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New Balance 991 Anniversary Sneaker

New Balance 991 20th Anniversary Release

20 Years Crafted, 20 Years A Staple, 20 Years Of The 991

Dig out the balloons, light the candles and suspend the bunting because the New Balance 991 is turning 20 this year. For two stellar decades, the shoe has charmed the masses with its perfectly pared-back allure. That humble but fierce combination of grey undertones and ABZORB cushioning has simultaneously propelled the silhouette into a true cult favourite and now the Boston-based brand is celebrating the design with a special commemorative release. The New Balance 991 20th anniversary shoe launches this Friday 26th February 2021 and Aphrodite is a proud stockist.

To mark the upcoming launch, we’re taking a retrospective look back at the iconic 991 while unravelling details over the latest celebratory iteration. Keep reading to find out more.

History of the New Balance 991: 2001

In the same year that hit mockumentary The Office hit UK tv screens, Fast & Furious premiered at the box office and Jamiroquai’s A Funk Odyssey topped the album charts, Boston hailing brand New Balance rolled out the 991 sneaker under its 99x series. The 99x series was first conceptualised in ‘82 when the original 990 trainer began transcending the footwear industry with heaps of innovative tech. In the years leading up to 2001, the line left little to the imagination; toying with ground-breaking cushioning, unheard of proportions and larger-than-life NB credentials – to which the label has become so synonymous.

New Balance 991 20th Anniversary

The arrival of the 991 in the early noughties signified a changing of the guard for the 99x’s lineage. The New Balance 991 was noticeably more streamline, still in its identifiable low-profile look, but with less emphasis at the toebox. It proved to be the contemporary overhaul the dynasty needed and it quickly began stealing the hearts of multiple generations. It was also the first shoe in the brand’s roster to carry ABZORB cushioning in both its front and beneath the heel, leading the shoe, and subsequently the 99x series, to become closely associated with immeasurable comfort.

The New Balance 991 in popular culture: 2001 – 2021

In the years following its inception, the 991 yielded mass appeal. Managing to harmonise performance-primed tech with an understated, athletic aesthetic, the silhouette pulled in the approval of millennials and the globe’s A-List – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Kanye West to name just a few of the shoe’s distinguished fans. Most notably, late Apple founder and tech maestro, Steve Jobs, frequently donned the sneakers on the streets and to global conferences, where they quickly helped form his signature look.

New Balance 991 Sneakers Anniversary

Of recent, New Balance has embraced its cross-generational stance, famously attributing the phrase “worn by supermodels in London and dads in Ohio” to its mission statement. The concept of ‘normcore’ – a trend summarised by the rejection of extravagance – reached its peak in 2018 and enabled the resurgence of the 991 under the ‘Dad Shoe’ umbrella. In fact, New Balance birthed the ‘Dad Shoe’ trend way before it became accepted by the mainstream and designers in their hundreds jumped on the bandwagon.

The New Balance 991 possesses a certain je ne sais quoi that continues to make it a frontrunner of the scene, even twenty years after we first laid eyes on it.

New Balance 991 Anniversary release: 2021

This Friday (26/02/2021) marks the release of the New Balance 991 anniversary special. Mimicking its debut look, the trainer melds a two-tone grey colourway, with pig suede overlays, navy ‘N’ logos and ABZORB cushioning to supply a wardrobe staple that we’re all rightfully familiar with. Crafted proudly in the UK in the brand’s Flimby factory, this one-off model boasts ‘2001’ embroidery at the backbone whilst a 20th anniversary woven patch sits to the inner tongue.

New Balance 991 Trainers Anniversary

If this simple but sleek lifestyle runner has always ticked boxes for you, you won’t want to miss out on this special edition. Keep your eyes peeled for the New Balance 991 anniversary release in T-minus two days.

