We love us a bit of sneaker art, and LA-based illustrator Ryan Sands is the latest to attempt to capitalise on the huge crossover market of people who love sneaker culture and also love cartoons. He’s created ‘Beasts in Sneaks’, an apparel and print brand that depicts original characters that are clearly spawned from some famous Air Jordan colourways. Sands cleverly circumvents the copyright trap by forging an alternative monstrous Jumpman to sub in for the famed airborne MJ. These monsters are like what the Space Jam villains should have looked like; they’re a lot more menacing than the hopeless blobs that couldn’t take down Mike. Sands has also created a short animated film to provide the back-story on how these shoe-monsters came to be, and it involves radioactive shoes and worm holes and failed space programs – in short, it’s as silly and plausible as any justification of how a comic superhero got their powers. You can watch the clip below and head to the Beasts in Sneaks website to peruse the range if you’re digging the images.

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NEIGHBORHOOD and WTAPS Open Latest HOODS Store in Seoul

Flagship store HOODS from Japanese staples NEIGHBORHOOD and WTAPS has just extended its outreach to South Korea. The two brands have once again come together to launch another HOODS retail venture, this time in Seoul. Opening on September 18, the shopping destination will house a typical assortment of both WTAPS and NEIGHBORHOOD pieces, most of which will also be featured in the two previous HOODS locations, in Hong Kong and Beijing. Special items which have been created for the event include a NEIGHBORHOOD T-shirt and jacket both of which have been printed with a graphic that symbolizes the motorcycle culture which is integral to the brands heritage, while WTAPS has created a jungle shirt.

To preview some more of the items that will no doubt be on sale at HOODS Seoul, check out WTAPS’ Fall/Winter 2014 “Youthful Dayz” collection.

NEIGHBORHOOD and WTAPS Open Latest HOODS Store in Seoul is a post by Maude Churchill on Highsnobiety.




UPDATE: It has been eight long years since these last graced the shelves, but we managed to get our hands on a pair of these predators just before they resurface, and damn are these elegant. Come September 20, expect to find these hitting the hardwood once again at the regular spots including Foot Locker and commencing the drop date.


Gobsmacking Jordan model, the 14 gets laid out in a familiar colourway here. MJ only hit the hardcourt in a preview pair of the 14s in his final Finals appearance, he won his sixth championship in them, but they still hit stores the following season and these ‘Black Toes’ were the first release. White leather blankets the upper, blackness cuts down the middle and leads to the dastardly toebox, while little licks of red add some Chicago fiyahhh here and there. You can get ‘em from AJSole, before a wider release soon.

- Originally published September 1, 2014.

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Joyrich x Playboy Fall/Winter 2014 Capsule Collection

Brash West Coast streetwear label Joyrich continue their series of pop-culture collaborations (having previously teamed up with The Simpsons, Keith Haring and Mickey Mouse) by teaming up with gentleman’s “lifestyle” publication Playboy for a set of men’s and women’s apparel. A selection of tees, sweats, hats, shirts, scarves and dresses adorned with the label’s Rabbit Head icon are offered in a stark black and white palette, fittingly showcased with a troupe of scantily clad ladies. Head to Joyrich’s online store to get involved.

Joyrich x Playboy Fall/Winter 2014 Capsule Collection is a post by Alec Leach on Highsnobiety.



nike-lebron-12-official-unveil-graphics-4Basketball fans rejoice, a new age of technologically advanced footwear is upon us. We have patiently been waiting, sifting through webpage after webpage, forum after forum, nit picking through every leaked look and thousands of LeBron 12 rumours over recent months in anticipation of its arrival. Finally, it has arrived – the Nike LeBron 12, engineered for explosiveness.


First off, we see the replacement of Hyperfuse panelling for an all new Megafuse construction, boasting thinner layers than its predecessors and a higher level of lightweight, breathable support. Flywire rigging and Hyperposite-infused wings pair together to create the shield and armour for specific high-risk damage areas, all while providing ample amounts of lockdown support and adaptive fit. Heading downlow, the LBJ12 features a full-length Phylon midsole for the highest quality in cushioning and stability, but the real technological tale rest in the outsole itself. Unlike anything we have ever seen from Nike, the new Hexagonal Zoom Air design is a spectacle in its own right. Consisting of five visible hexagonal-shaped Zoom Air bags and infused with a Nike Zoom unit in the heel, the future-forward design offers multi-directional, maximum level of cushioning, flexibility, traction and accelerated explosiveness that Nike has to offer. The future is here, and it looks promising.


From Nike, Inc.

The initial seven LEBRON 12 colorways are inspired by James’s game, physical attributes and the analysis that went into the development of his latest signature shoe:

LEBRON 12 NSRL – James wasn’t made in a lab, but he is made better by Nike’s research, testing and analysis. The LEBRON 12 lead colorway reflects the process of turning data into design to create superior performance footwear. Launch: Oct. 1 in China; Oct. 11 globally.

LEBRON 12 Heart of a Lion – James has demonstrated the courageous heart of a lion while being tested both physically and mentally over his 11-year professional career. Launch: Oct. 30.

LEBRON 12 Dunk Force – Inspired by the power of James’s statement tomahawk dunk and equated to the speed and force of a helicopter rotor blade. Launch: Nov. 11.

LEBRON 12 Instinct – James’s keen 20/20 eyesight combined with his uncommon speed and agility translates to pinpoint, instinctual decisions, much like the way a hummingbird sees and navigates. Launch: Nov. 22.

LEBRON 12 Six Meridians – A key component of James’s training recovery and preparation is massage therapy. The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology releases energy to different points of the body, or meridians, when massaging pressure points in the feet and hands. Launch: Nov. 29.

LEBRON 12 Trillion Dollar Man – Are we looking at the athlete of the future today in LeBron James? Inspired by James’s legendary work ethic and physical gifts combined with Nike’s finest performance technology. Launch: Dec. 1.

Look for the first Nike LeBron 12 dropping October 1, first in China, then followed by a full-fledged global release commencing October 11. To read more about the official unveiling of the LBJ12 you can hit up right now for more details, and look for the LBJ12 hitting NIKEid very soon.


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Watch Jhené Aiko in “Behind The Seen” Documentary

Having just released her debut album, Souled Out, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko has decided to reveal the preparation and work that lead to the final record. Behind The Seen is a short documentary which gives an insight into Jhené Aiko’s life, and let’s her explain a little more about the inspirations behind her debut. Although she’s been picked up by the likes of Drake for cameo appearances on his tracks, Aiko has laid relatively low while working on the content for Souled Out. With her album only just out, it’s hard to say what’s in store for the musician but if this 15-minute short is anything to go by it would seem the rest of her music output is due to be as genuine and heartfelt as what she’s put out thus far.

Watch Jhené Aiko in “Behind The Seen” Documentary is a post by Maude Churchill on Highsnobiety.