Kicks Flow: Blends & Vans Vault - Quilted Leather Runner

Blends is back with yet another release alongside Vans Vault, this time working on the Runner. You may remember Vans being a little more on the basic and budget side back in the day, but these are not the Vans of yesteryear, my friends.

The low-top model has been constructed from premium black leather, featuring a quilted effect throughout the upper. A white midsole plays contrast underneath, while tonal waxed laces accompany the pair, and the insoles in turn feature co-branding. These are pretty fresh, and a great addition to any collection. 

The Blends x Vans Vault Quilted Leather Runner is available for purchase now at Blends Costa Mesa and Blendsus.com.

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Tech & Toys: Devialet's Gold Phantom

Tech is such a huge part of our lives, and we’ve grown so dependent of having it run our daily moves. Some of it is essential, while the rest is clearly just for fun, even if we won’t admit to it. Today, we wanted to take a look at one of those pieces that we’d totally appreciate on a fun level. Because what’s life if we’re not able to splurge and have a little fun every now and then?

Devialet, a worldwide leader in high-end audio, has just announced the addition of a new device, the Gold Phantom. The Phantom is already marketed as the “best wireless speaker in the world,” as it has gotten ever more powerful thanks to this latest edition.

Gold Phantom acts as Devialet’s most extreme and precise audio product ever, with a maximum volume of 108db SPL – equivalent to a live rock concert – enabled by 4,500 watts of power. The speaker is then capable of projecting the deepest bass ever produced, in addition to showcasing the unmatched precision of a new titanium tweeter, up to 27kHz, both driven by a new core ADH (Analog Digital Hybrid amplification).

The exterior of the device in turn matches the top-notch specs, boasting a 22kt rose gold-finished casing. You can pre-order the Gold Phantom ($2,990 USD) today, as shipping begins next month. 



Kicks Flow: Nike & LeBron James - LeBron Soldier 10


Last weekend was an emotional and hype one, due to the NBA Finals, and Game 7. It’s no secret that I’m a die-hard Knicks fan, but I was rooting for Cleveland to take the chip this year. And this year’s Finals was easily the best I’ve seen in years. I couldn’t sit down that last game, and as a fan, those types of games are what you hope for in the postseason. So it was good to see King James finally bring a ring back to Cleveland. The crew here at AA is definitely happy for him, the Cavs and those loyal fans who’ve been patiently waiting for the title to come home.

So here we see the Swoosh taking inspiration from Bron’s “Strive For Greatness” slogan, as this particular pair of the LeBron Soldier 10 boasts a simple yet very clean black and gum colorway. Breathable mesh has been applied to the upper, while the trio of straps — featuring a herringbone pattern — provides ultimate lockdown while wearing. A gum outsole then plays complement underneath, as reflective 3M branding is also present, in addition to the inner lining noting “SLDR” tagging to represent the Soldier series. Lastly, James’ signature lion logo can be seen on the other footbed.

LeBron was seen rocking a number of Soldier 10s throughout the Finals this year, and you yourself can get like the reigning Finals MVP by picking up the LeBron Solider 10 “Strive For Greatness” at select Nike retailers worldwide.

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Kicks Flow: adidas Originals Rod Laver

You just can’t keep a classic shoe down. And adidas Originals has been resurrecting a variety of vintage classics from its extensive archive this summer. Now the brand has resurrected the iconic Rod Laver sneaker in the aptly named Rod Lavery Super Pack.

Created to honor the tennis superstar, the pack’s shoes are a near exact reproduction of the original. The chief difference in this iteration is a new supersoft PU outsole unit, one that arrives in two separate prints—a simple woven and a checkerboard. 

Both versions are offered in the OG white/navy colorway and feature the Rod Laver logo embossed on the heel tab. The adidas Originals Rod Laver Super Pack is available today on its online store.

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