Heroes Among Us: adidas x Marvel
The men and women of the Marvel Avengers are getting the band together to make one final run at the evil Thanos, in an attempt to reverse the damage he did in Avengers: Infinity War. Before Tony Stark and crew reunite in the latest Avengers project (titled Avengers: End Game), they’re being reimagined with a hoops-inspired lens by adidas. Every day adidas basketball stars battle on the court. Recognizing that fact, they’ve given them superhero counterparts. As part of the reimagination, each athlete/superhero has a sneaker that’s authentic to their personality and game.
James Harden ◈ Iron Man ◈ adidas Harden Vol. 3
Much like Tony Stark is a genius in his field, James Harden is an offensive genius on the court. The signature gold and red of Iron Man’s suit takeover Harden’s third signature shoe. A supple leather upper provides a locked-in and stable fit that supports quick changes of direction. It sits atop a responsive BOOST midsole and rubber Herringbone outsole.
Damian Lillard ◈ Black Panther ◈ adidas Dame 5
T’Challa represents the new wave of superhero, just as Damian Lillard represents the new wave of NBA Player. Both utilize an otherworldly combination of speed, agility and durability to gain an edge of foes. Dame’s fifth signature shoe is getting a black and purple makeover, reminiscent of the Black Panther’s vibranium weave suit. This Dame 5 features a knit and suede upper, an enhanced banking barrier and double traction. When both of these warriors enter the battlefield, you know what time it is.
Candace Parker ◈ Captain Marvel ◈ adidas Pro Vision
Captain Marvel has the power of superhuman strength, energy projection and flight due to altered DNA. As dominant as Candace Parker has been during her career at times it felt like she too has altered DNA. The two are taking over the adidas Pro Vision, which like Captain Marvel’s suit come in red, blue and yellow. The model utilizes a unique ripstop midfoot cage which offers flexible stability and support. The cage works with a responsive Bounce midsole and rubber Herringbone outsole.
John Wall ◈ Captain America ◈ adidas N3XT L3V3L
If you’ve ever seen John Wall on the court you know he’s in peak physical form and often a step ahead of the competition much like his superhero counterpart, Captain America. Wall and Captain America are bringing their prowess to the revolutionary adidas N3XT L3V3L. Its laceless Primeknit upper offers an unmatched combination of lock down and support. Lateral banking barriers protect you midfoot and beautifully pair with the shoe’s superlight foam midsole. Altogether, the lightest basketball shoe to date.
Tracy McGrady ◈ Nick Fury ◈ adidas TMAC 1
During his time in the NBA, Tracy McGrady was a cerebral assassin on the court. The very sight of T-Mac invoked fear in his opponents, as it does when foes run into Nick Fury. Fury’s arsenal of skills (boxing, tae kwon do, ju-jitsu) are bountiful much like McGrady’s bag was when he played. adidas are giving hoops fans a treat by bringing back McGrady’s first signature model, the adidas T-MAC 1. The retro model boasts a synthetic upper which provides stable cushioning. Its paired with a rubber Herringbone outsole for extra grip on quick cuts and pivots.