The most anticipated hanon shop release of the year was finally upon us after pictures of a sample surfaced back in March, and it was sure to be an extremely busy morning.
Arriving at 6:30am, the queue already stemmed past down the restaurant next door with around 20 people there; some even travelling from south of the border to make sure they got their hands on a pair of the Transit II. As to be expected with a hanon shop collaboration, each shoe came with a dustbag, spare lace sets, and the first 30 lucky customers were to receive a Made in Italy Diadora 'Continua a Bruciare' t-shirt complimentary with the shoes, so everyone was eager to make sure they were within the limit to complete the great instore release package.
Following on from the first release, you may be familiar with the term 'Saturday Special' and know it to be a public transport service which ran throughout the UK in the 80's, and the 'Transit II' also draws it's inspiration from a similar transport service.
As has been the case with the Diadora N.9000 releases this year, each and every pair has been hand crafted in Italy, and the Transit II features a premium pig suede upper, kangaroo leather on the tongue overlay, logo side stripe, vamp and heel tab, then nubuck toe and heel wraps, and finally, OG closed mesh.
The colour palette of the shoe is based more on the old British Rail trains, and that's where the marine green and yellow on the upper comes from. Add to that some clean white mesh, red accents, and then you have an extremely well executed colourway.
As always, the guys at hanon never fail to impress with their details - old school multi print on the in sock and tongue backer, with dual branding embroidered on the heel and tongues.
As was expected, the turn out for the release was great, with old and new faces there, and multiple pairs being bought by each customer. It's a testament to hanon shop themselves, that they can continually put out great collaborations.
A big shout out to the hanon shop team for a smooth release on the day!
Check out some shots below from the release, and a special thanks to Adeel for taking the reigns on this one and photographing the on-foots and some of the queue.