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The Best Sneakers of 2019

2019 is already shaping up to be a very good year for sneakers. From forward-thinking new styles to an influx of rereleases and retros that genuinely deserve the hype, there's a lot that's worthy of your attention. As expected, big players like Nike, Adidas, and Jordan are all delivering everything from updated classics shoes to on-point collaborations. But that's just part of the equation. New Balance still knows exactly how to make dad shoes feel cool, Greats still delivers on value and sophistication, and specialized brands like Salomon are making us rethink our priorities. Here are the best sneakers of the year so far.

Nike React Presto 'Brutal Honey'

Reworking the Air Presto was a roll of the dice in theory, but the React version—especially in an old-school colorway—just plain works. Add in some incredibly comfy cushioning and you've got a winner.

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Nike SB Dunk High 'Walk the Dog'

These shoes are ostensibly an homage to many different dog breeds, and that's cool. But notice the release date. And all that green on the upper. Yeah, there's that, too.

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Nike x Heron Preston Air Max 720/95

The one you see here is just a single iteration of the many possible combinations that were available through Nike and Heron Preston's collaboration. It's all about keeping things personal.

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New Balance x Bodega 997S 'No Days Off'

New Balance's 997 Sport got a remix courtesy of Bodega in April of 2019, giving the new style some very attractive colorblocking and a little extra street cred.

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Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 'Clay'

Adidas recently upped the production of a lot of the shoes in its collaborative line with Kanye West. While that seemed to introduce a bit of buyer fatigue at first, releases like the 350 V2 in "Clay" prove the partnership is still going strong.

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Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V2 'Geode'

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The 700 takes the chunky sneaker trend and brings in the signature Yeezy aesthetic and super-comfortable Boost courtesy of Adidas. It's not exactly new, but it still looks good.








Nike Air Max 90 'Mars Landing'

The words "Nike" and "Mars" together tend to make most sneakerheads think of the brand's Mars Yard sneakers in collaboration with artist Tom Sachs. These AM90s are a good argument for thinking outside of that box.

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Air Jordan IX 'Midnight Navy'

The Air Jordan IX is never unwelcome, and this February's "Midnight Navy" colorway was no exception. The combination of dark navy patent and clean white leather feels sporty and fresh.

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Nike x Off-White Air Max 90

Nike and Off-White's collaboration has been going for a while now, but the AM90 from this February is solid evidence that it hasn't lost steam. Designer Virgil Abloh's aesthetic fits perfectly with riffs on the classic style in both black and a rich tan called "Desert Ore."

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Gucci to Debut Cruise 2020 Collection in Rome
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After showing its Cruise 2019 collection at the Alyscamps Roman in Arles, France, Gucci has announced the location for its Cruise 2020 show. Heading back to Italy, the latest Cruise collection will be officially unveiled at the Capitoline Museums in Rome, continuing the theme of “the Old World.”

The show’s location — which is described as “drawing from a place reminiscent of [Alessandro Michele's] childhood” — is a series of museums that feature ancient Roman statues and artifacts, as well as artworks from the medieval and Renaissance period, and collections of jewels and coins.

Along with staging the show at the Capitoline Museums, Gucci is also set to make a donation to the restoration project of the Rupe Tarpea. Located on the Capitoline Hill’s southern summit, the Rupe Tarpea is a steep cliff overlooking the Roman Forum. Until the first century A.D., traitors were sentenced to death from the cliff.

Gucci’s Cruise 2020 show will take place at the Capitoline Museums on May 28 this year.

Louis Vuitton Takes Its LV 408 Trainer to the Courts
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Serving as Virgil Abloh‘s first sneaker for Louis Vuitton, the LV 408 Trainer has stood out as a notable piece in the designer’s inaugural collection for the fashion house.

Looking to highlight the shoe, LV recently launched a campaign which takes the sneaker to the hardwood, investigating its unique basketball inspiration. Made in Italy, each shoe reportedly takes six hours of stitching and is made of 106 components, 20 pieces just to make the sole itself. Undeniably marked with quality, LV408 Trainer exudes an aesthetic associated with retro sportswear and informed by the luxury of LV.

Check out the campaign and head over to www.louisvuitton.com to pick up a pair now.

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Virgil Abloh Goes Fiber Optic With New Louis Vuitton FW19 Bag and Sneakers
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Virgil Abloh’s second collection for Louis Vuitton proved to be an exemplary infusion of retro-vintage inspiration, with the designer channeling his inner Michael Jackson for the uniquely designed runway show. While the clothes were packed full of unique cuts that donned a refined finish, the fiber optic-infused monochrome bag and light-show-bearing sneaker stole the show.

