This article was first published on Sole Collector.
It's no secret that the aesthetic of Kanye West's adidas Yeezy line has trickled down to the brand's inline offerings–after all, collaborations should be able to help sneaker companies move more units that are widely available. This time though, on the Tubular Invader, it feels sort of like adidas is reaching back to West's days designing Louis Vuitton shoes for inspiration.
The silhouette is similar to his Louis Vuitton Jasper, midfoot strap and all, and the colorway is almost a direct port of the grey/pink pair.
Is it a reach to call this pair inspired by West's old work, or is adidas being derivative here? If the latter is the case, it seems to have worked–sizes are almost all gone at adidas' online store at the time of writing.