AIR JORDAN 1

When you think of the most iconic sneakers in history, the chances are, the Air Jordan 1 will come to mind. Created for esteemed basketball player Michael Jordan by legendary sneaker designer Peter Mooreback in 1985, the AJ1 has gone through thousands of paint jobs over the past three decades, but one thing that’s never changed is the is the iconic design.


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Featuring a mid-cut silhouette for the optimum ankle support, a gigantic Swoosh shoots across the lateral and medial sides, while Jumpman branding also makes its presence known on the tongue. With all that said, here are the ten hottest Air Jordan 1s that are somehow still available over at Footasylum!



Air Jordan 1 ‘Crimson Tint’

The Air Jordan 1 ‘Crimson Tint’ is, hands down, one of the hottest AJ1s of the year. Taking colour blocking to an entirely different level, light pink suede panels contrast against a white leather base, while a further pop of colour is injected via ‘Hyper Pink’ on the laces and rubber outsole.



Air Jordan 1 ‘Gym Red’

If you’re looking for a fiery hot Jumpman sneaker to add to your collection, look no further than the Air Jordan 1 ‘Gym Red’. Paying homage to the iconic ‘Chicago”s signature red, white, and black palette, you’ll be turning heads wherever you go with these AJ1s.



Air Jordan 1 ‘Yellow Toe’

If you didn’t get a chance to cop the ultra rare Shinedown x Air Jordan 1 ‘Attention Attention’, then the Air Jordan 1 ‘Yellow Toe’ is definitely the next best thing. Exclusive to Footasylum, the timeless black and yellow colour combo just works perfectly.



Air Jordan 1 ‘White’

The perfect Jordan Brand shoe to rock this summer, the Air Jordan 1 ‘White’ is literally as clean as it gets. Crafted from a series of tumbled leather panels, smooth leather accents make their way to the Swoosh and tongue for textural contrast that’s sure to stand out.



Air Jordan 1 ‘Black’

While the Air Jordan 1 ‘Black’ may look like any old AJ1, it’s far from it. Painted in an ultra clean monochromatic palette, the tongue references Michael Jordan’s iconic “Maybe I Destroyed The Game” TV commercial from 2008 that will stay in our mind’s forever.



Air Jordan 1 ‘Obsidian’

You don’t want to miss out on the Air Jordan 1 ‘Obsidian’. A future icon in the making, ‘Metallic Gold’ accents feature throughout for a classic meets contemporary vibe. An absolute masterpiece, you need a pair in your collection right now.

PUMA STATE

A true great from Pumas Archive the Puma State

A great suede trainer from the Puma archives being presented, the Puma States. This particular re-release pays a lot of attention to detail with its unique differences such as an off white, vintage looking sole unit, perforated details above the Puma stripe branding and a premium suede material. This colourwayfeatures gold Puma branding on the side and comes with another pair of matching tonal off white laces.

The Puma Suede trainers are currently a best selling trainer which we stock in various colours. These are regularly updated as are today’s Puma State Trainers and the popular Puma Clyde Trainers. Another popular style is the Puma California Trainer and the Puma Bluebird Trainers.  We also stock the newly released Puma TX-3, Puma SF77, Puma Stepper and Puma Brasil trainers, all part of the Puma revival with endless great styles being launched.

Plenty of old skool Puma styles always being released. Puma was formed in 1924 as Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik by Adolf and Rudolf Dassler. The relationship between the two brothers deteriorated until the two agreed to split in 1948, forming two separate entities, Adidas and Puma. Puma went onto launch a great range of trainers including the Puma Liga, Roma, Basket and Puma Suede trainers. 

Recent years has seen Puma celebrate legend styles G Vilas, Dallas, Liga, Bluebird, Fast Rider, Easy Rider ,Trimm Quik and many more. 

NIKE TINKER HATFIELD

Going on to be one of Tinker Hatfield’s favorite projects yet, the seasonal 2019 N7 collection taps the renowned designer for two diversely different silhouettes: one a fusion skate model that harks to the likeness of the retro Skyforce and the other a utilitarian basketball-centric piece made for the pace of “rez ball.” Dubbed the Zoom Heritage N7, the latter pair is heightened passed the point of a mid with leather constructions at the top line and lifted supports adding bulk that doubles as protection. Its profile molds maintain the look of an armored shell with the sole unit adding in that same level of aggression. Down the entire middle a contrasting section arrives in deep black with woven textures and scattered tribal prints connecting to the various native communities who lovingly enjoy the sport.

