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Aside from its updated name, the second iteration of the Nike Zoom Vaporfly features these technical upgrades, making the shoe Nike’s fastest shoe ever.

  • Vaporweave, a material construction debuting on the upper, is lighter than Nike Flyknit, breathable and — critically — absorbs far less water from sweat or rain, so it stays airy and dry over the course of a marathon.
  • The laces are slightly offset to alleviate pressure along the sensitive part of the foot. (It’s a look Mo Farah said he was very into).
  • A thin foam pod inside the heel keeps the Achilles happy as the miles add up.
  • There’s more Nike ZoomX foam in the midsole, which has been scientifically proven in Nike’s Sport Research Lab to further increase energy return.
  • That foam has been redistributed to decrease the offset from 11mm to 8mm to provide a more stable feeling and help maximize energy return at the critical toe-off.
  • Designers merged Kirui, Kipchoge and Farah’s custom traction patterns to improve the forefoot grip so the shoe handles better in wet weather.
  • Contoured treads with deep grooves on the outsole facilitate smoother movement during turns.

Vaporfly Next%: What’s returning

  • Still embedded within the foam is a full-length curved carbon fiber plate that increases stiffness to provide a sensation of propulsion.
  • The shoe’s weight stays the same — even with 15 percent more foam.

When will it be available:

The product will be available in Nike retail stores in Dubai starting from July 2019, retailing at Dh1,299.

You can sign up for notifications on the regional Nike website here.

We got that info for Kuwait, Saudi and Egypt too.

Earlier this week, Forward2Me released research based on Google search data in over 140 countries to reveal Every Country’s Most Wanted Sneaker in 2019.

After combing through the data and looking at the research/insights into the best selling and trending sneakers from world leading brands, they found the average monthly Google search volume for each.


The UAE’s most desired sneakers and the number of average monthly searches

Image via: footshop.eu
  1. Adidas Superstar – 2,200
  2. Adidas NMD – 1,400
  3. Air Jordan 11 – 1,400 

The research also revealed

  • Adidas Superstars are the most searched globally coming out top in 51 countries 
  • These are followed by the Adidas NMD that came top in 16 countries 
  • Vans Old Skool, Nike Huarache and Adidas Gazelles are also in the top 5 most searched 

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are in love with the Air Jordan 11. While Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain opt for the Adidas Superstar.

The Oddball: Breaking away from the Nikes and Adidas’ is South Korea, where the favourite sneaker there is the Balenciaga Triple S.


To download the entire list of the favourite sneakers across the world, click here.

adidas and Beyoncé have announced a multi-layered partnership that will include inspiring and empowering the next generation of creators, driving positive change in the world through sport , and identifying new business opportunities.

“This is the partnership of a lifetime for me. adidas  has had tremendous success in pushing creative boundaries. We share a philosophy that puts creativity, growth and social responsibility at the forefront of business. I look forward to re-launching and expanding Ivy Park on a truly global scale with a proven, dynamic leader.”

Beyoncé

Beyoncé  and adidas  are natural partners, both with a deep respect for and commitment to creativity, equity and creators. Neither ascribes to the typical stereotypes of athletes and what athleisure clothing and footwear should be, and instead, will bring to life a shared vision of inclusion that will forever alter the opportunities and landscape for all.

The partnership will result in the co-creation of exciting new products – from performance  to lifestyle – and a unique purpose-driven program focused on empowering and enabling the next generation of athletes, creators and leaders. Meaningful and rich storytelling will be the foundation for both Beyoncé’s collection with adidas  as well as the re-launch of her Ivy Park  brand. This partnership respects Beyoncé’s ownership of her company which continues her journey as one of the first black women to be the sole owner of an athleisure brand.

“As the creator sports brand, adidas  challenges the status quo and pushes the limits of creativity through its open source approach. Beyoncé is an iconic creator but also a proven business leader, and together, we have the ability to inspire change and empower the next generation of creators,”

Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member – Global Brands, adidas

Reebok, we have so many questions. Sure the beat is catchy and everyone would definitely watch it a few times – but… what and why?

Few of the many confused reactions include, “Had to see the full commercial to gain context on what exactly was going on. I still have no clue” and the simple, “What the hell.”

“The conventional needs a shock to the system. The same old, same old needs some shaking up. Be the thing that no one sees coming. Sport the Unexpected.”

Reebok’s comment

Yep the system has been shocked.

The creative agency Venables Bell & Partners are behind the Reebok X Grudge commercial, with Prettybird handling the Production. The advert was produced by Julie Sawyer and directed by Tom Noakes.

Here’s the video. Enjoy!


The backing track is a tribal anthem called Prayer Hands by A-Trak & YehMe2. Seems apt, as some would be praying for sleep tonight after watching that commercial. #YehMe2.


