I love when two artforms blend together seamlessly to create another medium of art. For a sneakerhead, there’s no greater joy than seeing two inspired brands come together to make a wearable piece of art. No strangers to working with each other, END. and adidas have reunited to create a pair of Ultraboost sneakers for ceramic lovers.
Both parties have have their inspo from the world of ceramics in terms of the hues used as well as the detailing throughout. The color combination chosen for this collaboration is Core White, Off-White and Core Black, with the signature BOOST outsole unit and dual branding on the tongue — the usual go-to spot for any collaboration.
Primeknit in the beige tones give off the feeling of a piece of ceramic that has lived a nice long life while patina on the cage draws cues from “ceramic crazing.”
END. explains on their blog what “ceramic crazing” is for those who aren’t experts in the field but still curious to learn.
“Taking cues from what is known as ‘ceramic crazing’ — a process that results in a spiderweb of cracks across an item’s glaze, caused by the glaze contracting as it cools — this limited-edition sneaker combines aesthetic tendencies from traditional British pottery and ceramics to cultivate a unique interpolation of a modern-day work of art, the Ultraboost OG. Becoming more apparent with use, the printed cracking that quietly sits across the sneaker’s leather panels imbues the show with an artful and sophisticated edge that develops and changes with wear.”
For their lookbook, END. featured four models, Annabel Cruz, Sam Marks, Emma de Clercq and Liam Owen (in order of appearance).
The patina trend
Over the last few years, collaborations in the sneaker space have really put patina to good use for a wide variety of effects. High-end retailers like Maison Margiela and Converse created an all-white paint chipping All Star silhouette years ago that still fetches into the mid-hundreds on resell marketplaces.
Nike SB partnered with Magnus Walker and Ishod Wair just last year to create a Porsche-inspired Dunk High silhouette that had car patina effects throughout the upper.
And one of everyone’s favorite Air Jordan 1 releases at the end of last year, from A Ma Maniére, featured a patina feature as well.
Patina speaks to individualism and changes with each person’s wear style so it makes sense that it’s being used heavily in a sneaker market that’s constantly gaining popularity and in world where creatives are getting more into DIY and crafts.
How to cop
Now for the all important question of how to obtain these, whether you are a ceramics lover or not. END. is hosting a raffle on their website, launches.endclothing.com, and you can enter now. The raffle will close on August 19 at 2PM ET with the retail price of £150 GBP, around $182 USD.
In related adidas news, the Three Stripes are suing Nike over copyright infringement.
Photos via END.