October 19, 2021: Red Wing Heritage has collaborated with Gore-Tex to create a limited-edition Gore-Tex Classic Moc boot. The new footwear fuses the style of Red Wing’s Classic Moc with Gore-Tex’s water-proofing technology. It incorporates Russet Taos leather with a breathable Gore-Tex membrane and storm welt construction to block moisture and a Traction Tred outsole. The shoe will release this fall at select retailers and five pairs will be hidden in surprise locations for fans to find throughout North America and Europe.
October 12, 2021: In a triumvirate of footwear, fashion and art, Jimmy Choo announced a new limited-edition collection that fuses creative director Sandra Choi’s vision with the work of New York-based artist and designer Eric Haze, as well as the expert fashion eye of Japanese fashion influencer Poggy. Within the “Chasing Stars” collection from the trio, which is out now, there are equal offerings of men’s, women’s and unisex styles, from a series of color blocked, vintage-style trainers to men’s loafers heavily embellished in crystals, to graphic black-and-white pumps in a unique crackle-effect stencil print. The collection, which is available now at both Jimmy Choo’s stores and site — in addition to Kith stores, also includes a collectible BE@RBRICK toy from cult Japanese company Medicom Toy, in limited edition box sets. What’s more, the capsule will also soon include Jimmy Choo’s first NFT.
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Oct. 7, 2021: Naturalizer has partnered with Female Collective‘s founder, Candace Reels. The brand’s low-top Astara sneakers have been revamped in brown zebra-print fabric, as well as black eyelets, maroon laces, metallic gold counters and sharp white toes and outsoles. The shoes aim to celebrate individuality through Reels’ own eclectic signature style. Proceeds from the collaborative sneakers will benefit Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit organization that aims to equalize STEM opportunities for young women of color. The sneakers retail online for $115.
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Oct. 7, 2021: Guess Originals x Anna Nicole Smith taps into ’90s inspiration and the late model’s iconic campaigns for the brand in a new collection released today online and in select Guess retail stores and Guess Originals pop-ups. The new men’s and women’s lineup features 32 pieces of apparel and accessories with a color palette of red, black, white and teal. Among the gems are a pair of socks emblazoned with the phrase “Did you miss me?” and tops featuring composites of Anna Nicole Smith’s photos for Guess. Prices for the Guess Originals x Anna Nicole Smith Collection range from $12 to $248.
Oct. 4, 2021: Jeff Staple has another sneaker collaboration available now, this time giving a classic Feiyue silhouette a new look. For this collab, Feiyue said Staple stayed true to the design of the Fe Lo 1920 but added his own touches to it such as an exclusive footbed, tumbled leather upper, detailed Staple Pigeon embroidery on the heel and branded eyelets. The sneakers are available via Feiyue-shoes.com and Staplepigeon.com in two colorways: gray and white, and a black and pigeon pink look. They come in an exclusive box along with a Staple x Feiyue tote bag, and each colorway retails for $80.
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Sept. 28, 2021: Wolverine has reunited with Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery to launch a second limited-edition collaboration. The duo’s latest project, Batch 2, is a revamped version of Wolverine’s 1000 Mile lace-up boots, featuring light brown leather uppers and numbered tongue tags. Most notably, they also include heels crafted from the wood of Van Winkle’s new 10 Year bourbon barrels. All proceeds from the shoes, which are available for pre-order for $400, will be donated to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Program, which supports future generations of trade workers nationwide. Batch 2 of Wolverine X Old Rip Van Winkle is available on Wolverine.com/oldrip on October 14.
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Sept. 28, 2021: People love sneakers and people love dogs. For its latest collaboration with Adidas, Extra Butter brought them together. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the EQT silhouette, the New York-based retailer and the brand teamed up to create a dog-inspired iteration of the Equipment CSG 91 dubbed “Best Friend.” To pull off the theme, Extra Butter reimagined the shoe with a muted color palette consisting of light browns, tans, beige and neutral pink. Also, the look features hairy suede and faux pony hair, which were added as a nod to dog fur, as well as bone and paw graphic details on the lace jewel and heel soft cell window.
Additionally, Extra Butter will release limited-edition private label T-shirts, long sleeves, sweatshirts, collars, leashes and a speciality dog treat.
The collab will drop in Extra Butter doors and via Extrabutterny.com on Oct. 1. Retail price is $140.
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Sept. 20, 2021: Heaven by Marc Jacobs has united with Italian shoe brand Nodaleto on a subversive footwear collection. The two brands’ love of pop culture and the ’90s has influenced the line, which features black, blue and purple thong and cross-strap sandals with thick platforms. The elevated style is also carried over to tall square-toed boots with penny straps, in a vintage palette of mustard yellow, black and green-and-brown plaid. The accompanying campaign embodies the rebellious spirit of both brands, showcasing a diverse group of teens having fun and goofing off in various parts of a high school while wearing the nostalgic footwear. You can currently shop the collection, which retails from $360-$490, on Heaven’s page on MarcJacobs.com.
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. The collection arrives Sept. 18 via Baitme.com and at all Bait stores. The Bait x “Cowboy Bebop” x Adidas Matchroom shoe retails for $120.
