The Gel Kayano from ASICS is known for it's loud, in-your-face colour-ways, but this time the brand has given this popular runner a monochrome makeover which gives the shoe an entirely fresh look and emphasises the large amount of detail contained within the silhouette. This 2-pack release gives you the Kayano is almost entirely pure no-colour editions with small contrasting accents on both. The uppers are made from mesh, suede and synthetics and the Gel technology in the midsole guarantee a bouncy, comfortable ride, which is combined with the sock-liner to give high performance. The ASICS Gel Kayano Black & White Pack is available now on our ASICS page.
Following the first two colourways from the Puma Cream Blaze Of Glory Primary OG pack that dropped earlier this year we have these two shining versions. Cream releases from Puma are top tier, limited releases that highlight the best aspects of the brand's archive. They are built to replicate the original release of this comfortable runner that has been constructed with fine mesh uppers with a combination of suede, reflective fabric, plastic and perforated leather. The deep midsole contains Puma Trinomic technology which combines with the padded one-piece sockliner to give a stable fit and comfortable ride. These two are available right now on our Puma page.
The Quiet Life is the latest brand to be added to the selection of streetwear on offer at 5 Pointz and has gone down a storm with our customer in the few weeks it has been available. Started by designers Andy Mueller and Jennifer Pitt in LA the brand is part of a larger creative product that involves a lot of emphasis on photograpghy, among other things. The clean, simple aesthetic of the brand's output reflects the relaxed, creative lifestyle that they promote, with a lot of hand rendered logos and simple typographical designs. The high quality of the garments is instantly apparent too, as with the Chainstitch pullover hoody with it's applique lettering The Hawaiian Canvas Jacket with it's custom build and floral lining is another stand out piece and sums up the understated aesthetic.
World changing innovations can appear to come out of thin air (so to speak), but nearly always they are the result of a combinations of good research, talent, innovation and touch of luck. The first member of the Air Max clan, the Air Max 1 is definitely a good example of this. Tinker Hatfield, Nike's golden egg laying head designer drew inspiration for the visible air unit from the Centre de Pompidou in Paris, that famously shows all of it’s inner working on the exterior. This combined with innovations in the build of the air bag by key developer David Forland, and a streamlined upper shape gave the world one of the most popular shoe silhouettes of all time.
The success of the AM1, helped partly by the endorsement of the 1987 Olympic team, meant that Nike was hooked on air supported cushioning and determined to push the idea further. The result was the iconic Air Max 90, with a shape that gives the impression of motion even when still. The air unit had grown in size and the heel of the midsole was made deeper to incorporate this. Like the red and grey combination on the OG colourway of the Air Max 1 the “Infrared” used to spruce up the 90’s plastic plates and air unit window played as big a part in the popularity of this second offering, as any technological advance.
The motive behind the design of the Air Max 180, which was tricky to make a reality according to Nike insiders was to push the air unit right through the outsole to give a 180 view of the air while providing yet more cushioning in the heel. The popularity of the 180 was helped along by a huge advertising campaign that utilised the best animation and directing skills that Hollywood had to offer.
A new level of bouncy comfort was reached when the Air Max 93 was released. The even larger air unit took out the back of the midsole to give the air bubble total dominance of the heel and made the air unit technology even more visible. The innovation used to produce this sturdy free standing bubble led to the realisation of air cushioned support right down the foot.
The Air Max 95 is and always has been a beast. In it’s design that is almost literal with it’s various features having been inspired by parts of the human body, making it the Frankenstein’s monster of the sneaker game. The midsole contains multiple air units made possible by advancements in the molding technique of the bubble, and is inspired by the human spine, while the lace eyelets and the corresponding indentations come from the rib cage and the layering of the uppers comes from the build of muscle tissue. The Air Max 95 holds no punches and has a hardwearing quality that is missing from it’s more fragile brethren.
The main goal of the Air Max project was finally realised in the Air Max 97, with it’s feature of a full length air unit that provides unparalleled cushioning from toe to heel. The futuristic, streamlined lines of the uppers compliment this technical advance and the “more is more” appeal of the shoe reflects the time in which it was conceived.
Nike describe their Air Max 2003 as “aggressive and premium” and that sums it up pretty well. The full length air platform of the AM97 has been reduced in depth which while retaining all the bounce adds flexibility and ease of motion. The uppers are constructed from a lightweight Teijin material, which adds to the futuristic appeal of this sleek silhouette.
The Nike Air max 2003 symbolised a dream realised for Nike’s design team as for the first time all traces of foam support was taken away from the midsole by incorporating a supportive cage into the wall of the full length air unit. The sleek patterning on the woven lightweight upper sports the OG colours that helped to make the AM1 an international hit.