CP Company SS21

CP Company SS21 – Explorer & Metropolis Jackets Return

Dubbed ‘Natural Mutations’ CP Company’s SS21 collection focuses in on the core principles that sit central to the brand’s design philosophy. Incorporating plenty of technical in-house fabrics, militaristic detailing and deep hues spanning more natural tones, this first snippet of their newest collection also brings with it some fan-favourite familiars.

CP Company Overshirts

For those looking for a new addition to their overshirt line-up, this collection, in typical CP fashion, brings plenty to choose from. Whether you prefer the iridescent sheen and metallic charm of the brand’s Chrome nylon fabric, or prefer the more traditional cotton garbadine, a selection of bespoke shades including, burnt ochre, sandstalk and laurel wreath ensure something suited to every palette. Elsewhere the collection builds upon the recently revived, ‘Urban Protection’ series welcoming a new zipped hoodie to the line-up complete with auxiliary pocket overlays for a utilitarian finish, whilst two heavy hitter jackets see their familiar silhouettes given technical updates.

 

CP Company Ventile Explorer Jacket

 

CP Company Ventile Explorer Jacket

If your a fan of the brand then no doubt you are familiar with the Explorer Jacket. The first style born under founder Massimo Osti’s reign to come equipped with goggles, it remains one of the most cherished styles from the CP Company archives. An undeniable piece of casual culture history, the jacket comes Reimagined for SS21 with a performance focused VENTILE fabric.

Made in England since 1943 VENTILE is a historic material when it comes to outerwear created through the process of weaving together loose cotton fibres, resulting in a fabric that is not only durable but completely organic. Originally designed for pilots in World War II to combat the freezing temperatures of water, the fabric boasts both water and wind proof properties as well as exceptional breathability.

Equipped with the iconic goggle detailed large collar which zips up across the face, the jacket boasts military inspired auxiliary pockets to the chest as well as two zip secured top entry pockets below. With branded detailing forward facing, the jacket is further enhanced with adjustable drawcords to the hem to keep out any unwanted breeze. Finished with colour blocked detailing, the lens viewer can be found to the lower sleeve for bonus points when it comes to functionality and style.

CP Company Tracery Metropolis Jacket

CP Company Metropolis Tracery Jacket

Another of the brand’s, ‘Urban Protection’ line, the Metropolis Jacket finds itself the subject of CP Company’s newest technique. Crafted from Memri, a purposely creased fabric which is made from combining a densely woven polyester and nylon micro-fibre canvas, the garment is treated to the, ‘tracery’ effect. Overprinted using sublimation, heat, pressure and time are used in unison to achieve a unique three dimensional finish which casts artificial shadows to highlight the jackets key points of interest.

Naturally water repellent, the Metropolis Jacket is further enhanced with a number of pockets to keep possessions close to hand, whilst its adjustable hood and built in face mask ensure ample elemental protection. Finished with a removable velcro patch and central storm flap covering, this newest take is not only a certified head turner but marks CP Company’s commitment to evolutionary experimentation.

Shop our full CP Company collection online now.

Stone Island Marina Collection

Stone Island Marina SS21 Collection Is Here

It’s been a [long] minute since we were last in possession of the label’s Marina line, but good news… it’s back. The Stone Island Marina SS21 Collection has just landed here at Aphrodite and it’s sure to command attention for all the right reasons.

Bringing an air of nonchalance with it, the latest capsule keeps things perfectly pared back. The palette focuses on wearable blues and punchy aquas which gets us optimistic for the spring season, where lighter nights and the relaxing of lockdown rules are sure to boost the mood. So far, the collection carries two cosy pullovers, a t-shirt and a pair of shorts.

Stone Island Marina Collection

Both hoodies bare the same aesthetic. Each one gets back to basics at the front with a small-scale compass embroidered at the chest. Meanwhile, tonal branding embellishes the reverse – offering that subtle hint of status which can be retrieved at all angles. The navy tee and shorts form a formidable duo; they’re both crafted from super-soft cotton which makes this set the perfect contender for casual lounging. The minimised compass logo makes an appearance again whilst back branding and an adjustable drawstring feature on each silhouette respectively.

