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adidas Originals Munchen Trainers

adidas München Trainer Duo Lands

Taking a walk in the park never looked so good

You can always rely on adidas Originals to serve up the goods right when we feel we need them most. The German sportswear heavyweight has quite literally knocked it out the park and straight into the stratosphere with its latest München delivery which we’ve just received delivery of here at Aphrodite.

adidas Munchen Trainers Hazy Green

Taking design cues from the Englischer Garten in Munich – an 18th-century English landscape nestled in the heart of Bavaria and well known as one of the globe’s largest urban parks – the adidas Munchen trainers come tooled with a playful palette and experimental internal patterns. 

adidas Munchen

Donning hairy suede in the upper, in ‘hazy green / wild pink’ and ‘green oxide’ colourways respectively, for a grassy appearance, the Munchen trainers welcome a vibrant floral wrap internally; created to emulate the blooming, lush nature of the Englischer Garten vista from which it sources influence. Externally, retro design codes and heritage credentials fuse to supply a winning aesthetic that simply cannot be denied, featuring those iconic 3-Stripes in diffused pink and beige tones across each iteration, flashy gold foil branding and a vintage-fuelled gum rubber outsole underfoot.

adidas Originals München Trainers

Shop the adidas Munchen trainers at Aphrodite while stock lasts, go! 

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneakers

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Trainers – Everything You Need To Know

Simple, sleek shoes that don’t compromise on quality

Acting as the benchmark for modern-day minimalism, the Axel Arigato Clean 90 trainers shun a trend-driven society and unsustainable noise, in favour of taking things back to basics. Fusing Japanese and Scandi’ influences, the Clean 90 silhouette boasts combines form and function in a slick, refined package. With an accessible price tag, quality construction and versatile aesthetic, what’s not to love about this shoe? Well, if you needed any more convincing, take a more in-depth look at both the brand and this stellar footwear style below.

Inspiration behind the Axel Arigato Clean 90?

Born in 2014 with a disruptive agenda, Swedish brand Axel Arigato set about shaking things up. Reimagining the entire structure of the sneaker scene, founders Max Svärdh and Albin Johansson began questioning the behind-the-scenes culture of footwear. Abstaining from the norm by eschewing seasonal collections and conventional channels, the label quickly established a core collection and a trademark silhouette – enter the Clean 90 sneaker.

Staying true to its European roots with hints of cross-culture references, the Clean 90 melds purity, calm and simplicity. The whole premise of Scandinavian minimalism encourages sustainability; buying less but at a higher standard and that’s exactly what the Clean 90 offers. It’s dependable, comfortable and wholly functional.

Axel Arigato Clean 90

What is the Axel Arigato Clean 90 Trainer made from?

Crafted by skilled artisans in Portugal, the design is expertly produced using smooth Italian leather – sourced from a Gold-certified tannery – for a fine fabricated finish. Its clean lines are rounded out with a tonal 3cm rubber cup sole, made from a mix of virgin and recycled rubber, which is guaranteed to provide stability in the city streets. Internally, the lower foundation of the shoe packs a punch in terms of comfort, with a removable cushioned footbed featured alongside increased arch support to ensure those tedious days on your feet remain as smooth as possible.

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Shoes

What additional features does the Axel Arigato Clean 90 Trainer have?

The Axel Arigato Clean 90 trainer may be pared back to perfection but the devil is definitely in the details where this shoe is concerned. Its cloud white construction is subtly illuminated with gold foil branding upon the sidewall, serrated rubber on the outsole and tonal stitching throughout.

Packaging wise, the premium focus continues. Soft banana tones dominate the box and the branded dust bag, which is crafted from recycled materials for a sustainable switch, while a playful and unexpected add-on features inside of the box. Yes, a set of yellow, logo-laden chopsticks are gifted within the shoebox, further highlighting Axel Arigato’s tendency for flicking between a range of cultural influences.

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneakers

Overall, the Axel Arigato Clean 90 trainers are a great choice to add to your rotation. Whichever ensemble you opt for, day or night, weekday or weekend, these kicks are sure to dilute any sartorial statement with an edge of understated class. Easy to wear and true to size, they’re comfort-rich and designed with the city’s most stylish denizens in mind. Shop the entire Axel Arigato footwear range at Aphrodite now. Take a closer look at the Axel Arigato Clean 90 in action in the video below.

