Style File | 10/08/2017

adidas Originals X Pharrell Williams: Tennis Human Race Shoe

By Lester Fernandes
Copywriter, SSSPORTS.COM

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Singer and style tastemaker Pharrell Williams has had an amazing run of collaborations with adidas Originals, which includes his range of Superstars in every colour imaginable, as well as his custom Stan Smith sneakers. His recent adidas Originals NMD Human Race Collection has been the sought after style by sneakerheads across the globe. Propelled by the momentum of these collaborations, this summer, Pharrell and adidas Originals reveal his first signature shoe, the adidas Originals X Pharrell Williams Tennis Human Race Shoe.

Diving deeper into tennis culture and seeking inspiration from its style, the adidas Originals X Pharrell Williams Tennis Human Race Shoe is sharply informed by one of its most iconic sneakers, the adidas Originals Stan Smith. The Tennis Human Race iteration takes direct cues from the original icon, and strips down its design elements to create a minimalist silhouette that’s sleek and streamlined in pastel summer hues. The shoe wouldn’t be a Pharrell Williams sneaker without his fingerprints all over its design, in terms of a comfortable slip-on ankle and a unique midsole with eye-catching textures.

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The sneaker swaps out the Stan Smith classic leather upper for a breathable knitted Primeknit upper that’s both lightweight as well as aesthetically sublime. Its lacing system is built directly into the upper, while the tongue features a suede tab with the Pharrell Williams X adidas Originals lockup logo. A graphic insole adds to the brand’s Human Race design, as its slip-on ankle creates a snug fit.

The upper pairs with a lightweight EVA midsole that also doubles up as the outsole, complete with a unique waffle design. Hits of rubber in the outsole, at the toe and heel provide durability as the Pharrell Williams Equality logo appears on a synthetic suede heel tab, completing the look with his finishing touch.

The design philosophy behind Pharrell’s Human Race line is best encapsulated in his statement, “I play for the human race.” This mantra enables him to draw on a multitude of experiences and ideas as sources of inspiration for designs that will shape forthcoming adidas Originals releases. The Tennis Human Race Shoe is evidence of this global perspective towards design and is anticipated to be sought after by sneakerheads the world over.

Add this sleek, minimalist look to your streetwear style by lacing up a pair of the Tennis Human Race sneakers, and complete your lifestyle outfit by checking out all the latest adidas Originals products online at Sun & Sand Sports.

 

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