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

 

 

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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.

 

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!

 

Cliche – Lucas Puig & Adidas

As with previous Adidas skateboarding models (think the Busenitz especially) taking design inspiration from the extensive Adidas back catalogue, the new Lucas Puig pro model looks to have drawn heavily from their 80’s tennis shoes, with a few skate friendly alterations.

For the most part, it’s a thin cupsole shoe that’s going to give you a vulcanized feel, with any unnecessary padding removed for more control and board feel. They feel really comfy and ready to skate straight out the box, probably due to the EVA (foam) midsole and sockline insole.

I haven’t had a chance to skate these yet due to the shitty monsoon weather lately, will post up more info once I do. Below colourways due to drop soon, the grey is a definite cop.

I also picked up the board (boards, couldn’t just take 1) released by Cliche to promote Lucas’s first pro shoe on Adidas. Black version I’ll set up, blue can reside on my wall for now.

Last Buy – Nike Flyknit Racers

With my summer holidays fast approaching, time to sort my holiday footwear out. My days of hanging on Crooked Tongues and fiending after every hype shoe are long behind me I’m glad to say, but when pics first surfaced of the HTM flyknits the old hype receptors started firing on all cylinders…

I’ve always been a sucker for innovation in sports footwear, be it torsion bars in Adidas, pump in Reebok or air bubbles in Max’s. When it’s combined with the sleek silhouette of a running shoe, it’s always gonna get a big thumbs up from me.

I can see Nike taking loads of cash off me in the coming months when they release some more muted colourways of the racer. These are a bit lairy for a man the wrong side of 30 to be wearing, but I had to try ’em out, what else can you do?

 

Last Buy – Nigel Cabourn Camo Tenzing

You can’t go wrong with a bit of camo, as it’s only gonna get bigger over the next few seasons this jacket should see plenty of action. From the Cabourn ss12 ‘Desert Rats’ collection (after the 7th armoured division) it’s made from a lightweight cotton drill camouflage cloth with notched lapel, horn buttons, single buttoned chest pocket and two large patch pockets. It’s been great to wear over the summer months, but will also be good for layering over winter with a thicker top coat.