adidas Originals Five-Two 3 Artist City Series Pack
Adidas definitely ended the year with a bang with all the special releases they had over the past 2-3 months. From the ObyOs (James Bond x David Beckham, KZK x NBHD, Jeremy Scott, etc) to the Def Jams to the XLARGE and Maharishi collabs and now this. Once again, Hideout’s got the goods. I just hope some budding shoe fiends appreciate these drops and understand the stories or artists behind such releases. There’s more to life than Supras and Dunks.
The Adidas Originals Five-Two 3 Artist City Series is basically a collaboration between the five most iconic pairs with 5 influential artists and the cities they came from. Though Hideout only has 4 of the 5, that’s not bad. Let’s break ’em down by shoe:
Nizza x Fakso
An artist, photographer and key documenter of rolling steel, Milan’s Fakso sees metal as a canvas, celebrating the tactics, technique and determination of the scene’s key players. He shows of his work on the Nizza Hi. Graffiti is all over the shoe’s upper. The printed tongue, beige 3-Stripes and yellow bottom eyelet, foxing and rubber toe bumper sit on a black midsole, giving the silhouette the dark air of Fakso’s prolific output.
Stan Smith x KRSN
Artist and illustrator Jan-KRSN-Garet taks inspiration from 70’s and 80’s illustration. The resulting fruits of his work with adidas is a take on the bestselling Stan Smith silhouette with a ‘gold leaf’ print depicting several Fleur-de-lis, distressed gold printing on the heeltabs and an oversized depiction of Stan on the tongue, white metal eyelets and an off-white forefoot stitch. ‘adidas x KRSN Stan Smith Paris 1972’ lettering completes his footwear revision, detailing makes for a unique makeup, finished with a purple and gold sockliner.
Forum x Dalek
New York’s very own James Marshall (Dalek) developed his well-known “Space Monkey” characters while doing street art and graffiti when he graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. With his artwork, he found a new way to merge street art, cartoons, Japanese pop, and the energy of the urban punk scene. His new work revels in a profusion and hyper-abundance of colour and planes of space; the familiar lines and iconic “Space Monkey” references that defined his earlier work are only a starting point for a new series of meditations on the push and pull of forces he sees in contemporary life. Dalek’s work can now be purchased on the Forum Mid, another iconic shoe from the Adidas family.
Superstar x Pochoir
For London, graffiti-artist Pochoir brings his London street sign satire to a Superstar upper. A reflective, stone coloured upper with a subtle printed depiction of the jagged 3-Stripes and Pochoir’s work immediately evokes a city setting. The blue “POCHOIR 2008- painted here” commemorative plaque-style heel print and metal lace jewel is totally unique, with this shoe finished with a slightly speckled heel Trefoil and stenciled artist logo sockliner. Among the four, this is my favorite. The jagged 3-stripes here’s reminiscent of a superstar/promodel that came out for the consortium series early this year. The grey colorway also works as it’ll be easy to pair it up with anything in your closet.
For more on the Five-Two 3 Pack, drop on by Hideout to see the collection.