The story is in no way finished as Nike continue to add new tweeks to the simple but ingenious premise of walking on air. A shining example of this is the brand new Air Max 2015, with its fine synthetic, one piece weave upper covered in Flywire overlays, sits on top of the most substantial air unit to date. The reversed Swoosh, made popular by the mighty Lebron series symbolise how Nike is always looking back over it’s heritage with push the boundaries of running technology even further.
As part of Nike's Air Max Day celebrations they have released these excellent illustrations to show how the infamous visible air unit has evolved over the history of the Air Max family. Alongside this they have picked the brain's of David Forland, who is Nike's Director of Cushioning Technology, and arguably "the world's foremost expert in visible air."
The first groundbreaking momnet was when David discovered that the air bags he was constructing as part of his research back in the mid '80's could have the seam on the top and bottom instead of around the edge. This air unit combined perfectly with Tinker Hatfield's innovative designs to give the world the now legendery Air Max 1.
The next step was to increase air and reduce the amount of the midsole that was still foam, to increase stable cushioning. As Forland say's: "Foam breaks down, air doesn't". Increasing the size of the bubble, increased the depth of the midsole and greatly increased the bounce in the wearer's step Before this point all Nike Air sole's were getting thinner to increase efficiency in production, but after the success of the Air Max 1 and the further improvements made with the Air Max 90, Nike mains focus was to increase the air at all costs.
The Air Max 93 took the next step by taking the entire back end of the midsole out and replacing it with an even larger air unit that had a curved edge to match the shape of the back of the shoe. This was another step forward, but Nike were still eager to maximise the amount of air you have between you and the surface of the planet.
So the idea was developed to have the airt unit reach down through the outsole so the visible unit makes up an entire section that cuts right through the midsole. Sound like a good plan eh? The realisation of this idea was tricky though, as the base of the air unit then had to togh enough to withstand the traction of running. The development of the Air Max 180 was in the word's of Forland: "the most difficult Air Max sneaker to create." They managed it though, and the result was once again a huge hit in the running shoe market. This was one step closer to Nike's aim of a completely cushioned running shoe, but they were held back by the way in which the air unit's were constructed.
This issue was solved by an innovation known as blow molding. As with the ancient skill of glass blowing, this meant that from now on air units could be crafted into any 3D shape before the pressurized air is injected. Nike used this technique to construct the seperate air units that cna be seen running down the midsole of the Air Max 95, which would have been impossible without blow molding
In 1997, the Nike Air boffins finally cracked the code to having full lenght cushioning, which helped them make a big leap forward toward optimum cushioning. The first step in this discovery was to figuring how to hold the molten film long enough to incase it in a 3-D mold. Many prototypes were created and the final result was the Air Max '97, which incorporated this full length air unit in a stramline design with lines on the uppers that incorporate this unbroken aesthetic.
Once the secret of the full length unit had been unlocked the Nike team was free to explore ways of getting the very best performance from this innovation. The result was tuned air, whch involve adding small structural alterations to the interior of the unit to give maximum support ot those areas of the foot that take the most strain. The first shoe to use this further development was the Nike Air Max Plus.
The next noticable step in the Air Max story comes in 2006, with the Air Max 360. This utilizes a strong but lightwieght cage around a full length air unit to take way the need for any foam support. Nike's ambotion of total air support had been realised, but Forland and his team are not done yet. The Nike Air Max 2015 has taken the premise of the cushioning platform to further heights, and I don't think they will stop until we are all floating two feet off the gound at all times. Personally I'm looking forward to that shoe, but in the meantime my feet are pretty comfortable already thanks to my Air Max collection.
The Nike Polka Dot Pack, consisting of a stiking re-working of the Air Max 1 and 90 using premium fabrics to produce a sturdy build and unique appeal with it's printed dot patterning. Nubuck is used as the overlay on both, with a matt finish that subdued the speckled grey and printing on the canvas uppers, with a taste of glowing red on the air unit interior and collar lining. Although this pack is not the result of a collaborative project, it has the experimental feel of a design that has been influenced by another, more risky brand.
This striking take on the most classic of silhouettes from the Air Max family, is definitely one if the highlights of the year so far. Both our our available from 5 Pointz; online here , and in our Bristol store.
We are expecting our first delivery of the year from the New York Streetwear beast 10 Deep in the week commencing 23/03/15. They can be relied upon to make sharp, well considered look books, that reflect the attention to detail that is applied to their clothing. As ever, we will not be recieving every piece shown in these imades, but it gives a good idea of the overall themes of this season, with strong typographical printing and applique on well constructed cut and sew pieces. We will let you know through our Social and mailing list as soon as it is avaialble.
