It Took Yohji Yamamoto and Y-3 Long Enough to Redesign a Soccer Shoe

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

When it comes to re-appropriation and redesign for lifestyle footwear, many soccer-based models have often been overlooked. Nike has periodically given the Tiempo love in a lifestyle context while adidas’ range has often simply merged slowly into a lifestyle context.

When I say merge, I say that they have often remained strictly as inline designs rather than going under the creative manipulation as part of a bigger project.

More often than not, running and basketball shoes have formed the basis for collaborations and luxury treatments. For Fall/Winter 2011, Yohji Yamamoto and his adidas-produced Y-3 take the indoor court Sala and take it for a more fashion-orientated spin.

A gum-colored outsole remains largely unchanged while an olive green leather upper echoes militaristic-influences. The inner keeps up the luxurious angle with a full leather lining. Y-3 branding is seen on the second of The Three Stripes as well as the heel. For the regular joe schmoe, these probably will be hard to bump the regular Samba or Campus out of rotation but for those with a more discerning eye, you can get these over at Y-3.

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