adidas Superstar Vin “Qing Ming”
- MODEL: ADIDAS SUPERSTAR VINTAGE
- SERIES: ADIDAS FLAVOURS OF THE WORLD
- TYPE: BASKETBALL
- MADE IN: INDONESIA
- MADE ON: 04/08
- ART.NO: 020012
The April release of the 2008 Flavours Of The World series was a Superstar Vintage honoring the Qingming Festival.
The upper is made of a smooth red leather with burgundy stripes and delicate side paneling in light apricot color with a finely woven gold twill textile over Qingming inspired pattern.
The shoes come in a Consortium-style box, with the most noticeable difference being that the base color is brown instead of the blue and the stripes are gold instead of silver. The box is labeled on the side with a small, square sticker specifying which release of the series it is, and the inside of the box is decorated with a pattern that matches the style and theme of the Flavour. The box also comes with a thick, cardboard placard inside which reads:
“Serving up a monthly celebration of iconic adidas models, the Flavours Of The World range provides a unique variety of sneaker styles. Authentic silhouettes have been interpreted and inspired by annual celebratory events for your enjoyment. Presented in luxurious materials and offered in limited numbers, the Flavours models should be appreciated and worn with vivacity.”
“April’s Flavour Of The World is inspired by the QINGMING FESTIVAL: or Ching Ming Festival as it is known in Hong Kong: a traditional Chinese festival. For the chines, the Qingming Festival (meaning ‘Clear and Bright Festival’) is a dat to remember and honour their ancestors: it is a time to enjoy the greenery and freshness of springtime, and to tend to the graves of departed ones. Young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food and gifts to the ancestors. The festival occurs on the 104th day after the winter solstice, usually around the 5th April. Springtime, especially in North China, is the windy season and consequently kite flying is very popular during the Qingming period.”
written by Dylan Cromwell
photography by Harold Kohn