Brand: END. x adidas
Model: Forum Low and Forum Hi
Release Date: July 30
Price: £95 (approx. $114)
Buy: Online at END.
Editor’s Notes: Few footwear silhouettes can boast the type of year that adidas’ Forum has been having. Since January, the Forum (in both its Hi and Low iterations) has been spiraling upwards into a state of heightened popularity. Keen eyes and collectors will recall it was Prada’s baggy-equipped take on the sneaker that catapulted it to renewed love.
Although there have been a handful of attention-worthy general release colorways, such as a beautifully balanced vintage-like brown palette, collaborations have been a center point of keeping all verticals of the Forum firmly in the spotlight.
In and amongst Packer, M&Ms, and Prada, WOOD WOOD recently crept into the party with a 20th-anniversary version of its own, teeing up the market for the arrival of END’s latest effort.
Following up on the duo’s “Tennis Club” collection from last year, “Varsity” switches out balls and racquets for collegiate basketball vibes. This three-piece selection features alternative versions of the Forum, including two low-tops in the Low and ADV, alongside the classic Hi(top) iteration.
Similar to the direction New Balance has opted for on the 550, and Teddy Santis continues to do with the 99x series and ALD collaborations, END’s versions all come wrapped in vintage-inspired palettes. On the Hi, navy and yellow details bolster the white and off-white leather and suede (which provide a base to all three pairs), while green and red are the colors of choice for low-tops.
If this upward trend of brands taking the adi’ Forum as the base for their collaborations continues, we may well have another contender for the silhouette of the year on our hands.
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