Adidas Kamanda 01 History
In December of 2017, a brand new silhouette with a very contemporary look was introduced by the Adidas brand. Although this model was scheduled to come out a year later, the buzz about the modern sneakers was loud and excited. Dubbed the Kamanda, this shoe which is included in the Originals collection was certainly something different.
The Adidas Originals silhouette has interlocking grooves on the soles and heel collars a bit higher than most which are very reminiscent of the Prophere. The uppers, however, were far more simplistic and heritage-looking. Made of suede and rocking a soccer-inspired style, the result is a nice blend of the old and new, especially with the addition of classic gum soles.
The Kamanda 01 is inspired by a 1989 design that was never released by Adidas. That prototype featured the Samba’s outsole tread as an allover texture for the shoes.
The first drop came out in April of 2018 and consisted of two colorways, namely, Black and Collegiate Burgundy. The Core Black featured black suede uppers and contrasting white heel collars. A metallic gold embossed ‘Kamanda’ word mark and branding at the sides could be found along with the perforated Three Stripes. The burgundy color scheme has much of the same details as the black except for the base which, of course, is in burgundy.
The brand also released a “Brown Pack” after the first drop. The Brown Pack is composed of two colorways with an earthy tone: Clay Brown and Stone White. More colorways soon followed as the interest in the uniquely-designed new shoes see no sign of waning yet.
As with most popular silhouettes, the next step is a collaboration. And the Adidas Originals Kamanda 01 has had plenty already under its belt barely a year after the debut.
Dragonball Z x Adidas Kamanda “Majin Buu”
2018 was an interesting year for Adidas. Among its many popular releases was the Dragonball Z collection which featured characters from the famous anime reimagined as shoes. The seven sneaker range (for the seven dragon balls) included a Kamanda silhouette decked out in pink with purple laces and black and yellow hits on the heels. The colors represent one of the anime’s villainous characters called Majin Buu.
Bodega x Adidas Kamanda
For this collab with Boston retailer, Bodega, the Kamanda was dressed up in black canvas with hits of orange in the linings. Brown accents were also added via the heels and tongues while Three Stripe overlays were thrown in. The usual gum soles were ditched in favor of black ones.
Size? x Colnago x Adidas Kamanda
Adidas Originals and footwear, clothing, and accessories store size? teamed up with Colnago, an Italian racing bike manufacturer, and came out with a new rendition of the Kamanda 01 and Trimm Star silhouettes. The Kamanda was decked out in grey suede with transparent outsoles that reference the fiber-effect construction of contemporary Colnago bikes. The collabs dropped in December of 2018.
Neighborhood x Adidas Kamanda
Japanese streetwear brand Neighborhood, a 1994 founded business by Shinsuke Takizawa, put their heads together with Adidas to come up with a laidback rendition of the popular Kamanda model. The shoes feature buttery suede uppers, asymmetrical lacing, and the words NEIGHBORHOOD printed across the uppers in Old English and Sans Serif fonts. The sneakers are available in black and beige colorways.
C.P. Company x Adidas Kamanda
C.P. Company is a renowned Italian sportswear brand. They teamed up with Adidas for a stately take on the Kamanda silhouette. Two colorways resulted from this cool collaboration with slightly different designs and fabrics. The Cargo Night color scheme features dark green textile uppers with Three Stripe overlays outlined by wavy stitching. The Luxe Brown model uses a soft fabric for the uppers and the Three Stripes are shown via embroidered dots.
The Never Made Pack
In 2018, the Adidas brand released a full collection of hybrid shoes spanning models from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The 70s series included three models: the I-5923 x 4D, Marathonx5923, and Country x Kamanda silhouettes. The focus of the collection was to seamlessly fuse the old nostalgic designs (uppers) with modern technology for a completely new and revitalized take on these classic models.
The Pack pre-launched in October 6-7 at HYPEFEST before being made available to everyone.