Another shoe I foolishly slept on. I personally prefer the contrasting make up of this one from the pack. I really like the contrast of the poppy red against the black/grey, and the subtle but effective use of the speckle on the mudguard sections instead of the sole is a really nice touch.
Adidas really are on a roll at the moment…delving into their back catalogue of 90’s technical runners is turning out to be a good move by the house of ///. This, Tent Green colourway of the classic silhouette is an absolute banger in my eyes, and one that everyone should try and hunt down if they can. Adidas designers, at least for me, seem to have a really good eye for colour choice as well as effective blocking that doesn’t interfere with the lines of the model it’s applied to (something that hasn’t been so prevalent with other marques certain releases of late).
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Adidas recently collaborated with the Japanese retailer ‘Mastermind’ to produce a number of classic /// silhouettes. The pick of the bunch (in my opinion) was the ZX500 OG. The materials are really nice and the adition of an ‘x’ shaped perforation is a really nice subtle, yet bold addition. Well worth checking out if you can still find them for retail. MORE
Having faced up to the fact that I am never going to find a pair of 576TL’s in a decent condition, my size and even less likely for a realistic price, I took the plunge and tried to emulate a close approximation using the New Balance 574 custom site.
Whilst the Pacific Green colour is a little darker than Teal, I’m still pretty pleased with the result and can’t wait to give them their first outing.
Having done a couple of all suede New Balance custom 574’s, I wanted to check out what the leather option was like. I also have a couple of saved designs with purple heavy colour blocking and wanted to check out how vivid it was in real life. This design helped me out with both questions…..the leather is good quality, and the purple is nice and vivid.
I am however, a little disappointed with the quality of this pair. The leather is badly bunched up around the toe box (especially on the left shoe). There are a couple of ‘over glue’ stains around the shoe as well…the faults are a little annoying, but not enough to send the shoes back.
When the Adidas AZX series dropped way back in 2008, the whole range was positively received, with certain shoes becoming instant hype magnets. There were, however a couple that seemed to pass relatively under the radar…this ‘Kendo’ ZX800 being one of them. Designed by the proprietors of the now sadly defunct Kendo in LA, the shoe features lush grey and purple suede and gold /// just to set the shoe off….a massively underrated collaboration in my eyes.