Adidas Porcelain Hand Painted Sneakers To Fetch $1.3 Million
Adidas have produced such a high-end sneaker a one-of-one iteration of its ZX8000 sneaker featuring premium hand-painted leather porcelain overlays, which is predicted to fetch a pretty penny when it hits the auction block of Sotheby’s.
Weighing exactly 950 grams, this inimitable pair of sneakers has been assembled over a six-month period, moving between adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, and Meissen, Germany – home to the brand’s porcelain manufactory throughout the process of its creation.
The ZX8000 Porcelain is to be auctioned off via Sotheby’s from December 7th to the 16th with a starting price of $1 to $1,000,000. So, it could be one of the most expensive shoes ever. The final auction sale amount will be donated to the Brooklyn Museum to support access to arts education to the underserved youth in NYC. A wearable ZX8000 Porcelain silhouette directly inspired by the one of kind art piece sporting the same traditional Meissen design will be made available for purchase on December 11th.
Handmade in Germany using the finest leather and porcelain, watch sneakers here:
At the heart of this unique collaboration is a harmonic coalescence of two icons: the Meissen Krater Vase and the adidas Originals ZX8000 silhouette. First designed in 1856, today and for the very first time, the Krater Vase unites a number of decorative styles and techniques from throughout the manufacturer’s 310-year history. Paying homage to this quintessential piece of Meissen design, the ZX8000 shoe model is adidas’ own modern icon, adorned with 15 of the Vase’s 130 different patterns. Ensuring the pair’s unique place in history, each pattern has been meticulously crafted with the utmost care and precision by four individual painters across three separate Meissen departments. A testament to craftsmanship, art, and unbound creativity, this silhouette is unmatched in its elegance.
For those of you who are interested in something similar without the US$1 million price tag (AU$1.35 million), there’s good news. Adidas and Meissen plan on dropping a commercially available ZX10000 inspired by the Porcelain ZX8000 sneakers by the year’s end.