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The Best Menswear Gifts Under £250

From premium footwear courtesy of Scandinavian label Axel Arigato, to pastel offerings from Italian brand CP Company and luxe accessories from DSquared, our best menswear gifts under £250 guide will help you decide what to get the person who seemingly owns everything.

To kick things off we’ve called upon the faithful aid of British imprint Paul Smith to address things in the loungewear category. Flavoured with the label’s colourful persona, this Paul Smith Dressing Gown has been adorned in the brand’s ‘Signature Stripe’ – granting it not only a trusty investment but also a colourful piece that will never fade. In addition to its bold aesthetic, the design also employs a comfy towelling base which features two roomy pockets and a belt tie. Take downtime in your stride with this piece by your side. Price – £199.

Paul Smith Dressing Gown

Next up is Portland, Oregon-based boot company Danner. With over a century’s worth of industry experience, you can count on the brand’s footwear styles to see you through every adventure you set your sights on with both form and function. Danner’s Bull Run boots in all-black are the ideal choice for somebody who likes to harmonise urban and off-trail pursuits; their slip-resistant synthetic sole is designed to tackle any terrain while their hiking-like laces reference the label’s affinity for the great outdoors. Price – £195.

Danner Bull Run Boots

Mr. Ralph Lauren and his iconic Polo Bear can’t go without a mention in this gifts under £250 lineup. The duo come together once more this festive season to offer up a superbly soft hoodie for your casual rotation. Made with a smooth fleece interior, the cosy silhouette sees the brand’s time-honoured sidekick grace the chest in his favourite streetwise getup, complete with ribbed cuffs and a hemline for a snug, secure fit. Price – £155.

Ralph Lauren Polo Bear Hoodie

Pledging their case to logomania, DSquared’s Dean and Dan Caten return to surprise the people in your life this Christmas. Offering up an assortment of luxe, logo-laden accessories, the Canadian twins serve up several phone cases for your favourite tech along with supple leather wallets for organising your financial assets. Prices vary from £69 to £215.

DSquared Accessories

Perhaps someone you know deserves a touch of colour in their life, if you’re unsure, let Italian casual-luxury brand CP Company do the deciding for you. The label’s latest pieces for SS20 set a pastel agenda, we’re talking sky blues sweats, mint greens jackets and everything in-between, not to mention they all boast the label’s iconic lens detailing – a status symbol embraced by every generation. Prices from product to product vary.

CP Company SS20 Sweatshirt

Tapping into 2019’s neon trend is Barbour’s ultra-cool, younger sibling Barbour Beacon. The brand’s Earl jacket is guised in a zesty orange colourway with blue and red trims, while its Barbourtech® construction equips it with trusty weather management properties which will make the wearer’s life a breeze. Give the gift of care and colour this season. Price – £179.

Barbour Beacon Earl Jacket

A pair of fresh white kicks round off our best menswear gifts under £250 guide. The Axel Arigato Clean 90 sneaker is a footwear classic, as many of you will already know, and this time around we’ve chosen a reworked version of the shoe to complete our lineup. The modest, refined look of the trainer has been elevated and embellished with an array of colourful swallows at its sidewall, while all the brand’s usual elements remain in place, including the expert Portuguese construction, gold-foil branding and sturdy rubber cupsole.

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneaker

Fulfil someone’s wishlist this Christmas with a plethora of gifting options available at Aphrodite online or in-store.

Designer Gifts Under £100

The Best Menswear Gifts Under £100

Blinked and suddenly it’s December? Don’t worry you’re not the only one feeling that way; somehow the festive season has crept upon us again and if you’re anything like us I’m sure the festivities are locking down your diary quicker than you can even keep up. So, with so much to do and so little time, get a hard start on Christmas now with our top menswear gifts under £100 list. From British design house, Vivienne Westwood, to Japanese imprint COMME des GARÇONS and sporting giant New Balance, find all you’ll need below…

If you’re living in the UK right now, you’ll already be well accustomed to the season’s bitterly cold temperatures, and of course, with these harsh climes comes the appropriate attire to match. Our European neighbours over at Parisian label Ami have seasonal dressing down to a T, as demonstrated by these chunky, ribbed knit beanies. Made with love in Portugal, both styles are crafted from a warming woollen construction with the brand’s iconic ‘Ami de Coeur’ emblem sitting in pride of place. Price – £85.

Ami Fisherman Beanie

Keeping in tune with the cosy theme, the following BOSS Slippers are perfect for the man who enjoys his home comforts. Dressed in neutral tones, this pair arrive adorned in plush servings of suede with a super-soft fluffy lining for unbeatable warmth when you’re in need of some well-deserved R&R.

