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These Are Pharrell's Best Adidas Collaboration Sneakers Yet

And it took Stan Smith himself to bring them to life.
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Whether in music or in style, Pharrell Williams has always been a little left-of-field. It's part of what makes him the brilliant artist he is: He pushes creative boundaries, and seems totally unafraid of toeing the line between beautiful and weird. For the most part, it pays off, but sometimes—and understandably—it doesn't. Remember that Vivienne Westwood hat? Yeah, we would've loved to forget about it, too.

So when it was announced in 2014 that Pharrell would be signing with adidas Originals, everyone expected something strange to come of it, hoping that it would also be incredible. But when their first few collaboration lines actually started dropping, we all ended up with more of the former, less of the latter. The earlier collections in Pharrell's partnership with adidas Originals had themes like the big polka dotsrainbow colorstennis balls, and jacquard print. Even the more recent ones, like his adidas Supershells, were a little too eccentric for most tastes.

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But this latest installment seems to have finally hit its mark. Billed as a partnership between good ol' Skateboard P and legendary tennis player Stan Smith (yes, that Stan Smith, whose signature sneakers you've probably seen on someone's feet within the past 24 hours), this latest collection consists of two sneakers: the adidas Originals Tennis Hu, by Pharrell Williams; and the Adidas Originals Stan Smith, by Stan Smith—both in six colorways. Each shoe is said to have inspired the other, but we're not really sure how Pharrell could've inspired a shoe that was created in the '60s (we suppose you could say that it's the colors that were inspired by Pharrell, which just makes it a little tenuous).

Nevertheless, the collection carries the best sneakers to have come from Adidas' partnership with Pharrell so far. Ironically, though, it's the Stan Smiths that shine, and not the Tennis Hus. By opting for a more classic design—no frills or strange themes—and focusing instead on three solid colors, Pharrell and Stan were able to come up with really elegant sneakers.

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There are three tonal colorways of these Stan Smiths, and three white variations with accents. All are made with premium full-grain leather, and have the traditional Stan Smith features. There's nothing new about them, but because the red, blue, and green colors are nice and pale, and because the leather seems to have a better grain to it, they're set apart from the standard Stans you see everywhere. Like the Raf Simons colorways of the Adidas Stan Smith (which, by the way, cost four times more), these Stans just one very subtle step ahead of all the rest.


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The Pharrell Williams x Stan Smith collection released last August 10 and is now available in select adidas Originals outlets, retailers, and specialty boutiques. Even Zalora has them, and they'll only set you back P4,995.00, so you really have no excuse. 

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