Monday, March 31, 2014 - Julian Hakes, the London-based designer recently teamed up with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment LLC to produce a superhero-worthy women’s sandal inspired by the film 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', which hits theaters these days.
The Black Widow by Julian Hakes
The Black Widow by Julian Hakes

Julian Hakes: 'This latest collaboration with Marvel for Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the perfect opportunity to create a brand new and unique shoe style. I wanted to create a fusion between traditional footwear and the high tech modern world. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier we see Steve Rogers reunited with his S.H.I.E.L.D colleague Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow. I therefore decided to call this new shoe style the Black Widow edition. I imagined how Natasha might wear the shoes undercover but then at a moment’s notice she could use them as an effective weapon.'

David Lee, Footwear Director for The Walt Disney Company EMEA added, 'Our continued relationship with Julian Hakes reinforces Marvel’s position as an inspiration for designers and fashion innovators. The unique storytelling Marvel offers is a testament to this new design that Hakes has engineered. This shoe not only showcases Hakes’ unique, innovative and evolving style it is also fashion-forward and exciting.'

The star-shaped heel is milled from a solid piece of aluminium using a high frequency electric process. This process and material choice gives the heel great strength and lightness that is a signature material property of Captain America’s ‘vibranium’ shield. The shoe has sawtooth sole. It will be available in spring 2015.

About Julian Hakes
Creative Director of Julian Hakes London and Design Director of Hakes. Architects, Bridge Designers, Based in Europe working internationally.
Hakes’ shoe collections have been widely recognised across the globe. His ‘Mojito’ shoe has won several prestigious awards including the Drapers Shoe Designer of the Year award in 2012.

About Captain America: The Winter Solider
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy the Winter Soldier.

More shoes by Julian Hakes at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - Nat-2,  the high end sneaker brand from Munich in Germany, is teaming with Jaden & Will Smith's summer blockbuster After Earth for a very limited sneaker collection, which is futuristic as the world brought to us in the film. Paying tribute to the DVD release of the visually spectacular film, After Earth, four matching versions of the nat-2 classic Cube are being launched in an exclusive capsule collection. The high top sneakers for girls and guys are strictly limited edition and available exclusively at the international online store of Munich's finest concept shoe store Coilex- coilex.com, as well as Javari.de.
Nat-2 X After Earth, sneakers from outerspace
Nat-2 X After Earth, sneakers from outerspace

Each model has unique features. The colourway Polka Dots comes in a lenticular 3D surface that mimics leopard spots. The Dots Metallic Version reminds one of a landed spaceship that shoots lasers into the dark woods. Cube 3 Pearl Metallic reminds of the reflecting surface of a lake on the moon and colourway Volcano recalls not only the fiery mountain, but also of Jaden's life suit in the movie.

All models feature a mountaineer inspired hiking lace system, as well as reflecting shoe tongues, soft cushioned lining and photo print collectors nat-2 x After Earth shoebox. 

If you intend to grab a pair better hurry as the sneakers come in limited numbers of 30, 30, 33 and 66, a total of 159 pairs for all 4 colourways together, of which only 100 pairs go into retail. The rest have been manufactured for the Smith family, other VIPs and reserved for a shoe museum. True collector's items.

You can buy your own Nat-2's now with a 10% discount if you use the code VsM10!

The movie After Earth plays one thousand years in the future. After mankind was forced to leave the Earth, has become a new home of the former inhabitants of the Earth, the planet Nova Prime. One of the leaders is Raige Cypher (Will Smith). When he flies a day with his son Kitai (Jaden Smith) from a mission back to Nova Prime, they get into an asteroid storm that forces them to make an emergency landing on Earth. And the earth has changed over the last one thousand years. The adventure begins.

More shoes by Nat-2 at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

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