BOSS Home Slippers

Hitting our menswear gifts under £100 list next is a Japanese imprint that has its finger on the pulse of every subdivision out there, including fragrance. The COMME des GARÇONS Parfums line has been in circulation since the mid ‘90s and is still going strong today; from woody scents to musky aromas, the diffusion label has a smell for everyone to adopt as their signature. In particular, the COMME des GARÇONS Blackpepper Eau de Parfum is a standout selection, it’s formulated with spicy, addictive notes, not to mention its unisex – meaning it could solve two presents all at once! 50ml price – £70.

COMME DES GARCONS PARFUMS Blackpepper Eau de Parfum

Placing third on our round up is rebellious British designer Vivienne Westwood. Utilising contrasting tones of silver and mustard to deliver a sumptuous offering, this Vivienne Westwood Orb Keyring is the perfect item for gifting over the Christmas season, whether it’s for a male or female. It’s guaranteed to electrify your keys with its unmissable lightning bolt and studded leather charm. Available in yellow and black colourways. Price – £65.

Vivienne Westwood Keyring

For that passionate sneakerhead in your life look no further than the latest New Balance 997H. It’s a contemporary rework of the Boston-based brand’s iconic 997 model, updated here in an emerald-green and silver colourway, featuring all the usual NB credentials, a combined mesh, leather and suede upper, complete with the lightweight support of the brand’s REVlite midsole to take you into the city streets and beyond with the utmost ease. Price – £75.

New Balance 997H

As we start to come to the end of our top gifts under £100 selection, we can’t go on without mentioning apparel. For a look that stands up for British heritage we’ve picked out this Fred Perry Taped Sweatshirt in black. Exuding retro sportswear vibes, the ‘70s inspired silhouette sees the brand’s Laurel Wreath drape both sleeves and the chest, complete with ribbed detailing for a close, secure finish at the neckline, cuffs and hem. Price – £89.

Fred Perry Taped Sweatshirt

Finally, we’re wrapping things up with some stellar headwear styles. These Drôle de Monsieur Caps, available in black and yellow, are ideal for raising your street credibility. They’re both fabricated from cotton twill and feature the Dijon-hailing label’s signature ‘Not From Paris Madame’ slogan across their crown, finished with an adjustable slider for a close fit that’s custom to you.

Drôle de Monsieur Caps

As we touched on at the very beginning, the clock is ticking to get all your festive plans in place before it’s too late, so, make sure you act wisely and dodge the dreaded mid-December rush by putting our gift guides to crucial use this year… Enjoy!

adidas Ultraboost 20 Triple Black

adidas Ultraboost 20: Back To Black

If you’re a self-proclaimed sneakerhead you’ll already know that adidas has been on a winning streak with the Ultraboost releases in recent weeks, the brand even voyaged to outer space for one extraterrestrial collaboration with the International Space Station this month, but, it seems that it’s back to orderly business for the Three Stripes as it delivers a triple-black colourway of its fabled running shoe for the upcoming season.

Dubbed the adidas Ultraboost 20, this all-new sneaker may not be subject to the expert approval of astronauts but let me tell you, it’s no run-of-the-mill silhouette either, but then again, no Ultraboost iteration ever is. Where the sneaker lacks in colour and contrast, it makes up for in textural elements and state-of-the-art adi’ tech. For example, its Primeknit+ upper is designed to hug the foot, offering the runner a snug, streamlined fit that’s free of added bulk and lightweight enough for the city streets. Elsewhere, Tailored Fiber Placement and a TPU cage wrap the shoe with supreme support in all those high-pressure areas and the savvy construction doesn’t just end there…

adidas Ultraboost 20 Triple Black

Underfoot, responsive Boost cushioning provides a springy surface for a plethora of fast-paced activity, in turn, making light work of any performance-driven duties you set your sights on, whether that’s a gruelling gym session or a light evening jog. In addition to this, adidas’ Stretchweb outsole with Continental™ rubber ensures the sturdiest possible grip on the ground – we’re talking expert traction that’s been rigorously tested, by both adidas and tire manufacturing expert Continental, to supply stability through every terrain.

adidas Ultraboost 20 Triple Black Colourway

adidas Ultraboost 20 Sneakers

All in all, this running companion has more to it than initially meets the eye so, if you’re after a no-nonsense looking shoe that’s packed full to the brim with lightweight tech, the adidas Ultraboost 20 is definitely for you. Catch the trainer at Aphrodite from Saturday December 7th, 2019.

