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Axel Arigato Clean 90 Contrast

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Contrast : Scandi’ Simplicity

One glimpse at the Axel Arigato Clean 90 trainer and you’re instantly struck by its Scandi’ simplicity. Free of drama and unnecessary add-ons, the design is wholly timeless and can be pieced together with a vast range of ensembles, making it a healthy contender for your own rotation, that’s of course if you haven’t already caved and gave into the stellar qualities of this footwear favourite.

Below is a roundup of the Clean 90’s key features – we took an in-depth look at the ‘contrast’ white/black model specifically.

What is the Axel Arigato Clean 90 Contrast made from?

When it comes to Axel Arigato there’s one thing you can’t deny, the brand’s collections are awash with impressive materials and quality craftsmanship. Just like various Clean 90s in the AA lineup, this contrast iteration is handmade in Portugal using premium white leather. But don’t be fooled by its supple nature and pure aesthetic, the leather is superbly sturdy and primed to tackle all your urban adventures as you seek them.

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Contrast Black White

What are the main features of the Axel Arigato Clean 90?

Aside from its expert construction, the trainer also boasts some finer details that when paired together help to make it a true all-rounder. The most noticeable accent the shoe carries is its contrast heel panel, shown on this version in dark black. Accompanying the stark white / black palette is gold foil branding upon the sidewall – a detail that has become a hallmark for Axel Arigato ever since its debut.

While things are kept relatively refined to the exterior, the trainer’s interior speaks a totally different story. Comfort is a huge priority for any sneaker wearer and Axel Arigato doesn’t compromise comfort for style, instead, there’s a harmonious balance between the two. Underfoot you’ll find a removable cushioned footbed that contours to the shape of the foot and absorbs any intense movement on the ground. The stability and ridged grip of the rubber sole also marry to make the ride as smooth as purely possible.

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Contrast Sneakers

How to style the Clean 90?

We would never encourage anyone to drastically switch up their style as that remains personal to you, however, due to the pared-back nature of the shoe, this does give leeway for more ‘out there’ apparel choices. Be it a vibrant camp collar shirt in the height of summer or a colourful rain jacket in the midst of autumn, standout pieces can be toned down with the minimalistic aesthetic of the Clean 90, making for a perfectly balanced ‘fit.

How to retain the quality of your trainers?

As with any fresh kicks, these sneakers require mild caution when you’re out and about; in other words, just don’t hotfoot it around a muddy field and you’ll be in the clear. If you do run into the odd mark here and there due to general wear and tear, we recommend our range of professional sneaker care products to buff them back to perfection. Shop cleaning solutions from adidas, Jason Markk, Crep Protect and Sneakers ER online at Aphrodite.

Shop the Axel Arigato Clean 90 Contrast Sneakers at Aphrodite Clothing now. Get a closer look at the shoes in the below video.

Premium Outerwear – Stone Island Crinkle Reps Down Jacket

 Introducing Premium Outerwear in the Stone Island Crinkle Reps Down Jacket

Redefining outerwear from the heart of Italy, Stone Island sees a militarian approach to design, acting as the forerunner of highly functional, practical and wearable clothing for the modern man. With visual and hand-feel properties highly considered in each piece, the brand re-invents the portrayal of outwear, challenging the functions and aesthetics of the wider industry.

Stone Island Jacket

Pushing the boundries for yet another season, the Crinkle Reps Down Jacket brings classic puffer styling to premium protection, personifying the quality feel of the Stone Island brand. Lined with an insulating down and protected by a 100% Nylon outer, this piece boasts wind and water resistance, allowing you to stay protected despite the elements. Helping to further seal in the warmth, a two way zip closure accompanied by an adjustable hemline and hood introduces the option of ultra security and streamlined fitting.

Bringing a distinctive look to each piece, the Crinkle Reps Down Jacket undergoes the brands signature garment dye process, introducing an air of uniqueness and creativity to your outfit. Presented in a vibrant green for those who like to make a bold statement with their outerwear, or an equally as stylish navy option for those that prefer a more neutral look, both adorned with the iconic compass for a street ready touch.

Want to shop the Crinkle Reps Down Jacket for yourself? Check out our selection on Aphrodite now!

 

5 Great T-Shirts For Summer

Seasonal Style That’s Easy Breezy

When it comes to picking out t-shirts for summer it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. From the cut and colour to the fit and fabric, it’s hard to know where to start with so much on offer and only a small amount of time to actually catch some sun; that’s of course if you’re living in the UK. To make the process of picking out your favourites as fuss-free as possible this season the team at Aphrodite have knuckled together and selected some straight winners, purely for your enjoyment. From refined and super casual to statement-worthy and vibrant, find something to suit your taste below.

