The Collabs: August 2019

Aug. 19, 2019: Luxury sneaker brand Ales Grey is entering the U.K. market, and to celebrate, it partnered with Swarovski on blinged-out sneakers that are on display now at a basketball-themed pop-up in the Selfridges 400 Oxford St. store. (Picture a sparkling basketball, net and back wall made with 1 million crystals.) Since launching Ales Grey in December, industry veteran “Sneaker” Steve Patiño has incorporated a Swarovski crystal-encrusted logo on his kicks, but for this special release, the companies crafted limited-edition versions of the Battalion Hi and Battalion Low styles. All the sneakers in the line are made in Europe with Italian leather and a Margom outsole. The shoes range from 460 pounds ($559) to 565 pounds ($686).

Ales Grey Swarovski Selfridges Popup Shop
The Ales Grey pop-up in Selfridges features 1 million Swarovski crystals.
CREDIT: Courtesy

Aug. 15, 2019: Converse and Japan-based streetwear label Neighborhood are set to release a capsule collection that will yield new takes on the Jack Purcell and Chuck 70 sneakers. The Jack Purcell features Japanese Kanji text on the heel that translates to “teiko” (which means “resistance”). The shoes are executed with premium suede on the upper and a rubber molded heel cap. The all-black Chuck 70 is made with leather and suede and features bold details such as the moto strap on the upper. Both looks have bold colors on the outsoles and dual branding on the heels and insoles. The collection ranges from $45 to $150 and arrives at several U.S.-based Nordstrom x Union pop-up shops on Aug. 17.

Converse x Neighborhood Chuck 70
Converse x Neighborhood Chuck 70
CREDIT: Converse

Aug. 15, 2019: Opening Ceremony and Skechers have come together for a collab that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the retro Energy silhouette, made popular upon arrival in 1999 thanks to pop star Britney Spears. The brand and retailer outfitted the shoe in black, brown and white monochromatic colorways. The sneaker features chunky soles and a semitransparent upper that shows off monochromatic branding. The sneakers retail for $95 and are available now exclusively at Opening Ceremony and via Openingceremony.com. To promote the shoes, Opening Ceremony recruited model Niko Riam for a campaign shot by photographer Boris Ovini.

Opening Ceremony x Skechers Energy
Opening Ceremony x Skechers Energy
CREDIT: Opening Ceremony

Aug. 14, 2019: Sneakersnstuff founders Erik Fagerlind and Peter Jansson opened their first store 20 years ago as sneaker-obsessed kids. However, the store’s upcoming collaboration is for adults. The “Grown Up” Sneakersnstuff x New Balance 577SKS arrives on Aug. 24. The more mature look is predominantly gold and tan with navy, pink and silver accents. It is executed with pigskin suede uppers, leather tongues and lightweight TPU heel stabilizers. The kicks will be available in men’s and women’s sizing at Sneakersnstuff stores and via Sneakersnstuff.com for $159.

“Grown Up” Sneakersnstuff x New Balance 577SKS
“Grown Up” Sneakersnstuff x New Balance 577SKS
CREDIT: Sneakersnstuff

Aug. 14, 2019: Reebok has teamed up with beloved London-based skate brand Palace for a three-shoe capsule, which hits stores Friday, Aug. 16. The lineup consists of red, black and white colorways of the Pro Workout Low. Highlights of the shoes include co-branded insoles, grippy rubber outsoles, mixed-leather uppers and protective overlays. “Reebok is special to skateboarders in the U.K.,” Palace founder Lev Tanju said in a statement. “They all grew up around it and wearing it, so this partnership makes a lot of sense.” The Reebok x Palace Pro Workout Low silhouettes will retail for $130 each. They will be available at Palace stores and via Palaceskateboards.com starting at 6 a.m. ET.

Reebok x Palace Pro Workout Low
Reebok x Palace Pro Workout Low in black.
CREDIT: Reebok

Aug. 13, 2019:  Anniversary celebrations are underway at Zappos. The e-tailer, which turned 20 this year, launched a series of anniversary collaborations last month with some of its top brand partners. The first releases were with Birkenstock and Asics, and it has now unveiled a new exclusive collab with Toms. The Zappos x Toms collection includes three versions of the brand’s classic slip-on style, offered in black with neon details that reference the fashion aesthetic of 1999, the year Zappos was launched. The shoes are on sale now on Zappos.com for $64.90 each and come in women’s sizes 5–12. Stayed tuned to the e-comm site in the coming months as it reveals more special drops with Sam Edelman, Ugg, New Balance and Brooks.

