If you haven’t heard by now, the brand with the three stripes (Adidas) made some major waves in December 2017 when they announced a partnership with the legendary anime show, Dragon Ball Z. The show has always been a cult classic among sneakerheads and those that are into the streetwear culture. The fandom came into full circle late last year in the form of a “Baby Milo” BAPE collection. This time around, the stage is set for full-scale collection.
There are eight shoes in total and they will begin releasing late in the summer featuring iconic match-ups between protagonists and antagonists of the Dragon Ball franchise. It starts in August with Son Goku and Frieza/Freeza from the “Freeza Saga” represented by the adidas ZX 500 RM, the Yung-1. September will feature Son Gohan and Cell from the “Cell and the Androids Saga” with the new adidas Deerupt and the Prophere. It continues in November with Vegeta and Majin Buu from the “Majin Buu Saga” represented by the Ultra Tech and the Kamanda. The collection concludes in December with Shenlong and Super Shenlong (alternately spelled “Shenron”) and the upcoming EQT Mid ADV. December, we’re assuming, is based on “The Secret of the Dragon Balls.”
Some fans are a little disappointed that Adidas didn’t use more popular models such as the “Ultraboost” and “Yeezys”, but the models used are entirely new designs that are set to release throughout 2018 to pump some new air into the company instead of going the more predictable route. According to The Yeezy Mafia, each shoe will come with an action figure corresponding to the character that’s depicted on the sneaker. As reported in SneakerNews, beloved characters Mr. Popo, Yajirobe, Tien and Mr. Satan will be getting their own pairs designed after them in the future, which would push the current line-up of eight sneakers to a potential 12.
Check out all eight adidas Dragon Ball Z shoes below and stay tuned in to The Jordan Rack for the latest updates regarding this major Fall 2018 collaboration.
AUGUST 2018 – FREEZA SAGA
Son Goku – adidas ZX 500 RM – August 2018
Frieza/Freeza – adidas Yung 1 – August 2018
SEPTEMBER 2018 – CELL AND THE ANDROIDS SAGA
Son Gohan – adidas Deerupt – September 2018
Cell – adidas Prophere – September 2018
NOVEMBER 2018 – MAJIN BUU SAGA
Vegeta – adidas Oregon Ultra Tech – November 2018
Majin Buu – adidas Kamanda – November 2018
DECEMBER 2018 – THE SECRET OF THE DRAGON BALLS
Shenlong/Shenron – adidas EQT ADV Mid – December 2018
Super Shenlong/Shenron – adidas EQT ADV Mid – December 2018
(Photos courtesy of SneakerNews)