MSCHF Is Releasing a Moderately Adidas Samba-Esque Sneaker for $300

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MSCHF is getting into blokecore, and in doing so is taking a light step on the Adidas Samba.

The Brooklyn-based art collective, footwear spoofer and not-infrequent court appearer is releasing a brand-new sneaker silhouette as part of a new soccer capsule. A leather and suede upper with wavy lines sits above wonky sole unit similar to MSCHF’s Wavy Baby Vans-lookalike, which drew a lawsuit from the latter that led to the former being banned from selling the sneaker.

Such striking similarities don’t carry over to the V2.wav sneaker, but it will nonetheless draw comparisons to the years-trending Samba because of its choice of materials for the upper and gum sole unit. (Sambas also just happen to appear in one of the campaign images, which can be seen above). A white and blue color scheme for the upper sees color come to a wavy overlay strip that runs back to the mustache, as well as MSCHF branding on the asymmetrical tongue and contrast-stitching near the midpoint of the eyestay.

In a press release, MSCHF justified its use of the word “soccer” instead of “football” by saying: “‘Soccer’ is an English-as-in-England word, Americans can’t be blamed for this one. Fortunately for football, waviness is international.”

In addition to the sneakers, MSCHF is releasing a collaborative soccer ball with Umbro. Socks will also go on sale alongside the other two items, while MSCHF says its undecided on if it will release jerseys and shorts later in the week that were initially conceived for friends and family of the brand.

The MSCHF V2.wav sneaker releases at 2 p.m. EST Wedneday, May 22, through MSCHF’s website. Pricing for the sneakers is set at $295, while the rest of the collection runs from $40 to $200.

About the Author:

Ian Servantes is a Senior Trending News Editor for Footwear News specializing in sneaker coverage. He’s previously reported on streetwear and sneakers at Input and Highsnobiety after beginning his career on the pop culture beat. He subscribes to the idea that “ball is life” and doesn’t fuss over his kicks getting dirty.

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