Nintendo and Vans together: Geek is the new chic.

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Tomorrow is the launch day of the long awaited Vans collection inspired by the classic 8-bit NES games by the Japanese company Nintendo. The American skateboarding and footwear company has a long collaborations’ story with pop culture institutions (Marvel, Andy Warhol, Beatles, New Order and several music bands amongst others). Now, they have teamed with the legendary games company Nintendo to launch a collection comprising of footwear, garments and accessories.

The legacy of Nintendo is vast and deeply influential. Since their beginning in late XIX century as a playing cards producer, Nintendo gained success using  their strict work ethics which in a way somewhat relates to the brand’s name (Nintendo means leave luck to heaven in Japanese). They made their first video game in 1978 after hiring the young Shigeru Miyamoto, a 24 year old illustrator who idolized Walt Disney’s universe as a child, as the company’s first staff artist. He would eventually become the creator of some of the most iconic sagas in the Nintendo universe: Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda and the Wii series.

The inspiration from the Vans pack comes from a handful of different trends. On one side, the gaming nostalgia and retrogaming trend, deeply rooted in the remix culture we’re living in, affecting particularly the so called millennials whom developed a big brand loyalty to Nintendo. The 90s vintage comeback is one of the effects of this nostalgic trend and can also be considered a deep stylistic influence for this collection. Related to this nostalgic trend, we can find as well the geek is the new chic maxim we’ve been seeing both in fashion and streetwear lately, as in Agi & Sam LEGO masks or in pixel and glitch prints (KOTTÉ‘s first collections are good examples of this trend in the underground fashion design sector). On the other side, this collection is obviously influenced by vintage gaming aesthetics, something we can trace in the massive use of neon and indexed colour palettes and also in the appreciation of 8-bit inspired and pixelated shapes. All of these influences are applied to the beloved classic Vans Sk8-Hi, Old Skool and Classic slip-ons designs.

As for the pack itself, the collection is organised in several categories echoing the way customers consumed Nintendo games in those early pioneering years. There’s a basic pack consisting of designs based on the NES console and its controllers, now a fetishist consumption product tingling in millennials‘ hearts.

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The next collection comes by the hand of the most successful Nintendo series after Wii and one of the most iconic and recognizable characters of video games history, Super Mario. Due to this saga relevance this part of the pack has several different branches. One is starred by Mario himself, his brother Luigi and several minor characters of the universe like Koopa, Toad, Yoshi…

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Another one has Mario as a main character again but this time focusing on the iconic GAME OVER text we all had seen when our playing ability was not at its peak. The slides on this category can’t be cooler!

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Finally, Princess Peach not surprisingly has her own branch of the collection. At the end she was the reason Mario has to deal with all those trials and difficulties that provided us with so many hours of fun. And, of course, pink is always an awesome colour to wear!

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Are you ready for this geeky retrogaming trend? Because we can’t wait until tomorrow to have this awesome collection in our hands and start to seeing it on the streets!

by Marcos F Gallego

Scorpion’s festivals guide 2016

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Summertime is coming and once again the festival season slowly encroaches on our workaholic lives. Those days of cool sounds, joy and booze under the sun are finally back and we at Scorpion Shoes are looking forward to get the most out of them. Here is our selection of upcoming events with a bit of music and happiness for every taste and age:

MAY

LOVE SAVES THE DAY 28th and 29th – Bristol

Major electronic two-dayer nurtured in Glastonbury’s Dance Field with Hot Chip, Dizzee Rascal…

COMMON PEOPLE 28th and 29th – Oxford + Southampton

Second year of this festival baby from the Bestival franchise with Primal Scream, Duran Duran…

WE ARE FSTVL 28th and 29th – Upminster, London

Mega rave offering 14 stages of electronic music with Sven Väth, Fatboy Slim…

JUNE

RED ROOSTER 2nd to 4th – Euston, Suffolk

Small and chilled event in Suffolk’s countryside full of Americana and good vibes with James Leg, Bob Log III…

GOTTWOOD 9th to 12th – Holyhead

Wales woodlands rave with Two Bad Mice, Andrew Weatherall…

DOWNLOAD 10th to 12th – Castle Donnington

One of the best-loved British heavy rock festivals with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden…

FIELD DAY 11th and 12th – Victoria Park, London

One electronic music and one indie rock day on the trendiest capital park with James Blake, PJ Harvey…

PARK LIFE 11th and 12th – Manchester

Hip hop and dance blow-out in Heaton Park with Major Lazer, Ice Cube…

AFRICA OYÉ 18th and 19th – Liverpool

One of Britain’s only large scale free events, focused on African music with Ifa Band, Mbongwana Star…

GLASTONBURY 22nd to 26th – Pilton

The world famous mainstream festival with Adele, New Order…

BLISSFIELDS 30th to 2nd July – Woodmancott

Themed around a house party for this year with Roni Size, Everything, everything…

