November 6th, 2013 by Aaron Hope
What would happen if adidas was debuting the Superstar today instead of forty-five years ago? So much has changed in how basketball shoes are made over that period that it’s almost impossible to imagine, but Yohji Yamamoto, who is known for his own futuristic design, has managed to give us some kind of idea. Yamamoto’s adidas Y-3 Smooth takes a hightop Shelltoe silhouette and adds to it an externalized heel counter, an oversized take on the ones that appear on several of today’s performance hoop shoes. The juxtaposition against grainy black leather perfectly expresses the era-bridging nature of this design, and you can see some more photos below before you pick up a pair from shops like Kith.
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July 30th, 2013 by Aaron Hope
The latest Y-3 sneaker from Yohji Yamamoto is billed as “The iconic adidas Superstar [stripped] down to its purest essentials,” but that only tells a part of the story. First off, the Y-3 Smooth is actually more of a twist on the Pro Model, as it’s a hightop shelltoe, not the Superstar’s low. And while a stripped down Pro Model would reflect the basic shape of the shoe, it’s been utterly transformed along the sides, where the presence of an exteriorized heel support chops these in half and marries old school with Neo Tokyo. Check out some new images after the jump, let us know how the Smooth compares to other recent Yamamoto x Three Stripes releases, then grab yours straight from Y-3.
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