THE YEEZY 350 BOOST ‘SEMI FROZEN YELLOW’

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November 18, 2017 saw the first of three new Yeezy Boost 350 V2 colour ways set to release before the end of the year. Dubbed the ‘Semi-Frozen Yellow’ the latest release from the Kanye West and Adidas collaboration sees the familiar Boost 350 V2 silhouette sporting a yellow colour way which can be seen on the prime knit upper, midsole and laces.

The upper section of the shoe features a ‘semi-frozen yellow’ prime knit nicely intertwined with a ‘steel grey’ prime knit forming a ‘Zebra’ style pattern which we are used to seeing on the 350 V2’s.

The prime knit upper sits on top of a boost midsole which is encased in a TPU shell and runs the length of the shoe. For the first time, the ‘semi frozen yellow’ features a unique gum tread which rolls up the back of the shoe which is a unusual contrast to the yellow and is the first Yeezy to have a two-toned sole.

To the mid foot of the shoe, the iconic SPLY-350 branding can be seen in red prime knit  and compliments the red stitching found on the pull tab to the heel.

On first thought I wouldn’t typically put yellow, grey and red together but in this instance it works.

Despite being dubbed the most rare to date, this is the first time I haven’t really tried to buy a pair, but ended up ‘winning’  a pair through the sneakersnstuff raffle. I’m so used to taking an L, I wasn’t convinced raffles worked but here we are!

To be honest out of the three pairs being released these would have been the pair I would have least likely to have chosen. However, on arrival I’m  really surprised at how much I do actually like them. The yellow is a lot less bright then I expected and isn’t actually as neon as it looks in some of the promotional photos. They might be the most colourful item of clothing I now own, but I’m happy with the overall look and finish of them.

So after all this time, are Yeezy’s actually worth the hype? In terms of sizing I stuck true to size and found this to fit perfectly. On foot they are reasonably snug and comfortable due to the prime knit upper and boost sole. The only real negative I have is that they are a fairy chunky shoe so if you have quite narrow feet like myself, I wonder if they are a slightly too chunky. At £170, they’re not cheap but with the chance to resell them for over three to four times there worth, you can see why everyone wants a pair of Yeezy’s.

What do you think of the latest Yeezy Boost 350 V2?

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My Summer Rotation

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With summer rapidly approaching its finally time to unbox those shoes you’ve had stored away since the end of last summer – the warmer, dryer weather means you no longer need to worry about the wet weather ruining you’re favourite footwear.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a new pair for the summer, now is the time to start thinking about what you want out of your footwear.

A good starting point is thinking about what you will use them for. Are you looking for something for everyday wear or something more premium that you will wear less frequently. If you’re paying a lot of money for something, you are going to want to make sure it lasts, so also think about quality – A leather shoe is going to stand the test of time against a canvas-style shoe.

Depending on the use, you may want to consider the colour. For me, I always go for black or white or a combination of the two as you can never go wrong with neutrals.

Whether you are looking to invest in premium footwear or are just after a new summer beater I have put this quick list together to show you what my favourite pairs are for this summer. You’ll have to let me know what you think in the comments!

01. Nike Air Max 97 OG ‘Silver Bullet’

Earlier this year, Nike announced it was reissuing the OG Nike Air Max 97 as a limited release in Italy. Fast forward a few months and Nike confirmed a wider release, seeing it  sell out immediately. Love them or hate them the Air Max 97 is back for 2017, the infamous silhouette from Nike is also celebrating it’s 20th anniversary so expect further colour options through the year. Personally, I love the OG Air Max 97 and I’m praying for a triple black version!

02. Converse X Comme des Garçon Play CT 70

I have been waiting for the COMME des GARÇONS PLAY and Converse collection to restock forever. They were on one of my first ever wish lists when I first started this blog, so it’s been a while! At the time I had the first collaboration between the brands so didn’t feel the need to pick them up straight away. When I saw that Dover Street Market had restocked them a couple of weeks ago I had to get both the high and low versions and can see these being my everyday pairs this summer!

