Adidas Forum 84 High: the gap between function and fashion
Let's set the scene: it's 1984, MJ is about embark on an iconic career that'll go down in basketball history, and Adidas just dropped a dope pair that's fit to do the same.
To the modern eye, the Adidas Forum 84 High may look like the typical basketball shoe ― but the pair carries impact that represents much more. Embraced on the court by the best in the game for its innovation and advanced technology, the high-performance shoe was one of the very first to cross from sport to the street, thanks to its luxe design and unique look. In other words, IT WAS THE BIRTH OF AN INSTANT CLASSIC.
Although it seems ever-present to modern fanatics of dope kicks, sneakerhead culture is relatively new to the game. Back in '84, the Forum High was a pioneer pair in introducing a new function to shoes built exclusively for performance: fashion.
The impact remains powerful today, and the pair has been reintroduced in 2020 with emphatic support from the global sneaker community. Adidas collaborated with an international cast of creative visionaries to celebrate the release ― NYC's Tyrell Hampton, Tokyo's Shiori Ikeno, London's Nine8 Collective, and Toldeo's Darryl Brown united to show what makes the sneaker a classic and how they envision the style's future.
The high-top pair features a premium leather upper and suede stripes, and is currently available on the Adidas website along with select retailers.
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