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How Adidas Got Back In the Game

Younger players, music producers, and fast fashion are paying off | “It’s really millennials fueling this resurgence”

When Angelique Kerber won the U.S. Open in September to bring the women’s tennis title to Germany, she was decked out head-to-toe in gear by Adidas. NFL wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins kicked off the Houston Texans season wearing cleats designed by rapper Kanye West, part of Adidas’s strategy of mixing sports and hip-hop culture that’s resonating with kids. Even celebrities such as Katie Holmes and Kristen Stewart lately have been seen sporting Adidas’s back-to-basics Stan Smith tennis sneakers, which some fashionistas have taken to mixing with couture wear.

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