Brand: adidas Originals by Pharrell Williams
Model: SOLARHU NMD & Tennis Hu
Key Features: Each colorway is kitted out with knitted mesh uppers detailed with a patterned theme, embroidered text on the forefoot, marble-like EVA insert plugs, lacing cage panels, Boost midsole, and a colored trail rubber outsole.
The Tennis Hu features a Primeknit upper that is designed to look and feel handmade. Its EVA midsole, suede overlays at the heel and toebox, as well as a unique lacing mechanism complete the look.
Release Date: Initially released August 18, the sneakers are still in stock online
Price: The SOLARHU NMD will cost $250 (€250). The Tennis Hu costs $130 (€130).
Buy: adidas Originals flagship stores and select retailers such as Luisaviaroma (full list below). Also, use the adidas app for access beginning at 10 a.m. EST on August 18. The collection will be available on the app and adidas.com at 1 p.m. EST the same day.
Editor’s Notes: After adidas Originals confirmed rumors that the next chapter in Pharrell’s ongoing partnership with the brand would be the SOLARHU pack, the sneakers released online and at select retailers on August 18.
While Pharrell’s NMDs tend to sell out and command a high resale fee, the SOLARHU pack is currently still available on adidas’ website in Europe. It’s unclear if the sneakers were restocked or if they just did not sell out.
Much like his past work with the Three Stripes, the “Solar” pack is themed around a specific region of the world. Previously referred to as the “Afro” pack online, Pharrell has taken inspiration from East Africa, which is evidenced in the colors and patterns of the on the sneakers’ Primeknit uppers.
The three SOLARHU NMDs feature Pharrell’s signature text on the forefoot. Slogans like “MOTHER” and “LAND” or “EMPOWER” and “INSPIRE” adorn each of the pairs. In addition, the Swahili words “MIELE” (forever) and “MBELE” (forward) have been spelled out in alphanumeric text.
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