Adidas Originals' new sneaker, Prophere, is an amuse-bouche to ugly kicks
For comparison's sake, think of Balenciaga's Triple S or Raf Simons x Adidas' Ozweego Bunny as Comme des Garçons' main line. Their bulbous silhouettes tread a fine line between busting norms — ergo, intriguing — and repelling those who lack appetite for exceptions. An acquired taste is what a food snob will call it.
Then comes Comme des Garçons Play. It presents itself as a regulated alternative for those who crave a morsel of the cult reputation the brand's off-kilter designs have cultivated. To the CDG Play consumer, their tees, jumpers and shirts are not to be acknowledged as mainstream. Yet, the line's widespread appeal ascertain that it is. Long story short? Adidas Originals' latest silhouette, Prophere, hits the same sweet spot.
It recalls the anti-aerodynamic factor of ugly sneakers with its jagged, thick mid sole, but the resemblance stops there. Its upper is sleek, rendered in seamless knit. Its body clean, with exception of the three stripes enlarged to tease of the former's hyper detailing. An amuse-bouche palatable for those who've deemed the main course hard to stomach. Perhaps too, heralding the appeal of ugly going mainstream.
Available at select Adidas Originals stores, Limited Edt, Pedder on Scotts, Seek Official, AW Lab, Trendz and The Social Foot from 15 December.