Yeezy Season 4 Calabasas Boxy Crewneck

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Despite its debut last September, the Yeezy Season 4 apparel and footwear collection  has finally started to roll out over the past couple of weeks. Featuring the usual range of premium crewnecks, trackpants, and outerwear, the latest offerings from the Kanye West and adidas collaboration also feature a new white/cream version of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2.

Along with the Boost 350 V2, the only other piece in the collection which caught my eye was the Boxy ‘Calabasas’ Crewneck – a nod to the singer and designers L.A residence.  The crewneck also ties nicely in to the recent Calabasas collection which dropped earlier this year and comprised of throwback sweaters, sweatpants and an all-new 80’s inspired Powerphase Adidas sneaker.

For me, the Boost 350 and Calabasas Crewneck were the two standout pieces from the collection, which I hoped to add to my wardrobe.

As with all the previous releases I had signed up to various raffles and had tried to bag my pair of the Boost 350 V2 on the official adidas website on the day but had no luck! I had almost given up on getting them when I received a notification that both the Yeezy Boost 350 and Yeezy Season 4 apparel had just dropped on Selfridges. Annoyingly the Boost’s sold out during the checkout process but I ended up getting the Calabasas Crewneck I wanted so it wasn’t a complete failure.

When it arrived, the first thing I noticed was how heavy it was. Made from French terry, the crewneck feels premium yet hard wearing. In terms of fit, for me it fits true to size despite it’s oversized fit. I’m a medium and I ordered a medium. Featuring drop shoulders and rib knit crewneck collar, cuffs, and hem, the crewneck sits well and looks great paired with a pair of blue ripped jeans.

What do you think of my latest pick up? Did you manage to get the Yeezy 350 Boosts? Any tips?

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SS17 Inspiration

It’s been forever since I’ve done one of these type of posts! I don’t really know why I haven’t as I spend hours online and scrolling through instagram! Anyway, this is what has caught my eye lately. As you can probably tell I’m dreaming about warmer days and can’t wait for some REAL sun. After the last couple of months, I really feel like I need a week by a pool somewhere to just relax with a mojito in hand. As always, comfort is key for me –  I like to keep it casual. You will most likely find me wearing a mixture of classic sports and streetwear brands or a pair of ripped blue jeans with a classic white t-shirt.

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LPU | Nike Mayfly Woven, YMC, Topman & More!

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With just three weeks until my Thailand travels, shopping mode is in full swing. I literally can’t stop. Whilst I don’t want to overpack, it’s still nice to take a few new pieces with you form those days when vest and shorts just don’t cut it.

I went into Topman recently with the premise of buying a couple of throwaway white tees to take with me. I find as I get older, I tend to sway towards a more refined style, swapping colourful printed tees to simple basics. You’ll often find me in a classic plain white t-shirt over anything else. You might think a white t-shirt might be boring, but basics don’t have to be with new cuts and premium materials. Anyway, along with a couple of white tees (and a pink one), I picked up this orange oversized t-shirt. Similar in style to a shirt Bieber was photographed wearing, this tee may be one of my favourite things I have picked up this year. And I don’t like colour.

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The shirt itself is from the Topman LTD range, a more exclusive branch of the Topman line. It has a box-like fit to it, with dropped shoulders, an oversized feel and thankfully regular length rather than long line. One trend I haven’t really been able to get into. Whilst I would usually wear a medium, I chose this in a small due to the fit and it fits great.

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The next item I picked up was the Washed Black Echo Park long sleeve tee. It’s also described as ‘long line’ but I don’t really know why it’s no longer than an ordinary shirt. The front features a white text print to the right hand ‘pocket’ area, with identical design printed on the reverse. I thought this would serve me well in the evening when all the  bugs come out, or if the temperature happens to drop.

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For shorts, I picked up these YMC Drawstring Sweat Shorts in the sale on ASOS for £42. Originally the waist cord was luminous green but I switched this out to a grey tie cord, which I think looks better. The material is sweatshirt material which means they are really comfortable, just what you need for when you are travelling around.

On to footwear, my Latest Pick Up comes from Nike. I actually bought these in black and grey the day they were rereleased, but couldn’t decide on them and regrettably ended up selling them over on depop. A month or two later I wished I had kept them for my trip. After trying a couple of sites for the black pair in my size, I finally found them at Hanon. What’s even better is that they are currently reduced by 30% in the sale to just over £60. Bargain. And that was that.

