adidas Originals and Pharrell Williams have once again teamed up in a continuation of their Hu series. The latest collection reiterates their common belief that, through sport, we all have the power to transform lives. The latest adidas Originals by Pharrell Williams SOLARHU collection aims to highlight the peaceful, meditative nature of running. The range of sneakers seeks to combine performance breakthroughs from the adidas Performance shoes, along with the fearless colours, bold patterns, and stylistic flair of East Africa, where running is deeply ingrained in culture.
Pharrell’s unparalleled cultural reach and deep connection to creativity is embodied in the latest collection, which features two silhouettes with new colourways in the Pharrell Williams SOLARHU NMD and Pharrell Williams SOLARHU Tennis Hu. These colourways feature themes expressed in confident tones of aqua, scarlet, yellow, collegiate green, and collegiate purple. The adidas Primeknit material is reimagined to evoke a naïve, handmade look, and is contrasted with the familiar adidas toolings and the established aesthetic markers of the collaboration. The NMD reimagines the original with a trail-inspired outsole and ribbed Primeknit fabric, which was designed to evoke intricate weaving techniques in a clash of colours. These colours are contrasted with black-on-white patches, which are emblazoned on the front of each pair. As with the original Pharrel NMD, the SOLARHU variants also feature coordinated slogans such as “MOTHER” and “LAND” or “EMPOWER” and “INSPIRE” or the Swahili words “MIELE” (forever) and “MBELE” (forward). To round off the design, the sneaker offers a TPU lace cage in complementary colours, and also includes a midsole comprised of adidas Boost tech. For the Tennis Hu silhouette, it is subtly reimagined with East African inspiration. Most of the work in the redesign features pattern variations of the Primeknit upper, which are also made to resemble hand-woven materials. Additionally, the Tennis Hu also features an EVA™ midsole with suede overlays on the heel and toebox, as well as a unique lacing system, which also includes a leatherised “eye-stay” lace holders.
The Pharrell Williams SOLARHU collection also features a TT FZ Jacket, which combines adidas innovation and the collection’s stylistic traits into a lightweight, double-layered, woven track top. For more views on the Pharrell Williams SOLARHU NMD and Pharrell Williams SOLARHU Tennis Hu, as well as the TT FZ Jacket, check it out on Instagram.