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Balmain Low Top Trainers

Balmain Low Top Sneakers – Tone & Texture

The Latest Balmain Low Top Trainers

Toying with both tone and texture in equal measures, luxury fashion house Balmain sets us up for a monochrome masterpiece with their brand-new low top sneaker that’s just landed here at Aphrodite. Available in two distinctive colourways, one iteration arrives in stealthy black hues while the other would assert itself as a majority blank canvas, complete with a bulbous nude midsole.

Balmain Low Top Sneaker

Balmain Low Top Trainer Black

 

Holding breathable mesh at the vamp, this low top sneaker from Balmain flips to reveal chunky ribbed-knit detailing at its heel, offering the shoe it’s multi-dimensional, front and back aesthetic. Flashes of Balmain branding features throughout both renditions, with variations stationed proudly to the tongue, sidewall, reverse and sole, while playful accents arise in unique positions, for example, a ’44 Rue Francois’ statement is embossed to the inner midsole to reinstate the brand’s heritage and Parisian roots.

 

Balmain Sneakers

 

As well as authentic French credentials, the design boasts tongue and heel pulls in order to ergonomically enhance the shoe’s construction, allowing the wearer to slip on the silhouette with optimal ease.

 

Balmain Shoes

 

 

Bolstered with springy cushioning underfoot, get set for the smoothest ride possible through the cityscape in these tonal, plush must-haves from the Parisian powerhouse.

Shop Balmain Low Top Sneaker, white / black.

 

adidas SL72 FV9783

adidas SL72 : Timeless Runners

Not only was the adidas SL72 the founding silhouette of the Super Light series and the first to bear the mark of the trefoil, but their development for the 1972 Munich Olympic games was oversaw by non-other than brand founder Adi Dassler himself. In short the trainers were set for greatness and now almost 50 years later they still remain very much centred toward the upper echelons of notable three stripe footwear.

 

adidas SL72 Sneakers FV9783

 

Inspired by heritage track runners, the trainers are known for their modest detailing, sleek lines and streamlined shape, features which would see them quickly taken from their performance focused roots and applied to more fashion and lifestyle orientated circles. Constructed from a nylon base that was intended to keep things lightweight and breathable, the SL72 boasts suede overlays alongside three stripe branding to the sides.

 

adidas SL72 Navy / Red FV9783

 

Making reference to quintessential adidas design with a smart t-toe finish, this newest adaption comes presented in a contrasting mix of bold red hits against a deep navy base. Resulting in added visual depth whilst retaining its easily styled casual nature, you can find a lightweight EVA midsole and rubber outsole below for both comfort and traction.

The adidas SL72 ‘Legacy Blue / Solar Red / Tech Indigo’ FV9783 is available now online and in store at Aphrodite.

adidas ZX500 Trainers FW2813

adidas ZX 500 : Retro Revolutionised

 adidas ZX 500 Trainers : Heritage Styles Meets Modern Tech

Pivotal in sneaker design, the ZX Collection first came to light in the 80’s with the release of the adidas ZX 500 in ’84. Merging both cutting edge technology with vibrant colour ways, the trainers not only made significant steps in functional running shoe design but were quickly picked up by notable sub-cultural movements of the time.

 

adidas ZX 500 Trainers

 

Thanks to their comfort and bold visuals the ZX 500 found itself joining its soon to be released numerical peers in the swell of what was then dubbed as the second summer of love. With warehouse raves cropping up throughout the UK particularly in the North, revellers were looking for a trainer that would keep them on their feet until the early hours of the following morning and it just so happened that the ZX collection fit the bill.

 

adidas ZX 500 Trainers FW2813

 

Aside from dancefloors however the ZX was largely famed for setting the standard for classic running shoes, introducing some never before seen additions to adidas’ ever-growing lineup. Inspired by the track, the adidas ZX 500 is one of the collections most iconic silhouettes, channelling its’ retro history whilst baring modern technology to revolutionise the style and performance. Crafted with a suede, mesh and leather upper in shades of off white, silver metallic and cloud white to boast a ‘gotta touch it’ texture gives a modern and sensorial approach to the old school design. The die-cut EVA midsole teamed with a soft textile lining and rubber outsole ensures not only a comfortable fit, but improved traction.

The adidas ZX 500 Trainers ‘Off White / Silver Metallic / Cloud White’ (FW2813) are available now at Aphrodite.

New Balance Aphrodite

Latest Arrivals from New Balance – 1530 ‘Made in England’ & 577

Just In New Balance 1530 & 577

Things we love to see… Fresh footwear drops in ace colour palettes. In agreeance? Well then, you’ll definitely approve of this new duo from Boston born and bred favourite New Balance. Fusing the cool blues of winter with the earthy hits of autumn, this seasonal pairing serves up the popular 1530 ‘Made in England’ silhouette with the longstanding NB hallmark, the 577.

