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Sneaker Showdown: Riccardo Tisci x Nike vs. Raf Simons x Adidas

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Fashion sneakers can't stop won't stop. Today, sneakerheads worldwide will line up for the release for the first installment of Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci for Nike, a selection of the Air Force 1 style in four heights. The styles are available in the white colorway today, and will be released later in black.

Not to be outdone, Adidas sent out images of their collab with a Paris-based high fashion designer today, teasing the second round of Dior's Raf Simons' take on the athletic giant's sneaks, "arriving in coming weeks." Both the Adidas and Nike collabs play on existing styles from the brands, given superhero-appropriate makeovers by the prestigious designers. See both collections in full, as well as where and when to (attempt) to buy, after the jump.

Nike + R.T.


The designer: Italian-born Riccardo Tisci, Creative Director for Givenchy since 2005
The collab: The Air Force 1 style in low, mid, hi, and boot silhouettes, available in two colorways (white and black), priced from $240 to $340
When and where to buy: The white colorway is available beginning today at select Nike concept locations as well as "select retail partners" across the glove, including Dover Street Market locations, 1948 London, Nike Stadium Milan, and X158 Shanghai. The black collection will be released in May.

Adidas x Raf Simons


The designer: Belgian designer Raf Simons, Creative Director for Dior since April 2012 (previously Jil Sander as well as his own line)
The collab: Following up their first collab for fall 2013, the unisex run is composed of eight styles in four colorways, including a "remix" of the newly re-released Stan Smith. Prices run $440 to $570.
When and where to buy: "Arriving soon in coming weeks," the collection will be for sale at Adidas Originals concept stores, boutiques and retailers carrying RAF, and "select sneaker specialists" worldwide.
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