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Bathing Ape and Neighborhood graphics spice up Adidas sneakers

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Adidas Original introduces a new edition of POD 3.1 and NMD STLT sneakers in collaboration with A Bathing Ape (BAPE) and Neighborhood (NBHD), two Tokyo streetwear brands have been recognised for their creative graphic designs for more than two decades.



This summer the POD3.1 shoes fuses modern Boost cushioning with design details from the decade that spawned both BAPE and NBHD, resulting in a perfect synthesis of heritage inspiration and forward-thinking. 
Famous for their eye-catching effect, each brand employs their own memorable graphics: a two-tone camouflage featuring APE head and NBHD’s skull and crossbones motif splits each shoe in half, while BAPE’s shark teeth and eyes are rendered across the outside of the uppers. 
With minimalist styling, the NMD STLT series boasts a Boost mid-sole and socklike Primeknit uppers that make the style tailor-made for streets. BAPE and NBHD meanwhile maintain the minimalist silhouette and deceptively high-performance functionalities of the model, everything else about the shoe becomes bright and bold in their hands. 
The uppers feature a distinctive co-designed pattern, while a bolt of lightning yellow lends an unmissable splash of colour to both the inside and outside of the uppers. The lacing system is also reworked, with a co-branded lace cover with bold letters and magnetic lace puller offering a sleek but striking addition to the footwear.
Launched 1993, A Bathing Ape brand has conveyed Japanese fashion culture through street fashion and created such iconic patterns and characters as Ape Head, BAPE Camo, BAPE Sta, Shark Hoodie and Baby Milo.  
Founded by Shinsuke Takizawa, Neighborhood takes inspirations from motorcycles and the various associated counter-culture movements. The brand has cultivated an aesthetic built on reinterpreted motorcycle, military and outdoor clothing, refined for an urban lifestyle environment and revered around the world.
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Published : April 24, 2019