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SA Brand Kicks Brings Local Flair to Growing Sportswear Market

Kicks offers shoes, apparel, and other accessories to help get you from the office to the gym!

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Small Medium to Micro Enterprises have a vital role to play in the creation of jobs, especially in targeting the rampant youth unemployment rate. Kicks Sportswear, South Africa’s brewing apparel and footwear line, is heeding to this call by introducing a South African sports brand from Africa to the world.

This newest apparel and footwear line is inspired by today’s rapid urbanisation and the growing movement to seek a healthy lifestyle. Combining the best of style and function, Kicks Sportswear features footwear, socks, backpacks, flip-flops, and fitness accessories, which all aim to help wearers move more seamlessly from office wear to a workout, striking the perfect balance between comfort and style. For 2 years, Kicks Sportswear provides peak performance and function for the gym without compromising style.

“We see a movement taking place as more young people are looking to nature and the gym to find balance and recharge from their busy lives. To answer that call, we’ve created apparel and footwear that speaks to their sense of urban style while delivering performance for the gym,” says Sammy Mhaule, CEO and Founder of Kicks Sportswear.

The most vulnerable people in the labour market right now are young people. And while it is often easier to shift all responsibility towards the government, small businesses are capable of influencing the job market in South Africa.

“We continue to turn the legacy of Kicks Sportswear  into a material force that transforms the destinies of the poor, the unemployed, youth, women, people with disabilities as well as the geographically and socially marginalised,” concludes Mhaule.

Whether you’re a serious runner, a serious sneakerhead, or both, a pair of Kicks are a must have for anyone looking to flex on the track or outside a fashion show.

You can check out the range of sportswear on Kicks’ official website.

MenStuff.co.za is about bringing men’s lifestyle features and news for the every man’s man. Sport, movies, games, culture and anything else that can grow hair on its chest. You won’t find cringe-worthy stereotypical testosterone-fueled “tips” here. MenStuff is all about catering for the real man of the 21st century – enjoying the fun things in life while also having a laugh and some banter with the lads.

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WIN: R1,000 Fashion Hamper with Nautica Competition

Stand a chance to win with Nautica Competition and MenStuff!

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Nautica Competition is one of the hottest new brands in South Africa, bringing the European stelwart into the local market with a ton of flair and style; and we’ve teamed-up with Nautica to offer one of our lucky readers the chance to win a Nautica Competition hamper valued at over R1,000!

The hamper includes a bunch of Nautica Competition t-shirts that’ll get your summer off to a cracking (and stylish) start.

If you are into big graphic print logo sweatshirts, fun T-shirts and multicoloured shorts Nautica Competition is the brand to head to for the best men’s summer sportswear. This range of urban streetwear is loved for its durability, comfort and style.

Summer promises to be an absolute blowout as we prepare for the various festivities and relaxation after a long year.  Nautica Competition is here to make sure that you look your absolute best, whether you’re dancing the night away, jamming at home or hitting the beach.

On a related trend note, the brand continues to create urban streetwear that brings a refreshed take on the sailing heritage and pieces built with attention to detail, fresh colour accents and great quality, while paying homage to the 90’s rebellion athleisure look.

As for the hamper, it includes the following items:

Cool, so how do I win?

To enter, simply email your name and contact details to competitions@menstuff.co.za – don’t forget to include the subject line “Nautical Competition giveaway” in your email, and hold thumbs!

One entry per person, please. Competition ends on 15 December 2021 at midnight. One winner will be randomly selected.

Please read our competition terms and conditions here.

Remember to also tweet us at @MenStuffZA or tag us on Facebook with @MenStuffZA to letting us know that you’ve entered!

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Birkenstock Showcases Summer Line-up for SA

Birkenstock gives us a sneak-peek at what’s to come this summer.

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With summer rolling in, specialist German footwear brand Birkenstock has unveiled the range of products that will be hitting South African shores for the season.

From double-strap options to cross-strap sandal variations, the new range of Birkenstocks offer South African men (and women) something different thanks to their uniquely designed sole using cork and genuine leather.

There are also new waterproof EVA sandals and slides, which give those who need something a little more robust a decent option in the tougher elements.

Birkenstock’s adventure range also provides the same comfortable support and style, but with an added edge, putting a thicker outsole and more rugged traction, delivering something that’s as stylish on the streets as it is taking on a leisurely hike.

For summer, there are also options that feature floral and pattern prints to add a little flair to your footwear.

Prices range from R699 to R2,799, depending on the model and material.

As the official distributor for South Africa, you can check out Bash Africa’s website for the Birkenstock online store and more info.

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The 5 Best Plus-Size Style Tips

Feeling comfortable in your clothes is a must for any man, and we’ve got some tips to help you out!

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Many men don’t fit into the “ideal” body-type mold and could consider themselves a big-guy – which is something to be proud of. However, this can have the illusion of  having narrow shoulders, and wearing the right clothing can go a long way to making you look sharp and feel more confident with your build. Here are some plus-size fashion tips worth checking out to give any plus-size guy a style-boost:

Dress according to your body

Dress according to your body shape, not what you want to, and this is a rule everyone should take note of. Everybody knows that the dimensions of our bodies vary from the length of our arms to the size of our calves. For instance, if you have the shoulders of a hooker (the rugby kind, sir, steady on), your thighs might be the width of a shoulder. 

