Chinese artist Zhang Quan and his brand Melting Sadness have had pairs of its adidas Originals collaboration floating around the Internet for months, and now the pairs have officially surfaced — along with a release date and pricing — on adidas Originals’ regional Japanese and Chinese websites.
The soon-dropping pairs aren’t the fluffy blue bunny Superstars, but are still equally crazy. There are three Superstars — one of which is an 80s TR Classic with a ridged sole served in “Green/Yellow/White/Black” — and one standalone giraffe-themed Pro Model.
Melting Sadness’ first Superstar is served in “Linen Brown/Energy Orange/Pure Orange/Black,” and switches up the original Shell Toe sneaker quite a lot. For example, the laces are hidden underneath a bright orange splodge on the tongue that’s attached via velcro stripes on the eyestay placket, and on the rear-quarter, there’s an embroidered dog dressed as a hotdog. Furry lining, retro Superstar branding, and a sunset-like sole unit round out this pair.1 of 22 of 2
Joining this is the Superstar in “Yellow/Core Black/Super Orange.” This pair offers everything you’d expect to find in the playful world of a bumblebee — from a flower patch on the tongue to a flower print that overlaps from the tongue and onto the Shell Toe. A black and yellow colorway nods to the bee once more, as does the bee embroidery on the heel. Finally, a fuzzy heel tab and a small rubber spike at the rear complete this buzzy look.
Melting Sadness switches things up with its Superstar 80s TR Classic, which serves us all of the cuteness of a baby duckling. Its upper comprises tones of green, yellow, and blue, adding wing details on the smooth suede base. A baby duck is embroidered on the heel, while large yellow stripes run over the shoe from the lateral to the medial side.1 of 22 of 2
Last comes the Pro Model, which nods to giraffes. It’s offered in a mixture of brown and orange tones and features spots all over its upper, complete with an embroidered giraffe on the heel, a fuzzy and oversized giraffe-resembling patch on the tongue, a furry tongue, and large Three Stripes that melt onto the sole unit.
For now, the Melting Sadness x adidas Originals collaboration can be seen above, or on adidas’ Japanese and Chinese websites. The dog and duck Superstars are available in China now through the adidas app for ¥1199 CNY (approx. $180 USD), while the bee Superstar and giraffe Pro Model are dropping in Japan on November 7 for ¥16,500 JPY apiece (approx. $160 USD). Stay tuned for more information regarding a wider global release as news unfolds.
In case you missed it, check out the OAMC x adidas Originals Type-O6.
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