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Y3 Sprint / Y3 Boxing

Y3 Boxing & Y3 Sprint Return

Having taken a brief moment of respite from the forefront of Y3’s diverse arsenal of fashion meets sports sneakers, The Y3 Boxing and Y3 Sprint make a more than welcome return to the limelight after several seasons spent MIA. Taking influence from traditional sports footwear this re-release of the fan favourite silhouettes sees the signature characteristics of the originals remain unchanged whilst injecting a slue of subtle modern iterations for a fresh and respectful update.


Y3 Boxing & Y3 Sprint


Y3 Boxing

Using their sleek shape and unassuming proportions, the Y3 Boxing, as the name suggests, references conventional low-top boxing boots used by fighters inside the ring. Released in two subtle colour ways of a contrasting white / black and low key black / orange, the pair utilise a multi-material application to their uppers, employing both premium leather panelling alongside a airy mesh base. Further enhancing the opulent feel the sneakers employ  embossed logo branding to the heel and tongue, with tonal three striped accents found to both the medial and lateral sides.


Y3 Boxing

Y3 Boxing


Y3 Sprint

Next on the agenda, the Y3 Sprint finds its history more aligned with the worlds of running and athleticism. Inspired by shoes which were typically seen in track and field events, the sneakers, much like the Boxing, retain a slender outline equipping an angular rubber outsole for added traction when worn. Utilising a range of materials and construction techniques to add texture, stability and visual depth, the trainers aim to fill the void that sits between high end luxury and functional practicality, deploying a cushioned sole and unsurprisingly subdued colour palette of whites, blacks and blues. Finished with an unconventional take on the iconic three stripe marking, the Sprint showcases the collaborative brands craft when it comes to moulding themes, ideas and craft into something that feels wholly unique.


Y3 Sprint Trainers

Y3 Sprint Trainers


The Y3 Sprint and Y3 Boxing are available online and in store now.


Y3 Sneaker FYW S-97

Y-3 FYW S-97: Yohji Yamamoto Remixes An adidas Icon

Y-3 Transforms The Iconic FYW S-97 Sneaker

After more than 16 years of fruitful partnership, adidas and Yohji Yamamoto are working on forging an even stronger alliance; with the Three Stripes label offering Y-3 exclusive access to the FYW S-97 sneaker.

Y3 FYW S-97's

The revolutionary design first debuted in ’97 during a time when the footwear industry hadn’t really got off the ground yet. Trainer technology was still in its inception stage and sneaker styles were delivered through narrowminded visions. Cue the trailblazing tactics of adidas

In-house experts at the sportswear label instilled fresh energy into the industry when they launched their ‘Feet You Wear’ technology. The science behind FYW technology, to which the shoe takes its name, was ambitious in every way. Previous designs had led the way for square-shaped soles, while this runner chose to hone in on the natural contours of the foot. Though more rounded trainers like this were virtually unheard of at the time, the masses embraced them full-force. Thus, setting the wheels in motion for boundless interpretations to come.

Now, in today’s age, where luxury and athleisure often collide – as the Y-3 partnership has so often proved, the FYW S-97 trainer is to take a premium turn. More streamlined than the original, Y-3’s FYW S-97 boasts a strictly angled design at the toe. However, its sharper silhouette still imbues referential flair for the past. These retro details unfold in the wavy lines showcased on the midsole and caging system.

Y-3 FYW S-97 Trainers

Layers of Primeknit can be found across the uppers of both the black and white pairs, something FYW S-97 fans will be used to. Closer up, suede and leather overlays fall in all the usual spots, while a sock-like fit around the ankle provides superlative flexibility.

Perhaps the most distinctive element of this iteration is the Yohji Yamamoto sign off. Etched in white on the black colourway and vice versa, the emblazoned script is truly symbolic of status. A signal from the Japanese designer that these sneakers are wholly Y-3. Finally, dual density Boost™ cushioning propels the foot from the ground upwards. As a result, wearers can expect the smoothest ride ever and unbeatable comfort.Yohji Yamamoto Y-3 FYW S-97

Set to get the streets and the sneaker scene talking, this luxe Y-3 FYW S-97 remix is a game changer. Cop both colourways at Aphrodite in-store or online when the sneakers launch July 18th, 2019.

January Sneakers New Arrivals

January Top Picks – Sneaker Edition

By now, the novelty of the festive season is probably just wearing off; the weather is bleak, payday seems to be getting further and further away and work days inexplicably last longer than they seemed to pre-Christmas.