For more Reebok, here’s our in depth review of their 2019 flagship – the Reebok Sole Fury.

Nike Middle East launches the latest Air Max ‘Retro Future’ Pack in a local shoot featuring a mix of Dubai based creators.

The collective represents a new generation of creatives and athletes who are aiming to push boundaries across sport, fashion, art and music including Emirati creative and social influencer – Mthayel Al Ali, Nigerian born Artist – Santi, Visual director and videographer – AJ, eclectic fashion stylist – Aagham Kaur, budding streetwear blogger – Faith Semine and Football goalkeeper Jassem Koleilat.

The expressive Airmax models shine with iridescent colorways to amplify the Air units of the Retro Future pack, which includes the Nike Air Vapormax 2019, Nike Air Max 97 RF, Airmax 95 RF and more.

The collection is available today from AED 994 at select Nike stores and Nike.com.

To further the celebrations of the month of Air, Nike will be hosting a series of activities on March 26 including apparel customization workshops, a sneaker talk and a chance to go bigger at the Dubai Nike store in the Dubai mall, Fashion Avenue, the second level.

Reebok’s Aztrek Collection has been a quite a big hit so far, especially in the region. So Reebok MENA has decided to throw a party.

The brand launched the official ‘Reebok A93’ Truck at an official launch party in Molecule, d3, in Dubai.


The Reebok A93 truck will be travelling around Dubai over the next few days. It would pop up at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) on 22nd – 23rd March before travelling to La Mer on March 29th – 30th.

Anyone can head there and check out the latest 90’s inspired Reebok products including the Aztrek 93. Expect retro throwbacks and games. There will also be musicians, a Street Dance performance by Sharmila and talks, throwing it back to learn how the 90’s helped shape some of the region’s leading creators.

We’ve also been told that there might be… a Walkman!

For those who don’t know, or have never seen a Walkman. Get into your Ubers or Careems and get to d3, JBR or La Mer.


Details below:

D3, 21 March, 08:00-19:00

Live music performance from 5:30 pm by Shebani and DJ TJ.

La Mer, 22-23 March, 10:00-20:00

Gaming tournament, Sharmila street dance performance, live music performance by Freek and DJ Luitik, outdoor ‘90s movie screening (Friday only).

Jumeirah Beach Residence, 29-30 March, 10:00-20:00

Arcade-basketball competition, Sharmila street dance performance , 90’s inspired interactive session with regional and local music-industry expects (Friday only), live music performance by Zenden Lavon and DJ Sizer.

When you think of Umbro, you usually think of football. The brand’s known for its football kits, footwear, equipment and footballs as well. While Nike owned Umbro from 2007–2012, it now sites under the American brand management company Iconix Brand Group.

For the less-woke sneakerheads here, Umbro were also massively into sneaker manufacturing and now, the 95-year-old football brand, has turned back time and launched a collection of iconic footwear from the 90s.

Called the Archive Research Project (ARP), the collection features three iconic football training styles; NEPTUNE, RUN M and EXERT MAX referencing contemporary sneaker trends.


Umbro NEPTUNE

Umbro’s NEPTUNE stays closest to its original silhouette featuring a nostalgic speed lacing system and mesh panels.

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The sneaker’s colourways combine vermillion, blazing yellow, Ibiza blue and nimbus cloud.

A heavy logo presence includes an oversized black Umbro double diamond on the white outsole, brand logo across the side of the upper and an embroidered white logo on the tongue.

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Combining the aesthetic of the original sneaker with modern technology, NEPTUNE is updated with a thicker injected phylon sole unit creating a striking style.


Umbro RUN M

The RUN M features a jagged and chunky phylon sole unit and the design is a literal interpretation of the original RUNNER M, first introduced in 1997, and was designed specifically for footballers to wear whilst training.

umbro sneakers

The updated style features trend-inspired colourways including a tonal tan and clean all white, and two classic colourways of sporty Ibiza blue and blazing yellow.

umbro sneakers

All colourways include a performance mesh upper, oversized outsole and repeat branding across the sneaker. RUN M also features bold panelling details that wrap and support the midfoot and forefoot as well as creating an on-trend silhouette.


Umbro EXERT MAX

The EXERT MAX is the sneaker that’s aimed at the fashion-conscious. Once again, featuring a chunky, aggressively textured white sole with a soft contrasting upper, the distinctive outsole draws inspiration from an archive style originally developed as a training shoe for aerobic exercise.

umbro sneakers

The sneaker is constructed using a breathable performance mesh upper featuring a combination of zigzag leather and suede panels.

umbro sneakers

The EXERT MAX is available in white, grey, fair aqua or black colourways with matching monochromatic laces.


