Some days we wake up with a hangover that seems to cling to us like a death grip. That my friends, is age. But at 60, adidas Originals shows no signs of slowing down. Pulling out all stops with the Five-Two-3 Brands Pack, the brand’s most iconic styles get on the receiving end of some dope reimaginings in this heavily anticipated limited edition collaboration project with some of the world’s must groundbreaking global labels. Classic’s like you’ve never seen ’em before.
Nom De Guerre x Forum (above)
It’s a war out there and New York creative collective, Nom De Guerre from New York have chosen the Forum basketball shoe to fight back. Using the US military jungle boot as inspiration, the white ankle strap references war hospital ankle bandaging and sets off the military grey-green upper. It’s finished off with the Nom De Guerre logo across the front and a target practive symbol on the sole.
Maharishi x Stan Smith
One of UK’s most influential brands, Maharishi chose the Stan Smith tennis shoe to stamp. Reknown for its use of recycled workwear and military surplus, the upper of this Stan Smith gets a blue chambray fabric finishing inspired by WWII naval shirting. The 1994-born Maharishi dragon motif sits on the tongue and heel and metal eyelets recreates adidas’ 3-stripes. A special ‘XV Mahadidas’ sockliner competed this one-of-a-kind creation.
Porter x Nizza
Porter is epoch-making private label of Japan’s leading luggage brand Yoshida & Co. Their black padded nylon and orange-lined Tanker series, around since 1983, inspired this striking Nizza Hi rework. Accenting the panneling detail is a silver zipper down the heel, which takes the baggage theme one step beyond while serving a utilitarian purpose in ease-of-wear. Served up in what else: a zip-pocketed Porter Tanker tote bag.
X-Large x Superstar
Large-living LA superbrand X-Large picked the Superstar’s timeless fat-lace and friendly curves to remix. Blending skateboarding, hip-hop, and art culture, X-Large alternate lime green, purple, pink and blue snakeskin effect leathers, topped with black suede stripes on the upper and a pimped up X-Large Trefoil logo on the heel tab. The white rubber shell keeps things striking while six sets of coloured laces emblazoned with the slogan, “Getting no respect since ’91” keeps things appropriately versatile. We’re ape over it.
Stone Island x Samba
Italy’s Stone Island makes an unconventional restyling of adidas Originals’ classic Samba soccer trainers. Renowned for their trailblazing work in researching fabric treatments, Raso Gommato fabric is used for the upper, dyed and then a colour corrosion is unleashed, leaving the 3-stripes to speak for itself. An asymmetric zip fastening replaces conventional lacing, and just like their clothing, the left carries the famous compass logo. With stitch detailing and suede forked forefoot panel enhancing Samba’s streamline silhouette, this collabo is epic.
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