A Visual Compendium of Sneakers hits high notes of the past century.

September 3rd, 2013

Starting with the original Converse Chuck Taylor All Star from 1917 and culminating with Nike’s 2013 camo-print Kobe 8 System, A Visual Compendium of Sneakers hits sneaker high notes of the past century. “We cobbled together an assortment that not only illustrates the evolution of shoe design and technological advancements, but that also represents some of the most sought after styles in sneaker history,” says Rachel Mansfield, director of marketing for Pop Chart Lab, a Brooklyn-based company that turns cultural data into graphic prints.

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Put your best foot forward with The Man Repeller and Superga.

August 15th, 2013

Fashion blogger The Man Repeller (aka Leandra Medine) has partnered with Superga on  a collection of cool kicks for fall.  True to the blogger’s quirky flair, each pair comes with a set of longer laces to tie around the ankle a la Medine herself. From a velvet hi-top ($145) to a metallic boucle lo-top ($140), this isn’t your run-of-the-mill sneaker collaboration. 

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Vibram lights the way with concept sneakers featuring headlights.

August 13th, 2013

Night runners everywhere rejoice! No longer shall you drape yourselves in reflective jackets and vests. And for those of us who use the pending sundown as an excuse to get out of jogging with friends (you know you are) the end is nigh. Vibram has debuted a concept sneaker with built-in LEDs that project light on the ground and can be switched between three brightness settings. A flashing red tail light provides added visibility.

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Sneakers turn their wearer into a walking tent.

July 31st, 2013

In bizarre news, Sibling, a collective based in Melbourne, Sydney and Amsterdam, has designed a human shelter stored within a pair of sneakers. No, this isn’t a joke.

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Generic Surplus launches in New York.

July 26th, 2013

Generic Surplus founder Brandon Day and creative director Greg Chapman  celebrated the launch of their brand’s fall collection on Wednesday at Blind Barber in New York. The speakeasy setting of the East Village bar perfectly accented the understated sophistication of the design duo’s LA kicks. Taking a cue from the “generic” aesthetic of the brand, the collection was displayed with a nod to urban landscape and modernism in a minimalist style.

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Jean Nouvel adds footwear design to his stacked resume

May 1st, 2013

French starchitect Jean Nouvel has added another notch to his design belt with Pure, a capsule collection of sneakers in collaboration with Italian label Ruco Line. Available in black, white, yellow and fuschia, each minimalist shoe ($430) is lined in calf leather with a 50-mm rubber outsole. The only detail on its surface is a printed stamp with its style and color code, product name and production date. As Nouvel explains, “The aim was to get a form that could wrap the foot completely.”

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Feiyue Kids’ international roots speak a universal fashion language.

February 11th, 2013

When Chinese-born, France-based brand Feiyue (“flying forward”) landed its kids’ kicks on U.S. soil last year it had an inkling the scaled-down sneakers would be a hit. After all, actions speak louder than words and since the line was lifted from relative obscurity in 2006 the children’s collection represents 8 percent of its global turnover. “Colorful designs and accessible prices make the range very attractive for buyers,” says Cynthia Pelletier, the brand’s North American sales manager.

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Self Magazine Debuts First-Ever Sneaker Awards

March 27th, 2012

Self magazine readers have answered the age-old question– what sneaker should one wear when working out?

The women’s magazine sent 421 pairs of sneakers to 200 readers who ranked the shoes after a month of running, kickboxing, Zumba and workout DVDs. Twenty-four sneakers were standouts following 5,845 miles of running, 400 fitness classes and 648 hours of strength training as part of the first Self Sneaker Awards.

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Courting Glory in Adidas

September 8th, 2009

Seventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin of Georgia is making waves at the U.S. Open in New York, and the Internet is afire with searches not just on her tennis stats but her unmissable footwear.

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Reebok, Foot Locker Get ‘Fabolous’

August 25th, 2009

Hip-hop superstar Fabolous (a.k.a. John David Jackson) dropped in NYC’s Herald Square Foot Locker on Aug. 24 to kick off the launch of the Reebok Classic Remix collection and a new promotion that was music to the ears of the city’s sneaker lovers.

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