Soulland x Li-Ning is One of 2020’s Most Interesting Colabs
Following announcements earlier this year of the somewhat unexpected partnership between Denmark’s Soulland and China’s Li-Ning, both parties have finally teased the resulting creations at Copenhagen Fashion Week: the Shadow and the Wind Ranger.
Cleanly cut clothing aside, the Shadows are the centre of attention here at Sneaker Freaker. ‘What are thooose?’ – in the best way possible. No one else is executing crazy concepts like this, and it’s largely due to the gaping cut-out in the midsole that’s made from interesting-looking foam. Up top is a very sleek upper in ripstop nylon and not a single stitch can be seen. It’s all welded and very aerodynamic. Because, you know, cheating the wind is very important when going down the runway or sidewalk. The Wind Ranger adopts relatively 'conventional' design cues compared to the Shadow, namely due to its solid midsole and running shoe styling, but with a teched-out twist. Both sneakers complementary shades of pale white and sharp orange accents. Very clean.
These two colabs are crazy cool – stay tuned for more information as it emerges.
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”Pre-Inter-Post” — Before-During-After in Latin — a collaboration examining the whole process of running and the different phases structuring the runner’s experience with space and effort. In keeping with the modernist approach of @Soulland the Li-Ning x Soulland Wind Ranger is cutting edge. The co-designed shoe’s protective and nearly transparent outer shell teases the model’s contrasting colors and panel construction that comprise the rest of the shoe’s upper. Flashes of orange, olive and purple are used sparingly throughout the Li-Ning x Soulland Wind Ranger — often times in more covert, unexpected places, such as with the insoles or across the layer of studded rubber tread lining the bottom of the shoe. Initially seen on Li-Ning’s AW 2020 runway earlier this year, the brand’s Wind Ranger model is among the first products to emerge from Li-Ning CRC, the label’s new, pioneering running collection. Minimalist in both aesthetic and weight, the Wind Ranger unites its futuristic, multi-component upper with the lightweight, superior energy return of a Li-Ning BOOM comprised midsole. Li-Ning x Soulland ‘Pre-Inter-Post’ will launch in the Fall of 2020. Images by @aks #lining #soulland