keep you stable. Stitched overlays and TPU accents add to their classic appeal. Grab the pair in versatile all-white or go for a pop of color for something bolder.

Nike Air Max 90

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Nike Air Max Dawn
If you need a sneaker to pound the pavement in, however, try Nike’s Air Max Dawn. Released just earlier this year, it offers a sporty heritage look with plenty of performance features, including a low-profile Air sole unit, plush midsole cushioning and a heel clip for security. To top it all off, the style also does better for environment, as it’s made with at least 20% recycled materials. We love it in this cheery pink and green version that will add a statement to simple outfits.

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Nike Air Max 270
An extra-large Air Unit in the Air Max 270 ensures your feet will stay happy for hours, whether you’re running errands or bopping around town to meet friends. For even more comfort, the sock-like upper is breathable and designed to feel like a second skin.

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Nike Air Max Pre-Day
Alert: One of last year’s Air Max Day drops can still be yours. The sharp Air Max Pre-Day running sneakers boast an updated Air window that’s both eye-catching and adds optimal plushness. These are also made with 20% recycled materials for an eco-friendly touch.

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The history of Air Max sneakers
Defined by its revolutionary Air bag technology, Nike’s Air Max line has become the brand’s most popular franchise to date since launching over 40 years ago. You’ve likely seen Air Maxes on the feet of countless celebrities and influencers, with new models, colorways and collaborations on the style continually launching.

Its story begins with NASA aeronautical engineer Frank Rudy, who began placing tiny bags of high-density gasses inside shoes for impact absorption. Convinced this system was the solution to many runners’ foot pains, Rudy pitched his idea to multiple athletic companies in 1960, only to face rejection until finding a willing partner in Nike nearly a decade later. In 1978, the Swoosh debuted its first shoe, called the Tailwind, featuring the novel Air Max technology. The shoe premiered as a limited release for the Honolulu Marathon and was more widely distributed in 1979.
The line really took off in 1987, however, with the advent of the Air Max One. Designed by Nike’s Tinker Hatfield, it exposed the Air unit in the heel for the first time. In the ’90s, other iconic takes become staples of streetwear and hip-hop culture around the world. And in recent years, the line continues to earn a spot in sneakerheads’ closets thanks to a series of forward-thinking updates that highlight Nike’s commitment to developing cutting-edge performance tech and materials.
The types of Air Max sneakers
While there have been innumerable iterations of Air Max sneakers over the decades, the Air Max One is undoubtedly the most popular in Swoosh history. Though, other notable models include:

