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4th August 2022 EDT RELEASES

A German Design With a Japanese Touch: The adidas Forum Low “Sashiko”

When the craftsmanship from eons past is applied over a token of decades past, the old and old make new.


These days, the adidas Forum sneaker gets love à la Cupid doing archery like Hawkeye. The vintage silhouette is seeing a revival being on the feet of artists like Bad Bunny, A$AP Rocky, and K-Pop stars like Blackpink’s Lisa. But its greatest co-sign belongs to a young Michael Jordan—before his Nike deal—who originally wanted to sign with the Three Stripes before being convinced otherwise by his mother.

The Forum Low receives new life by getting the “Sashiko” treatment as seen on the adidas NMD CS2, the Puma Suede VTG, and the Nike SB Blazer Mid. The Japanese traditional embroidery was originally developed by the working class to preserve their precious textiles, stitching together a worn-out piece with layers of old cloth to produce a sturdy garment. Today, the method finds itself in the realm of high fashion since intricate stitches and patterns are deemed fine craftsmanship.

Taking the handful of design-cues of its namesake, the navy blue becomes the canvas for most of the decorative stitching on the upper; found along the toe box, the waist, heel, and ankle strap. The “aged” aesthetic is integrated through the sail midsole, brown leather on the heel clips and tongue, and on it a faded debossed logo. The pair will also include a red, black, and white laces to alternate with the default teal.

It’s expected to go for ¥17,000 (≈US$128). Word is, it will be released in Japan soon at some adidas Originals retailers and get a wider release online at adidas.com, although there is no news about an exact date.

On the topic of sneakers getting the artisan’s treatment, check out the Nike Air Force 1 Low “Little Accra”, dressed in gold ornate tapestry.