Adidas: Get on the good foot
IS THERE anyone out there who does not like Adidas?
Anyone amongst you who has not aspired as a kid to save up enough money to get their first pair, possibly Gazelles?
Anyone amongst you who has not looked dreamily through shop windows at the latest releases or paused for an irrational period of time on magazine page adverts or photo spreads?
Anyone amongst you who has not walked with an extra spring in their step when they sported their new Adidas out for the first time and then panicked at the first mark on them, before falling further in love with them as they aged beautifully?
If you have not done any of the above, or similar, then stop reading now, get up off your sofa or wherever you are sitting or reading this from, make your way to the nearest exit, go outside and have a strong word with yourself.
You may even want to go as far as striking yourself round the head several times for being a complete idiot.
But for those of us who have gleefully revelled in this addiction of what must be widely accepted as the King of Trainer brands, it even brings a smile to my face when I say the words ‘Adidas’ and the new releases are just as dreamy and as aspirational and in some cases even more desirable, if that were possible.
That last part is, of course, a matter of personal taste, something all connoisseurs of the three-stripe brand have in spades.
It might be better to say they are easily added to the ever expanding list of wants.
One that is straight on the list is the Hamburg gold and black shoes which are, well, delicious. The softness of the vintage suede upper against the rubber sole, which is translucent, sporting the Trefoil on the outer edge of it, with black leather heel tab and stripes. Just beautiful.
There is also the black and orange version.
Now, if you ever want to shake something off completely, while knowing that you still remain in the same high quality place, the new Y-3 collection Lazelle trainers in white are perfect place to start.
This is everything a collaboration should be, adventurous, yet classic, ground-breaking yet grounded.
This is a leather, mesh upper design that is something quite outstanding, even the black toe bubble rubber sole is a thing of wonder.
The contrast black tongue, red heel, which cuts back into the shoe, making it appear to be in several parts, sporting the Y-3 logo and Yohji Yamamoto on the heel bottom.
The Vapour blue version is a further step away, with powder blue toe and heel bottom, with yellow laces and black quarter. The black leather version, has a funky knitted side panel, with checkered laces.
It is obvious to all lovers of the brand, that it is not afraid to push boundaries and with the ZX Flux Decon Onix which is an animal print Torsion corker is another mesh upper masterpiece, it proves it fully.
There is also a white version, while the silver shoe looks like something out of Terminator, with a beautiful cross check finish on the upper.
No stripes here, just a heel Trefoil logo in contrast yellow, that sits proudly above the TPU heel cage. The ZX is a million miles away from the Hamburg, but is simply another proud part of the Adidas jigsaw.
Future past is present with the Gazelle Indoor Bluebird shoe, which come in two colour ways, blue with white tongue and stripes or gold with white stripes and red heel tab. The translucent sole completes these pigskin leather winners.
Staying with gold, white contrast leather zig-zag edged stripes, the Gazelle OG is suede upper version of the original 1968 classic, that has really stood the test of time, in all its many guises.
A simpler design, the synthetic lined trainer evokes memories, it also comes in dark indigo, Air Force blue, black or Stow.
The same can be said for the Superstar range, or it the Shell Toe? Always amused me that. Simple leather upper classic, the one time basketball trainer comes in three versions; total white, or white with blue stripes and heel or red and white.
Now you know I mentioned that pushing boundaries bit? Well turn to the Superstar 80s by Gonz. The collaboration between Adidas and skateboarding legend Mark Gonzalez, which is quite literally a bespoke trainer, because the owner can create their own designs on the all white leather shoe, with the provided blue, red, green and orange pens.
Now if the classic simplicity of the Stan Smith, with its perforated stripe design, only contrasting heel top, the remaining Y-3 range could not be further removed.
The Qasa Low II Sesoor is a Neoprene/leather/suede design, that is nothing like your classic trainer, even the sole, called an Original Tubular sole, is completely different, with orange toe cap black body upper, the suede Y-3 patch in light blue is a nice finishing touch.
I am honestly not sure whether to walk in these or fly in them.
They must be seen to be believed.
If you put the two Honja trainers side by side, I am sure you would have to check they are not basically the same shoe simply separated by a colour way.
The Honja Low comes in black, as its name suggests, it is a low cut shoe with leather trim details, covered lace up finish with a textile leather upper. Completely black, sporting Y-3 logo on the tongue and blended three stripe logo on the covering panel.
While the Classic II shows all its attributes, minus back heel cover, with orange Y-3 logo again on the tongue.
This has a smoother finish than its black variant, being a leather upper, no textile here. While the three stripes come in a perforated design.
The Retro Boost Graphite shoe is another outlandish design, the heel is reminiscent of an Adidas Samba placed into the back of this floral design shoe.
Flat lock stitching, a sky blue lace tensioner which sports Yohji Yamamoto, with black, white and powder blue sole complete this design demon.
I think it was Jaws where Roy Scheider used the classic line: ‘You’re going to need a bigger boat.’ Where these Adidas are concerned: ‘You’re going to need a bigger bag.’ To get them all home.
Long live the King.