Adidas has begun rolling out their next collection of collaborative sneakers, just in time for Paris Fashion Week’s wrap-up. First up, the Raf Simons x Adidas collection continues to see the forward thinking designer give his spin on classic silhouettes like the recently re-released Stan Smith, eschewing the three stripes in favor of an R - sure to be a hit among the fashion set, as the regularly version has already been spotted on notable designers like Phoebe Philo and Raf Simons, himself, whose preferred pair is one with green accents.
Elsewhere in the collection, Raf stayed with the Response Trail and Bounce models, taking trail-ready shoes and putting them in line with his own avant-garde offerings. The criticisms will remain the same this season - that, ultimately, they look nothing like traditional sneakers - but it’s pretty clear that is what Raf is going for. Also new for this season, he added his spin on the classic adilette slide sandals. The color blocked options are eye-catching, but the ornament adorned models are likely to see the biggest surge in popularity. Both because slides are having a huge moment right now (Adidas just released a #socksandslides lookbook, in fact), and Raf’s version is easily the most distinctive offering at the moment. For those committed to high fashion, Raf has heard your pleas for a slide sandal of your very own. Look for these to roll out this time next year.
Elsewhere in the Adidas universe, Rick Owens released his considerably more outré offerings for tennis shoes - if these can even be called that. Owens’ take on the Springblade sneaker looks like little else on the market right now, complete with the premium materials we’ve come to expect from the designer’s Adidas collaboration and featuring a similarly awkward look and sole, not unlike his first design for the German label. The Spring High has morphed into a covered boot straight out of the designer’s runway shows, completely doing away with any notion of practicality that Owens first boasted about when announcing the collaboration. The most exciting piece is certainly his take on the classic shell-toe sneaker. The shell-toe, a classic since it was endorsed by Run-DMC decades ago, also finds itself transformed into a classic Owens high-top, while maintaining the recognizable Adidas sole and toe. This could either be considered an accessible down-market translation of a classic Owens’ silhouette, or, depending on the price, a needless exercise in collaborative branding. Tell us which one you think it is in the comments.