Words: Josh Millar
Raf Simons has used his considerable design skills to bring a new collection of RS Stan Smith and RS Adilettes.
Taking inspiration from the painting technique trompe l’œil—French for “deceive the eye”—the Belgian menswear king has taken five of adidas Originals’ classic styles from history and painted their outlines onto two of the best adidas silhouettes.
Simons has taken some of the best colourways from the adidas Micropacer, LA Trainer, Torsion Conquest Super, Samba, and the Peachtree for this collection. The sneakers were photographed and 3-D modelled to fit the RS Stan Smith and the RS Adilette, resulting in these ten excellent pieces. The Peachtree was initially released in women’s sizes, but this collection has revamped them as the unisex Peach RS Stan and Peach RS Adilette.
The resulting footwear retains select details of the vintage shoes on the uppers, including stains, exposed glue, and other general wear, giving them an authentic classic look.
You can get the RS Stan Smith from 12 April, while the RS Adilette drops on 17 May at adidas.com.
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