We’re still quite early into the year, but it’s never too soon to highlight our picks for the best adidas shoes of the year, so far.
Each weekend brings a laundry list of big releases, and we know all too well that keeping track of 2019’s best drops is no small task. At the end of the year, look out for our annual Highsnobiety Crowns awards, where we recap the best of the best, including the best sneakers that dropped over 12 months. In case you missed it, our pick for the best sneaker of 2018 was the Nike React Element 87.
From nostalgic retro releases to the latest sneaker technology and much more, these are the best adidas shoes of 2019.
adidas Originals LXCON
Originally seen on the feet of actor-turned-director Jonah Hill, the adidas Originals LXCON is a vintage-inspired re-work of a 1994 design called the adidas Lexicon. Keeping most of the 25-year-old design intact, the LXCON features an adiPRENE sole unit and a structural translucent tube supporting the upper, while the 2019 version has been updated with a Primeknit upper. Released in a pack of two sneakers, the white and purple edition is a call back to the original 1994 color scheme.
Overkill x adidas Consortium ZX 10,000C
This February collaboration between adidas Consortium and Berlin-based sneaker outpost Overkill incorporated colorful details from various ZX models – specifically models from the four-digit ZX family, the 1000, 4000, 9000 and more – creating a “Best Of” ZX colorways.
The special pack consisted of one left and one right shoe, plus another single shoe in a completely different colorway. All three shoes together came in one oversized box, allowing collectors the possibility of getting their hands on a second box, thereby completing the other pair of shoes, or simply keeping the third shoe as a collectible for display.
adidas Running Ultra Boost 19
adidas’ biggest success story of the last five years, the Ultra Boost sneaker was treated to a sequel in 2019, aptly named the Ultra Boost 19. An improvement on the first version in nearly every way, the new design features 20% more Boost in the midsole, a lightweight cage, and supportive Primeknit 360 upper. It remains to be seen whether the 19 will be as well-liked as the original Ultra Boost sneaker, but the updated version is certainly worth taking note of.
adidas Originals ZX 4000 4D
adidas Originals fused the design language of its iconic ZX range with a 4D sole unit, developed in partnership with American firm Carbon, to create the ZX 4000 4D. A Frankenstein of sneaker tech, the shoe’s old-meets-new aesthetic is slightly jarring at first take, but this bricolage look allows the shoe to easily stand out among other three-striped sneakers. The resulting design, much like any adidas shoe with a 4D sole attached, has established itself as a status symbol only a few months into the year.
adidas YEEZY Boost 700 “Inertia”
We’re just going to put it out there, the 700 “Inertia” is the best YEEZY drop of the year so far, and potentially the best 700 colorway, only rivaled by the OG “Multi” color scheme. Considered by many YEEZY fans to be the best original footwear design to come from West’s partnership with adidas, the 700 was co-designed by legendary sneaker industry veteran Steven Smith. Decked out in muted pastel hues, the “Inertia” colorway is a reason to get excited that YEEZYs are becoming more accessible with each drop.
Palace x adidas Superstar “Solar Yellow”
Ahead of the Superstar’s imposing 50th anniversary in 2020, adidas Originals has already got the ball rolling on the upcoming birthday celebrations, by working with close collaborator Palace Skateboards to issue up three versions of the classic shelltoe low top. Pared-back white and black versions complemented one neck-snapping neon colorways, which were done up with leather uppers, but otherwise remained true to the original Superstar.
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