When adidas and Yohji Yamamoto first took to the runway at Paris Fashion week in October 2002 for the inaugural Y-3 collection, the brand with the Three Stripes and the avant-garde Japanese designer changed the worlds of fashion and sportswear forever. Over ten years later, in 2013, Y-3 introduced one of its most loved sneakers to date – the Y-3 QASA HIGH. Upon arrival, the boundary-pushing silhouette made an instant impact in culture, and, having been worn by many of the world’s most forward-thinking tastemakers, continues to do so to this day. Now, as adidas and Yohji Yamamoto ring in 20 years of collaboration, the instantly iconic sneaker makes its timely return.
With Y-3 looking back on key moments, designs, materials, and silhouettes from the brand’s history, the Y-3 QASA HIGH once again takes center stage. Instantly identifiable by its expressive EVA outsole, which borrows from adidas’ 90s Tubular running technology, the daring silhouette features a neoprene sock-like upper with stretch mesh, elasticated strapping, a leather toe-cap, and suede heel lining. The distinctly avant-garde take on a high top trainer is then completed with a Poron® performance sockliner for cushioning.
A true icon that promises to continue to influence the footwear landscape for years to come, this season, the Y-3 QASA HIGH receives a one-to-one reissue in its iconic black and white colorway.