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|21 Jun|6 mins

adidas Master Layering With the Yung-96 Chasm

The Yung-96 Chasm marks the best example of adi’s retro-inspired layering.
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21 Jun
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Over the past couple of years, adidas have clearly ascended to the top of the panel-heavy, retro-inspired trend that’s recently dominated the sneakerdom.

Building on the success of ‘Ye-helmed designs like the Yeezy BOOST 700 and its successor, adidas have perfected the winning formula, delving into their own archives to release hit after hit of 90s tributes.

Below, we’ve rounded up the best of the best to celebrate adi’s latest instance of layered perfection: the Yung-96 Chasm.

Advice
|21 Jun|6 mins

adidas Master Layering With the Yung-96 Chasm

The Yung-96 Chasm marks the best example of adi’s retro-inspired layering.
Sneaker Freaker
21 Jun
Share:

Over the past couple of years, adidas have clearly ascended to the top of the panel-heavy, retro-inspired trend that’s recently dominated the sneakerdom.

Building on the success of ‘Ye-helmed designs like the Yeezy BOOST 700 and its successor, adidas have perfected the winning formula, delving into their own archives to release hit after hit of 90s tributes.

Below, we’ve rounded up the best of the best to celebrate adi’s latest instance of layered perfection: the Yung-96 Chasm.

Images with thanks to adidas

adidas Yung-1

Following the layered perfection that was the Yeezy BOOST 700, adidas dropped their own in-house ode to the chunky, panel-heavy kicks of the 90s with the Yung-1. An ever so slightly tweaked take on 1997’s Falcon Dorf, the Yung-1 perfectly reimagined that mid-90s runner with a little modern flair, and it remains the gold standard when it comes to adi’s contemporary dad-style kicks. Outside of the Yeezy lineup, the Yung-1 almost single-handedly ushered in adi’s era of retro dominance.

adidas Falcon

A few short months after the Yung-1 resurrected the long-forgotten Falcon Dorf, adidas dropped another homage to that mid-90s runner. Simply dubbed the Falcon, the old school silhouette is essentially a ladies-specific alternative to the aforementioned Yung-1. Not only is the shoe perhaps the best thing out there when it comes to retro-inspired trainers for women, it also kicked of adi’s continued use of the Yung-1 tooling – and was the first shoe to pair the Yung-1’s Torsion bar and EVA midsole with a wholly new upper. For the Falcon, adi went with moulded TPU additions and metallic finishes to make the style really pop.

adidas Yung-96

Hot on the heels of the Yung-1 and Falcon, adi’s layer-heavy dominance continued with yet another homage to the Falcon Dorf: the Yung-96. As the name suggests, the kicks were a bit of a teardown of the 1997-inspired Yung-1, and more or less showed what the Falcon Dorf’s direct predecessor would have looked like if it had dropped in 1996. While the tooling remained with its Torsion bar and EVA midsole, the upper was a streamlined reimagining of that of the Yung-1. The result? A streamlined, less audacious version of the Yung-1 that could ease newbies into the chunky driver’s seat.

adidas Temper Run

Perhaps a little before its time with a 2014 drop, the Temper Run made a triumphant return in 2018 when the timing truly couldn’t have been any better. With a multi-dimensional upper of breathable mesh, alongside a variety of supportive suede and leather overlays throughout, the Temper Run is a blueprint for layered perfection. It’s also arguably the Three Stripes’ top-of-the-line retro thanks to its employment of adi’s adiPrene tech.

adidas Tresc Run

What if the Temper Run swapped out its adiPrene for full-length BOOST cushioning? That was more or less the impetus behind the creation of the Tresc Run, which opted for a slight redesign of the Temper Run’s layered perfection, swapping out some of the overlays in favour of a sleeker, more modern look. When it comes to the upper, these are to the Temper Run what the Yung-96 is to the Yung-1.

adidas Nite Jogger

Speaking of full-length BOOST and panel-heavy uppers, adi were at it again to kick off 2019 with a reimagining of the classic Nite Jogger. While the exposed padding on the nylon tongue and the upper’s multitudinous panels are decidedly old school, the shoe itself is anything but. Ripstop, seamless synthetics, and 3M reflectivity make the Nite Jogger a worthy alternative to predecessors like the Temper Run and Tresc Run – and one that’s far more modern.

adidas Yung-96 Chasm

As much as we love kicks like the Nite Jogger, the simplicity of the layer-heavy construction on the shoes of the 90s is part of what we love so much about that era and the newer silhouettes that it has inspired. That’s what makes the brand new Yung-96 Chasm the cream of adi’s dad-style crop. Built upon the tried-and-true tooling of the Yung-1, Falcon, and Yung-96, the Chasm updates the winning formula with wavy overlays pulled straight from the adi archives. The result is the best Team Trefoil’s lineup has to offer, and a design that expertly toes the line between the Yung-1’s layer-covered confidence and the original 96’s relative simplicity.

 

Those who like the Yung-96 Chasm as much as we do can cop a pair in a variety of slick colourways right now via SneakerHub.

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