In a unique power-move for the designer, one part of the show included a black-out of the venue’s runway lighting, with 5 models stacked in a diamond formation showcasing the collection’s new monochrome-print bag and newly created sneaker. As spotlighted in a recent Instagram post from the brand, the new high-top shoe totes a color-changing detailed upper with a tongue that hosts a morphing Louis Vuitton logo.

The new pieces ought to catch a few eyes, and being one of the highlights of the show, will most likely fetch a hefty price as well.

Check out the runway image above and a more detailed look below, and for more fashion-related news be sure to peep the recent street style from this year’s Paris Fashion Week.

Saint Laurent to Launch Its 2017 Fall/Winter Collection With a Tokyo Pop-Up

Saint Laurent is set to host a pop-up shop at Isetan Men’s in Tokyo, Japan beginning next week. The French fashion house is expected to launch its 2017 fall/winter collection at the famous department store. The pop-up is Saint Laurent’s first since Anthony Vacarello became Creative Director. Leather motorcycle jackets, graphic tees, button-downs, hoodies, and backpacks will all be up for grabs. The luxe label’s gritty, psychedelic visual campaigns will be broadcasted throughout the venue, as well. If you’re in Japan, stop by Isetan Men’s in Tokyo from July 12 – July 25 to check out Saint Laurent’s pop-up shop.

Saint Laurent Pop-Up
Isetan Men’s
3-14-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
160-0022 Tokyo
Japan

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The new collection of my favorite shoe brand ever!

You all know how much I love Santoni shoes! I am sure you have seen it on my instagram account! I admire in this brand the inovation, the aesthetic, the material choices. 

EVERYTHING!

This season unfortunately I couldn't attend Milan Fashion Week. But I kept myself updated about the new collections and all the gossips as well.

Santoni's new collection really impressed me for once more! An idea of cheerful elegance, looking at the Seventies. The Santoni s/s 18 collection is light: in both the shapes and the workmanship, not to mention the subtly irreverent spirit. It is pervaded by a hedonistic yet subtle atmosphere that emphasizes the artisanal DNA of the house giving new impetus and unexpected nonchalance. Precious materials and attention to detail are the fil rouge that stitches together diverse elements to celebrate the defining Santoni values.

Stories and ideas mingle and mix. The masculine staples, from lace-ups to sneakers, turn into archetypes made of lightweight natural leather. The virtuosity of the intrecciato, so typical of Santoni, characterizes both the formal double monkstraps with fringes or in the informal yet sophisticated flip-flops. Patchwork patterns create color and texture modulations. The classic Clean, in white or black crocodile, becomes essential and precious, while total white defines the new urban staples. The world of boating meets the elegance of the city in the leather top siders and in the large bags. Crocodile gains an unprecedented shabby patina. Even patent leather, an after-dark must, is interpreted lightly, in sleek and tapered shapes.

The color palette is classic and timeless: black, brown, natural leather, white, blue. Materials are precious: brushed calf, crocodile, patent leather, aged calf with shiny patinas.

This season the collection will be unveiled to the public during an exquisitely Italian experience: a breakfast in a café, complete with cappuccino and croissant, inside the Royal Palace of Milano. Visitors will be greeted at Bar Tiptoe, where coffee and brioches are as shiny like a pair of lace-ups and double monkstraps are as succulent as a bignè. The project, conceived and curated by Angelo Flaccavento and Antonio Pippolini, is introduced by a subtly humorous menu that celebrates the Italian art of living with playful irreverence. 

We got impressed by this shoe design!
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A leisurely stroll along the Adriatic coastline, shortly after the spring equinox. This is the concept behind Alberto Guardiani’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection for men, where the muse for this season is the , who saunters down the promenade, inspired by the brilliant colours and dynamic architectural contrasts. Beneath an intense blue sky, rows of coloured umbrellas and boats with imaginative names sit waiting for summer to return, against a backdrop of blue and white beach huts and monumental, pastel-coloured buildings.

A collection that reflects the laid-back attitude of the Italian holiday look: contrasting white calf and blue suede (navy, yes, but also royal blue, cerulean and ultramarine) become the leitmotif of the collection, offset by sailor-style detailing, like stripy prints and FRRST boat-style lettering.