Sept. 17, 2021: Bait has joined forces with Japanese animation studio Sunrise Inc. and Adidas for a collaboration inspired by famed anime TV series “Cowboy Bebop.” For this collab, Bait reimagined Adidas’ heritage Matchplay tennis shoe. The sneaker, a low-cut style that is constructed with vulcanized soles, is all black with hits of blue, red, neon green and neon yellow. Also, the traditional Three Stripes-branding has been replaced with perforated stripes. To personalize the look, Bait included three lace options: black, neon green and neon yellow. Aside from the sneakers, Bait will also deliver apparel adorned with artwork executed with premium puff detailing. The collection arrives Sept. 18 via Baitme.com and at all Bait stores. The Bait x “Cowboy Bebop” x Adidas Matchroom shoe retails for $120.
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Sept. 16, 2021: For its latest collaboration, Teva has teamed up with Stance on a set it said “celebrates both brands’ innovation and self-expression, championing individuality and versatility with every step.” The looks in the set are the Teva Hurricane XLT2 sandal and the Stance performance adventure sock, and both were created using upcycled remnant materials and fabric scraps. For the Teva Hurricane XLT2, Teva used red, green and blue recycled remnant yarns for the upper straps, which are paired with a cream-colored base. Also, the sandals feature embroidered “R” and “L” on the tips of the straps, a nod to how its collaboration partner differentiates the left from the right sock. The sandal is completed with molded cream-colored EVA foam midsoles and its Durabrasion outsoles featuring red, blue and green speckles. The matching Stance performance socks come with a three-quarter ankle height and feature increased cushioning and arch support. Also, they are made with both performance mesh for breathability and wool yarns to keep feet cool and dry.
The Teva x Stance collaborative set is available now for men and women via Teva.com and retails for $100.
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Sept. 16, 2021: Ewing Athletics and Chalk Line tap into nostalgia unlike other sneaker and apparel brands, and the two have teamed up for a collection people growing up in the ’90s would love. Available now is the “Hey Arnold!” x Chalk Line x Ewing 33 Hi, which can be purchased via Ewingathletics.com for $150. In addition to the sneaker, there is a lineup of Chalk Line apparel including T-shirts, mesh shorts and a hoodie, ranging in price from $42 to $85 on Chalk-line.com. The collection, according to Chalk Line, was born from a “33 vs 33” concept, representing the number that the show’s character Gerald wore, which was also worn by NBA icon Patrick Ewing throughout his historic career. The 33 Hi is predominantly red with a white and blue midsole and a blue outsole, also featuring nods to the show throughout, including “33” near the heel, “Gerald” in script on the upper and more.
Sept. 15, 2021: Adidas has reunited with Swedish fashion label Marimekko on a second collaborative collection. The duo’s Fall-Winter ’21 line mixes Marimekko’s artistic designs with Adidas’ athleticism in athleisure, coats, shirts and socks that are covered nude, black and yellow colorways of the brand’s signature poppy prints. The collection’s shoes follow similar patterns within Adidas’ hit Stan Smith, Ultraboost and Bryony sneakers. However, it’s also sustainable, integrating recycled materials and Parley Ocean Plastic — which is created from upcycled plastic waste. You can shop the full collection when it launches on Adidas.com, Marimekko.com and in both brands’ select boutiques on September 30.
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Sept. 14, 2021: Sperry has joined forces with Rebecca Minkoff in a rock-meets-preppy capsule collection, updating four classic footwear styles with the designer’s signature bohemian edge. The line includes a suede fringed chukka boot, plus two high-top sneakers in sleek zebra and leopard prints. However, in a punk rock twist, there’s also a studded black leather version of Sperry’s classic boat shoes — complete with white platform soles. The collection retails from $150-$160 on Sperry.com.
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Sept. 13, 2021: With the highly-anticipated film “No Time to Die” arriving soon, Danner is set to deliver a special-edition performance military boot inspired by the movie. The 007 Tanicus is executed in all-black and constructed using durable suede and ballistic nylon. The upper materials are paired with a breathable mesh lining, comfort-focused midsole cushioning and custom Vibram outsoles with traction made for both indoor and outdoor surfaces. The stealthy boot will come in custom all-black Danner boxes adored with the “No Time to Die” logo. The Danner 007 Tanicus arrives Sept. 16 via Danner.com/bond and will retail for $180.
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Sept. 8, 2021: K-Swiss has teamed up with Extra Butter on a new version of the sporty brand’s Classic LX sneakers. The subversive retailer’s version takes inspiration from both tennis and the Queens, New York neighborhood, adding sleek elements with asymmetric scuffed gray suede uppers and retro white outsoles. The shoes, which launch for pre-sale on Friday, September 10, also include insoles lined with memory foam tennis felt for additional comfort.