It is possible for your stomach to be larger than your neck, or vice versa – we are all different and it is all possible. You must be able to determine exactly what your body looks like if you wish to properly dress or more specifically flatter it. You should measure yourself and search for clothes of the appropriate size. Peter Millar has everything to offer you according to your body size and shape. 

Always try first

Always try on first, no matter what. It might be a false economy, but if what you buy online or grab from the sale rack on your lunch break is pretty difficult to get on, then it might not be the best use of your time. Consider taking just a few minutes to dress in a few different things and examine how they fit in the mirror. It’s always worth it.

Sizing & Tailoring

A modern way to outfit yourself is by buying off the rack (in fact, it only really took off during the 20th century). In general, though, it is not a particularly advisable move, unless you happen to be some manufacturer’s Vitruvian Man. It might not be possible to have all of your clothing custom-made, but a tailor can nip and tuck where necessary to give store-bought clothing a whole new look.

Patterns and prints have the power to transform

Patterns and prints like stripes, florals, and chevrons instantly draw the eye. Therefore, they need to be deployed wisely. For the parts of your body, you prefer to show off, choose patterns, prints, and even bright contrast colours. For example, stripes with wide horizontal segments will only accentuate an already large torso area – which is fine, but only if that’s what you’re going for.

Be aware of what to avoid

It applies to all, but especially to men who don’t have a model-like build. Determine your style before doing anything else. Fashion trends can be incorporated from time to time, but they must work with your body rather than against it. Cuban collars? They look great on anyone. What about bare-chested suits? Probably not.

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Under Armour South Africa Launches Performance Eyewear Collection

Under Armour eyewear is here.

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It may be easy to just grab any old pair of sunglasses from the shelf of your favourite fashion retailer, but when it comes to finding the best eyewear for sports and an active lifestyle, things get a little trickier. Under Armour is hoping to change that with a new range of stylish, performance eyewear.

Under Armour South Africa continues to take performance innovation to the next level with the unveiling of a new, sports performance eyewear range. The collection has performance, innovation and quality at its core and aims to set the benchmark for athletic eyewear across the globe.

Designed to meet specific athlete needs, whether going for a run or engaging in high-impact sport, the eyewear range protects an athlete’s eyes from harmful rays and enhances player performance. According to Under Armour, the frames have been designed with the lightest weight thermoplastics to provide the highest level of durability and maximum flexibility. The frame construction provides an anatomical fit that auto-adjusts without pressure points, so you won’t feel that side of the head “squeeze” that usually causes discomfort.

The new UA Eyewear range boasts vision performance solutions you’re sure to love. From the scientifically engineered lenses for ultimate visual clarity and precision by sport to the 100% UVA and UVB lenses featuring enhanced impact protection that provide the armour to protect your most valuable asset, your eyes.

There is no bouncing and sliding down off the nose when engaged in high-impact activity, instead, athletes wearing the new UA shades will experience superior comfort and fit that stretches and recovers with your movement to let you perform at your highest levels.

Performance

Every Under Armour piece of eyewear offers key performance features and benefits. Whether it’s the nose pads, temples, or lenses Under Armour has taken no shortcuts to ensure this eyewear collection provides long-lasting wear and all-day comfort. UA is built on performance, and the brand says the key to the new eyewear range is making sure athletes are prepared to perform at the highest level with no setbacks.

What’s more, all Performance Sunglass lenses & UA Tunded lenses have a hydro/oleophobic coating applied to the front and back of the lenses. This unique coating repels water, dust, oil and dirt from the lenses, to ensure they stay clean for longer.

Under Armour Eyewear starts from R1,599 per pair. Shop the new UA Eyewear collection online from the Under Armour South Africa website now.

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Puma’s Voyage Nitro Trail Running Shoes Hit SA: Price, Details

Puma Run’s first trail running shoe makes its way to SA!

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Puma has introduced its first trail running shoe through its Puma Run line, the Voyage Nitro, which features a two-part midsole with the brand’s Nitro cushioning tech, which has appeared on many of their recent running silos.

The Nitro foam underfoot is infused with nitrogen through an innovative new process that makes it possible to combine three key benefits to the runner — responsiveness, cushioning, and is extremely lightweight for a more effortless run.

Weighing in at 304 grams (in a UK8), the Voyage Nitro also features durable Pumagrip to enhance the traction of the outsole. Puma analysed the best fitting running shoes in the industry to develop an improved performance fit through new last shapes based on different usages and the Voyage Nitro will fit a variety of foot shapes. A durable rubber compound, Pumagrip, provides multi-surface traction.

This shoe is made with Optifit technology that wraps the foot for a secure fit on uneven terrain.

The Voyage Nitro will be available from Puma’s online store, Puma stores, Totalsports, Cape Union Mart and select retailers from September 2021, retailing for R2,799.

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