Back in April, a photo of the Silas SLR leaked & we took it upon ourselves to share it on Instagram. The comments were unanimous in being against Adidas latest creation. As you might imagine, we’re just as apprehensive towards this upcoming skate model. One IG user even went onto say “Its almost like you WANT to tweak your ankle with that heel.” and we completely understand his concern. It’s definitely hard to defend this design even though we’re sure that Adidas has taken the proper precautions in making it an “unintentional ankle-roll” skate model. What is evident with this model is that the runner/skate hybrid is being fully embraced across the entire skate shoe industry. With this model, it now makes 3 runner/skate hybrids that we’ve seen in 2013. Here’s one & two. With expectations running high, we’re expecting to see other brands follow suit.
Two questions arise out of all of this:
- Will this be the first Adidas model to flunk? Adidas has always seem to hit the nail on the head in regards to colorways, pro models & brand direction. But on the other end, they could be potentially digging themselves out of the “single-one piece toe, bland sole” trend that some brands find themselves struggling to get out of.
- With not just 1, but 3 brands utilizing the runner sole momentum that’s somewhat comeback into acceptance, which brand will reign supreme over the others? Some have agued that Nike will have the upper hand considering their advancements in their running technology & resources. Does Emerica or Adidas stand a chance against them?
Expect to see full coverage & potential reviews on all of these runner/skate hybrids. So far, Adidas is making the cheapest one at a $70 price point. Who knows if that’ll be enough to give it an advantage against Nike & Emerica. What’s apparent here is that Silas will have no trouble skating them. He’s already been spotted testing them in a recent web clip. It’s somewhere out there.