The German sportswear giant's eponymous Adidas Originals sub-label is collaborating with Pharrell Williams' label Humanrace to release a 'Black' colorway of the NMD S1 RYAT sneakers. The dynamic duo is reconnecting to build on the design language of the NMD S1.
The collaborators will release a hiking-inspired boot that will allow wearers to forge their own paths. The NMD S1 RYAT 'Black' hiking-inspired boots can be availed on the official e-commerce site of Adidas, Humanrace, and a few other select retailers starting Saturday, October 15, 2022, at a retail price of $250.
More about the upcoming Adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams' Humanrace NMD S1 RYAT 'Black' hiking-inspired boot
Pharrell Williams, one of Adidas' most notable and consistent collaborators, has consistently elevated the designs and pushed the boundaries of style. The dynamic duo debuted the HU NMD S1 RYAT silhouette for 2022, with the Black colorway joining the 'Cardboard' and 'White' colorways.
Pharrell hopes that by wearing the shoes, the wearers would appreciate outdoor style and individuality. He explained the shoes' concept in a press release that reads:
“The RYAT is a cultural artifact and an object for humans pushing forward on our planet."
The shoes were released alongside a slick campaign film directed by Gabriel Moses. The campaign film explores the idea of unity by showcasing that the boots are a part of the modern uniform.
The film featured animated characters (illustrated by popular artist GANGBOX) dressed in Pharrell's Fall Winter 2022 Humanrace Premium Basics apparel line and the NMD S1 RYAT Black. The artist interprets the latest boot as an emblem of his own post-apocalyptic world in the film, and the details of the illustration are revealed in the press release, which reads:
“It’s an interesting idea of overlapping [the city and nature]. We’re at a cultural point where all those things are merging, so this shoe was supposed to represent that in many ways.”
The NMD S1 RYAT was developed by experimenting with various 3D prototypes. The shoe's design process also sought to reflect current realities and complexities in our society. The silhouette's design process is revealed in the official press release that reads:
"The design process also sought to reflect the complexities of our present-day reality, incorporating multiple, occasionally contradictory, ideas: material realities and imagined futures, objects of beauty, and tools for performance."
The upcoming NMD S1 RYAT silhouette will be available in Core Black / Core Black / Solar Red colorways. The shoe is trail-inspired and connects the past with the future. The shoe's upper is made of premium suede, which contrasts with the leather overlays and rubberized TPU mudguards and toecaps.
The TPU mudguards and toecaps add to the utilitarian feel of the design. The heel tabs are solar red, and the design is completed with a BOOST midsole and tough outsoles in a Trefoil-shaped tract.
The soon-to-be released shoes can be availed on the official e-commerce site of Adidas, Humanrace, and select retailers at a retail price of $250. The shoe is currently available for pre-order on the CONFIRMED app, but it will be officially released on Saturday, October 15, 2022.