German publisher TASCHEN will soon be releasing a book detailing the storied history of adidas. Titled The adidas Archive. The Footwear Collection, the work spotlights 357 pairs of sneakers, including vintage models, previously unseen prototypes, and one-of-a-kind originals, while simultaneously showcasing designs from collaborators such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Raf Simons, Stella McCartney, Parley for the Oceans, and Yohji Yamamoto.
Some of the shoes featured in the book are ones worn by athletes that were then returned to make up the adidas Historical Archive, of which photographers Christian Habermeier and Sebastian Jäger have been visually documenting for years. The captivating images in turn reveal unique details on the sneakers including stains, tears, grass smudges, repair tape, and faded autographs, touching on the personal stories of each wearer.
The adidas Archive. The Footwear Collection also incorporates custom models created for various celebrities ranging from Madonna to Lionel Messi. adidas’ trailblazing techniques and materials are highlighted as well, namely its pioneering use of plastic waste.
You can learn more about The adidas Archive. The Footwear Collection on TASCHEN.com and pre-order a copy today. The book is due out in April.
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