It took a while for the fashion world to notice that the love affair with sneakers went beyond their intended, athletic uses, but once they caught on, the high fashion labels have issued a steady stream of sneakers or ‘sneaker inspired’ silhouettes. It’s only natural for the actual sneaker companies to try their hand, but if you were expecting a ‘lifestyle’ shoe vaguely reminiscent of an old Samba, think again. What makes the Adidas Y-3 range stand out is its ability to combine the technical manufacturing ability and athletic sensibility with the avant-garde fashion design of Yohji Yamamoto. The Y-3 Snow Model is a playful take on a classic from the Adidas basketball archive, the Pro Model. The mid-top, shell toed shoe is the same on the outside, with an upgrade in leather, but the weatherproof bootie that serves as the inner lining of the shoe is an unexpected, and innovative take on an old favorite.

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