A Smart Pattern: adidas Yung 1 Plaid Purple
The adidas Yung 1 Plaid Purple is among the final farewells to the brand’s huge year. In 2018, the sneaker industry was stuck on chunk. The design inspiration pretty much dominated hyped releases all year. The Yung 1 was a big part of adidas’s role in this trend.
It released as something of a standard alternative. Prior to it, the most popular go-to would’ve been the Yeezy Wave Runner model. But, if you were interested in something that fell to a more reasonable price point, the Yung 1 was the best thing going.
For this latest drop, the shoe takes on a plaid scheme as its base. It’s overlaid with the usual cuts of nubuck. The main pop of color on each iteration comes via subtle lining accents. Here, on this Purple edition, we see the contrasting notes across the Three Stripes branding. Some more slivers of this shade can also be seen lining the toe-box area.
The overlays are in a somber Black/ Anthracite scheme. The plaid acts as a visual under-current. Functionally, the Yung 1 deserves some credit for its design.
It’s based on an older, 90s era adidas model, the Falcon Dorf. This modern rendition comes with a wide-fitting frame. The combination of mesh and leather cuts is another example of 90s design. That sort of layering was considered a performance staple at the time. It even informs much of the fundamental designs of today’s elite runners.
The midfoot sports a torsional support system for balance, This was another innovation that was aimed specifically at avid runners. Wrapping up this design is the lightweight EVA midsole, a standard-issue piece of impact protection.
After the remarkable run this shoe has had, one can safely expect more heat in 2019. As we’ve seen from previous releases, the color combinations are nearly endless. Available now at select retailers like END. Clothing, cop these as an amplifier to your winter rotation.