As this year winds down, we’ve recapped its highlights to bring you the best of 2018 in fashion, sneakers, music, movies and more.
It’s been a big year for sneakers, and with 2018 drawing to a close, it’s time to assess the best kicks adidas had to offer.
Although the year might still have one or two big drops to come from the footwear brands we cover here at Highsnobiety, we’ve included a handful of adidas sneakers that we felt were in the running for the title of Sneaker of the Year in our recently announced Highsnobiety Crowns 2018, with the title going to the Nike React Element 87.
Be sure to check out all of our Crowns 2018 coverage, and in the meantime, check out our selection of the best adidas drops of the year below, including the Yung-1, the KITH Terrex collab, the “Blush” YEEZY 500, and a couple of 4D models.
And, of course, feel free to tell us about your favorite adidas releases of 2018 in the comments at the bottom.
BVG x adidas Originals EQT 93/17
German transit company Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) teamed up with adidas for a special EQT 93/17 that doubles as a train ticket. Decorated with the Flecktarn-inspired camouflage pattern found on Berlin subway carriages, the EQT also featured a Jahreskarte (yearly transport ticket) on the tongue.
While the sneaker retailed for around $205, a yearly ticket in Berlin costs about $865. The shoe’s launch at Berlin sneaker institution Overkill even brought out German media to interview the sneakerheads who camped overnight to buy a train ticket you can wear on your foot.
adidas Originals Yung-1
Originally mistaken by some for a new YEEZY design, the Yung-1 was a remixed version of the ’90s Falcon Dorf, whose name was taken from the German village Falkendorf, which adidas designers used to pass through on their morning run.
Arguably adidas’ best new sneaker of the year, the Yung-1 came out in June in a handful of strong general release colorways and was later the subject of collaborations with Sneakersnstuff, END. Clothing, size? (pictured above), and Solebox, plus another colorway inspired by Dragon Ball Z character Frieza.
adidas Y-3 Runner 4D
Y-3’s Runner 4D was first shown at Paris Fashion Week, showing off Y-3’s first-ever use of 4D technology in a non-performance context alongside a Primeknit upper. Created in collaboration with American firm Carbon, the sole unit was constructed using Digital Light Synthesis, which uses digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to generate durable, high-performance polymeric products.
KITH x adidas Terrex “EEA”
KITH worked with adidas to rework the Terrex Agravic, an advanced trail runner. KITH branding was added to the upper alongside some well-appointed color-bocking. Technical features included an abrasion-resistant seam-sealed upper and Boost cushioning. This collaboration once again highlighted KITH and Ronnie Fieg’s ability to elevate models with an unrelenting attention to detail.
Solebox x adidas Consortium Quesence
Championing quality over hype, Solebox teamed up with adidas Consortium for the “Italian Leathers” Quesence. Created with a mixture of luxurious suede and a vegetable-tanned leather heel stabilizer, the more low-key Quesence was a breath of fresh air in a climate of hype.
adidas Consortium Ultra Boost Mid “Prototype”
Altogether, adidas hasn’t issued many Ultra Boosts in its mid-top incarnation. This “Prototype” version, featuring hits of tropical lime green, rich blue, and gray paneling, flew slightly under the radar compared with the brand’s hyped ongoing collaborations with Alexander Wang and Kanye West. But this general release was one of the strongest this year from the Brand With the Three Stripes.
Livestock x adidas Consortium Ultra Tech GTX
Canadian retailer Livestock served up a reworked Ultra Tech that was properly outfitted for the Great White North. Taking the ’90s running silhouette as a starting point, GORE-TEX waterproofing and hiking-inspired details such as a speed-lacing system with toggle adjustment made this a technical kick built for performance. Contrasting Dellinger midsole webbing and a bold colorway gave it a sharp look to boot.
Daniel Arsham x adidas Consortium Future Runner 4D
A select few partners were tapped for the latest chapter in adidas’ Futurecraft series. Retailers Footpatrol, INVINCIBLE, and Sneakersnstuff each got their own 4D, but the Futurecraft standout came from artist Daniel Arsham.
The tonal, mint-colored sneaker saw Arsham replicate the 4D carbon sole’s green hue on the upper and outsole, while UV-responsive branding and text detailing on the forefoot added a neat easter egg to an already slick sneaker. Its limited edition packaging was also next-level, with gloves like the ones given to visitors at the adidas archive and a pair of mint green socks.
adidas Originals YEEZY 500 “Blush”
The second YEEZY 500 colorway to come out, the “Blush” was first spotted on the Instagram accounts of Kanye West’s barber Ibn Jasper and Kim Kardashian, the latter of whom dubbed the shoe’s colorway “Mud Rat.” The 500 was arguably West’s best sneaker design with adidas to date, swapping out other models’ Boost sole unit for a bulbous use of the AdiPRENE cushioning used on performance adidas models in the ’90s.
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