adidas Ultraboost 20

adidas Ultraboost 20: One Bold Step For Mankind

Fans of dead comfy trainers and the final frontier rejoice, adidas have only gone and teamed up with the International Space Station to create the next evolution of Ultraboost endowed footwear. Officially dubbed the adidas Ultraboost 20, the sneakers take adidas’ passion for performance enhancing stompers to never before seen heights of scientific ingenuity, making them perfect for those either looking to improve their athletic abilities or add some futuristic options to their footwear resume.

adidas Ultraboost 20

Having enlisted the help of the ISS astronauts to test out their revered Boost foam moulding procedure without interference from pesky gravity, adidas hopes that the data collected will lead to further technological advancements in their upcoming runner lineup. Marking the monumentous occasion, the new and improved adidas Ultraboost 20 takes its design influence from the shape and construction of space shuttles, boasting a revised flexible primeknit upper that not only brings with it a slue of familiar comfort bearing qualities, but makes use of a new tailored fiber placement technique to adapt its fit to whatever foot it finds itself on.

Elsewhere a responsive full-length Boost infused midsole provides signature levels of energy return, reducing impact, transferring momentum and propelling the wearer forward with each stride. Supported by a TPU heel clip, Continental stretch web outsole and pinpoint stitched reinforcement, the trainer is finished with a futuristic iridescent sheen and Space station branding to the tongue.

If you ever wanted to find out how Neil Armstrong felt when he took those first steps on the moon these are the shoes to do it. The adidas Ultraboost 20 are available online and in store 06/12/19.

adidas x International Space Station

 

adidas Ultraboost 20 Trainers

adidas Ultraboost 20 Trainers

adidas Home of Classics Collection

adidas ‘Home of Classics’ Returns

Continuing from the launch of their ‘Home of Classics’ collection earlier this year, adidas present the next instalment of the reflective series which not only pays homage to the effortless styling capabilities of low-top leather sneakers but, celebrates the transcendence of their footwear from purpose-driven sportswear to culturally prominent powerhouses. Arriving on our doorstep in the form of both a re-imagined Continental 80 and Supercourt, the sneakers come dripping in nonabrasive universal appeal and laidback minimal cool, representing the brand’s commitment to quality for over 50 years.

adidas Home of Classics Supercourt

With the latter of the two released just this summer, the Supercourt combines lessons learnt from some of the most monumentous figures in trefoil history with a modern edge, offering up a youthful twist on vintage tennis style. Constructed using a mixture of supple leather and soft nubuck, they come dressed in versatile coatings of triple-white and make use of multi-layered paneling alongside subtle variations in hue to enhance visual depth. Finished with a plethora of nondescript detailing, such as gold metallic branding and perforated sides, the trainers boast an ortholite sock liner and robust rubber outsole for exceptional comfort and grip.

adidas Home of Classics Continental 80

Based on an original 1986 aerobic shoe, the Continental 80 is another of adidas’ bright eyed and bushy tailed styles that can be seen propelling the brand into it’s next generational phase. Bursting at the seams with heritage influence, the sneaker now fulfils a more lifestyle orientated role, displaying an entirely smooth leather makeup and arming its unmistakable split rubber cup sole with a lightweight EVA insert for an extra responsive and cushioned ride. Given to the same all-white treatment, the sneakers display the iconic arching side stripe to their lateral side and come finished with an ’80s inspired window cut-out logo.

adidas Home of Classics Collection

Despite both being relative newcomers to the three stripe party what the trainers lack in years spent pounding the pavements, they make up for with their decisively archival designs and nostalgia driven looks that, when teamed with the collections subdued palette, makes them irresistible additions to even the most congested collection. The adidas ‘Home of Classics’ collection launches online and in store at Aphrodite 17/10/19.

adidas Home of Classics Collection

Nike Air Max Tailwind VI AQ2567-005

Nike Air Max Tailwind IV: The ’90s Favourite Returns

The ‘90s called, they want their shoes back.

Brimming with nostalgia, the Nike Air Max Tailwind IV continues to reap the rewards of its resurgence this season as the Swoosh debuts yet another new colourway to the sneaker circuit’s prying eyes.

Fresh on the heels of its 20th anniversary, this ‘99 remake is harnessing all the attention it can get after slipping off the radar back in the early noughties. But it seems a few years off the grid has done the design some good. Like any other industry, the footwear realm is subject to change; trend’s come and go, fashion’s fade, but with the current state of the sneaker zeitgeist, Nike’s Air Max Tailwind IV couldn’t feel more relevant.

