For a brand that sprang from Adi Dassler’s obsession with specialized, performance, athletic footwear, Adidas have have been ahead of the curve when it comes to fashion for a long time. Even before fashion designers were brought into the fold, footwear models ranging from high-end tennis shoes and state of the art runners, to ultra-specific models for lawn bowling and handball were coveted objects on city streets all over the world, and three stripes branded apparel was the final word in leisurewear.Fast forward a few decades, and these sportswear essentials aren’t just something to throw on; they are an integral part of contemporary fashion. For Spring 2017, Adidas has once again enlisted the services of design luminary Alexander Wang, on a collection that takes on timeless pieces from the Adidas archives.The second Adidas x Alexander Wang Spring 2017drop features two footwear silhouettes, the AW Run and the AW Skate.
The AW Run is an avant garde, minimalist amalgamation of past and present Adidas runners. Modern elements like a breathable mesh, sock upper with ankle collar, a unique external lacing system that joins with the shoe’s heel pull tab, and a Boost midsole form the basis of the shoe, while a dimpled tongue in classic Adidas blue and a gum outsole provide old-school details. The AW Skate is a deconstructed, minimalist interpretation of a vulcanized skate shoe.
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