Crepe City 15

A couple of weeks have passed since the fifteenth instalment of Crepe City, and as always the Crepe City team absolutely killed the event. This was my eighth Crepe City event and all eight have been located at the Truman Brewery which is just off Brick Lane in London's Shoreditch.

Each event seems to get bigger and bigger with Crepe City utilising more rooms than ever, but CC15 finally saw the return of the large room upstairs, a 22,000 sq ft room which was last seen at CC11.

It didn't just stop at that room though, as the other rooms upstairs - T2, T3, T4, and T5, were also absolutely packed to the brim with trainers, streetwear, accessories, vintage clothing, customisers, sneaker cleaners, and much much more.

This event was a little different for me though, as rather than just taking some pictures and socialising, Hanon Shop and Diadora had come together to launch our third collaboration on the Diadora B.Elite which was limited to only 50 pairs, with 30 of them being made for sale exclusively at Crepe City, and the other 20 being for friends and family.

A real testament to the Crepe City event itself, the team who are behind it, and just how far they've come that they have stores and brands dropping such low quantity collaborations at their events.

Be sure to check out some of my images below, and stay tuned to @crepecity on Instagram for more!

 

2015 Highlights

First of all, a very Happy New Year to all who read my blog! I hope 2015 was a great year for you all, and I wish you and your families all the best for 2016! Secondly, I haven't had much of a chance to post regularly on my blog over the last couple of months, mainly due to the amount I've been working, but I wanted to do a post where I rounded up all of the highlights in 2015 for myself.

January

In January of 2015, I was lucky enough to be invited to a couple events, one of which was a special preview of the New Balance 1500 x Footpatrol "Encyclopaedia", which was held at Library on St. Martin's Lane in London. The event was attended by a small number of people, mainly press and loyal customers, and we were treated to a personal Q+A with some of the New Balance team, as well as an insight into the Footpatrol shoe, while being able to indulge in some fine food and drink. Shouts to all who were behind the event!

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The second event, which coincidentally enough took part on the same day, was for the launch of the New Balance C-Series. The event was held at the Tokyo Bike store in London, with over 300 people attending for a night filled with beer, food, great company, and a chance to check out the collection in person.

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March

My girlfriend is a little bit obsessive with travelling, and although we don't get to do much because of work and other commitments, we do try, and we decided to visit Iceland in March. Our time spent in Reykjavik and surrounding areas was beyond excellent, and we can't wait to plan our next trip there!

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There's one pair of New Balance that I've came to love, and is one of my absolute all time favourites - the 1300JP. The 28th of March was to see the release of the 1300JP2, 5 years after the 2010 release of the 1300JP, so this definitely warrants a place in my highlights. My only regret is that I wish I grabbed a second pair!

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April

I've grown up watching American TV shows, American sport, playing games like GTA, and just obsessing over all things America, so one thing that I have ALWAYS wanted to do is go and visit, and so we hit up New York City in April, and it was everything I had hoped it would be. I wrote a two part blog post (part one and part two) about our time spent there, but I'll definitely be back in the very near future!

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Over the last couple of years, I've became great friends with the guys behind the UK's best and original sneaker event; Crepe City. The 25th of April saw their 13th edition of Crepe City, and of course, they absolutely smashed it. Shout out to those guys!

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May

Towards the end of 2014, I had heard rumours that New Balance would be sponsoring Celtic FC for the forthcoming season, so naturally, when my favourite brand are rumoured to sponsor the football team I support, I get a little excited. Anyway, fast forward a few months down the line and I'm sat at Celtic Park for the official New Balance kit launch!

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July

Emma and myself made it a point of trying to get out and explore as much as possible during summer, but we live in Scotland right, so we don't get much of a summer. Anyway, we managed to check out a couple of castles, Crathes Castle being one of them...

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And Castle Fraser being another...

 

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One of my fondest memories from childhood was Saturdays spent climbing Bennachie with my family, or with my school friends, and it had literally been years since I'd went for a wander up that way.

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The last Wednesday of July, as NB Gallery, myself and Rob headed to Cockermouth, a town in Cumbria, England, for the official global launch of the New Balance Real Ale Pack, and boy was it good. The hospitality over the few days that we were there was absolutely faultless, big big shout to all those involved for absolutely nailing the event, and great to see old and new faces!