Aug. 13, 2019: Feel the love. Happy Socks has teamed up again with artist Curtis Kulig (known for his graphic “Love Me” campaign) on a new sock collaboration. The bright yellow gift box contains three sock styles that feature the legwear brand’s familiar BigDot pattern imprinted with Kulig’s mantra, done in primary color combos. Also included is a plush “Love Me” pillow to keep or share with that special someone. Of this latest collab, Kulig said in a statement, “It’s all-encompassing. That’s part of the inspiration for the creative direction — that it’s larger than life, that you can’t hide it.” The limited-edition boxes are available now for $75 in Happy Socks stores worldwide, on Happysocks.com and at selected retailers.

Happy Socks Curtis Kulig Collaboration
Happy Socks x Curtis Kulig “Love Me” sock collaboration.
CREDIT: Happy Socks

Aug. 9, 2019: Tabitha Simmons has joined forces with Coach for an accessories collection. The capsule includes the Coach x Tabitha Simmons Crossbody, a revamp of Coach’s 1973 Suspender Pouch, as well as six different shoe styles. The footwear silhouettes range from patterned Chelsea boots to kitten heels to lace-up sandals. “The contrast between the whimsical florals and a little bit of a punk and edginess offers something fun for every customer,” said Simmons, who was named FNAA Designer of the Year for 2018. She noted that the collaboration came about in a truly organic way: “A few years ago, I fell in love with a floral dress from [Stuart Vevers’] spring ’16 collection — his first to walk the runway for the Coach brand — and I called him up and said I had to have it. This dress was the natural starting point for our collaboration, and we actually reintroduced the original floral print in our shoes and handbags.” As for her favorite looks from the collection, Simmons cited the studded lace-up bootie and the glitter and snakeskin Mary Jane. “[The Mary Jane] is such a fun shoe to dress up or down.” The Coach x Tabitha Simmons line is available in Coach stores and at Coach.com. Shoes range from $150 to $295.

Coach Tabitha Simmons Collaboration
Coach x Tabitha Simmons Edith heel with glitter and snakeskin.
CREDIT: Courtesy

Aug. 6, 2019: A classic Timberland boot has been reimagined thanks to Opening Ceremony and Dickies. The Field Boot collaboration, which Opening Ceremony said was created with a “playful vision of traditional workwear,” was executed in three different colors — black, beige and pink. The standout feature of the looks is the Dickies print branding on the boot’s collar. The collaboration boot is available at Opening Ceremony stores and via Openingceremony.com. Retail prices are $180 and $140 for men’s and women’s sizing, respectively.

Opening Ceremony x Dickies x Timberland Field Boot black
The Opening Ceremony x Dickies x Timberland Field Boot collab in black.
CREDIT: Opening Ceremony

Aug. 6, 2019: Outdoor style is having a moment in streetwear and Reebok is making sure it’s in the conversation. The brand has teamed up with a pair of Japanese fashion standouts — renowned boutique Mita Sneakers and clothing label Bal — to reimagine its Aztrek sneaker. Reebok said the beloved ’90s look is inspired by the “colors, design and functionality of classic trail-running footwear.” The shoe comes in gray, tan and black, with bold blue and red hits on the upper, and features reflective design details, tubular laces, a grippy outsole ideal for rugged terrain, plus faux suede and textile overlays. The Reebok x Mita Sneakers x Bal Aztrek arrives at Reebok retailers Friday and will retail for $100.

Reebok x Mita Sneakers x Bal Aztrek
Reebok x Mita Sneakers x Bal Aztrek.
CREDIT: Reebok

Aug. 2, 2019: Rothy’s is getting into the collaboration game, starting with a special kids’ shoe collection designed by illustrator Pete Oswald. A father of three, Oswald outfitted the brand’s knit children’s sneaker with four adorable animal motifs: a cat, an orangutan, flamingos and elephants. The shoes are retailing on Rothys.com for $55 and come in kid sizes 10–4. This the first in a series of collaborative projects for the DTC label. The company says that down the line it also aims to work with a fashion designer, ballerina, chef and artist.

Rothy's Pete Oswald Kids Sneaker Collab
Rothy’s x Pete Oswald collab sneakers for kids.
CREDIT: Rothy's

Aug. 2, 2019: In an ode to 1980s house parties and underground techno, Brandblack and DJ 4THSEX today released the limited-edition A/4TH1, an all-black, mesh and leather, low-profile sneaker featuring purple bungee lacing, as well as Vibram’s new Litebase outsole that wraps up the sides and over the toe cap. The sneaker is being sold exclusively at the Departmento retail concept in Los Angeles and is priced at $266. The capsule collection also includes tracksuits, tees, hats and other co-branded products.

Brandblack 4THSEX Vibram Sneaker
4THSEX’s A/4TH1 Brandblack x Vibram sneaker.
CREDIT: Brandblack

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