Speaking about the collection, Tom Fonti Grzelak, the Head of Umbro Middle East explained that heritage and revival is a big trend.

“Umbro is the most authentic football brand in the world and are covering the full spectrum of football related products. The ARP collection is a great example of how we engage with the football inspired lifestyle consumer in the Middle East.”

Tom Fonti Grzelak, the Head of Umbro Middle East

The range is priced between AED 325 and AED 350 and is available in the region through Level Shoes and Namshi.com

adidas Running announces the highly anticipated collaborative project with the  HBO TV show Game of Thrones.

Since it first hit screens in 2011, Game of Thrones has made waves across the entertainment landscape, transcending the world of Westeros to firmly anchor itself in modern pop culture.

Now, ahead of its eighth and final season, adidas has reimagined the iconic houses and characters of Westeros in sneaker form.

The collaboration features a collection of six limited-edition Ultraboost, each carefully designed to represent the characteristics, colors and details of the heroes and villains to which they refer.

adidas game of thrones
House Lannister

adidas game of thrones
The Night’s Watch

adidas game of thrones
House Stark

adidas game of thrones
House Targaryen (Red/Black)

The shoes feature subtle references to the different warring factions of Westeros. Details include their faction’s sigil on the tongue and motto on the heel tag.

adidas game of thrones
House Targaryen (White)

Each shoe in the collection features signature BOOST midsole technology, a Primeknit upper, and the iconic heel, as well as a variety of extravagant materials on the shoes.

adidas game of thrones
White Walker

The limited-edition adidas x Game of Thrones Ultraboost will be available exclusively at adidas.com, via the adidas app and at select retailers from March 22nd, 2019 for $180.

adidas Middle East have yet to confirm pricing and availibility in the region.


adidas Consortium brings together partners, retailers and collectives who exemplify a unique, fearless approach to collaboration. Each new partnership offers up a creative new take on the iconic styles.

While this latest release diverges from the usual adidas Consortium way of working, in that it was created in-house by adidas, the final outcome was only made possible – and elevated to such great heights – due to the input of former adidas Director of Footwear Creation, Jacques Chassaing.

Jacques was the designer responsible for one of the most iconic adidas lines of all time – the ZX running shoe series – which utilized an equally enduring technology also designed by Jacques, the adidas Torsion system.

adidas ZX 10000C

The sleek craftsmanship of the ZX range – which originally ran between 1984 and 1989 and was later in 1991 replaced by the equally as iconic Equipment range – ZX embodied adidas’ commitment to high-performance functionality, with the Torsion system playing a key role. By using a TPU arch to bridge the heel and forefoot it allows the front and rear of the foot to operate and adapt to surfaces independently, offering high degrees of support and stability.

adidas ZX 10000C

The ZX 10000C is the long awaited answer to many collectors question ‘what happened after ZX  9000?’

The ZX  10000 C retains the Torsion system that remains a proud part of adidas’ performance capabilities to this day, in a shoe that at first glance reads like a never before seen model from the original ZX archives that has only just been unearthed. Its aqua, orange and neutral coloring inspires nostalgia for a very specific era of performance footwear, utilized across a diverse blend of natural and technical fabrications that include mesh underlays, webbed Three Stripes, premium suede overlays and reinforced TPU on the ghilly and heel.

adidas Consortium ZX 10000C retails at $159.95

adidas ZX 10000C

  • – Mesh underlays
  • – Synthetic suede overlays
  • – Webbed 3 stripes
  • – TPU ghilly
  • – TPU heel counter
  • – PU midsole
  • – Rubber outsole

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ItIs happy times for sneaker heads in the region. Corresponding with the international release date of March 9, the Yeezy BOOST 700 Inertia releases this weekend.

The previous Yeezy Boost 700 Static was sold out almost immediately when it hit store shelves in Dubai. So don’t miss out on this, since those pesky re-sellers would Dubizzle the Yeezy’s after they are sold out for a ridiculous amount.

YEEZY INERTIA DUBAI

Keeping in line with the premium Yeezy products of late, the Yeezy Boost 700 Inertia features a leather upper mixed in with suede and mesh, and very noticeable coral accents on the heel. There are a few reflective sections on the heel but, obviously if you want reflective – go Static – that’s if you can find them.

The Yeezy Boost 700 Inertia is available at The Good Life Space on Saturday March 9th. It will be an in-store, first come, first served setup.

The sizes they have in stock are UK 4 to UK 12.5.

The Yeezy Boost 700 Inertia is priced at the usual Dh1,299.

YEEZY INERTIA DUBAI

If you are interested in these, don’t miss them, as re-sellers usually price them at approx. Dh2,900 when they sell out.

Images: @yeezymafia