adidas’ long-running collaboration with Japanese design legend Yohji Yamamoto has been one of the most consistently fruitful pair-ups the fashion world has ever seen. Of all the diverse styles that the team has conjured up, the Qasa High and Stan Zip have often been the most sought-after, and with good reason; they combines adidas’ rich heritage of sportswear innovations with a uniquely futuristic design sensibility that translates perfectly to the streets of today.
The design is built around the distinctive sole unit lifted from the Three Stripes’ Tubular series, with its oversized, rounded profile, and this release is presented with double-knit textured mesh uppers in a wraparound fit, in a moody black and dark olive colourway with definite military vibes. Overlaid elastic straps provide extra support in areas that need it most, while smooth nubuck overlays appear to the toe and heel and laces provide extra foot lockdown. The look is completed with a soft TPU heel counter with the Y-3 branding front and centre.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Stan Zip is a much more straightforward reworking of one of the best-selling trainers of all time, the adidas Stan Smith. This version keeps the iconic shape of the original mostly intact, but completely reworks the materials, coming in a tonal matte black colourway, with technical neoprene fabric uppers. The main selling point is the dual zips to the lacestays, that allow the entire lacing unit to be zipped away or fully removed if the wearer wants, leaving the sock-fit neoprene exposed. This opens the shoe up to a variety of different ways to wear, whether you love to experiment with the look of your shoes or keep things classic.
The Y-3 AW17 footwear collection is available now online at Aphrodite1994.com.