Off the back of a very strong 2016, which was filled with key collaborations and new sneaker technology, many eyes are trained on adidas.
With indispensable partners like Kanye West and Palace Skateboards, as well as relative newcomers to the adidas portfolio like Alexander Wang, we’re sure to see a continuation of the strong offerings from last year, which led many to jump on the Three Stripes bandwagon.
adidas’s Futurecraft project also brought initiatives with Parley for the Oceans, which successfully introduced hyped-yet-sustainable and eco-friendly products.
While the year isn’t over yet, we’re putting all the best adidas releases in one place, arranged chronologically by drop date, and updating the list as the year moves on. Check out our picks for the best adidas sneakers of 2017, so far.
Originally released last year, NMD_R1 made a lot of noise in the sneaker world, and was undoubtedly one of the most popular sneakers of 2016 for heads of all ages. Capitalizing on the silhouette’s massive popularity, adidas brought back the OG colorway, featuring a black upper, complete with red and blue plugs in the midsole. You already know, NMD fans went wild.
For the Sneaker Exchange program, adidas Consortium brought together Sneakersnstuff and Social Status to rework the Ultra Boost.
Since it first released, the Ultra Boost has been leading the pack in terms of comfortable sneakers, and for this particular rendition, the theme of “luxury” came to the forefront, with silky smooth suede utilized on the shoe’s cage and a characteristic black and white Primeknit upper.
If the YEEZY Boost craze wasn’t big enough already, another rendition of the shoe sure added fuel to the fire. Colloquially named the “Zebra V2” by sneakerheads on the internet, this striped, black and white version did bear a certain resemblance to the African horse-donkey, but wasn’t explicitly named as such by adidas. Rather than being sold at the usual adidas stockists, the release was limited to adidas Originals stores and from adidas online, driving resale prices through the roof.
Another addition to adidas Consortium’s Sneaker Exchange program, this new sleek NMD was designed by New York City’s Kith and female-focused sneaker aficionados Naked.
The shoe features adidas’ revolutionary Boost technology and a laceless Primeknit upper, rounded out with three silver stripes running from the ankle to the toe. Featuring both Kith and Naked brand marks throughout, both colorways hit shelves in March.
Adding a touch of class to adidas’s Skateboarding division, this loafer-style slip-on released as one of the German brand’s first Spring products.
The shoe features a neatly detailed leather upper with a trefoil logo front and center, as well as contrast stitching and even a gum sole. Rounding out the release, the shoe is finished in a burgundy colorway, so you can head straight from the skate park to the after function.
As a nod to Mardi Gras, the cultural escapade of Sneaker Politics’ home city of New Orleans, this sneaker is all about details.
The shoe’s bright knitted upper is saddled on a classic gum sole, while golden lace tips and a Sneaker Politics logo on the tongue elevate the execution, and provide a modern twist on the original Gazelle.
adidas “Calabasas” Powerphase
At a New York Fashion Week event in 2016, Kanye West was spotted wearing a pair of “Calabasas” branded adidas Powerphase sneakers. Fast forward to March 2017, and the sneakers officially released for $120 along with the full Calabasas range, which included a crewneck sweater, sweatpants, socks and a dad cap. The sneakers feature a Reebok-esque ’80s sportswear aesthetic, with gold printing on the side.
The collaborative Ultra Boost Uncaged, between Canadian retailer HAVEN and adidas Consortium, features reflective details on the laces, as well as reflective paneling on the Primeknit upper. The highly minimalist design is even bare of adidas’s signature Three Stripe detailing. As with any blacked-out Ultra Boost from adidas, these were an instant hit among sneakerheads around the world.
adidas continued its Futurecraft initiative with the technically advanced 4D, created in partnership with California-based firm Carbon, which introduced adidas to a technology called digital light synthesis. adidas was able to create more than 50 different lattices for the midsole before landing on the current design, pictured above. Carbon’s programmable liquid resin platform uses light to create the shape of the sole, then uses heat to set it, allowing the team to create a print from scratch.
The classic Samba is revived for 2017 via this made-in-Germany version. The pared-down execution boasts a white nubuck construction with black three-stripe branding, alongside the shoe’s football-inspired tongue in molded premium leather. Finally, a gum sole locks down this sneaker’s discerning look.
Copenhagen-based Norse Projects got friendly with adidas during the summer, producing a GORE-TEX version of the Terrex Agravic. Designed for the most challenging terrain, the outdoor Terrex Agravic is constructed with a welded upper, ensuring your feet stay dry regardless of the elements.
Hender Scheme x adidas Micro Pacer
For a number of years, Hender Scheme has been making beautiful, hand-crafted homage products, re-creating iconic sneaker silhouettes with vegetable-tanned leather. This year, Hender Scheme actually worked in collaboration with adidas to create official, co-branded versions of the NMD, Superstar and Micro Pacer.
Of the three, the Micro Pacer realized in pristine leather is perhaps the most fulfilling of the three, and best illustrates Hender Scheme’s extraordinary penchant for detail. At one point, the Micro Pacer represented the pinnacle of adidas running technology, and there’s something sublime about seeing the shoe reduced down to the finest leathers.
The Good Will Out x adidas Consortium NMD CS1
Following up on the limited “Pitch Black” NMD R1, Germany’s The Good Will Out once again reminds us that an all-black Boost sneaker is the perfect formula to send sneakerheads into a frenzy. Re-working the CS1 in a fully murdered-out motif, the stealthy release also features a shark tooth outsole, and subtle branding on the ribbed collar, all inspired by the Shinobi ninjas of feudal Japan.
adidas Consortium adiStar Comp & TwinStrike
While the EQT and NMD ranges have been big stories for adidas this year, in September the brand with the Three Stripes changed gears with the “A//D” pack. Including the TwinStrike & adiStar Comp Runners, imagined in spaced-out colorways, the pack was a refreshing departure from Boost and Primeknit releases week after week.
While these sneakers will certainly be sold out at retail, be sure to check out after-market shops like Stadium Goods, StockX and Grailed to find the pair you’re after. So those are the best adidas sneakers of 2017 so far. We’ll update this page with more details from adidas, so be sure to check back throughout the year.
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