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Aug. 31, 2021: Talk about a rugged ride! Just in time for Labor Day, Wolverine has unveiled a new collaboration with Ram Trucks. The two companies teamed up to create three made-in-America work boots inspired by the truck brand’s most popular wheels — and to also help encourage more people to enter the trades. The collection includes the Tradesman (retailing for $229), a durable safety-toe boot offered in fresh white and rugged brown; the Rebel ($239), a more fashion-forward safety-toe style that comes in black and red; and the Limited 1000 Mile Boot ($400), a updated version of Wolverine’s iconic boot made with Horween leather and featuring an embossed Ram logo on the tongue. The boots are available for preorder now at Wolverine.com/ramtrucks with delivery expected in October. After that point, they’ll be available at roughly 50 Boot Barn locations, as well as Bootbarn.com and the Ram Truck store on Amazon. The companies plan to donate $10 from every sale to SkillsUSA, except on Labor Day, when all proceeds will go to the nonprofit. “Since 2017, Wolverine has donated more than $2 million toward supporting the next generation of skilled workers, and we’re excited to be working with another brand that is equally passionate about investing in the future of the American workforce,” said Tom Kennedy, global brand president of Wolverine footwear and apparel.
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Aug. 23, 2021: Sneaker brand Keds has partnered with designer Elizabeth Olwen on two printed sneakers, in honor of Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26). Ranging from $50-$80, the brand’s Triple U platform and Double Decker slip-on sneakers are revamped with a multicolored people print. The graphics cover the Double Decker’s canvas uppers and lines the Triple U’s soles. As the collaboration focuses on community and empowerment, over 50 sneakers have been donated to Artists For Humanity (AFH), a nonprofit specializing in allowing teens to express themselves creatively. Keds has also donated $10,000 to AFH in honor of the occasion. Both shoes are available now on Keds.com.
Aug. 23, 2021: Comfort footwear label Lusso Cloud is joining forces with the Museum of Peace and Quiet to bring a little ease into your home this fall. Together, the two organizations will launch three colorways of t’s Pelli slip-on silhouette inspired by nature’s timeless palette. The Lusso Cloud x Museum of Peace and Quiet collection launches on Sept. 16 at LussoCloud.com.
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Aug. 12, 2021: Tommy Hilfiger has just dropped his latest designer collaboration with Romeo Hunte. The new unisex Tommy x Romeo collection, created through Hilfiger’s People’s Place Program, features a variety of colorful pieces that merge Hilfiger’s preppy American archival designs with Hunte’s signature deconstructed garments and bold streetwear. Trench coats are reimagined with biker-inspired zippers, leather sleeves and sailing-inspired color-blocking, while Hilfiger’s logo is updated with a print of six squares that accents red and blue box bags, as well as staple T-shirts, hoodies and a multicolored striped button-down. Dark blue jeans are mixed with leather cargo pants, bike shorts are given a sharp blue palette, and sporty shorts feature a rainbow-printed front layer. On the shoe front, Hunte has remixed Hilfiger’s snow boots with tan suede uppers and translucent black soles, while a more feminine style features flared high heels with a red front toe and textured soles. The collection also features two murals, respectively painted in New York City and London, inspired by the campaign — which contain QR codes that passerby can scan to purchase the collection and learn more about the artists and campaign. Additionally, six Tommy x Romeo polo shirts will be auctioned on the website Catawiki, with proceeds going to the Fashion Minority Alliance. You can currently shop the collection, which retails from $130-$990, on tommy.com.
Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Aug. 12, 2021: Hoka One One has tapped Engineered Garments for a fourth time to release a new shoe capsule collection. The duo’s latest line, which happens to be genderless, features four colorways of the athletic brand’s Bondi L sneaker reimagined with wider footbeds and leather and suede uppers. The shoes come in subversive tones of gray, black, brown and tan, as well as pops of leopard and crocodile prints. The collection, which merges athletic footwear with inspirations from Engineered Garments’ previous collections, launches in-person at Nepenthes New York stores today — but will be available online on August 19. You can shop the shoes, which retail for $200, on August 19 on hokaoneone.com.
Courtesy of HOKA x Engineered Garments
Aug. 3, 2021: Native Shoes has just released its second drop with Crayola. The new collection features a range of shoes for adults and kids that are breathable and bright. Perforated white slip-ons are accented with a range of scribble-like prints in hues of green, blue, purple, and pink — plus a vibrant multicolored pair. Aside from providing a colorful style boost, the shoes are also eco-friendly, thanks to the brand’s Native Shoes Remix Project. Once any pairs become no longer wearable, they can be shipped back to Native to be used in up cycled materials for building playgrounds in local communities. You can shop the collection, which retails from $40-$60, now on NativeShoes.com.
Aug. 2, 2021: Sanrio has tapped its famous whimsical cartoon characters for a new collaboration with British shoe and accessories brand Irregular Choice. The collection will strike instant nostalgia for Sanrio fans, featuring characters like My Melody, Little Twin Stars, and Gudetama across shoes and handbags. The line includes bold blue polka-dot boots accented with red, white, and blue scallops, inspired by the brand’s most famous feline — Hello Kitty. The boots include 3D Hello Kitty figures on their sides, as well as toe and upper pink and red bow embellishments — much like her signature headpieces. The pair is complete with a sculpted heel shaped like the fashionable feline herself, wearing a coordinating blue and red dress. The Irregular Choice x Sanrio collection will fully launch on IrregularChoice.com on Aug. 13.