Finding no problem with carving its place in the millennial air of today, the trainer effortlessly addresses the tastemakers of 2019 with its fierce triple-black colourway. Furthermore, the Swoosh silhouette is anything but refined – it’s shaped with a bulbous anatomy, which not only makes it a certain contender of the Air Max dynasty, but also a compatible extension to the industry’s bigger picture. For a few years now, the scene has been dominated by chunky footwear formulas, making this design a welcomed addition to the current status quo.

Nike Air Max Tailwind Triple Black Air Max Tailwind IV Triple Black

Build wise, it goes without saying that the trainer is a force to be reckoned with. Backed by the science of the Swoosh, the Air Max Tailwind IV rides upon Max Air technology for the smoothest step into the city, teamed alongside flex grooves in its outsole which move and bend meticulously with your foot, while bolstering traction on the ground. The injection of BRS 1000 Carbon Rubber promises protection in even the most vulnerable areas, shielding the shoe from abrasion and other fatal damage that may potentially occur.

Above ship, the upper is articulated with ripple-like accents across its side panels, coupled with tonal materials that subtly pinpoint places of focus – such as the shoe’s toe and heel. Other details includes stealthy Swoosh branding and a full Air Max lacing system.

Give your rotation a touch of throwback style when the Nike Air Max Tailwind IV (AQ2567-005launches in-store and online at Aphrodite on Thursday, October 10th at 8am. Don’t miss out!

Launch Details
Style code –
AQ2567-005
Launch Date – Thursday 10th October 2019
Price – TBC

adidas human made

WIN – adidas x Human Made Solar Hu & NMD Hu: First Look

adidas, Pharrell Williams and Nigo’s Human Made Join Forces

Drop everything you’re doing, we have some exciting news for you; after nine months of endless trialing and impromptu teasing, the adidas x Human Made collection is finally upon us. Set for launch on the 5th of October, the capsule brings with it two romantic remakes of the iconic Solar Hu and NMD Hu trainers.

adidas x Human Made Collection

Both sneakers are already prominent pictures in Pharrell Williams’ collaborative line up with the Three Stripes label, in which styles regularly showcase the designer’s conceptual mindset and affinity for explosive hues. But, for the new season ahead, both the Solar Hu and NMD Hu opt for a drastically different look that’s peppered with the signature aesthetic of Nigo’s Human Made imprint and adidas’ advanced innovation.

Flanked by responsive cushioning, the adidas x Human Made Solar Hu chooses to turn its back on Williams’ audacious tones, instead, favouring a much more refined aesthetic at the base. Heading back to basics in all-white, the silhouette leans on the sock-like support of Primeknit up top, this knitted fabric not only ensures a breathable ride, but also encourages flexibility through every pursuit. And at the vamp, Nigo opts to position Human Made’s synonymous red logo to the core – vibrantly embroidered, the emblem holds the brand’s moniker close to its heart, while its beating lines represent adidas’ iconic three stripes.

adidas x Human Made Solar Huadidas Human Made Solar Hu

Though the external form of the shoe has been treated to a 360° makeover, its functionality remains mostly the same. Bolstered by a boost™ midsole and a stabilizing Torsion system, the trainer lands and propels smoothly, while its continental rubber outsole provides superlative traction on the ground.

adidas x Human Made Solar Hu White

In like manner, the adidas x Human Made NMD is a shoe after the Solar Hu’s heart. With technology on its side, the trainer powers ahead with the same responsive boost™ cushioning, paired with moulded EVA midsole plugs anchoring both side panels for that signature NMD look. As well as the Human Made heart sitting to the vamp, this iteration also boasts the label’s ‘STRMCWBY’ logo, short for Storm Cowboy, to its leather heel panel. Internally, the design is finished with a colourful diagram that playfully maps out surrounding areas of the body, including the lungs, liver, stomach and so on.

adidas x Human Made NMDHuman Made x adidas NMD Trainer

Since both Nigo and Pharrell have collectively made magic of anything they’ve turned their hand to for decades now, the future is looking bright for the adidas x Human Made collection, with the Solar Hu and NMD Hu silhouettes launching in just a few days time (05/10/19) here at Aphrodite… act fast if you want to catch a pair!

Launch Details
Style codes – 
Solar Hu EG1837  /  NMD EF7223
Launch Date – Saturday 5th October 2019
Price – Solar Hu £139 / NMD £219

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We are also giving on lucky winner a chance to bag a pair of adidas x Human Made NMD Hu’s for free! All you have to do is head over to our Instagram page and follow the instructions. Good Luck!