The next three motnhs are looing good for the release of some dope Nike Air Jordan styles. It kicks off with the AJ5 Retro 'Metallic Grey" that has been causing rumblings on the blogs since the beginning of the year. The 2015 version of the Air Jordan 7 Retro "Hare" is also one ot keep your eye on, and the "Bred" Air Jordan 11 Low is bound to be in massive demand the Jordan-heads across the globe.
From the people that brought you the extremely effective Crep Protect Spray here we have a portable and disposable alternative in the Crep Protect Wipe. You 12 individually packaged wipes in each tin, which fit easily in your wallet or bag, for those occasions when you get get a scuff on your new pair of kicks and you want to sort it straight away. With different textures on either side of the wipe you cna quickly and neatly get rid of those unwanted marks. Check out the video below for quick preview of why you need Crep Protect Wipes in your life.
The Adidas Originals Tech Super 3.0 is available to buy here.
All six shoes from the Puma Cream Perforated Pack are avaialble from 5 Pointz on Friday 13th March 2015 at 00.01am.
The latest release from the top tier, limited edition Puma Cream range is this brilliant three colour Perforated pack; made up of three Puma States and three of the popular retro R698 runner. As the name implies the theme throughout this pack is the small circular perforations made in the premium leather uppers. The single tone throughout each of the three colourways give each shoe an irresistably simple appeal and the softness of the treated leather gives an extra level of comfort and a premium, luxurious look that clearly states that these shoes are a special release.
The Puma State is a traditional court shoe silhouette that, along with the suede, has played an important part in the evolution of street fashion, whilt the R698 is a younger design that hails from the golden age of running shoes, with it's deep midsole that contains the brands Trinomic technology that guarentees a soft, comfortable ride. Both silhouettes work perfectly with the simplicity of the colour selection of this pack and mean that sneakerheads of differing tastes can invest in this special release.
A highlight of every Brixton drop is the brilliant selection of snapback caps and beanies that they offer and the hats that have come with the Spring 15 collection do not disappoint. With seasoned designs that come back around every year, such as the circular Oath graphic and the vintage signage style Grade logo (both pictured above) they have built a strong reputation in the world of headwear, which allows them to introduce new designs in the same vein, that are always lapped up by followers of the brand.
The best example of this for this season is the Vincent Snapback, that is pictured below, featuring direct embroidery onto the cotton twill crown in the usual style of classic Americana that Brixton does better than the many impersonators. These hat and many more are available now from our Brixton page.
Both colourways from the Nike Polka Dot Pack will be with us by 12/03/15.
This lively pair of Nike Air Max Polka Dot's come just in time for Spring to start springing. These are a truly premium edition of the Air Max 1 and 90 with thick canvas uppers that are covered in a polka dot print, contrasting against the suede and nubuck overlays and glowing orange lining and air bubble. A unique take on these two classics. As with the Roundel edition of the AM90 Jacquard with it's London Tube seat fabric design, this pack shoes how these silhouettes are so sturdy that you can push the decoration to extremes and the result is still dope. These are coming in at the end of the week and numbers are limited.
Officially the colourway in this striking AJ4 with it's bright 90's style details, was inspired by "the nighttie lights of Barcelona", but for a lot of fans it reminds them, quite understandably of the Warner Bros' character Marvin The Martian. This in turn takes you back to MJ starring in the animated film Space Jam in '96 and a golden time for Jordan releases. Unfortunately this also brings back memories of R Kelly believing he can fly, but don't let that tarnish your opinion of this dope release.
This AJ7 is another 30th anniversary release and has been constructed from premium leather and nubuck to the highest standard. The 23 on the heel piece is for me the strongest detail, but as you can see from the bird eye view pic, the contrasting tongue is also a strong feature and the spike running down the air cushioned midsole are beautifully emphasized.
Here at 5 Pointz we are big fans of Benny Gold, both as a brand that can be relied upon for crisp designs and high quality construction and as a person, who is involved in every aspect of the running of his own independent label. Despite the amount he has achieved in the industry, plus the fact that nearly all the design work is done by himself, he always comes across as level-headed and humble. For those who dream of starting their own streetwear brand then Benny is a good person to learn from.
Breaks Magazine has just produced an extensive interview with the man himself, that gives some fascinating insights into his day to day life, his influences, and how he runs his business.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW @ BREAKSMAG.COM
After a long period of development to get it just right, our god friends over at The Sole Supplier have released an iOS app! Their website has already been a huge success and has given sneakers heads a vital tool in the hunt for the best kicks. You can now easily check all upcoming shoe releases, latest news and much more from your iPhone. The benefits include the ability to:
- Browse upcoming and new sneaker releases.
- Find direct links to stockists.
- Save your favourite shoes for later.
