Running on Thin Air – Y3 Adizero Runner
The intersection of sports and high fashion is surely at a precipice and for one of the original master tailors and his collaboration alongside the brand with the 3-stripes the question is did they influence this movement of sporting fashion over their 15+ years of work, or has the Y-3 brand found themselves at this point as a sign of low key consistency?
We’re tending towards the former as the brand continues to offer the subtle and the audacious in their creations via adidas with eye-catching and revolutionary design pieces that utilise the best of the German brand’s forward-thinking technology.
After two ostentatious designs this season in the form of the Harigane & Kaiwa, Yohji and co have toned the bulbous aesthetic for a subtler athletic design in the form of the Adizero Runner, adapting their inline boost running designs into an ultra chic breathable silhouette that commands attention for its performance.
The design cues of the lightweight design are a whats what of the adidas running world. From sole up, we have the heralded adidas torsion system, an outsole component that has been a mainstay in performance models since its introduction in 1988, linking two rubberised sole units at the toe and heel for ultimate movement. From there we are reintroduced to the revolutionary boost technology, adding a thin strip to the sole for a minimal yet responsive action for all kinds of running. The midsole incorporates a rigid foam that bonds the midsole to the upper, in keeping with the materialisation of Y-3’s current season.
The upper is where the materialisation takes the precedent, fusing ultra-breathable mesh with a neoprene and suede accent to the rear of the shoe. Where traditional shoe uppers would incorporate additionally stitched panelling, the Adizero Runner places angular embroidered toe box panelling with a contrasting stitch to the inner lateral side. The eye stay is also attached in a minimal fashion, being stitched to the traditional tongue area in a similar pattern to the panelling. Finalising this luxuriously downplayed upper is a stitched Y-3 tab to the tongue with embroidered long form Yohji Yamamoto signature and circular logo.
With the performance capabilities of this brand new release of 2 on display, you might have to think about using these on the next 5k.