BAPE and adidas’ collaborations have become a storied chapter in the annals of streetwear and sneaker culture, blending iconic sportswear with street fashion's avant-garde aesthetics. As 2024 approaches, the partnership continues to evolve, revisiting the adidas Stan Smith with a new rendition that encapsulates both brands' essence. This release follows their previous successful collaborations, most recently with the Black and the White Stan Smiths released in November.
This iteration of the BAPE x adidas Stan Smith is a homage to BAPE's roots, featuring the brand's signature ABC Camo pattern across the all-leather upper. The iconic green, brown, and tan camouflage, synonymous with BAPE's identity, envelops the shoe, contrasting the white leather heel tab sharply against the vivid pattern. This tab showcases split branding, with BAPE and adidas' logos appearing in an elegant gold finish, symbolizing the collaboration's prestige. The tongue adds a twist to the classic Stan Smith design, replacing the traditional portrait with BAPE's recognizable APE head, while Stan Smith's name remains embossed on the side, honoring the tennis legend.
What’s odd about this pair is the inclusion of the 30th Anniversary BAPE logo on the lace dubrae, a nod to the brand's milestone celebrated in 2023, suggesting this pair was meant to drop last year. Completing the ensemble is an off-white sole unit, subtly elevating the sneaker's overall aesthetic and ensuring it remains a versatile addition to any wardrobe.
The BAPE x adidas Stan Smith will release February 10, 2024 through BAPE, adidas, and select retailers online and in-store. Available in unisex sizing, the retail price is set at $160. Download the Sole Retriever mobile app for the latest information on this drop and more.
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