In a remarkable fusion of heritage and innovation, adidas has teamed up with its Consortium partners to reimagine the classic Samba silhouette as part of their exciting 2023 Consortium Cup competition. Among the standout collaborations is the highly anticipated END Clothing x adidas Samba Consortium Cup. This collaboration aligns with similar high-profile partnerships featuring esteemed counterparts like Kasina, BSTN, Nice Kicks, Sneaker Politics, and Extra Butter, all contributing to a renaissance of the iconic Samba.
The END Clothing x adidas Samba Consortium Cup stands out with its inventive approach to material and design, showcasing a sophisticated blend of hemp, suede, and textile. The shoe's design pays homage to traditional craftsmanship while infusing modern sensibilities. Hemp is thoughtfully used to construct the t-shaped overlay on the toe, adding a unique tactile element to the shoe. Most of the upper is enveloped in a warm tan suede, providing a lush, premium feel. The Three Stripes branding on the midfoot introduces an eye-catching twist with frayed textiles reminiscent of classic rug patterns, lending a touch of artisanal charm. This intriguing pattern extends to the heel tab, enhancing the shoe's character.
Attention to detail is evident in the finer elements of the design. The tongue features the iconic adidas branding, while the lateral midfoot boasts an embossed "Past" inscription in elegant cursive, finished in metallic gold. Similarly, the spine of the heel spotlights END's branding in metallic gold and the left sneaker's tongue, symbolizing the collaborative spirit of the design. The shoe's foundation is as impressive as its upper, with a classic gum rubber-shaded Samba midsole and outsole helping complete this design.
The END Clothing x adidas Samba Consortium Cup will release November 22, 2023, through END Clothing, adidas, and select retailers online and in-store. Available in men’s sizing, the retail price is set at $130. Keep it locked to the Sole Retriever mobile app for the latest on releases, raffles, and the hottest news in the world of sneakers and streetwear.
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November 22, 2023