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August

It had been long overdue, but finally, on the 1st of August 2015, Scotland had it's first ever sneaker festival - Solebloc, held in Glasgow, and it was an absolute banger. The event itself was held at the excellent SWG3, a warehouse in Glasgow's West End, and was the best setting for the event.

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We created our first ever NB Gallery Showcase at Solebloc with over 250+ pairs of New Balance on display!

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I got my hands on some never-before-seen New Balance x hanon shop samples!

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After what felt like a pretty hectic couple of months, myself and Emma took a little jaunt off to Italy for 10 days or so, and we visited some pretty sweet places along the way.

First up, Rome!

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From Rome, we took a de-tour via Naples to visit Pompeii and it's ruins.

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Heading back to Rome from Pompeii later that night, the next morning we packed up and jumped on a train to the lovely city of Pisa.

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Pisa was an absolute dream, but our time was up, and it was off to Florence we went.

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However, we both fell in love with Rome, so before we left, we had to re-visit that amazing city! If you ever get the chance to go to Rome, do NOT pass it up.

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September

From the tourist filled cities of Italy, to the tranquil lochs of Scotland with a bothy fit for the Queen, Loch Muick was a great escape for a day!

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Trying to fit in as much as possible before the dark nights truly set in, and we'd no longer be able to explore and take the dog on some adventures on the week nights, we headed north up the coast to Collieston.

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Now this is one trip that I had wanted to do for a while, and just could never get the time to do it. Sadly Emma couldn't make it along, but we'll be making a point of heading back this year or next now that Aberdeen fly direct to Warsaw. Anyway, it was great to head to Warsaw and catch up with my great friends Arek, Maciek, and Radek, along with everyone else I met. Huge thanks for the hospitality!

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Conveniently, my trip coincided with Warsaw’s edition of Sneakerness, and it was definitely the perfect event to pop my Sneakerness cherry, and a big shout out to all the great people who worked tirelessly to pull off the third Sneakerness in Warsaw, as well as the absolutely wild night out!

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October

One last castle before the year ends? It's only right! And New Slains Castle was the perfect one to end the year on!

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Apparently, if you visit the Bullers of Buchan at a certain time during the year, you can spot some Puffins nesting. Sadly, no puffins for us, just empty hidden rock beaches and miles of coastline.

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It had felt like an absolute age since the last hanon shop collaboration, I was certainly struggling to remember when I was last at an in-store release for one at the time of writing the post for this shoe, but anyway, the "Spirit of '83" was a massive success, and rightly so.

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The 14th instalment of Crepe City fell on Halloween and it was the most successful Crepe City yet, which included the launch of their first branded apparel and merchandise collection, as well as their inaugural magazine launch.

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November and Year End 

This might have been the most important month of the year for me, as I started working for hanon shop. Over the last year or so, I had already been doing bits and pieces for them, and helping out in-store at some of their releases, but I am now working for them officially.

My role involves photography and social media, as well as some other things, but basically the two main things I have been doing seriously for the last few years.

My first main project would be the Asics Gel-Lyte III x hanon shop "Lyte Night", where I was shot all the images for the press release.

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The second project I shot the week after was the Le Coq Sportif LCS R1000 x hanon shop.

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If you want to follow my work at hanon, be sure to check out @hanonshop on Instagram and Twitter.

Since November, I have been working full time for hanon shop, as well as my other job, and on top of that, doing NB Gallery and other bits, so I haven't had much time to myself which is why this blog has been neglected a little. I hope you can understand, and I promise I won't be so infrequent with the blog posts going forward!

Anyway, I am super excited about what's to come in 2016 and look forward to sharing it with you all!

Crepe City 14

This post is pretty much two months late, but I really hate having loose ends, so better late than never, right? Crepe City 14 was to be my 7th Crepe City event in a row, and I think that's pretty good going if I'm honest, but the CC team work tirelessly to put on an amazing event each and every time, and I'm happy to call those guys my friends. Always happy to support them when possible!

The 14th instalment of Crepe City was held at Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane in East London on the 31st of October. Halloween celebrations were put on the back-burner as thousands flocked to try and grab a grail or pick up a bargain.

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Sold out tickets huge queues, world renowned stores, art exhibits, clothing brands, and big name vendors are just some of the things you can come to expect when you attend a Crepe City event, and this one was no different, however, the Crepe City team themselves had some things up their sleeves.

