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15 August. 2020
Copenhagen Collection.
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Following ​Soulland’s Spring Summer 2021 presentation during Copenhagen Fashion Week yesterday, we now offer a closer look at the modernist label’s first collaborative output with pioneering Chinese sport leader, ​Li-Ning​. Exploring physical movement but also mental and spiritual travels, the ​Soulland x Li-Ning footwear embody the idea of limitless design and tireless exploration. Named “Pre-Inter-Post”​—Before-During-After in Latin—this collaboration examines the whole process of running and the different phases structuring the runner’s experience with space and effort. Grounded in the Soulland team’s love of running, it reminds us that physical performance can also be a meditative and creative experience. Photography from the presentation providing a more detailed look at the collaboration—including shots captured behind the scenes—can be found in image preview and download links here:

First announced in June, the brands’ design partnership comes to life with Soulland choosing to adapt two of Li-Ning’s most directional running footwear silhouettes: the completely new, dual-layer soled ​Shadow and a streamlined iteration of the label’s recently-introduced ​Wind Ranger ​model. Currently available exclusively in China, the ​Li-Ning ​Shadow features an elliptical, split-level, hollowed sole uniting two of the sport brand’s most pioneering running concepts: Jiang and BOOM foam technologies. Sandwiched between these layers of foam, the Shadow also features the addition of two carbon plates—one for each level of the model’s eye-catching, dual-stacked sole. Combined together, these elements create the Shadow’s tiered, oval sole structure, offering the runner a host of benefits including: revolutionary cushioned support; optimal stability and shock absorption; elevated propulsion and rebound; and increased rates of energy return—all while reducing the risk of knee and joint injury as a result of the sole’s proprietary, architecturally-designed system. Drawn to the Shadow’s union of innovative aesthetics and construction, Soulland’s vision for the silhouette pushes the original’s design even further in an otherworldly direction. Primarily white and grey, the ​Soulland x Li-Ning Shadow features a futuristic upper, made using a serene, “cool shell”, high tech fabric. The co-designed iteration is distinguished further with metallic insets, partially transparent panels and pops of orange, olive and purple—all colors observed during one of the design team’s many runs across Copenhagen’s city landscapes. Rounding out the special edition, the Soulland x Li-Ning Shadow’s outer quarter carries the collaboration’s name “Pre-Inter-Post”. The text—positioned just above the stacked outsole—is also a knowing reference to the silhouette’s continuous cycles of energy-return and propulsion, harnessed and created by the shoe’s unique, bi-level sole. Arriving in stores later this year, Soulland’s iteration of the shoe will mark the first time any version of the Shadow model will be available internationally. Initially seen on Li-Ning’s AW 2020 runway earlier this year, the brand’s ​Wind Ranger ​model, meanwhile, is among the first products to emerge from Li-Ning CRC, the label’s new, pioneering running collection. Allowing for lightweight comfort and greater breathability for the wearer, the Wind Ranger’s vamp is shielded and encased in a transparent Velcro-closing MONO “gauze” cover. This same, unique cover protects the shoe’s lacing system which is found directly underneath. Minimalist in both aesthetic and weight, the Wind Ranger unites its futuristic, multi-component upper with the lightweight, superior energy return of a Li-Ning BOOM composed midsole. In keeping with the modernist approach Soulland applied to the Shadow, the ​Soulland x Li-Ning Wind Ranger is equally cutting edge. Case in point: the co-designed shoe’s protective—yet, in this edition, nearly transparent—outer shell teases the model’s contrasting colors and panel construction that comprise the rest of the shoe’s upper. Flashes of the same orange, olive and purple found in the collaboration’s Shadow iteration are used sparingly throughout the Soulland x Li-Ning Wind Ranger—often times in more covert, unexpected places, such as with the insoles or across the layer of studded rubber tread lining the bottom of the shoe.

Offered in both men’s and women’s sizing, ​Soulland x Li-Ning ‘Pre-Inter-Post​’ will launch in the Fall of 2020. Additional specifics—including stockist details, pricing information and more—will be forthcoming.

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