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We’re still quite fresh into the year, but it’s never too early to take a closer look at the best adidas sneakers of 2018 so far, so you can remain updated 365 days of the year.

Although this year still has a number of big drops in-store from all of the footwear brands we cover here on Highsnobiety, we’ve included a handful of adidas sneakers below that could take the title of “Sneaker of the Year” in our end-of-year Highsnobiety Crowns, which will be rolled out later in December.

While we will keep this list updated with the best sneakers of 2017, here is a selection of the best drops of the year (so far).

BVG x adidas Originals EQT 93/17


German transit company Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) teamed up with adidas for a very special EQT 93/17 that doubles as a train ticket. Decorated with the Flecktarn-inspired camouflage pattern found throughout Berlin’s U-Bahn train network, the EQT also featured a Jahreskarte (yearly train ticket) on the tongue, which is quite a clever design detail, if you ask us. While the sneaker’s price-tag was around $215 USD, the cost of a yearly ticket in Berlin is substantially more, at around $950 USD.

adidas Originals Yung 1


Initially mistaken for a new YEEZY design when West himself was spotted wearing a pair, the Yung 1 takes design cues from late ’90s adidas runners and re-positions them for the contemporary sneakerhead. The shoe’s upper features aggressive cuts and undulating panels, saddled atop a decoupled sole unit. The Yung 1 is set to be included in a forthcoming adidas x Dragon Ball Z collaboration later in the year.

Y-3 Runner 4D

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Y-3’s Runner 4D sneakers were first shown at Paris Fashion Week, showing 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 with Digital Light Synthesis, which uses digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to generate high performance, durable polymeric products.

KITH x adidas Terrex “EEA”

KITH worked with adidas to re-work the Terrex Agravic, an advanced trail running performance sneaker. Clever KITH branding is added to the upper, while the shoe is also mocked-up with well-appointed color bocking. Technical features include an abrasion-resistant seam-sealed upper, and Boost cushioning. The collaboration once again highlights KITH and Ronnie Fieg’s ability to elevate collaborations with an unrelenting attention to detail.

Solebox x adidas Consortium Quesence

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Championing quality over hype, Solebox teamed up with adidas Consortium for the “Italian Leather” Quesence. Created with a mixture of luxurious suede, plus the thoughtful addition of a vegetable-tanned leather heel stabilizer, the well-appointed and under-the-radar Quesence silhouette was a breath of fresh air, given the climate of hyped releases that arrive each and every weekend.

adidas Running Ultra Boost Mid “Prototype


Altogether, adidas hasn’t issued many releases of the Ultra Boost in its mid-top incarnation. Featuring hits of tropical lime green as well as rich blue, and grey panels on the medial side, this “Prototype” colorway flew slightly under the radar in contrast to the brand’s hyped collaborations with Alexander Wang and Kanye West, however this general release was one of the strongest we’ve seen from the brand with the three stripes so far this year.

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