After being conspicuously absent for the past few seasons, adidas‘ all time best-selling shoe is set to make a return in 2014: the iconic Stan Smith. With over 40 million pairs sold, the adidas Stan Smith will return to adidas Originals Consortium accounts for 2013 fall/winter. However, buyers can find the full range of Stan Smith shoes starting January 2014 with a second drop in July 2014.
adidas SLVR makes use of the sportswear companies new Primeknit technology to introduce two versions of their "Campus' silhouettes. CL-Primeknit features a black and white primeknit woven upper set on a simple white rubber sole, giving this highly tech-heavy shoe a more casual aesthetic. More in-your-face is the AR-Primeknit, a high-top shoe that blends both a running shoe and a high-cut boot for a totally unique look. Featuring the same Primeknit upper, we couldn't help but notice the "1/300" printed on the tongue, perhaps indicating a highly limited release. Look for the collection at adidas SLVR retailers worldwide.
Hypebeast sat down with some key players at adidas during the recent unveiling of their ‘Boost’ technology and put together this great video explaining exactly what it is. Each sole made from this innovative material is comprised of approximately 2500 EVA foam ‘energy capsules’ that absorb the impact from each stride and uses that stored energy to propel the user: translating into more speed and longer endurance in running. Teaming up with German textile giant BASF, adidas believes they are on to the next big thing in terms of EVA-derived soles. What do you think?
adidas Originals and New York retailer-turned-label Opening Ceremony have released the first look at their second collaborative collection for Spring 2013, starting with the ‘EQT Trail’ High-top sneaker. Injecting this classic adidas Originals silhouette with bright animal print paneling providing strong contrast to the deep blue suede of the upper. With this seasons collaboration taking inspiration from running and tennis, this sneaker inject sport elements into a design that’s clearly street-oriented. Finished off with a removable navy suede liner (see below) and custom Opening Ceremony x adidas Originals heel tags, you can pick this sneaker up now online at Sneakers N’ Stuff for $209 USD.
adidas Originals and New York retailer-turned-label Opening Ceremony have released the first look at their second collaborative collection for Spring 2013, releasing this bright striped take on the “Rod Laver Vintage Hi”. Available in two brightly-patterned striped motifs, the sneaker is also offered in straight black or white colorways for those that don’t need the extra attention. Expect these to drop at select adidas Originals retailers soon.
adidas Originals Blue is a collection designed with understated styling and quality tailoring in mind, innovating classics with modern character. The spring/summer 2013 lookbook exclusively features people within the creative industry to model the collection. This season’s cast presents London talents, including Peter and Kerry, dynamic music duo; Chantelle Lue, working in the press department for acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid; and Chris Gove, part of menswear label Percival.
adidas Running has released a teaser showcasing their new ‘Boost’ technology. With the claim that “this will change running forever,” adidas’s newest cushioning technology is composed of thermoplastic beads that are fused together, forming the midsole of the shoe. Based on the video, the results seem pretty undeniable when compared to a traditional EVA sole.
For this release they pay tribute to their hometown of Aberdeen, “The Granite City”. Both the colour way and material application are inspired by our surroundings which were historically built from locally quarried granite. Executed in suede, mesh and nubuck, the grey upper of the Centaur depicts the seasonal change of Aberdeen’s granite landscape. At the rear of the shoe there is a dark grey suede with a heavy nap representing the gloom of winter which is offset by a dual layered silver mesh and light grey nubuck that leans towards the fairer months of the year. Additional features appear by way of red accents, granite three stripes and multi print sock liner. The detail on the stripes was created by applying a mirror image print of the grain on the stonework at our warehouse to a black 3M reflective material, while the footbed and tongue backer draws inspiration from adidas’ archive boxes and tissue paper. The Hanon x adidas Consortium CNTR is officially available via the Hanon online store.
Despite being sidelined by a knee injury last season that’s still plaguing the Chicago Bulls star, Derrick Rose and adidas continue to collaborate with the release of his sixth signature shoe: the D Rose 3.5. Fonded on adidas’ most current performance technology, the D Rose 3.5 features a spiral overlay pattern, a synthetic leather upper features the spiral protruding from the D Rose logo on the ankle. Chicago call-outs on the inside of the tongue showcase Rose’s allegiance to the Windy City: including a “Rooted in Chicago” graphic with lettering, colors and shapes inspired by his tattoos and the City of Chicago flag. The oversized tongue features a reflective overlay of the logo. The D Rose 3.5 will be available in the ‘home’ and ‘away’ colorways pictured here online starting January 31 and retailing for $160 USD. Expect various other colorways to drop in early spring.
adidas offer us a humorous look at the creation of its ‘Primeknit’ material, first introduced during the London 2012 Olympics. Not just for ‘Lazer Pterodactyls’ anymore, ‘Flyknit’ represents a new trend in manufacturing that emphasizes the highest levels of efficiency and little-to-no waste in the production process. Currently there is some contentious debate surrounding adidas’ ‘Primeknit’, since Nike claims it’s just a little too similar to their ‘Flyknit’ offering. We think there’s plenty of knitting to go around for all of us.