Adidas has been killing it on the collaboration front lately. Kanye West's Yeezys are a straight-up phenomenon. The Hu collection with Pharrell Williams are absurdly coveted. But one supremely-anticipated pop culture collab, first announced in early 2018, are officially on the way.
Get ready to line up to get your hands on the first two Dragon Ball Z-inspired pairs dropping on September 29th; the Gokus and the Friezas.
The orange, white and blue pair are immediately recognizable as being inspired by Dragon Ball Z’s main character Goku. The colorway matches Goku’s most famous look, the gi that Goku wears into all of Dragon Ball Z’s most iconic battles.
The sneaker, based on Adidas’ ZZX 500 RM model, is full of details that fans will spot from the show. Tattered materials are inspired by Goku perpetually getting shredded up in battles.
Subtle yellow trim reference his ability to go Super Saiyan and have more fun as a blonde. Even the Flying Nimbus makes an appearance on the side of the shoe. This one is bound to be the star of the collection, just like Goku is always central to the plot of the show.
Appropriately, the other half of this first drop features Goku’s most notorious nemesis, Frieza. The little purple and white bastard gave Goku endless trouble throughout the Dragon Ball Z series and beyond, cropping up to threaten Earth and its heroes over and over.
Pulling directly from Frieza’s own look, this pair is built on Adidas’ Yung 1 for a style that looks slightly more retro than its hero counterpart. The Friezas mix suede and other textiles and has pink trimming to perfectly match the character.
Like the Gokus, there are similar accents and details on the tongue and liner that reference the show and that fans will appreciate.
The battles between Goku and Frieza are widely regarded as some of the most important plot arcs in the show and have kept Dragon Ball a masterpiece of anime for the past few decades.
We couldn’t think of a better set for Adidas to release as the introductory drop for this collaboration and we’ll be lining up to cop these when they launch on September 29th.
You can bet we’ll be keeping our eyes out for the rest of the Adidas x DBZ pairs, inspired by Vegeta, Maijin Bu and others as they come out later in 2018.