Nike Air Max 90: Released in 1990 following the debut of the Air Max One, this style featured more air in the heel and eyelets of varying widths. It was originally dubbed the Air Max Three but later re-named in the 2000s with the launch of retro versions of the shoe. Still a widely popular silhouette, it’s even been reworked by the late Virgil Abloh for Off-White — a style which sold out within minutes of dropping.
Nike Air Max 180: This 1991-debut had a larger Air bag (offering 180 degrees of visibility) and was displayed directly in the outsole, rather the midsole as was tradition. Famously, Michael Jordan wore the shoe at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Nike Air Max BW: Also launching in 1991, the Air Max BW offered a similar look to the Air Max 90 but made the visible Air unit even larger (fittingly, “BW” stands for “Bigger Window”). The style became a favorite among the hip-hop underground scene in London and Paris, notably worn by rappers Skepta and Dizzee Rascal. Most recently, the BW has been updated with a full-length Air bag in the sole, inspired by that of the Air Max 97.
Nike Air Max 93: Debuting in ’93, this style has a 270-degree Air bag that covers the back of the heel and extends slightly to the slides. The Air unit was also updated with tinges of color, and the silhouette became beloved for its snug, form-fitting neoprene collar.
Nike Air Max 95: A clear departure from previous Air Max models, this 1995-launch was the first to offer visible Air units in both the heel and forefoot. Created by Sergio Lozano, the bold design also features a standout waved pattern inspired by elements of nature and the human anatomy. The style was reissued multiple times in the late ’90s by popular demand and has remained a customer favorite ever since.
Nike Air Max 97: The brainchild of Christian Tressler, this shoe continued the wavy upper design theme of the Air Max 95 in an ultra-streamlined silhouette. Often called the “Silver Bullet,” the shoe was partly inspired by a silver bullet train, but its original colorway is actually designed to embody the silver finish of mountain bikes. These days, everyone from Bella Hadid to Diplo can be seen rocking the style.
Nike Air Max 98: Although this silhouette was initially a flop when it debuted in 1998, a buzzy 2016 collaboration with Supreme brought it back into the spotlight. The eye-catching style features a full-length Air sole and mixed media upper with patent leather accents.
Nike Air Max Plus: Also premiering in 1998, the Nike Air Max 180 introduced Tuned Air, a system of individual air bags calibrated to differing PSI to create ultra-lightweight, responsive cushioning. On the upper, the waved details are inspired by palm trees and the gradient color is reminiscent of a sunset that designer Sean McDowell encountered on a trip to Florida. The shoe was an instant hit when it first hit shelves, garnering an outstanding fanbase in London.
Nike Air Max 360: Instead of using any foam in the midsole, this style has a 360-degree Air unit for maximum shock adsorption from every angle. While the model wasn’t a bestseller following its release in 2016, its groundbreaking tech continues to inform the designs of other more popular sports-oriented models.
Nike Air VaporMax: Taking the 360-degree approach a step further, the VaporMax is the first shoe in the line to have the Air Unit function as the shoe’s sole. Like its predecessor, the performance-driven style has no foam in the midsole. However, it does adopt a breathable Flyknit upper that not only molds to the wearer’s foot but is also attached directly to the sole to create a unique ground feel. A successful iteration, this 2017 debut has even been worn by Kate Middleton to play a game of tennis.
Nike Air Max 270: Currently a go-to among Gen Z consumers, the Nike Air Max 270 debuted in 2018 as the brand’s first lifestyle-only shoe with Air unit technology. It takes inspiration from the Air Max 93 and 180 and features a thick, 270-degree Air unit in the heel to meet the demands of everyday activities.
Nike Air Max 720: A year later, Nike dropped its latest Air Max model, which boats the tallest Air unit in the line to date. Also a lifestyle shoe, the 720 is a chunky, comfort-driven silhouette done in a range of trippy nature-inspired colorways. This silhouette is so popular in fact, it’s currently sold out on Nike’s website.

Christie’s to Auction Michael Jordan’s Game-worn Air Jordan XIIIs From 1998 Season

Christie’s to Auction Michael Jordan’s Game-worn Air Jordan XIIIs From 1998 Season

Another pair of Michael Jordan’s game-worn sneakers will be auctioned off.
As part of their Handbags x Hype: The Luxury Remix online auction, Christie’s said a pair of Air Jordan “He’s Got Game” XIIIs sneakers worn and signed by the basketball legend will be available for sale.
The shoes were worn on April 18, 1998, during Jordan’s last regular season game of the Chicago Bulls’ championship season against the New York Knicks.
The NBA 1997-98 season marked Jordan’s final season with the Bulls. That year, he helped lead his team to their third consecutive championship, winning against the Utah Jazz. In total, the Bulls won six NBA championships while Jordan was playing for them.

The shoes were designed by Tinker Hatfield, who drew inspiration from Jordan’s nickname of “Black Cat.” The sneakers’ silhouette features a holographic jewel at the heel, which is supposed to resemble a black panther’s eye with the outsole resembling the paw of a panther. The original white, red and black color palette is dubbed as the “He’s Got Game,” which was named after the basketball player’s appearance in Spike Lee’s 1998 film of the same name.

