The classic track by Jay-Z, “Streets is Talking”, always rings true when it comes to kicks. If you listen hard enough, you’ll always hear a rumor about an upcoming drop or some holy grail that’s secretly sitting in stock somewhere, just waiting for you to cop. We just caught wind of some new news about one of the most-coveted kicks from last year, so you know we had to come through with the details as they emerge. 

It has long been rumored that Jordan Brand would be releasing a third version of the Nike Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard.” Now, leaked product images seemingly confirm that. And we’re all for it. 

The sneaker will follow in the footsteps of the original release, which dropped in June 2015, as well as the second iteration, which was made available in October 2016. There was also a women’s-only, satin version, which dropped in last year.

This version of the “Shattered Backboard” Air Jordan 1 features a black leather base with orange leather detailing on the Swoosh, ankle, heel, and toe box. Nike Air branding is on the tongue tag, while the Jordan Wings logo is on the ankle. A white midsole and black outsole complete the look. They’re said to retail for about $160, on or around October 4th. Keep a look out for these. We think they’ll sell super quickly. 


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80’s babies rejoice! If you’re old enough to remember how awesome Saturday morning cartoons were, or the ones we rushed home after school to see, you remember how pivotal cartoons and comic-books were for us as kids. And you know, we’re all about themed-kicks on AA. So when a cool pair drops, we just have to shine a little light on them. Especially when they’re based on one of our favorites from back in the day, via one of our beloved sneaker brands. 

Foot Locker and Hasbro have teamed up for a limited-edition GEL-Lyte 3 collaboration that takes inspiration from the iconic G.I. Joe characters Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes. If you know anything about these two characters, you know they’re probably the most coveted out of all of the figures, if you ever collected the toys. The prices they go for on eBay now are certainly proof of that. 

In G.I. Joe, Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes are brothers in arms turned mortal enemies. Each character gets its own GEL-Lyte 3 sneaker, one predominantly black and the other predominantly white. Subtle detailing throughout hints to the characters’ personalities and the Storm Shadow vs Snake Eyes story arc.

The black Snake Eyes model features a leather upper with reflective detailing and a crystal rubber outsole. The white Storm Shadow version also features a crystal rubber outsole and a leather upper. On the bottom of both colorways is an iced outsole revealing Zartan, a character who plays a key part in the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow story.

Footlocker has stocked a nice amount of these online (exclusively), and they’re going for around $120. So don’t delay on picking up a pair soon.


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If you buy as many running shoes as we do, you know that certain pairs really stand out for you and remain close to your heart. Last year, after being unveiled for the London marathon in April, the Vaporfly became one of our favorites by a mile (no pun intended). The first time you step into them, is an experience all on its own. It’s like stepping on a foam mattress, but with a lot more support and stability. With so many choices for running shoes out there for us, you’d be hard-pressed to find a shoe as awesome as these. These are dubbed as the fastest 3D-printed sneaker ever, and have been developed in collaboration with the world renowned Kenyan marathoner, Eliud Kipchoge.

And with the 2019 Tokyo Marathon soon approaching, (March 3rd), Nike Harajuku has revealed details on the arrival of a new colorway, dominated by tones of purple and black. The silhouette is extremely limited and buyers will have a chance to but them, only if they have been selected via raffle. The key details, however, are that buyers must be able to prove that they are indeed marathon runners. So you’ll probably want to register for an actual race now!

According to Nike Japan’s website, the potential buyers who are chosen must be able to show proof that they have run a full marathon, which is about 26 miles, in three hours or less (no easy task), sometime after the conclusion of the Tokyo Marathon. Interestingly, Nike Japan did not reveal exactly how they will extract the information needed. However, once the requirements have been met, customers will be given a chance to purchase the sneakers.

If you’re lucky enough to snag a pair, you’ll notice that the shoes feature a newly innovated Flyprint performance-printed 3D upper that offers more breathability and also boasts almost zero water retention. The model is paired with a full-length carbon fiber plate, and a thick signature NikeZoomX midsole unit that offers superb support and comfort.

