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Brand: Dragon Ball Z x adidas Originals

Model: Yung-1 “Frieza”

Key Features: The chunky, ’90s-inspired upper is done up in white, gray, and purple hues reminiscent of Dragon Ball Z’s Frieza character.

Release Date: September 29

Price: €180 at 43einhalb (approximately $209)

Buy: adidas and select retailers such as 43einhalb

Editor’s Notes: After multiple rumors and early sneaker leaks, sportswear giant adidas has finally confirmed its official partnership with Toei Animation’s Dragon Ball Z.

In total, the new drop will feature seven special edition sneakers, each representing a different character. This particular silhouette is the Frieza-inspired adidas Yung-1, which draws inspiration from the villain’s purple and white colors. The images above, courtesy of German retailer 43einhalb, give us our first official look at one of the two sneakers that will be dropping later this month.

For the adidas Originals x Dragon Ball Z collaboration, three battles from the Japanese anime series have been reimagined in sneaker form — a sneaker to represent each of the heroes and villains who fought in the battles, plus a kick inspired by Shenron the Dragon.

The three battles depicted in the drop are as follows: Son Goku vs. Frieza, represented by a new ZX 500 RM and the Yung-1 above; Son Gohan vs. Cell, in the shape of a Deerupt and Prophere; and Vegeta vs. Majin Buu, who get an Ultra Tech and Kamanda. The Shenron the Dragon-inspired EQT Support Mid ADV PK rounds off a capsule that’s got us blasting Kamehameha around the office in anticipation.

Each battle set of kicks — hero and villain — will drop on a monthly basis from September to December. The shoes will come in special Dragon Ball Z packaging, with each box coming together to form one large design — a nod to the tapestry-style images deployed on OG Dragon Ball magazines. No word on official dates or images yet, but we’ll keep you updated as and when news drops.

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