Adidas Originals x Raf Simons
Raf Simons has long been bringing his unique approach to the world of footwear through his own fashion house, creating completely new designs and refocusing what is usually considered the norm for shoe design.
Earlier on this year it was announced that he would be teaming up with Adidas on a unique line of performance footwear, with only glimpses having been seen so far – notably on the feet of A$AP Rocky – the full range of this intriguing collaboration has now dropped here at End.
Focusing on a selection of Adidas’s as yet un-retro’d performance footwear, the collection experiments with contrast, shape and functionality as Raf playfully re-works a selection of underrated classics unearthed from the legendary sportswear brand’s archive.
Working on three silhouettes, the Terrex, the Response and the Ozweego, Raf Simmons has focused on the impact that material contrast can create, combining their original mesh construction with silicone bubbles that seem to change colour depending on the light around them.
Drawing on the distinctive colour palate of the 1990’s, each one also receives bold hits of colour, set against black on black uppers, with bright leather, textile and synthetic panelling, whilst retaining the functional and incredibly comfortable design features of the originals.