BAPE and UNDFTD have been working with adidas originals on opposite sides of the world since the respective launches of both seminal streetwear brands. with unique perspectives - largely shaped by their home cities of Tokyo and Los Angeles - the merging of the two streetwear heavyweights for adidas has them creating shoes for Consortium, continuing the growth of a partnership that has already spawned some classic pieces. The union brings a strong army influence done using BAPE's signature camouflage print, blocks of khaki, taupe and off white, the occasional splash of bright colour, and special gold leaf detailing on suede – a rare execution. Two favourite adidas styles have been given the midas touch: the Campus and ZX 5000. As always for Consortium, premium materials are used throughout, such as super soft leather and suede.
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The latest additions to the adidas Originals Consortium range continue to showcase a sharp focus on premium materials by the Originals design team in Germany, with an overt attention to detail that ensures new silhouettes in the collection stay as true as possible to their original executions.
Following on from the success of the Tabula Rasa and Your Story collections, the next chapter in the adidas Consortium delves back into the
Upon its introduction in 1984, the ZX 500 was a welcome addition to the world of middle to long distance running and made an instant impres- sion with a range of technological advances that were exclusive to team Trefoil. From the extended TPU heel counter for added stability, to an
Upon its reissue in 2002, the evergreen, understated silhouette gained a new army of admirers for its varied lifestyle associations and has been a steady staple in the Originals line-up for the last decade.
This take on the classic ZX 500 revisits one of the original colour-ways. It features an ice grey suede overlay on a mesh base - a timeless and unbeatable combination while red accents pop off on the Trefoil branded heel tab and tongue tag. The midsole is contrasting grey and white and split by a stepped foxing strip, which adds to the overall clean appeal of the silhouette. As well as the extended heel counter, the Ghillie lacing
In line with the new subtle premium creative direction of the range, Consortium branding is only in the form of the small metal eyelet dissecting an accented tongue tag, the back of which features the recognisable handshake logo.
Seeing one of the most sought after ZX 500 colour-ways so painstakingly brought back in its original glory is a testament to the new direction of the adidas Consortium range, a direction that presents adidas Originals iconic models in their best possible light.
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With the whole globe turning its focus on the Olympics, the partners were asked to take inspiration from their own Olympic memories from the past, and translate these for the Consortium SS12 collection. The designers were chosen from Olympic cities around the world, from Tokyo to Amsterdam, and each told their story using a silhouette selected from the Consortium FW11 collection.
Consortium SS12 is as diverse as the cultures engaged with the Olympics itself. Each sneaker’s Consortium loop tag features an Olympic coloured eyelet on the inside of the tongue, tying the collection together harmoniously.
Consortium's next installment promises to bring a diverse offering to its followers, whilst maintaining the impeccable quality and attention to detail that it's known for.
ZX 500 x Quote
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Matchplay x J. Thompson
Pro Shell X DJ Muro
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