Last night, Pharrell set the Oscar stage on fire, and thus social media, as he performed his hit “Happy” in a custom pair of adidas Originals sneakers. Ruby red in styling, perhaps a nod to the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, there’s been much speculation as to exactly what model he was wearing. After some research and the availability of hi-res imagery, it appears Skateboard P performed in a custom pair of the Instinct Hi.
While the Instinct Hi silo has gained traction in recent years thanks to the Jeremy Scott collaboration, donning “adi” and “das” branded tongues and often rocked by A$AP Rocky, the original model shares the same DNA but sports standard Trefoil tagging. Such can be seen on P’s pair, coinciding with the pronounced toe box, bold striping and rounded heel piece.
Though not on the market for a number of years, adidas Originals has brought back many archived basketball models recently. So far in 2014, we’ve seen the return of the Attitude Hi, Top Ten Hi and Jabbar Hi, all in original form. It’d be no surprise if the Instinct Hi followed suit.
Custom kicks aside, Pharrell performed in a black and white leather adidas Originals track jacket. For those keeping track at home, Pharrell has also worn green and yellow iterations of this jacket since popping up at the Grammys in a red rendition. In addition, P has been rocking a customized pair of adidas Stan Smith sneakers just about on the constant, replacing his go-to customized boots. While speculation is at an all-time high that Pharrell will be joining friends Kanye West and Nigo on team adidas Originals, nothing has been made official as of yet. Stay tuned to Nice Kicks for more information on Pharrell and adidas Originals, and get a close-up look at his kicks in the photos below and video above.Pharrell performs in custom adidas Instinct Hi Pharrell performs in custom adidas Instinct Hi Pharrell performs in custom adidas Instinct Hi Pharrell performs in custom adidas Instinct Hi Pharrell performs in custom adidas Instinct Hi Pharrell performs in custom adidas Instinct Hi adidas Instinct Hi OG circa 2009 (photo by Zappos via Sneaker News)
All Pharrell photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via Zimbio