East Coast skate label Metropolitan and adidas Skateboarding have teamed up for a “Drift Culture” capsule, consisting of ZX8000s and apparel inspired by ’90s drift racing and import tuner automobiles. Offering an old-school race aesthetic and bright colors, the collection is a loving nod to car modifications, drifts and burnouts.
The collection’s centerpiece is provided by a vivid take on adidas‘s ZX8000. Drawing from late night street racing, it mixes a black mesh and buck leather base with vibrant neon pink and yellow accents. Technical ripstop material is used on the tongue and throat, a leather sockliner and rubberized tongue badge proffer a premium feel, and pops of reflective silver hit the toebox and collar. Down below, a black midsole with a signature Torsion bar and a translucent outsole that shows off bold Metropolitan branding complete the look.
There’s a full set of apparel to be had here as well. Five pieces are present: an all-weather taped seam jacket and pant with Climaproof treatment, shearling fleece Polar track jacket and pant equipped with hi-vis reflective accents and a racing-adjacent long sleeve tee with chromed-out custom logos and contrasting stitches, all using hues to match the shoes.
When asked about the collection, Metropolitan co-founders Keith Hufnagel — the skate pioneer who birthed HUF — and Hanni El Khatib readily touted their love of street racing. “We all had import tuner cars, like ridiculous Honda ’97 Civic DXs with a spoiler,” said the two in a statement. “We both had a ’97 Integra with blacked-out lenses and stuff. That’s the vibe and a treasure chest of design inspiration. All of this sparked from these Japanese import illegal drift racing videos, pre Fast & Furious in the mid ‘90s. They feel underground and illegal, which they were.”