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Aug. 2, 2021: Birkenstock has teamed up with Proenza Schouler on another sleek and contemporary shoe collection. The unisex capsule features a variety of the brand’s signature Arizona and Milano sandals, revamped with hook-and-loop closures replacing their iconic buckles. Featuring polished leather uppers in hues of black, blue, burgundy, white, and cream, the workwear-inspired pairs also include contrasting topstitching for a chic finish. “We are thrilled to expand on our collaboration with Birkenstock; Birkenstock and Proenza Schouler both share a common respect and admiration for the craftmanship and detailed work that is integral to all of our products. We are excited to pick-up where we left off and expand on the collection with fresh colorways that feel very in the moment and true to our brand,” said Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez in a statement. The collection, which launches on August 6, is available for pre-orders at 1774.com, proenzaschouler.com and select retailers, as well as select Birkenstock and Proenza Schouler boutiques. All pairs retail between $300-$450.
July 28, 2021: For its latest collaboration, Nice Kicks has teamed up with Asics for an ice cream-inspired Gel-Lyte 3. The look, cleverly named “Nice Cream,” is created with the nostalgic feel experienced at ice cream parlors. Nice Kicks executed the shoe with a mixture of materials in a color palette reminiscent of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavors. It also includes two sets of laces, one tonal white and emerald green for the other, as well as a cherry hangtag and a white matte shoe box modeled after a milkshake glass. The Nice Kicks x Asics Gel-Lyte 3 OG “Nice Cream” arrives via Shopnicekicks.com and at Nice Kicks locations on July 30. Retail price will be $130.
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July 28, 2021: Sperry has teamed up with Netflix’s favorite treasure hunters. The footwear brand has joined forces with the hit series “Outer Banks” on a collaboration in celebration of season 2. Together, Sperry and “Outer Banks” have launched the Crest Vibe Sneaker, a special-edition boat shoe that features canvas uppers with an OBX logo at the tongue. There are also treasure map graphics on the insoles. The style is finalized with rubber outsoles, making them idea for traction. The silhouette is available for $60 at Journeys.com.
July 26, 2021: Bodega is back with another must-have sneaker collab, this time working with Reebok to reimagine two shoes bearing the Club C name. One of the looks is a reimagined Club C Legacy, featuring uppers executed with leather, suede and mesh overlays. The shoe arrives with a $120 retail price via Bdgastore.com on Aug. 6 and Reebok.com on Aug. 7. The Club C 85, which is predominantly white with a brown collar and hits of the hue throughout, will retail for $120. This look will be sold exclusively via Bdgastore.com. Both looks will come with a co-branded blank key that reads, “Cannot be Duplicated,” which Reebok explained represents “the space that creatives practice their craft and the idea of being the key holder of your life.”
Courtesy of Reebok
July 26, 2021: Hunter Boots is teaming up with a beloved animated animal: Peppa Pig. Coming just in time for the new school year, the Hunter Boots and Peppa Pig will launch a limited-edition boot and accessory collection. Included in the capsule are the Kids First Muddy Puddles Wellington Boots, water-resistant backpack, protective umbrella, and cozy boot socks, with each sporting the limited-edition camouflage pattern illustrating the much-loved character splashing in puddles. The collab will drop on Aug. 2 and will be available at Hunterboots.com.
Courtesy of Hunter Boots
July 21, 2021: Skechers is celebrating high fashion with a new collab. The footwear brand is launching a vibrant footwear collection inspired by late Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. The Skechers x Kansaïyamamoto collection honors Yamamoto’s “unique aesthetic and energetic style,” a press release about the launch states. The collab features four sneakers that are available in women and men’s sizing that are designed with bold colors and lively patterns. The collection is available at Skechers.com.
July 16, 2021: Pacsun and the company’s guest artistic director A$AP Rocky have launched an exclusive capsule collection featuring new Vans iterations of the popular Old Skool style. The black canvas and white leather Vans sneakers, retailing for $100 and $100, respectively, are detailed with flame decorations on the side of the sneakers. In addition, the A$AP Rocky line includes apparel from Russell Athletic, consisting of t-shirts, shorts, pullover hoodies, sweatpants and fleece pieces. A$AP Rocky will also oversee the brand campaign, in-store activation and a viral campaign to support the launch, which is available now at Pacsun.com and over 200 stores in the U.S.
July 8, 2021: Skechers has created a colorful new sneaker collection with YouTube star Ryan Kaji, based on his popular online videos. The colorful Skechers x Ryan’s World collaboration features three pairs of sneakers with sizes intended for all kids. The multicolored Ryan’s Challenge sneaker ($59) features a light-up sole, with bungee laces and a logo-accented Velcro strap. The Gamer Ryan sneaker ($62) boasts a thick gray sole with red and blue uppers, as well as a Magna-Fit toggle closure in the place of traditional laces. The collection also features one mid-top canvas sneaker, the Red Titan ($57), which incorporates graphics of Ryan’s signature superhero character and bold red uppers and laces. The collection launches online today on Skechers.com.
July 1, 2021: The Whitaker Group has launched Color Code, a program for Black and minority brands and designers to drop collaborative product with its A Ma Maniére, Social Status, APB and Prosper retail banners. There will be releases monthly that aim to bring “designs and collaborations to the marketplace rooted in unique experiences and insights.” The first collection is an apparel line between Social Status and Crcl of Wnnrs dubbed “Product of My Environment,” which includes T-shirts and a hoodie featuring co-branded prints and designs. The lineup, according to The Whitaker Group, is inspired by Crcl of Wnnrs founder Garren Strong’s “journey choosing sport to overcome the pressures of outside influences growing up in San Jose, Calif.” The apparel ranges in price from $60-$115 and can be purchased via Socialstatuspgh.com.
