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Nike Air Ghost Racer

Nike Air Ghost Racer – A Contrasting Continuation

First released in 1998, the Nike Air Ghost Racer was originally created to offer up comfort and stability to all those brave enough to take on anything more than a brisk walk. Named after US long-distance runner Mark Nenow, who acquired the nickname, ‘Ghost Racer’ due to his preference to run at night, the trainers quickly became the shoe of choice thanks to not only their emphasis on performance and accessible price point but their unique design and hauntingly impressive underfoot technology.

Nike Air Ghost Racer

Having enjoyed a return to relevancy earlier in the year with a re-release of their debut neon colourway, the retro sneakers, like many of Nike’s historical heavyweights, have bid adieu to their functional-focused roots and instead opted for a more lifestyle orientated existence.

Nike Air Ghost Racer

 

Returning in two new colourways, an equally as eye-watering, ‘Orange Peel / Aphid Green’ and more paired back, ‘Cool Grey / Wolf Grey’, the Ghost Racer keeps its original formula largely unchanged. With uppers primarily made from a lightweight, breathable mesh, the trainers boast synthetic leather overlays for added durability and come equipped with a true-to-the-original, supportive midfoot wrap. Below the trainers benefit from Nike’s now revered zoom air technology ensuring plenty of energy-return cushioning with every step and making them perfect for perusing around all your favourite local haunts.

Nike Air Ghost Racer

In the looks department the now 20-year-old Nike Air Ghost Racer finds itself slotting seamlessly into today’s trends thanks to its undeniable, ’dad shoe’ charm. Through a mixture of panelling, cut out sections and textural variations the sneakers conjure a complex array of visual depth, whilst an off-kilter swoosh logo adds a subtle variation to Nike’s usual signature sign off.

You can find both the Nike Air Ghost Racer in both, ‘Orange Peel / Aphid Green’ and, ‘Cool Grey / Wolf Grey’ online and in store now.

Nike Air Ghost Racer

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

Mallet Footwear

Mallet Footwear Brand Guide

Introducing Mallet Footwear

Since joining the sneaker circuit back in 2015, London-based brand Mallet Footwear has steadily climbed the ranks of the industry to become the lauded label it is today. Television star, Tommy Mallet, and his business partner, Evren Ozkarakasil, are the talented, driving forces behind the brand; having started the adventure as a means to fill a gap in the British trainer market, and collectively, fulfill their passion for premium footwear.

Fast-forward four years down the line and Mallet Footwear has garnered quite the cult following for itself, no doubt backed by Mallet’s flurry of loyal followers and ardent luxury sneaker aficionados in abundance. But, the mass attention and success Mallet Footwear has acquired since its inception is incredibly well deserved. Mallet and Ozkarakasil are both savvy entrepreneurs in the background; keeping their finger firmly on the pulse of the industry, seeking out emerging trends before they hit the mainstream and spinning their own interpretation of them to present to the world at large.

Mallet GRFTR Trainers

Aesthetically, Mallet Footwear has anchored an unmistakable identity that rarely strays from its neutral colour palette. This ubiquitous look is widely welcomed by millennials, with the greys, blacks and beiges of each sneaker making for a versatile addition to any rotation. The brand’s continuing efforts to tap into the sneaker zeitgeist are certainly visible throughout each collection, take for instance Mallet’s AW19 offerings, from the Kingsland trainer, to the Diver 2.0 and Lurus silhouette, each design is symbolic of the chunky trainer trend that’s took the industry by storm in recent years.

Amidst contemporary design lines and bulbous outsoles, each Mallet delivery also boasts an immaculate finish which can be owed to the production expertise of Ozkarakasil. With plenty of prior experience on the production side of things, Ozkarakasil is on hand to ensure the product meets the brand’s superlative standards. With this said, Mallet Footwear choose to lean on the competence of European manufacturers to handmake each product, using only the finest of materials, from leather to suede and often, scuba.

Mallet Lurus TrainersMallet Tech Diver Trainers

As many brands in the business will know, it takes a certain kind of perseverance to truly get an idea up and running off the ground. Both Mallet and Ozkarakasil have effortlessly expressed exactly this in their starting years; pushing ahead with ambition and zero limits. From simply putting pencil to paper, the duo have found their calling and truly established a footwear force to be reckoned with – in Mallet’s words, ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’

Explore the trendsetting works of Mallet Footwear in-store and online at Aphrodite this season.

