Launching today, A Bathing Ape and Adidas reunite ahead of the holiday season for another version of the German brand’s best-selling trainer – the legendary Superstar. Following the release of three pairs in 2021, the loyal collaborators close out 2022 with a solid everyday option.
Similar to last year’s collaboration, the 2022 Superstar is probably the most versatile of the duo’s creations. But now, the shoe features a black upper with the three white stripes on one side and Bape’s logo on the other. We can also see a gold plate engraved with the letters BAPE. A perfect mix between the two brands’ codes.
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Created for basketball courts, the new shoe transcribes the Superstar’s legacy. The pair retains the iconic silhouette, which translates into a subtle and effective design. Aman Tak, senior footwear buyer and designer for Offspring, says: “The fact that they have been able to replace the Adidas stripes on the lateral side of the foot is a great design taking inspiration from BAPE’s shoe. It’s also a testament to the trust adidas must have with the partner as this usually is something that the brand is quite strict on and don’t allow to be manipulated or removed.”
The fusion between the German sportswear giant and the Japanese streetwear label has resulted in more than ten versions since 2003. They have been reinventing the Nike rival’s classics, from the Ultraboost to the Dame 4. In addition to boosting their respective launches, this collaboration is the opportunity to return the spotlight to timeless classics like the Superstar, which were the best-selling pair in the US in 2016.
Sneaker content creator, Franklin Boateng (@kingoftrainers on Instagram), said: “The Adidas Superstar is definitely one of their staple shoes. It’s been around for ages and it’s a brilliant shoe that you can wear with anything.” The collaboration also brings fans of the two brands together. Tak continues: “I think the new shoe is welcomed because it’s an iconic colour. It will definitely appeal to the Adidas and Bape heads.”