I, like many others, have been waiting a long time for this shoe to drop. For a long while now it’s been one of the most hunted OG Adi runners, so it’s good to see it getting retroed….and retroed well. The execution of colourway, materials and shape, although not perfect, does no injustice to it’s original cousin.
There seems to be plenty out there (head over to The Dropdate for a pretty comprehensive list of retailers)……certainly enough so as to not see anyone missing out….get em while you can….you’ll regret it if you don’t…..I foresee at least three pairs making it into my crate.
Anyone who’s got experience of buying vintage stuff from a selection of manufacturers, will probably sing the same song as me: Probably 80% of vintage Nikes are not wearable and will invariably crumble when worn….Adidas however, seem to have a better reliability when it comes to retaining integrity….whether that be down to the lack of air units or not I don’t know, it just seems to be the case.
This, Quesence is one of my very favourite vintage adi pieces and is in amazing condition for their age….every other pair I’ve seen (of which there are very few) seem to have had some pretty bad colour bleeding issues. They do however, have a slight problem on the left shoe where some of the stitching on the upper has failed….as long as they don’t fall apart/crumble though, I’m happy to show them off whenever I can.
Massive thanks to Size? for allowing me to be an ‘ambasador’ at this, very Spezial event. Currated by Gary Aspden (Adidas legend) and featuring shoes from his own as well as Noel Gallagher and Ian Browns collections, there has never before been such a comprehensive collection of trefoil history in one place.
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The original and BEST colourway of the Nike Air Mariah….be aware though….if you do get a pair, remember that they fit quite snug…..
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As uncomfortable and difficult to photograph as they are, the Superstar will always hold a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s got something to do with the fact that I was brought up in the 70’s and 80’s when Hip Hop was becoming more and more prevalent. Either way, I’ll always have a few pairs in my collection, and they’ll always get aired out from time to time.
This Vintage canvas version, is a fine example of how, you don’t need to flashy colours or space age technology, to make a nice shoe….the very fact that the Superstar has stayed popular for so many years is a testament to it’s timeless design.
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I’d like to start of by sending out a massive ‘thank you’ to the guys over at Adidas Germany (you know who you are ;-)) for sending me this complimentary pair of the sublime Tech Super premium. Once again Adidas have knocked this retro model out of the park, this premium version is a fantastic example of fine choice of materials and colour blocking.
The reason for the care package? I’ve been lucky enough to be involved (if only in a very small part) with the development process of a new retro to be hitting the shelves in early 2013…..can’t divulge too much information, suffice to say that it’s something a lot of you out there will be wanting to get your hands on (myself included).
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Whilst it is good to see the Huarache LE getting some love from the guys over at Nike of late….I would like to see them up the quality and shape to match up their previous efforts. I would also like to see them drop some of the (in my mind) more classic and often hard to find colourways….this particular example was a womens release, and is a lovely shoe, that rarelyi gets to see the light of day, and only when I know they aren’t going to be stressed too much and risk them getting wrecked.
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