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OK, Maybe Adidas' Dragon Ball Sneakers Won't Be That Bad

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Earlier this year, there was a big fuss from Dragon Ball fans over a line of sneakers that Adidas was releasing based on the franchise, mostly because a bunch of leaked designs looked terrible. Now that one of the shoes is actually coming out, though, things might not be so bad.

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The first sneaker in the series is an Adidas Prophere, with a colour scheme and design inspired by Cell. Here’s what the leaked design looked like:

Illustration for article titled OK, Maybe Adidas iDragon Ball/i Sneakers Wont Be That Bad
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Blergh.

The actual shoe, though, looks like this (via Sneaker News):

Much nicer! Especially when you consider the packaging they’re coming in:

Photo: storebyjc
Photo: storebyjc
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As for the other criticism—that the line was featuring a bunch of Adidas’ second-rate sneakers—there’s probably no fixing that. The Ultra Boosts were being saved for Game of Thrones.

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

What’s up with sneakers these days having that weird chunky heel thing going on? I’m not a fan, it stands out so much. And both adidas and nike have a strange styrofoam look. I know it’s probably some kind of cool space-age jumping technology, but yeah, it just makes me think of cheap styrofoam. Get off my lawn!