September 7, 2009 BY Aaron Kr.
Earlier this month, we gave you a look at part 1 of the adidas Consortium Rod Laver Series collaborations that featured unique new takes on the classic shoe by the likes of DQM, Undefeated, LimitEDitions and V.A. Now we bring you a thorough preview of part 2. For the second round of the Rod Laver Series, adidas has again teamed up with an assortment of brands from all over the globe. The ACU line of Chinese brand CLOT has come up with the wildest look, adding a brown pony hair upper to the Rod Laver. Canadian retailer Goodfoot uses a charcoal varsity jacket-like material with grey accents. Berlin heavyweights Solebox chose a tan suede upper inspired by the hiking shoe aesthetic. Copenhagen’s Wood Wood produced a super-clean version of the shoe that sports a navy blue canvas upper with white accents. Rounding out the part 2 line-up is a flashy metallic silver edition of the Rod Laver designed by D-Mop out of Hong Kong. Each shoe puts an interesting spin on the iconic Rod Laver model with a variety of extra touches added to the midsoles and heel tabs. Keep reading for a detailed look at all five and more info on each respective collaboration after the jump and keep an eye out for these at adidas Consortium retailers on September 19th.
A division of the cutting edge CLOT brand, Shanghai’s ACU retailer redefined the sneaker retail experience in China, mixing tradition and technology with ease to set a store standard. Their take on the Laver is audacious and intelligent without compromising the evergreen wearable nature of the shoe. From Dusk ’till Dawn, with the words alternately placed on the heel patches of the left and right shoes respectively, the brown ponyskin on the upper is the most immediate touch, complimented by shades of grey in leather on the lacestay, tongue and toe. Amplifying the silhouette’s trademark material mix, the premium feel extends to the sockliner, a gold top eyelet, and brown ‘CLOT’ lettering on the heel tab, with this design finished with a matching brown outsole.