Both carrying mesh, suede and leather in their upper to present textural, stacked formulas, these designs are destined to deliver a retro feel to your sneaker roster and even better, present you with superlative urban performance thanks to a shock-absorbing REVlite midsole in the 1530 and ENCAP tech underfoot in the 577.

New Balance 1530 Made in England

New Balance ‘Made in England’ 1530 White/Blue –  (style code: M1530BWT)

First released in 2019 to celebrate its predecessor’s – New Balance 1500 – 30th birthday, the 1530 silhouette may by all standards remain relatively new but it still has heaps to offer. Weighing in at 30% lighter than its sister silhouette thanks to a cushioning REVlite sole, this version is slicker with modern proportions and a two-part mudguard that resides higher up the sole unit. Crafted in none other than the famous Flimby Factory – New Balance’s UK base, its design is set to only raise the Made in England range’s already impressive lineup.

New Balance 577  White/Grey –  (style code: M577JBT)

Made in the ’80s and still alive and well today, New Balance’s 577 is a hard one to beat. Encapsulating old-school vibes, this latest iteration houses a lick of leather to its sidewall, complete with NB credentials scattered throughout. With unbeatable tech pulsing underfoot, simply stride and let this one do all the talking.

Find both of these new arrivals in-store and online now.

 

adidas SL7600

adidas SL7600 : Vintage Meets Modern

The adidas SL7600 are set to surface on our shores very soon so in preparation for their arrival and to show off some of their best bits, we thought we would share some words on what is sure to be an instant footwear classic.

Adidas SL7600 Sneakers

As the age-old saying goes you can never have too much of a good thing, and adidas’ Super Light lineup is the perfect example. Originally conceived during the ’70s to service the needs of athletes taking part in the Munich Olympics, not only was the SL series responsible for supplying the goods when it came to the age-old question of weight vs performance, but it held its own in an era long turf war with arguably some of the fiercest competition in running history.

adidas SL7600

Utilising a robust array of stellar three stripped source material, adidas’ next addition to their featherweight family comes in the form of the SL7600. As forward thinking in name as they are in construction, the sneakers mix a best of both worlds culmination of vintage old school class, cutting-edge ingenuity and on-trend multi-faceted design that is sure to please even the most traditionalist of trefoil fanatic.

adidas SL7600 Trainer

Crafted using both rugged suede overlays, nubuck accents and a breathable nylon base, the trainers boast a D-ring lacing system, similar to those found in both the Trimm Star / SL76, as well as iconic T-toe detailing. Further enhanced with a blanketing of minimal white which serves to add a subdued touch to the overall proportions of the silhouette, the SL7600 truly shines when it comes to underfoot cushioning.

adidas SL7600 Sneaker

Not only can an authentic jagged traction outsole be found to improve on-foot grip but an EVA midsole sees its already superior cushioning properties bolstered by a selection of comforting BOOST foam inserts. Finished with a branded tongue and tonal three striped sides, the SL7600 is a true homage to some of the key defining moments in adidas history, highlighting pivotal moments in the brand’s past and perhaps making nods to their not so distant future.

The adidas SL7600 is available online and in store at Aphrodite very soon.

adidas SL7600 release

Y-3 YOHJI STAR

Archival Anatomy: Y-3 Take On The adidas Superstar

To celebrate over half a century of the adidas Superstar Y-3 present their own take on the heavy hitting low top sneaker. Dubbed the YOHJI STAR you can take a closer look at exactly what’s on offer below.

 

Possibly one of the most culturally significant sneakers to come from the depths of the three striped archives, the adidas Superstar has been on nothing short of a footwear focused rampage since its initial introduction in 1969.  Adopted by any number of style tribes and one of the first silhouettes to find stardom with our American neighbours across the pond, its icon status is as solidified as they come, having embedded itself in the global sneaker zeitgeist for now over 50 years.

 

Y-3 YOHJI STAR

Y-3 YOHJI STAR

 

A focal point for countless collections, the Superstar has provided the basis for countless genre spanning collaborations to flourish. From see through to laceless, the sneaker this time finds itself accepted into the world of high-fashion, allowing its basketball-ready proportions to be transformed by the expectantly avant garde design direction of Y-3.

A self proclaimed favourite of non-other than Yohji Yamamoto himself, the brand utilise a selection of meticulous detailing, monochromatic conformity and clever shaping to deliver a fresh interpretation of the heritage style whilst ensuring its historically prominent DNA remains firml intact.

 

Y-3 YOHJI STAR

Y-3 YOHJI STAR

 

Renamed the YOHJI STAR the sneakers aim to add fresh interpretations to the Superstar’s already impressive back catalogue. Keeping the heel portion largely unchanged, the sneakers find their place against the grain of atypical footwear tropes, widening the forefoot in a premeditated move that serves to enhance the bulky nature of the sneakers debut form. Flanked by the inclusion of premium suede overlays for increased textural depth, the trainers boast branding to both the tongue and heel as well as Yamamoto’s signature inscribed finish.

