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A chapter in sneaker history has come to an end, as Rick Owens and adidas’ FW17 collection will be their last.

Beginning for one season early in 2013, the goal of the collaboration was to create fashionable running shoes for loyal Rick Owens fans. Eventually seeing the magnitude of the partnership, the German sportswear label continued the collection for several seasons after its initial run.

Sharing fans and critics alike, either loving or hating some of of his creations such as the geometric Tech Runner, or the gravity defying Bladehigh — Rick helped make sneakers an integral part of today’s fashion.

But, as successful as the adidas partnership has been for both parties, the duo have decided to split amicably, and when reached for comment, a representative for Owenscorp stated via email, “Fall 2017 will be the last season of the co-branding between adidas and Rick Owens. Both partners enjoyed great success over the past four years and as this collaboration comes to a natural conclusion, they continue to hold each other in the highest regard.”

Interestingly, we won’t see the end of Rick Owens in footwear collaborations as he recently began one with Boston-based brand, Hood Rubber, where he debuted it on his men’s Spring/Summer 18 runway.

Founded in 1896, Hood Rubber was once the world’s largest rubber manufacturer, but went dormant for nearly 50 years before relaunching in 2016. The brand prides itself on durable, fashionable shoes, inspired by popular footwear designs throughout the 20th century.

For an in-depth review of the history of adidas by Rick Owens, learn more about it directly from Grailed, where you can shop its best pieces.

Now here’s a look at Rick Owens’s collab with Hood Rubber for its new footwear release.

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