We’re with you, so to cheer you (and ourselves) up, we’ve decided to do a little round up of our favourite new sneakers that have already dropped for the SS19 season – because we love sneakers and these ones are part of the Summer season, which at this point feels like a distant memory.
First off, we go to the old classic, adidas. adidas have clearly been hard at work for this season as we have already had a plethora of sleek new silhouettes and colourways land for Spring/Summer 2019, with much more to come.

We’ll start with the brand-spanking new Yung-1’s. Last year’s chunky silhouette has been carried through to 2019, this time paired with a muted, pale grey colourway that is reminiscent of the Yeezy Salt collection that graced our eyeballs (and feet, if you’re lucky) late last year.

The Yung-1’s have been bold in their colourways in the past, however this time adidas have cleverly used contrasting textures and tonal colour blocking to ensure that the shoe remains bold yet understated. Paired with the adidas Torsion support outsole, the Yung-1 is the dad-shoe we all need in our lives.

adidas Originals Yung 1

It could be said that the sporting giant has, in the past, been somewhat overshadowed by adidas’ prowess within the sneaker market. However with their Virgil Abloh Off White collaborations selling out across the world, and a bunch of brave new silhouettes dropping in 2018, it’s obvious that Nike aren’t slowing down any time soon.

One silhouette that was much-talked about in the sneaker world, was the Air Max 270 Bowfin. Joining the infamous Air Max tribe (and surviving), is not an easy task. The first Bowfin was released early last year and after a few months to gain momentum on the sneaker scene, it has gone from strength to strength with a number of bright colourways now available.

Nike 270 Bowfin TrainersThe most recent drop is that of a Pumice and Cinder (or orange and purple for us mere mortals) colourway. Sitting upon Nike’s biggest air ‘bubble’ sole to date, the upper features a sock like design adorned in contrasting textiles and patterns making this trainer anything but subtle. Overall, the Bowfin adds bright but by no means garish colour to everyone’s favourite chunky silhouette, ultimately cementing its place in the Nike Air Max hall of fame.  


Ah, Y3. Our favourite East-Asian export never fails to disappoint with their avant-garde styles and futuristic designs that push fashion to its science-fiction limits. We’ve been spoiled for the SS19 season with a number of new styles dropping into our laps, however we have to showcase our favourite; the Harigane II.

Y-3 Harigane II Sneakers

The silhouette first made an appearance last year, however Yohji has refreshed the shoe for an impactful New Year drop. Keeping the sculpture-like geometric sole and sharp shark-tooth outsole from last year’s style, the Hargiane II has been given a sleek upgrade with a lightweight Primeknit upper.  Topstitching and hand-stitched zigzag detailing give the Harigane II a premium quality that is simply a given when purchasing a pair of Y3 trainers.

Y-3 Harigane Sneakers

Y-3 Spring/Summer ’19: First Footwear Drop

After the success of last year’s celebratory 15-year anniversary collection, Y-3 are right back at it for 2019 with a slew of new footwear models.

Y-3 SS19 Raito Racer

The key piece from the first drop is the all-new Raito Racer. Japanese for ‘light’, the Raito takes its name seriously, building on a thickly-cushioned wedge of Boost with ultra-light Primeknit uppers for a breathable, supportive fit. Yohji Yamamoto’s typical flair for design detail is on full display here, with topstitched lacing sections that also serve to add extra support and structure to the inner of the shoe, along with an eyecatching ‘mosaic’ outsole and minimal branding for a sleek and thoroughly modern look.

Y-3 Raito Racer Sneakers in White

Meanwhile, the popular Harigane sneaker from last season is getting a refreshed look for the new year. Keeping the scuptural, geometric sole unit and sharktooth outsole from the original, the Harigane II is upgraded with monochrome Primeknit uppers and topstitched detailing for a more streamlined look than its predecessor. Keeping with the rest of the season, the finishing touch comes with hand-stitched zigzag detailing to the tongues.

Finally, the imprint resurrects the adidas ZX Flux silhouette for its own version, the ZX Run. Building on the original’s Torsion-equipped sole unit, the ZX Run boasts uppers in a textured mixture of premium leather, suede and nylon. Perforated detailing and a panelled design calls to mind classic Y-3 styles but with contemporary branding and tooling for an all-day comfortable ride.

