Adidas has announced a collaborative effort with 10 female artists to create 50 state-themed UltraBoost X sneakers, a brand new silhouette designed and sized specifically for women.
As selected by Refinery29, the team of artists is made up of Meagan Morrison, Maria “Too Fly” Castillo, Bree Poort, Lizzie Darden, Jenny Kiker, Sophia Chang, Mari Orr, Jen Mussari, Carrie Chan, Jordana Schrager and Refinery29 editor Alyssa Coscarelli.
“It’s not about competing with each other, but lifting each other up and celebrating the diversity of this country,” said fashion illustrator Meagan Morrison who designed sneakers inspired by Alabama, California, Connecticut, Missouri and Virginia.
“We can find beauty despite diversity and, more importantly, because of diversity, from shorelines to glaciers, from farmland to mountaintop to prairie. If everything was the same, nothing would be remarkable,” said chemist turned artist Mari Orr who designed sneakers inspired by Alaska, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska and South Dakota.
The custom sneakers will be available on adidas.com/ultra, starting July 4, 2017 through July 11th available to bid on through a silent auction, One hundred percent of the funds raised will be donated to Women Win, an organization that empowers girls to build leadership skills and address gender equity through sport. The auction includes an option to donate and support the cause without having to win and share across social channels.
Check out all the shoes below plus images of illustrator Meagan Morrison working on a California UltraBoost X and street artist Maria “Too Fly” Castillo taking on New York.