03. Nike Mayfly Woven

The Nike Mayfly Woven is another of those pairs that you either love or hate. I bought these last year for my trip to Thailand, but haven’t worn them since then. Back in a fresh set of colourways this year, the Mayfly Woven is the perfect casual summer shoe for 2017.

The woven perforation detailing along the suede uppers are great for keeping cool and the leather laces and details to the heel adds a more luxe feel to the shoe, making them a great transition between day and night. I’m looking forward to wearing these a lot more this year so lets hope the weather holds out.

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04. Common Projects Original Achilles Low

Famed for their sleek silhouette, minimal branding and premium price tag, the white Achilles low is probably the most iconic of the Common Projects designs. I’ve wanted them for so long but could never justify the price tag. Lucky for me I got them £100 cheaper in the sales after Christmas and have been saving them for the warmer months.

With luxury Italian leather covering them inside and out, it’s clear the see why they have  so much hype around them. The quality and craftsmanship on these are unreal and the size and style code gold stamp is just the right amount of detail. From first wear you can really tell they are going to last for years to come, I’m really glad I took the plunge!

05. Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Essential

Another pair of Nikes… This time its the Air Max 95 silhouette. This updated version of the original shoe features a no-sew upper which makes them feel a lot more streamlined compared to the originals which are on the chunky side. I’m really enjoying the revival of some of the other ‘less popular’ models Nike are bringing out this year.

So there you have it. My top 5 pairs I will be wearing this summer. What are your favourite pair? What will you be wearing this summer?

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Adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 vs Adidas Ultra Boost OG Review

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On the heels of my Adidas Ultra Boost 2.0 vs Adidas Ultra Boost OG Review I’m back with the latest instalment and more importantly the new Adidas Ultra Boost ‘3.0’.

Since its debut, the Ultra boost has become one of adidas’ most popular releases and a firm favourite amongst fans. Early in December adidas announced it’s plans to unveil an updated version of the silhouette in size brand new colour options just in time for Christmas.

With the previous two models purchased in black, I thought it was about time I switched it up a bit, so have opted for the Triple White colour way for a change. So, despite the obvious difference in colour, what else is new about the 3.0’s compared to the originals or 1.0’s?

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As with previous models the key features are all still here; the same inner liner, heel counter and Continental rubber outsole are all present, along with the infamous boost cushioning midsole.

The most notable difference is the new primeknit upper, this time featuring a tonal white and grey striped detail. The Primeknit feels a lot thinner and elasticated than previous models meaning the fit feels a bit different. Unlike the 1.0’s and 2.0’s where the Primeknit felt tightly woven, the new Primeknit feels a lot less knitted and much more like a sock liner, almost like something you would find on a Roshe Run or NMD.. but that’s not a bad thing. They are extremely comfortable.

Another small change to the uppers is the re-introdution of the tonal overlays around the toe area. Unlike the 2.0’s where the toe box was completely Primeknit, the 3.0’s are similar in style to the originals in this aspect.

As well as the new Primeknit upper, the updated silhouette is finished with a new translucent lace cage, which blends nicely into the shoe from a distance.

I bought the 3.0’s in my regular size and I would definitely say they fit true to size. This is 0.5 smaller than what my 1.0’s are.

With very little differences underfoot, I wouldn’t say this latest version is a ‘must-have’. For me, nothing can beat the original release. However, the Ultra Boost 3.0’s make a great addition to the Ultra Boost line up and makes a great everyday or sports shoe.

Which is your favourite model so far?
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Adidas Ultra Boost 2.0 vs Ultra Boost OG Review.

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Adidas recently released it’s latest drop of the Ultra Boost. Available in four different tonal colours – black, white, red and blue, like previous releases all eyes were on the ‘Core black’ and ‘Triple White’ colour ways. (I might have bought the black, white and blue pairs).

