Back in December 2017, it was unveiled that a Dragon Ball Z x adidas Originals collaboration was in the works. News that was welcomed with opened arms by both sneakerheads and fans of the legendary Japanese anime, the collection was met with a tonne of hype, but did it live up to it?
Re-enacting a trio of iconic fights, the collection comprised of eight silhouettes, with each sneaker representing each of the heroes and villains who fought in the series’ most renowned battles. The first two to drop were the ZX 500 RM ‘Goku’ and the Yung-1 ‘Frieza’, followed by the Deerupt ‘Gohan’ and Prophere ‘Cell’ in October, the Ultra Tech ‘Vegeta’ and Kamanda ‘Majin Buu’ in November, and the EQT Support ADV Mid ‘Shenron’ and EQT Support ADV Mid ‘Super Shenron’, which launched in December.
According to a Twitter poll that we posted at the end of last year, only 8% of sneakerheads thought the DBZ adidas collection lived up to the hype, while a whopping 56% thought that it didn’t. Many believed that the collection was average at best, with the Goku, Frieza, Vegeta, and Shenron colourways being the best of the bunch. Others also thought that the Three Stripes could’ve used “better” silhouettes, including the NMD, the Ultra Boost, and even the POD-S3.1.
36% of sneakerheads who took part in the survey thought that the range was just “ok”, with some complaining that they were too limited for fans to cop. This is surprising as the majority of the colourways, bar the Goku, sat for days and even WEEKS on end, so these guys obviously haven’t been following @thesolerestocks on Twitter!
It’s insane to think that the Dragon Ball Z x adidas collection was unveiled all the way back in December 2017 and concluded in December 2018, so maybe, just maybe, this was left a little too long. That being said, whether you’re a hardcore superfan or a casual sneakerhead, it’s worth copping at least one pair for your rotation! Let us know what you thought of the collection down in the comment section below, and be sure to let us know what anime series you’d like adidas to collaborate with next!