The adidas Originals Superstar 80 is without a doubt, one of the iconic classics that will never go out of style. It was first introduced in 1969 as the first low-top basketball shoes, and by the mid 70s, the shell toe has made a considerable appearance and impact on the NBA scene. Later, the shoes Superstars were taken off court and became favored by those dwelling in the hip-hop culture, and is as indispensable as the adidas track suits. However, perhaps because of the silhouette, the Superstars are not easy canvases for collaboration, and it often takes a good sense of design and creativity to create a winning collaborative Superstar. But, if anyone nailed it, LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD did.
As a part of the adidas Originals by Originals Kazuki Kuraishi Fall/Winter 2010 line-up, the new LUKER by Neighborhood adidas Superstar 80s keeps the throwback kicks simple in black and white with minimal accoutrement. The soft leather upper is rendered in all black, with the LUKER by Neighborhood logo residing quite inconspicuously in white at the heel, matching the white heel tab. The co-branding on tongue is white as well, also happening to match the signature kzk heel tape.
Simple and straightforward, LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD and Kazuki Kuraishi has proven that simplicity still reigns above all. These are set to release this coming season, so do stay on the look out for them when August rolls around.
adidas Originals by Originals (ObyO) - Kazuki Kuraishi - SUPERSTAR 80s LUKER Leather
The adidas Originals by Originals line, after having been running for four seasons, has proven itself to be stronghold in the unforgiving and cut-throat fashion world. It has become an anchor for trusted creative design and quality. With each of the commissioned collaborators bringing their specialty to play, Jeremy Scott for the outrageous, James Bond for the simplicity, and Kazuki with his eye for details and an ability to create extraordinary depth to his designs, it is no wonder that adidas ObyO has won fans over rather easily since its inception. For the coming Fall/Winter 2010 season, Kuraisihi doesn’t disappoint, and continues to wow with his signature fusion of Japanese flavored streetwear with highly technical elements, and of course, collaborations.
The footwear from the adidas ObyO kzk is evidence enough for how Kuraishi continues to change the footwear game and bring new elements to a seemingly exhausted sneaker market. This season, he draws inspiration from vintage American sportswear and also incorporates Native American influences into the sneakers. Hybridization is key, but instead of simply fusing two shoes into one, Kuraishi draws different elements from each adidas shoe and mixes them with his new ideas. For instance, the ZX Mocc Leather is a number of different shoes all fused into one. It is part adidas classic runner with the ZXZ sole unit as used in the ZXZ ADV, part creeper (with the weaved creeper toe detail), part moccasin in silhouette and mixed in with modern printed midsoles and laser engraved eyelets.
Meanwhile, there is also the ZX Braken Leather which is built on the adidas basketball DNA, having been built on the Forum tooling. With a new crepe sole, newly molded moccasin upper which features a diamond printed design as seen on the shell jackets, these also come with ZX running outsoles for an extra casual touch, and molded sock liners as a thoughtful detail.
Last but not least, the next stand-out piece is a collaboration with LUKER by Neighborhood. This three-way collaboration has decided on the classic adidas Originals Superstar 80’s as a canvas, and rendered everything simply in black and white, with blacked-out three-stripes, upper, and only beacon of white in the shell toe and heel tab and soles. Minimal co-branding on the tongue and back of the sneakers are inconspicuous. The Superstar collaboration has also been rendered into a kid’s version, so wearing matching cool kicks with that kid in your life is not impossible.
The entire footwear collection has been kept understated and simple in terms of color palette, letting the meticulous design details shine through. As with all previous adidas Originals by Originals kzk footwear, the kicks feature a special kzk heel tape. The Fall/Winter 2010 collection is set to hit stores in August, so do stay on the look out for them!