These New Adidas Sneakers Are Low-Key Luxury at Its Best

The brand collaborated with Belgian boutique Avenue.

BY Christine Flammia | May 26, 2017 | Shoes

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The Adidas Consortium EQT 93/16 Support might have roots in running, but its new launch with Belgium-based footwear boutique Avenue was not meant to pound the pavement. Instead, Avenue did as Avenue does, giving the sneaker an intensely luxe upgrade.

The latest inspiration for a cool-looking sneaker: Scandinavian fabric and upholstery. Lina Fredriksson, Avenue founder, collaborated with Michael Hernandez, of design studio Bruin Co. and Oregon's High Street Gallery. Together, they dug into Fredriksson's Scandinavian roots for inspiration. Everything from the construction to the silhouette to the fabric has some place in furniture. The upper is made of aniline leather—a material normally used for luxury upholstery. The embroidery detailing is woven directly into the fabric, much like Scandinavian pattern fabric design.

The result? A clean, cool sneaker that feels familiar, but still special. The silhouette isn't challenging to pull off, but the nuanced details elevate the entire look of the shoe.

The new EQT 93/16, which comes in tan and black, retails for $200. The pre-release drops May 27 at, and the global launch is June 3. For stateside buyers, look to Barneys, Concepts, Kith, and more.

From: Esquire US