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.

adidas Racing 1 Trainer

About To Land : adidas Racing 1 Trainers Red / Core Black / Cloud White

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.

Aphrodite Christmas Wishlist

Staff Christmas Wishlist : Jonny

What’s On Our Wishlist…

Whether you’re itching to self-splurge this festive period or still have some essential gift hunting to undertake, who better to gain some seasonal inspiration from than the Aphrodite team? Depended on in-store for our trusty know-how and commended by customers for our daily fits; we’re certainly well versed when it comes to the designer products that are suspended from our rails. Forgive us for blowing our own trumpet though.

Having worked for the company for four-plus years, Aphrodite Store Supervisor Jonny finds himself shrewdly guiding shoppers into making the right purchases throughout the week. And this time, he’s kindly selected his top picks for our customers, this time – far and wide, to enjoy virtually. So, kick back and let’s delve into the expert’s favourite AW20 items.

 

Staff Wishlist Aphrodite

 

Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Jacket

In recent years we’ve all become aware of the harsh reality that the fashion industry imposes on carbon emissions, pollution, waste and the general sustainability of planet earth. With this in mind, it has never felt more imperative to make wiser choices when we’re shopping, but luckily for us, outdoor-centric brand Patagonia is always on hand to keep our mindsets conscious.

Offering an assortment of sustainable styles for AW20, Patagonia continue to bolster their eco-friendly aesthetic as the seasons tick by. This winter we’ve welcomed a range of recycled fleece silhouettes from the brand.

 

Patagonia Retro Fleece Jacket

 

Jonny wears the Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Jacket in El Cap Khaki which is crafted from double-side recycled polyester shearling for a snug and superbly sustainable finish.

“The Patagonia fleece is perfect for this time of year, can easily be worn on its own or as a layering piece underneath a jacket.”

Gramicci Just Cut NN Pants

Boasting a design philosophy that’s free from unnecessary drama, climbing brand Gramicci is lauded globally for its no-nonsense but function-first approach to menswear. The label’s gimmick-free agenda never waivers each season and this understated attitude continuously helps Gramicci top all of our wishlists in store.

Finding a harmonious balance between work and play, the Gramicci ‘Just Cut NN’ pants are the answer to all of your wardrobe’s FAQs. Wider on the leg and falling just short of the ankle, at exactly 7cm shorter than the label’s standard NN design, these bottoms offer added volume, turned up cuffs and a gusseted crotch for unrestricted movement through a range of activity.

 

Gramicci NN Just Cut Pants

 

Jonny wears Gramicci Just Cut NN Pants in Navy.

“I own three colours in this style so I’m sure another pair wouldn’t go a miss.’

Nike Challenger OG Trainers

Nike trainers always go down a treat with our in-store team and this year we’ve found ourselves in possession of vintage Swoosh runners and a selection of fresh-faced arrivals live and direct from Nike HQ. All in all, there’s been a silhouette in there for everyone.

Jonny’s recent favourite though is the Nike Challenger OG. Donning a retro palette that consists of primary hues, this ultra-lightweight shoe melds suede and mesh across the upper for a breathable but textured finish. Underfoot, a responsive foam midsole cushions every pursuit you plan for while a stable rubber sole keeps things durable.

 

Nike Challenger OG Trainers

 

Jonny wears the Nike Challenger OG in University Red / Coastal Blue.

“I’m a big fan of Nike running shoes from the late ’70s and early ’80s so I’m really enjoying the re-releases of the Challenger, Tailwind and Daybreak.”

Spotted something you like from our Staff Christmas Wishlist feature? Why not add it onto your own wishlist, or better yet, take the leap and secure the purchase yourself, it is Christmas time after all.

Aphrodite Staff Wishlist

Staff Christmas Wishlist : Jorge

What’s On Our Wishlist…

In-store customers rejoice, we’re back in action after nationwide restrictions forced the high-street to lie low for a second time this year and, just like you, we’re enjoying making up for last month’s lost time. Staff members are steadily reuniting, familiar faces are stepping back through the doors, Christmas lists are being whittled down and, collectively, we’re all basking in the latest deliveries to hit our racks.

