It’s not so easy to get excited about collaborations these days, but this one has me wiping the drool away. Adidas heads are going to go nuts. Adidas, as part of their Five-Two-3 Concept, are re-working some classics in conjunction with Stone Island, Nom de Guerre, Porter, Maharishi and XLarge. That’s a damn respectable list, indeed. The whole idea behind the concept is about embracing the brand’s heritage while bringing diversity and a new direction to five of the most important and successful footwear models: the Superstar, Stan Smith, Forum, Nizza and Samba. 4 of the 5 collaborations dropped today. The Forum Hi x Nom de Guerre (shown above) will be delivered sometime in September.
Nizza Hi x Porter (above)
Japanese label Porter have put one of their custom nylon materials on the upper and added a zipper along the heel (inspired by the luggage Porter’s renowned for) of the Nizza Hi LX. The hi top’s lined in neon orange that brings out the simple lines of the shoe, and the tongue’s branded with both Porter and Adidas.
Superstar 80 x XLarge (above)
XLarge worked on the Superstar and gave it a multicolored lime green, pink, purple and blue snakeskin upper. 3 stripes are black suede with white X-Large lettering and the Superstars come with six pairs of neon laces emblazoned with the slogan “Getting no respect since ‘91′”.
Stan Smith x Maharishi (above)
London based label Maharishi have reworked this Stan Smith with their own off-duty military influences in mind. The upper is a heavy gauge chambray in a blue that reference naval uniforms from WWII. Stitching is a contrast white including the Maharishi on the outer quarter. The brand’s signature dragon is embroidered on the tongue and the trainer’s leather lined.
Samba x Stone Island (above)
Taking the recognizable Raso Gommato technical fabric from the Stone Island archive—the label have treated this with an original dying process to make the Samba upper. These zip fasten rather than lace, the tongue is duel branded, outer sole is smooth and the whole silhouette is a streamlined one.