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Friday, June 16, 2017

#CAMPAIGN: adidas Originals Drops New Campaign Featuring Blondey McCoy and More For The New Campus Drop

adidas Originals has enlisted Blondey McCoy, Na-Kel Smith, Tavia Bonetti and Tiffany Lighty to celebrate one of its most raw and authentic sneaker silhouettes — the Campus.

Like so many great adi sneakers, the Campus was adapted from sport to the street and quickly became a coveted lifestyle shoe after its introduction in the 1980s. It then became a favorite amongst the emerging downtown creative scene in New York in the early ’90s, which also provides the inspiration for this latest campaign.

Photographed by Kenneth Capello, the “No Time to Think” the campaign riffs on the movement with a new creative set who are linked to the current downtown scene and skate culture. In it, adidas holds up Blondey, Na-Kel, Tavia and Tiffany as the new faces of the Campus with a set of cheeky images shot at local playgrounds, jewelry stores and basketball courts.

adidas Originals will launch fresh Campus styles on June 15 at adidas locations worldwide and online.

Friday, June 9, 2017

#SNEAKERHEADS: PUMA Reinvents Lacing with Netfit Technology

Continuing in PUMA’s tradition of developing game changing innovations, the Global Sports Brand has revealed NETFIT – a unique customizable lacing system that offers infinite performance and style options in one shoe. 

NETFIT Technology enhances fit and support by combining a high grade engineered net with form-fitting base materials. With netted mesh, users will now have complete control and versatility over how they lace up. No matter the style, needs, or shape, customise your shoe the way you see fit. The options are limitless, bringing customization to another level and giving everyone the chance to be as creative as they possibly can.

From the track, to the gym, to the street, NETFIT Technology will be featured on several sports and performance shoes, giving users the chance to totally customise their fit and style. The innovation and performance teams at PUMA have developed five different lacing options to help provide guidance, but the possibilities to lace are endless. The 5 lacing systems include Standard lacing, for runners who need minimal support; Stability lacing, for runners who need additional medial support; Wide Foot lacing, for runners with wider feet that need extra room; Narrow Foot lacing, for runners with narrow feet; and Heel Support lacing, for runners who prefer a tighter fit around the heel.

PUMA’s top athletes, including the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, will be wearing shoes featuring NETFIT Technology to train for the World Championships in London 2017. “I do a lot of training - sometimes a bit too much – and it’s always different. Sometimes I’m doing power work, and then sometimes it’s speed and agility work, so it’s important to have a shoe that’s flexible enough to do the right exercise,” says Bolt. “The best thing about the NETFIT Technology is that it is customizable and I can lace them any way I want; not only to get the best fit, but it gives me the opportunity to be creative with it. Sometimes you wish you could just design shoes purely tailored to your own feet and now you can. Plus, they look great, and that’s always the most important thing, right?”

Adam Petrick, Global Marketing Director, said: “Our goal at PUMA is to constantly push the design of sports products forward in unique and innovative ways. NETFIT certainly does that – it’s a performance innovation that allows for athletes at every level and across a range of sports to create their own, perfectly customized fit. But maybe even more exciting are the opportunities for creativity – anyone can use laces of different colors, widths, lengths and styles to create a personal expression for each individual taste. With NETFIT, we’re bringing fashion and style to the world of Sports in a way that is uniquely PUMA.”

For those who play, NETFIT Technology will be available on a range of PUMA Football products giving players endless scope to customize their game. And for those who believe that style starts at their feet, NETFIT will also launch on key lifestyle silhouettes such as the Tsugi.

PUMA NETFIT Technology will officially be launched in May 2017 and will be available starting now with the Speed IGNITE NETFIT (currently in-store); men’s and women’s IGNITE NETFIT, Tsugi NETFIT, IGNITE Limitless NETFIT (15 July) and 365 evoKNIT NETFIT (August).

Follow @PUMASouthAfrica on Twitter and @PUMA on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for more product stories.

Monday, June 5, 2017

#FASHION: PUMA SELECT in Joburg to Re-Open Inside PUMA Store Braamfontein

PUMA SELECT Jozi is moving into the PUMA store on the Corner of De Korte and Melle streets in Braamfontein, Johannesburg where it will open for trade on 7 July 2017 as a platform for PUMA to showcase collaborative works and offer premium, limited edition collection pieces to sneakerheads and streetwear fans of Brand.

Maintaining the all over wooden industrial look from its current location, PUMA SELECT will be easily distinguishable within the PUMA store. This is in keeping with other SELECT areas within PUMA stores internationally. The design of the SELECT space will include access to an internal courtyard, which will host events such as the ongoing SELECT X Stories series.

“We are looking to streamline our Braamfontein retail offering by placing SELECT within our PUMA store, which is one of our flagships in South Africa. PUMA fans will now be able to shop our mainline offering as well as our premium streetwear within the convenience of one store,” said PUMA South Africa’s Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.

Over the years SELECT has featured collaborations with local and international brands, stores, designers, artists and musicians, and will unveil three new collaborations in the upcoming season.

“We’ve been honoured to work with the likes of Rihanna and The Weeknd who have emerged from being Brand Ambassadors to design collaborators with PUMA. Similarly we’ve worked with the likes of Mikey Trapstar, the Daily Paper crew and Jeff Staple. Collaborating with these individuals has resulted in a product offering that is both sincere and personal which is something that is carried through to our consumer,” said Bellinger.

SELECT will continue to operate at 81 Juta Street until 30 June 2017. When it moves into the PUMA store on De Korte street, it will open for trade from Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. PUMA SELECT in Cape Town will continue as a standalone on Bree Street.

Follow @PUMASouthAfrica to keep up to date on drops and to join the conversation.