Earn One’s Stripes

You just can’t take a wrong turn with Ami Paris. Immaculately chic, this long-sleeved number boasts a distinctive nautical vibe but is guaranteed to look good whether worn on land or sea. Dubbed the ‘Marinière’ tee, the design is delivered with traditional Breton stripes and features the label’s iconic Ami de Coeur applique in pride of place upon the chest. 10/10 from us.

Ami T-Shirt Ami de Coeur Marinière In Navy / White.

Ami de Coeur T-Shirt

 

Logo Laden

Every brand has fallen victim to logomania at some point during their lifespan, but nobody quite does logomania like Stone Island. Recognised through every corner of the globe, the brand’s name, and logo alike, are truly sought after. Dressed in cool turquoise and dripping in status, there wasn’t a more apt garment we could think of when considering t-shirts for summer… enter this breezy short-sleeved silhouette from the Italian casual clothing icon.

Stone Island Three Marble T-Shirt in Aqua.

Stone Island Three Marble T-Shirt

 

Back To Basics

Sometimes you just need a pared-back tee that can be coupled with joggers, shorts, jeans – you name it. Our selection for exactly that comes from Norse Projects. Sure to be a staple for years to come, this easy, breezy design comes in an ‘oxide yellow’ colourway, featuring simplistic branding and a ribbed neck. Our top choice for maximum longevity.

Norse Projects Niels Core Logo T-Shirt in Oxide Yellow.

Norse Projects Niels T-Shirt

 

Playful

Just like when your wardrobe needs toning down a little bit, every now and then, the ante also needs upping. Luxury streetwear brand Aries is well equipped to switch the mundane to high octane, just take this tie-dye tee for example. Splashed in a plethora of quirky colours, it’s crafted from soft cotton jersey, featuring the label’s synonymous temple logo at the chest.

Aries Temple T-Shirt in Tie Dye Multi.

Aries Tie Dye T-Shirt

 

Graphic Game

For all the high-end streetwear aficionados in the world, we’ve gone with this oversized pick from Maison Margiela. Working with a white blank canvas in a superbly cool, nonchalant fit, the silhouette comes decorated with a vibrant vintage cameo print depicting a postage stamp. Need we say more?

Maison Margiela T-Shirt Stamps in White.

Maison Margiela T-Shirt

 

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SS21 Rick Owens Drkshdw

Rick Owens DRKSHDW SS21

Rick Owens isn’t called ‘The Lord of Darkness’ for nothing, despite spending his formative years on America’s west coast his collections seldom depict the easy, breezy spirit of Cali’ living. Instead, subdued palettes and theatrical styles intertwine, acting as the cornerstone of the Paris-based designer’s aesthetic and heavily informing the immensely popular Rick Owens DRKSHDW offshoot. 

Established in 2005, the diffusion line borrows the avant-garde sensibility conveyed throughout the Rick Owens main collection, reworking the label’s iconic designs but at a much more accessible price point. This has enabled the sub-line to garner an international cult following in which streetwear aficionados don Owens’ show-stopping garments more like a badge of honour rather than a piece of clothing. 

Calling on Greek mythology, the most recent Rick Owens DRKSHDW capsule centers on Phlegethon – one of the five rivers of the underworld, translating to ‘fire-flaming’ in English and bleakly described as ‘a stream of hell’. Taking aim at the pandemic and the anguish the world has endured as a result, in Rick’s own words the collection is a “middle finger to doom.” 

Rick Owens Hoodie

As ever, the offering boasts considerable weight in the form of exaggerated proportions and long-line silhouettes, with a defiant attitude palpable across every single category from tees, trousers and accessories. The label’s synonymous triple-black palette is broken up with hints of plum and dust filtering through, perhaps a creative nod to the expression ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.  

Rick Owens SS21

Standouts for us are the Phlegethon shorts and trousers alike; characterised in true Rick Owens style by their drop crotch construction and rock ‘n’ roll rendering. Fiercely opaque and sustainably crafted from organic cotton, each pair is perfectly aligned with the label’s grunge allure. Tees in the collection stretch far beyond the hips with elongated ribbons and Egyptian graphics upping the ante visually while the signature drawstring detail brings both style and substance to various pieces.  

Rick Owens DRKSHDW Collection

Though dominated by dramatic tones and a bold bravado, the Rick Owens DRKSHDW SS21 collection delivers a positive message that’s suitably in tune with the times – to stand up against adversity wherever possible. Shop key Rick Owens DRKSHDW SS21 pieces online and in-store at Aphrodite Clothing. 

Axel Arigato Genesis

Axel Arigato Genesis Trainers : Old Meets New

The Axel Arigato Genesis Trainers blur the line between tradition and modernity, drilling the label’s Scandinavian tastes into a razor-sharp, retro silhouette. Inspired by runners of a time gone by, the street-approved design is more beefed up than your standard Axel Arigato sneaker, riding on a chunky outsole that propels the foot a monumental 3.2cm off the ground. High-functioning and supremely cool, let us tell you why these bulbous shoes should be the next pair to enter your collection.

