The collaboration between Lucasfilm and Adidas has finally been revealed, and the first of three product drops includes eight lightsaber-inspired Adidas basketball silhouettes.
Celina Chu, Design Manager of Lucasfilm, tells Highsnobiety: “adidas is an unparalleled force in their industry and we were thrilled to collaborate on an apparel and footwear collection that is truly one-of-a-kind. Each shoe [from the Lightsaber Pack] represents a perfect balance between the unique personalities of the NBA players and the storytelling behind our iconic lightsabers.”
Included in the pack of eight sneakers is the The Harden Vol. 4, designed with purple accents that nod to Mace Windu, while the Dame 5 takes inspirational cues from Luke Skywalker’s green lightsaber. The Crazy 1 and Rivalry Lo colorways are aligned with Darth Vader and the dark side, while the classic Top Ten design is dedicated to the legendary Jedi hero Obi-Wan Kenobi.
adidas’ Product Manager for Global Basketball, Tommy Lubinski notes: “There are a lot of similarities between a lightsaber and a signature athlete’s footwear. Like the construction of the lightsaber hilt, our signature footwear undergoes a thorough process of testing and refinement in addition to the on-going insights from the athlete. This helps us establish the perfect match for that player. In the world of basketball, a signature shoe is an athlete’s lightsaber.”
While the collaborative pack is certainly exciting for fans of adidas’ basketball silhouettes, the Star Wars fan community is built of passionately devoted fans that have enjoyed the franchise across generations, from 1977 to present day.“Star Wars is unique in that multiple different generations grew up on it and that’s what makes it so popular globally,” Lubinski continues.“We worked closely with the team at Lucasfilm to make sure we had embodied the classic elements while also putting a modern twist on it.”
Each of the eight silhouettes includes clever detailing like logos and insignias that fans will recognize from the films, including a special Star Wars lace badge on each sneaker, and galactic typography detailing.
Read more here. The new lightsaber-themed Adidas basketball shoes will be available from November 1st at adidas.com and in select stores.