Uppers are crafted from a partially translucent jet black TPU, and overlaid with a white Three Stripe graphic, white heel tab with black branding and a gold “Blondey” midfoot stamp. Toeboxes are built from classic black rubber, and black leather graces the eyestays. Blue and white adidas Originals badges embellish each tongue, and even the insoles get in on the action with a gold stamp of their own and a herringbone pattern that draws directly from the shoe’s outsole. Black midsoles round off the look.
Though the upper may appear somewhat delicate at first glimpse, Blondey — who skates exclusively in his Superstars — told HYPEBEAST that it’s in fact much more durable than standard skate shoe materials. “TPU is a far tougher material than canvas, leather, suede or anything else skate shoes are typically made from,” he said in a December 2020 interview. “Even though I have plenty of pairs myself, I often skate the same pair for many weeks. Whenever I do change them, it’s not out of necessity.”