The Air Zoom Down Rock N7 is a huge departure, however, tapping musical artist Taboo to collaborate on a kit that is multifunctional in its wearability. Fabrications are meticulously chosen with suede being the main swatch of choice for its durability and timeless style, making up what is effectively much more neutral than the performance pair that coincides. White midsoles are heightened much like Beaverton’s many bulky classic with icy outsole adding in just a touch of lifestyle elements. Mesh lines the padding of the ankle while yellow prints ornament the exteriors of both the swoosh and tongue, connecting to its themes with wholehearted dedication.

Alongside these Hatfield-sponsored designs are two fitting editions of the Cortex and Air Max 270 along with a capsule of apparel. Expect the entire collection to arrive at select retailers as well as Nike.com on June 21st.

DUNLOP GREENFLASH

Get ahead with MANPEDIA’s tip for a summer kick. The legendary Dunlop Greenflash. Retro personified

The retro style Dunlop Green Flash Trainers from the 1980’s. Made with a canvas upper and rubber toe panel, they are comfortable and fashionable. They feature a thick mid sole and are finished with Dunlop branding.

  • Men’s trainers
  • Canvas upper
  • Lace fastening
  • Rubber toe panel
  • Metal lace eyelets
  • Padded tongue
  • Thick mid sole
  • Textured sole
  • Dunlop branding
  • Upper: Textile, Inner: Textile, Sole: Textile

NEW NIKE FREE

Nike Free footwear lets feet flex, splay and move the way they want. Built on a more anatomically shaped last than traditional running models, the 2019 Nike Free Running Collection introduces new elements that enable a more barefoot-like feel than previous versions. 

Because Nike Free is intended for lower-mileage runs, the foam cushioning in the new Nike Free midsoles is firmer (closer to that of the original 2004 model to promote a more barefoot-like feel underfoot), flatter and lower to the ground, delivering greater connection and more natural range of motion than before. The midsole now features siping along the top and bottom to increase dorsi and plantar flexion. Based on data mapping, varying depths in the sipes are placed where the foot naturally wants to bend and stretch to enhance the feeling of movement and to allow for more natural foot motion. 

The Nike Free RN 5.0 (shown first) is 26-percent more flexible and 2mm lower to the ground while the Nike Free RN Flyknit 3.0 (shown second) is 1mm lower to the ground than the 2018 models.

The minimal uppers, a thin-stretch mesh with a minimal lacing system for the 5.0 and a lace-less Nike Flyknit with a secondary lock-down overlay for the 3.0, were designed to enhance the natural, second skin aspect of the shoes. There’s a nod to the in-depth science behind the original shoes in overall aesthetic too, with some of the design lines come from the natural shape of the foot, for example). The smaller Swoosh symbolizes the shoe’s lower-mileage intent. 

FASHION

DESCRIPTION

 Low-profile lace-up trainers by BOSS, made in Italy with a cemented construction and stitch-and-turn uppers for a clean look. These tennis-inspired trainers are crafted in calf leather with an embossed texture for refined style, and set on a tonal rubber sole that delivers comfort and durability. Finished with a cognac-leather lining, this pair comes complete with spare laces and a dust bag for each shoe.

MATERIAL AND CARE

Upper material: 100% Calfskin, Lining: 100% Goat leather, 100% Calfskin, Sole: 100% Rubber

DETAILS

Laces
Fully lined
Sole: Other material
Packaging: Box
£269.99

NEW ADIDAS SHOE 100% RECYCLABLE

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Running is a wasteful sport. Each year billions of shoes are manufactured, worn until they start to fall apart and chucked into landfill. It’s estimated that 300 million pairs of running shoes are thrown away each year in the UK alone.

In a long-term plan to avoid excess rubbish, adidas is reconfiguring its factories to produce shoes that can be ground into pellets, melted down and made into new running trainers. The first experimental shoe of this kind is Futurecraft.Loop.

At first glance, the running shoe doesn’t look too different from any other. It’s an off-white trainer that’s made-up of all the usual components: a foam midsole, an outer sole, a knitted upper, an insole, laces and a torsion bar that’s added for stability.

Where Loop does stand out is in how it’s made – and remade. Engineers at adidas have made the entire pair of shoes from one material, a version of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). On average, other adidas trainers are made of at least 12 different materials. “The concept is that this shoe is 100 per cent recyclable and also zero waste,” says Tanya Sahanga, a materials engineers from adidas’s Futurecraft team, which has previously experimented with 3D printed trainers and trainers made from plastic pollution hauled from the ocean.

