The annual offerings to celebrate the Chinese New Year from the shoe companies always offer up some interesting pieces of footwear. Over the years, we’ve seen many staple models presented in a wild spectrum of colours and materials, resulting in some of the liveliest things you could ever put on your feet. There’s little better than banishing the winter blues than by planting your kippers into something a bit more vibrant – and the ADIDAS ORIGINALS YEAR OF THE HORSE PACK ticks the right boxes. Our friends over at THE CHIMP STORE have got themselves a fresh adidas account for 2014 and they sent over these great images so we could see what the hype was all about.
The clue’s in the name: 2014 marks the Year of the Horse, and to get things rolling, adidas have sharpened their colouring pencils and come up with two really nice pieces for the collection. First up, we’re big fans of the red Tech Super. Anything dipped in red is going to find some fans, but going beyond the colour scheme, there are some really nice details on here that elevate things a little further. The material treatment is next-level: luscious red suede, embroidered satin and pearlescent leather adds up to a pretty luxurious shoe. Cultural references are spread throughout the design of the shoe and the whole thing looks rather splendid. With so much going on, the shoe looks a little chunkier than the regular Tech Super shape, and really works well.
The Superstar 80s goes for a bit more detail in the material used on the uppers: study what’s going on behind the three-stripes and you’ll see a golden tapestry more akin to luxury upholstery than footwear. The gold metallic finish on the leather sections adds a bit more sparkle, while the laces are doing their best to blend in, with interwoven gold, white and grey strands throughout.
Looking at the reception these special zodiac releases have received in the past, these two shoes should prove popular – especially the Tech Super – so get in quick. The ADIDAS ORIGINALS YEAR OF THE HORSE TECH SUPER and ADIDAS ORIGINALS YEAR OF THE HORSE SUPERSTAR 80s are both available now and can be found with THE CHIMP STORE via the link-through below.