Sean Wotherspoon and adidas are back again with another trailblazing edition of the Superstar SuperEarth, this time in a sleek yet vibrant Core Black colorway. Fresh off the heels of releasing his very own adidas Superturf Adventure SW shoe, the designer, vintage collector, and Round Two co-founder, who is also a well-known vegan, continues to provide exciting, Earth-friendly options for the sneaker industry.
The new black SuperEarth, officially called the SST AEC SuperEarth SW ($110 USD), uses the iconic model’s silhouette as its foundation and is updated with recycled materials and scraps, playful embroidered embellishments, all while being free from any animal derivatives. “For the SuperEarth in general, we started with the Superstar as a base, and I did my best to find pieces of the sneaker’s own history to evaluate my creative process. Staying true to its roots and then layering what I value now was all a part of the process of design the shoe,” Wotherspoon told adidas in an article found on the Confirmed app.
Similar to the 2020 white pair, the Superstar SuperEarth features a flexible and lightweight upper made with PU-coated recycled polyester and an insole constructed from leftover Ortho Lite materials that’s covered with recycled cork. The sneaker’s lining uses 100% recycled polyester and has good resistance for long-term wear. Its light blue heel tabs are made from scraps and the outsole is developed using durable virgin natural rubber and 10% waste rubber content.
The biggest difference for Wotherspoon’s second go at the Superstar SuperEarth is of course the color. The predominately black silhouette is contrasted with splashes of playful color throughout: orange on the collar lining, green panels for the eyestays, a yellow tongue tag, and mint laces which also feature a large plush Earth lace jewel making what the Three Stripes notes it as a “more saturated iteration.” A mix of printed and embroidered flowers are repeated on the shoe allowing for it to age in a unique way for each wearer.
The flowers hold a special significance for Wotherspoon both culturally and personally. It’s a detail that’s been important for him to incorporate. “Flowers are universally seen as positive, while promoting peace, and making people happy. The endless variation in color between flowers is really cool,” he said. “When I’m hiking and adventuring with Nash, my son, it’s something that we both love and immediately notice. So I had to bring that back into this project.”
The black Superstar SuperEarth was originally only intended to be a China exclusive, but to much fanfare, the shoe is set for a much wider release. “As a result to everyone’s excitement these have moved from being China only, to our ENTIRE Super Earth,” said Wotherspoon in an Instagram post.
In other adidas news, the brand has partnered with ThredUp for a new “Choose To Give Back” donation program.