 

Y-3 YOHJI STAR

Y-3 YOHJI STAR

 

Keeping the traditional rubber shell toe box and three stripe detailing on-hand for a healthy amount of nostalgic benefits, the STAR slots effortlessly into Y-3’s greyscale ranks, a testament to not only the universally loved appeal of the source material but, a homage to the brand’s fiercely refined thematic styling.

The YOHJI STAR are available online at Aphrodite 00:01, 20/02/20.

Nike Air Max 98 Trainers

Nike Air Max 98 : Classic Meets Modern

NT Nike Air Max 98 : An Icon Reinvented

As a longstanding member of the Air Max family, the iconic 98′ silhouette is reinvented to produce a contemporary adaption of the classic trainer. After being unearthed from the archives in recent years, the Nike Air MAx 98 shoe is onto its’ next chapter of not only providing comfort but style alike, appealing to a whole new generation of Air Max enthusiasts. Boasting over 20 years of innovative technology, this once runners’ shoes has become a symbol of menswear fashion, storming into mainstream trends. Fusing the old-school quality that charmed us all upon its’ original release with modern comfort innovation, the result is an adaptive and durable product, one that will be with you for years to come.

Nike Air Maxc 98 Trainers Aphrodite

Absorbing each and every stride, the fully visible air system not only contributes the statement ‘bubble’ aesthetic but gives you the responsive plush cushioning needed to keep you up and ready to take on every day. The Nike Air Max 98 has been crafted from leather and mesh, the upper forms together into a sock-like fit , offering breathable durability, with a reflective trim detailing for that extra ‘sports luxe’ touch. Nike does not fail with intricate design details, providing subtle hints of aesthetically pleasing features that provide technology merged with style. A signature waffle tread contributes abrasion-resistant grip to every step whilst piping details all round introduce layers and textures to a classic shape.

Nike Air Max 98 Sneakers

The perfect way to add some tactility to your outfit, the 98’s have become a staple piece to every males’ wardrobe, becoming an iconic shoe to finish off any outfit. Evolving from their original means, they are no longer seen on the feet of runners but now on the everyday man on the street. Team them up with cuffed joggers and a subtle crew neck jumper with hardware accents for a casual daytime look.

Shop the Nike Air Max 98 Trainers Online At Aphrodite.

Nike Air Max 98 Trainers

 

 

Home of Classics adidas

adidas Home of Classics: The Next Chapter

Acting as an antithesis to the sneaker industry’s often unsustainable noise, adidas’ ‘Home of Classics’ collection proudly veers away from short-term trend fashion, and instead, favours styles that lock down an abundance of versatility. When the adi’ concept first launched last year, its refined, stripped-back designs brought a breath of fresh air to the bulbous, audacious aesthetic of 2019 and the global status quo.

Launching midnight January 15th, the next ‘Home of Classics’ instalment brings with it the iconic adidas Continental 80, Stan Smith Recon and SC Premiere – all clad in a creamy, off-white colourway. Though sharing many of the same qualities and all delivered as a premium update of their originators, each trainer has its own story to divulge within the realm of footwear.

Rendered as a contemporary update on the ever-dependable Stan Smith, adidas’ Stan Smith Recon takes its moniker from the two-time Grand Slam champ of the same name. Boasting a premium leather upper and lining, this timeless silhouette sees monochromatic hues cast a timeless, wearable image over its identity. Shunning Stan Smith’s signature green stamp, this pared-back version replaces the tennis ace’s face with an unusual tweak at the tongue. As last year’s Home of Classics collection subtly touched on, the sneaker everts the shoe’s (traditionally internal) sizing scale and places it externally at the tongue. Additional accents include the brand’s signature perforated 3-Stripes, a suede heel panel and the same robust rubber outsole that debuted in the ‘70s.

adidas Stan Smith Recon

For the Home of Classics Continental 80, the aim is to recharge the ‘vintage charm of the era’, doing so with myriads of retro elements, including a branded window positioned at the sidewall and a split cupsole with EVA insert that perfectly captures the sneaker zeitgesit of the ‘80s. The colourless, stacked upper of the shoe is broken up with perforations, tonal thread and several recognisable adidas credentials.

adidas originals Continental 80

Last, but by no means least, the adidas SC Premiere calls on the sportswear heavyweight’s courtside heritage. Inspired by generations of timeless tennis style, this latest rendition, like the Continental 80, features a retro logo window and layered look across its upper, teamed alongside a ‘world famous for quality’ imprint at the reverse. One of the shoe’s standout components, which you don’t see again across the collection, is the SC Premiere’s serrated sole unit; this jagged edge provides superb grip at the surface of the design, enabling the wearer a trusty, stable ride through the streets.

adidas SC Premiere

Designed to pair seamlessly with a plethora of fits, the 2020 Home of Classics series harnesses boundless amounts of style and substance. Purchase an adidas classic when the capsule launches midnight 15/01/2020.

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.