The Nike Free Powerlines+ NRG ($120 USD) is made with a woven textile upper for lightweight breathability and deep flex grooves that deliver a barefoot-like feel. The Nike Free construction fuses the midsole and outsole for more natural movement, while synthetic overlays provide snug support and a glove-like fit. The Nike Free Run+ 2 ($135 USD) maximizes the foot’s natural range of motion while providing protection and flex grooves for a more natural, barefoot-like stride. The shoe features a wool upper with synthetic overlays and an asymmetrical lacing system to help reduce pressure over the top ridge of the foot. Both shoes include Nike+ technology enabling the wearer to synch runs with the Nike+ phone app or the Nike+ Fuel band. These new Nike releases are available now at Kith Manhattan or by phone order at 646-648-6285 while supplies last.

Nike has recently redesigned the iconic Air Max line to feature Engineered Mesh material. The new mesh patterns enhance the functionality while retaining the overall look of the original models. It enables both tight and loose perforation patterns to replace traditional color blocking, gradients and overlay placement. Using “zoned” construction, Nike uses tighter patterns where durability is paramount while looser patterns are used where breathability is needed. The result is a more breathable, flexible and durable Air Max shoe. The latest shoes from the line are the Air Max 90 EM Infrared ($120 USD) Air Max 97 EM Silver ($155 USD), both of which are now available at Kith NYC stores or by phone order at 646-648-6285.

Supra and rapper Lil Wayne take over Stevie Williams’ S1W skate shoe. This new, high performance, mid-top comes with a lightweight, cored out, cup sole featuring pigskin suede and a full grain leather upper. Extra protection and comfort is provided by the padded side gill design and a new SUPRAFOAM® footbed with impact technology. The padded heel-pull insert delivers both functionality and added comfort. “President” and “Carter IV” are printed on the all red right and left insoles and the Stevie Williams signature label can be found adorned on the tongue. Pick up the latest shoe at Kith Manhattan and KithNYC.com for $105 USD.

New Balance kicks off their Spring 2013 range with a Made in the USA 1300 and classic 1500. Made at their factories in Maine, the M1300ER ($160 USD) is crafted from nubuck and mesh with grey, blue and red on the upper. Hits of white and red are also present on the cushioned ENCAP midsoles. The smooth CM1500GG ($155 USD) takes on a new premium green suede and grey mesh upper. Multiple materials tie this shoe together with a matching midsole in off-white, green, grey and black sitting below. Look for these two models at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com starting today.

Back by popular demand, Kith is excited to announce an all new run of the popular Kith Blue Label Mercer Pants. The Military inspired cut uses a strong cotton twill build that features its staple elastic cuff at the bottom for an enclosed fit and to help amplify your daily footwear choice. This time around the new pants offerings come in black, charcoal and olive options as well as now presenting a limited re-stock in camo. The pants will be available starting today, Friday, January 11th, 2013, at 11am EST for $125 USD at both Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com while supplies last.

Giuseppe Zanotti‘s full line of men’s footwear features high quality, fashion forward footwear designs made from some of the finest materials around. The latest style to emerge is the Hardware Hi, a brown and gold shoe made with metallic gold leather and heavy duty canvas. Additional details include a black vulcanized midsole, gold tone hardware, the style’s staple logo embossed curved metal bar with a velcro closure, heavy duty zippers and black waxed cotton rope laces tying it all together. The latest Guiseppe Zanotti style is available today at Kith Manhattan and KithNYC.com for $825 USD while quantities last.

Timberland‘s latest boot offering is the innovative GT Scramble high-top boot. The style is 100% waterproof and is specifically built tough to take on the outdoors. The exterior includes a durable suede/mesh upper, gusseted tongue construction, D-ring lace loops and a padded ankle collar. Below sits a lightweight cushioned EVA midsole and a Gripstick® Green Rubber™ lugged outsole for an all-terrain use. Perfect to finish out the winter season, you can check out the GT Scramble at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com today for $100 USD.

