Size and fit

The low-top Adidas Y-3 Raito Racer trainers is a unisex pair presented in men's sizing from 5.5 to 12.5 US in regular width. Women are recommended to purchase a full size down their usual size for a more comfortable fit. Example, if a lady's usual shoe size is 7, she is advised to grab a size 6 in men's range.

This model uses the conventional lace up fastening system anchored on the transparent TPU eyestay, which allows its users to adjust the tightness according to their preferences. Meanwhile, the Primeknit upper hugs the feet comfortably giving adaptive support and lightweight breathable comfort.

Adidas Y-3 Raito Racer Style

The Y-3 Raito Racer is running-inspired footwear that displays the combined features of single-piece Primeknit upper riding atop the I-5932's full-length Boost technology on the midsole. This model arrived in two exciting hues, Core Black and Footwear White, added with distinctive lacing system for added modern style.

This casual kick has a slipper-like look, thanks to the tongue that is designed to be taller than the heel. Meanwhile, the contrasting thread of the Primeknit gives extra support while boosting the laidback style. The Y-3 graphics found on the tongue and pebbled outsole further heighten the luxurious vibe of this Y-3 iteration.

To style this, wearers can pair this sneaker up with their athletic-inspired outfits, such as jogger pants with tees and trucker cap. Meanwhile, some opt to flaunt this with their khakis and a button-down top for a relaxed, smart-casual appeal.

Notable Features

True to its Japanese name which means light, Adidas Y-3 Raito Racer is a very lightweight and breathable pair thanks to the 360-degree Primeknit upper. This technology adapts well to one's foot while giving support on strategic areas of the feet. To further elevate the lightness, the brand used the ultra-responsive Boost midsole.

Another distinctive piece in this footwear is the translucent overlay that holds the laces and provides support to the feet. This element gives clean and modern detail to this already contemporary sneaker.

Adidas Y-3 Raito Racer History

Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto, renowned fashion designer from Paris, first joined forces in 2002. Together, they created the Y-3 footwear line that displays unique appeal fuelled by high-fashion taste. This collaboration resulted in a string of silhouettes that fused athletic charm and high-fashion allure.

Adidas Y-3 has been successful in introducing designs that lie between high-fashion and street style. This roster of kicks was carefully designed to provide its followers with several iterations that offer modern day comfort without sacrificing the delicate details and style.

For the Spring/Summer 2019 collection, the Adidas x Yamamoto partnership aims to introduce new silhouettes and updated some lineup staples. Several profiles were unveiled to the public which was stirred from Adidas' best-selling silhouettes. One of the latest ones and considered one of the eye-catching pairs is the Raito Racer.

This Y-3 sneaker was launched in December 2018 and was coined from the Japanese word that means 'light.' This model features a running-inspired look that was dressed in ultra adaptive technology of Adidas, the Primeknit. The Boost technology on its midsole further enhances comfort by providing responsive cushioning to its users.

Additional Info

  • The Quickstrike outsole reduces the overall weight while improving flexibility and sturdiness.
  • Its outsole has pebble design added with micro-studded traction for superb grip on several surfaces.
  • The Y-3 branding can be seen on the tongue, sockliner, and pebbled outsole.  


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