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8 reasons to buy

  • Some critics describe  Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 shoe as highly-fashionable.
  • Some users say the comfortable elastic cushioning keeps feet away from fatigue.
  • Most reviewers like the durability of the Adiwear outsole. It doesn’t easily chip or thin out after heavy use.
  • Many are impressed by the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2’s luxurious detailing. 
  • Several online reviewers like the blend of leather, mesh, gel and rubber giving the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 a premium feel.
  • For many reviewers, the shoe’s colorblocking makes it well-designed and crafted.
  • Numerous reviewers claim the revival of the perplexing Ozweego design is a welcome development for the sneaker world.
  • The quality of the shoes is pretty good as some reviewers say it is one of the sturdiest shoes they have owned.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few people mention that the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 is bulky and looks odd with their pants or shorts.
  • Several commenters claim that the price is too high.
  • A reviewer notices that the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 fit very tight at times and the toe box is a bit narrow.

Bottom line

Many people have a love-hate relationship with the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2. While some appreciate the heavy dose of embellishments, some people find its bulky construction limiting and hard to pull off. 

At the end of the day, the customer who decides to splurge on this $415 shoe considers the purchase an investment for the comfortable in-shoe feel, luxe detailing, durability and quality materials this shoe provides.

Facts

Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Training
Collaboration: Raf Simons
Collection: Adidas x Raf Simons
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Leather, Suede
Price: $415
Colorways: Blue
Size
Small True to size Large
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In terms of sizing, the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 sneaker is offered in men’s version only. This high-end men’s shoe is kept snug by a traditional lacing system. 

The Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 in terms of style made a giant leap to high fashion as it took a futuristic approach in a two-layer upper with running-inspired profile and transparent silicone windows. Characterized by visible silicone bubbles that play with the silhouette, the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 features a tonal colorway constructed with synthetic and mesh uppers.

The brainchild of Berlin-based Belgian designer Raf Simons, the second release featured three colorways namely gold, multicolored and green. The sneaker design is further pimped up with a horde of materials that includes mesh underlays, plush leather accents, and the unique and distinguishing gel pods in the upper. This particular shoe exemplifies the upper tier of sneaker fashion as its hefty price could only be patronized also by its elite clientele.

This particular collection made in collaboration with Simons exhibits deluxe details that the designer is known for all over the world. The revamped design of the classic performance shoe of the 1990s is the most successful collaboration of Simons with Adidas Originals.

Retained from the Ozweego Classic performance shoe of the 1990s design, the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 sneaker features an Adiprene midsole for elastic cushioning for the heel and forefoot. The Adidas technology Adiprene has a high degree of impact and shock absorption as designers from the brand claim it can absorb impacts of over five times the weight of a person. Adiprene is such a resilient cushioning used to protect the forefoot and provide a responsive and dynamic toe-off.

The center of Adiprene’s impact protection is located in the shoe’s heel, with a smaller amount in the forefoot. Another proprietary technology incorporated in the shoe is AdiWear, an extremely durable, non-marking rubber used by the German brand for some of its outsoles in high abrasion areas to avoid early wear and tear.

German footwear giant Adidas first collaborated with Berlin-based designer Raf Simons for the Ozweego way back on July 1, 2013. The Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 1 features a reimagined upper of mesh and gel with a unique color palette from the popular running shoe of the 1990s.

The Belgian designer Simons, who now stays in Germany for the past years to showcase his designs, had a different take on the uniquely popular Adidas 1990s performance running shoe by combining colors like green, pink, yellow and other palettes that are uniquely odd for a lifestyle shoe a few years ago. Other shoes made in partnership with Simons also include the Adidas Response Trail Rerun also with the high fashion makeovers in a variety of silhouettes just like the Ozweego.

With the success of the first release of the first Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego, the partnership followed it up the next year in 2014 still with unique colorways and contemporary treatment of the classic Ozweego sneaker in gold, multicolored and green colorways.

Simons incorporated asymmetrical lines in varying angles giving the sneakers a pumped up look only suited for high fashion tastes. To complete the look, this shoe features color detailing and a customary Ozweego Adiprene midsole.

The partnership of the Raf Simons and Adidas Originals did not end there as they also followed-up the release of the unique Ozweego 2 with the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 3 in 2016. The design also drew inspiration for the sneakers last year from a military bunny. It is available in black, red, and yellow, has a super built-up sole and graphic transparent silicone side panels.

  • Celebrities spotted wearing the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 include Kanye West, Wale, Big Sean, Soulja Boy, Von Miller, and other hip-hop stars.
  • The uniquely designed sneakers have a cult following among artists and sneaker fans who love to include this collaboration in their personal collection or for future reselling.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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