Ryo Kashiwazaki’s Hender Scheme label is known for recreating classic sneaker designs by…
…rendering each pair in the highest-quality, vegetable-tanned leathers and exposing the complexity (or simplicity) of the designs through visible, handmade construction techniques, Kashiwazaki and his team offer a new way to appreciate and elevate designs more often associated with ‘the street’.
In the past, the Tokyo based label has made its creations without the endorsement of Nike, Jordan or adidas. However, since 2017, adidas Originals has been officially been working with Hender Scheme to drop sneakers.
For spring/summer 2019, the collaboration is active with editions of the Lacombe and Sobakov.
The adidas Lacombe channels adidas’ rich history of creating signature tennis shoes that arguably became as memorable as the players themselves. The Lacombe was originally introduced in the 2016 adidas SPZL range and, as its name suggests, is a hybrid-type shoe that draws on elements from the Rod Laver signature shoe and the lesser-known John Newcombe model. The Hender Scheme version stays true to the vintage minimalism and laid-back, French Riviera stylings of the original Lacombe, while introducing the indisputably artisanal elements that the Japanese brand is renowned for. Available in black and white versions, each colorway features natural leather that will age in unique fashion on the tongue and heel patch, and, on the white version, the three stripes.
The three stripes on both pairs are created by running strips of leather through holes in the uppers with hand tied knots at each end, reminiscent of the classic hole punches that appear on the toe. The intricate, analog work, synonymous with Hender Scheme, ensures no two pairs are the same. This, along with the vegetable tanning process, highlights the contrasting approach to manufacturing from both brands. Hender Scheme branding appears in metallic gold foil on the quarter and the sockliner cover also features co-branding in the same gold. While logos rarely feature on leather shoes, Kashiwazaki was mindful of the more prominent role branding and logos play in the world of sneakers.
The adidas Sobakov is inspired by some of the most iconic soccer boots to come out of the adidas stable in the modern era: from the dynamic, angular three stripes to the topstitching that runs around the uppers. This soccer influence is further compounded on the SS19 Hender Scheme version, which introduces a two-way leather tongue/lace cover, crafted from premium, vegetable-tanned natural leather and cut from an original pattern for this collaboration. Like the Lacombe, Hender Scheme branding is rendered as small as possible in metallic gold foil, seen here on both the tongue and the sockliner. While the uppers combine sports-driven detailing and artisanal craftsmanship, the heavily-treaded midsole provides a nod to terrace culture, and the fans who would take the footwear from the playing fields to the streets.
The collection will launch on the 26th of April.