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A closer look at Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan XIIIs, which will be sold by Christie’s.
Courtesy of Christie’s

The Air Jordan XIIIs were originally gifted by Jordan to Isiah Thomas, another Hall of Fame basketball player. The two were known as intense rivals while Thomas was with the Detroit Pistons. The Bulls lost to the Pistons in back-to-back Eastern Conference finals in 1989 and 1990, with the latter eventually going on to win the championship both years.
Thomas then gifted the sneakers to his son Joshua as a birthday present.
Last month, a pair of game-worn Nike Air Ships by Jordan soldfor a record-breaking $1.472 million at the Sotheby’s Icons of Excellence and Haute Luxury auction held in Las Vegas.
The Nike Air Ships is reportedly the earliest known pair of shoes Jordan has worn throughout his career to reach the auction market. He wore them playing in the fifth game, against the Denver Nuggets, of his rookie season with the Bulls.
According to Sotheby’s auction house, it set a new world record for the most expensive sneakers ever sold at an auction.
Christie’s Handbags x Hype: The Luxury Remix auction is online-only and will also include highly-coveted items such as a Supreme pinball machine and Hermès Himalaya Birkin bags. The sale will be open from Nov. 24 to Dec. 9.
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World’s First Crowdfunded Climate Neutral Sneakers Are…Made With Coffee?

World’s First Crowdfunded Climate Neutral Sneakers Are…Made With Coffee?

Caffeine lovers may have met their match in a performance shoe that taps coffee grounds, among other more sustainable materials.
Finnish sneaker brand Rens is crowdfunding its latest vegan, climate-neutral sneaker the “Nomad” on Kickstarter as of Tuesday. Pledges to preorder the shoe start at $89 for early-bird backers with the ultimate retail price noted as $179. The sneaker comes in nine colorways. Its upper is made with a 50 percent blend of yarns spun from coffee grounds and 50 percent recycled polyester, averaging six recycled bottles per pair. The outsole is 100 percent sustainably sourced rubber and 100 percent EVA cushioning, with the insole and waterproof membrane comprising fully recycled materials.

Major convenience store chains in Taiwan and Mainland China fuel the coffee grounds supply, and the ensuing process transforms the grounds into a filament by way of polymerization (mixed with recycled plastic pellets).
Due to the coffee material’s natural antimicrobial properties, Rens boasts three times the odor control — an edge typically given by silver ion technology in performance apparel. The brand also cites quick-dry features and advanced ultraviolet protection.
The company was cofounded by 27-year-old Jesse Tran and 23-year-old Son Chu, who after their first shoe launch last year that sold in more than 100 countries were placed on Forbes Europe 30 Under 30 list. This year, the company earned a Red Dot Design Award, which is an international competition for product design.

“Nomad is targeted at the performance junkie, looking for comfort and most importantly to make a positive impact on the environment through their purchasing decisions,” Tran said.
Between throwaway cups and coffee grounds (which are backyard compostable), coffee is chalking up a sizable footprint. It’s estimated by the National Coffee Association that the world consumes more than 2 billion cups of coffee every day, with millions of tons of organic waste attributed to the coffee industry annually. Based on research from the German Environmental Agency, reusable cup innovations — not unlike the paradigm shift occurring in retail bags — can have untold benefits, like a drastic cut in emissions, water use and deforestation.
“If food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world,” said Tran. “Like all organic waste, when coffee is disposed of in landfills, it creates a perfect breeding ground for methane, a 28-times more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. For most coffee waste, the landfill is its only destination.”
To date, the nimble start-up has recycled more than 250,000 plastic bottles and 750,000 cups of used coffee. Working with carbon offsetting firm ClimatePartner, Rens also measures, curbs and offsets carbon emissions at each stage including raw materials, packaging, production, transport and waste.
However, there are blind spots, Tran acknowledged. “Does utilizing coffee solve all of the problems associated with food waste? Of course not, but by looking at the materials we use in a new way, we can not only reduce our impact, but also unlock the full potential of these amazing materials beyond their initial purpose.”

The Kickstarter campaign, too, has its perks, he said. “Crowdfunding gives you better access, more feedback, a cleaner, greener and more affordable product and process, and a better overall sneaker.”

