A$AP Rocky and Under Armour finally released their collaborative sneaker with the brand, the SRLo, to much fanfare at a pop-up in Harlem over the weekend. In the build up to the release, many sneakerheads and skaters drew comparisons between Rocky’s sneaker and puffy, early 2000s skate shoes, specifically the Osiris D3.
Osiris didn’t take too kindly to the apparent homage, posting a side-by-side shot of the two sneakers to its Instagram account with the caption: “we all know who dropped it first” and tagging both A$AP Rocky and Under Armour.
The skate brand didn’t leave it at that though, responding to multiple comments that came to Flacko and UA’s support.
When a user pointed out that Rocky worked with Dave Mayhew, who some claim was the original designer of the D3 and who was revealed as a co-collaborator ahead of the launch, Osiris responded writing “nope he didn’t. Brian Reid is the designer of the D3.”
Dave Mayhew was a skater signed to Osiris in the 2000’s and the D3 was reportedly his third signature sneaker (although accounts differ on whether the D3 really was a true signature sneaker or not).
According to Anthony Pappalardo on The Hundreds blog, Mayhew had as much to do with designing the D3 as most athletes do with their signature sneakers: some input. Bobby Hundreds’ article outlines that the bulk of the designing credit should go to Brian Reid, as Osiris itself wrote on Instagram.
Osiris also commented “It’s cool he is showing Dave love but he should be giving Osiris credit more.”
The skate brand is clearly unhappy about how similar the two shoes look, however, it is worth noting that both A$AP Rocky and Under Armour were very open about their inspiration behind the shoe.
In a GQ feature ahead of the launch Rocky said he remembers growing up and seeing the recognizable D3 around the hood.
What do you think of A$AP Rocky’s first Under Armour collaboration? Is the design too close to that of the Osiris D3? Let us know in the comments.
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