Stone Island Marina Line

If you’re looking to embrace the warmer climates and laidback ambience of spring, we can’t fathom a better way to do it other than with the Stone Island Marina SS21 Collection. Shop these key pieces online now at Aphrodite.

Canada Goose Crofton Hoody in Black

Canada Goose Crofton Hoody : Comfort & Status

Canada Goose’s core collection of outerwear is sought-after worldwide. Be it the Langford Parka, the Armstrong Hoody, Wyndham silhouette, or any of the brand’s other noteworthy iterations, these iconic designs are linchpins of the organisation and we welcome them every year with open arms. But while these tried and tested favourites hold permanent tenure in our wardrobes, every now and then, it’s time to shake it up and carve a spot for new styles within our collection. Want to know our recommendation for switching things up this year? It’s the Canada Goose Crofton Hoody.

Portable & Packable

Personifying the luxury label’s longstanding dedication to high quality and style, this latest jacket is simultaneously deluxe and dependable. Ideal for navigating the transitional months ahead, the Canada Goose Crofton Hoody is a complete all-rounder and can seamlessly adapt to any scenario. For instance, the silhouette boasts the ability to pack away into its interior left pocket within a moment’s notice – doing so to form a portable pouch complete with a branded shoulder strap that can also double up as backpack straps when the jacket is unpacked and put on. These elasticated straps essentially allow for a hands-free, over the shoulders look.

Canada Goose Crofton Hoody Fit

Canada Goose Crofton Hoody Fit & Insulation

Streamlined in Canada Goose’s slim fit, the garment opts for a channel fill construction (750 fill power white duck down) to yield the highest thermal capacity without unnecessary bulk. And the technical tooling doesn’t stop there. The brand’s official Thermal Experience Index™ indicates that the Crofton Hoody is perfectly suited to light activity, with a temperate gage of 5° to -5°, you can utilise this outerwear design whether you’re off-grid on hiking trails or nestled deep within urban dimensions.

Having struck a superb balance between insulation and motion, the design is also rendered to be wind resistant and water repellent, meaning that if you’re caught in untimely spring showers, you don’t need to take a rain check, simply breeze through blustery downpours when in the cityscape.

Crofton Hoody Canada Goose

Additional Features of the Canada Goose Crofton Hoody

Available in a trio of versatile shades – red, black and navy – the Crofton Hoody features an array of additional features, including a suede tricot chin guard for optimal softness and minimal skin friction. It also carries a cord lock hood with reflective accents for a custom fit and increased visibility in poor conditions. Power Stretch® cuffs and underarm gussets both address the body’s contours and enhancing its fit plus range of motion whilst two exterior and three interior pockets provide ample space for keeping your hands warm or storing smaller valuables.

Signed off with the synonymous red disc logo at the sleeve, the Canada Goose Crofton Hoody harmonises the need for comfort with the desire for status. Put your faith in the brand’s expertise and make this jacket your next go-to for tricky weather. Take a closer look at the design in the video below.

 

adidas Racing 1 Trainer

About To Land : adidas Racing 1 Trainers

Described by the German sportswear maestro as ‘a breath of fresh air’, the adidas Racing 1 trainer ushers new life into the brand’s lauded footwear lineup. Though only birthed in 2021, the design packs nostalgia aplenty and its debut colourway, a vividly-dressed gold and blue beauty, sold out like hot cakes when it landed on our doorstep just a few weeks ago. But are you wondering what’s so special about this latest adi’ arrival? Let’s take a closer look…

adidas Racing 1 Sneakers

Arriving imminently at Aphrodite in a red / core black / cloud white palette, the brand-new racer takes design cues from retro ‘70s runners which is why certain old-school accents of the shoe shouldn’t startle you. Soft suede overlays station up at the shoe’s vamp and heel while those synonymous 3-Stripes serrate on the sidewall – two key throwback touches that will have you wandering down memory lane and seeking out the track.