Golden Goose Designs Sneakers for U.S. Skater Cory Juneau Competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Golden Goose Designs Sneakers for U.S. Skater Cory Juneau Competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games

MILAN — Skateboarding is making its debut at the Olympic Games that open in Tokyo on Friday, and the leader of the U.S. National Team will look cooler than ever.
Cory Juneau, one of the most promising talents of the discipline who is ranked third worldwide, will compete wearing a pair of one-of-a kind sneakers created for the occasion by the Italian brand Golden Goose. 
This is the first time the brand, which is known for its intentionally distressed luxury sneakers, is partnering with an athlete.
“Cory perfectly embodies and celebrates the values we praise and share: family, passion, authenticity, positivity and success, which are as important at the skate park as in a working environment, and in everyday life. We are beyond thrilled to be able to be by his side, accompanying him through this exceptional step in his career, every athlete’s dream: the Olympic Games,” said Silvio Campara, chief executive officer of Golden Goose, which in February 2020 was acquired by private equity fund Permira for 1.28 billion euros.

“Golden Goose truly believes that people who stand out for their athletic achievements share our same values such as dedication, passion and fairness. From the first minute we saw Cory, we understood he was the perfect fit to represent the brand, not only because Golden Goose has always been inspired and influenced by skate culture, but also for the values he embodies. A lighthearted, humble and hard-working guy ready to take on his biggest challenge,” the CEO added.

Golden Goose is partnering with U.S. skater Cory Juneau for the Olympic Games. 
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As part of the partnership between the brand and the skater, Juneau will be featured in a three-episode series called “From Venice to Venice,” which will document the athlete’s trip from his native California to Tokyo and then finally to Venice, Italy.
“Being part of the Golden Goose family is a dream come true. This is just the beginning of my professional career and I’m extremely lucky to be able work with a team that’s so welcoming, authentic and creative,” said Juneau. “Skateboarding is real, raw and honest, but also has a family vibe, a real sense of belonging. From my first meeting with the Golden family I felt at home. I remember telling myself, ‘this feels right.’”
In the first episode of the series, filmed in Venice, Calif., Juneau is introduced as an example of passion, dedication and love, while in the second chapter, shot in Tokyo, he discusses his expectations and fears with the Olympic Games fast approaching.
The journey will end in Venice, Italy, where Golden Goose was founded. On Sept. 6, to coincide with the Venice Film Festival, Golden Goose, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, in collaboration with Italian cult skateboard brand Bastard, will animate the lagoon with a series of skate performances, featuring Juneau and other personalities from the skate scene.
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10 White Sneakers to Up Your Shoe Game with Ease This Summer

10 White Sneakers to Up Your Shoe Game with Ease This Summer

If there’s one thing that has never gone out of style, it’s white sneakers. From Adidas Stan Smith to Golden Goose, and with a little help from our favorite celebs such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Hailey Baldwin, white sneakers are a must have for Spring Summer 2021.
From the classics at Loro Piana, to the chunky “dad” sneakers at Roger Vivier, something floral at Valentino, or futuristic, (we’re looking at you Balenciaga) your sneakers should be fabulous enough to speak for themselves.
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Consider Trips to the Shops a Breeze Thanks to Nike’s New “Hands-Free” Trainers

