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Lately Adidas has been hogging the spotlight, dropping revamped classics and genius, out of the box designs. I present to you four sneakers from the brand who has done an exceptionally good job this year. Sneakers that I am completely and hopelessly in love with, finding every way possible to cop them all.
“I’m a tennis player, but a lot of people think I’m a shoe.” – Stan Smith
You may or may not know this but Adidas’ Stan Smith has been around for a very long time. It’s named after Stanley Roger “Stan” Smith, a former world No. 1 American tennis player and two-time Grand Slam singles champion. At the peak of his game, Adidas approached him offering him to wear the sport’s first ever leather shoe, and so history was made.
From a sport shoe to an iconic fashion phenomenon, the Stan Smith shoes have gone through several revisions, revamps, and versions and up until now, it’s still a classic through and through.
This right here is on top of my list for that reason. It’s simple and subtly screams classy. I can imagine it going with just about any kind of outfit. Dressed up in a sleek body-con dress, hair tied in a pony with big wayfarers or dressed down to your distressed jeans and favorite white shirt. This is why it’s been a favorite all this time, the design goes beyond the trends and flashy styles but stays iconic all the same.
Like the Stan Smith, The Superstar is also older than the people who are wearing it. The shoes were released back in 1969 and blew up because of sports, but instead of tennis like the Stan Smith, it blew up in the field of basketball. New, more advanced basketball shoes came out and the hype of the Superstar faded. It was thanks to street culture and music that it came back and really became truly iconic this time.
If the Stan Smith’s claim to fame was its timeless and classic design and simplicity, the same goes with the Superstar but with a more badass vibe. It was worn by rappers and renowned skateboarders and speaks individuality and creativity… especially in it’s newest release in collaboration with Pharell Williams where you’ll be sure to find the perfect one for you ’cause it practically has all colors imaginable (exaggerating but you get my point).
Lusting over this for the same reason I have for the Stan Smith shoes. Lately, I’ve been craving for more simpler outfits. Clean, classic shapes, and neutral colours that complement each other instead of clashing pieces that crown me the queen of migraine town.
Yeezy Boost 350
The hype on this one is real. The shoe was recently released last June 27 and people worldwide have prepared, mentally, physically, and financially for it. The already rich Kanye is definitely much richer now what with his shoe being almost sold out on the first day of its release (not 100% sure about this but I am sure it’s sold out here in the Philippines). Sure, you may find some people selling it but the mark up is just ridiculous. I definitely regret not lining up for this baby.
Props to Kanye for coming up with kind of weird but definitely out of the box and unconventional designs. Yes, it does look like Nike’s Roshe black sail speckle, but I don’t know, this shoe definitely speaks more. Although I must admit, part of its beauty definitely comes from all the hype about it.
Another sneaker that has a striking resemblance to Nike’s Roshe Run or for the more knowledgeable sneaker heads, the Y-3 Qasa High. This shoe originated from Adidas’ 90’s archives of prototype designs which back then, were way too advanced to be made into actual sneakers. It is also the brand’s contribution to the contemporary collection of high street sneakers fashion enthusiasts are lusting over today.
What I love about this shoe is that in spite of all the intricately designed cuts and details, overall, the shoe still looks put together, streamlined, and I don’t know… futuristic-ally-sexy-simple-classy-spinkled-with-a-bit-of-athletic-vibes kind of beautiful. I bet they’d look pretty on my feet.
Frankly, I’ve been leaning on to Nike for a long time now but Adidas definitely stole my heart from them. Props to the Three Stripes brand for all their awesome releases lately and for keeping up with the generation’s changing aesthetic. I really love a brand who keeps up with the fast paced change in the industry and Adidas really did a good job at it.
What about you guys? What sneakers have you been lusting on lately? Tell me in the comments below!