Updates on the new Ford Ranger, a sleek New Balance 992 celebrating a decade of Todd Snyder and how cracks in the global supply chain might block your next Nike purchase.
If you were planning on picking up a new pair of Nike's you (and the store you planned on shopping with) might be out of luck. Revealed yesterday, Nike is sending letters to partner retailers, explaining that — due to issues with the global supply chain — Nike will be canceling product orders that span from holiday 2021 (aka: right now) all the way through summer 2022. In the short term, that means that most secondary retailers (basically, stores that aren't run by Nike itself) won't have any Swoosh on the shelves for the foreseeable future. On top of even more difficult-t0-acquire drops and extra-limited releases, the most cynical industry voices are predicting that this is Nike's incognito way to go full DTC; with secondary retailers cut out for the next six months or more, it will make it easier for Nike to fold its entire retail operation under first-party stores (not counting specific boutiques or "Tier 0" shops). While that's going to make sneaker shopping this holiday season even more perilous, we recommend focusing on the positives. With turkey day in our near future, we're celebrating everything from the announcement of a new Ford Ranger to Todd Snyder's celebration of the New Balance 992. This is Today in Gear.
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Engineered to provide a custom fit, the We-Vibe Chorus' double-hinged, C-shape design can be bent and tweaked to comfortably fit both partners, staying in place during sex or used in solo play. The unique "Squeeze remote" makes the Chorus especially intuitive. Changing the intensity or vibration of the Chorus only takes a slight squeeze; the tighter you grip, the more intense the reaction.
We know you're well aware of Aimé Leon Dore's blockbuster New Balance collab series, but that shouldn't overshadow the other top-tier designer collabs New Balance has in the works. Case in point, Todd Snyder's take on the 992. Celebrating Snyder's ten years in the business and decked out in signature New Balance grey (you know it when you see it), it features vegetable-tanned leather accents and the numbers "2011" and "2021" on the left and right heels respectively. Pre-orders open December 1.
With Ford looking to shake up its entire truck lineup (including the F-Series), industry watchers have been expecting the Ranger to get its own upgrade. With a stretched wheelbase, C-shaped LED headlights (among other things) it's a rework that clearly takes cues from the newer F-150 models. It's the interior that's received the most notable upgrade, with most controls and meters going fully digital — on top of a SYNC 4 operating, vertically-aligned infotainment system. Launch is expected for the 2023 model year.
Poltergeist Work's Jakub Wieczorkiewicz and Real Steel are following up their Luna design with the Solis — dropping December 1. Using a modified sheepsfoot blade and slip joint design, the 74mm blade has more in common with Wieczorkiewicz's custom design work. This includes the signature raised spine and the split pocket clip, elongated holes and chamfer design, which — when taken together — give the blade a more modern aesthetic (and lends itself to a variety of different materials and detailing).
Known for its simple, streamlined watches, Instrmnt is launching a catch-all tray that reflects the brand's modern and minimal approach to design. Batch-cast in the U.K., the trays can be tweaked with the addition of a stationary pot (which is designed for pens but could be used to hold flowers) and a candle holder (which can fit a 22mm taper candle or use the 3mm hole for incense). The trays are made from off-white jesmonite, and the optional accessories are crafted from raw aluminum.