“We take the first generation shoe back,” says Graham Williamson, a senior director of Future Apparel at adidas and the lead on the Loop project. “We will recycle that and use that recycled material to create components for the subsequent shoe.”

To recycle the shoe, adidas has them washed and shipped to one of the plants of its industrial partner ASF. Once they arrive here the material is ground down into fine pellets, then melted back to its original state from which it can be turned back into a shoe again.

Crucially, TPU can be melted down once it has been used. TPUs are one type of the plastic polyurethane and is considered to have elastic properties, as well as being transparent, and largely resistant to oil and grease. This isn’t the first time the company has used a variant of TPU within its shoes; in February 2013 adidas introduced its Boost foam, which is used in the majority of its midsoles, after working with German chemical producer BASF.

When used in a midsole, Boost is formed of 2,500 elastic TPU beads that are pressed into a mould to create an unmistakeable rice cake look. “The upper is made from exactly the same material,” Sahanga says of Loop. (It’s an off-white colour because there’s no brightening chemical that usually gives trainers a pristine white look, she says). The problem for her team was that while the TPU can be manipulated into a midsole relatively easily, turning it into a thread that can be used to create a shoe’s upper is far more challenging.

The breakthrough in the project, which has been running for six year, came in 2016 when engineers modified the plastic so that it could be spun into a traditional fabric-style strand. “TPU yarn is available on the market but we have developed one specific for us and have advanced it,” Sahanga explains. Before this, adidas didn’t have one material that it could use to create an entire shoe – traditionally, the uppers of running shoes are made from polyester.

“At the start of 2017 we were able to make shoes and components in repeat, before that we had only been able to make one or two shoes at a time,” Sahanga says. “We made a batch of 50.”

Creating a new type of yarn for the upper wasn’t the only issue. The glue that shoes are pieced together with can’t easily be broken down during the recycling process. Workers assembling shoes using the glue have to wear masks to protect themselves from the fumes. To get around this, adidas has completely removed the glue from the shoes. Instead, it’s using lasers to weld the parts of the shoe together.

The technology was developed through its first speed factory in Germany. There are now two speed factories, the other is in the US, and within them robots assemble adidas trainers in less than a day. The factories allow adidas to move faster with its manufacturing and take some reliance away from factories in Asia where more than 90 per cent of its 360 million trainers are made each year.

The traditional factories can be environmentally inefficient. Landfill and environmental impacts are a huge problem for the sports manufacturers and the fashion industry as a whole. One 2012 study from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that a single shoe running shoe can include 65 individual parts, all of which normally end up in landfill.

While shoes can be recycled already, adidas’ effort is different because it’s using materials to make entirely new shoes that are designed for performance.

But it’s not alone. Nike has a recycling scheme it calls Grind. The company takes in old shoes, from any manufacturer, throws them into a machine that will break them down and then uses the materials to make flooring. 18 different substances have been used to create indoor basketball courts, playgrounds and astroturf football pitches.

Minimalist running shoe manufacturer VivioBarefoot has constructed shoes using repurposed algae and is working on a plant-based line that includes a material based on industrial field corn.

Going forward, Loop could change how adidas operates entirely. The Boost material is used across its range of lifestyle shoes, not just those designed for runners. There’s also potential for a new business model, which could conceivably include the option of a shoe subscription. A worn out running shoe may automatically be replaced with a recycled model after a certain number of miles. That used pair would then be melted down and shipped out as a new product.

But that’s still some time away. At the moment adidas needs to make Loop scaleable. So far it has only tested a few hundred shoes with its own staff. As it announced the shoes, it also handed out 200 pairs for journalists to try. These will all be recycled. The ones it has tested internally have all be subject to standard running shoe tests, being put through their paces over 500 kilometres of pavement-bashing.

“For the recycling industry, this is peanuts,” Sahanga says. “We are talking about one to five tons – that’s nothing. These guys process in the triple digits of tons.” Williamson adds that adidas expects the whole recycling and remaking process to take about six months. This is because it doesn’t have the speed factory technology in place within its Asian factories yet. “That’s geared to working with multiple materials, multiple components to create the shoe within an assembly process that involves a lot of gluing,” he says.

The company expects to offer a limited commercial run of the shoes towards the end of 2020. At that point, it might be the last running shoe you ever buy.