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The Crepe City team used this event to launch their first branded apparel and merchandise collection, which also tied in with their first issue of the Crepe City Magazine, as well as a continued collaboration with the Basement. As you can imagine, the apparel and merchandise flew out, so count yourself lucky if you managed to grab any of it!

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There was a Back to the Future style collaboration between Ropes Laces and Crepe City available to buy on the day, and all the stops were pulled out  and there was a DeLorean parked outside all day, which you could grab a picture with.

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Stepping away from the BTTF vibe, and revisiting the whole Halloween thing, event regulars Jason Markk were present with their very own exclusive event only Halloween themed sneaker cleaning kits, which went down a treat (pardon the pun...), as well as their sneaker cleaning service.

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Other big names such as Main Source, Prime, Akio, Schuh and Soleheaven, as well as numerous private sellers were all on hand throughout the day providing you with the largest amount and widest variety of kicks to be found at any sneaker event across the UK.

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It didn't just end there though, as clothing, accessories, and art was all covered too with people like Stance Socks, Sneaker Science, Crease Coach, Rhys Designs, Pins Artist, and Minted.

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After a busy day sneaker hunting, you could grab a drink and a bite to eat from the likes of Snow Ballz, koko, Bun Kabab, and Miss P's Barbecue, and if you had some spare time in between all that and wanted to sharpen up your appearance, then the good folks over at Luke's Barbershop were on hand to keep you groomed and trimmed.

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UK heavyweights the Basement had an area which as you can imagine, was absolutely rammed throughout the day, but those guys are killing it, so big shout to them.

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As always, hats off to everyone who played a part in organising the event and making the day as stress free as possible, as well as all the vendors who attended and all the punters who passed through on the day.

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Crepe City 13

If you can remember any of my previous Crepe City round-up posts, I've started almost every one of them by saying how each event is bigger and better than the last, but it's the unavoidable truth, and Crepe City 13 was no different. Although the number 13 may be regarded as an unlucky number for some, it definitely isn't for Crepe City as they put on another hugely successful event.

The event returned on the 25th of April, and once again, like the previous 5 events, CC13 was held in the Truman Brewery, just off Brick Lane in London's trendy Shoreditch area. Although the event has been held within many different rooms in the Truman Brewery, it seems like they're starting to nail down the event space, with this event's layout being one of the best so far.

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Doors opened at midday and the thousands of punters who'd been eagerly waiting started to file in and check out what was on offer. They were greeted in the first room by a mixture of brands and sellers, with Jason Markk offering a cleaning service (but we're sure everyone's kicks were spotless anyway) as well as their collaboration with Crepe City.

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If you were looking for socks, then you didn't have to go very far, as Stance Socks were also on hand with their huge range of socks available for purchase, as well as a seat on their sofa if you fancied chilling out.

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For the first time ever, new footwear brand Akio were on hand to showcase their Orion trainer in a bunch of colourways, which all looked really quite impressive. Definitely a brand to keep an eye on, very much looking forward to seeing what those guys do.

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Since we've detailed the brands in the first room, we might as well just carry on with this format and move into the second room which housed brands such as, The Basement who had collaborated with Crepe City on tees and pins, available to buy on the day, as well as Dutty Streetwear, and KWills. This room was constantly busy, but was well worth persevering the crowds to check out some of the clothing and accessories on offer.

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Swiftly moving through The Basement (which probably should have been in the basement) area of Crepe City, the next room named The Street housed Diadora who's N9000 collaborations have been causing a storm of late and were all on display here, and you could also pick up one of the fifty pairs of the exclusive N9000 MM which were available, debuting Diadora's use of no-sew technology. The good people over at Ropes Laces had their second collaboration with Crepe City available for purchase, and these proved to be a massive hit on the day.

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This room also featured the UK's own Soleheaven who regularly attend the event with a great selection of footwear on offer, and also heavyweights Main Source who had loads of rare deadstock goodness available. Crepe City isn't just about footwear, clothing and accessories, Luke's Barbershop were on hand to provide hair cuts if you so desired.

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By this point, you were probably ready to grab a drink or some food, and the adjacent room offered all of the above, with burgers and cans of Red Stripe aplenty. I tell you, those picnic benches were a lifesaver, great spot to hang out.

