When the adidas Equipment line first launched in 1991, its goal was to be “Everything that’s essential. Nothing that’s not,” and that included a very minimal approach to color. The initial EQT line-up is best remembered for its running silhouettes and their instantly recognizable white/green color scheme — a look that went against the grain by shifting the focus strictly to performance rather than relying on the bright color applications that dominated footwear trends at the time.
But the EQT line meant much more than running, as it covered the gamut of footwear categories and athletic needs. One of the true high-points of the early EQT output was the “Adventure Equipment” line, featuring a full range of rugged outdoor footwear options that not only demonstrated the versatility of the brand’s new direction, but also introduced a wider spectrum of colors and materials.
The Packer x adidas EQT ’91 celebrates the classic EQT Adventure palettes by taking color cues from archive models to create an homage to this seminal era of adidas footwear. The shoe features a combination of premium suedes and leather complemented by heavy duty mesh and technical synthetics.
Limited to only 250 pairs and available exclusively at Packer, the shoe will release in-store 12 noon Friday, September 21st, at the Packer Teaneck grand re-opening for a retail price of $155. An online release will follow on Saturday, September 22nd, at 12 noon EST at packershoes.com.
Paris’ Etudes studio and adidas link up for the second release from the Consortium UltraBOOST Collective series. This cageless edition of the sneaker has a bright blue Primeknit upper paired with black on the lace tabs, heel cup, midsole, and outsole. A circular set of white stars that symbolize a strong, open, and progressive European union appear on the toe boxes of each shoe. Co-branded tongue tags, heel pulls, and insoles cement the partnership on this minimal silhouette.
Available Midnight EST on September 15th at PackerShoes.com and in-store at Jersey City.
In a World Cup year, adidas Consortium and Boston’s Bodega tackle collaborative renditions of the Kamanda and Sobakov based on the style of the terraces and the performance of the pitch. Boasting a tonal black ballistic nylon upper, olive knit tongue, and khaki tab on the heel, the Kamanda also has a dark semi-translucent outsole with Bodega branding in bright orange to match the liner. A ribbed suede upper appears on the tan Sobakov with a re-imagined reflective Three Stripes and orange liner, tongue tag, and laces. A semi-translucent gum outsole reveals the Bodega logo beneath.
Italy’s fashion brand C.P. Company links up with adidas for its first ever collaboration overlapping the worlds of soccer and streetwear. Three footwear options are set to hit our shelves: two versions of the Kamanda as well as one Marathon. One Kamanda features a monochrome brown with a nylon upper, pigskin mudguard and heel panel. C.P. branding hits the tongue tag and perforated Three Stripes hit the sides with a leather liner. An olive version of the Kamanda offers nylon and pigskin with branding on a heel tab. The last shoe is an updated version of the Marathon, with a black mesh upper and panels of suede on the heel, blue sockliner and branded heel pull.
Delving into the archives to release reinvented models with a story to tell, adidas Consortium Workshop looks to late 90s Wall Street as the inspiration for the Falcon and SS2G. The SS2G offers the iconic shell toe found on the Superstar, along with a neoprene tongue with thick suede overlays that are a part of a toggle lacing system. The Falcon uses a Primeknit upper with sock collar along with its own toggle lacing system.
Available tonight at midnight EST online at PackerShoes.com. Also available tomorrow at noon at our Jersey City location.
Concepts x adidas Consortium Energy Boost Concepts – White/Blaeme/Pow Tea ($200)
adidas Consortium and Boston’s Concepts sneaker shop combine on a massage parlor-themed “Shiatsu” Energy Boost. With jade green hits on the Three Stripes and on the marbled outsole meant to evoke the decorative elements in Boston massage parlors, the sneaker also includes a terrycloth interior to resemble spa towels. White Primeknit covers the upper, and co-branded tongue tags and insoles cement the collaboration.
Tokyo’s MITA shop and adidas Consortium combine old and new with a “Cages & Coordinates” pack featuring a black NMD TS1 PKI and an altered version of the classic Stan Smith. The NMD features a a tonal pattern over the Primeknit upper to reference the way the Japanese boutique showcases their shoes in the shop and an updated pull tab and lacing system. The re-tooled Stan Smith has a side zip and blacked out hardware over a stark white midsole. A series of coordinates are the exact locations of the Mita store and the adidas headquarters in Germany.
With the theme of embracing imperfections, this adidas Ultraboost Mid Proto resembles a prototype of a sneaker at the sample stage of development. Neon yellow Primeknit covers the upper with navy suede overlays on the left shoe and grey suede overlays on the right. A suede logo hits the tongue, and a herringbone heel pull sits above the TPU heel stabilizer over a BOOST midsole.
Available Friday night at midnight EST online at PackerShoes.com. Also available Saturday, May 26th in-store at both Packer locations.
Last year, the adidas Consortium Sneaker Exchange program brought us two collaborative sneakers from Packer Shoes and German retailer Solebox. An Italian Leathers Pack arrives that again unites Solebox and adidas Consortium on two silhouuettes–the Pureboost DPR and the Quesence. The use of vegetable tanned leather on the heel stabalizers and the integration of premium suedes and leathers highlight Italian craftsmanship. Both options showcase classic adidas performance in luxe treatments with soft leather lining.
Available tonight at midnight EST online at PackerShoes.com. Also available tomorrow, May 12th in-store at both Packer locations.
Solebox x adidas Consortium Quesence – Grey ($180)
Solebox x adidas Consortium PureBoost DPR – Grey ($220)
After the recent release of the new Deerupt silhouette, adidas Consortium releases a premium version of its new deconstructed lifestyle model. Reverse mesh appears on the upper that includes bold white Three Stripes branding, pebbled leather hits the heel tab, and Consortium-branded footbeds rest inside the shoe. Stretch webbing covers the entire shoe, giving the silhouette its trademark finish.