Word is, they’ll be dropping on March 4th in Japan, for what has been rumored at a whopping $600 or more, which is similar to what the 2018 London Marathon release went for. Either way, this is one pair of kicks that you definitely won’t see everywhere and one that we think you’d cherish and enjoy to the fullest. 


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Headphones are basically everything for most of us. We wear them all the time, all day long. And if you’re walking the busy streets of Los Angeles, Atlanta or New York, you’ll surely notice that most of us are wearing Apple’s AirPod’s. Light and super convenient, they’ve become a staple in our arsenal of smartphone accessories and something we never want to leave the house without. But there are always other options on the horizon for audiophiles and we thought we should shine some light on one that’s caught our attention of late. 

Bang & Olufsen has announced its first-ever truly wireless charging earphones, the Beoplay E8 2.0, offering unmatched sound, an aesthetically-pleasing design in exclusive materials, and intuitive touch control.

Thanks to the premium leather wireless charging case, Beoplay E8 2.0 are totally wireless, allowing you to charge the earphones by simply placing the case on a wireless charging pad. The wireless charging case holds three full charges, giving up to 16 hours of playing time. An LED light is featured on the the front of the case to signify the state of charging, while three LED lights on the back detail the number of full charges remaining.

When placed inside the charging case, the earphones are surrounded by an inlay of brushed single or double anodized aluminum, depending on the color. Lastly, the case also comes with USB-C allowing you to charge Beoplay E8 2.0 with a cable.

Subsequently, Bang & Olufsen’s original Beoplay E8 earphones are also compatible with the new wireless charing case, so existing owners can enjoy the benefits of wireless charing. This in turn means that the case will be sold separately as well.

Each earpiece of Beoplay E8 2.0 has a 5.7mm dynamic speaker, a small electromagnetic transducer, NFMI technology and a Bluetooth 4.2 chip with Digital Sound Processing. You can also tune the sound manually with the Bang & Olufsen app for Android and iPhone.

Beoplay E8 2.0 with a premium leather wireless charging case, five ear tips and UBS-C charging cable will retail for $350, launching February 14 at Bang & Olufsen, select retailers and online. The earphones come in Black, Indigo Blue, Natural and Limestone. The Wireless Charging Pad will be available in matching colors from April 2019. The retail price for the pad has yet to be revealed. The wireless charging case will be priced at $200, also available from April. If you’re looking to diversify, we think you should check these out when they release. 

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Design pretty much runs our lives and keeps us inspired way more than we’d care to admit. And with there being so many creative artists out there bringing their creations to life for all of us to enjoy, we feel it’s our duty to spread appreciation for not only the work, but also the effort that’s gone into it. 

New York-based artist Josh Sperling has opened a new solo exhibition at Perrotin in Seoul, South Korea. Titled “Two Purple Tigers,” the exhibit displays a number of Sperling’s signature canvases, stretched into complex forms that play with dimension, color, and configuration.

In the pics above, you can catch a glimpse of some of the major works on display. Each shaped canvas is crafted with layer upon layer of plywood, which the canvas is then stretched over before it’s painted. Ridges are left visible, lending texture and dimension to each piece.

Sperling’s geometric forms will be on display at Seoul’s Perrotin gallery from November 22nd until December 30th. We’re intrigued. 


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It's no secret that we’re crazy about BMW. And one of the things that we love about innovation, is being able to highlight all of it on AA. It's no secret that all vehicles are not created equally, and BMW certainly takes no prisoners when it comes to going up against its competitors. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, BMW caused a stir in the car world when it unveiled its new concept car, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé. As you would expect from the automobile giants, the state-of-the-art sports car, which is the latest addition to the brand’s motorsport-inspired “M” sub-brand, had heads turning with its muscular form and exquisite aesthetic. But, according to BMW, its purpose is greater than that.

Recognizing that the state of luxury is changing, BMW has established a new arm, known as Bayerische Motoren Werke, dedicated to redefining the meaning of luxury, and the M8 sits at its pinnacle. As one of the masters of the luxury car market, this statement isn’t to be taken lightly.

