The success of retro styles isn’t slowing down. If anything, it’s picking up more momentum by the day. While cutting-edge performance is in, classic silhouettes will never go out of style. adidas gets it. Just take a look at the limited-edition adidas x Zalando collaboration which consists of an adidas Forum and a ZX 8000.
Fashion retailer Zalando celebrates heritage with the collaboration, asking us: where do we come from? What makes us, us? For the retailer, the answers to those questions lie in its hometown of Berlin. Inspired by the city’s culture-packed streets, the adidas x Zalando pack is an ode to the lively city, infused with its spirit while also capturing the history of the Three Stripes, looking to over 70 years of heritage silhouettes that find their roots in subculture.
Debuting in 1984, the adidas Forum is making a strong comeback lately. Confidently riding the wave of vintage appeal, the retro silhouette has slotted naturally back into the modern rotation with its basketball origins and understated upper. That upper makes it the perfect canvas for collaboration, proved by adidas x Zalando. An off-white sole unit begins the retro attack, compounded by a minimal white and orange combo to the upper.
The second component of the partnership comes in the form of the adidas ZX 8000. Hitting shelves in 1988 as a performance runner, the ZX 8000 has also crossed over into the lifestyle sphere during its lifetime. Exhibiting the same color palette as the Forum — off-white sole detailing and a white & orange upper, the ZX 8000 also features hits of teal to the Stripes logo, heel tab, and toe box.