Craig Green and adidas Originals Reunite to Reinvent Archival Silhouettes

Bringing a “ghost layer” to the Boston Super, Kamanda and Samba.

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London-based designer Craig Green has reunited with adidas Originals for the second release in their collaborative project. The sneakers — which first debuted during Green’s Spring/Summer 2020 show — use innovative techniques and design touches to rework classic adidas silhouettes and tooling.

The theme throughout both silhouettes is described as “ghost layers” by Green, with different translucent layers added to each sneaker. For the CG Polta AKH I, Green has overlayed the Boston Super and Samba silhouettes, using a layer effect to show the uniqueness of each design. This particular approach is designed to look like seeing the anatomy through the skin, and reinforces the differing elements of each silhouette. The design is then finished with the sole unit from the Kamanda silhouette.

The Kamanda itself is the subject of the second silhouette, the CG Graddfa AKH, which sees the silhouette’s signature sole unit spreading across the entire sneaker. This translucent covering is produced through an injection moulded onto a lightweight base layer, with Green creating a skin similar to that of translucent reptile.

To mark the release, Green has once again worked with his long term collaborator Dan Tobin Smith to create sculptural forms for the campaign. The CG Polta AKH I silhouette is set to release in three colorways including “Brown/White,’ “Light Grey/White” and “Black/Grey/White,” while the CG Graddfa AKH will release in white, red or carbon and black. Both silhouettes will be available from the adidas web store and select retailers on July 2.

In other adidas news, the brand has also recently partnered with Sneakersnstuff.

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