hanon shop x Reebok Ventilator 'Robert the Bruce'

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Up next for Reebok is the Ventilator, introduced in 1990 as an athletic shoe which had a lightweight upper with vented side panels for breathability. The Ventilator is a popular model for Reebok and this year, it's 25th anniversary year, we see it get the collaboration treatment from world renowned boutiques such Extra Butter, SNS, 24 Kilates and now, hanon shop of Aberdeen, Scotland.

If you haven't already noticed, hanon shop pride themselves on their Scottish roots, and it features heavily on many of their collaborative efforts, and this edition of the Reebok Ventilator is no different. This time around, inspiration for this shoe comes from the Scottish warrior-king, Robert the Bruce, who lived from 1274 until 1329, and reigned as King of Scots between the years of 1306-1329. Robert the Bruce is famously known for leading Scotland during the Wars of Independence against England, and succeeding in defeating the English to regain Scotland's place as an independent nation.

There is a famous legend about Robert the Bruce and a spider, and it is said that in the early days of his reign, while he was on the run from the English, he was driven into exile and so sought refuge in a cave where he say and watched a spider try to spin a web. Time and time again, the spider would fail, but then climb slowly back up to try again, and this is where the worldwide recognised phrase "If at first you don't succeed - try try again" comes from. Finally, the spider succeeded in spinning  a web, and Bruce was inspired by this spider, and took this phrase into battle, defeating the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

The Reebok Ventilator has a green and mint coloured upper, that gives a nod to the Scottish bills, and the hits of purple on the shoe point towards the moss that is often found on the stone fences seen across the country. There is some webbing on the footbed and is used as a direct connection to the spider from the famous tales, and there is also a spider embossed on the left heel, with the hanon flame logo on the right heel.

The hanon shop x Reebok Ventilator 'Robert the Bruce' will be available in online at hanon shop on the 18th of April at 00:01, with a retail price of £109.

I was lucky enough to get an early look at the shoes and shot some on-foot images, but be sure to check back here when hanon's official images are released and I will update the post.

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hanon shop x Reebok GL6000 '3 Castles' - In-store Release

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The collaborations have been coming thick and fast all year, and with the year coming to a close, they don't seem to be slowing down at all. A month on from hanon shop in Aberdeen's last collaboration comes the second instalment of the '3 Castles', and their third collaboration with Reebok.

I posted all the information surrounding the shoe itself on a previous post when the release was first announced, but in case you missed it, check it out below:

"If you're not familiar with Aberdeen's coat of arms by now, then both the leopards and castles depicted go back to the times of Robert The Bruce, and are commonly associated with the city, featuring on plaques, historic buildings, statues and railings or adorned to lamp posts and gates. To illustrate the castle and hills they were once situated on, the '3 Castles' edition of the GL6000 is a simple execution of rich pig suede in shades of mole grey with tonal rugged suede overlays. An old-school sun burst perf is called out on the vamp whilst a granite grey leopard print collar lining completes the shoe. Attention to detail and a nod to the official colours of Aberdeen is represented on the red woven tongue label and heel counter.

Additionally the hanon shop flame logo appears embossed on the left heel whilst the Reebok Certified logo appears on the right. Each pair will come complete with three lace sets – one tonal, one white and one red."

There's little worse than queuing for hours upon end, thrown in the month of December and the city of Aberdeen, and we have ourselves a bit of a hellish morning. As expected, not even a bit of cold and rain can deter all those who turned out for the release with jackets, jumpers, gloves and hats a plenty, braving the near zero temperatures.

The GL6000 was extremely well received, apart from the biggest talking point of the day which just happened to be the sizing, with the majority of punters going at least a full size down, if not more. I bottled the ideal of a full size down since my feet are already small enough, wearing a UK 6 risked some unpleasant comments from my better half!

Along with the Reebok, there was also the highly anticipated Adidas EQT collaborations with both Highs and Lows of Australia, and Solebox of Berlin, which flew out the door. Two extremely well executed shoes and some of the best make-ups that the Adidas EQT range has had to offer all year.

Anyway, be sure to check out some shots below, with most of them being taken by the good sir Adeel Mian, and let's hope that's one of the last queues for the year, but at least the snow stayed away... for now!

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hanon shop x Reebok GL6000 '3 Castles'

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hanon shop of Aberdeen are proud to present their third collaboration with Reebok through the Certified Network program for Autumn 2014. This shoe is a follow up to the Classic Leather '3 Castles' edition which released only a few months ago, and again, inspiration is drawn from the heraldry of Aberdeen.

If you're not familiar with Aberdeen's coat of arms by now, then both the leopards and castles depicted go back to the times of Robert The Bruce, and are commonly associated with the city, featuring on plaques, historic buildings, statues and railings or adorned to lamp posts and gates. To illustrate the castle and hills they were once situated on, the '3 Castles' edition of the GL6000 is a simple execution of rich pig suede in shades of mole grey with tonal rugged suede overlays. An old-school sun burst perf is called out on the vamp whilst a granite grey leopard print collar lining completes the shoe. Attention to detail and a nod to the official colours of Aberdeen is represented on the red woven tongue label and heel counter.

Additionally the hanon shop flame logo appears embossed on the left heel whilst the Reebok Certified logo appears on the right. Each pair will come complete with three lace sets – one tonal, one white and one red.

hanon x Reebok GL6000 ‘3 Castles’ is released on Saturday December 6th 2014, and will be priced at £105.00.

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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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