Consider Trips to the Shops a Breeze Thanks to Nike’s New “Hands-Free” Trainers

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For those trips to the shops and walks around the park, there’s a new trainer in town and it’s here to spice things up a bit. Nike’s new GO FlyEase (£ 104.95, available from 15 February) is a “hands-free” trainer that means you no longer have to worry about tying up your shoelaces – rather, just slip on and go.
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Aimed at anyone who lives an on-the-go lifestyle, the Go FlyEase also makes life a lot easier for everyone from expectant mothers in the late stages of pregnancy to those with disabilities: “For some, these shoes are simply easier to put on,” says Kathy Gomez, Nike vice president’s of NXT footwear. “But for others, they are the reason it’s possible.” David Wagner, a wheelchair tennis athlete, will be wearing the trainers to compete in the Australian Open later this month.
To create a shoe that genuinely doesn’t need to be pulled on or off (all you have to do is slip your foot in, and exit the shoe by using the opposite foot against the heel) Nike created a bi-stable hinge that “keeps the shoe securely open upon entry and exit and closed when in use”, explains Gomez. The beauty of it is that it works with human intuition, making getting your shoe on and off, using just your feet, a breeze.
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Starting as little more than a Nike “internal competition” to find a completely hands-free shoe, the new trainer has been five years in the making, and its birth has uncovered technology that might well be used for high-performance trainers in future: “The initial winning prototype [of the competition] was a modified Nike Roshe [trainer] split down the middle, but it sparked a larger idea that a dedicated team of people has been working to refine ever since. Ultimately, this patent-pending shoe reinvents how you put on and take off your shoes, which is no small feat,” says Gomez.
As you might expect from a Nike trainer, they’re ultra comfortable too. With a “diving board” design, the footbed is cushiony soft and envelopes your foot when you slide into it. “We engineered pattern and materials to maintain a continuous footbed for comfort,” explains Gomez. “Our team were obsessed with comfort and convenience.”
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The Must-See Accessories From Louis Vuitton’s Fall ’21 Show

The Must-See Accessories From Louis Vuitton’s Fall ’21 Show

Virgil Abloh’s fall collection for Louis Vuitton explored issues of racial identity and cultural appropriation, drawing attention to the concept of “Tourist vs. Purist,” or newcomers versus the establishment. The lineup was full of familiar silhouettes but all had the signature Virgil touch, turning the traditional into cultural conversations. “I wanted to make clothes that were normcore, but sort of amplify them, so that they became artisanal, or runway, or editorial,” Abloh said.
Runway, editorial and artisanal are also the perfect words to describe the vibrant and eye-catching accessory collection that will for sure create the consumer frenzy we have come to expect from Louis Vuitton men’s wear. Here are some of our top choices:

Upcycle XS Keepall

The introduction of the Upcycle logo is one of the main through lines of this fun fall collection. When used on the mini or XS Keepall bag, a style that debuted last season, the result is the perfect marriage between a trend accessory and the right ideology. We are all for it!
Updated Briefcase

There is nothing that says “business ready” better than an LV briefcase. This season’s features matte black hardware and a spray paint effect, both elements that bring Abloh’s heritage aesthetic to the forefront. It’s a brand new day for the business world’s dress code.

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The Cowboy Boots

The past spring season saw a cowboy-sneaker hybrid that was exiting, but this season’s more straightforward interpretation feels closer to the traditional cowboy boot. The popular green color palette and the shorter shaft turns the classic into a one-of-a-kind fashion accessory.
’90s Raver

The idea of a physical rave still feels far from reality, but these white ’90s raver-inspired sunglasses are the perfect accessory to get in the mood.
“Tourist vs. Purist” Keepall Weekender

Probably the most iconic shape of all, this weekender has been updated throughout the years, turning this classic into a perennial collector’s item. The thick crossbody jewelry black chain and the graphic embellishment of the green slogan ensure this version will join the fashion history books.
Metallic Carry-On

The use of metallic finishes appeared on an array of bags this season, but this metallic mini trunk carry-on is the perfect blend of runway, editorial and artisanal, and epitomizes travel glamour.
Playful Tote

The use of bright yellow, red graphic stamping and sleek chains are another nod to Abloh’s eternal child-like design approach that works so well both on Instagram and IRL.
Airplane-Keepall Bag

While this may not be your everyday bag, this one-of-a-kind bag creation is an homage to childhood paper planes and works perfectly with this season’s elaborate airplane toy invitation. It symbolizes yet again the designer’s Peter Pan-forever child approach.
The Bigger the Hat, The Closer to Fashion

This collection plays with fictional archetypes, and this exaggerated Western drifter cowboy hat not only ensures social distancing but also gives a good side of fashion drama.
Paris, Texas

The classic French heritage of the LV brand was displayed in the long leather gloves and leather punch, and yet blended effortlessly with the traditional oversize Western belt for a new, unifying message.
Hiking Hybrid
Louis Vuitton Men’s, fall 2021  Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

This brand new model plays with classic sneaker styles, hiking references and playful bright colors, and is already creating a frenzy among sneaker collectors.

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