The sneaker industry blew up thanks to basketball, and the sport remains a pillar when it comes to cool drops. And though 2023 is about to end, the year still has some tricks up its sleeve. One of these tricks is the upcoming Adidas AE1, Anthony Edwards’ first signature sneaker! But while nobody got their hopes up, with the record that Adidas collabs have, the three stripes surprised us. So, let’s check out these babies, along with the tea that ensued on X! You know, nothing is more memorable than sneaker drama.
Anthony Edwards – The Ant-Man Who Hoops!
While the nickname Ant-Man would flash an image of a tiny human in our heads, Anthony Edwards is everything but. You see, Ant-Man is a nickname that Edwards carried since he was three, as a family tradition. His dad gave each of the Edwards children a special nickname. This kinda makes sense since they all share similar names: Antony, Antoine, Antoinette, and Anthony… yep. But the nickname stuck beyond his personal life, and fans refer to the player as Ant, which is short for Ant-Man.
Now, fast forward to the 2020 NBA draft, in which Anthony Edwards was the first pick. Then, Adidas snagged the rookie and signed him! Fast forward three years, and Edwards got his first signature pair, the Adidas AE1. So, let’s take a look at how Adidas impressed the industry with these babies!
Adidas AE1 – A Great Pair to Kick Off a Signature Line
Before the end of September 2023, Adidas unveiled the signature basketball kicks. And let us tell you, the Adidas AE1 is quite the looker! These babies feature a very futuristic design that will certainly turn heads when you step on the court. The upper features a knit base and TPU overlays with interesting perforations for ventilation. But the icing on the cake that makes these kicks stand out is the Boost cushioning for extra comfort. So far, the kicks will be available in black/white, black/orange, and salmon colorways.
Release Info for Adidas AE1
The black and orange Adidas AE1 “With Love” will drop on December 16, 2023, and will retail for $120. They will drop in full family sizing, and they’re a tribute to Edwards’ late mother and grandmother. So make sure you don’t miss out on these babies on drop day. You can catch the kicks via Adidas.com and select retailers.
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The Kevin Durant & Adidas Clash on X!
You’d think that a cool release like that would have smooth sailing and all… but nope. You see, in an interview about this partnership, Edwards said he would want Kevin Durant to wear his kicks in a game. And you know, who wouldn’t want their favorite player to wear their sneakers? However, KD had another sentiment, and said on X “Won’t EVER see me put a big toe in them Mfers.”
You’d think that would be the end of it… but nope! The Adidas official account came at him with a clapback for the ages. It replied, in a since-gone reply, by saying “U dusty bouta retire soon anyway.” But then, they said “meant to send that from the burner account…” This is a direct stab at claims that KD uses a burner account, which was a drama by itself. So obviously, Adidas’ social media team went for the kill… and we’re always here for the tea! Finally, keep it locked on our blog for the latest sneaker news and industry drama. Godspeed!