Check Out These adidas Ultra Boost Gold-Plated and Ceramic Customs By Artist Lee Chun

In 2015, the adidas Ultra Boost lived up to its name by helping to revitalize the German sportswear company’s lifestyle department (along with the Yeezy Boost line, of course). The sneaker’s widespread appeal is further reaffirmed by the latest works of artist Lee Chen, who designed a lineup of adidas Ultra Boost custom models in celebration of both the Beijing and Taipei marathons.

Using the sleek adidas Originals silhouette as his canvas, Chun hand-painted three ceramic designs onto the sneaker in painstaking detail. The custom Ultra Boost collection includes an all-white model with gold-plating and a second model with a white base that’s adorned with a Chinese porcelain-inspired theme composed of blue, yellow and purple detailing throughout. Both sneakers, which celebrate the Taipei Marathon, feature Chinese symbols on the heel. The entry that really calls for a spot on the mantle however, is Chun’s fully gold-dipped Ultra Boost. The championship-themed which celebrates the Beijing marathon, an event for which adidas serves as an official sponsor.

Check out Lee Chun’s impressive Ultra Boost designs in the gallery above.


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Nate Santos

A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and He has written for XXL magazine, and, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.