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July 1, 2021: Snow Peak and New Balance are set to release their Niobium Concept 2 outdoor sandal collaboration, which arrives July 2 via Snowpeak.com and Newbalance.com for $200. The look, which Snow Peak explained is based on the concepts of utility and transformation, is a follow-up to last year’s collaborative Niobium boot. It is built with a sole unit from New Balance’s Fresh Foam Hierro trail running shoe, a detachable heel strap that allows the wearer to switch how it is worn from a sandal to a mule, Fidlock magnet buckles for easy removal, uppers made with breathable mesh, straps and toes made from synthetic leather and durable Vibram MegaGrip outsoles. It will be delivered in an asphalt black and olive green colorway.
June 23, 2021: APL and Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin have teamed up for n limited-edition capsule collection inspired by the gymnast’s career, which includes winning five medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The line launches today online in honor of International Olympic Day and in advance of the Summer 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo where Liukin will be a commentator for NBC Sports.
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For the first drop in the collab, two versions of the TechLoom Bliss ($200) and the TechLoom Breeze ($245) are available for purchase. One of the TechLoom Bliss silhouettes will feature gold stars, while the other style is adorned in a red, white and blue colorway. The Techloom Breeze, meanwhile, is detailed in all-white with gold speckles. In addition, the second drop, featuring two more iterations of the TechLoom Bliss, will launch on Aug. 3, and the third and final installation will launch on Aug. 10 with the Techloom Wave.
June 23, 2021: Saucony and German online retailer Acribik are collaborating on a fun and bright sneaker just in time for summer. The Acribik x Saucony Azura ST “Tech Noir” is the first-ever collaboration between the two brands and is inspired by “synthie sounds, laser rays, hot nights, and neon lights.” The design highlights hits of black, white, hot pink and blue for a fresh twist on the silhouette that pays homage to the 1980s. Saucony and Acribik also tapped artist and ’80s expert Big Mike Colonia to be the face of the sneaker. Fans can shop the style starting June 26 at Saucony.com.
June 22, 2021: Fresh Rags teamed up with Saucony for a manatee-inspired Grid Web shoe, which is part of the Florida-based retailer’s Fresh Springs collection that also features water shorts, T-shirts and accessories. According to the boutique, the shoe gets its look “from the springs natural beauty and pays homage to the unique Florida Manatee.” The uppers of the Grid Web are gray, created using “algae-textured” suede and athletic mesh, which were paired to mimic the skin and hues of a manatee. Also, the heels feature embroidered green accents to represent eel grass. To complete the look, Fresh Rags added vintage white midsoles, two-tone ice outsoles and reflective iridescent river logos. It also comes with two lace options, green and marshmallow rope, and comes packaged with seagrass tissue paper in a water camouflage box.
The Fresh Rags x Saucony Grid Web “Manatee” shoe will release in-store on June 26 and online via Freshragsfl.com on June 28. They will retail for $150.
What’s more, Fresh Rags said it has partnered with Saucony and Save The Manatee Club to raise funds for the conservation and protection of manatees. To do this, there will be limited edition sticker packs for sale, a custom clear kayak will be raffled off and donations will be accepted daily — all resulting in 100% of the proceeds going to Save The Manatee Club.
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June 22, 2021: K-Swiss has teamed up with Chase Jarvis for an addition to the Startup Creator collection, with the multihyphenate giving the brand’s Startup Court Pro sneaker a new look. Of the collab, Jarvis said, “To the creators and the entrepreneurs — not just those who dream, but those who do — these shoes are for you.” The shoe features a lenticular leather camouflage design on the upper with a Nubuck leather at the heel and a water-resistant instep. It also includes a medial-side zipper and inspirational messaging embroidered on the tongue. The materials on Jarvis’ shoe are also premium and sustainable, with the full grain leather on the upper sourced from a gold-certified tannery, the Eco-Ortholite insoles that are made from castor bean oil, the footbeds that are made from naturally pigskin lined and the laces made from PET (recycled plastic bottles).
The K-Swiss x Chase Jarvis collab arrives June 23 at 9 a.m. PT via Kswiss.com and will retail for $75.
Courtesy of K-Swiss
June 18, 2021: Nike has leaned on a certain yellow fruit for its latest collab. Called the Happy Pineapple, the collection comprises of seven sneakers across five styles; the Free Run Trail Premium, the Air Max 90, the Air Max 95, Air Force One and the Air-Zoom Type — all made with Piñatex — a plant-based alternative to leather made from pineapples. Together, Nike and Piñatex reimagined the popular silhouettes with juicy hues and an embroidered pineapple graphic on the tongue. The collection is available on the SNKRS app.
