The three stripes’ Consortium division is really on to something with their Sneaker Exchange program. Since January this year, they’ve gotten pairs of well-known streetwear labels and boutiques to team up and make two limited-edition colorways of Adidas sneakers. They’ve done pairs with Alife and Starcow, End and Bodega, and Colette and Undefeated—each a pair of stalwart retail labels from different sides of the world.
The latest in this series is a collaboration between two concept boutiques: Japan’s United Arrows & Sons and Italy’s Slam Jam Socialism. Both are well-known for their fine selection of upscale streetwear and menswear, and have had several collaborations with big brands in the past. Now, they’ve come together for an Adidas Gazelle and an Adidas Campus, both bearing regional references and made with locally sourced materials.
The Gazelle is off-white and made with Alcantara—a synthetic super-fabric developed in a collaboration between Japanese and Italian chemical companies. Alcantara is notably used on the Microsoft Surface Laptop. This Gazelle also has the ribbed tongue of an Adidas Samba.
The Campus, on the other hand, is all-white and all-cotton, with a terry cloth lining, referencing Japanese Ikeuchi Organic towels.
Slam Jam and United Arrows & Sons are just two out of 22 brands that are part of the Adidas Consortium Sneaker Exchange, which has been releasing collaboration sneakers throughout 2017.
The United Arrows & Sons x Slam Jam Adidas Consortium Gazelle and Campus are available on a first-come first-served basis starting today, October 25, at Commonwealth, SM Aura.