adidas Pro Shell DJ Muro

  • MADE ON: --/12
  • ART.NO: G63652
  • FACTORY: APE 779001

Designed by DJ Muro (the King of Diggin’) for the Consortium “Your Story” series, this is the third pair of three stripes shoes he’s remixed after the Metro Attitude and Ultra Star collaboration with adidas and Kinetics in 2011. He has continued with the same colorway (black, green, and red) adding touches of snakeskin throughout all of his releases. The difference this time is that he took a turn to twist up the Pro Shell, spinning towards a suede upper instead of straight leather.

For those who don’t know who DJ Muro is (assuming you’ve already taken at the hint that he’s a DJ) he’s a Japanese hip hop producer and performer. Besides his three decades of work in the music industry, Muro can proudly claim past collabs with big names like Stussy, New Era, The North Face, and Sesame Street. You know you’ve made it big when you’re working with the cookie monster.

And for those who don’t know what the adidas Pro Shell is (assuming you know what adidas is) it’s a classic silhouette that’s suspiciously similar to the Superstar, except that it’s vamped up with a mid-cut silhouette and a Velcro strap across the ankle.

Onto the shoe itself, it’s primarily dominated by black, such as on the sole, shelltoe, soft suede tongue and upper, ankle strap, and stripes. The ankle strap has a very precise stitching around it and the stripes are done with the motif snakeskin. There’s some nice print seen on the alternate black and gold laces encouraging folks to “KEEP ON DIGGIN’ 365 DAYS”, a phrase referring to the search for old records through record store crates (specifically for sounds to sample); an activity done by disc jockeys worldwide.

The green and red come into play on the heel tab, sockliner, and Velcro. They’re also seen on the tongue tag marking it as part of the “Your Story” collection, which were released alongside the 2012 London Olympics. Though one of the most interesting details is the jersey material covering the ankle collar – a tip of the hat to adidas’ classic track tops – styled to look like a jacket cuff. He’s also hidden some brighter color underneath the Velcro strap, leaving little gems everywhere.

Last but not least, DJ Muro marks his work of art with his logo on the outer heel of each shoe. Describing his work as ‘aggressive’ Muro speaks on what that means:

“The point is the colouring inspired by the green of athletic tracks and the red representing passion. I always try to stay not defensive, but aggressive, and to go my own way independent of what others may say.”

In other words, be original. No wonder he’s working with adidas so frequently.

written by Kyle Zemborain

photography by errol

shoes contributed by Ollie Teeba