adidas Spezial SS17 by Mat Buckets

New season adidas Originals Spezial always gathers a lot of attention. We thought we’d take to the streets of Manchester with fashion and lifestyle blogger Mat Buckets and photographer Jake Millers to give the latest SS17 gear a run out. The range consists of the military inspired Haslingden II Jacket, the full Forest Gate tracksuit and the Mallison trainer, amongst others. Have a look at the results below…       

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The Haslingden II Jacket – This men’s jacket is made in CORDURA®, a technical material often favoured for military gear because of its durability and weather resistance. Multiple cargo pockets give it a utility-inspired look.

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The Pleasington Rain Jacket is an update of one that debuted from the 70s, the material has water repellent finish and zip kangaroo pockets

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Inspired by a vintage football top from the French team FC Nantes, the Two Elevens Shirt delves into the brand’s rich history of sportswear.


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The Mallison SPZL features styling from the AS700 shoe, but has been updated with a new colourway for this season.

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The actual inspiration for this shoe isn’t fully known, it was an early prototype that was never fully made. The Wensley SPZL features nylon and suede overlays, with a gum sole.

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The original Jogger reborn based on the Hawaii tooling, with a short T-toe overlay and retro suede upper.

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Part of Drop 1, the Garwen SPZL has already proved to be popular – based around the Brisbane the brand have produced a low version of this boot with this great article.

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After releasing the New York for FW15, the range explored other city series running shoes with the Atlanta SPZL. Originally released in 1983, the shoe’s colour is inspired by the City’s sports teams.

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Thanks to Mat and Jake for their work around the range, look out for it dropping online 24/3/2017 00:01GMT and instore 9am.


Saucony Originals – Pumpkin Spice Grid SD

Saucony embrace Autumn with this Pumpkin Spice Grid SD. Taking its inspiration from straight from the Pumpkin Spiced Latte, yes you did read that right, this iteration of the Grid SD features a mix of premium burnt orange leather and suede on the upper with metallic orange accents giving a nod to the smoky & bold hues of Autumn.

As with all things Saucony produce, the construction is pretty special. The toe box is wrapped in perforated cream Wolverine silkee suede while the midsole features an orange rust, smoky brown and transitions into white with brown speckle towards the toe box. A pigskin sock liner ensures increased comfort with every wear and suede adorns the tongue with cinnamon accent rope laces.

This shoe will be available in limited numbers from The Hip Store on Friday 28th October


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Bodega x Saucony Elite Shadow 5000 ReIssue

Bodega x Saucony Elite Shadow 5000 ReIssue

In 2010, when the Saucony Elite concept was born, the idea was for these reinterpretations of classic silhouettes to be released exclusively through high-level Japanese retailers. Well, as you can imagine, people were not very happy about that and while Saucony Elite shoes, ultimately, did not end up exclusive to Japan, they still became pretty exclusive and highly revered.

Six years later, that the Bodega entry into the Saucony Elite series remains extremely sought after. As part of Bodega’s ongoing tenth anniversary celebrations, the Bodega archive has been rifled through and luckily for us this much desired shoe is back.

Launches – SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER



Introducing ETQ. Amsterdam

ETQ. Amsterdam

Founded in Amsterdam back in 2010 ETQ. have become true pioneers when it comes to premium footwear. They continue along their experimental path, pushing the boundaries each season to create truly innovative designs which are all handcrafted by footwear experts from their small factory in Portugal.

ETQ.  focus on iconic minimalism for the Autumn/Winter collection, using premium materials to create some really slick, tonal, textured designs.






Common Projects AW’16

The rise of the premium sneaker has been unparalleled in recent seasons and the desirability of Common Projects shows that.


Their AW’16 collection showcases the brands minimalist aesthetic at its finest using premium Italian leather in a showreel of new colours and updated styles.