BAPE & adidas Bring Back ’90s Lawsuit Skate Shoe


For their latest collaboration, BAPE and adidas Originals are reviving a ’90s skate shoe from the adidas archive.

The two brands are calling the collab the “adidas N BAPE” sneaker, though those familiar with the ’90s skate scene may remember this silhouette originally launching as the adidas Norton (stylized as NRTN). This model, alongside the Adimatic and Shred, helped kicked the Three Stripes’ action sports division into another gear in the mid ’90s.

adidas brought back the Norton in the 2010s, though they cheekily renamed the model as the Lawsuit (stylized as LWST) after a legal battle over the name. Now in 2024, adidas and BAPE are renaming the shoe once again, seemingly to circumvent people from googling “bape lawsuit” and be flooded by news of the brand’s current legal battle with Nike.

The adidas N BAPE is dropping in three colorways. The first two, “Shadow Green” and “Sand,” come in the colors of BAPE’s iconic 1ST CAMO and even feature the iconic print on the sockliners and insoles. The third colorway will be available exclusively via BAPE and features an all-black upper with LINE CAMO detailing and gold accents. Each pair features suede uppers with canvas on the side stripes, ’90s style fat laces, and a debossed APE HEAD logo on the lateral heel. The shoe also features a hidden stash pocket on the tongue to carry your small essentials (or weed, given these drop on 4/20).

The adidas N BAPE launches April 20th via, A BATHING APE stores, adidas CONFIRMED, and select retailers. Check out all three colorways below.

adidas N BAPE “Shadow Green”
Color: Shadow Green/Cloud White/Core Black
Style Code: IE6117
Release Date: April 20, 2024
Price: $150 USD

adidas N BAPE “Sand”
Color: Sand/Cloud White/Core White
Style Code: IE6118
Release Date: April 20, 2024
Price: $150 USD

adidas N BAPE “Black”
Release Date: April 20, 2024
Price: $150 USD


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