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

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

Nike Air VaporMax DM/S/X: Old Name, New Technology

More goodness from the swoosh masterminds in the form of the Nike Air VaporMax DM/S/X, check it out below…

Nike VaporMax DM/S/X AT8179-300

Unapologetically fusing together some of Nike’s most forward-thinking technology into a robust and character rich profile, the Nike VaporMax DM/S/X not only demands attention, but makes a powerful statement to all those who would dare challenge the Goddess of victory for the top spot on the innovation podium.

Nike Dimension Six Vapor Max Trainers

Taking an experimental design direction to it’s very limits, the trainers find their name rooted deep in the sportswear company’s rich history, cramming a plethora of technical detailing into their multi-faceted frames and making reference to when the Beaverton based brand almost found itself named Dimension Six. Delivering impressive levels of both urban appeal and practical cushioning the sneakers come dressed to the nines with street-ready add-ons making use of a number of classic materials for a result that feels both unique but unequivocally familiar.

Nike VaporMax DM/S/X Trainers New Release

Strapping in both Vapor Max technology and a rubber pad grip below for enviable levels of support and traction, the trainers construct their uppers from a varied list of fan favourite materials. With mesh found across the toe box for improved breathability and a plush leather tongue the DM/S/X rounds out its over-layered look with soft suede accents and both a toe and heel TPU clip for a futuristic finish. Dressed primarily in grounded coatings of black / white both sneakers utilise bright hits of colouring to contrast their subdued base, bringing attention to a selection of modest swoosh monikers and a number of notable points of interest. Kicking things up a notch when it comes to sporty techwear appeal, the trainers find themselves in the possession of several practical pull tabs with Velcro secured ankle straps on hand for a closer fit.

Nike New Releases

The Nike VaporMax DM/S/X “Midnight Turn/White-Mineral Teal” is available both online and in store now with the white variation launching 15/08/19.

Nike VaporMax DM/S/X Sneakers

Nike Air Max 200

Nike Air Max 200: The Next Evolution

The Nike Air Max 200 joins the swoosh clad ranks

When one of the first trainers you ever made is selling for world-record breaking amounts we think it’s a pretty good indication that you know a thing or two when it comes to putting together some not too shabby footwear. Of course, it’s not like we needed anymore evidence from Nike especially not with their verging on intimidating lineup of culturally embedded sneaker silhouettes that include timeless classics such as the Air Max 1, 180, 95 and so forth. So, in the interest of not dwelling on the past too much or rehashing what is by now common knowledge amongst the sneaker orientated, we’d like to introduce you to the next step in Nike’s unrelenting journey to take air infused midsoles to their very limits.

Nike Air Max 200 Trainers

Known as the Nike Air Max 200 this newest addition to the Air Max family combines some of the best bits from past and present Nike models with a hearty dose of new-wave advancement, resulting in a silhouette that is not only unique in its own right but feels wholly familiar at the same time. With uppers consisting primarily of mesh, that contours to the foot for improved breathability and comfort, the trainer boasts additional overlays to reinforce the foot and a TPU frame to keep things lightweight. Retaining a more streamlined, sleeker and sport-inspired appearance, the Nike Air Max 200 utilises a contrasting patterned-design with hits of yellow, green and red to the heel and sides for a generous helping of visual depth.

Nike Air Max 200 Sneakers

Below the trainers re-imagines the classic tubular technology sporting Nike’s biggest air unit to date alongside soft cushlon foam and a rubber outsole for exceptional levels of support, grip and return with a heel pull tab, padded tongue and embroidered branding bringing things to a tasteful, street-ready close. The Nike Air Max 200 launches both online and in store 01/08/19.

Air Max 200 Trainers

Nike Air Max

Nike AF1-Type: A Timeless Silhouette with a Twist

A Timeless Silhouette Offered In Two New Exciting Colourways

Returning with a fresh instalment of their newly launched N.354 seriesNike unveils the AF1-Type in “Black / Pink Tint” and “Summit White” colourway.

AF1-Type Black

Originally launched in 1982, the iconic Air Force silhouette was the first basketball shoe that featured a pocket filled with air in the heal for extra cushioning; ensuring support, comfort and a strong foundation. Now, Nike dives deep into the Department of Nike’s Archives to reimagine the pre-production prototype that is the AF1-Type and yields exciting results.