June 15, 2021: Teva is continuing its tradition of working with independent fashion designers to give new twists to its sport sandals, this time in a new collaboration with British designer Christian Cowan. The designer, known for his ultra-glam creations on the likes of Lady Gaga and Cardi B and a constant New York Fashion Week buzz, updated the outdoor footwear brand’s popular Hurricane sandal in metallic pink straps complete with glittered panels, using its original silhouette and also adding a strappy gladiator style to the limited edition offering. “It’s about fusing the expressive NYC nightlife culture to the everyday. I want everyone who wears these sandals to feel comfortable but also feel unique,” Cowan told FN of the inspiration behind the sandal. “After the year we’ve had, we’re desperate to be fabulous again. But we’ve all learnt a thing or two about being comfy. So why not be both!” The two sandals, which start at $90, are available now.
Courtesy of Teva
June 14, 2021: Coming just in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Sanrio has joined forces with U.S. Olympic medalist Allyson Felix on a fun Team USA collaboration. In honor of the games being in the Japanese city, Sanrio’s beloved icon Hello Kitty stands as “Global Ambassador for Inclusivity” alongside Allyson Felix in “connecting friends around the world during the games,” Sanrio announced in a press release. The co-branded Hello Kitty x Team USA collection will be available at a number of retailers and includes apparel, sleepwear, accessories, toys, collectables and gifts. The capsule is available now at Sanrio.com.
June 3, 2021: Retail standout Sneakersnstuff revealed its latest collaboration with New Balance today, this time opting for the 237 silhouette. The SNS x New Balance 237 “Blue Racer,” as well as an accompanying clothing collection, arrives on June 11. It will drop on the SNS app, with sign-ups starting today and closing on June 10. It will also be sold via New Balance. The sneaker, according to SNS, is inspired by the “stunning blue-gray skin colors of the Blue Racer Snake” and is informed by the athletic brand’s heritage running shoes from the 1970s. It is executed with co-branded tongues, lightweight and breathable Cordura mesh uppers, hairy suede overlays and faux snakeskin accents on the “N” emblem and heel tab.
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June 1, 2021: Nike and LeBron James have joined forces with Mimi Plange — a New York-based designer — on a limited edition capsule of the LeBron 18 Low. The silhouettes are vibrant — a signature look for Plange as her work is inspired by African art, rituals and architecture. Included in the collection is the “Higher Learning” colorway, which takes inspiration from a traditional letterman’s jacket and is wrapped in classic red and orange hues. The style will be available on June 2 via SNKRS and at select retailers for $170. Of the drop, Plange said: “It’s amazing to shine a light where there hasn’t been enough light: bringing voices into design. Having the space to speak a sense of self through design carries a lot of power.”
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June 1, 2021: Aquazzura and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group have something cozy for hotel guests. The Group has teamed up with the footwear brand to launch a collection of limited edition in-suite slippers. The luxurious pieces will be found in the closets of select suites throughout the Mandarin Oriental global portfolio. The complimentary slippers will be available in select suites for a limited period at Mandarin Oriental hotels around the world. The cozy shoes featured a striped design and are topped off with a fuzzy pom pom.
May 26, 2021: Duke & Dexter has debuted its most ambitious — and perhaps riskiest — collaboration yet. The British footwear label partnered with Playboy to create a series of limited footwear and accessories that highlight the magazine’s cultural influence but seek to modernize its vision of self-expression. Archie Hewlett, founder and CEO of the shoe brand, said, “We’re really excited to show who the modern Duke & Dexter x Playboy is — subversive, tasteful and ultimately, aware.” To launch the collab, the partners recruited a “modern Playboy” — model and artist Luka Sabbat — to front the campaign. He was photographed by Menelik Puryear on 35mm in L.A. at the historic La Dolce Vita restaurant and was styled by George Cortina. The collection includes eight loafer designs limited to 250 pairs, which are retailing for $289-$346 at Dukeanddexter.com and Allsole.com. Also on offer is a rare bunny camo robe made in conjunction with British tailor Joseph Darcy, priced at $721.
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May 20, 2021: Tamara Mellon has teamed up with D’Ascoli — a New Delhi-based brand that uses traditional handlooms and in-house printing to create unique and eco-friendly fabrics. Together, the labels have released a capsule collection of ankle-wrap style footwear available at TamaraMellon.com that pays tribute to the richness of Indian culture. The line includes two styles, the Oasis and Utopia. The Utopia is a heeled option that comes in a taupe hue with a deep mustard strap. The other option offers a rich red hue. Both styles retail for $695. The Oasis, which comes with a $595 price tag, is a flat sandal that comes in three different warm hues. Tamara Mellon and D’Ascoli will donate 10% of proceeds from the collection to CITTA, a non-profit organization that helps support development in undeserved communities.
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May 20, 2021: H&M has partnered with British footwear brand Good News on a sustainable collection of shoes for kids and adults. The line includes seven sneakers and a slide style featuring uppers composed of banana and grape-derived leathers, as well as recycled cotton. Underfoot, the soles are crafted with recycled rubber or BLOOM, a material made largely from algae biomass. Each pair is offered in a range of 70s-inspired hues with a co-branded patch detail. The styles are currently available to shop at hm.com and in select H&M stores, with prices ranging from $35 to $50.
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May 19, 2021: Beloved beach brand Reef is joining forces with everyone’s favorite positive apparel line, Life is Good, for a bright summer collab. The collection celebrates freedom and the spirit of the beach just in time for warmer weather, made up of an assortment of classic flip-flops with a new-age twist. For every purchase of the new collection, Life is Good will continue to donate 10% of its annual net profits to the Life is Good Kids Foundation, working to improves the quality of life for at-risk youth. In honor of the new partnership, Reef also donated $5,000 to the Foundation.
