Nike vs Adidas | Chinese New year 2019
Nike and adidas are dropping their CNY2019 collections, and the results are pretty one-sided.
Year of the Pig trainers
Let me begin by saying right off the bat that this article will be a scathing criticism of Adidas, who's Chinese New Year offerings are barely wearable - let alone inspired or creative - and have clearly lost the first holiday pack battle of the year with their eternal rivals Nike.
But first to the Nike pack. The Oregon based giants seem to be the masters of seasonal trainers, having nailed in particular Valentine's day and Independence day in recent years.
Their catalogue this holiday features twelve different styles each with their own individual design and materials, but here is where it gets interesting. The designs for each shoe have been crafted from the past twelve years worth of Chinese New Year releases, and have drawn inspiration from a form of traditional Chinese patchwork known as Bai Jia Yi. The Kyrie 5's feature the best example of this, with stunning patchwork decorating the heel.
Adidas' are just red. No seriously.
Aside from a collaboration with Pharrell on some Solar Hu's and Crazy BYW's, which are both insanely priced to say these also essentially just employ the colour red (and yellow), Adidas' selection is boring, uninspired and very similar to many previously seen products. The German-based brand has released (alongside the Pharrell pieces) 7 staples all kitted out with red detailing and to make matters worse, a stereotypical Dragon patch to the rear of each shoe; it is worth noting here that 2019 is the year of the pig.
The basic and lazy work lends to a feeling that they were designed in haste as a response to Nike's CNY pack, and that the design team behind them took the first two things that come to mind when you think of China and slapped them onto a shoe. Terrible effort all round.
My favourite's from the Nike pack are the 270's and the Kyrie 5's, and if I was forced to pick a favourite from the Adidas pack it would be the NMD's, simply because of what a great shoe that already is.
All of Adidas' are available now, whilst Nike are staggering their releases and making them fairly limited - meaning you'll have to be quick to snag a pair.