Before year’s end the Consortium series arrives in Singapore, welcomed by Limited Edt which is the city’s first address for upscale sneakers. For the upcoming consortium collaboration, Adidas and Limited EDT work with the Superstar 80v and ZX Flux. As expected, their treatment resulted in a refreshing mix of graphic elements, a play with materials, and well-placed highlights.
Inspired by Singapore’s cultural heritage and past traditions, the reference to the country’s cultural roots is easy to spot on these models – they are literally all over both shoes. Limited Edt looked at the characteristic Batik fabrics as part of their home country’s traditional attire. The patterns are created in an intricate process whereby colors are applied in multiple cycles of painting, dyeing, and rinsing.
Leaving aside this costly and time-consuming technique, Limited Edt focused on the distinctive designs and created a custom floral pattern incorporating Singapore’s national flower, an orchid, the adidas Trefoil, and the store’s own emblem.
The ZX Flux, with its all-fabric upper clearly carries most of this visual reference – the print covers the whole shoe – while on the Superstar ‘only’ tongue, lining, and heel tab got the Batik treatment. Subtlety, however, is not to be expected from either style as rose gold was applied as highlight to top it all off. While the ZX Flux’s heel stabilizer appears to be dipped in gold, it’s the Shell-Toe on the Superstar that received the shiny finish.
Picking a flower pattern as their main theme PLUS adding gold as prominent detail was a risky move by Limited Edt. The outcome, however, clearly proves their expertise in balancing out extremes to create a bold, yet perfectly wearable statement for the Consortium series.
Look out for these for a pre-release on November 22nd at Limited Edt, Singapore & online.
General Release will be November 28th at No.42 Paris, No.74 Berlin & global Consortium accounts.