SOTW: adidas Originals i-5923

The summery sneaker formerly known as the Iniki is inspired by a 70s runner

Iniki Runner

If you think that drama in the sneaker world began and ended with resellers, price negotiations and debates around just how ugly “ugly sneakers” are, you’d be mistaken. In February last year, adidas announced the Iniki Runner. The sneaker was a new silhouette inspired by 70s running shoes and featured the advanced we’ve come to know adidas for. Among them: a two-way stretch mesh fabrication, OrthoLite sockliner and the beloved BOOST cushioning.

Then in November, the brand announced the shoe would be released with a new name: as the i-5923. It turns out the name change was allegedly due to a lawsuit filed against adidas by someone who already held the rights to the “Iniki” name. There’s some mystery around who exactly patented the name and sued adidas, but what isn’t a mystery is this summery colourway. Take walking on sunshine quite literally with this luminous yellow hue, accented by pinkish-red on the heel tab and three stripes on the sides. The 70s have never looked so modern.

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