The Gosha x Adidas Ace 16+ Super sneaker just dropped in stores.
Gosha Rubchinskiy is as cool as his last name is long. The Russian designer (and occasional photographer, filmmaker, perfumer—seriously, what doesn’t this guy do?) has spent the past few years building a cult-like following and becoming a beloved name in the worlds of streetwear and high fashion for his youthful take on the medium. Along the way, Rubchinskiy has had his hand in a number of well-received sneaker collaborations: Reebok, FILA, and Vans, just to name a few. But it’s his latest sneaker (or more accurately, sock-sneaker) with Adidas that might make for his most sought after shoes to date.
The collaborative sneaker is part of Rubchinskiy’s latest collection with Adidas Originals, which is inspired by the younger generation of football (okay, soccer) fans. The collection has jerseys, jackets, sweatpants and more, but if these kicks look familiar, it’s because we just showed them off in our story on how to wear sock sneakers. What makes this Adidas sneaker—which is officially dubbed the Ace 16+ Super—an interesting move for Rubchinskiy is that all of his previous sneaker collaborations were focused on shoe styles that played on nostalgia over modern design. (Nothing against the Fila Tennis Classic, but they’re not exactly the pinnacle of modernity.) In contrast, the uber simple upper of the Adidas Ace 16+ is about as streamlined as sneakers get.
The sock-like shoe takes cues from the classic Adidas Ace 16+ soccer cleat, with a few savvy designer updates. An exaggerated ankle collar (made of Adidas’ signature Primeknit material) gives the silhouette its sleek and fashion-forward shape. It comes in three eye-catching colorways: vibrant red, black, and white—all expertly paired with white midsoles and rubber gum outsoles (remember, we told you those are a thing now). The sneaker is finished off with the classic Three Stripes motif on the sides, and features Adidas and Gosha Rubchinskiy logos at the heel. Only a guy with his finger on the pulse of what kids want like Rubchinskiy could have sneakerheads and fashion enthusiasts rushing out to buy a cleat-inspired pair of kicks—but after taking one glance at the sneaker itself, we don’t exactly blame them.