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Adidas' Latest Dragon Ball Sneakers Are Over 9000

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Because the shoes themselves have mostly been trash, Adidas has been leaning on gimmicks to try and make their big line of Dragon Ball sneakers more appealing. The latest example being these Vegeta kicks.

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Based on the Adidas Ultra Tech, and featuring Vegeta’s colour scheme, here’s what they look like from the side:

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I would not buy these for my five year-old.

To try and salvage things, Adidas resorted to sticking a giant embroidered meme on the back:

Photo: 43einhalb
Photo: 43einhalb

Which for die-hard fans might be...something they’d be interested in?

With most of the shoes now out, and with Game of Thrones coming in early 2019, we’re nearly at the end of this Dragon Ball run. Now bring us the Shenrons—the only good designs of the lot—and we can all get on with our lives.

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These will be out November 24, and go for $180.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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DISCUSSION

OK, I generally like Adidas; I have an old pair of Sambas I refuse to get rid of, and their cleats are superb to say the least.

With all that said, what the blinking hell are they thinking with these designs. They’re designs that happen when you describe Dragonball to a pretentious hipster who never watched anime. They’re not ‘hip’, they’re not even ‘retro rad’. They just suck. (Also, the idea of a fishnet pattern on Vegeta gives me fanart nightmares).

I seriously wish Puma snagged the license. I still have these Mega Man tributes:

Not the most mind-blowing, but they don’t confuse the eyes like most of the Adidas’ do.