Since its inception in 2003, Yohji Yamamoto and adidas’s Y-3 collaboration has led the way in the luxury sportswear space, taking equal cues from both luxury fashion and technical sportswear. For Spring/Summer 2018, Y-3 has continued its tradition in innovation by releasing two new sneakers, Kusari and Saikou, that represent exciting new developments in Y-3 footwear.
adidas Y-3 Saikou
First spotted on the runway in Paris last June, Saikou represents the first time that Y-3 has exclusively used adidas’s Boost technology. Rather than take an existing Boost sole, though, Y-3 has instead created its own unique Boost sole unit in-keeping with the shoe’s minimal aesthetic. The upper also employs one of adidas’s most recent innovations, Primeknit, but creates a completely new structure using complex overlays and underlays. The result is a sock-like fit that wraps the foot for adaptive support, finished with a contrasting suede toe-cap.