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As the fashion seasons come and go, Craig Green and adidas Originals continuously prove to be a creative force to be reckoned with. I mean, you don’t see classic Stan Smiths transformed into a scuba diver’s dream shoe every day.
Craig Green’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection hit the runway at Paris Fashion Week, unveiling its latest collection of conceptually practical apparel and radical footwear in collaboration with adidas.
Honing in on its ongoing Stan Smith and BOOST appreciation, Craig Green merges the best of both worlds, fusing the two classic adidas silhouettes together for the STAN SMITH BOOST.
Craig Green also gives each model a chance to shine individually but through the label’s experimental lens, of course.
While last year’s Stan Smiths became reef-approved, SS23 Stan Smith sneakers are split in half by none other than Craig Green.
Appropriately named the SPLIT STAN SMITH, the shoe boasts a sliced design (literally), where a bulging rubber strip poses as the linking element holding the halves together.
Surely, without the connecting detail, it would kind of be hard walking properly when your slashed Craig Green x adidas shoes are going in two different directions.
The adidas Originals by Craig Green SS23 collection also saw the partnership tap back into its sandal era.
But unlike its anonymous ankle brace-style shoes, the collaboration’s SS23 sandals actually have an official eponym: the RETROPY SANDAL.
Thanks to the BOOST midsole, the neoprene RETROPY SANDAL issues more support than its sole-free leather counterpart. Meanwhile, cutouts once again supply a hollowing upper for the latest sandal.
Then, remember Craig Green’s FW22 RETROPY BOOST? Yeah, well, the runner-sculpted shoe returns to the SS23 collection, featuring the timeless adidas BOOST sneaker shrouded with a distinctive molding detail.
Despite the curious buzz surrounding the model, the enclosed BOOST concept was merely a prototype back in February. Though it’s unknown whether the shoe is still in its mock-up stage, I suspect the British designer has finally perfected it for SS23.
Naturally, Craig Green’s SS23 apparel and accessories match the adidas footwear’s conceptual energy, expanding on the brand’s abstract functionality through ladder-equipped ensembles, bondage neckwear, multi-pocket outerwear, the usual endless supply of straps, and even human-kite ‘fits.
Though Craig Green unveiled its SS23 collection, including new adidas footwear, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait till the next warmer season to flex your CG parachute suit and SPLIT STAN SMITHs ‘fit.
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