How Are The Axel Arigato Genesis Trainers Made?

Handcrafted in Portugal and emitting outstanding quality, the Genesis trainer is crafted from a mix of materials in a palette of pure white. 75% of the shoe sees smooth Italian leather and suede intertwined with 25% mesh which is draped at the vamp and flanked to both sides, offering subtle textural contrast across the upper. Internally, a leather lining provides a supple surface for the foot to slot onto. 

Axel Arigato Trainers Genesis

Are The Axel Arigato Genesis Trainers Comfortable?

Equal parts style, equal parts substance, the Axel Arigato Genesis sneakers uncover the perfect balance between form and function. In particular, a removable cushioned footbed energises your every step from underfoot. Easily slotted in and out of the design, the cushioning acts as a barrier that absorbs shock directly from the ground, protecting your feet from any undesirable tension.

As well as a removable cushioned footbed, a sturdy 3.2cm outsole elevates the foot, providing the wearer with not only a stable foundation for pursuing daily activities but also that extra dose of height. The outsole is weightless both in and out of motion and comes composed of robust rubber. 

Axel Arigato Genesis Sneakers

How Do The Axel Arigato Genesis Trainers Fit?

Based on a combination of customer feedback and Axel Arigato’s own guidance, we recommend that you take your usual size in these shoes. On the whole, the brand’s trainers, ranging from the ubiquitous Clean 90 to the lesser-known – but equally on-trend – platform sneaker, all boast a regular fit and the Genesis is definitely no exception. 

Now that you’ve got the scoop on the Genesis trainer we believe that you’re ready to make an informed decision about whether to purchase these kicks. We know what we would do. Spotted something we’ve missed? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section below. 

Genesis Trainers Axel Arigato

Shop the Axel Arigato Genesis Trainers online at Aphrodite now. Check out the shoe in more detail below.

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten SS21 Mens : Preserving Len Lye’s Legacy

Pioneering Prints

Contaminated with graphic prints and startling bursts of colour, Dries Van Noten’s SS21 collection is theatrical with intent. The capsule hones in on Len Lye’s progressive art practices dating back to the late 1920s. More akin to ‘60s psychedelia than the roaring twenties, the New Zealander’s works toyed with the process of painting directly onto celluloid strips, resulting in hazy, dream-like visions which were far ahead of their time. 

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten x Len Lye

Fully fixated by the late artist’s avant-garde aesthetic, Dries Van Noten seeks to preserve and promote Lye’s legacy within his latest collection – working directly with the Len Lye Foundation. Favouring bases of black and white, the collection’s t-shirt line boasts bespoke prints, including you’ sunshine motifs that double up film roll edges as rays and a photogram of Lye’s own, dubbed ‘Shadowgraphs’.  

Shadowgraphs Len Lye

Dries Van Noten Mens

Update your spring rotation with the primitive designs of Len Lye, re-packaged for the modern-day by Antwerp design veteran Dries Van Noten. 

Danner Bull Run Boots Brown

Danner Bull Run Boots : Work or Leisure

Merging the worlds of casual styling and robust workwear, the Danner Bull Run Boots are one of the American based  brand’s fundamental silhouettes. Highlighting some of the most traditional and highly regarded techniques within the industry and merging it with both contemporary good looks and a serious array of real-world functionality, the boots have remained a constant on our shelves for years. If you’ve found yourself sitting on the Bull Run fence for too long or have yet to have them appear on your footwear radar, here is a full rundown of why they are so good.

 

Danner Bull Run Boots

 

What is the Danner Bull Run Made From?

Made from a full-grain leather, The Bull Run aims to strike the perfect balance between robust protection and all-day comfort. Unlined to allow for a more lightweight feel and greater breathability when things get warm, Danner deploy a series of 7 tests ranging from strength and density to pull to ensure the leather used is hardwearing enough to withstand external forces, but also malleable enough to mould to the foot over time. Constructed using techniques that date back to 1932 and made in the USA their stitchdown technique makes for a wider more stable platform and easier repairs should they be needed.

 

Danner Boots

 

Are Danner Bull Runs Waterproof?

Due to their unlined nature Danner Bull Runs are not waterproof, however that’s not to say they don’t offer any protection. Tanned with the inclusion of oil, the specialist treatment enhances the fabrics natural water resistant properties whilst also ensuring less maintenance overtime.

 

Danner Bull Run

 

Are Bull Runs Comfortable?

