What makes the latter pair so special is the fact that it’s completely covered in leopard spots. While it might seem abnormally bold for what’s thus far been a rather clean and classic collaboration, the ferocious aesthetic is actually a nod to Wales Bonner’s Spring-Summer 2024 runway collection.
Stitched detailing features on the Three Stripe branding and along the edges of the oversized tongue and heel badge, and underfoot, all four sneakers sit atop rubber midsoles that are slightly textured. Rounding it all off are a series of brass-toned rings that run across each individual eyelet.
The Adidas Samba is one of this year’s most talked-about sneakers. Approved by a slew of stylish stars like Austin Butler and Harry Styles, many of the streetwear scene’s biggest names have also taken on the vintage shoe over the past 12 months, including Fucking Awesome, Pharrell Williams, and Sporty & Rich, to name a few.
The latest Wales Bonner x Adidas Samba collection will release on November 7 at Wales Bonner, Adidas, the Confirmed app, and select sneaker shops worldwide.
This story originally appeared on British GQ with the title “Wales Bonner supercharges the Adidas Samba (again) for 2023”