adidas & Raf Simons Drop a Patriotic Ozweego in Time for Independence Day
Always a master of mixing high and low fashion, Belgian design legend Raf Simons has a long-lasting pedigree when it comes to designing sneakers; Simons can arguably be credited with the popularisation of the high-fashion sneaker through his collections with Dior and his own label. But it was the long-running collaboration with adidas that has spawned one of the designers most beloved creations: the chunky, outrageous Ozweego. It’s been five years since the silhouette’s debut, and since then the Ozweego’s bulbous, self-consciously ugly design has proven to be a blueprint for high-fashion sneakers of contemporary times: oversized, ostentatious and excessive, reflective of Simons’ obsession with the American psyche.
Now residing in New York, Simons is celebrating the Independence Day of his adoptive home with a commemorative version of the latest iteration of the Ozweego, the Replicant, made up in the USA’s emblematic red, white and blue. The Replicant Ozweego brings even more avant-garde flavour to the silhouette, with the signature latex bubbles replaced with cut-out sections for a deconstructed look.
This highly-limited release also includes three pairs of matching geometric-patterned socks, allowing the wearer to customise the look further. The airy design plus the mix of patriotic colours with pastel lilac makes for a great summer sneaker for those that like their footwear to command attention.
The adidas x Raf Simons Replicant Ozweego ‘USA Edition’ will be available online on the 28th of June from Aphrodite Clothing, with remaining stock available in-store after launch.