BMW M’s Head of Design, Marcus Syring was interviewed by Lucy Thorpe recently, and shared some pretty cool insights, that we found interesting.

“Describing luxury is a challenge because it is actually about having more than we rationally need,” explains Syring. “That is why the need for luxury is always great—it makes it possible to break out of rational thinking.”

“ There is no universal definition of luxury, but there’s one thing I’m sure of: luxury is and remains highly emotional.”

Marcus Syring, Head of Design BMW M

However, what Syring is sure about is that the way we deal with luxury has changed.

“A progressive kind of luxury is developing that goes beyond the classical understanding,” he explains. According to Syring, luxury is more a question of attitude rather than demographic data. It is no longer about owning certain products from brands founded on tradition, craftsmanship, and a heritage in luxury. Today, factors such as personal gain and the emotional journey are more important. A person who seeks out a luxury product understands who they are and they equate luxury with personalization.

Obviously with physical products — whether cars or watches — design and technology play an important role.
“There are attributes with which we can make luxury tangible, including established values such as exclusivity and performance,” adds Syring. “When we speak of progressive luxury, further facets such as duality and progress are added.”
When it comes to the car itself, Syring explains that there are three main factors he considers. First up is the physical function of the car—how it works, drives, and feels. Then there’s symbolic function, which relates to iconic design features that create an affiliation with the vehicle. Finally, there’s the aesthetic function.

“We believe luxury is an intuitive and emotional experience, it should be experienced with all the senses.”

Marcus Syring, Head of Design BMW M

The M8 ticks all these boxes. Aesthetically, the vehicle is a beast. Its sculpted exterior boasts a long bonnet, sweeping roof, flared wheel arches, and a short tail that harks back to the automaker’s sporting heritage. Recalling track racers, the car sits low to the ground and features the M range’s iconic radiator grille kidneys, sculpted lights, and dual twin exhaust tailpipes.

Form aside, one of the most visually striking and symbolic characteristics of the premium whip is its Salève Vert painted exterior. Inspired by the Northern Lights, the paint has an iridescent effect and shifts from shades of electric green to blue depending on the light. While it may not be the most common choice for a luxurious ride, it is definitely distinguishing and will no doubt polarize car fans. Hits of matte gold on the car’s kidney grill, brakes, wheel rims, and double twin exhaust tailpipes, however, nod to more conventional ideas of luxury.

There hasn’t been any information revealed yet on either the car’s engineering specs nor its interior, but Syring shares, “It’s definitely more than enough.“ Plus, if the exterior is anything to go by, it will undoubtedly have all car fanatics drooling.

Stay tuned for more news on this beauty, or visit BMW’s Instagram for updates. We’re definitely keeping an eye out for this one. 


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We really love themed-kicks around here, and with the seasons changing so quickly, we think kicks with a little more flavor might be pretty dope to rock during the colder months, if you live on the East Coast or in the Midwest. ASICS has always been a brand that people slept on heavily. 

They got a lot of love during the late 80’s and early 90’s, but seemed to fall off with sneaker heads after that. Runners still love the brand, but the casual line hasn’t shined, in our opinion, in quite awhile. So we were hyped to see this new collabo, and thought we should highlight this new pair. 

Afew and BEAMS are throwing it back to the early-to-mid ’10s with this latest release, which is essentially a remastered, recolored version of Afew’s “Koi” ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 from 2012.

The sneaker’s upper features a primarily suede construction and orange color-blocking on the toe, heel, and sock liner. Gray paneling can be found on the sides, while the ASICS side stripes are done up in a rich navy blue. The sides of the heels feature BEAMS and Afew branding, and the backs of the heels feature a world map and the Japanese word for friendship. Two special insoles and a multi-colored outsole complete the look.

These are schedule to drop on 11/10, for about $210. We think they’re worth the price, and definitely a pair that you won’t see everyone else wearing out there. 


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