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We have no idea why these just turned up when they've been drifting around for a minute and we have no idea where their Epirus partner has vanished to, but we mess with this ASICS Gel Lyte III heavily. The III is still an under appreciated creation for its pure approach to performance — it's easy to dwell on the slit tongue fit, but the other little things, like the caged 3M and triple-density sole are breakthrough additions and it's those details that helped make this one a favourite with folks who actually run, rather than wet wiping and stuffing a shoe after wandering to the shops to look at more shoes. The absolute progression of the design as nicely at odds with the Aztec patterning here, giving it an Apocalypto (though we know that film was about Mayans) makeover and a weird mix of olde world fabrics and 1989 tech running. It's as if somebody remade a Gel Lyte as a craft fair. If this one was a collaboration, it would have fanboys tripping, but it's not, so it'll probably lurk for a minute. A decent shoe.

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 17 April 2014

We're a little late to the party when it comes to this Team edition of the Nike LeBron 11, but we need to at least write a few paragraphs on the Elite version of this shoe. We can't help but think that the mission to upgrade this shoe was inhibited by how advanced it looked in the first place. How were you going to make a state-of-the-art looking design look more advanced? With previous instalments like the LeBron 9, we could see what might get switched up, but everything on the original 11 felt expensive. So whereas Elite KDs bless the entire outsole with visible Zoom Air or turn the Kobe into a Flyknit boxing boot from the future, Mr James shoe just gets a little tweak. Still (and shouts to Sneaker News for the heads up), the Lamborghini Egoista inspiration explains the concept car look of this shoe (as well as the wild pricetag) and the key difference is the metallic framework that's covered with 'Remove Before Flight' plastic film (and with the chaotic, angular look of the Egoista based on flight and this shoe made for airborne activity, there's extra parallels). The silhouette is largely the same, despite a lower dip at the ankle, there's a groove cut from the tongue and the toe down view has been tweaked. There's fancy visible elements in the mix too — Hyperposite peeks from the foot arch and there's two panels of visible Zoom Air. Why? Because it looks cool. Having worn them, they feel pretty much the same — snug but true to size, though with their emphasis on stability and protection over shedding grams they actually feel a gram or so heavier (but we haven't put them to the scales yet, so don't quote us). The use of the Heat colours in the Team palette are pretty tasteful, but that patterned outsole is gratuitous. This is a progressive piece of design, but it doesn't make a great shoe greater — instead, it feels like an alternate take from late in the design process and that's no bad thing. Still, we guarantee that there's...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 17 April 2014

Time to loosen the belt. We've seen a few gastronomic concept collaborations on the footwear front and there's more to come. Seeing as it's a blowout, we may as well get the drinks in too and perennial partners Saucony seem to be getting a little boozy when it comes to the east coast retailers — first it was tequila sunrises in New York's Upper Westside with West NYC and now it's a trip to Philly to get turned up on the Dirty Martinis. We've long gravitated towards the green/black/orange colourway for its trail-shoe looks and MA-1-style tried and tested blend, but Ubiq's olive-inspired take presents it a little differently, holding the polarising fruit of the olive tree up next to the Pantone book to get the colours on point. Based on a cocktail that evokes images of ad men getting loose during a weekday lunch back in the day and sexist secret agents, the Grid 9000 from 1994 is the drinking partner here and it works pretty well. A gum sole, good suedes and off-whites to complement the key colours all maintain focus and, in this collaboration drenched market, these still manage to maintain a class that'll make them shoot out the store on Saturday and cause a few lasting hangovers for anyone that oversleeps.

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 15 April 2014

Has it really been a decade since the Nike Free technology debuted? We remember this one dropping the first time around. There was even a feature with Tobie Hatfield on this site way back when. Now we're so used to natural motion grooves in our shoes that it's easy to forget that Free debuted with solemn booklets that warned that you need to transition into your shoes before going for a run, which had us treading nervously when we first wore a pair, just in case we suffered shooting pains from muscles that had been allowed to relax during our Air Max and Air Jordan clad wanders going into shock. That obviously...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 14 April 2014

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