“Black / Anthracite / Zinnia / Pink Tint”

Stripped down but highly detailed, the Air Force 1 Type boasts a handmade aesthetic. Showcasing the brand’s dedication to timeless silhouettes and pushing the boundaries on footwear design. The most recent colourway that Nike has to offer is “Black / Pink Tint”. A unique colour scheme that flaunts detailing that symbolises the past, present and future.

AF1-Type Black Anthracite

AF1-Type Black Anthracite Zinnia

AF1-Type Black Anthracite Zinnia Pink

The pair features several unique elements. A key modification is the Velcro strap closure system that sits across its heel. A transparent skin-like material on the inner of the shoe showcases the closure system and adjustable coral pink details. Handwritten Nike Swoosh resting on the rear tab, seam tape and exposed stitches create a handcrafted effect and gesture a first-draft of a potential future product. Pencilled “n.354” sits proudly to the outer panel, influenced by American long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine’s fastest mile.

A padded stretch tongue gives a retro feel. Round indented segments and perforated pattern add further detailing whilst offering additional ventilation. A double-in-size toe cap, with geometric, crocodile-skin-like patterning, inspired by the technical manuals found inside shoeboxes from the ‘70s and ‘80s. A nostalgic piece of detailing that also presents a futuristic vibe.

“Summit White / Red Orbit / White / Black”

AF1-Type Summit White

The second colourway is “Summit White”. A crisp, clean colour scheme that is equally as iconic as “Black / Pink Tint”. Faux hand drew “n. 354” is dressed in black and sits beneath bright coral tape detailing. A contrasting padded stretch tongue adds an extra pop of colour to the AF1-Type model, boasting cobalt blue. Although minimally branded, the design offers a modern take on a pre-production prototype.

AF1-Type Summit White Red

AF1-Type Summit White Red White Black

AF1-Type White

Known for their comfort and practicality, Nike doesn’t cut corners when it comes to the quality of the AF1-Type. A partial breathable inner sleeve offers a sock-like feel, allowing comfort and ventilation all day long. Flywire cables and adjustable heel strap not only provides a unique closure system but additional support around your midfoot also. The AF1-Type is built with cupsole construction; delivering a harder feeling whilst offering more foot and ankle support. The Nike air unit provides lightweight cushioning and comfort, just like it did back in 1982.

The Air Force body has been a huge success since the ‘80s. The silhouette is now considered a global street culture standard. Frequently being re-envisioned by major fashion houses and Nike designers, there are hundreds of AF1 designs and collaborations available on the market today.

Nike AF1-Type Black

The Air Force 1 Type in “Black / Pink Tint” and “Summit White” is coming soon both online and in-store at Aphrodite.

New Balance X-Racer: Old & New Collide

The Next Chapter In New Balance’s ‘X’ Series

Ready to take its place in New Balance’s ever-expanding line up, the aptly dubbed X-Racer sneaker is delivered for summer 2019 in two muted new colourways.

New Balance X-Racer BlueNew Balance X Racer Navy Pink Purple

The silhouette debuts under the Boston-based brand’s X series, a collection which has sought substantial popularity thanks to the inaugural X-90 trainer. Much like the X-90, the New Balance X-Racer arrives showcasing referential flair for the past. More specifically, the design is inspired by retro jogger models from the ‘90s. If you’re familiar with the brand’s archival kicks, including the M1200, RC205 and M1000, you may already feel quite accustomed to the aesthetic of this new model.

Free from ostentatious surprises and flashy colours, the two new drops of the X-Racer surface in tonal, versatile hues. The first, a blue and navy rendition, is crafted with a majority mesh upper and complimentary suede overlays, while the second design boasts a much darker canvas and is lightly peppered with fruity leather overlays. Branding wise, the iconic ‘N’ logo is firmly fixed to the sidewall, while the flying ‘NB’ emblem also appears to the heel.

New Balance X Racer SneakerNew Balance X Racer Trainer

Though both pairs are rendered with the past in mind, the shoe’s technology largely contradicts this. Alluding to the future of NB innovation, the X-Racer’s come complete with an ABZORD dual-density midsole. The possession of this kind of tech underfoot not only propels the foot to new heights but serves the wearer colossal amounts of cushioning. So, whether you’re heading into the city or escaping off-route, comfort should prove no issue with either pair.

New Balance X-Racer Sneakers

Overall, the New Balance X-Racer bets on absolutely everything you can imagine. From archival design cues, to leading technology and a versatile aesthetic, the sneaker embraces myriads of motives. Cop a pair while temperatures continue to soar this summer season – both trainers are available now to shop at Aphrodite online and in-store.