adidas has linked up with iconic Japanese anime series, Dragon Ball Z to release an official adidas x Dragon Ball Z Collection.
Each shoe in the collection takes inspiration from one of the characters, the inaugural release pays homage to a classic battle between two of Dragon Ball Z’s most familiar faces, Son Goku and Frieza.
Commonly heralded as one of, if not the greatest showdown in Dragon Ball Z history, Son Goku and Frieza’s battle on the Namek Planet spanned over 20 episodes and is now regarded as a benchmark of anime culture.
Dragon Ball Z x adidas ZX 500 RM “Son Goku”
First up, the remodeled adidas ZX 500 RM silhouette forms the backdrop for Son Goku’s character, the shoe comes dressed in the colors of the hero’s signature outfit. It features an Orange upper with Yellow mesh and Navy accents, highlighted with Red laces. This modernized version of the silhouette will come complete with a White Boost midsole. Hidden details across the shoe complete the referential design, such as embroidery of Son Goku’s Flying Nimbus and the Kanji detail on the medial side, referencing the sound of the flying nimbus cloud.
Dragon Ball details on the tongue and Goku Kanji details on the heel patch complete the picture.
Dragon Ball Z x adidas Yung-1 “Frieza”
The striking purple and white color palette of Frieza is applied to the new Yung 1 silhouette. The shoe’s fluid, disruptive design forms the perfect canvas for Frieza’s own unmissable appearance, featuring a suede and textile construction with pink accents peppered throughout. TPU components reference Frieza’s glossy shoulder and head elements, while an embossed suede patch on the medial side references the character’s muscular first form. Finishing touches include similar Dragon Ball details on the tongue and sock liner, culminating in a fitting tribute to another of Dragon Ball Z’s most iconic characters.
Each shoe in the release will be presented in special collaborative packaging featuring an individual Dragon Ball detail, each box coming together to create a singular back cover design.
Look out for the Dragon Ball Z: adidas ZX 500 RM “Son Goku” (R2799) and Yung-1 “Frieza” (R2499) to release on Saturday, 29 September 2018 at Shelflife (Joburg & Cape Town) via live raffle.
Sizes: UK6, UK7, UK8, UK9, UK10, UK11.