adidas has been killing the sneaker game in recent years, after making their trainers incredibly comfy with Boost technology and genuinely attractive designs. Obviously, there are more than 10 amazing sneakers that adi dropped this year, but we have decided to highlight 10 of the best models to drop from the German brand this year in no particular order.
Adidas X Pharrell NMD Hu Trail X Chanel –
Chanel, Adidas and Pharrell joined forces to release an incredibly limited sneaker at esteemed French store Colette. The Trail Hu was already a popular model in its own right but adding Chanel and Pharrell branding elevated the hype of the trainer 10 fold. Despite the simplicity of the silhouette sneakerheads went crazy for the model with pairs fetching well over the £10,000 maek on the resell market.
Adidas X Hender Scheme Micro Pacer –
Hender Scheme is known for “reinventing” classic models and adding their trademark extra premium natural coloured leather, but this year the brand had the chance to work with adidas in order to create premium versions of three stripes models. The Micro pacer managed to show what premium materials could achieve whilst keeping its original design cues.
Adidas X N.E.R.D Hu Trail –
Thanks to Pharrell’s ties to adidas this Complex-Con exclusive trainer caused mass hysteria back in November. The hype was that strong a judge had to read out the list of raffle winners as the release was nearly cancelled. Another simple Hu Trail design, the hype comes from what is printed on the almost triple black trainer. One shoe reads “Y.o.u” whilst the other says “N.E.R.D” in the bands classic font.
Adidas Prophere x Undefeated –
The youngest model on the list having only released at the end of the year. The Prophere is a trainer that is an ode to the 90s with its bold stripes and brash mid-soles. Adidas teamed up with Undefeated to deliver a Prophere which is decked out with tiger camo ,which adds to the already aggressive look. Could this silhouette be a top performer for the three stripes in 2018?
Yeezy Wave Runner 700-
Kanye’s take on the dad shoe craze which is currently sweeping the sneaker world is the Yeezy Wave Runner 700. Much like the man himself the Wave Runner is a polarising model as some people hate it whilst others love it. Admittedly the 700 looks better on foot but fans will have to wait for new colourways to hopefully surface in the new year to fully pass judgement.
Adidas FutureCraft 4D –
adidas took another step forward with their 3-D printing initiative by releasing yet another glueless printed sneaker. Limited to 5000 pairs this technology is still in its infancy so hopefully, the Futurecraft series becomes easier to cop and the price drops from its £300 RRP.
adidas Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas – Is it a rip off, of a Reebok sneaker? Did the standard Calabasas not sell out until people realised what they were? Yes but does that really matter? The Calabasas is an easy to wear sneaker, that is fairly easy to cop. Hopefully we get more colourways of this Yeezy in the new year.
Adidas Pharrel Tennis Hu – The Tennis Hu is basically an updated version of the Stan Smith that the 21st century needed. There honestly isn’t much else to say about this model it is very much what you see is what you get.
adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Zebra –
The third and final Yeezy to appear on our list is the Zebra colourway of the most popular adidas Yeezy. Rumoured to be the most widely released 350 so far, the Zebra is also the best colourway to release this year. Kanye did say Yeezys would be available for everyone…
Adidas Iniki Runner – The Iniki Runner shows you how a simple upper combined with Boost can make an instant classic. The Iniki takes its design cues from classic Adidas models with its boost technology. A model that was incredibly popular over the summer months.
Words – Martin Viashima @MartinViashima