We would be remiss if we didn’t alert you to this excellent deal that our friends over at UrbanDaddy Perks are running with Cole Haan, which is basically a carte blanche 25% off anything in their webshop. It’s worth checking out, whether you’re in the market for some new dancing shoes for the holiday party onslaught, in need of a new briefcase or game for a little futuristic-heritage mashup like the LunarGrand Wingtips.
You never know when you’re going to need to head out of a boardroom meeting at full sprint.
Fall golf: the most underrated golf.
The air is crisp, the ground is firm, and the heavy stuff’s not coming down for quite a while (said the greenkeeper to the bishop).
Given what happened to the bishop, though, we decided to call upon teaching pro and 18-year PGA member Tom Gleeton, director of golf operations at the Country Club of Waterbury in central Connecticut, to get us up to speed on some fall golf essentials.
September is a big month in the print world of menswear. It sets the tone for the following season (and, effectively, the remainder of the year).
It also means the page counts are at their bulkiest—so many woolen things, so little time. And in our continued dedication to sussing it all out, we’ve thumbed through the 1,000-plus pages (we’ve thrown in the bonus round of Vanity Fair since they’ve weighed in on the year’s best-dressed men) just for you.
In a late-breaking addition to our Olympic gear roundup, we just stumbled upon this new pair of Nike Flyknits, made exclusively for the four nationless competitors known as the Independent Olympic Athletes, and we had to share.
They’re made with Nike’s latest “flyknit” technology that has captured the attention of both the running and #menswear worlds—for different, yet obvious, reasons—so you can imagine how nearly impossible it already is to get ahold of a pair. This edition will actually be impossible to get your hands on, since only four pairs have been made.
See the rest of the IOA “team” gear over at Four Pins.
We usually stay off the sneaker beat entirely, but that doesn’t mean we can’t admire from afar every so often. So when the official release photos for the Nike Air Yeezy II landed in our inbox moments ago, we felt compelled to share. It’s everything you’d expect from the flamboyant Mr. West: hieroglyphs, neon, “anaconda leather” and a reptilian-inspired heel. And somehow it all works together to look pretty darn cool (you a fool for this one, Kanye). To get your hands on a pair, you’ll probably have to camp in line on June 9, and we are not suggesting you do that at all. It’s just not every day that something as pedestrian as a pair of cross-trainers edges into the avant-garde.
We’re not much for sneakers, but we know a good piece of 70s style when we see it.
This shoe is the legendary Oregon Waffle, courtesy of Nike’s Vintage line. It’s an earnest attempt to recreate their first line of shoes circa 1977, complete with Carter-era nylon (In University of Oregon colors, naturally) and the original sole made on a waffle press. Just a reminder: once upon a time, they were the best kept secret in jogging.
The 70s were a good time for frames, so Nike’s offering up some new sunglasses in the Downey Jr./Killy style along with their first ophthalmic glasses based on the same frames. Think skiers and Formula One drivers. A good reason to get excited: they’re made by Marchon Eyewear, the artisan-behind-the-curtain for everyone from Fendi to Calvin Klein.
Tiger Woods is currently taking his first turn around Augusta after taking some time off to catch up with old friends. And honestly, we’re just excited to see him take a few swings again.
In honor of the occasion, we managed to snag a peek at his Nike wardrobe for the next few days and we must admit, it looks promising. A few quick notes:
1) The coral polo is going to come out when he needs to unleash the thunder.
2) Black slacks symbolize repentance.
3) Chicks dig lavender.
You might not know it from their ad budget, but Nike’s had brand problems for a while now. They make the right moves with the indie crowd, but they can still come off a little…evil. And their latest Chinese forays may not help. A rule of thumb: When you start calling for the heads of your critics, you may want to reconsider your PR strategy.
Gawker reports on a rumor that Nike had hurdler Liu Xiang fake an injury and drop out of the Olympic Games because of his poor chances. It’s not the most damaging rumor Nike’s faced—after all, the haters are always with us—but (as Gawker points out) they’ve come under fire for tampering before. And as bad as the scandal is, Nike’s response has been even worse. They reached out to their friends in the Chinese government to “investigate those that started the rumor,” meaning some poor blogger is about to get reeducated. A mess of back-pedaling followed, which ended up making everyone involved look worse.
With designers grasping for ideas and movie tie-ins multiplying at an alarming rate, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.
Still, we were hoping it would take longer.
After years of agitation from Neatorama, Nike is finally rolling out an “Air McFly” model of the kind predicted in Back to the Future Part II. To the cinematically uneducated, the sneaker looks like your usual 80s throwback—making it perfectly in tune with today’s style—but those in on the joke will recognize history in the making.
To play along, Nike has refrained from mentioning the shoe’s inspiration in any of the press materials. Perhaps they have a little shame left after all.
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