adidas Originals has officially announced their collaborative project with Toei Animation and its iconic international anime series, Dragon Ball Z. Since 1989, Dragon Ball Z has transcended the world of anime and manga, reaching global icon status within contemporary pop-culture.
The collaboration sees three of the most iconic battles between heroes and villains throughout the anime re-imagined in sneaker form. Following the Dragon Ball Z chronology, the collaboration features seven silhouettes from the adidas Originals roster, carefully chosen to represent the characteristics of the heroes and villains to which they refer.
Following this, the project moves to Son Gohan and Cell who are depicted in sneaker form as Deerupt and Prophere. Representing the final battle in the project, the Ultra Tech and Kamanda silhouettes are made-up in the image of Vegeta and Majin Buu. With the culmination of all 7 Dragon balls, the collaboration will be finished with the appearance of Shenron the Dragon, which is re-imagined as the EQT Support Mid ADV PK.
Each release will include two silhouettes (one hero and one villain), dropping monthly from September to December. The shoes will be presented in special collaborative packaging featuring an individual Dragon Ball detail, each box coming together to create a singular back cover design – a homage to the tapestry-like images found on the spines of the original Dragon Ball magazines.
Release Date: September through December
adidas ZX 500 RM (Goku, September)
adidas Yung 1 (Frieza, September)
adidas Deerupt (Son Gohan, October)
adidas Prophere (Cell, October)
adidas Ultra Tech (Vegeta, November)
adidas Kamanda (Majin Buu, November)
adidas EQT Support Mid ADV Primeknit (Shenron, December)
UPDATE: BAIT has revealed the entire adidas x Dragon Ball Z Collection, including show an image of all the boxes connected together.