The inaugural shoe of the adidas x Rick Owens collaboration, the unisex Runner, with its tonal colorway and bold silhouette seen in the hoof-like sole, oversized tongue, and padded leather ankle collar, is typical of Owens’s gritty, monochromatic designs. High-fashion designs like the Runner have found their niche in sneaker culture via street style-savvy celebrities like A$AP Rocky, a contemporary icon of the enduring link between sneakers, hip-hop, and fashion.