WIN A PAIR OF ADIDAS X HUMAN MADE NMD HU PHARRELL WILLIAMS SNEAKERS

Aphrodite 25th Anniversary

Aphrodite 25th Anniversary Collaboration

To celebrate our 25th Birthday we’ve teamed up with Oliver Spencer, Grenson and Nudie Jeans to bring you a limited-edition collaborative collection that not only pays homage to our newest milestone, but highlights the unique characteristics that have taken each of the veteran designers to the top of their respective games.

Aphrodite 25th Anniversary

Aphrodite x Oliver Spencer

Having made shoes since 1866 not only does Grenson have a slight leg up on us when it comes to the sheer amount of years under their belt, but also when it comes to their ability to put together some undeniably top drawer footwear. No more evident than in this updated rendition of their M.I.E Sneakers, Grenson double down on their commitments to refined craftsmanship and precise construction, presenting a shoe that not only looks exceptionally easy on the eyes but perfectly embodies the British brand’s ethos and principals.

Aphrodite x Grenson

25 Years Grenson MIE Sneakers

Championing the brand’s rich heritage history, the trainers use the traditional Goodyear welted method, a technique which Grenson has implemented for over 150 years which, despite being a more labour intensive and time-consuming process, yields significant improvements to both sustainability and durability. Made from a mixture of both smooth and grained tan leather for a hit of textural depth, they feature a contrasting rubber cup sole, script font detailing to the inner and an embossed Aphrodite moniker to the heel.

Aphrodite 25 Years Oliver Spencer Jacket

Oliver Spencer Collaboration Jacket

Oliver Spencer Jacket Detail

If outerwear is more your flavour Oliver Spencer may have just the thing. Known for their super contemporary cuts and traditional tailoring influences the London based brand has carved out a name for themselves when it comes to their seamless blend of both smart and casual sensibilities. Limited to 25 units, the jackets are presented In both an earthy olive and vibrant mustard colourway and boast a water repellent fabric as well as a number of paired back talking points including a signature press stud clasp, two-way zip and co-branded interior labels.

Oliver Spencer x Aphrodite

25th Anniversary Collab

Aphrodite 25th Anniversary

Last but certainly not least Nudie Jeans have not only treat us to a bespoke pair of their world-renowned denim but thrown in an exclusive graphic print t-shirt and tote bag for good measure. Using a robust selvedge denim, that’s made from 100% organic cotton, the jeans take on the brand’s tried and tested Lean Dean style sitting slim through the leg and tapering to the ankle. Designed exclusively for our latest milestone they feature detailing to the interior pocket lining and the classic jacron patch to the waist, hole punched 25 times to represent each of our years in business.

The full 25th Anniversary collaborative collection is available both in store and online now.

Nudie Jeans Detail

Nudie Jeans Back Print

Aphrodite 25th Anniversary Collaboration

 

Nike Air Max 200

Nike Air Max 200 Gets A Fresh Lick Of Paint

The Nike Air Max 200 just got a swanky new update check it out below…

Nike Air Max 200

Being creatures of habit and all that, it’s fair to say that change can be a bit scary. Like when the bus takes a slight unexpected diversion, you order something more adventurous from your favourite takeaway or perhaps, on a more related note, when one of your favourite Beaverton based sportswear brands decides to release and brand-new silhouette.

Nike Air Max 200 Trainers

Despite the first two no doubt inspiring feelings of sheer panic and guilt-ladened remorse, the third should do quite the opposite, especially when you take into account Nike’s proven track record of pumping out some of the finest progressive sneakers we have had the fortune of lacing to our feet.

Nike Air Max 200 Sneakers

Continuing the trend, the recently introduced Nike Air Max 200 stretches out a hand to even the most set in their ways sneakerhead, offering up enough innovation to satisfy that forward-thinking itch, whilst simultaneously keeping the brand’s core fundamentals close to hand.

Nike Air Max 200 Team Gold / University Red

Delivered in a fresh, “Team Gold / University Red” colourway and set atop a newly introduced air unit, the Air Max 200 utilises mesh which contours to the foot alongside a lightweight plastic frame to its uppers, keeping the sneakers lightweight, breathable and sleek. Elsewhere cushlon foam can be found to the midsole for improved comfort whilst a pull tab rounds out the athletically-driven design alongside a tastefully branded tongue and side swoosh application.

Get your hands on the Nike Air Max 200, “Team Gold / University Red” both online and in store at Aphrodite on 29/08/19.

Nike Air Max 200 New Release