adidas unveils the Yohji Yamamoto Stan Smith 

adidas unveils the Yohji Yamamoto Stan Smith 

by Ollie Cox
2 min

First coming together more than 20 years ago, adidas has celebrated its enduring partnership with pioneering Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, for a collaborative Stan Smith sneaker. 

The silhouette feels distinctly Yohji Yamamoto, arriving in two defined colourways. The first features a matte black outsole, a white leather upper and a black tongue, while the second is an all-black with a white tongue. Both are finished with a portrait of Yamamoto with his name embossed on the heel. 

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Yohji Yamamoto’s relationship with adidas goes all the way back to the designer’s AW01 collection, which featured trainers, boxing boots and Three Stripes detailing on the clothing. In Spring/Summer 2003, we saw the official collaboration between arrive in the form Y-3, a brand which merged avant-garde designs with athletic performance wear long before athleisure was a dominant trend. The label was founded as a way for the Japanese designer to connect with what people were wearing on the street, which he felt himself becoming distant from. 

In its more than 20-year history, the brand has become a staple in fashionable wardrobes season after season. Recently, Y-3 collaborated with London’s Palace Skateboards for a sell-out collection which featured Zinedine Zidane and Lucas Puig in a promotional footie meets skate video. 

The Yohji Yamamoto Stan Smith releases on October 3, and will be available globally at Yohji Yamamoto boutiques and the adidas and Yohji Yamamoto webstores. 

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