Baseball season is coming to an end soon. And while football season is a few weeks in, and the regular basketball season fast approaches, we are definitely up to our ears in sports around this time of year. Streetwear, kicks, and jerseys are everywhere for us, but what about sporting goods? Not the kind you wear while playing, but the kind you collect and just keep on display. Today we thought we’d shed a little light on a new collaboration that caught our eye, that we find pretty damn cool.

Wilson Sporting Goods has joined forces with the renowned lifestyle brand MCM on a unique collaboration drawn from the gridiron and the hardwood. The two pieces take the form of a limited-edition football and basketball, each constructed from leather and featuring the classic Wilson logo and an all-over MCM monogram print. If you’re into collecting rare sporting goods, this might be the collection for you. Both are available now at special MCM pop-up shops at select Nordstrom locations.


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Sneakerheads certainly know that it’s all about collaborations and themed kicks, these days. One of the things we love about those concepts, is how they continuously refresh our favorite silhouettes, while keeping the same vintage feel to the shoes we’ve loved forever. It’s really become the best of both worlds, for those of us who are attached to classic kicks, but wouldn’t mind rocking them with a slightly new twist. 

The original design for the Air Max 1 way back, marked a new era for Nike, and it all started in Paris. The shoe’s visible Max Air cushioning unit was inspired by the “inside-out” structure of Paris’ Centre Pompidou. The new “By Day/By Night” pack honors legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield’s cutting-edge design and its inspiration with two new colorways.

The “By Day” version has a French tricolor flavor and looks to the striking piping of the Parisian landmark, draping the white upper in red and blue accents. The “By Night,” meanwhile, opts for a shimmering gray colorway with silver detailing. A clear outsole rounds off each shoe with a multi-colored tubing pattern underneath.

We haven’t heard much on the pricing yet, but expect the limited edition kicks to drop via Nike on September 20th. Definitely try to pick these up, if you can. 


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Some classics just never die, and when they resurface, we always show them the love they deserve. Vintage kicks have the kind of magic that we just can’t get enough of, and the Stan Smith from adidas is surely one of those. This is a shoe that looks fresh no matter what you wear with it. Basic, but still super stylish and fly at the same time. 

The iconic silhouette has received a premium update thanks to new luxe construction. Here, we see the Stan Smith Recon done up in the classic white and green colorway.

The low-tops boast an all-leather upper, then featuring a leather tongue and soft leather lining. Perforated Three Stripes branding is present alongside, while additional tagging takes over the tongue and the green heel tab. Lastly, tonal laces accompany to complete the revamped design.

These drop today, so make sure to pick up a pair of this classic. You’re sure to rock them for years to come. 


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One thing we’ve always done at AA, is make sure that we keep our running family in the loop when it comes to running kicks. With the weather being runner-friendly now, we all like to get out there with the best gear for our runs and we also like to make sure we’re comfortable for the entire haul. 

Nike is making some great moves with their running shoes, that we felt we had to highlight today. After upgrading its Zoom Fly line earlier in the year, they’ve now taken the Air Pegasus (originally released in 1983 as a versatile runner) to the next level. The result comes in the form of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo, which features the Swoosh’s highly responsive (and exclusive) ZoomX foam. The only two other silhouettes to utilize the ZoomX foam technology are the Zoom Vaporfly 4% and then Zoom Vaporfly Elite.

Unlike the aforementioned models, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo doesn’t include the carbon-fiber plate, due to feedback from runners that it provides too much propulsion for every day use. We’re not a fan of that either, so that was a good modification on their part. 

On the flip-side, to highlight just how fast this sneaker is, Nike designers put a thick racing stripe right down the middle of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo, giving off very obvious racing car vibes, which we think is pretty cool for aesthetic purposes. 

The shoe features a highly responsive ZoomX foam in the midsole, aerodynamically shaped heel, curved heel collar, translucent mesh upper with Flywire cable integration, thick racing stripe running down the center from the top of the tongue to below the forefoot, small waffle pistons in the rubber outsole to help absorb impact, and 10-mm offset and 12-mm forefoot stack height to help runners store more energy.

These drop on July 19th for NikePlus members in the U.S., China, Japan, Germany, U.K., and Brazil via the Nike and NRC apps. And globally on August 2nd. They’re retailing for around $180, and are seriously worth every penny. Give them a shot, if you can. 


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Our Architecture posts have always been one of the most popular on AA. So when we went on hiatus, we knew that we had to come back with some heat, once the blog was rolling again. We’ve had all kinds of properties on here, and we’ve tried to show some variety when we could. Today, we have something that’s actually on the market. And if you’ve got a cool $23M, it can be yours. 

Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his iconic Ennis House located in Southern California is on sale for $23 million after an extensive restoration, according to Fast Company.

Constructed in 1924, the residence is defined by its temple-like aesthetic, and sits on a 36,000-square-foot plot in Los Angeles’ serene Los Feliz district, which is filled with beautiful ravines, hills, and forests.

With the house measuring 5,500-square-feet, the residence utilizes Wright’s signature textile block design and incorporates 27,000 of these interlocking blocks, which were pre-cast in concrete using molds with Mayan-style reliefs. This distinctive style essentially reflects within the structure itself, as its overall volume is reminiscent of a Mayan temple.

The Ennis House is included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and it was prominently featured in classic films like Blade Runner, Black Rain and The Rocketeer.

If you’ve got the money to blow, head on over to the Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills for additional information.


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We see all kinds of new sneaker designs every week. Some of them stand out, and others stand out so much that they make you want to buy them immediately. It’s hard to stay away from buying kicks these days, especially with so many really awesome models coming out. We’re waiting patiently for one particular Nike collaboration to drop in a couple weeks, and we think it will be well worth the wait. 

Nike has confirmed its latest collaboration with Amsterdam-based artist Piet Parra, the creative mind behind some of the most iconic Air Max 1 designs during the silhouette’s heyday in the mid-to-late ’00s. Now, eight years after his last Nike collaboration, we’re finally getting a brand new Parra x Nike design.

The retail version of the kicks features a pattern-heavy leather and mesh upper and blue Swoosh branding on the sides, heel, and tongue. The friends-and-family Air Max 1 features Parra’s signature on the forefoot and a cloud pattern in place of the lateral Swoosh.

These are said to be dropping on July 21st, but the price has yet to be announced. We’re keeping a close eye on these, and you should, as well. They definitely won’t last long in stores. 


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Sometimes keeping it simple just isn’t the way to do things, with kicks. Every now and then, you need to liven up your footwear game with a little flare. And when Nike started bringing back the old silhouettes that did just that, we were definitely all-in. 

Nike has taken atmos’ iconic “Safari” print from the Air Max 1 and implemented it on the Air Safari SE. The retro-flavored sneaker, originally released back in 1987, welcomes notable perforations to enhance breathability, of course while being highlighted by the spotted animal print overlays. An encapsulated Nike Air unit then provides enhanced cushioning, while a rubber waffle outsole gives ample traction.

These are out now and run about $110, so pick up a quick pair, while you can. I don’t think these will sit in stores for long. 


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Sometimes keeping it simple just isn’t the way to do things, with kicks. Every now and then, you need to liven up your footw...