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May 18, 2021: Stadium Goods has teamed up with Chaco for the first time to deliver two new iterations of the outdoor footwear company’s beloved Chillos Slide. The monochromatic looks are executed in “Blackout” and “Whiteout” colorways, and released in men’s and women’s sizing. What makes the Stadium Goods x Chaco Chillos Slide stand out are its tonal Stadium Goods-branded Z/Straps, which are positioned atop Chaco’s soft contoured Luvseat arch-support footbed and high-abrasion EVA outsoles.
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May 11, 2021: Baseball season is underway, and to celebrate America’s favorite pastime, the Wolverine brand has collaborated with glove-maker Rawlings on a limited-edition boot releasing just in time for Father’s Day. The Rawlings x 1000 Mile boot is crafted out of the same Horween leather used to make Rawlings’ premium Heart of the Hide glove. It also features an iconic Rawlings tag on the tongue, numbering on the collar to mirror the Heart of the Hide glove, plus a red contrast heel and two pairs of laces inspired by the lacing in gloves. The premium men’s boot officially goes on sale June 1, but is available now for pre-order at Wolverine.com, priced at $400.
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May 3, 2021: Teva and Polaroid have teamed up to deliver a special limited-edition collection that celebrates creative expression and honors both brands’ nostalgic heritage. Together the brands blended Polaroids signature rainbow colorway with Teva’s beloved silhouettes. The capsule includes the gray Teva x Polaroid Original Universal for $70, and the Midform Universal Polaroid sandal — which comes in a soothing red shoe — for $80. Also included in the collection is a custom Teva x Polaroid 600 camera, which comes with a $160 price tag. The line is available today at Teva.com.
May 3, 2021: Skechers has released a second collection with artist James Goldcrown. Available now at Skechers.com — and just in time for spring — the new drop features Goldcrown’s signature colorful graphic hearts spread across an array of Skechers products, including: Max Cushioning sneakers, ’90s retro Skechers Roadies sneakers for girls, Bobs from Skechers canvas slip-ons and other foam sandal and slide options. The collection retails for $110 and under.
April 28, 2021: Del Toro has joined forces with rising Los Angeles-based muralist Alli Conrad on a collaboration in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Conrad, a self-taught artist that draws inspiration from Tzfat, South Africa, Hong Kong and her own Chinese heritage, will reimagined the label’s White Leather Chukka with her signature Groovy Baby Navy Blue design, which features whimsical lines. Each shoe will be made-to-order and 25% of profits will go to Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The style will drop on May 1 and comes with a $595 price tag. The shoe will be limited as Del Toro and Conrad are only offering 25 pairs.
April 26, 2021: For its second capsule collection with Dr. Scholl’s Shoes, Kate Spade once again turned to the brand’s Original sandal. There may only be two color ways this time — a watermelon suede with matching sole and a black-and-white polka dot style in sleek leather — but both are quintessentially Kate Spade. Another reason for paring down? This time around, the two American brands were keeping sustainability top of mind. Using chrome-free suede and leather sourced through Leather Working Group approved factories, the two styles also include a soft fabric lining that is made from recycled plastic bottles. The sandal’s iconic wood platform also received an eco-treatment, sourced from natural beechwood that is certified by The Forest StewardshipCouncil (it comes with plant-based corn starch outsoles to boot). The styles, from $100, are available now.
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April 26, 2021: For its spring ’21 line, Dsquared2 has teamed up with Superga on a unisex capsule collection of sneakers and baseball caps for men, women and kids. The collection blends both brand’s logos (including Dsquared2’s Canadian maple leaf design and Superga’s recognizable “S” motif) in red, white and back colorways. Low-top sneakers found in the collection are also constructed from Superga’s signature rubberized and vulcanized sole. Styles start at $185 and are currently available to purchase on dsquared2.com, in stores and select retailers worldwide.
April 19, 2021: Reef and OPI have joined forces to create a vibrant sandal line inspired by popular nail lacquer shades. The classic colors “Gelato on My Mind” — a cool, pastel blue, “Do You Lilac It?” which is a light purple and “Tiramisu for Two,” a smooth coffee cream have been transformed into flip flops just in time for summer. The sandals come in Reef’s Seas silhouette, a style that is equipped with a trendy square toe, soft padded tube straps and a sponge outsole. The capsule is available at Reef.com with styles retailing from $35.
April 17, 2021: For the first time, Sebago has teamed up with Engineered Garments on a collaborative collection — and there’s plenty for people to choose from. The lineup features six Sebago styles for men, each coming in two different colors, which were given a new look by Daiki Suzuki, designer for Engineered Garments. According to Sebago, the collection is a representation of its “high artisanal value mixed with Suzuki’s Japanese aesthetics,” and is also inspired by “U.S. sportswear and outdoor clothing.” They are executed with full grain leather, suede and asymmetrically textured uppers, which sit atop industry-leading Vibram outsoles. The debut Sebago x Engineered Garments collection dropped April 17 via Nepenthes stores in London, New York, and Tokyo, as well as other select retailers.
