After a heroic Luke Skywalker-themed Stan Smith, Star Wars and adidas are looking to the Galactic Empire for a new NMD R1 “Stormtrooper.” A simple-yet-effective homage to Star Wars‘ quintessential faceless foot soldier, this NMD hits the mark — quite unlike the stormtroopers themselves, which are often known to fire well off target when engaged in battle.
One-piece Primeknit uppers are done up in white, with the standard Three Stripe graphic removed to provide a clean look. A healthy dose of black flecks nods to the two-tone nature of stormtrooper armor, and a stormtrooper visage sits on the tongue badge under the black eyestays. Interchangeable lace deubres provide the shoe’s signature detail, allowing the wearer to switch between a classic Star Wars graphic, first generation stormtrooper helmets and a stormtrooper spellout.
Memorable “Close the blast doors/Open the blast doors!” text hits taken directly from Episode IV appear on the heel tabs, while the midsole bricks feature blue ridged detailing on the heel and an adidas Originals logo towards the forefoot. Full-foot white BOOST midsoles and black rubber outsoles round off the look.
The Star Wars x adidas NMD R1 “Stormtrooper” will release on the adidas webstore July 23, and is priced at $140 USD.
Elsewhere in the Trefoil galaxy, atmos and adidas have teamed up for a wild ZX Alkyne “Crazy Animal” that’s limited to 100 pairs worldwide.