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Adidas’ Chinese New Year Solar Hu Glides are sneakers designed for men with sizes ranging from 6.5 to 15, and the measurement runs true. It would be a shame if women can’t wear such fantastic kicks too, so a size adjustment of one full size and a half down is recommended for the ladies.

The sneakers, though are reported to run a tad narrow, but not too much as to feel uncomfortable.

These kicks were constructed for performance and feature stability rails for enhanced support. Fitcounter heels provide unrestricted fit.

Solar Hu Glide sneakers are constructed for the long-distance runner, and they sport a very casual and extremely colorful style. For the CNY edition, Pharell kept the color blocking design intact but dressed the shoes in intense shades of red and black with gold hints thrown in.

These kicks would pair well with red running shorts and a black long-sleeved running shirt, or black compression tights and a blue shirt. The shades of the shoes are especially suited to be mixed and matched with almost any other hue and color.

Solar Hu Glides are already notable for their Pharrell stamp, but the CNY edition makes these kicks very collection-worthy items. To add to these sneakers’ collection-worthiness, they also feature responsive Boost midsoles that are excellent at shock-absorption and Stretchweb outsoles that adapt to and move with the foot. The outsoles also contain Continental Rubber which provides exceptional grip on the ground in dry and wet conditions.

Singer, rapper, producer, and songwriter Pharrell Williams signed up with Adidas in 2014. He did some collab work on the brand’s Stan Smith and Superstar models, but in 2016 he launched his own line of kicks he called Hu or Health Ultimatum.

The first release from the Hu line featured lifestyle NMD models in what Pharrell called the Human Race collection. Next came the Hu NMD Trail and Tennis Hu ranges in 2017. On September 25 of 2018, Pharrell debuted his running collection of sneakers he named Solar Hu Glide ST.

The Solar Hu Glide ST shoes had the same profile as the Solar Hu NMD Trails (dropped August of 2018 under the NMD Trail range), and they adopted the wildly colorful details of the latter. However, the TPU cages and stability blocks of the NMD shoes were dropped as well as the very distinct trail soles. Mesh uppers also replaced the Primeknit, and some running tech were added.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Adidas and Skateboard P. (Pharrell’s nick) launched a CNY Pack in January of 2019. This pack included the Solar Hu Glide and Crazy BYW models.

  • Adidas CNY Solar Hu Glide shoes feature Boost midsoles and use the Stabilizing Torsion system.
  • Midsole drop for the shoes is 10 mm.
  • Weight of the shoes is 318 g.
  • Comes with an additional pair of laces.


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