The upcoming Dragon Ball Z x adidas collaboration recently took the sneaker world by storm, but not everyone was pleased. Sneakerhead Matthew Walsh disliked the collection enough that he was inspired to rework the entire line, shifting to Nike silhouettes for his concepts.
Starting with the already-confirmed characters from the adidas drop — Frieza, Goku, Shenron, Majin Buu, Vegeta, Son Gohan and Cell — Walsh added fan favorites like Master Roshi, Bulma, Trunks and even Cooler into the mix, reworking some of Nike’s key silhouettes with colorways evoking the character’s classic outfits. The Air Max 1 features Goku’s recognizable colors and Nimbus cloud branding on the heel, while Frieza’s cool-hued greys and blues make for a perfectly layered Air Max 95 colorway. The brand new Nike Epic React is realized with a pink upper as a nod to Bulma, and the Air VaporMax sees a Shenron-green upper accented with red, atop a gold outsole.
Check out the full range above, and head over to walshdesign on Instagram for his thoughts on each. Meanwhile, Nike’s actual upcoming colorways include a series of salutes to Black History Month.
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