So I guess you all know that I've slowly migrated over to the Adidas camp as of late. I just feel they are much more consistent than Nike has been over the past few months. Don't get me wrong, I'm still a NIKEHEAD for life. It's just that Nike has been lacking in the WOW factor lately and have become predictable and often boring. Jordan Brand is Hurting (been like that for quite a while, except for TB3's and Space jams w/ outsoles that will yellow to piss after wearing it 10 times or more.) Kobe and Lebron are handling things on the Basketball court (God I love the Muppets commercials.) NSW puts out some Realness - Just checkout the Loopwheeler sweaters, M-65s, Tier 0 releases (Blazers, Patta Air max 1s) and Maharam collections to name a few.
Adidas on the other hand has put out some exciting releases. Mainly the Originals stuff that includes Kazuki (Neighborhood), David Beckham (designed by James Bond of Undefeated fame), Ransom collection, Five-two 3 artists series, Consortium releases (too many to name), etc.....
Here's a fine example of how Adidas is killing the game right now. There are so many Dope releases that came out this year in terms of both Sneakers and Clothing, not mention Gear. But in my opinion, the NEIGHBORHOOD (kazuki) X ADIDAS waterproof peacoat was the BEST item released in 2009.
Kazuki took a classic, essential staple (something everyone should own), the PEACOAT. And made it into something that is truly innovative, yet true to it's original form. How do I know this?? What's the proof?? I own 3 other Peacoats that I wear rotating on a daily basis. I have given them all up for this ULTIMATE peacoat. They have been put away and will eventually be up for sale or donated. That's how much I LOVE this Peacoat.
Here are the details if you were wondering why it was so special.
I was really excited with most of Adidas releases this past year. Mainly the Porter Nizzas, Xlarge Superstars, Nom de Guerre and Maharishi forums and Pochoir Superstars just to name a few. I look forward to what Adidas has to offer in 2010. It feels good to know that there will be freshness on the horizon. I'm truly excited. You too????