JULY

LOVE SUPREME JAZZ FESTIVAL 1st to 3rd – Glynde Valley, Brighton

The jazz extravaganza funniest festival with Grace Jones, Burt Bacharach…

BRITISH SUMMER TIME 1st to 10th – Hyde Park, London

Mainstream giant superstar pop concerts in the heart of West London with Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons…

NASS 8th to 10th – Shepton Mallet

As much about action sports (BMX, mountain bike, stunt skating…) as about music with Stormzy, Knife Party…

T IN THE PARK 8th to 10th – Auchterader, Scotland

Scotland’s biggest festival with The Stone Roses, Disclosure…

LOVEBOX 15th and 16th – Victoria Park, London

Dance festival that emerged from Groove Armada’s club of the same name with LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer…

CITADEL 17th – Victoria Park, London

Make the most of this summer Sunday with Sigur Rós, Caribou…

LEEFEST 28th to 30th – Secret location in Kent

Began as a teen party, this is one of the most special festivals across Britain with Roots Manuva, Little Simz…

CAMBRIDGE FOLK 28th to 31st – Cherry Hinton

At its 52nd edition, one of the oldest festivals in Britain and a folkie institution with Gogol Bordello, Imelda May…

WOMAD 28th to 31st – Malmesbury

Probably the most renowned world music festival in the world with Sidestepper, Tetish…

BOOM BAP 29th to 31st – Mildenhall

Only hip hop event of its kind in the United Kingdom with Da$h, A-F-R-O…

AUGUST

BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART 4th to 6th – Beauly, Inverness

One of the northernmost festivals in the United Kingdom full of Celtic vibes with Madness, The Darkness…

WILDERNESS 4th to 7th – Great Tew, Oxfordshire

Wilderness is a chance to enjoy a natural reserve environment and lots of side activities and classy night parties with The Flaming Lips, Robert Plant…

BOARDMASTERS 10th 14th – Newquay, Cornwall

A surf and music five day party with Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David…

GREEN MAN 18th to 21st – Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons

Full of rootsy charm in the Welsh countryside this event comes full of magic with James Blake, Wild Beasts…

V 20th and 21st – Weston-under-Lizard + Chelmsford

If mainstream pop is your piece of cake you will certainly love this festival with Rihanna, Justin Bieber…

CREAMFIELDS 25th to 28th – Daresbury

UK’s biggest dance music festival with Fatboy Slim, Tiësto…

THE BIG FEASTIVAL 26th to 28th – Kingham

Hosted by Jamie Oliver and Alex James, this gastro-fest have as many big name chefs as bands. With Róisín Murphy, Foxes…

SEPTEMBER

END OF THE ROAD 2nd to 4th – Tollard Royal, Wiltshire

Laid-on and impressively curated, this small festival is a healing experience to mark the end of the summer with Animal Collective, Cat Power, Joanna Newsom…

ONE LOVE 2nd to 4th – Chigwell, Essex

UK’s only major reggae festival with Lee Scratch Perry, The Gladiators…

BESTIVAL 8th to 11th – Downend, Isle of Wight

The last major summer event, this festival in Isle of Wight is going to show a drum&bass history set by curator Rob da Bank as well as the performances of Hot Chip, The Cure…

UNDERCOVER 9th and 10th – Brighton

Boozely affable event focused on ska and punk performances with Spear of Destiny, The Selecter…

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Everything was easier before 2005. You just got some of your best looking old clothes and shoes to enjoy those days in a tent and in front of the stage with your friends at your side and a drink in your hand. Indeed you had to worry about looking great just in case that girl or guy (or both) were around, dress to impress you know… But it was mostly about looking nice without ruining your best footwear and clothes for the rest of the year. Then, that summer of 2005 at Glastonbury, Kate Moss stomped in the mud wearing a pair of Hunter Wellington boots and the game changed forever. The British style icon thankfully forced us all to stop worrying about wearing practical comfortable clothes and shoes that could easily adapt to unpredictable weathers (and probably lakes of mud) but to look chic and show some style even in the wildest conditions.

Well, maybe you need to keep worrying about your clothing but here at Scorpion Shoes we’ve decided to give you a helping hand at least with your footwear. We’ve been delving into magazine articles, influencers’ selfies and blog posts to grab an idea of what the trendies and TOWIEs (if that’s an indicator) are going to wear for the festival season. So here is our selection of favourites for every occasion and scenario. Are you ready?

Starting from THE CLASSICS, immortal styles which are going to work in every occasion. An easy pick, true, but also a wise one:

-After Kendall Jenner’s Instagram post last year, white sneakers are going to be everywhere this 2016. Nike Air Force 1 is the eternal standard but the Adidas Superstar will be seen everywhere too. Why not try the black option? Black is the new black, you know…

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-Converse is a festival classic and you can go for the most iconic fabric but maybe you’d feel safer choosing the colourful rubber or the more durable leather option.

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-Also an eternal style favourite, Vans is coming back stronger than ever this year. You can go for the special 50th anniversary or the Hoffmann Fabrics collaboration editions but as we’re speaking about classics, the Old Skool has always been (and will always be) there.

