Traditional German porcelain brand Meissen — which has previously collaborated with the likes of Supreme — has teamed up with adidas Originals to give its ZX8000 a very special makeover.
Aptly dubbed the Meissen x adidas Originals ZX8000 “Porcelain,” this sneaker is rather a piece of art than a wearable sneaker. Premium hand-painted leather parts are combined with hand-made porcelain overlays that are adorned with 15 of the 130 possible patterns.
The rare pair took six months to be put together but took over a year to design in total.
Till Jagla, adidas’ global head of energy, said, “Meissen carries so much heritage and know-how, inspiring collectors around the world. The manufacturing process to create the ‘first porcelain sneaker ever’ has been very complex, and took us more than a year to finish the product. The team has been obsessed with creating the perfect piece of art. When I think about this project, what I liked most is the love, the passion and the dedication, which have led to an overwhelming result.”
Sotheby‘s will be auctioning the pair later this month with an estimated auction price of $1 USD to $1,000,000 USD, and states proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn Museum to fund art programming to provide access to the arts for local youth. Interested to raise your paddle? Make sure to check out the online-only lot from December 7 to December 16 on Sotheby’s website.