Raf Simons’s work with Adidas is always highly anticipated, with good reason. While the worlds of high fashion and athletic footwear have intermingled for some time now, Raf Simons brings his modern, sometimes avant-garde, aesthetic to Adidas shoes, without sacrificing the fundamental structure of the specific piece. These are truly high fashion sneakers.
The techy running silhouette of the Ozweego is made to feel even more futuristic. The cream colored, mesh upper paired with a white sole is very much in line with a traditional runner. What makes this shoe special is the transparent plastic domes on the sides and tongue of the shoe that serve as a window to a vibrant, glowing red. The shoe’s overall appearance is that of a running shoe powered by a core of some extraterrestrial power source.
The Raf Simons take on the iconic Stan Smith is more subdued. The silhouette remains untouched. Raf’s presence is felt through the monochromatic colorway, high-end leather, and alteration of the perforated sides. The three stripes are changed to the letter R, in acknowledgement of the collaborative nature of the shoe.
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