Adidas Intern Designs Two Conceptual Zelda Sneakers

January 4, 2017


These are two Zelda themed sneakers (one Link, one Princess Zelda in Sheik form) conceptualized by Adidas design intern Paxton Porter. I would wear both of them: one pair on my back feet, and the other on my front feet. I'm a horse! "Epona?!" I wish. Details about Paxton's design process that was apparently a little more in depth than, "Just match their colors."

"Having the boost technology was necessary because Sheik needs a responsive material for all her jumps, and having the primeknit sock on the upper gives the silhouette a boot feel while still allowing ankle mobility. The colors for the shoe were all taken from her armour. What ties it all together was adding her signature symbol on the pull tab. I wanted to create a sneaker that Sheik would wear but the fans could also wear and still be fashionable. The key was to create something the average person would find cool but would also appeal to the hardcore Nintendo/Legend of Zelda/Super Smash bros fan."

As for the Link Y-3, it needs a little less explaining.

"My intention was to have the straps on the Qasa mirror the straps on links chest (both are brown), the neoprene bootie take on the Green Hero's tunic and then the gold accents on the toebox and heel match with the triforce/his gold hair. I added the Hylian crest on the tab by the laces to tie it all together, and also replaced the Yamamoto logo on the side of the shoe with a Zelda logo to show the collaboration between the two brands."

Obviously, these will never exist. And if they do they'll require waiting in line outside some pop-up Adidas store for ten hours to pay $450 for a size smaller than you actually wear. Trust me, I'm a sneakerhead, it happens to me all the time. "You're wearing flip-flops." Yeah, well, I keep all my collectible shoes on display in my walk-in closet at home. "I've got the feeling you're lying." I live in the truck of a friend's car, okay?! Are you happy now? I think we're going through a car-wash.

Keep going for a shot of the Sheik.


Thanks to Andreas, who agrees the best shoes aren't shoes at all, they're moon boots, and they keep you grounded when you're exploring alien planets.

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