Italy’s urban culture trailblazer Slam Jam teams up with adidas for both heritage and modern silhouettes. Reimagining the Superstar 80s with a minimalist take on the model with a smooth white leather upper offset with a cream leather shell toe and a black leather heel tab. The sneaker’s medial panel includes the text “connecting tribes of like-minded people across the world.” For the POD-S3.1, pared-down style is key again with neoprene and soft leather which collide with black on the heel tab and co-branded tongue tags to unite the brands.
1989 marked the inception of both Japan’s United Arrows & Sons and Italy’s Slam Jam, and the duo links up for two models for adidas’ Sneaker Exchange program. They keep it classic by tackling the Gazelle and Campus, each done in subtle ways to reference locally-sourced materials. The Campus uses high quality organic cotton to mirror Japanese Ikeuchi and the Gazelle opts for Alcantara, a material created in 1972 by Japanese and Italian companies. Clever co-branded details hit each shoe to round out the narratives for each model.