Y-3 launches the KYASU sneaker 

Y-3 launches the KYASU sneaker 

by Ollie Cox
2 min

Yohji Yamamoto’s adidas Y-3 is releasing the KYASU sneaker, which was first revealed on the Paris Fashion Week runway in March this year. It is angular, sleek and minimal, fusing adidas’ sporting roots with Yamamoto’s avant-garde aesthetics. 

The sneaker is inspired by the idea of an adidas Superstar cast in concrete, challenging the conventions of footwear design. Largely minimal in its make-up, it goes sans Three Stripes, a usual staple of the Superstar silhouette. The trainer lacks an insole or strobel, and instead, the upper is stitched directly onto the midsole to offer a striking, brutalist take on the design. 

The KYASU arrives in both a high and low-top construction, in off-white and dark grey colourways. Yohji Yamamoto is known for his minimalist clothing designs, which play with proportion, cut and movement in a largely black, pared-back colour palette. The release of his latest sneaker feels particularly at home with the designer’s mainline, as well as his adidas project. 

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Y-3 was founded in 2003 to ensure Yohji Yamamoto was connected to the streets, bringing sportswear into the world of Yamamoto. It has also been a part of collaborations with streetwear labels such as Palace, further connecting with a wider, tapped-in audience. The name of the label is tied to the Three Stripes, which are inherent to the adidas brand. 

The Y-3 KYASU is available globally via the adidas webstore, on CONFIRMED and in select retailers. 

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