adidas Consortium. A branch of the Three Stripes dedicated to collaboration, innovation, and extremely limited releases. They take the very best silhouettes from the adidas lineup (both new and classic), and let the world's foremost sneaker shops put their special touches on them (or even change them completely).
With the first two Consortium releases of the year almost upon us (an UNDFTD EQT Support 93 dropping January 19th and a colette Campus 80's dropping January 28th), we figured now was as good of a time as any to look back on all the fire they blessed us with last year. There was a lot of heat, but after careful deliberation we were able to narrow down all of 2016's Consortium releases to the top 5, which we present to you here.
5. Footpatrol x adidas Consortium EQT Running Cushion
Our list kicks off with a classic, as Footpatrol's EQT Running Cushion takes the #5 spot. Inspired by the original London Runner (Footpatrol is based in London), these EQT's are a perfect blend of old and new that pay homage to the British's long-standing love affair with their "trainers".
4. adidas Consortium x Kith Tubular Doom
Ah, the Tubular Doom. Still the best-ever Tubular release for our money (and Billy's favorite shoe on the list, they feature a cement grey Primeknit upper with a charcoal grey wool cage featuring Kith's signature "Just Us" branding on the heel. They're simple, clean, and the little details are absolutely on point in true Kith fashion. Not much more you can ask for.
3. adidas Consortium x Nice Kicks NMD Runner PK
One of the most valuable and hardest-to-find shoes on this list, the Nice Kicks NMD's feature a tie-dye inspired red and black Primeknit upper sitting on top of a white Boost midsole and a gum outsole. They're a head-turner, a perfect summer shoe, even better in hand (if you haven't seen them in person, you're missing out) and a truly unique NMD among the dozens of styles and colorways on the market. Mark enjoys these so much that they were his #1 shoe of 2016.
2. adidas Consortium x Solebox Ultra Boost Uncaged
Remember when we were talking about valuable and hard-to-find shoes earlier? These Solebox uncaged Ultra Boosts are just that. With resell prices upwards of $1,000, these blew out immediately upon release, and inspired many a sneakerhead to take a razor blade to the plastic stripes on their Ultra Boosts in hopes of replicating the look. We've got a feeling that these will be on the same pedestal as shoes like the Patta x Parra Air Max 1's in a few years. You heard it here first.
1. adidas Consortium x Kith Ultra Boost Mid
The finale. The stupid dumb heat. The most fire of all the fire jawns. The ... we'll stop gushing. The Kith Ultra Boost Mids were the best Consortium release of 2016, even though they didn't release till December 23rd, as part of the Kith Aspen collection. The multi-color Primeknit upper sits beautifully on the white Boost midsole, and the mid-top silhouette pushes the Ultra Boost in a brave new direction. Ronnie Fieg and Kith can do no wrong when it comes to footwear collaborations, and this pair is proof.
What was your favorite Consortium release of 2016? What shop's Consortium collab are you most excited for this year? Do you agree with our list as a whole, or would you re-arange it? Hit us up and let us know on Twitter, check our Facebook page for updates, and, as always, be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the fire photos you can handle.
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