Highsnobiety and Mizuno are hosting a special event in Berlin for the launch of our new, collaborative Wave Rider Phoenix sneaker.
Join us on Thursday, April 26th as we celebrate Gallery Weekend Berlin and the Mizuno x Highsnobiety sneaker collaboration with a guestlist-only exhibition and drinks reception, soundtracked by Sarah Farina and Highsnobiety Soundsystem. If you’re in Berlin, make sure to RSVP via RSVP@highsnobiety.com, as space is limited.
The Mizuno x Highsnobiety Wave Rider Phoenix drops April 28 via the Highsnobietyonline store and in-store at mita sneakers and Beams, further drops will take place at select retailers from May 12.
The Shelf, 6PM-10PM
These are uncharted times for Louis Vuitton. Following last year’s tie-up with Supreme and the seismic announcement of Virgil Abloh as menswear artistic director, the venerable French house — once worn almost exclusively by the elite — has now been co-opted at street level. In another lifetime, seeing the LV monogram down the skate park might cause one to wonder if they were experiencing some kind of glitch in the matrix, but these days, high fashion and streetwear go together like milk and honey. I mean, check out this shoulder bag and try telling me it wouldn’t look great with a tracksuit.
When it comes to mixing the two spheres, anything goes. Throw away the rule book, stop giving a fuck what other people think and wear what you like.
A living embodiment of said approach is Berlin creative director and artist Mago Dovjenko. Mago started designing when he was 12 and has gone on to work for clients such as adidas, Nike, Budweiser, and even LMVH — the luxury goods conglomerate which was formed in 1987 under the merger of Moet Hennessy, and yep, Louis Vuitton.
“When I was a kid, my mom had a few of the monogram bags and I always loved the pattern,” says Mago of his early experiences with LV. “But back then it wasn’t possible to wear it as a boy and style it a cool way.”
“I started working with Louis Vuitton on an editorial level this year and these are my pieces [worn in the gallery above] from the latest collection of Kim Jones. I like wearing stuff that’s unusual or tricky to wear.”
Of course, not everybody can pull off such unapologetically loud garb, but for Mago, it all comes down to intuition — and accessories. “I usually do it all naturally. I don’t have any direction in mind, just let it flow until I feel it looks good. Jewelry is my key to balance it all out, always.”
— Mago wears Louis Vuitton, Afterlife, Vika, Weekday & Dr. Martens.
Kanye West has made a prolific return to Twitter this past week, offering an assortment of advice for young creatives, details of his upcoming projects, and miscellaneous Kanye-isms. However, one such musing from the artist is causing a spat of controversy. In a tweet from Saturday, West endorses far-right figure Candace Owens, citing he “love[s] the way [she] thinks.”
As reported in The Washington Post, Owens is an activist currently serving as the communications director for Turning Point USA, specializing in “urban engagement.” The organization is a nonprofit aimed at delivering far-right ideology on university campuses around the country – and one very-much aligned with the Trump administration.
Owens has drawn vocal criticism for her stance on the Black Lives Matter movement. In a tweet posted just last week, she described their activists as “a bunch of whiny toddlers, pretending to be oppressed for attention.” She has written frequently on the subject, publishing a piece in 2016 arguing that “Black men getting shot by police isn’t about racism” and defending these positions on conservative media outlets such as the program Infowars. Regarding her shout-out from Kanye West, Owens expressed her elation and the need for the pair to work together to “help wake up the black community.”
I’m freaking out. @kanyewest ….please take a meeting with me. I tell every single person that everything that I have been inspired to do, was written in your music. I am my own biggest fan, because you made it okay. I need you to help wake up the black community. https://t.co/Uz1nB9K0Oz
Echoing Kanye’s visit to Trump Tower shortly after the 2016 presidential election, his endorsement of Owens has elicited outrage from fans and pundits alike. Many have cited the extreme reversal in opinion from Kanye’s infamous takedown that President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people” in 2004 to now aligning himself with an activist openly condemning the Black Lives Matter movement. See a few fan reactions below.
I'm not surprised Kanye "loves the way Candace Owens thinks," especially after he ran to Trump Tower to genuflect before his king. pic.twitter.com/QESAif5RNX
You gotta understand that Kanye West choosing to empower Candace Owens instead of anybody else is problematic because Owens is just a black Ann Coulter trying to get paid to be a contrarian. She doesn’t deserve our attention.
Streetwear’s favorite YouTubers, Danny, Elias, Shaq and Dexter — aka PAQ — have teamed up with Highsnobiety to announce the inaugural Best Dressed YouTuber Awards. The BDY’s, as they’re called in short, are PAQ’s answer to the endless award shows on TV and will aim to bring attention to some of the steeziest content creators on the web.
