Product Spotlight: New Balance, On and Adidas
A look at three athlete/brand collabs catching our eye, including signature lines for a baseball star and a tennis legend, as well as an All-Star themed basketball collab.
With Spring Training in full swing, this week New Balance and New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor unveiled the brand’s first-ever baseball signature shoe and apparel collection. The collection includes footwear, apparel and a headband, all featuring design motifs reflecting Lindor’s colorful and upbeat personality. ‘The Lindor 1’ footwear offering includes a baseball cleat in two colors as well as a lifestyle silhouette available in three colorways. All of the footwear features a floral pattern inspired by the Flor de Maga, the official national flower of Lindor’s native Puerto Rico. The full collection will be available in March, with the suggested retail price ranging from $15 for the headband to $130 for the baseball cleat.
Swiss brand On, best known for its running shoes, has been branching out into tennis-inspired footwear thanks to a partnership with Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer. The brand’s third style with Federer, part of the ROGER collection, is the ROGER Advantage, a $140 sneaker designed for everyday wear off the court. Featuring clean lines, minimal stitching and ultra-smooth matt vegan leather, the stylish shoe also has On’s Cloudtec cushioning and Speedboard tech for energy return.
Foot Locker and Adidas have teamed up with NBA All Stars Donovan Mitchell and Trae Young for exclusive collaborations, which drop today and Friday, respectively. Both players worked collaboratively with the Adidas team on the sneaker designs.
Mitchell’s Adidas Top Ten Hi ($90) features blue, white, black, and green colors, paying homage to New York (where he grew up), Louisville (where he played college ball) and Utah (he currently plays for the Utah Jazz). Additionally, the kicks have glow in the dark elements and his “Spida” nickname logoed on the tongue of the shoe.
Young’s $100 Adidas Top Ten Hi colorway has white full grain leather throughout the upper with perforations placed on the tongue and side panels. Finishing details include his number 11 in orange on the tongues, an orange stripe on the ankle, an icy blue midsole, and a translucent sole with Trae’s “ICE TRAE” nickname written inside of it.