A relatively new addition to adidas Originals’ roster, the Kamanda was warmly welcomed earlier this year. The striking silhouette is packed with a myriad of unique features – but before we get on to that, let’s discuss the inspiration behind its distinctive design.
The direction of this latest wave of ‘future-terrace’ styles like the Sobakov and Kamanda are inspired by terrace favourites from years gone by. Classics like the Gazelle and Samba have stood the test of time for decades, and hark back to a certain period in footwear. Back then, devoted football fans would bond over a classic sportswear aesthetic which allowed them to stand out from the crowd. The movement offered an alternate view of societal fashion, far away from the norms of mainstream styles. Looking to the future, the Kamanda shares this ambition, with its inimitable design offering something that steers away from the ordinary.
To the shoes now, and the Kamanda makes its return again in two new colourways. Imagined in a purple ‘Energy Ink’ and a rich ‘Olive’, plush pigskin nubuck covers each upper, with perforated detailing and metallic branding accenting the sidewalls. Underfoot, the sculpted midsole which runs up onto the uppers is based on an unreleased Samba prototype from 1989, taking its outsole tread as an all-over pattern.
Both colourways of the adidas Originals Kamanda will be available via size? previews and in size? stores on Thursday 1st November, priced at £110.