Raf Simons is a well known Belgian designer who got his start in furniture design, then took his gift for beautiful lines and entrancing design to fashion. He started his own menswear label in 1995 in Belgium, but was just recently named the Chief Creative Director of Calvin Klein. His ongoing work with Germany’s Adidas is not turning out a slight reworking of the classic design, but an overhaul with a great sleek look. The entire unveiling of the Raf Simons x Adidas fall 2016 collaborative collection is intriguing.
The Adidas Stan Smith Comfort is my favorite, a new introduction with a perforated ‘R’ on the outer side and three Velcro traps reaching across as a closure rather than the traditional shoelaces, my favorite color combinations being the white and silver and the black and white. Overall the color options for the Stan Smith Comfort feature beautiful pairings of shades that are both subtle and understated while remaining eye catching.
Some of the color options include brown, cream, tan, white and purple, another cyan, black and white, a grey and black as well as the classic black and white and a white with silver that is to die for. All of the Raf Simons x Adidas shoes feature the Adidas brand and the name Raf Simons stamped into the back outer portion of the shoe.
Next on the list is the redesigned ‘classic’ basketball shoe in new hues that comes in both a high and low top option. The Raf Simons Spirit Matrix – high top and low top will come in black, purple, red and white. Of these my favorite is the Purple low top Raf Simons Spirit Matrix. The colors are richly dyed in and definitely make a statement. Raf Simons himself wore a pair of the Spirit Matrix low at this spring 2017 show when he took his bow in Florence.
The style of the Matrix has been a good standard since it is a renewal of the Spirit basketball shoe since its initial appearance in 1984, which has been popular even up until now. While that longevity is not to be sneered at, the updated version is just as amazing and I can see it lasting well on its own. Again rich deep colors are as much the star as the functionality of the shoes themselves, the cotton canvas a bright declaration of style, comfort and taste.
The Raf Simons x Adidas Stan Smith comes in with a great update of color as well, including a rich glossy red and a deeply pigmented black with a tan sole. The easily recognizable perforated R signature logo is in attendance on the side, while the new graphic soles are just as much a part of the update as the new colors in the leather.
Check these out and grab a pair for yourself at Adidas, just to make certain that this fall your footwear can keep up with your look. Many people, myself included, are happy to build a look around a shoe – any of these sneakers could be the foundation for a great look for you.
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