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April 15, 2021: Veja and Shanghai-based brand Icicle have teamed up on two sustainable sneakers for spring ’21. The styles include Veja’s Campo, which feature chrome-free leather, and the Nova, seen in jute, recycled cotton and polyester for the upper. Both are detailed with Icicle’s signature off-white and beige color palette and include Veja’s “V” and the Icicle logo. To coincide with the collaboration, Icicle launched a companion capsule of eco-conscious clothes and accessories. The collection is available for pre-order online and in stores now.
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April 14, 2021: Keds and celeb-favorite maternity brand Hatch Collection have teamed up to give women a treat for Mother’s Day. The brands today released three collab sneakers co-designed to help moms balance their busy lives in comfort and style — and they also take in mind the changing needs (and feet) of women during pregnancy. The collection includes limited-edition versions of the Champion canvas laceup ($65), the Ace leather laceup ($85) and the Doubledecker Terry slip-on ($75), each outfitted with a cushiony Softerra footbed. This marks the first footwear collaboration for Hatch. Founder and CEO Ariane Goldman told FN she decided to work with Keds because “with all that women do, and with their strength and hardworking attitude, I wanted to give them something they could run and walk in, by a brand known for ease, community and comfort.” The shoes are available online at Keds.com and Hatchcollection.com.
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April 10, 2021: Superga has partnered with Japanese designer Teppei Sugaya on a line of unisex sneakers. Taking its name from the Italian equivalent, “Artefatto,” the Artifact by Superga collection includes four modern sneaker silhouettes designed to pay tribute to Superga’s 100 years of experience in shoemaking. Each pair features iconic Superga details repurposed, such as a classic textured bumper turned 45 degrees, waxed cotton laces and a heel patch logo designed to mirror the one found on a pair of Superga tennis shoes from the 50s. Styles in the collection range from $99 to $119 and are currently available to shop at Superga.com.
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April 6: Zappos and M.M.LaFleur have joined forces to launch an initiative that helps support women as they interview and return to work amid the coronavirus pandemic. Together, the brands have curated select M.M.LaFleur pieces and head-to-toe looks available at Zappos.com. Furthermore, Zappos has pledged to donate $25,000 to Dress for Success Worldwide to support programs that support women in underserved communities around the world.
April 1: Birkenstock and Toogood have teamed up to give the classic sandal a contemporary twist. Together, the brands re-sculpted the shoe with the help of canvas, felt and suede — ultimately creating sandals with new cuts and puffy forms. The collaborative collection includes three styles: the Forager, the Mudlark and the Beachcomber. Each shoe draws inspiration from the idea of “objets trouvés, fragments of the past unearthed for collection and display.” In addition to footwear, the collaboration includes apparel and a sculptural bed. The line is currently available at t-o-o-g-o-o-d.com.
Highlights From March 2021
March 30: Biion Footwear and DC Comics have joined forces to create a limited edition Batman and Superman collection. The line will feature performance and leisure shoes featuring the iconic emblems of Batman and Superman. The Batman footwear features black uppers with a golden bat symbol across the toebox while the Superman shoe is equipped with a steel blue body and a red toebox. The Superman shoe is finalized with the red and gold “S” emblem. Both the Batman and Superman shoe feature a rubber sole and are ideal for golfing, boating and everyday life. The shoes are available for adults and kids sizing. A pre-sale launch began on Biion.com on March 26.
March 30: Brazilian footwear brand Melissa has created a limited-edition collection with Parisian vegan shoe label Rombaut, whose celebrity fans include Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus and Charli XCX. The release consists of two styles: Melissa’s classic Possession sandal and a “melted” version of Rombaut’s signature Boccaccio sneaker. “With temperatures rising around the globe, I wanted to bring attention to this by having our signature sneaker style – the Boccaccio – literally melting,” said designer Mats Rombaut. Both shoes are made with Melissa’s proprietary plastic material, which for the first time consists of 50% recycled PVC from factory waste and 30% bio-based renewable carbon content. They also are recyclable through Melissa’s sustainability program. Retail prices for the line range from $98 for the sandals to $169 for the Melting Boccaccio sneakers. The looks will be available starting March 31 on Shopmelissa.com and Melissa flagship stores, as well as Rombaut.com, LN-CC, Ssense and other select stockists.
March 9, 2021: Wolverine has joined forces with fellow Michigan-based brand Dragon’s Milk on a new limited-edition boot that celebrates the New Holland Brewing Co.-owned stout label’s 20th anniversary. The Wolverine 1000 Mile x Dragon’s Milk style — inspired by the hand-brewed, bourbon barrel-aged stout’s dark colors and notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak — features suede tanned in a waxy mohawk that exposes its natural grain and texture. Each pair of shoes comes with bronze hardware detailing and a removable metal fob in the shape of a dragon. An embossed Dragon’s Milk logo can also be found on the tongue. “This is a fantastic partnership between two Michigan-based heritage brands highlighting our commitment to craftsmanship and the many skilled craftspeople it takes to create a unique, handcrafted product,” Wolverine global brand president Tom Kennedy said in a statement. The boot, priced at $400, is available for preorder ahead of its release date on April 6 on Wolverine.com/DragonsMilk. Wolverine will donate 10% of all sales from the collaboration to the USBG Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.
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