adidas Originals has once again teamed up with MRBAILEY to produce the OZMORPHIS sneaker, the second stage in their ongoing exploration of natural forms.
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MRBAILEY is a designer and artist known for his unique approach to exploring the relationship between humans and the natural world, and his design process has been central to the creation of the OZMORPHIS sneaker.
With a career spanning decades, MRBAILEY (alias Daniel Bailey) has developed an extensive design and research approach that is evident in his collaboration with adidas Originals. The OZMORPHIS sneaker represents the latest stage in their four-step journey of metamorphosis, which has seen them explore the connection between humans and the natural world, while also reimagining the adidas Originals’ OZWORLD DNA.
Drawing inspiration from the lifecycle of the aurelia moon jellyfish, the design process of the OZMORPHIS sneaker takes cues from the marine animal’s form during its juvenile ephyra period (one of the stages of the jellyfish reproductive cycle). This inspiration is evident in the shoe’s dynamic silhouette, which translates the innate engineering of the natural world into a shoe that boasts elevated comfort and a uniquely contemporary aesthetic language.
The upper of the OZMORPHIS sneaker is enveloped in a cocoon-like form, which has been crafted using a TPU structure that encases an inner neoprene sox. The overall effect is as if the jellyfish has taken over the shoe. The toe box directly references the lappets used for aquatic movement by the water-borne creature, creating a shoe that is both visually striking and comfortable to wear.
The OZMORPHIS sneaker is the latest iteration of MRBAILEY’s jelly-fish inspired OZWORLD metamorphosis, and it is a testament to the designer’s creativity and innovation. The sneaker has launched globally and is available via Confirmed and select retailers, giving fans of the adidas Originals and MRBAILEY collaboration the opportunity to step out in style and comfort.
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