To make sure everything is completely transparent, Highsnobiety and PAQ are letting the audience play a big part in choosing the winners. 15 nominees have been selected by PAQ and split into three categories (more on that below). The audience will then vote on which one YouTuber from each category advances to the final. Those three will be invited to “Judgement Day,” where they will present their best ’fits in front of a massive cast of judges, leaving one winner.
The 15 nominees are split into three groups of five, based on how many subscribers they have. The groups are called lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight. This was done to level the playing field so that the YouTuber with the most subscribers doesn’t automatically win.
Watch the PAQ x Highsnobiety episode above to get a more detailed look at how you can participate. Below are the nominees listed by category.
Sneakers are many things to many people—from professional athletes who need the latest tech to the sneakerhead who stacks boxes high just to have a few pairs on ice. But one defining aspect is that they represent comfort in a field full of uncomfortable footwear.
But finding a sneaker that stays secure without being overly tight, offers all-day support that won’t fade and doesn’t feel like a sweatbox is not an easy task. Not to mention, our feet contain about one quarter of all the bones in the human body, and arch height, foot width and pressure points vary wildly. Point being: not every sneaker will be comfortable for every person.
With that in mind however, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most comfortable sneakers on the market that you should consider picking up right now.
New Balance in general is at the crest of the dad sneaker trend, but its reputation for comfort is not a passing fad. The 990’s firm rubber midsole is supportive and props your heels up. A soft encapsulated EVA insert provides cushioning and the mesh panels on the upper keep things breathable. They might look like they were made for chubby white guys, but that’s worth the sacrifice.
The Nike Air Force 1’s comfort fresh out of the box is questionable, but after a couple of wears, it’s undeniable. The substantial sole doesn’t degrade and contains a hidden Air pocket for all-day comfort. While they’re a bit on the heavier side, they aren’t so clunky they become obstructive. For under $100, you can’t ask for much more.
Nike’s response — or reaction? — to the success of adidas’ Boost, the Epic React Flyknit comes from the brand’s extensive running legacy. The new React foam is firm, but responsive, and the Flyknit upper is sock-like without being too flimsy. The result is a pair that feels equally comfortable whether you’re setting records on the track or running errands on a weekend.
While Nike’s Vaporfly series was engineered to break the two-hour marathon mark, the Zoom Fly SP leans more toward lifestyle. It still has the signature pointed heel and built-in carbon fiber-nylon plate to spring you forward, but the crazy lightweight ripstop upper and hefty Lunarlon sole make for casual shoe that looks fast.
At this point, adidas’ enormously successful crossover hit is more known for its everyday comfort than the promise of better running when it debuted in 2013. The sneaker really speaks for itself: a full-length Boost midsole with durable rubber treads and a tight Primeknit upper that ensures a secure, but breathable ride, making the Ultra Boost a more than reliable choice.
For a less sporty, but still springy sneaker, look to the Pure Boost. The low-profile shape and knit upper has a double-folded tongue that doesn’t shift and the beefy Boost sole is as comfortable as advertised.
Slip-ons come equipped with 40 years of history behind them. The canvas construction is light, the lack of laces means no undue stress on your feet’s pressure points and the signature waffle soles can take a beating. But the most important element here is the Ultracush sockliner, which builds a strong case for wearing Slip-ons every single day when the weather is warm enough.
There’s a reason ASICS uses its signature GEL technology on so many of its sneakers. For the casual set, there are few better choices than the Gel Lyte V. The built-in neoprene sock liner, thoroughly cushioned soles and layers of material that don’t pinch any joints or nerves make these a go-to.
On the more technical side of the Gel universe, the Gel Quantum 360 brings crazy cushioning to every inch of the shoe, plus a SOLYTE midsole compound that is lighter than most other foams. With a stretchy mesh upper that comes in a variety of multi-colored looks, the Gel Quantum 360 is comfort personified, even if you aren’t running full-speed.
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Runners can be a hard crowd to satisfy. Small differences in gait, arch and foot width can quickly mean different experiences from the same shoe, but the Bondi 5 has met (most of) their rigorous demands. The huge EVA foam midsole and beveled heel helps with everyday activity for serious runners or anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet.
There’s a reason the One Stars have become so popular among skateboarders. The suede upper stands up to most wear and conforms to your feet, the hard rubber soles break in quickly and the Lunarlon liners are worth any extra price of admission, and (pro tip) can be swapped into pretty much any other pair you’d like.
Most sneaker brands have their own cushioning tech and for Saucony, it’s GRID (Ground Reaction Inertia Device), which acts like a hidden matrix of strings layered into the midsole. Think of it like more comfortable tennis racket wires. Paired with a built-in bootie (and an agreeable price point) the Grid 9000 is budget- and foot-friendly.
