The popularity of luxury fashion collaborations has become more popular than ever before in the fashion world today, with an increasing interest in the hybridisation of designs from different brands.
The Tokio Solar HM, which will be the first drop of the season, draws inspiration from Nigo and Adidas’ personal archives, while simultaneously incorporating design cues from the Tokio trainer that debuted in 1962 for the ’64 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The model is revived in 2020, equipped with a modern prime knit upper overlayed with heritage-inspired suede t-toe panels and zig-zag-cut Three Stripes in leather on the mid panel, contrasted with the signature Human Made logo in the same material stamped on the heel, which sits on top of a cushioned Boost midsole that has unique styrofoam-esque.
The running silhouette will arrive in two color colorways including green/white and white/navy. Both tones will have Gold adidas branding on the rear-quarter as well as the iconic Human Made heart logo debossed in the suede heel lip and heel patch.
The campaign accompanying the collection is inspired by the Japanese art form of Kabuki and features the Kabuki actor Toranosuke Nakamura.
While the Tokio Solar HM shoe has been placed as the highlight of the season, the collection also includes other vintage footwear silhouettes, such as the Stan Smith and the Rivalry, as well as sporting apparel that have a special graphic logo throughout, created exclusively by the Human Made team.
Dropping alongside the Tokio Solar HM is a contemporary update on the classic Stan Smith named the UNOFCL HM.
The UNOFCL HM features leather lining, with velcro straps and hole-punched has hearts replacing the adidas’ usual Three Stripe branding. The usage of leather on the liner gives the shoe a luxurious appearance, while the rubber outsole provides comfort and durability.
The court sneaker will be available in two color combinations, including black/white and white/gold. Both tones will have “HUMAN MADE” and “DRY ALLS” stamped across the heel of the left and right foot, highlighting the collaboration with the Japanese streetwear brand.
The Tokio Solar HM shoe can be purchased on the Adidas Originals website on the release date, however, the END. website currently has a raffle to purchase the shoe for $265 that will remain ongoing until September 25.