adidas Racing 1

Featuring dark punctuation that cascades over its lacing system, heel panel and sidewall, the adidas Racing 1 trainer carries upper body contrast and added dimension in pinpoint areas. Meanwhile, the situation underfoot embraces the new with a cellular rubber midsole that yields reference to the bulkier trainer silhouettes we see dominating the scene currently. Also positioned underfoot are deeply indented rubber lugs, adding enhanced grip to the shoe’s foundation, and overall, providing a much smoother ride through the city streets.

adidas Racing 1 Trainers Red

Do these crimson creps take your fancy? Well then keep your eyes peeled for the adidas Racing 1 trainers in red / core black / cloud white landing at Aphrodite very soon.

adidas Racing 1 Trainers Arrive at Aphrodite

adidas Racing 1, Bold Shoes Brimming with Nostalgia

Wrapped in saturated tones of gold and cobalt, the adidas Racing 1 Trainer from the sportswear heavyweight’s ‘Originals’ lineup brings the retro flavouring of ‘70s running shoes back to the forefront for the year 2021.

adidas Racing 1 Sneakers

Neatly imagined and fiercely streamlined with a nubbed sole unit housed underfoot, the nostalgic design delivers ample adi’ detailing with those serrated 3-Stripes stationed at the sidewall, a Trefoil imprint proudly fitted at the tongue and likewise to the heel.

Racing 1 Trainers

Lashings of suede and nylon make their way into the upper where the vibrancy and old-school quality of the trainer are sure to command attention no matter what the occasion. Don these striking kicks in the city streets for SS21.

adidas Originals Racing 1

Shop the adidas Racing 1 silhouette at Aphrodite now, alongside a range of new arrivals from the German sportswear brand online.

Comme des Garcons WALLET Ruby Eyes

Comme des Garcons Wallets Ruby Eyes Collection Lands

Its explosive colour palette and sumptuously high standards are well documented by troops of the industry’s elite and Comme des Garçons WALLET’s latest offerings are guaranteed to set tongues wagging yet again. Those playful sensibilities and vibrant tones return in spades for Spring Summer 2021 and Aphrodite is on hand to give you the lowdown on the most recent collection.

The Comme des Garçons Wallets Ruby Eyes series is the newest drop from Rei Kawakubo’s leather goods offshoot and let us tell you, it’s certainly not to be missed. Quite the opposite in fact. Delivering a trifecta of striking styles, the collection brings with it varied outer designs and shapes, all with one common denominator though – a serpentine surprise housed internally. Keep reading to find out more…

Comme des Garcons Wallets

Each wallet is skillfully crafted in Spain with smooth leather employed throughout which is sure to patina gracefully thanks to the label’s assured quality. Serving up a standard wallet design, alongside a larger pouch and a small-scale coin wallet, the Ruby Eyes collection keeps things relatively simple to the exterior. Saturated shades of tangerine as well as sky-blues and tan don each silhouette with flashes of gold foil and cryptic, curved motifs spilling out across the base.

Zipping open with gold-toned hardware, each colourway opens to reveal two peering eyes and it’s not what you may immediately think… Is it Comme PLAY’s iconic bug eyes making an appearance? Guess again. It’s instead that slithering surprise we touched upon earlier. Hidden inside each wallet is a playful snake illustration, complete with ornate ruby jewels for eyes.

Comme Ruby Eyes Wallet

Choose to invest in the Comme des Garçons Wallets Ruby Eyes Collection and bring a tongue-in-cheek tone to your everyday essentials.

If reptile forms really aren’t for you though, why not take a peek at the Comme des Garçons Wallets Rainbow drop. Remember those outrageously flamboyant patterns you would see after one look down the lens of a kaleidoscope? Well, the Comme des Garçons Wallets Rainbow Collection brings those trippy patterns to life… and then some.

