Adidas, But Make It Childish: Did Donald Glover Debut the Design of His 1st Sneaker Collab in September?

Childish Gambino performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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In the sneakerhead universe, there are few things more exciting than a highly anticipated drop. So when it was announced last September that Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) would be joining the Adidas family, fans of both the entertainer and athletic brand were eager to see what would develop.

As it turns out, it’s likely exactly what fans expect. The first drop from the collaboration may yet to have a release date, but as Sneaker News reports, the design was actually teased last September in the “Feels Like Summer”-adjacent animated short announcing the collaboration.


The Glover-approved reimagining of the Adidas Originals “Nizza” is reportedly a deconstructed version of the classic canvas kicks. As the sneaker site describes the design:

Uppers, though once a clean canvas construction, add in a cut up lower paneling with frayed hems ornamenting the surroundings of the model in an execution that creates acting mudguards and cap toes. Laces pop in comic-like fashion through their boldly outlined design with white logos and intricate sole units contrasting against the backdrop of off-white hues.

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It’s yet another big score for the legacy athletic brand, who last week announced a new partnership with Beyoncé. And with Glover both headlining Coachella and premiering his star-studded film Guava Island this week, a festival-ready sneaker drop would pretty much make it a trifecta. That said, the release date for the Donald Glover x Adidas “Nizza” is still pending.

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