Last year I purchase the original ‘Core Black’ Ultra Boosts from Size?. The next thing you know Kanye West is spotted wearing an all white version and the Ultra Boost becomes sold out world wide. Since first purchasing, the Ultra Boost has become one of my favourite pairs and having had moderate wear  over the past year I decided to get another pair for when they finally bite the dust.

With both the original and the so called 2.0’s pairs of the ‘Core Black’ Ultra Boost,  I thought it would be useful to compare what the real differences are between the two. So here it goes…

Firstly, both shoes come in the infamous yellow and purple boost box, the new model replacing the black branded tissue paper with standard white paper instead.

With the shoe itself, the silhouette and fit is exactly the same. Some times with an updated model the shape can slightly become distorted but these are identical, something which I am really thankful for. The only change  I can see/feel would be to the insole, which I believe is slightly more cushioned now and it can also now be removed, but I actually quite like this.

The look of the shoe is overall very similar featuring a black upper on a white boost midsole. It’s only when you start to look in more detail you start to notice the differences.

The first thing I noticed was the slight blue tint on the toe box design, which separates the black and grey. The toe box design now features an all over knit design, where as the original Ultra Boost is more segmented and features a black toe guard. The material to the ankle area is also completely knitted now too instead of the smooth synthetic material which makes me wonder how quickly they will wear when worn with a pair of jeans.

In terms of the shoes branding the Ultra Boost logo is now all silver instead of half black and half silver and the logo to the tongue has changed colour from grey to white, not major changes, but difference all the same.

Overall, the 2.o Ultra Boost is still a great shoe, but the slightly more premium look and feel to the Originals still gets my vote.

What do you think to the updated design of the Ultra Boosts? Have you noticed any other differences?

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My Summer Rotation!

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With winter well and truly out of the way, it’s time to pack away those winter boots and bring out your summer shoe rotation. Now it’s finally safe to wear white again,  waterproof materials such as nubuck and leather can be swapped for summer-friendly alternatives such as canvas and knit. Whether worn with shorts or jeans, a good collection of shoes will see you through the Summer months.

When it comes to footwear I tend to stick to black and white as they will go with whatever you’re wearing. My Summer Rotation is split in to three different categories – Premium, Beaters, and Casual. So let’s get straight into it.

‘Premium’ Pairs – the most important pairs in the collection; the ones that only come out on special occasions in a bid to keep them looking good. One of my most recent and favourite purchases come in the form of the Y-3 Pure Boost ZG Knit (which I recently posted about). Although I have had them for about a month I’ve only worn them a handful of times due to the weather, but with the increasing temperatures I’m sure these are going to get there more than fair share of wear in the next few months.  On the other hand the adidas Ultra Boost Core Black are still going strong from last summer and have been worn countless times and are still in fantastic condition.

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Beaters – everyday day pairs. These are the ones which are inexpensive and can be easily replaced. For me, Vans are classics. I can’t remember a time in the last 15 years when a pair of Vans weren’t in my collection. My everyday pairs at the moment are the Vans Old Skool and Vans Classic slip-ons. The Old Skool silhouette is timeless and has always been my favourite shoe from Vans, having owned many pairs over the years. The Slip-Ons take me back to 2007 when I had them in multiple different colour ways and are a welcome return having made a surprise appearance in street style culture.

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Casual Pairs – pairs which can be worn in both a everyday and smart casual sense; pairs which will take you from daytime into the evening. My Casual picks come from Comme Des Garçon x Converse and the Vault by Vans Authentic LX. Both styles are simplistic yet premium and look good whether dressed up or down.

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Despite being happy with my Summer Rotation, three pairs I am yet to add to the line up are the Common Projects Originals Achilles Low in White, the Turtle-dove adidas Yeezy 350 and finally the Triple-White adidas Ultra Boosts, which are set for a restock any day soon.F

What’s in your Summer Rotation? What do you think of my choices?

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