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John Clark adidas Solebox Bar Backyard Pub
Courtesy of John Clark
John Clark adidas Solebox Bar Backyard Pub
Courtesy of John Clark
John Clark adidas Solebox Bar Backyard Pub
Courtesy of John Clark
John Clark adidas Solebox Bar Backyard Pub
Courtesy of John Clark
John Clark adidas Solebox Bar Backyard Pub
Courtesy of John Clark

Man Builds Ultimate Backyard Bar Based on adidas Shoebox

Manchester man John Clark is responsible for perhaps the ultimate show of one-upmanship among adidas fanatics. In a home improvement project gone very right, Clark has constructed a backyard bar resembling the familiar blue shoeboxes used by the Three Stripes to package their terrace classics!

The ‘Solebox Bar’ – named after the famed German boutique – is fully kitted out with a bar and ample furniture for Clark to kick back and sip down some refreshing pints while watching the football. The 50-year-old floor-laying businessman and Manchester City fan had the compact ‘man cave’ constructed in anticipation of spending much more time at home, while still being able to enjoy a pub atmosphere.

During the planning stage, the Solebox Bar’s blueprint coincidentally resembled a shoebox, inspiring Clark to go the whole way and model the design on his favourite brand’s packaging. Construction and fit-out of the bar reportedly cost over 5700 pounds, or about $7500, and every detail is painstakingly spot-on. The blue paint, brushed on by Clark himself, is colour-matched to adis specific shade of blue, and the white stripes jagged edges are lined up perfectly! He says the project isnt quite yet complete, with a deck left to assemble around the bar area. Always room for more!

Over in Dear Old Blighty (that’s England to the rest of the world), gum-soled and flat-bottomed sneakers from adidas are terrace favourites for football fans and mod heads. It’s not unheard of for passionate collectors to rack inventory into the triple digits. Sneaker (sorry, trainer) enthusiast Clark owns a formidable collection of over 150 pairs himself – but his latest acquisition will likely be the crown jewel for many years to come. Rest assured, guests will need to adhere to a strict Three Stripe dress code to procure a pint from this publican!

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