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While Brooks offers some lifestyle sneakers, a few of its running models can easily cross the aisle. The Launch 5 is a lightweight running shoe that doesn’t look the part of bulkier, technical runners thanks to its low-profile sole and airy upper. Its extra padded ankle collar ensures an additional layer of comfort, and the variety of colorways doesn’t hurt either.
The Trigenic Flex is one hybrid style shoe we can get behind. The upper doesn’t scream sneaker, but the paneled Vibram sole moves with the intricacies our feet demand. Like most Clarks models, they take a bit of break-in, but the second-skin nature of the upper and “barefoot” structure should keep your feet feeling good.
Reebok may be the brand of choice for avid Crossfit athletes, but the Classics are where to find comfort designed for everyday wear. The Workout Plus doesn’t boast any game-changing foam or cushioning technology, but the balance of padding around the interior and ankle collar along with a no-frills sole unit show that the ‘80s classic has 2018 comfort.
Despite not being signed on to play in the NFL in 2017, Colin Kaepernick was recently gifted Amnesty International’s highest honor.
The global human rights organization announced on Saturday that the former San Franciso 49er is the 2018 recipient of its distinguished Ambassador of Conscience Award. The title “celebrates individuals and groups who speak out for justice.”
Most notably in 2016, Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games. His silent protest aimed to draw attention to the ongoing problem of police violence against black U.S citizens. His actions sparked notable movements in schools and institutions worldwide.
“When high-profile people choose to take a stand for human rights, it emboldens others,” says Augusta Quiney, Amnesty International’s director of Art for Amnesty, a program that works with artists and entertainers on human rights activism. “For us, this is an opportunity to be on the right side of history.”
Past winners of the award include former South African president, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, the education activist from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, and rock group, U2.
We know – more Kanye West tweets – but these next two might pique the interests of those curious about the rapper’s recent music-related announcements.
In case you missed it, the G.O.O.D music head revealed that he and Kid Cudi would be releasing a joint album on June 8. According to these updates, it appears as if they’ve tapped artist Takashi Murakami for the album artwork.
Currently, the working title for the record is Kids See Ghosts and following suit, Murakami has drawn two anime-style portraits of the rappers in front what is presumably the “ghost” in question.
If you cast your mind back to August last year, the trio was spotted together at Murakami’s studio, which, given this new information, could suggest there is more to come.
Between working as artistic director of menswear for Louis Vuitton, and running his own label OFF-WHITE, Virgil Abloh has still found the time to get involved with Premier League football. As per his Instagram, the designer recently shared two pairs of custom gloves for Everton FC player, Jordan Pickford and West Ham’s Joe Hart.
The former were gifted two pairs of Nike gloves, with a small note confirming the name and hand size of the goalkeeper. As seen below, the white gloves with orange cuffs feature OFF-WHITE’s signature “LOGO” over the top of the hand, an X-covered palm, and stamp-text branding along the first finger.
The England player’s name, player number and year of make also appear written in black marker.
Similarly, Joe Hart’s gloves, who is currently on loan from Manchester City, follow very much the same suit as in the aforementioned description.
What do you think of the designs? Let us know in the comments below.
Key Features: The sneaker features a colorful suede upper, alongside sturdy adjustable straps and double nylon pull tabs. An EVA midsole and a Vibram tooling system help tie the silhouette together in perfect form.
Release Date: Available now
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Editor’s Notes: After previously collaborating with Japanese-owned brand Manastash, footwear label FRONTEER has returned with three new colorways of its recognizable Aqua Solo silhouette.
This shoe is all about comfort and support. On hand to help are adjustable strap closures, multiple double nylon pull tabs, and a Vibram tooling system. The silhouette is now available in red, green and blue, with contrasting accents visible on the straps and sole.
For those looking to cop, all colorways are now available at Slam Jam Socialism via the button below.
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With 4/20 officially behind us, and the world’s somewhat hazy-eyed population having officially pulled around from what would have been an indulgent Friday, it’s time for a look at this week’s most hilarious reader comments. From Kanye West making an unexpected return to Twitter, to Karl Lagerfeld letting the world know exactly what he thinks of Virgil Abloh, these comments prove there is no topic too obscure, or too far afield for our readership to mock in outstanding form.
Below you’ll find a roundup of our favorite comments, sourced from both Facebook and our very own website. Be sure to keep the funny, interesting, and bizarre comments coming, and in the meantime check out this week’s finest below.
Please keep in mind these comments are meant to be taken as jokes and are only highlighted for the comedic effect they offer.