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The next room was a welcome addition to Crepe City this time around, and aptly named the Crepe City Boutique, this was an area that catered for the ladies, bursting with sneakers, clothing and accessories. Fingers crossed that this area gets carried over to the future events, and big props to the ladies behind it.

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However, like previous events, Puma were in attendance and they had situated themselves within this room, and were showcasing some of their latest releases, such as the Alife (which have just dropped) and Solebox collaborations, as well as a number of general releases.

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Moving downstairs now, and into one of the lower levels at Truman Brewery, this space was separated with two large rooms. Heavy hitters Prime were tucked away in the corner but their wealth of rare Air Max never ceases to amaze no matter how many times you've seen them.

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Also, Josh Cole, a name that may ring familiar had an extremely impressive setup once again with tonnes of amazing vintage pairs that was well worth checking out even if you had no intention of buying anything.

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A couple of new additions to Crepe City this time around were YR Store who offered a custom t-shirt and sweatshirt printing service, as well as Crepe Cam, which done the often tiresome task of taking a shot of your footwear, but with a 360 degree twist.

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The last room was the closest to the exit, but this didn't mean that the CC team had neglected it in the slightest, as the Crooked Tongues Forum crew were representing with a couple of tables, and also UK retailer Wellgosh with a huge amount of excellent stock from their store. 

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Another extremely successful event, which wouldn't of been possible without the continued effort of the Crepe City crew, and also all the sellers, traders, retailers, DJs, caterers, brands, and punters who pass through on the day. Keep killing it!

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Crepe City 12

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It felt like only yesterday I was at Crepe City 11 in the largest room at the infamous Old Truman Brewery, just off Shoreditch's well known treasure, Brick Lane. However, it was in fact three months on from the last event, and for the 5th event in a row, it was held at the same venue, but with a different set of rooms. 'Bigger and better' is a term used often when we talk about Crepe City - Europe's largest trainer event - but there's definitely a lot of truth in the saying, with thousands of people flocking down to buy/sell/trade or merely just check out the thousands of pairs of trainers on show.

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As has been the case now with so many of the Crepe City events, there was not only trainers on show, but various rooms at Truman Brewery were awash with accessories, streetcar, vintage clothing, customisers, artists, and much much more. Most importantly, the food and drink selection was the best yet, and a particular drink which tasted like apple pie went down an absolute treat!

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Sellers travel from both the UK and abroad, as well as named brands such as Puma, and stores such as Wellgosh who also regularly make the effort to sell stock at reduced prices, or even display current and upcoming releases. This time however, it has to be said that the display put on by K-Swiss stole the show, displaying their upcoming Si-18, along with a number of other vintage pairs.DSC_0196

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The Huarache craze seems to have been fizzling out of late, but Huarache aficionado Clyde Vellacott made sure everyone's favourite Huarache colourways were on display, even if he was at the other side of the world. DSC_0254

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UK's own Ropes Laces had recently collaborated with Crepe City to produce a set of three laces, with individual pairs also for sale, along with a special black set made for F&F of both parties.  Weather in the UK needs no introduction, it's a bit hit and miss, a miss for the most part, so taking care of your trainers is imperative, and the likes of Jason Markk (with Jason Markk himself there paying a special visit), Liquiproof and Sneaky Brand were there to demonstrate and sell their product.

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If there was anything to take from this event in comparison to the last event, I think it was felt that the vast space all on one floor and in one room, which was used for Crepe City 11 seemed to finally give the event a proper convention feel, and was preferred by many. Maybe we'll see this return in future with a few improvements, but don't let the separate rooms take anything away from the event, as the Crepe City organisers spent weeks refining everything and anything, and it was a huge success, so big ups to them all!

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hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics "Glover Pack" - In-store Release

DSC_0716 The last Saturday of September saw the instore launch of the hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics "Glover Pack", a joint collaboration which pays homage to Japanese and Scottish pivotal figure, Thomas Glover.

Both the Colorado 85, and Gel Epirus weren't very well received, despite hanon's continual excellent work on each and every collaboration they do, but the problem was more so with the models, rather than the colourways. It seems like every person wants to see the same silhouettes (GLIII, GLV) being used for EVERY collaboration, which I'm sure you can agree, it would get very boring if this was the case, so I welcome the working on other models.

