BAPE x Adidas NMD_R1 History
Adidas is a portmanteau of the owner’s name, Adi and Dassler. Adolf “Adi” Dassler created the company in 1949 after he had fallen out with his older brother Rudolf Dassler who established Puma. Adidas, founded and headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, is now a multinational corporation that designs and creates not only clothing, accessories but also shoes.
Adidas is the largest company of sportswear in Europe, and after Nike, it is the second largest in the world. In the 1950s, the company grew steadily as association football players switched to Adidas shoes because they featured screw-in cleats and they were lightweight. In 1964, Adidas also began to produce apparel.
Over the years, Adidas has produced several shoes that were not only athletic but also later became part of a must-have streetwear outfit. The company also has partnered with a variety of artists, boutiques, brands, and celebrities. Among them are Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Yohji Yamamoto, White Mountaineering, Solebox, Lucas Puig, Mark Sucio, Alltimers, Raf Simons, Gary Aspen and Bonethrower, Silas Baxter-Neal, Mark Gonzales, Daniel Arsham and Ari Marcopoulos that teamed up with Adidas to produce amazing collaborative works that later became sought-after by men and women of different generations.
The Bathing Ape or also known as BAPE is among the company that Adidas has collaborated with. BAPE is a Japanese clothing brand that was founded in 1993 by Nigo in Ura-Harajuku. BAPE and Adidas utilized the silhouette of the NMD in their collaboration.
The Adidas NMD first saw the light of day back in the year 2015, following the release of the Yeezy Boost 350 as well as the Ultra Boost. Adidas said before the shoe was released and no one knew what it looked like yet, that it was a combination of the three sneakers from their archives namely the Boston Super, Rising Star, and the Micropacer.
The silhouette was introduced through an event held in New York City, and they immediately got sold out after being released. The shoe was also considered to be one of the brand’s most talked about sneakers. Various colorways of the shoe were released one after another, making its resale values to skyrocket, and the brand to continue to re-sell the product.
The silhouette also has witnessed various iterations and collaborative releases as well. Along with these iterations is the one with a Primeknit upper and a Boost midsole and the one with a mesh upper and a Boost midsole. Both of these variations of the Adidas NMD are much sought after.
One of the collaborative releases for the Adidas NMD is the Adidas x BAPE NMD_R1 pack which was unveiled in July 2016 and was officially released in two colorways on November 26, 2016. It was released in Western Europe on January 12, 2017. This is another addition to the list of the BAPE and Adidas collaborations.
The BAPE x Adidas NMD_R1 features the camouflage colorway pattern in two color combinations in which BAPE is greatly known for - the “Green Camo” and another the “Black Camo.” The former showcases the kicks upper in green, tan and brown hues while the latter features the pair in darker shades of blue, burgundy and purple. This release allows the people to have additional choices when picking out a pair of the silhouette. The Adidas x BAPE NMD_R1 price is at $150.