The striking contrast of architectural graphic elements appear on navy or cherry- coloured suede, accented with red, sky blue and even orange embroidery, for designs with a sartorial, casual finish.

This relaxed yet sombre mood is perfectly reflected in, ONESOUL, the product of the season, which has a highly tailored, relaxed look. 

Bluemint Essence

SS 16 brings the joy and harmony to life with the variant colors from pastel to exotic contrasting tones all at once. Stirred from real life experiences, different lifestyles, art, travel and photography; collection consist of styles that will enlighten every wardrobe with a spark of sophistication. The line is inspired by iconic animals and memorable movements of life with outstanding colour combinations. Our picks for warm-weather essentials of 2016 range from quick-dry peach fabric swim shorts, soothing linen shirts, classic polos with warm pastel colors and accessories derived from elegance. Gentlemans Diary Magazine Team loved the aesthetic and the gentleman vibe. What about you ladies and gentlemen? 

Visit here the official Bluemint site and discover your favorite items. 

Zara Man's 2016 Fall/Winter Campaign

Zara has been under fire as of late for “plagiarizing” designs from other artists – some motifs the company used looked similar to that of Tuesday Bassen’s work and a recent collection strangely resembled Kanye West’s Yeezy line. Nevertheless, the fast-fashion giant moves on and now we get a glimpse of their men’s collection for the 2016 fall/winter season. In this campaign, we see Zara sticking to what it does best – high-end looking staples that won’t break your budget. Although shot in black and white, the spread does a good job showcasing some of the outerwear offerings the label will shortly be releasing — boiled-wool top coats, shearling-trimmed leather jackets, denim pieces, and a few bombers. The suits and knits are also something to watch out for in the coming months.

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Etro Spring Summer 2017

Etro’s spring-summer 2017 runway show served as a meeting of friends and family as Kean Etro recruited those closest to him to hit the catwalk alongside models. Muted tones were married with relaxed silhouettes as the Etro man took on a grounded approach to the fashion house’s celebrated penchant for prints. Unstructured suits were joined by band collar shirts, striped tees, lightweight knit sweaters and leisure bombers. Oversize coats, slouchy tees, overshirts, patterned polo shirts and summerweight field jackets brought the lineup to a successful finish. Gentleman's Diary Magazine's Editor-In-Chief Pasquale Karatzetzo attended the show and as he shares with the us the room was buzzing with good vibrations and well made-fashionably garments. Thumbs up to Etro!

A Closer Look At The Fashion School That Produced Some of Japan's Most Celebrated Designers

Emerging from an economic and industrial boom in Japan in the 1960s, Japanese designers found inspiration in the fusion of Asian silhouettes with European folklore and American pop culture. The approach of emphasizing an admiration for traditional Japanese art as well as the forms and ideologies of modernism produced some of the world’s most celebrated avant-garde designers such as Kenzo Takada, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto. They’re all credited to having created and established the Japanese aesthetic in global fashion. Their cultural impact also challenged the silhouettes seen in past womenswear designs.

Another thing all these designers, along with names like Hiroko Koshino, Junya Watanabe and Jun Takahashi, have in common? Their roots can be traced back to Bunka Fashion College. Business of Fashion is taking a closer look at the school’s unique approach to fashion education that makes it unlike any other fashion institution in the world. Professor Sanae Kosugi, dean of Bunka Fashion Graduate University and former classmate of Yohji Yamamoto, explains, “Before designing anything, students must understand the human body shape and how human bodies move. Every student, whether they’re studying design or merchandising, has to study this first. To know the body well is very important.”

Missoni Dresses the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star in Vibrant Knitwear

Italian fashion house Missoni teams up with Converse yet again for a seasonal collaboration on the Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Hi. The iconic silhouette is dressed in two vibrant combinations of red, yellow and green-knitted patterns which are contrasted by the lacing options and custom leather heel patch. Additional details include a shortened toe cap and Converse’s red license plate. Purchase both colorways at select accounts starting April 29.

Upcoming J.Crew x New Balance Collaboration Receives Inspiration From a Classic Candy

New Balance is adding another collaboration to its list by teaming up with lifestyle brand J.Crew. The two will be using the New Balance 997 model as the canvas of choice to set the tone for the upcoming 2016 spring season. Featuring premium materials such as leather, nubuck and suede, its mix of tan and brown shades grab inspiration from butterscotch candy. The J.Crew x New Balance 997 “Butterscotch” is set to release on March 12 for a retail price of $210 USD.