Debut adidas Skateboarding collection designed by FA and Supreme rider Na-Kel Smith
It was always on the cards, especially following the highly successful pre-Xmas release of the Na-Kel Smith inspired Matchcourt High RX shoe. At first, that particular marriage of skateboard-specific footwear and haute-couture fabrics (Italian velvet no less) seemed a little OTT but given that we've seen those purple numbers out there on the streets in force, he obviously knows what he's doing.
In line with that success story, adidas have just unveiled details of the debut Na-Kel Smith collection, conceived and designed entirely by the man himself.
The adidas Skateboarding collection takes inspiration from the brand's iconic soccer silhouettes and features everything from a new iteration of the Na-kel Matchcourt RX3 shoe, right through to an apparel range containing everything from the ubiquitous hoodie to socks.
Na-Kel is truly in charge of this one too, with the collection’s primary artwork featuring a repeating character that Na-Kel has drawn throughout his childhood.
“It’s a doodle based off of a younger me. Now, it’s my friend," said Smith.
The result is a vibrant capsule that captures Na-kel’s unique and animated personality throughout his collection.
The six-piece collection kicks off with a customized skate shoe from Smith – the Na-kel Matchcourt RX3. Built with a breathable canvas upper and reinforced with a heightened leather foxing that wraps the shoe for durability and grip. The silhouette also boasts a flexible vulcanized outsole that delivers unparalleled board feel and control. A very simple looking revision of an adidas classic with additional functional innovations, sure to go down a storm with fans of low profile low tops.
The collection is additionally comprised of a hoodie, jersey, t-shirt, shorts and socks — anchored by his original all-over caricature print and colour blocking.
From originality to functionality, the Na-kel Smith Collection is a one-of-a-kind capsule where high performance meets Smith’s offbeat style.
The Na-kel Smith Collection will be available at specialty adidas retailers worldwide and the adidas Skateboarding website starting March 10.