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Blending architecture with popular sneaker styles, designer KXIV reveals his interpretation of the adidas Ultra Boost that takes aesthetic elements from Herzog and de Meuron’s Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest.

The stadium’s innovative steel structure is essentially defined by its web of twisting and intersecting steel sections, and that same concept has been implemented on the sneaker’s textured upper, along with a structurally systematic lacing system. Two continuous laces encompass the entire profile and it’s reinforced by a 3D-printed double-loop cinch that keeps the laces in place.

Along the heel is another lace-lock for additional lockdown, while the textured skin exposing the structural lacing is an abrasive-resistant polyurethane fused to a lycra base, which was baked at 300 degrees to hold its form while still providing the elasticity. Finally, the erratic design is adhered atop the brand’s signature bubble-like boost sole unit.

In more adidas news, there’s a “Semi-Frozen Yellow” adidas YEEZY Boost 350 v2 releasing this December.

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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