You see our in-store team thrive most when surrounded by the company of customers and this is down to one common ground shared between both parties – a genuine affinity for the designer brands and products we carry. In fact, the outfit choices of our staff members often generate huge interest from customers in-store and therefore inform their shopping habits. That’s no surprise though since the Aphrodite team are well versed when it comes to personal style and designer know-how.

When it comes to our roster, few people are better informed than full-time Sales Assistant Jorge which is why he’s handpicked his favourite items to offer you a dose of seasonal gift inspiration. Keep on reading to find out what’s on Jorge’s #StaffChristmasWishlist.

 

Staff Christmas Wishlist

 

Taion Button Down Vest

Roughly meaning ‘body temperature’ in Japanese, Taion doesn’t just inform this outerwear brand’s namesake but also its entire design philosophy. Running no risk of getting lost in translation, Taion’s garments are wholly thermal in every realm – they employ high-quality fabrics, baffle constructions and unrestrictive fits to deliver a contemporary capsule of layering must-haves.

 

 

Taion Button Down Vest

 

Jorge opts for the Taion Button Down Vest in Black:

“I’m a big fan of Tokyo-hailing label Taion – they’re new to our roster for AW20 and provide some great layering pieces for this time of year.”

Stone Island Cargo Pants

Trends within the menswear circuit come, go and swing in roundabouts. From time to time certain looks and products will transcend and then never be seen or heard of again for decades. A prime example of this is the resurgence of cargo pants which men across the globe welcomed back into their lives circa 2018 and seemingly haven’t looked back since.

 

Stone Island Cargo Trousers

 

Reworked with a fresh, urban edge but with the same exact functionalities, the new-look cargo pant is tailor-made for the cityscape. Jorge opts for Stone Island Cargo Pants in Green.

“These trousers are exceptionally comfortable and ideal for the busy Christmas period serving on the shop floor!”

Nike Air Max 270 Vistascape Trainers

Last up on Jorge’s Staff Wishlist, but by no means least, is a fresh-faced arrival from Swoosh HQ. The Nike Air Max 270 Vistascape first landed on our radar earlier this year, bringing a small shot of delight to an otherwise turbulent year for all. Borrowing design codes from Nike’s ‘All Conditions Line’, this particular version embodies utilitarian accents and function-heavy detailing.

 

Nike Air Max 270 Vistascape Trainers

 

Jorge opts for the Nike Air Max 270 Vistascape Trainers in Light Orewood Brown.

“The great thing about this design is that it fuses three top Nike silhouettes into one shoe!”

 

Spotted something you like from our Staff Christmas Wishlist feature? Why not add it onto your own wishlist, or better yet, take the leap and secure the purchase yourself, it is Christmas time after all.

Lanvin Bumpr Sneakers

Parisian Luxury : Introducing Lanvin

Founded by Jeanne Lanvin way back in 1889 and one of the oldest French fashion houses still in existence, we are more than pleased to welcome Lanvin to our roster. Known for their impeccable quality, precise craftsmanship and far-reaching influences, the Parisian based outfit, slot themselves seamlessly alongside our vast offering of high-end luxury brand’s. With Bruno Sialell recently taking over the reigns as head designer in 2019, Lanvin are thriving from a decisive shift to a more youthful direction, combining playful graphic branding and more laidback aesthetics, such as retro sportswear, with high-quality materials and opulent detailing.

 

Lanvin Sneakers

 

Arriving just in time for AW20, not only do we have what we’re sure will be the first of many clothing based arrivals but a host of notable footwear silhouettes, such as non-other than the brand’s hyper-relevant Bumper Sneakers. Taking their design inspiration from ’70s running footwear, the pairing employ a selection of carefully curated fabrics such as calfskin leather and breathable mesh alongside exaggerated proportions to deliver a unique twist on the classic formula.

Continuing the athletic theme, Lanvin’s Low Top Clay Trainers, borrow characteristics from atypical tennis footwear, whilst the brand’s DBB1 trainers utilise a sleeker outer face and more refined elements, such as a cap toe accent, for an effortlessly suave and sophisticated approach. If you’re a fan of trainers put together with an extra pinch of opulence, you’re certainly in the right place.

Read our Lanvin Brand Guide to find out more.