The Bull Run sits atop a Danner wedge sole. Not only does this sole grant contemporary visuals, but it comes engineered to follow the flow and anatomy of the foot offering support where its needed most. Both oil and slip resistant as well as non-conducive, the design allows room for a cushioned footbed for even more comfort. Recommended for smooth surfaces such as concrete or wood, a non-tracking grip ensures an easy ride.

 

Bull Run Boots

 

How Do Danner Bull Runs Fit?

Combining a Portland 503 last and the aforementioned stitch down construction, The Bull Runs come with a casual feel and slightly wider than usual fit to offer extra room across the forefoot and toebox. Despite this many people do usually take their true size however some may find they run a little roomy.

Take a look at them on foot below…

 

 

Is there anything we missed? Leave it in the comments! You can shop the Danner Bull Run Boots and more online now.

 

 

Danner Mountain Light Cascade

Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots : For Those Who Cut New Trails

Why To Invest in the Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots

If you’re the seasoned backpacker type or fancy yourself as a bit of an adventurer seeker, you’ll probably regard the Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots as the holy grail of footwear. Packed full to the brim with hiking heritage, they’re equal parts practical as they are pleasing on the eye and that’s what has made them such a hit with outdoors lovers since 1979.

How are the Danner Mountain Light Cascade boots made?

Crafted in the brand’s USA factory, situated in Portland, Oregon, these sturdy boots are hand made from top to bottom by Danner’s trusted workforce. The latest iteration of the silhouette takes design cues from the OG Mountain Light – which debuted 42 years ago – ensuring that its purpose, its integrity and its quality output remain the same, only with the added benefit of modern-day tech riding out underfoot.

Full-grain leather is draped across the boot’s upper, offering a rugged tan aesthetic throughout which is accompanied by one-piece leather at the tongue. This extra structuring in the tongue means that the silhouette keeps its shape while also locking rain and debris out.

And the weatherproof properties don’t stop there as a GORE-TEX membrane sits within the boot’s lining, making it not only waterproof but breathable as well. The GORE-TEX liner will wick away moisture too, making the intensity of your pursuits, no matter how chilled or extreme, a complete breeze.

Danner Mountain Light Boots Laces

Are the Danner Mountain Light boots comfortable?

The simple answer is yes, they’re superbly comfortable. Weighing in at just 62oz per pair, these boots are incredibly light on the feet so you’ll never feel like you’re hauling unnecessary bulk about. Another great thing about them is the fact they require little to no breaking in time. Imagine you’re going on a spur of the moment hike with the lads but don’t own suitable footwear for such trails, just swing by and pick up a pair of these and be on your merry way. It really is that fuss-free of a process.

Positioned underfoot is a Vibram® Kletterlift outsole, which, as you can already imagine, having derived from the rubber outsole pioneer, is wholly durable and reliable. The micro-cellular wedge construction is specifically designed with rocky terrain in mind and this is proven in its shock-absorbing aptitude, plus its unparalleled traction.

Danner Mountain Light Sole

How do the Danner Mountain Light Cascade boots fit?

Built on a 650 EE last, the Danner Mountain Light Cascade offers a relaxed, casual fit and therefore we recommend taking a half size down to your usual size. The employment of a stitchdown construction also widens the overall platform for the foot.

Danner Mountain Light Boots Cascade Clovis

If you needed an extra nudge in committing to buying these boots, we hope this blog suffices. The longstanding heritage, minimal wear-in time and rock-solid performance imbued into this boot already has us sold. It should have you sold too.

Shop the Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots. Shop the entire Danner Boots Range. Check out the Danner Mountain Light Boots in the video below.

 

New Balance 327

New Balance 327 Trainer Drops In Black / Grey

A Fresh Rendition of the New Balance 327 Has Landed

If you’re an avid footwear fan you’ll already know that the 327 silhouette from Boston-hailing sports imprint New Balance has been sending out some rather tangible airwaves since it debuted at the back end of 2020. In fact, its ubiquitous nature can be felt worldwide.

New Balance 327 Black

Fusing a nostalgic sensibility with unmatched comfort, the design has proved itself as an instant winner amongst the younger generation, with sneaker aficionados donning the statement shoe whenever and wherever they can, lockdown restrictions permitting, of course.  

New Balance 327 Sneakers

Various iterations of the New Balance 327 grace us for a blip in time and then almost instantly sell out, so you’ll be pleased to know that Aphrodite has a fresh batch of a wholly wearable black/grey version. Adorned with a nylon upper, suede overlays, a tonal lacing system and a contrasting white midsole, the shoe comes bolstered with a studded gum outsole that references the iconic NB 355 Trail Runner. As always, large ‘N’ profiles sign off the sidewall for an identifiable finish. 

New Balance 327 Footwear

Shop the latest New Balance 327 styles online now at Aphrodite while stocks last.