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I love how these are different to everything I currently own. They’re almost part sandal and part shoe and will be ideal to take away with me to keep me cool. Away from my trip, these will look just as good worn with a pair of black ripped jeans pin rolled at the ankles.

What do you think of my LPU’s? 

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Adidas Ultra Boost 2.0 vs Ultra Boost OG Review.

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Adidas recently released it’s latest drop of the Ultra Boost. Available in four different tonal colours – black, white, red and blue, like previous releases all eyes were on the ‘Core black’ and ‘Triple White’ colour ways. (I might have bought the black, white and blue pairs).

Last year I purchase the original ‘Core Black’ Ultra Boosts from Size?. The next thing you know Kanye West is spotted wearing an all white version and the Ultra Boost becomes sold out world wide. Since first purchasing, the Ultra Boost has become one of my favourite pairs and having had moderate wear  over the past year I decided to get another pair for when they finally bite the dust.

With both the original and the so called 2.0’s pairs of the ‘Core Black’ Ultra Boost,  I thought it would be useful to compare what the real differences are between the two. So here it goes…

Firstly, both shoes come in the infamous yellow and purple boost box, the new model replacing the black branded tissue paper with standard white paper instead.

With the shoe itself, the silhouette and fit is exactly the same. Some times with an updated model the shape can slightly become distorted but these are identical, something which I am really thankful for. The only change  I can see/feel would be to the insole, which I believe is slightly more cushioned now and it can also now be removed, but I actually quite like this.

The look of the shoe is overall very similar featuring a black upper on a white boost midsole. It’s only when you start to look in more detail you start to notice the differences.

The first thing I noticed was the slight blue tint on the toe box design, which separates the black and grey. The toe box design now features an all over knit design, where as the original Ultra Boost is more segmented and features a black toe guard. The material to the ankle area is also completely knitted now too instead of the smooth synthetic material which makes me wonder how quickly they will wear when worn with a pair of jeans.

In terms of the shoes branding the Ultra Boost logo is now all silver instead of half black and half silver and the logo to the tongue has changed colour from grey to white, not major changes, but difference all the same.

Overall, the 2.o Ultra Boost is still a great shoe, but the slightly more premium look and feel to the Originals still gets my vote.

What do you think to the updated design of the Ultra Boosts? Have you noticed any other differences?

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My Summer Rotation!

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With winter well and truly out of the way, it’s time to pack away those winter boots and bring out your summer shoe rotation. Now it’s finally safe to wear white again,  waterproof materials such as nubuck and leather can be swapped for summer-friendly alternatives such as canvas and knit. Whether worn with shorts or jeans, a good collection of shoes will see you through the Summer months.

When it comes to footwear I tend to stick to black and white as they will go with whatever you’re wearing. My Summer Rotation is split in to three different categories – Premium, Beaters, and Casual. So let’s get straight into it.

‘Premium’ Pairs – the most important pairs in the collection; the ones that only come out on special occasions in a bid to keep them looking good. One of my most recent and favourite purchases come in the form of the Y-3 Pure Boost ZG Knit (which I recently posted about). Although I have had them for about a month I’ve only worn them a handful of times due to the weather, but with the increasing temperatures I’m sure these are going to get there more than fair share of wear in the next few months.  On the other hand the adidas Ultra Boost Core Black are still going strong from last summer and have been worn countless times and are still in fantastic condition.

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Beaters – everyday day pairs. These are the ones which are inexpensive and can be easily replaced. For me, Vans are classics. I can’t remember a time in the last 15 years when a pair of Vans weren’t in my collection. My everyday pairs at the moment are the Vans Old Skool and Vans Classic slip-ons. The Old Skool silhouette is timeless and has always been my favourite shoe from Vans, having owned many pairs over the years. The Slip-Ons take me back to 2007 when I had them in multiple different colour ways and are a welcome return having made a surprise appearance in street style culture.

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Casual Pairs – pairs which can be worn in both a everyday and smart casual sense; pairs which will take you from daytime into the evening. My Casual picks come from Comme Des Garçon x Converse and the Vault by Vans Authentic LX. Both styles are simplistic yet premium and look good whether dressed up or down.

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Despite being happy with my Summer Rotation, three pairs I am yet to add to the line up are the Common Projects Originals Achilles Low in White, the Turtle-dove adidas Yeezy 350 and finally the Triple-White adidas Ultra Boosts, which are set for a restock any day soon.F

What’s in your Summer Rotation? What do you think of my choices?

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