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It's 2015, a new year, and already the collaborations are coming thick and fast, and back with a bang are the good people of hanon shop who have linked up with US running brand Brooks on their Chariot running shoe to produce the 'Scotch Bonnet'.
You might only be familiar with Brooks if you're a little bit older, or if you have used any of their performance running shoes, however, the Chariot, a shoe first launched in 1982 and designed as a technical runner seems to be coming back strong.
The Chariot was designed with a premium upper of suedes, nylon and performance mesh, but it wasn't shy on the performance front, as it was built for stability with cushioning in mind. The shoe incorporates a 3 part EVA sole unit with Brooks' diagonal roll bar system (DRB), which is a technology that has been designed to withstand the rigour of continuous training.
hanon shop have became renowned for their love of their Scottish roots and continually try to let this filter through to their collaborative efforts, and this particular pair pays homage their hometown of Aberdeen, and also the 'Scotch Bonnet' chilli - named after the iconic Tam O' Shanter hat.
Aberdeen is nicknamed the 'Granite City', and to reflect the granite grey of Aberdeen, the shoe is specced up and executed in super rich pig suede, whilst fiery red accents appear by the way of the contrasting tongue and toe overlay. A rich green glove leather collar lining completes the shoe.
I say it time and time again, but hanon shop are one for their details, and this time attention of detail appears in the way of granite flecks on the side stripe and heel counter, a dual branded woven tongue label and footbed, a switched out vamp from mesh to a sunburst perforated suede and of course, a full 3M reflective backtab. But that's not all, as has been so prevalent on hanon shop collabs of late, they have their flame logo embossed on each heel.
The hanon x Brooks Chariot 'Scotch Bonnet' is released on Saturday 7th February 2015, and each pair will come complete with 3 contrasting sets of laces, a custom made dust bag and bespoke tissue paper.
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.
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!
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.
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.