Last Buy – Trickers Lollipop Red Cavalier Derby Brogues

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You may have noticed I have a thing for shoes. Whilst my collection of trainers, or sneakers depending on where you are in the world, which once ran to 100’s of pairs (and is still vast)  diminishes with every passing year (I’m getting old) my collection of formal shoes grows to fill the void. I thought an addiction to rare trainers was costly, ain’t nothing next to high end footwear.

My latest addition is a Tricker’s brogue with Toe Patch, made on the 4444 last in Lollipop Waxy Commander Calf with Brass eyelets and natural calf lining. Fitted with a Barbour Welt in Natural finish with Commando Sole.

Love the chunky commando sole and red welt stitching, along with the strap at the front modelled on the kick start from motor cycle boots apparently, which is a nice touch and adds something different to the classic brogue design.

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Last buy – Adidas Adizero Primeknit 2

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I’m a big fan of the original Adidas Primeknit and bought a pair of the Olympic Primeknits on release back in 2012 (and never got around to posting it at the time so I’ll add it to this post) so was eager to try out V2, the AdiZero Primeknit 2.0 Torsion. None of the colour ways released to date tickled my fancy until this subtle white/grey dropped, think it works well rather than the more garish colours released so far.

Like the original Primeknit, the upper is knitted, though it looks like a denser knit so it doesn’t have the same ‘knitted’ look to it as V1 or the Nike FlyKnit, which I think is a shame. The looser knit on Nike’s Flyknit Racer is what makes it great in my opinion, if you use knitted technology then it needs to look knitted no? They’re really comfortable, being constructed from a one-piece textile upper and featuring ADIPRENE in the forefoot that helps to propel you forward, ADIPRENE heel cushioning and Torsion System midfoot support.

If I had to choose I prefer the original primeknit, developed for Adidas athletes to wear at the London 2012 Olympics and released as a limited edition run of 2012 pairs in a corene/white colour way (mine are number 1929). I also have a soft spot for them as I was involved in the sourcing & design of the London 2012 Olympic ambassadors uniforms (but not the colours I hasten to add) so that connection makes them a bit special in my eyes.SONY DSC SONY DSC DSC09385 DSC09386 DSC09387 DSC09389 DSC09388 DSC09390 DSC09393 DSC09392

 

 

Last Buy – Nike Flyknit Racer Multi

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Not really a last buy as such, got these on release day back in August last year in fact. I haven’t fiended after a new release for years, but got up early to ensure I grabbed a pair online. Glad my days of collecting and reselling kicks are well behind me, forgotten how frustrating it is, especially when, as was the case here, the release was put back a few hours due to too much traffic. How I enjoyed sitting by my laptop hitting F5 every couple of seconds waiting for them to drop on Nike store…. Worth it though, beauties that’ll see lots of action this summer

Last Buy – New Balance 996 Spring Bright Pack

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I’ve been after a pair of purple NB 996’s since pics were first released back in late 2012, but struggled to find a pair in my size until finding a pair in Hong Kong. Paid a little more that I’d have liked, but that’s HK for you.

They’re part of the ‘Spring Bright’ pack of 996’s that released in spring ’13. The royal blue and bright green hung around at retail for awhile, but the purple’s were like rocking horse shit to find in the UK. NB’s are always easy to wear, can’t go wrong with Scotchlite reflective branding, and the ENCAP cushioning in the sole makes them really light and comfortable. Like the last pic of Cabourn  rocking a pair, his look like an earlier release though.

 

Nigel Cabourn Website

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Nigel Cabourn’s new web site is finally up and running, a big improvement on the original which never seemed to get much love or be updated, hoping the new site will get more regular content added.  The best addition has to be the webstore, which features products I haven’t seen at the usual suspects as well as Cabourn web store exclusives (I love the camo aircraft jacket and can see me picking this up at the right price)

I’m also loving the taped Aircraft jacket, I bought the SS12 version but have to say it was the worst jacket I’ve ever owned in terms of performance. The slightest bit of rain would penetrate the fabric, leaving it stuck to your skin like tissue paper. Yes, I get it’s not in a modern technical performance fabric and is based on traditional fabrics/production methods (oil cloth cotton) but I’d still expect it to keep me dry for 5 mins in mild rain. Anyhow, this must be a common complaint as they’ve added external taped seams and presumably seam sealed all joins internally to make the jacket waterproof.

My favourite piece, and one I’ll be picking up for sure, is the Army Buckle Pant. I saw these on Corniche’s site and thought they looked interesting, having gotten a better look at them here I’m sold. I prefer a looser aesthetic these days, I think these’ll be a perfect lightweight pair of summer pants. By Cabourn’s usual sky high pricing they’re pretty reasonable at £270 too (all the noise around pricing over the last few years seems to have sunk in, but £1,000 for a cameraman?)

Merz b. Schwanen

 

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I’ve always admired the dedication and workmanship that goes into Merz products, but have always been put off by the high price points for what are, essentially, basic undergarments (even if worn as outers).

I had the perfect opportunity recently (well, it was about 3 months ago but a busy schedule has kept me from posting anything for months) when the always exceptional LN-CC sent me a £100 voucher code. I left this siting in my inbox for weeks, thinking there must be a catch, but when I tried it, it was indeed £100 to spend on anything in store. To be fair, they’ve taken a fair amount of my cash over the years though…

On receipt I wasn’t disappointed, with the product in hand you can really see where the additional cost comes from, the 60% Merino wool, 40% cotton gives the fabric a really soft handle that feels great on.

The fact that they’re also made on original circular knitting machines is the kind of detail that I love, and shows in the fine knit of the product. You just don’t get that look and feel with modern machines.

Because I’m shameless, and no writer, I’ll just rip the following from the Merz website, check them out:

With the help of a traditional knitwear manufacturer based in the German Swabian Mountains, vintage fashion aficionado Peter Plotnicki revived the “old way of crafting clothes”.

Driven by his passion for traditional fabrication processes, he and the team created a collection of garments solely made by 1920s-1950s circular knitting machines. All tops are based on authentic working man’s apparel ranging from the first decades of the 20th century to army shirts of the sixties — some slightly modified, some copied from the original piece down to the last seam.

Peter Plotnicki sets great store by the label “Made in Germany”: the trimming’s cotton fabrics, buttons, labels, hangtags, and packaging are German-made.

High quality traditional products — manufactured in Germany — without compromises!

 

Nike V Adidas

A judge has ordered Adidas AG to temporarily stop producing and distributing its “Primeknit” footwear in Germany after Nike Inc filed a patent infringement claim.

Adidas, with its U.S. headquarters in Portland, unveiled the knitted footwear in July, hailing the product — which is stitched together without seams, making it lighter and less waste-producing — as “a first-of-its-kind running shoe.” James Carnes, Adidas’ head of sport performance design, said at the time that Primeknit had been three years in the making.

Nike filed a patent infringement claim in District Court in Nuremberg, Germany, seeking an interim injunction against Adidas, which is based in nearby Herzogenaurach. A judge granted the injunction Monday.

An Adidas spokeswoman on Monday said the company has only just received the court papers, thought it doesn’t typically comment on pending litigation.

Nike issued a statement saying it plans to push for a permanent injunction.

“Nike has a strong heritage of innovation and leadership in footwear design and development. Our patents are the foundation of that leadership and we protect them vigorously,” Nike said in a prepared statement. “In this case, the injunction helps protect the innovative Nike Flyknit footwear technology Nike introduced in February, 2012. We look forward to presenting our case for a permanent injunction to the court.”