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Surprisingly, the turn out wasn't as large as the recent Reebok release, but as always, the locals were still out in force to support their local independent store, and many punters left with both the Onitsuka Tiger and the Asics.

The Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 is decked out in a black and golden yellow colourway in lux perforated suede, nubuck and synthetic overlays. The speckled lace-stay and screened in-sock, along with the embossed moustache on the back representing Thomas Glover's iconic moustache are all great touches.

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The Asics Gel Epirus isn't the strongest model from Asics' arsenal but it looks great with the plush mix of mint green suede, with purple nubuck overlays, closed mesh vamp, red quilted collar lining and a superb screened tartan in-sock. Like the Colorado 85, the Epirus also has some embossing on the heel, but this comes in the form of a thistle, the inspiration of this colourway.

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It certainly felt like the general consensus was that both shoes were much more appealing once you got a feel of them in the flesh, and tried them on to see how they look. The standout for the Gel Epirus being the lush tropical green and purple colourway, with the gum sole, and the Colorado 85's matching speckle laces to compliment the speckles on the upper.

Below are a few quick on-foot shots of both the Colorado 85, and the Gel Epirus; thanks to Adeel for being my brief instore on-foot model while he tried both pairs on.

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Check out some shots below from some of those who were queuing on Saturday morning.

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TEASER: hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics - "Glover Pack"

The collaborations are coming thick and fast, the last two years have felt like a bit of a collab conveyor belt in all honesty, and with countless pairs dropping each month, it gets a bit hard to keep up. Anyway, 11 months on from hanon shop's last work with Onitsuka Tiger, they're back again, but this time with a joint collaboration between themselves, Onitsuka Tiger and Asics. Just this week, the first teaser images were released, along with a teaser video, which doesn't exactly follow the usual script, and is enough to make anyone feel like they're on a weird trip. It's genius. Check them out below.

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So what can we take from the video and the images?

First off, the name of the pack - "Glover Pack" - paying homage to Thomas Blake Glover, a man who's name may not mean much to you, but he hails from Aberdeen and was a bit of a phenomenon in Japan. (when the full images release, I'll focus more on the man himself, for a bit of background).

Well, there's two shoes to start with, with the Onitsuka Tiger looking like another Colorado 85, partnered up with an Asics Gel Epirus. Not exactly everyone's favourite models, but you've got to make the most of what you're given!

Stepping away from the models, and onto the colourways; the thistle and the moustache seem to play a key part in the video, so we can expect the colourways of the shoes to somehow reflect this.

Keep an eye out for the full images to be released early next week, and as always, I'll have all the details on my blog.

hanon shop x Reebok Classic Leather '3 Castles' - In-store Release

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Following on from the Reebok Classic Leather 'Leopards' edition from Summer 2013, Saturday 6th September 2014 saw the release of the next instalment; the Reebok Classic Leather '3 Castles'.

The Reebok Certified Network programme has been making some big moves recently, with some huge releases over the past year, and although it was initially very well received, it has been increasing even more in popularity since the first drop. Around 30+ people queuing on another early morning outside hanon shop, with punters waiting for either the Reebok '3 Castles' or the Le Coq Sportif LCS R1000 x HAL 'Swan Pack', which happened to coincide with the hanon collaboration release, and some even looking to bag both.

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The '3 Castles' design draws inspiration from the coat of arms of Aberdeen, the same famous coat of arms that the leopards appear in, a crest which dates back to the times of Robert The Bruce. The shoe is decked out in plush grey pig suede, with lawn green overlays, and a red woven tongue label and heel tab. When the images of the shoe released, some used the well known phrase "red and green should never be seen", and even a couple said that it reminded them of a Christmas tree, maybe a little, but these colours work when done correctly, and this shoe looks great!

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To complement the clean colourway, we see some perforation on the suede toe box, and a granite speckled collar lining, giving a nod to Aberdeen's nickname, the 'Granite City'. As always, hanon kill it with the branding, and their fire logo appears embossed on the left heel, whilst the Reebok Certified logo appears on the right heel. Unfortunately, no dust bag or t-shirt this time around, just two sets of laces - one tonal, one white.

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As always, it's great to spend some time chatting with friends and regulars, and props to the hanon shop team once again for a clean collaboration and a smooth release day!

Be sure to check out some on-foot shots below of those in the queue on Saturday morning.

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