The new year brings updated Grenson styles to finish out the winter season. First up is the Spike ($385 USD), Grenson‘s modern interpretation of an American outdoor classic Duck Boot. The shoe is made with premium calf grain leather and a smooth leather ‘duck’ toe. The boot is leather-lined for comfort and built with a lightweight flex outdoor sole. The Alistair ($385 USD) is an updated Chelsea Boot featuring wing-tip detailing and a white wedge rubber sole. The ankle includes its staple elastic fit and pull-tabs on the heel for easy access. The popular Fred ($360 USD) boot is back this month. The lace-up Work Boot style features brogue details with a burnished leather upper, while below sits a Vibram “moreflex” sole for durability. You can purchase the Alistair at Kith Manhattan and online, and the Spike and Fred boots at both Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com.

Giuseppe Zanotti first began designing men’s sneakers as a hobby. What was first an interest has now blossomed into a full line of pieces of high quality, fashion forward footwear. Four new styles emerge for January 2013, all offering sleek, innovative designs that are made from the finest materials. First up is the Snakeskin Hi featuring a snakeskin leather covering the entire silhouette. Heavy duty zippers detail the shoe, while white waxed cotton laces and white vulcanized midsoles ensure that the sneaker pops. The Studded Gold Mirror Hi is a premium gold colored leather shoe with gold zipper details on the sides and gold-tone cone stud embellishments complementing the style. The Hardware Hi features a black texturized leather upper, with silver tone hardware, a logo embossed curved metal bar and a velcro closure. Finally the London Low uses a textured foxing at the toe, logo detailing at heel and black rubber midsoles. A premium expresso leather and a fine taupe suede make up the upper, while heavy duty gold zippers detail the sides with waxed cotton laces to match. The new Giuseppe Zanotti collection lands at Kith Manhattan and KithNYC.com this week ranging from $550 USD – $825 USD in very limited quantities.

This last year has been one of the best years of my life. With Kith having success in such a short period of time, I believed it was extremely important to put time aside and remember how fortunate we all are to have shoes to put on everyday. I want to bring awareness to all of you and stress how important it is to give to the unfortunate whenever you are in a position to do so.

This colorway and final sample was sent to me over 3 years ago and the inspiration was the Soles for Souls T-shirt colorway which was green and white. I was lucky enough to have ASICS agree to work on a charity project that would bring over 300 pairs of brand new sneakers to the less fortunate in Haiti. I wanted to not only bring the Haitians sneakers but give them something fresh for the new year. Brand new kicks made with heavy materials that would last them a while (until the next time I come through).

Heading over to Haiti is Kith’s very own Pete Forester. Pete will be there to distribute the sneakers and t-shirts starting tomorrow and will spend 5 days with the Haitians doing different activities. Pete has played such a major role with growing Kith this past year and was quick to volunteer. I mean he REALLY wanted to go. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Pete. These are the type of gestures that will never go unnoticed.

There are other plans that will put in effect soon. A plan that will involve some of you to help with this program. Until then, lets wish Pete a safe trip! Make sure to follow pete on his journey here.

More information about Sole for Souls:

In developing countries, and regions that have experienced recent turmoil, the populations live without resources that we take for granted. Whether it be consistent electricity, hot or running water, or even clean drinking water that might be hard to find or far away. They live in houses without proper roofing, go without warm clothes, and many without shoes. Not all of these problems are immediately solvable, but Soles for Soles is an organization that strives to solve a part of it.

You’re reading this on a blog that is largely about footwear and about exposing you to the next best pair. It’s easy to forget that these shoes perform important functions. Without shoes distances become unsafe to walk, without the support or protection from footwear ankles can be sprained, cuts can be exposed to bacteria and parasites.

Soles for Soles takes shoes (new and gently used) and brings them to underprivileged communities all over the world. Communities in Haiti, Tanzania, Costa Rica, and more, allowing these people to safely transport themselves to areas with safer resources, homes, and communities.