Earlier in 2016, adidas Originals and UNITED ARROWS & SONS teamed up to collaboratively design a “Tonarukara Navy” colorway of the Tobacco model. The lifestyle model that was first introduced back in the 70s and instead of taking an elaborate approach, they designed it to be quite simple. The recently designed “Tonarukara Navy” had uppers made up of premium tonal suede. The sneaker eventually arrived at the various UNITED ARROWS & SONS flagship stores on April 28th and later at the adidas online shop in Japan on May 6th, 2016. adidas and UNITED ARROWS & SONS have collaborated once again, this time working together on a brand new NMD City Sock iteration.
Later in 2016 after the Tobacco “Tonarukara Navy” had hit the shelves, adidas and UNITED ARROWS & SONS teamed up once again to work together on a new project. This time around, they end up introducing the “ICON” collection, which exclusively included nothing but apparel. The capsule was inspired by the Japanese martial art of jiu-jitsu. It included hoodies as a more practical option as well as uniform pants and jackets that had all been designed to sport matching themes. All of the apparel pieces were covered in a myriad of branding, especially badges resembling the ones from sponsors.
Thus, it must be obvious that adidas and UNITED ARROWS & SONS have been collaborating for quite some time now. It is not surprising that adidas’s latest project with the Japanese fashion imprint involves the NMD City Sock, considering that it looks somewhat like a chukka. Its Primeknit uppers are dressed up almost entirely in sleek Black. White-colored Japanese text appears over the heel tabs and the sides. The sneaker is also equipped a combination of plain White-colored Boost midsoles and Gum Rubber outsoles. All-Black EVA inserts can also be spotted, the front ones further accentuated with contrasting Japanese text.
The Japanese text graphics that this sneaker features was actually done by MIKITYPE, an up-and-coming typographer. The Katakana text one each shoe reads “adidas Originals” and “United Arrows & Sons.” While March 24th, 2017 is being reported as the release date for the UNITED ARROWS & SONS x adidas Originals NMD Sock Dart, but its retail price is yet to be announced.
UNITED ARROWS & SONS x adidas Originals NMD Sock Dart
Release Date: March 24th, 2017
Global Release Date: March 25th, 2017