Find all three styles instore and online at Aphrodite now, and keep an eye on our social media feeds for more Y-3 SS19 news.

A Five Star Sequel: Y-3 Kusari II

It’s rare a sequel eclipses the original, but sometimes the formula is just rejigged enough to create a better, unique experience than before. The Godfather 2, The Dark Knit, Toy Story 2, all setting the bar higher just like Y-3’s rapid-fire sequel.

This season of Y-3 has been a rapid-fire display of new styles from Yohji Yamamoto and co, showcasing a juxtaposition of designs from the slimline to the bulbous. Following up the initial Kusari release just 7 months ago, we have the sequel to their ultra modernist design in form of the Kursari II.

One of only a handful of Y-3 models to utilise a full length boost sole unit, the eye-catching lines of shoe truly provide one of the most unique silhouettes in Y-3 history.

With a material mix of rubber, leather, suede, patent leather, neoprene and repurposed shoelaces and stitched elasticated eyelets the shoe is an experience in footwear tailoring. Harnassing an all in one neoprene upper, the shoe follows similar design cues to the recently released Kaiwa in it’s unusually stitched toe box. The eyelets are held in place with a heavily stitched in elasticated rope, adding a contemporary spin intrinsic with the current Y-3 design ethos.

The suede heel rap offers a tonal and textual variation with a supple trim that mixes with a red patent leather heel piece and a leather stitched strap that is vaguely reminiscent to a certain rival’s 90’s runner (rhymes with apache). Re-purposed red laces make up the upper eye stays and heel tab, matching tonally with the stitched tongue branding and heel piece.

The sole is made up of a 3 piece bonded unit, starting with a rubber midsole and sole sandwiching a boost sole unit to maximize comfort over performance.

With the overall theme of luxury permeating through on this Y-3 release, don’t miss out on a premium sequel.

Running on Thin Air

The intersection of sports and high fashion is surely at a precipice and for one of the original master tailors and his collaboration alongside the brand with the 3-stripes the question is did they influence this movement of sporting fashion over their 15+ years of work, or has the Y-3 brand found themselves at this point as a sign of low key consistency?

We’re tending towards the former as the brand continues to offer the subtle and the audacious in their creations via adidas with eye-catching and revolutionary design pieces that utilise the best of the German brand’s forward-thinking technology.

After two ostentatious designs this season in the form of the Harigane & KaiwaYohji and co have toned the bulbous aesthetic for a subtler athletic design in the form of the Adizero Runner, adapting their inline boost running designs into an ultra chic breathable silhouette that commands attention for its performance.

The design cues of the lightweight design are a whats what of the adidas running world. From sole up, we have the heralded adidas torsion system, an outsole component that has been a mainstay in performance models since its introduction in 1988, linking two rubberised sole units at the toe and heel for ultimate movement. From there we are reintroduced to the revolutionary boost technology, adding a thin strip to the sole for a minimal yet responsive action for all kinds of running. The midsole incorporates a rigid foam that bonds the midsole to the upper, in keeping with the materialisation of Y-3’s current season.

The upper is where the materialisation takes the precedent, fusing ultra-breathable mesh with a neoprene and suede accent to the rear of the shoe. Where traditional shoe uppers would incorporate additionally stitched panelling, the Adizero Runner places angular embroidered toe box panelling with a contrasting stitch to the inner lateral side. The eye stay is also attached in a minimal fashion, being stitched to the traditional tongue area in a similar pattern to the panelling. Finalising this luxuriously downplayed upper is a stitched Y-3 tab to the tongue with embroidered long form Yohji Yamamoto signature and circular logo.

With the performance capabilities of this brand new release of 2 on display, you might have to think about using these on the next 5k.

Y-3 New Arrivals

A new season of Y-3 has seen Yohji Yamamoto, the master tailor himself, takes on his biggest involvement in the designs of the season since some of the early years of its inception just in time to coincide with the collaboration’s 15th anniversary.

The highlight of this season has come in the form of The brand new Kiawa, a unique silhouette that channels a variety of inspiration.

The chunky runner still shows a streamlined sensibility with its Orca like qualities, a clean and uncomplicated design that spices it up with contrasting detailing and a mixed material of neoprene and black leather. With its midsole protrusions to the block white foam sole unit, this silhouette has been quoted by Vogue as taking design cues from French artist César’s Expansion

Generating hype since it’s first introduction on the catwalk, the Kiawa looks set to cause a further buzz with the addition of more colourways to join this already heralded initial offering.

