Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $415
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Summary

We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many are impressed by the luxurious detailing and materials from mesh underlays to leather accents.
  • Some critics claimed that the Raf Simons branding gives a certain sense of fashion edge compared to other sneakers since the European designer ensured a clean finished look on the shoe, but remains highly-fashionable.
  • Reactions proved beneficial to the design team as some users say the comfortable elastic cushioning keeps feet away from fatigue.
  • Most reviewers like the clean look and the durability of the Adiwear outsole that doesn’t easily chip or thin out after heavy use.
  • Several online reviewers like the blend of leather, mesh, gel and rubber giving the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 a premium feel and a limited edition treatment.
  • A couple of customers like the pretty subtle yet identifiable placement of the Adidas three stripes logo at the heel back and the Raf Simons branding on the tongue.
  • For many reviewers, the intricacy of detailing and the two-tone colors on the bottom make the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 well-designed and crafted.
  • Numerous reviewers claimed the revival of the perplexing 1990s Ozweego design is a welcome development for sneaker world.
  • The quality of the shoes is pretty good as some reviewers say it is one of the sturdiest shoes they have owned.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some people find them low-key and seldom make it as a highlight or an enhancement to their outfit.
  • A few commented that the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 is bulky and looked odd in their pants or shorts.
  • A commenter claimed the price is too high for what it can actually offer in terms of comfort and style.
  • A number of observers find the $420 price tag too high for a revival street wear shoe as they wait for them to be on sale.
  • A reviewer noticed that the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 fit very tight at times and the toe box is a bit narrow suggesting buyers should go for a half size up.

Bottom line

Many people have a love-hate relationship with the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2. While other people appreciate the heavy dose of embellishments and detailing of the Raf Simons collaboration, others find them over the top, oddly placed or just simply low-key and don’t highlight the overall look of the wearer.  This only proves to some reviewers that the high-end fashion takes on the iconic performance shoe could sometimes work and sometimes don’t. At the end of the day, the customer needs to decide whether the $415 investment of the shoe is worth it or not.

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Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 History

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.

Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 Style

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.

Fit & Sizing

In terms of fit and sizing, the Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego 2 sneaker runs true to size. The high-end men’s shoe is kept snug by a traditional lacing system in medium width. Sizes for the shoe range are difficult to obtain as the shoe is now being retailed in various sizes by many resellers who have taken hold of the first releases of the now sold out high fashion kicks.

Notable Features

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.