For the past three years, Diadora have made their presence in the sneaker scene known by collaborating with some of the world's best retailers to honour their Italian heritage. From the humble macchiato to the streets of Venice, the boot-shaped nation has offers an endless source of inspiration for impeccable footwear. Diadora's latest colourway, created with German retailer The Good Will Out, keeps the streak running hot. Turning an eye to Italy's past, The Good Will Out takes us back two millennia to Ancient Rome. Encompassing the V7000 and S8000 silhouettes, the collaboration focuses on two of the Roman Empire's most notorious emperors – Caligula and Nero.
Inspired by the debauched emperor's toga, the V7000 'Caligula' features an off-white upper made from a mix of linen, suede and pony hair, with Diadora's Quarter stripe logo rendered in cracked golden patent leather in reference to the leader's unabashed opulence.
The S8000 'Nerone' boasts a bright red leather and suede upper – a nod to the version of history that holds Nero accountable for The Great Fire of Rome – accentuated with a cracked patent leather heel that evokes glowing embers.
These special make-ups have been made in the heart of Italy with the greatest care and premium materials, including kangaroo nappa leather and picasso goat leather. Both come with debossed ancient-coin logos on the heels, as well as iconic quotes on the insoles. Each comes packaged with four sets of laces and specially themed packaging for an added dash of decadence.
The Good Will Out x Diadora 'The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire' pack will release on June 17, exclusively through The Good Will Out. Pairs will be available in-store on a first come, first served basis; remaining pairs will made available online after the release. Head to their website now to register for the online drop.