Earlier this year, Nintendo collaborated with Vans to create an awesome line of shoes and clothing based on classic Nintendo games. Now, a student has put together some pretty amazing Legend of Zelda-inspired designs as part of an application for an Adidas internship. The design of the first sneaker is inspired by Sheik from Ocarina of Time, on Adidas' Y-3 Sport Approach shoe. The designer, Paxton Porter, explained that he chose this shoe for the Sheik design to represent her agility as the boost technology would allow its wearer to jump higher.
"I wanted to solve the design challenge of applying Sheik's abilities and appearance onto an existing sneaker. I asked myself: what sneaker would Sheik wear? She is so [agile,] and many of her movements are very ninja so the brand Y-3 (an Adidas collaboration brand with Yojhi Yamamoto) made sense because they are synonymous with ninja/techwear.
"I picked the Y-3 Sport Approach. Having the boost technology was necessary because Sheik needs a responsive material for all her jumps, and having the primeknit sock on the upper gives the silhouette a boot feel while still allowing ankle mobility. The colors for the shoe were all taken from her armor. What ties it all together was adding her signature symbol on the pull tab. I wanted to create a sneaker that Sheik would wear but the fans could also wear and still be fashionable. The key was to create something the average person would find cool but would also appeal to the hardcore Nintendo/Legend of Zelda/Super Smash [Bros.] fan." — Paxton Porter
The other design for his application was a Link-inspired Y-3 Qasa sneaker. The shoe features Link's signature colors with gold accents and the Hylian crest beside the laces.
"My intention was to have the straps on the Qasa mirror the straps on [Link's] chest (Both are brown), the neoprene bootie take on the green Hero's Tunic and then the gold accents on the [toe box] and heel match with the Triforce/his gold hair. I added the Hylian crest on the tab by the laces to tie it all together, and also replaced the Yamamoto logo on the side of the shoe with a Zelda logo to show the collaboration between the two brands." — Paxton Porter
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