In a tumultuous year between the world's two top sports brands — one that has already seen adidas embroiled in lawsuits after it poached three of Nike’s top designers — has the Beaverton firm finally bitten back?

According to a reputable anonymous source of ours, former Stüssy creative director Paul Mittleman recently left his post at the German sportswear giant to join Nike-owned Converse. Mittleman was appointed as Global Senior Design Director at adidas in 2011, and from there he went on to oversee such high-profile collaborations as the ongoing partnership with Pharrell Williams and the monumental poaching of Kanye West.

Yet, despite such headline-grabbing successes at the company, our source has intimated that he has since has since departed the Three Stripes in circumstances unknown, and his Instagram feed is filling up with shoes that would definitely have been off-limits under his old position.

The above cryptic message would suggest that his final act as an adidas employee was the launch of the brand's recent collaboration with Palace, and that he... well... may not be so sad about leaving. We reached out to both adidas, Nike and Converse for a statement, but at present have received no word on the matter.

Make no mistake, the sneaker wars are heating up, and 2016 is looking like it will be a very interesting year indeed. Keep your eyes on Highsnobiety for further information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, see our breakdown of adidas's and Nike's market share.

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