Comme Rainbow Wallet

Also conjuring up thoughts of a ‘70s discotheque, these holographic wallets are ideal for loosely storing coins, notes and cards. They come secured with gold-toned hardware whilst a leather lining and ‘Made in Spain’ signage complete things inside.

Shop the newest arrivals courtesy of Comme des Garçons Wallets at Aphrodite now.

Clarks Wallabee Cup

Enter The Clarks Originals Wallabee Cup

Just landed – Clarks Originals Wallabee Cup Plus OG Newness

Since the Wallabee first debuted in the ‘60s, few shoes have rivalled its ubiquitous, tangible hold on trend-driven society. Not only a perennial player in the footwear realm but amidst a range of popular subcultures too, the silhouette is a cult classic that yields immense longevity. Each season it’s reworked in a multitude of materials and shades and for 2021 the design has taken a bulbous turn… Allow us to introduce the Clarks Originals Wallabee Cup.

Clarks Originals Wallabee Cup Black

Available in warm maple and intense black colourways, the Wallabee Cup is noticeably different shape-wise in comparison to its forerunner. This new kid on the block takes that signature crepe sole that Clarks has become so synonymous with and rendered it into a cup sole instead – allowing the flexible, latex bonding to cradle the entire circumference of the shoe. This higher sidewall allows for enhanced protection where the toe and heel are both concerned.

Clarks Originals Wallabee Cup Maple

Aside from its chunky sole, the shoe’s identity remains largely unchanged; the ankle-skimming profile is reaffirmed, the iconic moccasin construction – originally inspired by an old German design dubbed the ‘Grasshopper’ – is present alongside the crinkly, lightweight cushioning that resides underfoot. Buttery nubuck and plush suede are dusted across the upper of each design respectively.

While the Aphrodite office remains very much abuzz with the arrival of the Wallabee Cup, we can’t go on without touching upon the OG, which too has landed on our desks in striking new tones. If you were looking to slip further under the radar in 2021 (if that’s even possible after 2020’s stay-at-home agenda), a camouflage rendition is available, complete with a marbled, modern guise.

Clarks Off White Camo

Elsewhere, a ‘grey combi’ version recalls the shoe’s acid-house heyday, saturated pops of turquoise at the lining, heel, swing tag and sole evoke memories of that hedonistic era which went on to define a generation.

Clarks Wallabee Grey Combi

Clarks Wallabee Shoes Grey Combi

Whether you’re looking to freshen up your collection with the brand-new Clarks Originals Wallabee Cup or relive your youth by stepping into the original Wallabee, get on board with this quintessentially British brand and shop styles online at Aphrodite now.

Jerry Lorenzo partners with adidas

Fear of God Founder Jerry Lorenzo Joins adidas

The creative will take charge of the brand’s basketball division

Hours after the announcement of a long-term partnership between Adidas and Fear of God, the mastermind behind the madness, Jerry Lorenzo, took to twitter to unveil his bold three stripe neck tattoo, cementing the deal, and sending Nike back to the bench. Alongside this, Lorenzo was also appointed as the head of Adidas’ ever growing basketball division, recently saying in a press release that: “This is a role that is unprecedented in its very nature and nuanced attribution that it defies all titles and traditional definitions.”

“This is a fearless move where shared vision and conviction are at the heart of the accretion of two brands shaping sports and culture, with the purpose to truly multiply our nuanced strengths to revolutionize the performance basketball industry forever. Adidas and Fear of God share the same dream for the future of basketball, on and beyond the court, and we look forward to changing the face of the industry through a new model that will unfold before us in the coming years.”

 

Jerry Lorenzo

 

It seems that Lorenzo’s mindset for the German sportswear brand is to revolutionize the performance basketball industry, something that would not have been possible at all back at Nike, but it seems as though Adidas’ basketball break is just a stones throw away.

Stay tuned to find out what comes of Jerry Lorenzo joining adidas.