Archival Anatomy: Y-3 Take On The adidas Superstar
To celebrate over half a century of the adidas Superstar Y-3 present their own take on the heavy hitting low top sneaker. Dubbed the YOHJI STAR you can take a closer look at exactly what’s on offer below.
Possibly one of the most culturally significant sneakers to come from the depths of the three striped archives, the adidas Superstar has been on nothing short of a footwear focused rampage since its initial introduction in 1969. Adopted by any number of style tribes and one of the first silhouettes to find stardom with our American neighbours across the pond, its icon status is as solidified as they come, having embedded itself in the global sneaker zeitgeist for now over 50 years.
A focal point for countless collections, the Superstar has provided the basis for countless genre spanning collaborations to flourish. From see through to laceless, the sneaker this time finds itself accepted into the world of high-fashion, allowing its basketball-ready proportions to be transformed by the expectantly avant garde design direction of Y-3.
A self proclaimed favourite of non-other than Yohji Yamamoto himself, the brand utilise a selection of meticulous detailing, monochromatic conformity and clever shaping to deliver a fresh interpretation of the heritage style whilst ensuring its historically prominent DNA remains firml intact.
Renamed the YOHJI STAR the sneakers aim to add fresh interpretations to the Superstar’s already impressive back catalogue. Keeping the heel portion largely unchanged, the sneakers find their place against the grain of atypical footwear tropes, widening the forefoot in a premeditated move that serves to enhance the bulky nature of the sneakers debut form. Flanked by the inclusion of premium suede overlays for increased textural depth, the trainers boast branding to both the tongue and heel as well as Yamamoto’s signature inscribed finish.
Keeping the traditional rubber shell toe box and three stripe detailing on-hand for a healthy amount of nostalgic benefits, the STAR slots effortlessly into Y-3’s greyscale ranks, a testament to not only the universally loved appeal of the source material but, a homage to the brand’s fiercely refined thematic styling.
The YOHJI STAR are available online at Aphrodite 00:01, 20/02/20.