Aptly dubbed the Meissen x adidas Originals ZX8000 “Porcelain,” this sneaker is much more a piece of art than a wearable rarity. Premium hand-painted leather is combined with hand-made porcelain overlays that are adorned with 15 of the 130 possible patterns that Meissen adds to its historic Krater Vase.
Porcelain elements take over the Torsion clip in the midsole, the ZX heel cup, the lace lock, tongue tag, quintessential Three Stripes, and the ZX-specific eyestay component, with each sporting a stunning hand-painted antique design. The pair took six months to be put together but took over a year to design in total, thanks to its bevy of panels that were created by four individual painters across three separate Meissen departments.
Till Jagla, adidas’ global head of energy, said, “Meissen carries so much heritage and know-how, inspiring collectors around the world. The manufacturing process to create the ‘first porcelain sneaker ever’ has been very complex, and took us more than a year to finish the product. The team has been obsessed with creating the perfect piece of art. When I think about this project, what I liked most is the love, the passion and the dedication, which have led to an overwhelming result.”
Sotheby‘s will be auctioning the pair with an estimated auction price of $1 USD to $1,000,000 USD, with proceeds benefiting the Brooklyn Museum to fund art programming to provide access to the arts for local youth. Take a look at the Meissen x adidas Originals ZX8000 “Porcelain” above, and be sure to check out the online-only lot from December 7 to December 16 on Sotheby’s website. And lastly, for those without the deep pockets of an art collection, Meissen and adidas Originals will be releasing a commercially available ZX10000 inspired by this one-of-a-kind masterpiece later on in December.
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