A Fresh Rendition of the New Balance 327 Has Landed
If you’re an avid footwear fan you’ll already know that the 327 silhouettefrom Boston-hailingsports imprint New Balance has been sending out some rather tangible airwavessince it debuted at the back end of 2020. In fact, its ubiquitous nature can be felt worldwide.
Fusing a nostalgic sensibility with unmatched comfort, the design has proved itself as an instant winner amongst the younger generation, with sneaker aficionados donning the statement shoe whenever and wherever they can, lockdown restrictions permitting, of course.
Various iterations of the New Balance 327 grace us for a blip in time and then almost instantly sell out, so you’ll be pleased to know that Aphrodite has a fresh batch of a wholly wearable black/grey version. Adorned with a nylon upper, suede overlays, a tonal lacing system and a contrasting white midsole, the shoe comes bolstered with a studded gum outsole that references the iconic NB 355 Trail Runner. As always, large ‘N’ profiles sign off the sidewall for an identifiable finish.
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 itslatestMünchen delivery which we’ve just received delivery of here at Aphrodite.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Shop the adidas Racing 1 silhouette at Aphrodite now, alongside a range of new arrivals from the German sportswear brand online.
Introducing the Swoosh’s fresh-faced triple – black – threat
Good news, a fresh-faced arrival from Swoosh HQ has just landed here at Aphrodite, introducing the Nike Air Max Vistascape, a brand-new silhouette to feast your eyes on as we come to the end of a turbulent 2020. And while this newbie might appear reversed on the surface, please don’t confuse its lack of vibrancy for weakness, it’s quite the triple – black – threat, indeed.
Leaning heavily on utilitarian design cues, the Nike Air Max Vistascape is delivered here in an all-black colourway with a rendering of durable ripstop up top and lashings of reinforced leather for a tonal and three-dimensional look and feel.
Underfoot the brand’s innovative tendencies are wholly expressed as the Swoosh’s trusty Air bubble and React technology join forces to shoulder the burden of everyday wear and tear, bringing spring-imbued cushioning and a smooth, uncompromised ride to the lower foundations of this Nike Air Max Vistacape.
As with many of the street-ready styles that are taking the sneaker scene by storm at the moment, this Air Max design is detailed with a toggle lock lacing system which further defines the fit on the upper foot. Elsewhere, a small swatch of Air branding graces the tongue, acting as the only hit of saturated colour that you’ll discover on this stealthy, blacked-out offering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.