Following a similarly deconstructed path and channelling the aesthetics of an adidas staple is the Y-3 Haringane. Brought in to the Y-3 arsenal earlier this year, the NMD-esque racer employs exposed features such as floating eyelets, coloured and segmented sole blocks and a Cable 3 Stripes with rubber accents rope style exoskeleton.

The trail running sneaker is having a bit of a fashion moment recently – alongside the wider trends of normcore, dadcore, whatever you want to call it – as a reclaimed symbol of utility and practicality over style, given new life by the cutting-edge trendsetters of fashion weeks the world over. Given this current climate, the brand new Harigane sneaker from Y3 makes perfect sense: unapologetic in its technical origins, Y3 adopt an ‘inside-out’ approach, putting the sneaker’s inner workings on display for all to see.

With the sneakers taking the limelight with their ostentatious designs, it’s worth the reminder that the Y-3 collection is an all-encompassing package with their apparel boasting equally audacious design aesthetics.

This season’s statement Y-3 Hoodie has offered design cues inspired by techwear as well as initial collections from Y-3. It’s the use of heritage and familiar design features that gives Y-3 the tantalising designs that grab the attention from the get-go.

Boasting a plethora of repurposed vintage detailing, this hoodie comes in a substantial loopback terry fabric and features ribbed panels to the sleeves, hood and pocket. Also featuring overlock stitching throughout, the hoodie is finished with the brand’s signature stacked branding to the back in a mixture of print and stitching.

If it’s pure athleisure you require, Y-3 has got everything through to the basics covered. Look no further than their selection of Y3 3 Stripe Long SleeveY3 Adilette Slide, Y3 Shorts and Y3 Tube Socks

It’s a perfect palette for the fashionable athlete or any fan of their expensive leisure wear.

Alongside the above is an extensive collection of new footwear models as well as the ever-growing base palette of black clothing that the collaboration has been known for. Keep your eyes peeled for more drops from the season and a high profile release or two.

Runaway Fashion: Y-3 Kaiwa

We spent time really considering how the apparel and shoes connect and the message that sends. Always with Y-3, you see the very best of Yohji Yamamoto and the very best of Y-3.

Now into its 15th year of fashion matrimony, the collaboration between sportswear giants adidas and master tailor Yohji Yamamoto has seen a seamless diffusion between functional streetwear and unique design. With the modern-day collection from Y-3 adopting techwear sensibilities, it’s no surprise that their newest collection harnesses the light and tight feel of techwear upon its founder’s monochromatic colour palette.

The new season saw deconstructed aesthetic dialled to the max and that theme sits perfectly on the debuting Kaiwa silhouette. The chunky runner still shows a streamlined sensibility with its Orca like qualities, a clean and uncomplicated design that spices it up with contrasting detailing and a mixed material of neoprene and black leather. With its midsole protrusions to the block white foam sole unit, this silhouette has been quoted by Vogue as taking design cues from French artist César’s Expansion with it’s bulbous and seemingly unpredictable shapes, or as we noted similar to fragments of bone, especially in their contrasting white as ever displaying Yohji’s intrinsically avant-garde ideas even on an athletically designed model such as the Kaiwa.

Sometimes accidents happen when outfit and sneaker not mix; but in this accident can find a new sensitivity, a new balance. It’s a gift and we’re enjoying that gift.

With this initial drop and an inverse colourway presented on the runway, you can guarantee this isn’t the only run out for this bold new offering from the collaboration.


Y-3 Kaiwa Drops At Aphrodite1994 August 3rd

Outfit - Weather permitting

Outfit – Weather permitting

It seems we’re officially into that teasingly annoying part of British springtime, temperatures seeming comfortably warmer one day and freezing the next or bright and sunny one day and miserably dull the next. Dressing for the occasion can be tricky but we have your back with these weekly installments curated to deter the ever-changing weather from hindering your plans (or your beloved footwear). Here you go lads, a few of your favorites here …


Outfit - Stone Island, Paul & Shark, Y3


The latest installment from the Stone Island Marina collection was this long sleeve striped tee, perfect for this in-between weather and a staple piece you will have in rotation season after season. Styled here with a khaki Stone Island cargo short, navy Paul & Shark zip hoodie, white suede Y3 trainers, Ray-Ban aviators and every wardrobe essential item Jason Mark repel, for those caught off guard by the rainy days that are upon us.