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As for classics, we also need to consider SHOES, always a smarter option which is also compatible with the latest streetwear trends.

-Dr. Martens 8249 shoes, East Londoners’ official footwear, are a good option for those who play hard at electronic or ska nights.

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-Even more arty, the deconstructed suede shoe Trigenic by Clarks is an option for the avant garde who also look for total comfort.

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-Moccasins are definitely on trend this year: they might be more suitable for drier climates (as this trend actually began in Coachella’s dusty environment) but with the Minnetonka suede moccasin/ankle boots you are going to look like the Wild West Queen.

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Another classic range, perfect for the ever-changing British weather, is BOOTS. Here are our choice picks;

-The durable and all-purpose Caterpillar are the perfect match for hip hop and RnB environments.

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-The Dr. Martens classic 1460 boot is more suitable for indie and alternative gigs and with the 90s’ comeback, we’re sure you are absolutely in!

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-Another big trend this year is ankle and cowboy boots… We have chosen the Blundstone in burgundy to match almost any outfit and weather/music condition.

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-Wellington boots are a festival classic which work great both for comfort and style. Although Hunters are a bit off trend this year, the handmade and super high quality French brand Le Chameau can offer a very distinct and elegant alternative.

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Also, Wellington booties are always a good choice and we are definitely in love with the classic sailor charm of the Barbour Beacon.

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Trying to avoid muddy floors but wanting to keep your feet fresh and cool? Then FLATFORMS are made for you!

-There’s no fresher flatform than the Fred Perry Phoenix, with its mesh fabric, they guarantee a cool retro look!

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-The Superga 2790, with its iconic shape and huge variety of colours, is always a good choice but, if you’re feeling a bit more summery, then you definitely have to go for the rope sole collection, mixing the best of flatforms with the natural and warm espadrilles look.

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Oh and espadrilles! We are all waiting for the first batch of heat to wear these comfortable and light shoes and pretend to be Don Johnson. They’re omnipresent on beaches, pools and of course festivals. And when speaking about espadrilles, of course Toms is the reference. You can go for the most classic ones or this year’s new design, the open toe ones. With their large range of designs and prints it’s always difficult to choose one…

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Last but not least, an unmissable item for any proper summer outfit and something that you can’t miss when packing for a festival, SANDALS. You will need them for taking a shower (if you are one of that kind) but they also are a big trend accessory nowadays!

-On one hand you can go for the classier styles that different brands are offering, from the wedges on the Tommy Hilfiger style to the high quality leather and exceptional design of the Camper models, not forgetting the awesome and delicate Hush Puppies, perfect for a warm and natural look.

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-On the other hand, this year’s biggest trend comes from two classics reinvented. Both the Nike Benassi and the Adidas Adilette are brought back to life with the addition of white socks. Yes, white socks and sports slides… What some years ago was still an aesthetic affront has become the must wear of this season. Even Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora can be seen wearing them all the time! And, of course, it all started some years ago with the combination of the most famous German sandals brand, Birkenstock, and thick wool socks, being worn even during wintertime by almost every fashion connoisseur around the globe.

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BONUS TIP

Not to forget, one of the most important fashion accessories you need for a complete festival outfit (and the only one which is absolutely necessary, to be honest) is a good BACKPACK. We have chosen two different styles from our huge range of bags. The all purpose classic Converse bag is full of different sized pockets and perfect to keep all your stuff under control during those long and crazy festival days. Our other choice is the high quality and very original Sprayground Livest One with a lovely and colourful ethnic-inspired print and golden details that is going to make you stand out from the crowd which ever festival you end up at!

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by Marcos F Gallego

DISNEY x VANS ‘YOUNG AT HEART’ COLLECTION

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Vans and Disney come together for a magical collaboration that reimagines some of the most
beloved and iconic animated characters.

Providing another perspective to the youthful cartoons, they come to life in a new way
thanks to revered Vans silhouettes.

The Disney x Vans “Young at Heart” Collection features the likes of Mickey Mouse,
Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Winnie The Pooh, Goofy and Pluto.
Each of these transcendent characters can be seen throughout the Classic Slip-On,
Authentic, Era and Sk8-Hi Reissue.

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COMING SOON AT SCORPION ☞ STAY TUNED!

Vans MTE Mountain Edition

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Vans makes sure your feet can stay warm and dry in style this fall and winter with the Mountain Edition footwear collection, featuring weather-resistant, boot-like versions of the Era and Sk8-Hi. Designed to take on the elements, the
Era MTE and Sk8-Hi MTE both feature durable leather/suede uppers lined with a fleece layer and a heat
retention layer, as well as a Scotchgard treated exterior. A gusseted tongue on each model also helps ensure your
feet will stay dry in the rain and snow. Below sits a reverse-mold Waffle sole for increased traction. The Era MTE and
SK8-Hi MTE debut in Black, Dress Blues and Glazed Ginger colorways, with an additional collab version of the
Sk8-Hi MTE designed by Vans team rider and snowboard legend Jamie Lynn.

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Shop your Vans MTE HERE.