The wait is over! Andre 3000’s Tretorn sneaker collaboration has arrived.
Dre has been wearing his collaborative shoes often as of late. The “I Will Not Draw In Class” collection was inspired by some of Dre’s sketches from over 20 years.
According to Staple, André brought 15 sketchbooks from the last 20 years to the table. The capsule collection contains some sneakers based on early drawings—like the rugby stripe Nylites—and some ideas plumbed from the Tretorn archive, like an old handcourt shoe they redesigned to look like a basketball high-top. Staple handled the technical side, translating André’s sketches into factory-ready designs. This year is the Nylite’s 50th anniversary, but André and Staple didn’t hesitate to completely remix the tennis shoe. “This is the guy who made Aquemini. And then when you put that [mindset] to something as granular as making a piece of footwear, the ideas were pretty left field,” says Staple. “One of the things André really wanted to do was reconstruct it from the ground up. So a new outsole, new midsole, new last, new reinforcement points. That was all his call.” Some of the resulting sneakers are preppy, some are clearly street-wear oriented, and some, like the Velcro-covered Nylite high-top, are just plain wild.
As you can see, this collection has been years in the making in the mind of 1/2 of OutKast. My favorite is the basketball inspired pair. You can shop/view the entire collection by clicking here.
Andre 3000 Tretorn Sneaker Collection