Wednesday, 13 June 2012

So hot you need to get in the shade

SO our cousins from Down Under have made another attack on our senses after dropping the stink bomb of Neighbours, Fosters and well Jason Donavan.
I’ll take Kylie Minogue, but only to bed.

So with a track record like that, you would, well any sensible person would avoid anything Aussie like the plague, not so None The Wiser sunglasses or shades are not the exception to the rule, they are a million miles away from the other rubbish they have sent our way.

These shades are something really special in all ways. They are cool, well designed and get this sustainable.
You can always tell when something is made right and made with love, and these glasses from Melbourne are exactly that.

With the frames made from bamboo (sustainable) with ‘German’ made hinges, so they will obviously work, and they sport plastic tinted lenses. They are a delight and very retro in style sporting the Wayfarer look in the Harris glasses.

Unlike a lot of glasses they also come with a one year warranty for manufacturing and material faults, (lenses not included).

These are terrific and will sit perfectly with preppy blazers such as Universal Works, Denham, Minimum, Oliver Spencer and YMC and why not pop in some smart new look t-shirts such as the Suit striped ones, which are delicious, drop in a Lacoste Live number or one of the stunning YMC stripe range or how about the J. Lindberg?

For those more out on a curved frame front check out the Valey St Cherry or the Queensbury Street which tip their hat to the foldable Persol or Steve McQueen glasses to say the least.

So, if you want t get shady this summer, you should be None The Wiser about it.

Top job.

Clash of the Titans AGAIN

SOMETHINGS never change and in some ways it’s best to keep it that way I think.
For example, Germany are looking good for a semi or final finish in a major football tournament.
Another perennial is that like Godzilla versus king Kong the battle for trainer supremacy continues between old hand and German (funny that) Adidas and in the American corner Nike and this time they are going for a total summer slam down. Use whatever term you like there, I thought slam down sounded quite good, but face off could do as well.
I like to try and keep this thing interactive.

Anyway, getting back on track, in the Germanic corner Adidas have come out all summer guns blazing with the ZX 700 running shoe coming in two colour way sets.
A stunning red, white and blue, and an equally delicious blue, white and yellow, you could say England versus Sweden if you were keeping it Euro kit colour based.

The ZX has gone through many guises and stood the test of time, now they seem to have altered the look to be very similar to the latest New Balance offerings, but hey who is quibbling about that?
Boasting the Originals range is the fabulous ROM trainer in tobacco with cream/beige three stripes. The ROM couldn’t be further away from the ZX, except in the sole, which has the same classic thin grip which gives the upper, to my eye anyway, more bulk.

Making sure all is steady for trainer fans another colour way version of one of the most iconic 1980s trainers the Gazelle 2 comes in blue with blood red heal and stripes, plus white sole.
Something I always wondered about the Gazelle, if you didn’t see another pair for 50 years you could quite easily close your eyes and describe it perfectly the style has had such an impression on the English male psyche. Sue me if I am wrong.

So with these three absolute killers out of the blocks where do Nike go?
Well it seems, the hybrid basketball look is where with the stunning Air Force range. When all else fails and I am not saying the Oregon based icon has failed in anyway, but always go back to what you know, your heritage and that’s what they have done with this delightful range, designed by Bruce Kilgore (Jordan II) which first introduced the hi-top on to these shores in the 80s and returning to a version on a theme is wise move.

The range steers clear of the hi-top in preference for the trainer style, and frankly that is a wise move.
The Forcer I has a large bumper style sole is still present, but the gold (do not be put off) finish with red Swoosh and darker green heel, denim and suede upper. They also come in red/mahogany with a nice red Swoosh. 

Based  on the 1982 Air Force I these are a good reposte from Nike, but as with anything like this, it is your choice that counts, I know what side I am on, but that’s a secret.