Gifts For Him Designer

Designer Gifts For Men

Christmas Gifts For Him

Somehow – we repeat – somehow, we’ve found ourselves in the twelfth and final month of the year once again. Yes, it’s December 2020 and oh what a strange year it’s proved to be. And while these last months will remain etched in history books for eternity, it’s a point in time that we’re all looking forward to turning the page on. . . Agreed? Anyways, less of the gloom and doom chit chat from us because it’s nearly Christmas and it’s never felt more important to spread a little festive cheer, so, here we are and we’re raring to go.

We’re not sure about you but for us, as the years go by, gift-giving becomes considerably more satisfying than gift-receiving, that’s – of course – if you get it right. So, if you’re still locked in intense deliberation over what to get the men in your life look no further as our gift guide can hopefully put the pedal to the metal and steer you well. Check out our curated selection of designer gifts for men below.

Timeless Footwear

Our picks – Stepney Workers Club Dellow Trainers & Grenson Bobby Hiker Boots

Personal taste aside, footwear is always a great place to start when it comes to gifting. It’s a given that men tend to enjoy box-fresh kicks and even more so when they are wholly versatile. Styles with too much noise and not enough ageless sensibilities are a complete no go, simply because they don’t have the ability to serve the wearer endlessly. One brand that certainly nails that no-nonsense approach is Stepney Workers Club; a home-grown label with a liberal attitude and a plethora of vulcanized, timeless trainers on board.

Our favourite is the ‘Dellow’ silhouette in military green. Shop it here.

Grenson Bobby Hiker Boots

For smarter occasions, we still recommend that you pursue fuss-free silhouettes in quality constructions. Perhaps the Grenson Bobby hiker boot is your best bet – it’s wrapped in a warm taupe tone, featuring a metal eyelet lacing system and that signature high-rise wedge sole. Shop it here.

Designer Headwear

Capable of kicking your winter ‘fits up that extra notch, designer beanies balance the need for warmth and comfort with the desire for status. Here at Aphrodite, we boast an expansive range of woollen beanies from an array of revered menswear brands, such as Stone Island, CP Company, Maison Kitsune, Ami, Norse Projects and more.

Designer Hats

Shop our hat collection here.

Status-Heavy Outerwear

Our picks – Moncler Vignemale Jacket & Stone Island Crinkle Reps Gilet

Winter is well on its way and what better time to flex your designer jacket collection then over the Christmas period? While our top picks from outerwear experts Moncler and Stone Island come dripping in status they are also immensely functional for cool climes.

Perfect for retaining heat from the torso, Stone Island’s Crinkle Reps gilet is delivered in a dependable olive colourway with a garment-dyed, textured exterior finish. Taking reference from military surplus, the utilitarian design is made to be wind-resistant and features three handy pockets for storing essentials. Shop it here.

Outerwear Aphrodite Clothing

The Moncler Vignemale jacket comes in an eye-popping shade of emerald-green with a shiny nylon laqué outer. Guaranteed to provide insane levels of warmth to the lucky person you’re gifting it to, the silhouette boasts a direct feather injection technique which evenly distributes the down insulation throughout baffles. Shop it here.

Contemporary Knitwear

Our Picks – Cosy styles from Norse Projects, A.P.C. and Maison Kitsuné

The weather forecast is forever fickle here in Britain which means that you can never have enough cashmere and merino wool layers to bundle up in, so it’s a good job that our favourite European exports Norse Projects, A.P.C. and Maison Kitsune have plenty of charming winter knits for you to either self-indulge in or lovingly present to someone else.

Knitwear Aphrodite

Shop our knitwear collection here.

Everything COMME des GARÇONS

Rated by those in the know for decades, Rei Kawakubo’s multi-faceted design studio COMME des GARÇONS is a favourite with the fashion elite. This Tokyo-hailing label’s aesthetic is unorthodox and littered with flashy logos, making it the ideal go-to for hype-worthy gifts with a distinctly youthful taste in mind. From the COMME des GARÇONS PARFUMS collection to the brand’s expansive WALLET lineup and of course the lauded COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT range, there are extravagant gestures and small treasures up for grabs for all.

Comme des Garcons WALLET

 

We’re hopeful that we’ve rounded up plenty of designer gifts for men that you can shortlist this festive season, however, if you’re still yet to put your finger on that certain something you can shop our full range of gifts here.

Enjoy, stay safe & have a very merry Christmas from the entire team here at Aphrodite.