- Set up release reminders to ensure no more missed dates.
- Set up restock reminders for those popular pairs that have sold out.
As well as these more features will be continued to be added over the next few months and the Andriod version is following soon.
Click here to read more and download the FREE iOS app right now.
The Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro Teal / Black / White 705330-330 is released 14/03/15 at 08.00am online. One pair per customer.
Well looky what we have here! This remastered AJ4 Retro in a rich teal colourway will come as blessing for those of you who missed the "Tech Grey" last weekend. It has been constrcuted using new techniques and moulds with premium leather uppers, The lighter green tongue label and lace holders work in perfect contrast against the black and white highlights. This colourways emphasizes why the Air Jordan 4 is so popular and why it crosse the divde between OG Jordan heads, and those who care less about the history and just want a dope pair of J's.
Brixton is back with a big offering for Spring 2015, made up of the usual simple, vintage Americana influenced pieces. Every drop from this unique American brand goes down a storm at 5 Pointz. The tees, jackets and headwear from Brixton in particular have proved a particular favourites on the UK scene, with successful designs like the circular Oath graphic and others such as the Grade badge. All these designs are heavily influenced by vintage hand rendered signs, that have had a huge influence on American graphic design throughout this century.
This latest lookbook, as with most promo material from Brixton, reflects their laid back aesthetic, based on a subdued colour palette, and an even mix of vintage clothing and contemporary skating culture. We are recieving a good sized delivery of products from this collection at the beginning of March 2015.
A wide range of Brixton products are already avaialable here.
- March 2015
- ASICS Gel Kayano Black and White Pack
- Puma Cream Blaze Of Glory Primary OG Pack Part 2
- The Quiet Life: Spring 15 Look Book
- Nike Air Max Family Values
- Walking on Air with Nike - A History of the Visible Air Unit.
- Nike Air Max Polka Dot Pack - A Closer Look
- 10 Deep Spring 15 Drop 1 Look Book
- Crep Protect Wipes Now Available.
- Nike Air Jordan Release April - May - June 2015
- SNEAKERBOX3 Recap
- Adidas Originals Tech Super 3.0 Core Black
- Brixton Hat Focus SP15
- Puma Cream Perforated Pack - States and R698s - released 13th March 2015
- Nike Air Jordan Dub Zero 'Teal'
- Nike Air Max Polka Dot Pack - Air Max 1 and 90.
- Nike Air Jordan 7 Retro 30th "Marvin The Martian" drops Sat 7th March.
- February 2015
- Benny Gold Interview with Breaks Magazine.
- The Sole Supplier iOS app.
- Brixton Spring 15 Lookbook - latest collection coming soon.
- CLSC Lookbook SP15 - first drop of the year coming soon.
- Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro Teal releasing 14/03/15
- Reebok bring back the Instapump Fury OG Sport.
- Win the Stingray Nike Air Huarache and Air Max 90!
- Sneakerbox 3 is coming to the Big Chill Bristol on Sat 7th March
- Primitive Apparel SP15 Lookbook
- Nike Air Jordan Dub Zero Classic Charcoal - 21/02/15
- Nike Air Huarache Run PA Leather Black / Sea Glass drops 19/02/15
- Adidas Originals' Tubular 93 OG is remastered with Y-3 style
- Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro "Tech Grey" drops 21/02/15
- Adidas Originals take it back to the court with some retro silhouettes
- HUF SP15 Delivery 1 Lookbook
- PUMA x ALIFE Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook
- Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG 'Laser'
- Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Low OG
- Nike Huarache NM - two colourways of this new silhouette releasing 12/02/15
- Nike bring back the Air Stab in OG colours on 12/02/15
- ASICS Valentines Pack 2015
- Nike Air Jordan 10 Retro 30th 'Bulls Over Broadway' drops 14/02/15
- Puma Trinomic Blaze Of Glory 'Primary OG' Pack
- January 2015
- Stay Protected With Crep Protect
- Puma x Brooklyn We Go Hard Capsule dropping 31/01/15
- Nike Flyknit Roshe Run is on it's way in two colourways!
- Jason Markk Product Showcase; Now With Jason Markk Repel.
- Nike Air Jordan Dub Zero Wolf Grey drops 24/01/15
- Nike Air Huarache Light Jade Stone and Blue release 22/01/15
- Adidas Originals Superstar 80s Deluxe Pack
- Nike Air Jordan 7 Retro French Blue drops 24/01/15
- Nike Air Wildwood LE PRM QS Black - Coming Soon
- Puma Disc Crackle Pack dropping Jan 2015.
- Nike Air Jordan Upcoming Releases January - March 2015
- Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Moire Pack dropping 08/01/15.
- Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro Columbia coming early 2015