The adidas Y-3 Ren Black/ White reminds us why this partnership is so enduring. Yohji Yamamoto’s focus on an abstract sense of utility blends in well with what adidas is all about.

Even before all of the Boost craze, adidas was always looking for ways to gain a competitive edge in the realm of utility. Their sportswear offerings have had critical moments in its retail history that attest to this – think the EQT line and the first uses of EVA before that.

Here, we see just how fluently that ethos is adopted by Yamamoto. He’s been an icon in the fashion scene for long enough to justify the high-profile nature of this collab. But, more importantly, the consistent focus on pragmatism has led to a wide archive of bangers, including this Ren model.

The uppers are in a remarkably lightweight mesh – the brand calls them “packable.” The segmented soles are going to grab quite a bit of attention, which is definitely the intention. However, splitting the EVA midsole into two parts holds the advantage of an increased stability. Additionally, the heel-to-forefoot transition is amplified.

Check out the adidas Y-3 Ren Black/ White over at Warsaw Sneaker Store.

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